Welcome to Scripps Magazine Spring 2017The 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.

Message from the President

Message from the President

As the fall semester begins, I am reminded that one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job is witnessing the paths our students choose as they move toward graduation and beyond.

Focus on the Faculty

Susan Rankaitis: Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art

“I don’t call it retirement, I call it downsizing from two careers to one,” says Susan Rankaitis. This past July, Rankaitis, who joined Scripps’ Art Department in fall 1990 as the Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art, began two years of phased retirement. She will no longer teach classes but will continue to write letters of recommendation for her advisees and colleagues. She will also be devoting significantly more time to her own art practice.

by by Anyi Wong-Lifton ’18

Browsing Room

Trustee News

This past spring, Scripps honored nine trustees for their service, commitment, and dedication to the College as they stepped down from their positions on the Board.

Campaign Progress: Spotlight on the Arts

The arts have always played a central part in the curriculum and campus life at Scripps. During the 1930s, artist and instructor Millard Sheets helped establish a lively visual arts program, and one of the College’s first major gifts, from Florence Rand Lang in 1935, was allocated for art studios and galleries.


Scripps College Academy Celebrates 15 Years: In June, Scripps College Academy (SCA) marked its 15th anniversary by bringing current and former scholars, staff, and faculty together for a daylong celebration. Since 2002, SCA has grown from a precollege summer program into an intensive, year-round curriculum for high school girls who have limited resources and are seeking to become the first generation in their families to attend college. Learn more about this impressive program by visiting  scrippscollege.edu/ academy.

Revolution & Ritual

The photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero

“If there is an occupation suitable for women, it is photography.” So declared the Mexico City newspaper El Mundo in 1899.


The Art of Criticism

There are critics who make their presence known in a room, who brandish their opinions to anyone who will listen and relish their role as feared arbiter, and critics who would just as soon slip in and out unnoticed, reserving their thoughts and judgments for the page. Leah Ollman ’83 is one of the latter. Since graduating from Scripps with a degree in art history and philosophy, she has been a voice of thoughtfulness and reason in the Southern California art world, covering contemporary art for the Los Angeles Times and Art in America, among other publications.

The State of the Art Major

Students in Professor T. Kim-Trang Tran’s video art class find creative inspiration and expression in an unexpected source: drones. They learn how artists are using the technology and how to make drone videos themselves. But Tran pushes students to go well beyond capturing footage.

Art Forms

Art works by alumnae Alison Saar ’78, Pae White ’85, Jane Park Wells ’93, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik ’02, Christina McPhee ’76, Elizabeth Turk ’83, and Angela de Mott ’71

Alumnae News


  Earlier this year, I was honored with the Outstanding Recent Alumna award. It meant so much to me to have been selected by my peers, because I know Scripps alumnae to be fierce, passionate, committed, and intelligent. At Scripps, I was a driven, hungry student in search of answers to questions I didn’t yet understand. […]

by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik ’02

Alumnae News

From the Alumnae Association President Kendra Armer ’93 Do you volunteer? According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, in 2015, the national rate of volunteerism in the U.S. was about 25 percent. Remarkably, in a spring 2016 survey of approximately 240 Scripps alumnae, nearly 64 percent said that they volunteer in their communities. […]