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Happening today at 4 p.m. PT! Join us for the first Career Conversations webinar: Creating Strong Resumes and Cover Letters with Megan Pritchett '14.


Deadline approaching! Submit your nominations for the 2024 Alumnae Awards by December 13. Help us pick the next Distinguished Alumna, Outstanding Recent Alumna, and Commitment to Community recipients by honoring a fellow alum or yourself! Click here to complete your nomination form.


Call for entries! Submit your design for the 2023 olive oil label for this year's harvest. Entries must be 1.5" by 4" and digitally submitted in jpg format at 300 dpi to [email protected]. The deadline for submission is December 4, 2023. Check out more info here.

Photos from Scripps College Alumnae Association's post 11/27/2023

Career Conversations is back! Presented by the Office of Alumnae Engagement and Career Planning & Resources, Career Conversations is a free webinar series intended to support the career development and success of Scripps alums and students. Join us for one or all sessions! Check out more information and the link to register here.


The La Semeuse Mentorship Fall 2023 program has wrapped up! THANK YOU to the fall cohort participants for supporting one another and being part of this program. If you are interested in being a mentor and supporting another alum or if you want to tap into the Scripps network as a mentee, the Office of Alumnae Engagement is looking for members to join to the Spring 2024 cohort. Please click here for more information.💚


Which Scripps alums would you like to see honored at Reunion Weekend 2024? Submit your nominations for Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Outstanding Recent Alumna, and the new Commitment to Community awards. Self-nominations are always accepted and encouraged! The deadline for nominations is December 13, 2023. Nominations are submitted here


Welcome back to Scripps! We invite you to Reunion Weekend 2024 on Friday, April 26–Sunday, April 28, 2024. The 50th Reunion Class of 1974 will be honored Thursday, April 25–Sunday, April 28, 2024. Join us as we celebrate the classes ending in 4s and 9s through a variety of engaging programs and events!


In honor of October Service Month and the 187th birthday of Ellen Browning Scripps, we invite you to join us for a virtual chat on October 16 at 12 p.m. PDT with MariaElena De La Garza ’87, executive director of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. Hear De La Garza’s powerful career story of grit, community, and belonging, and how you can honor a fellow alum (or yourself!) for the positive impacts they have made on this world.
Please RSVP via the link!


The Alumnae Association and Office of Alumnae Engagement welcome the Class of 2027 to Scripps College! Every fall, alums write personalized welcome letters to each incoming student and we invite you to join us in delivering them to our newest members of the Scripps community on Friday, September 29 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Please RSVP here

Photos from Scripps College Alumnae Association's post 12/02/2022

President Keen has enjoyed meeting with so many alums and parents in Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco for our Author Salon Series.
Here’s some photos from our latest events. We invite alums and parents to join us in our upcoming in-person events.
For more information on our Author Salon Series click here:


In keeping with Scripps’ ongoing focus on strengthening a campus-wide culture of inclusion, the College established the IDEA Initiative in 2014, a comprehensive plan to align resources, programs, and events to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access throughout the Scripps community. The Equity and Justice Leadership Team have produced the College’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Report. You can read the report and learn more about Scripps' IDEA initiative at


Thank you to all the alums who volunteered to write letters to first-year and transfer Scrippsies! The cherished tradition of letter writing continues because of the support and dedication of our alumnae community. On behalf of the Office of Alumnae Engagement, thank you!

Whether it’s by sharing your words of support and wisdom to students, gathering a group of fellow alums in your local area, serving on a committee, or helping personalize events for your class during Reunion Weekend, there are countless ways to get involved and volunteer as an alum. You can learn more at


The Scripps College Centennial Plan is a blueprint to ensure the College’s future is filled with infinite possibility in the 21st century and beyond. Today we have the opportunity to reinforce our commitment to our legacy, our values, and our mission, while we look ahead to its future. Visit to learn more on current and completed initiatives.


In May 2022, Scripps and Pitzer officially broke ground on The Nucleus, a new state-of-the-art, 65,000-square-foot science center. The new building, which will open in fall 2024, will connect to the existing Keck Science Center. Visit to learn more about the initiative, including project details and construction progress.


Ashley Valdez, director of Career Planning & Resources, spoke to The Forage about virtual networking best practices, advising networkers to personalize their requests for connection. “As you would in person, be sure to introduce yourself, mention something you have in common (such as an alma mater, professional interest, or hobby) and politely state your request,” Valdez says. “Be intentional and strategic when approaching someone, so your message is actually read and receive[s] a response.” You can read more at


Dwandalyn Reece ’85, associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, gave a TED Talk on the origins of blackface and stereotypes about Black people. “The professional minstrel show left an indelible imprint on the American psyche,” Reece says. “The images and racial stereotypes that continue to circulate in American society on sheet music, magazines, books, vaudeville, theater, film, television, radio, records, and all kinds of formats. These stereotypes were a powerful reinforcement of the ideas of white supremacy and Black inferiority.” You can read more at


Lynne Thompson ’72 is one of 22 poet laureates across the US who will receive a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. The Academy supports poet laureates, their poetry, and their community programming through its Poet Laureate Fellows program, which will award a combined total of $1.1 million to poet laureates this year. Thompson is the current poet laureate of Los Angeles, a role to which she was appointed in 2021. You can read more at


Are you interested in volunteering as an Alum Admissions Interviewer? Support the Office of Admission by conducting interviews with prospective students. As a volunteer, you will help answer questions, share your Scripps experience, and inform them of the unique Scripps community. You can register at

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can reach out to Keila Fisher '21 at [email protected]


Louise Tench Willard ’97 has been appointed to the position of chief information officer (CIO) and executive vice president of information and technology services at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Willard, who has worked at the San Francisco Fed since 1997, will be the first woman CIO in the bank’s history and will lead the bank’s largest employee team.

The announcement is the latest in several accolades Willard has earned this year: A cross-country and track and field stand-out while at Scripps, Willard was inducted into the Ted Ducey Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Hall of Fame this spring for her accomplishments as a scholar-athlete. You can read more at


Join us for "So, Now What?" a virtual series for recent grads and current students about facing life after Scripps led by alums who have already done it!

Session 3: Selene Hsu '15 and Maddy Klein '15 on August 1 at 4pm PT via Zoom.

You can find more information and register at


La Semeuse Mentorship registration for the Fall 2022 cohort is now open! The program runs from September 12-November 12 and is designed for Scripps alums to access the wisdom and insight of our talented alum community. Mentees are paired with an alum mentor for one-on-one sessions using Olive Grove to connect and engage during the program. If you are interested in participating, please complete the interest form and create an Olive Grove account by August 12. You can find the interest form here


From Aaron Leconte’s lab at the W.M. Keck Science Department to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Susanna Barrett ’19 continues to carry her college experience with her throughout graduate school. “Going to Scripps and being surrounded by women-identifying peers and faculty members set me on a new trajectory,” says Barrett. “My experience gave me the confidence to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD.” Barrett says the College’s emphasis on interdisciplinary science and the holistic value of its students has inspired her long-term career ambitions as well. She aims to become a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution like Scripps.

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The words “no one has done that before” may deter some people from their goals, but they never stopped Dr. Samella Lewis, Scripps College’s first tenured Black professor and an iconic leader in the art world. An art historian, curator, and celebrated visual artist, Lewis devoted her life to spotlighting other Black creatives. To honor her time at Scripps and her impact on the lives of students of all backgrounds, a group of Scripps alumnae came together in 2003 to endow a scholarship in Lewis’s name. Designed to support Black Scripps students of distinction, today that scholarship has aided 20 recipients who have pursued careers as educators, human rights activists, and more. Dr. Samella Lewis will forever be an honored part of Scripps College history.

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Gabby Giffords ’93 was among 17 recipients of the Medal of Freedom. President Joe Biden introduced Giffords as “one of the most courageous people I have ever known,” the Times reported, adding: “She’s the embodiment of a single signature American trait: Never, ever give up.” You can read more at


When faced with obstacles or uncertainty, Scripps College students, faculty, staff, and alums consistently rise to the occasion and support each other with care and consideration, qualities that are vital to modern leadership. In this issue of Scripps magazine, we invite you to learn how our inspiring community of leaders is charting new paths for future generations. You can access the Spring 2022 issue of Scripps magazine at


Reverend Wendy Smith ’68 and her wife Meredith Ross first met when a friend asked Ross to join her for a visit to St. Thomas, a local Episcopal church. Finding Smith a fascinating preacher, Ross eventually joined a Bible discussion group led by Smith. The rest, Ross says, is history. This connection through faith is just one reason the couple has chosen to leave a planned gift of $1 million to endow the Reverend Wendy M. Smith Religious Studies Scholarship for future Scripps students. In choosing to leave this planned gift to Scripps, both Smith and Ross credit their families for modeling that giving back isn’t a one-time act, but rather a lifestyle. You can read more at


Julia Cost ’09 was born into a family with generations of artists, yet she was hesitant to turn her creativity into a career. While at Scripps, she found a passion for choreography, creating work for and with dancers from across the 5Cs. Today, Cost finds ways to interweave art and dance into her flourishing and unique career: She sews her own sample garments with self-designed fabrics and dances in them to show her Instagram sewing clients how the fabrics move. Sharing her own work has helped Cost uplift others’ work as well—an effect she calls “the coolest part of promotion.” You can read more about Julia Cost '09 at


Laura Vausbinder Hockett ’85 stepped into her new role as chair of the Scripps College Board of Trustees on July 1, 2022. She was unanimously elected to the position by the Board in February. Hockett became a trustee of Scripps College in 2014. She most recently served as the co-vice chair of the Board of Trustees as well as on the Presidential Search Committee, which selected Dr. Suzanne Keen as the College’s 10th president in November 2021. You can read more at

Photos from Scripps College Alumnae Association's post 07/06/2022

Scripps College has a cherished tradition of delivering letters from alums to first-year Scrippsies at the beginning of each fall semester. Please sign up to share your words of support and wisdom with the Class of 2026 as they join the Scripps community! You can find more information and sign up at

Photos from Scripps College Alumnae Association's post 07/01/2022

It's not too late to join us for "So, Now What?" a virtual series for recent grads and current students about facing life after Scripps led by alums who have already done it! Check out the 2 different sessions and sign up for what you relate to the most.

Session 2: Liz Lee '02 and Felicia Palmer '12
Session 3: Selena Hsu '15 and Maddie Klein '15

You can find more information and register at


Join us for "So, Now What?", a virtual series for recent grads and current students about facing life after Scripps led by alums who have already done it!

The upcoming session will be led by Alison Murdock '90 and Cherish Molezion '17 on Thursday, June 30 at 3:00 pm PT.

You can find more information and register at


Join Scripps alum and USC professor Patricia Raskin George '04 for an in-person discussion and reception in Pasadena! Professor George will be leading a talk titled The Science Behind Happiness for Women. The event will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 5:30-8:30 pm PT at Mijares Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena, CA. This event is co-hosted by Scripps College, Mount Saint Mary's University of Los Angeles, and The Nova Network. Pre-registration is required. Use to register and for more information.


Liz Lee ’02, president of the Alumnae Leadership Council (ALC), discussed student debt’s disproportionate impact on women, particularly women of color, with MSNBC. Lee told the news outlet that she would support a student loan forgiveness program that accounts for graduates’ professions and economic backgrounds. You can read more at


Curator Lea Nickless Verrecchia '83 reveals the modern-age fascination with the sky in her exhibition Aerial Vision, "an exhibition about progress, promise, and perspective," at The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach. The exhibit challenges the viewer with the idea of how technologies have impacted our past and shifted how we perceive and interpret the world and our place in it. It is Lea's hope that some will consider and examine how new technologies continue to shape their perceptions. You can read more at


New single occupancy rooms are now available in Browning and Dorsey Residence Halls for Camp Scripps 2022! You can view the available rooms and register at . Registration closes on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:59 pm PT or until registration is full.


Rosemary Radford Ruether ’58, one of the founders of feminist theology, died at the age of 85. Ruether “was among the first scholars to think deeply about the role of women in Christianity, shaking up old patriarchies and pushing for change,” NPR states. “. . . Where Ruether isn’t on the syllabus of a feminist theology class, books by her students—and their students—certainly are.” You can read more using the following link:


Samella Lewis, “godmother” of Black art and professor emerita of art, has died at 99, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lewis taught at Scripps for 15 years and was the College’s first tenured African American professor. Her artwork headlined major exhibitions at the Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans; she also founded the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles County. The College’s Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery was created in her honor in 2007. You can read more at


Four Scripps classes have made their mark on the Graffiti Wall. The Class of 1972, 2020, 2021 and 2022 have finally moved their mural designs from the digital to the physical sphere, after the tradition was temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic. You can read more at

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