Mary Baldwin College recognized five exceptional student standouts for their leadership, academic record, and commitment to the university’s values at its April 7 Honors Convocation ceremony. An academic advisor and two organizations were also singled out for acknowledgment.
A senior from Vienna, Virginia, Elisabeth Maddrell earned the President’s Award for her commitment to diversity, compassion, personal wellness, responsibility, honor, integrity, and the MBC campus and larger community. Students who earn this honor are role models who possess exceptional leadership qualities, affect positive change on campus, exhibit a spirit of adventure, and recognize that learning is a life-long endeavor. Maddrell is a Global Honors Scholar who serves in the Student Government Association. She recently organized the Omicron Delta Kappa T-shirt drive and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Student Leadership Award
For demonstrating the ability to motivate and inspire others and effectiveness in team-building, Danielle McBride, a senior from Beckley, West Virginia, earned the Student Leadership Award. Recipients of this award have strong communication skills, balance commitments, care for themselves and others, effectively run meetings, work effectively with the faculty/staff advisor, set and accomplish goals, and show ingenuity and creativity in problem solving. McBride has served as survivorship chair for Relay for Life and is Honor Council chairwoman.
Global Citizenship Award
Serving as a role model and serving the campus community through active involvement in MBC organizations helped earn studio art major Claudia Bowen, a senior from Richmond, Virginia, the Global Citizenship Award. Students who earn the distinction demonstrate respect for all people and values diverse perspectives of others; they engage in service to the campus, community, nation, or world; they affect positive change; show a commitment to diversity; and embrace all members of the community with compassion. Among her many contributions, Bowen traveled to El Salvador during May Term 2010 to take part in an artistic outreach project and in January led student artists and other volunteers in painting a mural at the Valley Mission.
Honor and Integrity Award
Upholding the principles of the MBC Honor and Judicial codes is the hallmark trait of students who receive the Honor and Integrity Award. This year, that honor goes to Courtney Waugh, a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia. Awardees demonstrate consistency and honor in their words and actions, inform others about the college’s Honor and Judicial codes, and view honor and integrity as core values. Waugh serves as a student advocate for Hilltop Residence Hall, raising awareness about issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, campus diversity, tolerance, and conflict resolution, and advising and supporting students accused of honor or judicial violations.
The Unsung Hero Award
Recipients of Mary Baldwin’s Unsung Hero Award are students who often do not receive public acknowledgement of their hard work. This year, Amber Wilkins, a senior from Suffolk, is recognized for serving as a role model to others and going above and beyond in her care and concern of the campus community. Wilkins is a member of the President’s Society, Career 15 Student Advisory Council, Ida B. Wells, and honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Advisor of the Year
In her role as advisor to Colleges Against Cancer, Christina Daniel demonstrates a commitment to encouraging students’ academic success; helps students balance personal wellness, extracurricular commitments, and academics; encourages the group to grow and reach its full potential; shares the group’s successes and failures; and leads by example with honor, integrity, and a commitment to personal wellness. For all of these things, Daniel, access services coordinator for the Grafton Library, has been named Mary Baldwin’s Advisor of the Year.
Organization Service Award
In its fourth year at Mary Baldwin, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU): Changemakers for Women earned the college’s Organization Service Award for providing programs and activities that link the MBC community to outside organizations, demonstrating the potential for growth and continued service, and for making impact on the community at large through their service. The group is committed to helping at-risk women and girls and has already made great strides in fulfilling its promise to provide scholarships to women survivors of war through Women for Women International.
Organization of the Year
Student-directed Greater Things Dance Ministry received the Organization of the Year award for enhancing the lives of students, cooperation between its student members, and demonstrating overall growth and increased strength of leadership. The liturgical dance ministry, inspired by African-American dance, promotes spiritual growth through movement.
Other Awards Presented at Honors Convocation
ADP Loyalty Fund
John McCutcheon “Cutch” Tuttle
Susan Kimberly “Kim” Long
Ashley Dulac Award
Alexis St. Claire
Alice McCaa Class of 1976 Biology Award
Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies
Benn Creative Writing Award
Biology Outstanding Student
Chemistry Outstanding Student
Donald D. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
Dorothy Mulberry Award
Eric Matthew Brown for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design
First Year Calculus Award
Freshman Scholar Athlete
Sophia Stone, Cross Country
Kallie Johnson, Soccer
Madeline Ogden, Soccer and Tennis
Sophie LaBelle, Softball
Alexis Meares, Softball
Freshman-Sophomore Award for Excellence in Library-Based Research
Global Honors Scholar Study Abroad Stipend
Sarah Anne Barrow
Gordon Hammock Student Mentor Award
Health Care Administration Award
Mary Jane Donnalley Award
Melissa Sue Mitchell Award for May Term Study Abroad
Sarah Anne Barrow
Outstanding Communication Senior Award
Outstanding Student Award in Business for the Adult Degree Program
Outstanding Student Award in Business for the Residential College for Women
Phi Theta Scholarship
Physics Outstanding Student
Scholar Athlete Awards
Victoria Barrett, Cross Country
Michelle Jones, Soccer
Jackie Simmons, Soccer
Rebekka Conz, Softball
Kelsey Still, Softball
Gretchen Domaleski, Tennis
Megan Pitts, Tennis
The Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art History
Ada Sue Myers
The Ulysse Desportes Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art
Virginia Society of CPA’s Award
Ada Sue Myers