More than 250 alumni, faculty and friends returned to campus, flying in from China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom and 22 different states. It was good to have everyone back, and we enjoyed seeing the campus alive with visitors.
John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
Webb's advancement office received a silver award at the 2019 CASE District VII awards ceremony on February 21 in Anaheim, Calif. in recognition of its endowment donor stewardship program. Other category winners included California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC San Francisco.
“The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.
The Winter Dance Show 2019 UN / covered - is an exploration in what it means to cover and uncover - in music, dance, costuming, and text. Featuring choreography by dance coach and Webb faculty member Michael Szanyi and senior dance students, the show highlights self-expression through movement. How do we make something known? How do we bring that to light? By uncovering dance, the show asks audience members to explore how the study of movement informs their human experience.
The Class of 2019 is posting an amazing set of early college admission results. With nearly 80 percent of the class filing an early decision or early action application to their top choice, many of them have already received good news from some of America’s most selective colleges and universities.
This is going to be another record-breaking year in terms of the increase in numbers of applications for early admissions to the most sought-after colleges, some reporting as high as a 30% jump in early applicants compared to last year alone. While every indicator would predict much lower admit rates for most high school students, Webb students are enjoying acceptances to places that many schools haven’t seen an admit offer in years.
It is no accident, I believe, that at this very moment there is a riveting tale in The New Yorkerabout the art and science of decision making. Or, at least, not an accident that I found it and read it. Here at Webb, at this time of year, there is no shortage of students and families making some of the most important decisions (they believe) of their lives--from admission to and enrollment at Webb, to college admission for our seniors. Joshua Rothman rights beautifully about it here, bringing in examples from Darwin, Tolstoy, the modern parent and more. Read it in The New Yorker.
In January, five alumni returned to campus for our first ever "Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni" session. Students spent Saturday afternoon with our talented alumni learning about vital skills they'll need to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly competitive and complex job market.
Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections Andrew Farke is quoted today in The Washington Post on the impact of the federal government shutdown on fieldwork planning for paleontologists. Beyond the impact on visitor centers at such places as Dinosaur National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park, research and fieldwork on federal lands has been dramatically affected, too. Read more in The Washington Post.