Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend is the highlight of the spring semester. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Pitzer in full swing and spend quality time with your student at their home away from home.

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.

                                                           

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 

9 a.m.–4 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 and enjoy your new Pitzer gear! 

11–11:45 a.m.  

Sustainability Tour 
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Experience our beautiful native landscape with Pitzer's Sustainability Manager, Warren Biggins. Join him on an exploration to uncover all of the sustainable resources and features we have on campus. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.

Noon

   
  

Lunch with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center

See why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country.
Service is available until 1:30 p.m.
 

Noon–5 p.m.

   
  

Pitzer College Art Galleries 
Nichols Art Gallery, Broad Center

Visit the Pitzer College Art Galleries to explore our latest exhibition.  

1:45–4:15 p.m.

   
  

Afternoon Lecture Series 
Participate in the informative and interactive sessions of your choice. Hear
staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics. Locations TBA.
 

1:45–3p.m.

Session 1: The Sullivan Lecture
Brinda Sarathy, Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis and Director of the
Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern  California Sustainability 

3:15–4:15 p.m.

Session 2A: Robert Redford Conservancy Tour
Brinda Sarathy, Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis and Director of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

Session 2B: The Pitzer Art Galleries presents: The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard
An exhibition by the internationally known artists Mark Dion, Jessica Rath and Dana Sherwood.

The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard is an extraordinary collaboration between the Pitzer Art Galleries and the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability.

Presented in Pitzer’s Nichols Gallery, the exhibit is a collection of significant items, fixtures and architectural details that were removed from the original infirmary building that will become the physical home of the Conservancy.

The collection on display evokes the site's layered histories and environmental context.

5 p.m. 

   
  

Dinner with the Campus Community 
Dining Hall, McConnell Center 
Service is available until 7:30 p.m. 

5–6 p.m.

   
  

Pitzer Society Reception (by invitation only)
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Pitzer Society* members and their students are invited to attend this special
pre-dinner gathering with the Pitzer College Board of Trustees and faculty. 
 

6–9 p.m.

   
  

Pitzer Society Dinner and Auction (by invitation only)
Founders Room, McConnell Center
Hosted by Interim President Thomas Poon and the Pitzer College 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 13  

8–9 a.m.  

Rise and Shine: Meditation and Yoga
Pitzer Mounds

Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available; registration required.  Full. (No space available)

8:30 a.m.  

Breakfast
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 10:00 a.m.
 

8:30 a.m.–4p.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.
 

10–11 a.m.

   
  

Family Weekend Kickoff
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
This official kickoff event will include updates from the Parent Leadership Council, the inaugural Parent Volunteer Service Award, a student panel discussion and more. One lucky winner will receive Pitzer swag. You won't want to miss it!  

11:15 a.m.-Noon

   
  

Morning Lecture Series 
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice. Hear staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics. Locations TBA.
 

11:15 a.m.–Noon

Session 3A: The Firestone Center Lecture 
Michael Ballagh, Associate Vice President for International Programs

Session 3B: Perspectives on Mind & Brain
Brian Keeley, Professor of Philosophy

Session 3C: We Are Worth Something
Kathleen Yep, Professor of Asian American Studies

Noon  

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

1:30–4:15 p.m.

   
  

Afternoon Lecture Series 
Participate in the informative and interactive sessions of your choice. Hear staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics. Locations TBA.

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Session 4A: Walking Alongside Your Student's Career Exploration and
Planning 
Brad Tharpe, Interim Director of Career Services

Session 4B: First Generation: A Family Affair
Roberta Espinoza, Associate Professor of Sociology

2:30–3:15p.m.

Session 5A: Keck Science Environmental Analysis Tour w/Q&A
Colin Robins, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science                            
  

Session 5B: Re-introducing the Economic Way of Thinking        
Menna Bizuneh, Assistant Professor of Economics

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Session 6A: What is Good Writing? 
Andrea Scott, Assistant Professor of Academic  Writing

Session 6B: The Perilous Future of the Liberal Arts? Notes from the Pitzer Underground                         
William Barndt, Assistant Professor of Political Studies  

4:30-5 p.m.

   
  

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

5-5:30 p.m.

   
  

The President's Reception
The Eugene and Marilyn Stein Atrium, Benson Auditorium
Enjoy light refreshments with Interim President Thomas Poon.
 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

   
  

Keynote Address
The Eugene and Marilyn Stein Atrium, Benson Auditorium 
The Parent Leadership Council and Interim President Thomas Poon introduce Ted Piccone P’19, author of
Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order.

6:30 p.m.

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

8 p.m.

Pitzer Activities Committee presents Casino Night
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health and Wellness Center

  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 

8-9 a.m.

Rise and Shine: Mediation and Yoga                                                                  
Pitzer Mounds                                                                                               
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available; registration required.Full. (No space available).

9 a.m.–Noon

   
  

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

9–10:30 a.m.

   
  

Parent Leadership Council - Open Meeting 
Founders Room, McConnell Center                                                                 
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.

10:30 a.m. 

   
  

Sunday Brunch
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 12:30 p.m.
 

 

Enjoy the afternoon with your student!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 

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 College Advancement
    Office of Financial Aid
    Office of Student Accounts
    Office of Student Affairs
    Office of Study Abroad and International Programs
    Office of the Dean of Faculty
    Office of the President

4-5 p.m.

   
 

Distinguished Scientist Endowed Lecture 
George C.S. Benson Auditorium 
Guest lecturer, Tyrone B. Hayes, is a Biologist and Professor of Integrative
Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.  
 

5–5:45 p.m.

   
 

Reception
Eugene and Marilyn Stein Atrium, Benson Auditorium
Enjoy light refreshments with Tyrone B. Hayes, the Distinguished Scientist Guest Speaker.
 

7:30 p.m. 

Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Rains Center, Pomona College
Come watch the Sagehens battle the Stags and Athenas in one of the biggest games of the year.
 

     * Schedule is Subject to Change