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
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
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
Sweet Briar sees highest number of new applicants in 50 years
Sweet Briar named 2016 BRAID Affiliate
Archery tournament draws more than 200 sharpshooters
Sweet Briar names VP for Finance and Treasurer
Sweet Briar celebrates Amherst through art
Sweet Briar Showing Sweet Results Post-Governance Crisis
Future of Sweet Briar College is looking up
Musicologist explores relationship among music, the natural world and environmental awareness
‘Art for the People’ opens in Pannell Gallery
The One Thing That Saved Sweet Briar College Could Be What Keeps Women’s Colleges Alive
Sweet Briar Day gatherings
In the Annapolis, MD area
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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! —
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.
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
Submitted by Members of the Sweet Briar Community
By Annamaria Lichtenberg
SPY Magazine mentions cow tipping at Sweet Briar – (check out the tuition prices)
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
Submitted and written By Margaretta Colangelo
What’s your Entrepreneurial Dream?
By Rhoda Harris
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond
From College to Career: Q&A with the Career Center’s Everette Fortner –
Balweg: The importance of the Liberal Arts course as I found it
The Proof Liberal Arts Colleges Need?
The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers
‘Beyond the University’ Awarded AAC&U Ness Prize
The Amazing Science of Olive Oil
At 50 years, college’s J-Term shows staying power
Philosophers, Welders and the Public Trust
Universities smart to accept jobs challenge
The arts enhance educational excellence
In defense of a liberal arts education
In Defense of Useless Degrees
UB aiming for more job-friendly liberal arts degrees
Academic breadth in a liberal education
Jobs in Shanghai are scarce for liberal arts students
ART MATTERS: Reflections on the definition of ‘art’
An Attack on Liberal Arts? UM will lay off 27 people, reduce 192 full-time positions, by end of June
Australia Begins the Push for STEM Curriculum Early On with National Innovation and Science Agenda
NASA Fellow to speak at Pasadena ISD Stem Fair
Clemson programs help female, minority STEM students succeed
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
2016 4th Industrial Revolution – 5mn jobs and women in the firing line.
How the job market is about to get even tougher for women
STEM Subjects are Becoming More Appealing to Female Students
11 Franchises That Need To Gender Swap To Give Ladies Their Chance To Shine
5 Apps Designed By Women For Women
Technobabble: Sexism in the tech industry is in more than just Silicon Valley
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
Rooting out sexism
Science Ed Picking Up STEAM In Unlikely Setting
Hutchinson Group Urges Women Into STEM
Program seeks girls for STEM
WOMEN IN SPACE SEEK MORE WOMEN IN SPACE
New Center Seeks Best Practices for Increasing Women of Color in STEM Fields
Women in Manufacturing and Case Western Reserve University Partner to Produce Leadership Lab for Women in the Manufacturing Industry
Johnson & Johnson Teams with Rutgers to Advance Women’s Education in STEM Fields
Women breaking through into the field of engineering
Letter from Davos: STEM skills gap is pretty serious stuff
Welcome to the future: Where a robot is more employable than a woman
Leadership Lab is set up to provide women in manufacturing with vital learning opportunities
SHEROES to become ‘Women Career Destination’ in technology
Broaden, Elevate STEM Conversation, Female Tech Exec Advises
Plymouth needs more women engineers and scientists
Female IT leaders speak out from inside the cultural revolution happening in STEM
These STEM initiatives are inspiring women and girls around the globe
KPMG’s US boss gave us 8 pieces of advice for women looking to get promoted at work
Sun Lakers support AAUW STEM conference for young women
NJIT’s Women in Computing Society Volunteers at Nearby STEM Academy for CSEDWeek
SBIR Women Developers Got Game
Wesleyan Hosts Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
SUNY Poly projecting 25 percent enrollment growth by 2020
High-achieving, low-income students connect with USC
Recruiting Column: Which colleges are the right fit?
7 Best Practices For College Career Fair Success
Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses ITT Tech Of Defrauding Government, Using Deceptive Recruitment Practices
Ohio State-Lima to recruit in Fort Wayne area
Engineering academies see successful first semester
$2M campaign aims to boost UNM’s image
MUCKENFUSS: UC pushes door open for state students
Illinois Budget Impasse Halts Student Scholarships
Illinois paid lottery winners before college students
BUDGET STANDOFF PULLS MAP GRANTS FROM STUDENTS; RAUNER URGES REFORM AT COLLEGES BEFORE FUNDING
Thousands Apply to U.S. to Forgive Their Student Loans, Saying Schools Defrauded Them
Dickinson State athletics strives to financially keep up with competition
Dickinson State University athletics tries to make most of limited budget
How to Legally Ditch Your Student Loans
Women in Higher Education
This Is A First For Women’s Education In Afghanistan
Afghanistan to Build Its First Women’s University in Kabul
What Future for Women in Chinese Higher Education?
For Women, Higher Salaries Mean Greater Health Concerns
Survey: 21% of undergraduate women have been sexually assaulted in college
10% of Female College Students Were Sexually Assaulted Last Year
Ontario Colleges’ Saudi Arabia Campuses Exclude Female Students
Premier should have known Algonquin was running men-only campus, says faculty union
In Academia, Women Earn More Degrees But Hold Fewer Positions
Women are postponing child-bearing, promoting themselves
College and Farming
Northark taking part in local farm to table movement
Colleges and Sustainability
UNH study: U.S.Colleges significantly reduced carbon emissions
Colleges where freshman usually return (Sweet Briar needs to be on this list…..)
National Collegiate Retention and Persistence-to-Degree Rate
Eduvation Spotlight: Muhlenberg president John Williams talks diversity, liberal arts’ viability
Spring OCR withers as companies begin to recruit in the fall
University of Phoenix must produce records
UNC Board of Governors postpones meeting, thus delaying protest against them
NCCU makes pitch for new student union
The 9 Things That Are Wrong With The College Application Process
More data can make college less risky
SPECIAL REPORT: HAVE EVANGELICAL COLLEGES SUCCUMBED TO “THEOLOGICAL PARANOIA”?
Why We Still Need Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
D.C. Metro Area
January 24th, 2015
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!