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Winter 2014 E-newsletter

Dear Students and Families,

Happy New Year!

Communicating with you openly and regularly remains very important to the College. In order to keep you connected while students are away from campus, we provide e-newsletters at mid-year and during the summer. We hope this winter 2014 edition will be informative and useful.

We celebrated many things last semester, especially the opening of the new addition to the library. It was exciting to see students embrace it so enthusiastically, and I suspect it was particularly welcomed during exams. The sounds of construction during this second phase of the renovation continue and help us anticipate its completion next fall.

I hope you have seen the year-end video greeting from President Parker. In her words, “It’s all there: the classroom discussions, research presentations, athletic feats, quiet study, clubs and traditions, faculty engagement, outdoorsmanship, and a whole lot of fun — in short, all the ingredients of the Sweet Briar experience.” In case you missed it, here is the link.

Good luck to students who are leaving for off-campus study this semester — and we look forward to welcoming back those who were away in the fall. Congratulations to the seniors who graduated in December 2013: Best wishes, and we will enjoy welcoming you back to campus later this semester for Senior Week and Commencement!
We look forward to greeting new students for spring Orientation on Monday, Jan. 20. We will welcome back returning students on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Second-semester classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the Office of Co-Curricular Life at (434) 381-6134.


Warm wishes,

Cheryl Steele
Dean of Co-Curricular Life


 

Contents

General Announcements

Commencement Information for Senior Parents and Families
Financial Aid Office Offers Tips on External Scholarships
Buzz the Briar for Answers to Your Questions
Thank you, Sweet Briar Families!
New Parking Regulations in Place

 
Academic Affairs News

Latest Honors Program Newsletter Now Available
Academic Resource Center Offers Valuable Services
Academic Calendar Available Online
Submit Spring Accommodations Requests to Dean’s Office
New Students: Complete Online Placement Tests, ePortfolio Assignment
Faculty Accomplishments Book Now Available


Vixen Athletics Highlights

Fall Season Recap

FAC Reopens Jan. 20

Co-Curricular Life (CCL) Updates

Resident Halls Reopen Jan. 21
Reserve Shuttle Service for Jan. 21
Information on Renting MicroFridge®
RA Selection Process Begins Soon
Interested in Creating a Themed Hall for 2014-15?
Connect with Career Services
FOCUS 2 Can Help You Find Major, Career Path
Looking for Campus Employment?

Now Accepting Nominations for SophoMORE Spotlight
Spring Orientation for New Students
Follow the First-year Blog
Outdoor Program Announces Spring Schedule
Spring Break Trip Announced
CCL Offers Multiple Ways to Fund Student Events
Upcoming CCL Events
17th Annual Student Leadership Conference
Get Involved: Run for SGA


Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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

Update Your e2Campus Emergency Contact Information
Emergency Management Planning



 

General Announcements

Commencement 2012

Commencement Information for Senior Parents and Families
We are looking forward to celebrating with the Class of 2014 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 16-17.

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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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Buzz the Briar for Answers to Your QuestionsBuzz the Briar Question Mark
Ever have a question you just can't seem to get answered? We can help! From understanding financial aid packages to submitting a work order and everything in between, Buzz the Briar can help students and parents navigate life at Sweet Briar. Simply email your question to buzzthebriar@sbc.edu and someone will be back in touch very soon.

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Thank you, Sweet Briar Families!
Your support of the Annual Giving Campaign is making great things happen for Sweet Briar students. Every gift makes an impact and goes to work immediately.

For example: Gifts totaling $867 fund the y:1 program for one student. This year, there are 71 students participating thanks to your support.

If you have made your gift — Thank You! If you would like to make a gift, please visit sbc.edu/gift or call (888) 846-5722. Designate your gift to an academic department or program to further support your daughter’s experience.

Thank you for your support of our amazing students and Sweet Briar.

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New Parking Regulations in Place
Beginning on the first day of the spring semester, Jan. 22, 2014, new parking regulations will be in place. Any individual who accumulates five parking tickets in a semester or seven in an academic year will only be allowed to park in the Guion parking lot, in the lot adjacent to the Train Station. Subsequent violation of this parking designation will result in the car being booted and towed from the Sweet Briar campus at the owner’s expense.

As a reminder, there is no student parking in the Upper Quad between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional information on approved student parking lots and other parking regulations are available on the Campus Safety website.

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Academic Affairs News

Latest Honors Program Newsletter Now Available
The latest Honors Program’s newsletter contains information on the 2013-14 Panell Honors Scholars and more.

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Academic Calendar Available Online
Stay on top of important dates this semester by visiting the online academic calendar.

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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
Students with a learning challenge or who feel they need special academic accommodations, such as extended time or a quiet space for test taking, etc., should email deansoffice@sbc.edu a copy of challenge testing, which should have been done within the last four years. Upon return to/arrival at SBC, students will be contacted for a review meeting of that documentation and steps can then be taken for accommodations to be put into place. Students can also bring testing results with them when they return to campus.

If students currently have accommodations and wish to use those during the spring semester 2014, please contact the dean’s office to have spring semester professors notified. Learning challenges are not uncommon, and more students than you might realize are identified as having them — but learning how to learn with them is a pathway to success!
 
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New Students: Complete Online Placement Tests, ePortfolio Assignment
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. You will meet your advisor during Orientation on Monday, Jan. 21.

Please visit sbc.edu/eportfolio for video instruction on how to set up your ePortfolio. Information on your ePortfolio assignment can be found here and should be completed by Jan. 17. There will be an ePortfolio Orientation session on Jan. 21 if you run into trouble, or you can contact Julie Kane at jkane@sbc.edu.

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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 RecapMegan Monahan '17
Vixen Athletics put forth another strong showing in the fall. Soccer player Chelsea Daniels ’17 earned Old Dominion Athletic Player of the Week honors the week of Sept. 23, and field hockey player Eve Mergenthaler earned All-ODAC Third Team recognition for her performance during the fall 2013 season.

In addition to All-Conference honors, Mergenthaler was voted the August recipient of the Vixen of the Month award. First-year tennis player Kaitlin Delmas picked up the honor in September, and swim team member Megan Monahan ’17 collected back-to-back Vixen of the Month honors in October and November. Monahan also now holds four Sweet Briar College swimming records and one SBC pool record.

Vixen fans are invited to keep connected and learn more about Vixen Athletics via social media: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, read our blog and visit our Vixen YouTube channel.

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FAC Reopens Jan. 20

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 Monday, Jan. 20.


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Co-Curricular Life (CCL) Updates

Residence Halls Reopen Jan. 21
Residence halls reopen for returning students on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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 2014-15 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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Interested in Creating a Themed Hall for 2014-15?
The Office of Residence Life is encouraging students to create (or continue) academic or other creatively themed floors for the 2014-15 academic year. Interested students will be asked to submit a written proposal, including the general theme, justification for creating or continuing a themed floor, a faculty advisor and more. Application packets will be available through the Office of Residence Life on Jan. 28, and all materials will be due Feb. 28. Watch for more information.

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Student Shuttle Service Information
If you haven't reserved your spot on the Jan. 21 shuttles, please do so before 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. The shuttles will pick students up in Lynchburg (airport, Amtrak and Greyhound stations) and bring them to campus.  There is no charge for the shuttle service.  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.


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Connect with Career Services
The Office of Career Services’ resources and programs focus on student success and outcomes. Led by Wayne Stark, senior director, the staff continues to utilize a its Facebook page and a blog to advertise internship opportunities, career services events and other valuable information. Students are encouraged to subscribe to both.

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FOCUS 2 Can Help You Find Major, Career Path
Career services has joined forces with FOCUS 2 to bring you a new online, self-guided, interactive program designed to help you select the right major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality and aspirations.

FOCUS 2 will help you:

  • Assess your interests, skills, personality and values through its online assessment

  • Navigate your career/education exploration and decision-making process by offering five reliable and valid assessments

  • Identify potential majors and minors

  • Review the major areas of study that best match your assessment results

  • Research occupations that match your unique profile

  • Review job duties/skills, outlook, salary, work conditions and more

  • Consider your own career path and occupational goals

More details will be shared later this semester, and each student is encouraged to schedule an appointment with career services staff — we recommend you begin working with us during your first year.

Career services will also continue to offer Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory assessments for all of our students at no cost!

For more career/major exploration resources, visit “What Can I Do With This Major” on the career services website.

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Looking for Campus Employment?
Are you looking for a campus job? Check out our website for the latest postings.

It has always been the philosophy of Sweet Briar College that student employees are students first and employees second. If you have any questions about how campus employment can enhance your experience at Sweet Briar, feel free to contact Nell Schroer, coordinator of campus student employment, at nschroer@sbc.edu.

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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. 

Are YOU doing aything special over the break? Are YOU participating in internships, study abroad trips, academic research, etc.? We need your nominations for the SophoMORE Spotlight! Please take a few minutes to nominate a SophoMORE for this honor.

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Spring Orientation for New StudentsStudents with Vixen at Orientation.
We look forward to first-year students’ return and are excited to welcome transfer students and new students on Jan. 20! New students and parents can learn more about the spring Orientation schedule here.

Please contact co-curricular life at (434) 381-6134 if you have any questions about spring Orientation.

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Follow the First-year Blog
Check out the first-year blog at firstyear.blog.sbc.edu and follow these instructions to receive an email message each time a blog entry is posted. We typically post new content once or twice a week during the academic year.

  • In the bottom right-hand corner of the First Year Blog page, click “Subscribe to Sweet Briar College {First Year} by Email.”

  • You will be directed to another page that requires you to enter your email address and type in a security code.

  • Once you hit “submit,” you will receive an email. Open it to verify your email address and confirm your subscription.

Please call (434) 381-6134 if you have any questions.

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Outdoor Program Announces Spring Schedule Outdoor Programs
The SBC Outdoor Program is excited to reveal our spring 2014 schedule.

Students can look forward to skiing at Wintergreen on Friday nights in February, exploring local caves, and stomping through snow on a hike along the Blue Ridge. As the weather warms, you’ll have opportunities to give backpacking a try, find inspiration on the Reflective Retreat, hang-glide from North Carolina sand dunes, and spend an afternoon fly-fishing followed by a soak in local warm springs.

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Spring Break Trip Announced

The SBC Outdoor Program is excited to announce that this year’s spring break trip is headed for the hills of North Carolina for a week of outdoor rock climbing! Nothing compares to the experience of defining your strength, finding balance on your fingertips and toes and focusing your mind and body on the goal at hand — reaching the top. The view from the summits of Stone and Pilot mountains is unbelievable, and your sense of accomplishment and body awareness will be exhilarating.

We will take a few breaks to rest our muscles, but we’ll be active! There are hikes to be hiked, waterfalls to find, yoga poses to strike on summits and even a trail ride to explore (on horseback!). There won’t be a dull moment — and you won’t want to miss out.

Get ready to feel like you’re on top of the world. We’ll bring our newfound sense of confidence back to campus and tackle life’s challenges with composure and poise.

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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.

For more information on the StARS and what they do, visit sbc.edu/stars.

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Upcoming CCL Events

• Winter Mixer, March 2Spring Fling 2012

 • Spring Fling, April 11 and 12

Mark your calendars now, and watch for more information in the coming weeks!

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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17th Annual Student Leadership Conference Feb. 8
The Leadership Certificate Program will host the annual Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 8. The event is open to all students but is filling quickly, so register now if interested!

This year’s conference, “Confidence and Courage,” will kick off with a powerful keynote by Tricia Downing, a former professional athlete whose life was transformed when she became a paraplegic. Downing’s talk about overcoming obstacles and challenges is sure to inspire.

Downing will be accompanied by great breakout speakers (two of whom are part of the Sweet Briar alumnae family!) and door prizes. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Students and guests may register here.


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Get Involved: Run for SGA
All students are encouraged to consider running for SGA positions! Information regarding the process for nominations, GPA requirements, etc., can be found on page 18 in the current Student Handbook.
SGA elections for Round 1 include the six SGA executive board positions: SGA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, electoral officer and publicity officer.

Round 2 includes the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) chair, Campus Events Organization (CEO) president, Inter-Club Council (ICC) president, the two Judicial Committee chairs (Academic and Non-Academic), and the Non-Residential, Turning Point and Transfer Student representative.

Round 3 elections include all class officers and Judicial Committee representatives. More information will be sent out by the current electoral officer, Kathryne Richard ’15, in the next few weeks.

  • Feb. 16: Round 1 elections begin

  • Feb. 23: Round 2 elections begin

  • March 2: Round 3 elections begin

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Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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. 49-50 in the 2013-14 Student Handbook.

The College policies regarding students related to alcohol and other drugs can be found on pages 62-67 in the 2013-14 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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Emergency Management Planning
The College routinely assesses its procedures. In November, a campus drill of the shelter siren was conducted and a second drill will be held during the spring semester. The e2Campus emergency notification messaging system is central to the College’s communication efforts in case of emergency (including weather delays). More information regarding Sweet Briar’s Emergency Management Plan can be found here.

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