Scripps College News and Events Fall 2017

Posted: August 18, 2017

Faculty Scholarship

Many faculty spent their summers immersed in scholarship, with projects ranging from writing novels, to harnessing the power of evolution to create new proteins, to creating a tapestry from photographs of Platt garden, to studying how the mind and brain work to initiate and sustain successful cooperation in a rapidly changing world. Core I will begin the second year of the “Histories of the Present: Community” theme, and faculty are designing new and continuing courses for the fall. Read more about faculty achievements and awards here.

New Faces

Please join us in welcoming new students, faculty, staff, and trustees to the Scripps community. First-year students and their families are scheduled to arrive next week, kicking off five days of orientation programming culminating on the first day of classes, August 29. Our first-year class comprises 329 students, making it the largest entering class in our history. They hail from all over the country and world and demonstrate a wide range of interests and an impressive and long list of accomplishments.

Because the incoming class is larger than we anticipated, 40 new students will live in the first-year residential community at the CGU Complex on Foothill Boulevard with two on-site Resident Advisors. In order to ensure their full immersion in the Scripps community, we have planned special programs and services to keep them connected to campus life. I know you will embrace all of our new students and families and make them feel at home in true Scripps fashion!

Scripps College continues to recruit accomplished and emerging teacher-scholars whose passion and expertise will enrich our academic programs.  I’m pleased to announce the following new tenure-track faculty members: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gabriela Morales; Assistant Professor of English Leila Mansouri; Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ethan Van Arnam, and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies, James Garrison.  We are also pleased to welcome Ulysses (UJ) Sofia as a Professor of Physics and the new Weinberg Family Dean of Science for the W.M. Keck Science Department.  In addition, we have several full and part-time faculty who will be joining us for this upcoming academic year.

New staff members joining us this fall include:

  • Issa Babcock, line cook I, Dining Services
  • Lauren Bartlett, program coordinator, Laspa Center
  • Cory Brown, web programmer/analyst, Information Technology
  • Christine Camacho, administrative assistant, Career Planning
  • Adam Carter, user support and application specialist, Information Technology
  • Tressi Chun, assistant director, Study Abroad and Global Education
  • Casey Crosbie, senior advancement officer, Institutional Advancement
  • Lauren Elmore, OVW grant project coordinator, EmPOWER Center
  • Tanvir Hassan, web designer/developer, Marketing and Communications
  • Paul Kalush, senior accountant, Treasurer
  • Agustin Martinez Oidor, groundskeeper III, Grounds
  • Priyanka Singh, assistant director, Admission
  • Ashley Valdez, career counselor and employee engagement manager, Career Planning
  • Rebecca Wilson, research associate, Assessment and Institutional Research

We are grateful they have chosen to bring their expertise and talents to Scripps.

We are also excited to welcome to the Board new trustees Libby Greig DeMeo ’95, Sneha Deo ’17, Joan Isaacs ’71, Christophe Jungels-Winkler, Carolyn Wu Kurtzig ’97, Dwan Reece ’85, and Mac and Michele-Anne Ebe Riley P’18.

Campus Improvements

Our facilities team was hard at work improving the campus this summer. Their projects included the rehabilitation of the Browning and Dorsey Halls to install air conditioning, improve accessibility and wireless infrastructure, and provide new paint, carpet, and LED light fixtures. Phase two of a three-phase boiler replacement project includes upgraded hot water and building heating boilers that serve Kimberly and Wilber Halls and the Edwards Humanities Building.

Consortium News

CMC has provided the College the results of its investigation of student involvement in the speaker protest last spring, including information regarding individuals identified as Scripps students. This information has been reviewed and will be processed according to Scripps policies, community values, and due process. In accordance with federal privacy laws and our own practices, the College will not release information about individual students.


Scripps College continues to earn high marks from college and university ranking organizations. We climbed to #16 in Forbes’ Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges ranking for 2017, up from #40 in 2016. In addition, Scripps moved to #8 from last year’s #14 spot on the national publication’s Top 25 Western Colleges list. The College also placed #43 in Forbes’ ranking of the country’s Top 50 Colleges.

Scripps was among the top 20 schools in the following categories according to The Princeton Review: #1 for Best College Dorms, #5 for Most Liberal Students, #8 for Best Quality of Life, #12 for Most Beautiful Campus, #14 for Best Classroom Experience, #15 for Best Career Services, #15 for Election? What Election?, #16 for Best Campus Food, and #21 for Best Schools for Internships. Kudos to the Scripps community for creating such a distinctive higher education experience!

Campus Events

The Scripps Presents public events series’ fall season will feature presenters and performers whose thought-provoking works on politics, identity, and activism will explore defining issues for the campus community and society at large. Under the theme, “The World at Our Doorsteps: Immigration and Deportation in Los Angeles,” the Humanities Institute will apply the lenses of sociology, civil rights, culture, activism, and art to study immigration in our region. IDEA will continue to program ConverActions, campus events designed to engage the Scripps community in further discussion of the topics raised at these events and to raise awareness of and sensitivity to topics of equity and access.

The entire community is invited to attend Academic Convocation on Tuesday, August 29, at 11 a.m. to celebrate faculty and student scholarship and kick off the first day of classes. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Chair, will deliver the keynote address, “Exploring Options in Research and Teaching.”

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