Experience CMC at Parents Weekend 2015

February 9, 2015

20150209 Parents Weekend2Parents Weekend at Claremont McKenna College is this Saturday, February 14 – Monday, February 16.  Spend time with your student while participating in some exciting campus activities. Families will have the opportunity to interact with CMC faculty, administrators, students, and other parents. Experience the CMC community and spirit that your students enjoy each day as a CMCer.

Events begin on Saturday, February 14 with a full day of seminars and activities including the opening assembly and an optional dinner at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. The final events of the weekend will take place on Monday with the incredible opportunity to audit CMC classes and find out for yourself what being a student at CMC is all about!

For more information on Parent’s Weekend visit https://online.cmc.edu/NetCommunity/ParentsWeekend



* This schedule is subject to change. Updates to the schedule will be posted online. A finalized schedule, with locations, will be available at check in.



8:00 am – 4:00 pm Check In and Hospitality Room
Founders Room, Bauer Center North
Pick up name tags, updated schedule, class listing, and special event tickets. Enjoy a continental breakfast or afternoon snack.


9:30 am – 10:30 am 

Professor Lecture
Lessons From Lawrence of Arabia: Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgence in Today’s Middle East
Mary Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center South
Jennifer Taw, Associate Professor, Government and International Relations
T.E. Lawrence, in his book Revolt in the Desert, describes his experiences rallying Arab tribes against their Turkish oppressors as part of Great Britain's WWI Middle East strategy. Lawrence sought to identify charismatic Arab leaders, appeal to local tribes, and bring them together to defeat the Turks. He was deeply ambivalent about his efforts. He fomented Arab nationalism even while knowing the British and French were unlikely to allow the tribes autonomy. He spoke Arabic, adopted his hosts' mannerisms, dressed in local garb, and admired the leaders with whom he fought, but he also always felt like an outsider and clearly believed himself to be superior to his hosts. He helped organize and lead an effective insurgency, but only with the support of the British conventional forces and the heft of British funding. He got a rush from warfare, but was exhausted and nearly driven mad by its deprivations. Fast forward to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the counterterrorism efforts against ISIL and its ilk and much of what Lawrence described still resonates today. Come join a conversation the students in Professor Taw's War seminar began in Fall 2014 and discover what contemporary US and allied efforts might learn from Revolt in the Desert. Don’t miss this discussion with Professor Taw, the 2014 Glenn R. Huntoon Jr. Teaching Award winner! This award is given annually to the faculty member voted by the entire student body as the most effective teacher. ___________________________________________________________________

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Family Brunch
Collins Dining Hall
Cash price at the door is $13 per person ___________________________________________________________________

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting with President Hiram Chodosh
Mary Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center South
Not to be missed! Join Parent Network President Susan Mirbach P’16 to kick-off this informative weekend with a session featuring President Hiram Chodosh, who will offer reflections and updates on the College's response to many of the pressing issues facing higher education today. How can we better equip our students for living and thriving in a globalized world? Listen to the President's views and come prepared to share your own.


12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Parents Fund Donor Information Lunch
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
By invitation only. This event is sponsored by the Office of Annual Giving. For more information, please contact Jessica Kurrle-Bair at Jessica.Kurrle-Bair@ClaremontMcKenna.edu or 909-607-9314.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. One Billion Rising Event
Parents Field
Please join the Claremont College community as we rise and dance to express joy and community, celebrating and acknowledging the One Billion Rising revolution. One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. This February 14th, people across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women. The Claremont College students, staff, parents and faculty are invited to participate in this global campaign within our own community One Billion Rising salute.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Family Photo Opportunity
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, North Patio
(Also available on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Capture the memory! Take advantage of this opportunity to have your family picture taken with your CMC student. Each
family will receive a Parents Weekend souvenir photo. ___________________________________________________________________

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Special Interest Sessions

Center for Global Education Davidson Lecture Hall, Adams Hall
Kristen Mallory, Director of Off-Campus Study
Leadership in a global society requires a global education. Whether it’s a semester abroad, an immersive internship in politics or entrepreneurship, an international research project or an international academic travel program, students come away with experiences that change the way they see their world. The Center for Global Education has hundreds of opportunities - some designed especially for CMC students – that will enhance student's on-campus education and opens doors for their future. Join Kristen Mallory for an overview of the study abroad offerings, including the Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley programs. Several current students will discuss their experiences.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roberts Hall North, Room 15
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed with students in mind, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit at the Claremont Colleges through creativity, initiative, collaboration and impact. The Center provides resources for faculty and student research on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship; supports curricular and co-curricular programming, including workshops, networking events, speakers, and mentoring and internship programs. Come hear from several CMC students about their work at the center, and their fascinating ideas and remarkable accomplishments.


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Professor Lectures

Intro to Econ: Day One Freeberg Forum, Kravis Center Lower Courtyard
Eric Helland, William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow
Perhaps the most exciting day for a young economist is the first time an economist tries to explain to them exactly what economics is all about. The opening lecture in most introductory economics courses is something of a rite of passage—the day students first start trying to “think like an economist.” Join Professor Eric Helland, as he replicates that first day and along the way discusses topics as diverse as AIDs in Africa, the location of milk in the supermarket, and why wine costs so much at restaurants. Professor Helland is an expert in law and economics and the 2014 G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award winner, chosen from a list of professors nominated by junior and senior students. He has had works published in the Journal of Legal Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Mary Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center South
Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow
National Book Award-nominated author Wendy Lower began her tenure this month as the director of the College’s Center for Human Rights Leadership. Join her as she discusses her book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, a 2013 finalist for the National Book Award. In the book, Lower tells the account of the role German women played in the Holocaust, and proves that they were more than just innocent housewives. In fact, hundreds of thousands of women were not only complacent to the horrific actions of the Third Reich, but were themselves brutal killers on the Nazi eastern front. ___________________________________________________________________

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. President’s Reception
739 North College Avenue (southwest corner of College Avenue and Eighth Street)
President Hiram Chodosh and his wife, Priya Junnar Chodosh, invite parents and students to this informal reception at the President's House. Built in 1903, the President’s House is one of the oldest buildings in Claremont. Designed by Arthur Benton, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, the house has all the requirements of Classic American Foursquare design, while incorporating Craftsman detailing ___________________________________________________________________

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Collins Dining Hall
Cash price at the door is $16 per person. ___________________________________________________________________

5:15 – 7:00 p.m. Student-Parent Valentine Dinner
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Spend Valentine’s Day with the ones you love at this entertaining dinner, featuring CMC students displaying their creative talents. Wonderful food, great music, and the company can’t be beat! Space is limited. Business attire is preferred; no shorts, jeans or t-shirts. $30 per person. ___________________________________________________________________

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Movement and Sound: A Presentation of 5C Consortium performing arts groups
Scripps College – Garrison Theater
Scripps College hosts this annual event where parents have the chance to see talented 5-C consortium student performance groups perform their hearts out! From a cappella, to dance, to taiko drumming –you won’t want to miss them all!


7:00  p.m. – 2:00 a.m. The Hub Grill
Open at Emett Student Center




9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Check In and Hospitality Room
Founders Room, Bauer Center North
Visit the information table and enjoy a snack. ___________________________________________________________________

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Parent Network Board Meeting
Kravis Center, Trustee Boardroom 367
The purpose of the Parent Network Board is to provide a forum for sharing experiences, activities, accomplishments, and overall campus life concerns, as well as general fellowship with other parents. During this meeting, board members will discuss Parent Network Board business and address issues.


10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Career Services and Sponsored Internships
Roberts Hall North, Room 15
Diana Seder, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Career Services
Jason Jeffery, Assistant Director of Career Services
One of the flagship programs offered by CMC is our Sponsored Internship Program, which provides funding for summer internships in the U.S. and abroad. Join us for this informative session which will provide an overview of the programs offered.


10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Professor Lecture
What’s New in Leadership? Leadership at CMC and Beyond
Freeberg Forum, Kravis Center Lower Courtyard
Ron Riggio P’10, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership & Organizational Psychology and Associate Dean of the Faculty
Professor Ron Riggio P’10 will lead this session, where he will discuss what’s new in leadership, what we do at CMC to foster leadership development, and how leadership benefits students in their future lives. ___________________________________________________________________

10:30  a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Drop-in Hours
ROTC Session and Pistol Shoot
Bauer Center, Shooting Range (Basement Level)
Come learn about the ROTC program, scholarships available, and have the opportunity to use the shooting range. Participants must be 18 or older to enter the shooting range. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.


10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Family Brunch
Collins Dining Hall
Parent discount cash price at the door is $10 per person ___________________________________________________________________

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. President’s Leadership Council Lunch, Program and Tour
McKenna Auditorium
By invitation only. This event is sponsored by the Office of Annual Giving. For more information, please contact Jessica Kurrle-Bair at Jessica.Kurrle-Bair@ClaremontMcKenna.edu or 909-607-9314. ___________________________________________________________________

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Student Debate “The US should adopt a minimum wage of $15 an hour for workers”
Davidson Lecture Hall, Adams Hall
Join members of the award-winning Claremont College Debate Union for a lively debate on a timely topic. The public debate format is dynamic and engaging—audience members are invited to question and heckle participants as well as vote on the debate outcome. ___________________________________________________________________

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family Photo Opportunity
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, North Patio
Capture the memory! Take advantage of this opportunity to have your family picture taken with your CMC student. Each
family will receive one Parents Weekend souvenir photo. ___________________________________________________________________

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Drop-in Hours Day of Action: Leadership through Service
Veterans Patio, Roberts Hall South Lower Level
Organized in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement
Share an uplifting experience with your son or daughter as we write letters to deployed troops, Veterans, and wounded soldiers. Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to active duty troops, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and care givers. Since it was founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than one million care packages. Troops tell them that the most cherished items in the packages they receive are the personal notes of thanks. Take this opportunity to put pen to paper and share your thought and appreciation with our troops. This is a drop-in activity, but we ask that you volunteer a minimum of 1⁄2 hour. Music, snacks, and a fun and festive environment provided.


1:15 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m. Student/Parent Career Conversations and Connections
Locations TBD
Students are invited to meet and network with CMC parents with careers in healthcare, finance & banking, law & government, and hi-tech and non-technical business. Parents with a career in one of the listed fields are welcome to attend and share their insights. Please contact Jessica Kurrle-Bair at Jessica.Kurrle-Bair@ClaremontMcKenna.edu or 909-607-9314. ___________________________________________________________________

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Athletic Leadership Module: KLI/CMS Parent and Student Mixer
Pritzlaff Field Picnic Area
Mike Sutton ’76, CMS Director of Athletics
Sara Thompson, KLI Director of Leadership Programs
The mission of the CMS Department of Physical Education and Athletics is to enhance student development and personal growth through participation in competitive intercollegiate athletics, lifetime physical education and recreation activities. The programs are designed to develop the positive characteristics of teamwork, leadership, discipline, and resilience. In support of this mission, the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI) works with our student athletes to explore leadership concepts as they relate to team dynamics. Join your fellow CMS parents and students in a fun and informal environment to hear about the work KLI is doing to enrich the leadership skills of our Stag and Athena athletes. ___________________________________________________________________

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Beer Tasting Seminar
Andy Dale, Proprietor, Dale Bros. Brewery
Freeberg Forum, Kravis Center Lower Courtyard
Excite your taste buds during this fun and informative event featuring a variety of craft beers from Dale Bros., an award-
winning local microbrewery.
Space is limited. Registration Required. Must be 21 and over to attend. $25 per person. ___________________________________________________________________

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Collins Dining Hall
Parent discount cash price at door is $12.50 per person ___________________________________________________________________

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. The Hub Grill
Open at Emett Student Center




All Day Audit CMC Classes
Find out for yourself what being a student at CMC is all about! You are welcome to participate in the dynamic academic environment at CMC and share in your student’s college experience. A full schedule of classes and locations will be provided upon check in. Please note, only CMC classes on the schedule are open to visitors. You do not necessarily need to attend your student’s classes.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Collins Dining Hall
Cash price at the door is $10 per person ___________________________________________________________________

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Founders Room, Bauer Center North
Visit the information table and enjoy a continental breakfast. ___________________________________________________________________

Parent Volunteer Options

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Kravis Center Lower Courtyard, Room 63
Susan Mirbach P’16, President of the Parent Network Board; Evan Rutter ‘06, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations; Jeannie Scalmanini, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
As the parent of a CMC student, you already are part of the Parent Network. If you would like to become more actively involved in volunteering there are many opportunities available depending on your free time and interests. This session will present information on volunteer areas such as career services, athletics, personal and social responsibility, communications, events, and giving. You don’t have to live locally to volunteer and support CMC and our amazing students.

10:00  a.m– 10:50 a.m Recruit on for CMC
Kravis Center Lower Courtyard, Room 63
Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Director, Office of Admission
If you would like to help increase the profile of CMC in your area please attend this meeting to learn more about opportunities to be involved in our recruitment efforts! We are excited to share our ideas and to hear your suggestions of how CMC can be more comprehensive in our reach to high-achieving high school students. Join us in taking CMC center stage! ___________________________________________________________________

11:00 a.m– 1:00 p.m. Drop-in Hours International Place and Heggblade Center Open House
390 E. Ninth Street and Heggblade Center, First and Second Floors
Light Refreshments Served
I-Place offers a variety of services for international students, scholars, and faculty and offers educational programs and cultural events for the entire community. Stop by the lounge and get acquainted with I-Place staff and programs and meet international students while you enjoy light refreshments featuring international cuisine. Then step next door to the first floor of the Heggblade Center to meet the staff of the Center for Global Education and discuss the exciting opportunities for your son or daughter to study abroad, and meet students who have experienced the advantages of a global education first-hand. Next door to the Center for Global Education, visit the Center for Civic Engagement, which provides resources for students who want to get involved, either on campus or of. They offer a variety of programs and events focused on service, citizenship, and sustainability. On the second floor of Heggblade Center be sure to visit the staff at the Career Services Center. The Career Services Center offers information and services related to sponsored internships, graduate school planning, and the job search process in general. Staff and student career consultants will be on hand to answer questions.


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Collins Dining Hall
Parent discount cash price at the door is $10 per person ___________________________________________________________________

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Hub Grill
Open at Emett Student Center


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Athenaeum Tea
Parents Library, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Join students, faculty, and staff for this wonderful CMC tradition. ___________________________________________________________________

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Collins Dining Hall
Cash price at the door is $16 per person ___________________________________________________________________

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Athenaeum Speaker Series Dinner
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
5:30 pm Reception; 6:00 pm Dinner; 6:45 pm Program
"Blood and Ink: A Comic Book History of Mexico"
Christopher Conway, associate professor of Spanish, University of Texas, Arlington
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum was conceived as a place where students and faculty could gather for intellectual discourse in an intimate and relaxed setting and integrate their academic and social lives. You are invited to attend the dinner and program, which will feature a person of distinction from our parent community. Business attire preferred. Advance reservations required. ___________________________________________________________________

7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Hub Grill
Open at Emett Student Center



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