From Associates President Chip Fairchild
Recently, at the Associates holiday luncheon, I was struck by my surroundings. Not only did I see the Athenaeum's magnificent winter decorations, but I learned about the future of Mars exploration to a capacity audience of longtime and new Associates, alumni, first-time guests, and science enthusiasts from 7 to 80 years old. It is thrilling to be with so many curious, lifelong learners, and it reinforces how much I enjoy being a part of this unique community.
As we look forward to a new year, I encourage you to strengthen your connection with Caltech and the Associates and take full advantage your member benefits.
While the Associates offers wonderful talks and travel programs each year—and I hope you consider joining me on a cruise to Antarctica—you also are eligible to attend many more Caltech events.
Chances are if you attend an Earnest C. Watson Lecture you will see me in the audience, eager to learn about the next scientific discovery and enjoying our complimentary reserved seating. (Members who live outside the Los Angeles area can watch these lectures on online.) You will also see me on campus attending the Astro Stargazing and Lecture Series organized by the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy as well as enjoying the performing arts at Beckman Auditorium.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Throop College of Technology changing its name to California Institute of Technology. There will be opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of what the centennial means to the Institute. When we share the news of upcoming events and exhibits, I hope you will attend and join the conversation .
Belonging to the Associates provides even more perks: access to the Caltech gym, credit union, and libraries as well as membership to the Caltech Women's Club. I ask that you try at least one new benefit in 2020. If you're not sure how to engage with Caltech, feel free to reach out to Nicola Wilkins-Miller, associate director of the Caltech Associates, at (626) 395-6045.
You might be surprised what you learn or who you meet.