Vixen Watch for January 30th, 2016

Welcome to Vixen Watch,

Yesterday I was honored and very proud to represent Sweet Briar on behalf of President Stone at the inauguration of President Julio Frenk at the University of Miami.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  Before they led us to the Bank United Center where the ceremony took place we were asked to have a seat at designated chairs.  Not realizing that the chairs were set according to the founding year of the institution and not by alphabetical order it took me a moment to find my seat.  But there it was – my chair – with a sign saying SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE taped on the back.  

12572951_1124775140896316_2128820602219065591_nAs I walked over, it occurred to me that this chair designated to the Sweet Briar delegate wouldn’t be there had it not been for the alumnae, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college and their fight to save it – which made this event even more special.  

Below is a compilation of various articles and news on Sweet Briar, Women in Higher Education, STEM, Liberal Arts, and more.

Are you interested in buying Sweet Briar related gifts or just some nice things made by members of the Sweet Briar community? Check out http://www.shopsweetbriar.com/index.php 

And if you have a Kindle – you’re in luck, because David Richards offers you to download a beautiful photo book of Sweet Briar  – for FREE.  The link is at the bottom of the ‘Submitted by Member of the Sweet Briar Community’ section.  Hurry before this great deal ends! 

If you would like me to post an article or an event notice to Vixen Watch please add your request to the comment section.  

SWEET BRIAR NEWS

Sweet Briar will host a townhall meeting on February 5th, 2016

http://www.newsadvance.com/new_era_progress/news/sweet-briar-to-host-town-hall-meeting-feb/article_4c07157c-bfb0-11e5-be2d-4fedae247964.html?mode=jqm


SBC president says state of the college is ‘good’

http://sbc.edu/news/uncategorized/sbc-president-state-college-good/


Sweet Briar College Had the Highest Number of Applicants in 50 Years

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/news/a4905/sweet-briar-college-had-the-highest-number-of-applicants-in-50-years/


Five study-abroad programs to get excited about

http://sbc.edu/news/academics/study-abroad-programs-excited/


Vixens Named Scholar All-American Team by CSCAA

http://vixenathletics.com/sports/wswimdive/2015-16/releases/20160127lxwkju


Sweet Briar student-equestrian superstar on the rise

http://wset.com/news/local/sweet-briar-student-equestrian-superstar-on-the-rise


College students debate the right thing in ethics bowl

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/college-students-debate-the-right-thing-in-ethics-bowl/article_1bd753af-ed8e-539b-b632-81acce9ec389.html


Explore Engineering event at Sweet Briar taking applications

http://m.newsadvance.com/nelson_county_times/lifestyles/explore-engineering-event-at-sweet-briar-taking-applications/article_702b8822-c512-11e5-a7b0-d7e7dfd1c356.html?mode=jqm


Buy Sweet Briar gear or just gifts made by members of the Sweet Briar community and a portion or all of the proceeds will benefit Sweet Briar.  There are some really cool things you can shop for.  So check out the online catalog.

http://www.shopsweetbriar.com/index.php


Congratulations to Rosie Powers ’18 and her own Carabello on winning the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Aiken Winter Classic ll. So very proud of the both of you!! ‪#‎sbc_riding‬ ‪#‎gosweet‬‪#‎snowbiscuit‬

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President Stone Meets With Alumnae on his Tour D’Amerique  – And He’s Not Finished


President Phil Stone presents Makayla Benjamin ’18 with a framed photo and Vixen necklace as a congratulations for her performance at the AIEC Student Riding Nations Cup World Finals. The competition was held Dec. 29-31, 2015 in Germany.

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ALUMNAE ALLIANCE

The Alumae Allicance would like to remind you that the Elston Inn will make a great venue for your next family reunion, corporate meeting, weekend getaway, or wedding.

http://sbc.edu/elston/


The Alumnae Alliance is requesting that all alumnae sign up on Alumnifire.  Alumnifire is an alumni run social media platform to share and connect.

Below are instructions on how to connect and articles with more information on Alumnifire.

Getting started with Alumnifire

AlumnifireTutorialandHow-To


Submitted by Members of the Sweet Briar Community

Shared by Norma Valentine

Leader Profile on Phillip Stone

http://issuu.com/vgnet/docs/lb_febmar16_vbook/c/sp8b2ob


DJ Stanhope and Norma Valentine shared the following blog

The Save Sweet Briar Success Story: 5 Lessons About Making an Impact

http://www.hilarysutton.com/blog/2016/1/27/what-we-can-all-learn-from-the-saving-sweet-briar-success-story


Shared by Yolanda Reid

19 Things You Actually Learn at an All Girl School

http://www.buzzfeed.com/floperry/things-you-actually-learn-at-an-all-girls-school#.jeKj9djYa7

Shared by Deirdre Conley

4 local colleges will allow students to take courses at any campus

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160105/ARTICLE/160109834/0/search

and

New College adds master’s in data science

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160128/ARTICLE/160129591/0/search


 

DJ Stanhope shared a photo of the Quad blanketed in snow

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By LuAnn Hunt

Beautiful photos after the snow storm

http://web.photodex.com/view/mmag82x4/?watch-mmag82x4


 

By Jona Cumani ’17

Sweet Briar in the snow – so beautiful

https://www.facebook.com/jona.cumani.7/videos/448425325282196/?theater


 

And more photos of Sweet Briar college by Lydia Fleck ’18, Kollin Kirven ’18, Mariah Miller ’16, Leah Haes, Shelby Benny ’19, Anne Meyer, Madison Harpham, Brittany Agee, and Katie Leaver

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Denise Montgomery posted this absolutely fabulous video of Sweet Briar’s May Day in the 1920’s.  This is a MUST WATCH

And more news from 1956 with commencement and ground breaking of Dew dormitory.


By David Richards

Download this fabulous photo book of Sweet Briar on your Kindle today -FOR FREE

http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Briar-College-Photo-Journal-ebook/dp/B01AKA4JVK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid&sr

LIBERAL ARTS

University of King’s College starts summer camp for teens

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/kings-college-humanities-for-young-people-1.3417003


Survey highlights provosts’ concern over liberal arts, financials

http://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-highlights-provosts-concern-over-liberal-arts-financials/412650/


 

Wesleyan University president to speak on value of liberal arts

http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/community/kent_county/news/article_53c05690-8fc1-5b17-892f-81eb76bdbfe8.html


 

For higher education, do as elites do, not as they say

http://michiganradio.org/post/higher-education-do-elites-do-not-they-say#stream/0


Feeding English Majors in the 21st Century

http://chronicle.com/article/Feeding-English-Majors-in-the/235042


Fort Lewis College Strategic Planning Session: STEM or Liberal Arts?

https://www.theindyonline.com/News/ArtMID/17611/ArticleID/1147966/Fort-Lewis-College-Strategic-Planning-Session-STEM-or-Liberal-Arts.aspx


Liberal arts curriculum at Emerson is crucial

http://www.berkeleybeacon.com/opinion/2016/1/28/liberal-arts-curriculum-at-emerson-is-crucial


 

Florida’s leaders wrong about liberal arts

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article57170613.html


There’s a lot we’re not learning when we try to learn online

There’s a lot we’re not learning when we try to learn online


 

Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors

https://hbr.org/2016/01/digital-companies-need-more-liberal-arts-majors


Faculty Seminar: Liberal Arts Education and Our Planet

https://frontpage.gcsu.edu/announcement/faculty-seminar-liberal-arts-education-and-our-planet


Beyond the Paper screen / In changing times, liberal arts education remains relevant

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002697474


STEM

“Undergraduate Women in Physics” Conference Offers Networking Opportunities

http://wesleyanargus.com/2016/01/26/undergraduate-women-in-physics-conference-offers-networking-opportunities/


 

Stimulating young minds with STEM

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/stimulating-young-minds-with-stem/article_b8a81c8a-c23a-11e5-b097-13031e99b718.html


 

Bett 2016: Gender roles should be removed, and not just in Stem

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500271564/Bett-2016-Gender-roles-should-be-removed-and-not-just-in-Stem


Crescent City school briefs for Jan.27, 2016

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/community/crescentcity/14585921-178/crescent-city-school-briefs-for-jan-27-2016


A-level results show growing interest in STEM

http://www.herald.co.zw/a-level-results-show-growing-interest-in-stem-subjects/s


Engineering an engineering education

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/jan/engineering-education-012716.html


 

Future of Education Technoloy Conference Attendees Receive Inspiration Tools, and Strategies.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/future-of-education-technology-conference-attendees-receive-inspiration-tools-and-strategies-from-top-leaders/400760/&ct=ga&cd=CAAYAjIaNTgxMDk5NjJjNDhjYzU1YTpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AFQjCNF23uLH4vt3DU0o1hlyk03cJe9uTw


Ben Howlett leads debate on increasing diversity in STEM careers

http://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/politics/ben-howlett-leads-debate-on-increasing-diversity-in-stem-careers-65400/


 

Women tech entrepreneurs take root with Dubai’s Stem hackathon

http://www.thenational.ae/business/the-life/women-tech-entrepreneurs-take-root-with-dubais-stem-hackathon


From Graduation to Liftoff: How One Grad Launched Eleven Spacecraft

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-j-carter/from-graduation-to-liftof_b_9068000.html


ASSOCIATION, UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE AIMS TO BOOST WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SKILLS

http://associationsnow.com/2016/01/association-university-alliance-aims-to-boost-womens-leadership-skills/


Inspiring the next generation of women in techhttp://techcitynews.com/2016/01/26/inspiring-the-next-generation-of-women-in-tech/


Women in Energy: Securing America’s Energy Future Through STEMhttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/01/pennenergy-exclusive-securing-america-s-energy-future-through-stem.html


Keeping the stats on Connie Borrorhttps://asunow.asu.edu/20160126-arizona-impact-asu-math-professor-first-woman-win-award


PROGRESSIVE POLICIES TO IMPROVE THE GENDER BALANCE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHhttp://www.euroscientist.com/progressive-policies-to-improve-the-gender-balance-in-scientific-research/


Female professors speak about science careershttp://williamsrecord.com/2016/01/27/female-professors-speak-about-science-careers/


Women’s Forum hosted by Assemblymember Doddhttp://www.davisvanguard.org/2016/01/womens-forum-hosted-by-assemblymember-dodd/


Crystal Lake Dist. 155’s STEM conference for girls onlyhttp://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160127/news/160129047/


GM wants to help women engineers get back to work
and

For Women Entrepreneurs Raising Money, It’s Good to Be in New York or Los Angeles

Dodd hosts women’s forum at UC Davishttp://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/dodd-hosts-womens-forum-at-uc-davis/


STEM champion looks to help girls of color

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/lecture-targets-women-interested-in-stem-careers/article_24448d46-2244-5764-976a-9198ecdd88d8.html


Share of Women in STEM fields not representative of potentialhttp://wbj.pl/share-of-women-in-stem-fields-not-representative-of-potential/


FEMALE CELEBS WHO STUDIED STEM SUBJECTS (AND WHY YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT DOING THE SAME)http://www.sugarscape.com/celebs/a1086298/girls-in-stem-the-female-celebs-who-took-science/


Girls in Stem: A movement launched on Tyneside that is changing the worldhttp://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-opinion/girls-stem-movement-launched-tyneside-10804809


Girls in STEM: These figures show why we need more women in science, tech, engineering and mathshttp://www.ibtimes.co.uk/girls-stem-these-figures-show-why-we-need-more-women-science-tech-engineering-maths-1540590


Event shows girls why they are essential to progress in STEMhttps://www.siliconrepublic.com/portfolio/2016/01/29/girls-in-stem-event-accenture-dublin


A programming parityhttp://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/01/29/a-programming-parity/


Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin on changing perceptions around STEMhttps://www.siliconrepublic.com/discovery/2016/01/29/aoibhinn-ni-shuilleabhain-stem


Educationists hail STEMhttp://www.chronicle.co.zw/educationists-hail-stem/


Students explore STEM fieldshttp://www.idahopress.com/members/students-explore-stem-fields/article_8ed0e625-b486-5745-98b6-8c6dfdf5c327.html


 

STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Recruiting Column: Want to play in college? Answer these 3 questions

Recruiting Column: Want to play in college? Answer these 3 questions


Study reveals stark contrast in trust of recruiters by region

http://thepienews.com/news/survey-reveals-stark-contrast/


Applications flow in for ‘free’ community college

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3933066-151/applications-flow-in-for-free-community-college#


Could China’s economy impact American universities?

http://www.purdueexponent.org/features/article_bc2d014f-da20-5694-be77-dbfe512eb293.html


The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/silicon-valley-tech-interns-recruiting/426795/


Verbatim: JPMorgan Chase grant to benefit local companies with employee-focused business program

http://www.journalgazette.net/blog/the-scoop/Verbatim–JPMorgan-Chase-grant-to-benefit-local-companies-with-employee-focused-business-program-11134755


Spring 2016 semester kicks off at BU, SUNY Broome

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/2016/01/25/spring-2016-semester-kicks-off-bu-suny-broome/79302670/


MUN’s undergrad continues to drop, grad student numbers go up

http://themuse.ca/2016/01/25/muns-undergrad-continues-to-drop-grad-student-numbers-go-up/


U.S. files suit against DeVry University, alleging students were misled

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-devry-ftc-20160127-story.html

and

https://www.inverse.com/article/10687-suit-no-a-degree-from-devry-university-won-t-get-you-a-job-in-six-months


Minority acceptances up 643% at Wayne State medical school

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160128/NEWS/160129820/wayne-state-medical-school-expects-higher-minority-student-enrollment


New policy, free college for high schoolers

http://hccegalitarian.com/3676/community/new-policy-free-college-for-high-schoolers/


6 Ways To Boost Student Employee Happiness

http://jobs.uloop.com/news/view.php/187435/6-Ways-To-Boost-Student-Employee-Happiness


Number of overseas students in Taiwan tops 110,000 in 2015

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201601300011.aspx


Ma urges NHI for Chinese students

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/01/30/2003638418


UO minority students frustrated, impatient with slow pace of change

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34006740-75/uo-minority-students-frustrated-impatient-with-slow-pace-of-change.html.csp

 

 

College Finances

 

Barnard College Receives Largest Combined Gift in 126-Year History

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/barnard-college-receives-largest-combined-gift-in-126-year-history-300211303.html

 

 

Women in Higher Educations

A Look Back: Saint Mary’s College grows

http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/history/a-look-back-saint-mary-s-college-grows/article_0cd23e69-34ff-5439-9ab7-f7aee102a0ee.html


Female college coaches can do it all

http://www.theloquitur.com/female-college-coaches-can-do-it-all/


Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership Announces Conference for Women Leaders in Higher Education

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006350/en/Pepperdine-Center-Women-Leadership-Announces-Conference-Women


Melbourne University gender policy a ‘small win’ for women

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/melbourne-university-gender-policy-a-small-win-for-women/news-story/92313f10ac5a0a92e297b5bdf397bbdc


Waging war in the name of women

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/42064/Waging+war+in+the+name+of+women


Five ways to improve leadership in universities

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/jan/27/five-ways-to-improve-leadership-in-universities


Updated data shows minimal progress toward gender parity in higher ed

http://www.educationdive.com/news/updated-data-shows-minimal-progress-toward-gender-parity-in-higher-ed/412932/


Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-amina-mohamed/kenya-and-ethiopia-a-cros_b_8915126.html


Sonoma State’s Ruben Armiñana says Latinos to comprise next ‘revolution’ in higher education

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5149283-181/sonoma-states-ruben-armi%C3%B1ana-says?artslide=0

 

OTHER

Bill supported by Scott Walker would increase ’emergency’ aid to college students

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/bill-supported-by-scott-walker-would-increase-emergency-aid-to/article_e30d7421-824b-55d2-9911-a69359d2b574.html


Legislators push for free tuition at community, technical colleges

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/legislastors-push-for-free-tuition-at-community-technical-colleges/


Enrollment continues to fall

http://aztecpressonline.com/2016/01/25884/


New Study Shows College Students Are Overwhelmingly Biased Against Female Professors

http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/news/a37577/new-study-shows-college-students-are-overwhelmingly-biased-against-female-professors/


Saints and satyrs of the liberal arts

http://themedium.ca/arts/saints-and-satyrs-of-the-liberal-arts


Chancellor says NDSU president should have flown in coach

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/26/chancellor-says-ndsu-president-should-have-flown-i/


WT, A&M partner on vet school pipeline

http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2016-01-29/wt-am-partner-vet-school-pipeline#.VqxC8fkrLIU


Notre Dame responds to Harvard education report

http://ndsmcobserver.com/2016/01/notre-dame-responds-to-harvard-education-report/


Student diversity increased by 13 percent at OU’s education college

http://www.athensmessenger.com/news/student-diversity-increased-by-percent-at-ou-s-education-college/article_91d518ad-6c25-5b84-a68c-97368331064d.html


Coalition of College Libraries, including Bowdoin, Launches New Press

http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2016/01/bowdoin-library-with-broad-coalition-launches-new-press/


Top-ranked liberal arts college is dropping a mascot students said was racist

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/amherst-college-drop-racist-mascot-of-lord-jeffrey-2016-1


South African Mayor Offers College Scholarships to Women—If They’re Virgins

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/24/south-africa-virgin-scholarshi

and

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3416100/South-Africa-policing-womens-bodies-bursaries-virgins–activist.html


UCSB Students Protest U.S. Customs and Border Protection Booth at Student Fair

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/01/29/ucsb-students-protest-u-s-customs-and-border-protection-booth-at-student-fair/


The Number Of College Students Seeking Mental Health Treatment Is Growing Rapidly

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/college-students-mental-health-treatment_us_5696a1dde4b0ce496422e8f1


 THE CHARITABLE VIXEN

Kari Shipley ’76 has a request to all alumnae:  Next time you buy water in bottles consider saving the bottle caps for CAPS OF LOVE, an American charity that funds children’s wheelchairs.  Please remember that the bottle caps must be separated by grade. Thank you!

http://www.capsoflove.com/

 

Vixen Watch for January 30th, 2016

VIXEN WATCH FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2016

Good Saturday Morning

I hope that especially those of you who live in the Midatlantic region are safe and warm.  

Below are a few articles on Sweet Briar, STEM, Liberal Arts, and more, as well as reminders for events. 

Please make sure you check all the segments for interesting articles.  I would like to point out an article on internships in the ‘Submitted by Members of the Sweet Briar Community’ segment.  Check it out! 

In addition please read the Sweet Briar “Talking Points” in the Sweet Briar News section. Great news!  So far Sweet Briar received over 1,000 applications which is 60% more than in the past four years. And 32 new students (20 returning and 12 either new or transferring students) will be added to the Spring semester!

Published today is a great article on ‘The One Thing That Saved Sweet Briar College Could Be What Keeps Women’s Colleges Alive’ which you can find at the end of Sweet Briar News articles.  A great read!

And finally, please don’t forget to sign up on Alumnifire, which is an alumni run social media platform to share and connect.


SWEET BRIAR NEWS

Hola! Hola!  SBC Swim Team

Vixen Swimmers Compete at Greensboro College

http://vixenathletics.com/sports/wswimdive/2015-16/releases/20160116nymbzc


Sweet Briar “Talking Points”

SWEET BRIAR TALKING POINTS for use by Sweet Briar volunteers                                    January 15, 2016

The closure announcement on March 3, 2015, had a direct impact in the lives of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, and on the college’s status with educational associations, foundations, individual donors, athletic relationships – on every aspect of Sweet Briar!

 Three lawsuits were entered attempting to block closure: by the Amherst County Attorney; on behalf of the faculty; and on behalf of the students; all were settled on June 22, subject to certain funding requirements.

 Between March 3 and June 22, alumnae mobilized via Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. to raise funds and provide a communications platform, resulting in the commitment of $28 million in pledges from more than 7,000 donors, and the collection of more than $12 million in cash, enabling the initial required payment of $5 million on June 23 and producing an additional $7 million in two payments prior to September 2, 2015.

 The College opened on schedule August 26, with a new Board that had been seated as part of the June 22 settlement and a new President elected on July 2 by the new Board. By early September, all senior administrative positions had been filled, and support staff were employed to enable the College to function effectively. Currently, the College is in the process of recruiting and hiring several permanent positions.

Fall on-campus enrollment was 236 degree-seeking students, including 24 first-years and eight transfers; four of those are studying overseas in our Junior Year Abroad programs.

There is in place an aggressive program to recruit students that is expected to produce steadily increasing enrollment. Goals include transfer students, some international students, and 200 first-year students annually. More than 400 Alumnae Admission Recruiters (AARs) are supporting the recruitment effort.

For spring term 2016, on-campus enrollment will be larger than in the fall, a rare occurrence in higher education. Twenty former students will return after spending a semester at another institution as a result of the closure announcement, and 12 first-time students are either transferring from another college or attending college for the first time – clear evidence that Sweet Briar continues to have strong appeal in the student market place.

Graph courtesy of the Briar Wire

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While the critical final months of the fall 2016 recruitment cycle remain ahead of us, we are pleased to see positive indicators. The College was very well-received during its recruitment travels this fall. Both Sweet Briar staff and alumnae travel the country attending college fairs, high school visits and college nights. The number of prospective students completing interest cards this fall was extraordinary. Some of the prospective students will apply for fall 2017 or 2018, but many are interested in fall 2016.

This interest has helped to generate a large applicant pool for fall 2016. With two weeks remaining before the official application deadline, Sweet Briar has received more than 1,000 applications—more than 60% greater than the average of the past four years. In the months ahead, the college will continue to review applications, offer admission to qualified students, and process financial aid.

Accepted applicants have until May 1 to make a final decision, and we have a number of initiatives in place to be certain that they receive the information they need to give Sweet Briar College full consideration. Work remains to be done, but the early signs are positive for fall 2016.

The budget for FY 2015 was balanced because of the infusion of the payments from Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.; the budget for the current year (FY 2016) adopted by the Board is also balanced. This budget is dependent on achieving the Sweet Briar Fund (formerly known as the Annual Giving) goals.

After this four-year restoration to sustainable enrollment, the Sweet Briar Fund can maintain the College’s operating budget with gifts in the range of $3 million to $4 million each year, a reasonable level of support that is consistent with past performance.

President Phil Stone has prioritized meeting with as many alumnae groups as possible to answer questions and concerns. He encourages everyone to assist in recruiting prospective students and in fundraising.


 

 Congratulations to seven very well deserving alumnae who will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Award during this year’s reunion

Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients
At its meeting on January 5, 2016, the Sweet Briar College Alumnae Alliance Council voted on the Distinguished Alumna Award recipient for 2016. Breaking with tradition, the Council voted to give the award to not one, but seven Sweet Briar alumnae: The seven women of the Board of Directors of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

The Distinguished Alumna Award honors alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to Sweet Briar College through outstanding accomplishment in a volunteer or professional capacity. These seven women made careers out of their volunteer efforts to save Sweet Briar in 2015; to honor them collectively with this award is a small gesture of gratitude in comparison with their tremendous dedication, passion and ultimate success in the preservation of the Sweet Briar College we all know and love.

Sarah Preston Clement ’75, Christine Davis Boulware ’77, Sally Mott Freeman ’76, Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer ’64, Ellen Ober Pitera ’93, Tracy Anne Stuart ’93, and Brooke Linville ’04 will be honored during Reunion weekend, June 3-5, 2016. Please applaud their special leadership!


A return to Sweet Briar

http://www.muuzii.com/a-return-to-sweet-briar-college/


Sweet Briar sees highest number of new applicants in 50 years

http://m.wdbj7.com/news/local/sweet-briar-college-sees-highest-number-of-new-applicants-in-50-years/37535980

and

Sweet Briar receives record applications, increases Spring enrollment


Sweet Briar named 2016 BRAID Affiliate

http://sbc.edu/news/engineering-science/sweet-briar-named-2016-braid-affiliate/

and

Sweet Briar College named affiliate of nationwide diversity initiative


Archery tournament draws more than 200 sharpshooters

http://www.newsadvance.com/new_era_progress/news/archery-tournament-draws-more-than-sharpshooters/article_e9d8e423-13cd-5bec-8c07-1fc194fc2ed7.html


Sweet Briar names VP for Finance and Treasurer

http://sbc.edu/news/president/sweet-briar-names-vp-finance-treasurer/

and

http://www.virginiabusiness.com/companies/article/sweet-briar-college-names-vice-president-for-finance-and-treasurer


Sweet Briar celebrates Amherst through art

http://sbc.edu/news/art-galleries/sweet-briar-celebrates-amherst-art/


Sweet Briar Showing Sweet Results Post-Governance Crisis

http://nonprofitquarterly.org/2016/01/22/sweet-briar-showing-sweet-results-post-governance-crisis/


Future of Sweet Briar College is looking up

http://www.wdbj7.com/video/future-of-sweet-briar-college-is-looking-up/37536364


Musicologist explores relationship among music, the natural world and environmental awareness

http://sbc.edu/news/performing-arts/music/musicologist-explores-relationships-music-natural-world-environmental-awareness/


‘Art for the People’ opens in Pannell Gallery

http://sbc.edu/news/art-galleries/art-people-opens-pannell-gallery/


The One Thing That Saved Sweet Briar College Could Be What Keeps Women’s Colleges Alive

http://www.bustle.com/articles/131533-the-one-thing-that-saved-sweet-briar-college-could-be-what-keeps-womens-colleges-alive


Sweet Briar Day gatherings

In the Annapolis, MD area

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Cape Cod

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Loudoun County, VA

Congratulations (again) Makayla Benjamin (SBC ’18) for bringing home the blue for not only SBC but for the USA from the AIEC World Jumping Finals in Marburg, Germany! We had a lovely Sweet Briar Day reception at Creek’s Edge Winery in Loudoun County, Virginia with great turn out! Special Hollas to Julie Hildebrand Nelson and Rebecca Moats Miller for their Hunt Club leadership and to Suzanne Liscouski and Jan Benjamin for all the support.

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Roanoke, VA

Roanoke area SBC alums had a fabulous Sweet Briar Day. We enjoyed sharing our stories, yearbooks, photos and other memorabilia with each other. A great time was had by all!!

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Richmond, VA

On January 10th, Richmond Alumnae celebrated Sweet Briar Day at Deep Run High School. Alumnae attended along with prospective students and parents. Marcia Thom-Kaley gave a fantastic and reassuring update on admissions for the spring semester and coming year. Katie Criag ’16, current President of the Student Body, facilitated a professional panel comprised of alumnae who gave excellent insight into the benefits of attending Sweet Briar and how the college prepared them for the world. Panelists included Katie Webb, ‘70; Debbie Jones, ‘84; Angela Grisby Roberts, ‘03; Lauren Guyer Thomas, ‘09. Marcia then held a break out session for prospective students and parents in attendance. The event was enjoyed by all and several applications were picked up by prospective students. Thanks and “Holla” to our panelists and special guests.12573181_552529651573449_7068444939774929617_n

President Stone visiting Redwood, CA alumnae group

Thank you to our fabulous President Stone. He is funny, eloquent, articulate and just perfect. Thank you! The stories were unbelieveable. Holla Holla!— at The Bay Club.

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Holla Holla! A great success. Our raffle raised $1325 – all of which goes to Sweet Briar from the San Francisco Bay area SBC Club. Thank you all for your support!

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ALUMNAE ALLIANCE

 

         The January edition of The Briar Wire – a news bulletin sponsored by the Alumnae Alliance and produced by Alumnae Relations and Development Team – is out.

http://sbc.edu/sites/default/files/Alumnae/SBC%20AA%20Newsletter%20January%202016.pdf


 

The Alumnae Alliance is requesting that all alumnae sign up on Alumnifire.  Alumnifire is an alumni run social media platform to share and connect.

Below are instructions on how to connect and articles with more information on Alumnifire.

Getting started with Alumnifire

AlumnifireTutorialandHow-To


 

 

Submitted by Members of the Sweet Briar Community

By Annamaria Lichtenberg

SPY Magazine mentions cow tipping at Sweet Briar – (check out the tuition prices)

https://books.google.com/books?id=UTXxn2wDUtwC&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=sweet+briar+college+bum+chums&source=bl&ots=Y0Sf3jJaOX&sig=fPIp_EGFQxbnpbMdrWn6TMYux-s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QvK_VLDdIYamgwSymYTQBQ&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=sweet%20briar%20college%20bum%20chums&f=false


Submitted by Sarah von Rosenberg

Relevant internships—as far back as five years earlier—boosted employment prospects significantly increasing the interview rate by 14%.

More Helpful Than a Business Degree: A Summer Internship

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/01/15/more-helpful-than-a-business-degree-a-summer-internship/


Submitted and written By Margaretta Colangelo

What’s  your Entrepreneurial Dream?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-entrepreneurial-dream-margaretta-colangelo?trk=prof-post


By Rhoda Harris

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond

http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond


 

LIBERAL ARTS

From College to Career: Q&A with the Career Center’s Everette Fortner –

https://news.virginia.edu/content/college-career-qa-career-centers-everette-fortner#sthash.LW22V59N.dpuf


Balweg: The importance of the Liberal Arts course as I found it

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/opinion/2016/01/22/balweg-importance-liberal-arts-course-i-found-it-453238


The Proof Liberal Arts Colleges Need?

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/22/study-traces-characteristics-undergraduate-education-key-measures-success-life


The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/2016-inside-higher-ed-survey-chief-academic-officers


‘Beyond the University’ Awarded AAC&U Ness Prize

http://roth.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/01/21/beyond-the-university-awarded-aacu-ness-prize/


The Amazing Science of Olive Oil

http://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1452716284347/


At 50 years, college’s J-Term shows staying power

http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/at-years-college-s-j-term-shows-staying-power/article_bc76139c-c06b-11e5-85ad-a72afb0d1399.html


Philosophers, Welders and the Public Trust

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/01/21/liberal-arts-education-should-be-public-good-people-all-socioeconomic-backgrounds


Universities smart to accept jobs challenge

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-university-majors-jobs-beth-kassab-20160121-column.html


The arts enhance educational excellence

http://news.aurora.edu/the-arts-enhance-educational-excellence/


In defense of a liberal arts education

https://www.centralmaine.com/2016/01/20/in-defense-of-a-liberal-arts-education/


In Defense of Useless Degrees

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/defense-useless-degrees


UB aiming for more job-friendly liberal arts degrees

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/higher-education/ub-aiming-for-more-job-friendly-liberal-arts-degrees-20160117


Academic breadth in a liberal education

http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2016/01/opinion-academic-breadth


Jobs in Shanghai are scarce for liberal arts students

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/963680.shtml


ART MATTERS: Reflections on the definition of ‘art’

http://scituate.wickedlocal.com/article/20160123/NEWS/160129210


An Attack on Liberal Arts?  UM will lay off 27 people, reduce 192 full-time positions, by end of June

http://helenair.com/news/politics/state/um-will-lay-off-people-reduce-full-time-positions-by/article_844b9625-5416-56ef-92a1-e2f4399c1bb4.html


STEM

Australia Begins the Push for STEM Curriculum Early On with National Innovation and Science Agenda

http://3dprint.com/115720/australia-stem-agenda/

and

http://www.zdnet.com/article/federal-government-rounds-up-stem-programs-in-index-release/

and

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/stem-skills-are-about-to-get-the-government-boost-they-deserve/news-story/aaf94c8d57e25ae6e6d10e72a899eab4


NASA Fellow to speak at Pasadena ISD Stem Fair

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pasadena/living/nasa-fellow-to-speak-at-pasadena-isd-stem-fair/article_eb00f81e-e4f0-5390-af47-f4abf646fc39.html


Clemson programs help female, minority STEM students succeed

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/money/2016/01/15/clemson-programs-help-female-minority-stem-students-succeed/78852688/


Women must fully realise their potential to curb climate change

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/women-must-fully-realise-their-potential-to-curb-climate-change


Hasbro, IBM blunders show sexism is still alive and all too well


STEM Gender Gap Widened by Harassment, U.S. Representative Claims

How the job market is about to get even tougher for women

How the job market is about to get even tougher for women


STEM Subjects are Becoming More Appealing to Female Students

http://newswire.net/newsroom/blog-post/00091548-stem-subjects-are-becoming-more-appealing-to-female-students.html


11 Franchises That Need To Gender Swap To Give Ladies Their Chance To Shine

http://www.bustle.com/articles/120696-11-franchises-that-need-to-gender-swap-to-give-ladies-their-chance-to-shine


5 Apps Designed By Women For Women

http://www.bustle.com/articles/134293-5-apps-designed-by-women-for-women


Technobabble: Sexism in the tech industry is in more than just Silicon Valley

http://www.thepostathens.com/opinion/technobabble-sexism-in-the-tech-industry-is-in-more-than/article_4e16a46a-be05-11e5-95ef-4fccd68dffc6.html


Women in STEM: Bridging the gender gap in technical careers

http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/10911/women-in-stem-bridging-the-gender-gap-in-technical-careers


Twenty-nine women from STEM-focused “Step IT Up America” headed to State Street Boston

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2016/01/19/twenty-nine-women-stem-focused-step-it-america-headed-state-street-boston


Rooting out sexism

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2016/01/gender-equiality-sexism-science-nicola-gaston


Science Ed Picking Up STEAM In Unlikely Setting

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/science-ed-picking-up-steam-unlikely-setting


Hutchinson Group Urges Women Into STEM

http://www.ballymoneytimes.co.uk/news/ballymoney-news/hutchinson-group-urges-women-into-stem-1-7170831


Program seeks girls for STEM

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/jan/20/program-seeks-girls-for-stem-20160120/?news-arkansas-nwa


WOMEN IN SPACE SEEK MORE WOMEN IN SPACE

http://www.fastcompany.com/3055538/most-creative-people/women-in-space-seek-more-women-in-space


New Center Seeks Best Practices for Increasing Women of Color in STEM Fields

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/01/20/new-center-seeks-out-best-practices-for-getting-women-of-color-into-stem.aspx

and

http://kjzz.org/content/253465/asu-center-works-empower-women-color-stem-fields

and

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/01/20/new-center-seeks-out-best-practices-for-getting-women-of-color-into-stem.aspx?admgarea=news


Women in Manufacturing and Case Western Reserve University Partner to Produce Leadership Lab for Women in the Manufacturing Industry

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160120006060/en/Women-Manufacturing-Case-Western-Reserve-University-Partner

and

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160120/NEWS/160129982/women-in-manufacturing-case-western-reserve-university-partnering-to


Johnson & Johnson Teams with Rutgers to Advance Women’s Education in STEM Fields

http://news.rutgers.edu/news/johnson-johnson-teams-rutgers-advance-womens-education-stem-fields/20160120#.VqKkmyorLIU


Women breaking through into the field of engineering

http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/14220132.Women_breaking_through_into_the_field_of_engineering/


Letter from Davos: STEM skills gap is pretty serious stuff

http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/2016-01-21/anne-richards-aberdeen-davos-stem-skills-gap


Welcome to the future: Where a robot is more employable than a woman

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/welcome-to-the-future-where-a-robot-is-more-employable-than-a-wo/


Leadership Lab is set up to provide women in manufacturing with vital learning opportunities

http://www.manufacturingglobal.com/peopleskills/632/Leadership-Lab-is-set-up-to-provide-women-in-manufacturing-with-vital-learning-opportunities


SHEROES to become ‘Women Career Destination’ in technology

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/sheroes-to-become-women-career-destination-in-technology-116012100808_1.html


Broaden, Elevate STEM Conversation, Female Tech Exec Advises

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/broaden-elevate-stem-conversation-female-tech-exec-advises.html


Plymouth needs more women engineers and scientists

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-needs-women-engineers-scientists/story-28579071-detail/story.html


Female IT leaders speak out from inside the cultural revolution happening in STEM

http://www.information-age.com/it-management/skills-training-and-leadership/123460831/female-it-leaders-speak-out-inside-cultural-revolution-happening-stem#sthash.kRk2rpSf.dpuf


These STEM initiatives are inspiring women and girls around the globe

http://mashable.com/2016/01/22/women-in-stem-global/#xUdcjdJwNZq7


KPMG’s US boss gave us 8 pieces of advice for women looking to get promoted at work

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/kpmg-us-chairman-and-ceo-lynne-doughtie-davos-interview-women-in-work-biography-gender-equality-2016-1


Sun Lakers support AAUW STEM conference for young women

http://www.recordgazette.net/news/sun_lakes_life/sun-lakers-support-aauw-stem-conference-for-young-women/article_45cd5e80-bfd0-11e5-bcaa-97af720c0e85.html


NJIT’s Women in Computing Society Volunteers at Nearby STEM Academy for CSEDWeek

http://www.njit.edu/features/sceneandheard/hour-of-code.php


SBIR Women Developers Got Game

http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/sbir-women-developers-got-game/


Wesleyan Hosts Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/01/19/cuwipwesleyan/


STUDENT RECRUITMENT

SUNY Poly projecting 25 percent enrollment growth by 2020

http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2016/01/suny-poly-projecting-25-percent-enrollment-growth.html


High-achieving, low-income students connect with USC

http://news.usc.edu/90678/at-usc-quality-equals-diversity/


Recruiting Column: Which colleges are the right fit?

Recruiting Column: Which colleges are the right fit?


7 Best Practices For College Career Fair Success

http://jobs.uloop.com/news/view.php/186247/7-Best-Practices-For-College-Career-Fairs-Success


Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses ITT Tech Of Defrauding Government, Using Deceptive Recruitment Practices

Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses ITT Tech Of Defrauding Government, Using Deceptive Recruitment Practices

and

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/blockbuster-lawsuit-claim_b_9040584.html

and

http://www.fox9.com/news/79030895-story


Ohio State-Lima to recruit in Fort Wayne area

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Ohio-State-Lima-to-recruit-in-Fort-Wayne-area-11060993


Engineering academies see successful first semester

http://www.thebatt.com/science-technology/engineering-academies-see-successful-first-semester/article_ea3e4fc8-c0c1-11e5-a0af-73366c03ea9c.html


$2M campaign aims to boost UNM’s image

http://www.abqjournal.com/710193/news/2m-campaign-to-boost-umns-image.html

 


MUCKENFUSS: UC pushes door open for state students

http://www.pe.com/articles/students-792533-state-california.html


College Finances

Illinois Budget Impasse Halts Student Scholarships

https://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/21/illinois-budget-education-grants


Illinois paid lottery winners before college students

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/21/pf/college/illinois-budget-college-grants/


BUDGET STANDOFF PULLS MAP GRANTS FROM STUDENTS; RAUNER URGES REFORM AT COLLEGES BEFORE FUNDING

http://www.rebootillinois.com/2016/01/22/editors-picks/mattdietrich/budget-standoff-pulls-map-grants-from-students-rauner-urges-reform-at-colleges-before-funding/51815/


Thousands Apply to U.S. to Forgive Their Student Loans, Saying Schools Defrauded Them

http://www.wsj.com/articles/thousands-apply-to-u-s-to-forgive-their-student-loans-saying-schools-defrauded-them-1453285800


Dickinson State athletics strives to financially keep up with competition

http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/sports/blue-hawks/3926538-dickinson-state-athletics-strives-financially-keep-competition


Dickinson State University athletics tries to make most of limited budget

http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/sports/blue-hawks/3927542-dickinson-state-

university-athletics-tries-make-most-limited-budget


How to Legally Ditch Your Student Loans

How to Legally Ditch Your Student Loans


Women in Higher Education

This Is A First For Women’s Education In Afghanistan

http://www.carbonated.tv/news/first-ever-womens-only-university-afghanistan-president-ashraf-ghani


Afghanistan to Build Its First Women’s University in Kabul

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/22/afghan-government-to-build-its-first-womens-university-in-kabul/


What Future for Women in Chinese Higher Education?

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/22/how-end-chinas-one-child-policy-could-affect-women-and-higher-education


For Women, Higher Salaries Mean Greater Health Concerns

http://mic.com/articles/133040/for-women-higher-salaries-mean-greater-health-concerns#.TKtJN2Uo4


Survey: 21% of undergraduate women have been sexually assaulted in college

http://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-21-of-undergraduate-women-have-been-sexually-assaulted-in-college/412490/


10% of Female College Students Were Sexually Assaulted Last Year

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/10-percent-college-females-sexually-assaulted


Ontario Colleges’ Saudi Arabia Campuses Exclude Female Students

http://www.cknw.com/syn/60/106625/ontario-colleges-saudi-arabia-campuses-exclude-female-students


Premier should have known Algonquin was running men-only campus, says faculty union

Premier should have known Algonquin was running men-only campus, says faculty union


In Academia, Women Earn More Degrees But Hold Fewer Positions

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/articles/2016-01-20/in-academia-women-earn-more-degrees-but-hold-fewer-positions


Women are postponing child-bearing, promoting themselves

http://www.statepress.com/article/2016/01/women-postponing-child-bearing-promoting-themselves

and

Studies Show Women Are Having Children Later In Life

and

http://www.beacontranscript.com/us-women-become-mothers-at-an-older-age/4689/

and

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/124702/20160115/us-women-delaying-pregnancy-average-age-of-first-time-moms-steadily-increases.htm

and

http://wwmt.com/features/national/stories/Research-Women-waiting-longer-to-become-mothers-250820.shtml


 

College and Farming

Northark taking part in local farm to table movement

http://newtoncountytimes.com/news/northark-taking-part-in-local-farm-to-table-movement/article_0bb34a46-ba19-11e5-8fca-734571564675.html


 

Colleges and Sustainability

UNH study: U.S.Colleges significantly reduced carbon emissions

http://www.fosters.com/article/20160122/NEWS/160129737


OTHER

Colleges where freshman usually return (Sweet Briar needs to be on this list…..)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/11/colleges-where-freshmen-usually-return/21295443/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl32%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-1464213775_htmlws-main-bb


National Collegiate Retention and Persistence-to-Degree Rate

https://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/retain_2014.pdf


Eduvation Spotlight: Muhlenberg president John Williams talks diversity, liberal arts’ viability

http://www.educationdive.com/news/eduvation-spotlight-muhlenberg-president-john-williams-talks-diversity-li/412423/


Spring OCR withers as companies begin to recruit in the fall

http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/01/spring-ocr-circumvented-fall-deadlines


University of Phoenix must produce records

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/01/19/university-of-phoenix-must-produce-records.htm


UNC Board of Governors postpones meeting, thus delaying protest against them

http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/01/21/unc-board-of-governors-postpones-meeting-thus-delaying-protest-against-them


NCCU makes pitch for new student union

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/nccu-makes-pitch-for-new-student-union/article_e79fff5a-c080-11e5-86be-c7f5d9d9cbd6.html


The 9 Things That Are Wrong With The College Application Process

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-9-things-that-are-wrong-with-the-college-application-process_us_5699153ae4b0b4eb759e1a1f?0074aemi/


More data can make college less risky

http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2016/01/21-more-data-make-college-less-risky-akers-rothwell


SPECIAL REPORT: HAVE EVANGELICAL COLLEGES SUCCUMBED TO “THEOLOGICAL PARANOIA”?

http://religiondispatches.org/special-report-have-evangelical-colleges-succumbed-to-theological-paranoia/


Why We Still Need Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-m-shaw/why-we-still-need-ethnic-_b_9009954.html


EVENTS


 

 

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D.C. Metro Area

January 24th, 2015

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-metro-sweet-briar-day-tickets-20588349307


 THE CHARITABLE VIXEN

Kari Shipley ’76 has a request to all alumnae:  Next time you buy water in bottles consider saving the bottle caps for CAPS OF LOVE, an American charity that funds children’s wheelchairs.  Please remember that the bottle caps must be separated by grade. Thank you!

http://www.capsoflove.com/

 

VIXEN WATCH FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2016

Vixen Watch Breaking News Bulletin

Dear Sweet Briar Community, 

Vixen Watch is a weekly news blog published on Saturdays.  In addition occasional breaking news bulletins will be send out to keep you informed on news about Sweet Briar. 

 

 Congratulations to seven very well deserving alumnae who will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Award during this year’s reunion

Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients
At its meeting on January 5, 2016, the Sweet Briar College Alumnae Alliance Council voted on the Distinguished Alumna Award recipient for 2016. Breaking with tradition, the Council voted to give the award to not one, but seven Sweet Briar alumnae: The seven women of the Board of Directors of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

The Distinguished Alumna Award honors alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to Sweet Briar College through outstanding accomplishment in a volunteer or professional capacity. These seven women made careers out of their volunteer efforts to save Sweet Briar in 2015; to honor them collectively with this award is a small gesture of gratitude in comparison with their tremendous dedication, passion and ultimate success in the preservation of the Sweet Briar College we all know and love.

Sarah Preston Clement ’75, Christine Davis Boulware ’77, Sally Mott Freeman ’76, Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer ’64, Ellen Ober Pitera ’93, Tracy Anne Stuart ’93, and Brooke Linville ’04 will be honored during Reunion weekend, June 3-5, 2016. Please applaud their special leadership!


Sweet Briar named 2016 BRAID Affiliate

http://sbc.edu/news/engineering-science/sweet-briar-named-2016-braid-affiliate/

 

 

Vixen Watch Breaking News Bulletin

VIXEN WATCH FOR JANUARY 16, 2016

 

Good Saturday morning,

Below are a few articles on Sweet Briar, STEM, Liberal Arts, and more, as well as reminders for events.  

Please check the Alumnae Alliance section and sign up for Alumnifire.  

Also please note, that at the bottom of Vixen Watch we have a new segment called THE CHARITABLE VIXEN which includes fundraisers, helping charities, and more.  

And remember, if you have anything that you would like to see posted on Vixen Watch please post your request in the comment section. 

 


SWEET BRIAR NEWS

The story of saving Sweet Briar – or don’t mess with the vixen!

http://www.givinginstitute.org/news/268666/The-Story-of-Saving-Sweet-Briar–or-Dont-Mess-with-the-Vixen.htm


Making the Most of Stakeholder Revolt: The Recapturing of the San Diego Opera and Sweet Briar College

http://nonprofitquarterly.org/2016/01/14/making-the-most-of-stakeholder-revolt-the-recapturing-of-the-san-diego-opera-and-sweet-briar-college/


Sweet Briar faculty will teach two online classes this spring, and a total of about 40 online courses will be available to Sweet Briar students — and students from any of the other participating liberal arts colleges.

CIC grant brings online classes to Sweet Briar

http://sbc.edu/news/art-history/cic-grant-brings-online-classes-sweet-briar/


Vixen family rallies on

http://sbc.edu/news/engineering-science/vixen-family-rallies/


Five things to know about academics at Sweet Briar

http://sbc.edu/news/academics/academics-sweet-briar/


SBC Living Room Learning – introduced by Teresa Tomlinson


Congratulations to Dwayne Yancey! The editorials he wrote on Sweet Briar College- the attempted closer, the alumnae rising, the dramatic legal battle, the impact on Central Virginia, the eventual agreement to appoint a new board of directors, and the new plan to keep the college open in perpetuity have earned him a nomination in the annual Virginia Press Association contest!12552744_440945766115206_8419734159627262425_n


The Sweet Briar Swim Team spent a week of training in Delray Beach, FL.  South Florida alumnae got together and organized several dinners for the team.

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Thank you

Blair Redd ’83

and

Kari Shipley ’76

for opening your homes to the SBC swim team and to all the alumnae who cooked, donated, or helped in any other way to make sure our swimming vixens had at least two wholesome dinners.

Lee Anne Chaskes ‘83

Phyllis Fejzuli ‘83

Jeannie Hamby ‘76

Monika Kaiser ‘82

Cynthia Ottaway ‘57

Staci Skufca ‘84

Carol Stanley ‘67

Ellen Weintraub ‘71

Check out their awesome blog with entries about their trip to South Florida and their experienced training in Delray Beach.  https://sweetbriarswimming.wordpress.com/


 

Sweet Briar Day was celebrated around the nation.

New York

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Chicago

Chicago

Orlando

Central FL SBC alumnae had a gathering on Saturday 1/9.  Organized by Andrea Bateman ’71 and Betty Elmore Gilleland ’50, there were 10 alumnae who showed up ranging in class year from ‘44 to ‘95. 

At the luncheon which was held at a local Cheesecake Factory were Ann Sequin Britt ’44, Betsey Sawyer Hodges ’50, Betty Elmore Gilleland ’50, Andrea Bateman ’71, Carol Remington Foglesong ’71, Phyllis Schulman Bell ’76, Holly Plug Allport ’84, Lee Lombardy ‘82, Cynthia Johnson Wray ’85, and Amy Schroeder Hunter ’95. 


 

OBITUARY

Beth Pesiri Solomita

http://www.memorialsolutions.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1731924&lu=1452633138

 


ALUMNAE ALLIANCE

The Alumnae Alliance is requesting that all alumnae sign up on Alumnifire.  Alumnifire is an alumni run social media platform to share and connect.

Below are instructions on how to connect and articles with more information on Alumnifire.

Getting started with Alumnifire

AlumnifireTutorialandHow-To

 

For more information on Alumnifire and what it is please consider reading these articles:

Looking To Energize Your Alumni Base? Alumnifire Is Here To Help

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alextaub/2015/05/19/looking-to-energize-your-alumni-base-alumnifire-is-here-to-help/

New Alumni Networking Platform Launches: Alum Andrew Margie ’96 unveils Alumnifire exclusively for the Conn College Community

New Alumni Networking Platform Launches: Alum Andrew Margie ’96 unveils Alumnifire exclusively for the Conn College Community

ALUMNIFIRE LAUNCHES DIGITAL NETWORKING PLATFORM THAT ALLOWS ALUMNI TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR NETWORK WITH SOMETHING MORE THAN MONEY

Alumnifire Launches Digital Networking Platform That Allows Alumni To Give Back To Their Network With Something More Than Money

Connecting Is All About Networking and AlumniFire Is About Connecting with Alums

http://www.alleywatch.com/2015/05/connecting-is-all-about-networking-and-alumnifire-is-about-connecting-with-alums/


LIBERAL ARTS

Column: Dear Marco Rubio, The Liberal Arts Have a Proud History; Here’s an Introduction

http://www.vnews.com/opinion/20398465-95/column-dear-marco-rubio-the-liberal-arts-have-a-proud-history-heres-an-introduction



 

Who needs the liberal arts? Marco Rubio might

https://bangordailynews.com/2016/01/12/opinion/contributors/who-needs-the-liberal-arts-marco-rubio-might/


The key to it all

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/jan/10/the-key-to-it-all-20160110/

Competency-Based Education, Technology, and the Liberal Arts

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/competency-based-education-technology-and-liberal-arts


Former Brandeis President: Law Students Are Right to Worry

Former Brandeis President: Law Students Are Right to Worry


Colleges that change lives – the value of a Liberal Arts degree

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/colleges-that-change-lives-the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-degree


Challenging the Barista Myth

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/12/federal-reserve-economists-say-recent-college-grads-are-doing-better-many-believe


 

Not every liberal arts grad is working as a barista

http://www.wptz.com/money/not-every-liberal-arts-grad-is-working-as-a-barista/37396148


 

Beyond Business: Global Commerce and the Liberal Arts

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-weinberg/beyond-business-global-co_b_8977910.html


Academic breadth in a liberal education

http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2016/01/opinion-academic-breadth


STEM

Largest Health Student-Focused Organization (HOSA) Joins Forces with Innovative Platform to Fill STEM Pipeline

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160114006266/en/Largest-Health-Student-Focused-Organization-HOSA-Joins-Forces


National Future of Education Technology Conference Kicks Off Today, Focusing on STEM

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/01/p6134358/national-future-of-education-technology-conference-kicks-off-today-focu


 

Hawaii partners on statewide STEM, energy curriculum

Hawaii partners on statewide STEM, energy curriculum


Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how’s America doing?

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/obama-keeps-calling-better-stem-students-so-hows-a/np4FJ/


 

Engineers enrich minds of future visionaries at Young Innovators Fair

http://brandywine.psu.edu/story/3232/2016/01/14/engineers-enrich-minds-future-visionaries-young-innovators-fair


 

Guest Opinion: Mentoring is a gift worth giving

http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Opinion/Opinion/Article/Guest-Opinion-Mentoring-is-a-gift-worth-giving/168/963/71557


 

Satellite shows sky no limit for South African women in science

http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2016/01/11/Satellite-shows-sky-no-limit-for-South-African-women-in-science


4 inspiring women shaping the future of the STEM workforce

http://mashable.com/2016/01/11/stem-women-brandspeak/#oQhlVhHfNGqV


Space programme promoting women in STEM

http://www.cbn.co.za/news/services/short-course-mba-skills-development-training/space-programme-promoting-women-in-stem


 

Silicon Valley’s ‘Girls in Tech’ begins operations in India

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/silicon-valleys-girls-in-tech-begins-operations-in-india/article8094002.ece


Girl Scouts: Cookies or code?

https://opensource.com/life/16/1/scale14x-interview-carrie-raleigh-girl-scouts


Schools Can Influence Changes in Gender-Defined Roles

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/leadership_360/2016/01/schools_can_influence_changes_in_gender_defined_roles.html


Diversity in Tech: ASU Launches Center for Gender Equity in Science & Tech to Empower Women of Color in STEM

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/108122/20160112/diversity-in-tech-asu-launches-center-for-gender-equity-in-science-tech-to-empower-women-of-color-in-stem.htm


Crossey honored for promoting Women in Science and Technology

http://news.unm.edu/news/crossey-honored-for-promoting-women-in-science-and-technology


 

$500K grant funds female STEM professorships

http://www.ecampusnews.com/funding/duke-female-stem-892/


 

Arizona State University Center Seeks to Empower Young Women of Color in STEM

http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/arizona-state-university-center-seeks-to-empower-y_15397.aspx#.VpmhwSorLIU


 

IT Firm President Makes Case for Women Technologists

http://www.lightreading.com/business-employment/women-in-comms/it-firm-president-makes-case-for-women-technologists/d/d-id/720410


Miami University hosts S.T.E.M.-focused event for female high school students

http://www.wlwt.com/news/miami-university-hosts-stemfocused-event-for-female-high-school-students/37440892


 

 

Lack of STEM skills holding back workplace diversity & women in tech

http://www.cbronline.com/news/verticals/cio-agenda/lack-of-stem-skills-holding-back-workplace-diversity-women-in-tech-4785412


Encouraging Herd Behavior to Increase the Number of Women in the STEM Workforce

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eva-saravia/herd-behavior-to-increase_b_8982916.html


Clemson programs help female, minority STEM students succeed

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/money/2016/01/15/clemson-programs-help-female-minority-stem-students-succeed/78852688/


Would You Go to Mars? Meet the Four Women Astronauts Who Can’t Wait to Go

http://www.glamour.com/inspired/2016/01/nasa-women-astronauts-first-trip-to-mars


 

Women must fully realise their potential to curb climate change

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/women-must-fully-realise-their-potential-to-curb-climate-change


ALUMNAE IN THE NEWS

100 most influential Georgians – Teresa Tomlinson ’87 is one of them.  Holla! Holla!

http://www.georgiatrend.com/January-2016/100-Most-Influential-Georgians/

 


STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Rising numbers of international students studying in Minnesota—and Winona

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/rising-numbers-of-international-students-studying-in-minnesota-and-winona/article_6d18813f-27c1-55e2-9863-106e3e717a72.html


 

UC Irvine undergrads open free clinic in Garden Grove

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-0110-free-clinic-20160109-story.html


 

Growing number of international students diversifying USF campus

http://www.tbo.com/news/education/growing-number-of-international-students-diversifying-usf-campus-20160109/


 

MU reports fewer students applying for fall

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/mu-reports-fewer-students-applying-for-fall/article_3159fc14-b57c-11e5-8dfd-6788d5b4560e.html


 

Low dollar presents opportunities, challenges

http://theaquinian.net/low-dollar-provides-mixed-opporitunities-stu/


 

FHTC board discusses enrollment, calendars at Monday meeting

http://www.emporiagazette.com/education/fhtc/article_68fb2055-cfde-5161-904a-93ce2482aa93.html


 

Faithful Catholicism Dependent on Catholic Colleges, Says New York Times Columnist – http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4611/Faithful-Catholicism-Dependent-on-Catholic-Colleges-Says-New-York-Times-Columnist.aspx#sthash.lI35zv2m.dpuf


 

Association of American Publishers Partners with United Negro College Fund to Enhance Diversity Recruiting Efforts in Publishing

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160114005720/en/Association-American-Publishers-Partners-United-Negro-College


With college enrollment declining, schools discount tuition to attract students

http://www.boston.com/news/education/2016/01/15/with-college-enrollment-declining-schools-discount-tuition-attract-students/wk4su59z3VgZAOudzo7pKP/story.html


College Finances

Rockford Senator Looking To Restore Map Grant Funding For Colleges

http://www.mystateline.com/news/rockford-senator-looking-to-restore-map-grant-funding-for-colleges


 

SUNY awards $475,000 to Geneseo initiatives

http://www.thelcn.com/lcn01/suny-awards-475000-to-geneseo-initiatives-20160111


Berea, Danville projects receive art grants

http://www.richmondregister.com/news/berea-danville-projects-receive-art-grants/article_772ed320-b8ad-11e5-aa3c-df1363d7e016.html


 

How To Pay For College Without Taking on Debt

How To Pay For College Without Taking on Debt


 

Lawsuit settlements should pay student loan debt

http://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/lawsuit-settlements-should-pay-student-loan-debt/


Apollo Education Group Inc Soars On News Of Apollo Global Interest

Apollo Education Group Inc Soars On News Of Apollo Global Interest


C OF I RECEIVES $100,000 MELLON FOUNDATION GRANT

http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/blog/news/2016/01/13/c-i-receives-100000-mellon-foundation-grant


College Agriculture and Sustainability

Bumpers College Students Receive Research Grants

http://news.uark.edu/articles/33267/bumpers-college-students-receive-research-grants


 

FFA Preps Students for STEM Careers with School-based Agricultural Education

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/30932550/ffa-preps-students-for-stem-careers-with-school-based-agricultural-education


 

Report Lays out Role of Community Colleges in Building ‘Green’ Workforce

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/01/11/report-lays-out-role-of-community-colleges-in-building-green-workforce.aspx


Colleges Reduced Carbon Emissions by 13% Per Foot Since 2007, According to Sightlines-UNH Report

http://www.econotimes.com/Colleges-Reduced-Carbon-Emissions-by-13-Per-Foot-Since-2007-According-to-Sightlines-UNH-Report-142765


Colleges Are Cutting Their Carbon Emissions. Energy Use? Not So Much.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/colleges-are-cutting-their-carbon-emissions-energy-use-not-so-much/107828


Report: Colleges Reduce Emissions

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/01/14/report-colleges-reduce-emissions


Northark taking part in local farm to table movement

http://newtoncountytimes.com/news/northark-taking-part-in-local-farm-to-table-movement/article_0bb34a46-ba19-11e5-8fca-734571564675.html


 

OTHER

5 Useful Skill-Developing Jobs For College Students

http://jobs.uloop.com/news/view.php/185172/5-Useful-Skill-Developing-Jobs-For-College-Students


FROM BURNING QUESTION TO DIGITAL PROJECT: APPLICANTS WANTED

http://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/160111-dlrd-initiative


 

SHANNAN: The STEM versus humanities fight doesn’t benefit anyone

http://www.vanderbilthustler.com/opinion/article_5197c034-b99a-11e5-8967-1fbbd07f8f28.html


 

GROUNDBREAKING NEW PROGRAM REDUCES COLLEGE EDUCATION COSTS BY 60%

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/01/13/801777/10159167/en/GROUNDBREAKING-NEW-PROGRAM-REDUCES-COLLEGE-EDUCATION-COSTS-BY-60.html


‘A Raisin in the Sun’ begins month-long conversation about race on campus and in the community

http://www.news.appstate.edu/2016/01/15/raisin-in-the-sun/


Our roses: Earlham among best values

http://www.pal-item.com/story/opinion/2016/01/15/roses-earlham-among-best-values/78847744/


Legislators get lesson from higher education advocates

http://www.virginiabusiness.com/news/article/legislators-get-lesson-from-higher-education-advocates


American Association of University Women challenges federal data on college sexual assault

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/01/14/american-association-of-university-women-challenges-federal-data-on-college-sexual-assault/


The Erosion of Charitable Immunity for Virginia’s Colleges and Universities and What it Means for the Administrators and Trustees Who Lead Those Institutions.

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-erosion-of-charitable-immunity-for-31821/


100 YEARS AGO, AMERICAN WOMEN COMPETED IN INTENSE VENUS DE MILO LOOKALIKE CONTESTS

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/100-years-ago-american-women-competed-in-serious-venus-de-milo-lookalike-contests


US Women Delaying Pregnancy: Average Age Of First Time Moms Steadily Increases

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/124702/20160115/us-women-delaying-pregnancy-average-age-of-first-time-moms-steadily-increases.htm


Higher-paid women more likely to feel unhealthy

http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/2016/01/15/higher-paid-women-more-likely-feel-unhealthy/Orw0tcGz81A1r2X2pXkn9L/story.html


EVENTS


 

 

 

 

 

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The Sweet Briar College
Alumnae Club of
Southern California 
cordially invites you and your spouse
to a
President’s Brunch
with
Sweet Briar College President
Phil Stone
Sunday, January 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Red, White + Bluezz
37 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, California
(626)792-4441
Cost is $40 per person
Reply by January 12
Stephanie Pratt McKinney `91

or calling (626) 840-6011

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D.C. Metro Area

January 24th, 2015

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-metro-sweet-briar-day-tickets-20588349307


 

Articles Contributed by Members of the Sweet Briar Community

By Deirdre Conley

On line education thoughts…


By Deirdre Conley
“So delighted to hold in my hands my article in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Currents magazine.  Sweet Briar College will get global exposure soon!  “
Congratulations! A PR coup!

By Liz Kauffman

 THE CHARITABLE VIXEN

Kari Shipley ’76 has a request to all alumnae:  Next time you buy water in bottles consider saving the bottle caps for CAPS OF LOVE, an American charity that funds children’s wheelchairs.  Please remember that the bottle caps must be separated by grade. Thank you!

http://www.capsoflove.com/

 

 

VIXEN WATCH FOR JANUARY 16, 2016

Vixen Watch for Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Good Saturday morning,

Below are a few articles on Sweet Briar, STEM, Liberal Arts, and more, as well as reminders for events.

The Sweet Briar Swim Team is currently in South Florida and alumnae will host two dinners for them.   Watch for photos in the next edition.


 

SWEET BRIAR NEWS

Ethics Alarm Award awarded to Sweet Briar

http://ethicsalarms.com/2016/01/05/the-seventh-annual-ethics-alarms-awards-the-best-of-ethics-2015-part-i/


 

Explore engineering is taking applications

http://sbc.edu/news/engineering-science/explore-engineering-applications/


 

Mary Baldwin enrollment down slightly

http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2016/01/06/mary-baldwin-college-enrollment-down-slightly-up-at-murphy-deming/78369196/


 

Winter events round up – American Shakespeare Center at the Academy, the return of Ellington and more

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/winter-events-round-up-american-shakespeare-center-at-the-academy/article_75630f6a-7847-5602-9fa1-2cd76c4dd374.html


 

Winless season doesn’t bring down Sweet Briar field hockey squad

http://www.newsadvance.com/new_era_progress/sports/winless-season-doesn-t-bring-down-sweet-briar-field-hockey/article_f2e74180-f21d-509f-ba9d-62971182aeef.html


 

Sweet Briar made the in and our list

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/04/2016-and-out-list?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=6c5ca7522e-DNU20160104&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-6c5ca7522e-197341369


 

Alumna Dorothy Yates ’42 dies

http://sbc.edu/news/performing-arts/music/alumna-dorothy-yates-42-dies/


 

ALUMNAE ALLIANCE

A future initiative of the Alumnae Alliance is to create a Lifelong Learning Program on campus and across our regions. This has already proven successful with the Atlanta Club’s Living Room Learning Series. The co-chairs of AA’s spoke called “The Network” are in search of alumna (and SBC friends) to assist in researching lifelong learning programs to develop a program unique to Sweet Briar. If you would like to volunteer sign up signup on the attached form.

Holla, Holla and Thanks!
Katie Schellhammer and Sarah Clement
(Co-Chairs of The Network of the Alumnae Alliance)

 

http://sbc.edu/alumdev/alumnae-alliance-nomination-form


LIBERAL ARTS

Open eyes require open ears

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-petillo/open-eyes-require-open-ea_b_8939824.html


 

Humanities should be valued more

http://www.thepolypost.com/opinion/humanities-should-be-valued-more/article_275354e8-b28b-11e5-94e4-2b19e50bddc3.html


 

2016 The year of Liberal Arts Colleges – Six Predictions for 2016

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noah-s-leavitt/2016—the-year-of-libera_b_8909238.html


 

The 3 things I say about Ed Tech in 2016

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-things-i%E2%80%99ll-say-about-edtech-2016


STEM

STEM news roundup –  Looking for a 3-D printer for your classroom?  Apply here:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/stem-news-round-looking-3d-printer-your-classroom-apply-here-1884610909


 

More depressing news for women in STEM

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/articles/2016-01-06/researchers-show-male-stem-faculty-less-likely-to-support-research-showing-gender-bias


 

Why STEM’s Future rests in the hand of 12 year old girls

http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/05/why-stems-future-rests-in-the-hands-of-12-year-old-girls/


 

Changing mindset of STEM

http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/ikim-views/2016/01/05/changing-mindset-on-stem/


 

Girl Scouts Expands Presence At 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show To Help Girls Imagine A Future In STEM

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/girl-scouts-expands-presence-at-2016-international-consumer-electronics-show-to-help-girls-imagine-a-future-in-stem-300198448.html


 

Lawrence Arts Center expands STEM learning

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jan/02/lawrence-arts-center-expands-stem-learning/


NO GIRL LEFT BEHIND: GIRL SCOUTS EXPAND PRESENCE AT CES

No Girl Left Behind: Girl Scouts Expand Presence at CES


MIT partners with Johnson & Johnson to promote women’s STEM education

http://news.mit.edu/2016/mit-johnson-johnson-collaboration-women-stem-education-0108


STEM Wars: Can the Force Awaken Change for More Women in Science?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-drinan/stem-wars-can-the-force-awaken-change-for-more-women-in-science_b_8938612.html


STEM lover’s new YouTube channel is music to our ears

STEM lover’s new YouTube channel is music to our ears


Gwen’s Girls introduces the world of STEM to at-risk teens

http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/features/gwens-girls-introduces-the-world-of-stem-to-at-risk-women/


FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES, THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BE A “TECHIE”

http://thesource.com/2016/01/07/for-women-and-minorities-theres-never-been-a-better-time-to-be-a-techie/


New Year, New Focus: STEM Alumnae From Women’s Colleges

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-propsner/stem-alumnae-from-womens-_b_8920984.html


University trying to attract more women to technology fields

http://msbusiness.com/2016/01/university-trying-to-attract-more-women-to-technology-fields/


Girls get ready to ROCK with STEM program

http://theworldlink.com/lifestyles/go/girls-get-ready-to-rock-with-stem-program/article_1ab5f1eb-44dd-55f3-b844-854b0eba9697.html


 

African American Women Make Up Only 2% Of America’s Doctors

http://www.blackenterprise.com/business/african-american-women-make-up-only-2-of-americas-doctors/


 

Grace Autosport builds on IndyCar’s STEM values

http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/124967-grace-autosport-builds-on-indycar-s-stem-values


 

FORD, GIRLS WHO CODE TEAM UP TO CLOSE STEM GENDER GAP

http://www.businessadministrationinformation.com/news/ford-girls-who-code-team-up-to-close-stem-gender-gap


 

THIS BLACK WOMAN WAS AWARDED A $1.1 MILLION GRANT TO MAKE CANCER TREATMENT LESS HARMFUL

http://madamenoire.com/607176/this-black-woman-was-awarded-a-1-1-million-grant-to-make-cancer-treatment-less-harmful/


 

Women Who Advanced Science and Changed History: An Interview with Rachel Swaby – See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161435#sthash.ecbz4oS3.dpuf

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161435


 

Mark Zuckerberg’s Advice to Women: Don’t Date a Nerd—Be a Nerd

https://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/04/mark-zuckerbergs-advice-women-dont-date-nerd-be-nerd


 

Empowering women key to combating climate change, expert says

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/environment/empowering-women-key-to-combating-climate-change-expert-says-1.1648562


 

Alabama scientist, one of nation’s few black female physicists, breaks ground in cancer research

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/01/cancer_treatment_is_personal_f.html


ALUMNAE IN THE NEWS

Congratulations to Brooke Linville

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/technology/article53426490.html


 

Alumna -led start up partners with Intel

http://sbc.edu/news/alumnae-and-development/alumna-led-startup-partners-intel/


STUDENT RECRUITMENT

UB makes the national top 10 list for success in recruiting foreign students

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/01/07/ub-makes-the-national-top-10-list-for-success-in.html


MSUM visits China, South Korea in hopes of attracting more international students

http://www.inforum.com/news/3918661-msum-visits-china-south-korea-hopes-attracting-more-international-students


College mail and why it fails

http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/story/13194


 

Colleges widen nets during tough times

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160103/NEWS/151239969/colleges-widen-nets-during-tough-times


 

Student services key to campus recruitment

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/student-services-key-to-campus-recruitment/article_47bc54aa-2043-5821-9d59-9ff452973ac4.html


OTHER

Chart of the Day – Universities are pretty liberal places

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/01/chart-day-universities-are-pretty-liberal-places


 

Free College Proposals Costs for Students

http://americanactionforum.org/research/free-college-proposals-costs-for-students


Internship grants give students experience with added perk: A paycheck

http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/internship-grants-give-students-experience-with-added-perk-a-paycheck-b99636032z1-364078751.html


University of Missouri agriculture group goes all-female

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/4/university-of-missouri-agriculture-group-goes-all-/


International Students, Support Structures and the Equity Question

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/international-students-support-structures-and-equity-question


EVENTS

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The Sweet Briar College
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Southern California 
cordially invites you and your spouse
to a
President’s Brunch
with
Sweet Briar College President
Phil Stone
Sunday, January 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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37 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, California
(626)792-4441
Cost is $40 per person
Reply by January 12
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Articles Contributed by Members of the Sweet Briar Community

By Prof. Claudia Chang

Elevator Pitch for a Women’s College: Revamp Curriculum, Attract Students
By Lawrence Biemiller JANUARY 06, 2016
DECATUR, GA.
Dustin Chambers for The Chronicle
When asked why a student should choose Agnes Scott College, Elizabeth Kiss, its president, used to wax long about the value of the liberal arts, the college’s great faculty members, its beautiful campus, and so on. Now she simply says that it’s a college for women who aim to become leaders in a world of global problems.
Agnes Scott College is making a big bet on its future as a liberal-arts institution for women.
It’s a wager that trustees have backed with a $20-million investment from the $260-million endowment, and that faculty members have enthusiastically supported by refocusing the curriculum. And this past August it brought the 127-year-old college its largest first-year class ever, raising total enrollment to 915 students.

Administrators say it’s too early to be sure the bet will pay off, but there’s no hiding how happy everyone is with the initial results.

The elevator pitch is this: Agnes Scott has refocused its liberal-arts curriculum to emphasize leadership and global awareness, two concepts that an in-depth market survey showed had far more appeal among high-school women than any others the college could come up with. And every first-year student will travel as part of a spring-semester course, with most going overseas.

At the same time, the college is adopting digital portfolios in which students will record their work, and is also overhauling its advising system so that each student will have a four-person advising board, including a career adviser who may be a successful alumna. Those changes appeal to parents as well as applicants. And the college has given the athletics director new responsibilities as “dean of fun,” with a budget for enlivening the campus with occasional bands, food trucks, and more.

An elevator pitch was exactly what Agnes Scott needed, says its president, Elizabeth Kiss (her last name is pronounced like “quiche”).

Before last year, if a high-school student asked why she should consider Agnes Scott, which is named for the mother of a 19th-century benefactor, Ms. Kiss would give a long answer about the value of the liberal arts, the college’s great faculty members, its beautiful Collegiate Gothic buildings, and so forth. But the only really distinctive element was one many high-school students consider a drawback — Agnes Scott is a women’s college. Now Ms. Kiss can say instead that it’s a college for women who aim to become leaders in a world where problems and solutions are increasingly global.

The Need for a Plan

The transformation plan, called Summit, took shape slowly. Like many small liberal-arts institutions, Agnes Scott College has known for a while that it needs to grow. Enrollment, just under 500 two decades ago, leveled out at about 900 a few years back, and nothing the college tried pushed it higher. Meanwhile, a strategic plan developed to keep the college viable financially set 1,100 as an enrollment target for 2020 — and 1,200 for 2025.

“When I first got here, 15 years ago, we were pretty flush,” says Elizabeth Hackett, an associate professor of women’s studies and philosophy. More recently, she says, “people started to get really concerned about financial stability. I really worried that there wasn’t a plan.”

‘We said, OK, fall of 2015 is when we start. The ability to catch students’ attention has an expire date.’
The recession that began in 2008 drove those worries home. During the downturn the college offered early-retirement packages that 24 faculty and staff members accepted; it laid off 16 others. It also started holding regular convocations to discuss finances, says John P. Hegman, vice president for business and finance. “We became very transparent. The faculty and staff started owning the need for change.”

So did the Board of Trustees. “The board has felt for some time that Agnes Scott needed to find something unique, a program that could distinguish us,” says Elizabeth Jones, a 1973 alumna who is a lawyer and a board member. “We’ve tried different marketing approaches, but none really took. We heard that these are tough times for liberal-arts colleges, and unless you come up with something unique, you’re not likely to survive.”

“We started talking about what’s going to be the big idea?” says the board chair, Clyde C. Tuggle, senior vice president and chief of public affairs at the Coca-Cola Company. He organized a retreat for trustees and faculty members that many here recall as a turning point in relations between the board and the faculty. Ms. Hackett says the retreat “started to give the faculty some trust that these aren’t people who just parachute in.”

Ms. Kiss returned to an idea that had been proposed a few years earlier — creating a Center for Women’s Global Leadership. She also hired a consulting firm, the Art & Science Group, which recommended that Agnes Scott test the global-leadership idea against other possibilities. So faculty members came up with a total of eight concepts.

“There was a lot of brainstorming — what idea that is true to who we are could we go big with?” says Ms. Hackett. Among the possibilities were making Agnes Scott a college centered on social justice and turning the college into an institution for self-reflection.

Admitting men, however, was never on the table.

Art & Science commissioned a survey that reached 675 students in the college’s inquiry pool and 323 students who had been admitted, and the consultants presented the results at a faculty meeting in November 2013. Of the big ideas, only leadership and global awareness were hits with the high-school women.

Afterward, Ms. Kiss challenged the faculty and staff to move fast. “We said, OK, fall of 2015 is when we start,” the president recalls. “The ability to catch students’ attention has an expire date.”

5 Skills for Leaders

What followed was a frenzy of debating, planning, and testing that involved most faculty members and many members of the staff. Some professors worried that they’d have to teach corporate-style leadership, but what the faculty settled on instead were five skills essential for leaders — teamwork, critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and digital literacy.

“A lot of things we teach in a liberal-arts education are leadership skills — we’ve just never thought about them that way,” Ms. Hackett says.

Dustin Chambers for The Chronicle
Students in a mathematics class at Agnes Scott College deliver their final project, which focused on voting schemes in a fictional country with four ethnic groups.
Academics in some disciplines had trouble imagining what role their courses could play. “A lot of people have questions about how math fits in,” says Rachel L. Bayless, an assistant professor of mathematics.
For one of her own courses, she created a fictional country with four ethnic groups and asked teams of students to write a constitution that distributed votes fairly while safeguarding the interests of all four groups — a challenge during which they learn “complicated and advanced mathematics.”

The curricular changes have been widespread. Every student takes a leadership and a global-awareness course in her first year, and travels somewhere with her class during the spring semester. She also decides whether to emphasize leadership or global awareness at the same time that she completes a traditional major (or more than one).

Meanwhile, faculty members are rethinking how they teach existing courses so that students will come away having learned the traditional content but also having practiced working in teams, speaking in public, and the like.

So far, results are promising. A survey of the current freshman class found that two-thirds rated Summit as either important or very important to their choosing Agnes Scott. Yield increased: The admissions office overshot its 240-student goal and ended up with 272 — even though attracting students to a women’s college usually means “working twice as hard for a quarter of the results,” according to Laura Martin-Fedich, vice president for enrollment.

Even so, Mr. Hegman won’t reveal the college’s current discount rate — that’s the average share of tuition covered by institutional aid, and it’s an important component of an institution’s viability. (Moody’s Investors Service estimated it at 61 percent in an unflattering 2013 report.) But Mr. Hegman will say that the way to get that rate down “is by getting demand for the college up.” Then “you’re in a better negotiating stance with students.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Kiss is looking ahead. “Very soon,” she says, “we will have to start thinking about Summit 2.0.”

Lawrence Biemiller writes about a variety of usual and unusual higher-education topics. Reach him at lawrence.biemiller@chronicle.com.


 

By Deirdre Conley

TED talk Social Media Can Start a Revolution, Winning it More Difficult…

Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn’t last. Why? She compares modern movements — Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong — to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.


By Deirdre Conley
Stereotypes are holding women back, Cheryl Saundberg TED talk interview.

 

Vixen Watch for Saturday, January 9th, 2016

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MAY 2016 BRING HAPPINESS, GOOD FORTUNE, AND PEACE.


 

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NEWS

SWEET BRIAR

Sweet Briar student has big win in Germany – Congratulations to Makayla Benjamin!

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/sweet-briar-college-student-places-high-in-horseriding-competition-in-germany/37228170

http://www.wdbj7.com/video/sweet-briar-student-has-big-win-in-germany/37228374

http://wset.com/news/local/sweet-briar-student-wins-international-riding-competition

http://sbc.edu/news/riding/vixen-dons-red-white-blue-world-championship-victory/

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/sweet-briar-college-rider-topped-league-in-show-jumping-at/article_c1c67693-88bd-54ef-bd7c-5e61d76a5029.html


Enrollment challenges at several colleges in Virginia and Maryland

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/12/31/enrollment-challenges-at-several-colleges-in-virginia-and-maryland/


Our view – 16 questions for 2016 (Check out #15)

http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-questions-for/article_cee8f3f2-e444-54fb-9b63-77807b5b60b5.html


The News & Advance top stories of 2015

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/the-news-advance-s-top-stories-of/article_a06681ae-ae5b-11e5-b0bf-231c8827f249.html


Person of the year – Saving Sweet Briar

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/person-of-the-year-saving-sweet-briar/article_136432ee-afbc-11e5-b99e-dbb4c19bc133.html#.VoU1JeBJiJQ.facebook


Missoula Art Museum holds exhibit of auction items – includes “Sweet Briar Plantation Artifacts” by artist Leslie van Stavern Millar II

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/life/2015/12/31/missoula-art-museum-holds-exhibit-auction-items/77962106/


Faces of 2015 – Sweet Briar College’s Phillip Stone

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/education/article_20cf60fd-d2c7-53c0-b723-e560c5bca52d.html


Top 10 most read news stories of 2015

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/article_831d0aba-adb5-11e5-b67b-5b00202cab36.html


2015 – A year of tumult on college campuses

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-2015-campus-tumult-20151225-story.html


A reopened Sweet Briar finds confidence amid challenges

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/a-reopened-sweet-briar-finds-confidence-amid-challenges/article_c3a6574a-a9ae-11e5-8a26-63171b1d8960.html


SBC engineering students ‘lost something and then got it back’

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/sbc-engineering-students-lost-something-and-then-got-it-back/article_c668a750-a9ca-11e5-8f1a-2ba850615ae9.html


 

Winter events round-up – American Shakespeare Center at the Academy, the Return of the Ellington, and more…

http://www.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/winter-events-round-up-american-shakespeare-center-at-the-academy/article_75630f6a-7847-5602-9fa1-2cd76c4dd374.html


John McClenon, Dana Professor of Chemistry emeritus dies

http://sbc.edu/news/chemistry/john-mcclenon-dana-professor-chemistry-emeritus-dies/

WOMEN IN EDUCATION

The Inane Inclusivity Awards - New breed of political correctness wins the title for most insane college trend of 2015
http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/the-inane-inclusivity-awards/

Female college students can apply to UI leadership institute

http://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/-All-Latest-News/Article/Female-college-students-can-apply-to-UI-leadership-institute-/-3/248/71395


Academia is in desperate need of workplace revolution

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/academia-desperate-need-workplace-revolution


Personal Statements 2016 – The Roots of Diversity in Higher Education

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-12-30-personal-statements-2016-the-roots-of-diversity-in-higher-education

STEM

Why some colleges are better than others at getting women into STEM careers

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-some-colleges-are-better-than-others-at-getting-women-into-stem-careers-2015-12-30


A start up is prepping girls for STEM by letting them design 3D printed shoes

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/12/28/women-in-stem-savvy-society-using-cad-for-3d-printed-shoes/


Women in defense to hold STEM event

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/12/29/women-defense-hold-stem-event/77967808/


Hot topics and trends for women and philanthropy in 2015

http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2015/12/31/hot-topics-and-trends-for-women-and-philanthropy-2015.html


Where are all the women in white hats?

http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/31/where-are-all-the-women-in-white-hats/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=Google+UK

Liberal Arts

Board of Regents play role in struggle at UM

http://missoulian.com/news/local/board-of-regents-play-role-in-struggle-at-um/article_1c74ed0c-95b0-570b-9233-b24fc150592a.html


Liberal arts – good for both mind and pocketbook

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-liberal-arts-good-for-both-mind-and-pocketbook/article/2000368

Sustainability, Farming

College offers workshop for small farms

http://www.argusobserver.com/independent/news/college-offers-workshop-for-small-farms/article_69c3054e-ae8f-11e5-9fd3-dba1e8c9198e.html


New Degree Program Prepares Students for Careers in Sustainable Agriculture

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/12/p6071792/new-degree-program-prepares-students-for-careers-in-sustainable-agricul

Student Recruiting

Rising number of foreign students are hitting the books in Minnesota

http://www.inforum.com/news/3914358-rising-numbers-foreign-students-hitting-books-minnesota

Other

Enrollment plunges at Marylhust University as feuds, financial losses threaten recovery

http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/12/enrollment_plunges_at_marylhur.html


Hard to swallow

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2015/12/29/1-hard-to-swallow.html


The value test – 300 Colleges that pass ( unfortunately not Sweet Briar)

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C002-S002-college-value-rankings-schools-that-pass-our-test.html


2016 Candidates –  give us your education plans

http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/setting-education-goals/


The Inane Inclusivity Awards

http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/the-inane-inclusivity-awards/

 

VIXEN WATCH FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2016