It’s Wednesday, the weekend is within reach. 😉





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


HTTP://WWW.SBC.EDU/NEWS for the latest Sweet Briar news.


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



News from the President’s Office and Board Report for Aug. 2 Meeting

Following are campus news items and the report from the weekly telephone meeting of the Board of Directors.

  • I have appointed Nancyellen Keane ’78 as vice president for administration and general counsel, effective immediately. One of the leading attorneys in the successful efforts of Saving Sweet Briar to keep the College open, she will report to me and will handle organizational, legal and general administrative matters.
    • The President’s Council has just been completely staffed, in time to prepare for the beginning of the academic year. Some members are serving the College for specific terms, allowing us time to launch appropriate searches for permanent replacements. The council had its first meeting Monday morning. Among the matters we considered were:
    ◦ Reports on fundraising, admissions and developing the 2015-2016 budget;
    ◦ Recent decisions about returning Campus Safety personnel to direct employment by the College and the commencement of the new Sweet Briar Dining Services;
    ◦ Preparation for arrival of students and school opening, and the plan for student housing;
    ◦ Community social event before school starts and a state-of-the-College address by the president;
    ◦ Planning for the Aug. 26 academic convocation;
    ◦ Planning for Founders’ Day Weekend on Sept. 25 and 26.
    • Dr. Belle Wheelan, president of SACS Commission on Colleges, our accrediting association, will make a presentation at the board retreat session on Aug. 22. We are delighted to have her visit.
    • For a second week, alumnae from all across the country are on campus doing chores and activities to make the campus sparkle for the opening of school. Please welcome them.
    • As previously announced, the College has retained Parkhurst Dining to manage Sweet Briar College Dining Services. Staff will be employees of the College, and the College will determine the locations, hours and features of campus dining.
    • The College terminated the outsource agreement to provide campus security and has rehired several personnel as Sweet Briar employees. Tony Muchine has been named acting director.
    • I spent a couple of hours on the campus of Lynchburg College last Thursday as the guest of President Ken Garren, who again offered to assist any way possible this year. President Garren visited me here a couple of weeks ago.
    • Dr. David Beckley, his wife and grandson visited our campus last week. Dr. Beckley has been president of Rust College in Mississippi for more than 20 years and is a good friend. After attending a conference in Williamsburg, he drove here to see our “famous” school.
    • Karen Hartnett, a Sweet Briar alumna and human resources consultant, completed her campus visit Friday. During her 10 days on campus, she met many of you and heard from you not only how the HR office might be of greater assistance but other concerns you have about the College.

Board Update
The Board of Directors in its regular weekly telephone conference meeting Sunday night considered the following:
◦ Heard more details of the planning for the board’s meeting on campus Aug. 20-22;
◦ Heard my report on the completion of the administrative leadership team;
◦ Heard a report from the Admissions Committee confirming that we still anticipate approximately 300 students this fall;
◦ Reviewed the schedule for Founders’ Day and how my formal investiture as president might be made part of the ceremonies of the day;
◦ Received information from other board committees, but no action was taken.


Phil Stone


From Teresa Tomlinson

Everyone: Look at this awesome page. Post the reason you went to Sweet Briar. Show stakeholders the impact of their investment.


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

Sweet Briar

Sweet Briar College’s second chance

Alums, volunteers work to ready Sweet Briar to reopen

Liberal Arts

The TAO of the liberal arts

Why study liberal arts

STEM or liberal arts, a trick question for college students

Good news – your liberal arts degree is now in demand

Why businesses prefer a liberal arts education


Post – it brand unveils new study emphasizing the importance of STEM education in the USA

STEM conference hopes to guide women down different career paths

# I Look Like An Engineer – Women scientists smash sexist gender bias on Twitter

How the natural history museum is changing the ratio of women and minorities in STEM

Cisco announces winners of IoT forum young women’s innovative grand challenge

Out of Africa – the 2015 WiSci STEAM camp

Go Daddy pledges compensation parity during White House demo day

Facebook proves there is no high-tech-company gender discrimination

New website plans to bridge the gender gap in STEM

Wanted – Women in STEM

Mercer Community College get $600K STEM grant

A list of companies that offer grants for STEM programs to college specifically in Virginia

These are the companies:

First Energy, Honda, Westinghousenuclear, Toyota, Voya Unsung Heros, Toshiba, NSF Scholarship in STEM, 3M Foundation, Braitmayer Foundation, Charles Lafitte Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, Dominion, Ford Foundation, Gannet Foundation, Halliburton Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jubitz Family Foundation, Lockheed Martin’s Philanthropic Giving, Lowe’s, Micron, Motorola Foundation, RGK Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Women in Higher Education

Let’s face it – gender bias is real in academia

Female graduates find more jobs while men win higher pay


22 college majors with highest salaries

Student loan is leaving women broke and vulnerable

Mac College expecting a good year

Princeton Review says these are the country’s best colleges



Here are a few photos of the volunteers who are helping to shape up the campus



Now is a good time to write op-ed’s to different news papers to keep Sweet Briar in the spotlight .  Here is a great list of newspapers and their submission information.  GO!



President Jones has left Sweet Briar house and the new Sweet Briar President Stone will move in within the next few days.

DJ Stanhope has posted the following on Facebook

“Would others join me in flooding Mrs. Stone” s mailbox with notes of welcome? Please send to:

Mrs. Cherrill Stone, Sweet Briar House, Sweet Briar VA 24595.

Let’s show some of the grace and warmth for which SBC has been noted!”



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.



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 Spa certificate to be presented in late September.

If interested in making a donation please contact Amy 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


Lots of Back to School Events


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!


Nantucket Gathering


Sunday, August 9 at 6pm

Calling all SBC visitors to Nantucket, if you are on island for this time, please contact us at 917 576 2586 and come!!
Message me if you for more info!
Mary Cowell Sharpe class of 1979


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.



Rivanna Run Hunter Show Series will be hosting a show on Sunday August 16th in Earlysville, VA and the proceeds will be donated to Saving Sweet Briar. As well, our director extrodinaire, Mimi Wroten will be judging. You can find the prize list here:


Detroit, Michigan


RSVP (248) 310 1691


Raleigh, North Carolina

RSVP (919) 624 6488


Richmond, Virginia


RSVP by August 11 (804) 624 7454



RSVP 415 218 3021




RSVP 940 632 9828


Discover the artist in you and paint Sweet Briar House “Fun”draiser

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


New York City, NY

Attention all current Sweet Briar students, parents of students, alumnae, and friends in the NYC area:

The Sweet Briar College Alumnae Club of NYC cordially invites you to our

Back to School Picnic

Sunday Aug 16th at 3:00-6:00pm


Pier 63 on the Hudson River

between 23rd and 24th streets.

Please rsvp to Sara Buttine Parsatoon –


Support Sweet Briar with The Beach Boys



Virginia Historical Society Conference

Doing Local History:  Surviving the Presence, Planning for the Future

Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cost:  $25 per person

For more information please go to





Saturday, October 10 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Chicago Yacht Club

400 E Monroe St.

Chicago, Ill 60603

(312) 861 7777

Please join us in welcoming our new President, Phillip Stone, to Sweet Briar and celebrating our next 114 years! Donations of $45 per person/$80 per couple, made payable to Sweet Briar College, are suggested.


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


Winter is coming – get your pink and green infinity scarves – a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sweet Briar



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.


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 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

After such a success with cow tag #80 Amy Campbell is auctioning off cow tag #76 on Ebay. You have 4 more days to bid on this item.


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

Donate $19.92 or more and receive this great sticker


Just send your receipt to Amy at

For more information check at


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!




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.

Kim is asking especially for some photos with the pink dogwoods in bloom, some from Monument Hill of the campus, and some of a May Day weekend with the hoop skirts, etc.

Please send high resolution color photos of SBC any era and any majors or activities to

100 percent of proceeds to SBC…I want as many alumnae involved as possible because that is what it took to save Sweet Briar and we want the world to know how special we are.  Everyone who contributes photos or comments will be credited.  Please help…Books are my business and I want this to be the best of all because it is for Sweet Briar.

Kim Cool 1962


Anna ten Bensel

Hey y’all! My few remaining crew are helping me with the rest of this documentary but we still need help! Since we are planning a box office release, we really need help funding it! Please just spread the word!! We have less than a month to ensure we hit every deadline!! Thanks to our SBC connections, we have been able to secure screens internationally for a 6 week run starting January 1, 2016 (right when seniors are looking at colleges ;D)! I’d really like all the money the film makes to go right back into Sweet Briar for future students and staff! With that being said, we still have a TON of money to raise and only 30 days to do it – so share the links, spread the love and let the show begin!!

Any questions, comments and suggestions – please feel free to direct them my way!

Interested in volunteering? Join our Facebook group The Sweet Life Documentary – crew and friends!



Welcome to The Vixen Den run by a team of committed alumnae called The Vixen Task Force. Our mission is to spread love and happiness on the Sweet Briar College campus to students and the entire community. We plan general campus happiness activities and promote school spirit at athletic events. Campus happiness can take several forms: food trucks, care packages, community building, dorm deliveries and for athletic events…”vixen treats”.

Donation info Donation info  to



Please vote for Meg E. Bespoke’s business. 

Please VOTE, AGAIN! Every 24 hours until August 7th! The Top 10 Small Businesses with the most votes will be announced then! ‪#‎MegEBespoke‬


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