Welcome to October!
Oct. 1, 2013
We're back!

Last month, as we began the new academic year, you received a "Welcome Back" newsletter full of information about Sweet Briar news and events. You told us you liked it, so we've decided to make it a monthly publication that will arrive in your inbox on the first working day of each month that school is in session. In addition, we will publish a simple, text-only compilation of events and notices each week on Mondays in between newsletters.

We hope this will streamline many of the individual event notices that currently are distributed and keep everyone in the Sweet Briar community informed about campus life.

If you have an event or announcement you would like to be considered for future editions, please email mmc@sbc.edu.

Welcome to October at Sweet Briar!


Jo Ellen Parker
In This Issue
Register for Homecoming and Families Weekend
You don't want to miss Homecoming and Families Weekend Oct. 25-27! The event is free of charge to all faculty, staff and students. The fee for parents and guests is $15 and includes the Community Lunch on Saturday. Everyone except students is asked to register online. To register and see a full schedule of events, visit the Homecoming website.

Health care exchange notice

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the delivery of health care services in America has been redefined by a steady flow of new benefits, requirements and regulatory guidelines.  Continued implementation of the ACA is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014, which will mark the introduction of an important new delivery system - Health Care Exchanges, also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace. 


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President Parker's contract extended
The Sweet Briar College Board of Directors has extended President Jo Ellen Parker's contract through June 30, 2019. "Sweet Briar is taking great strides toward defining women's education for today's students," Parker said. "It's wonderful to be part of that journey."

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Oprah's 'favorite guest' to speak at SBC
Human rights activist and repeat Oprah guest Tererai Trent will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Memorial Chapel at Sweet Briar College. Her lecture is presented in conjunction with the College's 2013 Common Reading selection, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," which features Trent's story. The event is free and open to the public.

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Get healthy in October


The Sweet Briar Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Josey Dining Room. Do you want to learn more about being healthy? Get answers to many of your questions about:

  • Medical and dental care
  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Cancer prevention and heart awareness
  • Hearing and vision care
  • Financial health
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mental health
  • Safety

... and many more topics from local and area service providers. Flu shots will be provided by CVS Pharmacy at no cost to employees and dependents on the SBC Anthem medical plans; however, please bring your insurance card with you.  


The Sweet Briar Health and Wellness Fair is open to all SBC community members: faculty, staff and students!


If you have any questions about the fair, please contact Judy Sprouse, benefits coordinator, at jsprouse@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6323.  


All around campus

Student Involvement
  • Oct. 18 - Overnight yoga retreat to the Outing Cabin, 4 p.m. This new trip will be a relaxing way to get outdoors. President Parker will also lead a NIA class. Register in the Outdoor Program office.
  • Oct. 23 - Health and Medical Careers Panel, 6:30 p.m., Elston Inn Conference Center, Rooms A and B. Panelists will discuss trends and needed skills in their fields and offer professional development advice to students. Email Tandilyn Phillips for more information.  
See more on the Student Involvement Calendar.

In the Arts
All events are free and non-ticketed unless noted.

Visit the Featured Events Calendar for additional events.  


Fitness and Athletics

The brand new vixenathletics.com launched on Sept. 27. Check it out! Questions or comments? Contact Jean Hazelwood.
  • Oct. 8 - Field hockey vs. Washington and Lee,
    4:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 16 - Soccer vs. Randolph (includes a Caring Sisters tailgate), 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 - Swimming vs. Greensboro (Homecoming/Senior Day), 1 p.m.  
  • Week of Oct. 23 - Session II of Spinning and Aqua Zumba begins. Email Jean Hazelwood for more information.  
  • All month - NIA with President Parker on Mondays and Thursdays (free/non-credit), 5:30 p.m., fencing room. Register 
Please remember that everyone is required to register at the front desk of the FAC and present a valid SBC ID before attending fitness classes or using the gym.

Visit vixenathletics.com for a full calendar and the most up-to-date information.

Spiritual Life
  • Oct. 9 - Bagel Bash, 8:30 a.m., Reid Pit
  • Oct. 27 - Homecoming Service, 9 a.m., Memorial Chapel

For more information on the Office of Spiritual Life, email Amy Payne.    


Lectures and Events

  • Oct. 22 - Erin Moore, "Problems with Potential: Empowering Adolescent Girls in Urban Uganda," 4:30 p.m., 1948 Theater. Moore, a doctoral candidate in the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development, is completing her dissertation on the translation and transformation of globally circulating "girls' empowerment" discourses in Kampala, Uganda. She has years of experience working in programming, research and development for organizations serving girls in the United States, Canada, Uganda and Tanzania.

Academic Computing

The next Technology Training Day will be held Oct. 25 in the Benedict computer lab. While the sessions are geared toward new employees, any interested employees are welcome. While you may come to as many sessions as interest you, all new employees are encouraged to attend all sessions. To register, contact Tom Marcais, academic technology trainer and consultant, at tmarcais@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6524. 


Sessions on Oct. 25 include:   

  • SBC Computing Resources, A general overview of the technology and support staff available at SBC, 9-10:30 a.m.   
  • Gmail, An in-depth session on how to get the most out of our email system, 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Google Calendar, An in-depth session on how to work with our calendar system, 1-2:30 p.m. 
  • Google Drive, An overview of how to work with Google Drive, a cloud-based storage system combined with document-editing and web-form capabilities, 2:30-4 p.m.  
Human Resources
The Lynchburg 100-Mile Challenge concluded Sept. 27, and Sweet Briar finished strong. Carolyn Kost, enrollment management specialist, and Louise Zingaro, vice president, chief of staff and acting dean of enrollment management, finished first and third respectively out of more than 2,000 Lynchburg-area residents. Up, up, Sweet!  

Fifty SBC community members participated in the challenge, with 28 completing at least 100 miles this summer. Team Sweet Briar racked up 6,539.10 miles in total, placing seventh out of more than 150 schools, companies and other organizations who participated in the challenge. Be on the lookout for more wellness challenges coming up soon!
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