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Fall 2011

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Hollins Alumnae Magazine Now Online 
Hollins Magazine is Online 

We are pleased to announce the digital version of Hollins magazine! Online you'll find longer versions of articles, web-only content, and video features, something we hope to explore in the months to come.


One thing you won't find right now in the online version: class letters. We have opted to keep those as a print-only option, primarily because we're mindful of the need to keep the personal news of alumnae/i away from the Web spiders that patrol the Internet for information. Printed class letters are not private, of course, but they're shared with the members of the Hollins community, not disseminated on the World Wide Web. The print version of Hollins magazine comes out three times a year, spring, summer, and winter.


Please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the digital magazine by contacting the editor, Jean Holzinger, at jholzinger@hollins.edu.

Hollins Reduces Carbon Footprint by 9%


An analysis prepared by Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Renee Godard shows Hollins reduced its carbon footprint by 9% in 2010-2011, far exceeding the target of 6% for the year, based on Hollins' Strategic Plan for Carbon Reduction.


"This achievement is due in part to an improvement in the carbon load associated with the electricity we purchase," Hollins President Nancy Gray explained. "But much of the credit goes to our initiatives, individually and campus-wide, toward lowering electricity consumption. Simple habits, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, unplugging electrical equipment when not in use, and turning down heating and cooling units, are having a tremendous impact."




Margaret Wise Brown Festival
Margaret Wise Brown FestivalHollins is celebrating the life and work of beloved children's book author and Hollins alumna Margaret Wise Brown '32 with a yearlong festival of events that are open to the public and family-friendly.


Upcoming festival events include:




Goodnight Moon the MusicalStage production of the musical Goodnight Moon at the Hollins Theatre, October 20-24, www.hollins.edu/theatre for tickets.

Enter bunny's great green room and watch the fanciful story of goodnight wishes come to life in this new musical comedy. Chad Henry's clever and charming adaptation comes straight from the pages of the classic children's tale, which has sold millions of copies around the world. For parents, grandparents, and children of all ages. Part of Hollins Theatre's Five Stars and a Moon Legacy Series of productions spotlighting alumnae authors.


Story HourSaturday Morning Story Hour with Hollins University Concert Choir and Valley Chamber Orchestra, and Celebrity Reader Radio Personality Kianna Wade

October 29, 10 a.m., Tayloe Gym

Enjoy the classical lullaby Goodnight Moon performed by the choir and orchestra, along with other classical family favorites and some of Brown's autumn-themed books. Kids, come in your Halloween costumes, including as your favorite Margaret Wise Brown character. Get your photo taken for your very own READ poster! No charge to attend.  


Read more about the festival


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Students / Faculty
Former Hollins President Logan Passes Away

LoganJohn A. "Jay" Logan, Jr., president of Hollins from 1961 to 1975, died on July 4, 2011, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, after a fall and a brief illness.


While visiting Hollins as president-elect in April 1961, Logan remarked that "whatever we do is going to be evolutionary, not revolutionary." Indeed, Logan's thoughtful leadership guided Hollins through unmatched growth during a turbulent time in our country.


Read more

Obituary in the New York Times


Faculty Highlights

  • Art professor Alison Hall is among the artists represented in the exhibition "Ten Years After 9/11" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Read the Roanoke Times article about the exhibition.
  • Director of Gender and Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science Susan Thomas was elected president of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS). She was also promoted to editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, an ICAS journal.
  • "Perfect Season," a poem from Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Poliner's new chapbook, Sudden Fog, was the featured poem of the day on Poetry Daily (www.poetry.com) on September 9, 2011.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies LeeRay Costa's article, "Eating Hawai'i: Local Foods and Place-Making in Hawai'i Regional Cuisine" (co-written with Kathryn Besio), will appear in the journal Social and Cultural Geography 12(8), 2011. Also, her essay, "Grassroots Woman Leader," will appear in the book, Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, Joshua Barker and Johan Lindquist, eds., forthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press. 


Women's Leadership Retreat

Batten Inside: January 22 - 25, 2012
Batten Inside


Join us for a learning retreat like no other, with a unique Batten twist. Alumnae and friends will enjoy daily sessions focused on deepening your self-knowledge, enhancing your leadership skills at work and at home, and influencing the world around you. Leadership development sessions wind down each afternoon to make time for reflection and relaxation, on your own or with your cohort. As you take in all that this beautiful resort has to offer, specially planned group dining experiences will punctuate your stay.


Elevating various ways of living leadership in every realm of your life, while taking full advantage of the resort experience, will culminate in a truly unforgettable Hollins event.


Date: January 22-25, 2012

Cost: $3,000 (includes all meals, materials, and facilitation)

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida


Register online or by contacting Betsy Cossaboon at (540) 362-6145 or bcossaboon@hollins.edu.


Learn more  


Order Cheese Straws and Support Hollins 

Carriage House Cheese StrawsThe Richmond Alumnae Chapter, in partnership with Carriage House Products, is delighted to offer cheese straws - plus a wide range of delicious products - for a discounted price to Hollins alumnae, parents, and friends anywhere in the U.S. A portion of the proceeds from the chapter's sales is donated to the Virginia Lee Cox Blakely Scholarship at Hollins, which is a need-based scholarship for students from the Richmond area.

  • 10% discount off all products ordered online or over the phone, exclusively for Hollins alumnae and family
  • Easy shipping to Hollins alumnae, friends, and family
  • Perfect for parties, gifts, or just snacking!
  • Learn more and order online  
Enterprising Alumnae
 Alumnae Products Contest
We were pretty sure when we sent out the call for entries for the magazine's first-ever alumnae products contest that Hollins grads would answer with Hollins-style creativity. In fact, fifty of you responded with an array of hand-crafted or self-designed products that made narrowing it down to the following finalists a challenge for the committee of savvy shoppers.
Seeking Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations
Hollins AthleticsThe Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for inductions to take place at Reunion 2012 (June 1-3, 2012). The Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Hollins community who have demonstrated superior athletic accomplishments at Hollins as well as sportsmanship, character, and leadership at Hollins or in their community.
Honoring Wyndham Robertson '58

Robertson$2 million scholarship fund in her honor

Wyndham Robertson '58 knew something was up. After all, when you've served your alma mater as a trustee for thirty-one years, they won't just let you ride off into the sunset when you announce your plans to retire. Besides, her fellow trustees warned her to get dressed up. So when Robertson arrived with her dashing date, Chuck Whittingham, on the lawn of the library named for her on the evening of May 20, she suspected there would be a few accolades before the night was over.


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Rose Hill Renovated into Student Residence
Rose Hill
Rose Hill


The Hill Houses - Carvin, Rath House, Sandusky, Rose Hill, French House, Duchouquet, Malvern Hill, Eastnor, and the Robbie Hunt Burton Alumnae Cottage - have formed an important part of the Hollins community for more than a century. The trustees unanimously agreed to preserve and improve them to create a neighborhood of student residences, taking advantage of the lovely residential architecture. This initiative, expected to cost $3 million, will restore distinctive spaces for undergraduates and also create air-conditioned residences to support the increasingly important summer programs on campus. The first Hill House to be renovated was Rose Hill in summer 2011. Vacant at the time of renovation, Rose Hill was previously a residence and home to the women's center, graduate programs, and international programs. It houses 10 students.

As funds are received, we will proceed to renovate the Hill Houses one by one. For information on making a gift to the Hill House project, contact Diane Markert, acting director of development, at dmarkert@hollins.edu or (540) 362-6515.


Photos of renovated Rose Hill 


Upcoming Events

Alumnae Events


Alumnae EventsWatch your mailbox, your inbox, or check Facebook or the Hollins Web site for updates on alumnae events!


October 8 - D.C. Alumnae Tinker Day Party

October 12 - San Francisco Networking Gathering

October 20 - Philly Alumnae Tinker Day Party

October 20 - Roanoke Alumnae Reception and Goodnight Moon: The Musical

October 23 - Hampton Roads Alumnae Tinker Day Party

October 25 - New York Luncheon with Vice President of Enrollment Stefanie Niles

October 28 - Southwest Florida Alumnae Tinker Day Party

October TBA - Houston and Greensboro Alumnae Tinker Day Parties

Save the Date! Reunion 2012: June 1-3, 2012

Join us for lectures, art exhibits, music events, films, readings, and more.

Eleanor D. Wilson MuseumOpened September 29 - Bill White: "Empathy and Engagement" Art Exhibition and Jan Knipe: Art Exhibition

October 1 - Women's Forum

October 5 - Outcasts United Author Warren St. John

October 20-24 - Goodnight Moon: The Musical

October 29 - Musical Story Hour with the lullaby Goodnight Moon

November 3-5 - Fall Dance Gathering




In This Issue
Hollins Reduces Carbon Footprint
Margaret Wise Brown Festival
President Logan Passes Away
Women's Leadership Retreat
Honoring Wyndham Robertson '58
Upcoming Events
Hollinsummer News

Please note that due to renovations that will take place to Tinker Hall during summer 2012, Hollins will not offer the Hollinsummer program for middle and high school girls next summer.



Opening Convocation  


Quad Quote

"Opening Convocation, a ceremony we have to kick of the new school year, was pretty fabulous this year. President Nancy Gray had a speech about the rapidly changing world and the impossibilities of keeping up with it all. Sounds a little depressing right? That's how we all were feeling until a flash mob broke out. Talk about comedic relief. It ended up being a wonderful illustration of what I feel Hollins women are all about. Yes, we live in a world where things happen beyond our control, but sometimes you have to let that go and give it all you got anyhow."


- Randi Pedroza '14 in her Hollins blog.

Video of the flash mob 






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