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Banner Hanging

The first year class hosted their Banner Hanging event recently. The purpose of this event is to collectively reveal their class banner in the Houston Bistro. Their banner will hang in the Bistro until they graduate in May of 2016. The class officers gathered approximately half the class together for this event so we took advantage of the opportunity to snap a quick group photo. There are plans to host another class photo opportunity so they can gather more of the class in the future. Enjoy a few photos from the event.

 

Cupcakes for the event-Purple and Gold are the class colors

 

 

Class president, Katie Craig, read a poem in honor of the class

 

 

The revealing

The Banner

2016

 

Homecoming & Families Weekend

This weekend we will welcome parents, family members, and alumnae for Homecoming & Families Weekend. There will be activities for students, families, and alumnae including a State of the College address by President Jo Ellen Parker on Saturday. Families are encouraged to explore the campus through an official tour, “classroom crawl” which will highlight the newly updated classrooms on campus, or join the Outdoor Programs instructors on a hike. We hope to see families at the Hunter Trials and soccer game on Saturday and at the fall Musical, “The King & I” which occurs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Students will have ample opportunities to connect with alumnae including the “Sweet Connections” social hosted by the alumnae group Black Pearls. We encourage students to attend the events even if family members are unable to attend. Click here for the full schedule.

Founders’ Day Weekend is Here!

It’s a big weekend at Sweet Briar–Founders’ Day Weekend! There are lots of community events as we come together to celebrate the founding of our college. The weekend is well underway as over 200 of us participated in the Sweet Day of Service this m

orning. A lot of first years took this opportunity to contribute to the campus, while getting to know other students, faculty, and staff. We enjoyed a outdoor picnic and next we will be heading to Monument Hill (or the Chapel in the case of rain) to formally recognize our founders. The fun will continue tomorrow with a boat regatta, garden party, and conclude with a Founders’ Day dance tomorrow night.

Founders’ Day Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY, September 28

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sweet Day of Service
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Community Picnic
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Walk to Monument Hill


SATURDAY, September 29

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Boat Regatta
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Garden Party by StARs
9:00 p.m. – Midnight Founders’ Day Dance for additional information visit: sbc.edu/foundersday

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It’s a big weekend at Sweet Briar–Founders’ Day Weekend! There are lots of community events as we come together to celebrate the founding of our college. The weekend is well underway as over 200 of us participated in the Sweet Day of Service this morning. A lot of first years took this opportunity to contribute to the campus, while getting to know other students, faculty, and staff. We enjoyed a outdoor picnic and next we will be heading to Monument Hill (or the Chapel in the case of rain) to formally recognize our founders. The fun will continue tomorrow with a boat regatta, garden party, and conclude with a Founders’ Day dance tomorrow night.
Founders’ Day Weekend Schedule
FRIDAY, September 28

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sweet Day of Service
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Community Picnic
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Walk to Monument Hill

SATURDAY, September 29
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Boat Regatta
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Garden Party by StARs
9:00 p.m. – Midnight Founders’ Day Dance for additional information visit: sbc.edu/foundersday
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Banner Hanging Photos

Last Wednesday night approximately 70 members of the first year class participated in the Banner Hanging tradition. Each class at Sweet Briar has a large banner which hangs in the Houston Bistro in the FAC. The class officers orchestrated a class photo followed by the hanging of the class banner. The class president, Celia Lee, and vice president, Kathryne Richard, spoke at the ceremony.

Celia has graciously given me permission to post her speech on the first year blog. I was excited that she incorporated not only Aristotle and Roosevelt, but also their class moto-we are proven by our actions.  “Ladies of the Class of 2015, we are proven by our actions.  We have already proven that we are athletic, friendly, beautiful, unique and intellectual young women. I want to share a quote by Aristotle that describes my vision for us as a class in our four years here: “We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action,”  and another by Theodore Roosevelt; “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”  So if thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, then I want all of your great thought to be heard.  Let us hear your thoughts, because I want to make those thoughts actions.  This is our time to shine ladies, so let’s shine as bright as we can.  Let’s turn our cant’s into can’s and our dreams into plans.”

I hope you will enjoy some of the photos from the event. Additional photos will be released soon.

Kathryne, Celia, and Rani revealing the banner for the first time
Students enjoying the 2015 cupcakes at the reception

 

2015 Class Photo

 

 

 

 

A Week for Traditions

This week is filled with traditions that involve first years. Last night the first year class and sophomores engaged in the “Rock and Hitching Post” event. The first years attempted to cover the sophomores’ rock with paint and protect their hitching post from the sophomores’ paint. I’m happy to report that the first years were successful in defending their hitching post.

Tonight the first year class will reveal the Class of 2015 banner at our Banner Hanging event. The first year class will gather at 8pm to take a class photo and then they will hang their banner in the Houston Bistro. We hope that all first years will attend so they can be included in the class photo and participate in this tradition.

This weekend we will celebrate Families Weekend and Homecoming! We are excited to welcome families and alumnae to campus. For more information on the weekend, check out the Homecoming & Families Weekend website. There is still time to register. We hope to see you this weekend!

For more information about these traditions and other student traditions, click here.

Founders’ Day Fun

Students came out in full force to honor the college’s founders on Friday afternoon. Normally students walk to monument hill for a ceremony to honor the founders; however it was moved to the chapel due to the rainy weather. Students participated in a simple, yet elegant ceremony recognizing the founders of Sweet Briar.

On Saturday night we welcomed over 650 students and guests into the field house for the hugely successful Founders’ Day Dance. I’ve included a few photos taken by Gabriella Muglia ’13.

Also, you can read the blog post of Alex Grobman ’13, one of the student committee members that coordinated the event. Greer Gordon ’13 and Melissa Raymond ’13 also served on the student committee.

The next large dance, A Sweet Formal, will be on November 11th in the conference center.

Students dancing the night away

Ice Sculpture of the SBC Seal

 

Founders’ Day Schedule

This will be a fun filled weekend on campus! Below you will find the Founders’ Day weekend schedule. We have over 750 students and guests registered to dance the night away on Saturday night. It’s going to be a great weekend starting with the tribute to the Founders’ of the college with the walk to Monument Hill at 4pm on Friday. We are still looking for students to perform at the Open Mic night on Friday night. I’m hoping a lot of first-years will use this opportunity to display their talents. Sign-ups are in Prothro atrium.

Founders’ Day Weekend

Friday:
4pm Walk to Monument Hill
- Meet in Upper Quad
5pm Community Picnic
-Lower Quad
6pm Open Mic Night
- Lower Quad
8pm Designing for Daisy: Decorating Flower Vases
- Reid Pit
Saturday:
12pm Field Hockey Game
-Thayer Field
9pm Founders’ Day Dance
- Fitness & Athletic Center

Daisy Delivery, Elections, and Roommate Workshop

Daisy Delivery and Elections

Thanks to all of the family members that purchased daisies. Daisies were delivered to the students in their residence halls last night. What a nice way to start of the week. The proceeds from the daisy sale will go to the class of 2015 for hosting social events. Elections for first year positions occur today! It will be exciting to see which students are elected to represent their class this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roommate Workshop TONIGHT

The Office of Residence Life will host a Roommate Workshop tonight at 8:00pm in Reid Pit. All first years are encouraged to attend. The goal of the program is to assist students with learning how to live with someone else.

Craft Room

As a Sweet Briar student, there are many opportunities to be “crafty.” Students often make and receive home-made gifts from friends, “big sisters,” and fellow club members. Student Government and Co-Curricular Life are cognizant that not all students have resources available to create these crafts, yet they wish to participate. Shuttles are available every weekend to either Walmart or the Target area in Lynchburg (Michel’s craft store is in the same shopping center).  However, not everyone has funds available to purchase crafting supplies. As a result, SGA took the lead in creating a craft room in the SGA Suite. This is a great place for students to access craft supplies 24/7 for free. My office has donated a few supplies to help sustain the cause. Stop by any time to utilize the supplies.

Late Night Breakfast Re-cap

On Monday night, Co-Curricular Life hosted our bi-annual exam study break for students. We served homemade omelets and scones in Prothro from 10pm-midnight. It is always a lot of fun to hang out with students and help them relax during this stressful time. This is my fourth year at SBC so I have been involved in this event many times before, but this time I had the privilege of cooking the omelets. I’m not sure if the students were as excited about my cooking, but I didn’t hear any complaints. :)  I should confess that I had expert help from our catering chef, but towards the end of the evening I was cooking the omelets by myself. We served about 90 hungry students and a large number of them were first-years. All in all, it was a fun night and seemed to help the students de-stress.

Chef Kevin and me cooking omelets for the students

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