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July 27, 2020

Sophia Albanese ’21 Explores Impact of Cellular Stress

Supported by an Esterly award, Scripps rising senior Sophia Albanese ’21 joins research project led by Professor Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert exploring the impact of cellular stress. By Emily Glory Peters Long before starting at Scripps, biology major Sophia Albanese ’21 knew scientific exploration would be in her future. The child of an attorney and a chemist, […]

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July 9, 2020

Alumna Gift Supports Program to Help Scripps Alums Conquer Career Uncertainty

Established through a generous gift from an alumna, Scripps’ new live webinar series Career Conversations offers practical support for Scripps alums navigating their career journeys amidst the pandemic and beyond. By Emily Glory Peters Uncertainty:  a term competing with unprecedented for the word of the year. Commonly experienced by recent graduates piloting post-college careers, this sense […]

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June 23, 2020

Scripps Community Makes History with Most Successful Day of Giving to Date

Last month, more than 600 members of the Scripps family, including alums, parents of past and current students, students, faculty, staff, and friends rallied together in support of Scripps’ 2020 Day of Giving. This year’s campaign centered on offsetting the formidable impact of the coronavirus on the College and our community, with focus placed on […]

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June 10, 2020

Suzanne Muchnic ’62 Authoring the First Book on the History of Scripps College

Photograph by Max Yavno taken at Scripps College, c. 1945–50 By Emily Glory Peters Renowned author and art critic Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 describes her first encounter with Scripps College as “love at first sight.” An art major, Muchnic was inspired by the scenic campus, her engaged and energetic peers, and the mind-opening discussions she […]

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May 27, 2020

Why Scholarship Support Matters Now More Than Ever

As more families face financial insecurity due to COVID-19, donor support of scholarships will be essential to help students pursue their educational aspirations at Scripps. Make a gift today. By Emily Glory Peters From the nationally recognized caliber of our academic programs to the friendship-forging power of our intimate campus, there are many reasons students […]

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Support of COVID-19 Emergency Funds Critical to Sustaining Scripps into 2021

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Charlotte Johnson reflects on the power of donor support to help Scripps thrive as we confront the impact of COVID-19. Make a gift today. By Emily Glory Peters Over the last few months, our world has fought to strike a balance between the need to protect […]

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May 19, 2020

Scripps Board Chair Lynne Thompson ’72: “Continue to Believe in Scripps”

By Emily Glory Peters This past weekend, the Scripps community celebrated the Class of 2020’s graduation from Scripps College. While we couldn’t be together in person, we shared in our students’ achievements at home and abroad. In commending our seniors, Scripps Board Chair and involved alum Lynne Thompson ’72 reflected on the difficult circumstances surrounding their […]

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May 13, 2020

Scripps’ CP&R Rises to the Challenge to Provide Virtual Career Guidance for Students

By Emily Glory Peters As a small liberal arts college, one of the many benefits a Scripps student can expect while on campus is receiving individual attention from staff and faculty. This March, while our students were grappling with the need to quickly leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College’s student support staff […]

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April 20, 2020

Here’s How You Can Help Scripps During COVID-19

By Emily Glory Peters Fred Rogers once recalled his mother’s advice to “look for the helpers” in periods of tragedy and crisis. These helpers make up a class to which the Scripps community belongs, and we are increasingly thankful for your support as we maneuver the ever-evolving impact of COVID-19 on our students, faculty, and […]

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April 10, 2020

Scripps Community Rallies to Support One Another in Face of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has inspired members of the Scripps community to come together in support of one another during these trying times. By Emily Glory Peters “How can I help?” It’s a question that has become a constant chorus among members of the Scripps community in recent weeks. Since COVID-19 caused the temporary closure […]

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March 30, 2020

Finding Inspiration in the Life of Ellen Browning Scripps

As the College navigates the COVID-19 fallout, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month by finding encouragement in the life of Scripps College’s founder, Ellen Browning Scripps. By Emily Glory Peters March plays host to Women’s History Month, affording us a special time to celebrate the brilliance, courage, and collective impact of women. As we grapple with […]

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February 28, 2020

Gratitude for Dr. Samella Lewis Continues Today Among Scholarship Recipients and Donors

Scripps Professor Emerita of Art Samella Lewis (center) in 2002 with Rochelle Branch, cultural affairs manager at City of Pasadena; Lynn Thompson ’72, Scripps College board chair; Denise Nelson Nash ’76, Scripps College vice president and secretary of the board of trustees; and Crystal Jones ’85, Scripps director of development. By Emily Glory Peters As […]

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February 20, 2020

Share the Power of Gratitude with Scripps’ 2020 Day of Giving

By Emily Glory Peters Expressions of gratitude are everywhere at Scripps. From the many scholarships honoring exceptional students, staff, and faculty to the beautiful buildings named in gratitude for devoted alums, trustees, and friends—each expression reveals how the act of giving gratitude has the power to impact lives for the better. On March 25, we’re […]

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February 14, 2020

Internship Grants Unlock Multiple Career Options for Scripps Students

By Emily Glory Peters By kindergarten, some of us can proclaim our future profession with confidence. Most of us require a longer exploration period before our eureka moment. Antonia Capossela ’21 was in just such a period her first year at Scripps. “I was very interested in women’s health and cancer research, but I also […]

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January 29, 2020

Scripps College Family Weekend Boasts Exciting 2020 Program

By Emily Glory Peters Once a year, Family Weekend draws hundreds of students and their families for an immersive Scripps College event allowing families to appreciate Scripps from their student’s point of view. Hosted by the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy on February 15–17, this year’s Family Weekend program will offer a stimulating mix […]

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January 28, 2020

Wired Up: Connecting to the Scripps Community through Phonathon

By Emily Glory Peters On the ground floor of the McAlister Center on any given weekday you’ll find students at work on a time-honored Scripps College task: Phonathon. A student-driven fundraising project with decades under its belt, Phonathon has quietly become one of the most powerful programs to ever knit the Scripps community together.Students in […]

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November 7, 2019

Supporting Sustainability Through a Beloved Agrarian Tradition

By Rachel Morrison They are strong and have a lot of character, and though they aren’t generally temperamental, they have been known to snap when pushed too hard. These are the olive trees of Scripps College, whose small grove west of the Humanities building was the center of attention on November 1, 2019, when its […]

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May 3, 2019

The Results are In for Day of Giving 2019!

Thank you to our community of supporters who made this the most successful Day of Giving in Scripps’ history. In both donors and dollars, we broke records. Thank you for your overwhelming support—you are helping to create transformative experiences for today’s students. For more information on how your Scripps Fund gift makes a difference, visit our […]

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March 25, 2019

Give Back to Support the Programs You Love

This May, hundreds of Scripps alums will be traveling back to campus to stroll through the Rose Garden, enjoy a glass of wine with old friends on Elm Tree Lawn, and reminisce about their formative college years over coffee and sustainably sourced treats at the Motley. For alums, Reunion Weekend provides an opportunity to remember […]

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March 8, 2019

Your Support Empowers Leadership in Scripps’ Clubs and Organizations

From Watu Weusi, a club dedicated to empowering students of African descent, to Mock Trial, where students participate in competitive, simulated court cases all over the state, to Babes and Blankets, where students knit blankets for a local children’s shelter, Scripps students are taking on leadership roles and positively impacting communities through their involvement in […]

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