Spring/Summer 2019 /Medical Mysteries/

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Ideas@Pomona Summit

With featured speaker: Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered

Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered

The Ideas@Pomona Summit, Pomona’s premier lifetime learning event, is an energetic, day-and-a-half conference dedicated to bringing together Pomona College alumni, parents and friends for a weekend of meaningful connection and active dialogue around timely, newsworthy and captivating ideas. It will take place Oct. 25–26, 2019, at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

“Liberal Arts NOW and NEXT” will serve as the weekend’s theme. What does cutting-edge research tell us about the NOW and the NEXT, about who we are and where we are going? How are liberal arts values such as critical thinking and creative learning being brought to bear on today’s unique challenges and opportunities?

Featured speakers will include Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered; Laszlo Bock ’93; Martina Vandenberg ’90; Liz Fosslien ’09; professors Kevin Dettmar and Nicholas Ball; and more.

The Ideas@Pomona Summit promises to curate the best content from around campus and the greater Pomona community to ignite discussion, share ideas and highlight exciting research and trends.

Registration opens spring 2019 at Ideas@Pomona Summit.

4/7 #SagehenImpact

Orange County Sagehens at a 4/7 event at the Back to Natives Nursery

Orange County Sagehens at a 4/7 event at the Back to Natives Nursery

Sagehens turned out across the globe to celebrate Pomona’s 4/7 Celebration of Sagehen Impact. Volunteer service events as near as Claremont and as far as Hong Kong brought enthusiastic alumni and parents to the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Sacred Heart Community Service Food Pantry, Teach4HK, Special Olympics and other impactful organizations. Others chirped across Sagehen social media about the ways they are changing their communities for the better.

Start planning your #SagehenImpact for next year’s 4/7.

Alumni Travel Program

Andalucía: The Enduring Legacy of Islam
April 4 to 12, 2020

AndalucíaThe real charm of Andalucía lies in its countryside, featuring blindingly white mountain villages (the so-called pueblos blancos) and endless olive and almond groves. Infamous for its scalding summers, Andalucía is equally renowned for its mild springs, the perfect season for enjoying the countryside the way it is meant to be enjoyed: on foot. The southernmost tip of Andalucía greets its visitors with whitewashed splashes on its craggy hillsides and minarets reshaped into Christian bell towers. Herds of wild bulls roam the upland pastures, pigs root for acorns under isolated oak trees, and Egyptian vultures soar overhead. Hike by day and enjoy village life by night in the midst of a week-long festival leading up to holiest of Christian holidays: Easter. What better way to appreciate the uniqueness of the southwesternmost corner of Europe?

For complete tour information, please visit Alumni Travel Program.

Mentor Current Students with SagePost47

SagePost47Have you checked out SagePost47, Pomona’s online platform that bridges the gap between students and alumni by fostering one-on-one connections and mentorships? Founded by an alumnus and a student in 2014, SagePost47 has grown to feature 100-plus alumni mentors, blogs, panel events and mock interviews. Learn more and sign up today at SagePost47

Alumni Service Awards

47 Chirps to our Alumni Distinguished Service Award Winners

The 2019 Alumni Distinguished Service Award winners, selected by a committee of past Alumni Association presidents, are:

  • Lisa Prestwich Phelps ’79 P’12


    Lisa Prestwich Phelps ’79 P’12, who initiated the growing tradition of regional service events for 4/7 with the first-ever such event in Seattle and has served on the Alumni Association Board and class reunion committees.


  • Susanne Garvey ’74


    Susanne Garvey ’74, who has served as a regional leader for Washington, D.C, an admissions volunteer over many years, and former Alumni Association president.


  • Faye Epps


    Faye Epps, the first to receive a special honorary Alumni Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her tenure as the administrator for Pomona’s alumni programs over four decades.

Blaisdell Awards

The 2019 Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award winners, selected by a committee of Alumni Association Board members for their contributions and achievements in their profession or community, are:

  • Earl Maize ’72


    Earl Maize ’72, manager of the Cassini Program, a mission that began exploring the Saturn system in 2004 and concluded operations in 2017 with a spectacular plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.


  • Marilyn Ramenofsky ’69


    Marilyn Ramenofsky ’69, Olympic medalist and former world-record holder in swimming, and researcher into the physiology and behavior of migratory birds.


  • Brian Schatz ’94


    Brian Schatz ’94, senior United States senator from Hawai’i, focusing on climate change, access to higher education, privacy and consumer rights, and health care.


  • Debra Cleaver ’99


    Debra Cleaver ’99, founder and CEO of Vote.org, the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit organization increasing voter turnout.



  • Lynda Obst ’72


    Lynda Obst ’72, one of Hollywood’s most successful film and television producers, known for Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sleepless in Seattle, The Fisher King, and Good Girls Revolt, among many others.

Pomona College Book Club

Madeline Miller’s CirceSeeking your next spring novel and a way to connect with fellow Sagehens? Join the Pomona College Book Club on Goodreads to chat with alumni, professors, students, parents and staff around a common love of reading. Visit Pomona College Book Club or attend an in-person discussion in your city. This spring, we will be reading Madeline Miller’s Circe, described by The New York Times as “a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right” and named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, Time, The Boston Globe and many others.


Pomona College Book Club of Chicago

Pomona College Book Club of Chicago

Book Club Events Near You

  • Honolulu, HI – Saturday, May 18 | 2 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, CA – Sunday, May 19 | 2 p.m.
  • Chicago, IL – Saturday, May 25 | 2 p.m.
  • Shenzhen, China – Sunday, May 26 | 2 p.m.
  • Austin, TX – Sunday, June 2 | 2 p.m.
  • Seattle, WA – Sunday, June 2 | 2 p.m.
  • Denver, CO – Monday, June 3 | 6 p.m.
  • Washington, DC – Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, June 22 | 2 p.m.
  • St. Paul, MN – Saturday, June 22 | 7 p.m.