Fall 2006 Update

To the Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As we begin our first full week of classes in the 2006-07 academic year, I wish to take a moment to look ahead to the coming year, and also to recognize outstanding achievements and activities that took place over the summer.

The College's 60th anniversary year began with particularly fine convocation ceremonies held last week at McKenna Auditorium. I wish to thank everyone involved for such a splendid event, particularly the staff of the Dean of the Faculty's office, and our speaker, Professor John Roth, whose comments on The Hurricane We're In were particularly meaningful.

I am delighted to welcome to CMC the Class of 2010, at 294 students, the largest freshman class in the history of the College. Selected from almost 3,600 applications, with just 22 percent admitted, the College's selectivity remains in the top 10 of all liberal arts colleges. Our freshmen bring median SAT scores of 1400, and 84 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Fifty-eight percent hail from outside California, including 26 international students.

We welcome Dean of Students Jeff Huang in his new role as vice president for student affairs and dean of students, following Torrey Sun's move into his new role as executive director for principle gifts.

Gregory Hess, the Russell S. Bock Chair of Public Economics and Taxation, has transitioned into his new role as vice president and dean of the faculty, together with associate deans Andrew Busch, professor of government, and Amy Kind, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. Jerry Garris, former dean, will remain on a part-time basis as senior associate dean of the faculty and vice president for special projects.

In addition to new leadership in the dean's office, we also welcome to CMC seven outstanding new faculty members:

  • Paul Hurley, professor, philosophy and religious studies, joins us from Pomona College, where he served as chair of the philosophy department and co-directed the PPE program (philosophy, politics, and economics). He is a three-time recipient of the Wig Distinguished Teaching Award, and also received the Douglass Greenlee Prize of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy. He is co-author of History of Philosophy (Harper Collins, 1993), and the author of numerous chapters and professional articles. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Hurley will assume the Edward J. Sexton Chair of Philosophy, and co-direct the College's PPE program in January.

  • Christopher Nadon, associate professor, government, joins CMC from Trinity College, Hartford, where he served as chair of the department of political science. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received the Wayne C. Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of Xenophon's Prince: Republic and Empire in the Cyropaedia (University of California Press, 2001), and has been published in American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, and Perspectives on Political Science, among others. His next book, in progress, is The Rule of Law in the Classical Understanding of Philosophic Education.

  • Melissa Coleman, assistant professor, joint science/biology, joins the College from Duke University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, and also completed post-doctoral work at Brandeis University, Barrow Neurological Institute, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. She received three NIH Individual Research Service awards, as well as its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Publications include Journal of Neurobiology and Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Wei-Chin Hwang, assistant professor, psychology, joins CMC from the University of Utah. His research interests include ethnic, racial, and cultural issues in mental health. He has received fellowships from the American Psychological Association and the University of California, and received his Ph.D. from UCLA.

  • Suzanne Obdrzalek, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center prior to joining CMC. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Fink Prize for best graduate student essay, among numerous other awards.

  • Anna Wenzel, assistant professor, joint science/chemistry, joins the College from Caltech, where she was an NIH and UNCF/Pfizer Postdoctoral Scholar. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she was named head teaching fellow and twice received the Bok Center Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been published in the journal of the American Chemistry Society and is the author of several textbook chapters.

We also welcome the Podlich Distinguished Visitor, Jerry Fowler, who chairs the Committee on Conscience at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and is visiting CMC for the year as the first visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights.

Off-Campus Study

The U.S. Senate has designated 2006 as "the year of Study Abroad," and it encouraged schools, businesses and governments to promote and expand study abroad opportunities across disciplines and under-represented groups. CMC is certainly doing its part!

CMC will have 91 students on five continents (30 countries) in the fall. The College also is participating in exchanges with at Spelman University and ITAM in Mexico City, and hosting one student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and one from Haverford. Anita Sundarajan '08, has received the prestigious National Security Education Program award for 2006-2007, a U.S. Government award offered to candidates seriously interested in public service. She will be studying at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Through the generosity of the Asia Financial Group, and its Executive Director Stephen Tan P'06, CMC is initiating a new student exchange program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The formal agreement we have reached with the CUHK will allow CMC students to spend a semester or year in residence at the Chinese University beginning with the academic year 2007-2008, with a reciprocal arrangement for CUHK students to study on our campus. This program is part of CMC's strategic goal to increase partnerships with organizations in Asia, for the benefit of students.

The Washington Program expects a busy semester, particularly student interest in the coming midterm elections. Program director and assistant professor of government, Elizabeth Spalding, reports that 15 students (11 from CMC) are participating this semester, with internship organizations including Capitol Hill, the White House, the State Department, ABC News, and think tanks and advocacy groups. Washington Program students also will participate in a seminar examining jihadism and the war on terrorism, coinciding with September 11th anniversary.

Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Another splendid schedule is planned at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Fall semester highlights include appearances by Maxine Hong Kingston, National Book Award-winning author, whose new book, Veteran of War, Veterans of Peace, features contributor Jimmy Castellano, a sophomore at CMC and a veteran. Other speakers include Robert Kennedy, Jr., City Lights bookstore co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Professor John Roth, Professor Nita Kumar, Kravis Prize Award recipient Roy Prosterman, and Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel. Thematic programming includes: Life at the Limits: The Physiology of Extremeophiles, Leadership in Times of Crisis, and Viewpoints on the Middle East.

Financial News

The College experienced its strongest fund-raising year ever, with core fund-raising of $19.5 million, increased further by assets of the existing Seaver Trust, for a total of $31 million. We are particularly pleased at the overwhelming support by the Class of 2006, which can boast 100 percent participation in the Senior Class Gift, the first in the College's history, as well as Parents Club contributions of $983,196, another record total, with support from 52 percent of the parents of current students. These are extremely positive results. I am grateful to the outstanding efforts from our many volunteers and the College's development staff, and we look forward to another strong year. The College's endowment continues its strong performance, with year-end investment returns of $57 million, or 15.4 percent, which was 39 percent higher than the Dow Jones Industrials Index return of 11.1 percent, and 79 percent higher than the S&P 500 Index return of 8.6 percent.

Faculty Achievements and Activities

Once again, members of our faculty were busy with various research pursuits over the summer.

  • Jennifer Armstrong, assistant professor of biology, presented at the 47th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, with Matthew Berger '05, and two Scripps students, Jennifer Lee and Ivy McDaniel.

  • Audrey Bilger, professor of literature, completed co-editing a special issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, on the topic, Globalization, Activism, and the Academy. She is also the author of an essay in the new anthology based on the first 10 years of the journal, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, which was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times.

  • Roderic Camp, the Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, was invited to speak on the Mexican presidential elections at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He also spoke on Canada-Mexico Security and Defense Cooperation at a conference of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Relations. His comments on the election were included in such media as the Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Hartford Courant.

  • Lisa Cody, associate professor of history, recently won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Best First Book Prize in any field of history for her book, Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons (Oxford University Press, 2005). This is the book's third major prize, including the Frances Keller Richardson-Sierra Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians, and the Best First Book Prize of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Birthing the Nation was also short listed for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize honoring the best first book in the field of British history.

  • Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, associate professor of biology, co-authored a paper in Molecular Cellular Biology and also presented at the sixth annual meeting of the French RNA Society in Rennes, France. She served on two study sections for the division of general medical science, National Institutes of Health, and was elected associate director of the Baccalaureate Constituency Group of Sigma Xi.

  • Gaston Espinosa, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, is co-author of a new book, Rethinking Latino Religion and Identity (Pilgrim Press, November 2006).
  • Robert Faggen, the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Professor of Literature, received a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the first comprehensive edition of the letters of Robert Frost. The $150,000 grant is part of a special category by the NEH for model projects to advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history. The Notebooks of Robert Frost, the first of seven anticipated volumes, will be published in November by Harvard University Press. He also edited a comprehensive volume of the poetry of Herman Melville, published in June by Penguin Classics.

  • Tony Fucaloro, the George C.S. Benson Professor of Public Affairs and professor of chemistry, and Andrew Zanella, professor of chemistry, are the co-authors of a paper in J. Solution Chemistry, with Adides Williams '04, Karen Conrad '05, Yan Pu '06, and Professor Emeritus Robert Pinnell.

  • Edward Haley, the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair of International Strategic Studies, addressed the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his new books, Strategies of Dominance: The Misdirection of U.S. Foreign Policy (The Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2006), and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Institution Press, 2006), co-written with A. Lawrence Chickering, Isobel Coleman, and Emily Vargas-Baron. His op-ed on U.S. Role in the Middle East: A Failed Foreign Policy was published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Cynthia Humes, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and chief technology officer, finished her new book, Breaking Boundaries with the Goddess, scheduled for publication this fall from Manohar Publishers, India.

  • Paul Hurley, professor of philosophy, is the author of a paper titled Does Consequentialism Make Too Many Demands, or None at All? in the journal Ethics

  • Manfred Keil, associate professor of economics and department chair, presented a paper at Vassar College in August, and also spoke to the CMCAA New York chapter. He attended the national meeting and Los Angeles retreat of the Posse Foundation, for which he will serve as CMC leader, and also begins his term as economics department chair.

  • Adam Landsberg, associate professor of physics, conducted game theory research featured on the July cover of Science News. Discussion of his work also appears on the website of the American Mathematical Society.

  • Chae-Jin Lee, BankAmerica Professor of Pacific Basin Studies and director of the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, chaired several professional gatherings, including a gathering of Korea specialists in Washington at the invitation of the South Korean ambassador to the United States; an international conference on U.S.-Korea relations under the auspices of the Korean Political Science Association; and the annual meeting of the International Advisory Committee for the Korea Foundation. He also presented a paper at Yonsei University, Seoul, on The Role of China in Inter-Korean Relations, and visited the Kaesong Special Economic Zone, North Korea, at the invitation of the South Korean Minister of Unification. He also organized and led a group of students to Tokyo for their field research activities. His recent book, A Troubled Peace: U.S. Policy and the Two Koreas, is in its second printing by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Susan Murphy, associate professor of psychology and associate director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, presented a workshop in South Africa based on her recent book, Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships (with Ellen Ensher). The workshop addressed a number of issues, including cross-cultural mentoring and the importance of training future generations of leaders.

  • Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History, director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, and associate director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, joined Professor John Roth in leading 13 students on an academic travel program in Berlin in May. He also assisted Secretary Stuart Eizenstat in preparing Congressional testimony on the status of art restitution worldwide, and continued his work on several Nazi-looted art restitution cases. His book, Royals and The Reich (Oxford University Press, 2006), received numerous reviews, including the London Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator.

  • Jack Pitney, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics, participated in numerous media interviews, including: "Republicans: Divided, as Usual," Roll Call; "Unpretty Poison" (review), and "California 50: A Break in the GOP's Clouds?, both National Review Online; and "How Angelides Can Win: Thinking Outside the Box," Capitol Weekly.

  • Tom Poon, assistant professor of chemistry, was published in the Journal of Chemical Education, Photochemistry and Photobiology, and Tetrahedron Symposia, which featured an invited article review of his research.

  • Ron Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, served as a discussant on a session titled Exploring the Role of Emotion in Leadership at the Academy of Management conference in Atlanta. He was also a co-author, along with CMC alumna Katie Hall '05, on a research report titled Undergraduate Leadership Experience and Propensity to Engage in Leadership Activities, also presented at the conference.

  • Ralph Rossum, Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy and American Constitutionalism and director of the Rose Institute for State and Local Government, co-authored American Constitutional Law, Vol I: The Structure of Government, and American Constitutional Law, Vol. II: The Bill of Rights and Subsequent Amendments (Thomas Wadsworth, 2007); A Short History of a Big Mistake (The American Interest, summer 2006); and Taking the Constitution Seriously: Akhil Reed Amar's Biography of America's Framing Document (Syracuse Law Review, 2006). He chaired a roundtable discussion on birth citizenship at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, and presented speeches on Justice Scalia at law school chapters of the Federalist Society at the University of Georgia and Seattle University, with engagements set this fall at the University of Arizona, Stanford University, the University of San Diego, the University of Connecticut, SUNY Albany, University of Missouri, University of Colorado, and Chapman University.
  • John Roth, the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, delivered the commencement address at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, where he also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

  • Deepak Shimkada, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, presented a paper, Return to the Womb, at the 2006 Conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, held at Washington State University. He also serves on the organization's nominating committee and 2007 conference committee.

  • Elizabeth Spalding, Washington Program director and assistant professor of government, was a panelist at a Hudson Institute event on The Truman Legacy: Who is the Rightful Heir? She is the author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism (University Press of Kentucky, 2006).

  • Emily Wiley, assistant professor of biology, received a CAREER Award of the National Science Foundation of $665,000 over five years in support of her genome research. The award, a premier program of NSF, is designated to support research and education of the highest quality, emphasizing the early development of academic careers enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Student Achievements

Our students continued the CMC summertime tradition of invigorating intellectual and civic pursuits, from international academic travel to community service projects in their hometowns.

McKenna International Internship recipients covered the globe, including: Angee Baldini '08 (assisted with study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, department of psychiatry); Erin Bauer '07 (research assistant, department of epidemiology and public health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Gregory Blair '07 (assistant at Patton Boggs law and public affairs firm, Panama); Rachel Blank and Kasey Schneider, both Class of 2007 (interns at Grupo GARO, a non-governmental organization in Ecuador dedicated to development and democratization); Lindsay Burt '07 (patient assistant in radiation/oncology department, Sydney Cancer Center); Allison Callaghan '07 (New Initiatives in Research, Management, and the Arts, focusing on children, youth, and education through the arts, India); Jesse Chang and Fan Du, both Class of 2008 (internships, Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong); Kaci Farrell '07 (teacher's assistant, Santa Cecilia de San Isidro, Costa Rica); Michael Fujinaka '07 (assistant and English teacher for clinic day care children, Casa Clinica, Las Varas, Mexico); Greg Gallagher '07 (assistant to the artistic director, Cultural Department, Burgenland Province, Austria); Tim Iafe and Tyler Owens, both Class of 2008 (assistants, Dragon Boat races, Singapore Dragon Boat Association); Talia Kahn '07 (assistant in Project Concern HIV/AIDS prevention program, India); Mieko Kikuchi '08 (assistant, Unite for Site, Thailand, working with doctors who treat eye disease and vision problems); Julian Nachitgal '08 (assistant to president of First Global Community College, the first liberal arts college in Thailand); Annie Nguyentat '07, assistant, Waikato Podiatry Clinic, New Zealand); Michael Peel '07 (program evaluator, SUAS Educational Development, helping young people of Ireland address educational disadvantages at home and abroad); Alex Piazza '07 (training program organizer, International Bridges to Justice, Switzerland, addressing legal system issues in China, Vietnam, and Cambodia); Lisa Ravenel '07 (assistant in adapting classic children's literature into television, Granada Media Kids, England); Kevin Shih '07 (assistant, China Non-Profit Organization Network); Nanthawan Sukroek '07 (assistant, The Royal Thai Embassy, Chile); Meredith Willis '06 (research on economic and infrastructure, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand); and Nicholas Zosel-Johnson '07 (tutor and social tourism program assistant, Bilingual Education for Central America, Honduras).

Thirteen students participated in the CMC Community Service Internship Program. They are: Heather Beck '09 (En Camino Migrant Ministries, Fostoria, Ohio, helping migrant children read and speak English); Natalya Bogopolskaya '08 (Breakthrough Collaborative, San Francisco, increasing educational opportunities for high-potential, low-income students); Elizabeth de la Torre '07 (California Rural Legal Assistance, Santa Barbara, legal assistance for low-income families); Nina Drucker '09 (San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego, intern and spokesperson for teen volunteer program); Andrea Durland '07 (CASA Latina, Seattle, establishing database system to assist the dayworker community); Elissa Gysi '08 (Sojourn Services for Battered Women And Their Children, Santa Monica, serving as family advocate and grants researcher); Akta Jantrania '09 (Hephzibah Children's Association, Oak Park, Il., Super Sib Camp to bring together siblings who were placed in separate families); Brittany Lovejoy '07 (Survivors International, San Francisco, which provides medical, psychological, and general aid for torture victims and refugees who have fled to the Bay area); Silvia Lu '08 (Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, summer reading program coordinator); Daniel McKenzie '07 (The Canal Alliance, San Rafael, providing legal, financial, and emotional assistance to Central American immigrants and low-income families); Amanda Moar '07 (Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, St. Paul, assistant to the prevention services specialist); Stephanie Parker '08 (Elizabeth House, Pasadena, development intern); and Ritika Puri '09 (Northern California Innocence Project, Santa Clara, developing self-sustaining prison outreach program).

Five students, Erik Hansell '09, Chad Jimenez '08, Rebecca Offensend '08, Ryan Patterson '07, and Emily Phelps '08, received the 2006 Political Education Fellowships providing real-world political experience, working this summer on campaigns in Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, and in the California gubernatorial race.

CMC institutes provided a wide range of internship opportunities. Some highlights include the following:

Nine students received the Keck Center Summer Internship, now in its second year. The students and their programs are: From the Class of 2007, Daniel Adomian (Charter Resources International, California and China); Jamie Dillon (Asian Migrant Center, Hong Kong); Alison Gary (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Greece); Rebekah Mortensen (U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.); Jenny Small (Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.); Meghan Zomorodi (Association for Culture, Education, and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents, Costa Rica); and Ben Carrier (Sustainable Harvest International, Honduras); and, Class of 2008, Brian Kennedy (Democratic Alliance, South Africa); and Lauren Smith (Institute of the Americas, Dallas).

Eight students received the AnneMerie Donoghue Human Rights Fellowship from the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, which provides grants of up to $2,500 to support projects that engage undergraduates in the field of human rights. The students and their projects are: Alexis Herr '07 (Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.); James LoPrete '07 (Simon Wiesenthal Center, New York City); Deleena Patton '07 (Children's Defense Fund, California); Alex Piazza '07 (Bridges to Justice, Geneva, Switzerland); Kasey Schneider '07 (Grupo FARO, Ecuador); Candace Williams '08 (Tone School Project, Washington state); and two students who also received CMC Community Service Internships, Heather Beck '09 (En Camino, Fostoria, Ohio), and Brittany Lovejoy '07 (Survivors International, San Francisco).

Five students, Alice Chang ’07, Kristen Crouse ’08, Catherine Powers ’08, Kurt Sheline ’08, and Asaf Bernstein (HMC ’08), worked as research analysts for the Financial Economics Institute. Faculty supervisors included Professors Michelle Goeree, Eric Helland, Lisa Meulbroek, Joshua Rosett, Janet Smith, Marc Weidenmier, Gary Smith (Pomona), and Vijay Sathe and Murat Binay, (CGU). The institute also sponsored a student and alumni reception in San Francisco, hosted by Trustee and FEI Board Chair James McElwee ’74.

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy sponsored two research assistants. Matt Westcot ’06 examined the foreign investment activities of U.S. multinational corporations in East Asia and Latin America, and Bradley Johnson ’08 studied production and sales activities of American multinational companies. The research contributed to a broader project designed to assess the impact of Japanese and U.S. multinational corporations around the world.

The Roberts Environment Center runs two simultaneous programs each summer, one in Claremont and one in the eastern Sierra. This summer, two Harvey Mudd students worked in Claremont with Elgeritte Adidjaja on the Center’s Pacific Sustainability Index data. Five CMC students—Sandy Chapman ’08, Scott Eaton ’08, Chris Frantz ’06, Robert Heilmyar ’06, and Elliott Vander Kolk ’08, worked at the CMC Mono Basin Field Station at the Burger Reserve working with Professor Emil Morhardt, Center director, and Sia Morhardt on the Center’s Bureau of Land Management contract to assess the effectiveness of reseeding after the Cannon and Slinkard fires near Walker California. Morhardt also oversaw the summer research component of the senior thesis project of Elizabeth Thomas ’07, who is studying the effects of packstock on house and stable fly numbers in the vicinity of wilderness trails in the eastern Sierra.

The Roberts Center and the Kravis Leadership Institute jointly sponsored four students—Ashley Frizell ’07, Ryan Fitzgerald ’08, Emery Mitchem ’07, and Peter Weissberg ’07—working with Marc Brody ’83 to develop a master plan and document environmental and social conditions in the Wolong Nature Reserve and Giant Panda Breeding Center in Sichuan, China. The Center also partially supported one CMC student, Jennie Miller ’07, studying the spatial ecology of poison dart frogs in southwestern Costa Rica with Professor Donald McFarlane.

Summer research assistants at the Rose Institute for State and Local Government included: Kaci Farrell '07, Colin McDonnell, Nick Le Du, Emily Pears, and Pierce Rossum, all Class of 2008, and Jennifer Ambrose and Ritika Purl, Class of 2009. Their project work included: fiscal analyses of police services in the city of Rialto and property tax revenues in Riverside County; numerous redistricting studies; compilation of the Rose Institute's Political History Archive; and publication of the 2006 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey. Rose Institute interns who worked off-campus included: Jacquelyn Bean '07 (PricewaterhouseCoopers internship in international tax and M&A, and travel to Tokyo with the Keck Center; Julia Cox '07 (Matrix Funding Services, a southern California mortgage wholesaler); Kaci Farrell '07 (school volunteer with the Amistad Institute, Costa Rica); Tyler White '07 (interned for the governor of Texas's re-election campaign); Dan Mitchell '08 (legislative aide for California state Sen. Joe Simitian); Chelsea Norell '08 (intern, Freund and Brackey entertainment law, Los Angeles); Miles Staglik '08 (intern, Morgan Stanley, New York); Joshua Schneider '08 (intern, Coalition of Northeastern Governors, Washington D.C.); Meredith Stechbart '08 (intern, two lobbying firms in Northern California); Allison Strother '08 (intern, PACCAR, Inc., analyzing raw material surcharges and savings); Jennifer Ambrose '09 (academic trips to Berlin with the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, and Tokyo with the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies); Ian Johnson '09 (intern, Sen. Norm Coleman); Tammy Nguyen '09 (volunteer, Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital); and Adam Sherman '09 (traveled to Israel on the Birthright trip).

A record 68 students participated in the Kravis Leadership Institute Summer Internship in Leadership program. Made possible by the KLI Board of Advisors, many of the CMC students were supported while serving in primarily social sector organizations where they combined meaningful work experience with academic requirements of reading, writing and discussion group participation. Completion of this internship also satisfies the experiential requirement of the Leadership Sequence. Of the 68, several combined support from other CMC internship programs such as the Community Service Internship Program (CSIP), the McKenna International program and the Political Education Fellowship (PEF) program. Fourteen of the 68 worked and studied abroad.

Examples of organizations hosting our students through the KLI program include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pacific Basin Economic Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, Inland Valley Justice Center, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and numerous Congressional offices, in addition to the Wolong Panda Center program noted above.

It was also a very busy summer for CMS athletes and participants in numerous summer camps. Activities included Nike tennis camps led by Coach Paul Settles, swimming camps led by Coach Charlie Griffiths, and football camps led by Coach Rick Candaele, and the Upward Bound Sports Camp, as well as much of the U.S. Water Polo National Junior Olympics, conducted locally and primarily at CMC's Axelrood Pool. Tim Settem was named the American Water Polo Coaches Association Division III Women's Coach of the Year, and Maxanne Retzlaff was honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Coach of the Year. CMS brought home the all-SCIAC trophy this year, based on very strong finishes in spring sports, including a National third place finish for the Athenas, a fifth place for the Stags tennis teams, and a 17th place overall finish nationally for the CMS Athletic program.

Fall sports got underway this weekend, with the first games over the holiday weekend. The scholar-athlete tradition is an important hallmark of the CMC experience, whether in varsity, club, or intramural play.

In closing, I know you join me in looking forward to another exceptional year at Claremont McKenna College. I send my warm wishes for a productive and enjoyable semester.