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Winter 2013 E-newsletter

Dear Students and Families,

Happy New Year from Sweet Briar! The campus is currently quiet without students, but there is a gentle hum of activity as College offices prepare for the second semester and the exciting sounds of construction continue at the library.

We provide newsletters over the winter and summer breaks to help you stay connected to the College and help prepare students for their arrival back on campus. We hope this winter 2013 information will be useful. 

Good luck to the students who are leaving for off-campus study this semester, and welcome back to those who were away in the fall. Congratulations to the seniors who graduated in December 2012! We look forward to having you back on campus later this semester for Senior Week and Commencement.

We are excited to welcome our new transfer students for spring Orientation on Jan. 21. Please check out the Orientation schedule for a full listing of events. We hope all students will plan to attend the Hawaiian Tropics Mixer on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. This will be a great time for you to welcome our new students!

If you have questions about any information contained in this newsletter or need assistance, please feel free to contact us at (434) 381-6134.

Warm wishes,
Cheryl Steele
Dean of Co-Curricular Life

 


 

Contents

General Announcements

Commencement Information for Senior Parents and Families
Understanding Flu Symptoms and Treatment
Financial Aid Office Offers Tips on External Scholarships


Academic Affairs News

Latest Honors Program Newsletter Now Available
Academic Resource Center Offers Valuable Services
Submit Spring Accommodations Requests to Dean’s Office
New Students Asked to Take Online Placement Tests
Library Construction Continues
Faculty Accomplishments Book Now Available


Vixen Athletics Highlights

Fall Season Recap

FAC Reopens Jan. 23


Co-Curricular Life (CCL) Updates

CCL Staff Changes
Resident Halls Reopen Jan. 22
Information on Renting MicroFridge®
RA Selection Process Begins Soon
Connect with Career Services
Upcoming Career Services Events
Encore Student Success Series to be Held in Spring
Now Accepting Nominations for SophoMORE Spotlight
Outdoor Program Announces Spring Schedule
Spring Break Trip Announced
CCL Offers Multiple Ways to Fund Student Events
Upcoming CCL Events
16th Annual Student Leadership Conference
Drug Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations
Update Your e2Campus Emergency Contact Information

An Update from the Director of Dining

Greetings from the Parent Steering Committee (PSC)



 

General Announcements

Commencement 2012

Commencement Information for Senior Parents and Families

We are looking forward to celebrating with the Class of 2013 and their families and friends. Please refer to the Commencement website for the full schedule of events and special announcements related to Commencement weekend, May 17-18.

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Understanding Flu Symptoms and Treatment

Influenza (a.k.a the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and can sometimes lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly, but may last a week to 10 days. People who have the flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (Note: Not everyone with the flu will have a fever.)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Information courtesy of www.cdc.gov

What do you do if you believe you have the flu?

First, seek a nonemergency medical evaluation the same day or the day after you first experience the onset of symptoms. Seeking early medical care will help confirm a diagnosis and may aid in the effectiveness of antiviral medication. Students, visit the Mary F. Harley Student Health and Counseling Center website for center hours and off-campus healthcare options. It is not advisable to go to an emergency room for the flu unless you are experiencing symptoms outside of the ordinary (see above list). 

 

General Self-Care Guidelines

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Take an over-the-counter medicine for muscle aches and fever. Brand or generic medications containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen are fine, but DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN if you have flu-like symptoms. Over-the-counter cold and flu medications may also help relieve symptoms. 
  • Use an over-the-counter saline nasal spray as directed on the label.
  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer in your room.
  • Eat chicken soup; it helps clear mucus.
  • Take Echinacea, zinc lozenges and/or vitamin C, as advised by your health care provider, when cold or flu symptoms start. Note: Echinacea and/or zinc lozenges are not recommended for long-term use and are not known to prevent colds and flu.

For questions on the flu or other health issues, contact the health center at (434) 381-6140

 

Financial Aid Office Offers Tips on External Scholarships

All sources of Sweet Briar financial aid are used in the packages offered to our students. There are, however, outside sources of aid you may be interested in exploring, and the financial aid office would be happy to assist you in this process.

The first place to start is with civic organizations in your community, for example, the Ruritan or Lions clubs. Other great resources for scholarship money outside of Sweet Briar may be found online. Some reputable websites are:


A common myth is that these scholarships are available only to high school seniors. In fact, lots of scholarships are available to students who are already attending college. Please take a look around because you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

If there have been unusual circumstances, such as loss of employment or a decrease in income in your family, please contact the financial aid office. Our office may be able to make adjustments to your financial aid award based on your current economic circumstances. Email Bobbi Carpenter or Wanda Spradley or call (434) 381-6156 for more information.

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Academic Affairs News

Latest Honors Program Newsletter Now Available

This fall, the Honors Program welcomed 46 first-year students and launched the first honors residence halls. Read all about these stories and more in the fall 2012 edition of the Honors Program’s newsletter.

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Academic Resource Center Offers Valuable Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers valuable, free services to the campus community. Staffed with a director, administrative assistant, and competitively selected and trained student tutors, it is open six days a week. The ARC’s services include group workshops or one-on-one meetings on such issues as time management, test taking strategies and anxiety reduction. The staff is also trained in assisting students with writing skills, including topic development, outlines and grammar. Assistance with e-portfolio creation and management, development of an Individualized Tutoring Plan (ITP) and the Student Mentoring Program (SMP) are also offered. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For more information, call (434) 381-6278.

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Submit Spring Accommodations Requests to Dean’s Office

Learning challenges are not uncommon and more students than you realize are identified as having them. Understanding how to overcome them is the pathway to success! Students with a learning challenge or who feel they need special academic accommodations should email deansoffice@sbc.edu with a copy of challenge testing that has been completed within the last four years. Students will be contacted for a meeting to review the documentation, and steps can then be taken to put necessary accommodations in place. Students also can bring testing results with them when they return to campus.

If students currently have accommodations and wish to utilize those during the spring semester, contact the dean’s office at (434) 381-6205 to have spring semester professors notified.

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New Students Asked to Take Online Placement Tests

If you are a new student arriving in January, you will meet your advisor during Orientation on Monday, Jan. 21. In order to help you with course selection, please take the placement exams online before you arrive. Be certain to take the Plagiarism Assessment as well.

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Library Construction ContinuesLibrary Construction

Progress continues on construction of the addition to Cochran Library. We expect Phase I to be completed this summer and the total project to be completed during summer 2014.

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Faculty Accomplishments Book Now Available

The recently published Faculty Accomplishments Book showcases the achievements of our distinguished faculty.  Their scholarship, travel, publications and more are vast, varied and impressive.

For questions about any academic topics, call the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (434) 381-6205.

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Vixen Athletics Highlights

Fall Season Recap

Vixen Athletics wrapped up the fall semester on a high note as the Sweet Briar swimming team ended competition, going 2-1 in December meets. Fall sports honored three seniors during Homecoming and Familes Weekend: field hockey players Alyssa Berkley ’13 and Brooke Scott ’13, and soccer player Ali Lifka ’13. Three Vixen student-athletes were also named to All-ODAC squads, including field hockey second team honoree Eve Mergenthaler ’16.

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FAC Reopens Jan. 23

The athletics department joins the rest of campus in welcoming students back for the spring semester. The Fitness and Athletics Center begins spring semester hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Stay in the loop: Like Vixen Athletics on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blog and visit our Vixen YouTube channel.

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Co-Curricular Life (CCL) Updates

CCL Staff Changes

Alison Crehore, coordinator of campus student employment, left Sweet Briar in mid-December to accept a new position in Richmond. Kristie Munn, assistant to the chaplain, who has served the College very effectively, left in early January to pursue her master’s degree in teaching full time at Sweet Briar. Good luck, Kristie, and we look forward to working with you as a student! We are excited to welcome Amy Payne as the new assistant to the chaplain and Nell Cady Schroer as the coordinator of campus student employment.

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Residence Halls Reopen Jan. 22

Residence halls reopen for returning students on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 8 a.m. The first meal served that day is dinner.

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Information on Renting a MicroFridge®

Students can rent a MicroFridge® for the spring semester by contacting MelvinCorp at melvincorp@embarqmail.com for rates and details.

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RA Selection Process Begins Soon

The resident advisor selection process for 2013-14 will begin in February. Watch for more information about these important student leadership positions. Please email Annie Jones, director of residence life, if you have questions.

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Connect with Career Services

Career Services’ resources and programs focus on student success and outcomes. Led by Wayne Stark, senior director, the staff continues to utilize a new Facebook page and a blog to advertise internship opportunities, career services events and other valuable information.

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Upcoming Career Services Events

  • Effective Resumes and Cover Letters, Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Internship Focus Session, Feb. 6, noon-1 p.m., Burnett B
  • Effective Interviewing Techniques, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Effective Job Search Strategies in a Tough Economy, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Tri-College Education Career Fair, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lynchburg College
  • Engineering, Math, and Computer Sciences Panel, Feb. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Boxwood Room
  • Equal Pay Day, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Transitioning to the World of Work, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Successful Interviewing and Salary Negotiation, March 6, 6-7 p.m., Johnson Dining Room
  • Commerce Panel (PR, media, communications), March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Boxwood Room
  • Career Premiere Job Fair, March 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Salem Civic Center
  • Dress for Success: Evening of Etiquette, April 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Boxwood Room 

 For a complete list of resources and programs, visit the Career Services website.

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Encore Student Success Series to be Held in Spring

Did you miss the College Success Series in the fall? First-Year Programs will collaborate with the dean's office and the ARC to cohost the College Success Series again this spring. The series will feature tools for college success. Watch for more information when you return to campus!


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Now Accepting Nominations for SophoMORE Spotlight

The Office of SophoMORE Programs, in conjunction with the sophomore class officers, recognizes sophomores who:  Engage MORE. Learn MORE. Explore MORE. Do MORE. Achieve MORE. 

Do you know someone who fits the bill? We need your nominations for the SophoMORE Spotlight! Please take a few minutes to nominate a SophoMORE for this honor.

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Outdoor Program Announces Spring Schedule Outdoor Programs

The SBC Outdoor Program is excited to reveal our Spring 2013 Schedule.

Students will find a few new surprises this semester, like Spontaneous Fridays — low-key, on-campus outdoor activities that will not be revealed until the week of the event. 

In response to long wait lists, we have increased opportunities to go caving and outdoor rock climbing. As always, we will offer Friday night ski trips to Wintergreen starting the first week of classes. Make sure to swing by the office to sign up. Trip registration will begin Jan. 23, the first day of classes.

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Spring Break Trip Announced

The Outdoor Program is excited to announce that this year’s spring break trip is headed for adventures out West! We will start by experiencing the unique geography, plants and animals of the West in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nev. The next day we will put canoes into the Colorado River at the base of the Hoover Dam and paddle two days down to Willow Beach. Along the way, we will stop in side canyons to explore natural hot springs and historic sites.

After two days of travel by canoe, we will leave our boats and the Colorado River behind to head to Arizona for travel by foot. We will descend from the canyon rim to the base, following a dry riverbed to the village of a Native American tribe called the Havasupai, which means “people of the blue-green water.” The Havasupai have inhabited the Grand Canyon region for the past 800 years. We hope to glean history, perspective and insight from a representative of the tribe and have fruitful conversation as we discover cultures of the West and reflect on our own.

We will make camp at the base of Havasupai Falls for two nights. With light daypacks, days will be spent swimming in the pools of Havasupai and Mooney falls and exploring the canyon below our campsite. Inevitably, we will have to make our way out and back to Las Vegas to fly home, but these eight days of immersion in nature will change us forever. We will return stronger in mind, body and spirit, and with a sense of community that emerges best around campfires under the stars.

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CCL Offers Multiple Ways to Fund Student Events

Do you have an idea for an event, but not the money? Apply for Sweet Funds or a CEO Grant to help cover the cost! Events must be open to all students.

You can access the CEO Grant application online. Please visit the Student Programming office on the second floor of Prothro to pick up applications for Sweet Funds or to share your ideas for student activities/events with Samantha “Sam” Ayers, director of student involvement and programs. You can always reach Sam via email at sayers@sbc.edu.

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Upcoming CCL Events

• March Mixer, March 2, Time TBASpring Fling 2012

This black-tie event will come to life in the Conference Center, featuring a great DJ and festive decor. Sponsored by: StARs

 

• Spring Fling, April 20, Time TBA

Stay tuned!  Details will be revealed March 4. Sponsored by: CEO

Add the Google calendar involvement@sbc.edu to your personal Google calendar to find the latest schedule of events. As you add your events (those that are open to all students) to your calendar, invite us and we will accept!

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16th Annual Student Leadership Conference

The Leadership Certificate Program will host the 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference on campus Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s theme is “Discovering Your Blueprint: Exploring Your Personal Leadership Style” and features a keynote presentation by Stan Pearson, the leadership “S.A.L.S.A. guy.” 

Registration information will be distributed later this month. The conference is free and open to all SBC students; however, space is limited, so register early.

For more information, email Joan Lucy.

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Drug Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations

Part 86 of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations (Education Department General Administrative Regulations [EDGAR]) requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. 

Sweet Briar College fully intends to be in compliance with this law.  Therefore, this notice sets forth the College policy regarding student drug and alcohol use and the unlawful possession of controlled substances.

  1. Students are expected and required to be in appropriate mental and physical condition for pursuing a course of study. Students shall respect and maintain the campus as a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure environment.
  2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of narcotics, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, marijuana, other controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and underage alcohol consumption on College premises, at College activities, or while representing the College is absolutely prohibited.  Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and/or satisfactory participation in an alcohol and drug abuse-counseling program, and may result in referral for legal prosecution. College disciplinary proceedings for student violations shall fall within the provisions of Article VI of the Constitution of the Student Government Association. Federal, state, and local laws also prohibit the conduct prohibited by this policy. Criminal and/or administrative penalties include suspension or loss of driver’s license, monetary fines and/or imprisonment. Particulars of these various laws are available from a local U.S. Attorney’s office, Commonwealth Attorney’s office, or law enforcement officials.
  3. The College recognizes drug or alcohol dependency as an illness and major health problem.  The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation and a major health problem.  The use of illicit drugs or abuse of alcohol poses physical, mental, and emotional health risks, such as increased risk of cardiac, renal, and liver dysfunction; pre-, peri- and postnatal complications, depression, and suicide.  The College also recognizes drug or alcohol abuse as a potential threat to the health, safety and security of other persons or property.  The College will make the following drug and alcohol services available to students who wish or need help. These services may be obtained on a voluntary basis or through referral when performance or behavior suggests a problem.
    1. Health care and counseling services are available at no cost to students through the Harley Health Center (540-381-6140).  If the situation warrants, referral assistance is available.
    2. The College Mental Health Counselor offers confidential counseling.
  4. Students who are placed under observation, hospitalized and/or need medical assistance due to substance use/abuse will be referred for an assessment.
  5. Students convicted of any criminal or administrative drug or alcohol offense shall report it to the Dean of Co-Curricular Life within five (5) days after conviction.  The College will not disclose any such report of conviction except as provided by law and this policy.
  6. Students must abide by the terms of the above policy, as a standard for participation and completion of a program of study at Sweet Briar College.
  7. The College will conduct a biennial review of its program to determine its effectiveness, make changes where necessary, and ensure that sanctions are consistently enforced.
  8. Federal, state and local law enforcement officials, including the Department of Safety, will be allowed to investigate and to conduct searches and seizures to the extent permitted by law.
  9. Due to the seriousness of the issue, this Policy is subject to change at any time, as Sweet Briar College may deem necessary for the protection of person or property.
  10. Students found responsible for drug violations are subject to receiving a full range of sanctions through the Judicial Process as outlined on pp. 54-56 in the 2012-13 Student Handbook.

The College policies regarding students related to alcohol and other drugs can be found on pages 62-67 in the 2012-13 Student Handbook.

  1. Sweet Briar College provides the Benefits and Policy Manual, containing the Drug-Free Employment Policy, to all new staff and faculty employees at the time of hire.  This document is also on the College’s human resources website where all current, prospective and former employees can access it.
  2. Additionally, the College provides information upon hire and periodically throughout the year about the EAP (Employee Assistance Provider) which is locally located in Lynchburg. 
  3. Information is provided directly to employees and to their supervisors; pamphlets are available on the first floor of Fletcher Hall in the Human Resources department.The College conducts ongoing education and wellness programs for employees. 


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Update Your e2Campus Emergency Contact Information

The College routinely assesses and tests its emergency management procedures. In November, a campus drill of the shelter siren was conducted, and another drill will be conducted during the spring semester. 

The e2Campus emergency notification messaging system is central to the College’s communication efforts in case of an emergency, including weather delays. 

Students are urged to keep their system information up to date. A good example of this is updating mobile phone numbers that may have changed since enrolling. This can be done easily through the mySBC portal by clicking on “CAMPUS ALERTS (e2Campus)” at the top of the homepage.

For more information regarding Sweet Briar’s Emergency Management Plan, visit the campus safety website.

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An Update from the Director of Dining

Dear Sweet Briar Community,Coconut oil at the sauté stations is a new addition in Prothro Dining Hall.

For all of us in Prothro Dining Hall, it has been a pleasure serving you in our first semester with our newly renovated serving area. While it has not always been a smooth transition, it has been a learning experience for us all. Now that we have settled in to our new surroundings, we are taking this opportunity to make some program adjustments to serve you even better. We have received many comment cards this past semester and satisfied many requests. Some of those include:

  • Adding a second green vegetable to the home zone
  • Working with the SGA to create a well-stocked, more easily accessible gluten-free section
  • Offering coconut oil at the sauté stations
  • Adding a baked pasta option at the pizza station

Thank you for your feedback. We will continue to find solutions to the common requests we receive.

We are also very excited about the variety of new soft serve flavor combinations we are offering this spring. We hope you enjoyed tasting the samples before winter break! In addition, we are working with SGA to bring back the Spring Luau. Be on the lookout for updates in the coming weeks!

We know not everyone wants to eat every meal at Prothro, so we have plans for the Houston Bistro and Daisy’s Café as well. The Houston Bistro will feature late-night hours and specials on Wednesday nights this semester. The staff in Daisy’s Café underwent retraining and certification with Starbucks representatives last semester, and we are looking forward to continuing that momentum with monthly drink features and specials.

Please remember the best dining experience is an interactive one. Take advantage of our comment cards, the dining services webpage, our Facebook page, my email, the SGA food committee, and interacting with your chefs and servers to help us create an unsurpassed dining experience!

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for welcoming me to the SBC community. I have had a wonderful first semester working with you and look forward to keeping Sweet Briar Dining Services moving forward!

Sincerely,

Ebi Zahabi
Director of Dining

 

 

Greetings from the Parent Steering Committee (PSC)

Dear SBC Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you are enjoying the final days of winter break with your daughter and you all are looking forward to her spring semester. It has been a wonderful winter break with our daughter, Aly, and we are as excited as she is about her spring semester as a senior!

While you are making resolutions, here is a gentle reminder about giving. Philanthropic support of causes you are passionate about makes great things happen, and a gift to Sweet Briar makes great things happen for all Sweet Briar students! You can be assured your gift today goes to work tomorrow to make the Sweet Briar experience that much richer for your daughter and countless others. Make your gift TODAY!

If you have made your gift, THANK YOU! Many of you have! Current pledges and gifts from SBC families now total $35,685 pledged from 79 families, and $31,190 received from 59 families. This is exciting news for students. Again, thank you for your generous support of them and the College. We realize the economy is challenging and tuition is a considerable expense, so please know how valuable and how appreciated every gift is.   

Remember there are other ways you can support students and the College. If you have an internship opportunity with your employer or in your community, please share this information with Terry Nash at tnash@sbc.edu. This past summer we opened our home to a Sweet Briar student so that she could accept an internship with a company in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was extremely rewarding for us and provided her the opportunity to gain real‐world experience in the field of work she is considering.  

You can also host events in your area to help your student and others network with local alumnae or to encourage prospective students to become the next class of amazing women to enter the halls of Sweet Briar.   

There are many ways to be involved and your participation is wanted. Reach out to us, answer a call from a PSC member, or contact the College directly to learn more or share your interest and opportunities.    

Wishing you a prosperous new year, full of memory-making moments for you and your daughter,

Bill and Debbie Booth
Parents of Alyson ’13
Parent Steering Committee Chairs

 

For more information on PSC, to share opportunities for internships or to learn more about hosting events in your area, please contact Terry Sprouse Nash, director of reunion and parent giving, at (434) 381-­6372 or tnash@sbc.edu.

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