October 2018



Occidental Gets Top Marks in 2018 Rankings

This year’s results are in: Oxy is one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country.


Occidental Students Help Shape Sustainable Development Partnership

Students worked with Los Angeles city officials over the summer in a continuing effort to accelerate and measure the city’s pursuit of sustainable, inclusive, and equitable growth as part of a unique global initiative backed by 193 countries.


Lapenna Named Young Initiative Senior Fellow

Lily Lapenna, founder of Block for Impact and award-winning financial education entrepreneur, has been named the 2018-19 Young Initiative Senior Fellow.


Boo Bash 2018: Photo Recap

Human Resources once again hosted a fun-filled (and candy-filled) Boo Bash for staff and administrators. See this year’s pumpkin-carving entries and creative costumed colleagues in our Facebook album.


Plouffe Analyzes Midterm Elections As First Obama Scholars Speaker

Occidental welcomed its first Obama Scholars Speaker, David Plouffe, former Obama campaign manager and White House senior advisor, to speak on the upcoming midterm elections.




Rosa Galicia, cleaning services B, Facilities
Megan Gallagher, director of enrollment marketing, Marketing and Communications
Hannah Khin, women’s lacrosse coach, Athletics
Andrew Lia, production manager, Oxy Arts
Patty Lu, PL/SQL Programmer/Analyst, ITS
Claudia Merida de Herrara, cleaning services B, Facilities
Antonio Rodriguez, purchasing, receiving, inventory specialist, Campus Dining


Along with Natalie Dwulet ’17, Tina Zolfaghari ’18 and Molly Brown ’18, assistant professor of chemistry Jeff Cannon’s lab has contributed to the selective synthesis of amino acids, one of the fundamental building blocks of biological machinery. Their research is able to control the stereochemistry in a general way that allows the synthesis of certain small molecules that are challenging to create. Their findings can be found in a new article in The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Professor of art and art history Amy Lyford’s essay "Embodiment and Visuality in John Divola’s ‘Occupied Landscapes (Yosemite), 1989-1992’" has been published in The Art of the West: Selected Works from the Autry Museum, edited by Amy Scott. Lyford’s essay explores the film technology used by Divola, his engagement with photo history and a critical approach to notions of power and "occupation" in the history of the West.

Assistant professor of politics Jennifer Piscopo co-wrote two recent articles, including an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, using research that shows that all citizens—men and women, Republicans and Democrats—dislike all-male panels. Using the results of survey experiments, Piscopo and her colleagues found that citizens viewed all-male legislative committees as less trustworthy and fair than committees composed of half men and half women. Find the article for the American Journal of Political Science here.

History professor Lisa Sousa’s book—The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico—was awarded the American Society for Ethnohistory Ereminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for the best book of ethnohistory. It was also awarded the American Historical Association Friedrich Katz Award for the best book on Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information on faculty scholarship and accomplishments, visit the Center for Research & Scholarship.



Andrew Jackwin, Strategic Enrollment Analyst, Office of Admission

I hail from: East Hartford, Conn.

I graduated from: American University

I've been involved with Oxy for: One year.

A typical day on the job looks like: Making sense of Admission data by running data analysis in order to have a strong incoming class every year.

The favorite part of my job is: The people I work with. That is why I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast. I felt at home during my interview and I enjoy coming into the office every day.

My favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is: Check out all my favorite comedians back to back to back at the Comedy Store.

A recent accomplishment I'm proud of is: An overall accomplishment is feeling at home in L.A, in general. I am so grateful that this move has been a successful one thus far.

Cooler or Marketplace?: Cooler.

If I could invite any famous person—living or dead—to a dinner party it would be: Notorious B.I.G.

Something people don't know about me is: I've swam my whole life. I swam all four years at American University, where I was the only one who stayed all four years for either the men's or women's team.

A good book I've read lately is: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson.


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