Tinker Times 
Summer 2012
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In This Issue
Geothermal wells at Tinker Hall
Recruiting Students
"Goodnight, Hollins"
Riders at Nationals


Quad Quote


"In my time at Hollins, I have completed four internships and have one more lined up for this summer. I have studied abroad. I have joined and led clubs and organizations. I have planned meetings, fund-raisers and theater productions. I will spend next year serving as president of our Student Government Association. My experience is not atypical; these are opportunities a liberal arts education puts at your fingertips."


- Roanoke Times op-ed by Kelsey DeForest '13


Hollins Flies the Friendly Skies


US Airways magazine  


Look for an article about Hollins in the August 2012 issue of US Airways magazine. Take a photo of yourself mid-flight with the article, 

and share it on our Facebook page!


Online version will be live first week in August at usairwaysmag.com





Alumnae Events

alumnae event  
Austin: June 26
Roanoke: June 29
Cashiers, NC: July 19




What's Going on Behind Tinker Hall?

Tinker Hall drilling

Drilling is now under way for a geothermal well field for Tinker Hall, our largest student residence, for more energy efficiency and reduction of our carbon footprint.  We've scaled the project back to only 44 wells because, well, we have great dirt. The technical term would be thermal conductivity, but sometimes it's just easier to tell folks we have great dirt.


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 Alice Hohenberg Federico '67 at Wilson Museum


Ceramic artist Alice Hohenberg Federico '67 draws inspiration from ancient Greek ceramic arts, traditional Japanese techniques, and modern English pottery to create sensuous sculptural vessels. 


Exhibition open through September 15.



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Trethewey Hollins Graduate Named U.S.
Poet Laureate

"My time at Hollins has meant absolutely the world to me. It was the place that...made me a writer." Hollins graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey M.A. '91 has been named Poet Laureate for 2012-13 by the Library of Congress. Trethewey, the daughter of Hollins English professor Eric Trethewey, is a professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta and served as the 2012 Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins. The Hollins Theatre staged an adaptation of her book of poems, Bellocq's Ophelia, earlier this year.


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 Roanoke Times article

Recruiting Women Who Are Going Places

recruiting students We are developing a program to better use one of Hollins' strongest assets: our network of devoted alumnae. If you would like to help recruit students, please complete the alumnae admission volunteer form today. In addition to assisting as a volunteer, consider referring women in your life to Hollins. If your referral arrives before a student's admittance to Hollins, she will receive a $500 one-time scholarship. This is another great way to make a substantial impact on our recruitment efforts. Thank you! 
New Strategic Plan

At its May meetings, the Board of Trustees approved a new five-year strategic planOver the next five years, it is our vision for Hollins to: 


  • Become nationally recognized as the women's liberal arts college that best unites excellence in liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities and strong career preparation.
  • Create an educational competitive advantage for its students by utilizing its alumnae network to connect students with hands-on experiences and mentoring  that will enable professional and life success.
  • Strive continually to ensure the sustainability of its financial model and support  the goal of making Hollins attractive, accessible, and affordable to qualified  students.


More information to come, including details on the important role alumnae will play in the success of the strategic plan.


Goodnight, Hollins"Goodnight, Hollins"

In the spirit of Margaret Wise Brown '32, whose legacy as a Hollins graduate and children's author we've celebrated for the past year, we'd like to offer our own homage to Goodnight Moon. We hope you enjoy this video, and if you haven't already, please make your gift to the Hollins Fund by June 30. Thank you!

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1842 Society Weekend

Hollins 1842 weekend in Atlanta 2012 Mark your calendar for November 8-11, 2012, for our annual weekend for 1842 Society and Miss Matty's Circle donors, this year in Atlanta. Special events include a High Museum of Art reception and the opportunity to view an exhibition of work by Susan Seydel Cofer '64.

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Giving news 



class of '82
The class of '82 rocked vuvuzelas during the parade of classes.

Reunion 2012

Thank you to the more than 500 alumnae and friends who joined us on campus for a beautiful reunion weekend!

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Robertson "Who was that man 'Wyndham Robertson'?"

We are delighted to share these remarks from that eponymous alumna of the class of '58, who has been captured on canvas by Annette Polan '67, in this portrait which now hangs near the library's circulation desk.


Alumnae news 

 Students / Faculty

Commencement Commencement 2012

On May 20, a gorgeous Sunday morning, 182 undergraduates and 71 graduate students received their degrees at the university's 170th commencement exercises. Watch highlights of the day, starting with seniors gathering on Back Quad to begin the procession through Main Building, followed by the ceremony on Front Quad, remarks by Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter '85, and the faculty salute to the class of 2012 in front of the Cocke Building. 

  Read Commencement news

  Buy Commencement photos


BraticOn May 18, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Vladimir Bratic, a native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was officially sworn in as a citizen of the United States. Watch video highlights here.


 "Instrument of Peace" - Hollins magazine article



Riders Capture Titles at Nationals

Hollins coach Sandy Gerald, Poole, and coaches Nancy Peterson and Liz Courter.

Sarah Brown '13 and Catherine Hensly '14 each won national titles on May 3 at the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships. Brown topped riders from Penn State, Cornell, and more to win the Intermediate Equitation Over Fences (Individual) competition. Her victory represents the first time a Hollins rider has won a national title in this class. Hensly won the Walk Trot Canter Equitation (Individual) competition. Emma Lane Poole '13 also delivered a standout performance, taking third place in Open Equitation Over Fences.

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Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame Five alumnae were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Reunion 2012 (l to r): Virginia Byrne Mahlke '67, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse; Louise Brooks Lucas '72, basketball, field hockey, tennis; Amy Sharistanian Teachout '97, fencing; Christine Holt Fix '97, fencing; and King Trousdale '62, basketball, tennis. Congratulations!


Athletics news

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