WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF VIXEN WATCH WHICH INCLUDES NEWS AND ARTICLES ON SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE, LIBERAL ARTS, STEM, STEAM, COLLEGE FINANCE, AND MORE.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM TERESA TOMLINSON. PLEASE WATCH
IN CASE YOU MISSED THE COMMENCEMENT LAST WEEK, YOU CAN NOW WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE.
A NEW EDITION OF THE BRIAR WIRE CAN NOW BE VIEWED AT
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.
AND ON THAT NOTE, A BIG HOLLA HOLLA TO THE CLASSES OF 2016 AND 2019 WHO HAD 100% (!) PARTICIPATION IN THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN
THERE IS ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE SWEET BRIAR FAMILY. THIS TIME WE ARE CHALLENGED TO VOTE FOR SWEET BRIAR’S MASCOT, THE VIXEN. IT IS VERY EASY. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND THEN CHOOSE THE SWEET BRIAR VIXEN. LET’S DO THIS, BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN’T DO.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE MESSAGES IN THE ALUMNAE ALLIANCE SECTION.
REUNION IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY. SO IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND PLEASE HURRY AND REGISTER. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 23.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO
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!
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SWEET BRIAR NEWS
Sweet Briar College holds 107th commencement ceremony
Vixens for life – Sweet Briar graduates 82
Sweet Briar class that almost wasn’t graduates 82
Liberty, Sweet Briar hold graduations
Leah Busque 01 – Now we are all Founders
All-College awards, faculty and staff honors announced at commencement
Publishing deadline turns up the summer heat for anthropology professor
President Stone receives 2016 American Inns of Court award
’86 grad named master dance educator of the year by National Dance Society
Sweet Briar College names director of international students and study abroad
Stop 16 on the Virginia Proud Weather Tour – Amherst County and Sweet Briar College
Vermont College once led by Bernie Sander’s wife collapses (briefly mentions Sweet Briar)
Rising Junior Samantha Yew is VFIC/Altria leadership scholar
We have boats but we don’t have oars
And one more time…..Rachel Platten at Sweet Briar
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 starting Tuesday, May 17 and ending on June 4. All the proceeds will go to the NEXT IS NOW campaign. Please go to www.sbc.edu/auction and just view the wonderful items that are up for auction.
A BIG HOLLA HOLLA TO THE CLASS OF 2019 WHO SHOWED 100% PARTICIPATION IN THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN.
I AM ASKING ALL THE OTHER CLASSES TO FOLLOW SUIT.
COME ON, VIXENS, WE CAN DO THIS.
AND A BIG HOLLA HOLLA TO THE CLASS OF 2016 WHO ALSO SHOWED 100% PARTICIPATION IN THE NEXT IS NOW CAMPAIGN.
TO ALL THE OTHER CLASSES – IF THEY CAN DO IT SO CAN YOU.
SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SWEET BRIAR COMMUNITY
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In an unequal world women’s liberal arts colleges remain relevant
A liberal dose of publicity
Liberal arts education makes better citizens – Tharoor
Save the arts before impending doom
20% of UTSA students are COLFA (College of Liberal and Fine Arts) majors 2016 preliminary census report finds
Changing the world through humanities
Why STEM majors should challenge themselves with a humanities course
Scholars consider how to save Liberal Arts
The school that tests and heals
Liberal Arts colleges – An overlooked opportunity?
Director of Donald Drumpf’s Campaign says he would legislate against liberal arts studies
Liberal arts declining or in metamorphosis? Survey reveals university leaders divided
Higher ed partnerships critical to boost minority STEM participation
STEM education – preparing for the future
UT Tyler official evaluates UTPB STEM academy
Using apprenticeships to transform STEM industries
Building a Latino wave in STEM
STEM learning in Lancaster County will get boost from national initiative
New tech literacy assessment shows work to be done
WOMEN IN STEM
Tapping passion to attract women to STEM fields
Physics and gender issues top Canada’s G7 science tour
How career in STEM can close the wage gap for women
Wanted – More women in ICT
The intersection between women in business and women in STEM ( and why we should join hands)
Shepherd University gets grant to continue STEM programs
2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM index shows uptick in hiring, education
The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM index shows America will have to depend on foreign workers to fill STEM jobs
CCIS dean’s own path spurs drive to increase student opportunities
Eight grade girls have no idea they’re supposed to be bad at STEM
Diversify your workforce – Leveraging the employer – college connection
The 22 year old engineer making history on the world’s first solar powered flight
Hawaii’s women in technology program cultivates the next generation of STEM leaders
WISE women who change Wikipedia
Seizing the start up moment for women
Middle school girls are pretty good at STEM, so why are there so few women working in those fields?
Who’d want a career in science or engineering?
America still falls short on its STEM workforce
Girls outperform boys in test of tech – engineering literacy
The complex data of girls in STEM
DATA – Gates foundation grant could improve number crunching for women’s issues
The innovation statement and manufacturing – what should the industry expect in 2016 and beyond?
West Sac teen inventor’s ‘seeing eye robot’ wins Marvel contest
Q&A – Leveling the playing field for women in tech
UW women in STEM teaches students about real world science, engineering
Graduating a majority – females physics class
Here’s how to make STEM girl friendly
Females in STEM fields
Chin – Not just the numbers
Girls can’t code because, you know, boobs (and other myths)
STEM diversity can rescue cybersecurity
Closing the gender gap in cybersecurity – 3 critical steps
Why is there a gender pay gap?
Female STEM Ph.D. holders earning 31% less than males, according to new report
Conference brings STEM careers to girls for a day – and hopefully more
Bravo to teen CERT program
ADEC launches programming competition
STEAM transforms Santa Rosa schools
STEAM – Local educators celebrated for combining STEM, arts concept
A whole new dimension – 3D printer clubs teach students about STEM, careers
Dorsey students complete College Board pilot class
STEAM rather than STEM new engine in education – Vivid 2016
Playing for the future – how video games are leading innovation
Mizzou battles enrollment decline following fall protests
UMass has too many out-of-state students
PCC develops better system for counting students
UD announces diversity plan
UD diversity plan calls for better recruitment, grad rates
California’s foreign student population explodes over decade
Looking to change schools? These top universities take the most transfer student
COLLEGE FINANCES, GRANTS, ETC.
Amherst College gets $1 Million Cooke Prize for admitting, supporting, and graduating outstanding low-income students
Pell grants for dual enrollment
College on sale – few pay full price to attend private college
Kirkland College to received $150,000 grant from College Spark
White House bets on college course grants for low income high schoolers
College Bound receives $3.5 Million donation for more resources for Baltimore students
Pell Grant for dual enrollment? Let the students decide
Temple University is spending millions to get more students through college, but is there a cheaper way?
New NYMA owners pay off $16 million debt, invest in school upgrade
Mayville State sees success with one day fundraising event
$25 million gift propels expansion of Dartmouth engineering
Sheila Blair – The Drumpf campaign’s solution to student loan debt caters to the elite
College tuition grant funding plan sent to Rauner
WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION
A sisterhood’s 90 years of continuing education
Lessons from 100 years of girls’ education
Defending your ignorance of Wonder Woman
Empowering girls for a lifetime
Going global – universities key to gender equality
Nearly a third of women in academic medicine experience sexual harassment
Young women’s initiative – program for empowering women of color
Opinion – Grace Lockhart led the way for women at universities
Guest column – Women want equal pay, not lawsuits
Sexual harassment compromises graduate students’ safety
Gender equality in US jobs might not be as bad as you think
Report – Education system ‘letting men down’, women 75% more likely to go to university
CV’s of failure in academia do not tell the whole story
The true story behind Neighbors 2 [the movie] – How American sororities got their start
Neighbors 2 interview – Nicolas Stoller on college parties, writing female characters, sequels
Aside from culture, what determines whether a job is ‘male’ or ‘female’?
Vintage photos of tree worship at Western College for Women
Joe B. Whitehead – NC A&T’s future includes enrollment growth, STEM, realignment, diversity
Amid decline, U of Minnesota law school to admit fewer students
Story with an interesting twist
Burlington College to shut down
Student developers expect $70 – $150K to start, but recruitment is broken – Devpost
Brexit could impact enrollment of international students in UK universities
Why let the facts get in the way of a good story? Women will always be blamed for boys’ underachievement
‘Envision 2030’summit to convene
China best in Asia for its college ‘system strength’
For the poor in the Ivy League, a full ride isn’t always what they imagined.
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
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.