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Chapter Programs
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Europe Chapter: The Future of CMC
Wednesday, October 5 | 6:00 p.m.

Join the CMC community in Europe at The Groucho Club in Soho as we reconnect and collectively learn, discuss, and strategize about the College’s current and future priorities

The Future of CMC Registration

Inland Empire Chapter: Claremont Heritage Home Tour
Sunday, October 9 | 10:00 a.m.

Join members of the Inland Empire CMC community on this historical home tour in Claremont. For forty years, Claremont Heritage, a non-profit organization formed in 1976 by citizens of Claremont, has showcased and helped preserve the historical architecture of the City of Trees and PhDs. This year's tour, called HOME AGAIN, will showcase unique private residences not usually open to the public.

Claremont Heritage Home Tour Registration

Chicago Chapter: Alumni Welcome Reception
Tuesday, October 18 | 6:00 p.m.

Gather together for our first event of the fall over delicious food and drinks at Beatrix in River North. This is the perfect opportunity to meet some new faces and continue building an already strong CMCAA chapter. What better way to start off the fall than with the CMC community!

Chicago Welcome Reception Registration

Washington, D.C. Chapter: Alumni Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 19 | 6:00 p.m.

Join alumni of all ages for a welcome reception featuring delicious food and beverages at Dauphine's located in Midtown Center.

Washington, D.C. Welcome Reception Registration

Seattle Chapter: Alumni Welcome Reception
Thursday, October 27 | 6:00 p.m.

Join alumni of all ages for a welcome reception featuring delicious food and beverages at Optimism Brewing Company. Whether you're simply looking to learn who's nearby or feel you might be a good support for a new Seattle-area CMCer, this is a fantastic opportunity to come together.

Seattle Welcome Reception Registration

Los Angeles Chapter: To Kill a Mocking Bird and An Evening with Professor Geismer
Thursday, November 17

Join the Los Angeles CMC community for a night at the theater! All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, To Kill a Mockingbird. With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, the show has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas will play the role of Atticus Finch in the National Tour.

Before the show, enjoy food and beverages at the Hollywood W hotel near the theatre, as CMC's own Dr. Lily Geismer, associate professor of history, provides historical context of the show and about America in the 20th century.

Registration coming soon!

Live Programming

Programs included 75th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers, alumni and parent speakers, and Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement special guests.  All the presentations below will be live streamed. Links will be posted as soon as they are available.

If you missed an event, you may be able to view it in our Virtual Programs Library.
Updating Your Excel Skills: The Tools to get Through 2022
Tuesday, September 27 | 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m ET

While Microsoft Excel first came out in 1985, the software continues to adapt and expand to meet the needs of our increasingly digital and data-driven world. Today it's not enough to say "it's all in the numbers"; you must explain your findings, often with the help of graphs, equations, and formulas.

Well, now is the time to update your Excel tool book to meet these demands and get the advantage in the office or classroom! Join us as the Murty Suntak Quantitative Computing Lab guides us in a workshop to sharpen our skills for the year ahead.

Please note that this is an intermediate-level workshop. If you have never used Excel or consider yourself an expert, we would ask you to wait and join us for a future program. Thank you!

Excel Training Registration

The Upcoming Midterms with Professor Zach Courser '99
Thursday, October 20 | 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m ET

Midterms don't always get the same attention as general elections, but this year it feels like all eyes are on November 8th. With all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate up for grabs, there's potential for significant change in Washington.

However, there are also more unknowns than normal this year. Will the overturning of Roe v. Wade mobilize left-leaning voters? Will the Trump factor be a benefit or detriment to the Republican party? Join us as Zach Courser '99, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, co-Director of the Policy Lab, and expert on American culture and politics, attempts to give us an insight into what we should expect for this year's biggest political event. Are we about to witness a major moment in American political history?

Upcoming Midterms Registration

College Admission Coming Out of the Pandemic
Tuesday, October 25 | 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m ET

2022 is a weird time to be applying to college. Are virtual tours a viable alternative to visiting campus in-person? Are standardized tests back? How should I expect schools to compare virtual or pandemic grades to those from more normal times? The sad truth is that there's no simple answer. The good news, though, is that there's no one better equipped to answer these questions than CMC's incredible college admission team.

Join Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, as she attempts to answer these questions and more. This talk takes place just a few days before the first Early Decision deadline, so don't miss the opportunity to ensure your family is checking all the right boxes in this unique year.

Please note that this is not a talk specifically about getting into CMC, but a broad conversation on the college admission process.

College Admission Registration

Wines of Australia
Thursday, November 3 | 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m ET

With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to wow your family than with knowledge of some of Australia's finest wines?

Join sommelier and Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement Evan Rutter '06, Sales Manager for Meyer Family Cellars Tony Poer '90, and Proprietor of Vinroads Adam "Chuck" Hayward '78, as they lead us through a guided Australian wine tasting and discussion of the Australian wine business. Whether you consider your palate robust or budding, this exciting virtual session will have something for everyone. The only requirement? That you come ready to learn, have fun, and connect with the CMC community!

Upon registering, the selected wines, including a Riesling, Grenache, and Shiraz, will be mailed to all participants in the United States. Those outside of the United States will be able to purchase the wines themselves.

Wines of Australia Registration

Building Your Social Media Brand with CMC Alumni
Tuesday, November 15 | 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m ET

Why do some people have far more Instagram followers than others? Are their pictures that much better? While that may be part of it, chances are the people with the most influence have taken the time to curate a cohesive online brand.

Join us in a discussion with some of CMC's biggest influences and social media representatives about the intricacies of building your brand online. Whether you want to build your online presence, are simply looking to better entertain your current followers, or something in between, this talk will have something for everyone.

Registration is forthcoming!

CMC Young Alumni Panel: Gender Representation and Diversity in Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, December 7 | 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m ET

It's no secret that for much of history, there's been a 'standard mold' to America's diplomats and politicians. The good news is that nowadays, our public servants have more backgrounds and varying experiences than ever before. CMC has been a leader in this change, preparing the best leaders from all walks of life. Join us for a panel discussion with CMC alumni of all backgrounds as they discuss their path to government, foreign service, and policy-making and how we can continue to prepare the next generation of responsible leaders. Please check back for more information, including speaker names.

Registration is forthcoming!

Athletic Events
CMS Cross Country vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Saturday, October 8 | 7:45 a.m.

Come cheer on the Athenas and Stags at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational! After the meet, join the team, coaching staff, and fellow Athena and Stag alumni for brunch at Roberts Pavilion. This is an important meet for the Athenas and Stags as this is our last competition before the SCIAC Championships. We would love to have you join us in supporting the team!

Cross Country Registration

Stags Soccer vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Saturday, October 8 | 5:30 a.m.

Calling all Stags Soccer Alumni and CMS Soccer Hall of Famers! Join us at Pritzlaff Field as the current team takes on Pomona-Pitzer. Prior to the game, gather for an alumni reception and get ready to cheer on the Stags in their Sixth Street Rivalry match.

Stags Soccer Registration

CMS Swim & Dive Alumni Meet
Saturday, October 29 | 9:30 a.m.

Join swim and dive alumni and current team members for our annual alumni meet! Catch up with teammates, meet fellow alumni, and get to know the current Athenas and Stags.

Swim & Dive Registration

Athenas Basketball Alumnae Reunion
Saturday, November 4 & Friday, November 5

Athenas, we would like to welcome you back to campus for an Athenas Basketball Alumnae Weekend on Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 5. Meet the team and coaches, watch the Athenas practice, connect with your former teammates, and test your jump shot in the Alumnae Game.

Athenas Basketball Registration

Stags Basketball Alumni Game and Reunion
Saturday, November 5 | 10:00 a.m.

Calling all Stags Basketball Alumni! Please join the team back on campus for the 2022 Stags Basketball Alumni Game and Reunion. You are welcome to attend practice before the Alumni Game and stick around for the Taco Man lunch and the Stags Football game vs. Redlands afterward.

Stags Basketball Registration

Stags Water Polo Alumni Game and Reunion
Saturday, November 5 | 11:00 a.m.

Join us in Claremont to cheer on the CMS Stags water polo team as they take on Caltech at Axelrood Pool. After you've seen the Stags in action, all are welcome to connect with the team during the team meal.

Stags Water Polo Registration

Athenaeum Reservations for CMC Alumni and Parents

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Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.

Note: These events are reserved for CMC alumni and parents only.

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Monday, September 26
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
An Evening of Poetry and Prose

In describing Mary Ruefle’s poems, the poet Tony Hoagland said, “Her work combines the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens. The result (for those with ears to hear) is a poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter.” Drawing from these depths, Mary Ruefle will read and reflect on her poetry.

Ms. Ruefle’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.
Wednesday, September 28
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
California’s Choices: 2022 Ballot Measures

Exercising the power to determine important policy issues by direct popular vote, this fall Californians will vote on seven ballot measures covering a broad range of subjects including a measure to change the California Constitution to expressly include existing rights to reproductive freedom, two measures on sports betting, and a measure to increase the income tax on high earners. Nicolas Heidorn '06, former policy director for California Common Cause, and Ken Miller, professor of government at CMC and director of the Rose Institute, will provide expert analysis of these consequential choices and will also present the Video Voter series of informational videos produced by Rose Institute students.

Monday, October 3
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Writing From the Heart: The Joys and Terrors of Being Vulnerable in Journalism

Award-winning essayist and syndicated columnist Donna Britt had written extensively in The Washington Post about being black, female, and spiritual in a society that often devalues all three. How does one successfully negotiate writing authentically and open-heartedly about sensitive subjects in a divided and judgmental world?

Ms. Britt's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.
Wednesday, October 5
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Smackdown: Memory v History

Today's young readers are tomorrow's problem-solvers, whose task, asserts Linda Sue Park, Newberry Medal award winning author of children’s books, is nothing less than saving the planet and human decency. She will talk about the importance of using a wide variety of lenses when writing, reading, and teaching literature and history to young students. While her own work focuses mainly on the Korean and Korean American experience, the attitude needed to nurture in young readers applies to all children's books—the awareness that the memories of individuals are all too often undervalued, distorted, or erased when history becomes canon.

Ms. Park's Athenaeum event is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, and the history department, all at CMC..

Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.
Thursday, October 6
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Human Rights and the Origins of the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East

Michelle Tusan, professor of history at UNLV, explores the origins of the response to stateless refugees by international institutions and humanitarian organizations. It has its roots in one of the forgotten stories of World War I when forced migration began as a problem in its modern form. The internationalization of the refugee problem—the then highly publicized case of Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Ottoman Christian minorities--created the dual solution of the refugee camp and resettlement. This became a utopian and ultimately unrealizable solution to the problem of mass displacement in a period of rising xenophobia and nationalism.

Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.
Monday, October 10
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
How the Native "Moment" in Popular Culture is Rooted in Human Rights

Native representation in popular culture and media has reached a new level. From the popularity to TV shows with all Native writing castes to news organizations large and small focusing on centering Indigenous voices in their stories and newsrooms, Indigenous peoples are finally starting to have a foothold in industries that have long sought to marginalize — or commoditize — their experiences. But, argues Graham Lee Brewer, a national investigative reporter at NBC News, what we are experiencing is not a "moment" for Native creatives, as it has often been described. It is the culmination of generations of Indigenous activism, journalism, protest, and sacrifice that has finally forced a reckoning.

Registration for the event opens the Friday before the scheduled date and closes the morning of.
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