Vixen Watch for April 23, 2016

WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.  

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Breaking – Breaking – Breaking – Breaking – Breaking
A letter from Sweet Briar College President Stone

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April 23, 2016
[Dear Sweet Briar Alumna] 
The Board of Directors just concluded its meetings on campus. The Board confirmed that the college continues to experience great success as we move to good health and strength. Among the items handled by the board was the matter of leadership for the college in the years ahead. As you know, I was named president in the settlement agreement to help get the college back in operation and on the road to full recovery. Fortunately, with your help and the tremendous support from alumnae and friends of the college, we have had a remarkable school year. That sets the stage for us to plan the next stage of envisioning and planning. That planning invites a transition to new leadership both to assist with the envisioning and in helping to execute the plans that result. Below, you will find a press release issued by the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors today. It includes an announcement that over the next many months we will conduct the process of hiring the next Sweet Briar president. It is my intention to ensure an orderly transition and pass the baton of leadership as of July 1, 2017.
 
As you can imagine, this is a bittersweet announcement. I have come to love Sweet Briar in my time here, so I shall miss very much my engagement in this community and the opportunity to continue playing a role in the renewal and revitalization of this college. I have so many friends here. Together we are making history, and we have another year ahead of us to continue making history. I am happy that I was able to play a role in putting the college back on sound footing after the attempted closing. Now the time has come to envision the future, and that will also be an exciting chapter in the life of the college.
 
Because so much has been achieved in such a short time, an orderly change in leadership is now possible. We should all celebrate the opportunity for a new leader, working with the board and the entire college community, to help develop a vision for the future of the college. Stage I, the rescue operation, produced a miracle: The Women of Sweet Briar saved their college! Stage II, moving the college from the brink of closure back into full operation, has also been extraordinary. It has been wonderful to be a part of that effort. Now Stage III: envisioning and planning, must be done with the same level of passion and commitment, and more miracles will follow.
 
All of you have been so kind to me and so supportive of the college during this year of revitalization. For that, I express my sincere gratitude. I am absolutely certain that Sweet Briar’s best days lie ahead. All those who love her must continue to support her. I know I can count on your continued assistance during the rest of my tenure. Thank you.
 
Warm regards,
Phillip C. Stone
President
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sweet Briar College announces a year of successes and next steps
Board to evaluate planning process and commence search for permanent leadership
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (April 23, 2016) – Less than one year after the failed attempt to close Sweet Briar College, board members and President Phil Stone concluded their sixth on-campus board meeting and celebrated a year of achievement beyond their original expectations – as well as new opportunities and next steps.
“We were all hopeful of the possibilities,” Chairwoman Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87 said. “We knew Sweet Briar had a strong foundation and a lot to offer young women in today’s world, but few expected we would come this far this fast.”
President Phil Stone agreed, recalling his first full day on campus.
“From the day I walked into dark, lonely campus buildings to this day of a celebration of a spring semester, with a jam-packed board meeting and the student’s Spring Fling event tonight, ours has been a remarkable journey of human exceptionalism and perseverance.”
The board and president provided a sampling of accomplishments so far:
  • Meeting the court-ordered settlement terms ahead of deadlines and concluding the litigation process that followed the announcement to close
  • Opening the College for fall semester on time and without incident for nearly 250 students who returned to campus with only a few weeks notice
  • Re-establishing its sports and signature equestrian and junior year abroad programs
  • Becoming the first women’s college to be affiliated with BRAID (Building Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity), which is a consortium of colleges and universities from across the nation working to increase the percentage of women and students of color in computer sciences
  • Adopting the most fiscally responsible budget in the last 20 years
  • Predicting that it will end the 2016 fiscal year (FY) on June 30 without having to access the $16 million in restricted funds freed by the state attorney general
  • Funding the College’s operation through May 15 without having to access a penny of its endowment fund
  • Announcing that it is on course to raise the first $10 million of its $30 million Next is Now campaign by June 30 as the College to date has:
    • Raised more than $6 million of its $10 million FY2016 goal;
    • Raised over $500,000 in one “day of giving,” followed one week later by raising over $600,000 in another day of giving; and
    • Broken the College’s all-time giving record in this fiscal year
  • Engaging our alumnae from across the country to attend more than 500 college fairs for prospective students and implementing state-of-the-art recruitment techniques to yield the:
    • Largest number of applications (nearly 1,400) in the College’s history; and
    • Highest number of acceptances in recent College history.
  • Forging an alliance with The National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD) to attract exemplary young Chinese women leaders to the Class of 2020 and beyond
  • Being named to both Forbes 2016 lists of Best Value Schools and Best Value Private Colleges
  • Transitioning from interim executive staff positions to permanent administrative leadership in departments and divisions throughout the College
  • The passage of new board by-laws that affirm a belief in both best governance practices and the fiscal stability of the College in perpetuity
As Sweet Briar looks forward to its future, the board and president will assess a land management plan as part of the long-range vision for the College. The board also will appoint a selection committee and hire a search firm to begin the succession process for the next permanent president to take the helm of Sweet Briar College on July 1, 2017.
Stone assumed the presidency in July 2015 to help steer the College to stability over the first couple of years following the conclusion of court proceedings. He will be instrumental in the search and transition process.
“We could not have had a better leader to cut this path for us and set the stage for our future success,” Tomlinson said. “The fact that Phil Stone committed two years of his otherwise full life and professional practice to come be a part of Sweet Briar history has been a godsend. We are now thankful to have his expertise as we transition to our next chapter and, fortunately, we have over a year’s time in which to do it.”
Stone added, “This next year will be one of our busiest ever. After this extraordinary past year, I cannot wait to see what our future holds.”

IF YOU NEED INFORMATION REGARDING THIS YEAR’S REUNION DATES, SCHEDULE, AND ACTIVITIES PLEASE GO TO 

HTTP://SBC.EDU/REUNION/REGISTRATION/

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HTTP://SBC.EDU/FEATURED-EVENTS/

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HTTP://OLDWEB.SBC.EDU/HUMAN-RESOURCES/OPEN-POSITIONS  

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HTTPS://SWEETBRIARCOLLEGE.WUFOO.COM/FORMS/S1E087160RYDSH7/.

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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
http://beingunlocked.com/2016/04/shared-governance-roses-emerge-from-the-briars-stakeholder-engagement-after-the-attempted-closure-and-resurrection-of-sweet-briar-college/


Sweet Briar board members to assume new leadership roles
http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/new-sweet-briar-board-members-to-assume-leadership-roles/article_52ad382b-26df-518d-b45a-5eda4ac54214.html?TNNoMobile


Sweet Briar honors student delves into fantasy with senior directing project
http://sbc.edu/news/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
http://sbc.edu/news/final-orchestra-concert-reflects-a-good-year-including-works-by-sweet-briars-first-student-composer-in-residence/


Akademos and Sweet Briar College partner to provide students with substantial textbook savings
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/04/prweb13353321.htm
and
http://sbc.edu/news/sweet-briar-to-partner-with-online-textbook-giant-akademos/
and
http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/akademos-and-sweet-briar-college-partner-to-provide-students-with-substantial-textbook-savings/438249/


Aspiring anthropologist and radio DJ finds honor thesis amid Croatia’s abandoned resorts
http://sbc.edu/news/aspiring-anthropologist-and-radio-dj-finds-honors-thesis-amid-croatias-abandoned-resorts/


Ancient forests can’t talk – so one determined scientist speaks for them
http://sbc.edu/news/ancient-forests-cant-talk-so-one-determined-scientist-speaks-for-them/


Alumna’s tech start up leads the way in promoting diversity
http://sbc.edu/news/alumnas-tech-startup-leads-the-way-in-promoting-diversity/
and
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/277119-taskrabbit-signs-on-to-congressional-black-caucus-plan-to-boost-diversity
and
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/04/21/taskrabbit-diversity-inclusion-congressional-black-caucus/83314106/


Friends of Art announces annual student awards
http://sbc.edu/news/friends-of-art-announces-annual-student-awards/


FOR MORE SWEET BRIAR NEWS PLEASE VISIT
http://sbc.edu/news/

SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY

Posted by Jane Dure on Facebook
A great video promoting Sweet Briar’s Theatre Department
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91-3tcI2VaY


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!
http://amzn.com/1530998158


Submitted by Deirdre Conley
It’s Time To Speak – WOMEN SPEAK
http://www.womenspeakteam.org/#home
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
http://chaddsfordlive.com/2016/04/15/renee-merion-named-co-chair-of-jpn/


Submtted by Deirdre Conley

“Scavenger: This looks interesting!”
Interactive Software game on your phone to visit the campus+…..
[The] link came from this article,
6 Best Practices for Universities Embracing Social Media

SWEET WEEKS AT SWEET BRIAR

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Dear Friends of Sweet Briar,
 
The picture above tells a great deal, but not all, about the inaugural Sweet Weeks 2015. Last August, alumnae, students, fathers, sons, sisters, mothers, brothers, sweethearts and spouses arrived on campus to work — skilled and unskilled (mainly the latter), local and international, young and not so young (but still looking good). We were energetic and effective. It was estimated that by pitching in and coming together to refresh Sweet Briar’s campus during Sweet Weeks of Service last year, we saved our beloved school tens of thousands of dollars on repairs, maintenance, and beautification.
 
But the unexpected bonus was the sheer joy that this service brought to each of us. For many of us, not since living in the dorms have we had the opportunity to interact with such interesting and diverse people with a common goal. During the day (and most of the night) we swapped life stories and skill sets: Sweet Briar Camp with no classes. . . which brings us to the photo above. We were the four who signed up for all 3 work weeks so we were housed together in Green Village. We represented the classes of 1970 and 2018 (alumnae in training). Did the 48 years between our graduation dates impede our compatibility? Not a bit — we formed fast and enduring friendships. Viva Sweet Briar sisterhood. . .apparently blind to age!
 
So, if you came last year, you know what a great time we had–if you didn’t, don’t miss out again! Come join us for all or any part of the 2016 Sweet Weeks: May 16-25 and August 1-19. No special talents required, but a large capacity for fun is an asset. We hope to see you there!
 
Annabeth Griffin ’18, Ann Gateley ’70, Kate Schlech ’70, and Maggy O’Donnell ’18
Please complete the interest form here 
to get more information about Sweet Weeks of Service!

ALUMNAE ALLIANCE

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.


 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.
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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
AlumnifireTutorialandHow-To

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!

https://sweetbriarcollege.wufoo.com/forms/s1e087160rydsh7/


Here are great highlights for Sweet Briar College -very interesting and a great tool to recruit students.
http://sbc.edu/about/highlights/


Visitsbc.edu/reunion to sign up for reunion!  For a la carte option call 434-381-6417. Don’t forget to check out the Reunion 2016 video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYWxOVxV4hA



LIBERAL ARTS

Academic showcase celebrates excellence – Svoboda connects emotional intelligence to Liberal Arts
http://www.hcmediaonline.org/academic-showcase-celebrates-excellence-svoboda-connects-emotional-intelligence-to-liberal-arts/


Liberal Arts enthusiasts among history’s great achievers
http://www.caller.com/columnists/nick-jimenez/liberal-arts-enthusiasts-among-historys-great-achievers-27aa034b-fac9-51df-e053-0100007f44e8-375877991.html


Funding disparity between STEM, humanities programs impacts enrollment
https://badgerherald.com/news/2016/04/18/funding-disparity-between-stem-humanities-programs-impacts-enrollment/


Grantmakers think it’s cool, so do universities. The students?  Not so much
http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/4/18/grantmakers-think-its-cool-so-do-universities-the-students-n.html


UF hosts first anti-major fair
http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_bdae494e-05d2-11e6-95e2-fbab44b54ce1.html


Value diverse studies
http://temple-news.com/opinion/value-diverse-studies/
and
http://temple-news.com/lifestyle/columnist-visits-main-campus/


21 liberal arts colleges with the lowest student -faculty ratio
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2016-04-19/21-liberal-arts-colleges-with-the-lowest-student-faculty-ratios


Ask an economist – how much money is the liberal arts experience really worth?
http://qz.com/664760/ask-emily-how-much-money-is-the-liberal-arts-experience-really-worth/


Data analytics and the liberal arts
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-weinberg/data-analytics-and-the-li_b_9721312.html


What is a liberal arts degree?
http://www.snhu.edu/about-us/news-and-events/2016/04/what-is-a-liberal-arts-degree


College Choice releases 2016 ranking of the best online bachelor’s liberal arts degree
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/College-Choice-Releases-2016-Ranking-of-the-Best-Online-Bachelors-Liberal-Arts-Degrees-20160420


How International students benefit from going to college in America
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dporterfield/2016/04/20/why-international-students-benefit-from-going-to-college-in-america/#1d866b161e00


Colby’s harassment policy harasses education
http://colbyechonews.com/colbys-harassment-policy-harasses-education/


Penn State launches new degree completion program
http://news.psu.edu/story/405650/2016/04/21/academics/penn-state-launches-new-degree-completion-program


Bellevue U approaches online learning with liberal arts classroom model
http://www.educationdive.com/news/bellevue-u-approaches-online-learning-with-liberal-arts-classroom-model/417870/


Parameters for innovation
http://www.leaderandtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25057:parameters-for-innovation&catid=29:opinion&Itemid=58


Kobizk Korner – Broadening an education
http://tnhdigital.com/5736/opinions/kobziks-korner-broadening-an-education/


Sheila Steinberg and Lata Murti speak on the value of a Liberal Arts education
https://brandmannews.org/2016/04/ep-15-sheila-steinberg-lata-murti-speak-value-liberal-arts-education/


#TheGregorySchoolDifference is it Liberal Arts?
http://www.thegregorianchant.org/2016/04/hashtag-thegregoryschooldifference-liberal-arts/


Women in Politics – College Edition – Vassar College
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/women-politics-college-edition-vassar-college


5 ways the study of Religion is changing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-laderman/5-ways-the-study-of-relig_b_9738556.html


Center for ethics and public life re-envisioned
http://www.lutherchips.com/1777/news/center-for-ethics-and-public-life-re-envisioned/


Saving the world through creative thinking
http://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2016-04-23/3876_Saving-the-World-Through-Creative-Thinking

STEM

Commentary  by Dr. Bryan Albrecht – planting a seed for STEM
http://journaltimes.com/print_specific/column/byline/commentary-by-dr-bryan-albrecht-planting-a-seed-for-stem/article_d7a0e0d3-44ae-53b9-ab6c-6d1f79dda79a.html


Library receives grant to provide science-based programs for adults
http://www.starcourier.com/news/20160420/library-receives-grant-to-provide-science-based-programs-for-adults


The importance of the White House STEM fair
http://harvardpolitics.com/united-states/47803/


Fact Sheet – Advancing active STEM education for our youngest learners
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/21/fact-sheet-advancing-active-stem-education-our-youngest-learners


Girls are more afraid of mathematics than boys – study
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/210416/girls-are-more-afraid-of-mathematics-than-boys-study.html
and
http://stv.tv/news/scotland/1351467-study-girls-more-likely-to-suffer-from-maths-anxiety/
and
http://www.sciencecodex.com/girls_more_anxious_about_mathematics_stem_subjects_compared_to_boys-180768
and
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uom-gma042116.php


Not all STEM is equal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-conwell/not-all-stem-is-equal_b_9690284.html


Guerin College Prep to partner with DePaul on STEM initiative
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/news/ct-elm-guerin-depaul-faculty-talks-tl-0428-20160422-story.html

WOMEN IN STEM

Getting girls to grow into STEM fields
http://wkrg.com/2016/04/16/getting-girls-to-grow-into-stem-fields/


STEM starts program aims to teach young girls the joy of science
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/stem-stars-program-aims-to-teach-young-girls-the-joys/article_ae3a8a74-1029-5a95-88bc-e066225b6b79.html


Inaugural “women in STEM’ conference
http://local15tv.com/news/local/inaugural-women-in-stem-conference


Young women explore STEM careers at Middlesbrough College
http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/business/business-news/young-women-explore-stem-careers-11191340


Women 6.0 – Being a tech role model – Getting involved with the not-for-profits
http://www.wearethecity.com/women-6-0-tech-role-model-getting-involved-not-profits/


Recruitment support necessary to boost women in STEM majors
http://www.educationdive.com/news/recruitment-support-necessary-to-boost-women-in-stem-majors-1/417480/


Q&A STEM career advice from Nasa’s chief scientist
http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2016-04-18/q-a-stem-career-advice-from-nasas-chief-scientist
and
http://www.jobsnhire.com/articles/41302/20160419/nasa-chief-scientist-encourages-people-to-be-part-of-stem-industry.htm


Six Republicans reject bill renaming program to recruit women in science
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/276753-six-republicans-reject-bill-renaming-program-to-recruit-women-in


Joliet student club visits national laboratory to learn STEM careers for women
http://www.theherald-news.com/2016/04/18/joliet-student-club-visits-national-laboratory-to-learn-stem-careers-for-women/apvqunb/


Surgeons volunteer to help girls find passion in STEM fields
https://momentumblog.bcm.edu/2016/04/19/surgeons-volunteer-to-help-girls-find-passion-in-stem-fields/


Airtel and Microsoft encourage female career choice in ICT
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/Airtel-and-Microsoft-encourage-female-career-choice-in-ICT-432139


STEM job demand means more women need apply
http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/stem-job-demand-means-more-women-need-apply


Watch out tech world – NYU students launch all-women hackathon
http://www.nyunews.com/2016/04/20/watch-out-tech-world-nyu-students-launch-all-female-hackathon/


UMASS professor speaks about gender disparity in STEM fields
http://dailycollegian.com/2016/04/20/umass-professor-speaks-about-gender-disparity-in-stem-fields/


How to get more women into male dominated industries
http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1391431/how-women-male-dominated-industries/


STEM’s male dominated industry put women off entering the sector says Milkround and SMRS research
http://www.onrec.com/news/statistics-and-trends/stem%E2%80%99s-male-dominated-industry-puts-women-entering-the-sector-says


AOL women’s site Makers launches in the UK with Annie Lennox and Laura Bates set to contribute
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/04/20/aol-womens-site-makers-launches-uk-annie-lennox-and-laura-bates-set-contribute


More women rising to key roles as HIT executives
http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/more-women-rising-to-key-roles-as-hit-executives


A Nigerian STEM club offers girls an alternative to marrying young
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/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?
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/more-and-more-science-grads-are-women-so-why-do-so-few-make-it-to-the-top?trk_source=recommended


STEM programs bring their A-games
http://thenews.org/2016/04/21/stem-programs-bring-their-a-games/


Westinghouse powers STEM outreach
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160421005942/en/Westinghouse-Powers-STEM-Outreach


Digital Divas conference at Eastern Michigan University will provide invaluable insight into STEM careers and opportunities for young women
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/digital-divas-conference-at-eastern-michigan-university-will-provide-invaluable-insight-into-stem-careers-and-opportunities-for-young-women-300255379.html
and
http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-helping-girls-get-interested-stem#stream/0


Girls discover their inner engineer
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/jobs-and-employment/workplace/college-spotlight/girls-discover-their-inner-engineer/article_f2dfe127-3aa7-500b-9336-52729d61514e.html


Meet one of the women making solar powered flight a reality
http://www.glamour.com/story/badass-alert-meet-one-of-the-women-making-solar-powered-flight-a-reality


Inspiring girls into STEM – the power of one
http://www.wearethecity.com/inspiring-girls-stem-power-one/


#IAmAWomanInSTEM campaign supports UK women pursuing STEM careers
http://uknow.uky.edu/content/iamawomaninstem-campaign-supports-uk-women-pursuing-stem-careers


The real reason women are leaving STEM jobs

http://www.fastcompany.com/3059171/the-real-reason-women-are-leaving-stem-jobs


SEEN- Women@work connect event – Women in STEM
http://www.timesunion.com/seen-events/article/SEEN-7290373.php


Recruitment,support necessary to boost women in STEM majors
http://www.educationdive.com/news/recruitment-support-necessary-to-boost-women-in-stem-majors-1/417480/


This ‘Sims’-like software models real workplaces with more women
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-sims-like-software-models-real-workplaces-with-more-women-icosystem


Enabling female students to learn ICT
http://www.myrepublica.com/lifestyle/story/40986/enabling-female-students-to-learn-ict.html


UWF program aims to attract & advance women in STEM fields
http://wuwf.org/post/uwf-program-aims-attract-advance-women-stem-fields#stream/0


Girls in technology summit empowers future leaders
http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/girls_in_technology_summit_empowers_future_leaders


Professional Women’s Clubs on campus
http://dailybruin.com/2016/04/22/professional-womens-clubs-on-campus/


As opportunities increase, women seek energy – industry jobs
http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/As-opportunities-increase-women-seek-7304761.php


Seamstress to scientist – New Mexian’s story inspires women to pursue women in STEM
http://krqe.com/2016/04/22/seamstress-to-scientist-new-mexicans-story-inspires-women-to-pursue-stem-careers/


Disney & Marvel announce girls STEM challenge winner
http://www.animationmagazine.net/people/disney-marvel-announce-girls-stem-challenge-winner/


Mathematics anxiety – boys allegedly fare better in STEM subjects – girls said to feel more anxious – really?
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/38897/20160423/mathematics-anxiety-boys-allegedly-fare-better-stem-subjects-girls-feel.htm

STEAM

Steamworks puts the ART in STEM
http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2016/04/fueling-the-cogs-at-steamworks


Actor Will Wheaton brings love of arts to STEM festival
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-15/from-star-trek-to-python-actor-wil-wheaton-brings-love-of-arts-to-stem-festival


Arts critical to STEM learning says secretary of education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/arts-critical-to-stem-lea_b_9698136.html


‘Beyond Boundaries’ explores the intersection of art, humanities, and science
http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/18/beyond-boundaries-explores-intersection-art-humanities-and-science


Ocean city schools awarded grant for the study of coastal community resilience
http://ocnjdaily.com/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

http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/schools/Classroom-Chronicles/2016/04/20/Roosevelt-STEAM-Academy-focuses-on-music-STEM-education-to-help-low-income-students-achieve.html


Cambridge puts an ‘A’ (for art) into STEM education, generates some STEAM
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/bioflash/2016/04/cambridge-puts-an-a-for-art-into-stem-education.html


Govt. urged to invest in arts education
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2016/04/21/govt-urged-to-invest-in-arts-education

STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Learning how to ‘Agvocate’
http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/academics/article_57fb2e5c-04c7-11e6-9cdd-6b60d37ce3b8.html


Faculty senate to hear admissions report, nominations for executive board
http://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2016/04/18/faculty-senate-to-hear-admissions-report-nominations-for-executive-board/


Homeschooling – from worst to first
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/homeschooling-worst-first


Beyond a ‘deficit’ view
The importance of viewing minority, low-income, and first generation students as assets
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/04/19/importance-viewing-minority-low-income-and-first-generation-students-assets-essay


Recruiting students overseas to fill seats, not to meet standards
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/us/recruiting-students-overseas-to-fill-seats-not-to-meet-standards.html?_r=0


International students focus of agreement
http://www.orilliapacket.com/2016/04/19/international-students-focus-of-agreement


As school year comes to close, MU ramps up recruitment
http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2016/4/19/school-year-comes-close-mu-ramps-recruitment/


Galva uses economic development funds to boost recruitment efforts at east campus
http://www.starcourier.com/article/20160419/NEWS/160419430


Oklahoma needs to protect students from flimsy colleges
http://newsok.com/article/5492829


UI struggles to help International students live ‘The American Way”
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/29249/20160421/ui-struggles-to-help-international-students-live-the-american-way.htm
and
http://www.idsnews.com/article/2016/04/international-students-voice-concerns


Algoma University automates recruitment and admissions with CRM
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/04/21/algoma-university-automates-recruitment-and-admissions-with-crm.aspx


Conwell Egan Catholic actively recruiting future students
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/conwell-egan-catholic-actively-recruiting-future-students/article_e9bca94c-01e8-11e6-b22b-c7998e14a56c.html

COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.

The richest 25% of American families account for more than half of all the college graduates
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-graduation-another-reason-it-pays-to-be-rich-2016-04-19


New higher ed funding plans emerge
http://jg-tc.com/news/new-higher-ed-funding-plans-emerge/article_e2483fb2-e9e9-5183-a7f4-a621066a1b16.html


More proposal made for higher education funding
http://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/more-proposals-made-for-higher-education-funding/article_c6dea3a5-afdf-53bd-96ec-d6b6e6f271ae.html


Higher education funding bill held up in Illinois house
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20160421/NEWS/160429816


NIU to receive more than $26 million from state
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/04/22/niu-to-receive-more-than-26-million-from-state/abff0co/


Illinois hopes to release emergency funding for higher education
http://www.ourquadcities.com/news/illinois-releases-emergency-funding-for-higher-education


House and Senate pass emergency, stopgap funding for Illinois higher education
http://www.rebootillinois.com/2016/04/22/editors-picks/madeleinedoubek/breaking-house-and-senate-pass-emergency-stopgap-funding-for-illinois-higher-education/56511/


Achieving the Dream selects St. Petersburg College to participate in its Student Financial Empowerment Project
https://newsspc.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/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
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/going_out-of-state_to_college.html


General Electric’s Women’s Network funds $1 Million in scholarships
http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2016/04/18/general-electric-s-women-s-network-funds-1-million-in-scholarships


Mary Baldwin College received $200 K for Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership
http://augustafreepress.com/mary-baldwin-college-receives-200k-virginia-womens-institute-leadership/


Purdue budget cut hits women, minorities
http://www.jconline.com/story/news/college/2016/04/19/purdue-budget-cuts-hit-women-minorities/83229000/

WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Women denied equal pay despite high education
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/women-denied-equal-pay-despite-high-education/articleshow/51854829.cms
and
http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/women-denied-equal-pay-despite-being-highly-educated-1.1713595


AP to host conference on ‘Women in Higher Education: Perspectives and Challenges in Digital Era’
http://www.merinews.com/article/ap-to-host-conference-on-women-in-higher-education-perspectives-and-challenges-in-digital-era/15915445.shtml


AfAmWomenLead initiative offers diverse experiences for women and girls of color nationwide
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/04/afamwomenlead-initiative-offers-diverse-cultural-experiences-for-women-and-girls-of-color-nationwide/


Women on the rise in world of business
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3854550/women-on-the-rise-in-the-world-of-business/


This is proof female representation in government is still  a major global issue
http://www.teenvogue.com/story/gender-inequality-global-report-women-government-education-jobs


Friends, finances may affect how long women breastfeed
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-breastfeeding-finances-idUSKCN0XG2RC
and
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/20/friends-finances-may-affect-how-long-women-breast-feed.html


Why women’s workspaces are a feminist issue
http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/apr/20/why-womens-workspaces-are-a-feminist-issue


Millennial students worry about the gender gap and career uncertainty
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/millennial-students-worry-about-gender-gap-and-career-uncertainty


Helping gifted (and incarcerated) students conduct research – a volunteer opportunity
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/helping-gifted-and-incarcerated-students-conduct-research-%E2%80%93-volunteer-0


Mary Lou Mc.Laughlin and Susan Allen – why the gender pay gap is bad for Illinois
http://www.sj-r.com/article/20160422/OPINION/160429835
 

COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY

CSUN strikes gold in national higher ed sustainability ranking
http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/university-news/csun-strikes-gold-in-national-higher-ed-sustainability-ranking/


NSU’s collaborative team forges path of sustainability
https://nsucurrent.nova.edu/nsus-collaborative-team-forges-path-of-sustainability/


Harford Community College team wins sustainability competition with proposed bike trail network
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aegis/ph-ag-hcc-sustainable-growth-win-0415-20160419-story.html


Sustainability now a dual major
http://tnhdigital.com/5706/news/sustainability-now-a-dual-major/


Thinking of the meaning of ‘Green’ as we recognize schools, districts, and colleges  this earth day
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/04/thinking-about-the-meaning-of-green-as-we-recognize-schools-districts-and-colleges-this-earth-day/


North Lake College awarded for wast minimization
http://starlocalmedia.com/coppellgazette/north-lake-college-awarded-for-waste-minimization/article_6ab43a0a-08c0-11e6-8f49-1f7a4ce84ec7.html

OTHER

AUHSD students to give TED talks at sustainability showcase
http://voiceofoc.org/2016/04/auhsd-students-to-give-ted-talks-at-sustainability-showcase/


Culture, STEM fields contribute to international student gender gap
http://www.theplainsman.com/article/2016/04/international-student-gender-disparity-linked-to-stem-field-gender-gap-0ce6


Are low ranking universities bad for our children?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/04/22/are-low-ranking-universities-bad-for-our-children/


SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton look for improved student retention rates
http://www.northcountrynow.com/news/suny-potsdam-suny-canton-look-improved-student-retention-rates-0168602


Three learning tech observations from a week of college visits
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-learning-tech-observations-week-college-visits


Why applying to all eight ivy league options makes no sense
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christeare/2016/04/17/why-applying-to-all-eight-ivy-league-options-makes-no-sense/#34db87de60da


What’s it like to attend America’s first accredited Muslim college
http://thinkprogress.org/education/2016/04/18/3769674/zaytuna-college-profile/

EVENTS

Below is a collection on events that are happening around the country.  For more information on events in particular around Sweet Briar please check

http://sbc.edu/featured-events/

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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
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1423647/4fc92d9611/578217985/9c0a8e260d/


 

 

April 27

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/764055937028849/

April 29

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!

MAY 17

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/

MAY 19

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1256542177693239/

MAY 21


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.

https://bucciero.myrandf.com/Home.aspx


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.

https://www.gofundme.com/tenehut8


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.

https://www.gofundme.com/kaeden?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n


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!

http://www.capsoflove.com/

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Vixen Watch for April 23, 2016

2 thoughts on “Vixen Watch for April 23, 2016

  1. Kim Cool class of 1962 says:

    Please ad to a future vixen watch
    With every word and idea that comes from our wonderful president, Phillip Stone, it is so obvious that Sweet Briar will once again be what it was meant to be….one of the great women’ s liberal arts colleges ever, compared to all those that were as well as those few that remain. That my latest book “Sweet Briar College …in Perpetuity” entered the printing process today and hopefully will be ready for reunion is so exciting. The first checks and orders also arrived today … another omen. All the proceeds will go to Sweet Briar. The book is hard cover, full color, landscape format, with photos and quotes from nearly all SBC generations. The price is $24.95 plus $5 for shipping and, in Florida, 7 percent sales tax.
    Order from Kim Cool, 312 Shore Road, Venice, FL 34285. I will have hip replacement surgery in mid May which may delay shipping of books from Florida but I hope to have a few cases on campus for reunion sales. That depends on the printer working a miracle so say prayers for that outcome. The initial printing is 1,000 copies for the first edition.

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