Grounds

The Department of Grounds maintains all of the outdoor spaces, walks, fountains, turf, plants, and parking areas of Scripps College. Our goal is to maximize the aesthetics and functionality of the grounds of Scripps College. We support and facilitate student, faculty, and staff activities on the grounds. We perform all duties in the most technically and appropriate means possible, to achieve a well kept, functional, and safe outdoor environment for the students, faculty, and staff of Scripps College. We strive to preserve the historical integrity of the Scripps College grounds landscape design, which includes nurturing specimen plants, replacing species in kind, and maintaining fountains. We remain cognizant of the original architectural and landscape design intent of the Architect of Scripps College, Gordon B. Kaufman, and original Landscape Architect of Scripps College, Edward Huntsman-Trout.

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Meet the Grounds Department Staff

Lola Trafecanty
Director of Grounds
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Copeland Andrews
Groundskeeper
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Manuel Barrios
Groundskeeper
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Fred Carlson
Lead Groundskeeper
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Katie Cettie
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Coordinator

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Ramon Estrada
Groundskeeper
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William Gonzales
Groundskeeper
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Agustin Martinez Oidor
Groundskeeper III
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Kenneth Ogletree
Groundskeeper
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Tiffany Ortamond
Sustainability Coordinator
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Jorge Sanchez
Groundskeeper
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Department Highlights

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of trees is in front of the commons?
A: Pollarded Sycamore trees

Q: Why are the rose bushes in the rose garden so bare in the winter?
A: Roses are commonly cut back severely during the winter months in order to promote vigorous growth in the spring, as well as to protect them from mildew during the winter months.

Q: Where is the student garden?
A: The student garden is located in the Browning north courtyard.

Q: How can students become involved with the Department of Grounds?
A: Student work study positions are posted for the student garden coordinator and/or office assistance positions.

Q: What sustainable practices does the Department of Grounds implement?
A: The department of Grounds uses Integreted Pest Management, mulches planters to help reduce water use as well as to minimize weed growth, monitors irrigation with a central irrigation system, collects pre-consumer kitchen prep scraps and mixes with green waste to create compost. Coffee grounds from the Motley are collected and added to the compost. Golf carts are all electrically charged; therefore minimizing use of gas. The blowers are battery rechargeable to reduce use of gas, as well.

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