CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE NEWS



CMS finishes record year with three Athenas winning NCAA track and field titles
The final day of the 2017-18 athletic year came to a dramatic close on Saturday for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Three Athenas won individual national championships in track & field, and the team placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Championships for the highest finish in program history.


CMS student-athletes continue in NCAA Championships
With a national championship already won by the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s golf team, the Stags men's golf team begins its own title quest Tuesday. The CMS tennis teams and track & field will also compete for NCAA Championships this month. CMC and CMS are hosting the tennis National Championships May 21-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Men’s Golf


IMF head Christine Lagarde, U.S. House Chaplain Pat Conroy ’72 honored with graduates
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde called on Claremont McKenna College’s class of 2018 to turn “adversity into advantage” and immediately work to address the world’s most difficult challenges.


Five CMS teams competing in NCAA Championships this week
For five Claremont-Mudd-Scripps spring athletics teams, quests for national titles begin this week, as the NCAA Division III Championships get underway.


CMS wins first NCAA Division III women’s golf championship
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s golf team defeated Williams College in a two-hole playoff to win the NCAA Division III national championship on Friday, May 11. Margaret Loncki ’18 paced the Athenas and won the individual national championship with a four-round score of 11-over-par 303 on the El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Athenas, who started the day with a four-stroke lead over Williams, prevailed after two playoff holes. It was the CMS athletic program's first NCAA title in women's golf and fifth NCAA team title overall. 


Five CMS teams start NCAA Championships this week
For five Claremont-Mudd-Scripps spring athletics teams, quests for national titles begin this week, as the NCAA Division III Championships get underway. Women’s Golf Led by Margaret Loncki ’18, the top-ranked golfer in Division III, the No. 2 Athenas are competing in the NCAA Championships Tuesday through Friday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. CMS has won four of its last five tournaments heading into the NCAA Championships.


Prof. Albert Park awarded Fulbright and Abe fellowships for research on Japan, Korea
Associate Professor of History Albert Park has received two prestigious fellowships to support a year in Japan and Korea researching how rural environmental movements influence contemporary agriculture infrastructure policies. Park received a Fulbright Fellowship to support his work in east Asia and an Abe Fellowship for his research in Japan. The Fulbright Fellowship facilitates relations between the United States and citizens of other countries. Park will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and engage with the local community in addition to his research.


Prof. Minxin Pei named first Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations
Minxin Pei, the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, has been named the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations. Pei will begin an eight-month residency at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress beginning in January, 2019. As the first U.S.-China chair, Pei will foster policy-relevant research, programming, and bipartisan legislative discussion on U.S. relations with China, with a focus on public policy challenges likely to face legislators in the future.


From track to improv, U.S. House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy ’72 was a top performer
In his first year at CMC, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives Patrick Jay “Pat” Conroy ’72 found an early calling – in an Improvisational Theatre class at Scripps College. Improv performers must work their way out of an unknown situation by rapidly finding a common bond with those around them. Conroy, both cerebral and sociable, was hooked. “I knew I would pursue a public career, not a private one,” Conroy said, and improv fit his desire to perform and connect.


Five CMS team start NCAA Championships this week
For five Claremont-Mudd-Scripps spring athletics teams, quests for national titles begin this week, as the NCAA Division III Championships get underway. Women’s Golf Led by Margaret Loncki ’18, the top-ranked golfer in Division III, the No. 2 Athenas are competing in the NCAA Championships Tuesday through Friday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. CMS has won four of its last five tournaments heading into the NCAA Championships.


71st Commencement features Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna’s 71st annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, on Pritzlaff Field.


Claremont rugby teams place second at championships
Both the Claremont Foxes women's rugby club and the Claremont Lions men's rugby club placed second at their respective championship tournaments this spring. Women's Update The Foxes fell to Tulane University 31-14 in the championship match of the the USA Rugby Division II Spring College Championship final on May 5 at Cal State Fullerton. Claremont defeated Salisbury University (Maryland) 44-27 in the semifinals on May 4. Visit the Claremont Foxes Facebook page for more information.


CMC changes federal classification for economics and psychology majors
Claremont McKenna College has updated the classification of its economics and psychology majors to better reflect the quantitative and experimental nature of those fields at the College. The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) assigns codes to academic majors to accurately track and report fields of study at the nation’s colleges and universities.


Claremont rugby teams make the Final Four
The Claremont Foxes women’s rugby team is making its first USA Rugby Division II Final Four appearance in 10 years, while the Claremont Lions men’s rugby team made its third-straight trip to the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Division I national championship match. Women's Update


Athenaeum Main Dining Room to be named for Eggert
The main dining room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will be named the Eggert Dining Room, recognizing the many contributions of Trustee Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15. 


Claremont rugby teams in the Final Four
The defending national champion Claremont Lions men's rugby team is making its third-straight trip to the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Division I semifinals, while the Claremont Foxes women's rugby team is making its first USA Rugby Division II Final Four appearance in 10 years. Men's Update


Geismer named 2018 Carnegie Fellow
Associate Professor of History Lily Geismer has been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2018 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Geismer will receive up to $200,000 to support sabbatical research for her book project "Doing Good: Public Policy and the Market from the War on Poverty to the Clinton Foundation."


CMC seniors win acclaim for autism therapy video game
Creating engaging and accessible therapy for children on the autism spectrum is a vexing challenge, but five CMC seniors have used their education to craft an innovative new approach: a video game. Their game, called Social Cipher, virtually recreates social situations so that gamers can better understand emotional reactions and build empathy. Social Cipher recently placed eighth in the National Geographic Unlimited Innovation Challenge, which had more than 1,000 entrants.


CMC seniors win acclaim for austism therapy video game
Creating engaging and accessible therapy for children on the autism spectrum is a vexing challenge, but five CMC seniors have used their education to craft an innovative new approach: a video game. Their game, called Social Cipher, virtually recreates social situations so that gamers can better understand emotional reactions and build empathy. Social Cipher recently placed eighth in the National Geographic Unlimited Innovation Challenge, which had more than 1,000 entrants.


Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15 gives $2.5 million to restore main Athenaeum dining room
Claremont McKenna College Trustee Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15 has donated $2.5 million to support the restoration of the main dining room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, which will be named the Eggert Dining Room.


Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15 gives $2.5 million to support the Athenaeum
Claremont McKenna College Trustee Steven L. Eggert '82 P'15 has donated $2.5 million to support enhancements to the dining room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, which will be named the Eggert Dining Room.


SCIAC honors Mike Sutton '76 with Distinguished Service Award
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) selected Mike Sutton '76 as its 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Sutton has dedicated nearly 40 years of his career to intercollegiate athletics at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and within the SCIAC. "It's an incredible affirmation to be considered worthy of the same recognition in the Distinguished Service Award that many of my mentors in the conference over the years have received," Sutton said.


Five CMS spring teams in top-10
Five Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams are ranked in the top-10 nationally as they enter the final weeks of their spring seasons.


Leading censorship opponent says First Amendment advocates must also speak against hate
“Too often,” Nadine Strossen told her audience at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum April 5, First Amendment advocates assert that “hate speech is absolutely protected,” adding that “I’ve been a little bit guilty of that myself.” In fact, she said, “the brilliance of U.S. law” is that “it is much more nuanced. It does draw a very sensible line between when hate speech is protected and when hate speech is not protected.”


5C a cappella group to compete in New York City
The Claremont Colleges’ After School Specials! have qualified to compete at the 2018 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals. Nine colleges, including Berklee College of Music, King’s College, London, the University of Chicago, Temple University, and reigning champions USC will vie for the title at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 21. The After School Specials! had advanced to the semifinals in 2014 and 2016.