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November 23, 2020

Spring 2021 Update

Dear Scripps Students, Faculty, and Staff, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and looking forward to a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Throughout this semester our attention at the College has been focused on charting a safe, healthy return to the campus we love. Our work over the last several […]

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October 5, 2020

Scripps Planning Update

Dear Scripps College Students, As we near the midpoint of the fall semester, I am pleased to hear positive reports about the active learning and engagement underway in virtual classrooms and in student and community programs. I continue to be impressed and proud of the many ways faculty, students, and staff are strengthening relationships, acquiring […]

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September 4, 2020

Supporting Racial Justice and Equity

Dear Scripps Students, Faculty, and Staff, The recent police shootings of Jacob Blake and Dijon Kizzee, despite months of global protests calling for an end to violence against Black people, are stark reminders that racism, much like the coronavirus epidemic, is a plague that will only be cured through vigilant, sustained, determined, and concrete action […]

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August 25, 2020

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester

August 25, 2020 Dear Scripps College Community Members, This fall marks the beginning of an academic year like no other in the College’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many individuals’ and families’ health and finances, disproportionately devastating Black and other communities of color, and sparked a global uprising with widespread protests against systemic racism […]

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July 13, 2020

Protecting International Students

Dear Scripps College Community Members, Many of you are aware that last Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposed a policy change that would deny many international students access to U.S. educational colleges and universities should their institutions deliver instruction fully online this fall.  The announcement also indicated that if a campus delivers any courses […]

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July 8, 2020

Fall 2020 Decision from the President

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on our society, attacking the health, finances, and social fabric of individuals and families, and disproportionately ravaging Black and other communities of color. In the face of the daunting challenges posed by the pandemic, Scripps College has invested enormous energy in […]

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June 23, 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism

Over the past several weeks, our national consciousness has been inundated with evidence of the racial violence repeatedly perpetrated against Black communities. Throughout the world, people are uniting in their call for an end to the systemic and structural racism that deprives Black people of their lives, freedom, opportunities, and human dignity.

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June 11, 2020

2020-21 Academic Calendar Announcement

As I write this message, I am painfully aware that many in our community are grappling with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s reckoning with the consequences of centuries of institutional racism. I hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy in this challenging time. I understand that […]

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May 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Community Update from the President

May 15, 2020 Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, As we close this academic year, I hope that this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. This extraordinary semester has challenged the Scripps community in unprecedented ways while also highlighting our strength and tenacity. As we reflect on our experience navigating the […]

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January 22, 2020

Spring 2020 Community Update From the President

January 22, 2020 Dear Scripps College Community Members, Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! As we begin our spring semester, I’m eager to share the following recent College news, updates, and announcements. Academic News Mary Routt Chair of Writing Best-selling novelist R.O. Kwon is this year’s Mary Routt Chair of Writing. Kwon will […]

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January 8, 2020

Announcing the Passing of Life Trustee Gloria Holden

Life Trustee Gloria Holden passed away on December 24, 2019, at the age of 91. Gloria joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1980 and became an Emerita Trustee in 2004. As a Trustee, she was a generous supporter of the College, providing valuable leadership on many essential enterprises, including the much-needed restoration of Scripps’ […]

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August 26, 2019

Fall 2019 Welcome Letter

August 26, 2019 Dear Scripps College Community Members, As the new academic year begins, Scripps is preparing to welcome new and returning students, faculty, and staff to our College community. I’m looking forward to this year’s many opportunities to learn, grow, and support each other as a community of scholars and leaders who approach education […]

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June 3, 2019

Community Update from the President

Commencement 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 […]

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May 29, 2019

Scripps College Announces Three Endowed Chairs for 2019

The Scripps College Board of Trustees has announced the appointments of Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of art, to the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art, Julia Liss, professor of history, to the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professorship in the Humanities, and Sheila Walker, professor of psychology, to the inaugural appointment of the Laura Vausbinder […]

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January 25, 2019

Community Update from the President

Scripps College Centennial Plan As most of you know, members of the Scripps community have been engaged in developing a new strategic plan for the College. In October 2018, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plan’s four themes and first 10 initiatives. I am pleased to share the results of our collective efforts with […]

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November 6, 2018

Announcement of the Passing of Alumna and Life Trustee Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72

It is with sadness that I announce alumna and Life Trustee Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 passed away on October 31. Born in Hong Kong, Gabrielle arrived at Scripps in 1968 with a strong interest in art and chose to major in art history, spending her junior year abroad at the L’École du Louvre in Paris. Of […]

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August 24, 2018

2018 Fall Welcome from the President

The new academic year has arrived, and the campus is coming alive, with preparations for new student orientation programs and events in full swing and students, faculty, and staff returning from summer activities or scholarship. At this time of year, I’m reminded of the considerable opportunity we have at Scripps to continue to build a […]

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March 8, 2018

Professor Mary MacNaughton appointed to Endowed Directorship

Dear Scripps College Faculty and Staff, It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor of Art History Mary MacNaughton as the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, endowed by alumna Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 through a generous gift. Professor MacNaughton is the first appointee to this endowed directorship, effective immediately.   Professor MacNaughton is […]

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February 16, 2018

Announcing the Passing of Former Trustee Sharon Walther Blasgen ’64

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, It is with sadness that I announce former trustee Sharon Walther Blasgen ’64 passed away last weekend. Sharon was a beloved trustee from 2004-2010. She was respected for the thoughtful diligence she brought to the Board as a member of the Finance and Investment Committees, as Vice Chair […]

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February 12, 2018

Spring 2018 Community Update

Dear Members of the Scripps Community, Happy New Year! Welcome back to campus, and for those of you who are new to the Scripps community, welcome. I hope you had a peaceful and restorative winter break and were able to spend some quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. As we begin a new […]

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