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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
Nationally known photographer to teach at Sweet Briar College this fall
’87 alumna appointed to Superior Court in Georgia
Our friends, especially in the LBGQT community at Hampden Sydney need our help please read and sign the letter to HSC President Stevens
Sweet Briar lauds Spotsylvania student
New SGA president-elect to show off saxophone skills in junior recital at Sweet Briar
Small Colleges hoping to avoid their death must heed critic’s advice
Award winning author and anthropologist to speak on how the Iranian Revolution shaped a small village
Five reasons to visit Sweet Briar now
Beats and bamboo, hoops and sinister masks – sounds like a Sweet Briar dance concert
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SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
Posted on Facebook by Elizabeth “Lele” Frenzel Casalini
Ellen Boyer’s Speech – March 30, 2016
Posted on Facebook by Elizabeth Lindsey
Verda Colvin’s (’87) “Consider the Consequences” presentation to at-risk youth has made international news, thanks to the Daily Mail covering it today.
and here is the video
and this posted on Facebook by Chantel Nicole
’87 alumna appointed to Superior Court in Georgia
Posted on Facebook by Nancy Howell Twigg
Mary Baldwin College changing name to reflect current status
Posted by Katie Craig on Facebook
Relay For Life of Sweet Briar College hosted their Dog Fashion Show today in lower quad! Community members brought their furry friends to raise awareness for the fight against multiple types of cancer at today’s event. Holla holla to our #sbcrelay team for another success in their incredible year! #sbcbusiness
Photos by Charlotte Barbour ’16
SUMMER AT SWEET BRIAR
Engineering Summer Course
The Alumnae Alliance is requesting that all alumnae sign up on Alumnifire. Alumnifire is an alumni run social media platform to share and connect.
Currently there are about 1,500 Vixens who have signed up on Alumnifire.
According to Deborah Elkins and Margaretta Colangelo “we can now highlight that we have a ratio of 15:1 for alumnae to students using Alumnifire… with these alumnae ready and willing to provide professional expertise, advice, mentoring, jobs and internship opportunities to the 104 students already registered in Alumnifire (104 = 4 1st year +25 2nd year + 23 juniors +52 seniors). WOW! And we’re the #1 women’s college network on Alumnifire.
Below are instructions on how to connect and articles with more information on Alumnifire.
Getting started with Alumnifire
Registration is live! Sweet Weeks of Service is May 16 – May 25 and August 1-19. On-campus accommodations and meals will be available. There will be a wide range of projects, both indoors and outdoors. Sign up today!
Here are great highlights for Sweet Briar College -very interesting and a great tool to recruit students.
The human dimensions – CNN’s Fareed Zakaria talks liberal arts education at USU
Liberal Arts degrees are important
‘Small but mighty’ college aims high with global 21st century education (Agnes Scott)
Mary Baldwin’s evolution continues as shift to university nears
It’s time to rethink liberal arts education in Michigan
Seattle U degree blends liberal arts and digital skills
Even in age of STEM employers still value a liberal arts degree
Carson-Newman to celebrate liberal arts with annual event
Revised liberal arts core approved
At the intersection of liberal arts and STEM
Widening my horizon
Lighting teams up with STANTEC to award college scholarship to STEM focused students
STEM program takes Latina girls to Stanford and Beyond
STEM stories – LANDSEK and Utah schools
TechConnect West Virginia hosts innovative forum at BridgeValley
STEM – 90% of African graduates in social sciences – AU urge a shift to science and engineering
Ski Utah – STEM Action Center partner for a day of science on the slopes
Skill based learning leads to surge in student interest at SUNY Alfred State
TSTC hosts RGV space summit
Cenla nonprofit to help extend STEM education
Even STEM majors have to choose their school wisely
WOMEN IN STEM
Comstock – Women must be involved in STEM fields for America to compete in 21st century.
Panel on women in STEM aims to impart career advice on students
Women design the future at NJIT
A-State hosts STEM conference for women
#IAmAWomanInSTEM creates support for women at UK
Edinburgh professor to stem tide of girls leaving science
Calculus class kicking women off career path, experts say
Hackathon inspires women in technology
Cal State Fullerton hosts 8th annual women’s conference with keynote speaker Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
Young women design Africa’s first private satellite
Washington U on list of important STEM colleges for women – 5 things you don’t need to know but might want to
The case for investing in women scientists ASAP
Women are still perceived as unfit for STEM fields, as Wellesly College study shows
Breaking the test tube ceiling
STEM grads not spared gender disparity
Miss Beaver County advocates for science in STEM ambassadors program
UB STEM summit seeks women to advance in science, technology, engineering, and math careers
Where are all the women in academia?
Forbes names UC Davis top college for women in STEM
The key to more women in computer science? Admit to being “dumb”
New program focuses on advancing faculty success
Women with smart boyfriends less likely to have careers in technology and math
In the limelight – Women in tech
Do brainy boys put girls off science? Women who want smart boyfriends tend to choose ‘feminine’ jobs like teaching
Opinion – How to combat bias in STEM
STEM field minorities given voice via pre-org
Three things young women need to know about STEM careers
Eliminating sexism in STEM – Speakers discuss gender barriers at education forecast breakfast
Feminine women deemed less likely to be scientist, CU Boulder study finds
For female astronomers sexual harassment is a constant nightmare
A scientific study is about to the absurd sexism in STEM
An open letter from the Women’s Coalition on ASSU endorsements
Gender Bias STEM careers April 14
Closing the STEM gender gap – An opportunity and imperative
Center seeks to inspire girls to pursue IT careers
Women leave STEM jobs for the reasons men want to
Master Card CEO – Every woman in our company makes the same as a man
Murray State awarded $250,000 to study women in STEM
Women in STEM – Successful pros discuss gender barriers at work and how to eliminate them
Wesleyan students take physics lessons to the pool
STEM, STEAM key to Sci Tech
How can we improve innovation in America?
Netflix to present two new seasons of project MC2 this summer
PCSV Thrust announces drone distribution agreement
Column – The unexpected business impact of Maker Faire
Monday presentation in Truckee – Hackathons, why they are a good thing
South LA students will get priority admission to Cal State Domingez Hills
Out- of -state money helped UC system spend $4.5 million on recruiting students
Greek community welcomes high school students, parent for Discovery Day
Admissions releases statistics for class of 2020
College admissions – Ivy League 2020 competitive and diverse
Pearson collaborates with community colleges to provide management services designed to recruit, support and retain students
State sues for-profit college for ripping off students. Non-profit schools next?
South Dakota looks to lure away IOWA students with tuition break
Internationalization more than revenue
HBCU’s see growing enrollment thanks to international appeal
Students say ITT recruiters misled them
EWC recruiting students for the black male college explorers summer program
Spellings concerned over HB2 impact on climate, recruiting
Coe pushing international growth
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
When can a few hundred dollars change your life?
When states tie money to colleges’ performance low-income students will suffer
Arizona college imposes fee to fund scholarship for illegal immigrants
COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY AND AGRICULTURE
Connecticut colleges to meet on sustainability issues
Connecticut colleges considering climate change and resilience plans
How one tiny Vermont College is taking on Big Agriculture
Green Sharks bite into sustainability at NSU
Joliet Junior College gives tour of high-tech greenhouse facility
Colby College quietly divested from fossil fuels
PROINSO to donate solar equipment to United World Colleges
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Bake sale results in thread of violence because #maskulinitysofragile
Equal pay for equal work makes good sense – our view
Dr. Carmen Nava – a role model for all young women
President Haynes advocates for education through leadership
Will the teaching excellence framework be sexist?
‘Cultural transformation’ as Muslim girls out-perform boys academically, study finds
Third annual women LEAD scholarship program provides $25,000 to four college bound women
There’s a $2 Trillion GDP boost in shrinking the US gender gap
Shrinking gender gap could give economy a huge boost
The US is failing miserably on 6 of 10 markers of gender equality
Penn State celebrates international women’s day with global connections
NLS controversy – There is no ‘but’ in women’s choice, they can wear what they want
Muslim women academically outperform male counterparts
Women of Wall Street face steep climb to the top
Scammers got more than 1,000 visas in fake school sting, authorities say
NY College makes campus bathrooms gender neutral – gets rid of men, women signs
Below is a collection on events that are happening around the country. For more information on events in particular around Sweet Briar please check
April 8 through July 14
Sweet Briar alumna and artist Jill Steenhuis is on her US Spring and Summer Tour. For locations and dates please go to
APRIL 15, 2016
CHECK OUT THE LATEST SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE BUSINESS VIDEO ABOUT SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE‘S SWEET DANCERS, A BALLROOM DANCE CLUB FOR STUDENTS OF ALL DANCE LEVELS! WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE, THE SWEET DANCERS TRAVEL TO VMI’S CAMPUS ON FRIDAY EVENINGS TO LEARN DANCES INCLUDING WALTZ, SWING, TANGO AND SALSA! JOIN THE SWEET DANCERS AT THEIR DANCE ATSWEET BRIAR COLLEGEON APRIL 15, 2016 FROM 9:00PM-12:00AM IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER! ALL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! VIDEO BY LYDIA GULLICKSEN ’18#SBCBUSINESS#SBCBUSINESSVLOG#SWEETDANCERS
WATCH THE VIDEO
APRIL 15, 2016
Join us for our event April 15th 6p.m.-12 a.m. in the lower quad at Sweet Briar College! Even if you can’t join us, you can still purchase a luminaria bag to represent your support!
These bags will be displayed all around our event! They are to honor the ones we have lost and the ones that are continuing their fight against cancer.
Buy one bag – or ten! – to contribute to this beautiful event! We can put any message or design on the bag – just add your request in the details!
Click here to learn more and/or donate directly to our Sweet Briar College chapter. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!
APRIL 16, 2016
THE SWEET BRIAR BUSINESS SEMINAR CLASS THIS SEMESTER IS HOSTING A 1 IN 5 5K FOR RAINN, THE RAPE ABUSE AND INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK. THE 5K WILL BEGIN IN THE UPPER QUAD AND THE TRAIL WILL GO ALONG THE DAIRY LOOP, A HILLY ROAD WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE CAMPUS, GOING RIGHT THROUGH THE RIDING CENTER.
APRIL 16, 2016
REGISTRATION TIME 8AM
RACE START TIME 9AM TILL 12PM OR 1PM
THIS RACE IS FRIENDLY FOR ALL AGES AND PARTICIPANTS CAN CHOOSE TO EITHER RUN OR WALK. THE NAME OF THE RACE STEMS FROM THE STATISTIC THAT 1 IN 5 WOMEN IN COLLEGE WILL BE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT (TIME MAGAZINE). FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT RAINN.ORG
To register please visit https://www.picatic.com/event14579702624789668
The RVA Alumnae Club is hosting an SBC & HSC Networking Happy Hour
When – April 27 at 5:30 PM
Where – Southerly at Southern Season Richmond
2250 Staples Mill Rd. Richmond, VA 23230
For more information please go to
The Sweet Briar College North Carolina Network is hosting Art in the Evening
Friday, April 29 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
North Carolina Art Museum
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Please join us for Art in the Evening at the NC Museum of Art. We will enjoy free local music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves (trio) and small plates (provided by NC Triangle Alumnae Club). Beverages (alocholic and non) are available for purchase. Location is in the lobby/lounge of the West Building. We are welcoming all prospective students of Sweet Briar College in the area to meet our wonderful alumnae of the triangle! Come out and network with us and ask any questions you may have about life at SBC! We hope to see you there!
PLEASE JOIN US ON TUES. MAY 17TH FROM 12-1:30 AT LYNCHURG COLLEGE’S BURTON DINING HALL!
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST SBC: CENTRAL VA. ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT! PLEASE GET DECKED OUT IN YOUR BEST PINK AND GREEN OUTFIT AND JOIN ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE AT OUR SWEET BRIAR TABLE(S) FOR THIS LUNCHEON IN SUPPORT OF MARIAM’S HOUSE! THIS WILL BE A WONDERFUL TIME FOR THE SBC COMMUNITY TO SOCIALIZE, NETWORK AND HELP OTHER
WOMEN ALL AT THE SAME TIME. AT SBC WE LEARNED THAT STRONG WOMEN BUILD EACH OTHER UP!
Miriam’s House is dedicated to ending homelessness through the empowerment of women and families. They offer two housing programs designed to limit the length of time families experience homelessness and quickly return homeless families to the community. Miriam’s House works collaboratively with a number of community agencies to ensure that our clients receive the best and most appropriate services available.
Please join us for this special occasion! The annual luncheon is Mariam’s house biggest event of the year. Everyone enjoys a wonderful meal, informative program, and the chance to win some great raffle and door prizes as we celebrate the women and families who have built “a foundation for the future” through the programs at Miriam’s House.
Luncheon tickets are $40 each, and are available for purchase online. Click here, http://www.miriamshouseprogram.org/online-ticket-sales.html, to purchase your tickets online today! Be sure to indicate that your “table captain” is “SBC Central Va.” Raffle tickets are also available through the website.
PLEASE VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EVENTS/575043952660352/
Please join the RVA Alumnae Club to a Welcome Home Happy Hour
When – May 19 at 6:30 PM
Where – Hardywook Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
For more information go to
Sweet Briar Durham Bulls Baseball Fireworks Night
Take me out to the Sweet Briar and Bulls game! 5/21/2016
Get ready Sweet Briar baseball fans! We have reserved seating in one of the stadium’s Diamond View sections with access to the patio deck located behind sections 124 and 126; all in home run territory!
Provided to us will be an All-You-Can-Eat picnic menus. We’ll have a 2-hour all-you-can-eat buffet including fresh grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, fresh baked macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, popcorn and chips with a full assortment of Pepsi products, Brisk iced tea and water.
Sweet Briar and our love for hats… The Carolina Hurricanes Home Run Patio comes with a limited edition Durham Bulls cap for everyone.
We will also be a part of a special raffle. Each member of our group will be entered into a drawing to win a special gift from the Bulls that night.
Imagine our name in lights too!! After a tumultuous 2015 for Sweet Briar, we have earned our group’s name to be displayed on the video board!! Holla Holla !
Fireworks to cap off a wonderful evening!
TICKET SALES END APRIL 29TH, 2016
*YOU WILL RETRIEVE YOUR TICKETS AT THE STADIUM WILL-CALL
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://sweetbriarbulls.bpt.me/
VIXENS HELPING VIXENS
Alumna AP Conrad, a civilian deployed with the US military has this simple request:
Ladies, morale can get pretty low in a deployed environment and it’s a really big deal to receive mail. I remember last deployment eagerly gathering around care packages bc we were so excited for someone when they got letters from home and wanted to share in each other’s joy. Some of the guys I’ll be with never receive mail. I posted about this a few months ago when I first mentioned I’d be heading out and a lot of you, I was truly touched, wanted to answer the call to send cards of encouragement, etc. I even recall a couple teachers saying they wanted to get their classrooms involved.
I’m going to Vixen the hell out of this deployment!!! (Um, did I just make up a tshirt??!!)
Please send packages to Paige Conrad, 850 Sumner Drive, Apt #9; Fayetteville, NC 28303. That’s actually the address of my boss who will then make sure mail gets put on the plane. It takes about two weeks for stuff to reach us.
Things we need – are tissues and Zyrtec for allergies (the dust is awful). Really good salad dressings. Good/fun snack foods. Scented candles (it smells here). I can make sure that letters and cards are distributed throughout camp.
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!
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