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Sarah Friebert (1)Dr. Sarah Friebert will speak about pediatric palliative care — comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and holistic treatment for children with life-threatening conditions — for the 2014–15 Carpenter Lecture in Health Care Administration. An expert in the field, with many publications to her name, Friebert is the director of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Division at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

“Through impeccable care in multiple domains, including anticipatory guidance surrounding complex issues, children with palliative care needs and their families can benefit from a medical home approach that decreases fragmentation and isolation while improving health outcomes and lowering cost,” Friebert said. “Pediatric palliative care is not about dying — it’s about living … and living better with hope, dignity, and comfort.”

“Keep Me Well: Coming Home to Pediatric Palliative Care” is at 7 p.m. on September 30 in Francis Auditorium, with a reception to follow. It is free and open to the public.

This lecture series, drawing leading figures in Health Care Administration, is made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation of Philadelphia, generous funders of the nationally respected Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College.

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The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College opens the 2014-15 season of concerts with Brazilian pianist Paulo Steinberg. This Sunday Recital is at 3 p.m. on September 14 in Francis Auditorium.

Steinberg has chosen a program that includes Beethoven’s dramatic Tempest sonata, two sparkling works of Scarlatti, and the beautiful Harmonies du Soir of Franz Liszt.

He will also treat the audience to works of the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos. “Villa-Lobos portrays so many different aspects of Brazilian daily life,” says Steinberg.  He goes on to suggest that these pieces be heard “as if you were in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, imagining the wind blowing on the trees, the heat, and the mist, while there is a party going on.”

He will close the program with Waft, a recent work by American composer Ken Steen. “This is basically a piece for piano and cellphones,” explains Steinberg.  “Audiences are always asked to turn off their cellphones during a concert. This is one of the very rare opportunities when the audience will be asked to turn them on, and the contrast will be very obvious!”

Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in Brazil, Canada, Iceland and the United States, including two solo recitals at the Kennedy Center. He is on the faculty at James Madison University.

The prestigious Carl Broman Concert Series will begin soon, with a concert on October 27 featuring pianist Yael Weiss. An artist of international stature, Weiss is a captivating presence on the concert scene and also serves as a faculty member at the Heifetz International Music Institute.

The series continues on November 10 with the brilliant young Armenian clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, and the award-winning Ariel Quartet performs on March 23. The Sunday Recital Series also includes performances by bassoonist Elizabeth Roberts with pianist Lise Keiter on November 23; soprano Anne Wick on January 25; violinist Steffany Shock, cellist Ryan Hoffman, and pianist Luis Gonzalez on February 1; pianist Lise Keiter on March 15; and the Terra Voce duo on April 12.

Single tickets for Paulo Steinberg’s recital on September 14 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors (free for MBC students). Season tickets are also available. To purchase tickets online or find more information, visit or call 540-887-7294.

Cross country at MDCHSThe cross country team held its inaugural home meet on August 30 on a new 4K course at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Before the race, MBC President Pamela Fox announced that the course would be named the Brenda Bryant Fitness Trail, in honor of the late vice president and dean.

The MBC women ran against Southern Virginia University (SVU) and won with an average time of 18:39.40 (24 points) versus the Southern Virginia average of 20:36.40 (35 points). SVU’s Rylee McKeon edged out Mary Baldwin’s Sophia Stone to finish first with a time of 17:00.00. Stone followed closely behind with a time of 17:04.00. The Southern Virginia men ran against Hampden-Sydney in the same 4K distance.

The course begins near Murphy Deming’s back terrace, in view of interstate 64, and goes down the hill and through the nearby woods. MBC has an agreement with Crescent Development Group, which owns the land adjacent to Murphy Deming, allowing the college to utilize the trail. The group maintains the track and plans to extend it to a 5K in the future.

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Greg PetskoMary Baldwin will host Gregory Petsko — the Mahon professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City — on campus as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar September 11–12.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Petsko works on developing methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s (ALS). He is cofounder of the journal Protein Engineering and writes a monthly column on science and society. He served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Petsko will give a public lecture, “Adventures of a Public Scientist,” at 7 p.m. on September 11 in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center, with a reception to follow. While at MBC, he will also visit a comparative physiology class and lecture at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

Since 1956, Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program has offered students the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, with chapters at 283 institutions. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

From September 1 to 26, the exhibition PLACE YOUR AD EVERYWHERE: New Work by Paul Thulin will be on view at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery. Thulin uses analog photography, digital montage, appropriation, installation, video, and various alternative materials to explore the contextual and material constructs of history, cultural identity, consumerism, memory, and myth. He is represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco, California, and ADA Gallery in Richmond.

His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally at United Photo Industries, New York City; Miami Scope; Candela Gallery, Richmond; Chicago Art Fair; PPAC, Philadelphia; and the Toronto Art Fair. Thulin has been the recipient of a variety of photographic prizes and awards including a 2001 TPI National Graduate Fellowship, a 2006 Virginia Commission for the Arts Artist Fellowship, and the 2013 Conveyor Magazine Exhibition Grant. In addition, he has worked on curatorial projects related to local nonprofit art organizations such as 1708 Gallery in Richmond and Washington Project for the Arts. He currently lives in Richmond and works as the graduate director of the Department of Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Interested in critiquing the spectacles, constructed landscapes, and surveillance mechanisms of late capitalism, Thulin says the following about the work in this exhibition: “PLACE YOUR AD EVERYWHERE critically examines the micro- and macro- topographies, of what can now only be considered the contemporary spectacle of landscape, that has been co-opted by the intrusive and increasingly aggressive advertising tactics of modern-day capitalism. Corporate advertising practices and theories prioritize the acquisition, structuring and valuing of physical and virtual space as textual commodity. This has resulted in a capitalistic assault of public space … For this exhibition, the imagery is ironically presented in a material and design aesthetic reminiscent of a ‘blowout sale’ at a used car lot and/or a ‘closeout sale’ at an independent retail business on the brink of bankruptcy.”

A reception will be held for the artist 4:30–6 p.m., September 8 in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2014–2015 academic year can be found online.

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The following seniors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during Mary Baldwin’s Commencement weekend: (l-r) Emily Elizabeth Miller, Brittany Elizabeth Kondratenko, Olivia Samerdyke, Dequana T. Mervin, Tyler Binh Nguyen, and Sidney Alexandra Mariscal. Cassandra Rene Eiland was also initiated in absentia.

Adult Degree Program

achievement_KariFrenz Kari Frenz, academic advisor

Elected mid-Atlantic regional treasurer for the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Ben Herz Nathan “Ben” Herz, program director, doctor of occupational therapy

Served as facilitator for the Parkinson’s Caregiver Forum, May 3, Fishersville.

School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies

achievement_jimsconyers Jim Sconyers, Jr., associate professor of art

Co-juried the Virginia School Board Association’s Valley Region Student Art Show, April.

School of Science

achievement_mariacraig Maria Craig, assistant professor of chemistry

Presented a poster, “Thermodynamic Characterization of the Interaction between the Antimicrobial Peptide LL-37 and DNA Oligonucleotides,” at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April, San Diego. She also served as a judge for the undergraduate poster session. Four MBC students presented posters at the conference, and three received travel awards from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or the Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

achievement_pauldeeble Paul Deeble, associate professor of biology

Sophia Stone and Paul Deeble — along with co-authors Angela Gupta, April Lao, and Maria Craig — presented a poster, “Human cathelicidin/hCAP-18/LL-37 expression and subcellular localization in LNCaP and PC3 cell line models of prostate cancer: Effects on growth, migration, and invasion,” the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego.

Lundy Pentz, Paul Deeble, and Deeble’s wife, Dr. Jennifer Visger, gave a presentation, “The Science behind the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” for the “One Book, One Community” project at the Augusta County Library.

achievement_peterruizhaas Peter Ruiz-Haas, assistant professor of chemistry

Invited guest speaker at the annual Warrington Science Symposium, April 15, Shenandoah University, Winchester. The title of his talk was “Determination of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in The Shenandoah Valley.”

School of Social Sciences, Business, and Global Studies

achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies

Two lengthy book review essays published in the 2014 issue of Japan Studies Review (publication of the Southern Japan Seminar).

achievement_joesprangel Joe Sprangel, assistant professor of business administration

Presented a paper, “The Sustainable Meal Week: The Advent of the Sustainable Meal Plan at Mary Baldwin College,” at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, May 10, Newport, RI. He co-authored the paper with Tracy Hiner and Mary VanNortwick. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.

achievement_abbywightman Abby Wightman, assistant professor of anthropology

Presented a paper, “Enduring Images: The Plains Apache and the Photographs of J. Gilbert McAllister,” the Southern Anthropological Society, Cherokee, NC. Five students accompanied her, including MBC senior Linnea Kuglitsch, who presented a paper, “Confinement for Health: A Comparative Analysis of Historical Institutions as Medical Spaces.” Her submitted paper received an honor mention for best undergraduate paper.

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

achievement_MBC seal Amelia Underwood, director of leadership development and academic affairs

Participated in the National Conference on Girls Education — a recruiting fair for primarily an audience of all-girls high school administrators, faculty and recruiters — Philadelphia, PA. She hosted a round-table discussion on the unique advantages of a combined civilian and military leadership development program at the collegiate level.

Attended the National Conference on Leadership and Ethics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, with Cadet Sergeant Carolyn Denny.

Served as a small group facilitator and led discussions on a number of topics including honor, respect, integrity, and ethical challenges faced by high school/college students, the National High School Leadership and Ethics Conference, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

The Mary Baldwin College Theatre Department is proud to present a production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis. The production runs 7:30 p.m., May 7 through May 10 and 2 p.m., May 11 in Fletcher Collins Theatre in the Deming Fine Arts Center.

Kane’s play marks a radical departure from previous Mary Baldwin College Theatre productions. 4.48 Psychosis is a bold depiction of depression filtered through a kaleidoscope of “bewildered fragments.” Showcasing the range of talent and ability among MBC theatre’s undergraduate community, the cast and crew tackle Kane’s script, which is intriguingly devoid of conventional stage directions. Portrayed as a group therapy session, the play presents multiple aspects of clinical depression by telling the story of four patients — who speak openly and unflinchingly about their struggles with depression — and the doctor who treats them.

This production hopes to open a discussion on the topics of depression, hospitalization, suicide, and other themes. While the play is ultimately hopeful in tone, audience discretion is advised.

American Shakespeare Center Playhouse Manager and MBC alumna Monica Cross ’13 will direct the play, and the cast features undergraduate students Bridget Burner, Leslie Chockley, Randi Libin, Brittany Vaughn, and Jessica Walker.

For tickets and reservations, call 540-887-7189 or visit MBC theatre’s website Tickets are $7 for students, seniors, and MBC faculty and staff, and $12 for all other adults. For more information, contact the MBC Theatre Arts Department, 540-887-7189.

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The annual Capstone Festival — when high-achieving MBC students present senior, honors, and special undergraduate projects — returns May 8, highlighting the quality and diversity of research, scholarship, and creative activities on campus.

A record number of 46 students will give multimedia presentations, deliver papers, and present posters, as nominated by their professors.

Though the topics of presentation are wide-ranging, some common themes are science, health care, and literature. Demonstrating the strength of MBC’s science program are eight poster presentations, which examine issues including the removal of an endocrine-disrupting compound from waterways; the use of caffeine and ADHD medications among college students; gender bias in criminal sanctioning; low-cost fabrication of flexible memristors; and interactions between peptide molecules and DNA, as well as antimicrobial proteins and DNA.

The literary topics range from individual student analyses of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Mexican writer Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner; to how effective marketing has made commercial successes of recent novels; and to representations of the Frankenstein story in film.

Students explore the state of health care, both nationally and internationally, by asking questions about the effect of health care professionals’ nonverbal communication upon patient anxiety; the quality of inpatient care among the elderly; improving children’s health through women’s education in Sub-Saharan Africa; the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on Indian women; and the benefits of patient-centered medical homes.

History, studio art, criminal justice, economics, sociology, international relations, and politics are also well-represented among the Capstone presentations.

The tradition of MBC’s Capstone Festival dates back to the 19th century, when all final examinations were held in public, and members of the Board of Trustees and townspeople attended. Today, Capstone underscores MBC’s unique commitment to undergraduate research, which is required of each student, by showcasing the best efforts of the college’s top scholars.