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

In many ways, the Scripps of the present faces an era of experimentation similar to that of the 1920s. Shifting economic, political, and societal currents have led us to a period of critical examination of the traditions, mores, and standards that have governed our individual and institutional behavior. We find ourselves working harder than ever to […]

Focus on the Faculty

Nathalie Rachlin: Professor of French

When Nathalie Rachlin began her career in academia, teaching her first few French courses at the University of South Carolina, she admits that having access to the school library was a key motivator in her earning her professorship. “But of course, I really enjoyed teaching anyway,” she clarifies. Rachlin, who earned her MA in English […]

by Morgan Albrecht '18

From the Archives

Past Present: Tradition at Scripps

As an alumna and wannabe historian, I am interested in Scripps’ traditions—rituals and customs that draw the community together, practices that forge a connection with the past, and common activities that create a sense of identity and belonging. This essay takes a look back at Scripps’ history to describe a few of the traditions generations […]

by Judy Harvey Sahak '64, Librarian Emerita

In Person with Lara Tiedens

In Person with Lara Tiedens

This past fall, Scripps President Lara Tiedens embarked on her national In Person tour, meeting alumnae and friends of the College in cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. At each stop, she participated in a live interview and audience question-and-answer session led by a Scripps alumna. On January 28, Tiedens […]

Browsing Room


W.M. KECK DEAN APPOINTED Dr. Ulysses J. Sophia has been named dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department, effective July 1. Sophia is currently associate dean for research at American University, where he previously served as chair and professor of physics. He will lead the expansion of the W.M. Keck Science Center, a joint project […]

The Final Countdown

With over $140M raised as of April 2017, More Scripps is in its final stretch, with only a year remaining. SCOTT BUSIEL, associate director for advancement communications, sat down with MICHAEL ARCHIBALD, vice president of institutional advancement, to talk about the months ahead. SCOTT BUSIEL: What has been accomplished as a result of the $140M […]

Unlocking the Future

Unlocking the Future

In an April 29 conversation moderated by Southern California Public Radio’s Alex Cohen, President Lara Tiedens, along with Heather C. McGhee, president of the public policy organization Demos, and Salle Yoo ’92, general counsel of Uber, explored questions around how women in influence and inspire change in leadership positions. This is an excerpt of their […]

Alumnae News

PostScripps: The Power of Presidents

  Ellen Browning Scripps founded Scripps College in Claremont, California, in 1927. Her philosophy was to educate women to be leaders of commitment, leadership, and engagement. Ernest Jaqua, Scripps’ first president, officially proffered his resignation at a Board of Trustees meeting in June 1942. At the meeting, Mrs. Albert Shirk, who had been active on […]

by Norma Jean Blair Gilmore '47

Alumnae News

From the Alumnae Association President Kendra Armer ’93 As we have been celebrating Scripps’s 90th year and the inauguration of Lara Tiedens as our ninth president, we have been looking both backward and forward at our “Past, Present, Future.” We honor our history and celebrate those who came before us—earlier generations of alumnae, faculty, and […]