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A Fertile Environment

I came to Scripps for two reasons. First, of all the colleges I visited, Scripps had the most impressive student body: articulate, accomplished, interesting, outspoken, friendly, and supportive of one another. The other reason was Professor Emily Wiley.

by Lauren Sutter '07

A Remarkable Experience

Why is Scripps' Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities so remarkable? We asked Andrew Aisenberg, convener of the Core and associate professor of history, to explain.

by Andrew Aisenburg

Great Teaching

Laura McPherson'08 had just taken a seat in Thierry Boucquey's Core III class—"Foreign Language and Culture Teaching Clinic"—when the professor burst through the door wearing a Venetian mask and theatrically introduced himself in Italian, then in seven other languages. "What world did we just step into?" she thought.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Keeping it in the Family

Scripps is about making connections, and sometimes it’s all relative.

by Kristina Brooks

Profile: Amy Marcus-Newhall

Amy Marcus-Newhall is the first to admit she's a fast talker. "I always tell students they get two classes for the price of one," she jokes. "You take notes quickly, but you won't worry about getting bored."

by Matt Hutaff

The Soul as Steersman of our Lives: Hartley Burr Alexander

Catherine Pyke ’79 examines the legacy of one of Scripps’ greatest early teachers, Hartley Burr Alexander

by Catherine Pyke '79

Special Section

Scripps College in the Next Decade: Leading with Excellence

Nancy Y. Bekavac introduces the College’s new strategic direction, approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2006, as she plans her future after 17 years as president.

Alumnae Speak

Chris Towse: Number One

I met Professor Chris Towse on the first day of new student orientation. He was not only the first professor I met, but also the one who had the greatest impact on me, although I had no idea that this would be the case when my family and I joined him and President Bekavac for lunch on the lawn that afternoon.

by Breedeen Murray '04

David Sadava: Genetics from a Duck

Writing about one outstanding professor at Scripps is like trying to choose the most beautiful building on campus. It's a losing proposition. But perspective allows us each to choose a favorite, and mine is surely an unlikely pick (for a die-hard right brained individual).

by Amy Drayer '99

Ed White: A Prelude to Learning

I have the most vivid memories of Professor Ed White, from whom I, with two others, took Humanities IV my senior year.

by Emily R. Gill '66

Jane O’Donnell: The Road Less Traveled

I choose to write about Professor Jane O'Donnell. She was my advisor for my major in music. She taught "Singer's Diction," when I had this grandiose delusion that I would magically absorb her knowledge of French diction without ever practicing it.

by Michelle Le Tung '98

Mme. Louise-Mathilde Glenn: You Can Start Again

"Believe me, I know what I am talking about, angels. I know life," Mme. Glenn would often add as a postscript during her lectures.

by Frances Hurley Ryley '61

From the President

From the President

We are very ambitious for Scripps College—as you can see in the title we chose for the plan, Scripps College in the Next Decade: Leading with Excellence.

by Nancy Y. Bekavac

Browsing Room

American as Apple Pi

Quilts inspired sophomores Monica Streifer and Rebecca Zabinsky to unravel an important aspect of women in the history of mathematics. Their project, "Math Quilts: Explorations in History, Tiling, and the Mathematics Behind America's Oldest Craft," argues that quilting is in accord with the abstract world of mathematics and the tactile art of sewing.

by Pauline Nash

Green Men of Scripps

These were the green men of Scripps. They could be in any number of mysterious forms, she explained, but we would know them by the vegetation growing out of their bodies. My mission was to find their hideouts on campus.

by Lindsey Galloway '07

Molly Ivins (1944-2007)

Scripps embraced Molly Ivins, however, as the alumna she legitimately was—a member of the Class of 1966—and kept close ties to her, particularly during the past five years. She spoke on campus twice since 9/11, giving the commencement address in 2003.

by Catherine Pyke '79

Money Not for Dummies

One of life's challenges—managing your own money—is seldom taught in college. But making personal financial decisions is inevitable for most people, and scary, even for Scripps women. So, what has Scripps College done about it?

Nancy Y. Bekavac Resigns as Scripps’ President

After 17 years of service in which the College reached new levels of academic excellence and experienced critical growth, Nancy Y. Bekavac announced that she will step down as president of Scripps College, effective June 30, 2007.

New Score for Michael Deane Lamkin

When Michael Deane Lamkin leaves as dean of the faculty at the end of this academic year, he moves into a new designation: that of The Bessie and Cecil Frankel Professor of Music.

Profile: Nancy Neiman Auerbach

Known for both her passion towards research and her friendly and engaging demeanor, Nancy Neiman Auerbach advises dozens of seniors while they research and produce their unique theses prior to graduation.

by Matt Hutaff

When in Doubt, Right-Click!

IT-FITS, or Faculty In-Office Technology Support, is the brainchild of Scripps instructional technology consultant Susan Kullman, who spearheaded a similar program with great success at Cal Poly Pomona in 1999.

by Matt Hutaff

Who’s Who Among New Trustees

Meet the new trustees for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Wicker, Liss, Walker, and Sahak: An Impossible Choice

Favorite professor—how can I pick just one?

by Kathyrn Franklin '02

Woman on the Move

With her election last November to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona's 8th district, Gabrielle Giffords '93 started her Congressional career with a series of impressive firsts: the first woman to represent Arizona in Congress in more than a decade, the first Democrat to win the Tucson-area district in more than 20 years—and the first Scripps College alumna elected to national office.

Post Scripps

Success in Harlem

Harlem Success's goal in providing a better education for the same cost has a specific purpose: once public school parents see what we can offer, we want them to begin to demand that their own schools get better.

by Jenny Sedlis '04

Editor's Page

A Room of Our Own

Was she a more amusing dinner companion, a better storyteller than I? Perhaps. Did I feel diminished or in competition with her? Nope. I couldn't have been more proud to show her off as my sister.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett