Table of Contents : Spring 2013
The latest issue of Scripps Plus—the online extension of Scripps Magazine—includes content you can’t find in the printed version, such as information on the Women in Public Service Project, updates on the Collector’s Circle, exclusive editorials and photography, and other supplemental materials for the articles appearing in the print edition.
“Women themselves must serve as their own best advocates—beginning with their first career contract.”
Dr. Sandy Baum, a national authority on higher education policy and trends in pricing, asks, “is the liberal arts college at risk?”
One sector of the higher education landscape making headlines is the for-profit industry. Scripps Assistant Professor of Economics Latika Chaudhary discusses the pros and cons of this fast-growing enterprise.
From the Editor
The world of finance gives us much to talk about. In this issue, we look at the wage gap women face, the costs of higher education—for both liberal arts colleges and the for-profit sector—and the positive impact three recent strategic gifts are making on the College’s future.
“If Scripps has taught me one lesson,” writes Michelle No ’12, “it’s that the classroom, or the office, or any other conventional context for learning, isn’t the exclusive dispenser of insight.”
Visionary donors have moved the College forward since its inception, strategically placing Scripps as a leader in liberal arts education within an environment of historic beauty and inspiration. Their gifts have focused on the key needs of the College and reflect the donors’ commitment to Scripps’ mission and the College’s unique role in educating women leaders. Scripps College has recently received three such donations.
Why is Scripps, or any women’s college, still relevant?
Long renowned for its stunning landscape, Scripps College is entering a new era where the campus is not only beautiful, but bountiful, and more sustainable than ever. The Olive Oil Project is the culmination of faculty, student, and staff efforts to turn Scripps’ edible landscape into a virtual classroom for hands-on learning and embrace an ethic of sustainability.
Women Who Mean Business
Alumnae make their mark in the world of finance.
When she entered Scripps, Cindy Wilkinson Kirven ’78, wanted to be a landscape architect. But she says the most valuable aspect of college was the Scripps classroom experience, especially in the Core humanities.
Sarah Fisher ’13 received a highly desirable film industry internship after seeing it listed on Career Planning & Resource’s Gateway. The experience cemented her desire to be a film producer on the creative side.
In 1977, when Leslie Lassiter ’77 was writing her senior thesis on the financial condition of Scripps College, she never imagined that two decades later she would serve on the College’s board of trustees.
“Most people’s career paths aren’t straight — there are lots of unexpected challenges and opportunities,” says Trudy Wood ’73. “I think having a liberal arts background that teaches you to think broadly and deeply helps you with that.”
Gullo’s internship turned into a job, and today, almost 30 years later, she is the CBO’s deputy director of budget analysis, which puts her squarely in the middle of current political squabbles over the recession, the deficit, and federal spending.
“The Federal Reserve does so many things to support the economy in the United States, from providing financial services to helping banks communicate with each other,” says Louise Tench Willard ’97. “We are the banker’s bank.”
Women Who Mean Business
Entrepreneur Ruth Markowitz Owades ’66 took risks and succeeded with two highly successful companies.
We sit down with professor Sean Flynn about the purpose and value of Scripps College’s student-run financial literacy organization, Money Wise Women.
Advice from Gwen Miller ’81 and Linda Davis Taylor P’11.
Challah for Hunger, begun as a fun pastime, has turned into a nationwide — and now international — organization with 60 chapters, and keeps growing.
Maddie Ripley ’14 became interested in the stock market as a child when she and her father would track companies together in the newspaper.
When Manon Zouai ’13 was a child, she created fake budgets on her computer for fun, using Microsoft Money. Zouai uses those skills in her current job at the student-run Scripps Store.
Katie O’Brien ’14 began working at The Motley Coffeehouse her first year at Scripps. When she became financial manager her sophomore year, O’Brien was responsible for making sure the Motley’s money was used responsibly.