The Green and Gold of Ossabaw Island

Three Hollins women and their connection to 26,000 acres that inspire artists, scientists, and historians. By Beth JoJack ’98 (Photos by Robert Cooper unless otherwise specified.) On Ossabaw Island, it’s possible to imagine a wild...

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Braving the Raging Writing Waters in a Beat-Up Inner Tube

By Sarah Achenbach ’88 That first sentence was probably the hardest one I’ve written in the past 33 years.   I have decades of reasons why it took me so long to write it, but those excuses ran out this past January.  I had...

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Voyages of Enlightenment

Voyages of Enlightenment Faculty Achievements Underscore the Power of the Liberal Arts at Hollins  By Jeff Hodges M.A.L.S. ’11   One way to understand and appreciate the value of the Hollins experience is to delve into the...

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Eight Years in the Making

The Student Kate Lydon ’21 entered Hollins as a first-year student in the fall of 2013 along with twin sister Maura ’17. Originally from Texas, the sisters had spent several teenage years in Germany before returning stateside for their...

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President Hinton Welcomes New Leaders

Hollins University Welcomes Three New Leaders President Mary Dana Hinton has announced the appointment of Laura A. McLary, Ph.D., as Nora Kizer Bell Provost, the university’s chief academic officer; Nakeshia N. Williams, Ph.D., as vice...

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  • The Green and Gold of Ossabaw Island

    Jul 7 | 1212 Views

  • Braving the Raging Writing Waters in a Beat-Up Inner Tube 

    Jul 7 | 220 Views

  • Voyages of Enlightenment

    Jul 7 | 261 Views

  • Eight Years in the Making

    Jul 7 | 519 Views

  • President Hinton Welcomes Three New Leaders

    Jul 7 | 260 Views

  • A fitting farewell for Wyndham

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    $2 million scholarship fund in her honor

    Wyndham Robertson ’58 knew something was up. After all, when you’ve served your alma mater as a trustee for thirty-one years, they won’t just let you ride off into the sunset when you announce your plans to retire. Besides, her fellow trustees warned her to get dressed up. So when Robertson arrived with her dashing date, Chuck Whittingham, on the lawn of the library named for her on the evening of May 20, she suspected there would be a few accolades before the night was over.

    She expected to see her colleagues on the board—she had spent all day with them in meetings. But then she started spotting former trustees, old friends and classmates, and then a whole delegation of her family—brother Julian Robertson, sister Blanche Bacon, nieces, nephews, and their children. And this was all before she walked inside the library, where the Frances McNulty Lewis Reading Room had been transformed into an elegant dining room.

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    The evening held more surprises: a loving roast from Lisa Long ’72, Tom Kenan, Buffy Morgan ’60, and Julian Robertson. Anne Faircloth M.A. ’00 gave a moving tribute to the close friendship Wyndham shared with her late mother, Nancy Faircloth ’52, and presented Wyndham with a cigarette case that had belonged to her mother, although she said in doing so she hoped not to encourage septuagenarian smoking.

    And more surprises: a frame to hold a portrait the trustees have commissioned Annette Polan ’67 to paint of Wyndham, and the biggest news of the evening—a new $2 million Wyndham Robertson Scholarship Fund and a scroll containing the names of the 200 donors who had contributed through the previous day. Others have been added to the list since then.

    It was an evening of love, appreciation, fond memories and looking ahead—for Wyndham Robertson, who is taking a break after more than three decades as an active trustee, which included stints as board chair and more recently as chair of the campaign that raised $162 million; and for Hollins, which will be learning to live without her valuable day-to-day involvement.

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  • Decker Award goes to Williamsburg teacher

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    This year’s winner of the Hollins University Teaching Award, nominated by Cailin Asip ’11, was Deborah Crawford, a gifted and talented resource teacher and advisor at Warhill High School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The award is supported by an endowment established by Mary Bernhardt Decker ’58 and the late James DeWitt Decker, honoring secondary school teachers who have devoted their lives to preparing students to excel in a higher education setting.

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  • Reunion class giving

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    Reunion class giving as of June 30, 2011

    Class
    Reunion Gift Chairs
    Total Gift
    Percent Participation
    1941 $36,225 33%
    1946 $6,907 37%
    1951 Catherine Orgill West 

    Fittingly, the class of ’51 won the Catherine Orgill West ’51 Award for the class with the highest participation in giving to the Hollins Fund.

    $21,159 88%
    1956 Jean Stephens Mundy $20,037 47%
    1961 Jeremy Hardy FitzGerald and Berry Powers Robison $175,932 65%
    1966 Mary Terrell Joseph and Patricia Neild Moulton 

    The class of ’66 won the Tinker Mountain Award for theclass with the largest total gift to the Hollins Fund. The class also offered a giving challenge, pledging to match all new and increased gifts from classmates to the Hollins Fund since April 15, up to $25,000.

    $243,612 59%
    1971 $46,103 43%
    1976 Hazel Bernard $85,702 30%
    1981 Dee Williamson Marley, Kirkwood Hotchkiss McClintock, Peggy Latham McClure, and Tyler Bird Paul 

    Dee Williamson Marley also offered a giving challenge, pledging to match all new and increased gifts from classmates to the Hollins Fund since April 1, up to $25,000.

    $55,539 25%
    1986 Kam Akins Bakewell, Kathie Kelly, and Alexandra Trower Lindsey 

    The class of ’86 offered a giving challenge, pledging to match all new and increased gifts up to $25,000.

    $153,226 42%
    1991 Holly Mistele Condon, Kara Brooks-Halas, Christianne Kovel, Joanna Ruth Harris Marsland, Nancy Turbidy Pietri, Bre Vassar Sawyer, and Beatrice Shaw $22,377 33%
    1996 Julie Westhafer Basic and Elizabeth Luhn Selzer $14,077 21%
    2001 Elizabeth Flanagan $11,450 23%
    2006 Jennifer Roberts $9,908 21%
    2009 Emily Mendelssohn 

    The class of ’09 won the Hollins Rock Award for the class among the ten most recent classes with the highest Hollins Fund participation.

    $4,050 31%

     

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