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Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.

Recent Posts

  • 07.15.15

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  • 07.02.15

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WILSON, HEATHER A, Republican Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 4
Total cost of trips - $11,945.93

Average cost per trip - $2,986.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 405 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Education foundation
Notes - Spouse Jay Hone accompanied. Other expenses are for entry fees, tour guide tipping honorarium and admission

Travel Cost - $6,823.20
Lodging Cost - $1,011.00
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $10,211.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Jay Hone, and children Joshua and Caitlin Hone attended. Disclosed costs don't reflect food lodging or transportation costs for family members.

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Real Time with Bill Maher-Los Angeles, CA
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 20, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - appeared as guest on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss public policy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $585.88
Lodging Cost - $213.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $799.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - 2003 Heritage Award event honoring Craig Barrett
Notes - Chamber of commerce paid for the hotel room only

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
Image: Sweet Briar College web site

Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.

Recent Posts

  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.
  • 06.23.15

    Learning from Video Games

    A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.