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2022 Alumnae Association Award Winners

The Scripps alumnae community is made up of so many remarkably dedicated, involved, and accomplished individuals who embody the great strength and resilience of the collective community. Each year, we celebrate the vitality of the Scripps College Alumnae Association by honoring alums—and their positive impact in their own communities and beyond.

 

Sara Kim ’86
2022 Volunteer Award

Sara Kim ’86 was born in Chicago, raised in Seoul, Korea, and returned to the United States as a young adult. After majoring in international relations at Scripps, she pursued a master’s degree in international affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her studies led to an eight-year journey at the World Bank as a researcher in the population, health, and nutrition sector. Teaching researchers the value of the dawning World Wide Web sparked a passion in education. Sara subsequently earned a PhD in education at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle.

She also volunteers as a mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County in Washington. Sara comes from a Claremont legacy family, including graduates of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pomona, and Claremont Graduate University. She credits Scripps and the late Professor Jim Gould, her advisor at Scripps, for instilling the passion for lifelong learning. She also thanks her parents, Sun Ha and Kui Nam Kim, for their loving support. Sara is an avid hiker and a novice tai chi practitioner.

Pacifica Sommers ’07
2022 Volunteer Award

Pacifica Sommers ’07 is a microbial ecologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies the viruses, bacteria, and other microscopic organisms that live on and around glaciers in mountains, the high Arctic, and in Antarctica. These microscopic ecosystems form natural laboratories for understanding larger systems, but they are also important to characterize in their own right because they are increasingly disrupted by a warming climate, which may lead to important feedback cycles that either exacerbate or mitigate the effects of climate change. Pacifica received her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2016 from the University of Arizona, where she studied the impact of an invasive grass species on native desert plants. Part of her doctoral work was funded by the NASA-Arizona Space Grant to pilot an outdoor science school for high school students at a mountain-top astronomy observatory. In its first nine years, the Sky School program grew from 100 students who attended the first year to serving over 1,000 Southern Arizona students annually. It provided opportunities to dozens of graduate students to hone their skills in mentoring original projects and in communicating scientific concepts.

 

Pacifica is now helping to organize the second-ever expedition of Girls on Rock, a tuition-free backcountry expedition for high school girls (inclusively defined) from communities with limited opportunities. During the two-week program in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, participants explore their environment and challenge themselves through technical rock climbing, art, and scientific research. Pacifica has also worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations from Nevada to Washington, DC, to promote stewardship of our public lands and climate through legislation and agency action. She graduated with a BA in biology in 2007.

Catherine Myman-Kaplan ’00
2022 Volunteer Award

Catherine Myman-Kaplan graduated with a degree in classical studies in 2000. She stayed connected to the College by serving as vice president of the Alumnae Leadership Council, Reunion ambassador, GOLD volunteer, and class scribe. 

 

With the College’s emphasis on women supporting women close to her heart, Catherine continued to devote her time to causes and charities that assist young women in becoming leaders. She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles for over nine years. Her troop provided more than 800 hours of community service in a single school year, which earned each scout the President’s National Service Pin. For her work, Catherine was awarded the Leader With A Heart by the Santa Monica Bay Council for inspiring her troop to perform service to the community, the Appreciation Pin by the National Council of Girl Scouts for exemplary troop leadership, and most recently, the exclusive Virtual Vanguard Award for her efforts in keeping the girls connected and community forward during the pandemic. 

 

In addition to the Girl Scouts, Catherine served as a trustee on the financial aid board of The First School in Santa Monica and continues to volunteer on education committees at her temple, as well as the Carthay Circle Explorers’ Club. She currently volunteers as an admission guide at The Archer School for Girls after serving as parliamentarian of the parent teacher association for Roosevelt Elementary School. Catherine also spearheads food, toy, and blanket drives to benefit her local community. 

 

She shares her passion for service with her two daughters, Lucy and Jane, and her husband, Matt.

Tempe Javitz ’71
2022 Volunteer Award

Attending Scripps College transformed Tempe Javitz’ life. Tempe graduated in 1971 with a BA in English literature and a minor in humanities. That winter she married Hal Javitz (CMC ’71) and they moved to Berkeley, California, where Tempe was a sales rep for American Automobile Association. From 1979 to 2007, she owned and operated a State Farm agency in Palo Alto. Tempe and Hal raised two children, and she participated in many local organizations: the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. After four years in Claremont garnering an extraordinary education and fabulous friendships, Tempe felt the next thing to do was give back. A few years after graduation she began interviewing prospective students for the Admission office, which remains one of her favorite activities. In the late ’80s and early ’90s she assisted the Bay Area Associates in getting alumnae together for several events, including birthday parties for Miss Scripps. From 2013 through 2017, she created Bay Area Hikes to get local alumnae together in the spring.

 

Tempe has regularly attended Scripps Camp since 2000 and in 2006 was a camp tri-chair. Between 2014 and 2019, she organized the Camp Scripps Funds Committee to raise money for Camp scholarships. 

 

Tempe has been a part of her class Reunion committee for their 40th, 45th, and last year’s 50th reunion. Because of her sales background, Tempe isn’t afraid to call classmates and ask for contributions to the class scholarship. She is the granddaughter of Montana photographer Jessamine Spear Johnson, and since retiring in 2007, has preserved her photographic legacy. Tempe’s book on Jessamine will be published in late 2022 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Tempe’s article on Jessamine for Montana The Magazine of Western History won a 2021 Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.