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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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Sweet Briar opens 19th-century cabin to visitors

Sweet Briar opens 19th-century cabin to visitors

| November 9, 2012

Sweet Briar’s historic 19th-century cabin will be open to visitors for self-guided tours in November and December. Current research suggests that the cabin was built during the antebellum period to house enslaved laborers, who lived in dozens of similar dwellings on the Sweet Briar Plantation. This cabin, located behind Sweet Briar House, is the only [...]

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Girls on the Run returns to Sweet Briar

Girls on the Run returns to Sweet Briar

| November 9, 2012

Sweet Briar College will host the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia Fall 2012 Celebration 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. A non-competitive ‘fun run,’ this race is the culmination of the region’s Girls on the Run fall program. Central Virginian girls ages 8 to 13 have been training for 10 to 12 [...]

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Slave Dwelling Project comes to Sweet Briar

Slave Dwelling Project comes to Sweet Briar

| September 29, 2012

Joseph McGill, creator of the Slave Dwelling Project, will make an overnight stop at Sweet Briar College on Sunday, Oct. 7 and Monday, Oct 8. He will present a public lecture on the project at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sweet Briar Museum and again at 12:15 p.m. Monday in the Johnson Dining Room at [...]

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Diversity unites

Diversity unites

| August 28, 2012

There is more to the notion of “diversity” than meets the eye, say a group of passionate Sweet Briar upperclasswomen. And they’re not afraid to expose some of their rawest emotions to explain what they mean. About a dozen students presented the Diversity Monologues for members of the Class of 2016 in Murchison Lane Auditorium [...]

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Cochran Library plan honors past, serves future

Cochran Library plan honors past, serves future

| August 14, 2012

Construction crews have broken ground on a new wing on the west side of Sweet Briar College’s Mary Helen Cochran Library. The work is the first of three phases that will include removal and replacement of the Dana Wing, a 1964 addition to the north side of the historic 1929 building. The $8.8 million dollar [...]

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SBC holds seminar for German teachers

SBC holds seminar for German teachers

| July 31, 2012

German teachers from around the country arrived at Sweet Briar College on Sunday to attend the eighth annual “TPRS Coaching and Learning” seminar, which runs from July 29 through Aug. 3. The seminar focuses on “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling” (TPRS), a method developed by Blaine Ray. In the last 20 years, TPRS has [...]

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UVa writers find new muse at Sweet Briar

UVa writers find new muse at Sweet Briar

| July 30, 2012

Quamia Dennis works on the lyrics for a song during her morning writing lab. It’s a Thursday morning in July, and the second session of UVa’s Young Writers Workshop is in full swing. In a tiny classroom a handful of songwriting students have picked up their guitars, their fingers searching for notes that might inspire [...]

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Sweet Briar hosts Virginia Historical Societies Conference

Sweet Briar hosts Virginia Historical Societies Conference

| July 30, 2012

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute will hold a workshop-based conference for historical societies Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Elston Inn Conference Center at Sweet Briar College. The conference, which includes an interactive workshop, is geared toward anyone who is involved in one of the hundreds of historical societies [...]

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Engineering camp powers girls’ imaginations

Engineering camp powers girls’ imaginations

| July 27, 2012

In front of Guion, two high school girls work feverishly on a rusty pink bicycle. They’ve taken the rubber tire off the back wheel and are getting ready to attach a PVC pipe. Clearly, no one’s going to ride the bike anymore. Instead, it’s being repurposed as a “sunflower seeder,” explain 16-year-old Carter Kyle from [...]

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