Amanda Cockrell ’69, M.A. ’88 Explores Turmoil of the 1960s in New Historical Novel
This spring, Amanda Cockrell ’69, M.A. ’88 is immersing readers in the unrest of the Vietnam War era with her new book “Coyote Weather.” The historical novelist, who retired in 2018 as director of Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature, is currently managing editor of Hollins University’s literary journal, The Hollins Critic, and the author of numerous books under her own name and the pseudonym Damion Hunter.
Distinguished Jurist and Hollins Alumna to Speak at 181st Commencement Exercises
Senior United States District Judge Callie Virginia “Ginny” Smith Granade ’72 will be the guest speaker at Hollins University’s 181st Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 21. The ceremony will be held on Hollins’ historic Front Quadrangle.
Hollins Exceeds “75” End-of-Year Giving Challenge
To recognize the one-year anniversary of the extraordinary $75 million gift to Hollins, alumnae/i issued a challenge to members of the university’s 1842 Society: The group promised to contribute $75,000 to the Hollins Fund if 75 alumnae/i and friends committed $1,842 or more by December 31, 2022. Thanks to the generosity of 1842 Society members, Hollins exceeded the “75” challenge with 111 donors committing to this level of giving.
Natasha Campbell ’19 Selected for Prestigious Golden Foundation Residency
Natasha Campbell ’19 has been chosen as an Artist Resident at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. She is one of only 18 artists selected for the 2023 Residency Program from over 600 applicants hailing from around the world.
Hollins Authors Featured in Publishers Weekly’s 2022 Children’s Starred Reviews
Three alumnae of Hollins University’s graduate programs in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, Dhonielle Clayton, Cassie Gustafson, and Ali Standish, are among the authors highlighted in Publishers Weekly’s (PW) 10th Children’s Starred Reviews Annual. Books that receive a star from PW indicate that they are titles of exceptional merit.
Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter ’85 Named a 2022 Presidential Rank Award Winner
Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter ’85 is among 233 winners from 33 federal agencies selected by President Biden to receive the Presidential Rank Award, honoring “hardworking civil servants who exemplify strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to public service through their exceptional leadership, contributions, and accomplishments,” said Kiran Ahuja, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
From Honors Thesis to Peer-Reviewed Journal: Student/Faculty Mental Health Study Earns Impressive Publication
Collaborating with Assistant Professor of Psychology Caroline Mann, Hinza Malik ’21 has published an article in a national, peer-reviewed journal that sheds new light on the connection between self-concept and mental illness stigma.
Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Beth Macy, Nov. 15
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.”
“My Journey Back Home”: Savannah Scott ’22 Returns to Alaska to Serve in the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program
Beginning this fall, Savannah Scott ’22 will spend two years working with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, an Alaska Native nonprofit organization, as part of a CDC program dedicated to developing the next generation of public health professionals.
Suzy Mink ’74 Wins at World Triathlon Long Distance Championships
Suzy Mink ’74, who serves as senior philanthropic advisor at Hollins, was the only woman to medal for Team USA during the 2022 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships, part of the 2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships held August 21 at the Olympic Training Center in Samorin, Slovakia.
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