Spring 2021

Professor Irene Girton, Occidental, Music
Words to the Wise
As the College says goodbye to an unprecedented 11 retiring faculty, we called on some of their brightest students to share their memories, tributes, and an extra box of tissues
Occidental College 1990s
Deconstructing the '90s
As its second century dawned, Occidental welcomed a bold new president, adopted a mission Of Excellence and Equity, and brought a diversity of voices to the classroom. How did the changes...
Gilman Fountain in 1979
Baker’s Beauty
The Lucille Y. Gilman Memorial Fountain—formally known as Water Forms II —occupies a prominent place on campus and in the hearts of generations of alumni. George Baker ’58’s former students...
Emmons Health Center, COVID-19 vaccine
A Shot in the Arm
As California takes major strides in the fight against the pandemic, the College makes plans to bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall
Belonging at Oxy, Daniella Michelin '94
Coming Together: Snapshots From Spring
When artist Jocelyn Pedersen, who teaches a class in Book Arts, learned that students would not be returning to campus in the spring, she wanted to give members of the Oxy community a...
Vince Cuseo, Occidental Admission
Charting a Different Path
Vince Cuseo has been instrumental to the success of Oxy’s admission efforts for the last 22 years—and his commitment to Oxy’s mission can’t be measured by test scores
Ming Cho Lee '53
My Mentor, Ming Cho Lee
The Tony-winning set designer and legendary Yale professor, who died last fall, dedicated himself to theater and to teaching, Ann Sheffield ’83 recalls
Jean Wyatt
Words to the Wise: Jean Wyatt
Professor of English Jean Wyatt is retiring after an unprecedented 51 years in the classroom. This tribute is part of the Spring 2021 magazine.
Scott Bogue
Words to the Wise: Scott Bogue
After 35 years at Oxy, Professor of Geology Scott Bogue will retire in September. This tribute to his time at Oxy is part of the Spring 2021 magazine.
Words to the Wise: Gary Martin
Professor of Biology Gary Martin is hanging up his flip flops after 41 years at Oxy. This tribute to his career is part of the Spring 2021 magazine.
Robert Ellis, Occidental College
Words to the Wise: Robert Ellis
Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish & Spanish and French Studies Robert Ellis has retired after 37 years at Oxy. This tribute is part of the Spring 2021 magazine.