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Alumni Edition         
 April 2011


Your alma mater is buzzing with a flurry of preparations for the event that brings alumni of all decades back to campus for the annual gathering of the HMC family: Alumni Weekend. Even if you are not in a reunion class (the 1's and 6's this year) you will not want to miss the opportunity to see your classmates Friday, Apr. 29 through Sunday, May 1 and to be reminded of the excellence of Harvey Mudd College. Learn more about Alumni Weekend and register online.
The Alumni Office has also been busy planning a number of alumni travel tours, and we encourage you to learn more about them in this issue. We have arranged a weekend in London, a family camping trip, a trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a tour of St. Petersburg, Russia.
We thank you for all of your support and look forward to seeing you soon, perhaps at Alumni Weekend or an upcoming regional event.

All the best,


James A. Jacobs

Director, Alumni and Parent Relations or 909.621.8557 (direct line)

HMC to Celebrate Founding Class
College marks first 50th reunion   
Founding Class of HMC (1961)

During Alumni Weekend, the College community is looking forward to celebrating a very important anniversary--the first 50th reunion of a four-year class. At last count, 31 of the 48 members of the Founding Class of 1961 have made plans to return to campus to share in the momentous occasion. The Founding Class established HMC's honor system and many of its traditions.


"Students searching for a vision for life beyond college need look no further than the possibilities demonstrated by the Founding Class," President Maria Klawe said. "Congratulations to our inaugural class for paving the way for today's students." 






AABoG to Honor Innovators and Achievers

Awards: Outstanding Alumni, Lifetime Recognition, Order of the Wart

HMC Outstanding Alumni 2011The Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABoG) has selected alumni and other individuals to receive the College's most prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Alumni Award, which will be presented during a ceremony Saturday, Apr. 30 in Galileo Hall.


Four alumni have been selected for their far-reaching contributions and will receive the HMC Outstanding Alumni Award. Recipients (shown above) are strategic planner James Dewar '66, chemistry Professor Ann McDermott '81, space scientist Gael Squibb '61 and energy advisor R. Thomas Weimer '71/72. Additionally, the AABoG will present Lifetime Recognition Awards to ardent HMC supporters Elise Mudd Marvin (posthumously), Walt '69 P99 and Csilla Foley P99, John and Nelly Kilroy, and longtime Facilities and Maintenance employee Esteban (Steve) Sandoval. Advancement Services Director Liz Baughman, who has worked at HMC for 33 years, will receive the Order of the Wart, given in recognition of her service to HMC alumni.   




Alumni and Students Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Among current and recent graduates, 14 Mudders were named fellows and 12 others received Honorable Mention in this year's prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship competition. The fellowships recognize outstanding students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Graduating seniors receiving fellowships are Anna Cunningham, who plans to study biochemistry at MIT; Ryan Muller, who will study human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University; Jenny Rinker, who will study civil engineering at the California Institute of Technology; and Kanny Wan, who will study organic chemistry at Scripps Research Institute.




Pack Your Bags! Travel Opportunities Aboundtravel
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations offers Harvey Mudd College alumni and parents several travel opportunities throughout the year. Trips range from family-style camping trips to international tours that go to the far corners of the globe.

London, June 3-5, 2011: Join President Maria Klawe and other members of the 7-College community who live in Europe for an exciting weekend that includes visits to The Science Museum, The Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Hosted by Michael Wilson '63 and his wife, Jane Wilson SCR '64, the weekend also includes a special visit to the Wilson's home Sunday afternoon. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and the reception and dinner Saturday evening at the Tate Modern. R.S.V.P. deadline: May 16.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Aug. 10-13, 2011: Jointly offered with Scripps College, this tour to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland will feature three nights at the Ashland Springs Hotel, tickets to four plays, an opening night reception and dinner and more.


Pismo Beach State Park Family Camping Trip, Oct. 14-16, 2011: Professor of Biology Steve Adolph leads a camping trip designed for the entire family that will include nature hikes, a visit to the tide pools at Montana de Oro, campfire stories and more.

The Cultural Season: St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2011: Enjoy a seven-night stay at the deluxe Angleterre Hotel and an extensive meal program, all-daily excursions, the services of a professional campus director and expert guides, and more.


Upcoming trips being planned for 2012 include a tour to the Galapagos Islands in February and an Australian eclipse tour in November. Details to come. For further information, contact Jim Jacobs in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 909.621.8557 or


Alves to Perform "Sounds You've Never Heard"
Bill Alves, professor of music

On Sunday, May 8, the Harvey Mudd College American Gamelan, a microtonal musical group led by Associate Professor of Music Bill Alves (left), will perform as part of the 2011 MicroFest, the leading microtonal festival. Entitled "At the Edge," the event will be held at 8 p.m. in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, Pomona College.

In its second decade, MicroFest is a concert series devoted to non-standard tunings featuring six concerts over three months (March to May) in venues throughout Southern California. Alves' work will be featured at the concert. 



Engineers to Discuss Design Education Innovation
Mudd Design Workshop XIII  


Clive Dym, Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering DesignHarvey Mudd College will host the "Design Education: Innovation and Entrepreneurship" Mudd Design Workshop XIII, from May 26-28 on campus. Co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and organized by Clive L. Dym (right), Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design and director of the Center for Design Education at HMC, this year's program will bring together educators, designers and researchers from the nation's top universities and colleges.




Team Earns "Outstanding" in MCM/ICM Contest 

Seven HMC teams earn high marks 


Juniors Dylan Marriner, Daniel Furlong and Luis Ryan earned top honors in the 2011 International Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (MCM/ICM). Their team received an "Outstanding" rank, which was given to only eight teams out of 2,775 entries worldwide, for their resolution in reducing the number of radio repeaters needed to serve a geographical area.

HMC sent seven teams to the competition in February and when the results were received this month, all seven had garnered high marks. In addition to the Outstanding team, one team earned a Meritorious designation (top 15 percent), three earned Honorable Mention (top 45 percent) and two were designated as Successful Participants.

"This is an incredible showing for HMC and a testament to the strength of our core curriculum and academic program," said Susan Martonosi, assistant professor of mathematics and MCM/ICM advisor.



Mudders Win Prestigious Scholarships  

Goldwater and Robert Day scholarships awarded  

Two Mudders recently received prestigious scholarships that will enable them to pursue graduate studies in their fields of interest.

Roxie Bartholomew '12Roxie Bartholomew '12, an engineering major who hopes to work in the sustainability sector, has been named a Robert Day scholar for the master's program in finance at Claremont McKenna College. The program provides students with the foundational skills needed for leadership roles in business, finance, government and nonprofit organizations. READ MORE

Isabel Bush '13Isabel Bush '13 has received a Goldwater Scholarship awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Bush, an engineering major, plans to obtain a doctorate degree and pursue a career in biomedical device design. READ MORE


Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.

  1. Innovation, Leadership, and Impact, Especially in Engineering, Science and Mathematics
  2. Focus on Experiential and Interdisciplinary Learning
  3. Unsurpassed Excellence and Diversity at All Levels
  4. Nurturing and Developing the Whole Person
  5. Global Engagement and Informed Contributions to Society
  6. Improvement of Infrastructure and Resources to Support HMC's Commitment to Excellence and Building Community
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In This Issue
HMC to Celebrate Founding Class
AABoG Honors Innovators and Achievers
Alumni and Students Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Travel Opportunities Abound
Alves to Perform in MicroFest
Engineers to Discuss Design Education Innovation
Team Earns "Outstanding" in MCM/ICM
Mudders Win Prestigious Scholarships
A Celebration of Undergraduate Research May 2-4
Mudders Headed to ACM World Finals in Florida
Online Alumni Directory
Upcoming Events
Sustainable Giving

HMC Alumni Realize High Return on Investment 

Harvey Mudd College alumni receive an average $1.7 million return on their educational investment, according to data released this month by Bloomberg Businessweek and PayScale, an online salary information company. This year, the two organizations recalculated their Return on Investment Index for colleges nationwide to account for financial aid awards. HMC shifted up from last year's No. 4 spot to the No. 2 spot, nestled between the California Institute of Technology and MIT. 



HMC Clinic presenter

A Celebration of Undergraduate Research May 2-4 


The 41st annual

Projects and

Presentation Days will be held May 2 through May 4. This year, there are over 100 research projects being presented and 39 Clinic projects being carried out for 32 companies. Alumni in the area are encouraged to attend.



Mudders attending 2011 ACM world finals

Venue Changed: Mudders Headed to ACM World Finals in Florida  


The recent unrest in Egypt has prompted coordinators of an international collegiate programming contest to switch their World Finals from Sharm el-Sheik to Orlando, Fla. 


Affectionately known as the "Battle of the Brains," the 35th Annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest will be held May 27-31 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel and Conference Center. Three Mudders will be in attendance. 



Search and Find in the Online Alumni Directory 

Searching for lost classmates? Want to make new HMC connections? Search for fellow Mudders by name, class, major, geographical location or company name by logging into the Alumni Portal using your alumni ID number and preset password. Contact us if you need assistance logging in, and don't forget to update your information so that others can find you.






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Sustainable Giving   


Harvey Mudd College has taken several steps in the name of sustainability and seeks to go yet a step further-- with your help. The College is promoting paperless giving as a natural addition to ongoing "green" efforts. By setting up an online recurring gift, you can be among the first to help the College minimize both cost and waste.

For every 100 donors who sign up for recurring gifts by June 30, 2011, HMC will plant one tree on campus.



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