Moving Forward

| November 28, 2012

All across campus, philanthropy is remaking Sweet Briar’s learning spaces.

Fletcher, Benedict and Pannell

Makeovers of seven seminar rooms are nearly complete and funding is in hand to renovate eight additional “smart” classrooms across campus by fall 2013. The College matched $310,000 in foundation grants to make it possible. New features include:

Crestron touch-panel controls to operate all audio/visual equipment, with help screens and instruction video for easy use; true videoconferencing capability using H.323/SIP standards; interactive smart board; widescreen TV, Blu-ray and DVD player; document camera for projecting non-digitized images; standard ceiling-mount or short-throw projectors; and Mac mini computers with AirServer software for simultaneous projection of multiple mobile devices.

Babcock 127

With new drywall and wainscoting, window treatments, flooring, fresh paint, and new audiovisual equipment, the practice room is a much-improved space for teaching, rehearsing and performing. A group of individual donors got together to redo the room in honor of music professor Rebecca McCord.



The Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program used its endowed funding to refurbish and improve several classrooms and labs, including better storage, wheeled tables, extra whiteboards, dedicated student-faculty research space and personal workstations for engineering students.

“The renovations have not only bonded our class by giving us [the circuits lab] to work out of both as a study group or individually, but it has also made us proud of the engineering department.”
— Grace Caskey ’14, engineering major

Cochran Library

The $8.8 million donor-funded historic renovation and expansion project is slated for completion in 2014. Plans call for preserving and honoring the original Ralph Adams Cram building while creating a library for the 21st century — filled with digitally plugged-in “people spaces” to learn, research, study and collaborate.

“The best academic libraries today provide points of connection between scholars, locally and globally.”
— President Jo Ellen Parker


Category: Because of You, Fall 2012