Any list of organizations at Pomona is only a snapshot. New interest groups and organizations are founded and funded with great frequency. Some, like the Mortar Board Society and Kappa Delta fraternity, have been around for decades; others are created in response to political or societal issues; still others vanish and are reborn as student interests shape the times. If you see a void, consider it an invitation to start something new--that’s the Pomona spirit.
In fact, even first-year students have found the support they need to get a club up and running. Evan Stalker and Ian Carr received seed money to revive Studio 47, a film and production studio, and in their first year sponsored two film festivals, set up a rental service for students and supplied VJ equipment for campus parties. Julie Tate began researching the possibility of starting a 5C equestrian club during spring semester of her first year and by the next fall was attending regional horse shows with 19 active members.
One of the most impressive examples of student commitment was the creation of Campus Climate Challenge, which within its first year of operation prepared a report on greenhouse gas emissions and started a Dorm Green Cup Challenge that led to students reducing their consumption of electricity by an average of eight percent.
With a budget of about $425,000, the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) contributes to the support of both Pomona-based clubs and those that serve the 5C community, as well as funding many of the activities that take place on campus.
Pomona and 5C calendars are updated regularly on the Web and a twice-daily e-mail to Pomona students, called CHIRPS, details student activities, club meetings, employment opportunities, movies, new classes, lost and found, and a busy/sell board.
For a complete and updated list of clubs and organizations, check with ASPC to find one that meets your interests. And, if you don't see one that appeals to you, you can always start one of your own! To find out more about clubs and committees, or to register a new one, contact the ASPC office at the Smith Campus Center.