Message from Alumni Board President
Alfredo Romero ’91
Greetings, my fellow Sagehens,
Happy New Year! How are we here in 2023 already? I’d like to begin by thanking Don Swan ’15 for his leadership of the Alumni Association Board these past two years. The board and I deeply appreciate his time and commitment, especially as it stretched across the pandemic and the return to in-person life.
I am excited to be leading this dynamic group of dedicated and energetic Sagehen volunteers and can’t believe it’s already been six months since the Alumni Board members kicked off their work this academic year. We have had fantastic planning and discussions taking place in our meetings and are working toward many opportunities for alumni engagement and philanthropy—so stay tuned for more details! And I am also pleased to share some highlights of board work already in motion:
Partnering with the Career Development Office to offer Alumni Futures, virtual career exploration and planning presentations from Alumni Board members for young alumni and students. Chirps to Jeff Levere ’12 for kicking off this effort with his workshop this past fall!
Connecting with members of the campus community to share information and support Pomona traditions.
Working to grow alumni registrations as well as alumni-to-alumni and alumni-to-student mentoring on Sagehen Connect. (Did you know you can access the official Pomona College Alumni Directory and the Pomona College Magazine class notes pages on Sagehen Connect?)
Supporting activities of our Sagehen Regional Alumni Chapters, including working with chapter volunteers and planning the launch of two new chapters by Summer 2023!
As we get closer to spring, I want to remind you that all alumni are welcome to attend Alumni Weekend—April 27-30—and hope to see you there. The Alumni Board also looks forward to welcoming our newest Alumni Association members (the Class of 2023) in May!
Until next time—CHIRP!
Alfredo Romero ’91
Alumni Association Board President
To learn more about the Alumni Association Board, see the board roster or read meeting minutes online—or to nominate a fellow Sagehen (or yourself) for the board—please visit pomona.edu/alumni-board.
For questions, please contact
Director of Alumni and Family Engagement Alisa Fishbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Weekend Fun
We happily welcomed hundreds of families to campus for Family Weekend in October to enjoy a special weekend of programs and activities with their students. Families toured the new Center for Athletics, Recreation and Wellness and Benton Museum of Art, attended faculty and staff presentations like Hen Talks and History of Pomona, and were welcomed to many open house receptions hosted by academic departments and Student Affairs offices. We also appreciated the opportunity to thank our generous family donors in person at a special luncheon held in their honor on Saturday.
Who’s Coming to Alumni Weekend 2023?
Alumni Weekend registration opens in February, and we can’t wait to welcome our Sagehens back to campus for a fantastic weekend of reconnecting and making new memories. We’ll visit familiar and new Pomona spaces and celebrate reunions with class years ending in 3 or 8 as well as the 47th reunion of the Class of 1976 and our Diamond Classes of 1962 and earlier. As always, therewill be an abundance of curated programs and events for our alumni community to enjoy. All alumni are invited, so don’t wait for your next reunion to come and say hello to classmates, faculty, staff and Cecil!
Watch your email and the Alumni Weekend and Reunion Celebrations website at pomona.edu/alumniweekend for details, updates and information on how to register. Questions? Please call (888) SAGEHEN or email Director of Alumni and Family Engagement Alisa Fishbach at email@example.com.
Sage Coaches Needed on Sagehen Connect!
Who knows the ins and outs of graduating from Pomona and experiencing life beyond the Gates better than a Sagehen? Alumni and students would love to connect with you and hear your advice about career experiences, graduate school and other post-Pomona life wisdom as a Sage Coach on Sagehen Connect. Provide resume feedback, offer advice on career roles and paths, make recommendations on graduate school programs or assist with other types of support—you choose how you would like to help and how much. Additionally, Sage Coaches may be invited to participate in panel discussions or individual presentations hosted by the Career Development Office or Alumni and Family Engagement.
Signing up is easy:
- Log in to Sagehen Connect at sagehenconnect.pomona.edu.
- Select “Edit profile” next to your profile image.
- Scroll to “Offer Sage Coaching” and select what you would like to do as a Sage Coach.
- Don’t forget to save your changes!
Not on Sagehen Connect yet? Learn more about our Pomona College online alumni community and register today at pomona.edu/sagehen-connect.
A Message from Nathan Dean ’15, National Chair of Annual Giving
Hello and Happy New Year, Sagehens!
I hope your holiday season was full of joy and relaxation and gave you time to reconnect with family, friends and your favorite Sagehens. During these past months of giving, I have been in awe, once again, at the generosity of our Sagehen community. It is inspiring to begin 2023 as a proud member of our philanthropic community, noting the impact that’s been made in support of our students so far this academic year.
With January here, it occurs to me that I am heading into the last six months of my term as the national chair of annual giving. In July, I’ll be honored to pass the torch to our newly named national chair, Christina Tong ’17. It’s been a rewarding role indeed, and I look forward to working on several special giving opportunities coming our way this spring that will strive to raise funds for key areas in need at Pomona.
Thank you to everyone who has made a gift in 2022. Rest assured that your support goes directly to the immediate needs of current students and faculty, including financial aid, academic programs and resources, experiential learning and student activities. If you haven’t given yet, I hope you’ll consider donating to the area of Pomona that’s most meaningful to you before June 30 reaches us. Gifts of all sizes make a great impact.
Nathan Dean ’10
National Chair of Annual Giving