HMC Alumni News Briefs
 August 2012
Joseph Platt celebration
AABoG News
Joe Platt: A Celebration of a Life Well Lived
Incoming Students are Remarkable Achievers
Pendakur to Lead Office of Institutional Diversity
HMC Gets High Marks in Rankings
A Summer Camp for Math Scholars
Art and Science Meld for Nelson Series
Australia Solar Eclipse Travelers Gear Up
"Threes," Eights" and More, Get Ready!
Distinguished Scholars Join Faculty
Castro Awarded Simons Foundation Grant
CS Professor Lauded for Contributions
Mathemagician Benjamin Has Top 20 TEDTalk
Silver Medal for Women's Ultimate Team USA
HMC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Alumni Association volunteers have worked through the summer to offer opportunities to connect. Activities have included a trip to the Grunion Run at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago and the second annual Mudder Potluck/Picnic in Seattle. In 2013, AABoG will focus on volunteer opportunities, event planning and Alumni Weekend 2013.

Ways you can get involved:


Volunteer with our Admissions Committee, to help staff regional college fairs and interview potential students. Email us to learn more.


Join us at a September event (see calendar below).


Questions about the Alumni Association and/or the
Board of Governors?
Please contact us.

Joe Platt:
A Celebration of a Life Well Lived
Joseph B. Platt
Please join us as we remember through words,
songs and images the extraordinary life of
Harvey Mudd College Founding President and
Senior Professor of Physics
. . . . . .
Saturday, September 29
Galileo Hall
2:00 p.m.

HMC upcoming events



Sept, 12, various times and locations



Sept. 15, Los Angeles, Calif., 3 p.m. 


Sept. 22, Monterey Bay, Calif., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



Sept. 25, HMC campus

Margaret Wertheim

7:30 p.m.

[visit link above for a list of all speakers] 



Sept. 29, HMC campus,

2 p.m.



Sept. 29, HMC, 10 a.m.



Sept. 29, HMC, 5 p.m.



Sept. 30, depart from HMC campus, 9 a.m. 



Oct. 12, HMC, Noon-3 p.m. 



Nov. 6-15



Nov. 16-18, Hong Kong

May 2-5, 2013
HMC web links
Summer 2012
HMC Bulletin, summer 2012

Hard copies will arrive by mail in early September.
Class of 2016
Incoming Students are Remarkable Achievers
HMC welcomes Class of 2016

Harvey Mudd College continues to attract some of the most promising students, and the incoming Class of 2016 is no exception. The 199 first-years boast achievements that include raising award-winning carnivorous plants and coaching a middle school science Olympiad team. 



Pictured above: HMC Summer Institute students Jeanette Liu, Minh Trang Vy, Katherine Arriola, Alejandro Mendoza and Maury Quijada
Pendakur to Lead Office of Institutional Diversity
Focus includes access, equity, inclusion and social justice education

Sumun Pendakur
Sumun Pendakur
HMC has appointed award-winning student advocate Sumun Pendakur as its new associate dean for diversity. Dean of Students Maggie Browning said, "She brings a wealth of experience in supporting and advocating for students, developing innovative and successful programs and employing assessment in the pursuit of excellence."

HMC Gets High Marks in Rankings
College lauded for academics, value and entrepreneurial efforts

In the annual rankings roundup, Harvey Mudd College continues to be recognized for its excellent academics, value and personalized education. In The Princeton Review's 2013 college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges," HMC professors received high marks and the College was one of only 150 colleges designated as a "Best Value." Also, the College ranked No. 28 in Forbes'  2012 list of America's Top Colleges, and was listed as a "Most Entrepreneurial College," coming in at No. 15 among the 20 selected.


A Summer Camp for Math Scholars
Long Beach students combine mathematics and fun

Claremont-Long Beach Math Collaborative
Math camp participant
In collaboration with Claremont Graduate University, Harvey Mudd College hosted 30 young men from Long Beach for the second Claremont-Long Beach Math Collaborative, held again this summer on the HMC campus. The ninth and tenth graders participated in rigorous math classes, Spanish instruction, tutoring and extracurricular activities. 


Art and Science Meld for Nelson Series
Fall speakers to address beauty and creativity of science

Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim
In wide-ranging presentations by acclaimed artists and educators, the Dr. Bruce J. Nelson '74 Distinguished Speaker Series will celebrate contemporary art, which explores the aesthetic, creative, cultural and political dimensions of science and technology. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Galileo Hall.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Margaret Wertheim, acclaimed science writer and author of "Pythagoras' Trousers,"  will speak on the topic "Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: An Unlikely Yarn about Global Warming and the World's Biggest Art+Science Project." 


Australia Solar Eclipse Travelers Gear Up
One spot left on this 10-day adventure

Eclipse 5-6-12 Twenty-three members of the HMC community are excitedly anticipating their visit to Australia in November. Professor of Physics Greg Lyzenga '75 will lead this 10-day adventure, which includes stays in Sydney and Cairns, and excursions to experience snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, aboriginal culture in a tribal rainforest, crocodiles in the wild at Daintree National Park and (weather permitting) a total solar eclipse viewed from the Australian outback.

HMC is currently seeking a single traveler to fill the final space available on this trip! If interested, please view the trip details online and email us before, Sept. 30.
"Threes," "Eights" and More, Get Ready!
Alumni Weekend, May 3-5, 2013

Save the date to return to campus in May for Alumni Weekend 2013, Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. You can catch up with classmates and celebrate the 50th Reunion Class of 1963, reunion classes ending in "3" and "8," and the 50th anniversary of the Clinic Program. Details will follow in the coming months, and we look forward to seeing you back on campus in May!


We are currently seeking volunteers for the class reunion committees. If you are a member of one of the "3" or "8" classes and wish to get involved in planning your reunion, please email us!

Distinguished Scholars Join Faculty
New faces in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, HSA, CS

Harvey Mudd College has added seven new faculty to its academic team, including two new members each for the Computer Science and Engineering departments. Arriving this fall are Chris Clark and Kash Gokli (engineering), Charlie Doret (physics), Ken Fandell (humanities, social sciences and the arts/art), Colleen M. Lewis and Benjamin Wiedermann (computer science) and Katherine M. Van Heuvelen (chemistry).

Castro Awarded Simons Foundation Grant
Collaborators to study semilinear equations

Alfonso Castro
Alfonso Castro
Professor of Mathematics Alfonso Castro has been awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians to support research involving equations fundamental to every area of science. The five-year, $35,000 grant will fund collaboration, travel and research expenses for Castro's project, "Solvability of semilinear equations with discrete spectrum."  
CS Professor Lauded for Contributions
University recognizes distinguished alumni educators

Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Computer Science Department Chair Ran Libeskind-Hadas will receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Educator Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his outstanding contributions to computer science education and his expertise at motivating computer science students.
Mathemagician Benjamin Has Top 20 TEDTalk
Professor offers "ideas worth spreading"
Art Benjamin's mathemagics presentation is No. 12 on TEDTalk's list of talks that have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalk videos have been available online. 

Silver Medal for Women's Ultimate Team USA
Sophomore plays at world championships in Ireland

Ultimate player Tasha Arvanitis
Tasha Arvanitis '15
Team USA player Tasha Arvanitis '15 won a silver medal in the women's division Aug. 18 at the 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships in Dublin, Ireland. "We came away with silver, and while it's tough to have been so close to the gold, I'm immensely proud to have competed with such a diverse and talented team," Arvanitis said. 


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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