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Lori Bettison-Varga


An Uncommon Woman: Ellen Virginia Clark Revelle, 1910-2009

She had a strong mind and wasn't afraid to use it. Late in life, she traveled, entertained, read widely - and was always ready to share a good story or a laugh. No one who knew Ellen Clark Revelle '31 will forget her.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Moving in with President Bettison-Varga

A long orange van pulled up to Revelle House the morning of August 5 and soon produced a stream of items: several bikes, a guitar case, tables, dressers, mattresses, and boxes — endless boxes. Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps' new president, had arrived. And for the first time in decades, the house was home to a young family.

The Times Travelers

Two young journalists explore the future of newspapers, including Scripps' own student publication.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Alumnae Speak

A Royal Read, Served Straight Up

Linda Himelstein doesn't speak Russian, never studied the nation's history, and admits she's not much of a drinker. Still, she traveled to Moscow for a summer to research the story of a serf who became one of the richest men in Russia by making and promoting Smirnov vodka - the #1 best selling spirit in the world.

by Ashley Newton '10 and Mary Shipp Bartlett

Memories of Scripps

I came to Scripps from Colorado Springs because of the girl next door who was attending Pomona. My mother and I went to see Pomona College in 1931; we were favorably impressed, but the woman who showed us around said that there was a "new college up the road" and that we should go see it. So we did — and that was Scripps!

by Mary Beth Stewart Wedberg '39

Pasadena Museum of History honors Denise Nelson Nash

Denise Nelson Nash '76 joins an elite group of men and women on October 3, 2009, when the Pasadena Museum of History honors her as a "Contemporary History Maker."

Ruth Owades Receives Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal

San Francisco entrepreneur and former Scripps trustee Ruth M. Owades '66 was awarded the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal on May 12 in Washington, DC.

Post Scripps

Hope is in Listening

As I listen to these women unburden themselves of their agonizing stories, I hope what I accomplish can be just as productive as the promised cure of a doctor's antibiotics. I believe my listening pulls them up out of the oppressive pain so they can breathe again.

by Alina Shaw '07

Browsing Room

100 years of Excellence

Three professors who have taught at Scripps for more than 100 years combined retired this year with emeritus status - after making significant contributions to their respective fields and to undergraduate education.

A Runaway Success

Marina Pérez de Mendiola made an unexpected, but not atypical, move when she entered the Motley last April and found a crowd celebrating her win as 2009 Professor of the Year - she ran.

by Matt Hutaff

Colleges Welcome New Dean of Joint Science Department

The Joint Science Department of The Claremont Colleges has a new dean. Beginning this academic year, Professor David E. Hansen will oversee the three member program for Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer Colleges.

Donor Support Steady in Shaky Times

In a year when economic times were uncertain, Scripps raised almost $10.1 million, the sixth time in the last decade the Colleges garnered annual support of more than $10 million.

Eight Fulbrights for Scripps students

Eight Scripps College graduates in the class of 2009 have been offered Fulbright scholarships by the Fulbright Foundation to teach or do research abroad for a year. This is a record number for the College and expected to be among the highest in the nation this year among all U.S. colleges and universities.

Pursuing her passion

Casey Near is a senior with a passion for U.S. history. Her proposed thesis centers on the first mass-printed newspapers in the United States, specifically Philadelphia. So what better way to extend her research than on a SHEAR Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American History?

Roxanne Wilson Fund For Women’s Leadership

To pay tribute to Roxanne Wilson '76 at the conclusion of her five-year tenure as chair of the Board of Trustees and recognize her outstanding service, the College has established the Roxanne Wilson Fund for Women's Leadership.

Sam Maloof, woodworker

Sam Maloof, master woodworker and furniture maker who started out as an assistant to Millard Sheets in the Scripps art department, fell in love at first sight with first wife Freda in Seal Court, and remained a lifelong friend of the College, died on May 21, 2009, at the age of 93.

Scripps College ranks 25th among top U.S. liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report

Scripps moved up two places to 25th out of more than 260 schools, according to the annual "America's Best Colleges" report issued for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report.