Announcing the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities

Posted: December 8, 2012

Dear faculty, students, and staff,

I am delighted to share exciting news with you this afternoon. A $2 million gift to Scripps College to establish The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities was announced at this morning’s Scripps College Board of Trustees meeting. The Malott Family Foundation awarded the significant gift to the College in recognition of the late Elizabeth Hubert Malott ’53 and her love of and service to Scripps.

Once fully funded, this endowment will replace the Mellon Foundation funding that has provided resources for consistent innovation and support in Core programming. Providing a named, endowed Chair for this rotating individual recognizes and elevates the responsibility and workload that the leader of the Core has accepted and the importance of the Core program overall to Scripps College.

Our effort to maintain the strength and integrity of the Core program is a major priority, and this important gift from The Malott Family Foundation is an exceptional match towards this endeavor. We plan to continue to fundraise for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities through other funding opportunities such as the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant Competition.

In addition, the Board unanimously approved a plan to break ground this summer on a new wing of the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building to house 17 additional faculty offices with project completion slated before September 2014. The approval came based on key fundraising progress for this $4 million project.

As previously announced, the new wing will be named in honor of Katharine Howard Miller ’55. Prior to his death in January 2012, trustee emeritus Frank R. Miller, Jr. dedicated $2 million to the College to honor his late wife, Katharine Howard Miller ’55. She served on the College’s board of trustees from 1973 until her death in September 2004 and played a key role in nearly every major initiative affecting the College, including capital campaigns, building projects, and strategic planning. The $2 million gift from the Miller family was first announced at the March 3 gathering of the Scripps College Board of Trustees.

The Institutional Advancement and Buildings and Grounds Committees approved initiating a fund raising plan for the future residence hall, which is currently in design development.  This $16.2 million project will provide 82 beds in a largely suite-style hall.  The Buildings and Grounds Committee heard from SAS Sustainability Chair Sara Estevez Cores ’13 on students’ desires for LEED Gold certification; the Board will continue to give LEED designation thoughtful consideration as the design proceeds.

Thank you to the faculty and student representatives who gave their time and input to the committee meetings during this busy time of year!

I wish all of you the best as we look forward to the new year!

Lori Bettison-Varga

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