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CMC is heading to England! 📍

Join our London CMC Community and Europe Chapter for conversation and camaraderie at an evening reception on January 31.

Together with Evan Rutter '06, Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement, the College will discuss exciting plans for the Robert Day Sciences Center, the campus expansion and master plan, and new athletic facilities.

Register now:

Netflix and Build: “Abstract: The Art of Design” 01/09/2024

What inspires the man behind the design of the new Robert Day Sciences Center?

Bjarke Ingels (BIG), the Danish architect who is making his mark on CMC's campus, appears in an episode of the Netflix documentary series, "Abstract: The Art of Design." Check out this ARCHITECT magazine article about Ingels and his work.

Netflix and Build: “Abstract: The Art of Design” As part of a new documentary series on design, Bjarke Ingels dives into his firm’s projects and process.


What is ... a second dream opportunity to be on The Alex Trebek Stage?

Congratulations to Max Davison ’09, who was invited to return to Jeopardy! for the Second Chance Tournament. Tune in tomorrow, Jan. 4, to cheer him on (again)!


Today is the day! Please make your gift to CMC before 11:59 PT tonight!

Collectively, alumni, parents, and the entire CMC community can support everything that makes our student experience exceptional. Thank you very much for your support!

Happy New Year's Eve and cheers to 2024!

📸 : Isaiah Tulanda ’20


Sustain your impact year after year and make a recurring gift to CMC by December 31st!

As the end of the year approaches, please continue—or ignite—your loyal support and invest in the College. Through consistent contributions, you affirm your commitment to CMC's mission: to prepare students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions. Gifts of all amounts make an impact by continuing to elevate outstanding student outcomes.

📸 : Isaiah Tulanda ’20


Thanks for making #2023 a year to remember, CMC.


From all of us at Claremont McKenna College to you and yours, we wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with health and peace.

Original haiku and artwork by CMC President Hiram Chodosh. Photo and animation by Anibal Ortiz.

Focused on war in Ukraine, Professor Wendy Lower interviews Sean Penn 12/22/2023

Professor Wendy Lower, Director of CMC's Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, recently moderated a panel with Sean Penn and Evgeny Afineevsky about their new documentary films, "Superpower" and "Freedom on Fire," depicting the war in Ukraine.

Interviewing two-time Oscar winner Penn and Afineevsky, an Academy and Emmy Award-nominated Israeli-American film director, producer, and cinematographer, “was an opportunity that I could never have imagined decades ago when I discovered Ukraine and decided to focus my research on its history of war and genocide,” Lower said.

Her conversation with Penn and Afineevsky focused on the importance of leadership in times of crisis. Penn’s seven trips to Ukraine, and his relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, provided a unique view into the extraordinary strength of ordinary people.

The opportunity was made possible by Bonnie Abaunza P’18, a former board member of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and the mother of CMC graduate and former Mgrublian Center research fellow Larissa Abaunza ’18.

Watch the full interview:

Focused on war in Ukraine, Professor Wendy Lower interviews Sean Penn Professor Wendy Lower, Director of Claremont McKenna College’s Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, recently moderated a panel with Sean Penn and Evgeny Afineevsky about their new documentary films, Superpower and Freedom on Fire, depicting the war in Ukraine.


“My retirement did not stop me from coming back to campus in September and I will be back again in January! CMC will always be a big part of my life. Thank you for all that you do.”—Marc "Dad" Massoud P'89.

Before he retired earlier this year, the College honored beloved accounting professor Marc Massoud for his 43 years of service when the Kravis Center Living Room officially became known as "The Massoud."

As part of Professor Massoud’s lasting legacy, please consider supporting CMC this giving season with a gift to either: the Vivienne Massoud Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Accounting program, or any area of the campus that resonates with you and your memories of Professor Massoud!

Thank you for your support!


For Divya Chadda ’13, CMC was and still continues to be a transformative place.

When Chadda arrived to campus, she quickly realized it’s better to learn from others rather than strive to always be the smartest person in the room. As a student, she also worked in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, seeing firsthand the importance of giving back.

"When I came to CMC, it was my first time being away from home and my country. I felt challenged in my interactions with the student body, but also found so many like-minded peers here. I also learned to have fun. If you plan and are generally disciplined, you truly can have it all!"

Read more about Chadda in our latest Alumni in Action feature:


As we close a successful semester at CMC, enjoy some of our favorite stories featured in the December edition of Currents!

• CMS men’s water polo wins its first national title in program history

• Branwen Williams is installed as the George R. Roberts Professor of Integrated Sciences: Environmental Science

• CMC’s Center for Global Education provides opportunities for students to hone their abilities through life-changing, off-campus experiences

Read more:

Legacy of CMC Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley remembered 12/15/2023

On a crisp autumn evening at the Athenaeum, CMC Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley was remembered as a teacher and scholar who for nearly 50 years brought the world into his classroom.

Reflecting and honoring the late Professor Haley’s impact on the CMC community, the Ath memorial was filled with fond memories, poetry, and a scholarly lecture, “Threats and Promises Across the Nuclear Age,” by Professor Lisa Koch, co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.

Before she began her lecture, Koch paid tribute to Haley and his legacy, saying that while she did not meet Haley in person, she felt as though she got to know him “through his writings. That’s how scholars get to know each other. It’s through our work. And so, I get to enter into conversation with Ed as I read and engage with his works. I brought his book, 'Strategies of Dominance,' with me tonight ... It’s a great example of Ed’s scholarship. It is pragmatic, it is clear-eyed, it is grounded in historical case studies. And it is forward-looking, policy-focused, and tinged with optimism.”

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Legacy of CMC Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley remembered On a crisp autumn evening at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum, Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley was remembered as a teacher and scholar who for nearly 50 years brought the world into his classroom, through his depth of experience and knowledge, as well as his appreciation for the arts.

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 12/09/2023

Congratulations to our December graduates honored at CMC's annual mid-year dinner! Wishing you all the best. 🎓 🎉

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 12/08/2023

CMC professor Ward Elliott, an inspiring educator, prolific scholar, and tenacious adventurer, loved to sing and play the piano and guitar with his students. He and his wife, Myrna, held beloved Singing Parties every semester in his home, drawing crowds of students, faculty, and friends, who all gathered to sing favorite songs.

In honor of Ward, who passed away a year ago, the Athenaeum revived the Singing Party tradition for today's students. Former Ward student Noah Mesel ’83 P’25, on piano, and Adrian Flynn ’25, an Ath Fellow and guitarist, led the group through classics like “American Pie,” “Hallelujah,” “The Sound of Silence,” a medley of Christmas tunes—and even the Claremont McKenna College school song. Myrna, who spoke at the Ath event, shared how music served as a metaphor for one of Ward’s favorite philosophies in life.

Ward “would be so touched by this group here,” Myrna told the group. “He would go around campus telling people about the Singing Parties. But he was also telling them to keep their pianos tuned. ‘You need to keep the pianos tuned.’ Because music is communication. Unique music is conveying emotion and feeling on a very deep level. Keep it tuned. Know what you're saying, what you're doing, what you're hearing. And use music to do it. Thank you for continuing that tradition.”

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 12/04/2023


Congratulations to on its incredible run over the weekend at the 2023 USA Water Polo Division III National Championship in Rock Island, Ill. 🤽‍♂️ The Stags earned the first title in program history with a dramatic 6-5 comeback win over their SCIAC rivals, University of Redlands—winning on two Donovan Davidson ‘26 goals in the final 1:41 (including the winner at 48 seconds left!) 🦌

“It really took resilience to score two at the end there,” said Kyle Ballack ‘23. Davidson, who came through in the clutch, added: “Everyone was antsy and excited because it was the championship, but I’m glad we kept it composed and pulled out the win in the end.” 🎉

Read more from our CMS Athletics team via the bio link.

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity 12/01/2023

In its latest ranking release, The Wall Street Journal and College Pulse have named Claremont McKenna College the No. 1 liberal arts school in the western U.S.!

Earlier this year, WSJ/College Pulse ranked CMC No. 9 among all colleges in its 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S. list. Their latest top liberal arts ranking is based on a similar methodology: Student outcomes, learning environment, and diversity of a school’s students and faculty.

CMC takes pride in its mission to prepare students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions. Read more about our outstanding student outcomes and the CMC Career Readiness Effect:

For more on the WSJ/College Pulse rankings:

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity Preparing students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions.


It’s Flashback Friday! 🌹

A year ago, CMCers were gearing up to celebrate the first-ever Rose Parade® float from the College. The 55-foot float was lovingly decorated by volunteers from the CMC community, and many CMCers also proudly took part in the Adopt-A-Rose program, investing in student scholarships. Each gift—made in honor or in memory of a favorite CMCer—was represented by a rose on the award-winning float as it made its five-mile journey down Colorado Boulevard with several CMC students on board.

As the year comes to a close, and in honor of CMC’s (almost) one-year Rose Parade® anniversary, we hope you will consider making a gift to support scholarships that prepare students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions.

Thank you for your support!

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/30/2023

Two more wins. 🏐

Let’s do it again, ! After last night’s triumph over top-seeded University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the Athenas move to the Final Four TONIGHT against Hope College. Winner heads to the national title game on Saturday.

The energy inside Roberts Pavilion last night was electric! ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ First 500 CMS students are FREE once again, courtesy of the CMS Presidents. 🙌

7:30 pm start time. Bring the noise and support our Athenas on their home floor! 🎉 🎉 🎉


Brian Bullard ’91, who recently retired from the Capital Group, thought he was just sharing a catch-up lunch with Professor Marc Massoud P’89. However, Massoud asked Bullard if he would be interested in teaching at CMC so students could hear about his business experience.

Bullard couldn’t say no to his former professor.

Now, more than 30 years after graduating from CMC, Bullard has found himself back in the classroom this fall teaching “Financial Statement Analysis” as a visiting lecturer with the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.

“I really view this as an opportunity to give back to the student body," Bullard said. "There were professors I had who had a huge impact on my life. I hope I can have an impact on some of the current students."

Read more about Bullard's CMC experience and why he gives back:

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/29/2023

Three more wins. 🏐

The opportunity to celebrate a National Championship ... at Roberts Pavilion ... in front of the home Claremont crowd ... begins TONIGHT for . 🎉 🙌👏

Get ready as our awesome Athenas take on top-seeded University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a quarterfinal match at 7 pm. ⏰ Thanks to CMS presidents, the first 500 students get in FREE! 🎟️🎟️🎟️🥳 (Pssst, the student ticket table opens at 5 pm).

Let’s get Roberts rockin’ and make some noise! 🗣️ 🗣️ 🗣️

📸 : Kayla Ishibashi ’25 ()

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/28/2023

As a Wagener Family Global Scholar, Amelia Opsahl ’25 (left) has already studied abroad in Portugal, Argentina, and Brazil during her first two years at Claremont McKenna College. The support she received also inspired her to give back as a Scholar Community Mentor—just one of the unique leadership components to life at CMC and its continued commitment to expanding opportunity for all students.

Amelia, from Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and Maile Stoutemyer ’27 (right), from Kaneohe, Hawaii, love that they’ve found shared purpose through the Scholar Communities Mentorship Program. Maile, an International Relations major, is grateful for Amelia’s “immense support” during her transition to CMC. “Because of her and my Scholar Community, I know I will succeed in my future endeavors, whether that be through study abroad, internships, or independent projects.”

“Acting as a mentor has underlined the importance of listening and emphasizing collaboration as a leadership quality. It’s unlocked so many valuable perspectives for me,” added Amelia, a Foreign Languages major (through Scripps College) with a Computer Science sequence. “Being part of a Scholar Community has been invaluable, creating such a strong sense of belonging within the school.”

If you are interested in CMC, don’t forget to apply for merit-based scholarships (and a chance to join one of nine Scholar Communities!) by this Friday, December 1.
Link in bio.


This Giving Tuesday, be part of the global generosity movement and make a gift to support CMC students.

Gifts of all sizes have a powerful impact on future responsible leaders and can be directed to any area on campus—a department, professor, club, organization, or initiative! Plus, CMC donors have the ability to make their gift recurring to support CMC students year round.

Thank you for your support and for being part of the tight-knit CMC community!

📸 : Isaiah Tulanda ’20 ()

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/28/2023

POV: You go to school with one of the best athletics and recreation centers in Division III. 🙌

Did you know CMS is hosting the NCAA DIII Volleyball National Championships right here at Roberts Pavilion? Come cheer on your Athenas this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the quarterfinals as they take on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 🏐 🎉

Purchase tickets and see the full schedule:

📸1: Sun Young Byun ’26 ( )

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/22/2023

More than 100 alumni returned to CMC recently to celebrate the Rose Institute of State and Local Government’s golden anniversary, enjoying a packed day of panel discussions, student presentations, and a forum where dozens shared fond memories of their Rose experiences.

Director Ken Miller, Rose Professor of State and Local Government, is proud that the Rose Institute has stayed true to its founding mission for the past 50 years: to create research with a laser-like focus on state and local government, especially about California.

“It is wonderful to share the Rose’s achievements with the many, many alums who have helped make the institute a huge success,” Miller said. “With so many alumni returning to campus, we’ve had a celebration worthy of this landmark anniversary.”

Read our recap and view more photos from the historic celebration:

📸 : Isaiah Tulanda ’20 and Sidney Smith ’25

Photos from Claremont McKenna College's post 11/21/2023

On a recent Athenaeum panel co-sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable and the Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America, CMC professors Michael Fortner and Briana Toole joined a wide-ranging discussion on systemic racism—notably, its uses, limits, and critiques.

Also part of the conversation: Jared Clemons, an assistant professor of political science at Temple University who has an extensive research background spanning political economy, race, and the politics of education, and John Wood, Jr., who is a former nominee for Congress, an opinion columnist for USA Today, and the national ambassador for Braver Angels, a grassroots, cross-partisan organization dedicated to political depolarization.

“If we’re thinking about solutions, we have to take the fear out of talking about race, whatever we mean by it, because the only way to fix stuff is to talk about it,” said Toole, who teaches philosophy and focuses her research on social identity and knowledge, political resistance and disagreement, and power and ideology.

Read more about their dialogue via our bio link.


“The best way to learn science is to do science.”

This ethos forms the foundation for Professor Emily Wiley’s approach to teaching and leading Claremont McKenna students in the classroom, as well as through hands-on projects in the research lab.

And, it’s this exact philosophy that recently earned her a prestigious 2023-24 Fulbright Scholar Award, which will take Wiley to Croatia in spring 2024 to expand her “understanding of similar challenges in other educational contexts outside of the U.S.”

Wiley's Fulbright plans lead our latest issue of Currents. Read more great stories about our CMC community:


Over the past month, we've shared some of the powerful ways that The Campaign for CMC: Responsible Leadership has had an impact on our community.

Looking forward, there is so much to keep us engaged and inspired. We are already
living with the investments and results of this record-breaking Campaign, with the best yet to come.

Your dedication is the heart of our success.

Thank you, CMC.


Let’s celebrate !

Mehrin Khan ’26
Computer Science and Economics major with a Data Science sequence
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fun fact: Mehrin edits and maintains CMC’s website through the office of Strategic Communications and Marketing

• What has been the biggest reward or motivation for studying abroad?

The biggest motivation for me was the amazing opportunities that the USA offered. I could gain work and networking experience, and also have access to resources that I would not otherwise have in Bangladesh. Living alone thousands of miles away from home was a learning experience that I was both stressed and excited about. Being the only CMC student from Bangladesh has definitely been a challenge too, but I am proud to represent my country. 🇧🇩

• What opportunities have you taken advantage of while at CMC?

I have learned so much and have grown as a leader in my personal and professional life thanks to CMC. I am a Fellow at the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RLCIE), where as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned more about starting a business, valuations, assessing the market, and pitching to investors. Through the RLCIE’s networking series, I connected with CMC alumni who have really helped me understand work culture and what skills I should focus on.

• How do you build community at CMC?

I am part of the South Asian Students Association (SASA), Asia Pacific American Students Association (APASA), and Muslim Students Association (MSA). These groups helped me feel settled in. We celebrate diverse cultures and festivals like South Asian New Year, Diwali, Holi, Eid, and Ramadan. It makes me feel closer to my roots.

• How has CMC influenced your future plans?

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity has been a great help in researching companies with visa sponsorship opportunities. Through events at the Ath, RLCIE, Soll Center, and club events on campus, I have been able to network with CMC alumni and learn about different jobs and industries. That has guided me and helped build a roadmap for my future.


Let’s celebrate !

Michael Yu ‘24
Psychology and Film Studies
Hong Kong
Fun fact: Michael has made a number of short films and two TV shows

• What has been the biggest reward or motivation for studying abroad?

The culture shock is both the biggest reward and challenge. Having attended an English-speaking international school all my life (where we spoke with American accents and watched American media), I figured the transition wouldn’t be difficult. I was so wrong. But I’ve learned so much about myself, how unique my upbringing was, and am finally learning to embrace it all.

• How do you build community at CMC?

Since becoming an officer of the on-campus film club (5x5 Films), I feel that we’ve been able to build a small but mighty community of movie-goers and filmmakers. We’ve hosted Friday movie nights at Pickford Auditorium and Bauer. The Soll Center was also kind enough to collaborate with me on hosting CMC’s first film showcase event where we screened over an hour of CMC-made films to students, alumni, and faculty alike. That was a highlight.

• How has CMC influenced your future plans?

Much like my international school in Hong Kong, which was also such a tight-knit community, CMC has really solidified my love for being constantly surrounded by hard-working people. The student and alumni network has already allowed me to meet some wonderful people that I am sure I’ll work with for years to come.

• What advice would you give to international students who are thinking about coming to CMC?

Being open to making new types of friends was something I wish I had learned sooner. CMC—and the 5Cs more broadly—are places with such a diverse set of people that it would be a waste to not make tons of different kinds of friends here. The more different someone is from you, the more you have to learn about yourself.


Let’s celebrate !

Letícia (Lele) Murer
Economics & Film Studies
Santa Maria, Brazil
Fun fact: As part of her Appel Fellowship, Letícia traveled to Italy to learn more about her family history

▪ What has been the biggest reward or motivation for studying abroad?

The liberal arts curriculum does not exist in Brazil. I got really excited about the idea of exploring different subjects while figuring out my major(s), even though I knew that—at first—the language barrier could be a challenge. All my previous academic experiences at school were in Portuguese, but I knew that CMC would assist me with the language transition, so I was looking forward to it despite being nervous!

▪ What opportunities have you taken advantage of while at CMC?

My on-campus involvements, such as being part of SOURCE and CPB, allow me to grow while learning new skills and making friends—a part of my CMC experience that I cherish. Through my Appel Fellowship, I am also crafting a documentary about my experience, which would not be possible without the guidance and financial assistance provided.

▪ How do you build community at CMC?

ISS has played a huge role in my adaptation to the U.S. I was able to bond with my peers through fun cultural dinners and even a Disneyland trip, which were carefully planned by ISS, aiming to make us feel like we belong. The I-Connect mentors were really welcoming when I first arrived, which motivated me to become a mentor this year—a very rewarding role because my mentees are so awesome.

▪ What advice would you give to international students who are thinking about coming to CMC?

As scary as moving abroad is, CMC is ready and very willing to support you in every possible way! For example, CMC helped me navigate the big challenge of career planning. I am very grateful to staff, parents, and alumni who have been so willing to help me find the right opportunities and take advantage of them.

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