Distinguished Alumna Award goes to seven SBC sisters

Saving Sweet Briar board members Sally Mott Freeman (from left), Ellen Ober Pitera and Sarah Preston Clement on Monument Hill
Saving Sweet Briar board members Sally Mott Freeman (from left), Ellen Ober Pitera and Sarah Preston Clement on Monument Hill

At its meeting on Jan. 5, 2016, the Sweet Briar College Alumnae Alliance Council voted on the Distinguished Alumna Award recipient for 2016.

Breaking with tradition, the Council voted to give the award to not one, but seven Sweet Briar alumnae: The seven women of the Board of Directors of Saving Sweet Briar Inc.

The Distinguished Alumna Award honors alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to Sweet Briar College through outstanding accomplishment in a volunteer or professional capacity.

These seven women made careers out of their volunteer efforts to save Sweet Briar in 2015; to honor them collectively with this award is a small gesture of gratitude in comparison with their tremendous dedication, passion and ultimate success in the preservation of the Sweet Briar College we all know and love,” the Alumnae Alliance wrote in its monthly newsletter, The Briar Wire.

Sarah Preston Clement ’75, Christine Davis Boulware ’77, Sally Mott Freeman ’76, Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer ’64, Ellen Ober Pitera ’93, Tracy Anne Stuart ’93 and Brooke Linville ’04 will be honored during Reunion weekend, June 3-5, 2016.