Category Archives: Sweet Briar College

May My Beautiful Sweet Briar College’s Foundations Ever Be As Strong As Her Hills

When I tuned in to a live webcast of “Shaking Up Retirement: Rethinking Financial Security for Americans” on the morning of March 3, little did I know that in just a few hours, I’d be so shaken up about something … Continue reading

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Two Transformations Took Place at the Inauguration of Kenyon College’s Nineteenth President

Atop one of Knox County’s hills sits a community of scholars who live and work in a historic collection of buildings overlooking a beautiful pastoral landscape. In Gambier, Ohio, the home of Kenyon College, I spent a very special Saturday … Continue reading

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Under Ohio Chautauqua’s Red-And-White-Striped Tent, We Met Mary Boykin Chesnut

To start our holiday weekend, last evening we sat under a red-and-white-striped tent with Mary Boykin Chesnut, the Confederate Civil War diarist. Mrs. Chesnut was part of Ohio Chautauqua’s five-day stop in Westerville. The event combines living history, music, education … Continue reading

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“George Washington’s Legacy of Leadership”: A Special Day at Mount Vernon with Tait

During my long Presidents’ Day weekend, I’ve been thinking about “George Washington’s Legacy of Leadership,” a symposium that the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association hosted at Mount Vernon. Fittingly, the symposium was held on my grandmother’s birthday: March 9, 2009. In … Continue reading

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After 23 Years, This Sweet Briar Girl Is Still Studying Art History

Sweet Briar College was the perfect place for this shy, studious girl to continue her education. Going to school on a former 3,300-acre Virginia plantation, enjoying the company of a special circle of friends and learning from several professors who were … Continue reading

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