From new student orientation to preseason sports practices, the Claremont McKenna College campus was bustling in mid-to-late August with activity as the 2017-18 school year drew closer. The first day of classes was on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and just a few days after that, new seasons began for the majority of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ seven fall sports teams.
The Athenaeum is pleased to present the Woolley Fellows for the 2017-18 school year: Wesley Whitaker ’18 and Isabel Lilles ’18.
Whitaker, who was born in the Bay Area but now lives in Sacramento, says that after “flirting with majoring in government,” he decided on a Philosophy and Public Affairs dual major.
Thank you, all. "Go big, find home." That is the theme of this orientation, and what an especially inspiring moment for me.
I want to start out by thanking everybody:
When CMC’s class of 2021 arrived at the College, they didn't stay on campus long. The day after Move In Day, first-year students headed off to the Welcome Orientation Adventure (WOA), an annual CMC tradition that takes them to different locales around Southern California for three days of bonding and community building before they settle in on campus.
Fall semester orientation, a rite of passage for incoming students at colleges and universities across the country, can be a whirlwind. But CMC’s Dean of Students Office has been working hard to make the transition easier for new CMCers. The process kicks off with Move In Day on August 20, only the start of Claremont McKenna’s unique program to introduce new students to the CMC campus and community.
Summer is the season for internships, particularly for Claremont McKenna College students. In the most recent available College Senior Survey of CMC students (Class of 2016), 95 percent of CMC seniors completed an internship during their time enrolled at the College.
CMCers garnering internship opportunities during their time at the College has been a rapidly rising trend for the past seven years, with the percentage of CMC students completing internships increasing annually.
CMC students have always vied for prestigious scholarships and fellowships among an often worldwide field of highly competitive applicants, and invariably, the College makes an amazing showing each year.
The College continues its enviable track record of success with CMCers finishing in the top rank of the most prestigious academic awards programs in the U.S. This year, 14 students from CMC have received grant awards from some of the world’s leading academic institutions.
Seven spring sports teams (women’s golf, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, men’s track & field, women’s track & field) made the NCAA Championships this year. CMS had four teams finish in the top-10 nationally.
The women's golf team ended the 2017 season in eighth nationally, the program's highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships. The team total score of 1262 is also the lowest in program history at the NCAA Championships. Margaret Loncki ’18 finished in a tie for fifth individually.
In the team’s second-straight title match appearance, the Claremont Lions men’s rugby club this year won it all, and captured the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) national championship. Claremont played a virtually flawless championship match to defeat Tufts (Mass.) University, 65-0, on Sunday, April 30, at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo.
It is the second national championship for the Claremont Lions men’s rugby club this decade, after a Division II national championship in 2010.