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 

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 will host a townhall meeting on February 5th, 2016

SBC president says state of the college is ‘good’

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

Five study-abroad programs to get excited about

Vixens Named Scholar All-American Team by CSCAA

Sweet Briar student-equestrian superstar on the rise

College students debate the right thing in ethics bowl

Explore Engineering event at Sweet Briar taking applications

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.

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


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.



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.

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

Shared by Norma Valentine

Leader Profile on Phillip Stone

DJ Stanhope and Norma Valentine shared the following blog

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

Shared by Yolanda Reid

19 Things You Actually Learn at an All Girl School

Shared by Deirdre Conley

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


New College adds master’s in data science


DJ Stanhope shared a photo of the Quad blanketed in snow


By LuAnn Hunt

Beautiful photos after the snow storm


By Jona Cumani ’17

Sweet Briar in the snow – so beautiful


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



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


University of King’s College starts summer camp for teens

Survey highlights provosts’ concern over liberal arts, financials


Wesleyan University president to speak on value of liberal arts


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

Feeding English Majors in the 21st Century

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

Liberal arts curriculum at Emerson is crucial


Florida’s leaders wrong about liberal arts

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

Faculty Seminar: Liberal Arts Education and Our Planet

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


“Undergraduate Women in Physics” Conference Offers Networking Opportunities


Stimulating young minds with STEM


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

Crescent City school briefs for Jan.27, 2016

A-level results show growing interest in STEM

Engineering an engineering education


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

Ben Howlett leads debate on increasing diversity in STEM careers


Women tech entrepreneurs take root with Dubai’s Stem hackathon

From Graduation to Liftoff: How One Grad Launched Eleven Spacecraft


Inspiring the next generation of women in tech

Women in Energy: Securing America’s Energy Future Through STEM

Keeping the stats on Connie Borror


Female professors speak about science careers

Women’s Forum hosted by Assemblymember Dodd

Crystal Lake Dist. 155’s STEM conference for girls only

GM wants to help women engineers get back to work

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

Dodd hosts women’s forum at UC Davis

STEM champion looks to help girls of color

Share of Women in STEM fields not representative of potential


Girls in Stem: A movement launched on Tyneside that is changing the world

Girls in STEM: These figures show why we need more women in science, tech, engineering and maths

Event shows girls why they are essential to progress in STEM

A programming parity

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin on changing perceptions around STEM

Educationists hail STEM

Students explore STEM fields



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

Applications flow in for ‘free’ community college

Could China’s economy impact American universities?

The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting

Verbatim: JPMorgan Chase grant to benefit local companies with employee-focused business program–JPMorgan-Chase-grant-to-benefit-local-companies-with-employee-focused-business-program-11134755

Spring 2016 semester kicks off at BU, SUNY Broome

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

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


Minority acceptances up 643% at Wayne State medical school

New policy, free college for high schoolers

6 Ways To Boost Student Employee Happiness

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

Ma urges NHI for Chinese students

UO minority students frustrated, impatient with slow pace of change



College Finances


Barnard College Receives Largest Combined Gift in 126-Year History



Women in Higher Educations

A Look Back: Saint Mary’s College grows

Female college coaches can do it all

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

Melbourne University gender policy a ‘small win’ for women

Waging war in the name of women

Five ways to improve leadership in universities

Updated data shows minimal progress toward gender parity in higher ed

Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity

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



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

Legislators push for free tuition at community, technical colleges

Enrollment continues to fall

New Study Shows College Students Are Overwhelmingly Biased Against Female Professors

Saints and satyrs of the liberal arts

Chancellor says NDSU president should have flown in coach

WT, A&M partner on vet school pipeline

Notre Dame responds to Harvard education report

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

Coalition of College Libraries, including Bowdoin, Launches New Press

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

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


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


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!


Vixen Watch for January 30th, 2016

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