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Summer 2011

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A Widening Circle of Alumnae: Commencement 2011 

Hollins commencement 2011Hollins conferred 169 bachelor's degrees and 75 master's degrees during the 169th Commencement Exercises held on Front Quad May 22. Keynote speaker Alexandra Trower Lindsey '86, Executive Vice President at The Est´┐Że Lauder Companies, told the Class of 2011 about one senior's description of her Hollins experience: "I started... as a square. I'm leaving as a circle."


Lindsey explained this student believed her time at Hollins had helped her become more open and well-rounded, "but a circle also represents the unbreakable connection we Hollins women share - as part of a widening circle of alumnae, from so many different backgrounds...hands linked together, in sisterhood and solidarity with one another, to dream the boldest dreams we can...and help others' dreams come true."



Margaret Wise Brown Festival
Margaret Wise Brown FestivalBeginning June 2011, Hollins 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.


Highlights include:



Goodnight HushThe Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents the exhibition Goodnight, Hush: Classic Children's Book Illustrations. The two-part exhibition, spanning the summers of 2011 and 2012, showcases original illustrations from The Runaway Bunny paired with artwork from contemporary children's books, and original illustrations from Goodnight Moon.


Stage production of the musical Goodnight Moon at the Hollins Theatre - watch bunny's "great green room" come alive in this gentle and playful musical.


READ posterA series of Saturday Morning Story Hours with local celebrities reading Brown's classics, concluding with milk and cookies and an opportunity for kids to have their photo taken reading a Margaret Wise Brown book for their own READ poster.



The Hollins University Concert Choir and the Valley Chamber Orchestra present the classical lullaby Goodnight Moon, along with spooky Halloween music and some of Brown's autumn-themed books, at a musical story hour.


Musicians from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - and a surprise narrator - will take you on a musical journey of The Runaway Bunny in a family concert at the Taubman Museum, in the style of "Peter and the Wolf."



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Students / Faculty
Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

Hollins bids farewell to two campus fixtures and welcomes two new faces to campus.


NyeWilliam P. "Bill" Nye is retiring after 36 years at Hollins. Nye is professor of sociology whose work specializes in race and minority relations, crime and deviance, the sociology of education, and social theory. He is also the leader of the Bill Nye Jazz Quartet, which has provided entertainment for many alumnae reunions on Front Quad.




FullerChaplain Jan Fuller '78, who has been at Hollins for 24 years, has accepted a new position as chaplain at Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina. She will join Elon in September and will oversee the expansion of religious diversity and the construction of a new multi-faith center. A member of Hollins' class of 1978 who went on to graduate from Yale Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary, Jan is the longest-serving chaplain in Hollins' history. Information will be forthcoming on a gathering in Jan's honor that will take place sometime in September.


David Zinn has joined Hollins as director of athletics and chair of the physical education department following a national search. Zinn comes to Hollins from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where he served as director of athletics with responsibility for nine NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. > Read more 


Stefanie Niles has been named Vice President for Enrollment. Niles comes to Hollins from Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania, where she has served as dean of enrollment management since 2009. Previously, she worked at DePauw University in Indiana, rising from assistant director of admission to vice president for admission and financial aid during her twelve years there. Niles received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in education at Indiana University. She is currently completing a Doctor of Education degree in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.


Student and Faculty Highlights

  • The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge announced that Professor of Art Nancy Dahlstrom and Associate Professor of Theatre Ernie Zulia are among this year's recipients of the Perry F. Kendig Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts.
    • Watch videos of Zulia and Dahlstrom talking about their artistic journeys.
  • Samara Simmons '11 has been selected as a Fellow in the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program.
  • Edward A. Lynch, professor of political science and director of the MALS program, has published the book Starting Over: A Political Biography of George Allen, exploring the remarkable resilience of the former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator.
  • Lauren Bakst '11 will present her senior thesis, "The Bound Yet Persistently Moving Critical Distance Between My Body and 'Woman'," at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference in Atlanta this November.
  • The riding team won its second straight and record 19th Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title this spring, and Emma Lane Poole '13 was named ODAC Rider of the Year. In addition, Sarah Jarosinski '12 won Reserve Champion in the Individual Novice Equitation Over Fences at the 2011 IHSA National Championships.


Connect. Contemplate. Celebrate: Reunion 2011

Hollins Reunion


7 decades of Hollins women - from the Class of 1951 to the Class of 2014 - came back to Hollins. Alumnae came back from far-flung locations: from Italy, Norway, France, Puerto Rico, and even Kenya. Thank you to all of our attendees and especially to our reunion volunteers for making it such a wonderful weekend!




Leadership Retreat for Alumnae

Batten Inside: A Leadership Retreat
January 22 - 25, 2012

Batten InsideOver the course of this workshop, participants will engage in a leadership curriculum built on self as subject. Through three core components, participants will deepen their self-knowledge, broaden their understanding of how others experience them, and gain fresh angles into their most vexing leadership challenges.


The Batten Leadership Institute model is based on a wellness counseling paradigm paired with adaptive leadership theory and resonant experiential components. Facilitators raise to the surface process-level dynamics and help to create a holding environment sustained through a collective understanding of the value of experimentation and risk-taking towards sustained growth.

Date: January 22-25, 2012
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

Tuition: $3,000, which includes all meals, materials, and facilitation.


For more information or to register, please contact Betsy Cossaboon, Batten Leadership Institute, at bcossaboon@hollins.edu or (540) 362-6145.


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Alumnae Products Contest for Holiday Gift Guide Alumnae Products Contest

Thank you to the more than 50 alumnae entrepreneurs who submitted their wares for our first-ever alumnae products contest. 


A committee of Hollins shoppers will select 20 of the items to showcase in the summer 2011 issue of HOLLINS magazine, just in time for the holiday gift-buying season.  




Hollins Recognized for Fundraising Excellence

CASEThe Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has selected Hollins as a winner of the 2011 CASE Educational Fundraising Awards. These awards honor superior fundraising programs across the country and are a component of CASE's Circle of Excellence program, which recognizes exemplary advancement programs and activities.


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Technology Grant for education program

Hollins is one of five Virginia colleges to be awarded a $20,000 "Teaching with Today's Technology" grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and the Verizon Foundation. At Hollins, grant funds will be used to redesign and enhance the education program's classroom technology integration course.   


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Upcoming Events

Alumnae Events


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


Do you love Tinker Day? It's not too early to start planning for an alumnae Tinker Day event in your area this fall. Contact us at alumnae@hollins.edu for more information.


July 13 and August 10: San Francisco Monthly Networking Gatherings

October 7-9: 1842 Society Weekend in Boston 


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

Wilson Museum exhibitions
The Hollins campus is abuzz with events during the summer too! Join us for lectures, art exhibits, films, readings, and more.






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In This Issue
Margaret Wise Brown Festival
Reunion 2011 News
Leadership Retreat
Upcoming Events





Quad Quote

"As the front quad roared with clapping and cheers, I started to cry uncontrollably. For the first time, I realized that even though Hollins feels like a magical place, we don't live forever. I imagined being that first class in the parade and missing my girlfriends, who are not just girlfriends, but sisters. I thought about how they might feel as 60 years of memories have passed." 


- Rebekah Cocke McKelvey '06 in a Roanoke Times op-ed about "Hollins' unexpected magic" at Reunion 2011


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