WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
Breaking – Breaking – Breaking – Breaking – Breaking
A letter from Sweet Briar College President Stone
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
Shared Governance – Roses emerge from the briars – stakeholder engagement after attempted closure and resurrection of Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar board members to assume new leadership roles
Sweet Briar honors student delves into fantasy with senior directing project
Final orchestra concert reflect a good year – including works by Sweet Briar’s first student composer in residence
Akademos and Sweet Briar College partner to provide students with substantial textbook savings
Aspiring anthropologist and radio DJ finds honor thesis amid Croatia’s abandoned resorts
Ancient forests can’t talk – so one determined scientist speaks for them
Alumna’s tech start up leads the way in promoting diversity
Friends of Art announces annual student awards
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Posted by Jane Dure on Facebook
A great video promoting Sweet Briar’s Theatre Department
Posted on Facebook by Melissa Gist Mundy
Great news! How the Vixens Saved the School is now available in a French/English edition. Sweet Briar College professor Dr. Marie-Thérèse Killiam Maite Killiam and three of her students, Hannah Beall, Arienna Rebecca Groves and Megan Johnston beautifully translated the story into French. And with the original English text on each page, it’s perfect for exposing children to a new language while they read about Vicky and her fellow renardettes.
Comment Les Renardettes Sauvé Leur École is available on Amazon now!
Submitted by Deirdre Conley
It’s Time To Speak – WOMEN SPEAK
“We may not need the involvement of a separate group to do this, but I like their mission and the partnerships high school-college. Good for recruiting….”
Above link was in this article on mentoring: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-every-woman-business-should-mentor-millennial-kat-cole?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like.
Submitted by Deirdre Conley
[Sweet Briar alumna] Renee Merion named co-chair of JPN
Submtted by Deirdre Conley
6 Best Practices for Universities Embracing Social Media
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.
Academic showcase celebrates excellence – Svoboda connects emotional intelligence to Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts enthusiasts among history’s great achievers
Funding disparity between STEM, humanities programs impacts enrollment
Grantmakers think it’s cool, so do universities. The students? Not so much
UF hosts first anti-major fair
21 liberal arts colleges with the lowest student -faculty ratio
Ask an economist – how much money is the liberal arts experience really worth?
Data analytics and the liberal arts
What is a liberal arts degree?
College Choice releases 2016 ranking of the best online bachelor’s liberal arts degree
How International students benefit from going to college in America
Colby’s harassment policy harasses education
Penn State launches new degree completion program
Bellevue U approaches online learning with liberal arts classroom model
Kobizk Korner – Broadening an education
Sheila Steinberg and Lata Murti speak on the value of a Liberal Arts education
#TheGregorySchoolDifference is it Liberal Arts?
Women in Politics – College Edition – Vassar College
5 ways the study of Religion is changing
Center for ethics and public life re-envisioned
Saving the world through creative thinking
Commentary by Dr. Bryan Albrecht – planting a seed for STEM
Library receives grant to provide science-based programs for adults
The importance of the White House STEM fair
Fact Sheet – Advancing active STEM education for our youngest learners
Girls are more afraid of mathematics than boys – study
Not all STEM is equal
Guerin College Prep to partner with DePaul on STEM initiative
WOMEN IN STEM
Getting girls to grow into STEM fields
STEM starts program aims to teach young girls the joy of science
Inaugural “women in STEM’ conference
Young women explore STEM careers at Middlesbrough College
Women 6.0 – Being a tech role model – Getting involved with the not-for-profits
Recruitment support necessary to boost women in STEM majors
Q&A STEM career advice from Nasa’s chief scientist
Six Republicans reject bill renaming program to recruit women in science
Joliet student club visits national laboratory to learn STEM careers for women
Surgeons volunteer to help girls find passion in STEM fields
Airtel and Microsoft encourage female career choice in ICT
STEM job demand means more women need apply
Watch out tech world – NYU students launch all-women hackathon
UMASS professor speaks about gender disparity in STEM fields
How to get more women into male dominated industries
STEM’s male dominated industry put women off entering the sector says Milkround and SMRS research
AOL women’s site Makers launches in the UK with Annie Lennox and Laura Bates set to contribute
More women rising to key roles as HIT executives
A Nigerian STEM club offers girls an alternative to marrying young
More and more science grads are women. So why do so few make it to the top?
STEM programs bring their A-games
Westinghouse powers STEM outreach
Digital Divas conference at Eastern Michigan University will provide invaluable insight into STEM careers and opportunities for young women
Girls discover their inner engineer
Meet one of the women making solar powered flight a reality
Inspiring girls into STEM – the power of one
#IAmAWomanInSTEM campaign supports UK women pursuing STEM careers
The real reason women are leaving STEM jobs
SEEN- Women@work connect event – Women in STEM
Recruitment,support necessary to boost women in STEM majors
This ‘Sims’-like software models real workplaces with more women
Enabling female students to learn ICT
UWF program aims to attract & advance women in STEM fields
Girls in technology summit empowers future leaders
Professional Women’s Clubs on campus
As opportunities increase, women seek energy – industry jobs
Seamstress to scientist – New Mexian’s story inspires women to pursue women in STEM
Disney & Marvel announce girls STEM challenge winner
Mathematics anxiety – boys allegedly fare better in STEM subjects – girls said to feel more anxious – really?
Steamworks puts the ART in STEM
Actor Will Wheaton brings love of arts to STEM festival
Arts critical to STEM learning says secretary of education
‘Beyond Boundaries’ explores the intersection of art, humanities, and science
Ocean city schools awarded grant for the study of coastal community resilience
Roosevelt STEAM academy focuses on music, hands-on learning, to help students achieve
Cambridge puts an ‘A’ (for art) into STEM education, generates some STEAM
Govt. urged to invest in arts education
Learning how to ‘Agvocate’
Faculty senate to hear admissions report, nominations for executive board
Homeschooling – from worst to first
Beyond a ‘deficit’ view
The importance of viewing minority, low-income, and first generation students as assets
Recruiting students overseas to fill seats, not to meet standards
International students focus of agreement
As school year comes to close, MU ramps up recruitment
Galva uses economic development funds to boost recruitment efforts at east campus
Oklahoma needs to protect students from flimsy colleges
UI struggles to help International students live ‘The American Way”
Algoma University automates recruitment and admissions with CRM
Conwell Egan Catholic actively recruiting future students
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
The richest 25% of American families account for more than half of all the college graduates
New higher ed funding plans emerge
More proposal made for higher education funding
Higher education funding bill held up in Illinois house
NIU to receive more than $26 million from state
Illinois hopes to release emergency funding for higher education
House and Senate pass emergency, stopgap funding for Illinois higher education
Achieving the Dream selects St. Petersburg College to participate in its Student Financial Empowerment Project
Going out-of-state to college came close to getting $500 more expensive for some students
General Electric’s Women’s Network funds $1 Million in scholarships
Mary Baldwin College received $200 K for Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership
Purdue budget cut hits women, minorities
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Women denied equal pay despite high education
AP to host conference on ‘Women in Higher Education: Perspectives and Challenges in Digital Era’
AfAmWomenLead initiative offers diverse experiences for women and girls of color nationwide
Women on the rise in world of business
This is proof female representation in government is still a major global issue
Friends, finances may affect how long women breastfeed
Why women’s workspaces are a feminist issue
Millennial students worry about the gender gap and career uncertainty
Helping gifted (and incarcerated) students conduct research – a volunteer opportunity
Mary Lou Mc.Laughlin and Susan Allen – why the gender pay gap is bad for Illinois
COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY
CSUN strikes gold in national higher ed sustainability ranking
NSU’s collaborative team forges path of sustainability
Harford Community College team wins sustainability competition with proposed bike trail network
Sustainability now a dual major
Thinking of the meaning of ‘Green’ as we recognize schools, districts, and colleges this earth day
North Lake College awarded for wast minimization
AUHSD students to give TED talks at sustainability showcase
Culture, STEM fields contribute to international student gender gap
Are low ranking universities bad for our children?
SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton look for improved student retention rates
Three learning tech observations from a week of college visits
Why applying to all eight ivy league options makes no sense
What’s it like to attend America’s first accredited Muslim college
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
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
A message from Evangeline Taylor
Charity for girls in Chattanooga-Cleveland, TN needs a new space. My cousin started a non-profit last year which provides FREE clothing to at-risk teen girls, called “Giving Threads.” Her charity has been evicted from her present space and rent was $300/month that included utilities. She has to move in 14 days and needs help finding a new space. If you know of anyone that can help, please post a comment and I will pass along to her
–My cousin also has two 17 year old girls whom I’m trying to recruit to SBC smile emoticon
Blog from today:
Giving Threads Lost Today
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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