Sweet Briar College’s Board of Directors met on campus the second weekend of February to discuss two very important topics: approving the library renovation plan and a policy change. The library renovation plans are so exciting for current students, perspectives and even alumnae. Expanding the library will open up a whole new level of academic study for current students who will soon have the latest technology along with state-of-the-art study facilities and new seminar rooms at their disposal. Currently, finding study space in the library often turns into a battle of marked space and who can get there first, I believe this expansion will change the way Sweet Briar students study and it, along with the new ARC facilities, will give future students all the tools they could possibly need for academic success! The second topic of discussion, a policy change regarding endowment spending, is especially important to give restricted funds the best possible opportunity to grow. We all love Sweet Briar and want to see it stay around for many lifetimes to come and this policy change is one way we can ensure funds are benefiting the College as much as possible!
Other good news shared included Sweet Briar’s outstanding presence on Facebook – we have had such a great response with this and it paid off! We now have more likes on Facebook than any other all women’s college (and we are one of the smallest!) I think this is a great example of how strong our Sweet Briar College network is! Sweet Briar also received five CASE awards this year for our marketing material which may be the reason for our increase in applications this year!
Lastly, the landscaping around the Fitness and Athletics Center is currently underway, made possible through a special gift from the Board of Directors honoring Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Upchurch Coller `72. I am especially excited to see it flourish this spring just in time for graduation!
Katie Jo Hamre `12