Hollins University Announces Largest Donation Ever for a Women’s College
A $75 million gift from anonymous alumna, the largest donation ever for Hollins and for women’s colleges, will fund scholarships and undergraduate financial need. The gift is also one of the largest ever made to a college or university solely by a female donor.
Mary E. “Mary Beth” Hatten ’71 Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Hatten ’71, Frederick P. Rose Professor and head of the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University in New York City, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The honorific society features more than 2,000 members chosen by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Word ‘No’”: Students Gain Insight and Encouragement at 10th Annual C3
The 10th annual Career Connection Conference (C3) welcomed Hollins alumnae/i from across the country to showcase the lifelong power of a liberal arts education, share their insights on life and work, and help students connect to others in their networks.
“We All Need to Breathe”: The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale ‘75 Counters Pandemic Anxiety with Mindfulness
In a presentation to the Hollins community, “Mindfulness Matters: Physical, Emotional, and Mental Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond,” the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale ’75 offered advice on taking care of oneself and living in the moment.
Alumnae/i Offer Sage Advice to New Hollins Students
To celebrate the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year, the Hollins Alumnae Association took to social media to ask alumnae/i: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new Hollins students?
Obamas to Produce New Netflix Project Based on Collection Co-Written by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09
Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is partnering with fellow production company Temple Hill to develop the anthology program “Blackout” for Netflix, based on the story collection by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09 and five other bestselling African American young adult authors.
M.F.A. in Creative Writing Alumna Welcomes Launch Of Debut Novel “Leda and the Swan”
Published by Riverhead Books, “Leda and the Swan” is a collegiate coming-of-age tale mixed with classic suspense and, of course, some references to Greek mythology. Time magazine calls it an “affecting narrative about consent, power and loneliness.”
Hollins Alumna’s Debut Book Gives Hope, Resources for Children with Hearing Loss
An illustrated children’s storybook, “Padapillo” offers hope and information to families experiencing early childhood hearing loss. “I understand first-hand what happens to children if their hearing loss goes unidentified,” said Valerie James Abbott ’93. “I am passionate about helping other parents in a similar situation.”
Friendship, Empowerment Triumph Over Bad Dates in New Picture Book by Children’s Lit Alumna
“Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults” is a hilarious take on dating horror stories in which the title character embarks on 30 bad dates in 30 days. At its core, it’s also a heartwarming tale.
“Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir” by Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91 Shortlisted for Carnegie Medals for Excellence
Presented by the American Library Association, the Carnegie Medals recognize the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.
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