Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic
excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal
arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and
community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs
prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth,
achievement, and service to society.
The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study,
and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement
of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the
academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and
effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and
independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.
Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and
values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and
men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in
accord with the Hollins values and traditions.
The Batten Leadership Institute
Hollins has been developing women leaders since its founding more than 160 years
ago. In 2002, thanks to a gift from business leader and philanthropist Frank
Batten, and his wife, Jane Parke Batten (Hollins class of 1958), Hollins created
the Batten Leadership Institute or BLI.
The BLI is an umbrella organization that manages a diverse array of programs and
- The Certificate of Leadership Studies, offered to undergraduate students
- A Certificate in Professional Leadership for professional women in the Roanoke
area, local high school programming, and summer camps
- Consulting to local and national organizations
- the new Emerging Leaders Forum
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1890, the Roanoke Regional Chamber remains dedicated to
serving about 1,300 members by
working to create an environment that's good for your business and its
The Chamber's mission is to serve the interests of our members by providing
leadership, advocacy, and action that will help the Roanoke Region achieve
its potential as a desirable place to live, work, and visit.
The program of work is driven by our members' needs and concerns - member
companies range from one employee to more than 11,000.
The focus is regional because it best represents where our members do
business - membership comes from more than 50
localities in Virginia. And the programs and services of the Roanoke
Regional Chamber are as far-reaching and diverse as the membership.