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Sending out Postcards from the Ath

We’ve launched a new digital series, Postcards from the Ath, bringing faces, stories, and recipes to the community. The series runs Monday through Thursday on the Athenaeum’s Instagram and Facebook platforms. “I want everybody, especially our students, to connect as much as possible,” said Athenaeum Director Priya Junnar.

KLI Dinner
KLI reaches the quarter-century milestone

Last month, CMC celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Kravis Leadership Institute and the vision of eponymous founder Henry Kravis ’67. An all-day conference, faculty panels, and student testimonials richly demonstrated how KLI has empowered a generation of leaders.

Hiram Zoom
Admission brings the CMC experience online

More than 150 admitted high school seniors from across the world connected with President Hiram Chodosh for his virtual CMC welcome. It's one of several engagement opportunities the CMC Admission team has nimbly adapted for remote delivery.

Cole and Tyler
Former roommates reunite in mask fundraising effort

Two enterprising alumni built a fundraising platform, SoCal Tech for SoCal Hospitals, to buy respirator masks for hospitals. After only one week, they raised enough to provide 30,000 masks for Southland medical workers.

Drew Oetting
Medical-supply arbitrage to the rescue

Last month, San Francisco venture capitalist Drew Oetting ’12 started a nonprofit called Operation Masks. Now he’s tapping his global supply-chain network to bring millions of desperately needed N95 masks to American hospitals, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Pandemic offers window into stress factors

When the novel coronavirus hit, CMC health psychologist Stacey Doan was already studying the ways psycho-social factors become “biologically embedded.” Her new data may show how pre-virus behaviors predict individual responses to a pandemic.

Jack Pitney
Faculty lectures bring CMC together virtually

Presidential campaign expert Jack Pitney delivered a remote lecture to 200 curious alumni and parents—the first in a series of Zoom-based intellectual exchanges called “Conversations with Faculty.” Pitney weighed in on how the coronavirus crisis impacts the November election.

Allie Gould
Senior wins best philosophy paper award

The journal Stance will publish an article by Allie Gould ’20 after her submission was named best paper at a Denver philosophy conference. Her scholarly essay grew out of Professor Amy Kind's advanced seminar on Imagination.

Tori Johnson
Making a social media fashion statement

To highlight how social media distorts reality, Tori Johnson ’21 spent last summer creating a papier-mâché dress with Instagram symbols and images of celebrity-influencers. Fueled by a Creative Works Fellowship, her project landed Johnson an internship at Apple Inc.

Video: Exploring campus with student tour guides

Walk with our student tour guides as they share their favorite CMC spots. The new Admission video is for prospective students and their families who can’t visit campus in person because of the pandemic.

Yara Ismael
Connecting through Kurdish-American bond

Yara Ismael ’22 and Sherin Zadah ’17 are the new faces of Kurdish-American activism. After the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, their voices rang out over TV and radio stations. Their powerful op-ed, “Heartbreak for Kurdish Americans​,” ran in the Wall Street Journal.

Tamara Venit Shelton
Historian speaks out on 'medical scapegoating'

Professor Tamara Venit-Shelton penned an LA Times opinion piece in February on anti-Asian xenophobia tied to the pandemic. An authority on Chinese medicine’s history in America, she drew analogies with earlier racist panics.

John Brennan
Former CIA chief meets CMC on the road

John Brennan inaugurated the “Ath on the Road” series with his February 5 talk in Costa Mesa. The career U.S. intelligence leader spoke of the value of a liberal arts education and the “importance of having a North Star to guide” one’s conduct in public service.

Marci Alumna
Board of Trustees elects disability lawyer, alumna, and parent

Marci Lerner Miller ’89 P’19 P’20 has joined the CMC Board of Trustees for a three-year term. A disability and special education attorney, she is the founder of Miller Advocacy Group, which specializes in helping families navigate education and disability law.

Rally Crisis Response
Give to the CMC Crisis Response Fund

Gifts to the CMC Crisis Response Fund provide powerful support for our community’s most urgent needs. From nutrition and mental health support, to additional funding for innovative job and internship solutions, your contribution will help our students with academic and personal success.


CMC In The News
Chronicle of Higher Education

President Hiram Chodosh was featured in an in-depth article illustrating how four college presidents made decisions to close their campuses—and how their example helped pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit.

LA Times
Los Angeles Times

A story on college students who petitioned to remain in campus housing during the pandemic highlighted CMC’s response. About 85 CMC students received approval to stay. “Our goal throughout this response has been to acknowledge the significant personal losses while offering support to get through this,” said Dianna Graves '98, dean of students.

LA Times
Los Angeles Times

Claremont McKenna College was featured in a story on campus closures across the country. The article mentioned that all students would be required to return home or find another off-campus location by March 23, with some exceptions. “We recognize that not everyone has a good or safe place to go,” President Hiram Chodosh said.

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