DEAR SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE,
WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
I WOULD LIKE TO START THIS WEEKS EDITION WITH A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STONE
THIS PAST THURSDAY MARKED THE ANNIVERSARY OF THAT DREADFUL DAY WHEN MR. JONES ANNOUNCED ON FACEBOOK THAT SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE WOULD BE CLOSING COME AUGUST 2015. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT FATEFUL DAY? WHAT DID YOU DO ? I REMEMBER SENDING MESSAGES TO MY SWEET BRIAR FRIENDS WONDERING WHETHER THIS WAS A BAD JOKE. LESS THAN A WEEK LATER SAVING SWEET BRIAR WAS ESTABLISHED AND ON MARCH 8 I HAD MANAGED TO GET A CONTACT LIST OF FLORIDA ALUMNAE TO KEEP YOU ALL INFORMED. BY MAY 2015 VIXEN WATCH WAS A DAILY NEWS BULLETIN AND EVENTUALLY EVOLVED INTO A WEEKLY BLOG.
TODAY, MARCH 5, 2016 WITH THE HELP OF ALUMNAE, FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS OF SWEET BRIAR, AND AFTER NUMEROUS FUNDRAISERS AND COLLECTIONS, OUR ALMA MATER IS BETTER THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS.
TO COMMEMORATE THIS FATEFUL TIME SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN TO RAISE $30 MILLION BY JUNE 30. JUST THIS PAST THURSDAY WE RAISED $512,314.55!
NOTHING WE CAN’T DO!!!
PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING TO SWEET BRIAR AND PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR EMPLOYER MIGHT MATCH YOUR CONTRIBUTION. HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GIVE:
DON’T MISS THE ‘SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY’ SECTION TODAY! THERE ARE A LOT OF CONTRIBUTIONS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU.
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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE NOW HAS ITS OWN STUDENT NEWSPAPER, THE SWEET BRIAR CHRONICLE. YOU CAN GET INFORMED ABOUT NEWS ON CAMPUS AND MORE BY USING THE LINK BELOW http://chronicle.sbc.edu/2016/02/24/an-afternoon-of-music/
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE CIVIL ON ANY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP OUR COOL EVEN DURING HEATED DEBATES. SWEET BRIAR IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT RIGHT NOW AND CANNOT AFFORD ANY BICKERING BETWEEN ALUMNAE, STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR ANY OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM! THANK YOU!
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
Joint resolution of the Virginia General Assembly honoring Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.
Sweet Briar College holding fundraiser Next is Now
Our view – Best performances
After nearly closing, college revisits old recipes to quickly create dining program at Sweet Briar
The Sweet Briar Brochure – a great tool to show prospective students and anyone who is interested in Sweet Briar College
‘Girls in STEM’ science day draws high school students to Sweet Briar
Sweet Briar lives on
March 3 festivities include service of reflection, rose planting and community lunch
Alumnae vowed to save Sweet Briar from closing last year. And they did
Sweet Briar College marks one year since announcement of closure
Sweet Briar College marks dark anniversary with day of reflection and renewal
College celebrates, looks beyond March 3
Perpetuity baby! Sweet Briar community makes anniversary of closure announcement, looks forward
Sweet Briar College surpasses fundraising goal on anniversary of closure
Sweet Briar president commits to strong, vibrant community
A letter of thanks to the Sweet Briar community
Swee Briar College marks one year of survival after closure scare
How one women saved a beloved Virginia college from imploding at the 11th hour
One year ago a Virginia college shocked everybody in academia by abruptly announcing its closure – here’s how it stayed open
Prof. Larry Stimpert named president of Hampden Sydney College
SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
A tribute to this last year posted by Jona Cumani on Facebook
Posted on Facebook by Mary Koscielski Melton
Posted by Nalini Mani on Facebook
One year ago a Virginia college shocked everybody in academia by apruptly announcing its closure – here’s how it stayed open
Posted by Adam Forsberg on Facebook
Saving Sweet Briar
Posted on Facebook by Georgene Vairo
The Board of Directors adopted a Statement of Core Values and Strategic Goals at the February meeting. Please read them. They are the first step of what will be an inclusive strategic planning process. We welcome your comments:
SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORE PRINCIPLES AND STRATEGIC GOALS
Upon the rebirth of Sweet Briar College in the summer of 2015, a new Board of Directors and President began the process of rebuilding the College. As its guide, the Board of Directors declares its Five Core Principles and Five Strategic Goals for continuing Sweet Briar’s history of providing a distinctive liberal arts and sciences education for women. These Board principles and strategic goals precede an inclusive, comprehensive visioning and long-term strategic planning process.
Our current Mission provides: Sweet Briar College empowers and educates young women to build and reshape their world however their passions lead them.
Our Five Core Principles:
1) Advancing academic excellence in innovative liberal arts and sciences education through committed and skilled faculty, rigorous scholarship, critical thinking, and experiential learning.
2) Creating a community conducive to relationship, confidence and leadership building that develops women of character well-equipped to succeed and lead impactful lives.
3) Providing responsible management and optimization of the College’s stakeholder engagement, financial resources, and land assets.
4) Committing to the perpetual well being of the College by protecting its reputation and legacy and by providing the transparency and inclusion due our stakeholders.
5) Re-enforcing our passion for the possibilities, opportunities and best practices that will create a new relevance for Sweet Briar College in the 21st century.
Our Five Strategic Goals:
1) ENROLLMENT – Achieve an enrollment of 800 women in residence on the campus by the fall of 2019 through state-of-the-art recruitment techniques, a commitment to diversity, a significant increase in student retention, and the utilization of stakeholder resources.
2) FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY – Return the College to financial security by operating the College with efficiency as measured by positive revenue over expenses, with unrestricted gift income representing 5-10% of the annual budget and less than a 5% return from the permanent endowment by the fall of 2019:
a. Responsibly reduce expenses where efficiencies and optimization of resources can be achieved;
b. Enhance auxiliary and other revenue sources;
c. Diversify fundraising efforts to view donors and the College’s friends as respected investors in Sweet Briar’s future;
d. Implement prudent fiscal policies and investment strategies to restore and grow the College’s Endowment Fund; and
e. Reverse the benign neglect of College facilities through phased investments for the proper stewardship of Sweet Briar’s built and natural environment.
3) ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND LEADERSHIP FOR A NEW ERA – Enhance academic programs and experiential learning opportunities through innovative partnerships with other educational and private/public sector entities, by launching a new Leadership platform for women, and by offering new and existing programs online or through other convenient modalities for adults.
4) SWEET BRIAR’S BRAND AND IDEALS – Increase the global stature of Sweet Briar College through our commitment to diversity, international inclusion and engagement. Promote Sweet Briar as a trusted higher-education institution for women to prospective students and their families and high schools, as well as to graduate schools and Boardrooms throughout the country and around the world.
5) STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – Demonstrate a renewed commitment to the transparency and inclusion due Sweet Briar’s stakeholders through proactive outreach to all constituencies invested in the College’s continuing success.
From Deirdre Conley
Employment positions at Sweet Briar College
ARTICLES OF THE PAST YEAR
Never give in – Never yield
From Stacy Sickels Locke’s blog March 23, 2015
How NOT to speak about higher education – or – women – or – diversity in 2015…
Sweet Briar STEMs are worth saving by alumnae Evangeline Taylor and Susan Schmidt
Sweet Briar College plots a path for the Future Women in Higher Education
Summer at Sweet Briar
Engineering Summer Course
Author defends liberal arts education in a world that celebrates STEM
Liberal arts and computer science hand in hand
OSU supports strong liberal arts
Is America’s obsession with STEM fields good?
The liberal arts
Putting the public back in public education
WMNU plans shit to liberal arts
An honorable candidate
Richard Rudy – McCrory’s ‘liberal arts’ education
Value of humanities, social science degrees
STEM grads need broad education to succeed in life
What a liberal arts education should mean in the 21st century
What should be part of a 21st century liberal arts education?
Guest commentator – Good avice —‘Get a liberal arts degree’
Universities ramp up black students’ interest in STEM
Volusia County students tour Embry – Riddle campus for EWEEK
Why we should love engineers
2016 K12 STEM symposium speaker spotlight – former top gun pilot Eric Schierling
The STEM obsession does a disservice to arts and humanities
Girl Day 2016 – role models play a big part in introducing girls to engineering
The 4 best reasons for STEM education
How female science, math teachers influence whether young women major in STEM fields
Fulfilling the dream through STEM
STEM alumni panel accentuates preparedness
Students Experience STEM Education through hands on experience
STEM conference for girls grows in scope
Funds support STEM fields, discourage liberal arts
We need to expose girls to STEM while they are young – Caroline Jones Carrick
Photographic exhibition of women’s involvement in space to be held at University of Leicester
Girl Code – the case for women in engineering
Technology awards to highlight Las Vegas Valley women in STEM fields
National Science Foundation launches million-dollar initiative to improve diversity in STEM
Wicipedia – Lessons learned from DC to Dubai
Rehoboth girl scouts test science skills at Roger Williams University
Criticism abound as boy wins ‘Girls in Tech’ competition; pretty curious
Youngsters defy age to emerge winners of women in STEM hackathon 2016
International day of girls and women in science
Engaging America’s youth in STEM through hands-on experiences in labs and communities across America
Women all ages explore STEM possibilities
Gender-blind study suggests women coders do better than men
Picatinny Arsenal introduces girls to engineering
Society encourages women in engineering
Professors encourage outreach to address ethnic under-representation in STEM majors
Women in STEM – A scientist and a mathematician walk into a bar
UT celebrates women’s history with campus events
Female STEM professors share their outstanding research for Women’s History Month
Celebrating the history of women in STEM
UNH women’s leadership conference on April 1 focuses on STEM
Men may consider male classmates smarter than women, study shows
Masala Chai and global STEM diversity
MakerGirl introducing girls to the world of STEM through 3D printing and Kickstarter
Report scores ABQ 12th best city for women in tech
Vodafone Americas Foundation introduces fourth core focus – empowering women and girls through technology
Young women in STEM
Tech savvy event for girls in STEM coming to Dixie; public participation encouraged
Discover Your Future event April 9 aims to introduce girls to STEM careers
New scheme to help girls pursue STEM industry careers
Telecom firms launch STEM mentoring scheme for girls
BT, Ericsson, O2, Vodafone unite to promote STEM
Engineering the patriarchy – the lack of women in STEM
Celebrating women in science and engineering
Engineering a way to close the gender gap in STEM
Raising a STEM daughter – tips to encourage math and science – it paid off!
Penn State Campus collaborates with high schools on STEM
Applied Physics Laboratory invites girls to learn about STEM careers this Sunday
Five fast facts about astronauts Mae Jemison
Black history month, women’s history month and STEM
STEM conference for girls grows in scope
Comms firms back scheme encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers
I know what girls like – science, technology, engineering and math
This ‘Women of Influence’ honoree is an advocate for STEM education
Cheers for STEM
College series encourages more females to enter STEM fields
New York Times calls attention to the increasing privileging of STEM academe
Parents gave the right advice
She wanted to do her research, he wanted to talk ‘feelings’
IOWA has unique STEM opportunities
Stefanik co-sponsors legislation to earmark grant funding for women in STEM
STEAM museum travels to Briggs School in Jefferson
Texas district adopts platform to bring STEAM pros to the classroom
8 on your side answers – MOSI’s STEAM program
STEAM angels is a line of smart dresses for smart women
Good things happening at TVCC
Ways colleges recruit high schoolers that job recruiters should use to hire college students
Not college, but high school. Still – interesting
Tuition-based program would bring Chinese students to Ann Arbor high schools
From student to admissions counselor – Caleb Longenecker
Gift from Naples entrepreneurs could help next generation of innovators
LSU president says state budget problem creates system-wide collateral damage
Support for all students
More higher education funding demanded
How microgrants and micro-loans are working to improve college graduation rates
Mellon award Ivan Allen College $1 million grant
VTC’s budget shortfall continues, but college says it’s much smaller
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
22 women of science who changed the world
Where the boys aren’t – a look at the ratios of males to females on campus
Showcase Oregon will focus on women’s empowerment
Frozen eggs and title IX
Leadership doesn’t equal power of influence for women
How businesses can do more to erase the gender wage gap
The double standard of higher education
Higher education a disadvantage for single women: psychologist
Third annual ‘Immigrant Women of Inspiration’ picks 5 brilliant women from academia
Iowa’s black college students – we don’t feel welcome
Ubiquitous learning could push the term ‘online’ out of education
Yearbook comes to an end after 126 years
Purdue provost petitioned to re-examine dean’s liberal arts plan
Below is a collection on events that are happening around the country. For more information on events in particular around Sweet Briar please check
VIXENS HELPING VIXENS
Sarah Betz Bucciero needs your help to fund the SBC scholarship in memory of her son Carter.
“Carter’s Scholarship Update: I officially learned today that there is approximately $20k in the scholarship and so I need to raise about $30k more to have it endowed at the $50k level. This scholarship will go to any student directly impacted by cancer (self, sibling, or parent). I will be donating all of my commissions from Rodan and Fields sales this year to the scholarship”
You can help Sarah by purchasing Rodan and Fields items from her.
Anne Meyer needs your help to fund an educational trip through Europe as part of a history travel program offered by Sweet Briar. Please click on the link below for more information on this amazing opportunity for Anne.
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!