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News at MBC 03/29/15

MBC Rallies to Support Sweet Briar Sisters

MBC Rallies to Support Sweet Briar Sisters

Within a week of the announcement that Sweet Briar College (SBC) will close its doors in August, Mary Baldwin College has stepped up in various ways to lend support to its sisters across the Blue Ridge. From quickly mobilizing an admissions process to smoothing out academic plans to wearing Sweet Briar pink and green and posting supportive messages on social media students, staff, and faculty are encouraging SBC students to consider MBC their new home as they begin the transfer process. “My... [Full Story]

Seniors Ring in New Tradition

Seniors Ring in New Tradition

Members of this year’s graduating class wanted their gift to the college to create a long-lasting tradition while serving as a physical representation of their time on campus. When the chimes of a new, bronze bell ring following Commencement on May 17, they will know they have succeeded. “Ringing the bell will represent our message to the world that we are coming and we are ready to accomplish great things,” said... [Full Story]

Senior Savors Experience in India

Senior Savors Experience in India

May Term is just a month away and many students are setting their sights on traveling abroad for the abbreviated academic term. Senior film production major Paige Howard reflects on the value of her experience traveling to India last summer and fall, where she participated in an exchange with Mary Baldwin’s all-women’s college partner, Lady Doak College, in Madurai. She produced the short video below. How were you able to participate... [Full Story]

New Lights Provide Extra Security

New Lights Provide Extra Security

Thanks in part to input from many MBC students, a major campus lighting project is underway. The walkway beside Cannon Hill, connecting lower campus to upper campus, now has new light poles with LED lights, providing a much-improved light level in that area.   According to Facilities Director Brent Douglass, the next phase of the campus lighting project will be to replace the obsolete light fixtures in the porch ceilings of Spencer... [Full Story]

Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements

Abby Arnold, academic advisor, MBC in Charlottesville Defended her dissertation and earned her PhD in English, with a major area in rhetoric and composition and minors in 19th century British literature and feminist theory, November. Pam Bailey, associate professor of education A presentation, "Math Specialists' Needs and Development," which discussed research on the trajectory and identity of this new role in school systems across the nation, with co-presenters from George Mason University, the... [Full Story]

Reunion Weekend Offers Varied Events

Reunion Weekend Offers Varied Events

One of Mary Baldwin College’s most anticipated annual events, Reunion 2015 will welcome home alumni with class years ending in 0s and 5s April 9–12. While many of the festivities have become traditions in their own right, this year will offer several special activities on Thursday, April 9, in honor of Grafton Society members from the classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, and 1960. These esteemed alumnae will come together for a luncheon,... [Full Story]

The Students Have Spoken: 2015–16 Leaders Emerge

The Students Have Spoken: 2015–16 Leaders Emerge

In recent weeks, Mary Baldwin College students have headed to the polls to choose the slate of leaders who will lead them in the coming academic year. Student government leaders will be installed on April 7. Student Government Association SGA President: Tralen Neal ’16 A junior biology major from Raleigh, Neal has a passion for making a difference on campus. She previously worked with, among other organizations, Judicial Board, ACORNS, and student... [Full Story]

President Fox’s Statement on the Closing of Sweet Briar College

President Fox’s Statement on the Closing of Sweet Briar College

Mary Baldwin to accept SBC students for 2015 President Pamela Fox’s statement: The Mary Baldwin College community is saddened at the imminent closure of Sweet Briar College, a venerable and historic college that, like us, is committed to the education and advancement of women. We extend our sympathy to the Sweet Briar faculty, staff, students, and alumnae in this very difficult time of transition, and will assist in any way we can. One... [Full Story]

Young Alumna Hopes to Deliver Memorable Commencement Address

Young Alumna Hopes to Deliver Memorable Commencement Address

Christian Peele ’05 is familiar with reaching milestones at a young age. Barely past her 14th birthday when she entered the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) in 2001, Peele became the youngest person to earn a master of divinity from Duke University Divinity School at age 20. Not long after, she embarked on the first of two positions on President Obama’s White House staff, and she is now preparing... [Full Story]