Scripps College Community Update

Posted: June 5, 2018

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community,

As we close this academic year, I would like to share key actions and updates from the spring semester and to inform you of some campus news and updates.

I enjoyed participating in the College’s 88th annual commencement ceremonies this year, where Scripps families and friends, students, faculty, trustees, and staff joined in celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates. The program included inspiring remarks from our commencement speaker, award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and the senior class speaker, Leslie Moreno. I wish all of our graduates a rich and rewarding future, and I’m eager to welcome them back to campus as alumnae in the coming years.

Admission Update
The College received 3,160 applications for admissions this year, up 11% from the previous year, and we are currently on target to enroll 262 first-year students. Congratulations to our enrollment and financial aid teams for successfully recruiting an exceptional class. I look forward to meeting the Class of 2022 this fall!

Faculty Recognition
The Board approved promotions for the following faculty members at the May meeting: Associate Professor of Art History Juliet Koss, Associate Professor of Mathematics Christopher Towse, and Associate Professor of Biology Diane Thomson were promoted to full professor; and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Colin Robins, and Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz were promoted to associate professors with tenure.

I would also like to recognize recent endowed chair appointees: Professor of Psychology Stacey Wood was awarded the Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology and Professor of Art Nancy Macko received the Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching.

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the many valuable contributions they have made to the College, the Board approved the appointment of Professors Thierry Boucquey and Eric Haskell as emeritus professors upon their retirement; Associate Professor Judith LeMaster was appointed to emerita associate professor status.

It is a pleasure to recognize these accomplished faculty members for their distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service.

More Scripps Campaign Update
I am pleased to announce that a donor has pledged $1.5 million to establish the Dr. Taro Yamane Chair in Economics. This professorship marks the sixth endowed faculty chair created in the More Scripps Campaign, and will be awarded to a distinguished economics professor upon completion of payment. We are grateful for this generous gift, which will serve as a fitting tribute to Dr. Yamane’s legacy of accomplishment in the field of Economics.

I would like to thank the many trustees, alumnae, and families who have contributed more than $5 million toward the Presidential Endowed Scholarship Initiative fund. This initiative seeks to raise $10 million this year to ensure that Scripps continues enrolling the most talented, high-achieving students, regardless of their ability to pay. These new scholarships will help us to provide full grant support for our financially neediest students and to decrease student loan amounts for other students receiving financial aid.

There is still time to support the College with a gift toward scholarships, curricular and co-curricular programing, campus improvements, The Scripps Fund, or many other areas of particular interest to you before the end of the fiscal year.

Trustee Notes
Beginning with the 2018-19 year alumna and trustee Lynne Thompson ’72 steps into her new role as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Lynne has served on the Board from 1998-2000 and again for the past four years, and we look forward to her leadership as we continue the good work established by her predecessor, Mark Herron. The Board celebrated the growth and successes of the College under Mark’s wise and steadfast counsel for the past three years.

The Board approved the appointments of Salle Yoo ‘92 and Donna Neff P’21 as regular trustees. The Board also ratified the election of Prisma Herrera ’18 as Recent Graduate Trustee by the student body and Juanita Nash-Dahlen ’72 as ALC president-elect. More information about the new trustees will be available in the fall issue of Scripps magazine. Please join me in welcoming our new Board of Trustees members, who will join the board effective July 1, 2018.

I would also like to acknowledge the following trustees who will leave the Board this year: Joanne Blauer ’72, Don Johnson, Carolyn Revelle, Betsy Smith ’74, Tori Sepand ’15, Linden Wise P’18, and Bonnie Wozencroft P’17. The College has benefited immeasurably from their service, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future.

Campus News
As most of you know, last year’s entering class was the largest in Scripps’ history, reflecting the College’s growing popularity among high school students. In response to the increased enrollment, we have implemented several strategies to expand student housing capacity on campus, preserve opportunities for preference in the housing assignment process, and maintain a vibrant residential community. I’m pleased to announce that one of the ways we’ll achieve those goals is by converting the Revelle House into student housing this fall. Minor modifications to the interior will take place this summer to make this a reality, and I hope the students will enjoy living in this house as much as my family and I have. I will soon move into a College-owned home just a five-minute walk from campus.

Although the academic year has ended, Scripps athletes continued to rack up awards and recognition in NCAA Division III national championship competitions this week. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas won the first national tennis championship in the program’s history on Wednesday, and it was a thrill to see our students’ fierce determination and teamwork on the court. Also this week, the number two-ranked track and field team traveled to Wisconsin for the 2018 NCAA D III Track and Field National Championships, with Athenas scheduled to compete in three different events. I hope you will join me in congratulating both teams on their achievements and in cheering on all of our strong, talented, and hard-working scholar-athletes.

I have so enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had over this past year to engage with many of you on the Scripps campus, through annual College events such as Family Weekend and Reunion Weekend, or through the series of Unleashing Potential events that took place on both coasts and cities in between. For those of you who are able to visit us on campus, please plan to attend one of our many events for families or alumnae or take in a Scripps Presents event, where we host a variety of exhilarating and mind-expanding speakers and performers throughout the year.

Enjoy the summer months! And to our returning students and faculty, I look forward to seeing you refreshed and rejuvenated in the fall.


Lara Tiedens

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