Hey, it’s Monday,


We still need a few $100,000 short in reaching our goal of $8.5 Million by August 1.   Another $3.5 Million is due by September 1

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

For more information on donating please go to


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


Check out HTTP://SBC.EDU/ACADEMICS/SWEET-INFORMATION for course selection, programs, professors and more.



Sweet Briar

Op-Ed by Sweet Briar alumna Evangeline Taylor:

Sweet Briar Plays an Important Role

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:

* all financial aid received in 2014-2015 will be honored
2 – Students previously admitted for the fall of 2015
3 – New students interested in applying for the fall of 2015

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

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

Not exactly news but a historical gem submitted by Ellen Brown

“I decided to post some of the articles about Sweet Briar (from the archives) on my website.  They include the perspectives of a board member, an admissions director and a director of development…about fifty years ago!”  Ellen Brown

Here is the link…


Liberal Arts

10 reasons why you should attend a liberal arts college

From Deirdre Conley

Liberal Arts Power, lots of good info and links


Steve Jobs:   In 2010, Steve Jobs famously mused that for technology to be truly brilliant, it must be coupled with artistry. “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough,” he said. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.” Other tech CEOs across the country agree that liberal arts training—with its emphasis on creativity and critical thinking—is vital to the success of their business.


7 Organizations working to promote women in STEM

Young male drift from engineering and science alarms industry –  more young women take up STEM disciplines

Carol Craig: STEM is not a four letter word

Vail Daily column – Help support development of women in STEM

14 Fact the tanking ‘women in STEM’ movement doesn’t want you to you

Penn State New Kensington  “Kids in College” program in full STEAM

The Cost Of College

College aid means higher tuition

Study: Parents more willing to help pay for college

Sorry but ‘College is too expensive’ is not a ‘myth’

Free college for all?  Alas, it doesn’t fix everything

The college arms race for affluent students

US parents spend more worry less about college

Spending more on college worrying less

Spending on college jumps as economy improves


Submitted by Gin Keller

Share if you think every school should have a year round gardening program

10 Reasons why you should attend a women’s college

No high school diploma no problem for some colleges

To address college sexual assault issue, some say kids need more sexual education

Veterans into farmers at Sterling college

Kansas State firm on canceling equestrian program



Free College?  The idea may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Spending on college soars by 16%



We have less than week to go


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. 




Sweet Work Days: Volunteering at Sweet Briar College


July 27 – July 31

Week one of volunteering will focus on the east side of campus. The Entrance, drive, gatehouse, inn/conference center, bistro 2/ hostel, traffic circle, admissions house.

For Week 1 sign up here:



August 3-7

Week two of volunteering will focus on central campus. Lots of painting, landscaping, and weeding.

For Week 2 sign up here:



August 10-14

Week three of volunteering will focus on The Barn, The Boat House, and The Art Barn – painting, cleaning, sewing, and easy upholstery.

For WEEK 3 sign up here:

-For those with professional skills, please mention in task area



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.



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!

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association

would like to honor our new leadership and welcome Mrs Cherrill Stone, President Stone’s

wife, and make her an honorary vixen…

The plans include a Sweet Briar charm and chain to be presented to her during

Founders Day Weekend.

If interested in making a donation please contact me via email or pm



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


Get yours while they last!!!!

Beautiful framed and matted 8″x 10″ print of the Refectory by Sweet Briar’s own French Impressionist,

Jill Steenhuis

Only $30



Contact Ellen Weintraub to order


Sweet Briar Swag with the traditional crest.  15% of the proceeds will benefit Sweet Briar


Beautiful handmade prints in bright colors for sale – and the great things is – 100% of the proceeds will go to Sweet Briar.


Maureen Baggett

I am donating 25% of my royalties from this book in 2015 to Saving Sweet Briar and 25% thereafter to the Sweet Briar endowment. It’s a nice conversation starter between you and your granddaughter.


Central Florida Alumnae will meet on August 2 at 4:00 PM

The Alfond Inn at Rollins College
300 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

407.998.8090 telephone
407.998.8091 fax
It is really off campus and took the place of the old Langford Hotel except it is totally new

We are meeting in the bar , lounge veranda area next to the restaurant. If people wish , they can proceed in to supper.


The Alumnae Club of Connecticut is hosting a Back To School Event

Sunday, August 9th at 1:00 PM


Plaza Azteca Newington

3260 Berlin Tpke,

Newington, Connecticut 06111

Calling all alumnae, current students, prospective students, parents, and friends!

Please join us for a Back to School event celebrating the saving of Sweet Briar College and the beginning of the Fall Semester!

Come enjoy some music from a live Mariachi band while getting to know your fellow Sweet Briar sisters and answering questions from young women who are interested in joining the sisterhood that is Sweet Briar in an informal setting.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 5th at

*If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending Sweet Briar in the coming years, please invite them to join us.


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!


Discover 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!!  And, of course, as always – 100% of the proceeds will go to help rebuild Sweet Briar.

You have 3 more days left to bid – anyone interested to make it $500?


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


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







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.

She is currently staying at the Ronald McDonald house.  However, as you all know medical bills will be outrageous even with a good insurance plan.

So please donate at

to help them with their medical bills.  Any amount is appreciated.

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!




From Sweet Briar alumna Lisa Thompson Barnes

Prayer warriors – PLEASE send up prayers for my precious nephew Brady – he is on his way to Nemours Orlando Children’s Hospital from Lawnwood tonight to see a specialist regarding his kidneys – he has unexplained swelling/fluid retention.


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


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


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!


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