Image via HSC for SBC Facebook

Alumni of an all men’s college in Virginia are expressing their support for nearby women’s college Sweet Briar College, which announced its plans to close at the end of this academic year.

In an effort to help save Sweet Briar, the gentleman of Hampden-Sydney College have launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $100,000 to donate to Saving Sweet Briar – the non-profit corporation formed by a concerned Sweet Briar community dedicated to preserving the school.

The campaign called “A Rose for a Vixen” was started by HSC for SBC, a group of Hampden-Sydney alums, faculty and friends who stand with Sweet Briar.

“Our mission is to represent the undeniable bond held between Sweet Briar and Hampden-Sydney,” reads a post on the HSC for SBC Facebook page. “Any Hampden-Sydney man will attest to the significance of Sweet Briar to the Hampden-Sydney experience. While we pursued knowledge separately, we were never separated.”

As the Hampden-Sydney alumni put it: “Any gentleman who has graced the grounds of Hampden-Sydney will remember a Sweet Briar lady by his side.”

Not only have Hampden-Sydney alumni spoken out against the closure of Sweet Briar, so too has the men’s college.

“Since Sweet Briar’s opening in 1901, generations of Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, and staff have formed personal and professional relationships with their counterparts at the women’s liberal arts college,” reads the college’s statement. “A wide range of educational options is the strength of American higher education.  With the closing of Sweet Briar College, those options have been diminished.  Every institution of higher education – small college, large university, private, public, liberal arts, technical, coeducational, single-sex – contributes to the American educational mosaic, which is unique in the world.”

So far, $720 have been raised for Saving Sweet Briar by the fellas at Hampden-Sydney. They have a long way to go to make it to their $100,000 goal, but all pledges – big or small – will help further Saving Sweet Briar’s mission to keep Sweet Briar open.

To date, Saving Sweet Briar has received more than $2.75 million in pledges on its own website.