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.
For their tech company to build a clientele list that includes National Geographic, TD Bank, Gallup, and MasterCard, Ritvij Gautam ’14 and Tim Rotolo ’14 had to juggle many responsibilities.
Robert L. Emett, a member of the inaugural class of 1950 and Life Trustee of Claremont McKenna College, has agreed to give the College approximately $20 million to greatly expand programs offering loans and paid internships to students facing financial challenges.
The lights had switched off at Jalisco Stadium when Roberto Angotti ’84 finished writing an article about Team Italy’s comeback to beat Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
“It was 4 a.m.,” said Angotti, the English language reporter for Federazione Italiana Baseball e Softball. “The team shuttle had left and I was stranded on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico, without a peso in my pocket.”
Angotti hitched a ride to his hotel with Team Venezuela’s shuttle in time to work on a film grant proposal.