It's been an exciting week as the US News & World Report's 2024 Best College rankings saw Occidental rise two places, landing at No. 35 nationally, a 14-year high. The College also jumped a whopping 44 spots to No. 26 in the publication’s Top Performers on Social Mobility index, which looks to measure how well schools graduate economically disadvantaged students.
Welcome back to a new academic year! To celebrate, join the Office of the President for Convocation 2023 this Monday, August 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Coffee Break in Rose Hills Patio (in front of the Bookstore). Staff and faculty will cheer on our newest students as they enter Thorne Hall for Convocation (joined by the Taiko ensemble—back by popular demand).
Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Staff Recognition Luncheon and Family Field Day, hosted by the Human Resources Department. It was a wonderful time to connect with colleagues and celebrate this year’s Distinguished Service Award winners:
Sarah A. Gilman Award: Beatrice Gonzales (Theater) and Michael Reyes (Facilities)
Over the course of the fall semester, College Videographer Marc Campos filmed four class trips to sites around Southern California, from the desert to the sea. These trips, along with interviews with faculty and students, are featured in a video that we recently premiered spotlighting experiential learning.
From art and art history and Black studies to music, politics, and psychology, Oxy welcomed eight new voices to the classroom this last fall semester. Get to know our new tenure-track faculty in the winter 2023 Occidental magazine—available exclusively online.