Spring 2022

Venture capitalist Josh Schlisserman
Here's the Pitch
Josh Schlisserman ’19 helped raise $2.5 million as a summer intern in Silicon Valley—and after Scooter Braun kicked him out of his office, he’d found his calling as a venture capitalist
Professor Linda Lyke
Many Thanks, Linda Lyke
“Occidental will forever be an indelible part of me," says the professor of art and art history, who is retiring after 46 years at the College
Lynn Mehl, professor of kinesiology and psychology
Many Thanks, Lynn Mehl
After 45 years at Oxy, choosing a favorite class is "like choosing your favorite child," says the professor of kinesiology and psychology
Occidental President Harry J. Elam, Jr.
Year Two
As Inauguration Day draws near, President Harry J. Elam, Jr. reflects on the lessons of the pandemic, the evolution of academic excellence, and the necessity of a culture of care
Professor Linda Lyke
Many Thanks
As five retiring faculty take their classroom curtain calls, we asked a few prized pupils to toast their Oxy mentors
Jillian Hopewell '89 of Migrant Clinicians Network
A Healthy Migration
Jillian Hopewell ’89 has spent her career advocating for better care for underserved populations—and a $5 million gift will boost those efforts
Writer-director John Callas M'75
John of All Trades
John Callas M’75 built a Hollywood career by saying “Yes” to new opportunities—but he had to overcome trauma to get there
Cooper Raiff '19 and Dakota Johnson in Cha Cha Real Smooth
Mixed Media
New books by Oxy alumni, and Cooper Raiff ’19’s sophomore film cha-chas its way to Sundance glory
Occidental 2022 Dance Production cast and crew
Safety Dance!
After two years of remote rhythms, Dance Production returns to the Thorne Hill stage, masks and all
Text exchange between two Occidental College students
Six Words That Went Viral
A racist text exchange between two students goes public, putting College policy under a microscope and stirring a conversation around campus culture

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