Cupola Now September 5, 2013

  VWIL cadets > Cadets Spend Summer Honing Leadership Skills
Whether jumping out of airplanes, lending their skills on Capitol Hill, or manning the controls of an aircraft carrier, cadets in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership redefined the meaning of summer as college students.


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Freshmen Connection
Members of the Class of 2017 have been sharing their excitement throughout MBC's social networks. Search #mbc17 on Twitter or Instagram to experience the first week of classes through their eyes.

Ferguson blog

Square Pegs
Executive Director of MBC's Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Stephanie Ferguson just launched a blog,   SquarePegsRoundHoles, to explore issues related to education — early entrance to college, the viability of single-gender institutions, liberal arts education, profit versus non-profit institutions, adolescent motivation issues, and more.

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2013 Fundraising Closes on a High Note

Topping Out at Murphy Deming

  Move in > Welcome Class of 2017
Representing 24 states and five foreign countries, 265 women officially joined the Mary Baldwin College student body during 2013 Orientation Week, labeled Defining Courage.

  Frank and Terry Southerington > Celebrating the Life of Frank Southerington
Frank Southerington did not want a funeral. For those who knew him, the only appropriate way to say goodbye was to celebrate his life with a big party. And so hundreds gathered on August 23 at his home that harkened back to so many gatherings in previous years — the “Southerington salons” and legendary Christmas parties.

  Mongolian horse race > ADP Alum Rides Across Mongolia
D. Lynne Gilbert, a 2001 Adult Degree Program alumna, placed 10th along with her partner in the 1,000-kilometer 2013 Mongol Derby, certified as the longest and toughest horse race in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.

  Sherri Mylott > College Names New Fundraising Chief
Sherri Mylott’s 24 years of experience includes serving as vice president for development at four institutions and participation in many successful campaign and fundraising programs ranging from small, private colleges to a large, comprehensive research university.

  Betty Gold sculpture > New Sculpture to be Installed on Campus
The most recent Betty Gold sculpture to become part of the college’s collection is a four-part Corten steel sculpture entitled “Chodo IX” that will be installed in mid-September near the entrance to Francis Auditorium.

  Announcements > MBC Announcements are Back
Learn about upcoming community service projects, the Physical Activities Center schedule, available jobs, and more with MBC Announcements. Anyone can post and everyone receives announcements via email Monday through Friday.

MBC in the News
  Health Matters
> Healing Matters
Augusta Health newsletter Health Matters  profiles Athletics Director Sharon Spalding, who used fitness to fight two rounds of breast cancer.
News Leader


Gateways help Mary Baldwin freshmen adjust to college

These first-year gateways — also called portals, or first-year experiences at other schools — are considered the best practices for colleges and universities because they help students build relationships early, studies show.
  News Leader
> Segregation to integration
The stories of Staunton’s largest historically black communities have gone mostly untold outside their street boundaries. That could change soon with the efforts of a Mary Baldwin College documentary project.
  News Virginian
> Local players shine on college stage
Former Stuarts Draft standout Mayzie Lewis was named the USA South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week. The freshman at Mary Baldwin College scored three goals, her first career hat trick, in a 4-1 season opening victory over Wilson College.
  News Leader
> Slideshow: VWIL nULL induction parade
The News Leader's Mike Tripp captured the annual event in images.
Featured Event
  Rogue Shakespeare
> September 7 and 9
New Season, New Company
The 2013–14 Master of Fine Arts company, Rogue Shakespeare, presents its first production of a five-show season this weekend with The Circle, a work of devised theatre intended to build ensemble through collaborative work. 7 p.m., entrance of Grafton Library. See the news release for more information.

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