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News at MBC 01/31/15

Business Course Brings Benefits to Students and Local Shop

Business Course Brings Benefits to Students and Local Shop

Having spent 30 years in business before transitioning to academia, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Joe Sprangel structures his courses, in large part, around the work done in the “real world.” It was serendipitous then, that local shop owner and artisan Lisa Jacenich had recently reached out to Mary Baldwin College to benefit from the knowledge and eagerness of students to help develop strategies for boosting business at her store Artful Gifts, located in Staunton’s wharf district. The interaction resulted in... [Full Story]

Grant to Connect Local Students with Food and Environmental Awareness

Grant to Connect Local Students with Food and Environmental Awareness

Already a champion of connecting children and educators with nature, Mary Baldwin College Associate Professor of Education Tamra Willis has landed a $200,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help launch a new initiative with Staunton City Public Schools to help bridge food supply, student well being, and the environment. The Seeds of Learning program is in its infancy, and Willis, who heads up MBC's popular Environment-Based... [Full Story]

Student Paper Garners Top Award at Asian Studies Conference

Student Paper Garners Top Award at Asian Studies Conference

Mary Baldwin College senior Shekira Ramdass won the prize for best undergraduate student paper at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Southeast Chapter’s annual conference January 16–18 at the University of Virginia. Ramdass presented her paper — her 2014 senior thesis in Asian studies, "The Socio-Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS on Indian Women" — at the three-day conference in Charlottesville. She received a certificate and $100. The southeast region of the AAS... [Full Story]

Lobbying Efforts Focus on Tuition Assistance, Physical Therapy

Lobbying Efforts Focus on Tuition Assistance, Physical Therapy

As the Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, members of the Mary Baldwin College community traveled to Richmond recently to lobby on behalf of students and issues important to them. Director of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences physical therapy program Lisa Shoaf (front row, center) attended the Annual Virginia Physical Therapy Association Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly on January 21 accompanied by six students in MBC's charter class. The group... [Full Story]

Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements

Matt Davies, assistant professor, Shakespeare & Performance Played Agamemnon in Deus ex Machina — which integrates theatre and technology by giving the audience unprecedented power to vote (via cell phones) for one of twelve possible versions of The Oresteia — for Whirligig Theater Company in Austin.  Ben Herz, program director and professor, occupational therapy Became a member of the Board of Directors for the Pony-Up for Parkinson’s Foundation, December, Fishersville, VA. Invited to review a manuscript titled The... [Full Story]

MBC Alum Describes College Athletics as Preparation for Life

MBC Alum Describes College Athletics as Preparation for Life

Sunday evening Claudia Brind-Woody ’77, vice president and managing director of IBM Global Intellectual Property Licensing, returned to Mary Baldwin College to speak about how her experiences as a student athlete taught her many of the lessons that have made her successful in her business career. “Having the opportunity to hear Claudia Brind-Woody speak was fantastic,” said Amanda Johnson ’15. “As an athlete and a business woman, her advice really spoke... [Full Story]

Events Seek to Elevate Conversation About Race

Events Seek to Elevate Conversation About Race

At a time when the national conversation is focused on race relations, Mary Baldwin College is co-hosting with the larger Staunton community a series of events to foster discussion on campus and throughout the area. “Lift Every Voice: Conversations About Race” includes the screening of the 2012 PBS film Slavery By Another Name at 7 p.m. January 18 in Miller Chapel and a dialogue with Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of... [Full Story]

Spencer Center Seeking Theme Nominations

Spencer Center Seeking Theme Nominations

Each year, a theme unites the Mary Baldwin College community around a central idea that fosters civic and global engagement. The theme gives definition to the academic year and a way to link together the work of students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and programs. The Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement invites faculty, staff, and students to submit their ideas for themes for the 2015–16 and 16–17 academic... [Full Story]