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Below please find your weekend read which includes articles and news related to Sweet Briar College, Liberal Arts, STEM, and more.
Sweet Briar College has redesigned its website. Check it out –
A GRANT was given to Sweet Briar to bolster its environmental programs. Check out the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section.
Would you like to return to Sweet Briar as a student? Now you can take courses on campus if you are working on your MAT and M.ed. You can find more information in the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section.
The Sweet Briar swim team has another big swim meet next week February 12 though 14 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC. If you are in the area please go, cheer and support them. More info in the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section.
The section ‘Vixens Helping Vixens’ is back. It is towards the end this edition. Please don’t skip it.
Last but not least Sara Rothamel received an email from her SBC Bio Professor, Dr. Linda Fink, who told her that a SALAMANDER she tagged 8 years ago was recaptured. A sign that not only alumnae like to come back to Sweet Briar. 😉
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
If you didn’t have the chance to watch the town hall meeting live yesterday afternoon, can either go to
or watch it here.
Sweet Briar leaders field questions at town hall meeting
SBC president, chairwoman take questions at town hall meeting
Great NEWS – GRANT TO BOLSTER SWEET BRIAR’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
Sweet Briar announces new director of media, marketing and communication
Sweet Briar students debate ‘Ethics and Civic Responsibility’
SBC-inspired art is up for auction in Montana
ATTENTION SBC ALUMNAE: We want you to come back to SBC and work on your MAT or your M.Ed.!!
Campus housing may be available to alumnae coming back to work on their graduate degree!! Also, at only $355 per credit hour, both our MAT (30 credit hours-1 year) and M.Ed. (33 credit hours-2 years) programs are competitively priced. For more information, and to apply, please go to our convenient online application: www.sbc.edu/graduate
Applications for MAT candidates will be accepted until March 1st, applications for M.Ed. candidates will be accepted until April 30th. For all other information, contact Shannon Beasley, Director of Graduate Recruitmentemail@example.com or Jim Alouf, Professor of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
SBC history class travels to Europe this summer
Sweet Briar College offers Engineering camps for high school students in March ’16 and July ’16. Students need to sign up early to ensure a spot.
Feb. 17: PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) hosts ‘Saving Sweet Briar’ lunch meeting
The Virginia college that nearly imploded last year received a surge of applications
Two Sweet Briar seniors stage their own story
FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS
Sweet Briar Business class is selling roses for Valentine’s Day. Proceeds will go to RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network). To order go to
If you are in the Greensboro, NC area, please stop by the Aquatics Center on February 12 through 14 and cheer on the Sweet Briar swim team.
Board Meeting – Friday, February 5, 2016
Photos courtesy of Alice Dixon
Sweet Briar Day at the Potomack Company (thank you Elizabeth Wainstein) with Greater Washington, Northern Virginia, Hunt Country and Maryland alumnae. Alice Dixon, Debra Elkins and Katie Maxwell Schellhammer gave a great update. The DC Steering Committee arranged great food, drink and fun. So lovely to be surrounded by art.Susan Spurrell
Sarah P. Clement (c) and Stacey Sickels Locke (r)
Alice Dixen (l) and Debra Elkins (r)
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
Submitted by Deirdre Conley and Joann Kramer
This high school spawned $2.5 billion worth of startup founders
Submitted by Deirdre Conley and Joann Kramer
George Washington University ditched the SAT and applications soared
Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire Explains What Winning Is All About
Why kids – now more than ever – need to learn philosophy! Yes, Philosophy!
Letter: The study of foreign languages heart of a liberal arts education
There’s a lot we’re not learning when we try to learn online
Bevin pushes for engineers over liberal arts scholars
Tom Eblen: Higher education is more than just ‘workforce development’
MSU president dismayed by Bevin proposal
Bevin’s funding plan criticized
Bevin shows no love to A&S students
A Not-So-New Deal for Higher Ed
Four classes that show the value of the liberal arts
Online education topic for Flagler community lecture series
REPORT: Students clueless about American government, history
Do Prestigious Colleges Pay Off? It Depends On The Major
Education proposals the opposite of ‘workforce needs’
Florida’s Rick Scott proposed charging higher tuition rates to liberal arts majors…
Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC
Liberal arts vital
Comment | Liberal arts and tomorrow’s workforce
The Great Lesson in Liberal Arts: What We can all Takeaway
Liberal arts in the UK: how are students finding the model?
Engstrom announces plan to strengthen liberal arts, recruitment at Mid-Year Update
THE MENA Summit: Call for liberal arts revival in Arab world
Former Twitter CEO talks importance of liberal arts
In Defense of Small Things
A case for the liberal arts
Committee plans new curriculum
Partnership aims to provide students with real world business exposure
$10 million gift for tech initiative brings De Pauw to 85% of $300 million goal
The Advantage of a Liberal Arts Living Space
Hacking a Liberal Arts Education
Universities to blame for the maths crisis among high school students
Explorit: Insects inspire young engineers at Science Action Club
New club focuses on gender gap in technology
Tech Women Triumph: Increasing Numbers, Supporting Girls’ Education, Transforming The World
Black History Month: Then and Now in STEM
This Company Is Making It Cool For Girls to Become Coders
TAMU committed to bring more women to STEM careers
Women should worry less about not having tech background when going into Stem
Kids should have a chance to learn to code
Group Offers Encouragement, Support to Women in STEM
Solving the STEM conundrum: how to bridge the skills shortage
Professor sets example as a woman in STEM fields
Covestro launches i3 STEM in Pittsburgh with its first Greenlight for Girls Day
AAUW of Texas, TTU STEM Center to Host Dynamic Math and Science Conference for Girls
Girls And Coding – Seeing What The Future Can Be
VTC initiative aims to get more women in STEM fields
Leading more women towards STEM careers
Fixing The Gender Gap in IT
‘On-ramping’ paves the way for women scientists, engineers to return to academia
As Calls Grow for More Women in STEM Fields, Sexual Harassment Complaints Increase
Five Students Pave the Way for Women in STEM and Earn $20K in Tech
WorldMatters: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Women in STEM empower students at Mt. Hood
‘Teaching for America’: Galindo will speak in Washington at summit
Plugging the pipeline to advance women in STEM
If Technology Is a Labour of Love, why so Few Female Tech Execs?
Author Valerie Young presents ‘Impostor Syndrome’ at OU
Girls Who Code: First summer immersion program coming to Atlanta
North state educator meet for STEM workshop
Australia’s new Chief Scientist speaks on techno-optimism, renewable energy, and encouraging STEM
Apr 16 – 17: USA Science & Engineering Festival promotes STEM with 3,000 Hands – on Activities, Shows, and Science Celebs
Take Students on a Journey of Creative Discovery with STEAM
Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education
SGS experiences STEAM Surge
STEAM Fair winners in Intel contest
Concordia U. Portland Honors Education Leaders, Promotes STEAM
District picks up STEAM, expands project-based program
WT, A&M partner on vet school pipeline
Notre Dame responds to Harvard education report
Study reveals stark contrast in trust of recruiters by region
Colleges adapt new strategies to get students
Colleges adapt new strategies to get students
Nation’s prominent public universities are shifting to out-of-state students
ISU aiming for more international diversity
Applicants could use fresh approach to college rankings
Editorial: students should support tuition freeze
U.Va. receives record number of Early Action minority applicants
Beyond the Business School Model
Open house for prospective business and accounting graduate students
Major public universities ranked on shift toward out-of-state students
When are you officially committed?
College Career Network Handshake Secures $10.5 Million in Series A Funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)
Invited to England – English universities increase their recruiting of European Union students
The Syllabus: HBCUs are recruiting in Greensboro
With poor job prospects for Chinese students, is it still worth investing in a US education?
UC expands its recruiting efforts targeting black and Latino students
Need to attract and retain foreign students
How this university is working to get more women of color into technology jobs
Are International Students in the Classroom a Win-Win?
Education revenue soars to become Australia’s $20 billion export
Lawmaker criticizes ND higher ed for waiving tuition for international students
Walker vs. Legislators: Addressing student loan debt crisis
Fattah Highlights New GEAR UP Funding in FY 16 Omnibus Bill
Blinn College – Brenham Receiving Nearly $900,000 In Training Grants
WPI Awarded Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award
College Plans to Revitalize Teaching with Mellon Grant
Guest Commentary: Don’t make college free – Increase need-based aid
AGRICULTURE AND HIGHER EDUCATION
INTAD students and grads hone skills for international workplace
Former Penn State extension employee creates scholarship for the College of Agricultural Sciences
Poet Wendell Berry bequeaths farming legacy to small Catholic college
Students learn urban farming with new MESA Community College degree
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATIONS
Girls thrive in single-sex schools – and at last there’s proof
Mount A students speak out against potential cuts to women and gender studies program
Tech hosts Women in Higher Education Conference
On board: how universities are leading the way for female leadership
Ethiopia: Empowering Women Through Education
Are American Haredi Women Leaning In?
Women Outnumber Men in Higher Education Classrooms in Shandong
Institutions, When Will You Open Your Doors?
Liberty and equality in education, health and wealth
Young men miss out as university gender gap remains at record levels
Business schools ‘must challenge leader stereotypes’
Demystifying the gender gap — Researchers explore why more women go to college than men
All-male Hampden Sydney starts projects but not looking to grow
Watch – Wellesley students endorse Bernie Sanders
Wesleyan Receives Record Number of Applications for Class of 2020
After taking on long lines, Tapingo starts food delivery service
Student diversity increased by 13 percent at OU’s education college
CABIN FEVER DEBATES OFFER NEW STUDENTS A CHANCE TO LEARN THE CRAFT
Industry-backed PhD students ‘not staying in private sector’
Fraternity to begin recruiting after suspension
UCLA must aggresively recruit more diverse faculty
Department of Defense Lifts Ban on Tuition Assistance for University of Phoenix, But The Institution Still Faces Issues
Navitas and WKU end their partnership
U.S. lags behind in many areas of higher ed
Presidents of Small Colleges Bank on Fund Raising to Survive
Diversity work is never done, panel says
They took the test but into a selective college without sending scores
VIXENS HELPING VIXENS
Positive thoughts, prayers, and hugs are needed for Gwendolyn Hickey Babcock ’95 and her daughter Kaeden who is suffering from an undiagnosed brain disorder that triggers seizures often leading to respiratory arrest. You may also donate to help out with the medical costs.
From John Edward Ashbrook in regards to his history class traveling to Europe this summer.
Hello everyone. I have some current students who want to attend my summer abroad course on the world wars and the Holocaust. We will be visiting battlefields in France, Belgium, Italy, and Poland, and Dachau, Majdanek, and Auschwitz between June 6 and July 3. The problem is lack of funding. I suggested they speak with the financial aid office first. But if they cannot get funding in that way, does anyone in this group have suggestions about how they could raise the money by March 10 or so? The trip per student is $3000. Airfare is separate but running about $1200. SBC alumna and friends pay $3500. Any ideas or advice is much appreciated! Thanks, John Ashbrook, SBC HISTORY
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!