Javeria Piracha ’25 has made a contribution to the growing study of the issue of Indigenous rights to heritage. The applied economics major has analyzed the interaction between Indigenous peoples and those owning their cultural property, and that research recently earned her a speaking opportunity at a prestigious academic conference.
Hollins University earned multiple honors at the annual Appalachia Regional Model Arab League conference, held November 4-6. Eight delegations from six colleges and universities and one high school participated in the event, now in its eighth year.
For her dedication to higher education and student success, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences Mary Jane Carmichael has received the 2022 H. Hiter Harris III Rising Star Award from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
Theatre department students and faculty have collaborated on a series of theatre-based service projects as a way to support nonprofit organizations in Roanoke including Ursula’s Cafe and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Beth Macy M.A. ’93 will speak in the Hollins Theatre on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Macy is a longtime reporter whose books include “Factory Man,” “Truevine,” and “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America.” Her latest book is “Raising Lazarus: The Search for Hope and Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis.”
Lynn Pasquerella, president of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, spoke at Hollins about the “need to recognize that higher education and its graduates must play a leadership role in fulfilling the promise of liberal education, ensuring that all students are positioned to find their best and most authentic selves.”
Students from the Hollins first-year seminar “Ask Not What Your Community Can Do for You: Sustainability and Social Innovation” learned how to become social entrepreneurs and spark change in their communities at a three-day event hosted by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.
Hollins has announced the appointment of Anita B. Walton as vice president for institutional advancement. She will develop and lead Hollins’ philanthropic priorities and activities and promote engagement with alumnae/i and friends of the university.
The Perry F. Kendig Awards, which celebrate the people and organizations that support excellence in the arts in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, were announced during a ceremony at Hollins on October 11.
The new Hollins University Safe Haven project is intended to increase awareness of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the the campus community. It also seeks to ensure students know how and to whom to report incidents, and provide assurance to victims that they will be treated with respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality.