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Orientation Schedule

We are gearing up to welcome the incoming class on August 24th! Orientation check-in will begin at 8:30am in the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center on Saturday, August 24th. Students will receive a detailed schedule once they check-in, but in the meantime they can click here to review the At-A-Glance schedule. It may seem daunting, but each student is placed in to an orientation group which is led by an Orientation Docent, an upperclass student, that will guide the student during orientation. Parents and family members can check out their schedule for August 24th by clicking here.

SBC ID Photos-It’s not too late!

Dear New Students,

I know you have been busy filling out forms in preparation for your arrival on August 24th. You may recall seeing a note about submitting your ID photo online this summer. The deadline was June 30, but I’ve talked to Campus Safety and they are still willing to accept your photos. I would highly encourage you to submit your photo ahead of time. It will save you a LOT of time at check-in. Who wants to be standing in line to have your photo taken when you are anxious to move in your new room and meet your roommate for the first time? Not to mention it can be pretty hot and humid on move-in day which could cause you to have a less than flattering picture on your ID for the next four years.

After reviewing some of the photos that weren’t acceptable this year we’re providing a few quick tips for submitting your photos:

Refrain from trying to show off your cute new summer outfit in the photo–No full body shots. The photo should only show you and your smiling face from the clavicle up.

With that said, please make sure the photo shows that you have clothing on. If you wear a strapless shirt then it looks like you are in your “birthday suit” and it won’t be accepted. :)

There is no need for pouty lips. Just think about our beautiful campus and smile!

Make sure the image is not blurry–there is no need for cool instagram effects or poor camera phone photos.

You should submit a photo similar to the one on your driver’s license. If the DMV wouldn’t accept it then we won’t either. :)

Parents’ Orientation Schedule

I thought it might be helpful to share the Parents’ Orientation schedule prior to August 25th. You will receive a hard copy of this document when you arrive next week. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions (rsanderson@sbc.edu). See you






Quadrocks and Raffle Winners!

On Friday night, the Campus Events Organization (CEO) and the Inter Club Council (ICC) co-hosted a Student Involvement fair, picnic, and singer. There was a huge turnout as the upperclass students represented their clubs to new students. The lower quad was packed with club tables and first years signing up for clubs. I hosted a table and encouraged all first years and sophomores to stop by to pick up a free SBC calendar and to register for door prizes. I am happy to announce that two first years won.  Alyssa Sarmiento won a SBC insulated cup and Ali Nichols won a book shop gift certificate!

Quadrocks 2011

Orientation 2011 Photos!

Check out the photos from Orientation 2011! You may see your daughter on here! Click here to review all of the photos: Orientation 2011 Photos


The vixen greeted  families on Saturday


Students participated in Learning on the Land










First day of college class!

Orientation 2011

Orientation 2011–It’s hard to believe today is the last day of orientation and tomorrow classes begin. For most of our new students, tomorrow will be their first day of college! How exciting! We just gathered together as a campus for Opening Convocation, the official beginning of the academic year followed by a community picnic.

As expected, the vast majority of orientation focused on getting students prepared academically–learning about academic resources on campus, signing up 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 in small groups and one-on-one to sign up for their fall classes. Orientation is centered around academic preparation, but students were able to relax and socialize at the evening events.

This year we added an exciting new component to orientation–No, not the earthquake that we experienced yesterday; we hope not that we won’t have a repeat of that in the future. We created a position called orientation docents. Every new student was placed into an orientation group and the docents assisted orientation groups during the past week. I’ve heard a lot of positive comments from the new students and the docents. It sounds like the docents were effective in supporting the new students and helping them get acclimated to campus. We will be asking each of the first years to complete an evaluation of orientation soon. We also want your feedback as parents and family members. Please take a few minutes to complete the parent/family member orientation survey.


Excitedly Awaiting the Arrival of the Class of 2015!

Welcome to the Sweet Briar community, first years and parents! I am very excited that you are joining our community on Saturday! We are eagerly preparing for your arrival. Orientation is going to be a lot of fun and a wonderful 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-years 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 at an event on here. I would 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.

Welcoming new students!

January marks the beginning of a new year and today marks the beginning of a new semester for 9 new Sweet Briar students. We began spring orientation for these students today. They have a much shorter orientation than our students that join us in the spring, but they enjoy a lot of the same wonderful aspects including Learning on the Land, Honor Code, Academic Experience, Library Orientation, etc. We are happy to welcome this new group of students; some are attending college for the first time, but the majority are students that have transferred from another college. Halla Halla to these new students!

Rebecca Skloot Excitement!

Each year Sweet Briar announces a common reading book before summer break. Faculty, Staff, upper class students, and entering first-years are all encouraged to read the selection prior to orientation in August.  The intention is create a common bond, stimulate intellectual conversations, and promote life-long learning. The books is often tied into the entry level English classes on campus so it is imperative that first-year students read the book.

The common reading book this year is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” written by Rebecca Skloot. I started reading this book a few months and I never expected that I would become so interested in it! I’ve enjoyed the common reading selections in the past, but I found this book to be a real page turner. I have a 5.5 month baby and I would often read the book while feeding him at night so that I could guarantee that I would stay awake. Author Rebecca Skloot reveals the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer from Virginia who developed cancer in 1951. During her cancer treatment, some of her cells were removed without her consent and have become immortalized as the primary cells used in medical research. He cells have been grown in labs and used in research since 1951. You may recall from Biology class, the term HeLa cells; He La stands for Henrietta Lacks. Her family did not know for many years that her cells where revolutionizing the medical industry and have never financially benefited from the multi-billion dollar industy.  Rebecca Skloot spent approximately 10 years with Henrietta’s descents gathering the facts about this story.

Common Reading Book 2010

I would highly recommend this book to anyone! It is such an interesting book and I am super excited to be going to Rebecca Skloot’s lecture on campus tonight. I know that Murchison Lane Auditorium will be packed at 7:30! I hope to see a lot of first-year students in attendance.

The book was just selected as the Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com

Henrietta Lacks

Author Rebecca Skloot

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the parents and first-years who completed the Orientation 2010 survey. We truly value your feedback and will use this information as we plan for orientation 2011. Congratulations to first year, Wendy Sivik, who won the $25.00 gift certificate to the SBC bookshop/cafe!