Alumni

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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The same day that he announced a statewide directive requiring face coverings in Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock '88 P'24, shared his experience and lessons learned while governing his state during a global pandemic.

The virtual conversation with an audience of CMC alumni was hosted by CMC’s Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement on July 15. More than 200 alumni and parents joined the Zoom call from across the country.

The past four and a half months, the Governor acknowledged, “have been a blur.”

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Human rights activism comes naturally to Larissa Peltola ’18. She practically cut her teeth in the Los Angeles offices of Amnesty International, where her mother was a pioneering program director. “I grew up in those offices,” says the CMC alumna. “It was my playground.”

How do we, as Americans, work together to create political and social change in a highly polarized climate? Perhaps it can start with a good faith conversation about what unites us.

The U.S. political environment is increasingly polarized. Studies by the Pew Research Center have found 85 percent of U.S. adults believe the tone and nature of political debate has become more negative in the past five years, and Americans are deeply divided on issues such as immigration, climate change, and the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently appointed Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann ’94 as an Alumna Trustee. Dr. Altmann will serve a three-year term, which began on July 1, 2020.

Jesse Chang '08

Two months ago, Jesse Chang ’08 didn’t know a thing about protective masks. A tech entrepreneur spearheading Stanley X, the innovation division of Stanley Black & Decker, Chang was on the lookout for promising startups in digital manufacturing.

But when he learned that his brother, a resident working in a California ICU unit, was spraying down his N95 masks with Lysol to reuse them, Chang’s antennae went up.

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#CMConnected is a regular web series where we’ll catch up with students, faculty, staff, and alumni about how the CMC community is connecting in new ways during this period of physical distancing due to COVID-19.

Mark The Moment

#CMConnected is a regular web series where we’ll catch up with students, faculty, staff, and alumni about how the CMC community is connecting in new ways during this period of physical distancing due to COVID-19.

As senior class president, Laleh Ahmad ’20 has taken on her share of leadership challenges and commitments at CMC. But in the midst of campus emptying in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there didn’t seem to be a playbook for what should come next.

Melia Wong ’19 and Romi Ferder ’20

Like everyone in higher education this spring, Brian Davidson ’08 has been doing his share of adjusting and re-adjusting with advisees. The good news: CMC has, once again, produced an impressive roll call of selective domestic and overseas fellowship and scholarship winners, including five Fulbrights. The challenges: Some programs have gone virtual, postponed travel, or been cancelled completely given ongoing restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Max Kirsch '20
 

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