Message from Juanita Nash-Dahlen ’72

Over the past two years, it has been my honor to serve as president of the Alumnae Association. When I accepted the role, I could not have predicted what those two years would bring. Extraordinary events have transpired: a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, political upheaval, transition to remote learning, canceled in-person Commencement, and more. It has been a tumultuous, albeit unexpectedly rewarding, time: in spite of, and perhaps due to, these challenges, I have seen the College and its alumnae community think creatively and act courageously.

 

These disruptions made our traditional in-person interactions impossible. However, in time-honored tradition, we rose to the challenge and found imaginative ways to connect or reconnect. A virtual Camp Scripps allowed far more people to participate over several weekends, without travel, financial, space, or time barriers to attendance. The Black Lives Matter protests sparked alumnae activity and renewed reflection on race and equity issues at Scripps. Many of you volunteered and made gifts to enable Scripps to live up to its mission and provide additional assistance to Black and Indigenous students and students of color. Scripps Presents and the Office of Alumnae Engagement offered seminars in various time zones to reach alums throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. A new series called “So, Now What?” allowed alums to provide helpful career guidance, information, and informal mentoring for current seniors and recent grads. And over 1,000 alums have joined the new online community Olive Grove to connect with each other and mentor students. All of these activities—and more—give me hope for the future and assure me that we in our alumnae community are living confidently and courageously. Thank you for all you do for Scripps, for students, and for one another. Until we meet again—virtually or in person!

 

Virtual Reunion Weekend 2021 Recap  

For the first time in its history, Reunion Weekend went virtual this year in a combined celebration of 32 different classes. The weekend festivities included a favorite among alums, a lecture on Ellen Browning Scripps from Dr. Molly McClain, author of Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money and American Philanthropy. Alums were transported back to campus through virtual tours of Scripps’ grounds, the Denison Library Rare Book Room, and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, as well as through a guided activity of painting Margaret Fowler Garden. Viewers enjoyed cooking demos by dining services and the Scripps Challah student organization. Lara Colvin ’09 and special guest wine journalist Amanda Barnes discussed the importance of old-vine wines from South America as alums sipped on their favorite wines. Chair of the Board of Trustees and 2021 Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson ’72 kicked off Reunion Convocation with a reading of A Woman’s Body Aging Still Loves Itself. The event drew a large audience to hear the powerful stories of six alumnae awardees for 2020 and 2021 as well as to sing the alma mater, Thy Many Gifts, together from home.
 
In partnership with Scripps Presents, Reunion participants whipped up a delicious tray of chocolate chip cookies along with Roxana Jullapat, one of Los Angeles’s most celebrated pastry chefs. They also danced to the latest tunes of Gavin Turek ’09 while enjoying an intimate conversation with Scripps’ Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Denise Nelson Nash ’76—or,  as Turek calls her, “Aunt Denise!” Signature events like the 50th Reunion Medal Ceremony for the classes of 1970 and 1971 and class gatherings gave everyone much-needed spaces to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Reunion Weekend 2021 was like no other—it connected over 225 alums across time and space for a special weekend with their beloved Scripps community.
 

 

Introducing La Semeuse Mentorship: Alum-to-Alum Mentorship Program

 

This spring, the Office of Alumnae Engagement launched La Semeuse Mentorship, a pilot program that connects alums and establishes meaningful mentor relationships. Members of the Class of 2020 were invited to participate as mentees and were matched with alum mentors for a two-month period. A total of 40 mentors and mentees connected individually and in small groups to set goals, discuss weekly topical articles, and share experiences on Olive Grove, Scripps College’s official online community for alums, students, families, and friends. La Semeuse Mentorship will invite members of the Class of 2021 to join this summer, followed by the broader alumnae community later this year. To get involved or for more information, email olivegrove@scrippscollege.edu.

 

Virtual Camp Scripps 2021

For the second year in a row, Camp Scripps will gather virtually due to COVID-19 precautions. Dedicated Creative Caucus members and longtime Campers are currently planning five Saturdays of virtual Camp Scripps programming over the summer.
 
The dates are June 19, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31, 2021.
 
Together, alums from across the decades will participate in themed teas and a variety of workshops. Camp will conclude with a grand finale. Visit the Camp Scripps website to register and to view the latest updates.