CMC 2016 scholarship and fellowship winners


At CMC, it’s a term that may be measured by the number of prestigious academic fellowships and national awards students win each year — often with a regularity that belies the hard work necessary to achieve those honors.

Syed Umar Farooq was awarded a 2016 Truman Scholarship

Umar Farooq ’17 has been named a 2016 Truman Scholar, one of the country’s most prestigious and competitive scholarships.

Farooq follows Zachariah Oquenda '16 who won the award last year and 17 other CMCers who have won the award over the years. Grace Lee '17 joined Farooq as one of a select-few finalists for the award this year. 

"It's still sinking in, to be entirely honest," said Farooq. 

Student Art Showcase will feature open-mic performances

It will be art for art’s sake this Alumni Weekend when the third annual Student Art Showcase kicks off on Friday with a series of performances and student art pieces.

Hosted and funded by the CMC Art Council, the Showcase’s goal is to promote student artwork (both visual and performance) on campus with an eye toward installing various visual art pieces in dorms, administrative buildings, the Athenaeum, and elsewhere on campus. The Showcase provides an opportunity for students to display their photos, paintings, prints, and other artworks for the CMC community to appreciate.

Admitted students walking on campus.

Last Friday, high school students from around the world converged on campus for “Inside CMC Day,” a full day of events and activities geared to acquainting students who’ve decided to attend CMC in the fall (and those who are on the fence) with what the College has to offer.

It was billed as a “Student Vertical,” which, according to President Hiram Chodosh in his welcoming remarks in Pickford Auditorium, was meant to give the touring students a sense of trajectory at CMC — that each step they take while at college will be part of a larger, overarching development cycle.

Jessica Jin and Shannon Miller

Thinking of majoring in art at CMC? Many do, taking advantage of the unique opportunities CMC offers by being part of the larger Claremont Colleges. CMC students can enroll in art classes at any of the other 5Cs and can pursue their art major through Pitzer, Pomona or Scripps.

Interactive word map in entrance of pavilion

Last Friday (April 8), the wait was finally over for seniors who queued up early for the chance to be the first CMC students as part of “Senior Preview Days” to tour the Roberts Pavilion ahead of its complete opening in August.

The doors of the LEED Gold-certified building opened at 10 a.m. and the first group of students was greeted in the lobby by President Hiram Chodosh just beneath a towering wall adorned with a jumble of letters, an interactive word map.

An a cappella singing group called the “After School Specials” made up of students from the five colleges, took top honors winning the “’Til It Happens to You: Sing for Survivors” vocal contest, and now the group has been invited to sing at the White House on Thursday, April 14.

Students walking through Flamson Plaza

The After School Specials, the Claremont Colleges a cappella group, won the Til It Happens to You: Sing for Survivors contest, lending their voices to the fight against sexual abuse on college campuses.

Watch the video "The After School Specials | Til It Happens to You (Lady Gaga Cover)"

A message from the Office of Off-Campus Study:

Congratulations to the Washington Program and Study Abroad photo content winners. We received so many wonderful entries and it was difficult to select just a few winning entries. Thank you to all the students who submitted photos.

Here's a slide show of the winning entries: