Quiet is one adjective that might have been used to capture the feel of past summers at Mary Baldwin College. For students and faculty conducting research, year-round staff, and others who remain on campus, the usual bustle of activity is replaced with a productive, yet relatively peaceful, working period.
The addition of the Heifetz International Music Institute and new American Shakespeare Center (ASC) camps to Mary Baldwin in 2012 will invigorate the college grounds in the summer months and help fulfill MBC’s ambition for year-round campus use.
From parking to dining to housing, MBC is preparing for an influx of visiting students and staff for the new programs as well as making accommodations for personnel and students returning for well-established summer activities, such as the Adult Degree Program Summer Week, undergraduate advising days, sports camps, and the popular environment-based learning courses offered through the college’s Graduate Teacher Education program.
“New partnerships will raise the college’s profile and strengthen our ties with the community. As we welcome programs such as the Heifetz Institute and American Shakespeare Center camps, we also welcome the look, sound, and feel of a thriving summer campus,” said Crista Cabe, vice president for public relations.
Last month, the Heifetz Institute at Mary Baldwin College opened its new offices across from campus on Frederick Street. For six weeks starting in June, the world-renowned institute will bring the best students of violin, viola, and cello to MBC to learn how effectively to communicate the emotion of music.
The 60 or so musical prodigies coming to campus will live in the McClung, Hilltop, King, and Memorial residence halls. With a piano in every classroom, learning space in Carpenter
Academic will be transformed into music studios for Heifetz faculty. The faculty lounge will also be used by the institute’s instructors, but individual offices will remain open to Mary Baldwin faculty members all summer. Parking spaces should remain available throughout the season, as Heifetz students will not bring vehicles to campus.
“There will be a lot of new pedestrian traffic on campus, a lot of new faces and young people on campus,” said Director of Facilities Brent Douglass. “There will be student concerts twice a week in Francis [Auditorium] on Monday and Wednesday nights.”
Another positive: more people on campus more often will result in a more active dining hall and meals available year round.
Staff at ASC are looking forward to having all of their summer programs in the same location this year as the No Kidding camp for adults returns to the MBC campus; theater camp, which offers college credit to students, relocates from Stuart Hall to Mary Baldwin; and the Midsummer Day Camp brings together more than 50 youngsters to present a production of Macbeth. Overnight guests of the Shakespeare camps will find accommodations in Woodson Residence Hall and the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Center. Participants will study and perform in Hunt Dining Hall, Grafton Library, and Deming Fine Arts Center.
More information about the new summer programs will be announced throughout the semester as it becomes available.