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Sweet Briar to sell warm-season grasses for biofuel

Sweet Briar to sell warm-season grasses for biofuel

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sweet Briar College announced on Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement with FDC Enterprises Grassland Services to convert approximately 250 acres of its hayfields to native warm-season grasses with perennial borders. The grasses will be sold as biofuel, with the borders becoming pollinator habitat. Rolling hills, woods and fields surround Sweet Briar’s main [...]

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Engineering camp draws high school girls to Sweet Briar

Engineering camp draws high school girls to Sweet Briar

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

More than 20 high school girls from across the country will flock to Sweet Briar College next week for its 2013 “AREVA Summer Explore Engineering” program, which takes place July 21-26. High school students work on a project during the 2012 Exploring Engineering Design course at Sweet Briar. During the weeklong, residential course, participants will [...]

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First-year gets taste of Sweet Briar at BLUR

First-year gets taste of Sweet Briar at BLUR

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Briana McCall starts her first semester at Sweet Briar in just over a month, she’ll already be ahead of the curve — thanks to BLUR. As a participant in the College’s Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, McCall didn’t just get to know the campus, she also made friends with Sweet Briar professors [...]

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Common Reading to inspire action

Common Reading to inspire action

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Reading can be a passive and solitary pastime, but not if nearly everyone on campus is captivated by the same book — nor if that book challenges us to see the world from someone else’s perspective. Sweet Briar’s 2013 Common Reading selection, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” is meant to [...]

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BLUR summer camp opens June 16

BLUR summer camp opens June 16

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

BLUR theater students improvise during the 2012 camp. Sweet Briar College’s third annual Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, known as BLUR, will be held June 16 through July 7 on its campus. This year, the camp has added music and technical theater to its repertoire of theater, creative writing and visual arts. BLUR [...]

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Endstation’s 2013 season launches May 31

Endstation’s 2013 season launches May 31

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Endstation’s 2012 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival included Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Endstation Theatre Company has expanded its Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival beyond the campus of Sweet Briar College for the 2013 season. Two of three plays — Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Cymbeline” — will also be performed at historic [...]

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Girls on the Run returns once again

Girls on the Run returns once again

| April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sweet Briar College will host the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia Spring 2013 Celebration 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. A non-competitive ‘fun run,’ this race is the culmination of the region’s Girls on the Run spring program. Central Virginian girls ages 8 to 13 have been training for 10 to 12 [...]

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Sweet Briar displays plantation artifacts

Sweet Briar displays plantation artifacts

| March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sarah O’Brien ’13 catalogs old farm tools from the plantation and dairy. Sweet Briar College’s agrarian past is the focus of the upcoming exhibition “ ‘I have lately bought me a Plantation’: A Brief Survey of Farming and Land Use at Sweet Briar,” which opens at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Whitley Gallery at [...]

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Y:1 students get high-tech exposure

Y:1 students get high-tech exposure

| November 16, 2012

Madeleine Coleman ’16 (right) inputs settings on the GigaPan, a robotic device that takes multiple exposures with a mounted camera in order to stitch together high-resolution panoramic photos. Janet Stevens’ biology class used the device to observe changing fall foliage. The course is “Economic Botany,” a Y:1 Program seminar that examines biological properties that make [...]

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Pannell Scholar: Engineering fits girls to a ‘T’

Pannell Scholar: Engineering fits girls to a ‘T’

| November 15, 2012

Guion 127 is a sensory riot. Colors melt into stark white T-shirts, a pattern repeated among rows of young girls, 20 or so, all chattering above a thumping boom box. Isopropyl alcohol fumes escape the open windows. Kelsey Barta, a sophomore engineering major from Seattle, has invited the Lynchburg and Amherst middle schoolers here for [...]

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