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

We are nearing the ‘Dooms Day’ anniversary in about 2 weeks.  For that reason the Sweet Briar community will have celebrations throughout the month of March.  Check out the ‘Sweet Briar News’ section for more information. 


March is Sweet Briar Forever Month

Sweet Briar’s Wyllie Program to host Engineers Week Dinner

Our View: Sweet Briar College – One Year Later

The continued importance of a single – sex education

Sweet Briar steps up academic outreach

Sweet Briar is back on the charts

Senior Dance Concerts should have a lot to like

Business briefs for week of Feb. 15, 2016

NPR host Lulu Miller returns to read at Sweet Briar

Local Professor Honored by State Council of Higher Education

Land Trust Alliance lauds Hutson for legislative push

Environmental history, science and technology converge in lecture on George Washington


‘August: Osage County’ finds humor in tough subject

“Sweet Briar Day in Minnesota. It was 6 below zero but that didn’t stop us!! A small but mighty contingency. Love you all!!”


Posted on Facebook by Dawn Czaplicki Hutchison

Skyline teacher sets goals for leadership program (Congratulations to alumna Heidi Trudi)


Top scholars attend Tamuq liberal arts conference

With Faust, Conan discusses Liberal Arts, Comedy Career

Attack on Liberal Arts

The quest for the liberal arts – The teacher becomes the student

Requirements and scheduling hindering the liberal arts experience?

Maritime universities see plunging enrollment in humanities programs

Brooks sees liberal arts as path to purpose

Liberal arts teaches critical thinking in life

World Insight: Banging the drum for liberal arts in East Asia

Professional ballerina turned liberal arts college student


Should computer education cover more than just coding?

Burges High School STEM program

NASA astronaut talks story about importance of STEM in aerospace education

Lockheed Martin encourages Singapore girls into aerospace careers

Lee, Grassley, Reynolds push STEM at BHS

National Robotic Week Looks to Host More Events, Robot Enthusiast and STEM Educators Than Ever Before

GitHub users find women’s code better than men’s – until they know who wrote it


Boys way more smarter than girls according to boys

Unconscious bias in STEM poses challenges in female scientists

‘Double Jeopardy’ Report shows gender bias against women of color in STEM’s alive and well

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

The gender gap just doesn’t add up

Women in STEM – colleges present career paths for women in science, technology, engineering, and math

STEM fair sparks girls’ interest in science, tech–interest-in-science–tech.html

Volunteer organization Stemettes launches career development app OtotheB

Accenture and Stemettes tackle lack of female role models with multi-city event

Culture study reveals gender differences in company culture as root cause of female attrition

Soapbox science – bringing female scientists to the streets

STEM matters for area girls

The evolving media reaction to female astronauts

AAUW helps girls fund robotics team

What are the issues women in STEM face today?

STEM fields seeking more women and minorities

STEM education – the era of leadership in disruptive science

5 reasons the tech industry should welcome women

Drone flying hover board BARBIE is here

‘Women in Science and Technology’ program succeeding at AWHS

Teen encourages girls to explore STEM fields

The remarkably different answers men and women give when asked who’s the smartest in the class




XY Bias: How Male Biology Students See Their Female Peers

The XY Factor – Women in the Tech Sector

Q&A with award winning Canadian scientist about women in research

Clemson aims to shatter glass ceiling for women in engineering and science

Gulf Coast ADVANCE retreat brings together women in STEM

Why girls in STEM change majors

Google – women in STEM

Women in STEM needed for new series at LSC-Kingwood

Women around the world – this week

Coding is more important than Shakespeare

Pursuing careers in science – don’t be afraid to think small

Will STEM education matter?

SIUE heightens undergrad STEM research


5 Ways BASIS Independent McLean will use STEAM to empower students

STEAM comes to Noho library

Tokay HS STEAM Team finds the fun in science, math

Pinball class teaches STEAM, History, Culture and Manners

Student entrepreneurs put STEAM concept to work

Kirksville gearing up for STEAM summit

Stratford school highlights STEAM curriculum during engineers week


JCJC enrollment continues to grow despite trend

Fewer students more money – Students pay up for enrollment drop

Public Health School uses Instagram to attract potential students

New office helps assist a recent uptick in international students

University of California selectively recruits Latino and black students

Purdue break all time record for fall applications

Elite universities ‘going backwards’ on widening access

Rigorous College Prep Program Recruiting Motivated Students

University communications explores new avenues for student recruitment

PSU facing cuts, enrollment decline

UVM goes through rebranding to attract new students


Elgin-area colleges frustrated by budget battle’s hold on grant funds

Students, officials demand a fix for MAP funding

Despite freeze college students urged to apply for aid

Senate Dems send MAP grant funding bill to Rauner, who has vowed to veto it

WV College Foundation sets goal to increase FAFSA completion

Colleges offer microgrants to help low-income students pay bills that can derail them

Simpson Door employees receiving training through Grays Harbor College thanks to grant

Free community college plan revealed

House bill would nearly double state aid to Cecil College

Sarah Lawrence College joins private college 529 plan, makes private college more affordable

How seven donors teamed up to give a small liberal arts college a big shot in the arm

In the UK: Wigan and Leigh College receives apprenticeship funding boosts


Sen. Mike Nozzolio unveils Planting Seeds initiative for expanding state agriculture industrie (helping Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)


Feb.18, 1891 :UNCG Becomes NC Chartered All-Female College

Student and Faculty Diversity Movement – Apart and Together

Women, overshadowed

Leading as a woman?

VCCCD and the League of Women Voters to cosponsor forum on college readiness and affordability

WKU to host women’s leadership conference

Women’s history day 2016


The Tide Is Turning: High School Is Coming Back

UNI minority student leader inspired by history

Demand-supply gap explains lure of Russian medical degrees

Students Testify- For-profit Colleges Stole Our Futures

When critics become professors

Democratic stirrings in higher education

Scalia and higher ed

Women around the world this week

From the UK – University isn’t for men?  No one told me or my students






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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