Agnes Scott College

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Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott seal
Motto "Educating women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times."
Established 1889
Type Private, Women's college
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment $230.6 million[1]
President Elizabeth Kiss
Academic staff 82
Students 998
Undergraduates 914
Postgraduates 84
Location Decatur, Georgia, United States
Campus Total 91 acres (Suburban), Athletic complex 7 acres, Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium 1.5 acres.
Newspaper Agnes Scott Profile
Colors Purple and White         
Nickname Scotties
Website www.agnesscott.edu
South Candler Street – Agnes Scott College Historic District
NRHP Reference # 94000787[2]
Added to NRHP July 29, 1994

Agnes Scott College (commonly known as Agnes Scott) is a private liberal arts college in downtown Decatur, Georgia.

The college was founded in 1889 as Decatur Female Seminary by Presbyterian minister Frank H. Gaines. In 1890, the name was changed to Agnes Scott Institute to honor the mother of the college's primary benefactor, Col. George Washington Scott. The name was changed again to Agnes Scott College in 1906, and remains today a women's college.

Agnes Scott currently enrolls 914 students. In 2006, the student to faculty ratio was 10:1.[3] Eighty-seven percent of the faculty are full-time, and 100% of the tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees.

The college offers 30 majors and 25 minors and is affiliated with numerous institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University School of Nursing, and Washington University. Students who graduate from Agnes Scott receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Agnes Scott is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is considered one of the Seven Sisters of the South.[4][5] The current mission of the college, adopted in 2002, states: Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.[6]

History[edit]

Agnes Scott is considered the first higher education institution in the state of Georgia to receive regional accreditation.[citation needed] The current president is Elizabeth Kiss, the founding director of Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics.

On July 27, 1994, the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the South Candler Street-Agnes Scott College Historic District.[7] The historic district boundaries are East College Ave., South McDonough St., S. Candler St., East Hill St. and East Davis St. It includes the entire campus, as well as historic homes adjacent to the campus. The campus is also designated by the City of Decatur as a historic district.

Academics[edit]

Special curricula[edit]

Coeducational graduate programs:

  • Master of Arts in teaching secondary English (program ending May 14, 2011)
  • Master of Arts in teaching secondary math and science (program ending May 14, 2011)
  • Post-baccalaureate pre-medical program

Undergraduate programs:

Campus[edit]

Downtown Decatur[edit]

Agnes Scott College is located within walking distance of downtown Decatur. A MARTA subway station, located in downtown Decatur, allows students to travel to Atlanta.

Agnes Scott (Main) Hall, the oldest building on campus, was built in 1891 and once housed the entire school. This is documented in the history of Agnes Scott by Dr. McNair entitled Lest We Forget published in 1983.

Buttrick Hall
Looking across the quad
McCain Library at dusk

Agnes Scott occupies more than 90 acres (360,000 m2) in Decatur. The college also owns the Avery Glen apartments as well as more than a dozen houses in the surrounding neighborhoods housing faculty, staff, and students. There are also six dedicated undergraduate dormitories located on campus.

The Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott houses the Beck Telescope, a 30-inch (760 mm) Cassegrain reflector, as well as a planetarium with 70-seat capacity and a radio telescope. Recently Agnes Scott College and the Georgia Tech Research Institute have collaborated on a project that added a LIDAR facility to the observatory.[8]

The college's science building contains a three-story rendering of part of the nucleotide sequence from Agnes Scott's mitochrondrial DNA. The DNA came from a blood sample of an ASC alumna who is a direct descendant of the college's namesake.

American poet Robert Frost was an annual visitor at Agnes Scott from 1945 to his death in 1962.[citation needed] During his visits, he would read poetry in Presser Hall. A statue of the poet sculpted by George W. Lundeen sits in the alumnae gardens. A collection of Frost's poetry and letters can be viewed at McCain Library.

Sustainability[edit]

Agnes Scott has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral institute by the college's 150th anniversary in 2039 and has taken steps such as partnering with the Clean Air Campaign to reduce its impact on the local environment.[9]

Student life[edit]

Housing[edit]

Non-commuter students are expected to live in on-campus housing for all four years as an undergraduate at Agnes Scott College.[10] There are six dorms situated around the Northern edge of the campus: Winship, Walters, Inman, Hopkins, Rebekah, and Agnes Scott Hall (nicknamed "Main"). Agnes Scott also owns off-campus apartments one block from campus, called Avery Glen. Winship and Walters are traditionally reserved for first-year students. Upperclasswomen participate in a numeric room selection process, where students choose to live in loft-style dorms, tower rooms, or apartments with their friends.

Campus organizations[edit]

Due to the small size of the Agnes Scott College community, students are encouraged to start any organization or group that does not yet exist on campus.[citation needed] Students are also welcome to join the diverse group of organizations recognized by the school's student government, including a secret society or two.

Publications[edit]

The Silhouette is the yearbook published by the students of Agnes Scott College. All students are invited to join the staff.

Aurora is the Agnes Scott literary magazine. The magazine is published once a year and includes student poetry, prose, and artwork. In the past, the magazine has also considered publishing musical compositions.

Psychobabble is the student-run newsletter of Agnes Scott's Department of Psychology. The newsletter’s goal is to create an informed and united community within the discipline by promoting coordinated activities and facilitating communication and relationships among faculty, students and staff. Psychobabble gives psychology majors and minors an opportunity to involve themselves in their interest and form an identity as undergraduate students, while benefiting the department as a whole and supporting the educational experience of their peers.

The Profile, the college's independent student newspaper, is published bi-weekly during the academic year. All students interested in writing, photography, editing, layout and design, cartoons, advertising or circulation are encouraged to join the staff.

Athletics[edit]

Agnes Scott is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III which fields six sports teams including basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and lacrosse. All teams compete in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) except lacrosse which competes in the USA South Athletic Conference (USA South). The tennis team is arguably Agnes Scott’s most successful team, having won the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA national tournament four times: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. The newest team is lacrosse which was added in 2008 and began playing in the 2009-10 school year.

Agnes Scott uses the tune of the Notre Dame Victory March as their fight song and to rally the students together during the annual Black Cat Spirit Week. The Agnes Scott mascot is a "Scottie," a Scottish Terrier named Victory.

Traditions[edit]

Mascot and School Colors
The school colors of Agnes Scott are purple and white and the school mascot is the Scottie, a Scottish Terrier.

Class Colors
Each incoming class is assigned a class color—red, yellow, blue, or green—and votes on a class mascot that correlates with that color. The colors and mascots are intended to establish class pride, particularly during one week of activities called Black Cat.

Black Cat
Black Cat occurs every fall and is Agnes Scott's version of homecoming week. The week includes a number of class-focused games and activities and culminates in a series of skits written, directed, and performed by the junior class. Each class has the opportunity to showcase its mascot that features the class color. If there is dissatisfaction with a class mascot, the class is given the option to revote and choose a different mascot their second year.[11]

Pestle Board
A senior-only social and philanthropic society created to lampoon the campus chapter of the academic honor society Mortar Board. Whereas Mortar Board has strict GPA and extracurricular prerequisites for membership, Pestle Board's only entry requirement is the completion of a humorous initiation process known as "capping" that pairs junior "cappees" with graduating senior "cappers". Capping also involves Pestle Board's largest philanthropic fundraiser of the year.

Class Ring
The class ring is given to students during the spring of their sophomore year in a special ceremony. The ring is very distinctive with a rectangular engraved black onyx stone inscribed ASC and has remained essentially the same since its introduction in the 1920s with choices only in metal (white or yellow gold) and antiquing. Alumnae who wear the ring are recognizable to one another or those familiar with the college's tradition. Students and Alumnae alike dub themselves the "Black Ring Mafia".

Honor Code
The honor code is held in high regard among Agnes Scott students and faculty.[12] At the beginning of every academic year, new students must sign the honor code and recite a pledge promising to uphold the high academic and social standards of the institution.

"As a member of the student body of Agnes Scott College, I consider myself bound by honor to develop and uphold high standards of honesty and behavior; to strive for full intellectual and moral stature; to realize my social and academic responsibility in the community. To attain these ideals, I do therefore accept this Honor System as my way of life."

Students self govern themselves and ask violators of the code to turn themselves in to Honor Court. The trust the Honor Code builds between faculty and students allows for students to take self scheduled, unproctored, exams.

Senior Investiture
Senior Investiture is one of the college’s most cherished traditions. During the investiture ceremony in the fall of students' senior year, each student is capped with an academic mortar board as a symbol of her senior status at the college by the Dean.

Bell Ringers
Seniors at Agnes Scott traditionally ring the bell in Agnes Scott Hall's bell tower upon acceptance to graduate school or a job offer. This tradition dates from the early 1990s after the tower acquired its bell during the administration of President Ruth Schmidt. Students who ring the bell sign their names on the walls of the tower.

Alumnae Pond
Tradition dictates that students who get engaged are thrown into the alumnae pond by their classmates.[13]

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
National
Forbes[14] 284
Global
Liberal arts colleges
U.S. News & World Report[15] 67

The 2004 edition of US News and World Report's rankings for best liberal arts colleges placed Agnes Scott as tied for number 50 in the country, and that year promotional information and school merchandise advertised the college's place among the "top 50."

In 2004, the college ranked second among women's colleges, seventh among national liberal arts colleges, and 27th overall in endowment per full-time enrolled student.[citation needed]

In April 2007, Kiplinger named Agnes Scott as one of the top 50 private liberal arts colleges.

Princeton Review's 2007 The Best 361 Colleges ranks the college as follows:
No. 4 for "Most Beautiful Campus"
No. 8 for "Dorms Like Palaces"
No. 11 for "Diverse Student Population"
No. 13 for "Students Happy with Financial Aid"

According to the 2010 US News and World Report, Agnes Scott is ranked the 59th best liberal arts college in the country. It is the highest ranked women's college in the southeast. The report also ranked Agnes Scott as No. 28 for "Great School, Great Price."

Princeton Review's 2011 The Best 373 Colleges ranks the college as follows:
No. 3 for "Easiest Campus to Get Around" (ASC’s second consecutive year in Top 10)
No. 8 for "Town Gown Relations Are Great" (ASC’s third consecutive year in Top 10)
No. 10 for "Best Quality of Life"
No. 19 for "Don't Inhale"
No. 20 for "Stone Cold Sober" (ASC traditionally places Top 20 in this category)[16]

Agnes Scott is one of forty colleges profiled in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope.

Notable achievements[edit]

  • Agnes Scott College was the first college in Georgia to compost in its residence halls.[17]
  • New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered Agnes Scott's May 2005 commencement address.[18] At the ceremony, she and alumna playwright Marsha Norman received the first honorary degrees conferred by the college.
  • Distinguished alumnae include: Georgia's first female Rhodes Scholar; Gates Millennium scholarship winners; the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court; the CEO of Ann Taylor; Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winners; and the first woman to chair the Federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission.[19]
  • In 2009, Agnes Scott students were recognized for excellence in many fields, with four Fulbright Scholars; two Goldwater Scholars (the same as Harvard [20]), recognizing work in mathematics, engineering or science; one Truman Scholar for public service leadership potential; one Kemper Scholar providing career development in business administration and one Jessie Ball DuPont Fellowship providing two-year work and study in philanthropy.[19]
  • Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State, delivered Agnes Scott's 121st commencement May 2010.[21] Agnes Scott's President Elizabeth Kiss has described Albright as, a "true trailblazer." "Her record of leadership, public service and commitment to creating a more just and humane world makes her a perfect role model for Agnes Scott students," Kiss said.[22]
  • Agnes Scott is ranked #2 among U.S. colleges and universities in economics Ph.D.s earned per undergraduate degree awarded. [23]

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Nathalie Anderson ’70, poet and author of Following Fred Astaire
  • Osjha Anderson Domenicone ’96, Miss Georgia 1999
  • Ruth Janet Pirkle Berkeley ’22, one of the nation’s first women psychiatrists
  • Margaret Booth (Agnes Scott Institute, d.), educational and cultural mentor for the Montgomery, Alabama area; Inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999
  • Sammye Burnett Brown ’68, the first woman president of the Georgia Association of Psychiatrists
  • Mary Brown Bullock ’66, president emerita and only alumna to serve as president of the college
  • Ila Burdette ’81, Georgia's first female Rhodes scholar
  • Dorothy Cave ’49, prominent New Mexico author and historian
  • Faith Yao Yu Chao ’61, founder and director of the Evergreen Educational Foundation, a recent Bill and Melinda Gates foundation award winner
  • Carolyn Crawford Chesnutt ’55, served as executive director of the Southeast Consortium of Minorities in Engineering
  • Constance W. Curry ’55, civil rights activist and author of the award-winning Silver Rights
  • Ann Crichton ’61, served as first woman mayor of Decatur, Georgia and representative of the state of Kentucky’s interests in Great Britain
  • Laura Dorsey ’66x, hospital chaplain, author and founder of Gardens for Peace, an international organization which designates gardens as places of meditation and a symbol of peace
  • Susie Goodman Elson ’59, served as president of the National Mental Health Association
  • Daphne Faulkner ’83, religious and political activist, founder and first president of the Georgia chapter of People of Faith for the ERA
  • Mamie Lee Ratliff Finger ’39, president of the foundation that funds Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea, the largest women's university in the world
  • Carolyn Essig Friedrich ’22, the first woman elected to represent the upstate in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1966
  • Margot Gayle ’31x, American historic preservationist and author who helped save the Victorian cast-iron architecture in New York City's SoHo district[citation needed]
  • Karen Gearreald ’66, Agnes Scott's first blind student, who answered the final question to beat Princeton (see above) and was named Outstanding Alumna for Distinguished Career in 1997
  • Mary Duckworth Gellerstedt ’46, the first woman president of the Atlanta Symphony Board of Directors who was also named Atlanta Volunteer of the Year in 1986
  • Sophie Haas Gimble ’1912, fashion designer and merchandiser at Saks Fifth Avenue who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1947
  • Elizabeth Riseley Griffin ’97, a biology student whose death after contracting the herpes B virus while working with Rhesus macaques at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center led to the creation of a memorial foundation and legislation governing primate research safety in the United States
  • Katherine Harris ’79, former Florida Secretary of State and U.S. Representative
  • Rachelle Henderlite ’28 (d.), the first woman to be ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Bertha "B" Holt ’38 (d.), former North Carolina State Representative and children's rights advocate
  • Amy Kim ’97, winner of the 2007 Academy Award for "Best Live Action Short Film" for her work as a producer on West Bank Story
  • Katherine "Kay" Krill ’77, CEO of Ann Taylor
  • Michelle Malone ’90x, musician
  • Catherine Marshall ’36, author of the novel Christy, later made into a TV series and A Man Called Peter
  • Joanna Cook Moore, actress and mother of Tatum O'Neal
  • Jennifer Nettles ’97, Lead singer of the AMA and Grammy award winning country music band Sugarland
  • Frances Newman (Agnes Scott Institute, d.), first librarian of Atlanta's Carnegie Library and celebrated feminist novelist, author of The Hard-Boiled Virgin, Dead Lovers are Faithful Lovers, and The Gold-Fish Bowl
  • Marsha Norman ’69x, playwright
  • Evangeline Thomas Papageorge ’28, the first woman full-time manager at Emory University School of Medicine
  • Jessica Daves Parker 1914, editor in chief of Vogue magazine 1952–1962
  • Susan Philips ’67, the first woman to chair a financial regulatory agency (the Commodity Futures Trading Commission)
  • Carolyn Forman Piel ’40, elected in 1986, she is the first female president of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Margaret Evans Porter ’80, romance novelist
  • Mia Puckett ’86, first female, black District Attorney in the state of Alabama, currently state director of human resources
  • Jeanne Addison Roberts ’47, served as president of the Shakespeare Society of America in 1986
  • Louise Röska-Hardy ’72, Phi Beta Kappa, philosopher specializing in philosophy of language and of mind
  • Agnes White Sanford ’19x, author of the book The Healing Light
  • Saycon Sengbloh ’00x, Broadway star and recording artist
  • Pris Shepperd Taylor ’58, served as editor of the Phi Beta Kappa journal
  • Jean H. Toal ’65, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • M. Virginia Tuggle ’44, the first woman on the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Leila Ross Wilburn 1904, Architect
  • Priyam Bhargava 2008, Miss India USA 2013

In television and film[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Common Data Set 2006-2007" (pdf). 
  4. ^ The Top Small Colleges and Universities in Georgia. [1], Retrieved on May 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Agnes State College. [2], Retrieved on May 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Strategic Plan 2007" (pdf). 
  7. ^ "[3]" National Register of Historic Places: DeKalb County Retrieved: 18 August 2008.
  8. ^ Lidar Projects at GTRI, Georgia Tech Research Institute, retrieved June 15, 2010 
  9. ^ New grant boosts Agnes Scott green initiatives, Agnes Scott College, January 11, 2010, retrieved February 22, 2010 
  10. ^ Agnes Scott College Housing. [4], Retrieved on May 15, 2013
  11. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/studentlife/studentactivities/blackcat.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/about/traditions/honorsystem.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/about/traditions
  14. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes.com LLC™. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/news/newsDetails.aspx?Channel=%2fChannels%2fAdmissions%2fAdmissions+Content&WorkflowItemID=4efa26f2-680b-476d-bba9-91c7cad3d9b1
  17. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/news/newsDetails.aspx?Channel=%2FChannels%2FAdmissions%2FAdmissions+Content&WorkflowItemID=6c2cccd1-a563-43cb-8fa4-858eabf09b77
  18. ^ NPR Morning Edition, May 6, 2005
  19. ^ a b http://www.ctcl.org/colleges/agnes-scott
  20. ^ "Harvard Schmarvard: A Small College Shines". The Washington Post. 
  21. ^ http://www.agnesscott.edu/news/newsDetails.aspx?Channel=%2FChannels%2FAdmissions%2FAdmissions+Content&WorkflowItemID=a96acfc7-5853-45d1-9b67-0072c99a8ca6
  22. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/madeline-albright-to-speak-403472.html
  23. ^ http://www.vanderbilt.edu/econ/wparchive/workpaper/vu06-w11.pdf
  24. ^ Gumbrecht, Jamie. "Spotlight not always glamorous at film-happy Agnes Scott", "Access Atlanta" 2009-03-31. Retrieved on 2009-06-23.

References[edit]

  • Earnshaw, Rebecca Lee. Students at Agnes Scott College During the 1930s. Decatur, GA: Agnes Scott College, 1988.
  • McNair, Walter Edward. Lest We Forget: An Account of Agnes Scott College. Decatur, GA: Agnes Scott College, 1983.
  • Noble, Betty Pope Scott. The Story of George Washington Scott, 1829–1903: A Family Memoir. Decatur, GA: Agnes Scott College, 2002.
  • Pope, Loren. "Scott College." In Colleges That Change Lives. New York: Penguin, 2000.
  • Sayrs, M. Lee. A Full and Rich Measure: 100 Years of Educating Women at Agnes Scott College, 1889–1989. Atlanta, GA: Susan Hunter, Inc., 1990.

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Coordinates: 33°46′13″N 84°17′36″W / 33.77016°N 84.29325°W / 33.77016; -84.29325