The focus of this year’s Forum for the Future Conference was #CMCSocialScene. Forum members started the day with a welcome breakfast in the Athenaeum, where, along with ImpactCMC volunteers, they engaged five College Trustees in an open question and answer session. Much of the discussion was focused on the demographics of the Board of Trustees, but also included comments regarding the future goals of CMC and various project plans for the future. The conference theme was further explored during The Great Conversation in small group table discussions. During this session Jeff Huang, vice president for student affairs, admission, & financial aid, offered Forum members a comprehensive review of the structure and efforts of the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative (PSRI) and the High-Risk Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Program. Members, equipped with this knowledge, then engaged in conversation and offered constructive feedback to the students and members of the Dean of Students, Title IX, Athletics, Public Affairs, Career Services, and other offices who are connected to PSRI.
During lunch, Forum members heard from President Chodosh, ASCMC Vice President Iris Liu ’16, and various senior staff members regarding the state of the College.
After lunch, the conference continued with ForumTalks, in which Forum members Madison Friedman ’14, Ying Han Cheng ’10, and Michael Zaytsev ’11 and current CMC students Kaylilani Minami ’17 and Varun Puri ’16 were given a chance to discuss their experiences on the topics “Life As A Middle Man,” “Comparing the #CMCSocialScene to Columbia University & Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges: Why We Do It Best,” “Yolo At CMC,” and “Crushing It After Claremont: 3 Practical Steps To Peak Performance.” The day continued with tours of the new Roberts Pavilion and review of the completed updates on the South Campus Project followed by the Forum Business Session. During this session, April Weathers ’12, Kim Munoz ’10, and Thomas Boerigter ’12 were nominated and elected onto the Forum Steering Committee. The group also discussed themes for the coming year and programs they would like to see added.
Finding the dorm room of your dreams can be quite difficult your first year of college, something Alex and Taylor, our new high school graduates, are soon to discover. They know that in the days ahead they will have to choose their first CMC dorm room-- something they have both been looking forward to from the start of high school.
Will either of them be able to find something similar to what they have at home, or will they have to venture into the unknown while being in a completely new place? We’ll find out as Alex and Taylor seek out new dorms for their freshmen year.
*Disclaimer: Please not that this video does not reflect the manner in which dorm rooms are selected at CMC and is intended for entertainment purposes only.
Watch ASCMC Vice President Iris Liu 16' talk about the upcoming Forum for the Future, as well as her thoughts on the importance of alumni involvement in the continuing involvement in the discussion on #cmcsocialscene.
Higher education has long recognized the delicate balance that must be maintained between the social and academic lives of their students if they are to succeed. Many colleges and universities view these two aspects as inseparable and credit their engagement to the holistic development of their students, but never before has the emphasis on “outside of the classroom” activities seen such detailed attention. Perhaps developments in technology has pushed issues such as high-risk drinking, sexual misconduct, and academic dishonesty to the forefront of your minds and newsfeeds, or perhaps the gentile social norms that were once believed to rule the day truly have been left behind. #CMCSocialScene, focusing on the evolving social landscape of the College and the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative emerged in response to the Forum’s desire to engage in the conversations happening on campus and in the greater CMC community.