WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THOSE TALKING POINT IN THE ‘SWEET BRIAR NEWS‘ SECTION. THESE TALKING POINTS ARE EXCELLENT TOOLS FOR RECRUITING BUT ARE ALSO GREAT CONVERSATION TOPICS.
THE BRIAR WIRE IS OUT. IT YOU HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED IT, HERE IS THE LINK. http://oldweb.sbc.edu/sites/default/files/Alumnae/The%20Briar%20Wire%20%7C%20Vol.%202%2C%20Issue%204%20%7C%20Apr%202016%20-%20for%20web_0.pdf
HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRIAR WIRE. CONTACT THE ALUMNAE OFFICE AT SWEET BRIAR TO SUBSCRIBE.
SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM TERESA TOMLINSON
APPLICATIONS ARE UP BY 45% WHICH IS NEARLY 1,400 AT THIS POINT.
71% OF 1,400 CAME IN THROUGH THE SBC WEBSITE
14% OF 1,400 CAME THROUGH COMMON APP
THE AVERAGE GPA IS 3.5
THE GOAL IS 200 STUDENTS FOR THE UPCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS.
IF YOU NEED INFORMATION REGARDING THIS YEAR’S REUNION DATES, SCHEDULE, AND ACTIVITIES PLEASE GO TO
IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT THE SWEET BRIAR CAMPUS OR IF YOU LIVE NEARBY CONSIDER ATTENDING ONE OF THE MANY EVENTS OFFERED AT THE COLLEGE. TO CHECK FOR AN EVENT, DATE, AND TIME PLEASE VISIT
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
Great Sweet Briar Talking Points
The News & Advance, staff honored by Virginia Press Association (Sweet Briar’s story was a major contributor)
Laura Gray Street, Gary Dop, Amanda Korman to read at Sweet Briar
Sophomore researchers present work at annual Pannell Honors Scholars Fair
Sweet Briar women, Hampden Sydney men to perform together at concert
Friends of Library Award announced
Sweet Briar announces hire of cross-country and golf coaches
Academic fair for high school girls zeros in on liberal arts
Project Launchburg helps high school students tour area colleges
FOR MORE SWEET BRIAR NEWS PLEASE VISIT
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Ellen Boyer’s presentation
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The Class of 1978 at the “Ohio Celebrates Sweet Briar” luncheon in Columbus on Saturday! — with Muffy Hamilton Parsons and Holly Cromwell.
SWEET WEEKS AT SWEET BRIAR
We are well on our way to reach our goal of $10 Million by June 30. According to the Briar Wire we are more than half way there.
There are a number of ways you can help reach the $10 Million. Among others there will be a worldwide online silent auction graciously spearheaded by Norma Valentine. She is looking for volunteers to help. So if you would like to help please let me know and I will forward the message.
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.
Carey’s recently published article focuses on value of liberal arts
Students embrace the liberal education model
Next university president must be proactive, embrace liberal arts
Moving Rollins into the future
New CAL Dean Kelland Thomas on the importance of the interdisciplinary
The intersection of STEM and Liberal Arts
NW to offer humanities online
UK universities trial US-style liberal arts education
Academic showcase celebrates excellence – Svoboda connects emotional intelligence to Liberal Arts
Team of U students creates robotic surgical light
TSTC hosts RGV Space Summit
STEM, STEAM and preparing students for the 21st century
Robots, apps, and chickens – The 2016 White House science fair
STEM students learn about importance of robots
Lt. Gov. Reynolds to visit Lincoln intermediate on STEM tour
Justin Trudeau explains quantum computing like a boss
WOMEN IN STEM
Master Card CEO – Every woman in our company makes the same as a man
Women in STEM – Successful pros discuss gender barriers at work and how to eliminate them
2nd annual Girls in STEM Expo held M.V.C.C. in Utica
Expanding horizons – MSU event introduces girls to STEM fields
The business case for women in STEM
Groups hold STEM themed show
Nokia’s Mine – Let’s improve the ‘T’ in STEM
12 inspiring women in data science, big data
Life is speeding up – and it is women who will thrive in an accelerated age
The ‘M-word’ we need to be careful using in front of our girls
Milwaukee women + science = a bright future
Melonee Wise says more women should know ‘engineering is a creative field’
Tandon continues to take stab at combating gender inequality in STEM
Use sexism to raise awareness rather than using feminism as lobbying group to get people fired says Lady Geek founder
Zoe aiming to inspire STEM job successes
Beyond camping and cookies – a conversation with Nancy Wright
Women in STEM, IT – the VAR guy interviews Monica Eaton-Cardone
The limit does not exist – just try to stop these women in STEM
AAUW trailblazing for next generation of women
Women in Hawaii lose more than $1.4 Billion per year because of pay gap
Governor’s task for moving dial on equal pay
Women in STEM majors foresee a different kind of post-grad stress
Peters joins colleagues in introducing bill to improve inclusion in STEM fields
Biology is consistently one of the most popular majors among female students
SU ADVANCE works to remove obstacles for women entering STEM fields
CT dream it, do it, event endorsed at national best practice for attracting young women to manufacturing careers
Addressing gender imbalance – the tech challenge charter
Dr Shini Somara makes learning physics fun in ‘crash course’
Museum of Discovery, Walmart partner to promote mentors for women in STEM
U.C. Davis named top school for women in STEM
How STEM skills can help close the gender gap
Changing the game for girls in STEM – Techbridge White Paper calls for a new collective effort to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM
Silicon Valley comic con and STEM – Rise of the iron lady
Tech event encourages business women in STEM
Vincennes focusing on women in STEM
Young women aspiring toward STEM careers earn national awards in computing
Women in tech – what’s the real problem?
NASA’s rocket girls are no longer forgotten history
LifeSci advisors announces comprehensive action plan to advance gender diversity in the life sciences industry
African governments must promote women in engineering
St. Leonard school starts STEM group for girls
Open opportunities – ‘Girls in Technology’ program encourages students to think STEM
KSU conference asks – How to advance women in STEM fields?
For women in technology the future is wide open
STEM field seeks more female employees
Governor John Kasich wants more arts classes in STEM schools but isn’t paying for them
Scholarship fund to honor Bargers
STEAM academy students visit Early College Program
TechShop launches $1.3 million nationwide STEAM scholarship fundraiser
Physicist Brian Greene visits MSU to kick off science festival
Public schools in three states to receive $500,000 for technology, science, and arts from Leonore Annenberg’s School Fund
Building up ahead of STEAM
Summerville STEAM social night brings community together
STEAM forward convention
Taxpayers getting bang for their buck
A ‘Rock the Schoolhouse’ fundraiser
Course has design on keeping kids captivated
School consolidation to revitalize Bayshore in Daly City
Angry Birds launches into Edmonton Telus world of science this fall
Young minds, inventing change
UA science fair incorporates art, attracts high school students.
Infamous Robotics hosts Start your own Robotics company ‘shark tank’ style competition with kids
Stepping stones to operate early learning center
STEAMworks puts art in STEM
What you need to know about recruiting at HBS
Hood College recruiting for new master’s degree in bioinformatics
Low loonie, fewer Canadians at Lake State
New initiative recruits minority students with entertainment
UB launches “Here is How” branding campaign to showcase its ‘unique strengths’
USD recruiter set goal to surpass new student enrollment number for fall 2016
Kansas State recruits students who are in the country illegally
Spring open campus attracts a record number of prospective students
Guest commentary – Preserving the talent pipeline, recruiting during a downtown
Commentary – Student help make NJ healthy
Mizzou Panel – High tuition a ‘barrier’ for unauthorized immigrants
College recruiting performing arts students
Saudi students likely to decline at CWU, university pushing for more international students overall
CPASS unveils office of student success
Black colleges seek white, Latino, Asian students amid tight state budgets
New student center approved for NCCU
University of Iowa to create waitlist after May 1 for those who don’t submit acceptance fee on time
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
The four most costly college mistakes
Students receive grants to help better the community
No audit – Oversight fault grants aid to colleges that defraud students
UA seeks new funds for doctoral students
Universities eye tuition discount for out of state students
Thaddeus Stevens College gets federal grant to increase women in STEM programs
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Harvard University all-male final club says they don’t admit women to protect them from sexual assault
A new era of feminism – women continue to inspire women
Milwaukee woman finds education success with McDonald’s archways to opportunity
Female leadership and education – What’s the relation?
Equal pay day shows gender pay gap persists
Black women leaders at universities give lie to incompetence myth
Narrowing the gender gap could boost the economy, McKinsey study finds
Why women are acing college
One female scientist on a team could be ‘worse than none’
Paying women and men equally in the US could add $4.3 trillion to the economy
On #EqualPayDay what conservatives offer young women – yes, really
10 beliefs about the wage gap that are actually wrong
7 reasons why equal pay is so crucial to the future
Patricia Arquette on #EqualPayDay – we’ve reached a breaking point
Equal Wage Day – has the gender gap improved?
Decrease the gender pay gap
Oregon women and girls talk challenges and solutions
WSU professor leads international study on women’s rights
The gender pay gap – it’s not as simple as it looks
Blurred lines – professor, engineer, mother
Program honors local women at Chattanooga Convention Center
Why global access to education hasn’t translated to equal pay for women
Universities with ‘cooperative culture’ can help women thrive
CEO confronts gender in global consumer economy
Why education doesn’t bring women equal pay
Women denied equal pay despite being highly educated
John Kasich – A presidential candidate just said girls should avoid parties with alcohol so they won’t get raped
Female college president says new law that protects women’s bathroom privacy harms all women
Flint college focus on educating prospects on water
Top schools give chance to rural students
Mizzou job cuts may have professors emptying trash
College environment becoming melting pot of mental illnesses
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
This message is from LEA BENNET asking for your help
Former Sweet Briar student, Claire Shaw, has had Ewing’s Sarcoma and is continuing treatment for relapsed MDS/leukemia. Her family needs to rent their Maine summer house while Claire continues her treatment in one of several clinical trials.
Shaw House Somesville
Built in 1924, and completely restored in 2007, our coastal farmhouse is the perfect island get-away. Centrally located at the head of Somes Sound it has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a back ‘secret staircase.’ Though we’re on the well traveled Route 102 we have an acre of land, a small pond, and a Finish wood-fired sauna in the back yard, which is surrounded by extensive acreage.
Perhaps this rental might be of interest to you? Thank you
Kartina Balding Bills requests your positive vibes and prayers for her friend and roommate and SBC alumna Cassandra Lynn Thomas -“my very BEST GOOD FRIEND, my 4 year roommate from college, my soul sister, Cassie, is in the hospital in FLA w/ a recently discovered “mass” in her very smart head…she is a wife to Tim, momma to Lexi and Timmy, superb Veterinarian. This world needs her daggumit. We love her and. Need all y’all to love her and pray for her too. Fervently. Unceasingly. I am sure we will attack whatever this dang thing is in our dogged, determined vixen way…. please….however you do so, please.pray!”
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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