Below please find your weekend read which includes articles and news related to Sweet Briar College, Liberal Arts, STEM, and more.  


If you know of any COLLEGE FAIR in your area, please consider representing Sweet Briar College.  Send an email to Marcia Thom Kaley and she will send you an alumnae admissions recruiting kit which includes banners and all the flyers and brochures you will need.


You will find a summary of the last board meeting in the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section.


Don’t forget to cheer for the Sweet Briar Swim Team today especially if you are in the Greensboro, NC area.  They weDre off to a great start yesterday. More information below in the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section. 


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Here is a summary of the latest board meeting:

Report from Board of Directors Meeting Feb. 4-6, 2016

The Sweet Briar College Board of Directors was on campus Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 4- 6, for a regularly scheduled meeting. At the request of the board, I am providing a summary of actions and activities related to the board meeting.

Town Hall Meeting:
Board Chair Teresa Pike Tomlinson asked that a “town hall meeting” be set up Friday afternoon to give members of the campus community, alumnae and friends, as well as the broader community, including government officials and other citizens from the region, an opportunity to hear information and ask questions about the College. Almost 200 people attended in person; about 300 watched via Internet during the meeting. It obviously was a great success and confirmed the value not only of providing information to the College’s friends and stakeholders, but also of affording opportunities to ask questions. The board intends to continue to solicit this kind of engagement.

Presentation from Alumnae Alliance Council:
Members of the Alumnae Alliance Council presented an impressive organizational plan for their work to support the College. The AAC continues the extraordinary work of the alumnae who saved the College and reflects the passionate commitment of the alumnae to continue their support of their alma mater.

Presentation by the Faculty Executive Committee:
The Faculty Executive Committee provided the board information about its structures and governance, shared its views on shared governance, and discussed the need to be involved in program development as we go forward.

Student Leadership Presentation:
Leaders of the Student Government Association outlined initiatives taken by the student body and its leadership this year and explained how student governance and organizations operate. They urged the board to permit students to participate in governance issues.

Presentation by Donna Barrett, SACSCOC:
As part of its commitment to continuing education and enhancement of governance effectiveness, the board heard a presentation from Donna Barrett, director of institutional finance, at the Council on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting association for the 11 Southern states. She engaged the board in an informative conversation about accreditation requirements, particularly those related to finance, budgeting and resources.

Presentation by BDO, Independent Auditors:
Partners from the accounting firm of BDO, who performed the audit of last year’s finances (approved by the board in late December), reviewed their recommendations and suggestions for improvement in financial operations and activities. The president confirmed that all the changes would be made. As soon as the new chief financial officer is in place (March 1), he will address all the recommendations.

Action Items

-The board approved the recommendation of the president (following favorable recommendations from the faculty-elected Personnel Committee and the academic dean) to award tenure to Dr. Jeffrey A. Jones, a member of the faculty since 2012. Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University. A scholar and distinguished composer, Professor Jones has developed an outstanding reputation, particularly in steel orchestra performances and compositions. He received enthusiastic endorsements for the three major components for tenure consideration: teaching, scholarship and service.

-Over several meetings, the board has been discussing a statement of the board’s values and core principles as it seeks to carry out its governance responsibilities. These are values and principles for the board itself. The board adopted a Statement of Core Principles and Strategic Directions.

-The board has also had discussions about standards of commitment and conduct for board members. At this meeting, it adopted the Sweet Briar College Board Member Statement of Commitment and Responsibilities.

-After hearing a report from its investment managers, Prime Buchholz, indicating that the College’s investment accounts had substantially mirrored market movements in recent months, the board approved the investment report as well as the Finance Committee’s recommendation to approve the proposed investment allocation policy.

-The board agreed that it intends to post the College’s bylaws on the website once they have been approved.
-Subject to any concerns that might be raised by the independent auditors who performed the College’s audit, the board plans to post the College’s audited financial statements on the website.

In an effort to make the work of the board more efficient and to avoid the use of so much paper, the chair has made the meetings almost free of paper documents. Reports of committees and senior staff members are available to the board members electronically prior to the meetings or posted at the meetings. At the board meetings, the information is not repeated but the committee or staff person responds to questions generated by the reports. All of the College’s senior officers and most of the board committees made reports to the board. Some of the highlights from the reports are:

-Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management Steven Nape reported that total applications for the coming year have now gone over the 1,200 mark, establishing a new record for the College. The board had a good discussion about the potential yield, how the large number of applications might be converted to a significant number of entering students, the implications for financial aid and the quality of the applicants.
-Vice President for Finance Tom Connors reported that the College is performing better at this date than budgeted as far as expenses and we have not yet needed to take any of the authorized income from the endowment. He also set out the proposed calendar for constructing next year’s budget.
-Vice President for Alumnae Relations and Development Mary Pope Hutson provided detailed information about the Next Is Now initiative to raise $30 million this year. Reporting on recent trips to visit alumnae, she expressed confidence that we are off to a great start. She noted that she and the president would be traveling most of February and March to ask major donors to support the initiative. She also informed the board about how her team is working closely with the Alumnae Alliance Council in its work.
-Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pam DeWeese reported on the status of searches and called attention to the significant number of former faculty members returning to the campus next year after being away because of the closing effort. She also reported on the development of evaluation procedures for faculty and staff and noted that the administration is already preparing for the regular fifth-year report to our accrediting agency, due in 2017.
-Vice President for Administration Nancyellen Keane reported on an initiative to recruit international students. She noted that conversations about recruiting Chinese students have progressed to the point that representatives of the sponsoring group have now visited the campus and have invited representatives of the College to visit China. That visit will take place at the end of February and will involve conversations with parents, government officials and educators, as well as visits to several high schools. The trip will include a reception for Sweet Briar alumnae and friends in the Beijing area. Keane also reported on activities for recruitment in India and other countries.
-The board’s Governance Committee led an ongoing discussion of some of the provisions for proposed bylaws for the College. Some of the discussion related to suggestions and requests made at the town hall meeting and in some of the presentations to the board for constituent representatives on the board. Concluding that more conversation and consideration were necessary, the board deferred further consideration of the bylaws.

Additional Notes:
The board welcomed three new members attending their first on-campus meeting:

-Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp ’68, developmental pediatrician and medical epidemiologist in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
-O. Kenton McCartney, retired commercial banker, of Chapel Hill, NC.
-Frank W. Roach, CEO of Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S., of Richmond, Va..

The members of the board worked incredibly hard on behalf of the College. The meeting last week was their 17th since governance changed seven months ago. While most of the meetings have been telephonic, even those meetings are often lengthy and intense. The board’s committees are also active and engaged. The commitment and engagement of these very busy, successful directors reflect the same passionate support for the renewal and strengthening of Sweet Briar College that was reflected in the miraculous work of the alumnae in saving the College. Board members, alumnae, faculty and staff, members of the Amherst/Lynchburg region and friends are all contributing toward our noble mission of guaranteeing that Sweet Briar College will educate young women in perpetuity.

Phillip C. Stone



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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.

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The University we need

Submitted by Deirdre Conley
Must see Sheryl Sandberg Ted Talk: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders


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Why Women in STEM Need To Become The New Normal


Entrepreneur summit reaches students


Robert Bookwalter: Critics of liberal arts have it wrong


Emerging issues forum panelists weigh in on liberal arts education


Conan O’Brien to discuss liberal arts education at Harvard





The Ups and Downs of building and sustaining world class universities


The Civic Responsibility of Colleges


A new kind of higher education


Etiquette the lost liberal art


Want to adapt to a complex world?  Get yourself some liberally educated officers


The ‘American Phenomenon’ of liberal education


College vs. Business Training:  What Do Employers Want?


Medicine – the unsung liberal art?


William C. ‘Will’ Dudley Elected Next President Of Washington And Lee University



Benefits of introducing more arts to campus


Arts and Science faculty want Ohio State to admit more humanities majors


IWU’s new major takes interdisciplinary route to entrepreneurship





Women in Tech Q&A: Merel Theisen, Web Developer At Mendeley


Explorit: Insects inspire young engineers at Science Action Club


Four year high school STEM program now recruiting in Brockton


Students speak on imperfections in recent engineering complex expansion


Conant students win award at Hyperloop contest


THINK Together and Caltech join forces to expand opportunities for low-income students, focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)


Importance of STEM on full display at MathCounts


Robotic competition highlights STEM education


Guest Commentary: NWI schools making STEM strides


Turnbull to give preschoolers AU$8 m to build STEM skills


Is a lack of self-belief pushing girls away from STEM?


Baltimore school cuts emissions, beefs up STEM Ed with solar power


STEM importance with Miss Vermont


Struggles of famous scientists inspire STEM students


Women made incremental progress in tech the past few years (infographic)


The myth women in tech need to stop believing


Science whiz warms up mentors with cool tale of ‘refrigerator ladies’


Women and girls imperative to science & technology agenda


Steinem on Feminism


STEM cells: Growing interest in smart grid and engineering


The society of women engineers to conduct congressional outreach event on STEM, 2-3 March 2016 in Washington, DC


Physics and the female brain: How science can change the way you think


Lean on:  A Mobile Mentoring App for Women


Women in STEM: On UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, meet five scientists making strides


It’s time to abolish science boys club


Danica Patrick makes pit stop at PBSC to push STEM


The STEM gender gap is not where you think


First International Day for Women in Science highlights wider inequality


What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?


Rocket women shows girls the sky’s no limit


I Wish give girls a taste of STEM in Cork


STEM fair to host Cyberlympix women in STEM challenge


Male biology students consistently underestimate female peers, study finds



3 Facts You Don’t Know About #WomeninSTEM


International Days of Women in STEM Celebrates The Success of Females in the Sciences


11 Women in STEM that you should know because it’s women & girls in science day


How will your job fair in the new ‘gender league tables’?


STEM past, present, and future


Gender pay league tables could turn women off STEM careers, warns CIPD


Italian Women Avoid So-called STEM


Getting a job in STEM: an instruction manual


Women Scientists Face Down Men in Developing World


Women are better at coding than men


Student and faculty diversity movements -apart and together


Bevin’s focus on STEM education could help biggest Lexington employers


STEM grant, AVID site announcement made at OC


Arab women in science – where are they heading?


1961 Charles Addams cartoon inspires belated Valentine to women pioneers of computing


STEAM expo award winners announced


Building up STEAM:  Bay St Louis engineer-artist spins pottery from science


Valley youth invited to Turn Up for STEAM at Phoenix College


PSUSD considers charter school petition




Diversity Work Is Never Done, Panel says


Our View: Universities pursuing out of state students


Saginaw Valley State University steps up recruiting to offset declining enrollment


International students are growing in number.  What does that mean for students in the US?


Why is University of Phoenix being sold?



VTC recruiting women


Community colleges launch new recruiting program


College counselors on the front lines for low-income students


The Student Perspective


GSU head outlines potential budget woes


Surge of Chinese students studying abroad could ebb


Yale Extends Local Outreach


SUNY Potsdam sees spike in applications, transfer requests


Recruiting difficulties haunt the college


Higher Ed Schools in NY Receive Grants For Capital Projects


Obama Plan Would Direct More Aid To Poor Students


Legislators, colleges join to urge resolution to state budget crisis


Undocumented Students ‘Chase’ Dreams’ Through Financial Aid


SUNY Orange grant to help low-income students pursue higher ed


Bates College receives $19 million in gifts, launches new digital major


Senate Ok’s student loan forgiveness

The wings of high-flying women are still being clipped by sexist stereotypes


Student Debt Makes College More Expensive For Women


Students, official demand a fix for MAP funding


ESCC President – Funding decisions to affect college


Editorial – Draconian cuts to higher ed budgets



Rom speaks at conference on research for sustainable, organic and alternative farming


Sterling College claims #1 for real food on campus for second year in a row



UW – Madison picked as the site for first=ever organic research endowment


Guest lecture on organic farming conducted


Doohan named interim director of Ohio State’s organic farming program


CALS receives $2 million endowment to research organic farming


College and Equestrian Programs

Love of horses, science lead Keedysville girl to equine career



Wellesley College Names Paula Johnson Its First African American President




Survey: Nearly 1/3 of CU Boulder Undergraduate Women Experience Sexual Misconduct



500 Words On Why I Chose And Then Re-chose A Women’s College


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UO will put $4 million into boosting doctoral enrollment


Amid cuts, area colleges look to each other


Black high school students visiting Texas A&M University harassed, told to go home: Texas Sen.Royce


Ohio State humanities profs blame university for declining enrollments


Here’s why women and minorities struggle to get ahead – even with a college degree


Alumna and donor Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 establishes Institute for Women’s Leadership with $5 million donation

Is controversial president questioning catholic role?







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


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!



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