177th Commencement Honors the Class of 2019, May 26

Hollins University will celebrate its 177th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. on the school’s historic Front Quadrangle.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred, including the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science, as well as the Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. The following awards will also be announced:

 

  • Faculty Awards for Academic Excellence, recognizing the students with the highest academic standings in the class of 2019.
  • The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, honoring a senior and a member of the Hollins community who have shown by daily living those qualities that evince a love and helpfulness to other men and women.
  • The Annie Terrill Bushnell Award, presented to a senior who has evidenced the finest spirit of leadership during their days at Hollins.
  • The Jane Cocke Funkhouser Award, highlighting the junior or senior who, in addition to being a good student, is preeminent in character and leadership.
Shireen Lewis
Shireen K. Lewis, executive director of EduSeed and founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program, is the guest speaker at Hollins’ 177th Commencement.

Shireen K. Lewis, who has devoted more than 20 years to mentoring and coaching women and girls, will be the guest speaker. Lewis is executive director of EduSeed, which promotes education in historically disadvantaged and underserved communities, and founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program, which supports learning among women and girls of color.

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Lewis is a graduate of Douglass College, a women’s college at Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Subsequently, she was a litigator with a New York City law firm and a Legal Aid volunteer in Durham, North Carolina, and was honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers for her work on behalf of women law students. She has also taught at several universities and is past co-president of the Washington, D.C., branch of the American Association of University Women.

Lewis has helped raise funds for a teenage pregnancy program at a high school in her hometown of Fyzabad, Trinidad, and for the first school in a village in Tibet that has the unprecedented requirement that 50 percent of its students must be girls. She has served on the boards of several community organizations in the U.S. that promote education and equity for women and girls.

Hollins’ 177th Commencement Exercises will be live-streamed here.


62nd Annual Science Seminar Celebrates Student Research

Twenty-seven research projects representing the work of 30 Hollins science and mathematics students were showcased during the university’s 62nd Annual Science Seminar on April 25.

Students from the departments of biology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, and psychology took part in this year’s poster session, which was held for the first time on the newly renovated second floor of the Dana Science Building.

This year’s seminar featured research conducted in a number of diverse geographic locations, from South America (the Peruvian Amazon’s white-sand forests), Central America (Panamanian coastal habitats), and the Caribbean (biodiversity and hurricane impact in the U.S. Virgin Islands), to southwest Virginia (tick activity/species abundance and emerald ash bore infestation), the southern Appalachians (forest and cave ecosystems), and the Hollins campus itself (avian window collisions and wetlands). Students also delved into topics such as Knot Theory, stock price prediction, and parent-child interactions.

Following their undergraduate careers at Hollins, seminar participants plan to pursue a wide range of interests, which include enrolling in medical school and veterinary school; completing graduate degrees in marine science, animal science/research, ecology, clinical psychology, and chemistry; and embarking on careers in quantitative analysis, wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and food justice.

Among the highlights of the 62nd Annual Science Seminar was the presentation of the inaugural Ella Faith Mode Award, recognizing outstanding student research. Catherine Flayhart ’20, a chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration and a physics minor, is the award’s first honoree.

 

Photo:  Savannah Goodbar ’20 (far left) and Autumn Woodbury ’20 (far right) share their research into vehicle driver responses to snake and stick models placed on the edge of two Virginia roads, one surrounded by rural farmland and the other in a mix of forest, residential, and light business.

 


HireHollins: Employer-Talent Showcase to Feature Mix of Mentoring, Networking, and Recruiting

Hollins University students will have the opportunity to interact with more than 25 area businesses and organizations during the first-ever HireHollins: Employer – Talent Showcase, which will be held Tuesday, March 5, from noon – 4:30 p.m. in Moody Student Center.

“Today’s Generation Z is drawn to relevant, hands-on, interactive learning,” says Karen Cardozo, Hollins’ executive director of career development. “Thus, this is not a traditional ‘job fair’ but an experiential interface with a dynamic mix of networking, mentoring, and recruiting.”

Cardozo notes that this event “gives priority to regional partners offering year-round internship opportunities or organizations with summer pipelines to postgraduate hiring,” and that the experience will be equally as beneficial to the participating companies.

“Hollins is a diverse talent pipeline, with the overall undergraduate population closing in on 30% women of color from around the world. Second, we offer an exemplary liberal arts education in which our students study issues from a variety of disciplines and methods. And third, Hollins boasts a culture of creativity: While our most popular majors are business, biology, psychology, and English/creative writing, students of all majors often engage in the arts.”

Employers that have recently sponsored internships for Hollins students, Cardozo adds, have given those students exceptional reviews. “Supervisors told us: ‘Hollins students show a great balance of writing, communication, and organizational skills.’ ‘They execute large tasks with little supervision and are well-prepared for the professional world.’ ‘They are open to new ideas and willing to participate in diverse activities.’ And, ‘They were self-motivated and looked for ways to learn outside the assigned projects.’”

During the showcase’s first hour, students can visit information tables to meet organization representatives. An hour of one-on-one networking will follow. The final two hours will be devoted to sessions focusing on a wide range of career fields and topics. These sessions include:

  • Roanoke Regional Opportunities: Your Star Can Rise in Roanoke!
  • Working for Nonprofits: Supporting Our Communities
  • Arts/Arts Management: Encouraging Creativity
  • Exploring Different Business Models in Established and New Industries
  • Government/Public Sector: Leading and Serving
  • Mental Health Professions: Caring and Healing

Organizations taking part in the HireHollins: Employer – Talent Showcase reflect the breadth and scope of the business, nonprofit, government, healthcare, and arts sectors in the region:

  • Allied Universal Security
  • Allstate
  • Blue Ridge YMCA
  • Botetourt YMCA
  • City of Roanoke
  • Roanoke City Council
  • Cortex Leadership Consulting
  • Council of Community Services
  • Family Service of the Roanoke Valley
  • Farmers Insurance and Financial Solutions
  • FAVE Solutions
  • Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
  • Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
  • Intercept Youth Services
  • Mainstream Mental Health Services
  • Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
  • Roanoke County Economic Development
  • Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission
  • Taubman Museum of Art
  • Treehouse Collaborative
  • United Way of Roanoke Valley
  • Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

“The Hollins curriculum emphasizes communication, critical thinking, leadership, and cross-cultural and information literacies,” Cardozo says. “At the same time, our Career Center is preparing students for a world of disruptive change in which employees and their organizations must be flexible and responsive in order to not only survive, but thrive. The companies participating in this showcase are all well-positioned to advise our students on how to succeed in their respective industries, and we welcome their expertise.”


Andolyn Medina ’16 to Sing National Anthem at Black History Month Gala

Andolyn Medina ’16, whose vocal talents have earned her National Anthem performances before President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Miss America Pageant, and a Washington Wizards NBA game, is about to add another special event to her impressive resume.

Medina has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the 19th Annual Virginia Black History Month Gala, which takes place Saturday, February 23, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel in McLean, Virginia.

“Andolyn has a long and distinguished career of community service, leadership, and educational success,” said Bill Jones, president of the Virginia Black History Month Association. “It is my distinct honor to welcome her to the gala and we look forward to her performance.”

After graduating cum laude from Hollins with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in music, Medina went on to complete her master’s degree in forensic psychology at The George Washington University, where she is currently a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. She is also the reigning Miss Piedmont Region 2018.

Medina has displayed a passion for volunteer work since the age of four, logging more than 7,500 service hours. In 2013, she received Congressional recognition and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and invaluable community service. She has earned the Presidential Gold Award, the Miss America Community Service Award, and the Wells Fargo Community Service Award. She also received a Proclamation from the City of Roanoke, Virginia, declaring March 7, 2016, as “Andolyn Medina Day.”

 

 

 


Hollins Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Brings Immersive Experience to Shakespeare’s Crowd-Pleaser, Nov. 28 – Dec. 1

Hollins Theatre is presenting a lively and novel production of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream…in Motion!, a 60-minute express version of the play that has been charming audiences for more than 420 years, will be staged as an immersive theatre experience in multiple locations throughout the Hollins campus, November 28 – December 1.

“If you think you might enjoy running through the library stacks as if you were in the woods outside Athens chasing fairies, mechanicals, and young lovers, you may want to grab a ticket for this unique theatrical experience,” says Ernie Zulia, chair of the Hollins University theatre department, referencing the final two evenings of the show’s run at Hollins’ Wyndham Robertson Library. “Shakespeare holds a very sacred place on the Hollins campus.”

Jim Warren, distinguished visiting faculty and founding artistic director of the renowned American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., adapted and directs the production “Getting to work with these remarkable Hollins women has been a delight for me. Together we navigated the pleasure of Tinker Day, Ring Night, and a million other commitments that make college life at Hollins such enchanting chaos. Getting to work on this play, with this cast, in this place, and making it a movable feast of the imagination has been an honor and a privilege.”

“What a joy it has been to host this terrific Shakespearean artist here at Hollins,” Zulia adds.

Midsummer will be performed at campus locations on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.: Upstairs Studio Theatre (must be able to climb stairs)

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.: Botetourt Reading Room

Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Wyndham Robertson Library (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Wyndham Robertson Library (SOLD OUT)

Admission is $10 general public, and Hollins students, faculty, and staff can obtain one free ticket each. For more information, call the Hollins Theatre Box Office at 362-6517.

 

 

 

 

 

 


VTCSOM’s “The Influence of Women” Exhibition Showcases Hollins Artists

Works by Hollins University students highlight a new exhibition that explores and celebrates the many ways women affect their worlds.

Students in Associate Professor of Art Jennifer Printz’s Intaglio Printmaking class have contributed their creativity to “The Influence of Women,” which is on display at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) through March 1, 2019.

“Each student produced two amazing prints about women who have influenced them from friends, to family, to fictional heroines,” Printz explains.

The focus of the show was developed in appreciation for VTCSOM’s founding dean, Cynda Johnson, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Sponsored by VTCSOM’s Creativity in Healthcare Education program, “The Influence of Women” is one of three exhibitions held annually for local artists to showcase their works to the community and to reinforce to medical students the importance of having a community connection.

VTCSOM is located at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke.

 

Image: Rachel Jackson Hikaru, dry-point print with watercolor, 2018.


Hollins Students Recognized for Prominent Leadership Roles at Model Arab League

Hollins University welcomed to campus 12 delegations and nearly 100 students from middle school to college for the Fourth Annual Appalachia Regional Model Arab League (MAL), held November 9 – 11.

Similar in organization and format to Model United Nations, MAL is the flagship student leadership program of the National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations (NCUSAR). Through role-playing, the conference allows both American and international students the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of real-life diplomats and other foreign affairs practitioners and deepen their knowledge of the Arab world and it peoples.

During this year’s Appalachia MAL, students discussed such issues as the Palestinian conflict, global climate change, building greater Arab unity, and promoting more private investment in the region. For the first time, all conference council chairs were Hollins students. Notably, Hayley Harrington ’19 and Carly Collins ’21 acted as secretary-general and assistant secretary-general, respectively, while Hannah Jensen ’20 was awarded Outstanding Chair and Sami Makseyn ’19 was named Distinguished Chair.

Other Hollins students receiving honors at the Appalachia MAL include:

Emmalee Funk ’20 and Madison McElhinney ’20: Outstanding Delegation, Palestinian Affairs Council

Claire Hintz ’21: Outstanding Delegate, Summit of Arab Heads of State

Tien Nguyen ’22: Outstanding Delegate, Social Affairs Council

Mary Elizabeth Cochran ’21: Distinguished Delegate, Environmental Affairs Council

Professor of Political Science Edward Lynch announced that Hollins will participate in the National University Model Arab League conference at Georgetown University in April 2019. “Only 22 universities worldwide are invited to take part in the national conference,” Lynch said. In addition, he and Harrington will be traveling to the Arab nation of Qatar during Hollins’ Thanksgiving Recess as part of a faculty-student delegation sponsored by NCUSAR to the Persian Gulf Region. The delegation will meet with government officials, private business people, academics, and journalists.

Ed Lynch NCUSAR
Professor of Political Science Edward Lynch addresses the Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference on Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C.

 

Earlier this month, Lynch was a featured speaker at NCUSAR’s 27th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in Washington, D.C. Before an audience of 350 people that included high-ranking policymakers from the U.S. and the Arab-speaking world, Lynch discussed Hollins’ active participation in MAL and the intellectual benefits students receive from it.

“Students learn to do rapid-fire research and how to debate and negotiate,” he explained. “They also get invaluable experience with public speaking and working together as a team.”

 

 

Top photo: Hollins University’s delegation to the Fourth Annual Appalachia Regional Model Arab League. Hollins represented Saudi Arabia and Sudan at the conference.

 

 


Hollins Welcomes Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter, Best-Selling Author Jodi Kantor

Journalist Jodi Kantor, who helped expose Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual abuse allegations and ignite the #metoo movement, will speak at the Hollins Theatre on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to this special event is free, but tickets are required. Ticket reservations may be made here.

Kantor and fellow reporter Megan Twohey broke the Weinstein story in October 2017 in The New York Times. Their work has played a significant role in shifting attitudes and spurring new laws, policies, and standards of accountability around the globe. Together with a team of colleagues who revealed harassment across industries, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Kantor and Twohey also received a George Polk Award, the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the University of Georgia, and honors from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. They are writing a book on the Weinstein investigation and sexual harassment, forthcoming from Penguin Press.

Prior to her work on the Weinstein story, Kantor’s reporting brought about changes in policies and operations at Starbucks and Amazon. Her article on working mothers and breastfeeding inspired two readers to create the first free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers, now available in hundreds of airports and stadiums.

For six years, Kantor wrote about Barack and Michelle Obama. Her best-selling book, The Obamas, about their behind-the-scenes adjustment to the jobs of president and first lady, was published in 2012.

“An Evening with Jodi Kantor” is sponsored by Hollins’ Distinguished Speakers Fund.


Classics Symposium to Highlight Greece’s Martial, Mythological Landscapes

Hollins University’s classical studies department will host its annual Classics Symposium on Thursday, November 8.

The theme of this year’s event is “Being There: Martial and Mythological Landscapes of Greece” and will feature the following talks, which will both be held in Talmadge Recital Hall, located in Bradley Hall. Admission is free.

 

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
“Mourning, Monuments, and Memory: Reading Ancient Greek Battlefields”
Matthew A. Sears, associate professor, classics and ancient history
University of New Brunswick

Sears will focus on the experience of visiting the battlefields themselves, both today and in antiquity. To what extent were trophies, inscriptions, major topographical landmarks, etc., meant to be seen by ancient Greeks? Are we to imagine visits to battlefields as regular occurrences? If so, how would a nearby battlefield, or one far away but with significant significance for one’s city, affect one’s view of war, citizenship, and the state?

6 – 7 p.m.
“Musing on Mountain Landscapes in Central Greece”
Betsey A. Robinson, associate professor, history of art
Vanderbilt University

Thinking across ongoing work and recent explorations of Greek mountains and fountains, Robinson will turn to central Greece to consider the great ranges of Helikon, Parnassos, and Chelmos; their prodigious water sources (Hippokrene, Castalia, and the Styx); and other wonders (coral atop Helikon, July snow on Chelmos). Myth mixes with religion here, and eyewitness accounts contrast with the reputation and abstracted qualities of these landscapes.

Since 1975, the classical studies department has presented the Classics Symposium, a one- or two-day event focusing on a single theme of current interest in classical studies. Renowned scholars deliver public lectures and encourage dialogue about the ancient world.

 

Photo: River Styx on Mt. Chelmos with Parnassos and Helikon in the background. Credit: Betsey Robinson

 

 


Hollins Professor to Keynote POW/MIA Awareness Day Ceremony

Hollins University Professor of English Marilyn Moriarty will deliver the keynote address at the POW/MIA Awareness Day ceremony on Saturday, September 22, at 11 a.m. at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Admission to this special event is free.

According to the ceremony organizers, “The objective of POW/MIA Awareness Day is to ensure America remembers its responsibility to stand behind those who serve our nation and do everything possible to account for those who do not return.”

Moriarty’s talk, “Andreé: A Name on the Prisoners’ List,” draws from the ongoing research she’s conducting for a memoir, an early draft of which was short-listed for the 2018 Faulkner-Wisdom Narrative Nonfiction Book Award. Her study has focused on her mother’s experience with the French underground during World War II.

Moriatry says the impetus for her research came from an old photo. “A 1945 photograph addressed to my father, ‘With love, Liliane,’ put a false name to my mother Andreé’s face. Decades later, that name became the key to unraveling her wartime activities.” With the assistance of newly-found French cousins, she discovered that even though her mother did not wear a uniform, “she was arrested by the Gestapo, spent six months in solitary confinement, was tried by the Wehrmacht, and served two years of a four-year sentence before the war ended.”

The memoir project has produced some spin-off work. An essay, “Swerves,” won the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal and was reprinted in the 2016 anthology, Borderlines and Crossings: Writing the Motherland. Another essay, “You Are Where You Eat,” appears in text and audio on The Dirty SpoonThe essay will also be published on the France-Amérique website in early October.

Moriarty adds that invitation to speak at the POW/MIA Awareness Day ceremony came through a Hollins connection: April Cheek-Messier ’94, M.A.T. ’02, who is president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.