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Alumni Weekend 2019 Schedule

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change. This schedule will be updated with reunion activities and a wide variety of other campus events in the coming months. Last updated: April 22, 2019.

ContinuEd Session: Feed your desire for lifelong learning with lectures, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions from our esteemed faculty, staff, and alumni. 

College Connection: Connect with College staff and learn more about the innovative programs and services available to our students and how you can get involved.

Student Spotlight: Engage current CMC students, network with the various student organizations, and share in the college experience.

Event Registration: Registration fee includes refreshments and bar at the Alumni Club; ContinuEd, College Connection, and special interest sessions; live music; campus tours; Monte Carlo Night; and more.

Event Shuttle: If you’re staying at the Doubletree by Hilton Claremont, a complimentary shuttle will take you to and from campus. The shuttle will run on a scheduled loop between the hotel and Kravis Center all day Friday and Saturday.

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Thursday, April 25

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Class of 1969 Reception
Packing House Wines, 540 W. First St., Claremont
Reunite with classmates at this special reception for the 50th Reunion Class of 1969. Registration required.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Alumni Welcome Mixer
Casa 425, 425 W. First St., Claremont
Welcome back to Claremont! Join fellow CMC alumni and enjoy beverages and food, strike up a conversation, and make connections.

Friday, April 26

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8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Audit Classes
Various Classrooms
Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Class lists will be available at the information desk in the Alumni Club.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Alumni Club
Kravis Center, Gann Quadrangle
For all our V.I.P. guests (you!), the Alumni Club is reserved for your exclusive use for the weekend. Connect with classmates, relax and enjoy refreshments and energizing snacks, and discover the various programming offered throughout the weekend.

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Kick­-Off Breakfast
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Meet up with new and old friends as we get the weekend started off right with a breakfast buffet and beverages. Registration required.

10:15 a.m. to Noon

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Freeberg Forum
Curious about the inner workings of the Alumni Association or would like to become more involved in the alumni community? All alumni are welcome to join CMCAA President Paul Nathan '80 to learn more about Alumni Association activities.

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Campus Tour
Meet at the Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Join John Faranda '79, vice president and ambassador-at-large, on a walking tour of the CMC campus. Explore the latest additions and revisit past landmarks to see what has changed since your days as a student.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Collins Lunch
Collins Dining Hall
Whether it’s a colorful salad, made-to-order sauté, or burger fresh off the grill you are craving, discover all the options and fill your plate at Collins Dining Hall. Register online or pay at the door; cash only at the door.

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Passover Lunch
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.
Kosher for Passover Seders and meals will be available at McAlister Center. RSVP for all Passover Meals preferred by April 12 at 5:00pm.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Scholarship Lunch
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Witness firsthand the incredible opportunity provided by your generous donations by lunching with recipients of CMC’s financial aid program! Hosted by the Office of Stewardship and the Office of Events. Invitation only. Registration required through the Office of Events.

12:30 p.m.

Islamic Prayer (Juma'a)
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.

1:00 p.m.

ContinuEd Session: “Living History: Three Decades of Researching and Restituting Nazi Looted Art”
Davidson Lecture Hall, Adams Hall
Join Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History, as he discusses his forthcoming book on the biography of one of history's biggest art plunderers. He will focus on three areas: first, the scholarly field, where he will recount how researchers have addressed the “unfinished business” of World War II; second, the practical application of his scholarship, including how he has served as an expert witness in restitution litigation; and third, the personal dimensions of his research, including the ethical challenges of interviewing former perpetrators to write the history and achieve some measure of justice.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Claremont in the Wild
Bauer Forum, Bauer Center South
Alumni - can you recall how stressful and messy the transition to the "real world" was? New places, new people, new challenges and opportunities... it was maybe a little wild. Students - feeling overwhelmed by what happens after Claremont? Maybe there is a mix of excitement and uneasiness? Join CMCAA board members Harmony Palmer '13, Greg Zahner '12, and Cole Mora '17 for a session of real-talk (no B.S., no formalities) where young alumni hope to give current students advice, tips, and tricks for success in the wild world outside of the Claremont bubble. You're not alone out there!

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kravis Lab for Social Change: CMCers Impacting the World
Founders Room, Bauer Center
Founders Room, Bauer Center How are CMC students changing the world and improving their local community? Join us for an interactive day of invention and inspiration, and learn about the newly launched Kravis Lab for Social Impact. Kravis Lab is a new resource and training center for members of the CMC Community who are interested in improving the lives of people around the globe. Students learn about the nine Core Skills for Success to help them thrive in college and in life, improve their community, and solve the world’s most pressing problems. Among the exciting activities Kravis Lab will be introducing in the course of three hours is the first CMC Maker Fair! This is an opportunity for alumni to engage with current students and test the prototypes of the impressive products they designed this semester. Witness and demo first-hand the inventions students have produced as they pitch and compete for your vote! This jammed packed program will start with interactive activities to improve your skills to succeed; inspiring presentations by students who have been working with Inland Empire non-profit partners to track their impact; and will culminate in a demo fair and Maker Pitch Competition, where a panel of alumni judges will vote for the most impactful invention and winners win a cash prize! For more information, please contact Gemma Bulos, director of the Kravis Lab at gbulos@cmc.edu or 909-607-9539.

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Student Spotlight: CMC Model UN – Maintaining International Peace and Security
Kravis Center 102
Team up with CMC's nationally-ranked Model United Nations team for an exciting simulation of the real UN Security Council! Feel free to observe, or pair up with a student team member, and act as a member country to push national policy while simultaneously brainstorming international solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues.


Student Spotlights: Free Food For Thought Podcast – LIVE!
Gann Quad, Kravis Center
Free Food For Thought is a student-run podcast sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum that seeks to feed intellectual curiosity. Join us for a live recording with Dr. Tanya (Remer) Altmann '94, the recipient of the Pamela B. Gann Leadership Award and the keynote speaker for Alumni Weekend. Dr. Tanya—as she’s known to her followers—is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and shows including Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Doctors, and KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles. The California-based pediatrician opened Calabasas Pediatric Wellness Center and is the author of five books, including the top-selling What to Feed Your Baby and the just-released Baby and Toddler Basics.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

College Connection: Career Coaching with the Soll Center for Student Opportunity
Soll Center for Student Opportunity (across The Hub)
Are you trying to clarify your career goals? Are you thinking about a career pivot or applying to graduate school? Do you want to increase your professional connections? Come into the Soll Center and get some quality one-on-one coaching to help you with these and any other career goals you may have!
Registration is required. To register, please click here

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Tea- In honor of Dr. Michael Riley
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Join fellow CMCers as they commemorate Dr. Michael Riley, professor of film and literature and the founding director of the Athenaeum. Dr. Riley joined CMC in 1968 and was instrumental in building the now famous Athenaeum speaker series.

3:00 to 3:50 p.m.

ContinuEd Session: Professor Jon Shields, Associate Professor of Government - "Trump's Democrats
Davidson Lecture Hall, Adams Hall
Jon Shields, associate professor of government, will discuss his current book project, a study of three working-class Democratic communities that voted for Trump. He will explain why they voted for him, why they are likely to do so again, and what it might mean for the future of American politics. Professor Shields is the author of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right and coauthor of Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. His commentary has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Republic, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m. - Discussion
4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Reception

3+2 Managment Engineering Panel Discussion with Professor Emily Wiley and Scot Gould
Kravis 102
Join Professors Emily Wiley, professor of biology, and Scot Gould, professor of physics, for a panel discussion on the 3+2 Management Engineering program and the future of STEM at CMC.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Government Major Mixer: Policy and Prosecco
The Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Before you head off to your hotel to refresh and prepare for the evening's revelry, join Government department faculty and students for some casual conversation at the Alumni Club. Reconnect with your former professors, hear about the newest developments in the Government department, and meet current students in the major. Hosted by the Claremont Government Society and the Government Department at CMC. 

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Passover Dinner
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.
Kosher for Passover Seders and meals will be available at McAlister Center. RSVP for all Passover Meals preferred by April 12 at 5:00pm.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

CMC Wine Tasting
4th Floor Terrace, Kravis Center
Connect and toast to college memories under the setting California sun. Featuring wines from CMC alumni-owned vineyards. Registration Required.

5:00 p.m. - Services
5:30 p.m. - Dinner

Shabbat Services and Dinner
Oldenborg Center, Pomona College, 350 N. College Way
Reservations for dinner appreciated, RSVP to the Chaplains' Office at 909-621-8685 by Wednesday, April 6.

6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

CMS Alumni Reception
3rd Floor South Terrace, Kravis Center
Join fellow Athena and Stag alumni for light refreshments on the South Terrace of the Kravis Center to reminisce about the “glory days” of playing for CMS.

6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Rolling out the maroon carpet for all our esteemed guests, the welcome reception will offer a selection of specialty beverages. Student leaders will be on hand to exchange CMC battle stories.

7:15 to 9:00 p.m.

Reunion Celebration Dinner
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
Our traditional “all class” reunion dinner. Join us as we celebrate CMC and the “4”s and “9”s. Registration Required.

9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

After Dinner Lounge
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Live music and refreshments.

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

After Hours at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont
555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
The Doubletree by Hilton Claremont bar will be open extra late for those who want to continue the revelry off campus. (No host)

Saturday, April 27

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8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Alumni Club
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
For all our V.I.P. alumni guests (you!), the Alumni Club is reserved for your exclusive use for the weekend. Connect with classmates, relax and enjoy refreshments and energizing snacks, and discover the various programming offered throughout the weekend.

8:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Talk

Continental Breakfast and ContinuEd Session: Academics, Then and Now
Pickford Auditorium
Panelists Elizabeth Morgan, registrar and assistant vice president for academic affairs; Peter Uvin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty; Anthony Fucaloro, the George Benson Professor of Public Affairs; and President Emeritus Jack Stark ’57 will discuss the progression of academics throughout the years.

10:30 a.m. to Noon

State of the College with President Hiram E. Chodosh
Pickford Auditorium
Learn about the current state of the College as well as what the future holds for your alma mater.

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Passover Lunch
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.
Kosher for Passover Seders and meals will be available at McAlister Center. RSVP for all Passover Meals preferred by April 12 at 5:00pm.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Class of 1969 Golden Medallion Luncheon
Eggert Dining Room, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
The 50th reunion class receives their coveted medallions during this lunch celebration. Registration required.

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Stag-a-palooza! Lunch
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
Find a shady spot and enjoy a delicious lunch featuring a live band, lawn games, and sweet treats. It’s fun for all ages! Registration required.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

CMC Art Council: Student Art Showcase
Gann Quad, Kravis Center
While you enjoy a scrumptious lunch Stag-a-palooza, make sure to stop by and see the impressive artwork on Gann Quad. The show is hosted by the CMC Art Council, a student-led organization that aims to provide support for artists on CMC's campus and strives to create awareness of the arts on campus.

1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Student Spotlight: Claremont Women in Business (CWIB) – CWIB Shark Tank
Kravis 164
Claremont Women in Business is a pre-professional organization aimed to connect and empower career-driven women through a community of collaboration, mentorship, and development. CWIB Tank is a shark-tank simulation staged by students and alumni. There will be business ideas, harsh judges, interesting pitches, and lots of competition to keep all current and past CMCers satisfied.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Craft Brew Review
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
Stroll from station to station to sample delicious craft beers, with flavors that range from the traditional to the eclectic. Your taste buds will be hopping! Under 21 not admitted. Registration required.

2:00 to 2:45 p.m. 

Mixology 101: Crafting the Perfect Cocktail Class I
Alumni Club Bar, Gann Quad
Join award-winning bartender and mixologist, Jessie Smyth, and partner Bobby Lincoln of The Stubborn Nail, as they offer cocktail and mocktail enthusiasts alike the opportunity to refine their knowledge and learn a few bartending tricks of the trade. This class explores bar basics and techniques, as well as a knowledge of spirits, ingredients, and their use in three unique beverages designed especially for CMC.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Student Spotlight: The Rose Institute - Student Research Presentation and Reception
The Rose Institute, Kravis Center, Fourth Floor
Join Rose Institute students as they present their research regarding redistricting ahead of the 2020 census, campaign finance trends in California state legislative races, and the state of the pension system in California, among other work. The student management team will also provide an overview of the inner workings of the Rose Institute and how it promotes students' professional development.

2:00 p.m.

Tour of Roberts Pavilion
Roberts Pavilion, 690 N. Mills Ave
Join Mike Sutton '76, director of advancement for athletics and interim director of physical education & athletics, for a tour of one of CMC's newest facilities. Opened in 2016 and named in honor of CMC Trustee and alumnus George R. Roberts '63 P'93, the Roberts Pavilion is the spectacular fitness and event center for Claremont McKenna College and the athletic center for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps intercollegiate, intramural, and physical education programs. 

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

1Gen: Fostering Community and Promoting Success
Kravis 102
Founded in 2017, 1Gen has upheld its mission of supporting first generation college students by fostering community, promoting academic success, and advancing professional development. Each academic year, 1Gen hosts events that range from etiquette dinners, webinars on applying to summer internships, and workshops on resume building. Join the student-run group for an afternoon discussion on the first-generation college experience. Alumni will have the opportunity to interact with first generation students, brainstorm ideas on events, and hear about the next steps in the building of the First-Gen Alumni Network. All are welcome!

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Target Shoot and ROTC Open House
Lower Level, Bauer Center
Practice your sharp-shooting skills with a lesson from members of the Army ROTC.

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Res Publica Society Presents: Molecular Dessert
Roberts Pavilion Patio
Join Fellow Res Publica members and Los Angeles Chef Megan Hall, of Made by Meg, for a culinary experience unlike any other as she creates her famous Deconstructed Cookie before your eyes. While savoring this afternoon delight, chat with fellow CMC alumni and President Chodosh. For more information, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 909-607-9286. By invitation only.

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Mixology 101: Crafting the Perfect Cocktail Class II
Alumni Club Bar, Gann Quad
Join award-winning bartender and mixologist, Jessie Smyth, and partner Bobby Lincoln of The Stubborn Nail, as they offer cocktail and mocktail enthusiasts alike the opportunity to refine their knowledge and learn a few bartending tricks of the trade. This class explores bar basics and techniques, as well as a knowledge of spirits, ingredients, and their use in three unique beverages designed especially for CMC.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Passover Dinner
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.
Kosher for Passover Seders and meals will be available at McAlister Center. RSVP for all Passover Meals preferred by April 12 at 5:00pm.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Reception
Toad Hall, 875 North College Ave. (SW Corner 9th & College)
Join the PPE crew at Ward Elliott's home for an afternoon of memories with fellow PPErs and professors! In the name of Bjork!

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Reunion Reception and Photo Shoot
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Immortalize your return to CMC with class photos and enjoy a lively reception with fellow CMCers.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Reunion Class Dinners
Kravis Center and Athenaeum (class locations to be announced)
Reminisce about years past with classmates over a gourmet meal. If you can only attend one event at Alumni Weekend, this signature affair should be it. Registration required.

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Monte Carlo Night
McKenna Auditorium
Let us transport you to the decadent world of Monte Carlo. Try your luck at the casino tables, lounge with friends over beverages, or step onto the starlit dance floor. A recreation of the longest running CMC event, we hope to leave you with yet another cherished “college” memory.

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

After Hours at the Doubletree by Hilton Claremont
555 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
The Doubletree by Hilton Claremont bar will be open extra late for those who want to continue the revelry off-campus. (No host)

Sunday, April 28

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8:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Morning Hike: The Claremont Loop
Meet at Kravis Center
Join students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a 5-mile trek through the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, located just 10 minutes from campus. This hike only requires sneakers and provides incredible views. Registration required, transportation included. Meet at the Alumni Club at 8:45 a.m. to depart. Consider joining for brunch after at Collins!

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Athena and Friends Brunch
Collins Dining Hall
Unfortunately, it is true; all good things must come to an end. Enjoy scrumptious breakfast fare and bubbly mimosas with the Stag and Athena before you say your goodbyes. Registration required.

11:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Catholic Mass
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.

11:15 a.m.

Interdenominational Christian Worship
McAlister Center, 919 Columbia Ave.

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