WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
WATCH THE COMMENCEMENT TODAY AT 10:00 AM
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 FRIDAY, MAY 13 AND WILL RUN UNTIL JUNE 4 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…
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE MESSAGES IN THE ALUMNAE ALLIANCE SECTION.
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.
IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO POST PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO THE COMMENT BOX. THANK YOU.
SWEET BRIAR NEWS
‘Fight Song’ singer performs at Sweet Briar
Vixen Report – Rachel Platten rocks the (field) house at Sweet Briar College – written by Vanessa Finnegan ’17
A message from President Stone on the Athletic Department and Sweet Briar’s Courage
Our view – Can one generation bind another? (Sweet Briar mentioned)
Best Women’s colleges 2016 (Sweet Briar is #30)
College choice releases 2016 ranking of the 40 best women’s colleges in the United States
New and returning professors to bolster Sweet Briar College faculty
From the watery depths of Lower Lake to the center of the Milky Way, HSRP scholars delve deep into summer research
Spring deposits for Sweet Briar College enrollment shy of goal
Other women’s colleges feel the SWEET BRIAR impact
Sweet Briar on the road to recovery
Sweet Briar inducts newest Phi Beta Kappa members
FOR MORE SWEET BRIAR NEWS PLEASE VISIT
NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN
SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
Posted on Youtube.com by LuAnn Hunt
Rachel Platten sings Fight Song at Sweet Briar
Posted on Facebook by Jen Phelps Staton
A Rose To Be Reckoned With by Jona Cumani
President Stone participating at the Seniors vs. Faculty annual kickball game – posted on Facebook by Amy Campbell Lamphere
and one more posted on Facebook by Jane Dure
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.
College grads see success on the job market
3 ways for non-engineers to get jobs in hot tech fields
What happens when universities and bootcamps join forces
Dean’s view – Liberal arts education opens new world of options to graduates
Retiring AAC&U president makes case for broad liberal arts education
How to make a liberal arts degree a career asset
How creative writing helped me fall in love with computer science
Fewer loans for liberal arts majors?
Trump getting higher education plan ready
Big brains small minds
Celebrate family – From STEM to sea, summer camps specialize
Huntington Beach City schools revs STEM, saves $16.3 million with energy upgrades
STEM graduates most likely to get jobs, make more money
STEM students graduate on top
Young women in STEM fields earn up to one third less than men
Motel 6 named as a 2016 STEM jobs (SM) approved employer
Arts education study questions importance of STEM vs. STEAM labs
Lockhead Martin invests in the future
Fletcher and Hughes – STEM education is root of Texas’ future prosperity
WOMEN IN STEM
Where women thrive in STEM
Millennials paving the way – Paige Kassalen is inspiring women in STEM
Long underrepresented in manufacturing, today’s women are changing the face of the workforce at Louisiana plants
Women and people of color should ‘capitalize’ on their difference in the tech scene
Twin graduates path the way for women in STEM
Why a lack of women role models hurt women in business
New education program aims to bring more young girls to STEM-based careers
Documentary addresses dearth of women software engineers
The lack of women in tech is more than a pipeline problem
US makes progress in stemming the deficit of women in STEM, but work remains
Women’s audio mission wants to close the gender gap in music production
OSU Lima empowers women through STEM steps
Tech can’t thrive without women, says Israeli born Oracle CEO
Why STEM needs more than pink lego and ‘girl power’
Girls, Inc. CEO Judy Vredenburgh wants to break down STEM barriers
Google wants better female representation in emoji
The gender pay gap for women with STEM Ph.D’s is particularly horrendous, says study, proving yet again that it’s not a myth
STEM – Girls and women are just as capable as their male counterparts
Gender disparities persist in Vermont STEM jobs
We must multiply efforts to support girls’ pursuit of math
LU panel brainstorms ways to get more women into science, tech, engineering, and math
Student Voice – STEM – The core of gender gap
An inside look at what it’s like to be a female STEM major
Too geeky for girls? Tech industry stereotypes are hindering equality
Tech companies like DELL, Accenture, and Intel introduce initiatives for women in tech roles
Giving the ‘Greenlight for Girls’ to pursue STEM careers in Barcelona
Women earn 1/3 less than male colleagues in STEM careers
Debugging the gender gap with code
Billye Aaron a big hitter when it comes to advocating for women
Beach Buzz – STEAM Expo
Column – MOSI move creates more potential for USF area
COC Maker Space facility offers STEAM workspace
STEAM Ahead conference touts hands-on learning
Smithsonian Science Education Center and National Space Society team up for next generation space education program ‘Enterprise in Space”
For a personal touch in admissions, the president takes up pen and paper
NowNS – Saint Mary’s MTEI program puts young adult skills to work
SIUC enrollment expected to drop in fall of 2016
Universities ‘should set targets’ on recruiting male students
College offers students chance to learn more
RHIT recruiting efforts
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
MSU to receive KARD funding
TechShop launching $1.3 million scholarship fundraiser, proceeds to benefit Chandler maker space
Interest rates on federal loans will hit record low
U of Cambridge plans one of the world’s most expensive degrees
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Scripps College students protest Madeleine Albright and that’s okay
Female student at US Citadel military college threatens to sue over right to wear hijab
No, I’m not pregnant
More women waiting to be moms
The factors that lead to a pay premium for women
The best mother’s day gift – education for every generation
Women using ‘gap year’ to close gender gap
8 black women make history by earning their PhD’s at the same time
How can women leaving the workforce be retained?
Illinois budget stalemate disproportionately harms women, coalition sayd
Yes, jobs for college graduates exists – but there’s one disturbing reason you might be penalized
Women leaders from Africa hone skills, build network at Yale forum
Education for girls, women leads to development
Sale to benefit educational opportunities for women
7 easy ways to donate $20 and actually do something amazing for women
Women, the church, and higher education
Barriers continue to hold women back from technical careers
Scandinavia best for working women – study
UT Health Center rallies community with $300k grant to combat violence against women
T.O. chapter of AAUW makes strides alongside women in higher education
COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY
Maine Community College cultivating new crop of farmers
SUNY Potsdam opens WISER greenhouse, part of new institute to conduct green research
More on the Harvard Final Club saga
Sorority, club women denounce new policy on Facebook
Harvard wants secretive male clubs to go co-ed. All female groups are being punished in their wake
Harvard students protest move against final clubs, fraternities and sororities
The Allen farm to be sold
19 million women in India have given birth to seven or more children
How Latino students fare at selective colleges
Congressman discusses plan to force colleges to spend large endowments
Trumps emerging higher ed platform
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!