News Bites Week of April 21

Pitzer hires new dean of faculty from CGU

Pitzer College hired Allen Omoto, Claremont Graduate University’s associate provost and a psychology professor, as its new vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, the school announced Monday.

Omoto will replace longtime dean of faculty Nigel Boyle, who’s been a member of Pitzer’s faculty since 1992 and has served in his current position since 2015, according to his Pitzer bio and a Pitzer press release. Boyle is leaving to study new liberal arts colleges in Pakistan, Germany and Vietnam as a Fulbright Global Scholar.

Omoto earned his bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He joined CGU’s faculty in 2000, according to his CGU bio. His research has focused on the environment, HIV, and lesbian, gay and bisexual issues. He is also the director of CGU’s Institute for Research on Social issues.

“Allen is an exceptional leader, accomplished scholar and has deep experience in academic administration and faculty governance. Additionally, he is a valued member of our larger Claremont Colleges community,” Pitzer President Melvin Oliver said in the press release. “We are excited to welcome Allen as our next dean and anticipate that he will make an immediate, positive impact on our community.”

A search committee of faculty, staff and students examined candidates within the 5Cs for the position and made a recommendation to the Faculty Executive Committee. Oliver and the FEC jointly appointed Allen “after careful deliberation and review of the feedback from the Pitzer community,” according to the email.

Omoto will begin his new position July 1.

— Marc Rod

ASCMC announces part of 2019-20 budget allocations

ASCMC chief financial officer Max Dawson CM ’21 announced part of ASCMC’s 2019-20 budget allocations at its executive meeting April 21. The allocations are subject to approval by ASCMC’s executive board, Dawson said via email.

ASCMC plans to give $93,000 to Claremont McKenna College clubs and $23,000 to 5C clubs. The top-funded clubs will be the Asian Pacific American Mentoring Program, CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Outdoor Initiative, Mock Trial and the first-generation mentor program.

ASCMC will also soon be providing New York Times and Washington Post subscriptions to all students for free, according to ASCMC president Dina Rosin CM ’20.

— Marc Rod

17 Claremont students, alums win National Science Foundation fellowships

Ten students and alumni from Pomona College and seven from Harvey Mudd College won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program fellowships, according to Pomona and Harvey Mudd press releases. The grants total $114,000, including a $34,000 annual stipend for three years and $12,000 for post-graduate education, according to Pomona’s press release.

Sal Fu PO ’19 and Brian Lorenz PO ’19 will be studying topics relating to outer space, Abby Lewis PO ’19 will be studying reservoirs and Cristian Woroch PO ’19 will be studying topics related to renewable energy generation and creation. Olivia Watkins HM ’19 will be researching artificial intelligence, and Karina Cho HM ’19 will be studying abstract algebra.

The Pomona alumni selected were Reina Buenconsejo PO ’15, Eric Hayden Campbell PO ’17, Maxwell Coyle PO ’14, Jenya Kahn-Lang PO ’12, Laura River PO ’15 and Nathan Ross Sandford PO ’17.

The Harvey Mudd alumni selected were Jason Casar HM ’18, Katherine Crawford HM ’13, Maya Martirossyan HM ’17, Daniel McCabe HM ’17 and Timothy Middlemas HM ’17.

The NSF selected 2,050 applicants for the fellowship out of 12,000, according to Pomona’s press release.

— Marc Rod

Correction: An earlier version of the ASCMC budget allocations news bite incorrectly stated that all the budget allocations had been announced. Only allocations to 5C and CMC clubs were announced and are subject to approval of the executive board. TSL regrets this error.
This article was last updated April 28 at 12:11 p.m.
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