Tinker Times 
Fall 2012


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In This Issue
US Airways Features Hollins
Alumnae are Key to Hollins' Future
Record-breaking Hollins Fund
Reunion 2013
Golf Wins Three in a Row


Quad Quote

Hollins move in day

"We've had two daughters (at Hollins). My first daughter came here six years ago, and we got moved in, and it looked like a cool idea. I saw other parents doing it and said, 'I want to give back.'...Hollins does a lot for our girls. 

This is our little way of 

giving back."


- Hollins dad David Klein (Emily '11 and Abby '15) on why he helps move in first year students. Watch the video of new student move in day and orientation.




Alumnae Events

including Alumnae Tinker Day parties!

Alumnae event
Fort Worth: Oct. 13
Westport, CT: Oct. 13
Richmond: Oct. 21
Virginia Beach
Oct. 21 
Philadelphia: Oct. 25
Atlanta: Nov. 8





US Airways 

Features Hollins

US Airways magazine  


Flying US Airways in October? Check out the story about Hollins in their October 2012 magazine


Take a photo of yourself with the article and post it on our Facebook page! 







Three Alumnae Artists have



Anne Kesler Shields '54, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art




Mary Page Evans '59,

Delaware Art Museum



Cofer, Levavi Oculos

Susan Cofer '64 

High Museum of Art, Atlanta








 Coming soon...

Tinker Day

It's fall, so Tinker Day must be just around 

the corner. 


Watch your email for a notice when Tinker Day arrives,

and check the Alumnae Association Facebook page for photos that day!







Quick Links





Exhibitions at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins





First Annual Hollins C3: Career Connection Conference

Hollins Career Connection Conference

"I never felt so energized, happy, hopeful. Things after Hollins will go well for me," said a sophomore after the first annual Hollins C3: Career Connection Conference held on October 4. More than 50 alumnae returned to campus to share how they translated their liberal arts education into powerfully satisfying careers through panels, workshops, and networking sessions with students. Alumnae gave their personal stories and insights into: internships, building a resume, what to do in a job interview, workplace etiquette, how to land that first job, and balancing life and work. We look forward to building on the success of this conference in future years.



 Read more

 Photos from C3

Most Important Key to Hollins' Future: You   
One of the most important and exciting initiatives in the strategic plan, the Alumnae Engagement Campaign, has every chance of success. 
While alumnae engagement will take many forms -including attending and hosting local social gatherings, attending campus reunions, serving on advisory committees, and making annual gifts to the Hollins Fund - the new campaign focuses on two initiatives: 
  • enlisting alumnae more directly in identifying women who will be a strong match for the Hollins experience and then helping persuade them to enroll; and 
  • assisting with preparation of our current students for lives of professional achievement and personal fulfillment.


Read more 


Talk about Hollins with Students

Hollins alumna at college fairAlumnae Admission Volunteers strive to assure the character, quality, and diversity of the student body by encouraging bright, talented students to apply for admission and attend Hollins. By sharing their own experiences, alumnae help students get to know Hollins a little better. Pictured is Mariana Denke Lenox '05, representing Hollins at a college fair in Texas.

 Volunteer for Admission
 Refer a student



Thank you, donors

Thank youWe completed the 2011-12 fiscal year at the end of June with the largest Hollins Fund total in our history: $2.95 million. Hollins students, professors, and staff would like to say thank you for your gifts. We couldn't have done it without you. We look forward to continuing to make Hollins great, with your support. We hope you enjoy this video.


Join us in Atlanta: 1842 Society Weekend

Hollins 1842 weekend in Atlanta 2012 This is your last chance to register for our annual weekend for 1842 Society and Miss Matty's Circle donors, this year in Atlanta. Special events: High Museum of Art reception and exhibition by Susan Cofer '64, and the presentation of the Distinguished Young Alumna Award to Catherine Moore Wannamaker '96, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).


 Giving news



Save the date! Reunion 2013: May 31-June 2

Hollins Reunion Reunion 2013 will celebrate all classes ending in 3 or 8 and the class of 2011 - but remember, the entire Hollins family, regardless of class year, is invited to return and bring their families. Read more



 Video: Reunion 2012



Natasha Trethewey M.A. '91 Gives Inaugural Reading as U.S. Poet Laureate

Photo: Andrew Kornylak

"Natasha Trethewey is an outstanding poet/historian in the mold of Robert Penn Warren, our first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her poems dig beneath the surface of history-personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago - to explore the human struggles that we all face," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Trethewey opened her term as 19th Poet Laureate at a September 13 reading at the Library of Congress. She is the first person to simultaneously serve as U.S. Poet Laureate and a State Poet Laureate (Mississippi).


 Alumnae news 
 Students / Faculty

Theatre Produces Student Play

Decision Height  Decision Height, an original work by Meredith Levy '12, current student in Hollins' M.F.A. playwriting program, is the next in the theatre's series highlighting Hollins authors, Oct. 17-20. Decision Height follows six women as they train to become members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, the only female air academy in American history. The women learn the strength of sisterhood and awaken to a deeper sense of purpose as they discover why they fly. Hollins is proud to honor all veterans and current members of the U.S. military with free admission to Decision Height, please call the box office at 540-362-6517 for reservations.


McDonnells In addition, at the Saturday, October 20, performance, Hollins will dedicate the theatre in honor of Elizabeth "Libby" Hall McDonnell '62 and her husband, James. Through the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation, the McDonnells gave $3 million for a comprehensive renovation of the theatre. In addition to an accessible entrance and restroom, the gift brought new electric rigging, lighting, sprinklers, flood control, paint, carpeting, and - finally - air conditioning.


 Student accomplishments



Golf Takes Third Consecutive Title

Hollins golf team

After opening the season with two consecutive tournament wins, Hollins traveled to Lexington, VA to face the rest of the ODAC at the Washington and Lee Fall Invitational. Behind an even par 72 by Elizabeth Cheng '14 (Virginia Beach, VA), Hollins shot a second round 341 en route to winning the tournament.  It was the third tournament win in three tries this fall Hollins. Cheng currently sports the fifth best scoring average in the country as compiled by Golfstat.


Watch video of ODAC Women's Golfer of the Week: Elizabeth Cheng '14



New Fitness Center Opens

Fitness Center Thanks to donations from generous alumnae and the hard work of staff, the athletic department is pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness center in the lower level of the athletic complex (the former fencing studio; the fencing team now practices in Tayloe Gym). With expanded space, the new center offers more cardio and weight equipment as well as a better sound system and televisions.


 Athletics news

Tinker Times. Fall 2012 issue. Published by Hollins University Alumnae & Donor Relations.