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). 

Members of the Occidental Class of 2027
Occidental’s 140th-anniversary class is among its most diverse—and they have a lot to say about everything from activism and athletics to culture and chocolates
Assistant professors Sohaib Khan (religious studies), Season Blake (philosophy), Jamie Amemiya (psychology), and Zachary Silver (psychology).
Occidental’s largest-ever cohort of new tenure-track faculty brings a world of ideas to the classroom
Jean and Bill Griswold
“We want to ensure that future generations will have access to the same transformative opportunities we enjoyed”
President Elam addresses a Thorne Hall audience for the inaugural talk in the Oxy Live! series on October 3.
After four years at the College, President Harry J. Elam, Jr. will depart next June—but he has a full agenda as The Occidental Promise comes into focus
Anna Dalton '12 competing for Oxy in 2011.
Anna Dalton ’12 traded the tracks for the trails and is climbing the ranks of competitive technical runners
Oxy Fifty Year Club attendees in June 2023.
A recent alumni attitude survey reveals what matters to Tigers most
Writer, artist and non-binary activist ALOK at Occidental College on Oct. 3, 2023
A new arts initiative brings an eclectic lineup of cultural luminaries to campus. Also: Oxy climbs to a 14-year high in the latest US News Best Colleges rankings
Ruby Siehl ’24, Professor Shana Goffredi, and Bianca Dal Bó '24 aboard the R/V Atlantis
Biology Professor Shana Goffredi and two Oxy seniors explore the ecosystem off the Southern California coast
Adam Kinzinger, 2023 Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer at Occidental College
Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer and former Congressman Adam Kinzinger has a message for students: “You will be the generation that changes everything”
Inductees and presenters from the 2023 Occidental Athletics Hall of Fame.
Record-setting champions in swimming and track, a pair of dominant hoops teams, and a triple threat in basketball, softball, and volleyball earn their stripes
Onward to Chicago, by Larry A. McClellan ’66
New books by Larry McClellan ’66, Professor Andrew Shtulman, Kevin Adler ’07, and Ralph Kuncl ’70
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2022
When it comes to Reunion Weekend entertainment, anything goes
Brice Harris, professor of history emeritus
For generations of students, Harris and Lauter taught history and philosophy, respectively, with innovation and enthusiasm
Dr. Roland Griffiths '68 in 2009.
From Spring 2009: After a lifetime of rigorous research on the effects of drugs on animals and humans, neuroscientist Roland Griffiths ’68 meditates on the spiritual powers of hallucinogens
"Mother of Lions," by Robert Martinez
An immersive exhibit at Descanso Gardens underscores the diversity and proximity of Southern California wildlife—and the efforts under way to improve their mobility


Theater and Performance Studies faculty and staff in April 2024.
Resetting the Stage
As its second century dawns, Oxy’s Theater and Performance Studies Department remixes the curriculum with a blend of theory and practice
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?
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

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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

Author Susan Coll '81, photographed at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.
Mixed Media
Susan Coll ’81’s latest comic novel, Professor Amy Lyford’s examination of the art and life of Dorothea Tanning, and more

Oxy Talk

Spectators view the OCLAA oral history gallery in the Academic Commons in February 2024.
Voices of OCLAA
Realizing a long-standing goal of Occidental’s Latino Alumni Association, two dozen alumni share their stories with students for an oral history project
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

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