At year’s end, we’re celebrating the top five highlights of 2023 at Occidental College as well as the most-viewed feature stories from Occidental Magazine.
October: Occidental College completed its largest-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, raising more than $252 million for student scholarships, academic programs, campus beautification, and other high-priority needs.
September: Occidental College rose two places in US News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges rankings, landing at No. 35 nationally, a 14-year high.
July: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in college admission, President Elam updated the community on the initial steps the College is taking to fulfill Occidental’s mission and continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
May: Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, addressed the Class of 2023 at Occidental College's 141st Commencement ceremony on May 21.
February: A $5 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation will make possible the launch of a multi-phase renovation of Occidental College's 63-year-old chemistry building on a campus where 40 percent of students are pursuing degrees in the sciences.
These are the five most-viewed feature stories published by Occidental magazine in 2023.
18 Young Scientists to Watch (Spring 2023)
Occidental’s labs are the launching pads for countless careers in the sciences—and here are 18 graduates of the last 20 years, nominated by their former faculty mentors, doing exemplary work in their field.
Theory of Everything (Winter 2023)
Everything Everywhere All at Once became the indie film sensation of 2022—and Zak Stoltz '10 assembled the small visual effects team to make bagel magic.
Getting to Know Occidental's New Tenure-Track Faculty (Winter 2023)
From art and art history and Black studies to music, politics, and psychology, Oxy welcomes eight new voices to the classroom.
Rainbow Connections (Summer 2023)
Nearly 40 years after its formation, Out@Oxy has a new name and a renewed mission—to support Occidental’s LGBTQIA+ student community and curate a queer history of the College.
Fanfare for a Mountain Lion (Summer 2023)
Associate Professor of Music Adam Schoenberg found inspiration from ‘L.A.’s coolest cat’—and his latest composition may have helped save his own life.