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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.

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Galvanizing Social Action Through Art

Scripps College Professor Emerita Samella Lewis, internationally recognized artist, award-winning author, and art historian of African American and African art, was recently honored for her work to “make a difference in the world.”

A Model for Success

Victoria “Tori” Sepand ’15 is a natural leader and go-getter. And her achievements at Scripps speak volumes about her character. Sepand is the inaugural recipient of the Bekki Lee Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates an interest in furthering the Scripps mission through her efforts to support education, access, and inclusion.

Residence Hall Construction

Mary Kimberly Residence Hall is scheduled for some major renovations and upgrades this summer, including refreshed interior spaces, an elevator and increased ADA accessibility, a new roof, and air conditioning!  

There’s a New Trustee in Town

Scripps welcomes Lynne Thompson ’72 to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees, effective March 1, 2015. Thompson brings a track record of active service to the College, a passion for the arts and education, and extensive expertise as an attorney.

Rare Birds

Sarah La Fetra Ludwick ’65: Three Generations of Philanthropy

“Scripps gave me a sense of how vast knowledge really is and how exponentially it’s expanding,” Ludwick says, pausing a moment before clarifying: “Scripps allowed me to set myself apart. Not to have to be like everybody else, just be comfortable being me. Scripps helped me discover that. At 72, my reward has been my continued understanding that I still have an immense amount to give to society.”

Elizabeth “Liz” Levitt Hirsch ’74: Community Though Music

By the time she enrolled at Scripps, Liz Levitt Hirsch already understood the concept of service. A decade earlier, her father’s successful clothing business allowed her parents to establish the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which supported arts, culture, and education. “I grew up in a family of privilege, where accomplishment and leadership were hallmarks,” she says. “I needed a place to define myself, and Scripps was a great environment in which to do that.”

Tiombe Chantal Sewell ’95: Building Bridges

Tiombe Chantal Sewell’s relationship with Scripps came full circle last year when she returned to Claremont as a trainer and adviser for the Scripps and Pomona College Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. For her, the return has proven a powerful point of comparison. “It was a chance to say, ‘Who was I then? What are the things I still need to work on?’” she says. “It’s inspired me to continue my own process of becoming more of what I’d like to see happen in the world.”

Ilana Panich-Linsman ’06: The Big Picture

Intent upon becoming a professional photographer, Ilana Panich-Linsman arrived at Scripps adept at her craft’s technical aspects but lacking in its artistic and historical context. “So I took art history, general art classes, printmaking,” she remembers. “I learned about things outside photography that eventually contributed to my understanding of the world.”

Sarah Harris ’96: An Advocate for the Underserved

For Sarah Harris, integrity was something she saw modeled in her peers and professors at the College. Coming of age in Beaverton, Oregon, Harris felt instantly comfortable in Scripps’ intimate setting. “It wasn’t like 500 people sitting in a lecture hall,” she says. “There was a real sense of this tight-knit community. Everyone felt comfortable speaking up, both because of the small class size and because it was mostly women.”

From the President

A Letter from Lori Bettison-Varga

As you explore this issue of the Scripps Magazine, I hope you will see these core values reflected in each article, photo, and story. The new design offers more of what you love – connections with classmates; campus news; student, faculty, and alumnae voices; and nostalgic moments – in an engaging and contemporary format. Future issues will also echo the inquiry and curiosity that defines Scripps’ intellectual community by exploring big ideas and tackling society’s most challenging questions.

LASPA Center WeAct

A Celebration of Leadership, Service, Integrity, and Creativity

Students, alumnae, and friends of Scripps College assembled for the LASPA WeAct event on April 2 used these terms repeatedly not only to describe the day’s activities, but to predict great things to come when the LASPA Center officially opens for business this spring.

LASPA Action Grants Fund Six Worthy Proposals

The LASPA action grants were established to provide opportunities for students to: transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action; demonstrate creative and effective problem-solving; create partnership(s) in the public or private sector; and produce outcomes that make a positive impact.

LASPA Center founding director: Lisa Watson

Lisa Watson has been selected as the founding director for the LASPA Center. Watson joins the College after more than 20 years of work with nonprofits and women’s organizations, such as the Glendale YWCA. For the last 10 of those years, Watson was head of the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) on Skid Row in Los Angeles and helped it expand into what KCET recently called a “nationally recognized model program.” She is eager to establish a similar legacy here.

Alumnae News


Edith Pattou Emery ’75 Ghosting Emery’s latest book for young adults, Ghosting, is written in free verse and follows seven teens and the events before, during, and after an evening that permanently alters their lives. Pattou has found acclaim as a writer in middle-grade fantasy with such award-winning books as East, which received starred reviews […]


For the past 36 years, I have served as an ordained minister in a variety of settings, including congregational and campus ministry, pastoral counseling, holistic spiritual direction, and most recently, cross-denominational national ministry with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I am very grateful for the excellent foundation given me by my Claremont based education, which included my degree from Scripps and both an MDiv and DMin from Claremont School of Theology (CST).

by Kate Gould Epperly ’72

From the Alumnae Association President

Leaders, like many things in life, present themselves in many ways. Some carry a title that delineates their role, but many times some of the most impactful leaders and influencers are committee or team members. Dozens of Scripps alumnae, spanning decades of class years, have influenced and mentored me, both personally and professionally, over the past 20 years—a gift for which I am forever grateful.

by Libby Greig DeMeo ’95