Scripps College receives $5 million gift for women’s leadership center

Scripps College received a $5 million gift to establish a LASPA Center for Leadership on Monday.

Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College president, announced the gift Monday in a news release after Eileen Schock Laspa and Jude Laspa made the keystone gift.

“The Laspas have lived a life marked by leadership and service in the public and private sectors,” Bettison-Varga said in a statement. “Their remarkable legacy of service will carry forward with the work of the Center. Their transformative gift will impact the College and its students for generations to come. We are thankful for this wonderful gift.”

The center, which will have a nationwide search for a direction soon, will incorporate programming that focuses on 21st century leadership that includes public service, action, analysis, scholarship and leadership.

According to the release, the center will “provide students with new opportunities to work closely with extraordinary leaders, especially women, in areas such as, art, science, business, education, media, government and social entrepreneurship through strategic national and international partnerships and a visiting practitioners and scholars program.”

From 1996 to 1999 Eileen Laspa served as a Scripps Colelge trustee and graduated from the university in 1967. Jude Laspa graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1965.

“We are very pleased to help make the Leadership Center a reality as a resource to help enrich the educational experience at Scripps College and to better prepare our students for productive and impactful lives in whatever career field they follow,” said Eileen Laspa in a statement.

Officials said additional fund raising for the center will continue including seed funds for programming, support for the center’s physical location on campus that is to be determined and endowment funds to secure the center’s future.

Fire department to conduct active shooter training at Scripps College

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will conduct active shooter training on Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at Scripps College.

The fire department, in coordination with the Claremont Police Department, will hold the training between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the city manager’s weekly update.

Training will include personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau, several local Los Angeles County Fire Stations and the Claremont Police Department.

Included in the training will be the use of fire department and sheriff’s department helicopters, role-players and local ambulances.

The reason for the training is for the fire department’s handling, treatment and removal of casualties from an active shooter scene, according to the weekly update.

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Scripps College receives $2 million gift

Scripps College received a $2 million gift to establish The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, according to a news release.

Scripps College president Lori Bettison-Varga announced the gift on Monday in a news release after it was announced at the December 8 meeting of the Scripps College Board of Trustees.

The Malott Family Foundation awarded the gift to recognize Elizabeth Hubert Malott’s love of Core, the College’s signature academic program, according to the release.

The Core program highlights student-faculty interaction, inquiry, interdisciplinary breadth and links to issues of the day, which fosters students with intellectual agility, according to the release.

Scholarly debate and research skills that are fundamental to the Core program empower Scripps students to tolerate ambiguity in dealing with pressing questions.

The benefits of the Core curriculum experience come at a time when industry needs are rapidly changing,” said Liza Malott Pohle, Scripps College trustee and board member of The Malott Family Foundation in a statement. “Now we see the technology sector clamoring to hire individuals with a vivid imagination to market constant innovation. The Foundation board took to heart the words of Steve Jobs: ‘It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.’

Elizabeth Hubert Malott, who passed away in 2003, was a graduate of Scripps College in 1953 and a longtime trustee of the College.

Elizabeth Hubert Malott was a global citizen and a woman of insatiable curiosity who loved the world of ideas and sought opportunities to open that world to others,” said Bettison-Varga in a statement. “The Malott Family Foundation gift ensures the promise of a profound impact that the Core program will continue to have on alumnae long after they leave the College. This gift is a meaningful tribute to her life.”

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