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News at MBC 09/04/15

A ‘Moment’ous Academic Year Begins

A ‘Moment’ous Academic Year Begins

Mary Baldwin College is having a moment. The institution opened up its 174th academic year under the college-wide theme “moment” with a forward-looking presidential address, picnic, and a milestone in women’s leadership. This year the college celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets. VWIL kicked off the celebration during the annual nULL Induction Parade on August 30. In addition to numerous other events throughout the year, the VWIL... [Full Story]

Nurses Join Pioneering Health Sciences Program

Nurses Join Pioneering Health Sciences Program

Just two months into the new academic year at Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, the school is welcoming a new group of students — nurses seeking bachelor’s degrees — into the charter class for its new RN-to-BSN program. The 27 students enrolled in the new post-licensure program — many from the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia — are already employed in a variety of health care settings, including... [Full Story]

New Faculty Bring Varied Experience in 2015–16

New Faculty Bring Varied Experience in 2015–16

Instructors are bringing varied experience as the newest members of the Mary Baldwin College faculty. For Donovan Branche, returning to teach residential and adult degree students at Mary Baldwin after experiencing the school as an adult student is “a dream.” She joins the Health Care Administration (HCA) Program with a variety of academic interests, including health care disparities, implications of the Affordable Care Act, leadership diversity and leader emergence, feminist studies,... [Full Story]

MBC Paves Way for Social Work Degree in Western Virginia

MBC Paves Way for Social Work Degree in Western Virginia

Through its Adult Degree Program, Mary Baldwin College is partnering with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) to offer a convenient path toward a bachelor’s degree in social work. Students will be able to satisfy lower-division course requirements through DSLCC and enroll in junior- and senior-level courses through MBC, completing them without travel to the Staunton campus or any other satellite locations. This program will be available on DSLCC’s Clifton Forge... [Full Story]

Moving on Up (the Hill): New Home for College of Ed

Moving on Up (the Hill): New Home for College of Ed

The main administrative offices of the College of Education have moved from Edmondson House on Market Street to the Pannill Student Center, just upstairs from the Pub, and within a central hub of the Mary Baldwin College campus. The merchandising arm of the MBC Bookstore, once located in Pannill, will soon open in a new retail space inside Hunt Dining Hall. Below, Teri Maerki, director of academic and support services for... [Full Story]

Shakespeare Program Debuts Fourth Company

Shakespeare Program Debuts Fourth Company

Sweet Wag Shakespeare, the 2015-16 Master of Fine Arts company for Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance program, opens a season of intrigue, gender politics, statecraft, rumor, and fun with Strange Absence, a devised show illustrating the collaborative nature of MBC’s MFA model, now in its fourth year. Written by the entire company and directed by Company Manager and Director of Training for the Shakespeare and Performance program Doreen Bechtol, Strange... [Full Story]

Psych Student Wins National Scholarship

Psych Student Wins National Scholarship

Celine Brooks '16, of Big Stone Gap, is one of only four students nationwide to receive the GEICO/Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarship, which provides students with financial assistance toward education-related expenses such as tuition, books, and fees. Major funding was given by insurance company GEICO and Psi Chi members who gave to the organization's Steps to the Future fund. Students were selected based on financial need, merit, and academic performance. "There were many deserving students,"... [Full Story]

New Health Sciences Major Creates Pathway to Grad Studies, Careers

New Health Sciences Major Creates Pathway to Grad Studies, Careers

Mary Baldwin will roll out a new major in health sciences in fall 2015, strengthening connections between the undergraduate program and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences as well as creating a clear pathway to graduate studies and professions in rapidly growing health care fields. Students can earn a BA or a BS in the interdisciplinary major, which combines courses in anatomy, psychology, health care administration, statistics, social sciences, and more.... [Full Story]

Text Changes: MBC Partners with Online Bookstore

Text Changes: MBC Partners with Online Bookstore

Starting in fall 2015, Mary Baldwin College students can shop for textbooks and course materials and place orders anytime, anywhere through a mobile optimized online bookstore and marketplace. The college is announcing a new partnership with Akademos, Inc., a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. “We are confident that Akademos’ online bookstore platform is the right choice to connect Mary Baldwin students with the course materials they... [Full Story]