Fall 2015 Scripps Magazine

The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.

Browsing Room

Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

In May, Scripps College elected five new members to its Board of Trustees, two of whom are College alumnae. KALPANA SINGH RHODES ’95 studied social ethics at the University of Southern California after majoring in religious studies at Scripps. She is currently a founding partner with Trestle Energy, a renewable, low-carbon fuel provider. She is […]

Scripps Establishes Sexual Assault Prevention and Support Center

This fall, Scripps College will establish the EmPOWER Center, a sexual assault prevention and support center for The Claremont Colleges. Serving students across The Claremont Consortium, the center will offer prevention, support, education, and training programs and initiatives across the consortium that address sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, including stalking and intimate […]


CAMPUS WATER CONSERVATION PROJECTS This summer, lawns at Revelle House, Jaqua Quadrangle, East-West Allée, the Sallie Tiernan Field House pool area, south of the Rose Garden, and south of the Routt Apartments were replaced with drought-tolerant ground covers in accordance with the College’s water conservation plan. SCRIPPS PRESS PUBLISHES POWER TRIP A meditation on the […]

More Scripps

The $175 million More Scripps campaign raised $116 million as of June 30, making it the most successful fundraising effort in the College’s history. Says Vice President for Institutional Advancement Michael Archibald, “We are extremely proud of the progress we have made toward our campaign goals, and we are excited about the future. We will […]

President Bettison-Varga Announces Her Resignation

In June, Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga announced that she would be leaving her post in October to become president and director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She has served as president of the College since 2009. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve Scripps College for the past […]

Still Standing


When Sweet Briar College announced last March that it would shut its doors after more than 100 years of educating women, the news sent shock waves through the world of higher education. As surprised alumnae reeled, college officials pointed to a declining interest in its model—liberal arts focused, single–sex, and rural—as a trend they considered […]

Get Up, Stand Up!

Get Up, Stand Up! A Legacy of Student Activism at Scripps

ROOTED IN TRADITION In 1968, when construction of a new humanities building threatened the campus olive grove, Scripps College students climbed the olive trees to thwart their demolition. It was one of many successful demonstrations during that era, and students and leadership eventually reached a compromise, digging up the trees and replanting them after the […]

Open Channels

Open Channels: How Scripps College Is Cultivating Dialogue

When the nation’s first women’s colleges were established, it was during an era when women who earned advanced degrees were considered unconventional—and those who used their education to cultivate their independence were viewed as downright controversial. In the United States, women did not have access to higher education until the mid-1800s, and even then their […]

From the President

A Letter from Lori Bettison-Varga

In March 2009, I embarked on a great transition, moving from the roles of provost and dean of faculty at Whitman College into that of Scripps College president. Admittedly, I had a bit of trepidation regarding my new responsibilities, especially in the context of the academic climate, which will be long remembered in higher education—the […]

Focus on the Faculty

Scripps at Hunan Women’s University

In June, a delegation of Scripps faculty and students traveled to Hunan Women’s University in Hunan, China. Their journey was at the invitation of Hunan’s Women’s University (HWU) President Luo Ting, who had previously visited the Scripps campus to learn more about the College and its unique approach to women’s education. Established in 1985, HWU […]

Leading Roles

Nike Irvin, Roxanne Wilson ’76, and Lisa Watson Talk Leadership for the 21st Century

We invited LASPA Center for Leadership Director Lisa Watson to moderate a conversation between former Scripps Board of Trustees Chair Roxanne Wilson ’76 and Los Angeles community leader Nike Irvin about the changing definition of leadership for women. Their conversation took place in downtown Los Angeles on July 21, 2015. LISA WATSON: I want to […]

Alumnae News

PostScripps: Editing for Relevance

When I tell people what I do for a living, I sometimes become flypaper for linguistic pet peeves. “Oh, you’re an academic editor,” I’ll hear. “It’s sad how people misuse the word literally when what they should say is figuratively. What is this world coming to?” Tut-tut. I appreciate the public’s interest in language; I’m […]

From the Scripps Association of Families and Parent Leadership Council Cochairs, Cheryl and David Scheidemantle P’17

We are pleased to introduce ourselves as your new cochairs of the Scripps Association of Families and Parent Leadership Council. As volunteers for the College, we have the privilege of serving on the Board of Trustees, providing the community of Scripps parents with a vital seat at the table to participate in discussions and decisions […]


AMANDA EAMES AND WHITNEY HANSEN ’58 Oh, That’s Another Story: Images and Tales of Sag Harbor For this collaboration, Eames collected stories and interviews about the history and residents of Sag Harbor, which Hansen illustrated. Using woodcuts on textured rice paper, Hansen hand paints the surface detail in oil after the print is pulled. Hansen’s […]

From the Alumnae Association President, Libby Greig DeMeo ’95

“Keeping the promise.” This was the motto held closely by the Sweet Briar College alumnae who fought with all their might this past year to save their beloved alma mater from the threat of closure. They exemplified women of indomitable strength and spirit through their time, talent, and treasure. I was struck by this statement […]