We say we are Boldly Baldwin because our students and alumnae use everything Mary Baldwin College has to offer to become their best. Their best collaborators. Their best leaders. Their best decision-makers. Their best at adapting to career changes. And, ultimately, their best selves.
Our family is filled with individuals who build on what they love to create lives of passion and purpose.
Mariah Dittrich ’14
Snow Hill, Maryland
Pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching degree through the BA/MAT program.
Read Mariah’s full Opening Convocation speech here. “For the next four years, I urge you to take pride in your [class] colors. But I also urge you to embrace what the whole variety of colors symbolizes on our campus: a unity of squirrels. Squirrels come in a wide array of colors, but they have far more commonalities than differences. They are passionate, energetic, and resourceful. They communicate effectively with their group and they plan for the future. At this very moment, my sister squirrels, you are planting seeds for your future.”
Mariah’s inspiring words to new students during Opening Convocation in fall 2014 are characteristic of her intense connection to Mary Baldwin, one that earned her the college’s Unsung Hero Award as a senior. Noted by peers for her “good-natured attitude, commitment, and desire to positively impact her community,” Mariah has served as Class of 2014 secretary; chairwoman for the Association for Campus Outreach and Resources for New Students (ACORNS); board of elections co-chair; peer advisor for Honors Scholars, Career Academy, and Healthy Lifestyles gateways; Honors Scholars president; and a team leader in Grafton Library.
Bethany Zaiman ’15
Highland, New York
“Each time I travel abroad, I learn more about embracing my own independence and about the importance of connecting with others. I love the little things that make every place unique — a different way of holding eating utensils, saying hello, or speaking a prayer.”
Mexico. Czech Republic. Northern Ireland. Haiti. In just three years as a student, Bethany has visited four diverse international sites in connection with Mary Baldwin experiential learning and service opportunities. The upstate New York native admits entering college with an abundance of enthusiasm and a lack of direction. She has developed the vocabulary to articulate her goals through her academic major(s), leadership roles in the Anthropology Club, and membership in MBC’s Quest interfaith group and the campus chapter of Clinton Global Initiative University. For Bethany, becoming her best self centers on having the compassion to be open to the world and the knowledge to be analyze it thoughtfully.
Nhi Nguyen ’15
Minors: Leadership Studies, psychology
“One of the best things about studying at MBC is that professors don’t feed you the answers. I have learned how to get to the heart of a question and come up with creative responses.”
Nhi is a careful chemist who takes her time in the lab and the classroom. But she is not afraid to admit that mistakes happen and hypotheses can be misguided. She considers that part of the learning process, and so do her Mary Baldwin professors. During summer 2014, Nhi is working at MBC and at Virginia Tech to expand molecular dynamics simulation research, providing an important link to investigations started by students and faculty in 2007. A captain and platoon leader in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, Nhi participated in the Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program to promote multilingualism and cultural understanding in the officer corps. She plans to commission into the U.S. Army upon graduation.
Monique Burgess ’14
Major: Social Work
Minor: Leadership Studies
Mental health counselor in Baltimore, Maryland
“I have learned from working with others the true meaning of self and how to give help as well as receive it. Every year is a new challenge.”
College life was not a passive experience for Monique. Her influential roles on campus included peer mentor, resident assistant, Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir singer, and member of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. She showcased her personality and compassion as president of the Social Work Club, where she said organizing outreach for residents of a local homeless shelter was a lesson in the humbling nature of leadership. Monique’s academic record earned her the highest honor in the social work department, and her service to the community garnered the college’s Charlotte Forten Grimké award. Monique landed a job before graduation and headed back to her home state to begin a career in mental health counseling.
Don’t take our word for it — national recognition lets you know that we’re not just tooting our own horn.