Scores Participate in Annual Pomona Student Trustee Retreat

Twenty members of Pomona’s Board of Trustees and administrators and about 80 students convened in the Hahn building for the 11th Annual Student Trustee Retreat last Friday.Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum remarked on the unique opportunity for student-trustee interaction provided by the retreat.“I don’t know of another campus that does what we do in the way that we do it,” she said.All Pomona students were invited, via e-mail, to attend the retreat.“We opened up the invitation list to all students last year and this year, so while students have to RSVP, and we certainly encourage student leaders to attend, any student can RSVP to the retreat. That way, there are more voices heard,” Feldblum said in an e-mail interview.After her opening remarks, Dean Feldblum introduced Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) President Jed Cullen ’10, Vice President for Finance Kelly Schwartz ’10, and North Campus Representative Stephanie Almeida ’11.The ASPC representatives introduced the three topics to be discussed at the retreat: the impact of economic challenges on Pomona students, the distinct and central experiences for students at Pomona, and the establishment of budget priorities in the coming years.The participants split into three groups for a set of three 40-minute discussions, one on each of the three topics. Each trustee participated in at least one discussion with every student in attendance.“My feedback from the trustees and administration is that most in attendance thought this was the best [retreat] yet in terms of being able to engage students in conversations,” Cullen said.

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