President's Annual Report
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS EXCEL
Given the many opportunities for intellectual exploration and discussion, it is not surprising that, year after year, our students excel, explore, and lead. We bid farewell to the Class of 2003, whose achievements in the last academic year included:
- National awards for three members of the Class of 2003, with Elise Kim and Joy Nakama named Fulbright Scholars, and Alexis Orton a Junior Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- A strong third place national finish for the Debate Union, in competition against 287 teams in the National Parliamentary Debate Association national championship tournament. This continues the team's strong record of excellence following the previous year's first-place finish.
- Raza Ahmad '04, from Islamabad, Pakistan, starred in his own play, and plans to return to his country with a theater and literature degree with leadership sequence, using the stage as a medium for social change.
- Several CMCers, lead by Graham Tharp '05 and Jeff Simonetti '05 created the new Claremont Colleges Auto Enthusiasts Club. This fast-paced program combines an entrepreneurial spirit with a love of automobiles and projects bringing students and alumni together through mutual interests. The group organized a successful inaugural Claremont Concours on campus this spring.
- Holding true to interest in the world around them, CMC students rolled up their sleeves and participated in a wide range of community service internships, with programs including Habitat for Humanity, Little League, Mt. Baldy trail conservation, and assistance to senior citizens.
On the playing field, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletes again distinguished themselves in a range of sports, bringing home the SCIAC All-Sports Trophy for the 11th consecutive year. Highlights include:
- The debut of women's lacrosse as a CMS varsity team after two decades as a club sport. The Athenas took the field with an impressive attitude and a 10-3 inaugural season.
- Stags track and field won their 12th straight SCIAC conference title, with the Athenas finishing a strong second.
- Bearing out the season-long motto of "champions in training," Athenas swimmers won the SCIAC championship, their first since 1999 and their fifth in CMS history.
- The Athenas soccer team had an excellent season, finishing as SCIAC champions.
- Men's football opened the season with a stirring 7-0 record, the best start in Stags history, finishing with an excellent 7-2 overall record and second place in SCIAC.