Accessing Our Network: One of Hollins’ Greatest Strengths
Alex Lesniak ’20 shares how the experience she acquired and connections she made as a Hollins undergraduate led shortly after graduation to a rewarding opportunity with the American Institutes for Research.
New Memoir by Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91 Earns Praise and Inspires Dialogue
The Pulitzer Prize winner and two-term U.S. Poet Laureate has written a powerful and unforgettable book about the murder of her mother and its impact on her distinguished writing career.
Casey Mahan ’20 Prepares to Fulfill Her Dream of Becoming an Optometrist
The biology major/chemistry minor, who also served as captain of the Hollins volleyball team her senior year, is attending the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Hollins Alumna Recalls First Job With Rep. John Lewis
As we remember Congressman John Lewis and his incredible life devoted to social justice and equality, Mary Kate Vick Fuller ’88 remembers the civil rights icon as her first boss and the unforgettable lessons he taught her.
Through Graduate Studies at American Univ., Kiki Speights ’20 seeks to “make sure communities’ voices are heard”
The environmental sciences major/social justice minor wants “to gain more knowledge in international issues, the progression of human rights, and environmental degradation” as she prepares to work in the human rights career field.
Hollins Alumna’s Graduate Thesis in History Explores “An Island of Integration in an Otherwise Sea of Segregation”
Meika Downey ’17 explored the desegregation of the Women’s Army Corps in the late 1940s and early 1950s at Fort Lee, Virginia, in pursuit of her M.A. degree in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work received the 2020-21 VCU Graduate School Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts category, and her oral history interviews for the project will be donated to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee.
Hollins Theatre Presents Natasha Trethewey’s Acclaimed “Native Guard,” March 8
Broadway and television actress January LaVoy, nationally renowned African American theatre maker Dominic Taylor, and Roanoke jazz/blues vocalist Shawn Spencer star in this evening of poetry and theatricality highlighted by stunning visuals and and live music. A conversation with Trethewey, who earned her M.A. from Hollins in 1991 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for “Native Guard,” will immediately follow the performance.
Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning Guarantees Access to a World of Possibilities
“The establishment of the Rutherfoord Center enables Hollins to build upon its strong foundation of experiential learning programs,” said Interim President Nancy Gray. “Bringing these programs together in a new way allows for more collaboration and interaction while at the same time expanding opportunities for students.”
Hollins Enjoys Double Presence at Women’s Theatre Festival
The works of two Hollins playwrights – “She Made Space” by Meredith Cope-Levy ’12, M.F.A. 18 and “And Then the Moon Swallowed the Sky” by Rachel Nelson ’07 – were recently showcased at an event that champions gender parity, diversity, and inclusion in the American theatre.
Penguin Random House to Publish Hollins Author’s Debut Novel
“The Road to After,” an illustrated middle grade novel in verse by Rebekah Lowell M.F.A. ’19, will be released in the spring of 2022.
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