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Opportunity Knocks: Spotlight on Career Planning & Resources Issue 7 May 2016 The Newsletter of The Campaign for Scripps College

Table of Contents


Tomorrow and Beyond Preparing Students for Tomorrow: A Conversation with CP&R Executive Director Vicki P. Klopsch


Real Skills Right Now: Emerging Professionals Program


Impact Making a Difference for Students Impacts & Outcomes: CP&R Making a Difference


Processing the Possibilities: Career Exploration Treks


Donor Spotlight: Scott and Barbara Bice


Donor Spotlight: Rajendra and Neeta Yavatkar P’11


Get Connected, Stay Connected: The Scripps Community Network. 15

Support Your gifts at work

Campaign Progress Update


Campaign Chair Katayama Designates $4M Dance Gift


Been There, Done That: Scripps Alumnae on Work and Life InternSCRIPPS: The Internship Process in 7 Steps


The Alumnae Association Internship Fund




Campaign Priorities and Progress July 1, 2009 - March 31, 2016* Campaign Commitments by Priority

Dollars raised

Academic Excellence: Scholarships


Academic Excellence: Faculty and Curriculum

National Leadership: LASPA Center for Leadership







National Leadership: Internships


Signature Campus**:


Building Projects and Campus Enhancement

Unrestricted Endowment


The Scripps Fund

*Amounts are rounded and listed in millions **Includes some endowment and unrestricted gifts that enable facility projects. ***There is no goal associated with this category.




To be Designated***: Future Bequests

Campaign Progress to Date








Campaign Chair Designates $4M Capital Dance Project Gift Estimated $4M Still Needed to Complete Facility The December 2015 issue of More Scripps reported on the pressing need for a new Scripps dance facility. The College is proud to announce that the project— which has been discussed in the abstract for over three decades—will become a bricks and mortar reality thanks to a transformative $4 million gift from Campaign Chair Nancy Katayama ’77. Says Katayama, When I joined the board in 2000, the College had acquired Garrison Theater and plans were underway to begin renovation of that space. A new dance studio was one of the planned elements within the performing arts complex. I was excited that we would consolidate music, dance, and theater into one building. One day not long after that, I was in line at Starbucks and in front of me was a woman in a leotard. I started to chat with her and asked the obvious question, ‘Are you a dancer?’ Indeed, she was a dancer – she was Gail Abrams, Professor of Dance at Scripps College. I told her I was a new trustee and I just saw the Garrison renovation plans; a new dance space was going to happen! Unfortunately, the College has been unsuccessful at securing the funds needed to complete this project. Here we are, 16 years later, and our dancers are still rehearsing and dressing in the same outdated, outmoded studio space and ‘temporary’ dressing trailer. Dance has traditionally been an important discipline in the Scripps arts curriculum. Our students majoring and minoring in dance, as well as the many students who participate in the program desire —and deserve— so much better than what we have now. I hope my gift will jump start the effort to construct the new dance facility. The new space will alleviate a number of issues facing the dance program: overcrowded and insufficient studio space; inadequate faculty offices, dressing areas, and media/production areas; lack of space for rehearsals, choreographic development, movement research, and performance.

Says Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department at Scripps College, Ronnie Brosterman, “This gift marks a dream come true for dance at Scripps College. After decades of fighting against substandard space to maintain and expand a thriving dance program, we will finally have the opportunity to bring dance at Scripps into the 21st century with a state of the art facility for our students and the entire Scripps community.” Katayama’s $4 million Campaign gift – which previously was undesignated – will provide approximately half of the estimated $8 million needed to complete the dance facility project. An updated design plan will be completed this spring. Despite arranging this exceptionally generous lead gift, Katayama has elected to leave the center unnamed at this time, in hope of attracting another significant gift to complete the project. Says Katayama, “As Campaign Chair, my intention is to launch this project, and to encourage other dance facility donors to partner in a meaningful way. Keeping the naming opportunity open is an inviting way to do that.” Scripps is grateful to Campaign Chair Nancy Katayama for her generosity and thoughtful leadership on this project.



Career Planning & Resources:

A Conversation with Vicki P. Klopsch Vicki P. Klopsch serves as Executive Director of Scripps College’s office of Career Planning & Resources (CP&R). A staff member since 2009, her responsibilities include overseeing comprehensive career services and student employment. In addition, Vicki spearheads careerrelated programming initiatives such as the Emerging Professionals Program and Scripps Career Exploration and Networking Treks. She and the CP&R team help to engage students in achieving their professional development goals. Vicki recently met with Molly Olecki, associate director, advancement communications, to discuss the role of CP&R in the lives of Scripps students. Molly Olecki: What do you love the most about leading CP&R? Vicki P. Klopsch: Scripps students are inspiring! Everything CP&R does is done with students in mind— we work together to help them see what’s possible and to articulate their own career narrative in a professional, authentic way. I also have a supportive boss [Vice President of Institutional Advancement Michael Archibald] and an energetic, innovative team. MO: Basing CP&R within Institutional Advancement makes Scripps’ career services department unique from some other schools. What do students—and alumnae—gain from that strategic partnership? VPK: Insight and access. Our positioning within advancement provides CP&R and students direct access to alumnae and families. By leveraging those relationships we can help students connect with their Scripps network in a way that is consistent with the individualized support Scripps provides. We also collect alumnae stories to inspire our students. We gather as much information as possible about what Scripps has done well and where we can still grow in supporting our students in their career development.

MO: How do you leverage these connections to best serve students? VPK: We’re a small school located off the beaten path. Employers need a compelling reason to recruit here. CP&R engages directly with employers. We focus attention on Scripps alumnae and parents working within the company. Once established, we build those relationships to promote a Scripps presence in the organization, fostering connections and enticing employers who otherwise might not have had Scripps on their radar. MO: CP&R manages internship grants. What is unique about this application at Scripps? VPK: Internships are extremely important to our students’ future success. I am proud that we’ve made this process equitable and efficient. We don’t require students to know every detail of their internship opportunity to apply for a grant. We are conscientious of their needs, and the grant process involves much analysis and careful consideration. That said, there is always a shortage of internship funds, so a number of well-qualified students don’t get grants. When people ask how to help students, my answer is always to consider supporting an internship fund. (For more details on supporting internships at Scripps, see page 11). MO: Can you speak about CP&R’s student advising strategy? VPK: We encourage students to find their own path with the help of our qualified career counselors. Good counseling is listening, taking great notes, and asking the right questions. We have excellent counselors. They are committed to helping students find what will make them happy and satisfied in their life beyond Scripps. That means open doors, good will, and no judgment. MO: What else can you share about CP&R and its role in helping students? VPK: I hope students visit us as often as they need to, even after graduation. We work with recent graduates up to two years post-graduation and have career resources for alumnae beyond that. We’re here for them. Also, I am thankful for the energy of my CP&R team. There is a lot of expertise there and they are highly committed! Together, we cheer our students and alumnae on, and people know we care.



CP&R’s Mission:

Success for What Comes Next

Career Planning & Resources (CP&R) engages, educates, and empowers students through personalized career counseling, skill-building, experiential learning, and modern resources. We take a non-judgmental approach in guiding students to build their professional network and develop their career narrative.

“Is a private, liberal arts education worth the cost?” This question is often debated within the national dialogue on higher education. The short answer? Yes—and for reasons that may not be obvious. Top private schools—Scripps included—are increasingly building close student-alum networks and are delivering personalized mentoring to help create advantages for students seeking post-graduate opportunities. Scripps’ CP&R team provides individualized support to help students determine what comes next with resources and a commitment level that larger schools often cannot match.

CP&R Services

Individual career counseling Job and internship search coaching, including help with resumes, cover letters, interviews, follow-up, networking, and salary negotiation Internship grants and awards Access to the 5-College on-campus recruiting program On-campus student employment Specialized networking opportunities and events with alumnae and industry experts Skill development workshops and video-taped mock interviews Graduate school application support and essay assistance Fellowship application assistance Gap year options Individual access to notable online job-search engines, including Internships-USA, Nationwide Internship Consortium, Opportunities in Public Affairs, O*Net, and Vault Strong Interest Inventory and MBTI assessment

By the Numbers

Scripps College is a top producer of Fulbright scholars among the nation’s colleges and universities. 93%* of students held a job at some point between their first and senior years. 82% of students hold at least one internship during their undergraduate years. About 300 employers recruit at the Claremont Colleges each year. 47%* of seniors intending to work full-time accepted a full-time position by graduation.

*This is aggregate data from 230 seniors, a 97.87% response rate for the Class of 2015.

75%* of those going to graduate school got into their first choices. 85% of the entire student body utilizes CP&R services.

Career Planning & Resources focuses on student interests, aspirations, and goals to provide the highest level of support and to deliver the resources students need to take their next steps after graduation.

Brown University CalTech Cambridge University Cornell University Courtauld Institute George Washington School of Medicine Georgetown University Harvard


Johns Hopkins University Mills College MIT New York University

of respondents feel better prepared for post-grad plans because of their Scripps experience

Northwestern University Oxford University

*This is aggregate data from 230 seniors; a 97.87% response rate for the class of 2015.

Parsons Paris

75% / 93%

of students got into their top choice graduate school

Alumnae in Action

got into one of their top two choices

Stanford University Tufts University University of California, Berkeley UCLA University of Pennsylvania University of Southern California University of Washington Vanderbilt University



Major: Biology

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

When Julia arrived at Scripps, she had little exposure to biotechnology. Soon, a professor inspired her to consider academic research in the field. Says Julia, “The research I began in my first year was a great way to get my feet wet in the lab and learn fundamental techniques.” Her hard work and faculty relationships helped Julia secure an internship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is now a postdoctoral fellow there working on genetic changes in blood cancers. Her future plans include a move to Oregon Health & Science University's Division of Hematology & Oncology.

When Grace began at Scripps, she intended to study politics and international relations and one day work for the State Department. Eventually, she realized her original plan would not satisfy her curiosity and interest in cultural theory, taboos, and the mind-body connection. With mentorship from CP&R staff, Grace changed her major and discovered her desire to help others. She later joined the CP&R staff where she helped students realize their dreams. In so doing, Grace gained the confidence to pursue a dream of her own: helping others attain happier, healthier lives through hands-on bodywork. She is now a certified massage therapist at a fitness club in Orange County, and is poised to open a private practice in the near future.

Confidence in Skills Graduates were asked to rate their confidence on a list of 10 skills from 1-5; the class of 2015 were most confident in the following skills:

4.28 Problem solving Top Interests of Current Students 35% | Art, Media and Entertainment


Analytical skills

4.24 Team work 4.23 Organization

33% | Health/Medicine 26% | Science/Math 26% | Social Sciences/Services 20% | Law and Government 15% | Business and Finance (all class years, data pulled March 2016)

Of 18 students applying for Fulbright Fellowships in 2015 13 advanced as finalists, and 7 received a fellowship.




Major: Political Science Minor: Anthropology

Major: Media Studies, with a focus in Film / Video

Major: Media Studies, focus in film / video Minor: Psychology

Whether polishing personal statements and resumes or applying to summer internships, Stephanie turned to CP&R for guidance “at every point of my Scripps career.” After graduation, Stephanie partnered with CP&R for help applying for a Fulbright scholarship. She now works in publishing at Penguin books, specializing in adult literary fiction in the publicity department. Stephanie arranges author book tours, schedules events, and generates buzz on past and upcoming titles.

As a student, Madison utilized Career Planning & Resources workshops to gain the confidence needed to market herself to potential employers. Her media studies skills helped her earn a senior year internship at Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP). After graduating in 2013, Madison started at BMP as a post-production assistant on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She became an assistant editor on the same show in 2014, and became an editor in summer 2015.

Daysha recalls spending most of her free time in the CP&R office throughout her junior and senior years, utilizing every resource from career books to mock interviews with counselors, to networking events. These and other resources helped Daysha navigate her way through job searches and ultimately become a video producer at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She creates original, relatable, short-form videos and is responsible for every aspect of the videos she produces, including conception, lighting, shooting, and editing. Says Daysha, “I still use the resources I received at different CP&R trainings because the information I got out of each session was so valuable and continues to be relevant to me today.”



Processing the Possibilities: Career Exploration Treks

2015 Career Exploration Trek Cohort

Scripps students who are planning to join the workforce right after graduation have many choices to make: Should they choose a Fortune 500 company, or an emerging tech startup? Would they thrive in a creative, open work space environment, or would they feel more empowered in a financial district high rise? The Scripps Career Exploration and Networking Treks help students address these career queries, and more. The inaugural August 2015 program— nicknamed the “Scripps Tech Trek” for its focus on the technology sector— led twelve Scripps students to the San Francisco Bay area for three days. The trek was made possible by the kind support of Mary Waring ’85 and Michael Waring. Students explored nine powerhouses including Facebook, Pinterest, Twilio, and Uber. Scripps alumna hosts at each company engaged students in hands-on, interactive experiences, while providing an insider look into the industry.

Career Exploration Trek 2.0 took place in Seattle, March 13–17, 2016. A cohort of 14 students connected with Scripps alumnae at corporate giants Microsoft and Amazon; other stops included Zillow, Milliman, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and corporate wellness technology leader, Limeade. Upcoming treks are planned for New York, LA, and Washington, DC and and will focus on companies and industries specific to those areas. To sponsor or participate in a Scripps Career Exploration Trek, please contact Vicki P. Klopsch, executive director of career planning & resources at or 909-621-8180.



Scripps College Emerging Professionals Program

2015 EPP Cohort The path to post-college employment can be tricky to navigate. Well-qualified applicants outnumber available positions— especially in competitive fields like technology, finance, and entertainment. For liberal arts grads, a perceived gap between their degrees and employability is an extra hurdle on an already steep and rocky path. So how can Scripps graduates identify their strengths and articulate the competitive advantages of their liberal arts education? One answer is the Scripps College Emerging Professionals Program (EPP)— an application-based deep dive into planning for post-graduate success. Piloted this January, the inaugural EPP cohort consisted of 15 students representing all class years, multiple ethnicities, and a myriad of majors. Students came to campus over winter break to participate in six days of career development and exploration. Each day followed a specific theme: self-assessment, career assessment, personal branding, an accelerated job application lab, and professional presence. The activities culminated in a professional networking event. More than 40 dedicated Scripps alumnae, parents and employers volunteered their time for the program. Volunteers mentored and inspired the students who seized their chance to learn and network with leading industry professionals.

Says alumna panelist and Coldwell Banker Executive Finance and Human Resources Director Linan Ukropina ’83, “The students came hungry to learn. I advised them to research organizations before simply applying. Aligning their personal values and talents with the company’s core principles is key. If a candidate conveys that she is a fit with the corporate culture, she has a real competitive edge.” In addition to valuable professional advice, students received career development resources and tangible results upon concluding EPP. These include a portfolio of transferable skills, updated resumes, cover letters, and social media profiles, competence in the job search from industry research to interview, and three professional assessments. The Emerging Professionals Program is managed by Scripps College’s office of Career Planning & Resources. The six-day pilot program’s $5,000 budget covered the cost of all meals, materials, and assessments for program participants. Scripps is actively seeking a corporate or personal sponsorship to continue this impactful program in the coming year. If you or your organization would like to learn more about program sponsorship or participation in the 2017 Emerging Professionals Program, please contact Vicki P. Klopsch, executive director of career planning & resources at (909)621-8180 or



Been There, Done That: Advice on Work and Life from Scripps Alumnae Careers, families, volunteerism, community service, mindful living, creative collaboration and more—if you can imagine it, Scripps alumnae probably have done it. More Scripps recently asked two accomplished alumnae, Cindy Kirven ’78 and Linan Ukropina ’83, what advice they have for students and recent grads. They were both clear about one thing: Scripps alumnae have something graduates of other colleges can’t come close to—each other. Linan Ukropina ’83 Major: BA International Relations and German Studies Current Position: Executive Finance/Human Resources Director, Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance, Glendale, California Best Advice for students/job seeking alumnae: “Don’t waste time in an interview saying you’re qualified. If I brought you in, you’re qualified. Instead, use interview time to prove you will fit our corporate culture and are passionate about working in our firm.” As an early 1980’s Scripps College graduate, Ukropina felt ready to take on the world. “I got a fabulous education at Scripps. But in 1983, many young women had what turned out to be an unrealistic, self-imposed superwoman complex. “We told ourselves we had to do it all, and right now,” says Ukropina. “Over the years, I’ve learned about balance. You can have it all, but you don’t need to pursue it all at once. Be mindful of your commitments, and selective of your opportunities.” Being selective is a skill Ukropina has honed in her executive finance/human resources role at Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance. She also stresses the power of connectedness. “To land your dream job, ” she advises, “get in front of the person who can say ‘yes’ and advance you in the hiring process. Use your connections. You are already connected to some amazing Scripps alumnae. CP&R is a fantastic resource. Tap into that network and use it to your every advantage.” “Focus on positions aligned with your personal values. You should be passionate about the organizational mission – you can’t fake it! If the position and the company excite you, and that comes across, you will succeed.”

Cynthia Wilkinson Kirven ’78 Major: Economics Current Position: Chief Operating Officer, Endgame Entertainment Best Advice for students/job seeking alumnae: “Get over the idea that mistakes are bad. They aren’t. They humble us temporarily, but mistakes are the way we learn and grow.” Cindy credits Scripps for instilling the confidence needed early on and throughout the course of her career. “I’ve been asked whether it ever intimidates me to be the only female exec in a board room full of men,” says Endgame Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Cynthia “Cindy” Wilkinson Kirven ’78. “My answer is no. I attended Scripps; participation was expected. There was no hiding. That prepared me for the real world.” Aside from setting the company culture and managing operations at Endgame, one of Kirven’s favorite responsibilities as COO is overseeing the internship program. “We provide a formal training program with modules led by executives so interns learn about different areas such as script development and negotiating cast contracts,” says Kirven,“It lights me up helping our interns learn the industry ins and outs necessary to get a foothold in this extremely competitive field.” After graduating from Scripps, Kirven began a career in banking and finance. She started at Union Bank, where her early loan portfolio consisted largely of entertainment clients. She worked her way up to a position with New Market Capital Group where she specialized in entertainment finance. In 2003, Kirven was appointed as COO of Endgame Entertainment, a production and financing company focused on the development and creation of original content for film, television, and the live stage. Says Kirven, “I would tell recent grads and young alumnae to take full advantage of your network. Really leverage those connections, and then follow up! In this industry, someone has to know someone. As Scripps alumnae, we all know someone. Reach out. The help will be there.”



Real World, Right Now: Scripps Interns in Action Last summer, Scripps students harvested coffee in Bogata, Columbia, contributed at Elle Decor Magazine, taught in an English immersion program in Hong Kong, helped combat female infanticide in rural India, and so much more. How did they do it? With help from generous internship donors. Thank you.

Lillian Comba ’16 Internship: ELLE DECOR Magazine, Hearst Corporation Location: New York, NY Lillian Comba arrived on her first day at Hearst Tower just as fresh and eager as Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada. However, instead of feeling overwhelmed, she felt welcomed by her fellow sales assistants and the advertising sales team. Lillian’s internship, made possible by a connection with Scripps alumna Judith Nelson Keep ’66, consisted of diverse tasks. She tracked advertising data, attended key sales calls, and participated in prospective client research. Says Lillian, “Thanks to this experience I grew into the version of myself that I am proud to be today. Many thanks to the generous Scripps College community, particularly Ms. Judith Nelson Keep, for helping me find my way—even if it’s not entirely mapped out yet.” Katy Keisling ’15 Internship: Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, Summer Fellow Location: Bogotá, Colombia and Portland, OR, USA Katy’s six week stint with Sustainable Harvest in Colombia was an intensive on the art of coffee growing. In an industry dominated by men, Katy made close connections with inspiring, supportive women who she continues to count on today. Her actionpacked experience in Colombia was balanced with time in Portland, where she saw her work in Bogotá come full circle. Her experiences ranged from training coffee farmers to sleeping at farms collecting data on coffee fermentation. Says Katy, "It was a once in a lifetime experience that will serve me for the rest of my life.”

Kohsheen Sharma ’18 Internship: Aarti for Girls, Intern Location: Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India Fueled by a passion for human rights, Kohsheen interned at Aarti for Girls, a nonprofit organization focused on improvement in education, and female feticide and infanticide awareness in rural regions of India. Despite cultural differences and a language barrier, Kohsheen bonded with the women and children she worked with through creative forms of communications, such as dance. These relationships, as well as her instrumental roles in developing women’s leadership classes and starting a new preschool . Vivian Zhang ’17 Internship: Summerbridge Hong Kong, Teacher Location: Hong Kong, China For Vivian, Teaching at an English immersion program in Hong Kong required her to develop her personal leadership style. The work compelled her to find ways to inspire her students, which often brought her out of her comfort zone. She states, “Stepping up and out of myself was worth it every time. I was sowing seeds of confidence in our students.” Vivian says her summer experience played a critical role in her teaching approach and provided an understanding of what brings her true fulfillment.



Supporting Internships at Scripps College Each year Scripps receives more internship grant requests than it can meet. You can help by: 1.Creating a named endowed internship

InternSCRIPPS: The Internship Process in 7 Steps Thanks to generous donors, Scripps students received approximately 50 internship grants in 2016, making their dream internships an accessible reality. This timeline follows the internship process from “Wouldn’t that be a cool learning opportunity?” to “I had the most amazing summer internship.”

2. Creating a named operating internship 3. Making a gift to general internship support 1. Named endowed internships are funds earmarked to provide an internship in perpetuity. Made possible with an investment of $80,000, the (roughly 5%) spending income from this endowed fund provides one internship for one student per year. 2. Named operating internships are one-time use internship funds. Made possible with a gift of $4,000, these funds are used to provide one internship to one student in one given year. These important internships are also named giving opportunities 3. General internship support: Gifts of less than $4,000 that are designated to internship support and are pooled together to create a general internship grant pot. These combined gifts help students pursue the internship of their dreams. For more information about creating a named internship, please contact Vicki P. Klopsch, executive director of Career Planning & Resources at (909)621-8180 or To make a gift to general internship support, please visit and select “Internships” in the “To:” field.

Step 1

Step 2 Search Process Students search for internship opportunities via CP&R, alumnae and family connections at companies, and visiting websites of companies that they are most interested in. (September–April)

Step 4 Grants Are Awarded Grants are conditionally awarded pending student securing an internship. (Early March)

Step 6 Student Completes Internship With Help of Grant Support Interns will typically work between 120-200 hours over the summer months. (May–August)

Donors Help Gifts are designated to support internships. If gifts are made by April 30, they will be granted in the same academic year in which they are made.

Step 3 Grant Application Process Students submit internship grant applications to CP&R, explaining the type of internship they seek, their qualifications, what they hope to learn, and what the anticipated expenses will be. (Early February deadline)

Step 5 Grants Are Confirmed After the student confirms their internship, CP&R verifies the details directly with the employer before distributing the award. (Mid-April)

Step 7 Students Report on Experiences Student provides “Internship Reflection” to share with donors who have supported named internships. Donors of named internships see how they helped make a difference in the life of a Scripps student! (fall)



More Internships:

The Scripps Alumnae Association Internship Fund Internship grant application season brings the same conundrum to Scripps each year: an abundance of remarkable students seeking summer internships and not nearly enough funds in the grant pot to go around. This year, members of the Alumnae Leadership Council (ALC), the governing body of the Scripps Alumnae Association, are helping to resolve this problem via the newly created Alumnae Association Internship Fund. The goal? To fund ten students with an average grant of $4,000 by June 30, 2016. By supporting the Alumnae Association Internship Fund in addition to your much-needed Scripps Fund gift, you help to provide more internship opportunities for students. Gifts of $2,000 or more count towards membership in the Ellen Browning Scripps Society. Those who donate $4,000 can either choose to have a named operating internship OR support the AA Internship Fund. If donor chooses to support the fund, she will still receive a stewardship report, but the student recipient will receive an "Alumnae Association Internship Grant" not a named grant. To give online: • visit • select“Internships” from the drop down gift designation menu  • t ype “Alumnae Internship Fund” under additional comments To give by mail: • use the enclosed business reply envelope in this magazine • check the “Internships” box  • w rite “Alumnae Internship Fund” in the box that says Please designate my gift to support: You can also support this program with your time and talent by: • creating or updating your LinkedIn profile and joining the Alumnae Association LinkedIn group;  • setting up a paid internship at your company and sharing it with Career Planning & Resources; •

e ncouraging your company to participate in Career Planning & Resources’ Career Exploration and Networking Treks

54.5% requests funded

45.5% requests not funded

Scripps funded approximately $200,000 of qualified internship grant requests in 2014–2015. The College denied approximately $167,000 of qualified internship grant requests due to a lack of funding. Scripps continues seeking support to help more well qualified students receive needed internship grants. For more information about the Alumnae Association Internship Fund, contact Vicki P. Klopsch, executive director, Career Planning & Resources (909) 621-8180 or email



Trustee Barbara Franks Bice and Scott H. Bice:

Exploring Future Opportunities through Internships Scripps College Trustee Barbara Franks Bice and her husband, Scott H. Bice, retired dean of the USC Gould School of Law, are passionate about providing experience-based learning opportunities in the form of undergraduate internships. Previously, the Bices have supported the Barbara Bice Summer Internship Fund, the Barbara Bice Public Interest Internship, and The Bice Fund for Faculty-Student Social Interchange. Their generous $2 million Campaign gift was achieved thanks to a thoughtful combination of outright giving and estate planning. Funds establish immediate support for four Barbara Franks Bice Internships, with a planned vision to provide 15-20 future internships via the estate portion of the gift. In addition, the gift will support The Barbara & Scott Bice Faculty Student Dialogue Fund, providing resources for faculty-student interaction. Says Barbara, “Scott and I believe that the liberal arts and scientific grounding Scripps provides equips graduates for a wide range of productive activities, be they for compensation or volunteer leadership. These internships are an opportunity for students to learn more about how their talents and interests might be best matched with the breadth of postgraduate opportunities available to them. We see this as an important co-curricular enhancement to the College’s mission.” The College is grateful to Barbara and Scott Bice for their ongoing support, and for providing these important learning opportunities.



Rajendra and Neeta Yavatkar P’11:

Supporting Scripps Women in Technology

As a VMware Fellow and Chief Architect for Converged Infrastructure, Dr. Rajendra “Raj” Yavatkar knows a thing or two about technology. And, as the father of a recent Scripps alumna (Mallika Yavatkar ’11), he sees the value of helping Scripps students pursue careers in that competitive field. Thanks to VMware’s Corporate Citizenship program, Dr. Yavatkar and his wife, Neeta, chose to direct a generous $800,000 gift to establish The VMware Fellow Rajendra Yavatkar Technology Scholarship at Scripps College. The scholarship is intended to help Scripps students with financial need who have a desire to study in a technology-based field and/or seek careers in research and development of a new technology. The Yavatkars chose Scripps as the recipient of this gift for two reasons: they wanted it to have an immediate impact for students and they were impressed with the quality of their daughter’s Scripps education.

Says Dr. Yavatkar, “A liberal arts education creates a well-rounded mind. Scripps is proof of that. Students may enroll with one goal in mind, but through a diversity of experiences, discover they want to pursue other areas of interest. Mallika began Scripps as a Hispanic Studies major, and she ended up a scientist who collaborated with Professor Jennifer Armstrong to publish a research paper. That close faculty interaction with Professor Armstrong coupled with other Scripps opportunities introduced Mallika to possibilities she hadn’t yet considered. We hope this technology scholarship does the same for other students.” VMware is an industry leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility solutions, breaking the bonds that tie IT systems to physical hardware. Scripps College and the students supported by this scholarship are grateful to VMware, Dr. Rajendra Yavatkar, and Neeta Yavatkar for their continued support and generosity of Scripps and its students.



Scripps Community Network FAQ What is it?

Event Registration

The Scripps Community Network (SCN) is a networking community, event registration and donation tool that will provide helpful services to Scripps students, alumnae, and family members.

Students, alumnae, and family members as well as friends of the College will RSVP for events through the system.

In the past, alumnae have had a limited networking tool in SCN will replace that outdated application, bring students and families into the new network, and provide increased functionality.


Services will include:

Supporting the College will be easier! Donors can choose to make their gifts through SCN; those with profiles will have their personal information populate in the giving page.

Students, alumnae, and family members who are registered SCN users can, using the custom-built directory, opt-in to network with others in the directory to develop professional connections, look for employment and internship opportunities, and learn about fields of expertise.

When will it be available?

Connecting via Interest and Location

How will I access the Scripps Community Network?

Students, alumnae, and family members will be able to connect with one another based on location and interests. SCN will support the development of affiliation-based groups so that members may build affinity with each other and the College.

Volunteering Students, alumnae, and current family members will be able to sign up to volunteer to support Scripps through activities at the College and around the world.

The system is scheduled to go live in June 2016. It will be rolled out to various constituencies on different timelines to meet their individual calendars of engagement with the College. It will be rolled out to all constituencies by fall 2016.

There will be three entry portals, one each for students (maintained by Career Planning & Resources), alumnae (maintained by Alumnae Engagement), and families (maintained by Parent Engagement). The entry portals will be available from the Scripps College homepage.

Get Connected, Stay Connected. The Scripps Community Network

Going live soon! The Scripps Community Network for alumnae, students, and families is a new space on the Scripps College website where you can: REUNITE

NETWORK with fellow professionals

MENTOR CONNECT with Scripps community members

Scripps students and recent graduates

Registrations and login information for alumnae, students, and families will be available this spring.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumnae and Parent Engagement and The Scripps Fund at (909) 607-1542 or

with classmates

Issue 7 Spotlight on Career Planning & Resources May 2016 Scripps College 1030 Columbia Avenue #2009 Claremont, California 91711

Upcoming Events Commencement May 14, 2016 Speaker: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Scripps Weekend of Giving June 10-12, 2016 A Conversation with Barbara Boxer June 11, 2016 Close of Scripps’ Fiscal Year June 30, 2016 Thank you for supporting Scripps. Camp Scripps July 14-17, 2016

Campaign progress to date $150M

New Alumnae Welcome Events Summer 2016 (locations TBD) Oregon Shakespeare Festival August 11-14, 2016 CP&R Networking Trek August 15-17, 2016

For event information, call (909) 621-8638

$175 M Campaign goal


$121 M

as of March 31, 2016


More Opportunities Newsletter May 2016 Issue 7  
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