Archive for June, 2008

Lynchburg Quilter Exhibits Work at SBC

| June 30, 2008

If you didn’t know better, you’d think Frances Calhoun’s “Rose Window” was the real thing, surreptitiously lifted from the north transept of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Instead of stained glass, however, Calhoun’s work of art was fashioned with black fabric and brilliant Indonesian batik, appliquéd and quilted by hand. Instead of gracing the gables of a famous church, it will hang at the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center at Sweet Briar College.

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Sweet Briar Leader Pens Letter to Next U.S. President in New Book

| June 27, 2008

In Elisabeth Muhlenfeld’s final year as president of Sweet Briar College, the longtime educator seized an opportunity to speak to the next U.S. president on higher education public policy. Muhlenfeld is one of 21 contributors to a new book, “Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America’s Foundation in Higher Education.” The volume, published in June 2008 by the Korn/Ferry Institute, is a collection of essays written by leaders from across the spectrum of American higher education.

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SBC Names Interim Art Gallery Director

| June 24, 2008

Karol Lawson, former director of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, has been named interim director of the Sweet Briar College Art Gallery. She was the Maier’s director from 1999 to 2007.

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Summer Hours Announced for ‘100 Views of High Peak’ Exhibit

| June 16, 2008

An art exhibit that pays homage to a Central Virginia landmark and a 19th-century Japanese artist is on display through Sept. 14 in the Babcock Fine Arts Center at Sweet Briar College. The exhibit, “100 Views of High Peak, Part 1,” includes paintings of the High Peak of Tobacco Row Mountain by Amherst residents Nancy McDearmon, Marion Freerks and Rosalie Day White.

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Edahl Honored by Virginia Sports Information Directors

| June 16, 2008

Tennis Vixen Virginia Edahl (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was honored with second-team honors on Monday as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2008 All-State teams.

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Stage is Set for Inaugural Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival

| June 13, 2008

Something new is afoot at Sweet Briar College this summer. On stage in the normally darkened Murchison Lane Auditorium a play is taking shape. It’s an original work that follows fictional characters from the terrible early hours of Aug. 20, 1969 to the present. “The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story” explores how people move on from truly devastating life events.

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‘Outstanding Woman Scholar’ Recognized

| June 13, 2008

On May 9, the Virginia IOTA State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International awarded an “Outstanding Woman Scholar Education Award” to Shanna Ryan ’08.

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Students Find WWI Posters

| June 13, 2008

While working recently in the blueprint room at Sweet Briar College’s physical plant, students conducting an energy audit of campus buildings found a dozen World War I propaganda posters. Thinking the rolled papers were blueprints or building plans, Sara Sheppard ’10 picked them up and placed them on a table. Upon further investigation, however, she and the other students discovered they were looking at something entirely different.

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SBC, Virginia DHR Strengthen Partnership to Develop Tusculum Institute

| June 12, 2008

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has awarded a grant of $35,000 to Sweet Briar College to advance the development of the Tusculum Institute, a resource center for historic preservation that will make its home at Sweet Briar.

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2008 Grads Move Forward with Solid Plans

| June 5, 2008

Wayne Stark, director of the career services office at Sweet Briar College, reported the following stats regarding the Class of 2008: As of graduation, 95 percent of seniors had reported their post-graduation plans to the career services center. Of those students, 78 percent had either secured a job, been accepted to a graduate school or other advanced study opportunity, such as nursing school, or were pursuing a personal endeavor, such as an internship or overseas travel.

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