The Weeks in Review : February 10-24

Posted: February 26, 2013

A lot’s happened at Scripps College in the past two weeks! Catch up on February events with our latest Week in Review.

Family Weekend

Bright skies and big hugs greeted family members as Family Weekend began on February 15. More than 200 parents and family members attended events throughout the weekend, including a lively Q&A session with President Lori Bettison- Varga about financing a new residence hall, accounting, and registration options. The morning talk was followed by a patio lunch.

Other sessions included master classes with Scripps faculty, Williamson Gallery tours, dinners and brunch, and a session where parents peppered Dean of Faculty Amy Marcus-Newhall and Dean of Students Rebecca Lee with a wide range of questions about their student’s experiences.

Martha Gonzales of Quetzal

Two days after winning a Grammy for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album, Quetzal’s Martha Gonzales gave a mixed media presentation February 12 entitled “Chicana Artivistas at the Intersection of Hope and Imagination” as part of the Scripps College  Humanities Institute. The talk focused on the power of art and music to transform communities before her bandmates joined her on stage to perform songs emphasizing key aspects of her presentation.

The following Tuesday, the Humanities Institute hosted the founder and conductor of Los Angeles’ Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Sonia Marie De León de Vega in a frank talk about transforming lives through music. As the first woman invited by the Vatican to conduct a symphony at a Papal Mass, De Leon de Vega founded her orchestra in order to share the beauty of classical music with Latinos.

Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence

Award-winning author Amy Sterling Casil ’83 spent the week of February 10 as the 2013 Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence. The LLAiR program is a unique opportunity for an alumna to enrich the life of the College by sharing personal and professional experiences with alumnae, students, staff, and faculty.

Casil’s residence included numerous workshops, a lecture on Lois Langland, the Scripps professor emerita of psychology, who inspired the program, and a lecture on “Molding Your Brand in Today’s New Media and Publishing World.”

CMS Roundup

  • CMS Athenas swimming and diving captured their 11th-straight SCIAC title on February 19 after leading for the duration of the three-day event. The Athenas started strong on Sunday and never let up, tallying 919 points to finish well ahead of Pomona-Pitzer (745.5) and the University of Redlands (486). Fourteen Athenas were named to the All-SCIAC team, including Dana Shaker ’14.
  • Basketball went 1-2 last week, losing to Pomona-Pitzer (69-65) and Redlands (78-65). Nonetheless, junior guard Madeline Barnes ’14 set records of her own against Redlands with a season-high 27 points and 13 flawless attempts from the free-throw line. CMS finished its season at 9-16 overall and 5-11 in the conference.
  • Softball opened SCIAC play at Whittier, winning their first game of the doubleheader 5-3, but losing the second 6-3. The first win earned Athena head coach Betsy Hipple her 300th career win and propelled the Athenas into a 3-4 overall record. On Saturday, the team won both games against Cal Lutheran.
  • Track and field started its season at the UC San Diego Invite, finishing third with 90 points.
  • Lacrosse lost in overtime 15-14 at Chapman on February 13, but went on to defeat Whittier 20-13 a few days later. Midfielder Madi Shove ‘13 scored a team-high seven goals during the week; on February 20, the team lost against Pomona-Pitzer 11-9 and again on February 24 versus Redlands 12-9.
  • Golf played two tournaments recently, placing sixth at the 20-team Super San Diego Championship on February  11-12 and first at the February 15 three-team Pomona-Pitzer Invite.
  • Last but not least, women’s tennis hosted their annual Gerry Lahanas Alumnae Classic on February 16. The team is ranked eighth heading into the regular season, which starts with wins against Brandeis (9-0), Vanguard (8-1), and Bates (9-0) Colleges on February 22-23.

With contributions from Alexandra Trimm ’14, Lauren Prince ’14, Elizabeth Cundiff, Marylou Ferry, Susan Bryant ’13,

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