for the 2014–15 academic year
Welcome to a new academic year filled with energy and opportunities. This year’s college-wide theme, Roots, invites us to draw on our strong foundation to create a future brimming with possibilities. Our individual roots begin to intertwine here, on this historic and progressive campus, intensifying and enriching our experiences to shape a community that is connected and expanding.
Mary Baldwin College’s pattern of innovation is based on careful consideration of our historic roots. From the seminary’s founding as an institution that places education for women front and center, to the creation of the nation’s first all-female student corps of cadets, to the establishment of a graduate college of health sciences on a brand-new campus, our origins are the building blocks of the Baldwin DNA. This spirit informs the 2014 Orientation theme, “Deep Roots, Bold Future,” and empowers students to take their place in the world as confident, compassionate changemakers.
There are numerous ways for you to use your unique background to grow intellectually, spiritually, socially, and culturally this year. You may find your calling as a member of the Student Government Association or the founder of a new student organization, only to learn that your family members are natural leaders as well. You might present your work in the lab or the library at a statewide conference, continuing a childhood obsession with research and discovery.
As president of this ever-advancing college, I encourage you to draw on your roots to transform your passions into a life of fulfillment and purpose. Know that your professors, staff members, college administrators, and all members of the MBC family support your bold journey.
Dr. Pamela Fox
Mary Baldwin College President