A Gift for Health and Fitness

Sallie Tiernan Seaver Reynolds ’45 swam every day during her years at Scripps. This physical conditioning was an essential part of her collegiate life. Now, thanks to Sallie’s daughter, trustee Victoria Seaver Dean, and a lead gift of $3.1 million from The Seaver Institute, Scripps can proceed with plans to construct an athletic facility on campus. The facility, as well as the college’s swimming pool (completed in 2002), will enable students to easily incorporate recreation into their lives at Scripps.

The College has long recognized the importance of recreation and athletics for its students. Ellen Browning Scripps considered physical betterment and character building to be interdependent and recreation to be a fundamental complement to one’s education, work, and life. In a talk on the importance of recreation, she said, “…It may be that someday the world’s battles will not be fought with cannon and shells, with overhead Zeppelins and submarines, but on the athletic fields.”

Scripps students throughout the decades have engaged in recreational and athletic pursuits ranging from Spur Club and archery to volleyball,Yoga, dance, and rugby.With the new building, athletes and non-athletes alike will have the opportunity to exercise on their home campus in a facility designed specifically with women’s needs in mind.

The three-level recreation and fitness building will be in the northeast corner of the campus, directly adjacent to the swimming pool, at the end of a landscaped allée that extends from Denison Library to the eastern border of campus.

If sufficient funds are obtained for the estimated $7.5 million structure, the College hopes to break ground in fall 2005, with completion targeted for fall 2006.The facility, with a Julia Morgan-inspired design by the Pasadena architectural firm of Moule and Polyzoides, will be named in honor of Sallie.

Features of the building will include a courtyard, an atrium lobby, a porch overlooking the pool as well as an aerobics studio, a Yoga/Pilates room, cardio equipment room, and a weight room. Next to the new building will be a lacrosse field and an underground student- parking garage.