Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Freshwater Turtles Population Study

Biology is so much fun! Check out these Meredith College students assisting in the population study of freshwater turtles, EREN's Turtle Pop project.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Where can a humanities major take you? For three alums, the answer is: “Anywhere you want.”

I know that I blog often about women's colleges and STEM majors, but what about non-STEM majors? Just as important, here's a blog post that I know you will enjoy: Where can a humanities major take you? For three alums, the answer is: “Anywhere you want.” 

Read the blog post to learn what a religion major, English and music double major as well as a Chinese language and culture and economics double major did with their degrees.

And don't worry if you're not sure of what to major in! You'll find that by attending a women's college you'll be afforded many possibilities and opportunities, sample as many as you can then pick the ones you like best!

Career can and do unfold over a person's life time. It's okay not to know what you want to do for the rest of you life. My career unfolded much differently. The important thing to keep mind is to have fun along the way, find topics that are of interest and see where they take you . . . knowing that things always work out for the BEST!
Continue reading here.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sweet Briar Land Atmosphere Research Station - How Sweet It Is!

"The Sweet Briar College Land-Atmosphere Research Station (SBC-LARS) is a state-of-the-art research facility for studying biosphere-atmosphere interactions near the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Located on the campus of Sweet Briar College in central Virginia, the facility provides unique and exciting research opportunities, especially to undergraduate women, in the areas of atmospheric science, air quality, meteorology, and forestry.

SBC-LARS is dedicated to providing research opportunities for undergraduate women, while performing cutting edge research in the areas of meteorology, air quality, and forestry – all areas where women are traditionally underrepresented."

Monday, September 21, 2015

College-Bound High School Girls Interested in a CyberSecurity Career

Check out the Women in STEM Honors Program at Bay Path University:

Housed within the Center of Excellence for Women in STEM, the Bay Path University Women in STEM Honors Program (WiSH) offers a four-year curriculum consisting of integrated and advanced study and research for dedicated future women scientists.

• You will participate in project-based seminars which are designed to nurture your development as a woman scientist and give you the skills you need for your profession.
• You will begin actual research in your first year in collaboration with faculty and other professional and peer mentors to prepare you for graduate and professional school, as well as dynamic careers in industry and medicine.
• You will receive mentoring by upperclass students, faculty and accomplished scientists in the field.
• You will have access to global opportunities via virtual sessions with prominent scientists, as well as study and research abroad opportunities.
• You will engage in service activities with other WiSH students allowing you to begin impacting your world now and truly making a difference.
• You will receive great scholarship support. WiSH students receive a renewable annual $2,500 scholarship!
Stern Scholar Program

As a WiSH participant you are eligible to apply for the annual competitive Stern Scholar program. Granted to a limited number of undergraduate scientific scholars at Bay Path University, recipients will receive an additional $2,500 in support of a research project that will be conducted with one of the science faculty members.

Bay Path's Wish Majors Include: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, CyberSecurity, Forensic Science, Medical Science and Neuroscience.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Staying relevant is gender-neutral: 3 college presidents on the state of women's schools

“We’re seeing something fundamentally different,” said Debora Spar, president of Barnard College in New York. “We’re actually finding it’s a really interesting moment to be a women’s college.”

Women's colleges are relevant today. Yes, women now have access to higher education, but the young women of today are finding that a single-sex college environment is providing them with more opportunities and an empowering environment. Resulting in an education that enables them to launch a career or continue on to graduate school.

If you're a serious students with big dreams, I encourage you to consider attending a women's college. Investigate them as you would other colleges, then decide for yourself if a women's college is right for you.

Continue reading, Staying relevant is gender-neutral: 3 college presidents on the state of women's schools.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Single-Sex Education: Not Your Grandfather’s Segregation.

Well stated and spot on!

"What women’s colleges really do is remove the imbalance until women no longer see it as normal and are no longer willing to put up with it..."

Continue reading, Single-Sex Education: Not Your Grandfather’s Segregation.

To all college-bound high school girls with BIG dreams, I encourage you to investigate several women's colleges. See for yourself the advantages they provide.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Women's College Tradition: Crook Hunt

The Crook Hunt Tradition at Meredith College is all about the senior class hiding the crook for the junior class to find. Clues are provide, but the crook is not always found. What a fun tradition. At my alma mater we also had a similar tradition.

The Crook Hunt tradition began in 1906 and is still celebrated today – but that hasn’t always the case. It was banned on campus from 1913-1929 due to safety concerns after the crook was hidden so that a student had to hang out of a window to retrieve it. Here you see the wooden crook, adorned with class colors, being carried into the amphitheater during Class Day 2015. The colorful ribbons signify that the crook wasn't found by the juniors during the hunt. If it had been found, the ribbons would be black.

Learn more about the Crook Hunt on the Meredith Moments blog: 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Women College Alumna Part of "Underground Astronauts" Team!

So cool!

In 2013, in a cave known as Rising Star near Johannesburg, South Africa, an international team of scientists began the process of uncovering more than 1,500 well-preserved bones and teeth. The discovery of the fossils, hidden in a barely accessible chamber, adds a new branch to the human family tree: a creature dubbed Homo naledi. Papers detailing the team's findings have just been published, as reported yesterday by National Geographic, the New York Times, and other media.

Alia Gurtov ’07 was one of six women chosen to join the expedition as a result of some unique qualifications. . . . Gurtov earned master’s degrees in archaeology from Leiden University, Netherlands, and in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at UW–Madison. After graduating from Wellesley, she spent one year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow researching the intersection of nationalism and paleoanthropology in Europe, Asia and Africa, and participated in Pleistocene excavations at Neumark-Nord, Germany, and Pinnacle Point, South Africa.

Women's Colleges Rock! And this secret is getting out as more young women are choosing to attend a women's college. Alia Gurtov is glad she did and look at her fantastic career!

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Benefits of Attending an All Women’s College, by Zipporah Osei.

Check out this cool blog post, The Benefits of Attending an All Women’s College, by Zipporah Osei.

It’s no secret that attending an all women’s college does wonders for a girl. Research shows that girls who attend all women’s colleges participate more in and out of class, have more courage to step into the STEM fields, are shown to have higher self esteem, and are more likely to graduate. And it’s no wonder considering attending an all women’s college puts you in an environment of female support and gives you women in your field to serve as mentors. But knowing these facts and living them are two different things. Is what they say about women’s colleges really true? Second year Barnard College student and an incoming freshman told me what it means to attend one of the best all women’s colleges in the country.

Continue reading, The Benefits of Attending an All Women’s College.

Learn more about this women's college located in NYC, Barnard College.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Welcome Angel at Meredith College is a Heavenly Move-In Day Addition

I hope you enjoy my latest HuffPost blog post, "Meredith College Making Move-In Day Even More Memorable."

 . . . With a new Welcome Angel, Move-In Day is now even more memorable. Back for her second year, the Welcome Angel has quickly become a much-appreciated addition. And with such a large incoming class (approximately 440 students, the third largest freshman class in the last seven years), the Welcome Angel was very, very busy. As they leave behind 19 states and 12 countries to settle into a new home away from home, these young women are all looking forward to embracing Meredith's academic richness as well as taking advantage of internships and study abroad programs, developing leadership skills, and benefiting from the college's unique one-on-one mentoring program, StrongPoints. . . . 

 Continue reading Meredith College Making Move-In Day Even More Memorable.

Learn more about Meredith College.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to School: Eight Unique Women’s Colleges

I so enjoyed reading this bog post, Back to School: Eight Unique Women’s Colleges and wanted to share it today! I especially liked the opening sentence . . .

CO-ED COLLEGES aren’t for everyone. While some people might cringe at the idea of going to a gender-specific school, still, there are numerous benefits of attending an all-women’s college. Studies have cited that students attending gender-specific schools benefit from improved self-esteem, develop better classroom leadership skills, and experience greater satisfaction academically, developmentally, and personally. Also, it turns out that the more friendships with members of the opposite sex you have, the higher the chance that your GPA will be adversely affected.

Continue reading Back to School: Eight Unique Women’s Colleges.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Miss Vermont Is a Science Nerd and Hails from a Women’s College

How cool is this? I loved that Alayna used her science knowledge to impress the judges!

Alayna Westcom didn't earn her Miss Vermont 2015 crown by being just another pretty face. You might say she took a scientific approach to winning. In April, Westcom wowed the Miss Vermont judges in the talent portion of the pageant not by singing a song, playing a musical instrument or performing a magic act, but by conducting a science experiment live onstage.

Since her victory, Miss Vermont has been traveling around the state sharing her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — collectively known as STEM — with the goal of talking to at least 10,000 Vermont schoolchildren. . .  . 

She earned her bachelor's degree in forensic science from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass., and a graduate degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Vermont. Not too shabby, considering that Westcom and her older sister were the first members of their family to attend college.

Currently, Westcom works as a medical laboratory scientist at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans and as an autopsy technician for Vermont's chief medical examiner in Burlington. Next year, when her reign as Miss Vermont 2015 ends, she plans to apply to med school with the goal of becoming a medical examiner herself.

Continue reading Miss Vermont Is a Science Nerd.

Learn more about Bay Path University.

Friday, September 4, 2015

New Dorms at this Women’s College

I love sharing how women’s colleges are the new college cool.

Here's another example. This women’s college build new dorms to accommodate their growing number of students.

“Salem College has experienced a period of record student enrollments,” says D. E. Lorraine Sterritt, President of Salem Academy and College. “This necessitated the construction of a new residence, and I am pleased that we were able to build this beautiful building in a location that will connect our historic campus with downtown Winston-Salem.” 

The 32,000-square-foot, apartment-style building provides housing for eighty-nine students. Each flat has a full kitchen and living area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. A great room, porches, and patios offer common areas that will foster collaboration among the residents. 

President Sterritt
 Learn more about Salem College here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More College Bound High School Girls are Deciding to Attend a Women's College

Agnes Scott College is yet another women’s college that has much to celebrate concerning new students. Their incoming class of 276 young women is the largest class ever! Below is their photo.
Congratulations Agnes Scott College, but I’m not at all surprised. Women’s colleges are becoming the new college cool! Check out my HuffPost blog post -- New College Cool: Women's Colleges