Summer 2022 /The Power of Two/

Notice Board

Alumni Weekend Back on Campus!

Pomona excitedly welcomed over 1,400 alumni and guests back to Claremont for our first Alumni Weekend on campus in three years. Sagehens spent a fun-filled weekend engaging in activities, attending presentations, celebrating class reunions, and reconnecting and reCHIRPing with classmates, faculty and other members of the campus community. The weekend featured 147 events, including Ideas@Pomona talks featuring Blaisdell Award winners, A Taste of Pomona featuring alumni vintner wine tastings, the All-Class Dinner with President Starr, the Party at the Wash and many other fun activities and programs.

For a closer look at Alumni Weekend 2022, watch this short video at and check out the online photo album at

Thank You from National Chair of Annual Giving Nathan Dean ’10

My fellow Sagehens,

The return to life on campus would not have been as strong or well supported without your extraordinary generosity. From outdoor classrooms and academic supplies to internship, research and extracurricular opportunities, your gifts of time and funds helped to make this past year possible. And if you haven’t yet made your Sagehen impact, I encourage you to give to the departments, programs or resources that are most meaningful to you. Every gift of every amount changes student lives for the better.

Nathan Dean ’10Thank you for your care and support of our Sagehen community!

With gratitude,

Nathan Dean ’10
National Chair of Annual Giving

Congratulations to our 2022 Blaisdell and Distinguished Service Alumni Award Recipients

A committee of past presidents from the Pomona College Alumni Association Board has selected the 2022 Alumni Award recipients.

Four alumni received the Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni for high achievement in professions or community service: Mike Budenholzer ’92, Colleen Hartman ’77, Bret Price ’72 and John Roth ’62. These alumni have carried the spirit of the College into the world and embodied the inscription on the College Gates: “They only are loyal to this college who departing bear their added riches in trust for mankind.”

To learn more about the Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award honorees, visit

For their selfless commitment and ongoing volunteer service to the College, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award was presented to Georgia Ritchie McManigal ’54, Marty Jannol ’77 and Penny McManigal ’58. The Alumni Distinguished Service Award was established in 1991.

To learn more about this year’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award honorees, visit

Welcome to Our New Sagehen Families!

We are excited to welcome our new Pomona families of the incoming members of the Class of 2026 and transfer students! To help you get better acquainted with the Sagehen family community and meet other parents and family members, there are many touchpoints planned for the summer and the fall. Please watch your inbox and mailbox for information on regional Summer Welcome gatherings, virtual and in-person Sagehen Family Orientation events in August, and other helpful details and resources. We look forward to meeting you, and again, welcome to the Sagehen community!

Be sure to ask your student to complete the Family Information Form on the Through the Gates platform to ensure that we have your current email and mailing address for parent and family communications. For questions, please reach out to Director of Alumni and Family Engagement Alisa Fishbach at or or Director of Family Giving Iram Hasan at

Annual Giving Impact Report

Learn about the incredible impact made by Pomona alumni and family donors in the 2020–2021 academic year. Thanks to their generosity, students, faculty and staff received crucial support for tools, resources, supplies and much more during the College’s year of distance learning. Read the full report at

A Special Message from Alumni Association Board President Don Swan ’15

Dear Sagehen Alumni,

It was such a thrill to have Alumni Weekend back on campus this year—our first since 2019. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity for our alumni community to reconnect and reCHIRP after the long pandemic pause and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with fellow Sagehens in person from across the generations. What a magical weekend!

I’d also like to congratulate the Class of 2022 on their Commencement—another important event to return to in-person on campus—and officially welcome them to the Pomona College Alumni Association! And as there was a special Commencement Celebration Weekend held on campus for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in May, I want to take a moment to remind them we are so pleased to have them join the alumni community as well.

As of June 30, my two-year term as president of the Alumni Association Board ends. Working with Pomona’s Alumni Board members these past two years has been such an important opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our campus and broader Sagehen community. It’s been a tremendous honor to serve with such a remarkable group of dedicated and passionate alumni who strive to strengthen and support our community. Alfredo Romero ’91 will step into the role of president next. I wish him all the best as he begins his term.

Chirp! Chirp!

Don Swan ’15
Alumni Association Board President