New Athletic Director Is a Familiar Face

Hollins University Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Hammer has announced that Bill Mannino is the school’s new athletic director.

During the 2014-15 academic year, Mannino served as acting athletic director and chair of the physical education department at Hollins. He has been a member of the Hollins athletic department since becoming head golf coach in 2007. In addition to leading the golf program, he has been a physical education instructor, faculty representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and chair of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women’s golf coaches.

“Bill is the the leader that this very talented team needs and we are very excited about the vision he brings to athletics,” Hammer said. “His work last year was extraordinary as we made progress in many areas. We are grateful that after careful consideration, he has now accepted the AD position on a permanent basis. With his knowledge and expertise, and working in close collaboration with our coaches and staff, I have every confidence that Bill will guide Hollins Athletics to continued success.”

Mannino began overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Hollins athletic department in July 2014. During his term as acting athletic director, the department made three new hires, numerous facility improvements, and an overall upgrade of games management for home events.

“I look forward to leading such an outstanding staff and working in conjunction with senior administration to help our athletic programs move forward,” Mannino said. “I feel that if we can continue the momentum that we established last year, we have a great opportunity to improve the student-athlete experience and produce teams that our fans can really get behind in terms of support and give our alumnae pride in their alma mater.”

Mannino graduated from Temple University in 1997 after a distinguished collegiate golfing career and went on to compete as a professional. He returned to his alma mater to serve as head golf coach from 2001 – 2004. Since becoming golf coach at Hollins, he has led a pair of golfers to the NCAA national tournament and seen three golfers earn All American Scholar status.


Junior Year Abroad Programs Will Remain at Sweet Briar College

Hollins University President Nancy Gray and Sweet Briar College President Phillip Stone have announced an agreement to transition Sweet Briar’s Junior Year Abroad programs in France and Spain (JYF and JYS) back to their original home.

The agreement is effective immediately.

Hollins agreed to serve as the host institution for JYF and JYS after Sweet Briar’s previous Board of Directors voted in late February to close the college at the end of August 2015. Since that time, Stone said, “Hollins has invested a significant amount of financial and human resources to prevent any gaps in maintaining these highly respected programs. Indeed, these programs are strongly positioned for continued success.”

In accepting responsibility for JYF and JYS, Hollins agreed that if Sweet Briar stayed open, the programs would return to the college. At the request of Sweet Briar, Gray and her administration agreed to continue hosting both programs until Sweet Briar’s new board and administration felt the college was ready to resume their operation.

Stone recently informed Hollins that Sweet Briar is prepared to run the programs this year. He said he and Gray will work closely to ensure no disruption in service to students enrolled in the programs.

“The friendship and support of President Gray and Hollins throughout this difficult time have been extraordinary,” Stone said. “To keep JYF and JYS from being lost in the planned closing of Sweet Briar, Hollins went to great expense and trouble. I am truly grateful for this and the many other actions Hollins took to help Sweet Briar and its students and faculty when it appeared our school would be closing.

“I hope our close relationship will continue for many years.”

Gray emphasized that there was never a question about Hollins stepping in to help.

“We appreciate the special, longstanding friendship we have with Sweet Briar,” she said. “Like so many others, we were very sad at the prospect of the closing of our sister school. We wanted to help in any way we could.

“We join all of Sweet Briar’s friends in supporting the decision to remain open. Our two schools will work closely together in the coming days to smoothly transition JYF and JYS back to Sweet Briar. And, we are both committed to finding ways to work together in the future.”

For more information about Sweet Briar’s Junior Year Abroad programs, visit the JYF website at jyf.sbc.edu and JYS at jys.sbc.edu.


Lange Appointed to Virginia Board of Education

Lorraine S. Lange, who will become director of Hollins University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) programs on July 1, has been appointed to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration as a member of the commonwealth’s Board of Education.

Lange is retiring this month as superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. She began her career as a teacher in Roanoke in 1969 and went on to serve as assistant principal, principal, supervisor of language arts K-12, associate director of instruction, assistant superintendent of instruction, and deputy superintendent of instruction before she was named superintendent in 2006. Her distinguished contributions to K-12 were recognized when she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2012. That same year, she was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.


Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Welcomes New Director

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University has named Jenine Culligan, senior curator at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia, as its new director. She begins her duties May 4.

Culligan has been with the Huntington Museum of Art since 1999, and oversees daily operations for a collection of over 15,000 objects as well as four permanent and six rotating galleries. She works directly with collectors, individual artists, artist groups, interns, volunteers, art gallery directors, donors, advisory and board committees, and colleagues across the United States.

“I enjoy being the catalyst that brings talented people and innovative programs together,” she said. “I would like to share my experiences, and knowledge of museums, art, and artists, with a new generation, and with their help, explore new and different modes of offering authentic, cross-disciplinary approaches to experiencing art.

“I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a community of educators to bring high-quality exhibits, programs, and events to Hollins, which would attract and engage a diverse audience within the university, the Roanoke community, western Virginia, and beyond.”

Culligan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree in art history/museum studies from Case Western Reserve University. Prior joining the Huntington Museum of Art, she worked with the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University features the work of renowned, emerging, and regional artists. The museum presents exhibitions in a wide variety of media and genres, including selected exhibitions from the permanent collection. Through this programming, the museum provides a forum for art through viewing, dialogue, and an understanding of the creative process. Located on the first floor of the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, the museum is a state-of-the-art facility with three interconnected galleries totaling approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The Wilson Museum is committed to educational programming that enriches both Hollins and the greater Roanoke community. Since opening in the fall of 2004, the museum has presented more than 100 exhibitions with supplementary programs including tours, lectures, workshops, gallery talks, and classroom instruction.


Lorraine Lange to Lead Hollins’ Graduate Programs in Teaching and Liberal Studies

Lorraine S. Lange, who is retiring this June as superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools, has been named director of Hollins University’s co-educational Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) program, effective July 1.

After beginning her career as a teacher in Roanoke in 1969, Lange went on to serve as assistant principal, principal, supervisor of language arts K-12, associate director of instruction, assistant superintendent of instruction, and deputy superintendent of instruction before she was named superintendent in 2006. Her distinguished contributions to K-12 education were recognized when she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2012. That same year, she was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

“Dr. Lange has enjoyed an extraordinary career and we are delighted that she has agreed to helm our M.A.T. and M.A.L.S. programs,” said Patricia Hammer, vice president for academic affairs at Hollins. “Her knowledge and expertise will benefit our graduate students tremendously.”

Lange has first-hand experience in both the graduate programs she will be leading at Hollins. She completed her M.A.L.S. degree there in 1974 and later taught graduate-level education courses to aspiring teachers as an adjunct professor.

“I am thrilled to return to Hollins,” Lange said. “I am eager to guide students as they pursue their higher education goals.”

The M.A.T. program presents students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution the opportunity to earn teaching licensure and a graduate degree at the same time. It was the first program of its kind in the Roanoke Valley.

The M.A.L.S. program is intended for students with varied interests and backgrounds and features concentrations in humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts, leadership, and interdisciplinary studies.

 


Hollins Announces Website Redesign

Hollins University has launched a redesign of its website, Hollins.edu, the most recent step in a continuing effort to better serve its community through the school’s growing digital platform.

Features include easy navigation, a refreshed look, and clean content to provide a user-friendly online experience. The site also boasts a new responsive design to accommodate the increasing amount of web traffic that comes from tablets and mobile devices.

“The redesigned website highlights Hollins’ standing as a prestigious liberal arts university,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “The intent is to showcase our close community and the strength of our student body and academic programs.”

Hollins produced the redesign in partnership with NewCity, a nationally recognized consulting, design, and development firm based in Blacksburg.

“Hollins’ approach should serve as a textbook to any school wanting to enhance its identity,” said Brian Maddox, creative director at NewCity. “The design sits comfortably where heritage meets contemporary, much like Hollins itself. They took the time to not only discover who they were speaking to as an institution, but also what voice they were using to do so.”

Gray added, “The redesign perfectly portrays our history and personality. It reflects our longstanding mission of preparing students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.”


Forbes Ranks Hollins Among America’s 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges

financialHollins University has received an “A”  in the 2013 Forbes College Financial Grades, which the magazine says ”measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students.”

Forbes lists Hollins’ “financial GPA” as 4.013 out of maximum 4.5, which ranks 76th in the country and third in Virginia behind Washington and Lee University (ranked 10th nationally) and the University of Richmond (ranked 42nd).

“The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three categories,” Forbes says. The variables used to determine balance sheet and operational strength include:

  • Year-end endowment assets divided by the number of 12 month full-time equivalent students
  • How well a college’s “expendable assets” cover its annual expenses
  • The amount of expendable assets a college has relative to its debt load
  • How well a college meets its obligations (such as instructional expenses and students services) from the tuition, grants, gifts, and investment revenue it receives
  • How dependent a college is on tuition for core revenues
  • Whether a college’s assets are actually growing
  • The percentage of admitted students who actually choose to attend a particular college
  • The percentage of students actually getting institutional grants or rebates from colleges to attract enrollment
  • How much money a particular college devotes to the core mission of higher education

The Forbes College Financial Grades, which use the two most recent fiscal years available from the Department of Education (2011 and 2010), are published in the magazine’s August 13 issue.