Growth in international trade through the Los Angeles/Long Beach customs district came to a sharp halt during the first nine months of 1998, according to a new report released by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College.

The United States faces serious threat of missle attack and must act to build a comprehensive defense system, according to Brian Kennedy, a leading policy analyst and vice president of The Claremont Institute. Kennedy will be the featured luncheon speaker at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at 12:15 p.m.

The nation's brightest young men and women will be completing their transition from high school to college as the Class of 2003 arrives to enroll at Claremont McKenna College at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 26, 1999.

There will be excellent interview and photo opportunities as students arrive, move into dormitories, meet new roommates, and say good-bye to their parents. The 252 college freshmen and their parents will be arriving throughout the morning.

Kicking off a three-day celebration of the inauguration of Pamela B. Gann as its fourth president, Claremont McKenna College will present a concert featuring singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and special guest Duncan Sheik and his band.

Students of The Children's School at Claremont McKenna College will celebrate the opening of their new campus at a formal dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 3:30 pm. The celebration is open to the public and will take place on the new campus, 654 E. Sixth Street in Claremont (at the intersection of Sixth Street and Claremont Boulevard).

Claremont McKenna College's incoming freshmen and transfer students will kick off the new school year with a community service project at Casa Colina Hospital from 9:00 11:00 am on Saturday, August 28. Casa Colina Hospital is located at 2850 N. Garey Avenue in Pomona.

Historian and author Stephen Ambrose will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna College's 52nd Annual Commencement, which will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 16, 1999. Commencement will be held on campus at Badgley Garden, near the intersection of Sixth Street and Amherst Street in Claremont.

Claremont McKenna College will announce the selection of a new college president this week. Here are the details:

Who: Claremont McKenna College

What: Announcement of new president

When: 9:30 am, Thursday, February 4, 1999

Where: On campus. Mary Pickford Auditorium.

500 E. Ninth Street, Claremont, California

George Charles Sumner Benson, the founding president of Claremont McKenna College who wrote eight books on American government and politics over a fifty year period and served as a key Pentagon official in the first Nixon administration, has died at 91. Dr. Benson passed away on Monday, March 22, 1999, at the Pilgrim Place health facility in Claremont.

Claremont McKenna College has established a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Alice Marie Roberts, an Eagle Rock woman who left the college $1,926,684 following her death last year.

"We are honored that Ms. Roberts chose us to be the primary beneficiary of her estate," said Jack L. Stark, president of Claremont McKenna College. "The money will allow us to provide greater scholarship assistance to deserving students."