Occidental College's 17th president, Tom Stritikus, in April 2024.
Introducing Tom Stritikus
Occidental’s president-elect is a first-generation college graduate and a firm believer in the transformative power of a liberal arts education

Occidental magazine brings you campus news, in-depth features, and profiles of exceptional alumni. For the 2023-24 academic year, the magazine will publish two print and digital issues (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) and two digital-only issues (Summer 2023 and Winter 2024). 

Oxy GOLD reception
A new mentorship initiative looks to bridge the gap for young alumni between academic life and the professional world
Occidental students at OCLAA's Bienvenidos reception in fall 2022
OCLAA aims to boost the José F. Silva ’84 Endowed Scholarship Fund to commemorate a pioneering graduate's commitment to his community
Sebastian Lechner '24, Patt Morrison, Larry Mantle, Occidental
Patt Morrison ’74 shares a curated collection of books with Special Collections—and 50 years of words and wisdom in conversation with Larry Mantle
Occidental College's 17th president, Tom Stritikus, in April 2024.
Occidental’s president-elect is a first-generation college graduate and a firm believer in the transformative power of a liberal arts education
Vidiots reopened for business in June 2023 at the former home of the Eagle Theatre,
Eagle Rock and Highland Park have become magnets for new businesses, including the resurrected Eagle Theatre (now home to Vidiots). What’s changed—and what’s still in fashion?
Professor of History Maryanne Horowitz in a 1978 photo.
A professor of the history of ideas, Horowitz has encouraged generations of students to pursue fulfilling careers. She may be saying goodbye to Oxy, but she’s not the retiring type
Professor of Biology Roberta Pollock, photographed in her lab in April 2024.
“Mentoring students and making a difference in their lives has been the highlight of my career,” says Pollock, who played a central role in the College's response to the pandemic
Professor of Biology Beth Braker at Eaton Canyon in Altadena.
Over the years, Braker has taken about 200 students to Costa Rica to do research at La Selva—and her work there isn't done yet
Occidental Children's Theater performer Amanda Wagner ’16.
Occidental Children’s Theater has delighted audiences of all ages for 29 seasons—but what’s next after Cinderalice in Wonderland ? We went to Jamie Angell for answers
President Elam at the podium on May 19, 2024.
As he prepares to depart from Occidental, President Harry J. Elam, Jr. shares three insights into leadership that he will carry away with him
Rebecca Solnit and Paul Holdengraber onstage at an Oxy Live! event at Occidental College
Oxy Live!—the College’s new conversation series featuring a world-class lineup of artists—engages audiences in dialogues about culture and society
Occidental’s women's basketball team after winning the 2024 SCIAC Post­season Tournament championship.
Playing through injuries, fatigue, and in front of opposing crowds, Oxy’s ‘relentless’ women’s hoops team wins its way into the NCAA tourney
Max Podemski '06
In his first book, city planner and architecture buff Max Podemski ’06 traces the DNA of urban housing
Jon Keates, vice president for institutional advancement at Occidental College from 1999 to 2007
Jon Keates, vice president for institutional advancement at Occidental College from 1999 to 2007, died April 19, 2024, at his home in Altadena. He was 80.
Coach Rod Lafaurie and members of the 2023 men's soccer team
From its first SCIAC championship to a berth in the Sweet 16, Oxy men’s soccer soared to new heights this season. But Coach Rod Lafaurie and his players are hungry for more

Features

Occidental College's 17th president, Tom Stritikus, in April 2024.
Introducing Tom Stritikus
Occidental’s president-elect is a first-generation college graduate and a firm believer in the transformative power of a liberal arts education
Vidiots reopened for business in June 2023 at the former home of the Eagle Theatre,
Neighborhood Watch
Eagle Rock and Highland Park have become magnets for new businesses, including the resurrected Eagle Theatre (now home to Vidiots). What’s changed—and what’s still in fashion?
Occidental Children's Theater performer Amanda Wagner ’16.
Theater of the Absurd
Occidental Children’s Theater has delighted audiences of all ages for 29 seasons—but what’s next after Cinderalice in Wonderland ? We went to Jamie Angell for answers
Hats Off to Patt!
Patt Morrison ’74 shares a curated collection of books with Special Collections—and 50 years of words and wisdom in conversation with Larry Mantle

First Word

From the Quad

Occidental’s women's basketball team after winning the 2024 SCIAC Post­season Tournament championship.
Bringing the Heat
Playing through injuries, fatigue, and in front of opposing crowds, Oxy’s ‘relentless’ women’s hoops team wins its way into the NCAA tourney
Coach Rod Lafaurie and members of the 2023 men's soccer team
Kicking and Dreaming
From its first SCIAC championship to a berth in the Sweet 16, Oxy men’s soccer soared to new heights this season. But Coach Rod Lafaurie and his players are hungry for more

Mixed Media

A performance of Fetch Clay, Make Man featuring four Black actors onstage
Power Dynamics
Exploring the unlikely friendship between two Black cultural icons—Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit—professor and playwright Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man packs a punch with L.A...

Oxy Talk

Professor of History Emeritus Wellington Chan
One for the History Books
An estate commitment from Gary Kaplan ’71 honors Professor Emeritus Wellington Chan—whom he helped bring to Occidental more than 50 years ago
Assistant professors Sohaib Khan (religious studies), Season Blake (philosophy), Jamie Amemiya (psychology), and Zachary Silver (psychology).
Thinking Globally
Occidental’s largest-ever cohort of new tenure-track faculty brings a world of ideas to the classroom

Last Page

Contact Occidental Magazine
Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center


Office of Communications F-36
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles CA 90041-3314