We did it!
Pat yourselves on the back. This is such a major accomplishment. How many universities or colleges can claim to have such dedicated alumnae. Donating $12 Million in 6 months is nothing to sneeze at. And on top of that dedicated alumnae donated to the Angel Fund, Athletics, Vixen Den, Faculty and Staff Dinner, and so much more.
This is something for the history books and we all were part of it. Holla! Holla!
We have overcome a major obstacle, but we still have to make sure that Sweet Briar remains open in perpetuity. We all donated as much as we possibly could, but we still need to continue sending in donations next year and the years thereafter – perhaps not as much as we have in the past 6 month, but we need to ensure adequate funds to keep Sweet Briar open and functional. Another way to make sure Sweet Briar continues to educate young women is to recruit students. If you can participate at a college fair on behalf of Sweet Briar or speak to a prospective student in person or by phone, please click on the link below in the ‘Volunteer for Sweet Briar’ section.
Tomorrow I will post the last Vixen Watch for this week as I will be out of Wifi range for teh next few days.
Starting next week, however, Vixen Watch will be posted on Mondays and Thursdays only, unless there is breaking news. It has been a pleasure to serve you with news and hopefully keep you informed in the past 6 months. What an incredible journey it has been. I am humbled to be in the company of such great women who fought for what is right and never gave up.
Monika Kaiser ’82
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.
Supporters to make final payment to Sweet Briar College, with a little extra thrown in
Saving Sweet Briar to deliver final payment to college on Wednesday.
Sweet Briar College set to receive last cash installment
Saving Sweet Briar founder to help college with athletics
Sweet Briar College supporters fulfill $12 million commitment
Founder of Saving Sweet Briar takes unpaid job at college
Resilient and strong – students resume classes at Sweet Briar
Liberal Arts education serves tech executive R.J. Taylor well
Amid recruiting Michigan State engineering college tops 1,000 female students for the first time
U Va. career center prepares students for on -Grounds interview
13 Fraternities at U of S.C. are barred from recruiting
US university fair begins on Wednesday – Do we have anyone over there from SBC?
Pensacola State College awarded $2.69 million in grants for student support services
Interesting! Are we nearing the end of college tuition pricing as we know it?
University administrators allow fraternities to turn colleges into rape factories
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!
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.
By Jo-Ann Merritt
Here’s a great glass Vixen head sun catcher made of glass. Beautiful! Proceeds will benefit Saving Sweet Briar. I, myself, ordered several to hang in my window and give away. They are beautiful.
By Margaret Williams Blout
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
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
From Kelly Gardner Headd
[I am] so excited to see that Adornment Needlepoint has created this vixen canvas in honor of SBC’s class of 2019!! 30% of proceeds go to SBC!
Pre-order at: www.adornmentneedlepoint.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 Amy Leigh Campbell
Vixens, I have a student that needs help purchasing textbooks for a class. If you have any Amazon gift cards laying around or would be willing to send one for this purpose, the amount is $88.65 and your help would be greatly appreciated! PM me for the email address so I can make sure we don’t double up. Thanks all.
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!!!!!
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!
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!!!!