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The Magazine 


vlrasping tne Present, 
maping tne i-uture 


MAY 1995 


President's Message 

Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson came to Mary 
Baldwin College in the summer of 1 985 . 
A decade later, it is possible to read Dr. 
Tyson's inaugural address and find in it the 
seeds of much that she has accomplished arid 
yet plans to accomplish. 

... 1 take the opportunity ot this day to 
tecall the strength of Mary Baldwin 
College, evidenced at four key moments 
in its history. These four events may be 
termed, as suggested hy MBC Professor of 
History Dr. Kenneth Keller: 
A Crisis of Leadership 
A Crisis of Identity 
A Crisis of Scarce Resources 
A Crisis of New Responsibilities 

A Crisis of Leadership 

When Mary Julia Baldwin died on July 
1, 1897, a vacuum of leadership resulted. 
She had exerted control over the 
seminary (Mary Baldwin College was 
then a female seminary) through her 
magnetic personality and tireless dedica- 
tion, with little involvement from 
trustees. She had kept open the institu- 
tion throughout the War Between the 
States and during the worst economic 
depression in the country's history up to 
that time, from 1893 to 1897. During this 
period of depression, other female 
seminaries had been forced to close. In 
Staunton, for example, those run by the 
Methodists and Lutherans were no longer 
able to survive. 

Mary Baldwin College, with superb 
financial management from the business 
manager, William Wayt King, and with 
considerable debate among trustees and 
administrators who succeeded Mary Julia 
Baldwin, embarked on a program for 
modernization which included campus 
construction, new academic programs and 
fresh approaches to boost enrollment. 

The history of this period makes clear 
that it was a time of uncertainty, a 
probing towards a new style of education 
and administration with all the incum- 
bent controversies that such conditions 
promote. We are all able to imagine the 
strain of moving from a 19th century style 
of leadership to meet the demands of a 
new age with a new style of participatory 
leadership. It was not easy. But, by 1912, 
the slump in students had disappeared; 
new campus facilities attracted and 
retained them; a method of management 
and a consensus had been established; 
and a new era begun. 

The early 20th century was no longer 
Mary Julia Baldwin's world, but her 
institution had reached it intact and with 

a new maturity that it had been forced to 
reach in order to cope with a changed 
context. But, the crisis, having been 
endured, had resulted in new strength. 

A Crisis of Identity 

An even greater test of strength faced 
the institution in 1914- It had become a 
mosaic of programs. The bachelor of arts 
and the bachelor of music degrees were 
offered; it ran an elementary and a 
secondary school for girls; standards 
across the south were being upgraded at 
both public and private colleges and 
universities, and standards had to be 
raised similarly at Mary Baldwin; the 
curriculum had to be changed. 

Should Mary Baldwin become a junior 
college? Or should Mary Baldwin aim for 
the highest standard and become a senior 
college, according to the new Southern 
Association standards for accreditation? 

Where would the financial support 
come from at such a time of changing 

What did this college do? It took the 
difficult and most challenging option. It 
raised standards and became a four-year 
college; it defined its mission, it pursued 
an unrelenting purpose of academic 
strength, and the rest became mere detail. 

A Crisis of Scarce Resources 

But then came the great depression. 
Following 1929, the college saw a rapid 
decline of resources. Enrollments fell. 
Fund raising suffered severely. 

At the deepest point of the depression, 
in 19'52, enrollment reached 190 stu- 
dents, and there was the tightest ot 
financial times brought on not only by 
national conditions, but also by the role 
the college had adopted in developing 
new college-level courses and in purchas- 
ing equipment to support a demanding 
curriculum. With patience and with 
prudence, the college survived. 

A Crisis of Netv Responsibilities 

In 1941, the United States entered 
World War 11, and new demands were 
placed on Mary Baldwin College. 

Changed times brought change in the 
attitudes and roles of women. They 
required new learning for their new 
responsibilities. And Mary Baldwin 
College adapted its liberal arts curriculum 
to meet the crisis ot new responsibilities. 

Students could take courses in con- 
sumer economics, personal finance, social 
work, personnel management and 
industrial psychology. The college taught 
practical courses in first aid and nursing. 
Non-credit courses appeared in auto 
mechanics and home repair. 

Was Mary Baldwin College afraid to 
change? It seems not. At this time, the 
thrust to reflect and prepare for career 
opportunities for women in the college 
curriculum began. 

Professional preparation tor women 
had from earliest times been the 
emphasis of this college. But during 
World War II this emphasis increased. 
Those years saw a dramatic increase in 
interest in science, especially biology 
and other areas associated with medical 
technology. Courses in mathematics, 
economic, modern languages, the 
history of Russia and of the far East, 
showed the breadth of vision of faculty 
and students. 

The commitment to the liberal arts 
remained, but Mary Baldwin College had 
established a like commitment to learning 
by doing, to a wider world, to humanitar- 
ian service and to preparation for 
expanding and changing professional 

Mary Baldwin College was a master of 
adaptability, practicality and courageous 
risk-taking. In this way it has always 
grasped the present, fraught with prob- 
lems as it may be, and shaped its own 
future. The evidence is that it has done so 

In accepting today the presidency ot 
Mary Baldwin College, I pledge to you 
all my unwavering determination to 
stay on course. 

The Magazine 




Editorial Ad\ isorv Board 

Jane Gillam Komegay 'S5, Chair 
Executive Director, Alumnae Activities 

KathnTi Burx)ni 
Assistant Director of PEG 

Claire Garrison '90 ADP 
Croiet, Viiginia 

Dr. jaunes Harrington 
Associate Professor oi Adult Studies 

Anne Holland 'S8 
Director of Alumnae Projects 

Susan Massie Johnson '67 
Edinburg, Virginia 

B. Richard Plant 
Assistant Professor of English 

Yvonne Pover 
Aiiington, Virginia 

Mar\' Lane Dudley PurtiU '67 
Charlotte, North Carolina 

Shirley Y. Rawley 
Associate Professor 
of Communicarions 

Mary Jo Shilling Shannon "53 
Roanoke, Virginia 

Dr. Ashton Trice 
Assistant Professor of Ps\"cholo2V 


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Mraspin§' tne Present, 
maping tne -futme 


The First Tex Ye-ars of the Tyson Adxqnistratign 2 

PEG Celebrates rrs Axnix'ers.ary 7 

A Passion for Justice 18 


President's Message 

Campus Ne\s'S 12 

rKi.L'\ iN.AE Notes 1 5 


pACUiLTi- Notes 23 
Crapters In Action 24 

Marv Baldwin College does not discriminate on the basis of sex (except that men are admitted only as 

ADP and graduate students) , race, national origin, color, age or disability in its educational programs, 

admissions, co-currictilar or other actimiies, and employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to 

Dean of Students. Mary Baldwin CoUege, Staunton, VA 24401; phone (703) 887-7028. 

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by James D. Ldtr, Dean of the College 

Et cannot, of course, be ten 
years since Cynthia Haldenby 
Tyson came to Mary Baldwin 
as president! It just doesn't 
seem possible. In a world of uncertainty, 
however, the calendar does tell at least 
a kind ot truth; and as measured by the 
calendar, it has been one decade since 
her arrival in 1985. 

Perhaps the sense many of us have ot 
the compression of time has to do with 
the high energy with which Cynthia 
approaches everything, so that we all 
have the impression of moving forward 
at a faster clip than most of us would 
choose for ourselves. Perhaps it has to 
do with the fact that the busiest times 
are those which pass most quickly, and 
the past ten years have certainly been 
busy. Perhaps it has to do with the 
obvious zest for her job which Cynthia 
displays, a zest which is infectious. She 
has fun doing what she does, and 
consequently those who work with her 
also have fun. Perhaps, after all, it's 
simply a matter of how quickly time 
passes when you're having a good time. 



As a member of the 1985 Presidential 
Search Committee, 1 was among the 
first Mary Baldwin folks to meet 
Cynthia. We thought we had been 
prepared by the references, by letter and 
by phone, which had told us about her 
"charm," her "skill working with 
people," and her "ability to get things 
done." But nothing prepared us for the 
effect she made on all of us at the 
interview. She was charming, but the 
charm went beyond her demeanor (and 
even beyond her accent). She listened 
to questions intently, answering each as 
if the question itself had all the fresh- 
ness of dawn and the questioner the 
brightness ot sunrise. There was nothing 
false there. She really was interested in 
us as persons and as representatives ot 
Mary Baldwin. Moreover, she had done 
her homework. She knew MBC well, its 
strengths and its problems, and she was 
able to express an understanding of the 
college which gave everyone on the 
committee confidence in her ability to 
do the job expected of her, and more. 

After she had accepted the position, 
she visited MBC several times, getting 
to know the people who make up this 
interesting and varied community: she 
met with faculty, students, and adminis- 
trators, and she was introduced to 
everyone at an open convocation in the 
Student Activities Center. Because the 
place was crowded, we all expected her 
to stand behind the lectern and speak 
into the microphone. The first thing 
she did, however, was step to the front 
of the stage and — rather than "ad- 
dress" us — have a conversation with 
us. It was not merely a moment ot 
wonderful theater, though it was that; it 
was a demonstration of the way Cynthia 
expected to work as president, as a 
leader who engages people in discussion 
and who leads through consensus. 

The first task she set for all of us 
together was a sweepiiig mission review. 

Throughout the fall of 1985, faculty 
and students debated the goals MBC 
should set for itself, how the college 
should position itself in preparation for 
a new century 15 years away. 

Out of that fruitful debate came the 
1 2 "Characteristics of the Well- 
Educated Person of the Third Millen- 
nium" which provide us with a picture 
of our ideal alumna: grounded in the 
liberal arts, multicultural in understand- 
ing and sympathy, socially committed, 
skilled at written and spoken communi- 
cation, eager to continue learning, 
comfortable with technology, skilled at 
uroup processes, adept at critical 
thinking, physically and mentally fit, 
confident in her role as a woman, able 
to establish and maintain solid relation- 
ships and grounded ii-i strong ethical 

When the faculty endorsed this set of 
characteristics, it articulated its vision, 
and Cynthia's, of what Mary Baldwin is 
and does. The endorsement was a 
perfect example of agreement through 
consensus, and it established the 
pattern of cooperation which has 
marked her work with faculty, students 
and administration. 

But we weren't allowed to rest there, 
in the fine atmosphere of concepts. 
Cynthia next proposed that we get busy 
and determine how we would shape our 
programs to develop those 12 character- 
istics more effectively. So through the 
summer of 1986 and into that fall, we 
organized ourselves into task forces to 

Far left: Charles S. Luck III, chair of the 
Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1994, and 
President Tyson made a great team. Mr. 
Luck and his family made a gift to the 
College of the terrace that joins the Student 
Activities Center, the new William G . 
Pannill Student Center, and the Rosemarie 
SENA Center for Career and Life 
Planning, naming it the Cynthia Haldenhy 
Tyson Terrace in the president's honor. 
Left: President Tyson in her academic 
regalia, the doctoral rohes from the 
University of Leeds, where she earned her 
bachebr's, master's, and doctoral degrees, 
all in English language and Medieval 
English literature . 

kn)k at specific areas of the curriculum. 
That process resulted in a strengthened 
honors program, major innovations in 
computer science, business administra- 
tion, and teacher education, the 
establishment of the Communications 
Institute, and initial planning of what 
ultimately became the program in 
Health Care Administration. 

Indeed, when I look back on those 
first two years of Cynthia's presidency, 
I'm impressed with how much which 
was new then has now become an 
accepted part of Mary Baldwin's fabric. 
In 1985 and 1986 we introduced the 
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, 
the Adult Degree Program opened a 
center in Charlottesville, we opened 
the Rose Marie Sena Center for Career 
and Life Planning and we began the 
flooring phase for what was to become 
the most successful capital campaign in 
Mary Baldwin's history. A good deal of 
this activity and innovative program- 
ming — PEG and the Sena Center in 
particular — had been planned before 
Cyrithia became president, but it was 
her encouragement and support which 
gave them stability and assured their 

Something else became very clear 
about Cynthia from the beginning — 
she was going to work very hard to 
establish good relationships between 
Mary Baldwin and the community of 
Staunton. Within her first two years 
here she was elected a Ruling Elder in 
the First Presbyterian Church and was 
made a member of the board of direc- 

tors of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace 
Fi)undation, the Stauntt)n-West 
Augusta United Way and the MuseLim 
of American Frontier Culture. She 
reestablished the tradition of the 
president's Christmas party, a time for 
Mary Baldwin faculty and staff to 
mingle with residents of Staunton and 
Augusta County. A recent editorial in 
the local newspaper lauding the college 
and praising us as a good neighbor is an 
end result of conscious efforts Cynthia 
has made to have us be a good neighbor. 

The pattern of community involve- 
ment which Cynthia set in her first two 
years at Mary Baldwin has continued and 
includes both city and state. In 1987 
Governor Gerald Baliles named her to 
the Virginia International Trade Com- 
mission and to the Virginia Lottery 
Board; in 1988 she joined the Staunton 
Rotary Club, one of the first two women 
to do so; in 1990 the governor named her 
to the state advisory board of the youth 
advocacy organization PULSAR; in 1992 
the Staunton- Augusta Chamber of 
Commerce presented her with the 
Athena Award for achievement in 
community and business; in 1993 she was 
elected the first woman president of the 
Staunton Rotary Club and was named to 
Virginia Emissaries, the marketing 
group for the Virginia Chamber of 
Commerce; and last year she was 
named to the executive committee of 
the Virginia Foundation for Indepen- 
dent Colleges and to Governor George 
Allen's advisory council for federalism 
and self-determination. 

Cynthia's primary concern, however, 
has beeii the well-being of Mary 
Baldwin and its people. And under her 
leadership the college has flourished. 
We have made improvements in the 
campus, we have expanded our pro- 
grams for students, and we have gained 
national prominence as an institution. 
Visitors who haven't been to MBC 
since 1985 will be surprised at the 
changes. In 1986 Wenger Hall was 
renovated to house the college's 
computer center and student computer 
labs. In 1988 the college purchased the 
Staunton YMCA building and athletic 
facilities for its Physical Activities 
Center. Also in 1988 we rededicated 
the 1908 Academic Building, restored 
through a grant from the E. Rhodes anc 
Leona B. Carpenter Foundation of 

Richmond, as Carpenter Academic 
Building. In 1989 we reopened and 
dedicated a restored Memorial Resi- 
dence Hall, and in 1991 did the same 
with Hill Top, the oldest dormitory on 
campus. Both restorations were funded 
by generous gifts from Margaret Hunt 
Hill '37 and Caroline Rose Hunt '43. In 
1992, the college's sesquicentennial 
year, we dedicated the William G. 
Pannill Student Center, funded by a gift 
from Mr. Pannill, then chair of the 
Student Life Committee of the Board of 
Trustees, and the adjacent Cynthia 
Haldenby Tyson Terrace, funded by 
Board of Trustees Chair Charles S. 
Luck III and his family. We also 
rededicated Miller Chapel, restored 
through a gift ftom William and Peggy 
H. Hitchman '40, to student and 
campus use. 

Under Cynthia's leadership, the 
physical improvements on campus have 
been the most obvious manifestations 
of change, but there have been equally 
striking changes in our academic 
programs. In 1989, supported by a grant 
ftom the Carpenter Foundation, the 
College established a Pre-Ministry 
Program and a Health Care Adminis- 
tration Program. The success of this 
venture can be seen in the large 
numbers of students majoring in health 
care administration and volunteering in 
community service. Also the annual 
Carpenter Health Care Conference, 
held every May, has more would-be 
participants than our capacity" allows. 
In 1992 we launched our Master of Arts 

Far left: Physical improvements on campus 
have been a hdlmmk of President Tyson's 
administxation, from the renovation of 
Carpenter Academic to the building of a 
neiv student center. Here, she and the late 
Liddy Kirkpavrick Doenges '63, co-chair of 
the $37 million sesquicentennial campaign, 
unveil the sesquicentennial plaque on the 
Tyson Terrace in 1994- Mrs. Doenges' 
co'chair in the campaign was her college 
roommate, Anna Kate Reid Hipp '63, 
who is now chair of the Board of Trustees. 
Left: From the first day she arrived on 
campus, Dr. Tyson established a reputa- 
tion as a working president ivith an open- 
door policy and a commitment to leading 
the college through consensus. 

in Teaching Program, which features a 
unique liberal arts-based curriculum 
and represents the college's first venture 
into graduate education. Sixty students 
are enrolled at Mary Baldwin through 
this program, which two years ago 
received a large operating grant from 
the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation. 
Also in 1992 academic chairs in the 
humanities and the natural sciences 
were established, funded by Margaret 
Hunt Hill '37 and Caroline Rose Hunt 
'43. In 1993 the Adult Degree Program 
opened its newest regional office on the 
campus of Blue Ridge Community 
College. And we are currently giving 
shape to the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick 
Doenges Distinguished Visiting Artist/ 
Scholar Program, named for the late 
Liddy Doenges '63, a fervent supporter 
of the arts, of liberal education and of 
Mary Baldwin College. 

For the past year and a half, Mary 
Baldwin has been in the public eye as 
the institution identified with leader- 
ship and the contuiLiation of single-sex 

ctlucarion as an oprioii for college 
stLidents. The Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership has taken shape 
under Cynthia's direction; and, while 
many faculty, students, and administra- 
tors have been involved in the process, 
the existence of VWIL is a result of 
Cynthia's vision of higher education 
and her ability to inspire others to see 
that vision and work to implement it. 
We have enjoyed over the past ten 
years a good deal of success, and the 
national press, foundations, and our 
own students and alumnae have 
acknowledged that fact. In 1987, 1989, 
1993 and 1994 U.S. News & World 
Report named Mary Baldwin among the 
top liberal arts colleges in the south. 
The college has received the Sears- 
Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excel- 
lence Award and has been cited by the 
John Templeton Foundation as one of 
the top ten character building colleges 
in the U.S. We have experienced ten 
straight years of growth in enrollment, 
and in 1994 vve realized, for the first 

Dr. Tyson announces the establishment of the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership. 

time in our history, more than $1 
uullioii m our Annual Fund. 

More and more, Cynthia has been 
called on to speak for Mary Baldwin 
and for single-sex education to a 
national audience, as well as to alum- 
nae and other supporters of the college. 
During this academic year she has 
addressed a number of groups outside 
the Mary Baldwin family, including a 
meeting of the Women's National 
Democratic Club and a conference on 
women's issues sponsored by the 
Republican Governor of California 
Pete Wilson. She has been interviewed 
by local and national media: Fox 
television, The New Republic, U .S. 
News & World Report and The New York 
Times, to name a few. While the 
Virginia Women's Institute for Leader- 
ship has been the catalyst for this 
national interest in women's colleges 
and single-sex education, it is typical of 
Cyiithia to see the interest in larger 
terms — a growing national sense that 
education should be rigorous, that 
students should live in environments 
which encourage them to become 
disciplined thinkers and doers, and that 
education should integrate the curricu- 
lar and the co-curricular in ways which 
show the connections between learning 
and living. These are qualities which 
Mary Baldwin has traditionally exem- 
plified and which VWIL makes more 
intense and intentional. 

I've spent more time here at the end 
of this article discussing VWIL than I 
thoLight I would when I began. But for 
me, Cynthia's role in the development 
of this program and her participation in 
the public discussion it has generated 
are perfect examples of her leadership 
of this college. She believes that Mary 
Baldwin can make a real difference in 
the lives of its students — and in fact 
does so — and she believes also that 
Mary Baldwin has a central role to play 
on the national level as American 
society rethinks and debates higher 

These past ten years have been 
interesting ones, heady and eventful for 
those of us who work and study day-to- 
day at Mary Baldwin. I'll admit to some 
slight trepidation — along with a lot of 
excitement and anticipation — when I 
try to imagine what Cynthia has in 
store for us over the next ten years. jljl 

Ilie Program for tlie 4xceplionally vlifled 
velebrates its I en-Vear -Hrmiversary 

by Celeste Rhodes, PEG Director 

Underachievement among gifted U'omen is 
fact .... his a national tragedy that a 
mere handful of gifted women have 
attained eminence u'hile the remainder 
accept obscurity. — Barbara Kerr, 
member of the PEG research team and 
author of Smart Girls, Gifted Women. 

With a seed grant of $250,000 from 
the Jessie Ball duPont Educational, 
Religious, and Charitable Foundation, 
the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
(PEG) began in 1985 at Mar^- Baldwin as 
an innovative program designed to help 
gifted adolescent females meet their 
potential. This goal continues to be the 
basis of PEG. 

The program's combined emphasis 
on academic and personal development 
for gifted females makes PEG unique 
among early entrance programs for such 
young students. Mar^- Baldwin is the only 
college in this country which offers a full- 
time residential program for gifted 
students who may be as young as high 
school freshmen. 

PEG opened its doors with 1 1 charter 
students; ten years later, in 1994, 60 
students from 19 states, including 
Alaska and Canada, came to Mar^' 
Baldwin to complete their college 
program one to four years early. As 
PEG completes its tenth year in May 
1995, it seems an appropriate time to 

The charter members in the PEG Program 
at Mary Baldwin College posed for this 
picture in 1985. From left to right they 
are: Betsy Hopeman, Jennifer Lutman, 
Kane Shanar, Julie Sikes, Anne Byjord, 
Charlotte Drew, Ashley Dulac, Christi 
Twiford, Nicole Angresano, and Eden 
iMvender. (Not pictured: Laurel Carter.) 

reflect on the history' of PEG and its 
development over the years. 



The idea of PEG originated with the 
past president of MBC, Virginia Lester, 
when she noticed the remarkable 
academic performance of a young 
commuting MBC student, Danielle 
Spinelli, who had skipped high school 
and later graduated from MBC in 1985 
with honors. Realizing that there was 

an underserved population of high 
school age gifted females who could 
benefit from the college experience 
earlier than usual, Dr. Lester appointed 
a task force in 1981 headed by Ken 
Armstrong, MBC director of institutional 
advancement, to study such an innova- 
tive idea. Originally the program was to 
be a collaboration between Stuart Hall 
and Mary Baldwin College; therefore, the 
task force included faculty' and staff from 
both institutions. The Gifted Task Force 
was responsible for de\'eloping the 
original conception of a five-year 

program: the first three years the student 
would he taking both high school and 
college courses, resulting in a Stuart Hall 
high school diploma, and the last two 
years the student would he enrolled full- 
time in college, resulting in a Man 
Baldwin College degree. 

After the receipt of the initial 
duPont grant for the start-up of PEU, 

Mary Baldwm hired Christmc N. 
Garrison as PEG director in 1984 to 
further develop and implement the 
program. Tee Garrison's personal 
charisma, creative energy, and commit- 
ment to the development of gifted 
females were instrumental in transform- 
ing what was merely a vision into a 
viable reality. She forged a program 

based on current research on the needs 
of gifted adolescent females and worked 
hard to fashion a program which would 
flexibly meet the needs of its unique 
students. In 1985 Mary Baldwin 
College hired Celeste Rhodes as PEG 
assistant director and promoted her to 
the positions of associate director in 
1986 and director in 1989. 

Dear PK, 

When Cdesie Rhodes asked me w 
write a piece about PEG , she mentioned 
that this is the ten-year anniversary of 
the program. That means that 1 have 
been out in the "real world" for six 
years. Scary thought. Looking back 
across that long time , I will attempt to 
figure out what PEG has changed, im- 
proved, made possible for me. 

Many of the benefits of the progixim 
are less tangible but far more important 
in the long run than the elimination of 
four years of schooling. B51 taking us out 
of situations where arbitrary limits were 
imposed, PEG allowed us to find our 
own limits. Professors at Mary Bald- 
win guided us as we pushed ahead, as 
well as administered a swift kick in the 
seat (figuratively) when that was nec- 
essary. They and the PEG staff also 
gave us the support necessary when the 
inevitable missteps occurred. This supp(7rt 
continues even after graduation . 

Probably the most important aspect 
of PEG was not our education or the 
staff and instructors, but the other stu- 
dents in the program. For most of us in 
the charter class, it was the first time 
we had been in a group where being 
ourselves was okay. No one was ridi- 
culed for asking a question in class , even 
if the rest of the group didn't understand 
it. No one was cruelly teased for bring- 
ing home As on tests, and no one 
thought it strange to talk about 
Shakespeare or current ei'ents or some 
biology question at dinner. This accep- 
tance by others allowed us to accept our- 
selves and built self-confidence like noth- 
ing else could have. 

The education and experience I had 
in Mary Baldwin's biology department 
compares favorably with the experiences 

of graduates of some of the more presti- 
gious colleges on the east coast. At Baylor 
College of Medicine , the graduate school 
class contained five students from large 
mostly state schools and two from small 
private colleges (including me) . 1 was the 
only one with a B.A. in biology. M51 
knowledge base was as good as anyone 
else's (good enough to exempt me from bio- 
chemistry) , and my research background 
was actually better. I had already formu- 
lated a research question, designed a series 
of experiments to answer that question , and 
written up and publicly defended the re- 
sults of those experiments while at MBC. 
Also, because Mary Baldwin does not have 
biology graduate students and the faculty 
are not under "publish or perish" rules, the 
students have access to the professors and 
equipment in a way almost no larger col- 
lege or university can duplicate. 

The effects of PEG on my life are some- 
what difficult to determine. A vantage 
point of six years is not all that high a peak 
on which to stand and survey the territory. 
It is also difficult to determine where the 
effects of upbringing and PEG diverge, if 
they ever do. Even allowing for those diffi- 
culties, 1 would have to say that the pro- 

g)-am has had a iiL'mendous, positive ef- 
fect on my life so far. PEG and Mary 
Baldwin gave me the knowledge base to 
compete and hold my own in an ever- 
changing field (medical research) and the 
self-confidence to ask difficult questions 
and to make decisions about how to an- 
swer those questions. 1 also gained a 
support network of peers, staff and pro- 
fessors that still lends its support when I 
need it. 

Continuing support comes in the form 
of career counseling and even some help 
finding fobs. For example, when 1 was 
working in a clinical lab in Portland, 
Oregon , and was considering looking for 
a job in a totally different field. Dr. 
Lundy Pcntz, my thesis advisor, sug- 
gested that a job in a non-clinical lab 
might be a better option than getting out 
of science altogether. His wife. Dr. Ellen 
Pentz, knew of an opening in a lab on 
the hall where she worked at WA. Over 
Christmas break, I went to visit them 
and went to UVA with Dr. E. Pent;. 
While there, I applied for the opening 
and several days after returnirig home, 
I received a call offering me the job. 1 
am very glad now that I didn't change 
fiekis. M^ employers pay me to play in 
a lab all day! 

Even though it's a cliche, I have to 
say that PEG is probably the best thing 
that has happened to me. From saving 
me from four years of high school, to 
allowing me to meet people who are now 
my best friends , to helping me find the 
job I now have and really enjoy, PEG 
was a wonderful program . 

Anne Morris Byford '89 

Charter PEG 

Senior Research Specialist 

Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology) 

The University of Virginia 

Mary Baldwin received an additional 
$1.2 million four-year grant in 1986 from 
the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation for the 
full implementation of PEG, the largest 
grant ever given by the duPont Founda- 
tion to an educational institution for a 
new program. MBC's then new presi- 
dent, Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, was instru- 
mental in providing the supportive 
leadership needed in developing and 
following through with the grant 
proposal. Over the past ten years. 
President Tyson and Dean of the College 
James Lott have provided vision and 
support in helping PEG become an 
integrated part of the Mary Baldwin 
College community. 

When Celeste Rhodes became PEG 
director in 1989, the last year of duPont 
funding, her challenge was to demon- 
strate that PEG could become a self- 
supporting program by the end of the 
funding period and thus to assure the 
future of PEG at Mary Baldwin. That 
goal was met by cost cutting which 
focused on maintaining the essence of 
the program. 

mission ana 4vonirion 

Despite many evolutionary changes 
since its inception, PEG continues to 
honor its original mission - to provide 
the opportunity and support for 
adolescent gifted females to begin to 
realize their potential. 

Recognizing the changing needs of 
students and their families in today's 
society, and modifying the program to 
meet those needs, the PEG program has 
worked toward more effectively 
realizing its mission. 

flcaaeinic (nalieii^e 

Changes in the academic program for 
PEG students have occurred in a 
consistent manner over the past ten 
years. In response to student success in 
college courses arid the fiiiancial 
concerns of families, the program 
changed from a five-year program to a 
four-year program in which students 
enrolled as full-time MBC students 
during their second year at PEG. 

A formal program evaluation in 1987 
conducted by evaluators from the 
University of Virginia supported the 
decision to phase out the Stuart Hall 
component of PEG. By 1988 the 

program had pared down its high school 
traiisitioii courses for first-year PEGs to 
mathematics, social studies, and 
English. PEG first-year students now 
only take high school geometry (if not 
taken previously) and a study skills 
workshop series. PEG English became a 
college level course this fall arid next 
year high school geometry will no 
longer be offered. We have learned that 
PEG students are interested in, able to 
beiiefit from, and perform successfully in 
college level courses upon entry to PEG. 

Ike -Resiclential rrogram 

Over the past decade residence life 
modifications have been made in 
recognition of students' opposing needs 
for supportive structure on the one hand 
and independence on the other. In the 
early years of the program the emphasis 
was on providing structure, with many 
required workshops and activities 
expected of students. Now PEG extra- 
curricular requirements have been 
reduced to the essential minimum and 
students are given more responsibility 
for making productive decisions about 
their tree time. 

Marcell M. McDougall, hired as 
resident director in 1989, promoted to 
assistant director of residence life in 
1990, and now the PEG associate 
director, has made a considerable 
contribution to PEG through her efforts 
to empower students in learning how to 
live independently while making a 
difference in their community. Students 
now are given a hall budget and are 
actively involved in planning and 
implementing their own social hall 
events. Marcy has promoted leadership 
skills by encouraging students to 
become involved in college and 
community activities. 

As in the early years of the program, 
students have goal setting and feedback 
(GSF) advisors to rely oii for support, 
encouragement, and guidance. Moreover, 
these resideiice life coordinators are the 
academic advisors for most first-year 
students. Second-year PEGs are encour- 
aged to select an MBC faculty advisor in 
their major. The PEG director provides a 
second avenue of support for students iii 
academic advising. 

During PEG's first four years, students 
lived in Tullidge Hall for two years with 
full-time supervision by staff. In their 

third year they lived in the PEG 
transition experience, which was located 
in a wing of an MBC residence hall. In 
their fourth year they were fully inde- 
pendent. We modified this model 
gradually by permitting more mature 
students to move into the transition year 
experience in their second year. This 
strategy provides a positive incentive 
for students to adjust quickly and 
recognizes their maturity and readiness 
for more independence. Students who 
enter PEG after their sophomore year 
in high school live in the transitional 
residential experience and are assigned 
the faculty advisors who also work 
with the MBC Bailey Scholars. 

Illarketing ana Selection 

Prospective PEG students are eligible 
to apply to PEG from their eighth grade 
year on and are accepted based upon 
demonstrated giftedness, consistent 
academic achievement, and personal 
maturity. Although PEG offers a unique 
educational opportunity for gifted 
students, it is not the right program for 
every gifted female. Thus, the process of 
matching the student to the program is 
critical for the health and development 
of the student and the program. 

We continue to use a case study 
approach for the PEG selection process, 
involving the collection of extensive 
information from the prospective 
student and her parents. Students 
submit four essays, three recommenda- 
tions, a school transcript, standardized 
test scores and parent essays, and 
families participate in an in-depth 
interview with PEG staff. Each student 
is then reviewed by the PEG Admissions 
Committee, which is chaired by PEG 
Assistant Director (1994) Kathryn 
Buzzoni and composed of PEG adminis- 
trators, faculty, and staff. The process is 
intensive, but very effective in deter- 
mining whether the student has the 
intellectual capacity and emotional 
maturity to succeed at PEG. 

In 1990 Allison Young (MBC 1988, 
PEG assistant director for program 
advancement from 1989-1994) orga- 
nized the first annual PEG Prospective 
Student Overnight on campus, bringing 
many prospective students and their 
families to campus to learn about the 
PEG experience. Allison also initiated 
an expanded marketing and recruiting 

pl;in tor PEG stialents hy mailing PEG 
materials to talent search participants 
from a variety of national talent search 
programs. By getting the word out about 
PEG to a national pool of prospective 
students we have been able to become 
highly selective in accepting only 61 
percent of applicants in 1993 and 53 
percent of applicants in 1994- As PEG 
has become more selective in choosing 
its students, the PEG student body has 
become more academically successful 
as measured by grade point average 
and numbers of academic awards. 

mident n 

PEG students achieved a mean 
cumulati\-c grade point average of 3.4 

in 1993-1994. During the spring 
semester of 1994 PEG students' mean 
GPA was 3.56. Four first-year PEG 
students were named as MBC freshman 
class marshals: Theodora Clark, 
Christine Belledin, Kelda Jami.son, and 
Katherine Prescott. In addition, 26 
students, or 53 percent, were on the 
Honors List with a GPA of 3.75 or 
above; and 5 students, or 10 percent, 
were on the Dean's List with a GPA of 
3.5 to 3.74. 

For the first time a PEG student, 
Danica Jamison, received the Russell 
Scholar Award, which supports a 
rising senior's original research 
project. Another first occurred when 
Theodora Clark received the distinc- 
tiori of being named the Hillhouse 
Scholar for the Class of 1997 (with 

the highest GPA in her class). In 
1993-1994 PEG students received the 
most MBC academic awards at the 
Honors Convocation to date: visual 
arts for Danica Jamison, English for 
Jessamy Hoffmann, calculus for 
Cynthia Garde, history for Margaret 
Murray, performing arts for Laura 
Quimby, and two awards in biology 
tor Michele Cargain. 

More recently, third-year student 
Jennifer Snyder became the youngest 
Harry S. Truman Scholar in history. 
Truman Scholars receive $30,000 
toward their tuition for graduate 
studies. Jennifer Snyder was one ot 
seventy students nationally who 
received this honor and the first 
Truman Scholar from Mary Baldwin 

'cliolarsliip fund 4ndownif;iit Program [or Hie -txceptioiiallij difK-d 

Volunteer Committee 1994 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Bruce Byford 
Anne Byford '89 

Celeste Rhodes and Carl Larsen 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Bruce Byford 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter N. 

(Kathleen Kenig Byford '68) 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Christensen 

McDougall; Kemper National 

Anne Byford '89 

Damaris Christensen '90 

Insurance Companies 

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sieck 

Mr. and Mrs. George C. Christie 

Marcell McDougall and Thomas 

Jennifer Sieck '91 

Rebecca Christie '94 


Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Watson 

William T and Virginia Royster 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. S. Pover 

Noshua Watson '95 

Francisco '64 

Evi Pover '92 

Tenea Watson '98 

Sarah Francisco '97 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark Price 

Charter Donors 

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall V. Jamison 
Danica Jamison '95 

Kathryn Price Amato '91 

Dr. and Mrs. M. Alfred Akerman; 

Kelda Jamison '97 

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Reubush 

The Martin Marietta Corp. Found. 

Kym Reubush '92 

Dori Akerman '92 

The Right Reverend and Mrs. Christoph 

Keller, Jr. 

The William H., John G., and 

The George 1. Alden Trust 

(Caroline Murphy Keller '42) 

Emma Scott Foundation 

Mrs. Margaret M. Briscoe 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris A. Kenig 

The Seth Sprague Educational and 

Jane Briscoe'96 

Anne Byford '89 

Charitable Foundation 

Last year, with the help of PEG parent volunteers and contributions from parents 

triends, and corporations and 

foundations, MBC was able to meet the terms of a challenge grant from the 

George I. Alden Trust to establish a PEG 1 

endowment. The endowment, which now stands at over $107,000, will provide scholarships for two to five first-year || 

students. Additional contributions 

are accepted at any time; contact Lydia 

Petersson, MBC director ot grants. 


P4(| (iraduat 


PEG graduated six students in May 
1994, which brought the number of 
PEG/MBC alumnae up to 36 young 
women. About half of PEG alumnae 
have continued their formal education 
by enrolling in graduate programs in a 
wide x^ariety of fields. Of the 1 7 
graduates who have continued their 
education on the graduate level, 1 1 are 
pursuing science and math-related 
studies while six are pursuing humani- 
ties-related studies. 

cn & Piiblicatic 

In 1986 a team of experts in the field 
of gifted education and the advance- 
ment of gifted females visited PEG to 
develop a research agenda on the 
effects of radical acceleration on gifted 
adolescent females. Since then many 
articles have been published and 
presentations made which recognize the 
impact of PEG in the field of gifted 

Recent publications in gifted 
education have cited PEG as an 
exemplar^' program for gifted females. 
They include: The Haiidbook of Gifted 
Education, by N. Colangelo and G. 
Davis; Excellence in Education of the 
Gifted, by John Feldhusen, Joyce 
VanTassel-Baska and Ken Seeley; A 
Handbook for Counseling the Gifted and 
Talented, by Barbara Kerr; and Teaching 
the Gifted Child, by James J. Gallagher 
and Shelagh A. Gallagher. 

Ilie Colleqe 4 

ege -tn^iromneiit 

Over the past ten years we have 
learned that Mar^- Baldwin College 
offers many benefits to the PEG student 
and thus provides a good home for the 
program. PEG students benefit from a 
broad liberal arts education, contact 
with a faculty dedicated to excellence 
in undergraduate teaching, and the 
supportix'e atmosphere of a women's 
college. In such a close and caring 
community', PEG students naturally 
receive the kind of personal mentoring, 
particularly from faculty, that is 
recommended for gifted females. Given 
the youth of PEG students when they 

1995 PEG graduate }essamy 
Hoffmann has served as co-editor of 
the Miscellany, a member of the 
yearbook staff, a resident advisor, and 
a member of the Judicial Board. She is 
a member of Phi Alpha Theta and 
Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, 
and is president of the honor society 
Sigma Tau Delta. ]essamy is listed in 
Who's Who in American Colleges 
and Universities /or 1994-1995. In 
1 993-94 she received the Benn 
Scholarship for creative writing. 

complete their college education, it is 
highly possible that they may change 
their career focus after graduation. 
Thus, the Mar^- Baldwin liberal arts 
preparation is an important component 
of the radical accelerative option 
offered by PEG. 

At Mar\' Baldwin College, PEG 
students see women as leaders at all 
levels of faculty', staff, administration 
and the student body. MBC provides 
over 200 opportunities for leadership 
and service for its student body; all 
these positions are held by women. 
Younger PEG students are exposed to 
older PEG and traditional Mar\- 
Baldwin students who have strengths in 
social interaction, interpersonal 
communication, and leadership. PEG 
students are able to develop greater self- 
esteem and self-confidence as they see 
MBC women comfortable with and 
respected for their leadership roles. 

dood flews 

We are pleased to report the de\-elop- 
ment of a PEG Endowment Scholarship 

Fund. This began with the work of 
MBC Director of Grants Lydia 
Petersson, who wrote a proposal for a 
PEG scholarship fund to the Alden 
Trust Foundation. In 1992, MBC 
received notice that the Alden Trust 
would offer MBC a 3:1 matching grant 
for endowed scholarships for PEG 
students. The Scott Foundation and the 
Seth Sprague Foundation also contrib- 
uted generously to the scholarship. 
Over the next two years PEG volunteer 
families contacted other families of 
PEG students and alumnae to request 
donations for the matching grant. We 
owe much to the volunteer efforts of 
Bruce and Betsy Kenig Byford '67 and 
their daughter Anne B\-ford (PEG/ 
MBC '89); Martha and Philip Sieck 
and their daughter Jennifer Sieck (PEG 
1 year, transferred to and graduated 
from Davidson , now a PEG residence 
life coordinator); and Aremita and 
Rudy Watson and their daughters 
Noshua (PEG/MBC '95) and Tenea 
Watson (PEG/MBC '98). As a result of 
this grant and fundraising effort, we 
have over $107,000 in an endowed 
scholarship fund for PEG students. 

This year PEG has enjoyed some 
positive media attention. In addition 
to local media coverage, PEG was the 
subject of a feature by Japanese TV 
Asahi for their Newscaster program, 
which was aired in Japan on Septem- 
ber 14, 1994. More recently, TV 
producers have filmed PEG partici- 
pants for an hour-long documentary 
on gifted individuals for the ABC 
show "Turning Point." PEG was 
selected for this documentary to 
illustrate how gifted individuals can 
be challenged and supported within a 
caring, academic community. This 
prime-time program is scheduled for 
broadcast in May of 1995. 

PEG is thriving at Mar^- Baldwin 
College due to the dedication of faculty 
and staff, as well as the courage and 
flexibility- of PEG students and their 
families. This support has helped us to 
create a nationally acclaimed program 
of radical acceleration and personal 
support for gifted females. Despite 
some changes, PEG has maintained the 
essence of its innovative program. We 
look forward to a bright future and the 
opportunity to make a difference in the 
lives of many more gifted young women 
and their families. m 


Campus News 

Mary Baldwin College heats up winter with hot cultural events 

During the cold winter nn)nths Mary 
Baldwin was a hotbed of cultural 
activities. The college sponsored the 
fourth annual Culture Fest, the Broman 
Concert season and numerous events in 
celebration of Black History Month. 

Culture Fest 

Culture Fest is the brainchild of Judy 
Metraux, MBC director of international 
admissions. Mrs. Metraux wanted MBC 
students to appreciate the diversity and 
cultures of MBC's foreign students. 
Culture Fest came to be; four years 
later, the 1995 Culture Fest was the 
biggest ever. 

During Culture Fest, MBC students, 
faculty, staff and guests share music, food 
and art from different cultures. This year 
12 student clubs participated in the 
event, and ethnic items from Sweden, 
India, Russia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and 
Japan were on sale. Marion Hart of the 
MBC Development Office displayed her 
Native American tribal masks. 

Studies Abroad Director Susan 
Thompson joined four MBC students 
participating in a formal Japanese tea 
ceremony, performed by MBC Japanese 
students dressed in traditional kimonos. 

"There is lots of food and fun at 
Culture Fest," said Mrs. Metraux. "It is 
a very good event for MBC, as it 
increases cultural awareness among the 
MBC community." 

Art and Music 

Former MBC faculty member Amy 
Cochrane and pianist Victoria 
Berneking were featured in the third 
performance of the 1994-95 Faculty 
Recital Series. The two performed 
before a packed audience in Francis 
Auditorium in March. 








Top: Culnire Fest participants had the 
opportunity to participate in a Japanese tea 
ceremony. Middle: Former faculty member 
Amy Cochrane performed in one of the 
five Sunday Recitals in 1994-95. 
Bottom: Professor of Philosophy Edu'ard 
Scott presented two seminars during, Black 
History Month. 

The 1994-95 recital series was 
presented by past and present members 
of the Mary Baldwin music faculty in 
honor of the late Dr. Riley Haws, MBC 
assistant professor of music from 1987 
tc^) 1 994- Soprano Amy Cochrane is a 
native of Waynesboro and taught at 
Mary Baldwin College from 1988 until 
1990. She was the featured soprano in 
the Virginia Consort's Bach Festival in 
Charlottesville in January. Victoria 
Berneking is an a.ssociate professor of 
music at James Madison University and 
works extensively as a collaborative 

.Also in March, organist David 
Schrader presented the sixth and tuiai 
in the series of Mary Baldwin College 
1994-95 Carl Broman Concerts. Mr. 
Schrader is organist at the Church of 
the Ascension in Chicago. His recital 
was part of the inaugural year for the 
new Taylor & Boody organ at Christ 
Lutheran Church in Staunton. 

Several artists exhibited their works 
in MBC's Hunt Art Gallery this winter. 
Milo Russell and Kathleen Olson 
displayed their paintings and artist 
Winn Rea exhibited a site-specific 
installation in February. 

Black History Month in February 

Mary Baldwin sponsored several 
cultural events during Black History 
Month including Associate Professor of 
Philosophy Dr. Edward Scott's seminar 
on the black spiritual, "Over My Head 1 
Hear Music in the Air." Dr. Scott and 
his wife Andrea also presented a 
seminar on "Understanding the 
Celebration of Kwanzaa." 

The Reverend Brenda Brown- 
Grooms, a minister from Croiet, VA, 
presented an evening of civil rights 
stories, Negro spirituals and freedom 
songs titled, "How I Got Over and 
Tales From the Other Side." 


MBC Theatre 

The Mary Baldwin College Theatre 
Department presented Christopher 
Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 
five performances in February. The play 
is based on the novel by Choderlos de 
Laclos, as was Christopher Hampton's 
screen version Dangerous Liaisons. The 
production is set in pre-revolutionary 
France, a period known for its deca- 
dence and excess. Merteuil was por- 

trayed by MBC senior Elizabeth 
Brandon, known to many alumnae for 
her performances in Allie Rounds . 

Local Staunton actor Patrick Bednarczyk 
and Elizabeth Brandon '95 practice for 
their performances in the MBC theatre 
production Les Liaison's Dangereuses in 
February. Elizabeth Brandon also starred 
in the April production o/Talley's Folly, a 
moving drama by Landford Wilson. 

MBC Trustee Phyllis Cothran first female to serve on 
Ethyh corporate board 

In February Mary Baldwin College 
Trustee Phyllis L. Cothran became the 
first female board member of the 
Richmond, VA, based Ethyl Corpora- 
tion, a producer of petroleum additives. 
Ms. Cothran also serves on the board of 
an Ethyl spin-off company, Tredegar 
Industries, Inc. 

Phyllis Cothran has served on the 
Mary Baldwin College Board of 
Trustees since 1993. She is president 
and chief operating officer of 
Richmond's Trigon Blue Cross and Blue 
Shield, the state's largest health 
insurance company, with about L8 
million policyholders. 

Ms. Cothran joined Blue Cross and 
Blue Shield in 1972 and worked on 
accounting and finance projects for five 
years. She was named chief financial 
officer in 1981 and put in charge of 
operations in 1989. In 1990 she was 
named president and chief operating 
officer, which made her then the 
highest-ranking female executive in 

Last year Ms. Cothran became the 
first woman to chair the board of the 
1 26-year-old Metropolitan Richmond 
Chamber of Commerce. 

Her civic and community board 
memberships include Virginia's Special 
Advisory Commission on Mandated 
Health Insurance Benefits, the Metro- 
politan Business Foundation, the 
National Museum of Health and 
Medicine Foundation, the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park, the 
Metro Richmond Coalition Against 
Drugs, the Science Museum of Virginia 
Foundation, the Richmond Forum, the 
Virginia Public Safety Foundation and 
the Junior Achievement Senior 
Advisory Board. 

Ms. Cothran also serves on several 
education boards, including the 
University of Virginia's Darden School 
Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth 
University's School of Business Council 
and the Angus Powell Endowment 
Foundation Board. 

Ms. Cothran has received numerous 
honors and awards, including the 1990 
Alumni Star Award from Virginia 
Commonwealth University, the 1992 
Corporate Women's Achievement 
Award from the Virginia Council on 
the Status of Women and the 1992 Top 
Management Award from the Rich- 
mond Sales & Marketing Executives 


Campus News 

Pat LeDonne promoted to dean of admissions and financial aid 

Patricia N. LeDonne has been pro- 
moted to dean of admissions and 
financial aid following the resignation 




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Patricia N. LeDonne 

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid 

of Executive Director of Enrollment 
Douglas E. Clark. MBC President Dr. 
Cynthia H. Tyson announced the 
promotion in February saying, "1 know 
Pat will perform superbly in this major 
responsibility at Mary Baldwin." 

Under Pat's tenure as director of 
admissions, Mary Baldwin's enroll- 
ment figures have continued to 
increase. Last year Mary Baldwin 
enrolled the largest traditional class 
m the college's 1 52-year history. A 
total of 301 new students entered 
Mary Baldwin in September 1994, 
and MBC celebrated ten straight 
years of enrollment growth. 

In June 1993 Pat LeDonne was named 
director of admissions. She brought to 
Mary Baldwin her diverse and producti\'e 
background in college administration. 
From 1990 to 1993 she ser\'ed as director 

of admissions at Wingate College in 
Wingate, NC. Under her leadership, 
Wingate 's student enrollment grew to 
record numbers. 

Prior to serving at Wingate College, 
Ms. LeDonne was on the staff of Grove 
City College in Pennsylvania from 1985 
to 1990. At Grove City College she 
served as director of enrollment manage- 
ment, assistant to the vice president for 
external affairs, director of career 
planning and placement and assistant 
director of admissions. From 1980 to 
1985 Pat served on the staff of 
Muskingum College in New Concord, 
OH. At Muskingum she served as both 
assistant dean of residence life and as an 
admissions counselor. 

Pat graduated with honors from 
Grove City College in 1979 with a B.A. 
in business administration. 

6th Carpenter Conference focuses on health care for the elderly 

"Growing Old Gracefully?" was the 
focus of Mary Baldwin's sixth Carpenter 
Health Care Conference held on May 1 
for a capacity crowd in the Francis 
Auditorium. Conference speakers 
addressed the factors influencing the 
financing and delivery of care to today's 

"The health care needs of the elderly 
are more burdensome than for any 
other segment of our society," said Dr. 
Steven A. Mosher, director of MBC's 
Health Care Administration program. 
"Given the graying of the American 
population and the dynamic nature of 
the health care environment, the 
complex issues related to the delivery 
and financing of care for the elderly are 
becoming increasingly urgent." 

Presenters for the Carpenter Confer- 
ence discussed how to confront future 
health care needs for the elderly. 
Speakers included Dr. Martha Derthick, 
Julia Baldwin Cooper Professor in the 
Department of Government and 
Foreign Affairs at The University of 
Virginia; Dr. Carlos F. Gomez, assistant 
professor in the Department of Medi- 
cine at UVA; Dr. Joshua M. Wiener, 
senior fellow for economic studies at 
the Brookings Institution in Washing- 
ton, DC; Dr. Carrie Douglass, MBC 
assistant professor of anthropology; and 
Elbert Detwiler, president and CEO of 
the Virginia Mennonite Retirement 
Community in Harrisonburg, VA. 

The one-day, multidisciplinary 
Carpenter Conference was developed 

by the faculty of the Health Care 
Administration Program, the Prepara- 
tion for Ministry Program and the 
Pre-Medicine Program at Mary 
Baldwiii College. It is made possible 
by a grant from the E. Rhodes and 
Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The 
conference is designed for health care 
professionals and consumers; for 
members of health care organizations 
and voluntary health service groups; 
for insurance professionals; and for 
students, faculty and staff of educa- 
tional institutions. A grant from the 
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
Foundation also makes available two 
$5,000 scholarships to students 
majoring in health care administra- 
tion at Mary Baldwin College. 


Award Nominations 

Nominations Invited 

All alumnae and friends of Mary Baldwin College are invited to submit nominations/or the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors, as well as for the Association 's top awards. Submissions will be 
considered by the Nominating Committee of the Alumnae Board. Selfnominations are encouraged. 

The new class of Board members-at-large will begin their terms of office in July 1996, and awards 
will be presented in May 1 996. All graduates and former students of Mary Baldwin College and Mary 
Baldwin Seminary, regardless of race, creed, or sex, are considered alumnae in good standing and are 
eligible to receive Alumnae Awards and to serve on the Board of Directors. 

In turn, members of the Alumnae Board on the Admissions Committee will consider nominations for 
the Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award in the spring, curd present the award in the fall. 

Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award 

This award was established in 1991 hy the Admissions Committee of the Alumnae Association Board ot Directors to recognize excellence in 
admissions recruitment activities. Recipients of the award do not have to be alumnae of Mary Baldwin College. This prestigious award is presented 
at the Admissions Appreciation Luncheon during Spring Leadership Conference each year. 

Nominations for the award are due by December 1 1 for consideration for the following March leadership conference. 

Service to the Admissions Office: 

Leadership in other college-related activities: 





attends college fairs 
hosts/attends admissions receptions 
calls accepted applicants 
brings students to campus 
presents scholarship certificates 
at high school awards programs 

• fundraising in local communities 

• chapter officer 

• other service to MBC 


In recognition of excellence in service and accomplishments in admissions recruiting activities, 1 nominate the toUowing person for 
the Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award. 



Student Name, if different: 

Activities and Achievements: 

State: . 

Zip Code: 

Honors Received:, 

I believe the nominee is worthy of this award because: 
(Attach additional information if needed) 

Submitted by: 

Daytime Pho 

Semi numlnutiom to: Jennifer Sowers, Director of Volunteers, Mary Baldwin College Alumnae Office, Staunton. Virginia 24401 
by December 1 1. 1995 to be considered for the following March or hx to (703) 885-9501 


Nomination Criteria for Alumnae Awards 

The recipients of all these awards shall be nominated by Mary Baldwin alumnae. No more than two awards in each category will be given 
each year, with the exception of the Emily Smith Medallion, for which there is no such restriction. 

Emily Smith \Iedallion 

Mary Baldwin alumnae have performed outstanding service in many areas of .\merican life. Some have received public acclaim; others who 
have ser\ed just as fully have not been recognized. The Board of Trustees, believing that all such alumnae should be recognized in a tangible 
way, established the Emily Smith Medallion Award, named for Mrs. Herbert McK. Smith of Staunton, Virginia, herself a distinguished alumna. 

The Emily Smith Medallion each vear honors an alumna who has made outstanding contributions to her community", church, the college 
and the Commonwealth. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

This award was established in 1 986 by the .Alumnae .Association and the Class of 1 963 in memory of Emily Wirsing Kelly '63 , a distinguished 
leader for Mary Baldwin, her community' and family. 

This award honors those alumnae who have demonstrated outstanding ser\'ice and excellence in leadership on behalf of MBC. 

Career Achievement Award 

Outstanding career performance demonstrates the value of a liberal arts education and serses as an inspiration for our current students. This 
award was established in 19S6 by the ^\lumnae .Association to honor alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and Mary Baldwin 
College through their careers or professions. 

Ser\"ice to Church Award 

This award, established in 1 986 by the .\lumnae .Association, recognizes the close and important relationship that has existed between Maiy 
Baldwin College and the Presb%T:erian Church since the college's founding. The Service to Church .Award honors those alumnae who have 
provided distinguished service to their churches and spiritual communities. 

Community- Service Award 

Established in 1986, the Community- Service .4 ward honors those aluumae of Marv- Baldwin College who have provided distinguished and 
outstanding volunteer service to their communities, and who have brought honor to their alma mater through their activities. 



In recognition of distinguished sen ice and accomplishments. I would like to nominate the folIo\t"ing alumna to receive the: (check one) 


Ser\-irp Tn Oiiirrh .Awan^ Cnmmimirv 5^r\^irf* Award 


I belie\'e the oominee is wrathy c^diis presdgicMe awaid because: 



The Nominating Cbmniinee, Office of jMumnaeAcm-iries. Mary Baldwin CoU^e. Staunton, Virginia 244C1 by July 1, 1995 ortax to (703)885-9503. 


Alumnae Association Board of Directors 
Nominee Considerations 

The Alumnae Association Board of Directors represents the 1 1,000+ alumnae of Mary Baldwin College and provides leadership to the 
college and the alumnae body. Members of the Alumnae Board have distinguished themselves in their personal lives, careers, and in service 
to the college and represent a wide range of class years, geographical locations and career choices. They are responsible for promoting the college 
on an ongoing basis and for guiding the Alumnae Association in its projects, policies and financial matters. 

Membership: Memhers-at-large serve three-year terms; officers serve two-year terms per office following a term as a member-at-large; each 
member-at-large serves on a committee of the Board. 

Meetings: Attendance at a biannual business meeting is required for all members; committee meetings are held as called by the president 
or committee chair. 

Community Representation: All Board members continually strive to represent the missions, programs, and activities of the college and 
the Alumnae Association in their communities. All Board members are strongly encouraged to be active in MBC alumnae functions and 
programs in their communities. All Board members are urged to serve as an information resource in their communities for promotion of MBC. 

College Support: All Board members are expected to support the college financially through participation in the Annual Fund and other 
campaigns to the best of their ability. 



Nominee: Address: 

City: State: ZipCode: 

Phone Number: Class: Occupation: 

Business Address: 

Community Activities: 

Special Accomplishments. Awards, Ho: 

Present or past work with the Alumnae Associatic 

1 believe that the nominee would bring the following strengths to the Alumnae Bt.)ard: , 

Submitted by: 

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TheNuminatincCommittee, Office of Alumnae Activities, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton. Virsinia 24401 by July I, 1995 or fax to (703)885-9503. ®^' 

Campus and Alumnae Notes 

Alumnae President's Letter 

Dear Fellow Alumnae, 

It's a real pleasure for me to welcome 
Jane Gillam Kornegay '83 as executive 
director of alumnae activities. She 
assumed her new position on March 6. 
Jane began her career in the Mary 
Baldwin College Admissions Office and 
most recently was director of alumni 
activities at Barton College. Jane, 
we're glad you're back! 

In this issue of the Magazine, you will 
find an insert for alumnae board and 
award nominations. If you know an 
alumna willing to serve on your 
association's board of directors or an 
alumna deserving of one of the 
association's five annual awards, please 
take a few moments to complete a 
nomination form. We also welcome 
self-nomination. Remember, you are 
the nominating committee's source for 
qualified nominees. 

During this academic year, a number 
of events have been sponsored by the 
college for alumnae across the country. 
You have been entertained by Mitzi 
Lesher '95 in the one-act play Allie 
Rounds, written by Barbara Allan Hite 
'58; and by the Joffrey Ballet at their 
performance of the Nutcracker Suite at 
the John F. Kennedy Center. You have 
toured the Greensboro Historical 
Museum, seen the Barnes Collection at 
the Philadelphia Museum of Art and 
bet on your favorite horse at the 
Foxfield Races. You have attended 
luncheons, desserts, cocktail parties and 
socials with alumni from other Virginia 
schools. You have also helped with 
admissions activities: parties, college 
nights and telephoning. To all of you 
who have volunteered to organize, host 
or assist, I thank you. 

Homecoming and Alumnae College 
are May 25 to 28, and I hope those of 
you in reunion classes have made your 
plans to return for a most enjoyable 
weekend. Activities are not limited to 
those having reunions, so all of you are 
invited to come and join the fun. 

Sally Bingley 

President of the Alumnae Association 

Events will begin on Thursday, May 
25, with a buffet dinner at the college 
followed by a musical program at the 
Oaks, home of Fletcher and Margaret 
Collins. On Friday you will have the 
opportunity to return to a Mary 
Baldwin classroom and participate in 
one or more classes taught by some of 
Mary Baldwin's outstanding faculty. A 
reception with faculty and staff will be 
followed by individual class dinners. 
Saturday's events include the Parade of 
Classes (wear an outfit with your class 
colors), the annual meeting of the Mary 
Baldwin College Alumnae Association 
and the Candlelight dinner with 
remarks by Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson. 
We'll conclude this memorable week- 
end with breakfast, a chapel service and 
Mary Baldwin's 153rd commencement 
on Sunday morning. I look forward to 
seeing each of you there. 

You are a unique group. Your enthusi- 
asm and devotion to your alma mater is 


Sally Armstrong Bingley '60 
President of the Alumnae Association 


• Noted businesswoman, volunteer and 
friend of Mary Baldwin College Jean 
McArthur Davis '45 died on January 12, 
1995. A graduate of Duke University 
as an economics major, Jean Davis cul- 
tivated a variety of institutional and 
economic successes. Her most recent 
business and foundation affiliations in- 
clude president and CEO of the 
McArthur Jersey Farm Dairy in Miami, 
FL; and president of the J.N. McArthur 
Foundation, Inc. She participated in 
MBC's executive-in-the-classroom pro- 
gram. MBC awarded her the Sesquicen- 
tennial Medallion in 1992. 

•Jennifer J. Snyder, a 16-year-old jun- 
ior in MBC's Program for the Excep- 
tionally Gifted, was awarded a 1995 
Truman Scholarship from the Harry 
S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. 
Named for former president Harry S. 
Truman, the merit-based scholarships 
are awarded to only 70 students na- 
tionwide. This year 763 college jun- 
iors from 378 colleges and universi- 
ties were nominated for the awards. 
The $30,000 scholarship pays for the 
student's senior year and for graduate 
school. Applicants must display an in- 
terest in a career in public ser\'ice or 
govemment.A native of St. Anthony, 
Minnesota, Jennifer is interested in a 
career in the Foreign Service, and hopes 
to become an ambassador. 


Alumnae News 

Alumnae involvement awards honor deserving volunteers 

by Jennifer Sowers, Director of NAilunteers 

Each year the Alumnae Involvement 
Committee of the Alumnae Board 
recognizes alumnae for their extra 
efforts in assisting the office with area 
events. The efforts of these individuals, 
and of countless others, make it easier 
for MBC alumnae to stay in touch with 
each other and with the college. 

i 994 Admissions Volimteer 
Excellence Award 

Susan Chadwick Cocke '73 

The AdmisMons Volunteer Excel- 
lence Award was established in 1991 to 
recognize alumnae and friends for their 
outstanding contribution to Mary 
Baldwin's recruitment program. 

Susan Chadwick Cocke '73 has been 
an involved and dedicated admissions 

volunteer. She has attended the 
Virginia Highland Community College 
Fair for a number of years and has 
referred many students to Mary Bald- 
win. Susan has also e.scorted young 
women to campus so they could see first 
hand what opportunities are available 
to MBC students. Volunteers like Susan 
are an indispensable part of Mary 
Baldwin's recriiitment efforts. 

J 994 Alumnae Involvement 

Ingrid Geijer Erickson '89 
Jane Townes '69 

Ingrid Geijer Erickson '89 utilized 
one of Washington, DCs many 
cultural events to bring MBC alum- 
nae together. For two consecutive 
years she has arranged for Mary 
Baldwin alumnae and guests to attend 

the holiday performance iit the Joffrey 
Ballet's Nutcracker Suite at the John F. 
Kennedy Center Opera House. The 
Alumnae Office helped underwrite 
the event so guests could enjoy the 
performance at a discounted price. 
Dean of the College Dr. James Lott 
and his wife Pam attended the 1994 

Jane Townes '69 goes to extraordi- 
nary lengths to promote Mary Bald- 
win College. Jane serves on The 
Advisory Board of Visitors, contrih- . 
utes to the Annual Fund, serves as an 
admissions volunteer and is very 
active with local Tennessee alumnae 
events. Jane also goes beyond the call 
of duty when an event is planned 
anywhere near Shelhyville, TN. This 
past fall Jane drove several alumnae 
to area events which they might 
otherwise not have been able to 

Susan Chadwick Cocke '7i 

Ingiid Geijer Erickson '89 

Jane Toivnes '69 

Alumnae Association Bylaws changes are up for vote at the May 1995 meeting. Revisions to the Mary Baldwin College 
Alumnae Association bylaws require a vote of approval by the members present at the annual meeting of the Association held during 
Homecoming Weekend. A vote on proposed changes (outlined in the winter issue of Columns) will be called for at the annual meeting 
scheduled for Saturday, May 27 , 1995. An\ member of the association wishing to receive a copy of the proposed bylaws may 
write or telephone the Office of Alumnae Activities, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401 ; Phone 703'887'7007 , 
Fax 703-885-9503. If approved at the annual meeting, the revised constitution and bylaws will become effective July 1 , 1995. 

]ane Komegay takes helm of Alumnae Activities office 

jane Gillam Kornegay '83 was ap- 
pointed executive director of Alumnae 
Activities effective March 6. Jane 
comes to Mary Baldwin from Barton 
College in Wilson, NC, where she was 
serving as director of alumni activities. 

Jane is no stranger to the Mary 
Baldwin community. In addition to 
being an alumna, she worked in the 
Mary Baldwin Admissions Office for 
seven years between 1983 and 1990. 
She served as an admissions counselor, 
assistant director, acting director of 
admissions, recruitment director and 
associate director. Jane has served as 
director of both the Alumni Activities 
and Annual Giving Offices at Barton 

Jane has over ten years of profes- 
sional administrative experience in 

higher education with concentration in 
admissions, alumni, development and 
public relations. She is a member of the 
MBC Alumnae Association Board of 
Directors and the Barton College 
Women's Club. She is also a member of 
the Virginia and Carolina Associations 
of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions 
Officers, the North Carolina Associa- 
tion of Independent Colleges and 
Universities and the Potomac & 
Chesapeake Association of College 
Admissions Counselors. 

"1 believe this position will be a 
challenging, rewarding and stimulating 
experience," said Jane. "I can think of 
no better way to offer service to my 
alma mater." 

Vice President for Institutional 
Advancement Mark Atchison said. 

"We are glad to welcome Jane back to 
Mary Baldwin. I believe MBC will have 
a rewarding relationship with Jane. She 
will offer much strength to the Alum- 
nae Activities Office." 

A Reading List 

The Alumnae Association Board of 
Directors Continuing Education 
Committee is happy to feature books 
recommended by members of the 
Alumnae Association Board of Direc- 
tors. The books listed below are of 
personal and/or academic significance, 
and are recommended as good books for 
all Mary Baldwin alumnae/i. 

33 Days Hath September 
by Karen Cauble 

Around the Cragged Hill 
by George F. Kennan 


by Anne Rivers Siddons 

Cruel and Unusual 

by Patricia Cornwell (a Richmond 


Father Melancholy's Daughter 
by Gail Godwin 

Handsome Women 
by Judith Henry Wall 

J Can Do Anything If 1 Only Knew What 

It Was 

by Barbara Sher 

Idols, Victims, Pioneers: Virginia's Women 

From 1607 

by James S. Wamsley with Anne M. 


If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So 


by David B. Biebel 

Mast Farm Inn, Family Style 
cookbook by Sibyl Pressly 

Rise and Walk: The Trial and Triumph of 

Dennis Byrd 

by Dennis Byrd with Michael D'Orso 

Seize The Day 
by Danny Cox 

Sex, Lies and Stereotypes (Perspectives of 

Mad Economists) 

by Julianne Malveaux 

Skinny Dipping 

by Janet Lembke (a Staunton author) 

The Bean Trees 

by Barbara Kingsolver 

The Wild Berry Book: Romance, Recipes 

and Remedies 

by Katie Letcher Lyle 

(a Lexington author) 


Alumnae News 

A Passion for Justice: ]udge Kim O'Donnell '82 

By Sarah O'Connor 

Drive into the heart ot Richmond, 
Virginia and turn off on a side street 
into a puhUc housing development. 
The tiny brick units are scarred with 
graffiti, several are hoarded up, doors 
hang on broken hinges, yards are bare 
dirt. Drive to the end of the street and 
you are facing two long brick buildings 
that look like elementary schools. One 
is the Richmond Juvenile Detention 
Center, the other is Richmond's sole 
luvenile and Domestic Relations 
District Court. 

Pass through the metal detector just 
inside the door to the courthouse, pick 
your way through noisy throngs of men, 
women and children, find door ^2 and 

You are in Judge Kim O'Donnell's 
courtroom, a quiet, dark-panelled room 
lit by fluorescent lights, where voices 
are rarely raised and fairness is the 
highest good. Three rows of benches on 
two sides face a long raised bench. 
There the judge sits, her brown shoul- 
der-length hair tucked behind her ears, 
a hint of blue eyeshadow over her eyes. 
At 34, she is one of the youngest 
juvenile court judges ever appointed in 

A courtroom is the place in our 
society where "the buck stops," as Judge 
O'Doniiell says. Justice is no longer an 
abstract term. Judgements are made. 
Right and wrong are decided. Guilt and 
punishment are assigned. 

This morning Judge O'Donnell is 
hearing arraignments. Each of the four 
juvenile court judges takes one week a 
month as the duty judge, hearing all 
arraignments in order to free the other 
judges to hear cases. The brown clad 
sheriff seated at a table in front of the 
judge reaches for a phone and calls over 
a loudspeaker in the next room for the 

Kim O'Donnell '82 was sworn in as jud«,c of Richmond's juvcmlc and Domestic 
Relations District Court in hlox'ember J 994. 

parties in the first case to come to 
Courtroom ^2. 

The first person called is a young 
woman. The judge reads her charge: the 
attempted murder of her husband. A 
felony. The case is continued to a future 
date because all the necessary parties 
are not present. 

The next case is a tough looking 
youth who is being held at the deten- 
tion center next door. He is brought in 
by the sheriff from a back room and 
told to sit at a table in front of the 
benches facing the judge. Picked up for 
violating parole, he is dressed in a gray 
sweatshirt and blue jeans, the detention 
center "uniform." His parole officer 
testifies that the youth is on parole for 
auto theft. He has repeatedly missed 
meetings with the officer, violated his 
7 p.m. curfew, and has been observed 
hanging around a neighborhood 
notorious for drug dealing. When the 

police apprehended hun, he had several 
bullets in his pocket, and over $300. 
Charges are pending in regard to the 

Judge O'Donnell must determine 
whether or not to keep the youth in 
detention. She decides that he would 
be a menace to society if she let him go 
and rules that he must stay in detention 
until he is tried. She takes time to 
explain her decision to the hoy, 
reminding him to look at her when she 
speaks to him. Her tone is kind, but 
firm. He is crying as he leaves. 

"One of the things I think is most 
important for children, and all people, 
to understand," she comments later, "is 
that there is accountability. You do a 
grave disservice to anybody when you 
say, 'Here's what 1 expect of you and 
here's what I'm going to do if you don't 
do it,' and you don't follow through. 
Then you've lost your credibility. 


"I can't change the people who are in 
front of me. I can't change their lives. I 
can't take away the terrible circum- 
stances that a lot of these children live 
in, but the one thing 1 can do is be 
consistent and at least offer them the 
motivation to change and the services 
that help them when they decide they 
want to do that." 

O'Donnell knows the juvenile system 
thoroughly. She spent seven and a half 
years on the other side of the bench as a 
public defender, a full time advocate 
known for her ferocity on behalf of 
juvenile oftenders. Appointed a judge 
in November, 1994, by the Virginia 
General Assembly, she must work extra 
hard now to maintain her impartiality. 
"The most valuable asset I have is 
impartiality', and I have to be careful 
I'm not communicating something 

Juveniles are defined as persons 
under 18 years of age. This court 
handles all crimes by children, against 
children, intra-family crimes, criminal 
abuse and neglect cases, hearings on 
removal of children from their homes, 
foster care hearings, commitment 
hearings, and detention hearings. It is a 
complex court with a high volume of 
cases. Dealing with the administrative 
issues is one of the most difficult parts 
of O'Donnell's job. She says, "One of 
my goals as a judge is to make the court 
more efficient, because that impacts on 
justice. Wlien I have someone who has 
to wait for five hours before a case is 
continued, something is wrong." 

The next two arraignments involve a 
woman who has been charged with 
physical abuse by her daughter and a 
young man who has been charged by 
his mother with destroying her prop- 
erty. Charges are read, court dates are 
set, and court-appointed attorneys are 
assigned. Every time a new case is 
brought before the judge, she asks the 
defendant if he/she can afford to hire a 
private attorney or if he/she wants a 
court-appointed attorney. Of the people 
brought before the judge this morning. 

not a single one has a private lawyer. 
The attorneys, conspicuous in their 
conservative suits, wait at the back of 
the courtroom, coming up as they are 
called to take the cases assigned to 

The best part of O'Donnell's job is 
when she has the opportunity to help 
people who have decided they are going 
to help themselves. She admits that 
these are the exceptions, but "when you 
have a kid sitting in front of you who 
wants a second chance and you're able 
to give him that second chance and 
help him begin to rebuild, that's a 
wonderful feeling." 

None of O'Donnell's family members 
were lawyers. She didn't even know any 
lawyers. Still, she knew from the age of 
seven that that was what she wanted to 
be. At Mary Baldwin College, she 
majored in math, graduating in 1982. At 
the University of Richmond law school, 
she had a vague idea that she might 
want to be a tax lawyer, because she was 
good at. it, but it didn't excite her. In 
fact, she was unsure what kind of law 
she wanted to practice until she 
answered an ad for a new office of 
public defenders being established by 
the city of Richmond. During the 
course of the interview for the position, 
she was asked if she would be interested 
in juvenile law. "It was one of those times 
when my whole life changed in an instant 
and I knew, no question in my mind, that 
that was exactly what I was supposed to 
do." She had just found her calling. 

By noon Judge O'Donnell has heard 
15 cases. She skips lunch and prepares 
for a commitment hearing on a 10-year- 
old boy. If she is tired, it doesn't show. 
The hearing begins promptly at one 
o'clock, as the judge has promised an 
impatient psychiatrist that it would. 
The boy appears from the back with his 
attorney. He is wearing a heavy winter 
coat and has a stovepipe haircut. When 
his mother comes forward to hug him, 
she is motioned back by the sheriff. "It's 
all right," the judge assures the sheriff. 
The boy's face remains expressionless. 

A treatment specialist at his school 
testifies that the boy attacked two of his 
teachers and threatened to bring a gun 
or a knife and kill another teacher. Two 
psychiatrists testify that the boy has a 
major depressive disorder and an 
intermittent explosive disorder. Some 
of this behavior could be related to a 
head trauma he suffered at the age of 
four. They are recommending that he 
be committed to a mental hospital for 
psychiatric evaluation and neurological 
testing. Judge O'Donnell calmly 
questions the doctors and the mother. 
She speaks to the boy. Then she rules 
that he should be committed in order to 
get the kind of evaluation he needs. 

Back in her chambers, she says, "If I 
can do nothing else but acknowledge 
the humanity of the people 1 deal with 
and treat them with the respect they 
deserve, then I will probably have made 
a contribution to them that lots of 
other people have never made. The 
long-term big issues are so hard to deal 
with. I think if you can keep this 
perspective, you won't get lost." 

It must be an approach that works. In 
1992 O'Donnell was named Virginia's 
Outstanding Lawyer in Indigent 
Advocacy by the Virginia Women 
Attorneys' Association. In December 
1994, she received the Women of 
Achievement Award from the Metro- 
politan Richmond Women's Bar 

Leaning forward in her chair, she 
confides that she feels sorry for people 
who don't get the same satisfaction out 
of their jobs that she does. "I love 
everything that I do. I know that I'm 
exactly where I'm supposed to be in the 
grand scheme of things and making the 
contribution to the world that I'm 
supposed to make." 

A clerk pokes her head in the door. 
"Your Honor, everyone's ready for the 
next case to be called." O'Donnell zips 
her black robe back over her dress and 
is off, eager to return to her courtroom. 


Homecomins and Alumnae Collcsc 

Mcuf, 25-2S, 1995 

Come join us at Mary Baldwin College to relax, learn, see old friends 

and meet new ones. You will be pleased with the campus, which now 

comprises 54 acres. You will discover both familiar and new facilities 

and see Mary Baldwin at her best. 

For resistration information call Anne Holland '88 (703) 887-7007 


On-campus: Rooms in the residence 
halls are available for those who 
prefer to stay on campus. Residence 
halls are completely coed during 
Homecoming, so husbands and 
wives may stay on the halls re- 
served for their class. Rooms contain 
only essentials: made-up beds, 
towels, washcloths, soap and 
drinking glasses. Since there is no air 
conditioning, you may want to bring 
a fan. 

Off-Campus: For those who prefer to 
stay off-campus, rooms have been 
reserved at the following hotels: Best 
Western - Staunton Inn, 703-885- 
1112; Comfort Inn, 703-886-5000; 
Hampton Inn, 703-886-7000; Holiday 

Inn Golf and Conference Center. 
703-248-6020; Shoney' s Inn, 703- 
885-3117; Super 8 Motel, 703-886- 
2888. You must make your own 
reservations at the motels and be 
sure to specify that you will be 
attending Mary Baldwin 's Home- 

They are welcome and invited to 
participate in all activities and 
meals. (Please make reservations for 
your guests with payment to reflect 
the additions.) You are welcome to 
bring your children, but no orga- 
nized activities are planned. Tradi- 
tionally, the class dinners, Cham- 
pagne Reception and Candlelight 
Dinner are adult-only events. 

Children 12 and under pay half- 
price for on-campus accommoda- 
tions, meals and events. There is no 
cost for children under 2, except for 
baby-sitting. Please bring a porta- 
crib and anything else your child 
might need. We will send you a list 
of baby-sitters for you to contact in 
advance if you need it. 


The registration fee covers printing, 
postage, rental fees and other costs 
for the weekend, including your 
class fee. The registration fee must 
be paid by all participants and 
guests. Personal checks. Master Card 
and VISA are accepted. Spouses, 
guests and children pay a registra- 
tion fee of $10.00. 

•Early Regisiration: Pay in full by 

May 5 and the registration fee is 

only S30.00 (this also couers your 

class fee). 

'After May 5. the registration fee is 

S40.00 per person. 

'After May 12. the registration fee is 


Cancellations with refunds will be 

honored until Friday. May 22. 

Uniglobe King Travel Inc. and USAir 
are offering special rates to Mary 
Baldwin College alumnae and guests 
flying into Shenandoah Valley, 
Charlottesville, Richmond and 
Roanoke airports from May 22 
through June 1, 1995. These fares are 
based on USAir's published round 

trip airfares within the continental 
United States. Bahamas. Canada 
and San Juan. The discount is 5 
percent off' the lowest applicable 
published fares. 

Remember to book early to save. 
For further information, call Sylvia 
Baldwin '76 at Uniglobe King Travel, 
Inc. at 1-800-548-0778 and refer to 
Gold File: 23140087 

Wlurd to. IV&cA caiA Blm^j, 

For the Candlelight Dinner on 

Saturday and for most class dinners 
on Friday, dresses for women and 
coats and ties for men are suggested. 
(Refer to individual class dinner 
information.) Casual dress and 
slacks are appropriate for all other 
meals and activities. Bring athletic 

equipment, a camera, binoculars, a 
sweater and comfortable shoes fc 
the hills. 

The campus has tennis courts, a 
track for running or walking, exer- 
cise equipment, racquetball courts 
and the swimming pool in King 

A -tea ^i^Atd, 

There will be plenty of information 
available about other fun places of 
interest in and around Staunton, 
such as The Woodrow Wilson 
Birthplace, the Museum of Ameri- 
can Frontier Culture and Historic 
Staunton Foundation Tours. 

Schedule of Events 

AJumnae College 

"Leaders of Mary Baldwin College" by 
Dr Patricia H Menk 

Homecoming Picnic 

lluA^vicicuf., Mcui. 25. 1995 

Reunion Committee Meeting 

Open Tennis 

Picnic Dinner 

Reception honoring retiring faculty 

Campus Walking Tour 

Music of the Shenandoah Valley 

and staff. Everyone is invited 

Lawn Party and Croquet 

A musical presentation with dessert 

and coffee at the home of Fletcher 

Dinners for the classes of 1940, 1945, 

Open time for culttiral activities 

and Margaret Collins 

1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 

1980, 1985 and 1990 

Champagne Reception Honoring 

i 4^1^, y'/fcuj. 26. 1995 

Alumnae Award Recipients 



Alumnae Candlelight Dinner 

Wlldflower Walk with Dr Eric Jones 

Satu'idcui., Mail. 27, 1995 

Mary Baldwin Commencement Ball 
(Black Tie Optional) 

"Men are from Mars, Women are 

Bird Walk with John Mehner 

from Venus" by Ms. Catherine Ferris 

Su*idcuf., Moifr 28 r 1995 

McPherson '78 and Dr. Judy 

13th Annual Fun Run and Walk 

DeLeaiL ADP faculty 

Alumnae Choir Breakfast 

Sttawberry Breakfast 

and Rehearsal 

"The Culture Wars: Is There a Way 

Out?" by Dr. James E. Gilman 

Allie Rounds 

Breakfast Buffet 

-Elizabeth to Hillary: Reflections on 

Bloody Mary Reception 

Alumnae Chapel Memorial Service 

Four Centuries of Women's Leader- 

ship" by Dr Mary Hill Cole, Dr 

Grand Parade of Classes 

153rd Commencement 

Patricia H Menk. and Dr Laura A. 

and Class Portraits 

van Assendelft 

Annual Alumnae Association Meeting 

Commencement Reception 

Lunch with speaker Dr James D. 

with Mary Baldwin Alumnae 

Lott, Dean of the College 

Association awards. 

Schedule subject to change 

Alumnae News 

Annual Fund staffers promoted 

Tracey G.ite Allen '89 has been 
promoted to director of the Annual 
Fund, following Nancy Mclntyre's 
promotion to director of special gifts. 

In February Associate Vice President 
for Development Chunk Neale an- 
nounced the promotions which were 
effective May 1 . 

Nancy Mclntyre has served as 
director of the Annual Fund since 
1990. Under her leadership Mary 
Baldwin reached its first ever $1 million 
Annual Fund. Naticy also introduced 
new giving clubs, such as the ADP 
Loyalty Fund, and implemented the 
Alumnae Reunion Giving Program. 

As director of special gifts Nancy 
will be responsible for developing a 
planned giving program at the college 
as well as managing major gift 
prospects at MBC. 

Tracey C. Allen '89 has served as 
director of reunion giving for only two 
years, but she is a veteran Mary Bald- 
win staffer. She joined the MBC 
Admissions Office in 1989 and worked 
as associate director until joining the 
Annual Fund staff in 1993. 

As the new director of the Annual 
Fund Tracey will be responsible for 
making sure the college meets its 
Annual Fund goals--$1.2 million for 

Tracey Cote Allen '89 
Dtrecuir nf the Annual Fund 

New Annual Fund staff introduced in 
the February issue of COLUMNS 
included Kelly Kennaly '93, who jouied 
the Annual Fund staff as associate 
director in January. Kelly has held 
temporary positions in PEG and in the 
Annual Fund and Alumnae Activities 
Offices. As associate director Kelly is 
responsible for directirig phonathons and 
recruiting student volunteer callers. Kelly 
also manages the alumnae and young 
alumnae giving programs and is respon- 
sible for faculty and staff solicitation. 

In November Alicia Fishburne joined 

Nancy Mclnt;yre 
Dnectar of Slvcial Gifts 

the Annual Fund staff as director of gift 
clubs. Alicia received her bachelor's 
degree from Clemson University in 
1993 and her M.B.A from Clemson in 
1994. As director of gift clubs, Alicia is 
the Annual Fund staff liaison to the 
Advisory Board of Visitors. She also 
works with volunteers to encourage 
more participation in the upper level 
gift clubs and travels extensively to 
meet with alumnae to keep them up to 
date on college matters and talk with 
them about how their contributions can 
make a difference. 

Atlanta IRjegional ILeaidershiip Forum 

Mary Baldwin College will sponsor the ne.xt Regional Leadership Forum 
on September 23, 1995 in Atlanta, GA. 

Alumnae from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will be invited to leani more 
about MBC recruitment, alumnae involvement, reunion giving and reunion events. 
MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson will present a college update. 

Mark your calendars now, and look for invitations in July. For more information, please write the 
Alumnae Activities Office, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401 or call 703-887-7007. 

Faculty Notes 


Associate Professor of Economics Dr. 
Judy Klein presented her paper, "A 
Funny thing Happened on the Way to 
Equilibrium: The Interplay of Economic 
Theory and Time Series Analysis from 
1890 to 1938," at the January meeting 
of the American Economic Association 
and the History of Economics meeting 
in Washington, DC. In October Dr. 
Klein made two presentations to 
graduate economics seminars at Duke 
University. Her topics were "The 
Method of Diagrams and the Black Arts 
of Inductive Economics" and "The 
Roots of Time Series Analysis in the 
Index Numbers and Moving Averages 
of the Bank of England, 1797-1844." 

.Associate Professor of Asian Studies 
Dr. Daniel A. Metraux presented a 
paper, "The Soka Gakkai Revolution 
and its Assent to Power" at the annual 
meeting of the Southeast Chapter/ 
Association for Asian Studies in Hilton 
Head, SC, in January. Dr. Metraux also 
presented his paper, "Hugh MacLennan 
Literature and the Rise of Quebec 
Nationalism," at the November Quebec 
Studies meeting. 

Assistant Psychology' Professor Dr. 
Ashton Trice presented his paper 
"Classroom Dynamics in Single-Sex 
and Coeducational Institutions," at the 
Women's College Coalition conference 
held in November at Mount Holyoke 


Study Abroad Director and German 
Instructor Susan Thompson traveled to 
Norfolk and Philadelphia this fall for 
two conferences on study abroad. She 
also attended two day-long German 
scholars seminars in Washington, DC. 

ADP Associate Professor of German 
Dr. Stevens GarUck spent the first part 
of his sabbatical chairing a panel at the 
NUCEA Division of Arts and Humani- 
ties Divisional Conference in Knox- 
ville, TN. In April he presented a 
paper on teaching culture through 
language at the Virginia Humanities 
Conference in Richmond. 

PEG Director Celeste Rhodes and 
PEG Assistant Director Kathryn 
Buzroni attended the 4Ist Convention 

of the National Association of Gifted 
Children in Salt Lake City, UT, in 
November. Celeste conducted a session 
titled "Beware of the Advocacy Trap: 
Confusing Advocacy with Over- 

Associate Professor of Education Dr. 
Patty Westhafer attended a confeience 
in Chicago on "Teaching the Human 
Brain." A featured speaker was Dr. 
Marian Cleeves Diamond, director of 
the Lawrence Hall of Science and 
professor of anatomy at the University 
of California at Berkeley. 

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. 
Eric Jones taught field botany during 
ADP Week and spent a week with 
AIMS in Rutland, VT. 

Associate Professor of Art Dr. 
Katharine Brown coordinated the 10th 
international Ulster-American Heritage 
S\Tnposium, a scholarly gathering that 
takes place in even numbered years, 
alternating its site between the Univer- 
sity of Ulster at Coleraine, Northern 
Ireland, and at an American institu- 
tion. The s"yTiiposium took place in 
August at the Museum of American 
Frontier Culture. During the syTiipo- 
sium Dr. Brown presented a paper on 
"The Social and Political Thought of 
Cecil Ftances Alexander, Hymnwriter 
and Poet." 

Tennis Coach Glen Eastridge spent 
six weeks working at the Reebok Tennis 
Camp at Dartmouth College in 
Hanover, NH. The camp was directed 
by Dartmouth's Head Men's Termis 
Coach Chuck Kinyon. 

Associate Biology Professor Dr. 
Jackie Beals spent three weeks in 
England with the assistance of the 
Faculty Exchange Center in Lancaster, 
PA. The center arranged a housing 
exchange with a teacher who lived near 
Leicester, England. Dr. Beals visited 
Cornwall, northern Wales and 

Last summer Professor of History Dr. 
Ken Keller assembled four collections 
of data from the 1840, 1850 and 1860 
U.S. censuses in St. Louis. Using 
microcase statistical analysis software, 
he developed regression coefficients for 
the data on antebellum agriculture in 
the Potomac Valley. 

Associate Professor of Mathematics 

Dr. Michael Gentry accompanied a 
group of Introductory Statistics students 
to Shenandoah's Pride in Mt. Crawford 
and Coors in Elkton so his students 
could observe the use of statistical 
process control in an industrial setting. 


Associate Professor of Asian Studies 
Dr. Daniel A. Metraux published his 
book. The Soka Gakkai Revolution in 
December through the University Press 
of America. His book is a comprehen- 
sive study of the Soka Gakkai's influ- 
ence on both Japanese society and 
politics. Dr. Metraux 's paper, "Yukio 
Mishima: Autobiography as Political 
Fiction," has been accepted for publica- 
tion in the Asian Revolution. 

Blue Ridge Community College ADP 
Center Director Dr. Diane Ganiere has 
published an article with two MBC 
alumnae, Christine Dinsmore '85 and 
Ellen Silverman '88. Their article, 
"The Child/Time Factot in Friendships 
of Men and Women in Similar Occupa- 
tions," was published in Psychological 

Assistant Ptofessor of Sociology Dr. 
Carrie Douglass' book, The Celebration 
of Bulls: Negotiation of Ambiguous 
Identify in Spain, was accepted by the 
University of Arizona Press for publica- 

Rick Plant, assistant professor of 
English, had an article accepted for 
publication. "Coming Out of OK — 
City" was accepted by the litetary 
journal Witness for the winter issue 
featuring American cities. 

Health Care Administration Program 
Director and Associate Professor of 
Political Science Dr. Steven A. 
Mosher had an article accepted for 
publication in the Texas Journal of Rural 
Health. His article, "Managing Change 
in Rural Health Care," is coauthored by 
Kathleen Heatwole, vice president of 
planning and development at Augusta 
Hospital Corporation. 

Veterinarian Dr. Ruth Chodrow, 
adjunct assistant professor of biology, 
published an article about the develop- 
ment of her pet housecall practice. She 
teceived a first runner-up award in a 
national competition sponsored by 
Veterinary Economics. 


Chapters In Action 

Mobile, AL 

Orlando, FL 

Mary Baldwin alumnae joined VMl alumni m October for a 
cocktail reception and update on the Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership. Special guest speakers included 
Director of Advancement Services Crista Cahe and Execu- 
tive Vice President of the VMI Foundation George H. "Skip" 
Roberts, Jr. MBC alumnae Stuart Mosely Ellis '51 and Sally 
Heltzel Pearsall '62 helped coordinate the event. 

Alumnae and friends joined President Cynthia H. Tyson and 
Associate Vice President for Development H. E. "Chunk" 
Neale for dessert at the home of Florence "Flossie" Wimberly 
Hellinger '52. Ralphetta Aker '88 received RSVPs for the 
event. Ralphetta and alumnae Elizabeth "Betty" Pringle 
Borge '41, Lori Galloway '85, Janice Parker Gregory '61, Sally 
Cox Lee '51, Nancy Falkenberg MuUer '67 and Ann 
"Cookie" Hunter Murray '54 were given a college update by 
Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson. 

Los Aneeles, CA 

Chapter leader Catherine (Cathy) Harrell '84 worked with 
the Alumnae Office to coordinate a luncheon in Santa 
Monica at the Coast Cafe Patio for area alumnae to meet 
MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson. Unexpected heavy 
rain kept several interested alumnae from attending, but the 
president received a warm response from those who braved 
the storm. 

Tampa, FL 

Francis Carleton Comptim '2^, Jan Haddrell Connors '65, 
Elizabeth "Liz" Sullivan Smith '28, Angela Favata Week '89 
and her father Dr. Martin Favata enjoyed lunch with Presi- 
dent Cynthia H. Tyson, Associate Vice President for Devel- 
opment Chunk Neale and Assistant Director of Admissions 
Jacquelyn Elliott '93. Francis Compton helped arrange the 
luncheon at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. 

(San Franciosco, CA 

Kay Hundley Fisher '61 welcomed President Cynthia H. 
Tyson with a cocktail reception at her home in Hillsborough, 
CA. Eleven alumnae from the San Francisco Bay area 

Creencsboro, NC 

Barbara Kniseiy Roberts '73, Shannon Greene Mitchell '57 
and Virginia Hayes Forrest '40 helped organize a cocktail 
reception at the Greensboro Historical Museum. Twenty- 
eight alumnae and friends enjoyed kicking off the holiday 
season and talking with Vice President for Institutional 
Advancement Mark Atchison. Sabrina Rakes '94 called 
alumnae in Winston-Salem to encourage them to attend. 

WaeshingLon DC 

Ingrid Geijer Erickson '89, one of the chapter leaders for the 
Washington Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, arranged for 
MBC alumnae to attend the 1994 matinee performance of 
the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker Suite. Thirty-seven alumnae 
and guests attended the holiday performance at The John F. 
Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. Dean of 
the College Dr. James Lott and his wife Pam joined Mary 
Baldwin alumnae for the performance. 

Charlotte, NC 

Arline Manning Wilson '80 hosted a holiday cocktail party 
at her home in early December. Arline was one of many who 
helped provide the hors d'oeuvres for the event. Alumnae 
Katherine "Kate" Tennent Taylor '78, Erika "Riki" Kehding 
Price '79, Linda Martin Graybill '83, Martha McGraw 
McKaughn '83 and Sarah Beth Snead Lankford '87 all 
contributed food for the guests to enjoy. Jennifer Bradley '92 
called alumnae prior to the event and over 25 alumnae and 
guests attended. Former Reunion Giving Director Tracey 
Cote Allen '89 and Director of Gift Clubs Alicia Fishburne 
represented MBC and enjoyed meeting local alumnae. 


Atlanta, GA 

The MBC Advisory- Board of Visitors Executive Committee 
hosted a cocktail reception at the Terrace Garden Hotel in 
Atlanta. President Cynthia H. Tyson updated alumnae and 
friends on the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership. 
Amie Adams '88, Chapter Leader Courtney Bell '89, Sally 
Dorsey Danner '64, Jo Anne Hotfman Jay '70, Karen 
Schwertfeger '93, Eli-abeth Smith '93, Judith J. Wade '69 and 
Tricia Clardy Wilson '93 helped with the reception. 

Susan Little Adkins '82 talks with Atlanta Chapter Leader 
Courtney Bell '89 after the AB\' Executive Comminee meeting- in 

(l-r) ABV member David E. Satterfield, MBC German Instruc- 
tor Susan Thompson and ABV member Susan Gamble Dankel 
'68 enjoy discussing Mary Baldwin at the ABV Executive 
Committee cocktail reception in Atlanta. 

A large contingency of alumnae attended the ABV Executive 
Committee cocktail reception in Atlanta — (l-r) MBC Board of 
Trustees member Ray Castles Uttenhove '68, Beay Herrman '71 
and Elizabeth B.J. Felton de Golian '79. 


Chapters In Action 

Philadelphia, PA 

Fitty-five alumnae, faculty and staff joined President t'ynthia 
H. Tyson on February 1 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
to see the Barnes Collection exhibition. The collection, 
impressive though it is in scope and size, is rarely seen. The 
collection contains over 80 paintings, including works by 
Renoir, Gauguiii, Matisse and Cezanne. A wine and cheese 
reception and private slide presentation were offered to the 
MBC guests attending the event. Former Reunion Giving 
Director Tracey Allen '89 coordinated the e\ent with the 
help ot local alumnae volunteers. 

Doanokc, VA 

President Cynthia H. Tyson, Director of Advancement 
Services Crista Cabe and Vice President for Institutional 
Advancement Mark Atchison met with 45 alumnae, spouses 
and friends at the Shenandoah Club for a cocktail reception. 
A college update was given by Dr. Tyson, and Crista Cabe 
discussed the Virginia Womeii's Institute for Leadership. Judy 
Lipes Garst '63 and Gretchen "Gale" Palmer Penn '63 helped 
recruit local alumnae to attend. 

Ancndint; the Barnes Cnllecwm cxhihnum at the Phikdelphia 
Museum of An are (l-r) ]im Buck, President Cynthia H. Tyson, 
Elia Durr Buck '50, Elia's daughter-in-law Lin Buck and son Jim 

Dichmond. VA 

Mary "Carpie" Gould Coulbourn '63, Beverly "Bev" Estes 
Bates '64, Florence Jeffrey Wingo '40, Maureen CuUather '91 
and Stephanie Baker '91 worked with the Annual Fund 
Office to coordinate a luncheon at Westminster-Canterbury's 
Roof Terrace Restaurant. President Cynthia H. Tyson, her 
mother Edna Haldenby, and Director of Special Gifts 
Nancy Mclntyre attended the luncheon and greeted over 2S 
alumnae from the classes of 1920 through 1942. 

Virginia Beach, VA 

Karen Wood '92 planned the "Gabbin' at the Gazebo" event. 
Alumnae enjoyed cocktails and food at the Duck Inn in 
Virginia Beach. During the event Director of Volunteers 
Jennifer Sowers and Alumnae Office Coordinator Tracy 
Goad '94 discussed additional opportunities for alumnae 
events in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. 

Sarah Eschinger '93, Karen Wood '92, Emily Oehler '93 and 
Stephanie Leftwich '92 enjoyed catching up with one another at 
the Virginia Beach event at the Duck Inn. 


(Staunton, VA 

Dr. Fletcher Collins, Jr., professor emeritus of theatre, and his 
wife Margaret graciously hosted another Mary Baldwin event 
at their home, the Oaks. The evening began with a candle- 
light cocktail reception followed by a performance of Allie 
Rounds. Mitzi Lesher '95 presented an outstanding perfor- 
mance of the one-woman play by Barbara Allen Hire '58 
based on Alansa Rounds Sterrett's experience at The Augusta 
Female Seminary during the Civil War. Thirty alumnae, 
friends and faculty enjoyed the evening. 

6an Antonio, TA 

Charlotte Wenger '83 helped coordinate an event welcoming 
President Cynthia H. Tyson and Professor of Theatre Dr. 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64 to San Antonio. Twenty-four 
alumnae and guests attended including former Mary Baldwin 
Chaplain Debbie Dodson Parsons. 

Alumnae attending the Gabbin' at the Gazebo event induded 
Chrisley "Chris" Baylor '86, Ellen Anderson Hill '67 and Julia 
Anderson Wilson '71 . 

Allie Rounds on the Road 

Meigh, NC 

Fourteen alumnae and friends were entertained with an 
afternoon performance of Allie Rounds at the home of 
Elizabeth "Betsy" Kenig Byford '68. Alumnae reminisced 
about Apple Day while enjoying apple cider and refresh- 

Dallas, TA 

Mary Ellen Killinger Durham '66 hosted a performance of 
Allie Roimcls in her home for Dallas alumnae and friends. 
Carla Rucker Nix '57, Joan Velten Hall '67 and Sally Simons 
'80 all helped to welcome Mitzi Lesher '95, Allie Rounds 
performer. The event was attended by 22 area alumnae. 

Houston, TA 

New Houston Chapter Leader Cynthia Knight Wier '68 
helped organize a successful event hosted by Najia "Nana" 
Hassen White '55. Mitzi Lesher '95 entertained 24 guests 
during her Allie Rownds performance. Claudia Turner Aycock 
'66 helped host Mitzi while she was in Houston. The evening 
began with a wine reception, followed by the performance 
and a dinner buffet. 


Chapters In Action 

Recruitment Events 

Atlanta, GA 

"Mary Baldwin College is Coming to Town" was the theme 
for the recruitment event in Atlanta, GA, on December 1 1, 
1995. B. J. Felton de Golian '79 hosted the event in her 
home where more than 20 prospects and their families 
learned more about MBC. Local alumnae Tricia Clardy 
Wilson '93 and Karen Schwertfeger '93 attended the event. 
Also representing Mary Baldwin was Assistant Director ot 
Admissions Jacquelyn Elliott '93, Director of Volunteers 
Jennifer Sowers, MBC freshman Brooke Baldwin '98 and her 

Atlanta Chapter Leader and admissions volunteer Courtney 
Bell '89 helped organize "Holiday Cheer" at Tu Tu Tangos 
where Director of Volunteers Jennifer Sowers and Assistant 
Director of Admissions Jacquelyn Elliott '93 met with local 
volunteers. Attending the event were Courtney Bell '89, 
Beatrice Quintavalli '89, Karen Schwertfeger '93, Elizabeth 
Smith '93, Tricia Clardy Wilson '93 and Lisa Holcombe '89. 

Attending the prospective student party in Danville, VA, are (l-r) 
Danville Community College President Carlye Ramsey, MBC 
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mark Atchison, 
President Cynthia H. T>'.son, Toni Powell and Parents Council 
member Brooks Powell. 

Danville, VA 

In early January a party for prospective students was held in 
Danville, VA, at the home of Parents Council member 
Brooks Powell and his wife Toni. Parents Council member 
Sue Lea and her husband Townes helped with the party. 
Former Board of Trustees member Susan Thompson Hoffman 
'64, former Alumnae Board member Susan Martin Cooley 
'80, Alice Norman '94, and current students Anne Powell '9S 
and Carrie Turlington '98 attended the event with over 30 
guests. President Cynthia H. Tyson, Vice President for 
Institutional Advancement Mark Atchison and Director ot 
Admissions Patricia LeDonne also attended. 

Helping to recruit students at a party at the home of Brooks and 
Toni Powell are former Board of Trustees member Susan Thomp- 
son Hoffman '64, former Aiiimnae Board member Susan Martin 
Cooley '80 and MBC freshman Anne Poiuell '98. 

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Getting the biggest bang for your Annual Fund bucks 

Companies may be trimming, downsizing, rightsiring, or just 
plain cutting their philanthropy these days — but a large 
percentage still generously match their employees' charitable 

Matching gifts from employers are a significant part of 
corporate support for Mary Baldwin. Over the past five years, 
matching gifts from companies have resurged after several 
years of decline. But many MBC alumnae and friends are still 
unaware of their company's matching gift policies. 

Get your just due 

Mildred "Punkie" Lawson '73, senior vice president at 
NationsBank in Charlotte, NC, tells us that she views her 
company's matching gift program as "an extension of my 
overall benefits." Punkie suggests that alumnae investigate 
and use the matching gift programs already in place at their 
companies. And if your company does not have a matching 
gift program, Punkie says, "Be proactive in encouraging them 
to start one. These programs benefit their company as well as 
MBC." Companies ftequently find matching programs to be 
the simplest way to spread their charitable dollars equitably 
while supporting the causes that their employees believe in. 

Increase your credit 

Using your matching gift benefit lets you increase your gift to 
MBC without dipping into your own pocket. Susan Warfield 
Caples '60 states, "Vly yearly gift to the Annual Fund has 
always included a matching gift from my husband's employer, 
Exxon. If 1 did not take advantage of Exxon's matching gifts 
program, it \vould be as if I were saying 'no thank you' to the 
opportunity to double and even triple my gift to Mary- 
Baldwin. Through Exxon I have supported my college at a 
level I may not have otherwise been able to reach. 

"Exxon's three-to-one matching policy means that a $100 gift 
becomes a $400 gift and a $500 donation is converted to a 
healthy $2000," says Susan. Though few companies are quite 
as beneficent as Exxon, many have at least a one-to-one 
matching policy which doubles your dollars to MBC. 

Keep your alma mater posted 

We, of course, always love to hear from you, and keeping 
us up on career changes in your life is particularly helpful. 
Having an accurate record of employers (yours and your 
spouse's, if applicable), is useful in a variety of contexts — 
from alumnae networking to student extemship possibili- 
ties to making our case with potential corporate grantors. 
Up-to-date records also help MBC track employer's 
matching gift policies. 

Help us help you by completing and returning the tear-out 
card in this issue of The Mary Baldwin Magazine — or send u 
one of your business cards. Even if you are not eligible for a 
matching program, let us hear from you. And if you have 
questions about your company's matching gift policy, call 
your personnel department or Tracey Allen, director of the 
Annual Fund at 703-887-7011. 

Matching Gift Information Form 


Class Year 


Business Address 





Business Phone 

Yoii may provide the above information to: 

□ current student □ MBC alumnae □ MBC faculty I staff 

Home Address 




Home Phone 

□ Please do not release any information without contacting me first. 

Spouse's employer if applicable 

Please return to: 


Tracey C. Allen '89 
Annual Fund Office 
Mary Baldwin College 
Staunton, VA 24401 


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