Tag Archives: Stories from Sweet Briar

Stories from Sweet Briar: The Closing of Sweet Briar College

On March 3, 2015, the academic world changed. That day, the Board of Directors for Sweet Briar College announced that the college would be closed, citing “insurmountable financial challenges.” The announcement landed with a loud, painful thud on the Sweet Briar community, and the academic community writ large. The closing of Sweet Briar, one of the few remaining women’s colleges […]

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A New Hope for Sweet Briar College

By Jill Granger, Former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry On the days that followed the Board of Directors’ announcement that Sweet Briar College was slated to close, I was gripped with following Facebook and watching my inbox blow up with messages from around the world. I felt the global Sweet Briar community collectively shudder that day. […]

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A Commencement Speech and a Call to Honor a Legacy

On May 16, 2015, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Chief Executive of the City of Columbus, Georgia and Sweet Briar College Alumni (Class of 1987), delivered the commencement keynote to the Class of 2015. Her speech is reproduced here. What an honor and privilege to be here today on this hallowed ground speaking to this class of remarkable women. Many have asked me […]

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A Girl and Her Books: On the Loss of Sweet Briar College

By Meridith de Avila Khan, Photographer, Sweet Briar College 1. A few weeks ago, my daughter Sofia came to work with me at Sweet Briar College, like she often does on vacations or teacher workdays, with support from my supervisors. When I first started work as the school’s campus photographer, she was a chubby toddler. Now, she’s a skinny six-year-old […]

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Sweet Briar’s Closing: The Story from the Inside

By Raina Robeva, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Sweet Briar College Surreal. That’s the word that best describes our life on the Sweet Briar campus for the last ten weeks. Imagine a community sobbing with grief and disbelief on one day, then turning sorrow into action on the next. Imagine professors calling rival institutions with requests to transfer their students, and […]

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