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A Balance of Power: Louise Francesconi ‘75

You might expect a woman who is on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list and a Raytheon Company vice president to be a bit intimidating. Not Louise Francesconi.

by Pam Hale Trachta

A Call to Duty: Kris Lesher-Aring ‘89

In Kris Lesher-Aring's childhood home, a commitment to political activism and community service was as much valued as brushing her teeth or cleaning her room. Not only is she a maternal descendent of Dean Lesher—a California newspaper publisher whose crusading style and community activism for over 50 years is credited with helping to build and shape numerous Northern and Central California communities—but her paternal anecdotes have maintained active involvement in the Republican party.

by Marnie McLeod Santoyo

Agent of Change: Lynne Jeffries Hunt ‘75

Amid post 9/11 criticism for the FBI's handling of the terrorist attacks, Lynne Jeffries Hunt stands primed to help guide the nation's top law enforcement agency to change.

by Marnie McLeod Santoyo

Blueprint for Life: Peggy Cochrane ‘44, AIA

When Peggy Cochrane, AIA, was in third grade, her teacher read the class a book of poems called Vagabond House. "It was then," she says, "that I decided to be an architect to travel to remote countries, and to build my own dream house."

by Anne Dullaghan

Challenging Generation Next: Alexandra Arango ‘01

For Alexandra Arango, limitations and socially-imposed boundaries are unfamiliar territories. Perhaps this explains why she so prizes the peacefulness found in a vast Arizona desert sky.

by Marjorie Smith

Civil Servant of the First Degree: Nancy Hargrave Trask ‘39

Ask Nancy Trask what she's good at and she'll say organizing. But to anyone else, it's clear that Nancy's strongest trait is leadership. From her earliest days as Scripps' freshman class president, and member of the Girl Scout's National Organizing Council for the Western States, to her most recent work on the San Gabriel School Board and the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury, Nancy is definitely a woman who gets things done.

by Anne Dullaghan

Dickey Rowan ‘39: Designing Woman

For more than 60 years, Dickey Rowan was one of the prominent department store window and graphic designers in the country. Her sculptures, murals, chandeliers, props, and seasonal window tableaux have inspired countless consumers to take a little extra time to enjoy their surroundings.

by Anne Dullaghan

Eye On the World: Robin Groth ‘69

Robin Groth's 31-year television career is what many would consider a dream, but for Robin it is steeped in reality... TV, that is.

Leading A Glamourous Life: Ellen Payne ‘81

It's not a stretch to say that Ellen Payne creates adventure. After all, she just returned from a climb nearly to the top of Cotapaxi in Ecuador—the world's highest active volcano.

by Anne Dullaghan

Love Goddess in Paradise: Diana Steere Wiley ‘65, Ph.D.

Hipper than Dr. Ruth, as knowledgeable as Masters and Johnson, and as uninhibited as they come, every Saturday morning, Scripps' very own board-certified sex therapist, gerontologist, and psychotherapist, Diana Steere Wiley, Ph.D, freely dispenses her own brand of advice over the airwaves.

by Anne Dullaghan

Sowing Seeds of Support: Tera Oglesby ‘94

Tera Oglesby’s efforts to help victims of abuse have grown into a labor of love.

by Marnie McLeod Santoyo

Steps To Follow: Denise Nelson Nash ‘76

Dancer, teacher, and would-be archaeologist, wife, mother of two, ninth-grade room parent, Caltech director of public events, community volunteer, San Marino Women of the Year—meet Denise Nelson Nash.

by Anne Dullaghan

Tracking HIV Care: Jane Wheelock Turner ‘64

Through a series of carefully contemplated life and career choices. Jane Turner just might have it all. Graduating from Scripps, with a math major, she made the leap into a then relatively unknown profession called computer programming until the lure of marriage and motherhood beckoned. Willingly she went.

by Marjorie Smith

Special Section: ManuScripps

Interview with Michelle Curry Wright ‘80 author of Wait and See, Annie Lee

Though I went through the motley jobs at first, restaurants had several things going for them: they freed my days for writing and painting and later being with my child; they provided endless material; and they made sense to me.

Browsing Room

Gifts From 4,000 Help Set Annual Fund Record

Annual Fund Committee Chair Shannon McGrady Bane '85 led the Annual Fund in a record-breaking year in which $2.2 million was raised for the College.

Questioning Authority

The Bulletin asks Humanities Institute Director Julia E. Liss about this semester's Institute theme, "War and Peace."

Scripps Remembers September 11

On the first anniversary of September 11, the Scripps College community marked the day with memorial programs, religious services, and personal private moments. The lives that were lost and touched were not forgotten.

Scripps Welcomes 243 New Faces

Our first-year class numbers 224 strong, the largest class Scripps has seen in seven years and is joined by 19 additional outstanding students who come to know Scripps later in their educational careers.

Visual Expressions: Past and Present Experiences

On October 3, Scripps College will welcome back to campus a much beloved emerita faculty member, Dr. Samella Lewis, who will be on hand to congratulate the first recipient of the Samella Lewis Scholarship. The scholarship, created through generous contributions by former students, friends, and admirers, honors Lewis' work as an instructor, artist, and mentor and will be awarded to an African American student who, like Lewis, has demonstrated excellence in character, leadership, and responsibility.

Whose Voice Is Heard When the Song Is Sung?

Excerpt from Opening Convocation address by Jane O'Donnell, Bessie and Cecil Frankel Professor of Music, September 12. The full convocation address can be found here.

Alumnae Speak

Having It All… Just Not at the Same Time

I went to college, went to graduate school, began a career, got married, bought a house, and then started a family. I never worried about career versus family because I knew strong educated women could have it all. I still believe this, but I also believe that perhaps we cannot always have everything simultaneously.

Making Her Own Path

I am one of the few people in my generation to label myself a feminist, and I do it proudly. I will not allow others' expectations of me to determine my life.

by Meghan Powers '04

Motherhood Now

I came to the conclusion that "having it all" meant mostly exhaustion and stress. So, I gave up a very successful yet demanding career to raise my daughter, to have time for my husband, to convceive child #2, to have time to take care of myself (i.e., eat, sleep, shower on a daily basis), and I hope also have some time to pursue some artistic/creative endeavors.

by Audrey Hodges Armstrong '85

Motherhood Then

Eventually, I become one of the first in my neighborhood to take a job outside the home (this was in the early 70s, and people actually asked me why I had to do such a thing, as if there were a stigma attached to being a working mother).

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

The Creeping Non-Choice

And as we read these articles, those of us who have not had children perceptibly feel our ovaries shrinking away, useless orbs that signify wasted opportunity and impending mortality. Those of us who have children, on the other hand, begin to see our female parts growing huge, overtaking our lives, perhaps our dreams of usefulness and purpose other than as "Mommy."

by Dana A.S. Rakoczy '90