WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
WELL, SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE – WE DID IT AGAIN!!!
RACHEL PLATTEN IS COMING TO SWEET BRIAR.
THE VIXENS ARE CERTAINLY UNSTOPPABLE!
THIS WAS POSTED ON FACEBOOK BY MARCIA THOM KALEY.
REUNION THIS YEAR WILL BE JUNE 3 THROUGH 5. THERE WILL BE MANY ACTIVITIES. NORMA BULLS VALENTINE ’93 IS LEADING TO CREATE AN ONLINE AUCTION THAT CULMINATES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4. THE AUCTION WILL BENEFIT THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.
EARLY REGISTRATION FOR REUNION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 6. IF YOU NEED INFORMATION REGARDING THIS YEAR’S REUNION DATES, SCHEDULE, AND ACTIVITIES PLEASE GO TO
THE ALUMNAE ALLIANCE IS AGAIN REMINDING EVERYONE TO PLEASE SIGN UP WITH ALUMNIFIRE. YOU CAN FIND ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ‘ALUMNAE ALLIANCE’ SECTION WHICH IS JUST BELOW THE ‘SWEET WEEKS AT SWEET BRIAR’ SECTION.
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
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE ‘VIXENS HELPING VIXENS‘ AND ‘THE CHARITABLE VIXEN‘ SECTIONS.
KIM COOL ’62 IS HAPPY TO REPORT THAT HER BOOK “SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE…IN PERPETUITY” HAS PRINTED AND IS NOW FOR SALE FOR $24.95 PLUS $5 SHIPPING WITH ALL PROCEEDS TO GO TO SWEET BRIAR. MORE INFORMATION IN THE “SUBMITTED BY FRIENDS OF SWEET BRIAR” SECTION.
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
A YouTube message from President Stone
Amid celebration of year’s successes, Sweet Briar board plans search for permanent president
Sweet Briar campaigns to raise $30 Million
Sweet Briar board plans search for permanent president
March 20 Board Meeting Report
President’s report from the April 21-23 board meeting
All Board Documents including Revised By-laws
In its final board meeting of the year the Sweet Briar College board approves its bylaws
Sweet Briar president announces timetable for retirement
After a year of success Sweet Briar president to step down
Sweet Briar president Phillip Stone retiring in 2017
Sweet Briar unveils future plans
Rachel Platten will share her fight song with Sweet Briar College as part of #CheggMusic101 series
Singer, songwriter Rachel Platten to speak, perform at Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar President Phillip Stone and Beijing Royal School head of school Dr. Wang Guangfa develop strategies for sharing faculty, students, and ideas
How Sweet Briar came back from financial ruin and proved women’s colleges still matter
For love of nature – Old forests for every county in the U.S.
Student athletes honored at annual banquet
Sweet Briar sophomore premiers original composition
At small colleges, harsh lessons about cash flow (mentions Sweet Briar mid section)
FOR MORE SWEET BRIAR NEWS PLEASE VISIT
SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
Posted on Facebook by Ellen Howard Attar
STEM is missing an important subject – languages
A Message from Kim Cool ’62
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.
Posted on Facebook by Julie Harju Miskinis
It the tech industry overlooking half its talent pool?
Submitted by Deirdre Conley
The Muse (https://www.themuse.com) is an interesting web site with lots of job search tools and job postings. On Forbes top website for women.
Submitted by Deirdre Conley
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.
Women’s studies course should be required
Saving the world through creative thinking
Of the liberal arts
WHY WE NEED TO STOP PUSHING SCIENCE AT THE EXPENSE OF LIBERAL ARTS!!!!
Diversity makes sense as a gen ed requirement
Service academies – where the U.S. military meets liberal arts
Liberal college values create biases in the classroom
Your major is not the same as your job
Is a liberal arts education worth it?
Classical liberal arts core
Op-Ed – Liberal arts education lays groundwork for lifetime learning
The practical path-Socioeconomic class and academics at Yale
Geneseo should raise tuition to fund liberal arts
Year in review – President DeCoudreaux Q&A
Professor reflects on time in Washington DC
At White House #STEMStartsEarly, with comments invited tech policy
Readiness learning associates at White House early learning science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) symposium
Going beyond STEM – Schools now teaching character learning to lead kids towards a more successful life
California for Energy Independence partners with the L.A, Urban League to promote STEM
State commissions sees AHS preparing students for future
Opinion – The value and opportunity of connecting education and STEM professionals
Midland congressman creates ‘chemistry caucus’ devoted to science
WOMEN IN STEM
Silicon Valley Girls – Growing up Female among the Bay area’s elite
VU seeks to help women in STEM careers
Enrico senior among five to win STEM essay contest
Bay area life – Two companies team up to get girls involved in science
Meet 4 influential women in marketing and media who are creating a culture of change
Stanford prof talks gender inequality
After school is ‘sweet spot’ to draw girls to STEM
Donors and scholarship recipients share stories of success
Report highlights wages by gender
More women in the lab will help propel Hong Kong’s economy
Researchers explain how stereotypes keep girls out of computer-sciences classes
I do believe that when we have equal of men and women it changes the culture
Study shows – Gender inequality not responsible for girls not choosing STEM field
10 of the most successful women in UK technology on influence, leadership, equality and being digital role models
Innovation award presented to Greenwich women
Words didn’t add up to reality
VU creates ‘living’ tech community for women
Battle for Rwanda’s most innovative girls begins
For girl scouts, coding is the new homemaking
We NEED more young women to consider careers in information and communications technologies (ICT’s)
Paving the way for women in technology
MSU celebrates 10 percent increase in women science and engineering faculty
Girls are still afraid of math, even when their mom’s are scientists
Author Eileen Pollack – Lack of encouragement impacts women’s decision in STEM
Three practical ways to tackle the gender divide
The contribution of women in engineering
Q&A- Helping women thrive motivates Mary Strickland
Michelle Obama – Research shows educating girls can lift a nation’s economy
West Sacramento teen wins national Marvel STEM challenge
Major changes lie ahead for school, parents told
The art of turning science, technology and maths learning into a game
Get a taste of the exotic at Nickerson bed and breakfast
Boys and Girls Club Robotics team STEAMrollers to travel to world’s competition
NYU’s music experience design lab teams up with Soundtrap Online Music Recording Studio
Bodley’s STEAM showcase enjoys large turnout
$20 youth summer camp offers science, technology, math, art and science
CSUF students help integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math into elementary classrooms
The story of the tech girls of Mumbai
Op-Ed: From STEM to STEAM to STEAM squared
Tech tidbits from around NH
Students must have modern resources to succeed
Anne Barth – Taking advantage of our state’s future (Daily Mail)
UCF sets goal of 10,000 graduate students by 2020
Ohio colleges spending more to get students they want
Outcomes of nonprofit university geared toward low-income Chicago students in serious question
Podcast – Teaching students to have grit while building a school community
Nottingham is ‘perfect’ for studying and living – so why is it difficult to retain graduates?
US – Agents, educators call for more due diligence after DHS sting
UC Santa Barbara works for first generation student success
International students becoming important part of Niagara University’s identity
Proposal to create space for low-income students, combat stigma
Colleges use questionable tactics to attract students
Acceptance rate drops to historic low as recruiting efforts draw in more prospective students
College student entrepreneurs hope they have the next big idea
The five most creative strategies for recruiting agency interns
New partnership opens doors for MSU
Paskill Stapleton & Lord and Marywood University to present on microsites and international recruiting at eduWeb Digital Summit.
EPISD reaches out to students affected by its cheating scheme
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
NIU to received more than $26 million from state
Illinois hopes to release emergency funding for higher education
Future still uncertain despite funding plan
Logan to get $4 million in state allocations
How the government lets for-profit colleges rip off students and taxpayers
College-specific funds are on the rise – but are they built to last
Disrupting the narrative – Why did this institution net a huge humanities gift
Grant program helps single mothers finish college
Obama’s free community college plan gets another hearing
Texas Mutual awards $600,000 in annual safety education grants to six Texas colleges
Small colleges, big money problems
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Three students reflect on experiences with female leadership
End the college’s pay gap
Straight out of college women make $4 less per hour than men and the gap is getting wider
College deletes article calling its female students ‘pretty’ after complaints of sexism
Some faculty in Perdue University’s Liberal Arts say a plan to overhaul graduate education negatively affects areas that have the most underrepresented minority and female graduate students
Bryn Mawr brings in Intermarket as AOR
AUW alumna helps change the game for women in Computer Science
‘Feminist Coming Out Day’ promotes dialogue on gender equality
3 ways the landscape is changing for women in L.A.
Efforts to close gender gap gaining momentum
Decoding diversity in data and tech – women required
‘Great Eight’ graduate from School of Education
COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY
Guide to Green Colleges recognizes new school’s commitment to sustainability
Editorial – Earth Day puts sustainability in spotlight
How sustainable practices at three U.S. universities are reducing waste
Cerritos College at the forefront of sustainability
Earth week rocks SMC to the core
From the White House to Goldman Sachs – community colleges are getting more support
Cedar Valley College opens first environmental learning area in Southern Dallas County
Students now have choices beyond male/female on college applications
The amazing stories behind the women joining Harriett Tubman on cash
Concern over diversity and inclusion at University of Redlands continues
The college reports record admissions statistics
OSU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa installed
More news in the Final Clubs drama at Havard
In letter to Khurana, Porcellian-commissioned report scrutinizes final club statistics
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
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 INFORMATIONHTTPS://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
Here’s a great way to help out the Business Seminar class at Sweet Briar: Buy a bag of Hershey’s kisses.
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 SBCsmile 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!