Good Tuesday Morning!
PLEASE CONVERT YOUR PLEDGES INTO DONATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DONATIONS ARE WELCOME EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PLEDGED BEFORE.
WHETHER YOU HAVE PLEDGED OR NOT PLEASE SEND US YOUR DONATIONS.
We still 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 https://savingsweetbriar.com
Check out HTTP://SBC.EDU/ACADEMICS/SWEET-INFORMATION for course selection, programs, professors and more.
Junior Year Abroad program to return to Sweet Briar
Hollins to return study abroad programs to Sweet Briar
Sweet Briar returns 400 year old artifact to Quapaw Tribe
Marcia Thom Kaley’s response to Laura McKenna’s blog in the Atlantic
My response to the blog as posted by the Atlantic:
Dear Ms. McKenna – Thank you for continuing to keep the plight of Sweet Briar College burning in the media. There are, however, a few inaccuracies in your post. As an Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar, I work 4 (8-hour plus) days. When I am not on campus, I am often emailing and/or receiving phone calls from my students. My cell number is listed on my syllabus. My class enrollment totals 80 students. I am, in fact, more than a “full-time” employee. This does not even take into account the number of student groups whom I serve as an advisor to, nor does it include the plethora of committees and focus groups I am asked to participate in. I am not alone. The majority of our faculty are exhausted and spend every waking moment between the end of August and the beginning of May of each year dedicated to one task – the education and empowerment of young women. This past year, we employed one Chaplain who was on campus part-time. She resigned this semester.
The Board’s announcement almost two weeks ago was brutal and devastating. As has been reported time and time again, we assumed that our gathering on that fateful day was for the purpose of discovering “the plan”. “The plan” that would turn our campus around and would lead us to a place of sustainability. It is now common knowledge that “the plan” was to close…shock and, yes, now, hot white anger surge through our beloved campus. You see, as archaic as it may seem, there really is something special about “Sweet Briar Women”. They are women who come to us as first year students afraid and awkward. They want to belong but are not sure where they belong. Over the course of time, they become close friends with their professors and those who comprise our community. They absorb the lessons offered and slowly begin to be able to look in the mirror and see someone different – someone strong, empowered and courageous.As our alumnae continue to fight for the legacy given to us all as members of the Sweet Briar College community, they are using the very voices we helped them to find. We, as a faculty, are now beginning to hear those voices and to be empowered by them as well. We are proud – so very proud – of the young women we have had the privilege to teach.
As we move forward in this very real arena of “experiential learning”, we do so with confidence in the young women whom we know to be successful as graduates of Sweet Briar College. The community deserved better than it got on March 3. Some of our faculty and staff have spent most of their lives embraced by the beautiful landscape we have called home. What has been done, and the manner in which it was done, is just wrong.Today, we continue to be exhausted – exhausted from staying up all night reading article after article – blog after blog – comment after comment. We read the questions being posed, we read the words of passion, dedication and support. We are weary and, yet, we are ready. For what? For the days ahead which will, inevitably, fill us with more frustration and many more tears. It is my hope, however, that we will continue, also, to be filled with the voices of hope and empowerment our students offer to us as acknowledgement that we, as faculty, have done something right. All of those voices cry one phrase – “We are Sweet Briar!”…our voices will not be diminished, nor will they be silenced.
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
Oregon tech companies need liberal arts graduates, too
Liberal arts college intervenes to diversify its faculty
Renewing our focus on liberal arts with Dr. Lee Knefelkamp
Just what are the Liberal Arts anyway?
Hartwick college selected for digital archive consortium
Students at new forefront of new academic initiative at Bowdoin
District wants to grow STEM from the bottom up
5 ways to advocate for women in STEM
One reason this Chevron exec turned science into a career: she never heard this
UC must repair ‘leaky pipeline’ in STEM
College Cost, Finances, Grants etc
From Liz Kauffman ’82 who believes that there is a great chance to obtain a grant from the Kauffman group to help finance a business incubator for women at Sweet Briar – way to go Liz.
Clemson sets Will to Lead giving record
Clemson marks record year in of donations, capital campaign passes $900 Million
K-state reports $141.5 million in donations this year
Charitable giving surges at UNCP
Southern University president Ray Belton talks exposure, non-traditional students at press club
UA journalism professor wins national multi cultural recruitment award
Marion Court College students determined in their quest
IBM executive John Kelly maps out vision for Union College
A case for Liberal Arts and STEM education – Part 1
A Vixen Says Moo – Women: Emotional and Nostalic
We have less than week to go
DON’T STOP NOW
Ok, Sweet Briar alumna, fellow Vixens, we still need to keep up tweeting to
Add something really great about Sweet Briar and send it. Adding a photo is encouraged.
NO RE-TWEETS! They won’t count.
GET IT? GOT IT? GOOD!
VOLUNTEER AT SWEET BRIAR
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:
Week two of volunteering will focus on central campus. Lots of painting, landscaping, and weeding.
For Week 2 sign up here:
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.
- 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.
- A FB page is set up to post videos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SBCGrassrootsVids/. Please also post links to videos on my wall (and anywhere else you’d like, of course).
- 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):
- Fight For Sweet Briar – http://youtu.be/k_8j7NXmp9E
- We Are Sweet Briar College – http://youtu.be/JhGGYGJT_Lo
- Sweet Briar College Saving Sweet Briar Fight Song –http://youtu.be/8Qr-YAoeS9s
(starts with 880 views)
John Ashbrook – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iakwn_RiyT8
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.
- 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.
- Submit your letter and get it printed in your newspaper.
- 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.
- Competition ends August 15.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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,
100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO RESTORING SWEET BRIAR.
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.
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.http://www.amazon.com/Nanas-Wish-Maureen–
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
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 the artist in you 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
Where: Wine and Design – Richmond
2707 West Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23220
Questions: Contact organizer, Katie Niemeier at email@example.com.
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. https://squareup.com/market/katorriginal-inc
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.
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 2 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 katherine-morse.artistwebsites.com
FIND THESE AND OTHER FINE GOODS BY SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO SWEET BRIAR AT
VIXENS HELPING VIXENS
A CALL FOR HELP FROM SARAH BETZ BUCCIERO
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!
And another child – the nephew of alumna Lisa Thompson Barnes – had to be hospitalized
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.
Here is an update from yesterday
Ok, so lil man starts round three of meds shortly. And to clarify, the minimal change disease is what triggered Nephrotic Syndrome…I think. I actually may have it backwards. Oy! Just when I think I have my ducks in a row…anyway, he slept well so we are grateful for that. Seems a little less puffy in the face than when he awoke yesterday. Today WILL be a better day 😀. Thanks for all the prayers everyone. God is good!
So keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming.
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!!
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!!
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!