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.
Several CMC faculty members earned distinctions in recent months. Here are some of their notable accomplishments:
Whether it’s starting a therapeutic photography program at a group home in Pomona or teaching and conducting research in diverse locations around the world, CMC students are ready to make a difference near and far.
Timothy W. Wright III ’77 will receive the Distinguished Public Service Award at Claremont McKenna College’s 72nd commencement ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18.
A lawyer and former government official, Wright served in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
Wright grew up in Compton, where he was student body president at Compton High School. At CMC, he was an activist student leader and standout football player. Wright completed his law degree at UCLA.
Some of Mohamad Batal’s favorite memories at CMC involve Beckett Hall patio barbecues, watching Champions League matches on the Appleby balcony, and spending “deliriously late nights” in the Salvatori Center. But he gets the biggest jolt of CMC excitement while thinking about his senior thesis, the basis of which earned him a first-place award for Best Presentation at the inaugural Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies at UCLA earlier this summer.
CMC finished the 2017-18 academic year with several students and alumni earning prestigious grants and scholarships to learn and teach abroad.
The largest group, eight CMCers, will spend the year studying, teaching English, or conducting research as part of the renowned Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The longstanding initiative, part of a flagship government exchange designed to promote global understanding, offers a one-year fellowship to grantees. Fulbright operates in more than 140 countries.
Associate Professor of History Lily Geismer has been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2018 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Geismer will receive up to $200,000 to support sabbatical research for her book project "Doing Good: Public Policy and the Market from the War on Poverty to the Clinton Foundation."
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.
Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government Charles R. Kesler is one of three recipients of the 2018 Bradley Prizes for individuals who work to “restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.”
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will bestow the awards, which carry a $250,000 stipend, at the 15th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony on May 15 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
During her first year at Claremont McKenna College, Becky Chung ’20 wondered how the changing global climate would affect her hobby of mountaineering.