WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STONE:
DEAR FRIENDS OF SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE,
WE HAVE COME SO FAR SAVING OUT ALMA MATER. BUT WE ARE NOT QUITE THERE YET AND NEED TO FINISH OUR COMMITMENT TO KEEP SWEET BRIAR OPEN FOR MANY MORE YEARS TO COME.
WE NEED ABOUT $4 MILLION TO REACH OUR GOAL BY JUNE 30, THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN OF $30 MILLION.
THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP REACH THAT GOAL:
DONATE 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.
HAVE SOME FUN AND BID ON THE ONLINE AUCTION WHICH WILL START ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH AND IS SPEARHEADED BY NORMA VALENTINE ’93.
NORMA IS CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR DONATIONS FOR THE ONLINE AUCTION. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WISH TO DONATE, PLEASE CONTACT NORMA AT
ANYTHING WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED: ART WORK, SERVICES, VACATIONS, JEWELRY, BOOKS, COSMETICS, GIFTS…
DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE FOR REUNION. IF YOU NEED INFORMATION REGARDING THIS YEAR’S REUNION DATES, SCHEDULE, AND ACTIVITIES PLEASE GO TO
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
President Stone sends an appeal to the friends of Sweet Briar College.
Sweet Briar and Trinity – History will Right this Ship
Written by Sweet Briar alumna Amoret Jorgensen ’82 and Trinity alumnus Douglas Kim
Sweet Briar inauguarl’s Founder’s Medal to be presented to Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer
Girls on the Run passes the decade mark in enriching area youth
Sweet Briar College wins national contest, earning Rachel Platten visit
Vixen swim coach finishes strong at U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals
Sweet Briar riders honored at annual ceremony
Sweet Briar’s incomplete recovery
Sweet Briar falls short on initial enrollment target but leaders remain optimistic
An analysis by Jay Orsi in regards to the article above. Please read the whole blog. At the bottom is an update from Teresa Tomlinson.
Another comment from Teresa Tomlinson on this subject which she posted on Facebook::
Jay Orsi – As always thanks for your interest in, and you continued coverage of, all things Sweet Briar. I did want to answer an important question that you posed: You and our other stakeholders have not heard our number of deposits, nor the size of our freshman class, because we have not announced those numbers and will not until July 1. While we appreciate the Chronicle of Higher Education, they jumped the gun a bit by reporting that particular number of deposits. We have received since then additional commitments and will continue to close the deal on students that are very much sought after by Sweet Briar and who are very interested in Sweet Briar. We will field an amazing freshman class in the fall and look to have a record setting number of transfers. We still do not have numbers on our International Students (who are not included in the numbers reported by the Chronicle and who may come in the fall or in January), but we will be reporting that information as it becomes available. As for our relationship with the media there are two things to remember: 1) they do not always get it right; and 2) they do not necessarily have an interest in telling the story as we see it based on our information. All of which is fine. However, they realize they publish and make assumptions at their own risk and if, indeed, the circumstances and conclusions drawn turn out to be different than they first reported, it affects their credibility. So, President Stone and do not spend time chasing down or shouting down media outlets that choose to publish selective information and draw conclusions with which we disagree. On the other hand, had the publication contained a flat falsehood or clear non-subjective error, the outlet would have heard from us. It takes many years and many miles to understand how to maintain a healthy relationship with the press. Fortunately, President Stone and I both have accumulated those. I hope this helps.
For promising young scientist a year of discovery leads to Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship at Arizona’s Biosphere 2http://sbc.edu/news/for-promising-young-scientist-a-year-of-discovery-leads-to-research-experiences-for-undergraduates-internship-at-arizonas-biosphere-2/
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NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN
SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
Posted on Facebook by Jane Dure ’82
5 things every woman should know about wine – an interview with Sweet Briar alumna Consuelo Martinez-Quattrocchi ’82
A great video on Sweet Briar’s Fight posted by Lili Leonard as part of her dissertation:
“Sweet Briar Dissertation Update!!! Please be gentle with me, this is all a work in progress. Here’s a link to a YouTube video I crafted for a class final. Hopefully you’ll start to see some of the factors I’ll be looking at as I continue down the long, winding dissertation road!”
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 ’93. She is looking for volunteers to help. So if you would like to help please let me know and I will forward the message.
Revamping general education – reflections and recommendations
Liberal arts focus strong at U.S. military academies
Liberal arts schools responds to marketplace with entrepreneurial programs
Film buff Malia Obama chooses Harvard – Score one for the liberal arts
Private colleges appear to be better deal
Do students needs a business education in college for a career in business?
Loss-making Hong Kong college rebrands as a liberal arts school after management shake-up
Don’t let success limit ambitions, Darrell tells chamber
College of Arts and Sciences to pilot groundbreaking curriculum changes
Liberal arts help students pursue two passions
Trump campaign shows why all Americans need a liberal arts education
Engaging young scientists
Study – Shortage of STEM workers costing Tennessee jobs
Space Foundation receives grant from Harris Corporation for STEM education program in Brevard County
STEM – Inspiring young minds to embrace what is all around them
To generate lasting interest in STEM fields, we’ll need more than robots
Georgia Tech’s Gary May – Striving for racial parity in STEM
WOMEN IN STEM
George Whythe senior finds STEM success
Grant would address gender inequity in STEM
Five steps men can take today to address the lack of women in STEM
Alumna startup aims to empower women
Two faculty members selected to attend women in higher education leadership institutes
Tech savvy STEM event brings girls to Gaylord from around Michigan
Snap-chat works to bring low income women into tech
Women break the mold
Local educators agree – Female teachers impact young women’s interest in STEM
Futurestep Survey – Executives believe Women in STEM Roles helps the bottom line
How an Austin VC firm founder want to solve the STEM jobs crisis
Women in science – Where does the issue STEM from?
Head Stemette – “We could be missing out on the next Marie Curie”
Meet the women leading the clean energy revolution
Women empowering women to enter STEM fields
Sponsored content – Where are the women in engineering?
5 amazing lessons from famous women in tech
Chief encounters – we need more women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Meet the young women Marvel thinks will save the world
I belong here – 3 ways to attract more women to STEM
Stop bias and start change in STEM
Quinn – The daughters of tech pioneers should go their own way
Study – Summer camps provide long term benefits
Girls show by example and exploration that they rule
Arts fuel tech creativity in children
Remake learning days – 300+ events showcasing Pittsburgh’s innovation in education
South Fayette Middle School a high tech hub
Taking education to the next level
LV AC World Series – Experience AC Endeavor Youth Day
Facility won’t be UFO, just a great place to learn
Project Poseidon 100-day under sea expedition names crew
The case for art in tech – Kleiner Perkin’s John Maeda on ‘breaking free from the tree’
Video game design the focus of STEAM camps for kids by emPowerU
Vivid’s STEAM and STEM ideas stream
Affordability is best selling point
Liberal arts schools respond to marketplace with entrepreneurial programs
Welcoming trailblazers from afar
Stanford study may change big time college recruiting strategies
British universities lose grip on world university rankings ‘because they are forced to focus on diversity’
Campus diversity predicted to reach new high with incoming students
Students hope for more campus diversity
To keep pace with tech, law school seeks STEM students
Matthew Robert Lambert – JCC must recruit minority students, faculty
As physician shortage approaches, medical school expands
College recruiting revolution is underway
French business school opens Lafayette office to recruit students from throughout the Americas
UT sets goal for increasing its diversity
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
St. Clair College battling projected budget shortfall
Tuition for liberal arts and engineering students at Johns Hopkins University will go up 3.5 percent this fall
How to reap the financial benefits of your degree
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Prediction – No commencement speaker will mention this – ‘the huge gender college degree gap’ favoring women
Washington people – Lori White
Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding
Gender disparity in higher education
Report finds working women still in the 1970’s in Vermont
Mooradian – Women are still lagging behind – but making strides
Bluefield College seeking women for program
How educated women increase income inequality
While quantity of research is the name of the game, women are left on the sidelines
Social enterprises should champion equal pay
These high school girls have something to cheer about
Femals college graduates begin careers with pay gap
COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY
Penn State Transportation Services debuts student-designed vehicle wraps
Cornell faculty to expand sustainability conversation
Colby College solar project to be among biggest in state
Wells College joins new climate commitment
British universities reach out to new minority – poor white males
Student blog – Diversifying academic hiring helps minority students
Sabliere Leaders charge admins with ignoring female clubs
MJF faces study abroad overload
SUNY could hike tuition for some out of state students
The social innovation initiative
Harvard to sanction final clubs, Greek organizations
History matters – University of Delaware’s Women’s College Warner Hall now and then
Milwaukee history – A college for women
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!