Claremont McKenna College celebrated the end of another successful and exciting academic year. On May 15,
approximately 3,500 family members and friends met on campus to attend the graduation of 296 CMCers,
including 20 Master’s of Arts in Finance degree recipients, at the College’s 63rd annual commencement
ceremonies. This year’s keynote speaker was Henry Kravis ’67, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts &
Co. Additional commencement events included the Hooding Ceremony for the inaugural class of Master’s in
Finance graduates, meetings of the CMC Board of Trustees, a reception hosted by the CMC Alumni Association,
the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, and a reunion luncheon for the Class of 2009. Click here for full coverage
of Commencement 2010.
On April 15, the Res Publica Society hosted Mitt Romney, former
governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and co-founder of
Bain Capital, as the College’s second Res Publica speaker and this
year’s Pacesetters Fellow. Governor Romney spoke at a luncheon in
Orange County and then traveled to Claremont to speak to the CMC
community at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Click here to read
the interview between Governor Romney and CMC Student Michael
The President’s Leaders Forum concluded the year with two notable
speakers. On April 20, George Roberts ’66 P’93, founding partner of
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., visited with CMC students and faculty
members, including a meeting with undergraduate Robert Day
Scholars, a visit to the Master’s Program in Finance Advanced
Accounting course, a luncheon at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum,
and meetings with students from the Roberts Environmental Center and
Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. Click here to view the video “A
Conversation with George Roberts.”
On May 3, the College
welcomed Sheikh Dr.
Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem
Al-Sabah ’78 P’10, Kuwait’s
Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister. In addition to speaking at the Athenaeum and
meeting with students from CMC’s Arabic Program, Sheikh Dr.
Mohammed Al-Sabah was presented with an Honorary Degree of
Doctorate of Laws from the College.
Over the last few months, Claremont McKenna College has been
recognized in several national rankings. The week of August 16, U.S.
News and World Report ranked CMC 11th overall among the nation's
liberal arts colleges. The week of August 9, Forbes' third-annual
ranking of America's Best Colleges ranked the College ninth overall
among more than 600 undergraduate colleges and universities across
the U.S. This spring, CMC was rated #1 in a ranking of the 100 Happiest Colleges by The Daily Beast and was
selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges, a new guidebook from The
Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council. In August, The Princeton Review named the College as
one of only 11 colleges selected for their 2011 Financial Aid Honor Roll. The list, published in The Best 373
Colleges-2011 Edition, includes colleges and universities that received the highest possible rating score of 99. In
the book, the College earned a top score of 99 for "Campus Life," and "Financial Aid;" "Academics" and
"Admission" rated scores of 98 and 97 respectively.
Academics and Research
The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance reported that the students of the first graduating class of the
Master’s Program in Finance students were successful in accepted positions in both the financial services industry
and academia around the globe. These students will be working at firms such as Cambridge Associates, Citi,
Credit Suisse, Harris Williams & Co., Prager, Sealy & Co., Relational Investors, and Wells Fargo. Graduates also
will be working internationally for Pivotal Investments in Hong Kong and for The Center for Corporate Governance
in Mexico City. Others will be furthering their education in Ph.D. programs at George Mason University and
Carnegie Mellon University.
At the end of June, Janet Smith, Von Tobel Professor of Economics and dean of the Robert Day School, stepped
down as the dean of the School. S. Brock Blomberg, the Peter Barker ’70 Professor of Economics and George R.
Roberts Fellow, was selected to serve as the interim dean.
CMC’s faculty members continue to distinguish themselves in their respective academic fields, and the College’s
research institutes and centers excel through their research, programming, and publications. I invite you to visit
the “Features” section of the CMC home page to see highlights from our faculty members and research institutes
and centers or view a list of accomplishments of CMC’s faculty and research institutes and centers from the past
Our Leadership Environment
Spring was a busy and rewarding semester for our students. I am pleased to report that several students received
a number of prestigious awards and were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
Two CMC students, Charles Sprague ’10 and Jesse Katz Bluementhal ’11, were named national parliamentary
debate champions. The successful CMC duo won the U.S. Universities National Championship in April. The
competition included both undergraduate and graduate school teams. During the tournament, Charles and Jesse
were undefeated in their 10, two-hour debates.
Nirant Gupta ’11 is a recipient of the prestigious Truman Scholarship that will provide up to $30,000 for graduate
study. Nirant is the ninth CMC student to receive this award in the last 20 years. The scholarship recognizes
college juniors with exceptional leadership potential and who are committed to pursuing careers in public service.
Nirant plans to pursue a joint J.D./M.P.H. (Juris Doctor, Master of Public Health) to assist him in building a career
as a public health policy maker.
This year, CMC had eight Fulbright Student Scholars: Amber Ariate ’10 (Philippines), Rebekah Binns ’10 (Jordan),
Courtney Dern ’10 (Norway), Francesca Ioffreda ’10 (Colombia), David Nahmias ’10 (Mexico), Camille Sheffield
’10 (Venezuela), Max Sterling ’10 (Argentina), and Katelyn Walker ’10 (Estonia). David Franzel ’10 was also the
recipient of a prestigious Critical Language Scholars award to study intensive Arabic language and culture in
Two CMC seniors were selected for The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET Programme), which
promotes international exchange and foreign language education programs in Japan. Kyle Block ’10 and Kathryn
Oi ’10 will live and work in a local community and immerse themselves in the Japanese experience. Also, Karthik
Reddy ’10 was selected to participate in the German academic exchange program, Deutscher Akademischer
Austausch Dienst (DAAD). He will be studying the effects of changes in store closing times while in Berlin.
Francesca Ioffreda ’10 and Keila Novoa ’11 were jointly awarded a prestigious $10,000 grant from the Davis
Projects for Peace initiative for Alcanzando Nuevas Alturas (Reach New Heights), their program designed to
implement a sexual health and women’s rights awareness in rural Paraguay. This summer, Francesca and Keila
are working with Dundacion Paraguaya, a nonprofit organization promoting entrepreneurship as a means to
alleviate poverty. The students will be teaching courses on sexual health and women’s rights and training
volunteers to do the same.
CMC students from the bridge team had a strong finish to their year. CMC’s bridge team qualified to compete in
the American Contract Bridge League National Collegiate Tournament in New Orleans. Ryan Wessels ’10 (team
captain), Raghav Dhawan ’10, Matthew Meyer ’10, and Nik Miller ’10 participated in the two-day national
tournament in July.
Zephanii Smith ’12, at the age of 19, became the youngest member of the NAACP
National Board of Directors. She was sworn in during the organization’s annual board
meeting in New York.
Alumni, Parents & Friends
The Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association has been engaged in a number of strategic efforts to assist
current students while increasing the Association’s visibility on campus. Events included the Alumni Association
Welcome Dinner on April 28 that featured CMC Jeopardy, a slideshow presentation featuring seniors, and an
official welcome from CMCAA President Ryder Todd Smith ’96; a Sophomore Class Dinner with President
Emeritus Jack L. Stark ’57 GP’11; a Junior Class Etiquette Dinner with Vice President for Alumni and Parent
Relations John Faranda ’79; a Careers in Law Dinner with Carol Chase P’11 P’13 and Boyd Hudson ’73 P’05
P’12; and an Alumni Career Day at Sony Pictures with Michael Grindon ’76.
CMC graduates whose class years ended in “5” or “0” were the focus
of Alumni Weekend 2010 held May 20-23. On Friday night, the CMCAA
held its annual Awards and Honors dinner. Five individuals were
recognized, including John Faranda ’79, Professor Manfred Keil, Bob
Emett ’50, Cary Davidson ’75, and Harry McMahon ’75 P’08 P’09.
More than 400 alumni and family members participated in various
events during the weekend, including the 19th Annual Clif MacLeod
Golf Classic, class dinners, symposiums, a CMC Town Hall Meeting
with President Gann, and more. Click here to view photos from Alumni
The Alumni Office is pleased to announce its schedule for New Student
Parties. Alumni, parents, and students in various cities around the
world will gather to welcome CMC’s Class of 2014 at these events.
The Alumni Association has benefited for the last two years from the
tremendous leadership of Ryder Todd Smith ’96. The College thanks him for his enthusiasm and dedication to
CMC and welcomes Rick Voit ’78 as the new CMCAA President.
The Campaign for Claremont McKenna
As of June 30, the Campaign for Claremont McKenna stood at $454 million, 76% of our goal of $600 million.
Despite a challenging year for fundraising, the College achieved its third highest fundraising total with $37.4 million
for the fiscal year 2009-2010.
The Class of 2010 raised more than $13,000 through the Senior Class
Gift Campaign that took place in early May. Ninety-nine percent of the
class participated with the average gift being $48.
While the College continues to face challenges in reaching donors,
efforts like the Crown Challenge are showing positive outcomes in
encouraging and supporting alumni participation. More than 2,600
alumni have participated in the Crown Challenge this fiscal year and
more than 600 alumni have made commitments to support CMC for
the next four years.
In May, the College announced the appointment of Ernie Iseminger as
CMC’s Vice President for Development and External Relations.
Sustainability & Construction
The Facilities and Campus Services staff is overseeing several sustainable projects. Story House reviewed results
of a campus-wide lighting survey, which identified retrofit projects to reduce energy consumption and operating
expenses; assessing a food waste decomposing system; conducting an assessment to quantify the amount and
actual percentage of diversion of recyclables from the campus waste-stream; developing a project to replace
existing irrigation rotary sprinklers with water-saving heads; and assessing the feasibility of a more robust,
campus-wide energy management system.
The concrete and steel structure of the Kravis Center has been substantially completed. The design, engineering,
and testing of the Living Room structure located in the reflecting pond on the North Mall are well under way. Full
scale test of the 6’-0” X 12’-0” glass shear panels took place at the University of Munich in June. This structure will
be built entirely of glass fabricated in Germany, one of the first such structures built in California. On the interior,
furniture and finishes were finalized, and the technological portions of the work—such as the audio/visual systems
and digital signage—were incorporated into these designs. Photos of the construction of Kravis Center as well as
the project web cams can been found at www.claremontmckenna.edu/construction.
In April, the City of Claremont Architectural Commission notified the
College that the Biszantz Family Tennis Center was selected to receive
the 2009 Excellence in Design Award in the categories of New
Construction and Sustainable Landscaping. This month, CMC learned
that the Tennis Center has also been awarded the United States
Tennis Association Facility Award, which recognizes facilities with high
standards for construction or renovation.
In April, I announced the reappointment of Mike Sutton '76 as athletics director for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a
five-year term beginning July 1. Coach Sutton's continuing dedication to the student-athlete model; the integrity,
sportsmanship, and competitiveness of the varsity athletic programs; and the integration of athletics into the
broader academic and extra-curricular experiences of our students is to be commended.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletics teams concluded a very competitive spring season:
The CMS track and field teams were both ranked among the Nation's best in two separate national
rankings. In the national dual meet rankings, the Stags ranked sixth and the Athenas ranked ninth. In the
national team rankings, the men's team ranked 10th and the women's team ranked 14th. This season, the
men's track and field team earned their 19th consecutive SCIAC Championship title.
The CMS women’s lacrosse team won their first SCIAC Championship. The team defeated Endicott
College in an NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse First Round game and advanced to the round of 16
where they were defeated by The College of New Jersey.
The Athenas softball team earned their first SCIAC title in more than a decade and qualified for the NCAA
Championship Tournament where the team won their first game against Central College (IA).
The Stags’ tennis team won its fifth consecutive SCIAC Championship in April and finished third at the
NCAA Team Championships.
Men’s Golf: Tain Lee ’12 placed first at the NCAA Championship meet in Pennsylvania. He also was
named SCIAC Player of the Year and was the recipient of Arnold Palmer Award. The team finished third in
the SCIAC Championships.
In other Athletics news, The Claremont Colleges Men's Rugby Football won the Southern California Rugby
Football Union Division II playoffs and advanced to and won the Division II National Championship game against
Temple University with a score of 25 to 14. Later in May, the Dragons departed for Italy for their biennial
international rugby tour. The team traveled through Lake Como, Milan, Tuscany, and Rome. In each of the cities,
the team played against competitive Italian squads and participated in a training session at the AS Rugby Lecco.
The Claremont team also was promoted to Division I in 2011 and will take a place in next year's Southern
California Premier League.
This summer, Coach John Goldhammer announced his resignation as head coach for the men's and women's
track and field team. He remains the head coach of the CMS Cross Country teams and associate athletic director.
The College recently announced the appointment of Kendra Reimer as the new head coach of the CMS Track and
Field team. In July, Director Sutton announced the retirement of CMS Head Football Coach Rick Candaele
effective August 15. Assistant head coach Steve Retzlaff has accepted the position of interim head coach for the
It is exciting to be part of a thriving academic community. Claremont McKenna strives to provide its students,
faculty, alumni, and parents numerous opportunities to learn and to become involved, and I thank each of you
who have contributed to making CMC one of the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
Pamela B. Gann
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