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4.8.14.mbc.choir.amber.ocasio The MBC Spring Choral Concert — featuring the Mary Baldwin College Choir, as well as Bella Voce and Baldwin Charm, the music department’s two a cappella ensembles — took place Tuesday night in First Presbyterian Church.

“Singing has always been a major part of my life,” said Kaitlin Evans ’17, “and the opportunity to be a part of this choir helps me break out of my quiet shell, and I absolutely love performing in front of people.”

The concert featured American composer Randall Thompson’s The Place of the Blest as the centerpiece of the program, which is an important work in the American choral repertoire. Thompson was from this area, working as a composer and conductor at the University of Virginia.

“I find it to be amazing, challenging, and very fun to sing,” said Hannah Haugen, a freshman from Fredericksburg. “It presented some challenges for us in terms of syncopation and odd time-signature changes, but it has made it all the more exciting to hear us, as a choir, mastering it.”

“I like that the songs are based off poems,” sophomore Moniefia Maitland said about Thomson’s piece.  “I also like that they are slow enough to convince an audience of the meaning of the songs and that the songs are linked to one main character or one central theme.”

The MBC Choir also performed works by Bob Leavitt and Z. Randall Stroope.

“I really enjoy working with the students of Mary Baldwin, due to their excitement and willingness to learn new, important works,” said Ryan Keebaugh, choir director.

Keebaugh has been praised for his expressive and sensitive conducting, and he is also an award-winning composer, whose works have been performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as by choral groups throughout the United States, including the University of South Florida Chamber Singers and the Fresno State Concert Choir.

IMG_3713“I enjoy being a part of the Mary Baldwin Choir because not only is it a great experience vocally, but it also allows you to strengthen yourself in other areas, like sight reading,” said Taylor Young ’17. “Dr. Keebaugh makes every class wonderful, and a great place to be.”

Mali Grau adds, “I’ve been in choir since the 3rd grade, and I have to say this year has been the best year. Having a professor like Dr. Keebaugh is amazing. I have to say he is one of the best choir teachers I’ve ever had.”

Bella Voce presented a variety of works by Donato, Bortniansky, Brahms, and Dawson, along with a Sephardic folk song.

“Bella Voce offered a trip around the world with our program, singing in many different languages:  Latin, Spanish, Church Slavonic, Zulu, and English.  And each student seemed to have a different favorite piece,” said Linell Gray Moss, director of Bella Voce and member of the MBC voice faculty.

Baldwin Charm, the college’s pop a cappella group, performed “Stand By Me” and Lorde’s “Royals,” along with “Hopeless Romantic,” a creative mash-up of Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor” and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies.”

“All of our selections for this concert were arranged by our two student directors, Tiara Bowling and Kyla Daniel,” said the ensemble’s director, Anne Wick, who also teaches voice at MBC.

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School of Science

louise_freeman Louise Freeman, associate professor of psychology

Invited to be a Proposal Review Panelist for the Neural Systems Cluster of the National Science Foundation Division of Integrative Organismal Systems; the panel will meet April 7–9 in Washington, D.C.

Accepted as Instructor in Residence for the inaugural Young Adult Literature Conference and Symposium to be held June 2–6 at Louisiana State University. She will teach a five-day course for middle and high school English teachers on “Divergent Thinking: Psychology and Neuroscience as Keys to Understanding Roth’s Dystopian World” and also present two breakout sessions on the psychology of Harry Potter.

achievement_nadinegergelhackett Nadine Gergel-Hackett, assistant professor of physics

A presentation, with Inna Kirilyuk ’14, “Low-Cost Flexible Memristor Fabrication,” at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting (the largest international physics meeting), March 3, Denver, CO. Their work was awarded an Undergraduate Research Presentation Award.

School of Social Sciences, Business, and Global Studies

achievement_douglasdavis Doug Davis, director of the criminal justice program

A presentation on criminal justice careers, Fishburne Military Academy, February 22.

A presentation on the importance of leadership at the Professional Executive Leadership School graduation, March 6,  University of Richmond.

Attended the mid-year conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police at the Stonewall Jackson, March 10–11; two criminal justice students also attended and participated in the conference.

A presentation on “things to do first,” ethics, and personnel issues in the New Chiefs School for the Virginia Chiefs of Police Foundation, March 19, Richmond.

achievement_amydiduch Amy Diduch, professor of economics

A paper, “Rebuild or retreat? Policy after Superstorm Sandy: A Case Study,” the Eastern Economic Association meeting, March 7, Boston.

achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies

An article, “The Escalating Japan-China Dispute and the Potential for War in East Asia,” to be published in the 2014 issue of Japan Studies Review.

achievement_johnwells John Wells, professor of sociology

A novel, Magic and Loss, published by iUniverse Press and won the publisher’s 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for best fiction of the year.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Ben Herz Nathan “Ben” Herz, professor, occupational therapy

A presentation on OT and essential tremor at the VCU Reasons for Hope Essential Tremor Education, March 1, Richmond.

Main photoStudents, faculty, staff, and friends of Mary Baldwin College gathered inside Francis Auditorium last week for Honors Convocation, a ceremony to recognize student academic achievement.

Awards presented included:

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.

Tamara Anderson
Jennifer Arendall
Kara Bingler
Shawna Franklin
Joanna Nichols
Anna Wright

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.

Maricruz Valenzuela

Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies

Shekira Ramdass

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.

Jackie Avery

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Professor Abby Wightman presents the Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology to Linnea Kuglitsch.

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.

Zoe Clandorf
Reetu Sinha

Business — Adult Degree Program Outstanding Senior

This award is based on grade point average and faculty recommendation.

Debby Bibens

Business — Outstanding Residential College for Women 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.

Astrid Salarda

The 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.

Linnea Kuglitsch

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Professors Andrea Cornett-Scott and Edward Scott present the Charlotte Forten Grimke Award to Monique Burgess.

Charlotte Forten Grimké Award

Grimké was born to a free African-American family of means in Philadelphia in 1837. She was a noted 19th-century essayist, poet, and teacher who bent her con­siderable talents to the abolitionist cause. During the 1860s she became one of the most influential teachers in the Port Royal Experiment, which sought to provide education to former slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. In one entry of her now famous diaries she wrote, “Monday, October 23, 1854: I will spare no effort to prepare myself well for the responsible duties of a teacher, and to live for the good I can do my oppressed and suffering fellow creatures.” This award is given to the senior African-American student who demonstrates a commitment to scholarship, civic responsibility, leadership, sister­hood, and spirit and who actively shares her appreciation for African-American history and culture. This book and cash award is given by Andrea Cornett-Scott and Edward Scott.

Monique Burgess

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.

Randi Beil

Communication — Outstanding Senior

Given to the top student in the Communication department.

Olivia Samerdyke

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.

Jamie Robinson
Hilary Therit

Dorothy Mulberry Award

The Dorothy Mulberry Award was created by a group of MBC alumnae who were Spanish majors and who studied in Spain with Professor Emeritus Dorothy Mulberry. These students and Dr. Mulberry spent a year in Madrid studying Spanish and enjoying Madrid’s cultural life. Cherishing this unforgettable ex­perience, and out of love and respect for Dr. Mulberry, the alumnae decided to establish this award to encourage our young majors to study Spanish abroad. This is a monetary award averages $1,600 to support the student’s trip to a Spanish-speaking country. Recipients must be Spanish majors with a 3.5 or higher GPA, and priority is given to those studying abroad for a semester.

Stephanie Mason
Kristin Zimmer

Excellence in Library-Based Research Awards

Given to the best research paper written by a freshman or sophomore during the preceeding academic year that both uses to the fullest extent possible the resources available through Grafton Library and reflects extraordinary scholarly promise.

Freshman: Autumn Smith
Sophomore: Rolonda Williams
Junior: Ashley Shoell

Freshmen 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.

Alora Wogsland

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Professor Bruce Dorries presents the Outstanding Communication Senior award to Olivia Samerdyke.

Global Honors Scholars

Class of 2014
Lindsey Aldred
Claudia Alexander
Randi Beil
Leslie Chockley
Mariah Dittrich
Ashley Edmiston
Raven Jackson
Linnea Kuglitsch
Queen Martin
Emily Miller
Olivia Samerdyke
Brittany Stroop
Laura Wise
Kristin Zimmer

Class of 2015
Ceara Armstrong
Irmamarie Avelsgard
Jade Baker
Jaelynn Bennett
Chitendwe Chioza
Coral Collins
Carolyn Denney
Kimberly Denney
Aria Dougherty
Amanda Fadden
Catherine Forrester
Aji Gaye
Sutton Hastman
Murine Lusakweno
Grace McAden
Dequana Mervin
Shekira Ramdass
Nicole Sauer
Anneliese Slaton
Lauren Tharp
Analisse Vasquez Soto
ShaTira Waller
Tisha Wilkerson
Toby Ziemba

Class of 2016
Ashleigh Aycock
Celine Brooks
Charleen Frederick
Chelsea Hensley
Kathleen Hurlock
Jennifer Jin
Yasmeen Latore
Aliyah McIntosh
Katherine Narvaez
Taylor Patterson
Brianne Perry
Dejhanira Torrico
Carleigh Young

Class of 2017
Molly Chase
Aryn Cox
Christine Fenner
Farrah-Amoy Fullerton
Lydia Hurt
Riley Kelly
Katelyn Rice

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.”

Rebecca Stearn

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.

Brittany Weeks

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).

Monique Burgess

Lambda Pi Eta

The official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.  As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies, LPH has over 250 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide.

Carolina Giraldo
Julia Bridgen
Sarah Brescia

Mary Jane Donnally Award

Awarded to the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA after three semesters of work.

Jennifer Jin

Melissa Mitchell Award for May Term Study Abroad

The purpose of this award is defray the cost of participating in a formal program of study outside the United States. Selection will be based on high academic merit and the likelihood that the student will benefit culturally and intellectually from the course of study proposed.

Lynnae Sauer

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Professor Paul Deeble presents Sophia Stone with the Outstanding Student-Biology award.

Outstanding Biology Student Award

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

Sophia Stone

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.”

Tyler Nguyen


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.

Cassandra Eiland
Olivia Samerdyke
Brittany Kondratenko
Tyler Nguyen
Emily Miller
Dequana Mervin
Sydney Mariscal  

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Adult Degree Program Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $1,500 is granted to a student who has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society of the Virginia Community College System, and has earned a transferable associate’s degree before coming to Mary Baldwin College. The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA and have impressed the awards committee with his or her academic achievement and goals for the future.

Julianna Nopson

Scholar Athletes

Given to a member of an MBC sports team who achieves high academic standing.

Jennifer Jin
Kaylyn Lonergan
Wendy Deptula
Kimberly Denny
Amanda Fadden
Celine Brooks
Katherine Narvaez
Kallie Sutton
Lizette Naranjo

Scholar Team Award

Awarded to the team with the highest cumulative GPA.

Cross Country Team

Sociology — Academic excellence

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

Joanna Mills

Sociology — Service Award

Given in recognition of exceptional service to MBC and the greater community.

Leo Hanlon

Student Class Marshals

Selma Elsarrag ’14
Mikhaila Moynihan ’14
Queen Martin, alternate

Nhi Thi Nguyen ’15
Anneliese Slaton ’15
Kathleen Hurlock, alternate

Jennifer Jin ’16
Emma Reger ’16
Alexandra Ellmauer, alternate

Michiyo Furukawa ’17
Sammantha Grzb ’17
Sharanya Rao, alternate

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: Claire Chandler, London Theatre May Term trip

The Sara Forrest Thompson Hunt Mission Fund: Brittany Marie James and Elsa Vasquez-Flores, Alternative Spring Break program to Haiti

The Thelma T. McDowell Endowed Fund scholarship: Astrid Salarda, Germany May Term trip

The Marion Barge Clark ’67 scholarship: Yvette Yan, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Japan, and Julianna Nopson, Germany

The Dorothy Mulberry Award for the study of Spanish abroad: Stephanie Mason and Kristin Zimmer, Mexico May Term trip

The Melissa Mitchell Award for May Term Abroad: Lynnae Sauer

The Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement Endowed Fund scholarships: Rebecca Stearn, Germany, Analiese Slaton, Germany, and Bethany Zaiman, Haiti

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Professor Jim Sconyers presents the Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art.


Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art

This award acknowledges the outstanding work, accomplishments, and growth of a selected studio art major. It also signifies the capacity of the recipient to carry forward a high level of quality within her studio practice beyond Mary Baldwin College.

Jessica Rublee
Kari Watson
Kelleyann Gordon
Genevieve Neice
Shelley Rubiani




VFIC Ethics Bowl

Katharine Broomfield
Christina Harris
Mikhaila Moynihan
Tommy Ryan
Reetu Sinha

Who’s Who

Melissa Anoh
Meagan Barron
Gary Bibens
Aria Dougherty
Amanda Fadden
Alessandra Gonzalez-Rivera
Christina Hatcher
Shelby Ferguson-Hines
Michelle Kayosa Ajayi
Kiera Kimp
Christina Leyton
Murine Lusakweno
Anabel Montano
Virginia Pope
Shekira Ramdass
Christina Reid
Anneliese Slaton
Brittany Stroop
Analiesse Vasquez Soto
Tisha Wilkerson
Lisa Wilson
Toby Ziemba

The following students in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) have earned awards — at the Staunton Military Academy (SMA) Reunion Weekend and Spring Awards event — for the 2013–14 academic year. Congratulations to these deserving cadets.

Henry Scholarship Honoring SMA: A $2,500 scholarship given to a rising senior who demonstrates excellence in academics and leadership in the VWIL Corps.
Carolyn Denny

Henry SMA Legacy Scholarship: A $2,500 scholarship for a rising junior (who will commission) who demonstrates excellence in academics and leadership in the VWIL Corps.
Kaylyn Lonergan and Brenda Echak

SMA Alumni Leadership Award 1: A $1,000 scholarship and certificate for rising senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership ability.
Tatiana Western 

SMA Alumni Leadership Award 2: A $1,000 scholarship and certificate given to a rising sophomore who demonstrates outstanding leadership ability.
Carolyn Gale

Craig Hanson Memorial Scholarship: A $2,500 scholarship given to a rising junior demonstrating high academics and respect of peers.
Katherine Narvaez

Donald Reid Windley Truth-Duty-Honor: The $500 scholarship is sponsored by Virginia Windley — in memory of her husband, the late Don Windley, a 1970 graduate of SMA — and the SMA principles of truth, duty, and honor.
Amanda Fadden

Longyear Scholarship: A $1,000 scholarship awarded to a cadet that has made the most improvement in her leadership development within the corps of cadets.
Alana Rister

Kable Legion of Honor: This order was established, and so named, in honor of the founder of the SMA, Captain William Hartman Kable. It represented the highest honor bestowed by the SMA upon a graduating cadet and now is the highest honor bestowed by VWIL. It is awarded to the cadet whose record is most conspicuous for leadership, good conduct, academic excellence, integrity of character, poise and bearing, unselfishness, and continuous loyalty to the highest standards of duty and exemplary cadet life.
Emily Sikorski

Sarah K. Small Award: Two $1,360 scholarships given to two cadets — seniors who have exemplified service and commitment to community and country and who are commissioning upon graduation — selected by VWIL in conjunction with the president of the college.
Meagan Barron and Tisha Wilkerson

MacArthur Award: A medallion, $100 check, and copy of the book MacArthur: Melbourne to Tokyo given to a senior who demonstrates academic excellence, physical training, and leadership.
Emily Sikorski

Col. Frank Pancake Award: A $600 check given to a senior who demonstrates leadership, academic excellence, and the attributes of a citizen solider.
Christina Leyton

United Daughters of the Confederacy: A ribbon, certificate, and stipend awarded to the senior with the highest GPA who is a math or computer science major.
Emily Sikorski

National Society of the Daughters of the America Revolution: A ribbon, certificate, and stipend awarded to the senior in the upper 25 percent of her graduating class who will seek a commission after graduation.
Anabel Montano

Military Officers Association of America: A ribbon and certificate awarded to outstanding ROTC cadets that show exceptional potential for future military leadership, good academic standards, high moral character, and loyalty to VWIL and the country.
Upcoming senior who is contracting: Nhi Thi Nguyen
Upcoming junior who is contracting: Jazmine Brooks
Upcoming sophomore who seeks a commission: Mikayla Waters-Crittenton

MOLLUS (Military Order of the Loyal, Legion of the United States): Awarded to a scholar officer candidate based on academic excellence and leadership potential.
Danielle Hunt

Senior Academic Award: Certificate given to the senior with the highest GPA.
Anabel Montano

Junior Academic Award: Certificate given to the junior with the highest GPA.
Nhi Thi Nguyen

Sophomore Academic Award: Certificate given to the sophomore with the highest GPA.
Alana Rister

Freshman Academic Award: Certificate given to the freshman with the highest GPA.
Mikayla Waters-Crittenton

Senior Strength and Endurance Test (SET) Award: Certificate awarded to the senior with the highest score on the Strength and Endurance Test.
Pauline Langston

Junior SET Award: Certificate awarded to the junior with the highest score on the Strength and Endurance Test.
Tatiana Western

Sophomore SET Award: Certificate awarded to the sophomore with the highest score on the Strength and Endurance Test.
Brenda Echak

Freshman SET Award: Certificate awarded to the freshman with the highest score on the Strength and Endurance Test.
Carolyn Gale

Corps Senior Service Award: A certificate awarded to the senior with outstanding service to the corps.
Mariela Alas

Corps Junior Service Award: A certificate awarded to the junior with outstanding service to the corps.
Rachel Jones

Molly Pitcher Award: Certificate awarded to the cadet who displays professionalism while representing the corps at MBC and in the Staunton community.
Derrica Stone

VWIL Corps Communication Award: Certificate awarded to the cadet demonstrating commitment to the promotion and publicity of the corps through marketing and media.
Kimberly Denny

Spirit Award: Certificate awarded to the senior who best represents the spirit of the corps.
Elizabeth Limerick

Physical Training (PT) Award: Given to the cadet who has been committed to improving and refining PT within the corps.
Alessandra Gonzalez-Rivera

The Greatness and Excellence Award: $400 given to cadet who displays the qualities of spirit, motivation, and dedication and demonstrates immense pride for the VWIL Corps through a positive attitude, impeccable uniform appearance, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for the corps and her fellow cadets.
Kacie Dodd

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College presents its final concert of the season at 3 p.m. on April 13 in Francis Auditorium, as acclaimed soprano Katherine Jolly takes the stage with pianist Emily Yap Chua.

Praised for her “agile, bright, lyric soprano,” Jolly has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Virginia Opera, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, American Lyric Opera, and New York City Opera, among other companies throughout the U.S. She was a winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals and was also recently chosen to sing for the national conference of the National Association of Negro Musicians.

On April 13, she and Chua will treat the Staunton audience to a varied program, beginning with Mozart’s beautiful and well-known Exsultate Jubilate.

I love singing in operas, but one is limited to one single character,” Jolly explains. “The wonderful and challenging element to recital work is the ability to explore different characters and musical styles in an intimate setting. The Mozart is a joy to sing, and a wonderful way to open a concert.”

They will continue with Quatro Madrigales Amatorios by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. These appealing songs were inspired by the folk songs of Andalusia. Balancing out the program is Honey and Rue, a moving set by the American composer Andre Previn. “Previn’s song cycle is powerful, set to poems by Toni Morrison,” says Jolly.

Chua has been described for her “tonal beauty and clarity,” “graceful, effortless manner,” and “spirited and movingly expressive” playing. An active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include recitals with members of the Cincinnati, San Francisco, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and Granada (Spain) symphony orchestras. She is on the faculty at Randolph College.

Single tickets for April 13 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors (free for MBC students, faculty, and staff). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.

The Mary Baldwin College 2015 Shakespeare and Performance Master of Letters class is pleased to present their production of Henry IV, Part One at 7:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Blackfriars Playhouse,  Staunton.

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular and endearing works, Henry IV, Part One is a boisterous adventure with the sublimely debauched Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s greatest comic invention, at the helm. Repositioning the story of fathers and sons in a modern American setting while shaping it for the Blackfriars stage, this production posits that growing up in a changing world is still as difficult, and inevitable, as ever.

Prince Hal, much to his father’s chagrin, would rather pursue wine, women, and song than his princely duties. Hal enjoys the high jinx and wit of his merry mentor, Falstaff, until the threat of war looms. Personal and political concerns collide when Harry “Hotspur” Percy mounts a rebellion and Prince Hal finds that the wild days of his youth must come to an end. Shakespeare’s story of loyalty and betrayal, of rivers of ale and blood, is timeless.

This production, directed by Mary Baldwin faculty members Doreen Bechtol and Matt Davies, features current Mary Baldwin students enrolled in REN 531 Performance of Language, a course integral to the Shakespeare and Performance MLitt/MFA Program, which regularly culminates in a full-scale production.

This performance is presented in proud partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. Admission is free; donations accepted.

For more information, please visit Facebook at Shakespeare and Performance Plays,, or call 540-887-7237.

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College is pleased to announce its Spring Choir Concert, featuring the Mary Baldwin College Choir, as well as Bella Voce and Baldwin Charm, the department’s two a cappella ensembles. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 in First Presbyterian Church, Staunton. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature American composer Randall Thompson’s The Place of the Blest, along with works by Bob Leavitt, and Z. Randall Stroope. College Choir Director Ryan Keebaugh explains that centerpiece of the program is Thompson’s piece, an important work in the American choral repertoire. He points out that Thompson was a local legend as composer and conductor at the University of Virginia.

“I really enjoy working with the students of Mary Baldwin, due to their excitement and willingness to learn new important works,” Keebaugh said.

Freshman choir member Kaitlin Evans says that she enjoys the challenge of learning new pieces and that performing in choir is “a very rewarding experience.” Freshman Hannah Haugan agrees, commenting that the Thompson work is “amazing, challenging, and very fun to sing.” Haugan goes on to say that the audience “will enjoy both the fun and catchy aspects of the concert as well as the deeper, more meaningful ones.”

Keebaugh has been praised for his expressive and sensitive conducting, and he is also an award-winning composer, whose works have been performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as by choral groups throughout the United States, including the University of South Florida Chamber Singers and the Fresno State Concert Choir.

Bella Voce will present a variety of works by Donato, Bortniansky, Brahms, and Dawson, along with a Sephardic folk song.

“Bella Voce offers a trip around the world with our program, singing in many different languages:  Latin, Spanish, Church Slavonic, Zulu, and English.  And each student seems to have a different favorite piece,” said Dr. Linell Gray Moss, director of Bella Voce and member of the MBC voice faculty.

Baldwin Charm, the college’s pop a cappella group, will perform “Stand By Me” and Lorde’s “Royals,” along with “Hopeless Romantic,” a creative mash-up of Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor” and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies.”

“All of our selections for this concert were arranged by our two student directors, Tiara Bowling and Kyla Daniel,” said the ensemble’s director, Anne Wick, who also teaches voice at MBC.

Mary Baldwin College Theatre presents the world premiere production of Whispers and Lies by MBC alumna Amy Cuomo, professor of theatre at the University of West Georgia. The play runs at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 2 through Saturday, April 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Fine Arts Center. The playwright will lead a “talk back” information session for the audience at Thursday’s performance.

Whispers and Lies tells the story of young Caitlin Flynn, an Irishwoman who comes to Boston at the turn of the twentieth century to investigate her immigrant sister’s disappearance. Caitlin goes to work for the wealthy Morrison family: the domineering Mrs. Morrison, the ailing Mr. Morrison, and their directionless, but charming son, William. While there Caitlin befriends and antagonizes her fellow servants and quickly learns that not everything at the Morrison manor is as it seems. The action shifts between past and present as Caitlin navigates the dangerous territories of family, love, loss, and betrayal. As the play careens toward its revelatory unavoidable ending, the characters are forced to confront their deepest fears.

Cuomo’s experience as a screenwriter infuses Whispers and Lies with a cinematic quality that distinguishes it from previous MBC theatre productions. These performances also mark the return of director Dr. Virginia Francisco, and production is by Sam Koogler, MBC technical director. The cast features undergraduate students Tori Atkins as Caitlin, Gabrielle Sutton as Bridget, Bridget Burner as Annie, Mary Catherine Mahoney as Mrs. Morrison, and local actors James Cramer as Mr. Morrison and Tommy Ryan as William Morrison.

The public is invited to attend: for tickets and reservations or for more information, call 540-887-7189, or go online. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for all students, seniors, and MBC faculty and staff.

School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies

achievement_kenbeals Ken Beals, assistant professor of religion and philosophy A presentation about his online medical ethics class, the Showcasing Projects in Arts, Research and Coursework (SPARC) conference, February 12, University of Virginia.
achievement_mattdavies  Matt Davies, assistant professor, Shakespeare and Performance A number of acting awards and nominations: a B. Iden Payne Best Actor nomination for playing the Duke of York in Hidden Room’s Rose Rage in Austin, Texas; a Best Ensemble Award from the Austin Critics Circle for the same production; an Austin Critics Circle Best Actor nomination for the role of Astrov in Breaking Strings Theater Company’s production of Uncle Vanya; and an international Falstaff award nomination by for the role of Antony in Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Ralph Cohen.

A talk, “‘Let me play the lion too:’ a rare vision for training collaborative theater makers,” the Butler University School of Drama.

A workshop, “Embodying Shakespeare: Performance of the Language,” with Doreen Bechtol, S&P director of training, the South Eastern Theater Conference in Mobile, Alabama.

achievement_katherinelow Katherine Low, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain A paper, “Lot’s Wife: Memory, Monument, and Reception,” March 8, the Mid-Atlantic Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Newburgh, NY. She also presided over two sessions on “The Bible and Reception History.”
achievement_brencipatino Brenci Patino, assistant professor of Spanish One of the first two recipients of grants from the new High-Impact Engaged Education Fund from the Spencer Center for her project, “Latin@s in the Big Apple: Exploring the Latina/o Texts, Sounds, Images, and Lives in New York City.”
achievement_rickplant Rick Plant, professor of English Attended the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, On February 26 and 27, Savannah, Georgia. At an awards ceremony on the 27, Mary Baldwin’s chapter, Nu Psi, was recognized for its 25th anniversary, and Rick was recognized for his 20th anniversary as the chapter sponsor. A plaque was awarded to commemorate each of these two milestones.

School of Education, Health, and Social Work

achievement_sharonspalding Sharon Spalding, professor of physical education  Earned the Exercise is Medicine Credential: Level 3: the highest certification for exercise professionals who are committed to making the Exercise is Medicine initiative a priority in their community.A lunch table host for the ”Women in Leadership: Transitioning from College to Career” workshop, March 22, James Madison University. This workshop for senior science majors highlighted less traditional careers related to the sciences. She will also serve as a panelist on careers.

Area concert-goers will have the unique opportunity to a hear a performance featuring a solo percussion instrument 8 p.m. on April 1 in Francis Auditorium, when the award-winning Japanese marimbist Naoko Takada brings her remarkable talents to the Carl Broman Concert Series at Mary Baldwin College.

Takada has performed world-wide at such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Konzerhaus in Berlin, the Belgium International Marimba Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Her many honors and awards include first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as the S & R Washington Award, an honor that supports artists who contribute to cultural understanding between the U.S. and Japan.

She is also well-regarded among her peers, as many highly-acclaimed percussionist/composers have written works for her. She will share several of those pieces with the audience in Staunton, including Five Pieces for Solo Marimba by the award-winning composer Joseph Pereira, who is the principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This fascinating piece showcases the many timbres achievable on the marimba. Also on the program is Paul Fowler’s “Michiyuki the Road to Death,” from his 2002 adaptation of Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a traditional Japanese play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Takada explains that the story in this dramatic work is much like Romeo and Juliet and that the performer’s mallets are supposed to represent two lovers. Her wonderfully varied program also includes Chin Cheng Lin’s appealing Tango for Naoko;choro by Argentinian composer, Augusto Marcellino; a piece by Takada herself; and a compelling transcription of Bach’s great D Minor Chaconne (originally for solo violin).

Tickets for Takada’s concert may be purchased at the door and are $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. (MBC students, faculty, and staff get in free.) For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at MBC.