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Annual Report 2014-2015


CONTENTS 2 Giving to Oxy: A Record Year From financial aid and gift planning to athletics and endowment support, across-the-board gains boost the College over the $30-million mark. 4 Defining the Third Los Angeles Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne brings the city’s future into focus in a series of public talks. 6 A New Foundation for Career Success An expanded and renovated Hameetman Career Center centralizes and broadens Oxy’s commitment to professional development. 8 Oxy Athletics: Return to Greatness Track and field moves toward the front of the pack as Oxy renews its efforts for competitive excellence. 10 Commencement and Beyond Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Professor Woody Studenmund deliver messages of optimism in difficult times. 12 Going Deep Into the Environmental Sciences Together with the Moore Collection, the Cosman Shell Collection sets the stage for future research expeditions. 14 Acting Globally: Mary Beth Heffernan Can “social practice” art tackle a vexing problem of Ebola virus treatment? An Oxy professor traveled to Liberia to find out. 16 Realizing High-Impact Experiences Oxy doubles down on fostering faculty and student engagement with L.A. by championing hands-on research across the liberal arts. 18 2014-2015: The Bottom Line/By the Numbers The transformative process of an Occidental education begins with the support of alumni, parents, and friends such as you. 20

Board of Trustees/Alumni Board of Governors

ON THE COVER: Santa Monica designer Art Luna created a new landscape for the main entrance to Occidental at Campus Road and Alumni Avenue. Featuring olive trees, granite boulders, Pennisetum grass, and field sedge, the entrance was made possible by a generous gift from trustee emeritus Peter Mullin and his wife, Merle.



Giving to Oxy: A Record Year From financial aid and gift planning to athletics and endowment support, across-the-board gains boost the College over the $30-million mark Thanks to the support of more than 6,000 donors, Occidental raised a record $30.4 million in outright gifts and new pledges in fiscal year 2014-15, exceeding the previous record set just prior to the recession. The 2014-15 total surpasses the previous record of $28.5 million set in 2006-07, aided by a substantial rise in estate gifts—a total of $6 million, roughly three times the recent average. “This year’s record total is in part a demonstration of the importance of gift planning by donors who looked ahead and generously included Oxy in their estate plans,” says Shelby Radcliffe, Occidental’s vice president for institutional advancement. “But just as significant is the fact that we saw increases in giving across the board—gifts for capital projects, for student scholarships, the arts, athletics, the Academic Commons, career-planning services, and most critically for the endowment,” she adds. During the first six years of President Jonathan Veitch’s tenure, Oxy fundraising has averaged $20.6 million in gifts and pledges annually, compared to an average of $15.7 million per year during the previous decade. As Veitch sees it, donors are responding to the substantial progress the College has made on its 2012 strategic plan. “Whether it’s taking full advantage of our location in Los Angeles, increasing the scope and reach of our global programs, or providing scholarships to make Oxy accessible to talented students, we have consistently delivered on the strategic vision the Oxy community developed,” he says. “There is still much more to do,” Veitch adds. “We have to continue to build the College’s relatively modest endowment, which is the key to Oxy’s future. But it’s clear that we are gaining momentum.”



$ 10,277,828




$ 7,100,501


$ 2,280,398

Corporations and Foundations

$ 5,375,771




Faculty, Staff, and Administration







Total trustee giving in 2014-15 was $7,045,289, which includes $979,188 in influenced gifts through foundations and corporations.

GIFT RECEIPTS BY KIND (TOTAL: $26,122,901) 5% $1,226,485 Other 23% $6,037,570 Capital (Plant, Building, Equipment, etc.)

44% $11,373,593 Endowment

11% $2,978,619 Departmental Support

2% $425,315 Oxy Annual Fund—Athletics 4% $928,537 Oxy Annual Fund—Scholarships 12% $3,152,782 Oxy Annual Fund—General Support Occidental College tracks contributions in two ways. The above chart represents receipts (gifts and pledge payments) for 2014-15 totaling $26.1 million. Gifts and new pledges for 2014-15 total $30.4 million, as referenced in the text.


Lindsay Opoku-Acheampong ’16, a biology major from Rowlett, Texas, looks at bacteria samples collected from the domestic beehives located on the eastern slope of Fiji Hill. INSET: Students accompanied associate biology professor Shana Goffredi and environmental health and safety manager Bruce Steele ’70 to collect the samples, which they examined for beneficial bacteria that help protect the bees from pathogens.



Defining the Third Los Angeles Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne brings the city’s future into focus in a series of public talks

“Los Angeles is turning into a markedly different kind of place: more public, less in thrall to the automobile, and more willing to test out various kinds of shared or collective urban space—from pocket parks and bike lanes to light rail and vertical living,” says Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, an adjunct professor in the Urban and Environmenal Policy department. The Third Los Angeles Project, a series of six programs presented by Oxy last winter in partnership with Southern California Public Radio, was designed to give Angelenos an opportunity to discuss and debate the cultural, political, and policy changes they are now experiencing. In fact, Hawthorne points out, the project is called Third Los Angeles to mark the third distinct era in the city’s development, which began roughly at the turn of the century. In the Third Los Angeles, we are seeing a reimagining of many of the features of the city’s first era (1940 and earlier), in which the city established a coherent civic identity around a dense downtown, streetcar lines, and apartment living. Hawthorne was taken aback by the popularity of last winter’s panels. “There’s a real appetite for this kind of conversation about the city and where it’s going,” he says. “From the beginning, we had a much bigger audience than any of us anticipated. I think everybody has a sense that the city is in a major transitional moment”—what Mayor Eric Garcetti described as a “hinge moment” in a recent interview. Third L.A. returns in February 2016 with a second series of six talks, including the first road lecture in San Francisco (scheduled for April 21). “There are some people who are really optimistic about what’s coming, there are some who have a lot of anxiety about where the city is headed and what we’re leaving behind,” Hawthorne says. “Oxy is helping set the agenda for what that conversation consists of.”


RIGHT: Amber Thai ‘15 and Maddie Toll ’15 read a poem from Dear Oxygen by Lewis McAdams of Friends of the Los Angeles River at a Third L.A. event titled “What Do We Want the L.A. River to Be?” April 22 at Clockshop Los Angeles. Preceding the talk was a walking tour along the Bowtie Project in the Glendale Narrows section of the river, led by Hawthorne (opposite page).


“There are very few existing platforms for discussing Los Angeles and our collective idea of the city. That’s what we want to create.” —CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE



A New Foundation for Career Success William Huang ’16, an economics major from Westminster, is currently the longest-serving member of ASOC and has led the Phi Beta Lambda business chapter for the last three years. As a past participant in InternLA and the Fullbridge Program for aspiring entrepreneurs—and a current student worker in career development—Huang shares his thoughts on Oxy’s newly renovated and expanded Hameetman Career Center, which opened its doors in October. In a time when not only the labor market, but also the job search itself, is rapidly changing, the new Hameetman Career Center is an appropriate reflection of the College’s commitment to its students’ futures. Here are some reasons why the HCC is an excellent investment: The HCC bridges the gap between student and service. From my experience, the vast majority of students do not seek appointments with the Career Center because they simply don’t think to; the HCC directly counters that problem by clearly establishing a presence on a heavily traveled route. With its increased presence, easily accessible patio area, and its expanded central location, the HCC seeks to make more efficient use of existing resources by drawing in more students. The HCC doubles as a multifunctional student space. I have seen student clubs utilize the Center after hours, while other individuals frequently study there throughout the day. There are even two additional quiet rooms that can be used for William Huang ’16 works on his interviews or repurposed in a pinch for other uses. team project during the Fullbridge Program’s Internship Edge over With limited space for meetings on campus, this is winter break in 2014. a much-welcomed development by student leaders. On the employer side, the HCC is a well-equipped staging area from which recruiters can conduct interviews and recruiting sessions alike.


A quartet of Oxy alumni who work for Google spoke on a panel hosted by the Career Development Center on Sept. 25, 2014, in Choi Auditorium.

The HCC reflects increasingly “open space” environments of real workplaces. The Center’s aggressively contemporary design lends an air of legitimacy to the College that is vital. Its utility, however, stretches beyond aesthetics. The glass paneling and open space reflect a serious push toward leveraging Oxy’s strengths as a liberal arts college—in this case, collaborative learning. Resources are shared, not monopolized, and students gain from not only interacting with our hard-working professionals, but also their ambitious peers. Occidental students are here to learn and grow as individuals and as citizens—but to what end? We ultimately all aspire to meaningful employment, and I certainly hope the HCC reflects a continued and pivotal shift in focus toward life after graduation. Eyes on the prize, right?


“The glass paneling and open space of the Hameetman Career Center reflect a serious push toward leveraging Oxy’s strengths as a liberal arts college—in this case, collaborative learning.” —WILLIAM HUANG ’16

Interior of the newly remodeled Hameetman Career Center. 7


A Commencement to Remember Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Professor Woody Studenmund deliver messages of optimism in difficult times Meeting with Oxy student leaders earlier this year to ask what he should talk about at graduation, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson P’17 was asked by one student how he remained hopeful in dealing with such a challenging job. “Despite all these responsibilities and all the problems and headaches that come with them, I am confident and optimistic about our mission, about our future, about this country, and about public service,” Johnson told the 471 graduating seniors and 3,800 family members gathered in Remsen Bird Hillside Theater at Occidental’s 133rd Commencement ceremony May 17. “And I know that much can be achieved if you are willing to try.” Everyone has more within them than they realize, he added, pointing to himself, an indifferent student in high school. “In high school, in my house, a C on my report card was a gift. The only time I ever heard my mother utter a four-letter word during her entire life was when she looked at my report card,” said Johnson, who managed to turn things around during his last two years at Morehouse College, get into law school, and become a lawyer who turned to a career in public service. In addition to Johnson, the College gave an honorary degree to PIMCO Group chief investment officer Daniel Ivascyn ’91 “for reaching the pinnacle of success in the world of asset management,” in the words of presenter Robby Moore, Elbridge Amos Stuart Professor of Economics. And in an emotional tribute, a posthumous degree was awarded to U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2014. “We are proud to honor Scott for his outstanding record of leadership, his proud service to his country, and his unquenchable spirit that left so profound an impression on so many,” President Jonathan Veitch said in presenting the award to Scott’s father, Woody Studenmund, Laurence De Rycke Professor of Economics at Occidental. In accepting the degree, Studenmund said: “I firmly believe that if each American did one more thing to solve our country’s problems, we could have the country for whose aspirations Scott was willing to die.”


LEFT: Professor Woody Studenmund shakes hands with Oxy trustee Hector De La Torre ’89 after accepting his son Scott’s posthumous degree. BELOW: Enoch Sowah ’15, a diplomacy and world affairs major from New York City, sends a message to well-wishers.


“Your student body reflects the increasing diversity and multiracial tone of our nation. There is tremendous value in living, learning, socializing, dating, and partying in a community filled with people from different regions of our country; and the world of different races, religions, skin colors, nationalities, accents; and a graduation program with eight languages. “The experience will serve you well once you take a job in which you work with others very different than yourself. Success requires you, time and again, to reach out beyond your comfort zone. If, after two or four years, this institution has become your comfort zone, you start the next chapter of your life in a good place.” —JEH JOHNSON P’17



Going Deep Into the Environmental Sciences Together with the Moore Collection, the Cosman Shell Collection sets the stage for future research expeditions Like a ’49er panning for gold, Swiss-born Dieter Cosman spent his life obsessively dredging the sand of the seafloor. But the treasure he sought was not gold or other relics from sunken vessels, but seashells so small he stored them in empty medicine gel caps. Others took both hands to pluck from the bottom of oceans that ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Indian. The collection the Florida yacht sales executive amassed over nearly 50 years of diving and dredging was not the showiest, but the most complete. “He just enjoyed the search,” says son Ed Cosman ’72. “Collectors have that mentality; they’re looking for the missing pieces—the aim is to get everything.” Ironically, while he was justly proud of his international shell collection, “Dad didn’t think the collection had scientific value,” Ed notes. “He only thought that another shell collector would be interested in it.” Thanks to the generosity of Dieter’s widow, Susanne Cosman, and their four children, associate professor of biology Joseph Schulz and generations of Oxy students will happily spend the future demonstrating that Dieter was mistaken. The roughly 117,000 specimens in the Dieter Cosman Shell Collection recently given to the College “have great scientific value,” according to Schulz. Together with the College’s 60,000-plus Mexican bird specimens housed in the Moore Lab of Zoology, the Cosman acquisition underscores Occidental’s commitment to enhancing its science curriculum. “It gives us critical mass, and a basis on which to mount an environmental science program together with the immense resources of the ocean, the deserts, and the mountains we have in Southern California,” notes President Jonathan Veitch.


FAR LEFT: Deepwater diver Dieter Cosman P’72 in an undated photo. LEFT: Joseph Schulz, associate professor of biology, talks about the Cosman Shell Collection to an audience during Alumni Reunion Weekend in June. BELOW: From the collection, a specimen of Siratus beauii, found in the deep waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Lesser Antilles.


“When we see that Dieter dove down to 350 feet and hand-collected the species, I think that’s the true beauty of it—seeing a shell that people are going to go their whole lifetimes without seeing.” —COLLIN MOSTOUFI ’18 RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Dieter’s handwritten notes on a set of shells collected in 1987. 11


Oxy Athletics: Return to Greatness Track and field moves toward the front of the pack as Oxy renews its efforts for competitive excellence

As an exchange student at Occidental in 2002-03, Rob Bartlett ran track and field for the Tigers in the 200m, 400m, and relays, earning All-Conference recognition in all four events. “The track and field program at Oxy has such an incredible history,” says Bartlett, who took over as head coach of the College’s track and field and cross country programs in January 2007. “I feel fantastically privileged to be a custodian of that history and the traditions that go with it.” Not that he feels any pressure because of that legacy. “My job is to coach the current teams Coach Rob Bartlett shouts words of and to give the men and women on our roster the encouragement to 10k competitor John Guzman Aguilar ’15 at the best possible athletic experience for four years,” SCIAC Track & Field Championship says Bartlett, who shepherded Oxy’s men’s and meet last May. women’s cross country teams to SCIAC titles in the same season for the first time in a decade in fall 2007. The programs’ continued excellence, coupled with a renewed focus on athletics, has prompted Occidental to make a bigger investment in its storied track and field and cross country programs, branding them as the College’s signature sports. Last spring, one year into Oxy’s investment, the men’s team responded with its best record in Bartlett’s eight-year tenure. Oxy finished second in the SCIAC and ranked 27th among all Division III programs nationally, with five Tigers earning All-American honors. A total of seven Tigers represented Oxy at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, the most under Bartlett. “It also speaks to the health of the track and field program,” he says, “and to a bright future ahead.”


LEFT: Kwame Do ’16 ran through a succession of Stags en route to a 169-yard game, leading the Tigers to a 21-14 Homecoming win in 2014. He finished his senior year of play as the all-time SCIAC rushing leader. ABOVE: Steven van Deventer ’15 capped a stellar Oxy career as SCIAC champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and All-American in the 100 breaststroke with a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs. BELOW: Dallas Gunny ’18 recorded 40 saves for the Tigers during the 2014-15 women’s soccer campaign.


Hugh Pegan ’18 takes the handoff from Jeh Johnson Jr. ’17 in the second leg of the 4x100m relay April 11. At at the Division III Nationals in May, Johnson, Pegan, Barrett-Jackson, and Kyle Dalton ’17 ran 40.98 to finish fifth—the fourth-fastest time in Oxy history.



Acting Globally: Mary Beth Heffernan From a simple idea to the stark reality of Ebola treatment units in Liberia: Can “social practice” art tackle a vexing problem of Ebola virus treatment? Heffernan shares her idea of restoring humanity to medicine in Monrovia When the Ebola crisis exploded on the ground and in the press in late summer and early fall of 2014, my immediate response was that photography had a role in mitigating the suffering caused by the terrifying appearance of healthcare workers clad in personal protective equipment (PPE). My question was embarrassingly simple: “Why don’t they put portrait photos on the outside of the PPE?” Given my long interest in the intersection of the body, photography, and illness, I realized that I was positioned to make a small photographic intervention that could have outsized psychosocial, and even medical, benefits. I consulted with anthropologists, infectious disease doctors, public health specialists, healthcare advocates, and disaster-response professionals. My proposal emphasized the medical literature supporting the project. I later learned from the director of an Ebola treatment unit—the Tubmanburg ETU—who was tasked with revising the ETU operating manual that I was the first to address a need recommended there but that no one had yet addressed or solved. I was moved to act not because of the science of public health policy but because of what I know as an artist. What could return a modicum of dignity and power to the patient? Given the stingy medical exigencies of Ebola treatment—the lack of touch, the facelessness—I wondered, what could serve as a bridge, as an entreaty to the patient that I am human and I am here for you? The unspoken corollary is that the patient is human too. If my art practice taught me this—if art made me care deeply about how to intervene ethically and imaginatively—why not call it art?


LEFT: Heffernan shows ELWA II ETU director Dr. Jerry Brown his photo. RIGHT: Registered nurse Ruth Johnson personalizes her PPE uniform. BOTTOM: From left, Kai Foster ’15, Edward Jackson ’17, and Stephanie Wong ’15 demonstrated the concept behind Heffernan’s PPE labels at a presentation to the Oxy campus last winter.


“Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ notion of ‘social sculpture,’ I sought to ameliorate the alienating appearance of the Ebola ‘hazmat’ suits with headshot portraits of the healthcare workers inside. It’s important to me that the portrait labels have tangible medical and psychosocial benefits.” —MARY BETH HEFFERNAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY AND THE VISUAL ARTS

Registered nurse Martha Lyne Freeman stands at the entrance to the ELWA II ETU as Heffernan takes her portrait. 15


Realizing High-Impact Experiences Oxy doubles down on fostering faculty and student engagement with L.A. by championing hands-on research across the liberal arts

A three-year, $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable Occidental to continue its ongoing effort to reimagine its curriculum by supporting the creation of new research-intensive courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for first- and second-year students. Over the next three years, Oxy plans to create 15 new courses that take advantage of the College’s Los Angeles location by enabling faculty and students to conduct research with major cultural and community organizations in the region. Using the latest digital scholarship methods, much of that work will be available to the public. The process began with the creation of research-intensive seminars to foster faculty and student engagement with Los Angeles cultural and community partners, says Amy Lyford, professor of art history and the visual arts, associate dean for curriculum and academic support, and one of two principal investigators for the grant. “Over the last two years, more than 150 students have enrolled in the first-year seminars and a dozen new courses in psychology, history, art, music, sociology and other fields created by faculty from 13 departments working with a wide range of community partners,” she says. At the same time, almost 300 Oxy students have enrolled in seven new interdisciplinary, team-taught courses supported by the Center for Digital Liberal Arts. “These courses, funded by the Keck Foundation and through a previous Mellon grant, fully integrate digital scholarly research methods to help students develop fundamental visual, digital, informational, and computational literacies,” says Daniel Chamberlain, CDLA director and co-principal investigator. “We want to model new approaches to the first-year research seminar experience, which is required of all students for graduation,” Lyford says. “Our goal is to move to a model whereby all students—regardless of their knowledge of, or previous experience with, research—have the chance to participate and take full advantage of the unmatched resources Los Angeles has to offer.”


ABOVE: Donovan Dennis ’16, left, a geology major from Great Falls, Minn., spent last summer traversing more than 150 miles of the Juneau Icefield, a complex of glaciers stretching from the Alaskan panhandle into British Columbia, to reconstruct ancient temperature and climate records by measuring oxygen and hydrogen isotopes present in samples drawn from the rapidly shrinking glaciers. LEFT: Kyle Rodriguez ’16’s short film about his overseas study experience in Argentina, “It’s Okay,” won the second annual film festival sponsored by IES Abroad, one of the world’s leading study abroad program providers. An economics major from West Hartford, Conn., Rodriguez participated in the IES Abroad Buenos Aires program last spring.


Sarah Corsa ’16, a diplomacy and world affairs major from Seattle, participated in the SIT Study Abroad program on Social Change and Sustainable Development in Jaipur, India, in fall 2014. She took the accompanying photo, winner of an Oxy photo contest that—in keeping with last year’s College-wide theme of Emancipation—challenged semester abroad and international students to connect their learning experiences to a global context. “By calling CGNet on their cellphones,” she wrote, “women are able to voice grievances with the government, independent of the men in their village.” 17


2014-2015: The Bottom Line The transformative process of an Occidental education begins with the support of alumni, parents, and friends like you

Thanks to your generosity, Occidental just recorded the most successful fundraising year in the College’s 128year history. Of course, setting the bar high is an old Oxy tradition. But what does this big number—$30.4 million in gifts and pledges—really mean? First and foremost, it means greater opportunities for students and faculty to engage in the transformative process of an Occidental education: scholarship funding for talented students, support for undergraduate research and competitive athletic programs, and an enhanced ability to continue to hire the best faculty. This year, it also fueled innovation—the gift of an extraordinary shell collection that will play a foundational role in the creation of an exciting new environmental science program. Often, a record year is based on one or two large gifts. But our big number is based on thousands of your gifts, large and small. Support for Oxy increased across the board—whether for capital projects, scholarships, the arts, athletics, careerplanning services, or most critically, the endowment. Bucking a national trend, the number of donors to Occidental’s Annual Fund—unrestricted gifts that can be used for any purpose—rose from the previous year, as did the average gift amount. There is more to Oxy’s bottom line than dollar totals. While we are delighted with last year’s results, it is what that big number represents that is most important: the result of a shared vision of what Oxy is and can be. At a time when higher education is facing numerous challenges, your gifts are an expression of hope and optimism for the future. Thank you for believing in what is possible at Oxy and for helping us make it all happen.


Shelby Radcliffe Vice President for Institutional Advancement

OPERATING REVENUES, FISCAL YEAR 2015 Net student revenues


Investment income designated for operations


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Federal and state grants and contracts


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SCIAC celebrates its


By the Numbers as Oxy renews its commitment to athletics greatness.

Andrew Shtulman, associate professor of psychology, receives a $600,000 award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study the roles of reflection and intuition in understanding science.

Occidental’s engineering-as-art solar array helps the College save

in electrical bills in its second year of operation—an increase of 17 percent over the previous 12 months.

engage in research with 52 faculty mentors on campus through Oxy’s 10-week-long Summer Research Program.

Sophal Ear, assistant professor of diplomacy and world affairs, is chosen from among hundreds of nominees as one of NerdScholar’s “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire.” 19


BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2015-2016 Patricia Lebre Alireza ’94 Director Cambridge Pressure Cells David H. Anderson ’63 Attorney (retired) Carl A. Ballton ’69 Senior Vice President (retired) Union Bank David W. Berkus ’62 P’95 President Berkus Technology Ventures LLC Coit Blacker ’72 Director & Senior Fellow Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University John G. Branca ’72 Partner Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Luire, Stiffelman & Cook LLP Eileen Anisgarten Brown ’73 Real Estate Developer Brown’s Building Blocks David W. Burcham ’73 Loyola Marymount University Christopher C. Calkins ’67 President Carltas Co. Anne Cannon ’74 Independent Financial Adviser and CPA Jennifer Townsend Crosthwaite ’84 National Bank Examiner Comptroller of the Currency Bill Davis ’80 President Southern California Public Radio


Hector De La Torre ’89 Executive Director Transamerica Center for Health Studies

Charlene Conrad Liebau Director College Counseling Services

William R. Schutte P’17 Managing Director Spencer Stuart–San Francisco

Susan DiMarco P’17 Dentist (retired)

Gordon MacInnes ’63 President New Jersey Policy Perspective

Catherine Young Selleck ’55 President & CEO (retired) Metaphor Inc.

Gloria Duffy ’75 President & CEO Commonwealth Club

Susan Howell Mallory ’76 M’78 President Southern California Northern Trust

Soroosh Shambayati ’86 CEO Guggenheim Investment Advisors

Louise Edgerton ’67 Secretary, Treasurer & Director Edgerton Foundation

Steven J. Olson Partner O’Melveny & Myers

Leslie Trim P’14 Co-Founder & COO (retired) Polarism Communications

John R. Farmer P’98 Senior Director Goldman Sachs

Vincent Padua ’74 General Counsel Hassen Development Corp.

Christopher Varelas ’85 Partner Riverwood Capital

Alan Freeman ’66 M’67 P’91 Emeritus Professor Occidental College

Joan A. Payden President & CEO Payden & Rygel

Charles D. Gold ’89 Principal/Leadership Coach Champions for Growth

Adam D. Portnoy ’93 President & CEO Reit Management & Research LLC

EX OFFICIO Jonathan Veitch President Occidental College

Ronald R. Hahn ’66 Chairman Lotus Separations, LLC

John B. Power ’58 Partner (retired) O’Melveny & Myers

Fred Hameetman ’61 Chairman The American Group

Steven R. Robinson ’77 President SRR Trading LLC

Stephen F. Hinchliffe Jr. ’55 P’88 Chairman & CEO The Leisure Group Inc.

Stephen D. Rountree ’71 Managing Director Center Theatre Group

CHAIRS EMERITI Dennis A. Collins P’94 President and CEO (retired) The James Irvine Foundation

Asad Jumabhoy ’84 Chief Executive Officer Tangerine Time Pte. Ltd.

Rick Rugani ’75 Independent Financial Adviser (retired)

Virginia Goss Cushman ’55 Civic Volunteer

Giles “Gil” Kemp P’04 Founder & President (retired) Home Decorators College

Janette Sadik-Khan ’82 Principal (Transportation) Bloomberg Associates

Naomi Kurata Co-founder & Director Proteus Energy Corp.

Reid G. Samuelson ’72 Director Samuelson Partners

TRUSTEES EMERITI Ronald J. Arnault President RJA Consultants Alice Walker Duff ’69 Managing Director Bread for the World J. Eugene Grigsby III ’66 President & CEO (retired) National Health Foundation John T. Knox ’49 P’84 Partner Nossaman, Gunther, Knox & Elliott Allen W. Mathies Jr. President Emeritus Huntington Memorial Hospital Ian McKinnon ’89 Managing Partner Ziff Brothers Investments

Danielle Mantooth Gordon ’10 President Board of Governors

Kristine A. Morris ’76 Partner (retired) Morris & Berger

PRESIDENTS EMERITI Richard C. Gilman Theodore R. Mitchell Robert A. Skotheim John Brooks Slaughter

Catherine A. Burcham Pepe ’64 Partner (retired) O’Melveny & Myers

Irwin S. Field Chairman & CEO Liberty Vegetable Oil Co. Peter W. Mullin Chairman & CEO Mullin Consulting Inc.

David H. Roberts ’67 Retired Citibank/Citigroup Jack D. Samuelson ’46 P’72 P’77 Partner Samuelson Partners Rosemary Bernheim Simmons ’53 Former Councilmember San Marino S. Tod White ’59 Founder & CEO (retired) Blessing/White Inc. Charles E. Young Chancellor Emeritus UCLA

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2015-2016 Carlos E. Aguilar ’98 Monica D. Banken ’99 Amy Laslett Berger ’08 Alexander J. Candia ’04 David A. Carpenter ’59 P’86 Lois G. Carwile ’45 Leslie Bolt Dennis ’66 P’94 Anne H. Egerton ’76 David J. Estrada ’05 Bradley C. Fauvre ’87 Benjamin L. Finser ’13 Vincent M. Gallo ’79 Danielle Mantooth Gordon ’10, President Jessica M. Gelzer ’11 Shawn Lovell Hanson ’83 P’11 P’14 Louis C. Hook Jr. ’80 P’12 Yelka W. Kamara ’12 Daniel B. Klink ’97 Lisa Kanes Mandel ’81 P’14 Jon Merksamer ’74 Charles McClintock ’68 Peter M. Polydor ’09 Ana Ramos-Sanavio ’93 Tayler K. Renshaw ’14 Danielle H. Siegler ’11 Frank Van Der Baan ’67 Eric H. Warren ’69 Jody A. Yoxsimer ’82


Occidental Children’s Theater has become a fixture on the College calendar, mixing three adventurous adaptations of traditional folktales with a twisted take on a legendary story—in 2014 it was The Emperor’s New Clothes Encounters of the Third Kind, from the creative mind of artistic director and associate professor Jamie Angell. Last year’s troupe included (clockwise from top) Savannah Gilmore ’15, Sarah Martellaro ’14, Tristan Waldron ’12, Lukecus King ’14, Edward Jackson ’16, and Claudia (Gomez) Restrepo ’10.

Editor Dick Anderson Director of Communications Jim Tranquada Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Marty Sharkey Interim Director of Donor Relations Debbie Afar ’10 Photography Marc Campos* Design Meghan Leavitt Printing DLS Group Published by Occidental College Office of Communications F-36 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles CA 90041-3314 Printed on recycled paper *Additional photography by Nick Harrington ‘17 (inside cover), Kirby Lee (pages 12, 13), Bob Palermini (page 12). Photos courtesy Donovan Dennis ‘16 and Kyle Rodriguez ‘16 (page 16).

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