Family Weekend 2015

Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend is the highlight of the spring semester, giving families the opportunity to experience Pitzer in full swing. Traditionally held in February around Valentine’s Day, it is now crowned the Weekend of Love. While you're enjoying your time on campus, we hope you will stop by the Pitzer Store to see the “I Love Pitzer” products we have available for you, designed with a message printed in the many languages spoken at Pitzer and in our Study Abroad locations around the world.

Below is the current listing of this year’s Family Weekend events. The final schedule, including athletic events and activities hosted by the other Claremont Colleges, will be provided when you check in. Please note, although welcome, the weekend’s activities are not geared toward younger children.

Check back often for program updates.

* Schedule is Subject to Change.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Registration & Information Center
Living Room, McConnell Center
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag and the final schedule of events. Shop the Pitzer Store.

10–11 a.m.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Room Assignments
Location to be announced 
Meet Kirsten Laufenberg, director of resident life and summer programs, and Tressi Mehana Chun, assistant director of residence life and summer programs.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 1:30 p.m.

12:30–2 p.m.

Parent Leadership Council (open meeting)
Pitzer Conference Room, 2014 Hall
The Council serves as the official representative body for Pitzer parents. Come learn about this leadership board and how you can become more involved. This open meeting will discuss how the Council interacts with the campus community.

2:15–3 p.m.

Faculty Lectures
Hear distinguished faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics.

Lecture 1: To be Announced

Lecture 2: State, Society and Health in West Africa: A Historical
Perspective

Location to be announced

Assistant Professor of African History Harmony O’Rourke

3:15-4 p.m.

Faculty Lectures
Hear distinguished faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics.

Lecture 3: Climate Change and its Consequences for the Oceans
Location to be announced

Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Gilman

Lecture 4: The Perilous Future of the Liberal Arts? Notes from the Pitzer Underground

Location to be announced
Assistant Professor of Political Studies William Barndt

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Pitzer Society Reception (by invitation only)
President's Residence
Society members and their Pitzer students are invited to attend this special pre-dinner gathering with the Pitzer College Board of Trustees and Pitzer faculty.

6–8 p.m.

Pitzer Society Dinner and Auction (by invitation only)
Founders Room, McConnell Center
Hosted by President Laura Skandera Trombley and the Pitzer Board of Trustees, this annual event during Family Weekend recognizes members of the Pitzer Society. The Society is open to all donors who annually give $1,963–the founding year of Pitzer College–or more. Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate students at this dinner.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Morning Hike with President Trombley
Claremont Wilderness Loop
Join President Trombley on a five-mile hike and enjoy beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes suggested.

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Rise and Shine: Pilates and Yoga
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; registration required.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Registration & Information Center 
Living Room, McConnell Center
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag and updated schedule. Relax, rally your Pitzer spirit and shop the Pitzer Store.

9:30 a.m.

Breakfast
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 11:30 a.m.

10 a.m.

Welcome from the Parent Leadership Council 
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Meet Co-presidents Gary Carson and Anne Cunningham Carson P’17 and this year’s Council, our partners in presenting Family Weekend.

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Life after Pitzer: A Conversation with Young Alumni
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Meet members of the Pitzer Alumni Board and learn how some of our newest and seasoned graduates are putting their Pitzer education into action.

11:30a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Morning Forums
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice.

Session 1: Career Ready: Resume Review Workshop

Founders Room, McConnell Center
Led by Matt Donato, associate dean of students and director of career services.

Session 2: The Pitzer College Art Galleries
Meet at Nichols Art Gallery, Broad Center 
Visit the Pitzer Art Galleries with Ciara Ennis, director and curator.

Session 3: Science at Pitzer College
Location to be announced 
Led by faculty in our science field groups.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch with the Alumni Board
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 1:30 p.m.

1:45–2:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Campus Leaders
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Hear about the academic and student life resources that are available for your student from Muriel Poston, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, and Brian Carlisle, vice president of student affairs.

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Forums 
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice.

Session 4: Without a Box
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
5-College improvisational and experimental performance group.

Session 5: Critical Impact through Local Community Engagement
Location to be announced
Led by Tessa Hicks Peterson, assistant vice president of community engagement and assistant professor in urban studies.

Session 6: Art at Pitzer College
Location to be announced
Led by the Art and Art Studio Field Groups 

3:45–4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Forums
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice.

Session 7: Environmental Analysis at Pitzer College
Location to be announced
Led by the Environmental Analysis Field Group faculty members.

Session 8: Everything You Wanted to Know about Study Abroad
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Join Michael Ballagh, associate vice president for study abroad and international programs, and students for this informative discussion about Pitzer's study abroad program. 

4:45–5:15 p.m.

Reception with President Trombley 
George C.S. Benson Atrium
Join President Laura Skandera Trombley and keynote speaker David Brooks P'16 for light refreshments.

5:15–6 p.m.

Keynote Parent Speaker
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
David Brooks P’16, national news commentator, will speak on The Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

6–8 p.m.

Family Weekend Celebration Dinner
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Families and students are invited to this celebration dinner. Wear your Pitzer orange!

8–10 p.m.

Movement and Sound – A 5-College Presentation
of the Performing Arts

Garrison Theater, Scripps College
Parents from all five colleges have the chance to see talented students perform alongside their consortium peers.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Rise and Shine: Pilates and Yoga
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; registration required.

9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Family and Friends Lounge 
Living Room, McConnell Center 
Last chance to shop the Pitzer Store.

10–11:30 a.m.

Walking Tour of Pitzer’s Native Landscape
Meet at the Grove House
Experience Pitzer's beautiful native landscape with Joe Clements, Pitzer's arboretum manager. Tour will take place rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.

10:30 a.m. 

Sunday Brunch
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
See why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country.
Service available until 12:30 p.m.

 1-2 p.m.

Networking & Social Media
Founders Room, McConnell Center
Led by Matt Donato, associate dean of students and director of career services.

 

Enjoy the afternoon with your student.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16

All Day

Be a Pitzer Student for a Day!
Join your student for classes on Pitzer’s campus. A class schedule will be provided at registration.

10 a.m.–noon

Office Hours
Stop by Pitzer College administrative offices to meet the staff and get your questions answered about the services they provide.

Office of Admission
Office of Career Services
Office of the Dean of Faculty 
Office of Financial Aid
Office of Student Accounts 
Office of Student Affairs
Office of Study Abroad and International Programs