It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Please convert your pledges into donations.  We still need to collect $7 Million by September 1.  The sooner we can do this, the better.  And please make checks out to Saving Sweet Briar.

If you have any questions or forgot how much you actually pledged please call Elizabeth Smith at the Saving Sweet Briar campaign office in Atlanta at  404 832 9210

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



Money Magazine’s best colleges that provide the best value for your tuition dollar. (Note to myself – I remember when Sweet Briar was second once during Betsy Muhlenfeld’s time)

Culbertson: Sweet Briar is saved and, amid the relief, there is thanks

That time Sweet Briar tried to merge with UVA


From Kathie Schellhammer

Google’s algorithm show prestigious job ads to men, but not to women

With Students away colleges try a new course


From Deirdre Conley

Learn how a STEM degree prepared this alumna to be a VP at a global bank

All Teachers are STEM teachers


Google exec reveals the on word women need to stop saying if they ever want to be “respected”

Breaking the “grass ceiling” : more women are farming

Women in farming event focuses on soil health

Organic farming is a labor of love

Another college closing – leaving 600 students and faculty in limbo;-600-students-staff-in-limbo/849023/

Chinese seek US college places at any price

William Peace University hires new president – a few things sound familiar

Liberal Arts vs. STEM: the right degrees, the wrong debate

The false STEM vs. Liberal Arts Dichotomy

The most attractive employers for liberal arts students

High school graduates reflect on their college choices

Are liberal arts 2nd class at Purdue?

New Mexico graduates more in liberal arts than technology

So you don’t need a STEM degree to make good money



Please read this blog entry on Liberal Arts  which also mentions Sweet Briar and its alumnae written by my daughter Alexa Baray.  Her blog is fairly new and she and her friend Chesney Long are still looking to broaden their fan base.

And check out Nerdcactusadventures on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (Boozy Book Friday a book is reviewed and paired with a beverage, Shakespeare Saturdays, Silly Sundays, and of course Monday Muse)


Dr. Brian C. Mitchell:  Saving Sweet Briar



Stereotypes are holding women back from leadership roles all over the world. Q&A with Sheryl Sandberg



Good news – Sweet Briar is back on top. So continue tweeting. 

Ok, Sweet Briar alumna, fellow Vixens, we still need to keep up tweeting to

#mytopcollege @sweetbriaredu

Add something really great about Sweet Briar and send it.  Adding a photo is encouraged. 

NO RE-TWEETS! They won’t count. 




I know that there are plenty of Vixens out there with a lot of creativity.  Here is your chance to show your talent.

YouTube Recruitment Video Contest

– from Dan Gottlieb –

Hello, all. In the service of helping recruit students, I am holding a video competition.

Contest Rules:

  1. The task is to create your own YouTube recruitment videos. Find a way to tell people why they should come to Sweet Briar this fall.
  1. A FB page is set up to post videos:  Please also post links to videos on my wall (and anywhere else you’d like, of course).
  1. The winner will be the person whose video has generated the most hits by 11:59 pm on 7/31.

First prize is an original short piece (around 1-2 min) composed for you by former-but-hopefully-also-future Sweet Briar music professor and contemporary classical composer Josh Harris. For those who don’t know him, Josh is an excellent composer. My secret hope is that by keeping Sweet Briar on his mind, he will find his way back. I guess the hope isn’t secret anymore.

Fine print:  Winning video must be determined to fill the mission of the contest. If there is dispute, a panel will be convened in total opacity to pass judgment. Prize will take time to create (most likely 6-12 months). This is grassroots and not an official contest of Sweet Briar College, which has no role in this. Please no padding your hits.

Contest entries to date (in reverse order received):

  1. Fight For Sweet Briar –
  2. We Are Sweet Briar College –
  3. Sweet Briar College Saving Sweet Briar Fight Song –

(starts with 880 views)

Non-contest videos:

John Ashbrook –


And for those who are better in writing than video taping – another contest from Claudia Chang

News Paper Competition: Why I choose Sweet Briar Competition

from Claudia Chang-

In order to get first-year and transfer students to consider Sweet Briar College, I am holding a newspaper article competition (this idea came from Glenn Stone and Dan Gottlieb). Please write about our own personal experiences, what makes SBC such a great college for women, why a young person would want to consider us for the fall semester of 2015, or another idea (riding, major, sports, land, etc) to recruit students. [side note – might be good but not necessary to mention that Sweet Briar will remain open forever so that people realize it, and/or perhaps something about admissions is currently accepting applications.]

Competition ends August 15.

  1. The task is to write an article, opinion piece, or letter to the editor. Most opinion pieces and letters to the editors are 300 words or less. Find a way to tell people why they should come to Sweet Briar this fall.
  2. Submit your letter and get it printed in your newspaper.
  3. Please post links to your newspaper article on the ‘you went to Sweet Briar’ FB page, and please ‘type in’ the names of Claudia Chang and Kim Cool in your post so that will see the article.
  4. Competition ends August 15.
  5. The winners will be chosen by Claudia, Kim, and other guest judges after August 15. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are IKAT scarves from Central Asia. These are hand-woven scarves – these will be sent by Claudia Chang who is completing research there this fall.

Fine print:  Winning letters must be determined to fill the mission of the contest. This is grassroots and not an official contest of Sweet Briar College, which has no role in this.


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.


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 to get started!


Come to the



9:00 AM TO 5:30 pm


for more info go to



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.


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



Sweet Briar sisters-
We are LESS THAN THREE weeks AWAY FROM the next payment due to Sweet Briar from Saving Sweet Briar (payment due August 2). Have you converted your pledge? Have you considered doubling your pledge or accelerating your future year commitments?

If you have already converted your pledge, join me in the 2016 challenge. In honor of our returning students, consider a donation in one of the following amounts:
AND: Dare I suggest $20,000.16!

Go to , donate, and follow payment instructions on the website.


From Heather Pigg

I just wanted to let you all know that I have Sweet Briar merchandise for sale in my Redbubble shop. A portion of the proceeds that I receive from the purchase of the items with the Vixen on them will go towards a donation to Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.
Here are the 2 designs I have currently, and if anyone has any ideas for more, I would love to hear them!


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!

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


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:

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

Submitted by Edie McRee Bowles


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


Customized Coolers by Genny Kelley- 10% of proceeds go to Saving Sweet Briar


Buy your note cards, prints, gift cards designed by Katherine Orr and help save Sweet Briar.


Several fundraiser 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.!/Commemorative-Key-&-Message-for-Student-s/p/51990525/category=13035041#!/Commemorative-Key-&-Message-for-Student-s/p/51990525/category=13035041

Bid on cow tag #80 (is anyone from the class of 1980 interested?) the auction ends on July 22 and is on EBAY.  So check it out – please go bid and spread the word!!


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. Anyone who contributes will be credited in the book.  She is currently working on a coffee table book which she plans to sell for $25 with all proceeds going to restore Sweet Briar.  Thanks


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!


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!


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


From Katherine Morse

I am thrilled to say that I will Always make a 20% donation to Sweet Briar College from all sales in the gallery of Sweet Briar from





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 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…/bwihb-residence-inn-baltimore-…/…



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.

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


From Felicia Bernstein

Please vote for Rose’s Fund for Animals-(best charity) We won in 2012 and 2013- since we don’t spend money on ads we do rely on word of mouth. Thank you

The time to vote is now! The highly-anticipated Asbury Park Press’ annual Best of the Best competition is open for voting.

VOTE: Asbury Park Press Best of the Best contest

Roses Fund for Animals won in 2012 and 2013 and came in second 2014. Lets win in 2015

Click on ‘Charitable Organization’- write in or choose Roses fund for Animals

Thank you- please vote as often as you can

Best Of 2015 – Asbury Park Press


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