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Pepperdine MBA - Information Session

Pepperdine MBA Program


 The Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management is pleased to share the Fully-Employed MBA program. This 28-month program designed for working professionals brings the Graziadio School's highly-ranked reputation closer to you, with our:

 WASC/AACSB accreditation and world-class faculty

 Ethical in focus, entrepreneurial in spirit, and global in orientation

 Interactive and collaborative learning environment

We are excited to partner with the Caltech community to offer this prestigious program. Learn more about the MBA program in Pasadena at an upcoming information session.

Where: Winnett Lounge

When: Thursday, April 11 2013, 12:00-1:00pm

Lunch will be provided



College Savings Workshop

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

10 - 11 a.m.

Winnett Lounge


College Savings Workshop


Does a Mars mission seem simpler than college planning? Come to our April Science of Benefits and discover new approaches to college savings plans and their tax advantages. We'll discuss 529 plans, mutual fund custodial accounts and Coverdell accounts. Attend and you'll receive free giveaways and have a chance to win prizes. No RSVP is necessary. 


Contact: Elida Guillen,, 626-395-6483


Event Sponsor: Caltech Benefits Office


Tax Planning Workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 - 11 a.m.

Winnett Lounge


Tax Planning Workshop


Get the formula for tax planning strategies to help you keep as much of your earned income as possible. This Science of Benefits workshop will cover tax law changes for 2012 and 2013, estate taxes and planning, timing deductions and capital gains, and maximizing tax-deferred deductions. Attend and you'll receive free giveaways and have a chance to win prizes. NO RSVP is necessary. 


Contact: Elida Guillen,, 626-395-6483


Event Sponsor: Caltech Benefits Office






Take Our Children to Work Day

Caltech's annual Take Our Children to Work Day will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2013. This event is an opportunity for Caltech personnel to introduce their children to the exciting things that go on at Caltech and to interest them in science, research, and possibilities for the future. For information and registration, click here: If you have questions, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745.



Off the Clock: Art on Your Own Time - Awards Presented

Off the Clock: Art on Your Own Time - 2013

Our eighth annual Off the Clock: Art on Your Own Time Exhibit was held in Dabney Lounge February 12th-14th. It was well-attended and displayed the multi-faceted talents of the Caltech Community. A reception was held in Dabney Garden Thursday, February 14th to acknowledge the winners in each category.


Attendees were asked to vote for their favorite artists in each of thirteen categories to determine the People's Choice awards.


A Grand Prize was awarded to the artist with the greatest total in the popular vote.


The results were:



People's Choice

Photography - Vijay Somalinga (postdoc)

Drawings - Ana Brown (grad student)

Acrylics - Alain Martin (academic faculty)

Oils - Mary Kalayjian (staff)

Watercolors - Marta Murphy (staff)

Pastels & Other Mediums - Todd Swart (staff)

Quilts - Anna Abelin (grad student)

Yarnwork/Needlework - Dawn Boyd (staff)

Jewelry - Tony Fender (academic faculty)

Ceramics/Pottery - Alison Ross (staff)

Woodwork - Roy Williams (staff)

Audio/Video - Tina Lai Zelaya (staff)

Other Mediums - Annie Mejia (staff)


Grand Prize 

Alison Ross (staff) - Ceramics/Pottery




Retirement 101 Workshop


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

10 a.m.

Winnett Lounge


Retirement 101 Workshop


When it comes to retirement planning, many of us put it off because there seems so much to figure out. What are your investment options? How much should you put aside? Are you saving enough? What are the tax laws all about? Is it true you can benefit from them? This workshop will help you set realistic retirement goals, understand savings strategies, devise a plan, and stay on track. Attend and you'll receive free giveaways and have a chance to win prizes. Reservations are required. For details, visit  


Mean Markets and Lizard Brains

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

10 a.m.

RAMO Auditorium


Mean Markets and Lizard Brains


The 2013 Science of Benefits series is kicking off with a special presentation by Terry Burnham, author of Mean Markets and Lizard Brains. He'll discuss how irrationality can actually help predict market direction. Dr. Benjamin Gillen, Assistant Professor in Economics at Caltech, will provide his unique perspective based on his research in financial econometrics. Whether you're just starting to save for retirement or you're a seasoned investor, you'll enjoy this lively discussion. Attend and you'll have a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD or a signed copy of Terry Burnham's book.

No reservations are required. For details, visit





Flu Shots Available

Flu Shots Available

Where:  Student Health Center

Times:   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  8:30am - 10:30am & 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

A limited quantity of Seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations are available.  You must show your Caltech ID to receive a shot.  If you are pregnant or have a preexisting medical condition, please bring written consent from your doctor to receive the flu shot. 

For more information, call Michelle Case  at 626-395-8383


Welcome to New Staff Members


Division of Biology

Patrick Arpp – Research Technician

Ann Cutting – Laboratory Technician

Axel Dominguez – Research Support Assistant

Susan Gordon - Bioinformatician

Tatiana Hochgreb-Haegele – Scientific Research

Tom Katsikakis – Grant Manager

Arthur Larenas – Shipping/Receiving/Stockroom Clerk & Purchasing Assistant

Alejandro LaRiviere – Research Technician

Annie Moradian – Senior Lab Manager & Research Scientist

Maria Quiloan – Research Technician Assistant

Lauren Villarreal – Grant Manager


Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Elisa Brink – Purchasing Assistant

Margarita Davis - Administrative Assistant

Maria-Eleni Dimotsantou – Research Technician

Nima Ghaderi – Research Assistant

Joel Haber - Research Chemist Material Engineer, JCAP


Division of Engineering & Applied Science

Rick Hefner – Director of Business Development – Center for Technology & Management Education

Barbara McKinzie Slater - Administrative Assistant

Benjamin Roader – Helium Liquefier Operating Engineer

Guoan Zheng – Research Engineer 


Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences

Prabha Acharya – Software Systems Developer, Associate

Julie Lee – Administrative Assistant

Reiko Kitchen – Research Support Assistant

Le Kuai – Assistant Scientist

Ara Oshagan - Researcher


Division of Physics, Math & Astronomy

Shawn Callahan – Mechanical Engineer

Evelyn Daniels – SOS Buyer 1

Mehmet Hanay – Research Engineer

Matthew Hollister – Research Engineer

Albert Lam – Research Technician

Wilson Liu – Scientific Research Associate

Paula Jo Willis – Purchasing Agent


Audit Services & Institute Compliance

Itsuko Aono – Senior Compliance Auditor


Development & Institute Relations

Donna Gastevich – Assistant Vice President of Advancement Services

Judith Hamilton – Donor Relations Writer

Seth Hansen – Photo Editor & Graphic Designer

Teresa Lopez – Administrative Assistant to Development Officers

Ruby Rico – Administrative Assistant

Corinne Shor – Audience Services Representative

Ben Tomlin – Associate Director for Alumni Relations, Strategic Communications & Marketing

David Tralli – Program Manager for Research Development

Wendy Vazquez – Accounting & Operations Specialist

Sarah Vincent - Audience Services Representative


Financial Services

Rachel Fisher – Department Clerk  - Procurement Services


Office of the General Counsel

Dave Dayan – Associate General Counsel

Kerry Gomez – Administrative Assistant


Human Resources

Tara Hervey – Case Coordinator for International Scholar Services


Information Management Systems & Services

Anthony Pisano – Associate Network Design Engineer


Office of the Provost

Mitchel Aiken – Associate Director for Educational Outreach

Cindy Scherban – Employee Assistance Counselor - Staff and Faculty Consultation Center


Research Administration

Lydia McHam – Data Specialist


Student Affairs

Leo Balayon – Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball

David Briski – Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball

Margaret Campbell – Assistant Coach, Swimming

Christopher Chulos – Red Door Café Lead

Gino Gaspara  - Lifeguard

Margo Miller – Assistant Coach, Fencing

Jason Pruitt – Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball

Michael Stevenson – Head Coach, Men's and Women's Track & Field

Cuauhtamoc Torres – Dishwasher and General Helper


Office of Technology Transfer

Mary Beth Campbell - Licensing Associate



Off the Clock:Art on Your Own Time

Off the Clock: Art On Your Own Time

An exhibition featuring artwork by members of the Caltech community will be held in Dabney Lounge February 12-14. Here is your chance to show your stuff. You can display examples of your hobbies or special interests, such as photography, jewelry, painting, watercolor, pottery, sketches, woodwork, yarn work and needlework. Come see works created by your colleagues, and vote for your favorites. Artwork can be dropped off on Monday, February 11 and the public viewing will be on February 12-14.

At a reception on Thursday, February 14, at 3:00 p.m. in Dabney Garden awards will be announced. For further information or questions, please To get a registration form please go to:

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