Campus Life

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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.

William Frankel ’21, Christopher Agard ’21, and Nandeeni Patel ’21

With the new Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum season set to begin next month, three CMC seniors are shaping the speaker series with the entire Claremont McKenna community in mind.

Throughout their CMC experiences, the 2020-21 Woolley Fellows—Christopher Agard ’21, William Frankel ’21, and Nandeeni Patel ’21– have each been inspired by speakers at “the Ath,” a signature program of the College that brings scholars, public figures, thought leaders, artists, and innovators to share their expertise and insights on a wide range of topics.

Roommates Kira Hirsch ’23, Sophie Dvorkin ’23, and Sydney Smith ’23 hold up a 6-foot round blanket meant to help with social distancing.

All Claremont McKenna College students received a surprise gift in the mail this week.

A 5-pound care package arrived chock-full of CMC goodies. The shiny brown box included a 6-foot round blanket (for social distancing), blue block glasses (for Zooming), four CMC folders, an academic planner and notepad (for class organization), and magnets, stickers, and other CMC-branded desk supplies. The 340 first-year students received a tumbler as a welcome to CMC bonus.

Max Kirsch '20

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Student discussion

CMC students, faculty, and staff gathered on November 3 for the first of a series of events planned to develop a set of principles for practicing freedom of expression on campus.

The lunch-hour discussion, “Is There a Line? A Discussion on Free Speech,” was organized by Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, and Free Food for Thought, a student podcast.

ASCMC President Sami Malas ’18, Shivani Pandya ’18, Kate Ridenour ’18, and Patrick Elliott ’19 came up with the idea on a trip to Washington, D.C., with CMC President Hiram Chodosh.

2017-18 CMC resident assistants in front of Roberts Pavilion

Strong leaders have a profound impact and inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others. For the current class of CMC resident assistants (RAs), their own RAs played a range of impactful leadership roles: mentor, friend, and big brother or sister to name a few.

“The RA role is an amalgamation of an older sibling, camp counselor, and friend,” Sam Peterson ’18 said. “We strive to build the inclusive residential communities we value at CMC, while being a support system for students outside the classroom.”

CMC students in the board room of a company in Chicago during their trip

Over spring break, 16 students traveled to Chicago to take part in the first-ever health services and sciences-focused networking trip to the Windy City, led by the Soll Center for Student Opportunity at Claremont McKenna College.

The week in Chicago (March 12-17) was filled with excellent learning and networking opportunities for students at host workplaces. Host organizations ranged from traditional hospitals, to research facilities and science incubators.

Individuals gather to cut the ribbon at the Soll Center dedication.

For Claremont McKenna College alumnus Bruce Soll ’79 P’12, P’15, P’17, “CMC was the land of opportunity.” Over the years, CMC has continued to strengthen opportunities for students, most recently with the Soll Center for Student Opportunity now available as a resource for students' personal and professional development

View of Roberts Pavilion from Sixth Street and Mills Ave. at dusk.

Locally in the Claremont community, there is a plethora of health and wellness opportunities available. Organizers of the inaugural Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Health and Wellness Fair aim to bring together students, faculty, and staff from the CMS colleges for a one-day event to showcase as many local health and wellness resources as possible under one roof.

The health fair is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in Roberts Pavilion on the Claremont McKenna College campus.

An aerial view of the Chicago skyline.

The Student Opportunity Center at Claremont McKenna College has planned its first-ever Health Services and Sciences-focused networking trip to Chicago, an up-and-coming area in the industry.