WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
SWEET BRIAR REUNION
PLEASE CLICK BELOW FOR THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THE SWEET BRIAR ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING. PLEASE GO TO
YOU CAN BID ON A VACATION, BEAUTY PRODUCTS, JEWELRY, ART WORK, BOOKS AND SO MUCH MORE.
THE ONLINE AUCTION WILL BENEFIT SWEET BRIAR’S EFFORT TO REACH THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE $30 MILLION GOAL BY JUNE 30.
THE ORGANIZERS OF THE ONLINE AUCTION ARE STILL LOOKING FOR DONATIONS.
SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE ANYTHING – SERVICES, VACATION, JEWELRY, BEAUTY PRODUCT, BOOKS, ART WORK, ETC. PLEASE CONTACT NORMA VALENTINE AT firstname.lastname@example.org
ASIDE FROM THE ONLINE AUCTION YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY JUST DONATING ONLINE
OR BY MAIL
SEND A CHECK TO:
SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE
SWEET BRIAR, VA 24595
AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK WHETHER YOUR OR YOUR SPOUSE’S EMPLOYER WILL MATCH YOUR GIFT.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE MESSAGES IN THE ALUMNAE ALLIANCE SECTION.
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.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE ALUMNAE WHO HAVE TAKEN TIME OFF TO PARTICIPATE IN SWEET WEEKS AND ARE CURRENTLY WORKING VERY HARD TO SPRUCE UP THE CAMPUS.
YOU GUYS ROCK. HOLLA! HOLLA!
IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO POST PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO THE COMMENT BOX. THANK YOU.
SWEET BRIAR NEWS
How Sweet Briar was saved, what lessons are learned
Alumna baked sweets rank no.2 on national ‘best cookies’ list
Sweet Briar graduation photo goes surprisingly viral, seen by 1.2 million people
After life saving kidney donation, Sweet Briar graduate Meredith Haga now spreads the word
Stone honored by Inns of Court
Amherst County Chamber of Commerce honors Sweet Briar with 2016 Business Appreciation Award
College recruiters woo homeschool students as Virginia Homeschool Convention welcomes reps from 32 colleges and universities (Sweet Briar among them)
Redefining college ties – Alumnae devote money and talent to Sweet Briar’s revival
FOR MORE SWEET BRIAR NEWS PLEASE VISIT
NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN
In an effort to help reach the goal of $10 Million by June 30, the first installment of $30 Million, Norma Valentine is spearheading an online auction which ends on June 4. All the proceeds will go to the NEXT IS NOW campaign. Please go to https://www.32auctions.com/sbc and just view the wonderful items that are up for auction. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!
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To succeed in business major in art history
Thanks for the amazing opportunity for collaboration, Google! Sweet Briar President Phillip Stone, vice president for alumnae relations and development Mary Pope Hutson ’83, and board member Leah Busque ’01 discussed advancing our computer science and engineering programs with this incredible team today.
No need to STEM liberal arts courses
‘Envision 2030’ summit to convene
Liberal Arts declining or in a metamorphosis? Survey reveals university leaders divided
To write better code, read Virginia Woolf
Review – Fareed Zakaria defends liberal arts
The big uneasy – what’s roiling the liberal arts campus?
The case for liberal arts education – how to quantify results
Champlain College touts benefits of interdisciplinary four-year general education program
Plato in Marketing class
Searching for the humanities
Top 5 US national university rankings 2016 – liberal arts
Is higher education headed for disaster?
Georgia Power engages 100,000 students in STEM learning
Austin College receives grant for STEM scholarship program
What does STEM mean to you?
30 colleges achieve STEM assures status (in UK)
STEM grads harvesting careers in farming fields
What does STEM mean to you?
Mercy College named a 2016 STEM jobs approved college
Watch – Video from the 2016 STEM solution conference
WOMEN IN STEM
5 things you didn’t know about Sally Ride – the first American woman in Space
There’s a strategic reason why some women scientists look ‘frumpy’
Women scientist can compete and claim their due credit – IISC’s Prof HS Savithri
10,000 girls explore science careers
This is the best major for every wannabe CEO
Friendly reminder – The gender wage gap is also due to outright discrimination, according to new study
How entrepreneurship drives this NASCAR champion
Three ways the maker movement can be more includes of women and people of color
Tech’s problem is bias, not qualified candidates, report
Lockheed Martin’s Lorraine Martin speaks at the Women in Industry forum in Abu Dhabi
Getting STEM students hooked in early education
Tech’s relationship with young women needs re-engineering
Where are the girls?
King University’s Tensor grant for women and mathematics gets a 50 percent increase
Role models and flexible hours – 4 things a survey of 1,500 professionals taught us about getting women into tech
Women in racing and STEM
Leading women in STEM gather to discuss challenges facing gender equality in the field
Boston homeless shelter empowering teenage girls through coding
To shatter the ceiling – on women in STEM
How can schools better engage girls in STEM
These innovators are making tech better for everyone
UD’s Lerner college is getting serious about getting more women in STEM
Parity still far-off goal for women academics in STEM fields
OpEd – Underrepresented groups need hand up, not handout, in STEM education
New STEM leader Martha McCabe wants to prioritize diversity
Rose-Hulman sets record for female freshmen
Chicago State Transatlantic Agreement
New STEAM program keeps it simple
Box of Light
STEM vs STEAM – How the sciences and arts are coming together to drive innovation
Critical thinking, foundation for core learning in Sarasota
America’s cup and Bermuda – making history together – Sailing through STEAM
Marshall College of Science and West Virginia Science Adventures program host STEAM summer camp for K-12
CVCC and making college more attainable
U.S. Colleges’ bounty of foreign students thins
Daniels – University needs to work on diverse recruiting
Recruiting column – The top five difference makers
Everest University employee says still problems exist after transition to nonprofit
USC releases student and faculty diversity numbers
Chinese student market – can the West weather a perfect storm?
Is your campus website turning off prospective students?
Southern Miss, Xfinity link up in student recruitment game
100 Borno girls offered foreign scholarship in female university….50 to study medicine
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
Lindsey offers free financial college planning workshops, matches students with well-suited colleges
Skidmore gets $1 M+ for courses, art exhibits exploring diversity
NJ grant money can’t go to religious schools
Dowling College in financial trouble
Fitch affirms McDaniel College (MD) Revs at ‘BBB+’; outlook revised to negative
Colby receives $1 M gift to fund environmental studies research and resident lectureship
Vedica scholars programme for women partners with Agnes Scott College: announces Vedica scholarship of $20,000 per year for undergraduate students
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Where higher education is a tool for tackling poverty
Misee Harris – Campaign to speak for African American women
Women are better educated but screwed over as soon as they enter the workforce
Gender parity’s untapped economic potential
Georgia women beat hardships, earn scholarships
Campus censorship is holding women back
Don’t turn student recruitment into battle of sexes
The wage gap, women & negotiation – A Q&A with Drexel’s Lynn Yeakel and Roberta Liebenberg
Education easiest route to progress
President urges women to seek education at all cost (Pakistan)
New opportunity school for women welcomes next class
Women in politics – college edition – the Ohio State University
AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
Edison to offer new agribusiness program this fall
Capital Region farm, food court, college moving to ‘farm to table’ trend
Regional institutions struggle with sustainability of business model
Internet shaming could change how colleges handle sexual assault
Behind closed doors – How Harvard final clubs went from unrecognized to penalized
Model United Nations team wins outstanding delegation
A sting and a sham college
Regents raise concerns about growing deferred maintenance across the university system
10 great colleges for adults returning to school
NY senator says Dowling College on brink of closure
Where Donald Trump stands on higher education – latest revealed by his advisors
Do ‘retire and return’ staff help or hinder universities?
Strong support for national higher education strike
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
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.