Celebrating Community

Posted: April 1, 2014

Greetings Scripps students!

Just ahead of the crush of April and the anticipation of end-of-semester activities, I wanted to pause momentarily to celebrate our community, which I believe is characterized by the passion and commitment each of you bring to our campus and our collective work.

The inaugural Student Philanthropy Day held on Saturday, March 29, exemplifies such passion and commitment. It was a wonderful success: more than 100 students participated in the 5K run/walk and 19 student-led service projects. Continuing a long-standing tradition, called “mugging,” the Alumnae Association presented commemorative mugs to more than 140 first-year students. The College’s seal on the mug shows La Semeuse sowing “the good seed of thought, of action, of life” – so fitting for the day! Many seniors continued support of the Senior Class Gift by making a gift to the Bekki Lee Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. Alumna and Trustee Gabrielle Jungels Winkler ’72 was so inspired by Student Philanthropy Day that she pledged a $10,000 Senior Class gift!

I commend and thank all the participants and organizers, with special kudos to Ingrid Van Valkenburg ’14, Casey Maas ’14 and Oriana LaVilla ’14, who led the planning for the event. Staff from Maintenance, Grounds, Malott Commons, Communications and Marketing, Tiernan Field House, and Student Affairs, as well as Alumnae & Parent Engagement and The Scripps Fund team (Katrina Corral, Merlene Singleton and Claire Bridge) came together to make the event a fabulous success.

While we reflect on our successes and achievements this year, we also must acknowledge that it has not been without its difficulty and sadness. I look forward to welcoming a new vice president for student affairs/dean of students to campus in the fall, with the charge of advancing our efforts to support student success. In the meantime, my senior team and I, the entire Student Affairs staff, other staff members of the College and the Consortium, and our dedicated faculty are here for students – to support your intellectual development and personal well-being, to help you meet challenges and find opportunities, to celebrate your successes with you, and to mentor you as you pursue your dreams.

The next six weeks of the academic year are very busy, with senior theses, papers, exams, SAS elections – as we head toward Capstone Day, Commencement, and celebrations for the Class of 2014. I wish you all the best as you manage the many end-of-the-year details in this stretch run!

Lori Bettison-Varga

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