Good morning, it’s Wednesday 🙂
Scroll down to the Fundraiser and Events section and check out Amy Campbell’s latest raffle challenge. Donate only $20 for a chance to win an original Sweet Briar Dairy cow tag.
The news section today includes highlights from the last Board meeting, which you might find interesting.
And of course right at the beginning is a link to an important message from Sarah Clement, Chair of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.
A plea from Sarah Clement, Chair
of Saving Sweet Briar Inc.
SAVING SWEET BRIAR, INC. IS ASKING YOU TO PLEASE FULFILL YOUR PLEDGES AND MAKE YOUR DONATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
We are so close to reaching our goal
WE STILL need TO RAISE $1.2 MILLION BY SEPTEMBER 2.
And please make checks out to Saving Sweet Briar.
If you are sending checks, Saving Sweet Briar is asking you to please FEDEX them to ensure quick delivery (and tracking) to:
Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.
C/O Alexander Haas
3520 Piedmont Road
Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30305
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
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.
Help us reach our FINAL settlement milestone by fulfilling your pledge and donating today. Thank you for your continued support of our goal to not only save Sweet Briar but ensure a continued legacy of incredible women graduates.
For more information on donating please go to https://savingsweetbriar.com
Here’s a great example for more encouragement to help fulfill your pledge – this young, studious, future Sweet Briar Vixen, and future entrepreneur is going to donate 100% of her proceeds from the lemonade stand. If she can do it, so can you. Holla! Holla!
August 25th was given as the closing day, but instead it is the beginning of a new academic year! Vixens, we have one more deadline before we can put this whole ordeal behind us. It is Cow Money time! Donate $25 in honor of this day!
sbc.edu/news/ for the latest Sweet Briar news.
Check out HTTP://SBC.EDU/ACADEMICS/SWEET-INFORMATION for course selection, programs, professors and more.
VOLUNTEER FOR SWEET BRIAR
Please use the NEW link to sign up:
The Alumnae Admissions Representatives/ Ambassadors are gathering!
If you are interested in representing Sweet Briar College at high
school college fairs, help recruit students at local high schools, or call prospective and accepted students please sign your name on the SBC page.
From Teresa Tomlinson
Everyone: Look at this awesome page. Post the reason you went to Sweet Briar. Show stakeholders the impact of their investment.
Sweet Briar History
From Karol Lawson
The Sweet Briar community should note that Sunday, August 23, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the marriage of Indiana Fletcher and James Henry Williams. Look at the lower left corner of the photo.
Highlight from the last Board meeting – by Teresa Tomlinson
Some Highlights from Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors met in a retreat format on campus Thursday evening until noon Saturday. Highlights of the meeting include:
At the direction of the board chair, Teresa Pike Tomlinson, the board conducted the first paperless board meeting in the history of the college. Through the good work of Dawn Gatewood and Aaron Mahler, directors were able to access even lengthy documents during and prior to the meeting.
Except one person, who was held up unexpectedly for business reasons, all directors attended the entire retreat.
The Board acknowledged with regret the resignation of Jim Fabiani for health reasons and elected Allison Stemmons Simon ’63 as a new member of the board.
Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Commission on Colleges of SACS, presented a seminar for the board on the Commission’s accreditation requirements and provided helpful advice on the respective roles of the board and the administration in governance.
The board acknowledged that some donors feel deeply that their endowment funds now being released from restriction by Virginia’s Attorney General should continue to be used for the purposes designated by the donors. The board voted to restrict such funds to the intended wishes of the donors and to require approval by ¾ of the board for any future
changes in their status.
President Stone presented his State of the College Report.
The board received reports from members of the President’s Council and engaged in extended conversations about finances, fundraising and enrollment.
The College’s new auditors, BDO, presented an outline of the annual auditing process now underway.
The College’s investment counselors, Prime Buchholz, presented a report on the performance of the investments of the college.
Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly made a presentation on current trends in nonprofits, particularly on matters of governance.
The board met over breakfast with the Faculty Executive Committee for a discussion on governance, open communications and other matters.
The board was treated to the first meals served by Sweet Briar Dining Services under new management by Parkhurst. Everyone agreed enthusiastically: thumbs up!
At the end of the meeting, members of the campus community, friends of the college,members of the governing boards of the Town of Amherst and Amherst County and other special guests joined the board for lunch on the Upper Quad on a glorious, sunny day.
Saved for now – Sweet Briar looks for a long term fix – this was also in the NYT on Monday
Sweet Briar College students return to campus to begin new era
Sweet Briar College students gear up for new school year
Today’s the day of the SBC phoenix
Photos of Sweet Briar
Students move in at Sweet Briar College
248 Students move in at Sweet Briar, plus 80 abroad
Sweet Briar Students move in
Sweet Briar does what it wasn’t supposed to do – it reopened
Battlefield graduate Caronline Shepard returns to Sweet Briar with mixed emotions
Blog -Being Unlocked – Rising 8-25-15 – Students flock back to Sweet Briar College
From Shannon O’Neill Beasley
I am excited to announce that tomorrow La Caretta on Rt. 29 in Madison Heights will be presenting SSB with a check for $1,400! They have dedicated the first Tuesday of every month as a “Sweet Tuesday” and will be donating 20% of their profits from these days to SSB! Come out tomorrow night and celebrate the beginning of the school year and the donated funds, beginning at 6 pm.
The remarkable growth of New Jersey’s State University
Berea College receives national recognition
24 best liberal arts colleges in America – it is time to add Sweet Briar
USF business school dean wants to bring change
MSU professors receive national recognition as inspiring women in STEM
7 STEM competitions for girls
Pointe Coupee School board starts process of turning Central High in to STEM campus by 2016
OpEd The importance of Hispanic enrollment efforts in STEM
IU awarded $1.66 million grant for STEM education
How this Drexel program is strengthening the region’s STEM pipeline
College of Medicine professor named one of ‘100 inspiring women in STEM’
Are you celebrating Women’s Equality Day in Plymouth tomorrow?
Every field has its role models
What is life like for women in tech
Drive to attract more women to engineering
Another Voice – gender gap in opportunities for youths must be closed
Lateral thinking helps bring women into tech sector
BiS in brief – Savannah schools among STEM award finalist
Women In Higher Education
Waldorf College expects record enrollment as the college wanted more female students
Eleven Catholic colleges among Sierra Club’s ‘cool schools’
Sustainable facilities, curriculum and faculty provide paths to future jobs, leadership opportunities at Santa Fe community college
Sustainable features practically required in new campus construction
75 colleges for Food in America for 2015
UTA hopes to increase unprivileged or minority students seeking graduate degrees
4 ways best fit student recruitment has changed
Broadening notions of gender and private women’s colleges
5 facts that might make sexual assault far more likely to occur on college campuses
Perhaps these female students should consider Sweet Briar College
Outrage at male students’ vulgar signs for a ‘freshman daughter drop off’ where parents are told their daughter will have a ‘good time’
College fraternity suspended after hanging derogatory and demeaning banners about female students
Chatham prepares for its first coed undergraduate class
As Coursera evolves colleges stay on and investors buy in
US community colleges increase international enrollment
Proof of an eligible man shortage – there are four college educated women for every three males and don’t even think of trying to find one in Manhattan
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!
Please help us get Seth Meyers to come to Sweet Briar and teach for a day.
VOTE DAILY UNTIL 8-24-15!!!!
LET’S DO THIS BECAUSE WE CAN!!!
Message from Alice Dixon
The August 2015 Alumnae Alliance Newsletter was emailed out today!!! If you did not get the email, please contact DJ Stanhope at firstname.lastname@example.org with your correct or preferred email address!
Here is the August news letter from the Alumnae Alliance – enjoy
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
Support us by using iGive! We’ll get free donations every time you shop at 1,649 of the most popular online stores. And, from 8/10-8/19 just visiting stores could mean an extra $100 for us. Sign up today!:
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
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA
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.
From Debbie Thurman
Everyone, my old friend Debbie Habel, new director of Amherst’s Habitat for Humanity, is organizing a 5K benefit run that also is in honor of Saving Sweet Briar, to be run on the SBC campus Oct. 10. They are looking for some alumnae to run. Entry fee discounted. Call 434-946-9596 for more info. Their website is being updated.
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
A beautiful children’s book inspired by the fight to save Sweet Briar
How the Vixens Saved the School
Written by Josh Mundy
Illustrated by Victoria Hang
We are donating 10% of all proceeds to Saving Sweet Briar. And remember if you are with Amazon Smile even more will be donated so Saving Sweet Briar.
Great t-shirts with a lot of fun SBC related designs. A portion of the proceeds will go to Sweet Briar. I, myself, have bought a bunch of Saving Sweet Briar and Sweet Briar t-shirts. The quality is great, the shirts are super soft.
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.
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–
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. https://squareup.com/market/katorriginal-inc
Several fundraiser from Amy Campbell and the class of ’97
Donate $20 to Sweet Briar between now and September 2 for a
chance to win cow tag #81
Do you still have five bucks left over after fulfilling your pledge to Sweet Briar? Fund one of the last few keys given to all faculty and staff next week!
Donate $19.92 or more and receive this great sticker
Just send your receipt to Amy at Holla@sbc1997.com
For more information check at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152944544301373&set=gm.1120343394647382&type=1&theater
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: email@example.com
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
From Meghan Meighan
INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE! The #SaveSweetBriar Keychain has done its job! Sweet Briar College has been saved and therefore this retired keychain is now $12 while supplies last. Get yours at MegEBespoke.etsy.com
A message from Myth Bayoud
Good morning fellow Vixens!
The Book Shop Working Group would love for you to post your SBC items that you have created or are in the process of creating. We want to compile a list of these fabulous items!!! Thank you so much!!
FIND THESE AND OTHER FINE GOODS BY SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO SWEET BRIAR AT
VIXENS HELPING VIXENS
From Annamarie Lichtenberg
You know you went to SBC, if you might be missing some History Department Alumnae on our Email list. We are gathering supplies: pens, pencils, markers ect. for the department.
We have received a list from one of the professors. If you would like to take part, please send me or comment your email address. We are looking for donations from $1-$5. Thanks in advance!
From Amy Ross Hanna
Attention Alumnae, Parents, and Friends of SBC!!!!!!
Each month you will have the opportunity to send a student, faculty member or staff a treat prepared by local pastry chef, Sandy Brooks. Each month the selections will be different. They will be boxed beautifully and delivered to campus. If interested you can contact Sandy directly (434 841 8565) or message me with your needs
For August and September:
6 cupcakes $20
1 dozen cookies $20
You can speak to Sandy about flavors and other options for the selected treats.The price includes delivery to campus. We will need the students name and dorm information. If sending to a faculty or staff member, please include their department.
Sandy’s facebook page is: Pastry By Sandy
Holla Holla!!!!! Let’s spoil our SBC community!!!!!
From Deanette Rogers
A HUGE HOLLA TO THE LADIES LISTED BELOW!! THANKS TO YOU, THE SOCCER TEAM WILL HAVE GAME DAY UNIFORMS!!
Please follow the directions given here to honor your pledge and PLEASE mail the cheques by Saturday, the 22nd. This will allow uniforms to be ordered next week.
Mail a cheque for your pledge amount to Sweet Briar College and CLEARLY mark the memo line with “Friends of Athletics/Soccer”. Then mail the cheque to Teresa Boylan, Athletics Director
PO Box 87
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Teresa has to funnel all the monies through the proper channels for the donations to be tax deductible for you and also be guaranteed to go to the soccer team for uniforms.
Dana Varnado Campbell
Jessica Hiveley and the Minnesota Women’s Soccer League
Susan Mann Levy
Dianne Hayes Doss
Jo Ann Kramer
Ingrid Zensen Trachtenbarg
Laura L Crum
Leslie Carson Albizzatti
Clara Barton Green
EVERYONE ELSE: PLEASE DONATE TO SSB!! WE HAVE A LOT OF MOOOLA TO RAISE THIS WEEK, BUT THERE IS NOTHING A VIXEN CAN NOT DO!!
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!
AS OF AUGUST 12, 2015 LISA AUMILLER IS ON TOP
KEEP ON VOTING – LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN
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.
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!
FROM BROOKE LINVILLE
Hey all, I am on a proposed panel by SXSW (South By Southwest), and I could REALLY use your vote! Would you mind clicking on this link at casting your thumbs up in the upper left hand corner?! You need to create an account with SXSW, and you can only vote once, but it would be incredibly helpful and valuable to me! Ends September 4, 2015
CALLING ALL ANGELS! Yes, I am here again, but we now have a new mission (and the donations will be TAX DEDUCTIBLE and COUNT towards our September GOAL!!!!!) We need to help some students out…PM me for further information, but if you have some MOOLAH lying around…feel free to complete form here smile emoticon I love you all!!!!