Sweet Briar College { First Year }

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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

Spring Fling: Woodstock Edition

One of the students’ favorite events each year is Spring Fling. This year the Campus Events Organization (CEO) is hosting Spring Fling: Woodstock Edition on April 11 & 12. Students should register for the event prior to the deadline of April 7. The basic schedule is listed below and check out the Spring Fling webpage for more information and to complete the registration from.


Woodstock Shop, 5-8 p.m., Josey
Relay for Life, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Bonfire and Camping, Overnight, Dell


Music, noon-5 p.m., Lower Quad, Details to follow!
Music, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Upper Quad, Details to follow!
Hippieland, 7 p.m.-midnight, Upper Quad, Food, bar and activities!

Room Selection for SophoMORE Year

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for students to start planning for their SophoMORE year housing! The Office of Residence Life has developed a Room Selection Guidebook that contains all of the information that students need to know. It is extremely important for first years to read through this guide prior to room selection. The guide is available online at this link.

Spring Break is Around the Corner!

Spring Break is just around the corner! Spring Vacation begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Residence areas close Saturday, March 8 at 8 a.m. and reopen Sunday, March 16 at 8 a.m. The first meal served will be dinner on March 16. Classes resume on Monday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m

Spring Break Shuttle Sign Up Ends this Friday!
Students that need a shuttle (on 3/5-3/8) from campus to the Lynchburg airport, train, or bus station must sign up before 9 am on Friday, February 28. The sign up link can be found here.

Affinity Housing Options for Students

Greetings from Residence Life!

You know the old saying, “You can’t choose your neighbors”? Affinity Housing (formerly Themed Floors/Hall) gives you an opportunity to change that!

If you are interested in creating a floor dedicated to an academic or intellectual pursuit that you love, now is your chance. Below, you will find a link to the application for Affinity Housing for the 2014-15 academic year.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this concept, it may be helpful for you to know that some of our previous and current themed floors include the: Honors Floor, International Hall, Eco Floor, Environmental Floor, Community Service, Arts Appreciation.

We would love to continue successful themes from the past, but are also excited to see what other interests (or affinities) you may have. For 2014-15 year we are especially looking forward to including our new students (both first years and transfers) on these affinity floors.

Yes, Sweet Briar is small, but there are a lot of different paths to follow. Finding your special group of people is important…and you can help new students do that in their first semester here!

Please take a look at the application to gain a better understanding of the specific requirements. All applications are due no later than February 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Co-Curricular Life (434) 381-6134 or email Annie Jones (anniejones@sbc.edu).

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Buzz the Briar

You may have seen the marketing on campus and in the most recent e-newsletter; the college has developed a program called Buzz the Briar. Not sure who to talk to on campus about a question or concern? Feel free to send an email to buzzthebriar@sbc.edu and you will receive a prompt response. We look forward to hearing from you!

Buzz the Briar poster

2014 Fringe Festival–The Fun Begins on Thursday!

Whoa…it’s hard to believe, but the 2014 Fringe Festival is almost here!!! The schedule and updates are posted to to the Fringe website. You can also download the most current FRINGE-A-LICIOUS schedule of events.

It’s truly amazing how many people are participating in this Festival, both behind the scenes and as a presenter – now all we need is you, our FRINGE-TASTIC audience!!! There will soon be lime green Fringe brochures at different campus locations, including most event spaces, as well as Prothro and the Front Desk of the Elston Inn – grab one and keep it as your handy-dandy guide to the weekend (or you can print the attached). It all starts THIS THURSDAY evening at 7:30, and goes through Sunday afternoon (you will NOT miss the Super Bowl – whew!). We hope you will try to attend as many events as possible – bring your friends and family, and show your support for the arts as well as everyone who has worked so hard preparing their events.

A ton of arts events! A ton of Locations! A Ton of entertainment!

Sweet Briar College, January 30 – February 2, 2014

All events are FREE, non-ticketed, and open to the public!

This festival is supported by the Performing Arts Division.

Planning for the Semester

Several parents have recently had questions about the residence halls closing during Spring Break in March and at the end of the year. I know this is an important topic for students that live far away and may be purchasing plane tickets or making other arrangements for travel. I have included information on the opening of classes this semester, spring break closing, and the end of the year closing of the college. Please contact us in CCL at 434-381-6134 if you have any questions.

Spring Semester: Residence areas reopen for residents returning for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8 a.m.; the first meal served will be lunch that day. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 22.

Spring Vacation: Spring Vacation begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Residence areas close Saturday, March 8 at 8 a.m. and reopen Sunday, March 16 at 8 a.m. The first meal served will be dinner on March 16. Classes resume on Monday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m.

End of Year: The final exam period is Friday, May 9-Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Residence areas close Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. for underclass women, except those who are approved by the Director of Residence Life to remain on campus for Commencement.

Graduating seniors are permitted to remain in residence through Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2014. All residence areas close for all remaining students at 5:30 p.m. on May 17. Any student who has not moved out by that time will be fined $100.00/hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. The College will enter the rooms for housekeeping purposes and will remove and/or discard any personal belongings left behind.

Second Semester Opening

Spring Semester
It’s almost that time again; spring semester begins next week! The residence hall rooms re-open at 8am on Tuesday, January 21 and classes begin on Wednesday, January 22. I’m looking forward to having students back on campus again; it’s way to quiet around here without them.

For students that need assistance getting back on campus from the Lynchburg airport, Amtrack or Greyhound stations, Co-Curricular Life offers a complimentary shuttle service. The deadline to reserve a spot on the free shuttle is 9am on Friday, January 17th. You can sign up via this link. If you have questions or problems with the online registration, please call (434) 381-6113 or (434) 381-6134.