At last – a Field House of our own!

Field House dedication

The dedication of the Sallie Tiernan Field House, on Saturday, October 4, was a day of celebration — both of the completion of the long-awaited and greatly appreciated new recreation and fitness center on campus — and of the woman whose name it bears.

With a 5-College mariachi group playing in the background, trustee Victoria Seaver Dean (Sallie Tiernan’s daughter), cut the ribbon that officially opened the facility.

This followed a moving talk by Dean about her mother, and words of thanks and praise from Interim President Fritz Weis, trustees chair Roxanne Wilson ’76, Dean of Students Debra Wood, architect Stefanos Polyzoides, and Fatima Elkabti ’09, president of Scripps Associated Students.

The highlight of the afternoon, under drizzly skies, was the keynote address by women’s soccer Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain. She moved the audience with comparisons of her own strong mother to Sallie Tiernan ’45 and inspired a rapt audience filled with Scripps students with the benefits of fitness and competition. “Being fit affords an individual the opportunity to make choices,” she said. “If you are strong, nobody, no force, can stop you… Go out there! Compete! Do your best!” Then, noting the entire CMS women’s soccer team in attendance, she brought out her gold medal and let each member hold it and pass it around.

The dedication of the Sallie Tiernan Field House marks the completion of phase two of a three-phase project and includes, in addition to the field house, a regulation soccer-lacrosse field, and an underground garage for 230 cars. Phase one was the swimming pool, completed in 2001. According to James Manifold, vice president and treasurer and vice chairman of the Design Committee, phase three will be a full-size gymnasium in the large lawn area north of Tiernan Field House.