Pitzer College is a private residential liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, United States, a college town approximately 39 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Pitzer College is one of the Claremont Colleges.Pitzer College has a curricular emphasis on the social science, behavioral science, international programs, and media studies. As it is one of the Claremont Colleges, consortium resources are shared and students from the school are encouraged to take classes at the other four undergraduate Claremont Colleges as well as at Pitzer. Likewise, students from the other Claremont Colleges are permitted to take classes at Pitzer. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 11, 2017
CLAREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Pitzer Family Foundation donated $1 million to Pitzer College to support the growth and expansion of science facilities at the W.M. Keck Science Department (KSD), a joint program of Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College. Since 2002, the number of Pitzer students majoring in sciences at KSD has increased by more than 200 percent. The College also saw a 147 percent increase in students receiving science degrees since 2004. In 2016, biology and human biology were among the 10 top majors within Pitzer’s graduating class. More Pitzer students now major in one of the biological sciences, which include biochemistry, biology, biophysics, human biology, molecular and organismal biology, than in any other discipline. “With this gift, the Pitzer family is pleased to continue its support for science at the Claremont Colleges,” said Russell M. Pitzer, Pitzer College emeritus trustee and emeritus professor of chemistry at The Ohio State University, on behalf of the Pitzer Family Foundation. “Kenneth S. Pitzer, son of the founder of Pitzer College, was not only involved with the original plans for the Keck Joint Science building, but also consulted at various times with Pomona College and Harvey Mudd College about their programs. He and his wife, Jean M. Pitzer, endowed three professorships at Pitzer College related to scientific fields. The Pitzer family is delighted that interest in science has increased to the point that the Keck Science Center must be expanded and is happy to support that expansion with this gift.” Due to increased student interest and enrollment in science courses at each of the KSD colleges, this gift provides significant and much-needed support for the department’s continued growth. “The College is grateful to the Pitzer Family Foundation for believing in the value of science education at Pitzer and the Keck Science Department. Support for faculty and students as they pursue their teaching, learning and research in the sciences is an invaluable gift,” said Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver. The W.M. Keck Science Department focuses exclusively on undergraduate science education and provides instruction in small-classroom and lab settings while offering numerous opportunities for students to conduct research. KSD is administered cooperatively by the three participating colleges and is a national leader in the development of interdisciplinary science courses and programs. Pitzer College was founded in 1963 by citrus grower and philanthropist Russell K. Pitzer. The Pitzer Family Foundation (PFF) has continued his tradition of generous support of the College. In 2007, the PFF provided $5 million for the construction of Sanborn Hall in Phase I of the College’s Residential Life Project in memory of Flora Sanborn Pitzer, the founder’s wife. The foundation also gave $500,000 to establish the Pitzer Archive and Conference Center in Residential Life Project Phase II in 2012. The founder’s grandchildren, Ann E., Russell M. and John S. Pitzer, contributed to the development of the Jean M. Pitzer Archaeology Laboratory. In addition, members of the Pitzer family have established numerous endowed scholarships, professorships and an endowed directorship of international programs at the College. Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.
News Article | May 10, 2017
CLAREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pitzer College names Sandra Vasquez as the new assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Vasquez will begin her position on July 17, 2017. “I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to advance student success initiatives at Pitzer,” Vasquez said. Vasquez currently serves as the associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to UCSB, she served as the inaugural associate dean of students, director of student conduct and ethical development, and chair of the Campus Assessment Response and Education Team at California State University, San Bernardino. She has also held administrative positions at the University of Arkansas and the University of Southern California. “Dr. Vasquez made a strong impression on our community. She will be a great leader in the Office of Student Affairs and an asset for the entire Pitzer community,” said Brian Carlisle, vice president for student affairs and chair of the search committee. Vasquez was selected following an extensive national search led by a committee comprised of Pitzer students, faculty and staff. She and other finalists were brought to campus, where they made community presentations and met with members of the diversity committee, student leaders and student affairs staff. Vasquez earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge, a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. She is also a graduate of the Management Development Program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators recognized her as the Region IV-West Outstanding New Professional of the Year, and she is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.
News Article | May 2, 2017
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