Hollins News Flash

Quarterly e-newsletter for alumnae/i and friends of Hollins

Spring 2011

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Hollins, Emory & Henry Team Up for Energy Conservation

green projects

Hollins and Emory & Henry College will receive $200,000 over the next three years from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to collaborate on an energy conservation project that will foster a culture of sustainability on both campuses.


 A key component of the project will be the hiring of a shared energy manager by July 1, 2011. The manager, who ideally will have a background in mechanical engineering, will conduct a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption on each campus, identify strategies to further decrease energy use, develop and implement energy policies for each institution, and enhance educational activities to promote energy conservation by members of each campus community.




Hollins Senior Rejuvenates Remote African Village
BowdenThree years ago, Hollins senior Heather Bowden discovered a book that moved her like nothing she'd read before. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah's gripping account of surviving the brutality of war-torn Sierra Leone in the 1990s, sparked in Bowden an intense interest in visiting West Africa. "The specific place where I was going always shifted," the native of Blacksburg, Virginia, recalls. "I was just on a mission to go." In 2009, Bowden finally got her chance through a Hollins study abroad program offered by the University of Ghana, and her arrival that fall not only triggered some profound changes in her own life but also resulted in her taking the lead role in bringing an entire community back from a devastating disaster through education. 

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Students / Faculty
Dillard Inducted Into Fellowship of Southern Writers

Fellowship of Southern WritersCongratulations to Professor of English Richard Dillard, who will be inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers (FSW) during the Chattanooga Arts & Education Council's Conference on Southern Literature, April 14-16.


Dillard is best known as a poet, but is also highly regarded as a writer of fiction and critical essays. He has taught creative writing, literature, and film studies at Hollins since 1964 and has won numerous awards for his writing, including the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the FSW's Hanes Poetry Prize. In 2007 he received the Association of Writers and Writing Programs/George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The award is given annually to a living individual who has demonstrated exceptional generosity to writers.


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Student and Faculty Highlights

  • Biology major Tyne Hovda '11 interviewed at and applied to eight vet schools around the country, and has been accepted at all eight: Texas, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Purdue, Tufts, Ohio State, and Auburn.
  • Associate Professor of English Michelle Abate's column, "A Role for Children's Literature," was published in The New York Times' "Room for Debate" forum. Her most recent book, Raising Your Kids Right, was discussed in an article in The Boston Globe. And, she was a guest on the Colin McEnroe Show on the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network to talk about "What Messages Are In Children's Books?"
  • Professor of Music Judith Cline will present a lecture/recital on the songs of John Jacob Niles, a Kentucky composer, arranged for voice and guitar, at The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the summer of 2011. The symposium is the introductory component to Festival 500, a major international choral festival.
  • Ashley Tucker '14 was appointed to be an Agent of Change delegate to the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held this February at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Every year, select policy analysts and activists from member states gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

Alumnae Products Contest for Holiday Gift Guide Alumnae Products Contest

Calling all Hollins alumnae entrepreneurs! We'd like to feature the objects you produce in our holiday gift guide. If you create objects that would make great gifts, please send your product photo and description to jholzinger@hollins.edu or post to our Facebook wall. Objects such as:


  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Art
  • Food items


A committee of Hollins shoppers will select their favorite alumnae wares to showcase in the summer 2011 issue of HOLLINS magazine, just in time for the holiday gift-buying season.


Contest deadline: June 1.


Reunion 2011 is Coming Soon!


Hollins Reunion 2011Reunion 2011 will be June 3-5, celebrating all classes ending in 1 or 6 and the class of 2009 - but remember, the entire Hollins family, regardless of class year, is invited to return and bring their families.


Check the Reunion Web site for updates soon, and reunion-year alumnae will receive a brochure in the mail shortly!

Alumnae/i Highlights 


BattenJane Parke Batten '58 was honored March 26 with the Cosmopolitan Distinguished Service Award Medal, presented annually by the Norfolk, Virginia, Cosmopolitan Club to Norfolk's First Citizen. Read article in the Virginian-Pilot.
MannRenowned photographer Sally Mann '74, M.A. '75, talks about her art and her husband's battle with muscular dystrophy in this story broadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered." Mann will present the 2011 Massey Lecture in American Civilization at Harvard University in May 2011.




Wendy Walker '75 has published a memoir of her career producing Larry King Live for CNN, Producer: Lessons Shared from 30 Years in Television, reviewed in lajollalight.com.

TretheweyThe Georgia Writers Hall of Fame recently inducted Natasha Trethewey M.A. '91, whose poetry collection Native Guard received the Pulitzer Prize.
Campaign Final Report is Online

Campaign Final ReportThanks to generous alumnae and friends, The Hollins Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places concluded this past summer in grand style,  raising $161.6 million against a goal of $125 million.


Read all about the donors who made the campaign so successful, what your gifts are accomplishing, and what's next for Hollins.


 If you're having trouble finding your name in our final campaign report, please note that this report covers all gifts and commitments received throughout the campaign. The report lists cumulative gifts from July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2010, and so your name is listed under the category for your total gifts during that period. Thank you!


Walker Scholarship First to Qualify for Batten Match

WalkerIt is altogether fitting that a new scholarship honoring Katherine Fralin Walker was the first to qualify for the Batten Challenge. Walker is the founding director of the Batten Leadership Institute established by Jane Batten and her late husband, Frank.




Upcoming Events
Alumnae Events

Alumnae EventsWatch your mailbox, your inbox, or check Facebook or the Hollins Web site for more details on the following events!

April 2: Jake Wheeler Memorial Service

April 4: Hampton Roads Admitted Students Party

April 14: Tinker Mountain Chapter Reception and "NINE" performance

April 21: Birmingham Reception at the home of Kay Parnell Grisham '82

April 23: Richmond Alumnae Chapter Easter Egg Hunt

April 28: Atlanta Reception at the home of Caroline Simons Finnerty '81

May 11: Williamsburg Reception at the home of Margaret Pritchard '77

Save the date - May 12: Charlottesville Alumnae Event

June 9: Darien, Connecticut Reception at the home of Dudley Wood Macfarlane '77


Plan now to attend!
Reunion 2011: June 3-5, 2011

Hollins Campus Events Spring 2011
You're invited to the Hollins campus for lectures, art exhibits, films, plays, athletic events, readings, and much more.
April 14: Jackson Poetry Reading by Paul Muldoon

April 28-30: Spring Dance Works


Plan now for summer programs and events on campus!




In This Issue
Energy Grant for Hollins
Dillard in Fellowship of Southern Writers
Alumnae Products Contest
Gift Report is Online
Upcoming Events



Founder's Day  


Quad Quote

"We have endeavored to make your sojourn here [at Hollins] not merely conducive to your intellectual and moral culture but comfortable and pleasant, and when far away we would have you look back with kind remembrances and ever regard this sojourn and these associations as a bright spot - an oasis in the desert of life."


- Hollins' founder Charles Lewis Cocke as quoted by Newnie Rogers '82 in her Founder's Day address, "Guarding the Dreams of the Dreamer"


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