Winter 2019 /Fire & Water/

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Nominate for the Alumni Association Board

To nominate yourself or another alumnus/a for the Alumni Association Board, use our online nomination form.

The Alumni Association Board consists of highly-engaged Pomona College alumni who foster connection, action and impact among the 25,000-person strong alumni community. Representing a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and professions and spanning every decade from the 1960s through the 2010s, members serve three-year terms and are selected from the alumni community based on self-nominations and recommendations from active alumni.

Career Webinars On-Demand Now

Anna Hunter

Anna Hunter

Are you a senior starting to panic because you haven’t lined up a job yet? Are you thinking of making a career pivot or taking a career break? Are you trying to climb the leadership ladder at your organization? If any of these questions resonate with you, take advantage of our Career Webinar Series, where we address some common issues students and alumni are facing in their careers. To view the webinars, visit Career Resources, and if you are prompted for a password, enter: Pomona1887.

Elissa Kuykendall Unton

Elissa Kuykendall Unton

One webinar, for example, is titled “Career Strategies for Seniors and Parents” and is presented by Anna Hunter and Elissa Kuykendall Unton, co-founders of the career-coaching firm ArcVida. Other webinar topics     include “Are You a High Potential Learner,” “Networking Effectively at In-Person Business Events,” “Anticipating a Career Path That Includes a Career Break,” “Your Personal Brand,” and “The Art of the Career Pivot.”

Sponsor Shout-Out … Success!

For 47 hours on November 27—Giving Tuesday—and November 28, alumni, parents and students participated in the Sagehen Sponsor Shout-Out to celebrate one of the College’s longest standing traditions, the Sponsor Group experience. Sagehens from across the globe gave 588 gifts, many in honor of their sponsors and sponsor groups, to support current students and student-life programming. All gifts made on Giving Tuesday were matched dollar for dollar, and several generous donors contributed an additional $10,000 once 470 gifts were received. In total, the Sponsor Shout-Out generated more than $80,000 and included support from alumni in classes representing seven decades of enthusiastic Sagehen spirit!

Guy Lohman ’71

“Just donated in honor of my sponsor, Jake Smith ‘69. Jake made us feel welcome, answered a million questions about academic and social life, threw a few parties for us and somehow fostered a real bond among us sponsees. My sponsor group in Clark V coalesced into an instant tribe’ to go to meals with and just hang out with, which helped us weather the uncertainties of that first year and immediately feel at home at Pomona. I’m a huge fan of Pomona’s sponsor program. Thanks, Jake!”

—Guy Lohman ’71

Head Sponsors 1978–79 school year“I found this picture of my fellow head sponsors…. I loved working with you both and Dean Margaret Bates during the 1978–79 school year! Here’s to our 40th Reunion, Ted Stein and Carolyn Sherwood Call!”

—Lisa Phelps ’79

“A chirpy Sagehen shout-out (and donation) in honor of my freshman sponsor, Wig Hall ‘77: Rex Dietz, Class of ‘80. For the life, of me I can’t recall the name of our co-sponsor—maybe my roomie Kevin Fisher would remember. Rex was very cool and made us all feel at home. I will never forget his opening remarks at our first meeting in the dorm—among other things, he advised us in so many words to avoid growing anything ‘exotic’ in the windows facing N. College Ave., because the cops would see it. Never looked back!”

—Jeff Anderson ’81

“Just gave in honor of one of my amazing sponsors and friends, Karen Hou Chung.

I still remember her greeting me with a huge smile and a hug and making me feel like family, especially during my first year at Pomona. This Giving Day is such a cool way to lift up the Pomona community while continuing to make sure others experience the growth and opportunities we all had during our four years. Go ahead and show some love to Pomona!”

—Jordan Castillo ’15

“Kris Skovbroten Gorman warmly welcomed our sponsor group to campus, instilling in us a warm affection for her Minnesotan hospitality. A fond memory—she gave me my first crash course in electrical work, showing me how to install switches in a floor lamp (pretty sure that wasn’t in the sponsor training manual). Still using that skill 10 years later! Thanks, Kris!”

—Paul Roach ’07

The Winter Selection of the Pomona College Book Club is…

Less: Andrew Sean GreerThis winter, join fellow alumni, parents, students and faculty as we read Less, a book that the Los Angeles Times called “a hilarious Pulitzer Prize–winning novel full of arresting lyricism and beauty.” Named a Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017, Andrew Sean Greer’s work follows a struggling novelist who travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding.

In-person Book Club events for the winter selection are taking place January through March in the following cities: St. Paul, MN (January 19); San Francisco, CA (February 9); Seattle, WA (February 21); Austin, TX (February 24); and Denver, CO (March 18). Additional gatherings are also being planned in Chicago, IL, Honolulu, HI and New Haven, CT. Visit the Pomona College Book Club web page to learn more about events near you and to read along with alumni, professors, students, parents and staff around the world.

Mark Your Calendar

Save the dates for these favorite annual events and update your contact information at Alumni Update Your Information to hear about more opportunities to come together with the Sagehen community.

Family Weekend, February 15–17, 2019. on campus

Payton Distinguished Lectureship: Anna Deavere Smith and “Notes from the Field,” February 28, 2019 on campus

4/7 Events throughout April in many regions

Alumni Weekend, May 2–5, 2019 on campus

Sagehen Fans Celebrate Rivalry Weekend

Sagehens footballOn the evening of November 9, more than 200 student athletes, coaches, alumni, parents, family members and dozens of Champions of Sagehen Athletics gathered on the portico of Big Bridges to kick off Rivalry Weekend 2018 and celebrate Sagehen football. The nighttime festivities helped to prepare the team for their biggest game of the season—the Sixth Street Rivalry—against the CMS Stags. Don Swan ’15, former captain of the Sagehens football team, served as master of ceremonies, and Head Football Coach John Walsh called the P-P vs. CMS rivalry the most unique rivalry in all of college football. The following day, hundreds of Sagehens came together to cheer on the blue and orange, and Sagehens captured their second-straight Sixth Street Rivalry victory with a 24–19 win over CMS. The victory marked the best season in Sagehen Football since 1999. Of the win, Coach Walsh said, “We have an extraordinary group of student-athletes and assistant coaches in this program. Our players come in every day and work hard and buy into what we are trying to do here. They earned it.”