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Board of Directors Meet on Campus

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!

The full Community Update for the February 2012 Meeting of the Board of Directors put together by President Parker can be found here. 

Katie Jo Hamre `12

Meet Erin Whiteman, Class of 2015

It is hard to believe that we are starting our fourth full week of school and our second week back at Phonathon!  Phonathon is not only your chance as Alumnae to reconnect with students and hear about their experiences on campus and the new things that are going on here, but it is also one of the best leadership positions available for a Sweet Briar student.  Erin Whiteman is a First Year Phonathon caller who also works in the Development office here on campus, see how Phonathon has made her a stronger leader and influenced her first year at Sweet Briar…

“I am Erin Whiteman, Class of 2015, and I am so excited to be a part of the Because of You blog this semester!  In the six months I have been a Sweet Briar student, I grew to consider Sweet Briar my real home.  Between academics, co-curricular activities and my work for the Annual Fund office, as a student assistant and a Phonathon caller, I am    always busy.

Each week, I, along with 65 other students, call alumnae, parents and friends of the College.  Some consider Phonathon just another on-campus job, but I see it as a privilege.  It is a position that gives me the opportunity to converse with incredible women all over the country.  Our alumnae are wonderful.  Not only are they a pleasure to talk to, but it is evident that they love Sweet Briar.  Phonathon provides me with truly unique leadership and business skills that I may not have gained in any class, other on-campus job or leadership position on campus.

Sweet Briar has given me so much in only one semester that I think it’s time to start giving back now, not only of myself, but also by encouraging others to give to the Annual Fund as well.  Because of you, my Sweet Briar education is possible.”





President Parker – Because of You…