President’s investiture, dance planned for Founders’ Day Weekend

| September 8, 2015

Sweet Briar College will celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend on Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26. In addition to the traditional walk to Monument Hill to honor the Fletcher-Williams family, the College also will invest Phillip C. Stone as its 12th president. A Founders’ Day Dance on Saturday night will round out the celebration.

Founders’ Day events will begin with the investiture at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Quad (rain location: Fitness and Athletics Center). President Stone will take the oath of office and will be presented with the Presidential Medal by Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87, chair of the Board of Directors.

Students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumnae will then process to Monument Hill, led by the Albemarle Pipes and Drums. As in years past, there will be a brief service at the cemetery, with students laying daisies on the grave of Daisy Williams (rain location: Memorial Chapel). Light refreshments in Josey Dining Room will greet participants following the walk.

Alumnae and guests are welcome to join the campus community for meals in Prothro Dining Hall. Lunch on Friday will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($8.50 for adults,  $5 for children under age 11); dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. ($9.50 for adults, $5.50 for children under age 11.) On Saturday, brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($8.50 for adults,  $5 for children under age 11); with dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Brunch on Sunday will be available at the same time and price as on Saturday. Alumnae and guests should register here if they plan to eat at Prothro.

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumnae are invited to a celebration dance in Prothro. Attendees 21 and older must have a state-issued I.D. with them to be served alcohol (student I.D.s will not be accepted) and will receive one drink ticket for the night. A cash-only bar also will be provided. Outside beverages are not permitted. Please register here if you plan to attend. The dance includes live music and refreshments and is free for all students, faculty, staff and retirees, and $20 for guests, alumnae and supporters of the College.

The Book Shop will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Daisy’s Café will offer expanded hours on Friday and Saturday (8 a.m.-8 p.m.), as will the Houston Bistro (5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday). Everyone is welcome to visit the College’s current art exhibitions: “We Are Sweet Briar: A Community Rises” (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Benedict Gallery), “Made Possible by The Friends of Art: Building a College Collection” (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Pannell Gallery), “Anne Hanger: Landscape Abstractions” (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Babcock Gallery) and “Landscape, Symbol and Tradition,” as well as College memorabilia (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Whitley Gallery in the Sweet Briar Museum).

In addition, the 19th-century slave cabin will be open for self-guided tours (noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday), with illustrated panels exploring the history of African-Americans at Sweet Briar over the past 200 years. The College also is hosting the Bedford County Hounds for a cubbing event at 8 a.m. at the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center.

Stay tuned as additional events are being finalized. For more information, including a complete schedule, please visit the Founders’ Day website.


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