Welcome Back

Posted: January 21, 2014

Dear Scripps Community Members,

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! I hope you had a restful break and were able to enjoy time with friends and family.

As 2014 begins, we are halfway through our academic year. Reflecting on fall 2013, the launch of the $175 million Campaign for Scripps College was a milestone highlight. To date we’ve raised more than $85 million, and already we are seeing impacts of the visionary generosity of our donors. Campaign dollars are funding the current expansion of the Katharine Howard Miller ’55 Wing of the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building, providing much-needed faculty office spaces. You will note significant progress has been made on the wing over winter break!

I’m looking forward to continued campaign success as well as a spring semester filled with great news, accomplishments, and an impressive array of speakers and activities that reflect credit on all of you and on Scripps College. As we begin spring semester, I have a few announcements to share:

Arrival of our new vice president for business affairs and treasurer

Coming to Scripps from her recent post as senior associate provost for budget and planning at Wellesley College, Donna Ng officially joins our community January 27, bringing both a wealth of professional experience and a passion for the liberal arts experience. She will fill the role previously held by Joanne Coville, who has retired. I am sure you will join me in welcoming her to campus with the warmth and enthusiasm that are hallmarks of the Scripps community. All campus community members are invited to a continental breakfast welcome reception, scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 9 a.m. Watch campus email for your invitation.

Vice president for student affair/dean of students search

Patricia Herzog of Sage Search Partners will assist me in the search for a new vice president for student affairs/dean of students (VPSA/DOS). Patricia has more than 25 years of experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and consultant. She will be on campus Jan. 23-24, 2014 to meet with various constituents about the position.

I have assembled a search committee to join me in identifying the next VPSA/DOS. The members are: Suzanne Muchnic, chair, Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees; Barbara Bruner, vice chair, Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees; Amy Marcus-Newhall, dean of faculty; Nathalie Rachlin, professor of French studies and interim vice president for student affairs; Sheila Walker, professor of psychology; Junelyn Peeples, director of assessment and institutional research; Victoria Romero, vice president for enrollment; Rebecca Millberg ’17; Tori Sepand ’15; and Denise Nelson Nash, vice president/secretary of the Board of Trustees.

Update from the Office of Admission: another strong applicant pool

The preliminary numbers for fall 2014 admission reflect the dedication and hard work of our admission staff as well as the desirability of the Scripps College experience – the number of applications exceeds 2,700, which is a record and an increase over last year of about 15 percent. The staff continues to read files, and admission decisions will be mailed in late March.

Coming Events of Interest

Among many activities and events on campus this spring, here are a few highlights in the coming weeks:

  • January 25 – Ceramic Annual Exhibition Grand Opening: The grand opening of our ceramic annual exhibition takes place January 25 and will feature works from the program’s earliest days in World War II to the present. The collection highlights ceramics from widely admired national artist curators. This is the 70th anniversary of the Ceramic Annual, which is the longest-running exhibition in the United States. There will be a lecture at the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium from 4:00-5:00pm, followed by a reception at the gallery with live music and light refreshments from 7:00-9:00pm. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, read the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery article.
  • February 2 – Haiyan Relief Benefit: Faculty and students in the Scripps College Music Department have rallied to produce Remember, Rebuild, and Sustain: ‘Walang Iwanan,’ a benefit event on February 2, 2014 to raise support for ongoing relief efforts for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
  • February 6 – Peggy Noonan Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Garrison Theater: Author, columnist and political commentator Peggy Noonan will be on campus for this year’s Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs program. She is widely recognized as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Her essays have been featured in TIME, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. To learn more about the speaker and her accomplishments, visit upcoming Malott Commons events.
  • February 14-17 – Family Weekend, campus wide: This year Family Weekend events call attention to the vast talents of our faculty and students with performing arts and a music concert in Garrison Theater. Promoting our rich history, there will be tours for families showcasing our botanical gardens and our rare book collection. Thank you to all who have worked on organizing this showcase weekend!

I hope your semester gets off to a great start, and I look forward to another exciting and active semester at Scripps College.


Lori Bettison-Varga

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