The mission of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, under the leadership of its Alumnae Board, is to assist the Alumnae Office in effectively serving alumnae by developing, organizing and implementing programs that will encourage alumnae engagement with each other and with the College. The Alumnae Association supports Sweet Briar College in realizing its mission and programs and promotes philanthropic support for the College.
Update from Alumnae Board Meeting - October 2013
The Alumnae Board convened from Oct. 24-26 for the Fall Board Meeting and Homecoming/Families Weekend. The Board was able to meet with numerous groups and individuals on campus over the course of three days, to learn more about the state of the College and higher education.
1. State of Higher Education: President Parker met with the Alumnae Board to discuss the state of higher education and how it affects Sweet Briar College. The College continues to see an increase in the applicant pool, with more than 900 applying for the fall of 2013. In August, we welcomed more than 200 new students to campus.
2. Admission Update: Vice president and chief of staff Louise Zingaro ’80, who is serving as interim dean of enrollment, and Catherine Springer ’10 presented a profile of the first-year class and gave an overview of the admission process. Over the past few years, the admission process has become more technology-based and streamlined, making it comparable to procedures used by other colleges and universities.
3. Indiana Fletcher Williams Associates and Keystone Society members: Alumnae who have named Sweet Briar in their estate plans and those who have given $1 million or more to the College gathered with current students and Honors students for a beautiful luncheon given in their honor. The Honors students impressed the attendees with their experiences and research.
4. Boxwood Circle Cocktail Reception Honoring Distinguished Alumna Elaine Schuster ’58: Members of the Alumnae Board enjoyed a lecture and cocktail party in the new wing of the library, while honoring Elaine Schuster ’58. The library addition is beautiful and provides the personal and collaborative work spaces and technology that typify the best academic libraries in the 21st century. The next phase of the construction project is the removal and replacement of the Dana Wing.
5. Cupcake Social: The Young Alumnae Representatives and Student Relations Committee hosted a cupcake social in Reid Pit. This event was well attended by students and provided a casual atmosphere for students to connect (or re-connect) and network with alumnae.
6. New Members: Brooke Buck ’02 has taken the position of events chair and Cady Thomas ’98 has taken the position of regional board chair. Jenness Gough ’13 also joins the board as the young alumnae representative.
7. Regional Board: It is fabulous to hear of all the wonderful, impromptu and formal Sweet Briar events that occur throughout the country and internationally. Focal points for Sweet Briar Days include: Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, District of Columbia, Hunt Country (Va.), Boston, New York City, Hampton Roads (Va.), Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco. Please be sure to attend the Sweet Briar events in your local area!
8. Nominating Committee: The Alumnae Board is looking for new members. Alumnae may nominate themselves or other individuals for positions. Please see the alumnae website at sbc.edu/alumdev/alumnae-association-nomination-form for more information.
9. Annual Giving Committee: Annual Giving remains an important opportunity for alumnae to support the College — every gift makes a difference at Sweet Briar. This year’s Annual Giving goal is $2 million. If you have not made a gift this year, please consider making a gift by Dec. 31, 2013, and designating it to what you feel most passionate about from your time at Sweet Briar. You may make a gift online by clicking here: sbc.edu/alumdev/ways-give. There are exciting developments in the area of Annual Giving with opportunities for budget-relieving annual gifts — stay tuned for upcoming information.
10. Student-Alumnae Mentorship Proposal: The Alumnae Board received a presentation and proposal for a student-alumnae mentorship program, developed by Dr. Rita Brookheart ’03. This program is similar to those at other colleges and universities and would provide a student-alumnae connection for the student during her four years at Sweet Briar. As this program is developed and moves forward, information will be shared with alumnae. It is the hope of the board that many alumnae will want to be involved, and to foster connections with students from an early point in their Sweet Briar experiences.
Sarah Betz Bucciero ’97