Alumnae explore Scripps during Reunion Weekend

For the weekend of Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, Scripps alumnae will return to campus to take part in Reunion Weekend 2009. The event, organized by the Office of Alumnae Relations and the Alumnae Association, is presided over by Merrilee Stewart Howard ('70). Alumnae will have the opportunity to reunite with former classmates, meet current students and staff, attend workshops and lectures, and share memories of Scripps.

Over 400 alumnae and guests are expected, as is Barbara Yunker Bettison ('54), who will be on campus to celebrate her 55th reunion. Yunker Bettison is the mother of Scripps' president- elect, Lori Bettison-Varga.

The festivities begin on Friday, May 1, with a scholarship luncheon for both scholarship donors and student recipients, providing donors the opportunity to meet their recipients. Friday's events also include an overview of the Scripps College Archives, a workshop taught by David Levy, Director of Financial Aid, on how to effectively save money for college, an art workshop, and a wine tasting in the Margaret Fowler Garden. The wine tasting will be a collaborative event with Harvey Mudd, and features wines donated by alumnae and parent vintners. Later that evening, the Class of 1959 will celebrate its fiftieth reunion. The schedule for Saturday, May 2 is full of activities, and includes a yoga session with Valerie Thom Read ('57), Reunion Convocation at Balch Auditorium, a 5C bus tour, a tour of the Sallie Tiernan Field House, a discussion with English Professor Gayle Greene about her Shakespearean curriculum, open houses throughout the residence halls and a reunion dinner celebration with the 5C Jazz Band. Professors Marc Katz and Jennifer Groscup will also give lectures, and Linda Himelstein ('84) will discuss her new book, "The King of Vodka." Sunday, May 3 will conclude the celebrations with a memorial service to pay respects to deceased alumnae and a champagne brunch on Bowling Green Lawn.

At the Reunion Convocation, various awards will be presented to distinguished alumnae. The Distinguished Alumna Award will go to artist Cynthia Pae White ('85), who has created sculptures and installations presented in galleries throughout the world. White has held exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art, the Milton Keynes Gallery in Britain and the UCLA Hammer Museum. The Outstanding Recent Alumna Award will go to Jenny Sedlis ('04), the Director of External Affairs and co-founder of Success Charter Network in Harlem, New York City. Sedlis has helped to create a system of public charter schools in Harlem, primarily for under-resourced African-American and Latino students. The Volunteer of the Year award will go to Evelyn Nelson Senior ('70), who was selected for her continuous commitment, dedication, leadership and volunteer service to Scripps.