Two weeks after giving birth to her second child, Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann ’94 was heading to New York to appear on Today for the first time. The California-based pediatrician was boarding the plane (breast pump in bag) when a producer called to say they changed the topic for her segment—to a study being released the next morning that she didn’t know much about. “I thought about saying no, but I knew it was my big chance,” said Altmann. As soon as the plane landed, she began researching—and continued well into the night.
The Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association announced its 2019 award recipients, with several to be honored during Alumni Weekend from April 25-28.
Michael Scarlett ’18 routinely put opposing players on skates with a killer crossover and quick-release jumper. Thanks to a feral beard that made him look like the second coming of Teen Wolf, the All-American CMS guard also torched defenses with style.
Since fall, Scarlett has been making a splash in northern Spain for Baloncesto Naron in the Liga EBA, Spanish basketball’s fourth league. Through 11 pro games, he’s averaging a team-high 21 points per game and shooting 43 percent from three-point range.
The two most popular courses at Claremont McKenna College are, as they have been for as long as many can remember, Economics 50 and Government 20.
The third? Computer Science 5.
The rise of computer science at CMC is not a shift from the College’s historic emphasis on economics and government, but a sign of the growing importance of data science and quantitative analysis in the social sciences, as well as the sciences and humanities.
In his first year at CMC, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives Patrick Jay “Pat” Conroy ’72 found an early calling – in an Improvisational Theatre class at Scripps College.
Improv performers must work their way out of an unknown situation by rapidly finding a common bond with those around them. Conroy, both cerebral and sociable, was hooked. “I knew I would pursue a public career, not a private one,” Conroy said, and improv fit his desire to perform and connect.
The main dining room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will be named the Eggert Dining Room, recognizing the many contributions of Trustee Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) selected Mike Sutton '76 as its 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Sutton has dedicated nearly 40 years of his career to intercollegiate athletics at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and within the SCIAC.
"It's an incredible affirmation to be considered worthy of the same recognition in the Distinguished Service Award that many of my mentors in the conference over the years have received," Sutton said.
When Robert J. MacGregor ’13 heads to Asia this fall as a Luce Scholar, he will be joining a select group of young leaders while adding another stop on his already impressive path of service in the developing world.
Anoma Bhat ’14 has been named one of the 49 inaugural members of Stanford University’s new Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. The program, which provides full funding for any Stanford graduate program, plus a generous living stipend, was launched to bring together an interdisciplinary cohort of young scholars and leaders prepared to develop creative solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems.
Bhat is one of only three Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have attended a liberal arts college.
A “passion for Armenian causes” prompted Anoush Baghdassarian ’17 and Ani Schug (PO ’17) to found the 5Cs Armenian Student Association.
That same passion took them to Armenia last summer for a project to collect stories from Syrian Armenians who fled Aleppo to escape the Syrian war. They wanted to humanize the refugees as individuals, rather than anonymous subjects of news reports. “Overall, we wanted to empower people through saving and sharing their stories,” Baghdassarian said.