President's Annual Report
November 1, 2002
The previous academic year began just days before September 11. Helped by the familiar, dependable rhythms of collegiate life, we were able to come together as a community: dorm rooms to be unpacked, class schedules to be shuffled, football games to be played, knowing we were extraordinarily fortunate to have suffered no loss of life within the immediate Claremont McKenna College family. As an institution dedicated to the preparation of future leaders, we examined and discussed the issues leading to, and resulting from, the attacks. Just days later, we hosted a packed town hall discussion.
I-Place, the international center of The Claremont Colleges operated by CMC, played an ongoing role in the community dialogue, hosting a yearlong program of events and speakers of importance to international relations and cross-cultural understanding. And we recently commemorated the one-year anniversary of September 11 in the CMC tradition of intellectual examination burnished by heartfelt fellowship; a candlelight evening gathering at Zinda Field followed a public discussion, led by several outstanding members of our faculty, in which the aftermath of September 11 was discussed.
This year, as last, we are settled in. The 250 members of the Class of 2006 have proclaimed their arrival, and we all look forward to the coming year. Before we move ahead, though, I wish to take this opportunity for a final look at the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty, and staff during the past year.
Over the past two academic years, the College worked to develop a strategic plan to guide CMC's development over the next decade. The strategic planning process was collaborative, with more than 130 people officially working on various strategic planning committees, including trustees, faculty, students, alumni and parents. The strategic planning process concluded last March, with unanimous adoption by the Board of Trustees. Below, I briefly highlight the Strategic Plan's top priorities, and outline the College's next steps in its planning efforts.
As all members of the CMC family know, CMC was founded with a unique and distinctive mission: to educate future leaders in business, the professions, and public affairs. Since that time, CMC has advanced and grown across a number of dimensions, while remaining faithful to its original mission. Thus, it should not be surprising that this Strategic Plan is based on the following premises:
- That CMC's mission is its most important strategic asset.
- That CMC has successfully developed into an excellent college and is effectively accomplishing its mission.
- That over the course of the next decade, the size of the College should remain at approximately 1,000 students in Claremont.
- That over the course of the next decade, CMC should focus on securing and strengthening the quality of its students and faculty and on responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the external environment. These external challenges include: preparing students for leadership in a global workplace driven by advances in science and technology; attracting and educating an increasingly diverse student population; and optimizing the College's resources to ensure that we provide the best and most valuable student experience among a peer group that includes some of the oldest colleges and universities in the nation.
Based on these premises, the Plan provides that CMC's chief priorities must be the continued recruitment and retention of highly able students and an exceptional faculty of teacher-scholars. With respect to students, the Plan commits the College to ensuring that students who come to CMC possess both strong academic skills and leadership qualities. In order to succeed in this task, the College must maintain a highly competitive financial aid program, including:
- Reaffirming CMC's commitment to need-blind and meet-all-need admission. CMC is one of approximately 30 institutions nationwide to admit all students regardless of financial need and make the CMC education affordable for any family. Financially securing our need-blind policy through increased endowment support will ensure that the College can continue to educate the most highly qualified students solely on the basis of their individual merit, not their financial resources.
- Improving merit aid programs. CMC's merit aid programs, led by the McKenna Achievement Award program, have been instrumental to the College's success in recruiting future leaders. The Plan commits the College to maintaining these programs, and increasing the amount of the McKenna Award from $5,000 to a benchmark of one-half tuition, if finances are available.
A strategic expansion of CMC's faculty by approximately nine positions is the top priority for improving the quality of education received by our students. Although CMC was successful in maintaining its excellent student-faculty ratio through its recent growth to 1,000 students, it is also clear that the College has important staffing needs.
As a liberal arts college, CMC distinguishes itself from other institutions by offering small classes and opportunities for students to develop strong mentoring relationships with faculty. Nevertheless, CMC currently faces class size pressures in a number of important departments, including economics and joint science. Increasing the size of the faculty will help relieve these pressures and will also ensure that full-time faculty teaches a higher percentage of classes. Finally, increasing the size of the faculty in ways that are consistent with the mission will also improve the quality of advising and mentoring of our students.
Although the Strategic Plan has been approved, it is important to remember that the planning process is a continuing part of what we do as a College. Indeed, the Plan itself calls on the College to engage in a number of important future planning efforts, including a curriculum review. Over the next two academic years, the faculty's Curriculum Committee is expected to engage in a curriculum review in consultation with trustees, students, alumni, and other constituencies. The review does not contemplate any fundamental changes to CMC's mission to provide a liberal arts education that emphasizes economics and public affairs, but will instead address issues considered to be critical to the College's ability to prepare its students for positions of leadership in the coming decade. Examples include: the effectiveness of the senior thesis; the effectiveness of the joint science program; the effectiveness of curriculum in developing "core" skills in such areas as speaking, writing, information technology, and mathematics; and opportunities to increase linkages outside the classroom, including internships, mentoring, the research institutes, and community service.
Strategic plans also frequently identify potential building projects, and CMC's Plan identifies four major building projects the College will need to evaluate over the next decade: an athletic and recreation center (to replace Ducey Gym), a new student/campus center, a new academic building, and a new joint science building. It will be an important priority to develop a plan and schedule to address these long-term needs.
We have a strong tradition of conservative financial management, and will not depart from our established financial practices to implement any recommendation in the Plan that will require additional resources. Thus, implementation of the major recommendations in the Plan will be contingent upon fundraising, and the College will not utilize tuition increases for this purpose. Thanks to support from three trustees, including a lead gift pledge from Gary Biszantz '56, and a grant from the Spencer T. Olin Foundation made possible with assistance from Mary Dell Pritzlaff and John Pritzlaff '76, the Athletic and Recreation Center planning phase is well underway.
Beyond the community of CMC alumni and parents, larger individual and foundation gifts allow us to pursue programmatic and capital improvements to fulfill the aspirations of the Strategic Plan. The quality of our students' residential life experience, for example, will be enhanced through the North Quad dorm expansion project, made possible through gifts from the Boswell Foundation, Jack Croul '49, trustee Neal Dempsey P'95; Matt Shevlin '51, and a bequest from the estate of Professor and Mrs. Arthur Kemp. The North Quad project will provide approximately 32 additional beds, as well as lounge space.
The Strategic Plan presents an ambitious set of recommendations based on the College's traditional strengths to guide our development over the next decade. If we are successful in implementing the Plan, the result should be an even stronger CMC that is producing students who are as prepared as any in the country to pursue thoughtful and productive lives and careers of responsible leadership in business, the professions, and public affairs.
While our mission remains unchanged, the College continually evolves to meet the challenges of the evolving world in which we live. Even as we set our sights on ensuring CMC's long-term vigor and success, we continue to advance the College and fulfill our mission through careful and thoughtful focus on present-day needs, as well.
A look at just a few new classes developed last spring for the 2002-03 academic year reflects CMC's relevance to the world around us. For instance, Crises in Presidential Leadership contrasts successful and unsuccessful presidential leadership strategies that have profoundly affected U.S. history at critical moments; Government and Society in the Middle East examines the political systems of the Middle East and North Africa, specifically Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iran, and the challenges they face within their societies and the larger regional and international context; and Radical Islam, provides an overview of the historical, political, and sociological contexts from which new Islamic movements have emerged. Certainly the most important resource we provide our students is an active, engaged, and splendid faculty. Reflecting President Benson's ideal of the teacher-scholar, our faculty members are not only distinguished intellectuals in their respective fields, but are, foremost, dedicated to undergraduate education.
The intellectual strength of our faculty is reflected in the diverse and impressive range of their recent publications, released prior to June 30, 2002, and virtually defining the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum. For instance, the emerging field of Holocaust studies is addressed by two books from John Roth, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust, and Holocaust Politics, and complemented by the class he team-teaches, "Researching the Holocaust." Future lawyers and judges would do well to take a look at Ralph Rossum's class, "Representation and the Supreme Court." Rossum, the Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy and American Constitutionalism and director of the Rose Institute for State and Local Government, recently wrote Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment, after becoming intrigued by the topic while on leave to team-teach with Justice Antonin Scalia. William Ascher, dean of the faculty and the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, has co-edited The Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, a four-year project that navigates the conflicting fields of development and the environment. Students can learn more in his new class, "Politics and Economics of Natural Resource Policy." Ronald Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Susan Murphy, associate professor of psychology and KLI associate director, and Francis J. Pirozzolo, former KLI scholar-in-residence, co-edited Multiple Intelligences and Leadership, a look at the connection between leadership and intelligence. Jay Martin, professor of government and the Edward S. Gould Professor of Humanities, has written Journey to Heavenly Mountain, an account of his summer spent living as a Buddhist monk in various temples in China, described by The Los Angeles Times as "a rare, refreshing temple trip."
The work of our two faculty members who received tenure last year similarly invigorates their teaching. Robert Faggen, who was promoted to full professor of literature, has published The Notebooks of Robert Frost and wrote the introduction to the 40th anniversary edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. James Morrison, associate professor of literature and film studies, is the author of the novel Broken Fever.
The excellence of our faculty is not only appreciated within CMC, but also lauded in the community of its peers. Eric Helland, associate professor of economics, has been named the John M. Olin Visiting Professor of Economics in the George Stigler Center at the University of Chicago. He has been granted a sabbatical for this academic year and, in addition to his appointment, will continue his research in empirical law and economics. Dan Krauss, assistant professor of psychology, has been named a Supreme Court Fellow. He will be on leave this academic year to serve in the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency that establishes sentencing guidelines. Lisa Cody, assistant professor of history, received the prestigious Judith Lee Ridge Article Award from the Western Association of Women Historians for her article blending interdisciplinary research in political economy, gender theory, and social and political history.
In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our current faculty, we continue building on its strength. Gregory Hess, the inaugural Russell S. Bock Chair of Public Economics and Taxation, is a widely recognized economist who brings to CMC his extensive experience in economic policy. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Board Shadow Open Market Committee, and has served the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., as well as in its Kansas City and Cleveland regional banks. He has taught at the University of Kansas, Carnegie-Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration, the London Business School, and Cambridge University. In addition to numerous journal articles, he is the co-author of Intranational Macroeconomics (Cambridge University Press). Professor Hess earned a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and has served on the Ohio Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. He joins us from Oberlin College, where he was the Danforth Lewis Professor of Economics.
The College's strength in the sciences also continues to increase with the addition of two tenure-track faculty, Cheryl Baduini and Emily Wiley, in the Joint Science department. Professor Baduini, who specializes in marine ecology and psychological ecology, received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Professor Wiley, a molecular biologist, is conducting important genetics and chromatin research and received a doctorate from the University of Washington. With additional faculty supporting the academic initiatives of joint science, a major gift from the Fletcher Jones Foundation supported its physical structure through funds for critically needed expansion in the Keck Science Center.
Strengthening the College's globalization focus as outlined in the Strategic Plan, CMC and Pitzer have been awarded a joint $2 million grant from the Freeman Foundation. This four-year grant will help create an Asian political economy program, including courses, research, and community outreach, as well as important opportunities for students and faculty to study in Asia.
The ongoing good work with the Freeman Foundation of Chae-Jin Lee, BankAmerica Professor of Pacific Basin Studies and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, has resulted in semester-long visits this year by two outstanding leaders in Asian studies. David Lambertson, former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, joins us this semester as the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor in Asian Studies. As Ambassador to Thailand, he led one of America's largest embassies, and held oversight responsibility for U.S. government activities in Vietnam and Cambodia prior to normalization of relations with Vietnam. He has held numerous other senior positions within the State Department, including deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibility for Southeast Asia, and director of the Office of Korean Affairs. He earned the State Department's Meritorious, Superior, and Distinguished Honor Awards, and several Presidential awards.
Our second Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs, Chong-Wook Chung, joins us for the spring semester. He served as Korea's senior secretary for foreign policy and national security, and Korea's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. He earned a master's degree in international studies and Ph.D. in political science, both from Yale University. Currently a professor at Ajou University, Suwon, he has also taught at American University, Yale University, and Seoul National University. Among many journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of Korean Options on a Changing International Order (University of California Press); and Maoism and Development: The Politics of International Management in the People's Republic of China 1945-95 (Seoul National University Press). He is a former Fellow at the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies.
The goal of preparing students for careers in an increasingly global society is supported through a recent $330,000 gift from the Henry Luce Foundation's Luce Fund for Asian Studies. The grant provides for an assistant professorship in East Asian History, with emphasis on Korea, beginning in the 2004-05 academic year.
Our nine research institutes have completed another year of vibrant programming and curriculum enrichment, allowing students to work closely with faculty scholars across a broad range of interests.
Our newest research center, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, completed its inaugural year under the direction of Professor Diane Halpern, the author of more than 15 textbooks on cognitive learning and gender differences. In its first year, the Berger Institute launched research projects examining such topics as characteristics and outcomes in adoptive families and backlash against family-friendly work policy; offered a diverse and fascinating speaker series; and assembled an excellent advisory board of leaders from across the field.
The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies continues to expand and thrive under the direction of Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor in European History, increasing its undergraduate seminar and speaker series after the success of last year's examination of "Democracy and Art." Plans for this year include a series on "The Role of the Public Intellectual," led by Professor Robert Faggen.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, under the direction of Chae-Jin Lee, has initiated new programs including three new student scholarships in international strategic studies, Asian studies, and Chinese studies, and continues to play a leadership role in examination of key policy issues. Last year's guest speakers included former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake; William Gerberding, president emeritus, University of Washington; Yukihiko Ikeda, member of the House of Representatives of Japan; and Ambassador Burton Levin, with topics including Russia and the West; Israel and the Palestinians; Women in Military Service; and US-China Relations and the Bush Administration.
The Kravis Leadership Institute was recently cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the six most respected leadership studies programs in the nation. Its new online journal, the Leadership Review, provides a vibrant forum for important leadership discussions and research, and the Institute continues its program of national conferences, local workshops, speaker series, and outreach to enhance the development of young leaders and the leadership capabilities of the larger community. Last year's Kravis de Roulet Conference focused on nonprofit leadership, particularly important in the wake of Sept. 11 strains on the nonprofit organization, and KLI's speaker series and Scholar-in-Residence program continue to showcase the latest in leadership research.
The Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World continues to play a major role in questions of political philosophy as they bear on the life of contemporary America. Its spring conference, Bush's First Year: A Changing Administration in a Changing World, included a keynote address by noted political consultant and commentator Patrick Caddell and panel discussion with Michael Barone of U.S. News and World Report, White House correspondent Martha Brant of Newsweek, and expert analysts Aaron Friedberg, Richard Betts, and Nelson Polsby.
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government hosted a topical conference on Southern California's Looming Water Crisis, featuring private sector and agency leaders, as well as a major conference on waste management; a project with AT&T Broadband; and a statewide study of California's after-school programs commissioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Lowe Institute of Political Economy reported further results on the impact of NAFTA in its Claremont Policy Briefs; released assessments of the feasibility of monetary integration in the Western Hemisphere; and completed several issues of the North American Journal of Economics and Finance. The institute co-sponsored sessions, workshops and conferences in Atlanta, Claremont and New York, as well as the weekly Claremont Economics Seminar series, which brought speakers from a variety of universities and institutions to campus. Institute research findings were presented at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. A large number of CMC students served as research assistants and research scholars in the institute.
The Roberts Environmental Center students and faculty have focused on preparation of a book, Clean, Green and Read All Over: Ten Rules for Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Reporting, edited by center director and Roberts Professor of Environmental Biology J. Emil Morhardt. Published by the American Society for Quality Press, the book provides a guide to writing environmental reports for corporations and other organizations and features research of faculty and students in the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) major.
The Ruth K. and Joseph C. Reed Center for Decision Science hosted a gathering last fall of the Southern California Chapter of the American Statistical Association, bringing together leaders from the public and private sector, including Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Washington, the University of Chicago, the United States Census Bureau, and Lockheed-Martin, in discussion of large-scale randomized trials of disease prevention in women. Under the auspices of the Reed Institute, two students won prizes for their work at the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association for Women in Mathematics. Sarah Awad '03, and Cameron Pinckney and Carolyn Staples, both '04, received top honors.
We continue to explore the optimum role of our institutes in serving student research needs and helping bridge the undergraduate curriculum with real-world questions and issues. One such proposed new CMC institute, the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, has been endorsed by the Research Institutes Committee of the Board of Trustees and is in its early planning stages. Under the direction of Professors John Roth and Jonathan Petropoulos, goals for the proposed center focus on the expansion and enhancement of CMC's curriculum in these key areas of the human experience. Another new center under early investigation is the proposed institute focusing on financial economics, which would provide centralized services for faculty/student research in the field of financial economics. Professor Janet Smith, the Von Tobel Professor of Economics, and Harold Mulherin, the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor in Economics and Finance, are leading this discussion.
As outlined in the Strategic Plan, we seek to strengthen our commitment to advances in information technology, ensuring graduates who can embrace technological change with agility throughout their lifetimes. Two important gifts will help us realize this goal.
First, the College received a $1.3 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to support a program in information technology "FITness" (Fluency in Information Technology). The FITness concept, popularized by the National Academy of Sciences, refers to a nationwide effort to prepare students for a lifetime of technological advancements and improvements, rather than utilizing a narrow, exclusively skills-based learning method.
CMC has also received an important grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of $665,000 to support a collaborative academic computing program within the Claremont University Consortium. For use over the next three years, the grant supports the information technology operations of the seven Claremont Colleges, enhancing IT fluency among the faculty of the consortium. CMC has the leadership role in this consortium-wide program.
The 271 members of the Class of 2002 left CMC to meet the world on a sunny Sunday, May 19, with a compelling and memorable address by Academy Award winning actor and humanitarian Sidney Poitier. Our commencement ceremonies received national interest, with media coverage including C-SPAN, Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and NBC Nightly News. If you were not able to be with us at commencement, I think you will enjoy reading a transcript of Mr. Poitier's speech at /news/2002news/poitierspeech.asp
The comments of our commencement speakers reflected the challenges faced by the Class of 2002, both as seniors and as newly minted graduates in a world of economic and geopolitical uncertainty. About 35% of CMC's graduating seniors plan to enter the workforce immediately, as compared to 60% in previous surveys; and a record 30% report they have not yet finalized their post-graduation plans. Our new alumni are applying to graduate schools at a reported rate of 29.4%, just slightly under the Class of 2001.
Those graduates who go into the workforce directly upon graduation find excellent services and support from our Career Services Center. Despite challenges brought by the economic slowdown and decline in corporate travel following September 11, CMC continues to draw the highest number of employers for on-campus recruitment of all The Claremont Colleges. About 60% of all employers who come to Claremont, come to CMC. Last year, our students had 155 different future job opportunities offered by 82 employers, which was within the range of the last 10 years and reflects increased outreach and persistence by our Career Services staff.
We continue a strong track record of placing students in important positions in business and in public affairs. For instance, members of the Class of 2002 are analysts with Banc of America Securities, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Cascade Investments; Investment Development Services; and Salomon Smith Barney; consultants with Deloitte & Touche, Bain & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tucker Alan, Unified Consulting, and William Mercer; research associates with National Economic Research Associates, Northwestern Mutual, Towers Perrin, and Johnson & Johnson; and in human resources at Microsoft. Graduates will also be taking positions as officers in the State Department's Foreign Service and U.S. Army. Additionally, we have seen increases in newer areas of interest from previous years, including Shelter Partnership, Race for the Cure, Peace Corps, and Teach for America.
The 70 members of the Class of 2002 who plan to attend graduate school reported their graduate study fields of interest as, in order: law, medicine, business/economics, education, international relations/public policy/journalism, science, psychology, and film. Of these students, 62.8% were accepted into their first choice school, and 32.3% to their second choice, with destinations including the University of California, Berkeley, and Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, New York, Georgetown, George Washington, Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, and Yale Universities.
Recognitions and honors received by members of the Class of 2002 reflect the depth and diversity of our students, with several important national honors. Included in the class were two Fulbright Scholars, Julie Jacoby and Sandy Uyekobo. Julie, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, is teaching high school in Austria while continuing her senior thesis research on war crimes tribunals, and Sandy is in Japan, continuing her research on contemporary Japanese ideas on work and family issues. Annie Lee, also Phi Beta Kappa, is the recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. She has recently begun two years of public policy graduate study at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, which will be followed by a three-year foreign service internship. Our two Rotary Ambassador Scholars have similarly compelling plans: Jackie Ward is studying dance in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Kelly Freeman is focusing on environmental sciences at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile. Kelly is also a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, one of only 60 nationwide, traveling through India and South America to study the impact of telenovelas, popular prime time dramas, on regional cultures. Megan Nelson, winner of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship her junior year, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded Best Overall Student in government, and received the H. N. and Frances C. Berger Prize for Outstanding Seniors. Megan is continuing her thesis research on outcomes analysis of youth justice programs through a Coro Fellowship in the Los Angeles County courts. And for the first time, CMC had two valedictorians: Nicholas Janof and Daniel O'Neill. Nick, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received the Best Student in Economics award for two consecutive years and spent a year studying at the London School of Economics before writing his thesis, a screenplay about our 36th president, Young Mr. Johnson. Daniel O'Neill, also Phi Beta Kappa, was named most outstanding sophomore and junior in economics, and served as director of operations for the Winston Churchill Society.
Holding true to interest in the world around them, CMC ranked first in a 2002 national survey of community service activity for work-study federal grant recipients. Our students visited cancer patients and senior citizens; built homes for Habitat for Humanity and restored wilderness trails on Mt. Baldy; they bought shoes and clothes for children in need, and served as timekeepers at Little League games.
The Claremont Colleges Debate Union, which won the National Championship Tournament Sweepstakes Award at the 2002 National Championship Tournament of the National Parliamentary Debate Association, included among its eight members five CMC students: Brendan Behan, Aaron Ehrlich, and Daniel Pawson, all '03; and Daniel Rosengard and Jennifer Bindel, both '04. In the largest intercollegiate debate event ever held in the United States, the team placed first in a field of 284 debate teams from 93 colleges and universities, including last year's champions from the University of California, Berkeley. This is the eighth consecutive year that members of the Debate Union have ranked among the top 20 in the nation.
The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance team waltzed away with a first-place finish at this year's U.S. National Collegiate Formation Team Championships, with the following CMC dancers participating: Sandy Ukebo '02, Kat Garcia '03, and Malcom Murfin '04.
Our athletes brought home trophies, as well. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won SCIAC All-Sports trophies again this year–the 14th consecutive such honor for the men and the 10th consecutive for women. CMS is the only school to win a championship in each of the 19 SCIAC sports, and it has won all 19 at least twice. Last year, CMS placed first in: men's cross country (sixth consecutive year); women's cross country; women's tennis (ninth consecutive year); men's track and field (eleventh consecutive year); women's track and field (fifth consecutive year); and men's basketball, advancing to their first NCAA Division III Championship playoffs in six years. In men's tennis, the doubles team of John Michael Cham-A-Koon '04 and Ivan Yeh '05 captured the NCAA Division III national championship. Individual honors included: CMC Male Athlete of the Year, David Juiliano '02; CMC Female Athlete of the Year and winner of the NCAA Championship, 200-yard breaststroke, Suzi Nicoletti '02; Dickinson Award, Brad Kertson '03; Krieger Award, Bob Donlan '02; and SCIAC Scholar Athletes Soames Boyle and Chivas Fujimoto, both '02.
This summer, CMS athletics welcomed former professional soccer player Dan Calichman, the new head coach for men's soccer and instructor of physical education, and Dana Latona, the new women's lacrosse coach and instructor of physical education. Coach Calichman was captain and central defender of the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996-98 and was named Best Major League Soccer defender by USA Today. He played for two other professional teams; was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1997-98; and was the first and only American player in Japan's professional league. He earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College, where he was captain of both lacrosse and soccer teams, and is one of the few professional players to have advanced directly from NCAA Division III soccer to a professional career. CoachLatona is a former Division III Player of the Year and a member of the 2000 Women's Lacrosse National Champion team.
At CMC, the exchange of ideas and informal debate on the issues of the day is another serious form of student life. Appropriate for a college whose mission focuses on preparation for lives of leadership and service, our students have access to a virtual brain trust of guest speakers through visits to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, a pivotal part of the CMC experience. In fact, one of the comments I hear most from alumni is how much they miss their evenings at the "Ath." Last year's guests included: P.J. O'Rourke, satirist and author; Anthony Lake, former National Security Advisor; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author and CNN bureau chief; cartoonist Cathy Guisewite; journalist Hedrick Smith; author Ann Crittenden; Academy Award winning director John Singleton; and humorist David Sedaris. This year's program, including the recent appearance by Academy Award-nominee Spike Lee, promises to be equally compelling.
Students can also hear and meet national and world figures through our Res Publica and President's Society programs, with recent speakers including former Senators George Mitchell and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Reagan administration U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, General William Crouch '63, former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Europe, and, this year, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Consistent with our mission to prepare future leaders, we believe that the opportunity to study abroad and in Washington, D.C., is an important element in the total educational experience. Fifty-eight percent of last year's graduating class spent a semester or full year studying abroad and, despite initial concerns over worldwide events, only a few students cancelled their plans. With educational opportunities ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe, the program continues to prepare our students for borderless careers.
Students participating in the CMC Washington Semester Program experienced a year unlike any other; a few even serving as White House interns on September 11. Director of Off-Campus Study Nicole Hamon, Washington Program director Elizabeth Spalding, and Dean of Students W. Torrey Sun worked together immediately to address concerns and questions of the Washington-based students and their families. Despite such a challenging year, our Washington students proceeded in typical CMC style, completing internships that included the House Ways and Means and International Relations Committees; the White House press office; the U.S. Department of State; American Bar Association; Physicians for Social Responsibility; ACLU; Center for Strategic and International Studies; and the offices of seven members of Congress. The year ended on a positive note, with the program's 30th anniversary commemorated in May with a reception co-hosted by CMC trustee Congressman David Dreier '75, chairman of the House Rules Committee.
THE CLASS OF 2006
CMC seeks to enroll a diverse and increasingly talented student body, comprised of individuals with established records of achievement in academic and co-curricular activities, and who aspire to future positions of responsible leadership. The Class of 2006 reflects these principles: the 250 young people in the class, 114 women and 136 men, represent combined median SAT scores of 1390. Eighty-two percent are in the top tenth of their high school class, only the third year that figure has been higher than 80%. Last year's applicant pool numbered 2,918, with 805 admitted and 250 enrolling, resulting in an acceptance rate of 27.6% and a yield in admitted applicants of 31%. The Class of 2006 includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 28 McKenna Scholars. Thirty-five percent, or 88, are students of color, and 52% are from outside California, including 13 international students.
In addition to the obvious ability and intelligence of members of the freshman class, they are also the kind of students we look for at CMC, with demonstrated leadership and concern for community and the greater world. Among the Class of 2006 are: 14 student government or senior class presidents; 29 other student officers and 56 with general student government involvement; 33 editors of high school newspapers; and 34 involved in speech and debate. The class contains 19 soccer captains, 14 basketball captains, 13 volleyball captains, 12 football captains, eight swim captains, seven captains each for track and cross-country; six captains each in baseball, tennis, and water polo; and three golf captains.
Although from diverse backgrounds, nations, and native languages, the Class of 2006 shares a distinctively CMC sensibility of action and interest: Cody Hill, a McKenna Scholar from Portland, Ore., at age 11 started the Guns Aren't Fun Foundation, an award-winning program encouraging children to turn in their toy guns for other playthings; Zafar Jafri of Riverside, Ca., already realized financial success in high school through the establishment of commercial web sites. Following the events of September 11, he turned his focus to a different kind of programming, and has used his internet skills to start web sites based on tolerance and understanding.
CMC's excellent financial aid program is critical to the College's ability to attract these outstanding students. Significantly, 71% of the Class of 2006 received financial aid. Our students graduate with an average loan debt of $12,004, about 25% lower than the average reported in the latest major survey of private four-year institutions. Last year's average financial aid package was $21,770 for all students, and $22,275 for this year's incoming freshmen. Our commitment to need-based, meet-all-need financial aid, further sets us apart from the majority of colleges and universities; as stated earlier, we are one of only 30 institutions in the nation with need-blind and meet-all-need guidelines.
We are a founding member of the 568 Presidents Working Group, whose goal is the development of a set of fair and consistent principles adopted by all U.S. colleges and universities in calculating a family's share of their child's education expense. This group of 28 College presidents and their representatives was formed in 1999 and includes the presidents of Amherst, Bowdoin, Williams, Pomona, and Haverford Colleges; MIT; the University of Chicago; and Duke, Stanford, and Yale Universities. Georgette DeVeres, CMC associate vice president of admission and financial aid, serves a key role representing CMC within the group.
External relations activities include alumni affairs, public affairs and communications, and fundraising. Each of these areas will be the key to CMC's ability to implement its plans for the future and to thereby continue to add value to the educational experience of our students.
With respect to fundraising, I am pleased to report that we have completed our best year in history, surpassing an already-increased goal of $18 million to end the year at just over $21 million. The record-breaking success in fundraising is particularly important in that it is not the result of a few large gifts, but rather represents across-the-board strengths by source and category in every fundraising area. This includes excellent performance in principal and major gifts, foundation and corporate relations, annual giving, and a record year for the Alumni Fund at more than $3 million, under the leadership of National Alumni Fund Chair Matt Shevlin '51 and CMCAA Vice President for Giving, Boyd Hudson '73, P'05.
The Alumni Fund's success is especially important as it supports year-to-year operating expenses, particularly financial aid. Another important indicator is the excellent alumni participation rate of 51%. This is rivaled by only a small circle of older East Coast colleges and is a figure of which our alumni should be proud. It is also an important factor in national college rankings, which base alumni satisfaction on the percentage of those who give back to their alma mater.
The Parents Club enjoyed a successful 2001-02 year, led by Sandy Cericola P'02, president, initiating a program of regional representatives serving as links between the campus and various areas of the country. A full slate of activities for parents of current students and alumni included Parents Orientation, four on-campus meetings, two Evenings With a Professor programs, and Parents Weekend. The Parents Fund, led by National Parents Fund Chairs, Patti and Mike Meyers P'03 marked its second most successful year, raising $613,000 and setting a record of 1,283 parent and grandparent donors.
The College has also experienced another strong year in Planned Giving. Notable among these were planned gifts from trustee Richard and Mary Butler, former trustee Leopold "Rick" Schmidt '63, Waldo Neikirk, and a bequest from Mee Chow, aunt of trustee Stan Wong '75.
Several recent alumni gifts include an unrestricted gift from John V. Croul '49, who earlier funded the Croul Chair in European History now held by Professor Petropoulos. We received major gifts from two trustees, Robert A. Day '65 to support the Robert A. Day 4+1 Program, and Michael Larson '80, to various purposes, many of which support student scholarships. And former dean of the faculty and senior economics professor Orme Phelps and his wife, Barbara, designated an unrestricted gift annuity representing the largest gift made to CMC by a full-time faculty member. We are honored to receive such a generous gift from a distinguished leader from the College's earliest days.
Beyond the community of CMC alumni and parents, larger individual and foundation gifts allow us to pursue programmatic and capital improvements to fulfill the aspirations of the Strategic Plan. The quality of our students' residential life experience, for example, will be enhanced through the North Quad dorm expansion project, made possible through a gift from the Boswell Foundation; as well as a portion of the Jack Croul gift earmarked toward the expansion; an unrestricted gift from trustee Neal Dempsey P'95; a pledge from Matt Shevlin '51; and an estate bequest from Professor and Mrs. Arthur Kemp. The North Quad project will provide approximately 32 additional beds, as well as lounge space.
One of the most visible and positive threads in the CMC fabric is our strong alumni base. From "Pacesetters," members of the College's first graduating classes, to young alumni making their presence known around the world, they play a huge role in the life of the College–so much so that we often refer to our undergraduates as "alumni-in-residence."
A strong alumni association does not happen by accident and is a result of enormous tenacity and dedication. CMCAA had a very impressive year in 2001-02, thanks in large part to president Jerry Schwartz '82, and Lorraine Bains '88, who took over those duties on July 1 and serves as the association's first woman president. I appreciated their excellent leadership and look forward to the coming year. The past year's impressive list of projects was highlighted by the completion of the new CMCAA print and online directory projects, a behemoth undertaking that has allowed thousands of CMCers to keep in touch with their classmates. Alumni also participated in a diverse and busy schedule of activities, including Evening with a Professor programs, social and athletic outings -- even a sleepover at the Los Angeles Zoo for fearless young parents and their children. We look forward to another upcoming year of CMCAA fellowship and fun. John Faranda '79, a face familiar to virtually every CMC graduate, has been promoted to the new post of vice president for alumni relations. He brings to this new role an abundant knowledge of, and boundless enthusiasm for, his alma mater, together with his continued responsibilities as director of development.
Our tradition of strong links between students and alumni grew last year with the development of the President's Leaders Forum. Through this program, alumni and friends of the College return to campus for a day or two of intense interaction with students through classroom, small group, and individual settings. The program provides an informal, informative adjunct to the classroom experience. In the program's inaugural year, we welcomed a diverse and impressive array of alumni leaders, including: Henry Kravis '67 and George Roberts '66, founding partners of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; Robert A. Day '65, chairman & CEO, Trust Company of the West; Mike Jeffries '66, Abercrombie & Fitch chairman & CEO; Augie Nieto '80, Life Fitness president and CEO; James McElwee, general partner, Weston Presidio Capital; Jon Kirchner, president and CEO, Digital Theater Systems; and Thomas Neff '76, founder and CEO of FibroGen.
This year's President's Leaders Forum speakers include: Alison Winter P'02, executive vice president, Northern Trust Company; and Gary Biszantz '56, president and owner, Cobra Farm, and his daughter, Suzanne Biszantz, general manager, Greg Norman Division, Reebok International; and Robert J. Lowe '62, past CMC board chair and chairman and CEO of Lowe Enterprises and his spouse, Beth Lowe, a Pomona alumna and outstanding leader in the Los Angeles philanthropic community who has twice served as chair of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families.
Despite a challenging year, and thanks to a true team effort in managing budgets across the campus, I am delighted to report that we once again finished the year in the black, ending the year with a significantly higher surplus than projected. These excellent results include, of course, our continued commitment to key principles including fulfilling need-blind admission and meeting all need.
The College's investment performance, consistent with the recent and ongoing poor performance of the equities markets in general, continues to struggle. We ended the fiscal year with a decrease in the endowment from $367,000,000 at June 30, 2001 to $292,000,000 at June 30, 2002. We remain committed to the long-term growth of the fund and believe we are well positioned for future market trends. Additionally, the Board of Trustees adopted a revised spending rule that should reduce the volatility in the College's operating budget associated with short-term volatility in our investment performance.
A JOB WELL DONE
I send my best wishes and enormous thanks to Bob Lowe, who served as chair of the CMC Board of Trustees for six years, during my recruitment and first years at the College. He is an exceptional leader -- critically and rationally analytical, fair-handed, direct, and above all in possession of total integrity in the conduct of his leadership. Bob received an honorary doctorate from CMC at May's graduation exercises and was awarded the Alumni Association's highest honor, the George C.S. Benson Distinguished Achievement Award, during Reunion Weekend. We appreciate his service and dedication to CMC during his term as Chair and look forward to benefiting from his continued guidance as a trustee.
We also thank departing trustee Don Russell, who joined the Board of Trustees in 1990 and served on several key committees, including the Buildings and Grounds and Investment committees. We also appreciate his enthusiastic leadership of the Res Publica program.
We are fortunate that Bob's term has been followed by the induction of another leader of great steadiness and vision, Peter Barker '70, advisory director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. In his ten years as a member of the CMC Board of Trustees, Peter has held several key leadership positions, most recently serving as chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Board Affairs Committee, and membership on the Executive Committee. Completing our senior leadership is Robert A. Day '65, past CMC Board chair and chairman and founder, Trust Company of the West, who will chair the Executive Committee.
We welcome three new trustees: David Hetz '80, managing partner, Cutlass Capital in San Francisco, a past president of the San Francisco chapter of the CMC Alumni Association and a founding member of the Gould Center board of governors; Thomas Neff '76, founder, president and CEO of San Francisco-based FibroGen, Inc.; and Louis Caldera, executive vice chancellor of the California State University system, past member of the California Assembly, and former U.S. Secretary of the Army. We also welcome a new alumnus trustee, attorney Cary Davidson '75, partner in the Los Angeles-based firm Reed & Davidson and treasurer and general counsel for the host committee of the 2000 Democratic National Convention; and ex-officio trustees Patti L. Meyers, CMC Parents Club president and an academic consultant in Redmond, Wash., and Lorraine Bains '88, CMCAA president and assistant vice president, United California Bank. I look forward to their input and guidance as we approach implementation of the Strategic Plan.
And last year brought fond farewells, as well, as we said goodbye to several respected colleagues, three of whom have served a combined tenure of 112 years with the College.
Ricardo Quinones, professor of literature and founding director of The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, retired after 39 years at CMC. Happily for us all, his writing and work will continue as professor emeritus. The legendary, white-bearded Professor had positive comments for his colleagues who also began teaching in the '60s. "I would say our generation -- the generation that came into maturity in the 1950s and 1960s --- we did the job well. The students are just as smart, if not smarter than ever."
Professor Margaret "Meg" Mathies leaves CMC after 37 years teaching biology and also playing an active role in the recruitment and development of women faculty members. She will divide her time between Claremont and London, where she is a visiting research associate at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. "I view retirement," she says, "as an extended sabbatical."
Chemistry professor Robert Pinnell, just one year shy of his colleague's 37 years at CMC, is credited with a student-first ethic that helped carve the shape of the Joint Science department since its inception. After completing graduate studies, Dr. Pinnell had planned to teach at a large university. "But then I came here," he recalled, "and it changed everything."
We also send our good and heartfelt wishes to Frederick "Fritz" Weis '65, P'94 vice president and treasurer who served his alma mater for two decades. Fritz ended one chapter of life at CMC, but will be back following a year's leave, returning this time to our accounting classrooms where he will serve as an executive of the practice of accounting. So we say a temporary goodbye to Fritz and welcome Robin Aspinall, who joined the senior staff of the College as treasurer and vice president for business and administration. She joined CMC following a 17-year career at Pomona College, where she served as controller and associate treasurer. Like Fritz Weis, Robin works closely with the six other institutions of The Claremont Colleges and came to the College already having earned the respect and affection of her colleagues across Claremont.
And, finally, I was also delighted to help commemorate a very special employee anniversary last fall, when food services employee Cheva Garcia marked her 55th year of employment at CMC --- all logged without missing a single day. Cheva's remarkable service was celebrated by students, faculty, and staff at 2001 convocation and in special ceremonies that concluded with a dining room being named in her honor --- not that she's even considering retiring. I know we all look forward to many more years with Cheva's warm welcome in Collins Dining Hall.
The upcoming year will be one of challenge and opportunity. I look forward to working with our wonderful faculty, staff, students, and volunteers toward a productive and rewarding year for us all.
Pamela B. Gann