Good Sunday Morning.  Enjoy your day.

Before we go on to business, a correction is in order.  Yesterday I posted a headline with the wrong link. Here is the correction:

National Science Foundation to grant $300K to make engineering more LBGQT friendly

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6660

My apologies

We don’t really have news for today but a LOT of great articles – mostly on STEM and Women in Education.  And please note that Vixen Watch has added a new section – Vixens helping Vixens

Enjoy your Sunday

Monika

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RISE to the CHALLENGE – $6 Million in pledges  turned into donations by August 1!

Ways to Donate to Saving Sweet Briar

Contact for questions:   Elizabeth Smith of the Saving Sweet Briar Campaign Office in Atlanta:  e.smith@alexanderhaas.com  or 404-832-9210

Online link:    https://savingsweetbriar.com/saving-sweet-briar-donations/

Mailing Instructions:

Make Check payable to “Saving Sweet Briar.”  Please include a note with your name and address.  This is important to assist quickly processing and recording the transaction.

Saving Sweet Briar Campaign Office

3520 Piedmont Road, Suite 300

Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-832-9210

Wiring funds:

Union Bank & Trust

1051 East Cary Street, Suite 103

Richmond, VA 23219

List: ABA# 051403164, Account Number # 8501350843

Customer Name: Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

NOTE – Please indicate donor name in the memo line.  This is important to match our records with the banking deposit information.

Saving Sweet Briar – Tax ID #: 473361420
Employer Matching Programs: please reference the alumnae/pledgers name in the donation.

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Check out WWW.SBC.EDU and WWW.SBC2POINT0.ORG for Sweet Briar information

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Students and potential SBC students:

There are 3 different kinds of forms available to fill out for SBC Admissions:

1- Student Intent to Return To Sweet Briar College Form:
http://discover.sbc.edu/readmissionapplication.php
2 – Students previously admitted for the fall of 2015

http://discover.sbc.edu/previouslyadmittedapplication.php
3 – New students interested in applying for the fall of 2015

(including scholarships applications. Letter of recommendation needed & personal statement required)

http://discover.sbc.edu/newstudentapplication.php

Please share this with any returning, new, or prospective students.  Thank you

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Alice Dixon is asking

I was wondering if anyone is available to go to SBC on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week to help in Admissions…They desperately need some help from SMART, EAGER TO HELP folks….contact me at 804/301-6001 if you can go and give a day!!!

Anyone living in the area can make a real difference for Sweet Briar.

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association

Let’s send new and returning VIxens back to campus with lots of love and good wishes!

Club Presidents are asked to contact Cady Thomas, Regional Chair, to coordinate a local Back To School event! Cady and team, in conjunction with Admissions, will help in determining which local students are new or returning.

Email invitations, contact lists, and technical help are available for a speedy ramp-up!

Are you part of a new local or regional group formed since March 3rd and want to continue as an official part of the SBC Alumnae Network? Join us for this nationwide campaign of Sweet Briar spirit on August 16th!

Send an email to hello@sweetbriaralumnae.org to get started!

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OTHER NEWS

Submitted by LuAnn Hunt

An open letter to James Jones, Paul Rice. and the Board 2014/15

https://alicebrienne.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/an-open-letter-to-jimmy-jones-paul-rice-and-the-sweet-briar-college-2014-2015-board-of-directors/

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Submitted by Deirdre Conley – ALL ABOUT STEM AND SCIENCE

IBB Girls STEM Initiative participants compete in cardboard canoe regatta

http://news.rice.edu/2015/06/29/ibb-girls-stem-initiative-hosts-cardboard-canoe-regatta/

Melinda Gates – I’m impatient to see faster progress for women in STEM

https://twitter.com/melindagates/status/618778066979037185/photo/1

Have you watched our new video showing the #STEM scholars year in review?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xeay-NXfV1g

Issues affecting women in STEM

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~srugheimer/Women_in_STEM_Resources.html

How to keep women in STEM (was already in Vixen Watch 7/11)

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/07/06/how-to-keep-women-in-stem/?utm_campaign=pro&

OSEP: Teachers learn about the long-term benefits of integrating art in #STEM at Novel Engineering wrkshp @MotoSolutions pic.twitter.com/h19zCwB8sz

Science and engineering camp aims for girls

http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150701/DM01/150709878/1420

Manic Science – science camp for kids

http://www.manicsciencesummercamp.com/

More summer science camps for kids at various schools

http://www.nwtc.edu/academics/youth/middleandhighschool/Documents/46243CA%202015%20Tech%20Camp%20BrochureFINAL%20WEB.pdf

I love this why Liberal arts  for STEM :

But the STEAM movement isn’t about spending 20 percent less time on science, technology, engineering, and math to make room for art. It’s about sparking students’ imagination and helping students innovate through hands-on STEM projects. And perhaps most importantly, it’s about applying creative thinking and design skills to these STEM projects so that students can imagine a variety of ways to use STEM skills into adulthood. http://www.stemartseffect.com/news/2015/6/25/are-we-missing-the-steam-boat

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Why STEM education is important for everyone

https://www.sciencepioneers.org/parents/why-stem-is-important-to-everyone

Educators, advocates see increased importance in US STEM education

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/29/educators-advocates-see-increased-importance-in-us-stem-education/

10 initiatives engaging and teaching students the importance of STEM fields

https://www.controldesign.com/articles/2015/10-initiatives-engaging-and-teaching-students-the-importance-of-stem-fields/

STEM role models: lighting the way to career success

http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2015/06/30/stem-role-models-lighting-the-way-to-career-success

Educational choices among students of different races contributes to lack of diversity in STEM workforce

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/65507/20150711/educational-choices-among-students-of-different-races-contribute-to-lack-of-diversity-in-stem-workforce.htm

Congress considering STEM in educational overhaul

http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=47485

Rebecca Marshall: Meet the world’s first apprentice bee farmer

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rebecca-marshall-meet-the-worlds-first-apprentice-bee-farmer-10382677.html

STEM is important but let’s not forget about humanities

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/06/stem-is-important-but-lets-not-forget-about-the-humanities

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BLOG

The next McGyver won’t have a mullet

http://www.blogher.com/next-macgyver-wont-have-mullet?from=pop

Independence Day – Indiependence Day: A fresh look at the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution of Sweet Briar College

http://beingunlocked.com/

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VIDEO

Getting girls involved in STEM courses

http://fox6now.com/2015/06/30/importance-of-stem-courses-and-how-parents-can-get-involved/

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FUNDRAISER AND EVENTS

If you have a fundraiser that has not yet been published on this page please reply to this email or PM me on the VIXEN WATCH Facebook page.  Please make sure you have  proper contact info, also for people who are not on Facebook. And don’t forget to add the last day of the campaign. Thank you.

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Just a reminder – this is a very easy way to contribute to Saving Sweet Briar – sign up with Amazon Smiles and 0.5% will go to Saving Sweet Briar

www.smile.amazon.com

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From Misty Donathan

Sweet Briar Employees. My company is doing a giveaway of 10k to a college. Even if you have nothing to do with ticketing enter anyway! I sat in on a marketing meeting this week and they said there were not many entries because everyone at the tradeshow a thought they had to be box office employees to win, the only requirement is that you must be an employee of the institution. Pass this around to SBC Employees!

http://go.veritix.com/makeitpossible?utm_campaign=Make%20It%20Possible%20Sweepstakes&utm_content=17626496&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin

Apparently the odds are really good to win $10,000 for the school. So, please, if you are employed by Sweet Briar participate!

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Find your inner artist and paint Sweet Briar House Fundraiser

Sign up for Richmond’s next Saving Sweet Briar “Fun”draiser on Sunday, August 16 from 2 to 4pm at the Richmond Wine and Design location – only 25 slots left!! Connect with your Sweet Briar sisters and friends while creating your own painting of Sweet Briar House!  Cost is $45, with proceeds going to Saving Sweet Briar. You may bring your own wine, but all food must be purchased from Wine and Design.  Alumnae from other regions, family and friends are welcome — the more the merrier!  The maximum for the event is 60, so be sure to register soon!  Register using the link below.  

When registering for this class, please click on the BLUE BUTTON on the left and complete the Registration form: http://www.wineanddesign.com/calendar/view_event.php?eventID=55686&date=2015-08-16&calendarID=19

When:  Sunday, August 16, 2015

When:  2-4pm

Where:  Wine and Design – Richmond

2707 West Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23220

Phone: 804-359-9149

Questions:  Contact organizer, Katie Niemeier at katie.niemeier@gmail.com.

Submitted by Edie McRee Bowles

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From Joan Dabney Clickner

We are now able to offer the Crispen Vixen (I like to call it the Victory Vixen) as sterling silver or 14K gold jewelry! Link to pendant is below, but we can also make a brooch, earrings, cuff, keychain, etc. 20% of proceeds will go to rebuilding Sweet Briar

http://www.formiadesign.com/product/crispen-vixen-pendant/

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Customized Coolers by Genny Kelley10% of proceeds go to Saving Sweet Briar
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Buy your note cards, prints, gift cards designed by Katherine Orr and help save Sweet Briar.  https://squareup.com/market/katorriginal-inc
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A great idea from Amy Campbell and the class of ’97  Buy a commemorative key and tag for a student and for each key you purchase you have a chance to win cow tag 154. 
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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
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100% proceeds will be donated to SSB: Initial Outfitters

Lindsay Webster – Welcome to my Initial Outfitters SSB Victory fundraiser! The party will run through July 15, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to help get our beloved college on solid ground again. This is an online event, so you can shop in your pajamas from the comfort of your couch! Shop around, and let me know what questions you have!

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!

http://www.initialoutfitters.net/LWEBSTER/shop/preshop.aspx

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From  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!

ORDER HERE: http://teespring.com/sweetbriar-seal

This campaign ends July 19, 2015

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New t-shirt campaign ends July 18

http://teespring.com/sbc-history#pid=6&cid=626&sid=back

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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: 
potterybylaura@yahoo.com

website: www.potterybylaura.com

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

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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

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VIXENS HELPING VIXENS

A CALL FOR HELP FROM SARAH BETZ BUCCIERO

Ladies – 

A Sweet Briar alumna needs our help!

Kaeden, the daughter of Gwendolyn Hickey Babcock ’95 was hospitalized in April for seizures that cause respiratory arrest and paralysis. She spent two weeks in the hospital – much of it in ICU – and was in two different hospitals. She was making progress but the seizures continued in June and caused her to be hospitalized again. She has been at Hershey’s Med in PA and now has been transferred to Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore for six weeks of rehab while Gwendolyn will be staying at the Marriott Residence. 

There are two ways you can help

1) Donate some of your Marriott points so she can continue to stay at the Marriott Residence while her daughter is getting the treatment she needs.

2) Donate at http://www.gofundme.com/kaeden to help them with their medical bills.  Any amount is appreciated.

You can PM Sarah Betz Bucciero on Facebook if you need information to donate Marriott points (she has a contact at the hotel who is facilitating things for them).

 From Sarah – Thank you all in advance for your kindness and for generosity. I know first hand how difficult it is to be in a new city and hospital with a sick child. But I also know how incredibly important it is to feel the love of your Sweet Briar sisters! wink emoticon 
https://www.marriott.com/…/bwihb-residence-inn-baltimore-…/…

((HUGS!!))
Sarah

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Please vote for Lisa Aumiller a Sweet Briar alumna.  Lisa has the chance of becoming THE BEST VETERINARIAN and we all can help her.   You just have to vote once every day to help her.

http://www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org/finalists/2015-finalists/dr.-lisa-aumiller/?back=Finalists

Here are the details:

Sweet Briar Vixens!! Please take the time to review this and possibly vote…..I graduated Sweet Briar in 1996 and In case you dont know SBC has an amazing acceptance into veterinary schools. It is a total guerilla marketing move….but consider helping make a SBC grad America’s Favorite Veterinarian. If I win I will be a national spokesperson for the AVMF for 1 year AND SURE AS SHOOTIN’ I will parade Sweet Briar as‪#‎MyTopCollege‬

Intrigued? Here is the scoop! Thanks Ladies!

Please vote daily until September 1st and Please Share!

I was lucky enough to be nominated as 1 of the 20 vets for America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. This is the charitable arm of the AVMA. I am the only NJ vet, one of two mobile vets AND the ONLY Sweet Briar graduate (Holla Holla) . This would be great recognition for HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service and all we do for the community. If I win I get to be the national spokesperson for the AVMF for one year AND I get bragging rights. This would be so huge if a mobile vet one! Please vote and share!!

‪#‎HomeIsWhereYourVetIs‬ ‪#‎HousePawsRules‬ ‪#‎DrLisaAllTheWay‬‪#‎SweetBriarCollege‬ ‪#‎ThatsHowWeRoll‬

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