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

by Kathyrn Franklin '02

Favorite professor—how can I pick just one?

Kathleen Wicker

When visiting Scripps for the first time (as a senior in high school) I sat in on Professor Kathleen Wicker’s “Women in Antiquity” course. She was talking about ancient Rome and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. I listened in awe as she taught about these women of the past—strong, independent, dedicated. I was inspired to someday visit the ruins and live a part of history. I realized then, at age 17, that I could travel anywhere, see anything. When I did get to Rome, the Temple was a must-see on my itinerary, thanks to a great teacher. Professor Wicker has the ability to inspire, and I am grateful to have been taught by her.

Julia Liss

She is an American studies guru, a dedicated thesis reader, and an asset to the Scripps community. As my thesis reader, Professor Liss spent countless hours reading my work, assisting me with my research, and supporting my goals. She was always ready with an encouraging word and a smile. Even when she was on sabbatical the last semester of my senior year, she continued teaching the American studies senior thesis seminar and offering her invaluable guidance.

Cheryl Walker

Students could always count on seeing Professor Walker at student/faculty dinners and 75th Anniversary presentations. It never failed that she would ask some of the most intelligent and thought-provoking questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the English course I took with Professor Walker. I especially loved listening to her read; I could hear the passion in her voice and her love of the subject.

Judy Harvey Sahak ’64

While not a “professor” in the traditional sense [she is the Sally Preston Swan Librarian at Denison Library], Judy taught me so much about Scripps history and traditions. When I lived in Browning and served on hall council, she helped me plan the traditional holiday dinner. Together we looked through old Scripps yearbooks and saw that they decorated the outside of the dorm with luminaries for a Mexican fiesta. I recreated the tradition and the results were stunning. Judy’s enthusiasm for Scripps and for all students, past, present, and future, is remarkable. She made me want to make my own history at Scripps.


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