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Claremont McKenna College is partnering with the 5Cs – Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd – for #GivingTuesday, an annual global celebration of generosity, to encourage philanthropic support and celebrate all of the #ClaremontConnections between the institutions.

From one-of-a-kind classes to extracurricular student groups, CMS Athletics to mentorship opportunities by a faculty or staff member at the 5Cs, collaboration and learning is integral to the Claremont College culture.

CMC ROTC flag bearers at celebration

Upon graduating from CMC’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, Lindsay Burton ’19, Hunter (Ash) Ashburn ’17, and John Marshall ’16 immediately launched their careers as officers in the U.S. Army.

“The view of a snowy Mt. Baldy on a sunny day,” was among the many reasons to love CMC

During this year’s 1946 Challenge, we asked a simple question: “What do you love about CMC?” More than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents enthusiastically responded with an engaging array of answers.

And, while everyone has their own reason to love the College, a cohesive theme emerged: CMCers truly love their tight-knit community.

Randall Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13

Claremont McKenna College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship now bears Randall Lewis’s name in honor and recognition of the real estate industry leader. Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13 was celebrated recently for his loyal commitment to the College.

“The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the perfect home for Randall’s name,” said CMC trustee Jim McElwee ’74 P’12, Lewis’ classmate and longtime friend.

Evans at 2009 CMC ITAB

Divya Vishwanath ’11 is reminded of Barton “Bart” Evans ’70 every time she introduces herself to someone new.

“I still say: ‘My name is Divya Vishwanath’ versus ‘I am Divya Vishwanath,’” she said, recalling guidance Evans provided on how to make the best impression in a professional setting, which included how to shake hands and where to place your name tag. “Bart would always say, ‘You are more complex than a simple name.’ He was intentional and wanted you to think about how to do well with every detail of who you are.”

CMC swag tshirt and pom pom for 1946 Challenge

Whether a favorite class, an unforgettable WOA trip, or a fondness for Rice Krispie treats at the Athenaeum, there are plenty of reasons to love CMC. In fact, the College will be collecting 1,946 of them as part of the 1946 Challenge on October 14 and 15!

For 1,946 minutes, the CMC community is encouraged to come together and share their love and support—especially for our students. Let’s celebrate and uplift one another!

Laura Grisolano ’86

If you’re feeling like a sloth one day and the Energizer Bunny the next, you’re not alone. Laura Grisolano ’86 is helping clients at her firm, Bridge Mediation & Leadership Solutions, grapple with a number of new work-from-home challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s as if 2020 is “a big Monopoly board that’s been knocked into the air and no one knows quite how to put the disrupted game back together,” Grisolano said. Worse yet, the basic rules don’t even appear to be the same.

Quincy Brown '19 at an ImpactCMC event

Quincy Brown ’19 came of age on Alberta Street—a historically Black Main Street in his hometown of Portland, Ore. He biked and took the bus there as a kid. Proudly visited his grandmother’s house nearby. Showcased his art at the Alberta Street Fair. It “was and still is the cultural center of my northeast Portland neighborhood,” Brown said.

student advice collage

They’ll forever be bonded in 2020—one class exiting CMC, one class entering—and both experiencing the loss of their senior years to COVID-19. With our newest students from the Class of 2024 starting their second week of virtual classes, our latest graduates from the Class of 2020 offered their best advice about embracing and enjoying all that CMC has to offer.

Warriors

Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Stags basketball alumni and other CMCers ventured behind the San Quentin prison gates twice a month, squaring up against the San Quentin Warriors, a league that brings inmates and civilians together via an in-prison community outreach program. 

The games are gritty, played on the prison’s outdoor asphalt courts, buffeted by strong winds off the San Francisco Bay.

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