There’s no way I could summarize all the energy and fun of Reunion 2012!
(On Tuesday, May 29, a whole bank of images will be published at http://www.sbc.edu/reunion2012 if you’d like to browse them or download them for personal use.)
Popular events included an architectural tour of the campus led by Professor Tracy Hamilton and a nature walk in honor of the late Buck Edwards led by Professor Linda Fink. Alumna Patricia Beach Thompson gave an inspiring lecture on women in history, alumna Lele Casalini taught a yoga class, tours of Sweet Briar House were available, and of course there was lots of time for simply catching up with friends and enjoying the truly spectacular weather.
My “State of the College” presentation was livestreamed and I heard from several people who participated via the internet that they appreciated the opportunity to attend virtually. If you’d like to watch, you can find it at sbc.edu\live. (But I warn you, it’s rather long!) Here are a few of the highlights:
I shared several images of the library expansion/renovation, on which work will begin in August. Both these images are from the back: aren’t they spectacular? Notice how the glass allows the original rear wall — now obscured by the Dana Wing — to be revealed.
- 18 were Phi Beta Kappa
- 5 completed honors degrees and 3 earned highest honors in their majors
- 1 has a patent application pending: Engineering built the prototype & Business helped with connect with vendors
- 7 will be getting the MAT at Sweet Briar
- 2 are going to work at Nordstrom
- 1 won a fellowship at Yale
- 1 won a Fulbright
And about a range of faculty achievements, which again is only a sampling:
- Jim Kirkwood published Mathematical Physics with Partial Differential Equations
- Debbie Durham conducted research in a retirement facility in Izmir, Turkey
- Jeff Frank published “Can Perfectionism Withstand the Acknowledgement of Slavery?”
- Paige Critcher mounted shows in Charlottesville, Arlington, Lambertville NJ, and at Bridgewater College
- Abraham Yousef won a Mednick Fellowship to study anticancer agents
- Dan Gottlieb published a paper co-authored with a Sweet Briar student
- Steve Wassell named among the “Best 300 Professors” in America
- Bill Kershner placed a production in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, summer 2013
And, I told them about Sweet Briar’s efforts to tell more alumnae stories through the Magazine, the web site, and our facebook page. Recently, as part of this effort, we visited with a group of alumnae in the D.C. area to collect their memories and anecdotes about Sweet Briar and to capture their stories on video. We’ll be doing the same both when alumnae are back on campus and in visits to other cities around the country.
There is something wonderfully appropriate about the sequence of graduation and reunion that ends every academic year. In the span of a couple of weeks, we celebrate the young women who have earned the roses they will proudly bear throughout their lives, and we welcome back to campus the alumnae whose careers and life stories exemplify the enduring value of a Sweet Briar education. Holla holla to Sweet Briar women of all generations!