The President's Annual Report
of Claremont McKenna College
2004 - 2005
Leadership in the Liberal Arts: Living Our Motto
The College's mission is to create a training ground for future leaders, cultivated by CMC faculty, visiting lecturers, alumni participation, and events that consider today's critical issues. Highlights of the 2004-05 academic year include several new programs that represent the best of Claremont McKenna College in national and international outreach and academic vigor.
We were delighted to announce publicly in March the creation of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, sure to become not only a signature event of CMC, but also the international philanthropic community. This visionary and far-reaching annual prize was developed by Henry and Marie-Josee Kravis specifically in partnership with the College. The prize, to be launched on May 6, 2006, will highlight and celebrate an individual who exemplifies best practices in leadership in the not-for-profit sector, with award criteria including boldness, innovation, creativity, consistency, persistence, and effectiveness in bringing a vision to fruition, and outstanding accomplishment in realizing the mission of an organization. The prize carries with it a $250,000 award. The Selection Committee, chaired by Marie-Josee Kravis, comprises a world-class gathering of corporate and philanthropic leadership, including: Lord Rothschild; James D. Wolfensohn, former president of World Bank; Dr. Sudha Murty P'02, Infosys Foundation; and Trustee Harry McMahon '75, KLI advisory board chairman. We are deeply grateful to Trustee Henry Kravis '67 and Marie-Josee Kravis for their continued dedication to Claremont McKenna College.
The 2004 elections brought many splendid opportunities for involvement by our students, who were ranked first in the nation by The Princeton Review as "most politically active" at any college or university. Students on both sides of the aisle were delegates to the 2004 political conventions, returning to Claremont ready to discuss and campaign. Large events were held for each Presidential debate, organized by a bi-partisan group including College Democrats and Republicans, as well as The Claremont Colleges Debate Union. Students from both parties worked campaigns in key states including Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, and everyone gathered on election night for the traditional returns-watching dinner, hosted this year by government faculty Andy Busch and Ken Miller. In the spring, the College hosted a three-day conference, Religion and the American Presidency, organized by Professor Gaston Espinosa, bringing together more than 25 scholars from across the nation to examine the influence of religion in the presidential elections and the modern White House. Featured speakers included David Aikman, Time reporter and author of A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush, and Carol Moseley-Braun, former U.S. senator and ambassador. From its national scope to its intense involvement of student leaders, the conference was an excellent example of the kinds of programming of which the College is proud.
Students are inspired in such a high-flying atmosphere. They begin to make things happen, develop plans to improve their community, their nation, and their world. A new organization, CMC Students for Peace and Justice, was formed to provide local action to raise awareness against the ongoing crisis in Darfur, with fund-raising proceeds to benefit the International Rescue Committee, a UK-based organization that provides medicine, food, water, and sanitation supplies to Sudanese refugees. The group also organized educational discussions and letter writing campaigns and works with 5-C groups including Challah for Hunger, Amnesty International, and the Women's Union. Another new organization, Students Against Genocide, had an ambitious and productive inaugural year. Under the sponsorship of The Center for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, the group visited Washington to urge members of Congress to support relief efforts in Darfur. Others organized a Road Trip for Sudan, traveling the state to raise public awareness of that region's plight.
Closer to home, students mobilized to serve their community, collecting funds for the annual CMC Toy Drive and staffing two local food pantries. Another new student organization, Food for Thought, was launched to provide a much-needed service to the local community, delivering unused gourmet food from the meals served at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum to Pomona women's shelters. Students also participated as volunteers for Special Olympics and in a clean-up of El Barrio Park. The Claremont Colleges Automotive Enthusiasts Club hosted the second annual Claremont Councours, benefiting the Marconi Kids Foundation. Alumni who loaned classic autos to the event included Trustee Gene Wolver '51 and Christian Garris '91.
In addition, students Alexei Laushkin '07 and Robert Carpenter '05 (leaders in College Democrats and Republicans, respectively) joined forces in a bipartisan, cross-campus effort to help victims of the 2004 Florida hurricanes. Called Operation Hope, the project raised donations of canned goods, clothing, and cash, aided by the American Red Cross and Salvation Army Claremont chapters. Also providing service to her community, Allison Westfahl '07 was appointed to a four-year term on the Claremont Community Services Commission, which monitors the city's parks, buildings, sanitation, and streets. Allison was also elected to the board of directors of the Carden Arbor School in Upland.
Creating future leaders is what the College is about.
The Class of 2005 produced 10 Fulbright Scholars, a CMC record that placed us third in the nation among liberal arts for the number of Fulbright Scholars. I am particularly grateful to CMC's Fulbright adviser, Professor Carrie Chorba, for her excellent guidance. Our newest Fulbright Scholars (all Class of '05 unless noted), their destinations, and fields of study are: Erin Bream, Columbia, Neoliberal Economic Reforms and the Columbian University; Emily Englert, Chile, English as a Foreign Language; Sasha Galitzki, Bulgaria, Eco-Tourism and Economic Development; David Gilbert, Ecuador, Social and Biological Impact of Primate Bushmeat Trade; Ann Johnson, Korea, Teaching Assistant in Korean High School; Amy Nelson, Cameroon, Comparative Effectiveness of Prostitute-Targeted HIV Organizations; Tanya Soluk, Ukraine, Performing Arts Organizations; Adriane Tuttle, Columbia, Exploring the Ascent of Women and Reproductive Health; Lauren Weeth, Morocco, Exploring Opportunities for Muslim Women; and Cassi Wright '03, Mexico, Understanding Post-NAFTA Mexico for U.S. Graduates in Business, Law, and Engineering. Two CMC students were named alternates: Jacquelyn Dadakis, Poland, Eastern European Studies; and Olivia Gonzalez, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Women's Organizations and Community Development.
The year also brought the awarding of a prestigious Truman Scholarship to Nicolas Heidorn '06, one of 75 Truman Scholars selected from among 602 candidates from 299 colleges. The $30,000 scholarship is designated for graduate school preparation toward a career in public service. Nicolas is a government-literature double major, a research assistant for the Rose Institute, and has served as aide to Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. He recently completed an internship in the U.S. Senate through the CMC Washington Program. In addition, Jessica Meikle '07 received a National Security Education Program Boren Undergraduate Scholarship to study wildlife ecology and conservation in Tanzania. The program provides cultural and language skills in exchange for a minimum one-year commitment to work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. More than 700 students competed nationwide for 147 awards.
The opportunity to engage in study beyond the Claremont campus remains an important part of the CMC experience. The Washington, D.C. program operated at peak capacity of 18 students, with particular interest from our students to work in our nation's capitol during election season. Study Abroad participation was slightly lower, but still strong, with CMCers studying in 22 foreign countries. In addition to the traditional Off-Campus Study opportunities, there were numerous small-group study trips that also enhanced the classroom experience.
Several students traveled to Washington, D.C., over spring break for a series of human rights-related meetings and seminars, accompanied by Professors John Roth and Jonathan Petropoulos. Their itinerary included a meeting with Lee Hamilton, longtime chairman of the House International Relations Committee who now directs the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; briefings at the Brookings Institution; Congressional visits; and research on topics including anti-Semitism in post-World War II Europe, human rights abuses in Sudan, Italy's involvement in the Holocaust, and a comparison of crises in Rwanda and Kosovo. Fifteen students visited Hong Kong to attend the Western Economics Association International Pacific Rim Conference, sponsored by The Freeman Program in Asian Political Economy and accompanied by Manfred Keil, associate professor of economics.
Students and faculty had additional opportunities to work together on projects extending beyond the classroom. Silvia Lu and Paul Snell, class of '08, represented the College in Sacramento to lobby against additional cuts to the Cal-Grant program. They were advised and prepared by Georgette DeVeres, associate vice president for admission and financial aid. The Claremont Entrepreneurial Society, together with the Drucker Entrepreneurial Club, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert A. Day 4+1 Program, sponsored a student-alumni conference on Mastering the Entrepreneurial Art. Two students published opinion pieces in major daily newspapers--Andrew Barr '07 examined obsolescence of television news for the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun with his column, Give Them Quality and They Will Watch, and sophomore Andrew Lee wrote an opinion piece on Social Security Reform: Red, Blue and Rainbow, examining the impact of privatized and published in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Our seniors also showed terrific support for CMC, with 94.7 % participation in the Senior Class Gift Fund, the highest rate in the College's history. Sadly, however, the coveted "Pig" trophy for highest participation rate will leave CMC this year for Scripps College, but our record-breaking year is special nonetheless, and the entering Senior Class already is planning to bring the trophy back to campus in '06.
The wonderful Claremont community of which we are so fortunate to be a part was the focus of several Chamber of Commerce-Claremont Colleges events. The year began with the inaugural Student Welcome Night, which brought nearly 2,000 students across The Claremont Colleges to the Village for an evening of jazz and food in an event nearly triple the estimated attendance. I was also pleased to host the opening mixer of the Claremont Chamber, with about 150 business and community leaders at the President's House. Both events resulted in an enjoyable evening of fellowship, and helped strengthen the bridge between the Colleges and community.
The public exchange of opinion continues to thrive through the excellent and vibrant programming of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. The nightly dinner and speaker series remains a singular tradition within the higher education community, and is a common thread for virtually all alumni. The season included:
- Sean Elsbernd '97, San Francisco County Supervisor
- Phil Gramm, former United States senator
- Seymour Hersh, The Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
- Niall Ferguson, historian and author, Colossus: The Price of America's Empire
- Dolores Huerta, co-founder, United Farm Workers of America
- Wendy Kopp, founder and president, Teach for America
- Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
- Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was told in Hotel Rwanda
- Patrick Guerriero, former legislator, executive director, Log Cabin Republicans
- Cornel West, professor of religion and African American studies, Princeton University
Two distinguished Freeman Foundation visiting professors presented Athenaeum lectures: Hung-mai Tien, former foreign minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan), on Cross-Straits Relations: Recent Developments and Future Prospects; and Hong-Koo Lee, former prime minister of South Korea and ambassador to the United Kingdom, on Korea, Asia, and the United States. The lectures were co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies. In addition, Adam Michnik, the intellectual leader of the Solidarity movement and writer, lecturer, and founder of Poland's largest daily newspaper, visited for several weeks as the Podlich Distinguished Fellow. He presented several lectures, including the The Legacy of Czeslaw Milosz, presented days after the death of his friend Pope John Paul II, with analysis of the Pope's influence on Eastern European politics and culture.
It was also another strong year for the Claremont Colleges Debate Union (CCDU), with the intercollegiate activity bringing more than 200 team and individual awards. It was the fourth consecutive year in which our debaters finished in the top five in the nation, and the thirteenth consecutive year in which students ranked in the country's top ten, placing ahead of Rice, Washington University St. Louis, Notre Dame, Colorado College, UCLA, Carleton, and Grinnell. In international competition, CMC students won the Asian Championship in Seoul and placed second at the German Open Championship in Cologne. The Debate Union hosted more than 60 public debates, roundtable discussions, lectures, and cable television broadcasts on public policy issues, receiving awards from national debate organizations and the United Nations Foundation. Debate Union students participated in CCDU professional presentation clinics and delivered papers and conducted workshops on development studies, argumentation, and education in New York, Istanbul, Beijing, and London. The Middle School Public Debate Program, considered a national secondary school model, continued to provide opportunities for thousands of students to engage in the challenging and fun opportunities of debate. The Debate Union also created a partnership with the English-Speaking Union and London Debate Challenge to establish a series of online events and educational exchanges.
The CMC Mock Trial Team qualified for the National Mock Trial Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla. The team also distinguished itself at the Western Regional Mock Trial Tournament, ranked first after two rounds before losing fourth-round competition to UCLA.
Women's tennis competed in the NCAA Division III Championships, defeating UC Santa Cruz in the first round and finishing 18-4 overall, tied for first in SCIAC. Swimmer Andrew Cox (HMC '08) was national champion in the 50 free, and tennis player Eric Chow '07 received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player to Watch Award for the Western Region. Women's swimming won their third consecutive SCIAC title, women's cross-country won the SCIAC title, and men's track and field won their 14th consecutive SCIAC title. Teams finishing second in SCIAC competition included men's basketball and swimming, and women's basketball and track and field. CMS volleyball finished third in SCIAC competition, and received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Award for racking up a 3.46 team GPA. CMS water polo was also third in SCIAC. CMC hosted three Nike sports camps this summer: tennis, swimming, and girls' lacrosse. Men's club lacrosse also enjoyed a good year, ranked third nationally for most of the season, with seven All-League players. In addition, three CMCers were named to both the men's and women's First Team All-SCIAC in men's soccer.
The College also increased its commitment to the importance of physical fitness as an important element in the well-rounded life with the newly created position of associate athletic director for non-varsity sports, filled by Landis Richardson. His responsibilities coordinating and directing intramural and recreational sports programs for CMC, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps, as well as supervising half of CMC's club sports programs, and developing community activities beyond sports.
Attracting The Best Students
The Princeton Review also ranked CMC first in the nation for "Students Happiest with Financial Aid." I am particularly pleased to note the achievement and recognition of Georgette DeVeres, associate vice president of admission and financial aid, who was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the College Board, the 104-year-old nonprofit organization. Perhaps best known for administering and operating the SAT program, the College Board is active in numerous programs committed to excellence and equity in education, and serves more than 4,500 member institutions. Georgette was further honored with election to the 50th anniversary Hall of Fame of the College Board's College Scholarship Service Leaders.
It was another record year for admission, with 3,728 applications, 6% above the previous year. Led by Richard Vos, vice president for admission and financial aid, the admission staff continued its ambitious schedule of recruitment visits, including renewed focus on East Coast schools, with first-time visits to Maine and North Carolina, which drew strong numbers of prospective students. The College also increased its international presence, visiting seven Asian countries.
Jerry Garris, longtime CMC administrator and member of the faculty, took on a new role as vice president and dean of the faculty, citing as a key goal the continuation of the College's emphasis on the teacher-scholar model at its core, encouraging the faculty to take full advantage of every opportunity to involve students in their research. He has been aided in his new position with the appointment of two new associate deans, Gregory D. Hess, the Russell S. Bock Professor of Public Economics and Taxation, and Amy L. Kind, associate professor of philosophy/religious studies.
I am grateful to past dean of the faculty William Ascher, the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, whose tenure as dean was punctuated by the accomplishment of many important goals, including included providing strong leadership in the academic planning process of the Strategic Plan; hiring more than 30 percent of the College's faculty members, with substantial transformations in joint science, economics, and history; and supervising four important curricular reviews, including a change in the science general education requirement, a change requiring the senior thesis within the major, development of learning outcomes for information technology fluency, and creation of two new sequences-financial economics, and the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights. We all look forward to welcoming Bill and his wife, Barbara Ascher, Kravis Leadership Institute senior research associate, back to campus following sabbatical in the 2005-06 year.
In addition to their classroom leadership, our faculty continue to distinguish themselves in scholarship and public affairs. Highlights of faculty activity this year include:
- Heather Antecol, assistant professor of economics, was named a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor, where she published papers on various aspects of labor economics, including immigration, discrimination, and sexual harassment in the U.S. military and federal government.
- Hilary Appel, assistant professor of government, completed her book, A New Capitalist Order: Privatization and Ideology in Russia and Eastern Europe, by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
- Jennifer Armstrong, assistant professor of biology, published on Genetic Screens for Enhancers of Brahma Reveal Functional Interactions, together with C.I. Doe '06 in Genetics. She also presented at the annual Drosophila Research Conference, with Caroline Piatek '05.
- Sven Arndt, the Charles M. Stone Professor of Money, Credit and Trade and Director of Lowe Institute of Political Economy, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the North American Economics and Finance Association, recognizing his many contributions to the field and the association. He also spoke at several conferences, including the Western Economic Association international meetings in San Francisco, the Asia Pacific Economic Association annual conference in Tokyo, and the Singapore Economic Review annual meeting.
- Jennifer Ward-Batts, assistant professor of economics, presented her findings on Effects of Income Control on Household Decisions at the annual meeting of the European Society for Population Economics in Paris, and also discussed Health, Wealth, and Gender: Long Versus Short-Run Impacts of Husbands' and Wives' Health Shocks on Household Wealth at the summer meetings of the Western Economic International Association.
- Audrey Bilger, professor of literature, completed an article on political women's humor for Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, with support from the Kravis Leadership Institute.
- Mark Blitz, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy, wrote a new book, Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life.
- Brock Blomberg, associate professor of economics, presented the keynote address at a conference in Rome on The Financial and Economic Aspects of the Fight Against Terrorism, co-sponsored by the NATO Defense College, NATO Security Affairs Directorate, and Europol.
- Adam Bradley, assistant professor of literature, spoke to the CMCAA Los Angeles chapter on Editing Ellison, or How to Assemble a High-Literary Jigsaw Puzzle.
- Andy Busch, associate professor of government, appeared on KLTA's election night analysis and participated in election panel discussions at Claremont Graduate University, Honnold Library, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. He also spoke on the elections for the Rose Institute Board of Governors and the Claremont Institute.
- Roderic Camp, the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, and also presented on Military, Democracy, and Governance in Mexico at the center for Strategic and International Studies, and presented his paper, Democracy Across Cultures: Does Gender Make a Difference?, at the National Latin American Studies Association meeting. Recent publications include The Influence of Party Systems on Citizens' Perceptions of Corruption and Electoral Response in Latin America (Comparative Political Studies); the chapter on The Mexican Military: Marching to a Democratic Tune? (Dilemmas of Political Change in Mexico); Mexico Alert: Military Development Under a Democracy (Hemisphere of the Center for Strategic and International Studies); Mexico in 2001: A Middle-Road Scenario in the Scenarios for Policymakers series; and a chapter in the upcoming book Mexico's Democratic Transformation (McMillan). Camp was also named to an international team of scholars receiving a $150,000 grant to research the 2006 Mexican presidential elections.
- Marjorie Charlop-Christy, professor of psychology and director of the Claremont Autism Center, joined 19 other experts in forming the new National Autism Center to determine standards for scientifically valid treatment of autism, as well as certification guidelines. She received, together with CGU, a grant for Improving the Quality of Life for Autistic Children and Their Parents Through Modern Communication Devices, and also published the paper, Digital Libraries on Handhelds for Autistic Children.
- Lisa Cody, associate professor of history, received two prestigious awards, the North American Conference on British Studies' 2005 Walter D. Love Prize for Best Article for Living and Dying in Georgian London's Lying-in Hospitals (Bulletin for the History of Medicine), and, for the second time in three years, the Judith Lee Ridge Prize of the Western Association of Women Historians, the largest regional prize of its type, selected from among the Association's 400 members. Her current book, Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of 18th Century Britons, is now in its third printing from Oxford University Press.
- Mark Costanzo, professor of psychology, has recently published the book Psychology Applied to Law. In addition, he and Dan Krauss, assistant professor of psychology, organized a conference on Expert Psychological Testimony for the Courts, co-sponsored by Claremont Graduate University and CMC.
- Stephen T. Davis , the Russell K Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, co-edited The Redemption, published by Oxford University Press.
- Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, assistant professor of biology, received a three-year, $174,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research on Regulation of Spliceosomal ATPase Activity.
- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Douville, professor of military science and leadership, served as the Army's representative for ROTC in Korea for students participating in summer leadership training.
- Gaston Espinosa, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, received one of three national fellowships from the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships. He also served as keynote speaker for a journalists' seminar on Political and Religious Trends in the Latino Community, sponsored by the Foundation for American Communications and the Religion Newswriters Foundation, and held at CMC, and co-authored a new book, Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States, published by Oxford University Press.
- Robert Faggen, the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Professor of Literature, spoke at the PEN International Tribute to Czeslaw Milosz, held at Hunter College, New York City. The tribute, Czeslaw Milosz and the Conscience of Literature, was the concluding event of the annual PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.
- Steven Frates '68, Rose Institute senior fellow, testified before a subcommittee of the State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on budget implications of the privatization of public pensions.
- Tony Fucaloro, the George C.S. Benson Professor of Public Affairs and professor of chemistry, completed three papers for the Journal of Solution Chemistry.
- Dan Guthrie, professor of biology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Edward Haley, the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair of International Strategic Studies, completed his new book, Strategies of Dominance, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press and the Wilson Center. He also was named a Senior Scholar of the Diplomatic Academy of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, where he lectured.
- Diane Halpern, professor of psychology and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, handed over the gavel as president of the American Psychological Association, beginning a year of service as past president. She participated in a panel discussion with the former science editor of the New York Times on Women in Science: Are They Being Held Back?, held at the New York Academy of Sciences, and also testified in a Congressional briefing on women in science, organized by the American Chemical Society's Science and The Congress Project, and the United States Senate Science & Technology Caucus.
- Gary Hamburg, the Otho M. Behr Professor of Intellectual and Cultural History, published an article on Russian conservatism in Kritika, the leading American journal on Russian history, and also presented a paper on Taxes and Empire at a conference on Russian and Ottoman Imperial History in Istanbul. His book, In Lubianka's Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Catholic Priest in Stalin's Moscow, has been accepted by the University of Notre Dame Press.
- Greg Hess, the Russell S. Bock Chair of Public Economics and Taxation and associate dean of the faculty, was named a senior fellow at the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute. He also addressed the Cato Institute Shadow Open Market Committee and served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Bank of Japan.
- Maj. Robert Kirkland, assistant professor of military science and leadership, was ranked the number-two ROTC instructor in the nation, receiving the Col. Leo A. Codd Memorial Award. He was recognized from among more than 270 ROTC programs nationwide.
- Dan Krauss, assistant professor of psychology, received a two-year, $180,000 National Science Foundation grant to evaluate juror rationality in expert testimony in cases involving sexually violent predators.
- Chae-Jin Lee, BankAmerica Professor of Pacific Basin Studies and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, completed his book on A Troubled Peace: U.S. Policy and the Two Koreas, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Speaking engagements included: Opening of the University of Kansas Korean War Memorial on The Dynamics of Inter-Korean Relations; the World Korea Forum, Asia Society, Ewha Women's University, Seoul, and the School of International Studies, Peking University, where he discussed U.S.-Korea relations.
- Fred Lynch, associate professor of government, chaired a panel discussion on Mobilizing the Baby Boomers: Generational Issues in Politics and Policy Debates at the American Political Science Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C. His next book will examine the sociological impact of aging boomers. He also continues his research on the social science and public policy impact of corporate diversity practices in a recent issue of Society.
- Mario Martelli, professor of mathematics, was named second vice-president of the Mathematics Association of America. He presented at the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society and organized the Undergraduate Student Poster Session at the joint meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, which featured 123 and honors for three CMC students.
- Jay Martin, the Edward S. Gould Professor of Humanities, edited the recent Journal of a Trip Across the Plains from Independence to San Francisco Via South Pass; wrote two book chapters, Education and Psychology, and Nathaniel West; and served as judge for the Penn State University Press. He also completed research on three books, including A Pictorial History of Baseball in Hawaii, and contributed to 10 journals, including Yale Review, Antioch Review, and Michigan Quarterly. He currently is at work on a new book on the campaigns and political writings of William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Jimmy Breslin, and Gore Vidal.
- Marc Massoud, the Robert A. Day Distinguished Professor of Accounting, presented three papers at the International Asia-Pacific Business conference in Shanghai: Accounting for Stock Options; International Control and Corporate Governance; and Social Accounting and Shareholder Value. He also presented two papers at the international meeting of the Congress of Political Economists in Santiago, Chile: Corruption and Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets, and Bottom Line Reporting.
- Donald McFarlane, associate professor of biology, was elected to the board of directors of the National Cave and Karst Institute of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
- Judith Merkle, associate professor of government, continues work on film adaptation of her novel The Oracle Glass. Three previous novels are being reprinted by Crown Books in 2006.
- John Milton, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Computational Neuroscience, and Jim Higdon, professor of physics, received a $159,000 National Science Foundation grant for their project on Collaborative Research: A Curriculum for Scientific Computing.
- James Morrison, associate professor of literature, published an article on After the Revolution: On the Fate of Cinephilia, in Michigan Quarterly Review.
- Myra Moss, professor of philosophy and religious studies, served as visiting scholar at the American Academy of Rome, where she completed translation into Italian of her recent book, Giovanni Gentile: Mussolini's Fascist Philosopher.
- Harold Mulherin, the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor of Economics and Finance, was cited in Scientific American for his research on the effect of "herd mentality" on financial markets. He spent spring semester in Italy, teaching mergers and acquisitions to an international gathering of students from Albania, Germany, Greece, Poland, and Portugal under a Fulbright grant.
- Susan Murphy, associate professor of psychology and associate director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, co-authored a new book, Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships.
- Janet Myhre, the Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics and director of the Reed Institute for Applied Statistics, chaired a panel on Career Success: Statisticians Collaborating and Thinking Beyond Statistics at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, held this summer in Minneapolis. She also served as a panelist on Tactical Missile Inventory and Spares Procurement, and was honored for exemplary service as president of the Southern California Chapter of the ASA.
- Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History and director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, spent sabbatical at Cambridge University, where he completed his new book, Royals and the Reich: The House of Hessen in Nazi Germany. His numerous speaking engagements while abroad included a lecture on Nazi Art Plundering and the Search for Looted Works at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
- Jack Pitney, the Crocker Professor of American Politics, was an important voice throughout the election season and beyond, participating in hundreds of major media interviews, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, and the CBS Evening News on a wide range of election related topics. He also wrote opinion pieces for National Review Online, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others.
- Marian Preest, associate professor of biology, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the World Congress of Herpetology, held in South Africa, and also spoke at Loma Linda University, Harvey Mudd College, and AgResearch, New Zealand.
- Katie Purvis-Roberts, assistant professor of chemistry, completed a book chapter for Cold War Strategies, titled Unraveling Secrets of the Past: Contested Versions of Nuclear Testing in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan. She was also published in Natural Hazards Review on designing a geospatial information infrastructure, and spoke to the Southern California Air Quality District, the Society for Risk Analysis, and UCLA's Southern California Particle Center on her research on risks from nuclear testing in Kazakhstan.
- Ron Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and director, Kravis Leadership Institute, presented a paper on Emotional Skills and Effective Group Leadership at the Emotions and Work Conference in Rotterdam, and completed a new book on non-verbal communication. He also served as panelist at the conference of the Academy of Management on Emerging Executive Issues: Trends Impacting What Leaders Think About Leadership and Its Development.
- Joshua Rosett, associate professor of economics, co-wrote with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon and Tulane University, the paper What Determines the Variability of Accounting Accruals, accepted in Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting.
- John Roth, the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and director of The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, spent the academic year as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. While on sabbatical, he completed four books, Genocide and Human Rights: A Philosophical Guide; Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil, and The Holocaust; Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau; and, with Professor Jonathan Petropoulos, editing the papers of the CMC conference, Gray Zones: Ambiguity and Compromise in the Holocaust and its Aftermath. His extensive lecture schedule included the University of Virginia, the University of Iowa, Arizona State University, U.S. Naval Academy, San Diego State, University of Maryland, SUNY Farmingdale, DePauw University, Ohio Dominican University, and Westminster College. He also presented a paper on Lessons and Legacies at a gathering of Holocaust scholars at Brown University.
- Elizabeth Spalding, Washington Program director and assistant professor of government, was featured on C-SPAN's Modern Presidency series for her fall lecture, We Must Put on the Armor of God: Harry Truman and the Cold War; spoke at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library on the role of religion in Truman's approach to the Cold War; and was selected to participate in the Aspen Berlin Young Professionals Program. She spoke on Faith and Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism at the Dartmouth College MALS Summer Symposium, and wrote the chapter on Origins and Meaning of Reagan's Cold War for The Reagan Presidency (Rowan & Littlefield).
- Irene Tang, assistant professor of biology, received a $340,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for her research on RUI: Cell Cycle Regulation of LAMMER-Related Kinases. She presented papers at the Moscow Conference on Computational Molecular Biology, and the College of Life Sciences, Peking University, and also directed six student researchers, supported in part by the Keck Summer Student Fellowships and a National Science Foundation grant.
- Marc Weidenmier, associate professor of economics, received a National Science Foundation grant of $350,000 over three years, shared with his colleague at the University of Santa Clara, for their project on Sovereign Debt Default and Trade During the Gold Standard, 1870-1913.
- Emily Wiley, assistant professor of biology, published, with two CMC students and one recent graduate, a paper in the journal Eukaryotic Cell, and presented the work at the international conference, Ciliate Molecular Biology, in Lucca, Italy.
This year, the College completed several faculty searches and hired a number of outstanding new faculty members. They are:
- Nita Kumar, the inaugural Brown Family Chair in South Asia History, funded by Trustee Abbott and Linda Brown P'00, will join the College in January from the University of Michigan. She also serves as professor and director for the Center for Postcolonial Education in Varanasi, India, and is the author or co-author of nine books, including the upcoming Educating of India: Imagination, Pain, Anger, and Love. Kumar has received numerous grants and awards, including the Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Spencer Foundation research grant, British Council Research Grant, and the Gottschalk Award of the University of Chicago. A graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dehli, and the University of Chicago, she speaks Russian, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, French, Arabic, and Sanskrit.
- Luisa Lambertini, associate professor of economics, joins the College from the faculty of Boston College, with prior teaching experience at UCLA, Princeton University, and Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and has received numerous awards, including the Hoover National Fellowship. She has published numerous papers and two book chapters. Her specialization is monetary policymaking in the open economy, with particular applications to the European Monetary Union.
- Fazia Aitel, assistant professor of French and Francophile studies, received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the City University of New York with emphasis on Francophone literature and cinema, particularly North Africa. A native speaker of French and Tamazight (Berber), she also speaks Arabic and is the author of several book reviews and articles on Francophone studies and Berber literature.
- Gabriel Cook, assistant professor of psychology, received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, and has been recognized with numerous top teaching and research awards. His research interests include human learning, memory, social cognition, and stereotypes, and recent publications include the Journal of Experimental Psychology, American Journal of Psychology, and Journal of Memory and Language.
Our 11th and newest institute, the Financial Economics Institute, experienced a strong first year, including formation of an excellent advisory board that includes two Trustees, James McElwee '74 (chair), and Perry Lerner '65. A highlight of the year was the second annual New York City Networking Trip, giving students a glimpse of life inside the financial world, with alumni-sponsored visits to Banc of America Securities, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Merrill Lynch, and Onyx Capital Management. Students interacted with alumni not only in a business setting, but also through a number of social events, including dinner at the University Club, a Harvard Club reception hosted by Joseph and Debra Petrowski P'08, and dinner hosted by Trustee and FEI Board member Perry Lerner '65. Students were also able to attend several networking events in Los Angeles, including in-depth meetings at Trust Company of the West and The Capital Group Companies, hosted by FEI board members Stephen Burlingame '99 and Todd Wagner '88. FEI speakers included a popular presentation by Kenneth French of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business on What Your Parents Didn't Know About Investing, But You Should.
The College's research institutes continue to provide vibrant opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and collaboration. Recent highlights include:
- The Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children completed a major study on the impact of California's Family Medical Leave legislation on working families. The institute also inaugurated a speaker series on timely issues relating to its mission, with participants including Fanny Cheung, Fulbright Scholar and professor of psychology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Rena Repetti, professor of psychology, UCLA; and Karen Hill-Scott, a expert on the impact of children's television programming. Together with the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Career Services Center, the Berger Institute also sponsored the second annual Take a Kid to College Day, designed to provide a glimpse of college life for local elementary school children, with guidance from a CMC student mentor.
- The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights sponsored an important, first-time debate between Amnesty International USA and the makers of Tasers. The Center also received a $10,000 grant from Tiffany & Co. in support of the AnneMerie Donaghue Human Rights Fellowship program, begun by Ms. Donaghue and Leigh Crawford '94 to fund summer internships and research jobs in human rights efforts. The Center also sponsored or co-sponsored seven guest speakers, including Paul and Tatiana Rusesabagina, whose story was depicted in the film Hotel Rwanda.
- The Gould Center sponsored a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Norton Simon Museum and continued its popular Thursday Night Film Series.
- The Keck Center for International Strategic Studies' annual speaker series brought several important leaders to campus, including: Ilya Prizel of The University of Pittsburgh on Europe: The Vulnerable Giant; Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Endowment, Is Russia Returning to Dictatorship; Hung-mao Tien, former foreign minister of Taiwan and ambassador to the United Kingdom, discussing Cross-Strait Relations; and The Hon. Anson Chan, former deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Region and a key leader in the successful Hong Kong handover, who spoke on China and Hong Kong: One Country, Two Systems. Mrs. Chan also conducted extensive small-group discussions and interaction with students and faculty during her five-day campus visit. The Keck Center also sponsored a conference on The Changing Face of Europe: European Institutions in the 21st Century, featuring panelists from the University of Toronto, the Hoover Institution, the University of Texas, Syracuse, and UC San Diego. Assistant Professor Hilary Appel presented opening remarks on Widening the EU in the 21st Century.
- The Kravis Leadership Institute hosted the 15th annual Kravis de Roulet Conference, a weekend-long event examining Best Practices in Leadership. Participants from top leadership studies programs included, in addition to CMC, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Old Dominion, with topics including Building a More Accountable Boardroom, Why U.S. Businesses are Crisis-Prone, and The Role of Identity in Leadership Development. The excellent Step Up to Leadership program for high school students also enjoyed another successful year.
- The Lowe Institute for Political Economy examined Regional Economic Integration in Asia during its spring conference, co-sponsored by the Freeman Program in Political Economy. With speakers from the National University of Singapore, Korea University, Keio University, University of Hong Kong, UC Berkeley, University of Rochester, USC, UC Davis, Pomona College and CMC, topics included Regionalism and Global Integration in East Asia, and International Fragmentation and the New Economic Geography. The Lowe also worked the economics department and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum to bring noted Princeton economist Paul Krugman to campus as the 2004 McKenna Lecturer.
- The Reed Institute celebrated its 30th year, complete with a name change to the Reed Institute for Applied Statistics. The anniversary was commemorated in a day-long conference featuring panels on leadership, consulting, economics, and education. More than 15 alumni participated as panelists, including chairs Scott Turicchi '85, CFO J-2 Global Communications; Marty Howard '71, energy consultant; Lee Leong '84, Chariot Capital Corp.; and Amy Ward '96, assistant professor, Georgia Tech University. Institute director Janet Myhre, Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics, completed her term as president of the ASA Southern California Chapter, and again hosted major events for the American Statistical Association Southern California Chapter, including a lecture by Professor Brad Efron of Stanford, ASA president and recipient of the MacArthur Prize.
- The Roberts Environmental Center continued its innovative series of environmental sustainability reports, covering industries including pharmaceuticals, petroleum, and automotive. The program provides an opportunity for students to analyze corporate and sustainability reports across a broad range of Fortune 500 corporations.
- The Salvatori Center brought to campus several major speakers, including Victor David Hanson, professor of classical studies at CSU, Fresno, and author of Carnage and Culture, spoke on Western War in the Postmodern Age, and Jennifer Walsh, assistant professor of criminal justice, CSU Los Angeles, spoke on the California three-strikes law in a lecture titled Tough for Whom?
Alumni and Friends
It was a productive and enjoyable year working closely with the many dedicated CMC alumni who enhance our community in myriad ways. CMCAA President Kirk Smith '81, followed this summer by the installation of current President Laura Lulejian '92, provided excellent leadership and a broad programming slate. Alumni events included a Presidential Alumni Reception in Seattle; the Res Publica Society luncheon featuring Ambassador Paul Bremer; the 55th reunion of the Pacesetters in Rancho Santa Fe, and, a very successful Reunion Weekend, which brought more than 500 alumni and guests back to campus. The celebratory dinner is always a highlight of the weekend, with honors this year to: Trustee Michael Larson '80, the George C.S. Benson Distinguished Achievement Award; Alumnus Trustee Fred Merkin '67, the Jack L. Stark Distinguished Service Award; and Honorary Life Membership to Jerome Garris P'91 P'01, longtime CMC leader and vice president and dean of the faculty; and Georgette DeVeres, associate vice president of admission and financial aid, whose important leadership in financial aid nationwide has led to her election as chairman of the board of trustees of The College Board. In addition to other events, CMCAA's Mentoring Café, which pairs students and participating alumni across a wide range of career disciplines, continues to play an important role in the solidifying the student-alumni connection. More than 300 guests attended the year's kick-off event, in which alumni mentors were paired with students for networking and exploration of career interests.
The UNOVA President's Leaders Forum enjoyed continued success in its fifth year. The program brings distinguished alumni and friends of the College back to campus to meet in small, intensely interactive groups of students and faculty, and has become an important element in the College's educational experience. Recent participants included: Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann '94, pediatrician and media commentator; Sharon Allen, chairman of the board, Deloitte & Touche; Joel Appel '87, president and CRO, Orange Glo International; Michael Helfer '67, Citigroup General Counsel; and Kenneth Novack '67, chairman and CEO of Schnitzer Investment Corp.
Homecoming Weekend 2004 was spirited and fun, with a full slate of activities organized by CMCAA and the Alumni Relations Council, including induction ceremonies for new Wall and Hall of Fame members Mark Messana '89, Wayne Akiyama '74, Maril Davis (Scripps '94), Frank Hinman '88, and Hank Krieger, CMS men's tennis coach, 1976-99. A football reunion held the prior weekend brought together plays from the '53-'60 seasons, dedicating a new trophy case in honor of former coach Jesse Cone, who coached the combined Pomona College-Claremont Men's College Sagehens football team from 1953-1956 and then guided the Claremont-Mudd Stags for their first three seasons, 1957-1960. The football reunion, held in conjunction with the CMS/Pomona-Pitzer game, also included remarks from John Faranda '79, vice president for alumni relations and director of development; Mike Sutton '76, director of athletics; John Devereux '57; Pete Welsh '50, vice president emeritus; John Welsh '52; Ernie Smith '56; Bill Van Horn '58, former assistant coach; Don Doty '61; and Bill Arce, professor emeritus and founding athletic director. We also celebrated the College's history through the second annual McKenna Day festivities, held on October 10, the birthday of late Founding Trustee Donald C. McKenna. More than 200 students donned plaid for Tartan Snack, during which one lucky student won airfare to Scotland. The celebration concluded the following day when Bruce McKenna, Donald's grandson, presided over a lively discussion during the WordsWorth Society Lunch at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
A number of significant gifts help the College continue its record of excellence as we enter our 60th year. Highlights include:
- A gift of $1.5 million from Trustee Barton Evans '70, former chief operating officer, Dionex Corporation, and his spouse, Dr. Andrea Neves, to endow the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Chair in Literature, held by Professor Robert Faggen;
- From Harry McMahon, Jr., father of CMC Trustee Harry McMahon III '75, securities valued at $1 million for a charitable gift annuity designated for the general educational purposes of the College;
- A gift of $2 million shared between CMC and Scripps College from the Joseph M. Long Foundation toward development of the Joseph M. Long Foundation Health and Wellness Wing of the new Claremont Colleges Student Services Center;
- From the Starr Foundation, a $1 million grant in recognition of the College's efforts to promote an economically diverse student body, through its need-blind admission policy and participation with the Posse Foundation; and
- A second Mellon Foundation grant in the amount of $285,000 in support of environmental programs within the Joint Science department.
The fifty-eighth annual Commencement ceremonies took place on May 15, with an excellent and vibrant speech by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. I am grateful to the many Trustees who were able to join us for the occasion, and particularly to Robert Nakasone '69 P'98 for presenting diplomas.
In reflecting on another splendid year for Claremont McKenna College, we take pride in the achievements of our students, faculty, and staff, and look forward to the College's continued record of excellence.