Week in Review: May 1-6

Posted: May 6, 2013

2013 Reunion

Rain or shine (sometimes both in the same day!), the alumnae of Scripps College descended on campus over the weekend for the annual Scripps College Reunion Weekend festivities.

“Reunion Weekend 2013 was a marked success by all accounts, but most importantly was the joy expressed by our alumnae as they reconnected with the each other and our campus,” says Nikki Khurana, assistant vice president for alumnae and parent Engagement and The Scripps Fund. “It was an honor to work with so many dedicated, hardworking professionals to make Reunion such a memorable success.”

Festivities began May 2 with a reception and dinner for the Class of 1963, but things kicked into high Friday with exclusive campus tours, networking workshops, 5C mixers, and forums throughout Saturday and Sunday. Highlighting  convocation on Saturday was the College’s first ever 80th reunion attendee, Hildreth Von Kleinsmid  from the Class of 1933! (above, with daughter Shirley von Kleinsmid Novo ’55)

Professor of the Year

Writing professor Kim Drake became part of Scripps tradition May 3 when she entered the Motley Coffeehouse and was crowned 2012-2013 Professor of the Year. Started in 2008, the award annually celebrates one faculty member as voted on by Scripps students; past winners include Chris Guzaitis, Matt Delmont, Winston Ou, Marina Perez de Mendiola, and Tony Crowley.

“This award means more to me than just about any other award I could receive at Scripps,” says Drake. “I feel privileged to teach such amazing students, and I’m deeply honored that they have given me this recognition.”

Guzaitis was on hand to pass the torch – or plush squirrel, in this case – while students, staff, and president Lori Bettison-Varga cheered and enjoyed chocolate cake and strawberries.

Concert Orchestra

The Claremont Concert orchestra and The Concert Choir of The Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges performed Die Schöpfung (The Creation) to full houses at Garrison Theater this weekend. The program included three guests  – Anne-Marie Dice, soprano; John St. Marie, tenor; and E. Scott Levin, baritone – and was conducted by Professor Charles W. Kamm, with orchestral preparation by professor David Cubek.

Meghan O’Rourke

On May 1, Mary Routt Chair of Writing Meghan O’Rourke took center stage in Margaret Fowler Garden and talked with the Claremont community about “How to Be a Writer and Editor in the Internet Era.” The visiting professor, who worked for The New Yorker and Slate and is the author of the best-selling memoir The Long Goodbye, read from her work and talked about the challenges of being a writer/editor in publishing today to over 50 people.

Seed-to-Table Fundraiser Dinner

Professor Nancy Auerbach and volunteers hosted the Seed-to-Table Fundraiser Dinner May 5. The event, which benefits the San Antonio High School Plant Justice program, a hands-on interdisciplinary class focused on building community around sustainable food. Claremont College students partnered with professional chefs, a master mason, landscape architects, and  high schools students to develop recipes, build an outdoor classroom, and plant a Native California Edibles Garden.

Senior Art Exhibition

Every spring, graduating art majors take over the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery and put on a one-of-a-kind exhibition of unique work. “Re/Fractions,” this year’s exhibit, features the art of Sara Chun, Sophie Forman, Devin Grenley, Diana Orihuela, Camille Robins, Avantika Saraogi, and Denise Renee Tupper. Better still, it’s open through May 19, so you have two weeks to stop by the west side of campus and see what these great artists have been up to!

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