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Scripps College Inauguration Weekend, March 26 & 27 2010, Claremont, CA

The Inauguration of Lori Bettison-Varga

Celebrating the Inauguration of President Lori Bettison-Varga

Take pride, joy, trust, and hope — and add a touch of raucous good cheer. That's what the Scripps College community experienced at the inauguration of President Lori Bettison-Varga the weekend of March 26–27, 2010.

Cultivating the Genius of Women

“We recognize the potential in each of our students for originality and innovation, and it is our responsibility to empower them to realize their talents.”

by President Lori Bettison-Varga, Excerpted from the Inaugural Address, March 27, 2010

Scripps Celebrates Academic and Artistic Excellence

On Friday, March 26, the Scripps College community celebrated the scholastic and artistic excellence of its students in an Academic Showcase featuring more than 30 presentations and performances.

The President’s Forum

The President's Forum on Saturday morning, March 27, brought feminism to the forefront of Inauguration Weekend, encouraging attendees to reconsider its relevance in the context of women's bourgeoning growth in the workforce and intellectual sphere.

by by Michelle No '12

Words and Pictures: The Inauguration of President Lori Bettison-Varga

"Among the gifts that we have given to Lori as she officially begins her presidency is a College community that is united and enthusiastic about her leadership of our beloved Scripps, and that is a very great gift, indeed."

Alumnae Speak

Amy Drayer ’99, Outstanding Recent Alumna

"If there has been a time when you have felt isolated or seen your path obscured, and you have not gone to the well of memory to tap into some of the power and clarity you received at Scripps, try it."

by Amy Drayer '99

Editor's Page

A Family Affair

The Scripps College community came together with artistry and purpose the weekend of March 26-27, 2010, for the inauguration of Lori Bettison-Varga, the eighth president of the College.

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Browsing Room

“Swing Low:” Harriet Tubman Memorial Installed in College’s New Sculpture Garden

The first sculpture to be installed in Scripps College's new sculpture garden is one of artistic, cultural, and social significance.


Jeanette Charles '10 and Maya Higgins '10 join a select group of 40 national recipients of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2010-11. Each student is awarded $25,000 to conduct independent research overseas upon graduation.

Computer Lab Dedicated to Nancy Parker ’84

Scripps College dedicated the Nancy Uttrachi Parker '84 Computer Lab on April 27, 2010, in honor of the woman who, as director of information technology from 1997 to 2008, initiated pioneering strategies and policies that continue to keep Scripps College at the cutting edge of technology and sustain its current phase of technological advancements.

Denison Library Reorganization Offers New Opportunities

Scripps College will take over full operations of Ella Strong Denison Library on July 1, 2010, as it moves to ensure that the beloved library remains an essential academic and ceremonial space on the Scripps College campus.

Faculty Achievements/News

The Mellon Foundation recently made two grants to Scripps College to fund workshops that draw on the outstanding scholarship and efforts of two of its faculty members.

Historic Seal Pond Mosaic Murals Need Repair

The colorful mosaics that grace the outside walls of the raised pond in Seal Court provide an atmosphere of beauty and whimsy in a popular gathering place for the Scripps College community. But the historic murals are aging.


We asked three women presidents at Scripps College to sit down together to discuss women's leadership. Here are excerpts from a conversation this spring with President Lori Bettison-Varga, Anna Salem '10 (Scripps Associated Students president, 2009-2010) and India Mullady '11 (newly elected SAS president for 2010-2011).