July 7, 2015

Good Tuesday morning,

Again I have to disappoint you with little news.

I still have to remind you to please convert your pledges into donations AND continue to tweet about Sweet Briar:

for the $6 Million – August 1 deadline
DONATIONS TO: Saving Sweet Briar
Student Intent to Return To Sweet Briar College Form:
We look forward to welcoming you back to Sweet Briar! To express your interest in returning or to ask questions about re-enrollment, please complete this brief form. Once we receive your form, we will be in touch to discuss financial aid, course registration, housing and more. Completing this form does not obligate you to attend SBC; it only serves to notify us of your interest.


Yesterday I added a link in the OTHER section I was told that the link did not work with Safari and after trying it myself it also did not work with AOL. It did, however, work with Google. So if you have trouble with that particular link please try
and share with anyone who is interested in or would like to apply to Sweet Briar.


Ok, Sweet Briar alumna, fellow Vixens, Forbes has changed the rules. You are now only allowed to tweet 25 times and the rest won’t count. If you like, you can open more Twitter accounts under different names and tweet your 25 tweets and then close those accounts after July 31. We are at a disadvantage because we are a small college with less alumnae than, say, UVA for example.
Add something really great about Sweet Briar and send it. Adding a photo is encouraged.
NO RE-TWEETS! They won’t count. And remember only 25 tweets per account.


New Sweet Briar board elects officers

Sweet Briar College board elects new slate of officers

A college admission disaster. And now hopes for a happy ending

Sweet Briar College reaches deal to remain open

New Sweet Briar President vows leadership, transparency, enrollment growth

Submitted by Jane Sullivan
Just looking at nature can help your brain work better, study finds

100 Sweet Briar STEM alumnae Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Lessons a boy learned from an ‘imploding’ women’s college

Bitter lessons at Sweet Briar


The challenge of training Vermonters grows for VTC

Norwich Dairy Farm donated to Vermont Tech (we need to get our dairy farm back up and running)

Students at VTC get dairy farm experience

Donated farm used for agricultural program–College-Farm-Donation

Marion Court Students continue to campaign for school, even though it closed June 30

Mountain State Suit continues despite college’s closure

Barack Obama pushes for – profit colleges to the brink

Submitted by Ellen Apperson Brown
Treasures from the Archives

and more

Ellen Apperson Brown​ needs your help, please read and contact Ellen at the email below if interested

Treasures from the Archives… of Sweet Briar College
Are you are old enough to remember the strikes and protests during the late sixties …or were you born a few years later? Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out what happened at Sweet Briar during those unusually lively times? It sounds like a huge research project, right? Well, no… not necessarily!

My interest in social history has led me to a wonderful resource, in the form of articles from old issues of Sweet Briar’s alumnae magazines, offering lively and thorough accounts, from different perspectives. I have started posting some of the best examples on my website. Old issues of magazines and year books are easily accessed online… (search for Sweet Briar College – Internet Archives), and, once found, an article can easily be retyped, images scanned, and everything converted to a PDF, and published to the website.

So far the articles include:

Twelve Days in May – by Dean Catherine Sims; The Spring of Seventy – by Michael D. Richards (history professor); Computers at Sweet Briar – by Lilly Rappaport (physics professor); Who’s in Charge – from the American Alumni Council; Liberal Arts and the Performing Arts – by Ann Tedards, ‘70; Ellen Brown and the Free Clinic – about Ellen Brown, ‘72

Would you like to help? I am hoping to recruit others to look through the archives for similar treasures – about faculty, students, and administrators. I would also be thrilled to get some help from anyone who is good at using WordPress, or with skills on layout and design. My age is showing! If you have some time to spare, please contact me, Ellen Brown
and we’ll talk about how you might help. Just think of all the other themes we could explore…! And, we could even start collecting old photographs, clippings and other memorabilia!

Have a look at the page I’m developing…


Our fellow alumna, Kim Cool, who is working on coffee book still needs your help. Please send high quality photos AND comments of Sweet Briar, its history, and the events of the past months. Thanks


100% proceeds will be donated to SSB: Initial Outfitters

Lindsay Webster – Thanks to all who have ordered through my Initial Outfitters Fundraiser so far! The first order has been closed and I have started a new one. This one will run until 7/15 and, as always, 100% will be donated to SSB.

You can choose to have the order shipped directly to you for $10 or it can come to me first for $3.99 and I will get it out to you.

Message me for help with font and thread colors. Keep shopping and enjoy!


Posted by Dorothy Lear Mooney

Show your support and buy one of these handmade 1901 bracelets. Proceeds will benefit SSB


Don’t forget the VICTORY luncheon for Sweet Briar Alumnae in Tampa Bay/Central FL:

Tampa Bay area and Central Florida Luncheon
July 12
12 noon
Columbia Restaurant
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL
Organized by Christine Ans

RSVP 813 368 2699 or



Submitted by Mandi Ryan Samford
We have the ALUMNA version of the SBC crest/seal posted! Available in both hoodie or tee style in pink, green or black, it features custom artwork by the talented Bryca Brewer ’10! Proceeds to benefit SSB!


This campaign ends July 19, 2015


New t-shirt campaign ends July 18


Posted by Jennifer Frost Holden
My friend and colleague, Laura Lenhert, is working on pottery again, so those of you who were interested may now contact her and place your orders. What a great way to commemorate 7/2/15! She can duplicate what she so graciously created for me, or, you can send her a photo of what you would like, and she can do that for you. I have had her do fraternity/sorority houses for my kids, houses, and even my daughter’s bridal bouquet as a wedding gift. She can also personalize on the back. Laura will make a contribution to SSB at a later date based on the number of orders that either reference my name, or SSB. I encourage you to reach out to Laura:
email Laura:


Platters (like below): $50
Square platters: $45
Round Ornaments: $15

Calling all former Vixen ATHLETES!!! As part of 2.0 work – I am leading an effort to reach out to anyone that played a varsity sport(s) at Sweet Briar. We are looking to continue to collect history, photos, memories of your experiences as a student athlete. As well as try and engage you in the future of athletics at Sweet Briar through volunteering your skills in multiple areas. Please PM me or e-mail me with your info and interest in helping join our Vixen Alumnae Athletics team!!
Holla Holla,
Cathy Cummings Krolczyk’95



Submitted by Meg Moss Guegan



Happy Monday, Vixens! Here’s a list of items you can do this week to help with SBC 2.0 News and Media efforts. Just jump in and do what you can, when you can.

1. If you are on Twitter, let’s show the reporters who have been covering the Sweet Briar saga some love. If you are not already doing so, please follow these reporters on Twitter AND message them a word of thanks for covering the SBC saga:

Jessie Pounds from the Lynchburg News & Advance
Hawes Spencer from Charlottesville, editor of the Hook
Susan Svrluga from the Washington Post
Karin Kapsidelis from the Richmond Times Dispatch
Penelope Green from the New York Times
Peter Vieth from Virginia Lawyers Weekly
2. Are you feeling inspired to write? What would you say to parents who need to be convinced to let their daughter attend Sweet Briar after everything that’s happened recently? We could use 300-500 words that will talk those parents down off the fence and into our camp.

3. Have you listened to this great radio interview? Please comment on it!

3. Is Pinterest your thing? This is one area where we could really use some help. A number of people have suggested that prospective students really look to Pinterest to learn more about dorm and student life. If you are interested in focusing on Pinterest send me a message and we’ll get a subgroup working on that.

4. Are you following @sweetbriar2pt0 on Twitter? If not, please do and then favorite and retweet the posts by Sweet Briar 2.0. This will help us spread the word about breaking news and updates, etc.

That’s it for now! There may be some urgent needs during the week, so keep any eye out for breaking news alerts as things come up. Otherwise, have a wonderful week!

Holla holla!
Meg Moss Guegan ‘92

For more info on the SBC 2.0 News and Media go to


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