I enjoyed participating in the College’s 89th annual commencement
ceremonies this year, joining Scripps families and friends, students, faculty,
trustees, and staff in celebrating the accomplishments of our 244 graduates.
The program included inspiring remarks from our commencement speaker,president of USAFacts Poppy MacDonald ’97. I
wish all of our graduates a rich and rewarding future, and I’m eager to welcome
them back to campus as alumnae in the coming years.
The College received 3,022 applications for admission this year,
and 285 first-year students are currently enrolled, which is on target for the
class size goal. Congratulations to our enrollment and financial aid teams for
successfully recruiting an exceptional class. I look forward to meeting the
Class of 2023 this fall!
The following faculty recently received endowed chair
appointments: Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day to theFletcher Jones Chair in
Art, Professor of History Julia Liss to theMary W. Johnson and J. Stanley
Johnson Professorship in the Humanities, and Professor of Psychology Sheila
Walker to the inaugural appointment of the Laura Vausbinder Hockett
Also, the Board approved a promotion for Assistant Professor of
Chemistry Babak Sanii to associate professor with tenure at the May meeting.
It is a pleasure to recognize these accomplished faculty members
for their distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service.
Scripps Centennial Plan
In early 2019, we shared the College’s new strategic plan, theScripps
Centennial Plan, and I’m pleased to report that several initiatives are
actively underway or are soon to be launched this fall. For the latest updates,
I encourage you to visit the plan online.
W.M. Keck Science Department
We continue to work on strengthening the W.M. Keck Science
Department. The College is grateful for the McDonnell Family Foundation’s
matching gift, which, combined with the $1 million gift announced earlier this
year from Trustee Jennifer McDonnell P’18 and her husband, Jeff McDonnell P’18,
results in a gift totaling $2 million. The gift is directed toward the
expansion and renovation of the Keck building.
More than 80 graduating seniors from nearly 40 academic
disciplines were chosen by faculty to present their scholarship to the Scripps
community during this year’s Capstone Day. I was thrilled to attend some of
this year’s impressive presentations in support of our accomplished
Rose Garden Dedication
On May 16, the College dedicated a new rose garden in the South
Balch Courtyard to honor the life and contributions of alumna and Life Trustee
Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72, including her generosity toward students and
faculty and her sustained support of the arts and humanities at Scripps. I
encourage you to visit this beautiful and tranquil space, which I’m sure will
soon become a favorite campus spot for many.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics
Our CMS athletes have enjoyed another successful spring: track and
field won nine All-West Region honors from the United States Track and Field
and Cross Country Coaches Association, and Jacque Desmond ’19 won the NCAA
Division III Championship in pole vault; Catherine Allen ’20 captured the 2019
NCAA Women’s Doubles National Championship in tennis with Caroline Cox (CMC
’21); and women’s lacrosse won its SCIAC Tournament for the third year in a
I always enjoy meeting with Scripps community members during the
College’s annual events like Family Weekend and Reunion Weekend, or through the
fascinating Behind the Scenes regional events that took place in cities around
the country. If you are able to visit us on campus, please plan to attend one
of our many events for families, alumnae, and friends of the College.
Enjoy the summer months! And to our returning students and
faculty, I look forward to seeing you refreshed and rejuvenated in the fall.