Claremont people in the news
Pomona College has a new dean
Professor of computer science Yuqing Melanie Wu, an expert in data management and query optimization whose love for teaching drew her to the liberal arts, will become Pomona College’s next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college effective July 1.
Wu arrived at Pomona in 2014 as a visiting associate professor and was hired as a tenured associate professor the following year. Her desire to devote more time to teaching led her to Pomona after serving as a faculty member at research institutions. That pursuit of excellence in the classroom was recognized in 2021 when Wu received the Wig Award, the highest honor faculty members can receive at Pomona.
This year’s Wig award recipients were announced on May 15. They are Tzu-Yi Chen, professor of computer science; Malte Dold, assistant professor of economics; Pierre Englebert, H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and professor of politics; Ryan Engley, assistant professor of media studies; Amanda Hollis-Brusky, associate professor of politics; Nina Karnovsky, Willard George Halstead Zoology Professor of Biology; and Jordan Kirk, associate professor of English.
Wu’s leadership experience includes numerous Pomona faculty and academic committees and consortium-wide task forces for computer science. She chaired Pomona’s Computer Science Department from 2017 to 2020. Currently, she’s completing a fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE), a comprehensive and rigorous leadership program in higher education.
“I’m struck by her openness, transparency and eagerness to get input from across the college,” said Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr. “I know Melanie will be a key partner in supporting our talented faculty, promoting a compelling liberal arts curriculum for our students and elevating Pomona’s unique role in creating opportunity in American higher education.”
Voting begins for June 7 primary
The primary election is around the corner, and voting has begun for all of the early birds out there.
Every registered voter in California should have already received a vote by mail ballot sometime over the past two weeks. That ballot can be filled out and dropped in the mail with no postage necessary, but must be postmarked by Election Day.
Alternately, the ballot can be taken to any vote by mail drop box, including the two Claremont locations, by the Yale Avenue entrance of the public library and near the entrance to the Hughes Center on Danbury Road.
For traditionalists, in-person voting begins on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through June 6. On Election Day, June 7, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Claremont’s vote center is at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Boulevard. Vote by mail ballots can also be dropped off at the vote center.
For more information, please contact the city clerk’s office at (909) 399-5460. On the night of the election real time results can be found at lavote.net.
World War II nurse celebrates 100th
Longtime Claremont resident Mary Jenette Warlick will be celebrating her 100th birthday at Angels Stadium on May 22. Warlick is a huge Angels fan and an amazing lady with quite a story, according to her daughter Amy Warlick and daughter-in-law Suzannah Warlick.
Born in 1922, Mary Jenette grew up in North Dakota as one of 18 children. She was an army nurse during WWII and to this day is independent and living at home. Keeping true to her nurse’s calling decades later, she still takes care of her disabled son that lives with her, David Warlick.
She loves to tell the story of her courtship with her husband Wesley Warlick, who is now deceased. She met Wesley while nursing his injuries from the Battle of the Bulge. After he had healed from his wounds, she had to sneak out and climb a fence in order to date him because she outranked him.
Mary Jenette and her husband had six children and after moving around the country for various job opportunities. The family settled in Claremont, where they have resided since 1979. A lovely lady whose maiden name was Bodine, she now goes by Jenette Warlick. Her full name is Mary Jenette Warlick.