How alumnae help set the standard for internships and careers

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As often as I tell others, our alumnae are one of Hollins’ greatest assets. Not only do we appreciate your ongoing loyalty, generosity, and commitment to Hollins, but we also recognize how willing you are to put yourselves on the line for your alma mater.

Nancy Oliver Gray

Over and over, Hollins alumnae tell me how much they want to help Hollins, to share their expertise, to share their stories with prospective students and others, and to give back to an institution that has meant so much to them. As a result, engaging our alumnae network is a cornerstone of the strategic plan, “Connecting Liberal Arts Education and Experience to Achieve Results,” approved by the Board of Trustees last May.

One of the plan’s major initiatives is to engage alumnae to help prepare students for lives of leadership and service to others. The inaugural Career Connection Conference (C3) was one of our first efforts to bring alumnae to campus to share career advice and serve as mentors to our students. Last October 4, more than 50 successful alumnae met with some 500 students to talk about their career experiences and to begin to welcome our students into a Hollins network of diverse women who have been successful in a wide array of fields. It was an exciting day as I saw the Hollins network developing in front of me.

Under the leadership of Judy Lambeth ’73, the National Steering Committee is already making plans for this year’s C3 conference, to be held on October 10. The committee is also working to expand the  nternship opportunities available to students. Under the leadership of Holly Hendrix ’75 and Suzy Mink ’74,

Targeted efforts are under way to expand alumnae-sponsored internships in metropolitan New York City and Washington, D.C., with other areas to follow. If you are interested in participating in these efforts, please email the alumnae relations office at

In addition to this career effort, we invite you to help with recruiting students. If you are interested in referring students, representing Hollins at a college fair, taking Hollins materials to a high school in your area, or hosting events for interested students, contact Ashley Browning, associate director of admission and alumnae recruitment coordinator ( You know when you meet a young woman who is a good fit for Hollins. Your willingness to speak personally to a student about Hollins makes all the difference; over half of those students referred by alumnae matriculate at Hollins.

You can also recruit middle and high school students for Hollinsummer 2013, our newly designed program that offers a wide variety of classes. Take a look at the back cover for an overview, and get more details at The children and grandchildren of alumnae/i receive a 10 percent discount.

During an era when the public is questioning the value of the investment in liberal arts education, your willingness to help us build and launch a signature career preparation and internship program for the liberal arts student, coupled with a distinctive alumnae network designed to enhance career success, will help set Hollins apart from other institutions. And how can prospective students better learn about Hollins than from you, our alumnae? Please join in and participate in this alumnae engagement campaign to ensure that future generations will continue to “go places” from Hollins, just as you have.

National Steering Committee

Evelyn “Judy” Lambeth ’73
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Clark Hooper Baruch ’68
Bryn Mawr, Penn.

Sandra Frazier ’94
Louisville, Ky.

Holly Hendrix ’75
New York, N.Y.

Frances Leitner ‘73
Rock Hill, S.C.

Linda Koch Lorimer ’74
New Haven, Conn.

Suzanne Mink ’74
Washington, D.C.

Judy B. Morrill ’84
New York, N.Y.

Elizabeth Goodman Pritchard ’80
Atlanta, Ga.

Suzanne “Suzy” Allen Redpath ’69
New York, N.Y.

Nancy Newton “Newnie” Rogers ’82
Richmond, Va.

Alexandra Trower ’86
New York, N.Y.

Suzanne Smith Whitmore ’60
Sherwood, Md.



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