CMC Currents: Sept. 28, 2017


ImpactCMC returns to campus on Saturday, October 7

Network, brainstorm, and learn about CMC’s ongoing initiatives with other alumni, parents, and friends. CMC’s community leaders will have the opportunity to connect with current students and see the campus in action. Registration is now open, and we look forward to welcoming our external leaders back to campus.

CMS Athletics

CMS Hall of Fame 2017 class to be inducted on Saturday, November 11, at the Athenaeum

A group of four athletes and one coach representing all three CMS colleges will be inducted into the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Alumni Association's 2017 Hall of Fame classThe banquet will also honor the 1967 swim & dive team, who won the first team championship in CMS history under inductee Dez Farnady's leadership.

Daniel Kan KLI

Meet Daniel Kan '09, CMC alum who sold his startup for $1B

Since graduating from CMC in 2009, Daniel Kan founded and sold two successful companies. Last year his latest startup, Cruise Automation, was sold to General Motors for more than a billion dollars. CMCer Linnea Uyeno '20 sat down with Daniel Kan ‘09 for the Kravis Leadership Institute to discuss leadership and risk-taking in the startup world.

NSF Big Data Grant

National Science Foundation awards $800K to joint CMC and UCLA research project

Professors Blake Hunter and Deanna Needell won a three-year, $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore predictive analytic techniques using data collected by the MyLymeData patient registry. Hunter and Needell will collaborate with on the project.

Jon Shields Book

Prof. Jon A. Shields’ new book ‘Passing on the Right’ featured in ‘New York Times’ op-ed

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, AEI president – and Spring ’17 Ath speaker – Arthur C. Brooks uses Prof. Shields’ book as a focal point in his argument for greater viewpoint diversity in academia.

Amy Kind Aeon Essay

Prof. Amy Kind publishes in Aeon ‘Imagination is a powerful tool: why is philosophy afraid of it?’

In an essay for digital philosophy and culture magazine Aeon, Amy Kind, the CMC Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, explores the “love-hate relationship” philosophers have with the imagination. She calls on philosophers to consider the distinct uses of the imagination as a way to “see our way towards imaginative greatness.”


CMC in top 10 of U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best National Liberal Arts Colleges’ ranking

Claremont McKenna College ranks 8th among national liberal arts colleges, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking. CMC moved up from 9th place last year in the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” category. This follows the College’s recent rankings of 2nd among Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges and 11th among Top Colleges and Universities in Forbes’ recent 2017 rankings.


7C Committee on Inclusive Excellence hosts first Inclusiveness Panel and Workshop on Thursday, September 28

The 7C Committee on Inclusive Excellence will hold its first workshop and panel on workplace diversity. The workshop, held during the Ath’s 11:45 a.m. lunch program, will offer attendees practical tools on inclusive practices. This session will be structured for staff without supervisory responsibilities.

Dave Rubin

Dave Rubin kicks off 2017-18 Athenaeum speaker program

The 2017-18 Athenaeum speaker series is in full swing, with comedian and political commentator Dave Rubin having opened the semester. The Ath will again host a lineup of speakers that includes CMC students, alumni, and faculty. If you missed a presentation, CMC’s YouTube channel will feature some of this season’s speakers. Talks by University of Chicago professor Steven N. Kaplan and author Leslie Jamison are now available to watch. Be sure to check the semester schedule to sign up for upcoming events.

Alumni Directory

CMC’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations announces new alumni directory project 

Alumni & Parent Relations works to strengthen CMC networking connections with a new alumni directory. The new directory, produced by boutique printing company Publishing Concepts (PCI), will be available in print and digital formats during the summer of 2018. Visit the CMC alumni website for more information.

Cuba Trip

Explore Cuba with CMC alumni

Last March, a group of CMC travelers embarked on a tour of Cuba. The popularity of the trip called for a second travel program, “Rediscover Cuba: A Cultural Exploration,” which is scheduled for April 4-11, 2018. The trip complies with US requirements for educational travel, and includes roundtrip airfare. Find information on booking and pricing.