Tinker Times 
Spring 2014


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In This Issue
National Awards for Hollins Theatre
Refer a Student to Hollins
JSTOR for Alumnae/i
1842 Weekend in Dallas
Students Win Ethics Bowl


Quad Quote

"I am more alive than all the world. This is it, I think, this is it, right now, the present, this empty gas station, here, this western wind, this tang of coffee on the tongue, and I am patting the puppy, I am watching the mountain."


 - Annie Dillard '67, M.A. '68, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


Read more Pilgrim quotes on the Hollins University Facebook page.



Make a gift to Hollins

Make a gift to Hollins


Alumnae Events


Easter egg hunt
April 30
Virginia Beach: May 6
Richmond: May 7
May 30-June 1


 Spotlight on a Hollins Tradition:


Cotillion began as a women-only dance in the 1890s. Today it is one of the biggest coed events sponsored by Hollins. This year's spring Cotillion was held at the Roanoke Country Club with the theme of "Off to the Races." 

Photo courtesy of Elsa Gehring '15.





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May 25, 2014

Hollins' 172nd commencement exercises will feature remarks by alumna Ellen Goldsmith-Vein '84, one of Hollywood's most powerful women and CEO of the Gotham Group.




July 20 - 26



Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop

Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop

Learn more and sign up for the summer residential program or online courses for adults



Women Working With Clay: June 9 - 12

Women Working With Clay

Learn more and sign up for this summer program on campus



Buy a Book, Support Hollins

We're pleased to share with you this list of children's books by Hollins alumna Margaret Wise Brown '32, from which Hollins receives royalties - buy one of these books and you'll help support Hollins!



Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

Cofer, Levavi Oculos


Quick Links 

Four National Awards for Hollins Theatre

Hollins Theatre has been recognized with national honors in production, direction, performance, and playwriting by the 46th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Hollins' production of Decision Height by Meredith Dayna Levy '12, who is now pursuing her M.F.A. in the Playwright's Lab at Hollins, earned four awards, including Outstanding Production of a New Work; Distinguished Director of a New Work (presented to Ernie Zulia, who chairs the Hollins theatre department); Distinguished Achievement, Performance and Production Ensembles; and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award for Levy.


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Princeton Review Recognizes Hollins as "Green College"

The Princeton Review has named Hollins one of the United States and Canada's most environmentally responsible colleges in the fifth annual edition of their Guide to 332 Green CollegesThe guide praises Hollins for "leading the sustainability charge for quite some time," citing a number of our green initiatives, including the geothermal well field at Tinker Hall, the solar facility next to Dana Science Building, and the annual energy challenge to reduce electricity and water usage in our residence halls. 


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"The Pilgrim Project" Events Honor 40th Anniversary of Annie Dillard's Pulitzer Prize-winning book

We've devoted the month of April to the Pilgrim Project in honor of the 40th anniversary of publication of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard's (B.A. '67, M.A. '68) Pulitzer Prize-winning work of nonfiction. The centerpiece of the month was Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: The Theatrical Odyssey, the premiere of a theatrical adaptation of Dillard's work, which aims to honor her glorious and exacting prose, while inviting the audience into dramatic moments of imagery and sensations that reverberate with startling awareness. This work was part of the Hollins Theatre Legacy Series. Throughout the month of April the entire campus exploded with imaginative events, activities, and reflections as we turned our collective thoughts gloriously "greenward."


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Be sure to check out: Student Takes Over Hollins Instagram Account


Hollins Captures Third in ACA Nationals

The Hollins downriver team is third in the nation following competition at the American Canoe Association (ACA) Downriver National Championships, held March 29-30, in Silva, North Carolina. This is the premier event for colleges and universities from across the country in canoe and kayak downriver racing, and features individual as well as team races in kayak and both solo and tandem canoes. Read more


Follow Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP) on Instagram


  Athletics news


Race to Reunion

Alumnae: Your referrals of talented students have a direct impact on both the quality and quantity of the next class of Hollins women. Refer a student by May 30 and your class may win the Race to Reunion! In addition to supporting your class, you could also win too:

  • The Reunion class member who provides the most individual referrals will receive a complimentary weekend stay in Barbee Guest House (dates subject to availability).
  • For non-Reunion class years, the alumna who provides the most referrals in support of the Race to Reunion will receive a $50 voucher to the Hollins bookstore.


Check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on the #RacetoReunion.


 Volunteer for admission
 Refer a student

Be sure to check out: New Admission Viewbook


JSTOR and Project MUSE now for alumnae/i

Wyndham Robertson Library In addition to free borrowing privileges at the Wyndham Robertson Library, alumnae/i now have access to JSTOR and Project MUSE, two of the library's largest online collections of journals. Read more


Alumnae Engagement

Hollins is committed to helping alumnae/i connect with one another and with the institution in meaningful ways. As part of the Alumnae Engagement Initiative, we are pleased to offer the following links related to:


 Alumnae news 

Be sure to check out: Reunion 2014 will be May 30 - June 1


1842 Society Weekend in Dallas, 

November 7 - 9

Hollins takes the 1842 Society and Miss Matty's Circle, our leadership giving societies, to Dallas for our next special weekend with President Gray and the trustees. Mark your calendar for November 7 - 9 for a great Hollins trip, and make your 1842 Society or Miss Matty's Circle gift today to join.


Reunion Giving: Will Your Class Win?

How is your class stacking up in the reunion awards race? Show your Green & Gold spirit and help your class win an award. Come to reunion and support your class gift.


 Giving news


Be sure to check out: Annual Report on Giving

 Students / Faculty

Hollins at Lafayette Debates and Ethics Bowl

Ellen Parke '71, Specht, Keeley, Jean Rutherfoord '74, Suzy Mink '74
Two Hollins students were among "the best and brightest student debaters" at the Lafayette Debates, sponsored by the Embassy of France and George Washington University, April 12 - 13, in Washington, D.C. Hollins' invitation to compete came on the heels of the university's debate team winning the 15th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl, held in February at Randolph-Macon College. "The executive who organizes the Lafayette Debates witnessed Hollins' victory and was very impressed," said Associate Professor of Philosophy James Downey, who serves as the team's faculty coordinator. Madchen Specht '16 and Rory Keeley '17  represented Hollins at the debates, defeating Hampden-Sydney and also competing against the U.S. Military Academy, Wake Forest, and NYU at the two-day event, which focuses on addressing issues of great importance to both the United States and France as a way to encourage discourse and interaction between the two nations. Read more


Senior Wins Best Undergraduate Paper Award

Hensly, at right Congratulations to Hollins senior Catherine Hensly '14, who is the winner of the 2014 Best Undergraduate Paper Award by the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA). Hensly, who is double-majoring in economics and business, was honored for her paper, "Higher Education, Higher Cost: An Income-Contingent Approach." Hensly and her advisor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Deborah Spencer, were recognized at the VSSA's 87th Annual Meeting, held April 18 - 19 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The paper was presented at the conference's panel session, "Health Care, Poverty, and Education in Economic Perspective." Read more


Professor Selected for Ancient Greece Seminar

Larsen Professor of English Jeanne Larsen M.A. '72 is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide invited to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar on The Odyssey. The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies chose Larsen and 19 other faculty members from a pool of 66 nominees for The Odyssey, which takes place July 22 - 26 at the Center for Hellenic Studies' Washington, D.C., campus. Read more


 Student stories

Tinker Times. Spring 2014 issue. Published by Hollins University Advancement Services.




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