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Dream Catchers: Abby Armstrong

Abby Armstrong likes spontaneity. When she ran for president of Scripps Associated Students in 2006, it was a decision made over breakfast one week before elections. Now looking forward to life as a graduate, what's she done? Moved to Northern California—Berkeley, to be precise—just for the heck of it.

by Matt Hutaff

Dream Catchers: Allison Yoneyama

Allison Yoneyama didn't grow up speaking Japanese, but thanks to her work as part of Scripps' Core Program, she's inspired a new generation with an appreciation of Japanese culture.

by Matt Hutaff

Dream Catchers: Amy Vanderloop

As a mid-year freshman transfer student, it took Amy Vanderloop time to orient herself. Even with basic classes like Core II, Writing 50, and the required biology and chemistry classes needed for her major in neuroscience, she was still unsure of her academic direction. Then she took a cognitive neuroscience course from Professor Stacey Wood.

Dream Catchers: Danielle LeFevre

Danielle LeFevre says she's felt like an adult since she was sixteen. But feeling like an adult didn't mean understanding her role in the world, or her role as a woman. Four years at Scripps changed that.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Dream Catchers: Elizabeth Gallagher

"One of the most important and influential aspects of my Scripps experience has been the encouragement I have had to follow my passions," says Liz Gallagher, who graduated summa cum laude in May.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Dream Catchers: Kara Guillory

Kara Guillory is passionate about learning, leading, and living. A psychology major at Scripps, she was so accomplished that she was accepted into masters' programs in elementary education at all 12 colleges where she applied.

Dream Catchers: Lauren Ross

During a discussion in the art theory course, "Feminist concepts in Studio Art and Media Studies," Lauren Ross realized fully how the way she lives impacts other people. That type of "aha!" moment happens often at Scripps.

Dream Catchers: Mary Ann de Banate

When she becomes a doctor, it's a good bet Mary Ann de Banate will listen to her patients. As a resident adviser at Scripps, she developed skills in mediation, confrontation, and deliberation.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Dream Catchers: Mollie Royer

Mollie Royer became a leader, she says, "when I didn't even know I was one."

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Dream Catchers: Rayna Brooks

Rayna Brooks is an academic standout, but she says it was the supporting and nurturing nature of Scripps that helped her accomplish all she did.

Dream Catchers: Sarah Holden

Scripps allowed Sarah Holden to see how she could pursue a career both meaningful and joyful.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Dream Catchers: Stephanie Widmer

When you think about philosophy, the names Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant come to mind, not Gattaca. Yet Stephanie Widmer has struck a balance with a remarkable thesis that discusses the ethical debate over screening embryos for disease.

Forward Thinking: A Conversation With Scripps’ New Leaders

Interim president Fritz Weis and Dean of the Faculty Cecilia Conrad talk about their roles and the future of the College.

The Women of Wanawake Weusi

Imagine that strain felt during those first weeks at Scripps. Now imagine the added anxiety of being a young black woman at a predominately white institution. Granted, you wouldn't be at a selective liberal arts college if you didn't have the smarts along with inner strength—but is that enough to succeed?

by Mary Shipp Barlett

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Alumnae Speak

2007 Distinguished Alumna: Louise Langlois Francesconi ‘75

I feel that way about my time at Scripps. It slipped into my soul; filled me up. I know it has helped me do everything from being president of the largest missile business in the world to being a mom. And somehow I hope I have helped Scripps in the process.

by Francis Langlois Francesconi

2007 Outstanding Recent Alumna: Jennifer Minasian Trotoux ‘92

Being connected with an institution like Scripps provides a continuity that most of us won't be able to count on in other parts of our lives. Very few of us can expect our parents to continue living in our childhood home or find one beautiful place to call home for the rest of our lives.

A Love Story

Albert Gottlieb claims he's not a romantic. Read the following and decide for yourself.

Sculpting with Silk

How does a sculptor inspire the work of a silk artist? For Britt Trimming Rynearson '00, the two art forms merge seamlessly.

Browsing Room

$10 million pledged toward faculty support

An anonymous donor has made a $10 million pledge to Scripps College, on behalf of the Board of Trustees. It is the largest gift from a living donor in the College's history.

A Human Rights Revolution

On May 13, 210 seniors earned their degrees from Scripps at ceremonies on Elm Tree Lawn. Karen Tse '86, founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice; senior speaker Kimberlina McKinney '07; and President Nancy Bekavac all addressed themes of responsibilities to those who have had fewer advantages than themselves.

by Karen Tse

College Unveils Long-Awaited New Website

When you visit Scripps' new site, you'll find the College has taken a bold step in providing its web visitors an easy, comfortable place to find information about the College.

Fine Arts Foundation Celebrates Local Arts

The Fine Arts Foundation of Scripps College begins its 72nd year with a home tour on Sunday, September 23, titled "Artists @ Work & Their Homes." Seven local artists will display their work in their homes in Claremont and Upland; two of the homes will also display works by sculptor Betty Davenport Ford '47.

Millard Sheets: The Scripps Years, 1932-1955

Millard Sheets: The Scripps Years is on view at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College from September 1 to October 14, 2007. The opening reception, September 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Modern Science

The Joint Science Department of The Claremont Colleges has developed an innovative yearlong course, debuting this fall, that helps students clear those hurdles and be better prepared to tackle today's complex science challenges.

New Dean in Town

Cecilia A. Conrad, on leave as professor of economics at Pomona College, began a two-year appointment as Scripps College's vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty on July 1, 2007.

Scripps Community Helps Find a President

Scripps College has begun a national search for its seventh president to replace Nancy Y. Bekavac, who stepped down June 30.

Summer Academy has Yearlong Outreach

Each summer, close to 40 bright young high school students take part in Scripps College Academy, an intensive two-week experience in which they learn what it's like living and studying at a private liberal arts college. Now, thanks to a $189,313 grant from the California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA), SCA can extend its outreach.

Two Watsons, A Fulbright, and a Newton

Four recent Scripps graduates received top national awards and honors last spring.

Women of Scripps Foil Zombie Attack

When the world falls prey to a rampaging horde of the undead, where does civilization make its best-known stand? Scripps College, naturally.

by Matt Hutaff

Post Scripps

Engineering a Leap of Faith

I came into Scripps with the Class of 2008, but I won't be walking with them next May. Instead, I'll be in New York completing my fourth year of the 3-2 Engineering Program, at Columbia University.

Lost and Found

This summer, an ambitious crew, led by conservator Aneta Zabala, at right, brought many of the Graffiti Wall class images back to full vibrancy and readability.

Editor's Page

Nancy’s Legacy

She was, and is, one of a kind. She came to Scripps, in 1990, when the College was relatively unknown outside the West Coast. Nancy Bekavac changed that. Smart, self-assured, and famous for speaking her mind at the drop of an opportunity, she brought the College to a new level of excellence and national recognition.