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Students, faculty, staff, and friends of Mary Baldwin College gathered inside Francis Auditorium on March 26 for Honors Convocation, a ceremony to recognize student academic achievement.

Awards presented included:

Student Class Marshals

Jennifer Jin ’15
Sophia Stone ’15
Alexandra Ellmauer, alternate

Emma Reger ’16
Elizabeth Suchanic ’16
Raven Showalter, alternate

Sharanya Rao ’17
Brooke Wiles ’17
Sammantha Grzb, alternate

Martha Garcia-Cervantes ’18
Carlyssa Lebeauf ’18
Madison Payne, alternate
Layla Teears, alternate

Phi Beta Kappa
Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most presti­gious academic honor society, is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. The Society, founded in 1776, maintains high standards for individual members as well as for the colleges from which members are elected. Mary Baldwin College is one of only 280 institutions to shelter a chapter, Lambda of Virginia. To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated through her or his undergraduate record a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences that is both broad and deep. In addition to a high GPA, minimum eligibility requirements include foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. Standards for election as a junior are higher than for seniors. The ideal Phi Beta Kappan is a model of intellectual curiosity, academic integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.

Jaelynn Bennett
Chanelle Chua
Coral Collins
Amanda Fadden
Kathleen Hurlock
Shekira Ramdass
Anahi Trujillo-Camorlinga

Celine Brooks
Alana Rister
Dejhanira Torrico
Alora Wogsland

Global Honors Scholars 2014–15

Class of 2015
Ceara Armstrong
Jaelynn Bennett
Brinley Broomfield
Chitendwe Chioza
Coral Collins
Amanda Fadden
Charlene Frederick
Sutton Hastman
Katie Hurlock
Leilani Jackson
Virginia Pope
Shekira Ramdass
Lynnae Sauer
Toby Ziemba

Class of 2016
Ashleigh Aycock
Celine Brooks
Ciara Dacosta-Reyes
Sarah Daughdrill
Aria Dougherty
Sarah Finnegan
Tassany Forero
Aji Gaye
Jennifer Jin
Yasmeen Latore
Sheridan Lawrence
Stephanie Mason
Aliyah McIntosh
Ciara McLaren
Katherine Narvaez
Taylor Patterson
Sierra Short
Dejhanira Torrico
Rolanda Williams
Phoenix Wilson
Alora Wogsland

Class of 2017
Katie Bonilla
Jaysn Chase
Kelly Clark
Olivia Cronk
Megan Edwards
Christine Fenner
Farrah Fullerton
Tiffany Henson
Lydia Hurt
Aaleyah Joe
Angela Johnson
Giselle Olivera
Sharanya Rao
Katelyn Rice
Raven Showalter
Autumn Smith
Madeline Stout
Jessica Sullivan
Brooke Wiles
Yidan Wu

Class of 2018
Rebecca Custer
Kate Dickinson
Sarah Hager
Shennen MacDonald
Madison Payne
Taylor Radford

Margaret Hartman Kable Russell Award
Bethany Zaiman

Adult Degree Program Loyalty Fund Scholarships
The Adult Degree Program (ADP) Loyalty Fund Scholarships are funded through donations from ADP faculty, staff, graduates, friends, family, and present students through donations to the college’s annual fund. To be eligible, applicants must be students in good standing in ADP and be seeking their first bachelor’s degree; have completed 12 or more semester hours of MBC-graded work, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and be planning to enroll in the following fall semester. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic record; service to the pro­gram, college, and community; and commitment to learning and growth in ADP.

Sarah Beiler
Katherine Bennett
Andrea Dalton
Rayshun Davis
Meaghan Drumm
Thomas Fuller
Mary Margaret Isbell
Michael Mattioni
Brianne Perry
Tina Wagner
Alexis Wilson

Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology
The Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology honors one student, an anthropology/sociology major or anthropology minor, for his or her work in and contribution to the anthropology program at Mary Baldwin College. The award is determined by major GPA, career GPA, and contributions to the anthro­pology program through campus organizations, civic and/or global engagement, and excellence in research. The award is named in honor of former Mary Baldwin College Professor of Anthropology Carrie Douglass.

Bethany Zaiman

Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art History and
Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art
This award acknowledges the outstanding work, accomplishments, and growth of a selected art history major and a studio art major. It also signifies the capacity of the recipients to carry forward a high level of quality within her studio practice and/or art history scholarship beyond Mary Baldwin College.

Art History: Sutton Hastman
Studio Art: Toby Ziemba

The Eric Matthew Brown Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design

Megan Phinney

Asian Studies
Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies

Amanda Walthall
Amanda Fadden
Coral Collins
Raven Showalter

Scholar Athletes
Given to member(s) of MBC sports teams who achieves high academic standing.

Jessica Hickman
Farrah Fullerton
Kenia Castro-Cantu
Lizette Naranjo
Wendy Deptula
Katherine Narvaez
Kaylyn Lonergan
Amanda Fadden
Jennfier Jin
Sophia Stone

Mary Jane Donnally Award
Awarded to the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA after three semesters of work.

Sophia Stone

Team GPA Award
Awarded to the team with the highest cumulative GPA.

Cross Country Team: Sara Caldwell, Alejandra Cotoc-Cax, Wendy Deptula, Sydney Ellis, Amanda Fadden, Jennifer Jin, Jochebed Koomson, Kaylyn Lonergan, Monique McGough, Katherine Narvaez, Campbell Scollo, Sophia Stone, and Bailey Willis

Alice McCaa Class of 1976 Biology Award
The Alice McCaa (pronounced “McCay”) Award honors a 1976 graduate of Mary Baldwin College who majored in biology and whose friends and classmates wanted to honor her memory by establishing an annual award for biology majors. The award is intended to “encourage and recognize excellence in the field of biol­ogy.” It is given to an undergraduate biology major based on academic standing and excellent performance in laboratory and research settings. The recipient is chosen by the biology faculty and includes a cash award.

Chanelle Chua

Outstanding Student – Biology
The Outstanding Biology Student Awards are unique because winners are selected by their student colleagues, who define outstanding achievement from the valuable peer perspective.

Kristia Vasiloff

Business — Adult Degree Program Outstanding Senior
This award is based on grade point average and faculty recommendation.

Sarah Krasley

Gordon L. Hammock Student Mentor
Professor Gordon Hammock was a deeply loved and well-respected member of the business faculty who passed away a number of years ago. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to mentor students. To honor him, the college created an en­dowed fund that carries a cash award for the recipient. The student who receives this award “exemplifies Gordon’s focus on teaching and mentoring students to be ethical leaders in business.”

Elizabeth Suchanic

Business — Outstanding RCW Student
The Outstanding Business Student award is given to the student that best exemplifies the effec­tive practices in today’s world with special focus on “business for a sustainable future.” MBC business students look at the triple bottom line — achieving benefits that are economic, social, and environmental. With a strong foundation that includes marketing, management, finance, and economics, students will learn first-hand how successful business practices are enhanced with responsible, ethical, and sustainable decisions. The award winners exhibit these practices in and out of the classroom.

Madeline Soriano

Chemistry — Outstanding Student
The Chemistry Award is given annually to a chemistry major who has excelled academically in the field, shown promise in the research lab, and been involved in service to the department through the American Chemical Society student group.

Sutton Hastman

Peggy Pinkston Biochemistry Research Award
The Biochemistry Research Award is given in memory of Peggy Pinkston, a be­loved Mary Baldwin faculty member from 1976 to 1989. This quote from former student Joi Phelps Walker ‘82, excerpted from The Mary Baldwin College Magazine, describes Pinkston’s spirit and her many contributions to Mary Baldwin: “Dr. Pinkston opened my mind to the range of possibilities that a woman could pursue. Here she was, a PhD in biochemistry and an accomplished violinist as well. She was a powerful role model to young women just breaking into science in the late 1970s.”

Sophia Stone and Kaela Kelly

Physics Outstanding Student

Mwazomela Mbewe

Benn Award for Creative Writing
The Benn Award for Creative Writing was established in 1969 by the late Mrs. Clyde Myers Lambert of Waynesboro in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Benn. The award is presented by the English faculty in recognition of a return­ing Mary Baldwin student who has distinguished herself in the literary arts.

Emma Reger

Health Care Administration
Health Care Administration Award
This award has been given out by the Health Care Administration (HCA) program for more than 20 years. It is given to the top student in the HCA program — the person who exhibits the qualities of an effective, efficient, and humane professional in the making. Among the elements considered are GPA, classroom engagement, participation in HCA program activities, leadership, the quality of the required internship, a cooperative spirit matched with action, and a sense of humor.

Harlie Dillard

Donald D. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Donald D. Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by former students and friends of Professor Thompson to honor his service to the col­lege, his excellence as an instructor, and his professional achievement in the field of psychology. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in psychology for her senior year of study.

Sheridan Lawrence

First Year Calculus Award

This award is given to a freshman with the highest grade in the Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II courses. The award is funded by the mathematics department to celebrate and encourage women into mathematics.

Brooke Wiles

Ashley DuLac Award
This award is funded by the DuLac family in honor of their daughter Ashley DuLac, class of 1989. Each year this award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the mathematics department.

Mwazomela Mbewe

Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship

 Astrid Salarda

Social Work
Jane Addams Social Work Award
Given to an outstanding student in the social work department. The award is named in honor of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of the Settlement House Movement, a mover and shaker in the areas of labor reform, and a charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Ashley Shoell

Outstanding Field Practicum Award

Kiera Kimp

Sociology — Academic excellence
Given to a senior who has achieved academic distinction and has excelled in all her classes.

Breannah Carr

Sociology — Public Service Award
Given in recognition of exceptional service to MBC and the greater community.

Ann Toliver

Study Abroad Scholarships
Twelve scholarships totaling more than $10,000 were awarded this year through a rigorous application and selection process, which took into account financial need, academic excellence, academic and career goals, diversity, class year and prior experience abroad.

The C. Perry Nair Jr. Endowed Fund scholarship: Lorien Lutz and Sabrina Phansa

The Thelma T. McDowell Endowed Fund scholarship: Celine Brooks

The Marion Barge Clark ’67 scholarship: Kimberly Martin

The Melissa Mitchell Award for May Term Abroad: Bibianna Santana

The Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement Endowed Fund scholarships: Katie Bonilla, Ciara McLaren, Brooke Wiles, Beverly Kelly, and Kelly Clark

2014–15 VFIC Ethics Bowl Participants

Brinley Broomfield and Reetu Sinha


The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College is pleased to announce the final Sunday Recital of the season featuring the popular duo Terra Voce at 3 p.m. on April 12 in Francis Auditorium. The duo, flutist Elizabeth Brightbill and cellist Andrew Gabbert, will be joined by pianist Lise Keiter for an afternoon of chamber music.

“It’s wonderful to have Terra Voce on the series again,” said Keiter, chair of the music department at Mary Baldwin. “They always choose such an interesting and appealing selection of pieces, and their warm and friendly performance style really draws the audience in.”

Sunday’s diverse program ranges from part of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, to selections from Piazolla’s Histoire du Tango, to Gonzaga’s Araponga, a lively Brazilian choro that will close the program. Brightbill and Gabbert arranged these works for their unusual flute and cello instrumentation.

“We enjoy the challenge of arranging pieces we love for flute and cello, because not much is composed for this instrumental combination,” explains Brightbill. “For example, we’ve arranged the Bach Aria and First Variation from Goldberg Variations because a good friend performed this at our wedding. We also enjoy crafting programs that feature a wide variety of musical styles, and this concert is a treat for us because we get to play with piano as well.”

The program’s more traditional offerings include a trio by Haydn and Erwin Schulhoff’s sonata for flute and piano, where they will be joined by Keiter at the piano. Gabbert will also share the D Minor Ricercare for solo cello of Gabrieli, which Brightbill describes as “one of the earliest pieces composed for solo cello, predating the famous J. S. Bach suites.”

In addition to their numerous performances on college campuses and community concert series, Terra Voce has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City’s Riverside Church, and as finalists in the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition. They have released two CDs; their self-titled debut CD (2009) and The Frost is All Over (2011) which was chosen as an “Editor’s Pick” on CD Baby. They have also recently been selected to be on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Performing Arts Tour Directory. Prior to moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brightbill and Gabbert lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were members of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. Keiter performs regularly in both solo and chamber music settings, including recent performances with the Heifetz Institute and with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

Tickets for April 12 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students (MBC students are free). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College is pleased to announce its Spring Choir Concert, “Sing  All Ye Joyful,” featuring the Mary Baldwin College Choir, along with Bella Voce and Baldwin Charm, the department’s two small a cappella ensembles. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is invited.

“The concert title is from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit,” explains Linell Gray Moss, who directs the college choir and the Bella Voce ensemble.  “The choir will sing this selection in a musical setting by American composer Kirk Mechem.”

Moss goes on to say, “We are celebrating this year’s college-wide theme of Roots with a beautiful setting by Gwyneth Walker of May Swenson’s poem, ‘I will be earth.’”

The College Choir will also sing in French, German, and Nguni, and senior music major Leslie Pittman will conduct an arrangement of Gershwin’s “The Man I Love.” The program will close with the lively African-American spiritual “Ain’t no grave can hold my body down.” Several of the works feature the talents of pianist Luis Gonzalez.

Bella Voce’s selections include a Navajo prayer, a Latin chant set by contemporary composer Eleanor Daleyand the beautiful Southern Harmony hymntune, “Wondrous Love.” Baldwin Charm will share several popular music songs, including an arrangement by the group Pentatonix.

The choirs recently toured the Washington, DC area. A highlight of the tour was the opportunity to interact with diverse audiences, including teenagers at the Shenandoah Juvenile Detention Center and folks at Sunnyside Retirement Community, where the choir helped to celebrate the 102nd birthday of a resident in attendance. Audiences included MBC alumni from the 1940s through recent years, including a former choir member of former director Gordon Page.

Moss has taught for colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, New York, and Virginia.  She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Iowa, and Macalester College. Kathleen Bell has been featured in many opera roles in the U.S. and in Europe. She has also been a soloist with the Miami Symphony, the Miami Oratorio Society, the Hispanic Lyric Theatre, the Miami Civic Chorale, and the Middle Saxony Orchestra in Germany. Currently, Bell is finishing the doctorate of musical arts in voice pedagogy at Shenandoah University with special interests in vocal health and contemporary commercial music styles.


Turning Glass Shakespeare (TGS), the 2014–15 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces its MFA Festival. The festival will run March 27–31 and will include all five productions from TGS’s season: the devised show, Little Life; William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and The Winter’s Tale; and Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.

TGS created Little Life during the first month of their company’s session. Little Life blends text from TGS’s season with music and text from other sources to explore the life cycles of the young heroines in each play. TGS will perform Little Life on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Building in downtown Staunton.

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy about life, love, death, and the power of family. Set in Virginia and featuring Appalachian music, TGS’s one-hour production, designed as an educational tour, delights audiences both young and old. TGS will perform Twelfth Night on March 28 at 2 p.m. at Masonic and on March 31 at 2 p.m. at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The March 31 performance will include a Q&A session about Appalachian culture with Clyde Jenkins, a White Oak Basket Artisan and Basket Supplier for Colonial Williamsburg.

Romeo & Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays due to its mixture of tragedy, romance, action, and bawdy comedy. As a small-scale tour, TGS’s production uses only six actors as well as minimal props and costumes. This approach challenges the company to find imaginative ways to use actors’ bodies and Shakespeare’s words to tell a story and challenges the audience to use their imaginations to enter the world of the play. TGS will perform Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at Masonic and on March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Blackfriars. A talk back will follow the performance on March 28.

One of Shakespeare’s “romances,” The Winter’s Tale tells a story of loss and redemption that is powerful, funny, and thought-provoking. TGS’s production is set in the 1920s, when European nations were rebuilding after WWI, jazz music reigned, and women all across the Western world fought for the right to vote. TGS will perform The Winter’s Tale on March 29 at 8 p.m. and on March 31 at 8 p.m., both performances at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The performance on March 29 will include an event at 7:30 p.m. in which students from James Madison University will read poems that they have written inspired by The Winter’s Tale. The performance on March 31 will include a loyalty card giveaway during intermission.

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, a city comedy, is the company’s Renaissance production. TGS will have only 10 days of rehearsal and will work without a director. This style of rehearsal allows the company to use performance as research to understand some of the conditions under which an early modern playing company may have worked. TGS will perform Chaste Maid on March 30 at 8 p.m. at Blackfriars and will include an open bar prior to the show.

The festival will also include a performance of the master of letters production of Clyomon and Clamydes on March 30 at 2 p.m. at Blackfriars. Written by an unknown author, Clyomon and Clamydes tells the story of competing knights and is filled with comedy, adventure, and romance.

The MFA Festival is a chance for audiences to revisit Turning Glass Shakespeare’s productions or experience them for the first time and a chance to say goodbye to this company as they complete a year of work, play, and learning.

The Mary Baldwin College Music Department announces the next Carl Broman Concert, which will feature the award-winning Ariel Quartet at 8 p.m. on March 23 in Francis Auditorium on the Mary Baldwin College campus.

Characterized by youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Its members have been playing together ever since they formed 16 years ago as students in Israel. They continue to astonish audiences with their performances of complete works by memory, and they perform widely in Europe, North America, and Israel, including two record-setting Beethoven cycles last season (performed before all the members of the quartet turned 30).

The quartet has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Recently, they were honored with the Cleveland Quartet Award, a prestigious award which recognizes and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. The quartet serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts.

“It is always something special when we are able to bring a string quartet to the Broman series,” says Lise Keiter, chair of the Music Department at Mary Baldwin.  “And we are especially pleased to feature the Ariel Quartet, considered one of the most exciting young quartets today.”

One of the quartet’s many impressive achievements has been to perform all 17 of Beethoven’s string quartets over a period of only a few months. They will treat the Staunton audience to one of these works, opening their program with Beethoven’s Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5, a delightful work that shows influence of Mozart. They will continue with the Quartet No. 5 of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.  After a recent performance of this piece, a reviewer from The News-Gazette noted, “… it was technically and emotionally a Bartok performance at the highest level. No wonder the Ariels have won a Hungarian prize for their playing of Bartok.” They will conclude the evening with the beautiful Quartet in F Major of Ravel, a remarkable work which shows many aspects of Ravel’s unique style: the influence of Impressionism, along with the clear and transparent textures of Neoclassicism, and even an interest the music of the Far East.

Tickets for the Ariel Quartet may be purchased at the door and are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students (free to MBC students). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.

Turning Glass Shakespeare, the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, announces a special performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with fun activities for the whole family.

Turning Glass Shakespeare created this hour-long production of Shakespeare’s comedy as an education show to tour schools. This special performance is part of the company’s MFA Festival and includes a series of exciting educational workshops. Children will have the opportunity to learn about music, Shakespearean costumes, face painting, and smiling in the style of the grave Malvolio, one of the play’s most memorable comic characters. There will also be delicious treats including King Cakes, popcorn, and lemonade.

The Family Day performance takes place on the fifth floor of the Masonic Building, 13 W. Beverley Street, on Saturday, March 28. The activities will start at 1 p.m. followed by the Twelfth Night performance at 2 p.m. The event is pay-what-you-will.

Chaste MaidTurning Glass Shakespeare (TGS), the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces their Renaissance show: Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.

The lives of three London families are turned upside down when the lecherous Sir Walter Whorehound comes to Cheapside to marry Moll, the daughter of a London goldsmith. When Moll plans to run away with her true love, Touchwood Junior, the characters (and the audience) are in for the surprise of their lives.

In a format based on the American Shakespeare Center’s Renaissance season, TGS only has 10 days to rehearse Middleton’s bawdy comedy, working without a director. This style of rehearsal allows the company to use performance as research to understand some of the conditions under which an early modern playing company may have worked.

Marking the first time that Middleton’s classic will be performed on the Blackfriars stage, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside opens at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. A talk-back follows the performance on March 24. TGS will revive the production at the playhouse on Monday, March 30 as part of their MFA Play Festival. All performances are pay-what-you-will. For more information, please visit and check out Turning Glass Shakespeare on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

If you want an evening filled with comedy, melodrama, and surprising plot twists, come to see Turning Glass Shakespeare’s production of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside!

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L to R, Layla Teears as Melody, Emily Hurst as Tammy Jo, Elizabeth VanDoren as Patrice, Bridget Burner as Mary Lou; seated is Brian Holsopple as Jarvis

Mary Baldwin College Theatre presents an evening of laughter with The Lone Star Love Potion, An American Farce, by Michael Parker, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, March 25 through 28, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 29, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Hall.

When wealthy rancher Mr. Stancliff dies, his family, servants and friends gather for the reading of his will. As expected his niece Patrice inherits the ranch, and she and her lecherous husband, Michael, also receive 25% each of Stancliff’s American Elixir Company. Jarvis, the long faithful butler gets the remaining half. The company’s assets are a sample and a formula for a love potion which Stancliff claimed was too dangerous to release. Is this a joke, or perhaps can it really work? Before long everyone is testing it with hilarious results, while millions — and the ranch itself — may be at stake.

Jarvis, played by local favorite Brian Holsopple, has his hands full, as first Tammy Jo from the neighboring ranch (freshman Emily Hurst), then Melody, the clumsy maid (freshman Layla Teears) and Mary Lou, the shy ornithologist (senior Bridget Burner) all make a pass at him. This is enough to encourage Patrice’s husband, Michael, played by another local favorite Michael Lafferty, to try the potion in order to attract Melody, continuing the disastrous results. Even Patrice (junior Elizabeth VanDoren) and the lawyer (MLitt student Curtis Maxey, Jr) get into the act.

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Brian Holsopple as Jarvis and Layla Teears as Melody

According to director Terry Southerington, “It’s classic farce, complete with the requisite eight doors and windows, and it’s just a lot of fun. Michael Parker, the playwright of There’s A Burglar In My Bed from a few season ago, has captured the British farce in an American setting.”

Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $12 for others and may be reserved by calling the box office Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5pm at 540-887-7189. Tickets are also available online at


Abby Arnold Abby Arnold, academic advisor, MBC in Charlottesville
Defended her dissertation and earned her PhD in English, with a major area in rhetoric and composition and minors in 19th century British literature and feminist theory, November.
Bailey_Pamela Pam Bailey, associate professor of education
A presentation, “Math Specialists’ Needs and Development,” which discussed research on the trajectory and identity of this new role in school systems across the nation, with co-presenters from George Mason University, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Nineteenth Annual Conference, February 12–14, Orlando, Fl.
achievement_MBC seal Cara Jones, assistant professor of political science
An invited presentation, “Giving Up the Gun: Rebel to Ruler Transformations in the Great Lakes,” UVa’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, February 11. 
Kai Kennedy front Kai Kennedy, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education, physical therapy
A table presentation, “Learning to Help: Using Community Assessment in Service Learning Programs,” at the Global Health Reception during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, February 6, Indianapolis. Her presentation discussed MBC’s approach to initiating a service learning program in Haiti (information gathered during the 2014 Alternative Spring Break provided the background). 
sarah kennedy front Sarah Kennedy, professor of English
Appeared on the One-on-One with Bob Corso segment of the WHSV-TV news, January 23, Harrisonburg.
The featured author at the Lunchtime Lyceum at the Massanutten Regional Library, January 29.
achievement_katherinelow Katie Low, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain
Paperback version of her book, The Bible, Gender, and Reception History: The Case of Job’s Wife, published by Bloomsbury.
achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies
An article, “General Philip Sheridan’s Commentary on the Battle of Waynesboro and the End of the Valley Campaign in 1865,” 2014 issue of the Augusta Historical Bulletin, in addition to 20 lengthy book reviews.  Also serves as associate editor and book review editor.
An article, “Vermont Soldiers Fighting in the Shenandoah Valley and Living and Dying in Andersonville in 1864,” February 2015 issue of Vermont’s Northland Journal.An article, “The Second Republic: Vermont’s Growing Secessionist Movement,” spring 2015 issue of Vermont History.
achievement_rodowen Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy
Serving on the Program and Host Committee for the Peace and Justice Studies Association which meets this October, James Madison University.
Invited to give a paper, “Leadership: Conflict, Mediation and Transformation,” at the 2015 Leadership Studies Conference, VMI, March 9. 
 David Paulk David Paulk, professor and director of Physician Assistant Program
Appointed to the CDC panel on childhood immunizations, joining Dr. David Paulk who is on the mild traumatic brain injury panel of experts with the CDC. He and Dr. Paulk are the only PAs in the country serving on expert panels with the CDC.
A chapter published on child abuse in the 7th edition of The Resident’s Guide to Ambulatory Care
 achievement_jimsconyers Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art
Solo exhibition, Imago Corporis Impressa, is on display in MBC’s Hunt Gallery.
 achievement_jannasegal Janna Segal, assistant professor of theatre
Presented a pre-show lecture for The Rover, “The ‘rover of fortune’ (5.1.57) in Aphra Behn’s Restoration Comedy,” February 12, the American Shakespeare Center.
 lisa shoaf_front Lisa Shoaf, professor of physical therapy and physical therapy program director
A platform presentation, “Physical Therapy Direct Access Utilization in Virginia and Patient Satisfaction about the Physical Therapy Direct Access Care Provided,” the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association, February 6, Indianapolis. This presentation highlighted the results of a two-year study in which 12 physical therapy clinics collected data on 175 patients who were treated with direct access care in Virginia.  
AmyTillerson Amy Tillerson, associate professor of history
Presenting a session, “Prince Edward County 60 Years after Brown: Promises Fulfilled?” March 26 at the Moton Museum, Farmville, for UVa’s Lifetime Learning program. Her talk will address the historical significance of the public school closings and how it impacted everyday people while also providing information that helps evaluate the progress made since then.


In recent weeks, Mary Baldwin College students have headed to the polls to choose the slate of leaders who will lead them in the coming academic year. Student government leaders will be installed on April 7.

Student Government Association

tralen_nealSGA President: Tralen Neal ’16
A junior biology major from Raleigh, Neal has a passion for making a difference on campus. She previously worked with, among other organizations, Judicial Board, ACORNS, and student Senate and has served as president of Mary Baldwin’s Greater Things Dance Ministry, co-chair for security of Senate, and treasurer of the Senate board. “Hearing the concerns of other students pushed me to run for SGA president,” Neal said. “My desire is to represent the students. I want every voice on campus accounted for. I would like to continue to promote diversity by exploring new pathways. Students should be familiar with their president and feel comfortable approaching me about anything. My goal is to promote success, education, and leadership among women.” After graduation, Neal hopes to attend medical school and eventually become a physician. “Being a leader at MBC is very inspiring. Being at a women’s college you get the opportunity to see women lead in a way that normally goes unnoticed. I plan to inspire and motivate other young women to become their best selves. I hope to give back and continue the legacy of women leading the way here at Mary Baldwin.”

Vice President: Jazmine Brooks
Secretary: Sharanya Rao
Treasurer: Molly “Jasyn” Chase
Lead Advocate: Rasheeda Bradley

Baldwin Program Board

Chair: Brenda Echak
Vice Chair: Lillie Parker
Secretary: Neneh Sheriff
Treasurer: Annapurna Chitnavis

Class of 2016

President: Sheridan Lawrence
Vice President: Katherine Narvaez
Secretary: Melanie Vargas
Treasurer: Shajuan Lee

Class of 2017

President: Kelsey Allen
Treasurer: Jasmine Davis

Class of 2018

President: Binetou Niang
Vice President: Anansa Wargo
Secretary: Hayley Young
Treasurer: Dorothy Hawkins

Honor Council

Shajuan Lee
Taylor Patterson
Asia Vizcaya
Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher

Inter-Club Council

Vice Chair: Mekaila Shaw
Secretary: Spencer Sigtryggsson
Treasurer: Priscila Choi-Oh

Judicial Board

Chair: Jan Edlene Miguel
Jazmine Bowens
Asyra Cunningham
Christine Fenner
Rashadea Hale
Jocelyn Ogunmuyiwa
Brooke Wiles
Phoenix Wilson

Residence Hall Association

Chair: MiAngel Hite
Vice Chair: Moniafia Maitland
Treasurer: Brianna Sapp

Student Advocates

Catherine Getz
Chasity Nobles
Acacia Rodgers