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"Do good. Have fun."

- Sarah Holland '64 in her 50th Reunion honor class remarks

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50th Reunion: Class of '64

Hollins 1964 50th Reunion

Watch this terrific video created by the class of 1964 in celebration of their special 50th reunion!


"Let us take this moment to stop and reflect together...

"... and remember our 'inexhaustible tale'... a simpler time... a life changing experience that has infinitely shaped us and continues to echo through the years."

- 25th Reunion remarks by Katie Gentry-Funk '89

- Read her full remarks (PDF)


Race To Reunion

Your referrals of talented students have a direct impact on both the quality and quantity of the next class of Hollins women. The Class of 1959 won with 9 referrals.







Hollins Reunion 2014: May 30 - June 1, 2014

Hollins Reunion 2014: May 30-June 1


Reunion 2014 celebrated all classes ending in 4 or 9 and the class of 2012 - thank you to all of the alumnae who returned home to Hollins for a beautiful weekend!

Weekend Highlights

Photo Gallery - download your favorites

Facebook Photos - tag yourself

Video: Parade of Classes

Alumnae Awards

Class Giving Awards
Full schedule of reunion events Attendees
Reunion Chairs and Gift Chairs Class Facebook pages/groups
Green and Gold Lyrics Future reunion dates:

SAVE THE DATE For Reunion 2015: 
May 29 - 31, 2015

Special Events

Reunion 2014 featured these special events:

Draw Near: Alumna Art Exhibition and Conversation

Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009. Colored pencil on paper, 10 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Draw Near is the first career survey of drawings by Atlanta-based artist Susan Cofer '64, and features over sixty drawings dating from 1975 to the present day, all of which demonstrate Cofer's painstakingly delicate technique and attentive eye to landscape and topography.

More than 100 alumnae enjoyed a conversation with the artist and her classmate Suzanne Taylor '64, Saturday, May 31, 2 pm, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.

High Note: Alumna Performances

Florence Fowler Peacock '59

Internationally renowned soprano soloist, Florence Fowler Peacock '59, performed a selection of pieces in celebration of the groundbreaking for the Peacock Terrace at Bradley Hall.

Friday, May 30, 7:45 pm, Talmadge Recital Hall, Bradley Hall.

Marthanne Dorminy Gardner '64

Piano Recital by Marthanne Dorminy Gardner '64

Saturday, May 31, 5 pm, Talmadge Recital Hall, Bradley Hall

Marthanne's (known professionally as Marthanne Verbit) penchant for off-beat repertoire has made her a favorite among piano buffs and the musically curious since her first recording of Cyril Scott and her enthusiastically received New York and London all-Scriabin debut recitals.

This inquisitive virtuoso has charted her own course, rescuing unjustly neglected works in piano literature and commissioning new music. Imaginative programs earned Marthanne plaudits from critics and a reputation as a stylish interpreter with flair, insight, passion and technique. She has performed works by a gallery of late 19th century and 20th century composers such as Szymanowski, Ornstein and Antheil at such distinguished venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City where she was invited to play a solo recital for the Gershwin centenary. 

Expressions of Experience: Alumnae Panel

The Reunion 2014 alumnae panel featured a spectrum of distinguished alumnae who reflected upon their Hollins experience and how it has impacted their lives. With:


  • Florence Skinner '44
  • Evelyn Swensson '49
  • Katie Letcher Lyle '59
  • Vevie Dimmitt '69
  • Daryl DeBerry '79
  • Henrika Taylor '84
  • Emily Wexler '04
  • and moderator Ernie Zulia, associate professor of theatre.
Athletic Hall of Fame

Saturday's Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of the Hall of Fame members, student-athletes, and the growth of the intercollegiate athletic program.

Inductees of the 2014 class:

  • Michelle Seiffertt '94, fencing
  • 1979 Lacrosse Team
Alumnae Awards
Hollins presented the following awards during Reunion 2014 weekend:
Distinguished Alumnae Awards

Evelyn Dickenson Swensson '49 is a prolific composer, having conducted over eighty productions including thirty for OperaDelaware at Wilmington's Grand Opera House. During her ground breaking forty year career as a composer and conductor for OperaDelaware and Delaware Children’s Theatre, she wrote twelve musicals in twelve years, including The Enormous Egg, The Adventures of Beatrix Potter, and Anne of Green Gables.

Georgia Berner '64 is owner and CEO of Berner International Corporation and Berner Energy Recovery, Inc., both are privately held companies focused on indoor air quality and energy conservation.  She is a recognized advocate for energy conservation, social programs and philanthropy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. 

Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick '73 serves on the Supreme Court in Kingston, Jamaica, and was recently appointed to Jamaica's Court of Appeal by Governor-General Patrick Allen. After graduating from Hollins with a degree in biology, Beswick earned her bachelor of laws at the University of the West Indies.

Distinguished Young Alumna Award recipient: Meghna Das Thakur '04 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins with a degree in biology. She received her doctorate in molecular genetics and genomics from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Novartis, where she continues her cancer research. She has successfully identified and devised innovative therapeutic strategies to combat drug resistance and cancer progression now being clinically tested. 
Betsy Green Grubbs '72 Award

for making a significant contribution in the arts

Cofer Susan Seydel Cofer '64 is visual artist working in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has two distinct manifestations: drawings inspired by biomorphic forms painstakingly rendered in a series of vertical lines; and, sculptural portraits commissioned by friends and private patrons constructed mostly of papier mâché also with exacting detail. Her work belongs to many private, corporate, and museum collections and has been the subject of several one-woman exhibitions. Draw Near, at the Wilson Museum at Hollins, was organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and curated by Michael Rooks, the High Museum’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and presents the first career survey of her drawings.
Rath Award

whose participation in the life of Hollins has been extraordinary and whose personal investment of time and effort in the institution over the years represents the very best of the Hollins spirit

Suzanne McCormick Taylor '64

Suzanne is a community leader who, in her own words, “began life as a fund raiser.” She was a schoolteacher for many years before heading up a capital campaign for Episcopal High School, and her fund raising career began. She has been a professional fund raiser for many institutions, and retired as vice president of the Baptist Health System Foundation. In 1998 she was honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as a Fellow in the professional organization, becoming one of just 115 others who had achieved that status.

A colleague once said that “she has the ability to challenge people and get the best out of them.” She has ceaselessly referred students to Hollins and worked for our admissions efforts. She has been an Alumnae Board member and chair of her local alumnae chapter. In addition to referring students, she has referred prospective donors to Hollins too, tirelessly drumming up support for the school she holds dear.

She has been phenomenal as a co-chair of the great class of 1964’s giving efforts, rattling the tin cup louder than anyone, getting her classmates to give and to give joyfully for this spectacular 50th reunion effort. She once said, “thanks to Hollins we are empowered to impact our world.... for good.” And Hollins has been the beneficiary of her good works.

Pat Thomas Bain '49 Award

for achieving a significant increase in Hollins Fund participation

Suzie McKnight Reno '64

Suzie has been a class gift chair for many years, with her partner in crime Suzanne Taylor. Over the past few years Suzie traveled to Hollins on many occasions leading up to this milestone 50th reunion year, to get down to work on the business of encouraging her classmates to come back to Hollins for reunion and to give back, too.

The class had this mantra for their 50th reunion: PROMOTE Hollins, GIVE to our class gift, COME to reunion. Thanks in good measure to Suzie’s efforts, the class of 1964 has reached the highest participation in giving that they have ever had: 69%! Suzie’s tireless work to personally reach out to each and every member of the class had a huge impact on that number. She also puts her money where her mouth is, and is a loyal Hollins Fund donor, as well as benefactor of the Suzanne McKnight Reno Scholarship for International Students.

After visiting the university archives, Suzie put together a marvelous retrospective video in honor of the class of 1964’s 50th reunion year. The video states: “Hollins let us know that we could be remarkable.” Suzie is a truly remarkable Hollins woman, and we are truly grateful for all she does to promote and give back to Hollins.

Outstanding Admission Ambassador Award

Beth Kennan '99

An enthusiastic volunteer, Beth has demonstrated a sustained interest in supporting the Office of Admission through attendance at prospective student parties in northern Virginia, as well as in Richmond, Virginia, annually since 2010. She has also served as an ambassador through the presentation of the Hollins Creative Writing Book Award at a Richmond area high school. She continually seeks new opportunities to engage her fellow alumnae in the admission effort.

Her passion for her alma mater is regularly shown in her commitment to assist in identifying the next generation of Hollins women. Her dedication to Hollins and willingness to serve make Beth a truly commendable recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Admission Ambassador award.
Hollins Award for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE)

for excellence in volunteering for Hollins through a specific project or for overall spirit

Savon Shelton Sampson '04

One of Hollins’ most successful alumnae chapters is the Richmond, Virginia, chapter, and much of their success is due to Savon.

Savon has been a tireless co-chair of the chapter, organizing cocktail parties, J-term parties, new student send-off parties, cupcake welcomes for prospective students, and Easter Egg hunts. She has been a leader of that powerful group of alumnae and marshaled their talents for Hollins – including for their long-time fundraiser for a Hollins scholarship, which was helped ensure that some talented Richmond students can attend Hollins.  

Savon is also a tremendous Alumnae Board member, always thinking strategically and cheerfully about ways to help Hollins.

Class Giving Awards

Final Reunion Class Giving award winners, as of June 30, 2014! Thank you to all who gave in support of your class gift.


Tinker Mountain Award

The Tinker Mountain Award

Given to the class that raises the largest total gift for the Hollins Fund.

  • Class of 1964 with $1,058,603
Catherine Orgill West '51 Award

The Catherine Orgill West '51 Award

Honors the class with the highest participation in giving to the Hollins Fund.

  • Class of 1964 with 72%
Hollins Rock Award

The Hollins Rock Award

Awarded to the class among the ten most recent class years with the highest Hollins Fund participation.

  • Class of 2004 with 28%


Past Reunions

Read news and view photos from prior year reunions: