Last fall, Cathy Gutierrez, professor of religion, taught an honors course on monsters. She also spent a week in Oxford, England, with 55 scholars from around the world at the Global Conference on Monsters and the Monstrous. The annual conference examines how monsters influence human culture. The group discussed historical and literary monsters from the [...]
Some people would have tossed the bulk mailing into the trash, but something about that postcard from a women’s college in Virginia caught a young woman’s attention. It was the catalyst for what Teresa Pike Tomlinson credits for much of her success. In January the 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar became mayor of Columbus, the [...]
Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Upchurch Collier ’72 had no idea as a student in 1970 that serving on the search committee that named Harold Whiteman as Sweet Briar’s next president was training for the future. The next time she sat on such a committee she did so as chair of Sweet Briar’s Board of Directors. Ginger [...]
Mimi Wroten’s voice sliced through the wind to the ring’s perimeter where her students hung on her words. There were 10 of them, five horses and five riders. More precisely the humans translated her crisp instructions to their equine partners the way they’d been taught — using their hands, legs and where they fixed their [...]
by President Jo Ellen Parker
We know how to define a Sweet Briar education – it is the mentorship between faculty and students, the special sense of place that animates our campus, the distinctive academic programs, the facilities that other institutions envy, and the transformative impact of Sweet Briar on young women’s lives.
The Sweet Briar seal includes the Latin phrase, “She who has earned the rose may bear it.” It provides a basis for what a Sweet Briar woman is equipped to do when she graduates – to outwardly and visibly carry into the world the learning and experiences she has gained during her time here. But [...]