The weather may be cooling down, but things are heating up at The Claremont Colleges.
If you’re looking for intellectual stimulation, look no further than our local schools of higher learning. This month they feature one or more fascinating lectures scheduled nearly every night of the week. Here are some COURIER recommendations covering October 14 through 26.
Hiram E. Chodosh, who was inaugurated as the fifth president of Claremont McKenna on Saturday, has some distinct goals as he takes the reins of the prestigious liberal arts college.
The first of these is to moderate the cost of a CMC education by marshaling more means to aid students and their families. He considers it equally important to ensure that every possible resource is shepherded to meet students’ needs “in an extraordinary way.”
The Reverend Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, October 23 as the seventh president of the Claremont School of Theology, is looking forward to helping the local theological school grow both in the number of students and scope of its vision.
CST has evolved in recent years to become an institution where the study of faiths other than Christianity is not just an elective option, but an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
Members of the Claremont High School marching band do a little dance as part of their performance on Saturday during the “Take Note!” all band concert at CHS. The free concert featured music from the El Roble band, El Roble orchestra, CHS marching band and CHS orchestra. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Dave Nemer believes the ability to work smoothly as a group, communicating cordially even in times of disagreement, is an important quality for a school board member.
Mr. Nemer has spent decades serving on committees within the Claremont Unified School District, such as the District Advisory Committee and the School Site Council at San Antonio High School.
While, as he jokes, “It may not be that exciting to say, ‘Vote for me. I’ve been on committees,’” he feels such collaborative experience would serve him well.
School board candidate Nancy Treser Osgood aims to enhance communication between the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education and stakeholders like district faculty and staff, parents and community members, nearby colleges and the local business community.
Ms. Treser Osgood will begin communicating her own message, in anticipation of the upcoming local and municipal election on November 5, at a campaign kick-off set for Sunday, September 22. The event, which runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will be held at 50-Fifty Asian Cuisine, 201 N. Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont.
Sean Delgado, the new principal of San Antonio High School, believes that simple changes can be revolutionary.
His first move at the helm of Claremont’s continuation school has been to create an Associated Student Body (ASB) organization. He has hired Ashley DiGiulio to serve as activities director as well as to teach science. Though starting from scratch, they are enthusiastic about getting San Antonio’s ASB off the ground.
“Activities make school fun,” Mr. Delgado said. “If you make school fun, kids are more likely to go to school and participate.”
The public is invited to “Take Note!” and watch the Claremont High School Marching Band perform its full competition program at a free concert on Saturday, September 28 at the CHS athletic field from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Claremont High School Instrumental Music Boosters, the show will also feature the CHS Orchestra and the CHS Jazz Band, plus the El Roble Intermediate School band and orchestra, all performing under the lights on the athletic field.
As the November 5 election approaches, Joseph Salas has themed his bid for the local school board: “Celebrating our traditions, reaching new heights.”
The celebration begins with his campaign kick-off on Sunday, September 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Casa De Salsa restaurant, located at 415 W. Foothill Blvd. in the Old School House complex. Guests are asked to RSVP for the event, which will include appetizers and drinks, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thursday, September 5 meeting of the Claremont school board was marked by brevity and an agenda that was largely routine.
For the first order of business, Claremont High School student Alexa Ramirez was sworn in as CHS’s student board member for the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Ramirez’ main duty is to make a report at each board meeting on the activities of various schools within the Claremont Unified School District, a task she will share with a representative from San Antonio High School.
It’s never easy for a young person to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. When you live in India, however, a country marked by adherence to traditional values and obedience to the family, it’s even tougher.
Nevertheless, a unique theater group took a very visible stand for LGBT rights this past February, debuting a play called To, Ti, Tey (He/She/It) in the Indian city of Pune. Pomona College theater professor Betty Bernhard spent her sabbatical chronicling the making of the play, which was co-directed by famed actress and writer Sushma Deshpande
Although Steven Llanusa has served on the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education since 2005, he doesn’t feel his work is done so he will be throwing his hat into the ring once more in the November 5 local and municipal election
Mr. Llanusa is the sole incumbent among 5 candidates vying for 3 seats.
Mr. Llanusa is no stranger to stiff competition, having won his first bid for the board in a race with 6 candidates.
Parchment, a leader in education credentials technology, has releases its 2014 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings and 2 of the Claremont Colleges are in the top 10.
Harvey Mudd College placed number 8 and Pomona College placed number 9 in the only ranking completely based on admittance and enrollment choice data, more specifically which college a student chooses to attend among all of the institutions where they are admitted.
The first day of kindergarten can be a memory-stirring experience. Parents are brought back to their earliest school days as they strive to give their child a good start in the classroom.
For the family of 5-year-old Sophia Sink, who had her first day of school on Monday, this feeling of déjà vu was even more acute.
Sophia is now a student at Condit Elementary in Claremont, the same school where her mother Kim and grandmother Katie Thompson attended elementary school. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff