Sweet Briar College { First Year }

First Full Week of Classes

The first week of college classes is always challenging. Students are navigating a new campus, meeting professors, being confronted with intimidating syllabi all while forming friendships and getting used to living with a roommate. This year’s first year students have been tested far beyond the maturity of their years and yet their resiliency is to be commended. Understandably there has been a full range of how they have processed the events of this week, but by week’s end we have pulled together as a community. Difficult and important conversations are taking place. The weight of responsibility as a respectful and intentional member of our community is very real for our students, faculty and staff.

Because of the positive experiences the Juniors and Seniors have had at Sweet Briar, the upper-class women are reaching out to the class of 2018 to share with them what SBC means to them and has to offer as a caring community.  On Tuesday, September 9 Juniors will host a mixer with the first years over lunch. The very same evening the Senior class has invited First Years to help them decorate their senior robes. Both classes are looking forward to these upcoming interactions and bonding with the newest members of our community.

Sweet Briar is resilient and continues to move forward. SGA elections will take place next week. If your daughter is interested in running encourage her to submit her platform by this Sunday evening at 10pm. If holding a position in Student Government does not interest her encourage her to learn about her potential class leaders by attending the open forum on Wednesday, September 10 and to vote on Thursday, September 11.

The class of 2018 has a lot to look forward to.

Orientation 2014

Orientation 2014 – it’s hard to believe today is the last day of orientation and tomorrow classes begin. For most our new students, tomorrow will be their fist day of college! A very exciting day! We just gathered together as a campus for Opening Convocation, the official beginning of the academic year followed by an ice cream social in front of the Sweet Briar House to welcome President Jones and his wife Jan.

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 As expected, the vast majority of orientation focused on getting students prepared academically – learning about academic resources on campus, registering for classes, meeting their adviser, etc.  Orientation provided them with an understanding of the library, computing on campus, and even provided a mock classroom experience. Students visited the library to gain an understanding of the vast number of resources available to them and met the incredibly helpful staff. The mock class defined the expectations of a Sweet Briar classroom. Students met with their advisers one-on-one to sign up for their fall classes. Ask your daughter what classes she’s most excited about and why?

 Orientation is centered around academic preparation, but students were able to relax and socialize at the evening events. Orientation creates a space for students to get to know each other and make connections with their classmates, upperclass women, faculty and staff. New students first big welcome to campus and our community was Learning on the Land. Invite  your daughter to share with you what group she was in and who her group leader was. A program titled, I Am Sweet Briar, shared personal stories of upper class women and showcased the vast assortment of identities that  Sweet Briar women claim. And Step Up, a bystander intervention program, offered tools for students to positively engage with their peers and be a part of creating a community that is open and respectful.

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Tonight your daughter will sleep well. We’ve kept them busy during orientation and tomorrow classes begin, their first day of college! Congratulations – to both you and your student. We’re thrilled she is here and are looking forward to helping her be successful.

Looking Forward to the Arrival of the Class of 2018!

Welcome first years and parents! We are very excited that you are joining the Sweet Briar community on Saturday! We have been eagerly preparing for your arrival. Orientation is going to be a lot of fun and a helpful transition into the community. The finalized orientation schedule can be found on our website. You can also follow orientation on Twitter: @orientsbc


This blog is intended to keep parents of first-year students connected to the campus community. I will post articles that you may find interesting and highlight events that assist with first year transition. Who knows, you may even find your daughter’s photo from a campus event here. I do encourage you to post comments or questions if you would like more information about topics. You can subscribe to this blog by entering your email address on the right side of the page. You will receive an email every time a new blog entry is posted.

Welcome class of 2018 to the Sweet Briar community. We are so pleased to have you join us.

Exam Stress Relief

Students have a wide variety of options for combating exam stress! Check out this flier with the highlights of the exam stress options. Also, the library will be open 24/7 until exams are complete.

Stress Relief Spring 2014 flyer

Exams Start on Friday

Here is an important memo from the Dean’s Office in regards to exam protocol. Reading Days occur on Wednesday and Thursday followed by exams on Friday-Wednesday. Good luck on your exams!


TO: All Faculty and Students

FROM: Amy Jessen-Marshall

RE: Final Exam Protocols

Please be reminded of the following protocols related to final examinations:

Electronic media (including cell phones, ipods, and PDAs) and book bags may not be taken into exam rooms.
All exams requiring accommodations must be delivered to and taken out of the Dean’s Office.
Study materials may not be left out in any exam building. A “baggage room” will be designated near the distribution room. Any study materials, book bags, etc. brought into the building must be stored there during the time a student is taking an exam.
It is considered a violation of the Honor Code to discuss any exam during finals week. Even comments like “Dr. Loboschefski’s exam was really hard,” are inappropriate.

Library is Open 24/7 until May 14th

No excuses not to study! The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until May 14th in preparation of exam week.

Spring 14 Exam Week flyer

Planning to Do a Summer Internship?

The Registrar’s Office would like to make sure students that are planning to pursue a summer internship for credit receive the following information to ensure they will receive academic credit. Please contact the Registrar’s Office directly if you have any questions.


If you are doing an internship this summer for credit, you must submit the Internship Proposal Form to the Registrar’s Office before you leave campus for the summer. This form and other information about internships can be found on the Career Services website – http://sbc.edu/career-services/internships.

Keep in mind that summer internships count as part of the maximum of 18 credits of summer credit that can be taken and counted toward your degree. A total of 12 credits of all internship and/or practicum experiences can be counted toward your degree regardless of whether taken during the academic year or during a summer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Debbie Powell

Summer School and Study Abroad Planning

If your daughter is planning to take summer school classes or to travel abroad for credit this summer the following message from the Registrar’s Office is extremely important. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at x6179 or registrar@sbc.edu if you have any questions.


Don’t risk not earning credit for course work done this summer!! Read carefully the information below.

Credit for Summer Courses:

If you plan to take one or more courses this summer, you MUST have these courses approved by the Registrar’s Office before you leave campus in May. You must submit a Transfer Credit Approval Form which can be printed from My SBC under the Student Forms link on the ‘my academics’ tab or there are forms available in the Registrar’s Office.

Most of the time, online courses are approved to take, but there are a few exceptions to this. Be sure to tell us on the approval form if the course you plan to take is an online course so we can make sure you will receive the transfer credit for it. Please note that you cannot get transfer credit for any foreign language course taken online at the elementary or intermediate level.

If you are doing summer course work through a study abroad program this summer, you will need to fill out the Study Abroad Proposed Courses Form instead of the approval form mentioned above. This form is also available on My SBC and in the office.

Only a total of 18 credits for any work done during summers can be counted toward your SBC degree. This 18 credit limit
includes any course you take at another college or in a study abroad program, courses taken at SBC if done during the summer, and summer internships.

Grades for Summer Courses:

Grades for courses taken at other colleges during the summer or in a study abroad program are not added to your SBC record — only the credit for the course is accepted and it will appear on your SBC transcript with a “grade” of TR (transferred). These “grades” of TR do NOT affect your GPA. But, only courses in which you earn a grade of C- or higher will be accepted for transfer credit and you MAY NOT take courses on a pass/fail grading option at the other college. We will not transfer credit for courses taken on a pass/fail grading option.

The only exception to this policy of not transferring grades is if you take summer courses at Lynchburg College. Summer courses there will have both the credit AND the grade added to your SBC transcript. Bear in mind, that regardless of the grade earned (A through F) at Lynchburg College, it will be added to your record and it will affect your GPA.

Need Help?

The Registrar’s Office will be happy to assist you with forms or answer any questions you may have about summer credit. We don’t want you to spend money and take time to do summer course work and then find out that those credits cannot be applied toward your SBC degree! Please stop in between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, or call (6179) or email (registrar@sbc.edu) if you have questions.

Room Selection Update from Residence Life

Important Update from Residence Life about room selection–

I’d like to update you all following room selection for class of 2017:
Make sure you or your parents have paid the $200 housing deposit to the Business Office. If you have not paid by 4 p.m. today, you will not be allowed to participate in room selection with your class. There are no exceptions.

Just some information to help you make excellent, informed decisions on Thursday night:

Room Selection starts at 7 p.m. in the Main Dining Hall. Come in and have a seat, we’ll start calling numbers. Remember that you will be turned away if you have not the paid the housing deposit.
The bulletin board in Prothro has been updated so you can see which rooms are still available.
All Green Village Apartments, singles in Patteson House, quads, and triples have been filled. There were 18 singles available as of last night, but more than likely all of these will be selected by rising juniors tonight. Plan accordingly.
If you chose a spot on an affinity hall, you will not be able to choose another room.
If you have class during your room selection date/time, complete the online proxy form before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Emails will not be accepted.
Stay calm and don’t allow the selection process to create unnecessary stress in your life. Come prepared, but be flexible. All will be well.

Good luck,

Looking for a Roommate for Next Year?

Join the Residence Life Staff for Roommate Round Up tonight (March 31) in the Robertson Lounge (FAC) from 7 – 8 p.m.

The first segment of the event will be an informational session and Q&A for all students who have questions about room selection, or who are worried or confused about the process.

The remaining time will allow everyone to snack and mingle. This will be especially helpful for anyone concerned with finding a roommate for next year.

Did we mention there will be snacks? Come join us tonight!

See you there,
The Office of Residence Life