What's inside the Summer 2014 Occidental Magazine? Read on.
Gene Grigsby ’66 left a successful career in urban planning to take a flyer on fixing an ailing National Health Foundation. With an innovative program that addresses healthcare costs for homeless patients, he found a new lease on life.
Wide Open Spaces
When John Howell ’71 needs to get away from it all, he disappears into the San Gabriel Mountains. Now his job is to preserve that environment for plant and wildlife as well.
The Ballad of Johnson & Held
Blake Nielsen ’05 and Chris Smutny ’05 stake a claim in the custom belt buckle business with an entrepreneurial spirit honed at Oxy.
Butane hash oil is the latest home-cooking craze in the marijuana community. It’s also the most explosive—and that keeps deputy district attorney Ashley Rosen ’00 busy.
Bullish Over Broadway
Corey Brunish ’74 has been a fixture of the Portland, Ore., theater scene for decades—and with his recent triumphs as a Tony-winning producer, he’s conquering the Great White Way as well.
Fruits of Mellon
Two years into Oxy’s Labs for the Liberal Arts program—the product of a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—what experiments have been tried? What have we learned?
Doing Arizona Proud
Freshman Rep. Demion Clinco ’02 attended a reception at the White House with the Obamas after standing up for gay rights. But jumpstarting the state’s economy is his main agenda.
From Jonathan Veitch
President Veitch explains the connection between the Chicago Cubs and Oxy’s strategic commitment to global citizenship.
Alumni reflect on Bill Neblett and John McMenamin ’40, the price of access to the president, and the “greatest distance runner in Oxy history.”
Letter From Perth
Biochemistry major Tom Mirovski ’16 mixes Burroughs and bacteria while exploring print culture.
From the Quad
Oxy’s McKinnon Center for Global Affairs and Choi Auditorium put a forward spin on the possibilities of intellectual endeavor.
A $5.5-million pledge from Elizabeth and Bill Kahane ’70 strengthens Oxy’s U.N. internship program.
Oxy’s Moore Laboratory for Zoology spreads its wings with a National Science Foundation grant; Raffy Cortina ‘13 meets fellow Student Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee; and more.
Summer reading possibilities from Breanne Fahs ’01, Susan Coll ’81, Désirée Zamorano; and a new mini-history of Oxy baseball.
Remembering Maya Angelou’s advice to Oxy’s Class of 1992, and more.
The Rest of the Story
Catching up with recent newsmakers.
Fifty Going on 60
Oxy’s Fifty Year Club welcomes the Class of 1964 to its ranks, continuing a rite of passage that dates back to 1954.
The Wander Years
Words of advice to Oxy’s graduating Class of 2014: Step out, take chances, and embrace life’s journey.
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