Tinker Times 
Winter 2014


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In This Issue
Hollins Spring Welcome Horse Show
New Honors Program
Race to Reunion
Happy 106th Birthday, Fonnie
Join your classmates
Second novel by Hollins students published


Quad Quote


"Louis never told us goodbye. Remember, he always left us by saying: 'Be good.' And he didn't mean, be nice young ladies, for of course he knew better. I am still learning all that he meant by those two words. Be good at what you do. Work and work until you are good at what you want to do. So Louis, no goodbyes. We are here today being good. Yes, we ARE good, and it is because we have always had him with us - encouraging, admonishing, coaching, and befriending us, quite simply the best there is."


- Lucinda MacKethan's '67 memory of Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Watch the video of the memorial service for Rubin.



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Alumnae Events


Alumnae event
Philadelphia: Jan. 17
Richmond: Jan. 21
Roanoke: Jan. 21
Charlotte: March 4
Memphis: March 11 
Nashville: March 11
Lexington, Ky: 
March 12
Louisville, Ky: 
March 12
Vero Beach: 
March 18
Black Student Alliance Reunion: April 12-13



Save the Date:

Reunion 2014

May 30 - June 1

Hollins Reunion 2014


 Spotlight on a Hollins Tradition:

Founder's Day February 20, 2014
Founder's Day

The event celebrates the birth of Charles Lewis Cocke, who served as president of Hollins from 1846 until his death in 1901. Even though Cocke came to Hollins after its establishment in 1842, he is considered the school's founder because the institution would not have survived without his leadership during financial crises, disease epidemics, the Civil War, and other challenges. (Cocke was born on February 21, 1820.) The Founder's Day program will begin that afternoon with members of the senior class and a member of the campus community chosen by that class processing to the Cocke family cemetery, located at the southeast end of campus, and placing a wreath on Mr. Cocke's grave.



Visit the

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum





Please forward this enewsletter to your friends and encourage them to update their email address with Hollins 



Hollinsummer 2014

July 20 - 26

Learn more and enroll your daughter or granddaughter



Watch the 50th Reunion video by the Class of 1964



Spotlight on January Short Term:

Hollins in the Caribbean

One group of students is in St. John during J-Term 2014 with biology professors Renee Godard and Morgan Wilson, doing everything from underwater research to hiking, from beach clean up to starfish rescue, and more. Read about their adventures on their blog.



Quick Links 

Hollins Hosts Spring Welcome Horse Show

Hollins University is pleased to be the sponsor of the Hollins Spring Welcome Horse Show "A", at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, February 27 - March 2.


This is a United States Equestrian Federation A-rated hunter and jumper horse show, one of only two "National" level shows sponsored by a university or college.


Hollins Spring Welcome Cover

Hollins Spring Welcome Prize List

Sponsorship opportunities (PDF) - sign up by February 14


  Athletics news


New Honors Program

Beginning fall 2014, Hollins will launch a new honors program to complement the challenges of the academic program for some of our most talented and motivated students. Open to first- and second-year students, the honors program is designed for the student who is intrigued by the idea of working in depth on interdisciplinary, collaborative, student-initiated projects


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Founder's Day Celebrates All-Steinway Designation

With the delivery last summer of seven instruments designed by Steinway & Sons, the company regarded as the world's finest piano maker, Hollins joined George Mason University, James Madison University, Radford University, and Episcopal High School in Alexandria as Virginia's only "All-Steinway Schools." A concert featuring German pianist Alexander Schimpf will highlight the university's official recognition of its "All-Steinway School" designation during Hollins' annual Founder's Day celebration on Thursday, February 20.


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Hollins, Mill Mountain Theatre Host American College Theater Festival 


Hollins and Roanoke's Mill Mountain Theatre will host 900 students and faculty from colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and southwest Virginia at the Region Four festival of the 46th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), February 4 - 8. Hollins' production of Decision Height by Meredith Dayna Levy '12, M.F.A. '15 will be among the plays showcased at this year's festival. Levy earned one of 2013's top playwriting prizes from the Kennedy Center for the drama. 


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Louis D. Rubin, Jr.'s Legacy

Hollins paid tribute to the late Louis D. Rubin, Jr., founder of the university's graduate program in creative writing and mentor to some of the nation's best writers, with a memorial service on January 11. The special event was held in the Hollins Theatre and featured memories, stories, photos, and even a song or two from friends, family, and former colleagues and students.


  Video: watch the memorial service

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Hollins Launches Nation's First Graduate Degree in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating

In the summer of 2014, Hollins is introducing a graduate degree in children's book writing and illustrating, the first such program of its kind in the country. An addition to Hollins' summer Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) programs in the study and writing of children's literature, and the university's Certificate in Children's Book Illustration, the new M.F.A. will enable students who want to both write and illustrate children's books to earn a master's degree with concentrated training in both disciplines.


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Be sure to check out: Tinker Day in Top 100 Greatest College Traditions


Race to Reunion

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


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 Refer a student

Be sure to check out: Photo Gallery of Alumnae Volunteering at College Fairs


Say Happy 106th Birthday to Fonnie Strang '28

Strang An incredible Hollins alumna is about to have an incredible birthday: Fonnie Foy Strang '28 will turn 106 years young on January 31, 2014! To celebrate such an extraordinary birthday, the alumnae relations office invites all alumnae and friends of Hollins to send a happy birthday card to Fonnie, care of our office. Please mail your card by Tuesday, January 21, to: Happy Birthday Fonnie, Hollins University, P.O. Box 9629, Roanoke, VA 24020. We will collect the cards and mail a birthday package to Fonnie.


Class Ring Found Seven Decades After its Loss

Leitners A fantastic Hollins story - alumna Kathleen McDonald Roglan '97 found a Hollins class ring on eBay and purchased it, contacted the alumnae office, and we helped her discover that the ring's owner is alumna Frances McDowell Leitner '39, age 95, who lost the ring 72 years ago. Mrs. Leitner's daughter, Frances Leitner '73, helped facilitate the happy reunion. Read the full story


Message from the Alumnae Board

We, the Hollins Alumnae Association Board of Directors (or Alumnae Board for short), are a group of dedicated Hollins alumnae who serve as your ambassadors and liaison to the Hollins administration, faculty, and Board of Trustees, and help to support and further the Hollins mission. Separate from the Board of Trustees, Alumnae Board members are nominated each year to serve up to two consecutive three-year terms in an effort to insure that as many diverse alumnae voices are heard. You will be hearing more from us as we work in conjunction with the Alumnae Engagement Initiative to leverage our amazing alumnae network to help the Hollins community - past, present and future - connect with and support each other.

Judy Ball Morrill '84, Alumnae Board president



 Alumnae news 

Be sure to check out: Monthly Online Career Speaker Series for Alumnae/i

Support Hollins and join your classmates in givingJoin Your Classmates

Giving to Hollins is important every year, not just during a reunion year. Are you proud of your Hollins education? Do you want to keep the Hollins sisterhood thriving for future generations? Join your classmates and make your gift to the Hollins Fund this year, and every year. Every gift counts and is a vote for Hollins' commitment to single-sex education.


1842 Save the Date: 1842 Society Weekend in Dallas

Hollins takes the 1842 Society and Miss Matty's Circle, our leadership giving societies, to Dallas, Texas, for our next special weekend. Mark your calendar for November 7-9 for a great Hollins trip.


 Giving news


Be sure to check out: Photos from the 1842 Society weekend in New York

 Students / Faculty

Jacksons Second Novel by Hollins Students Published

The second novel by Hollins University students - and quadruplets - has just been published. Congratulations to Jessica, Meredith, Stephanie, and Mackenzie Jackson, all class of 2014, on their newest book, Four of a Kind, part of their planned four-volume series Quadruple or Nothing, centering on two sets of high school sisters who are the children of parents now dating. Read more


 Student stories


Be sure to check out: Video of the Faculty vs. Students Dodgeball Game

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




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