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Vol. 2'0 No. 2 Spring 2007 





Teaching Teachers 

Only 1 other colleges/universities in 
Virginia — all but one of them much 
larger than MBC — train more teachers 
than Mary Baldwin College. 



Global Web of Connection 

We are not just talking about global connec- 
tions at Mary Baldwin, we are creating them. 


Connecting With India 

Diary of our first recruiting trip in the second 
most populous country in the world (and the 
most populous democracy on earth). 


Scholarships: Personalizing 
Education, Transforming Lives 

Donors offer gifts that change student's lives, 
not least because they often meet and get to 
know one another. Students take to heart the 
stories behind donor gifts. 



Three signature programs celebrated milestones 
this academic year. Quest and the African 
American and Multicultural Office mark 10 
years; Adult Degree Program is 30 years suc- 


5 MBCNews 
26 MBCArts: Fine Arts 

Firearms & Firestone: Inaugural Lecture 

28 MBCArts; Theatre 

An American Theatre First 
56 Alumnae/i Gift Shop 

59 Alumnae/i President's Q/A 

60 Fieporting on Reunion 2007 


Our students and alumnae/i are educators. The cover 
is Designer Gretchen Newman's meaningful collage 
illustrating our success in teaching teachers at Mary 
Baldwin College and beyond. 




Weekend 2007 
went to new heights in a balloon on 
Cannon Hill, seeing the cannpus and 
Shenandoah Valley in all its early-spring 
glory from above. 

ary Baldwin College 


Vol.20 No. 2 
Spring 2007 

Carol Larson 

Assistant Editor 
Dawn Medley 

Art Director 
Gretchen Newman 

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Mary Baldwin College 



Louise McNamee '70, chair 

Charlotte Jackson Berry '52, vice chair 

Sue Whitlock '67, secretary 

Charles Baskervill 

Sally Armstrong Bingley '60 

Susan Warfield Caples '60 

H. C. Stuart Cochran 

Tracey Cones '82 

Nancy Payne Dahl '56 

JOHNiE Davis 

Margaret Wren de St. Aubin '81 

Kelly Huffman Ellis '80 

Richard Gilliam 

Cynthia Luck Haw '79 

Bertie Deming Heiner 

Molly Fetterman Held '76 

James Lott 

Margaret McDermid '95 

Sue McLaughlin 

Betsy Mason '69 

Jane Miller '76 

"Wellford Sanders Jr. 

Hunt Shuford Jr. 

Samuel R. Spencer Jr. 

Susan Stover '85 

Michael Terry 

Kellie Warner '90 

Aremita Watson 

Donald Wilkinson III 

John Woodfin 

Words from Our President 
Dr. Pamela Fox 

It is not easy to surprise me. But on 
January 24, with the help of my won- 
derful executive assistant Lynn Tuggle 
Gilliland '80, the Class of 2007 did just 
that. I had been scheduled to speak to the 
President's Society (the group of students 
who assist with admissions functions, espe- 
cially hosting prospective students when 
they visit our campus). When I arrived in 
the foyer of the Administration Building, a 
group of about 50 seniors shouted "sur- 
prise" and held up a big sign wishing me a 
happy birthday! Then, my father, mother, 
and husband entered from the side parlor 
and my father presented me with a Mary 
Baldwin class ring in my own version of the 
Junior Dad's ceremony. I am so honored to 
be considered a member of the Class of 
2007 and to have witnessed these incredible 
women growing year by year. 

This, the end of my fourth year as 
president, is an important time to reflect. 
In some respects, it seems like only yes- 
terday that you welcomed me so warmly. 
Yet much has been accomplished already. 
We are indeed composing our future. 
One important movement of our opus is 

With the input of the Mary Baldwin 
community, we created a visionary 10-year 
strategic plan and a long-term campus mas- 
ter plan. The plans are alive and guide our 
work. However, we have not only planned, 
we have acted and achieved. We have 
implemented the Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage for women in the Residential 
College, representing a four-year sequence 
of experiences drawing from the best prac- 
tices in higher education. We lovingly 
restored the beauty of our historic campus. 
We reinvigorated traditions, including 
Apple Day, and instituted new traditions, 
such as the candle-lighting ceremony fol- 
lowing Convocation during first-year orien- 
tation. We affirmed our commitment to 

personalized education for women — one 
woman at a time, and focused on the whole 
woman in mind, body, and spirit. In a year 
with heightened public attention to the 
diminishing number of women's colleges, 
we received the highest number of applica- 
tions in the history of the college. 

Over the past four years, we also cele- 
brated milestones: the 20th anniversary of 
the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, 
and the 10th of Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership, Quest, and the Office of 
African American and Multicultural 
Affairs. This summer the Adult Degree 
Program will mark its 30th anniversary. In 
2004 Dame Judi Dench hooded the first 
Master of Fine Arts graduates in our 
newest program, Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature in Performance. The 
Master of Arts in Teaching program 
exceeded its 10-year 25 percent growth 
goal in a single year. These milestones 
remind us that as a courageous college, we 
have remained steadfastly connected to our 
mission while creating and seizing opportu- 
nities. We must continue to be entrepre- 
neurial. We cannot stand still. As I prom- 
ised in my inaugural address, innovative 
tradition must guide us as it did my 
esteemed predecessors. 

So we will continue to enhance the 
Mary Baldwin College Advantage, through 
our emphasis on learning for civic engage- 
ment in a global context, and through a 
new comprehensive approach to women's 
wellness and athletics. We will continue to 
recruit and retain talented women of prom- 
ise and to converge on academic excellence. 
We will advance projects in the campus 
master plan. And, we will discover and 
implement new opportunities to extend our 
historic mission to new constituencies. 

Thank you for everything you do for 
Mary Baldwin College. I am honored to 
serve as your president. ▲ 

Spring 2007 

Commencement 2007 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



By Carol Larson 

Dr. Pamela Fox assumed the 

presidency of Mary Baldwin College in 
July 2003, one month before the Class of 
2007 arrived on campus. Students, faculty, 
alumnae/i, and staff would soon come to 
understand that Fox graced MBC like a 
finely matched, beautifully strung pearl 
necklace — the must-have accessory for 
Baldwin women. 

Alison Kaufmann '07 arrived on cam- 
pus — one of 295 new residential students 
— in August 2003 for orientation weekend, 
a memory that is still vivid for her. "New 
people, new school, new life, and there was 
excitement, a few tears ... and a family pic- 
nic on the hill in front of Grafton Library. 
Dr. Fox spoke and her passion and vision 
transcended the hill. Wouldn't it be neat if I 
got to meet her, I thought." 

Kaufmann, a president-in-the-making, 
could not have imagined her next four 
years. She wasted no time getting involved, 
becoming a senator for her freshmen resi- 
dence hall, Spencer IL Simultaneously, Fox 
was engaging every constituency of the 
MBC community in a collaborative process 
to envision a new future for the college, one 
that would become Composing Our Future, 
a 1 0-year strategy. Kaufmann was especially 
interested in that process and was one of 
many students who offered thoughts and 
ideas in discussions about the plan. She was 
also selected to be on the task force created 
to reinvigorate a major tradition, Apple 
Day, ultimately resulting in bringing back 
community service and a visit to a nearby 
orchard to the annual event. 

Fox and Kaufmann, each in different 
orbits, facing challenges, overcoming obsta- 
cles, and changing Mary Baldwin, each in 
her own way, intersected more frequently as 
the years passed. Kaufmann, a marketing 
communication major, was chair of the 
Student Government Association (SGA) 
constitutional revisions committee as a 
sophomote and parliamentarian in her jun- 
ior year. Fox's strategic plan was completed 
and approved, and she guided the college 
through the steps of that plan, including 
development of an ambitious campus master 
plan. As Mary Baldwin began the process of 

reaffirming its accreditation from the 
Southern Association for Colleges and 
Schools, the president led the campus 
through the creation of a required Quality 
Enhancement Plan that has become a project 
with meaning and value on its own merit: 
Learning for Civic Engagement in a Global 

It wasn't just Kaufmann who noted 
early on that Fox and the Class of 2007 
arrived together and were moving through 
four dynamic years side by side. Other mem- 
bers of the Class of 2007 also realized it, and 
came to know Fox and her husband, Dan 
Layman, as neighbors and friends. 

"My first impression of Dr. Fox was that 
she was very poised. As freshmen and mem- 
bers of STARS [Student AJumnae/i Relations 
Society], we met at her home and we thought 
she was awesome; a great role model," said 
Erin Baker '07, senior class president. 

Cami Roa '07, vice president of the 
class, recalls — as many students on cam- 
pus do — seeing Fox and Layman walking 
around campus, attending events, and being 
part of hfe at Mary Baldwin College. "It's 
been exciting to be here with all her new 
ideas. Dr. Fox has helped us make changes 
in so many ways. I never thought I would 
have such access to the president of my col- 
lege, and all our interactions have been 
warm and personable." 

As a junior, Kaufmann became a stu- 
dent assistant in the Office of the President, 
a job she would relish and continue through- 
out her senior year ... the year she also 
became president of SGA. "My two years of 
observing Dr. Fox taught me something new 
each day. My job as a student assistant in 
her office and my role as SGA president have 
dove-tailed in remarkable ways. Attending 
meals with visiting speakers, like former 
Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, 
and hosting luncheons for students at the 
president's home are just two examples of 
using what I've learned in real-life situa- 
tions," Kaufmann said. "Dr. Fox makes 
clear that every person who comes to her 
office is valued. She is a diplomat who 
always reminds us to remember who we are 
representing in all our activities. We are 

members of the Mary Baldwin fam- 
ily and proud." 

In 2006, the Class of 2007 had 
an "aha" moment: "We should 
have given Dr. Fox a class ring at 
our Junior Dads and Family 
Weekend last year!" Kaufmann, 
Baker, and other members of the 
class began planning a super-secret 
surprise for Dr. Fox that would 
take several months. Layman 
helped with ring size, the black 
onyx class ring was ordered, and 
then the hardest part of planning 
began: how to get on Fox's overly 
busy calendar without her knowing 
what it was for — and in time for 
her birthday. She returned from a 
day of meetings in Richmond, Virginia, to 
what she believed was a critically important 
meeting of the student President's Society. 

Dr. Fox arrived for the "meeting" and 
was greeted by members of the Class of 
2007, her parents, and her husband. 
Attendees yelled "surprise" and began to 
sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Recreating 
that special and memorable moment from 
Junior Dads Ball, her father, Bill Fox, pre- 
sented his daughter with her MBC ring. She 
was now officially, and forever, a member of 
the Class of 2007. There was a champagne 
toast and not a few tears. 

Kaufmann is heading for a career in 
marketing, corporate planning, or advertis- 
ing, or she may attend graduate school to 
earn an MBA. She will miss pizza in the 
President's Office on those too-busy-for- 
lunch days, the Holiday Open House at the 
president's home, Layman's pumpkin carving 
with students on the front lawn of the presi- 
dent's home, and so much more. 

Kaufmann counts the achievements of 
student government this year as a measure of 
her Executive Committee's commitment and 
dedication: Opening Convocation ("especial- 
ly memorable"); the record freshmen turnout 
for elections; a new costume for the college 
mascot, Gladys, the squirrel; SGA work- 
shops for students interested in leadership 
roles ("100 ways to get a green shirt"); and 
increased visibility of all the members of 

(Above) Seniors make an event of carving pumpkins at 
the president's home with Dr. Fox and her husband, 
Dan Layman. 

(Below) Show us the blmg! At a surpnse birthday party 
for Dr. Fox, seniors made her an official member of 
the Class of 2007 with the presentation of her class 
ring, presented by her father in a mini-version of the 
Junior Dads and Family Ball 

(Left) Student Government Association 2006-07 
President Alison Kaufmann and Mary Baldwin College 
President Pamela Fox 

student government through monthly articles 
in the college newspaper. The Cupola, and 
the student newspaper. Campus Comments. 

Two presidents. One, the president of a 
women's college. The other, president of the 
undergraduate student body. Two women, 
who separately "made a decision to travel 
from Ohio to an all-women's college in 
Staunton, Virginia" as Layman put it in a 
toast at the surprise parry, spending the same 
four years at Mary Baldwin College. 

"Upon reflection, Dr. Fox and the Class 
of 2007 came to Mary Baldwin College as 
individuals and bonded with one another as 
we grew to love our institution. We owe a 
lot to our incredible leader. Thank you, Dr. 
Fox, for all you have done for our school 
and for us. We look forward to celebrating 
each of our Reunions with you," said 
Kaufmann, now on to a bright future. 

At Commencement 2007, as she had 
four years earlier, Dr. Fox spoke again to the 
Class of 2007 on the hill in front of Grafton 
Library. Ever)' class matters to Fox, but the 
Class of 2007 will always be her "first" 
graduating class. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 





Many of us have heard the inspiring 
statistics of the "women's college 
effect": Graduates of women's colleges 
constitute more than 20 percent of 
women in the United States Congress 
and make up 30 percent of a Business 
Week list of rising women stars in cor- 
porate America. Thirty-three percent 
of the women on Fortune 1000 boards 
and 36 percent of the highest-paid 
women officers of those companies 
were graduates of women's colleges. 
The list goes on. 

What these figures tell us — and a 
2006 study by Indiana University 
Center for Postsecondary Research 
reinforces — is that women's colleges 
continue to serve a vital role in socie- 
ty. That role is no longer one of pro- 
viding access to higher education — 
thousands of colleges and universities 
nationwide now offer coed enroll- 
ment, a dramatic change from the 
environment at the turn of the 20th 
century. It is, however, just as crucial: 
They offer choice. The Indiana 
University study, which analyzed data 
from co-ed and women-only institu- 
tions from the National Survey of 
Student Engagement (NSSE), argues, 
it's a better choice. 

"True to their word, these col- 
leges appear to have created a climate 
where women are encouraged to real- 
ize their potential and become 

involved in various facets of campus 
life, inside and outside the class- 
room," concludes the study. "Our 
findings ... plainly indicate that sin- 
gle-sex colleges are a vital postsec- 
ondary option for women. In many 
respects they are models of effective 
educational practice, institutions that 
have much to teach other types of 
colleges and universities that aspire to 
providing a challenging yet support- 
ive educational environment for all 
their students." 

Hundreds of colleges and univer- 
sities have benefited from the data 
NSSE (pronounced "nessie") has col- 
lected since it started six years ago. 
NSSE was administered for the first 
time at Mary Baldwin in spring 
semester to collect data that will 
help inform decisions about the 
MBC experience. The results of the 
study — which was administered to 
randomly selected freshmen and sen- 

iors in the Residential College for 
Women and Adult Degree Program 
— will guide program improvement 
and help the college understand stu- 
dents' priorities and how they are 
addressed by MBC. 

NSSE results, which Mary 
Baldwin should receive this summer, 
will provide an estimate of how stu- 
dents spend their time and what they 
gain from attending this college. We 
will find out how much they study, 
how well we challenge them, and 
how they learn from connections 
with other students. They will tell us 
about the value of experiences such 
as internships, group projects, aca- 
demic advising, electronic media, 
class presentations, and writing and 
speaking across the curriculum. The 
survey also addresses community 
service, attendance at cultural events, 
work, family responsibilities, finan- 
cial aid, safety, parking, and a variety 


An Arlington, Virginia roadway will soon bear the 
name Campbell Avenue in memory of Elizabeth 
Pfohl Campbell, influential former dean of Mary 
Baldwin College 1929-36, and her husband, 
Edmund Campbell, former member of the MBC 
Board of Trustees. Both made significant contri- 
butions in the Arlington area. 


Mary Baldwin College will be one of just 300 
institutions nationwide included in the inaugural 
Colleges of Distinction guidebook — set to be 
published in 2007 — for which colleges were cho- 
sen for a high level of student engagement in the 
educational process, exemplary teaching, vibrant 
learning communities, and successful outcomes. 

Spring 2007 

of other factors that affect students' 
satisfaction with Mary Baldwin and 
the Hkehhood that they will finish their 
education here. 

MBC has joined the consortium of 
women's colleges utilizing this survey 
and will derive additional benefits 
from a peer group comparison. The 
data will help MBC describe the col- 
lege to prospective students articulat- 
ing what students value most about 
their MBC education. 

The 2006 report is available at 
Annual_Report/index.cfm. The full 
text of the Indiana University study 
can be downloaded at imvw.women- 
scoHeges. org/pdfs/nssestudyZ 004.pdf. ▲ 

Photo above: Mary Baldwin College graduating 
seniors celebrate in procession to Page Terrace for 
Commencement. Researchers at Indiana University 
recently concluded that single-sex colleges are a 
"vital postsecondary option for women" that can 
often be seen as "models of effective educational 
practice" for co-ed institutions to emulate. 

First Woman and Alumna Leads 
MBC Institutional Advancement 

Mary Baldwin College recently selected its first woman and first 
alumna (in living memory, at least) to lead the college through an 
ambitious period of fundraising as head of the Office of 
Institutional Advancement. On March 1, 2007 Susan Thompson 
Timmons '64 began her tenure as vice president for Institutional 
Advancement — the department responsible for coordinating 
fundraising efforts, keeping records of and maintaining contact with 
alumnae/i and friends of the college, and selected lecture and event planning. 

Timmons has work experience and long-standing involvement with MBC to 
fit the college's needs. Her intimate knowledge of how the college operates and 
her myriad connections with alumnae/i will allow her to establish herself nation- 
ally with alumnae/i and donors as a dynamic and inspiring presence, said 
President Pamela Fox. 

Timmons' relationship with her alma mater is built on dedicated service to 
alumnae/i and students. She led the active alumnae chapter in Richmond and later 
served as 7\Jumnae/i Association president from 1980 to 1982. Timmons also served 
10 years on the MBC Board of Trustees, during which time she worked on the 
Institutional Advancement committee, among others. She continued her connection 
with the college through teaching courses in marketing, women and management, 
and business and society in MBC's Adult Degree Program, and visited campus as the 
Smyth Business Lecturer in 2005. 

"As an alumna, I understand, value, and cherish what the college can do to 
change and enhance a student's life," Timmons said. "I will go to funding sources 
with that core value in my heart. I understand the need to sustain the institution on 
an intellectual and an emotional level." 

Timmons made headlines as founder and first president of LEADVIRGINIA, 
a nonprofit organization she conceived in 2004 that connects senior-level execu- 
tives from public and private entities across the state to hone their skills and help 
increase the Commonwealth's capacity to address quality-of-life issues. Timmons 
structured the organization for success, and from the beginning obtained the fund- 
ing necessary to run the organization, engaged a host of volunteers to make it 
work well, and provided vision to keep it on track. 

"Susan Timmons is a quiet leader who doesn't attract a lot of attention to her- 
self, but redirects the attention to the organization," said G.S. "Sandy" Fitz-Hugh, 
LEAD VIRGINIA chair. "She had a vision for LEAD VIRGINIA and carried it 
through in her self-directed, engaging style." 

Timmons' career highlights in higher education include a tenure as director 
of Prime Time and adult programs and adjunct professor of economics at 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and a variety of roles at Averett University, 
including assistant dean, director of graduate and professional studies, and assis- 
tant professor. She is also vice president of Timmons Management Group and 
previously worked in marketing for the Far East division (Korea) of Max Factor 
and Company. ▲ 


Alcohol Awareness training was provided for MBC 
resident advisors complements of John D. Eiland 
Company, a local wholesaler for Anheuser-Busch. 
RAs, in turn, sponsored Alcohol Awareness Week 
on campus in March. 


The student Ethics Debate Team 
placed second in the Virginia 
Foundation for Independent 
Colleges Ethics Bowl, presenting 
arguments based on case stud- 
ies on ethics in medicine. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 7 



Student-athlete Karen Potter '08 was featured 
in the April edition of NCAA On Campus, a 
program aired on ESPN Classic and ESPNU that 
highlights exceptional college athletes fronn 
around the country. Wiley MBC mascot, Gladys 
the squirrel, also made an appearance on the 
same show's "Mascot Mania" segment. 

Army Aviation Ha 

There is something inspiring about being 
in the presence of Brigadier General N. 
Michael "Mike" Bissell. He does not 
have an imposing stance or a gruff, 
booming voice for intimidation, yet the 
cadets he guides as commandant of 
Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership recognize his influence and 
acknowledge it with genuine respect. His 
colleagues recognize it. The Mary 
Baldwin College community recognizes 
it. And recently recognition reached him 
from the elite Army Aviation Hall of 
Fame at Fort Rucker, Alabama, into 
which he was inducted during a ceremo- 
ny in May 2007. 

"Such a small percentage of people 
are selected for this honor, I am just 
beside myself," Bissell said. Opened in 
1974, only about 110 people, not 
including Bissell and other recent 
inductees, are currently memorialized in 
the Hall. 

One doesn't make it to the Hall of 
Fame without an impressive military 
career, a commitment to service in the 
civilian sector, and many stories to tell. 
Bissell is no exception, although he is 
unlikely to flaunt his military accolades. 

A graduate of Virginia Military 
Institute and University of Missouri, he 
served two tours as a combat helicop- 
ter pilot in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, 
he was nominated for the 
Congressional Medal of Honor for res- 
cuing a severely wounded American 
advisor in a landing zone under heavy 
fire. On Bissell's second of three rescue 
attempts, machine gun fire crippled the 
helicopter, killed his gunner, and 
wounded him in the neck. He was ulti- 
mately successful, and received the 


Forty-two seniors were nominated (by 
professors) to participate in the second 
annual Capstone Festival, held May 10, 
for their top-notch research and projects. 

Fame Welcomes MBC's General Accreditation Team 

Distinguished Service Cross. He also 
earned the Bronze Star, the Purple 
Heart, and the Air Medal. Bissell was 
selected by the Chief of Staff of the 
U.S. Army to be the Senior Army 
Fellow at Harvard in 1985. He is also 
a graduate of the U.S. Army Command 
and General Staff College and the U.S. 
Army War College. 

Bissell's final assignment with the 
U.S. Army was as executive officer for 
the Assistant Secretary of the Army. After 
retiring, he became program manager for 
the U.S. Army's new stealth helicopter 
(Commanche) for the Boeing and 
Sikorsky Team. When they won the con- 
tract with the Army in 1990, he returned 
to VMI as commandant of cadets. 

In August 1999, after four years as 
part-time commandant for VWIL, he 
left VMI to become VWIUs first full- 
time commandant of cadets. After all 
he has accomplished and witnessed, 
Bissell said helping lead VWIL is quite 
possibly his most rewarding post. His 
focus recently has been on targeted 
recruiting at military preparatory pro- 
grams around the country, such as a 
recent trip to Chicago. 

"It is not only relaxing and enjoy- 
able, but it is just absolutely heartwarm- 
ing to personally see the results," he 
said. "Every year, I see students reach 
out for the world and find out what they 
can do. I often wish I had had someone 
with experience to talk to during that 
stage in my own life." 

Even with such a resume, Bissell did 
not believe a place in the Army Aviation 
Hall of Fame would come his way. A 
colleague from years ago surprised him 
with the nomination. ▲ 

Brigadier General 

N. Michael Bissell: 

Other Honors and Awards 

Commander, 17th Aviation Group 

Commander, Joint Republic of Korea 

Army and the U.S. Army Combined 

Aviation Force Director 

U.S. Army Flight Training 
Deputy chief and acting chief of staff, 
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 

Executive officer to the 

director of operations. Joint Chiefs 

of Staff at the Pentagon 

Special assistant to superintendent 

(responsible for assimilation of women 

into the corps and support of VWIL), VMI 

Distinguished Service Medal 

Defense Superior Service Medal 

Legion of Merit 

Checks QEP Progress 

A visiting team from the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (SACS) was on campus and at 
regional centers in Roanoke and Charlottesville 
March 5-8 to ensure that Mary Baldwin is in com- 
pliance with the organization's requirements for 
reaffirmation of accreditation. A significant part of 
its meeting was to assess the college's new Quality 
Enhancement Plan (QEP). 

The QEP is a necessary element in gaining 
reaffirmation and, more importantly, is a college- 
wide initiative that draws on MBC's core values 
and historic strengths to enhance the Mary 
Baldwin education. Titled Learning for Civic 
Engagement in a Global Context, the QEP aims at 
preparing students for purposeful participation in 
their local community and their nation, as global 
citizens. (The plan can be read or downloaded 
look for the link under "2006-2007.") 

The written plan is hefty and detailed, but 
the essential elements of the plan can be laid out 
relatively simply. The college will use three main 
strategies to achieve the outcomes it believes are 

▲ Civic engagement in all disciplines and 
majors: Each discipline that grants a major will 
identify specific civic engagement components. 
One option is to offer a noncredit civic engage- 
ment learning contract; or, internships or senior 
capstone projects could have significant civic 
engagement elements. Faculty will also have the 
option of revising existing courses or developing 
new courses. 

▲ Annual college wide theme: Next year the col- 
lege will pilot the use of a yearly theme to better 
establish the link between the local and the glob- 
al perspectives on public life. The theme for 
2007-08 — Voices — will be addressed college 
wide in academic and extracurricular courses. In 
future years, the faculty's Educational Policy 
Committee will propose the annual theme. 

▲ A Center for Civic and Global Engagement: 
Beginning in fall 2007, the Center will be in 
Wenger Hall at the center of campus and will 
facilitate civic engagement in a global context. 
Professional staff will promote and support the 
functions of community service and study 
abroad, and assist in recruitment and support of 
international students (see p. 18). 


Roy Ogle, professor of medicine at 
University of Virginia, explained how he 
uses new techniques of tissue engineering 
to harvest stem cells, such as from adult fat 
tissue, at the recent Mary E. Humphreys 
Biology Lecture. 


Gladys added to her proverbial 15 minutes 

one of several tailed team talismans included in Mascot 

Madness on Animal Planet April 1. Hosts Jeff Corwin 

and Lee Corso counted down the nation's top animal 

mascots as part of the networl<'s tribute to the NCAA 

men's basketball tournament, 



Legacies Enhance Richness of Student Body 

Smiling legacies (I to r): Laura Teevan '08, and 
twins, Allyson '01 and Melanie '01 Teevan. 

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher 
Education, a national education-focused 
newspaper, explored the recruitment of lega- 
cies — prospective students who are daugh- 
ters, granddaughters, nieces and, sometimes, 
siblings — of alumnae/i. At some colleges 
and universities, students receive preferential 
treatment in the admissions process based on 
their legacy status, a practice that is sparking 
both opposition and agreement as diversity 
in recruiting garners increasing attention. 

"At many small private institutions, par- 
ticularly women's and religious colleges, 
admissions officers say that legacy students 
are crucial to their institutions' livelihood, 
and that recruiting them does not compro- 
mise efforts to create a diverse class," notes 
Chronicle reporter Elizabeth Farrell. 

Mary Baldwin does not give admission 
priority to legacies, but it does recruit them 
aggressively. The admissions office sends 
letters to alumnae/i daughters when they 
are two years away from high school grad- 
uation. They are featured in a welcome to 
Mary Baldwin on visit days, and the 
Admissions Office is looking for additional 
ways to encourage these students to visit 
Mary Baldwin and learn more about the 
Staunton community. 

Representatives from other colleges 
and universities also noted in the article 
that legacy students are important because 
they send a positive message to faculty, 
staff, students, trustees and other friends of 
the college that alumnae/i believe a college 
is worthy of a close family member's atten- 
tion. In general, legacies are also more like- 
ly to embrace the traditions and history of 

an institution to help carry on its legacy. 
The Chronicle concludes. Both statements 
generally hold true for Mary Baldwin as 
well, said Lisa Branson '99, MBC's execu- 
tive director for admissions and financial 

Legacy students comprise seven to 10 
percent of enrolled students at MBC in an 
average entering class. Similar to the case 
at other schools, legacies are more likely to 
attend MBC when accepted: Between 40 
and 60 percent of legacies who apply fol- 
low through to enrollment, compared with 
20 to 30 percent of applicants in the gener- 
al pool. However, legacy applications at 
MBC have dropped slightly since 2003, 
and the percentage of legacy applicants 
who followed through to enrollment has 
decreased from 60 percent in 2002 to 41 
percent currently. It takes everyone associ- 
ated with Mary Baldwin College to recruit 
the next incoming class; these statistics 
demonstrate that alumnae/i play a critical 
role in that process, said Branson. ▲ 

Submit a referral for a prospective student 

Indian Fulbright Scholar Offers Art, Women's Studies Lessons 

Cultural historian 
^ (III Dr. Geeti Sen has 
■lB*%*' - lectured at 

University of 

> Chicago, University 
Q of California at 
^ Berkeley, and 
^ Columbia 

> University, and 
p spoken to audi- 
I ences in England, 

India, Canada, and 
Spain. She held a residency at Mills College 
and completed fellowships for the Asian 
Cultural Council and Smithsonian 
Institute, among many other projects. She 
has taught Indian art and architecture at 
six major institutions in Mumbai and 
Delhi, India. In March, Mary Baldwin 
College was the site for Sen's first turn as a 
Fulbright Visiting Specialist. 

Sen, who stayed on campus for three 
weeks, was the second scholar to visit MBC 
through the Fulbright program this aca- 
demic year. Lebanese graduate student 
Sahar Saba resided at MBC from 
September to May, instructing Arabic and 
teaching students, faculty, and staff about 
her country and culture. Sen, an art critic 
and former chief editor at the India 
International Center, presented two week- 
long workshops, gave a number of commu- 
nity talks, and guest lectured in courses in 
art, anthropology, and other fields. 

Sen earned her bachelor's degree in art 
history at Bryn Mawr College in 
Pennsylvania and her master's in history of 
Indian art at University of Chicago before 
returning to her birthplace of Kolcaira 
(Calcutta), India, to earn her doctorate. She 
is the author of several books, esSays, and 
papers that span topics from contemporary 

art in India, to politics, to an interview 
with acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shyam 
Benegal. Sen's most recent book. Feminine 
Fables: Imaging the Indian Woman in 
Painting, Photography, and Cinema, speaks 
to the role of women and how they are 
projected in film. 

"My interest in Muslim history and 
culture goes back to 1966 when I received 
a scholarship to study at the University of 
Chicago," Sen said. "I studied Islamic 

Mughal |a medieval Islamic empire that at 
one time ruled most of the Indian subconti- 
nent] manuscript of the Ramayana [a 
Hindu holy scripture] in the Freer Gallery 
of Art, Washington DC. My doctoral thesis 
on Paintings from the Akbar Nama affirms 

reveal the rich composite culture of the 
Mughal court in 16th-century India." ,' 

Spring 2007 

Dozens of Daddy's Long 
Legs Come to College 

Each Daddy's Long Legs doll has a story. There is Buttons, a limited edition pro- 
duced only in 1996, who sports a clown costume with buttons on the hat, vest, and 
bow tie. Ruth is a delicate, finely dressed young woman, and the story goes that she 
teaches all the children in the doll collection. Doc Moses and Nurse Garnett appear 
in the traditional clothing of an early 20th-century medical team. These finely crafted 
posable African-American dolls are just a few of nearly 40 donated to the college by 
Bruce Joffe, associate professor of communication. 

Joffe thought of his Daddy's Long Legs collection when he heard about the 
Black Baby Doll drive held annually before Christmas by the college's Ida B. Wells 
Society and the Office of African American and Multicultural Affairs. After a conver- 
sation with Andrea Cornett-Scott, Ida B. Wells advisor and associate vice president 
for student affairs, Joffe 
decided that the dolls 
would be a more appro- 
priate gift to the college 
rather than to the toy 
drive. "They represent 
moments in African- 
American history and 
lives. Their facial fea- 
tures are just exquisite," 
Cornett-Scott said. 

Joffe started collect- 
ing the unique dolls in 
1992 and amassed hun- 
dreds of pieces that 
filled several display 
cases. When he moved 
to Staunton from 
California to begin his 
position at MBC last 
fall, he had downsized 
just about everything, 
including his Daddy's 

Long Legs collection. He started by giving selected dolls to friends and family mem- 
bers as meaningful gifts. After his donation to Mary Baldwin College — which 
includes many special edition, members only, and limited edition figures valued at 
$250 to $500 each — a few dozen are all that remain in Joffe 's personal collection. 

Named for their posable limbs made of cloth that are attached to a plastic or 
resin body. Daddy's Long Legs Dolls had been created by Karen Germany since 
1985. She recognized a void of African-American collectibles in the gift industry. The 
dolls have been out of production since 2003, steadily driving up their value. Many 
of those donated by Joffe were signed by Germany when he met her at a show. They 
are awaiting a permanent display location at Mary Baldwin. 

"I realized that MBC could create a wonderful home and a legacy for the dolls," 
Joffe said. "Instead of being in boxes at my house, they can be displayed where many 
people can view and enjoy them. "A 

Have you met Buttons, Ruth, Doc Moses or one of dozens of other 
Daddy's Long Legs Dolls donated to Mary Baldwin by Bruce Joffe, 
associate professor of communication? Important to doll collectors, 
they are more valuable now because they are also out of production. 

Student News 

Russell Scholar Combines 
Languages, Political Interest 

It might sound like a foreign vacation, but a whirl- 
wind 10-day, six-city trip through the Basque region 
of Spain and France during Winter Break provided 
key research for MBC Russell Scholar Jessie 
Labadie '07. A French and Spanish double major 
who is fluent in both languages, Labadie is using 
the college's coveted Margaret! Kable Russell 
Award — just one is granted each year to support 
an exemplary student research project — to study 
the disparate political agendas of Basque citizens in 
those countries. 

"It has been gratifying for me to tie together 
my two language majors and underlying interest in 
political movements into one interesting project," 
Labadie said. 

The Basque region includes approximately 
12,800 square miles along the Pyrenees mountain 
range and The Bay of Biscay. An estimated three 
million people inhabit the area, with about 92 per- 
cent of those citizens on the Spanish side. The 
region has its own recognized language, customs, 
and cuisine. Spanish Basques have fought for — and 
in some cases won — increasing autonomy from the 
Spanish government and people, Labadie explained. 
Their French Basque counterparts, however, have a 
more laid-back approach to their individualism and 
have not sought to break away from their home 
country. During stops in Bilbao, Guernica, and San 
Sebastian in the Spanish Basque region and Biarritz, 
St.-Jean-de-Luz, and Bayonne in France, Labadie 
talked to citizens about their cultural identity. 

Labadie also spoke with a few government offi- 
cials during her tour. Although her findings generally 
supported her hypothesis that Spanish Basques are 
more concerned about losing the remnants of their 
heritage and therefore more willing to engage in con- 
flict than French Basques, she admitted that the proj- 
ect took on a life of its own as a result of the trip. 

"I realized that the concept is more complicat- 
ed than I originally thought," she said. "There is not 
a scenario where one group of people feel one way 
and the other group feels distinctly different. There 
was much nuance in their responses." 

Labadie's project continued during the spring 
semester with extensive reading, through which 
she planned to investigate the implications of 
Basque separatist movements in the face of 
European Union homogenization. 

"Much of my language studies have been liter- 
ary- and theory-based; this is good application in the 
real world," she said. 

continued on p. 13 


More than 150 students from 
eight Shenandoah Valley high 
schools converged at Mary 
Baldwin in March to ponder the 
fate of civil liberties in war time as 
part of a program sponsored by 
the nearby Woodrow Wilson 
Presidential Library. 


Paula Rothenberg, renowned writer 
and lecturer on issues surrounding 
globalizing college curriculum and 
inequality, equity, and privilege, will be 
MBC's 2007-08 Doenges Visiting 
Artist/Scholar. Rothenberg's works are 
frequently used in college and universi- 
ty courses on diversity. 


In December, students chose 
Carey Usher, associate professor 
of sociology, as the college's angel 
for best embodying love, charity, 
kindness, and a giving spirit. Usher 
gave birth to her first child, a son, 
less than a month later. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine " 



faculty/staff acorns 

Fox Appointed to Virginia P-16 Education Council 

President Pamela Fox was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to 
Virginia's P-16 Education Council, which identifies opportunities to 
better coordinate the state's education reform efforts from pre- 
school through graduate school. Fox joins the state secretary of 
education, Virginia senators, the president of the Board of 
Education, and several other college and university leaders on the 
committee, which is also responsible for developing ways to 
improve transitions among levels of education, promoting student 
success, and encouraging students to continue their education. 

Faculty Development Series 

Just because you teach does not 
mean you stop learning! Most col- 
leges and universities welcome 
opportunities on and off campus for 
continuing faculty development. In 
2006-07 some of the offerings 
included, among others: 

The Global War on Terrorism after 
Five Years: American Viewpoints 
from the Middle East 

Israel's Approach to Countering 
Terrorism presented by Professor 
Gordon Bowen, who has studied 
terrorism for more than 20 years 
and was in Israel and the West 
Bank in summer 2006 as an aca- 
demic fellow of the Foundation for 
the Defense of Democracies. 

Countering Terrorism: Issues at 
Home and Abroad presented by 
U.S. Army Colonel (retired) Peter 
Menk, national security specialist 
who works in Washington DC 
headquarters of the Environmental 
Protection Agency. He is an expert 
on homeland security and law. 

Wittgenstein: A Faculty 

A series of discussions, from 
September to December 2006, 
about Ludwig Wittgenstein, some- 
times described as the most origi- 
nal and brilliant philosopher of the 
20th century. Discussions coordi- 
nated by Professor Jim Gilman. 

Asian Affairs 

The Problems Chinese Face in the 
Wake of Their Economic Miracle 
presented by Professor Daniel 
Metraux, whose visits to China and 
areas in Asia have been supported 
by a Fulbright grant. He examined 
the problems associated with 
today's economic grov^rth, including 
gross pollution, declining resources 
such as water, major disparities in 
income, and waves of migrant 

Cambodia Since the Khmer Rouge 
presented by Professor Metraux, 
following his 2006 tour including 
Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. 

Ann Field Alexander '67, professor of history, was reap- 
pointed to a second term on the State Review Board of the 
Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 

Bruce Dorries, assistant professor of communication, pre- 
sented 2006 alumna Harriet Blackwell's study "Where Did 
She Go: Media Coverage of Missing Black Women," at the 
American Studies Association of Texas meeting. 

Christina Daniel, circulation and student staff coordinator at 
Grafton Library, was awarded the 2006 Regional Award of 
Excellence for Volunteer Leadership for Outstanding Support 
of the Mission of the American Cancer Society by the South 
Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. 

Carrie Douglass, professor of anthropology was awarded 
the Most Notable Recent Edited Collection Book Prize for 
2006 by the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction for 
her book Barren States: The Population Implosion in Europe. * 

Jim Gilman, professor of religion and philosophy, published 
Faith, Reason, and Compassion: A Philosophy of Christian 
Faith, a book that establishes emotions as crucial to shaping 
solutions to philosophical problems.* 

Carole Grove, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching pro- 
gram, was appointed to the Advisory Board for Teacher 
Education and Licensure. This is a three-year state appoint- 
ment, and she is one of two higher education representa- 
tives on the 19-member board. 

An editorial by Sara IMair James '69, professor of art, was 
published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in response to 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College's (Lynchburg) decision to 
go co-ed. It was titled "Women Should Donate More to Their 

Allan Moye, assistant professor of communication, received 
his second Virginia Governor's Award for Screenplay at the 
Virginia Film Festival in October for his original screenplay. 
Signs Following. 

Melissa Sumner, adjunct instructor of music, was awarded 
the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator by the 
Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing 
Arts, University of Richmond. 

* Both Douglass and Gilman's books are available online at 

Team CoMPA (Office of Communication, Marketing, & Public Affairs) earned two awards from the Council 
for Advancement of and Support of Education (CASE) District III. Jenny Howard, associate director of CoMPA, 
Gretchen Newman, director of design, and Adam Smith, associate director of Web communications, were 
awarded for excellence for the flash solicitation "lmagine"(see online: Newman 
and Smith also won a special merit award for homepage design and implementation for Mary Baldwin's new 
Admissions homepage: 

Spring 2007 

Interim Dean Continues with Full 
Support from MBC Connmunity 

Dr. Edward Scott, associate professor of phi- 
losophy, took on the challenging role of 
interim dean of the college and vice presi- 
dent of academic affairs in May 2006, and 
not surprisingly, for those in the greater 
Mary Baldwin College and Staunton com- 
munity, he has done it well. In a move to 
provide stable leadership during a critical 
phase of implementing our strategic plan, 
Dr. Pamela Fox, president of the college, 
asked Scott to continue in the interim role 
for two more years. 

"Dr. Edward Scott has provided gentle 
and wise leadership this year and we are 
very appreciative of his willingness to take 
up this important work," said Fox. 

Scott's accomplishments during his first 
year in the interim role were substantive, 
collaborative, and significant. Scott has been 
instrumental in shepherding the new Quality 
Enhancement Plan through an affirming 
review by the reaccreditation team from 
Southern Association of Colleges and 
Universities. He was part of a comprehen- 
sive examination and revision of the Honors 
Program, helped in completing a project 
begun by the previous dean of the college 
to make measurable improvements in facul- 
ty salaries, and was instrumental in the 

selection of next year's Doenges Visiting 
Artist/Scholar, Paula Rothenberg (noted 
author and lecturer, and currently senior fel- 
low at The Murphy Institute at City 
University of New York). His support and 
encouragement for the faculty development 
series, which was well received, helped 
increase attendance (see p. 12). His teach- 
ing schedule was simplified when he 
became interim dean, but he insisted on 
teaching African American Thought in spring 
semester to a diverse range of students, 
who are in the Residential College for 
Women and Adult Degree Program. In his 
mind, the larger accomplishments of the 
year also include an open door policy in the 
Office of the Dean and holding fast to his 
sense of humor, Scott said. 

"I accepted a two-year term as interim 
dean in support of President Fox and our fac- 
ulty which, in my view, are well served by 
someone that both faculty and administra- 
tion can enthusiastically and unequivocally 
endorse," he said. 

The college community welcomed his 
leadership as well as the decision to extend 
his time as dean of the college. MBC will 
likely launch a nationwide search for the posi- 
tion in the 2008-09 academic year. 

Student News 

Seniors Participate in 
Year-Long Leadership Project 

Tina Brown and Tiffany Jackson, members of the 
2007 graduating class, were among 51 college stu- 
dents from 20 states selected to participate this 
year in the Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color 
Leadership Institute sponsored by the Foundation 
for Independent Higher Education. The year-long pro- 
gram prepared them for future leadership roles as 
women of color by pairing them with a mentor and 
undertaking a leadership program in the community. 

"The most important qualities a leader can 
have are to lead by example and to encourage and 
be of service to those around them. Being humble 
is also key," said Brown, an independent major in 
psychology and social work who served in many 
leadership roles on campus. During her senior year, 
she led Anointed Voices of Praise gospel choir as 
president, served as vice president of Black 
Student Alliance, worked as an orientation leader 
for new minority students, and is a member of 
Omicron Delta Kappa, among other activities. 

Brown said the students' experience at a rigor- 
ous leadership development program in Baltimore 
during summer 2006 was enlightening. "The most 
amazing part of the conference was to be in the 
presence of women who have been where we are 
and have accomplished great things," she said. 

Brown's community project involved working 
at Booker! Washington Community Center's after 
school program in Staunton, and a mentorship with 
its director, Cheyenne Cody. She created a mentor- 
ship program between MBC students in Anointed 
Voices of Praise and children at the Center. She 
also worked to provide educational events on the 
weekends, and has been involved with the Boys 
and Girls Club within the Center. 

Jackson, an English major with a double minor 
in education and African-American studies, said 
meeting her national mentor. Marguerite 
Kondracke, CEO of America's Promise, was a per- 
sonal highlight of the national conference. 

Jackson's service project responded to a need 
she saw for African-American cultural, literary, and 
historical enrichment in the community. She creat- 
ed a weekend enrichment and mentorship program 
for young girls in Staunton, which she called Black 
Pearls. "I want them to develop cultural awareness, 
self-esteem, physical and spiritual wellness, and 
learn the importance of academic success and sis- 
terhood," she said. 



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A Twist on 'What Women Want' 
From Commencement Speaker 
and Scholar Carole Levin 

The students who took theit places on MBC's Page Terrace May 20, 

2007 had dreamed for a long rime about their 

graduation day. Commencement speaker 

Carole Levin, the scholar who addressed 

them, has spent much time pondering dreams, 

too. As professor of history at University of 

Nebraska, Levin is intrigued by the meaning 

and use of dreams in 16th- and 17th-century 

England, and the topic is the focus of her 

recent research as a year-long fellow at the 

prestigious Folger Shakespeare Library in 

Washington DC. 

Books she has authored, such as The Reign of Elizabeth I and 
The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of 
Sex and Power, and articles "The Taming of the Queen: Foxe's 
Katherine and Shakespeare's Kate," among others, reveal her broad- 
er interest in advancing feminist thought. Levin earned her under- 
graduate degree at Southern Illinois University, and her master's 
degree and PhD in history from Tufts University. Her specializations 
in late Medieval and Early Modern England and Europe and in 
women's history led her to be named in 2002 Willa Gather 
Professor of History at University of Nebraska, where she has 
worked since 1998. 

In lieu of focusing on her research, Levin's speech at Mary 
Baldwin brought forward a medieval twist on a question for the 
ages, one of particular interest to a women's college audience: 
"What does a woman really want?" Chronicling King Arthur's 
quest for the answer that would save him from death at the hands 
of a knight with magical powers. Levin illustrated a parable valu- 
able through the centuries. "What a woman most wants is autono- 
my, the right to make decisions about her life and the ability to 
carry them out," she said. 

Levin has an unmistakable passion for teaching and the bridges 
teaching creates with her scholarship. "Questions that students have 
asked have opened up new avenues for class lectures and discussions; 
they have also led to research and public talks," she said. "My spe- 
cialization in women's studies specific to the Medieval and Early 
Modern periods has sparked an enduring interest for students and 
faculty from a variety of disciplines." 

Levin, also an avid Shakespeare theorist, has published numer- 
ous articles on that topic and counts the editing of several books in 
her career credits. Her expertise has garnered interviews on 
National Public Radio and two televised segments on CNN. Levin 
has been a visiting scholar at Middle Tennessee State University, a 
fellow at the Newberry Library, and a distinguished professor at 
University of North Carolina in Asheville. She also did work at 
University of Virginia as part of a National Endowment for the 
Humanities summer fellowship. 

To close. Levin quoted suffragist Susan B. Anthony: "'Failure is 
impossible,' Anthony said. For all of you, my congratulations on your 
graduation, and remember, failure is impossible." ▲ 

Sorrowful News: 
Virginia Tech's Nightmare 

On April 16, 2007, the world of the Mary Baldwin College 
community revolved around final exams and preparations for 
Commencement and May Term classes. Then came the news 
about multiple fatalities as a result of a shooting rampage at 
Virginia Tech, just 110 miles from Mary Baldwin. 

As members of the Mary Baldwin family accounted for 
family and other loved ones — a nephew who couldn't be 
reached for hours but was unharmed, a 
friend among the victims, a daughter 
recovering from bullet wounds — 
MBC President Pamela Fox comforted 
our community with campus-wide 
messages. "At times like this it is 
important for us to come together as a 
community. We mourn with them, 
together in spirit if separated by geog- 
raphy and time," she wrote on the day 
of the shootings. 

The day after the tragedy, we 
gathered at North Court for a moment of silence, a prayer, and 
the always-poignant playing of Taps. Edward Scott, interim 
dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs 
offered hopeful words in prayer: "Let us be as women commis- 
sioned to tell the news that death so bold yesterday, cruel, mad 
and absurd must give way before the sway of faith ..." 

A few days later, Governor Kaine declared a statewide day 
of mourning and the MBC community gathered at the flag on 
top of Gannon Hill to hear the peal of bells in Staunton while 
we remembered the victims and their families, ending with a 
prayer from the Reverend Andrea Cornett-Scott, associate vice 
president of student affairs. It was also a day proclaimed 
Orange and Maroon Effect Day in honor of Virginia Tech, also 
known as the Hokie Nation, and many of those gathered wore 
the colors in a compassionate statement of solidarity. ▲ 

For more about this story, please go online to: 

Spring 2007 

PEG in 
N 'awl ins 

Students in the Program for tlie 
Exceptionally Gifted traveled to 
Louisiana during Spnng Break to 
aid in ongoing cleanup and 
rebuilding in an area hit by 
Hurricane Katrina They helped 
with bonne construction for the 
St Bernard Project a relief organ 
ization It was all alligators and 
crawfish and dry wall, oh my! 
(Above) Elizabeth Vukelich '10 
carefully — very carefully — 
feeds an alligator. (Top right 
photo. I to r) Ajantha 
Ramachandran, Vukelich, both 
Class of 2010, and Stacy Alieva 
'09, theatrically dry walling. 
Ramachandran's father, a county 
commissioner in St. Charles 
Parish, organized a crawfish boil 
for students and arranged for a 
place to sleep in a church during 
the visit. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 15 




Top: Benazir Bhutto 
Bottom: Sanjana Das 

Top: Claudia Bernardi 
Bottom: Sahar Saba 

Voices from Around the Globe 

Consider the speakers and visitors at MBC during 2006-07: At ttie outset of 
fall semester Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, passion- 
ately encouraged her audience at the Smyth Leadership Lecture — and 
young women, in particular — to promote democracy where it is not pres- 
ent and work to keep it strong where it does exist or deal with the conse- 
quences, such as terronsm. ▲ Only a few weeks later, children's rights 
activist and India native Sanjana Das discussed issues and concerns in the 
trafficking of children and women in Asia in several settings with students, 
faculty, staff, and the greater community ▲ Venkatesh Raghavendra, social 
entrepreneur and director of global partnerships for Asia at the Ashoka 
Institute, arrived at MBC on the heels of Das, and, in addition to other appear- 
ances, gave presentations for the college's Community Service Speakers 
Series. ▲ Soon after, the MBC community welcomed Srinivas Krishnan — 
Global Rhythms musician, professor at University of Miami, and goodwill 
ambassador for his native India — to campus for a public concert, cultural din- 
ners, and lively impromptu conversations. 

Transformative Teachers from Abroad 

In many cases, we didn't even need to board a plane to experience interna- 
tional flavor. Following her powerful visit to campus in September, Doenges 
Visiting Artist/Scholar Claudia Bernardi brought back her vision for human 
rights for a May Term course in which she guided students in creating a 
mural in Staunton, which was documented by another May Term class in 
Film Studies. Bernardi, a native of Argentina, was a member of a forensics 
team called in 1992 to excavate mass burial sites, the result of a massacre 
of the village of El Mozote in El Salvador. She has made it her life's work to 
promote nonviolence and end human suffering through her art, her art 
school in El Salvador, and other projects ▲ Fulbnght Visiting Scholar Sahar 
Saba of Lebanon taught in MBC's Arabic courses and was a student her- 
self in our unique Shakespeare literature and performance program. Saba 
lived on campus in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Center, which 
provided countless opportunities for casual interaction and an international 
night in the dorm that featured food and facts about her native country A In 
March the college was honored by a three-week stay by Dr. Geeti Sen, a 
Fulbright Visiting Specialist. Sen is a cultural historian, critic and writer, who 
has been chief editor at India International Center in New Delhi. 

Top: Venkatesh 


Bottom: Srinivas Krishnan 

Spring 2007 

We're not just talking about global connections at Mary Baldwin College - we are creating them. The Quality 
Enhancement Plan helped the entire college community focus on its strengths and direction for the future, and the topic. 
Learning for Civic Engagement in a Global Context, embodies where MBC has been and where it is headed in relation to 
global connections, in just the first year of planning, we heard on campus a chorus of accents and voices from around 
the world, we embarked on international recruiting trips, professors and students continued to look within and 
beyond US borders for study and service opportunities. Here is a sampling of those efforts in 2006-07: 


Jessie Labadie '07 

Students Explore Overseas 

Winter Break, Spring Break, and May Term are perfect times for study abroad, global 
exploration, and civic engagement. Jessie Labadie '07, this year's Margaret! Kable 
Russell Scholar, Interviewed French and Spanish Basques during a winter trip to the 
region as part of her research on differing political motivations (see p. 11). ▲ 
Professors Andreas Anastasiou and Jacl< Kibler led multicultural psychology and 
international communication May Term courses in Cyprus in which students were 
introduced to multicultural perspectives of some of the major areas of psychology, 
including research, assessment, biological psychology, social psychology, child devel- 
opment, and personality. A Professors Daniel Metraux and Dan Stuhlsatz combined 
forces to take students to Canada to study Asian acculturation into North American 
society, white American and Canadian reaction past and present, and acculturation of 
Native Americans in British Columbia. ▲ Several students in the Adult Degree 
Program joined other MBC classes for study abroad during the year. 

Summer Palace, Bei)ing 

Globetrotting Professors 

MBC faculty ventured overseas for academic purposes in 2006-07. Daniel 
Metraux, professor of Asian studies, earned a Fulbhght award that will help 
Mary Baldwin College expand its Asian studies curriculum and course offer- 
ings to include more study of China. Metraux traveled to several cities in 
China, and, as a result of the trips, wrote a book. Contemporary China: A 
Bnef Overview, and articles that appear in online publications. Metraux also 
received the 2006-07 Karl F. and Patricia H. Menk Award for Faculty Support 
and Development, which he employed during his sabbatical in fall 2006 to 
visit Japan. He was commissioned to write about the significance of former 
President Ulysses S. Grant's trip to Japan in 1879, and about Japanese reli- 
gion for the magazine Education About Asia. Metraux also spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and 
Laos, including visits to Phnom Penh and several Khmer Rouge "killing fields." ▲ Vladimir Garfcov, associate 
professor of chemistry earned a Fulbright award to continue work on a chemistry textbook, for use by MBC 
students and at other institutions, that blends the American liberal arts approach to education and the more 
traditional and rigorous model used in Bulgaria. A Use Keiter-Brotzman, associate professor of music, per- 
formed two piano concerts at the International Roussel Festival in France. A Sarah Kennedy, associate pro- 
fessor of English, gave a poetry reading at the annual Welsh Studies Conference at University of Wales. A 
Gordon Bowen, professor of political science, met with counter-terrorism experts during a three-week trip to 
Israel sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He invited several of the people with 
whom he made connections to MBC for guest lectures. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


A Place to Call 
Our Global Home: 

The Samuel R, Jr. & Ava Spencer Center 

A man who positioned Mary Baldwin as a "college within a community," inspired the construction 
of several major campus buildings, and nurtured study abroad programs and exchanges in Spain, 
France, England, and India. A woman who pursued advanced degrees, delighted in international trav- 
el, and raised an ambitious family. An innovative campus center that will advance and serve as a major 
resource for community service learning and international opportunities. The Samuel R. Jr. & Ava 
Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement at MBC. Long envisioned, soon a reality. 

Named in the Spencers' honor by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, the Center — to be 

located on a renovated ground floor of the existing Consuelo Slaughter Wenger Hall — is scheduled to 

open in fall 2007. Its creation will bring to life MBC's Quality Enhancement Plan, Learning for Civic 

Engagement in a Global Context, and its location begins to realize the vision detailed in the Campus 

Master Plan of a central area for student life. 

Louise McNamee '70, Board of Trustees chair, said the association of the college's latest 
venture in global civic engagement and the Spencers is a perfect fit. "More than any specific pro- 
gram or accomplishment, their impact here has always been their outlook as educated people 
i who realize that the life of the mind includes stepping outside academia to explore the world." 

Designed around a central circular theme, the Spencer Center will promote and 
facilitate study abroad as a central location for information for students and faculty. 
Staff at Spencer Center will encourage civic engagement by continuing positive 
relationships between community agencies and the college, expanding service 
projects, and coordinating speakers and activities to promote civic and 
global engagement. They will also assist in recruitment and on-cam- 
pus support of international students. ▲ 

Spring 2007 

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The new Spencer Center is designed in a concentric circle pattern. "We hope it will be a source of 
infornnation and inspiration for all who enter," said President Fox. Decorative elements may include 
flags and artifacts from around the world and photo testimonials from MBC students. Top; Reception 
area. Above: Hallway entrance to the Center. Left; Another view of the reception area. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Connecting with India: 

Diary ofMBC's First Recruiting Trip in the 
Second Most Populous Country in the World 

Mary Baldwin College intensified 
its international recruitment efforts this aca- 
demic year with two recruiting trips to Asia 
— to India and to South Korea. The recruit- 
ing plan for the Residential College for 
Women calls for increased numbers of inter- 
national students, who currently make up 
only two percent of our students. 
International perspectives are a significant 
component of the Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage, MBC's roadmap for the best in 
21st-century education. 

Why focus on India for a new recruiting 
effort? First, there is a building synergy 
between MBC and South Asia. In the past 
year, MBC has hosted many visitors from 
there, including musician Srinivas Krishnan, 
former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir 
Bhutto, social entrepreneur Venkatesh 
Raghavendra, Presbyterian Church peace 
advocate Sanjana Das, Fulbright scholar 
Geeti Sen, and several others. 

Second, more and more Indians are 
seeking educational opportunities in the 
United States. Multinational companies 
operating in Asia seek educated employees 
with multicultural perspectives bridging east 

and west. India's economy is one of the 
largest and fastest growing in the world. 
The burgeoning middle class increasingly 
has the capacity to send sons and daughters 
abroad for higher education. India's nation- 
al universities are prestigious, but offer few 
openings in comparison to the vast number 
of academically qualified students. 

As a college for women located in a 
safe and small, but vibrant, town not far 
from the U.S. capital, Mary Baldwin is a 
particularly good fit for young women 
from India. Many South Asian families 
consider sending sons away to college, but 
fewer are as comfortable sending their 
daughters halfway around the world. 
Sonali Birla '94, who came to Mary 
Baldwin from Kolcata, comments, "An all- 
women's college was appealing to me and 
my family. Since I was going to a college 
so far away from my home in India, it was 
also important to me to be in a small col- 
lege with a family atmosphere. MBC was 
truly a home away from home. I felt safe, 
welcome, and part of the community." 

In February 2007, Crista Cabe, associ- 
ate vice president for communication. 

Cabe in front of a traditionally painted 
doorway at tfie College of Arts in Chennai. 

Photo below: A view of India's Kerala countryside 

marketing, and public affairs, represented 
Mary Baldwin on a recruiting tour to India 
organized by the nonprofit Indus 
Foundation. She was one of seven represen- 
tatives of U.S. and Canadian colleges and 
universities who visited schools and con- 
ducted recruiting seminars in nine cities. 
Not all the activities were productive in 
terms of recruiting students, but overall the 
trip was successful. It is clear that MBC is a 
good fit for young women from India, and 
now we better understand how to shape a 
successful recruiting program there. And a 
number of qualified and interested prospec- 
tive students now know about Mary 

What follows are excerpts from a diary 
Cabe kept while traveling in India. 


3 February, Saturday: 

Shenandoah Valley 
My long journey begins in Virginia's 
Shenandoah Valley with a flight to 
Washington DC at 7:30 a.m. Flights to 
Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and thence 
to New Delhi, India see me safely on land 
at 11:30 p.m., February 4. The air is thick 
and acrid, making it hard to breathe as I 
follow the driver to the car that will take 
me to my hotel. 

5 Febmaty, Monday: Delhi 

Met with Mr. Anumolu, organizer and leader 
of the recruiting tour; then met Dr. Saxena of 
Lucknow, founder of a college of engineering 
and technology. He also has an environmen- 
tal research lab where he has worked on sig- 
nificant projects concerning drinking water 
and finding nickel contamination in Indian 
chocolates, which resulted in changed prac- 
tices in chocolate manufacturing in India. I 
see a possibility for MBC students to work 
with him on service learning projects. 

6 Februaty, Tuesday: 
Delhi to Ahmedabad 

Visited Sri Venkateswara College in Delhi 
then headed to the airport for a flight to 
Ahmedabad, capital of Gujarat. Here we 
were welcomed by a fragrant carpet of rose 
petals, and each of us is handed a bouquet of 
roses and daisies. In South Asian fashion the 
bouquets are not meant for water but are 
arranged flat on paper with a clear cover sta- 
pled on. Our hotel is quite comfortable and 

overlooks the Sabarmati River. Across the 
street is an ancient wall, part of the fortifica- 
tions that once guarded this city. 

7 Februaty, Wednesday: Gujarat 
Through the Gujarat countryside to the 
town of Kadi to visit the campus of the 
Sarva Vidyalaya group of colleges. The 
economy of this western Indian state is driv- 
en by agriculture, I am told, and many fami- 
lies have translated wealth from farming and 
trading into a U.S. education for sons and 
daughters. Camels, tractors, elephants, and 
even hand trucks are on the roads hauling 
loads. The impression is of dust, color, 
human activity. It's hot and dry, but the col- 
lege campus offers a quiet green oasis. We 
were received as honored guests with tea 
and an audience with the 80-year-old fire- 
cracker of a director. We [the six college rep- 
resentatives on the tour] jointly presented a 
seminar to a packed room. After more tea 
(chai masala! magnificent!), we spoke with 
individual students. Some secondary-level 
students came and a few were interested in 
MBC {especially one young woman whose 
brother did most of the talking). 

Later, back in Ahmedabad, we had 
pre-set interviews arranged by a local 
organization. I spoke with a couple of 
good prospects for our Health Care 
Administration program. One of them 
applied on the spot. She is an impressive 
young woman who would do well at 
MBC. Also one nice young man who is 
interested in our Masters of Arts in 
Teaching program. 

Today we learned that a shutdown 
strike (bandh) has been called for Bangalore 
on the date we are scheduled to be there. 
Our travel plans will need to be adjusted. 

8 February, Thursday: 
To Mumbai 

Before heading to the airport, we visit 
Gandhi's ashram, now essentially a muse- 
um open to the public. It is quiet and 
serene and overlooks the river. Gandhi 
began his famous march to the ocean to 
make salt here in Ahmedabad. 

Midday we flew to Mumbai, home to 
the Bollywood film industry and about 13 
million people; traffic from airport is the 
worst yet. Passed through the stone mar- 
ket district, with shop after shop full of 
big sheets of marble and granite. Lots of 
three-wheelers [auto rickshaws] in streets. 
Our hotel is on Juhu Beach. The breeze 
off the water kept temperature comfort- 
able, bugs minimal, air fresher than 
inland, and noise lower. 

9 Februaiy, Fnday: Mumbai 

We visited the Haji Ali Mosque — set out 
in the sea and accessed on foot by a long 
causeway. Looks great from a distance, 
but the low tide exposes trash everywhere 
on the flats. Up close, it is clear the 
mosque is crumbling. We went on to a 
contemporary art exhibit as well as a 
museum where we saw ancient Hindu 
carvings, miniature paintings, metal and 
tile work, and the like. Our first real busi- 
ness of the day was a visit to the HR 

College of Commerce and Economics. The 
people and programs are impressive, but 
there are no prospective students for MBC 
here. They do have a program offered to 
educational groups (teachers and students) 
called Discover India, which may have 
potential as a May Term offering at MBC. 

10 Febfnaty, Saturday: Kochi 
Arrived Kochi, on the southern coast, where 
the air is thick with humidity and heat, 
rather than smoke from innumerable cook- 
ing fires and vehicle exhaust. Everything 
looks lush and green. We boarded vans 
which took us up, up, up winding roads 
without guardrails, past banana, coconut, 
other palms, betel nut and other crops, and 
rubber trees with taps and buckets to catch 
the sap. Arrived at publicly owned 
Athirappilly Falls — big, wide river, expan- 
sive rocks, impressive falls. We took short 
hike up and down hills through deciduous 
and bamboo forest. Saw monkeys as well as 
some lovely birds that made me glad I 
brought binoculars: Scarlet Minivet, Black- 
Naped Oriole, and Greater Racket-Tailed 
Drongo, among others. 

1 1 February, Sunday: Kochi 

On this Sunday morning, we were driven 
to the hotel where we would hold our sem- 
inar and interviews. As we neared the city 
center we saw hundreds of people outside a 
large building. Alex [Ephram, representing 
Monroe College on this recruiting trip], 
ever the joker, said: "Look! They are all 
waiting for us!" We laughed until we saw a 
banner reading: 


Education Fair 2007 

First Time in Kerala 
The crowd ivas for us. The room held 300 
chairs. All filled. Another 300 or so people 
crowded the back and sides of the room. 
After our presentations, we had small group 
and individual conversations. I have contact 
information for more than 30 prospective 
students. A good day. 

12 Febniaiy, Monday: Bangalore 
Last night our flight was delayed so we 
didn't get to our Bangalore hotel until nearly 
midnight. I slept in knowing that our sched- 
uled recruiting seminar had been cancelled 
due to the bandh we heard about several 
days ago. Streets seemed quiet and peaceful. 
Just a few vehicles. I enjoyed a telephone 
conversation with Mr. Bagri, father of MBC 
alumna Sonali Birla '94, who called from 
Kolcata to arrange for delivery of some 
scarves that I have agreed to bring back for 
the Alumnae/i Gift Shop. We ate a late lunch 

"They really were waiting for us," said Cabe at a recruiting stop in Kochi with 300 seated and another 300 standing. While 
most attendees were young men, Cabe met with 30 young women interested in hearing about Mary Baldwin College. 

at the hotel in a guest room so the hotel 
wouldn't be stoned by demonstrators for 
opening their restaurant during the bandh. I 
spoke with Sathish Patakota (a business 
executive, as well as musician who played in 
President Fox's presidential inauguration 
concert). He promised to deliver our infor- 
mation materials to his son's school, to 
another international school, and to some 
families with daughters who might be inter- 
ested in attending MBC. 

That evening [the bandh was over at 6 
p.m.]. Dr. Pratima Krishnan and her daugh- 
ter Krittika (14 years old) took me to the 
Bangalore Club — a grand building and 
grounds dating from the British Raj. We sit 
outside for a while before dinner, as the 
weather is pleasant — cooler and drier here 
on the Mysore Plateau, at an elevation of 
over 3,000 feet. Dr. Krishnan says most fam- 
ilies she knows devote the largest part of 
their budgets to education of their children. 
She is convinced that college education in 
the United States is vital for her children, 
and maybe even boarding school before that 
(or our Program for the Exceptionally 
Gifted). She's read research about single-sex 
education and remains struck by it — as a 
woman in business in India, she sees that 
women need all the prep they can get to 
truly succeed. 

13 Februaiy, Tuesday: 
Bangalore to Kanyakumari 
Back to tropical heat and humidity when we 
landed in Trivandrum! (Many cities in 
India are no longer using the Anglicized 
versions of their names used by the British 
— Kolcata rather than Calcutta, Mumbai 
rather than Bombay, Chennai rather than 
Madras. But the official Indian name of 

this city — Thiruvananthapuram — does- 
n't roll off our American tongues so easi- 
ly.) As in so many other places, our local 
liaisons presented us with garlands of fra- 
grant flowers. 

Our van ride to Kanyakumari took 
three hours. We see many women wearing 
elaborate decorations of white jasmine in 
their hair — even schoolgirls walking 
down the streets in their uniforms. More 
churches here, which makes sense given 
the higher proportion of Christians in the 
population. Houses have red tile roofs. 
Finally the view from the road, which has 
taken us through town after town that all 
seem to run together, opens up to show 
the countryside of Kerala, which is lush 
green fields, banana trees, palms on a flat 
green plain with rocky mountains rising 
straight up in the distance. I see egrets, 
kingfishers, drongos, ibis, the occasional 
bee-eater — abundant birds and wildlife. 

We reach Kanyakumari (southern- 
most point of Indian subcontinent) and 
are greeted ceremonially at the hotel: a 
burning oil lamp on a tray was held by a 
beautiful young woman in a green sari; 
another draped a garland made of sea 
shells over our shoulders. And then we 
received arathic, the greeting/blessing 
marked with a dab of wet manjal pigment 
(an ochre color) followed by dry kungu- 
man (crimson) between the eyebrows. In 
the late afternoon we visited an old fort 
constructed by the Portuguese. From there 
we could see a vast wind farm to the 
northeast, beautiful green paddies and 
mountains to the north, and the ocean to 
the south. That evening we eat prawn and 
vegetable pakoras with spicy tomato sauce 
and peppery vinegar. 

Spring 2007 

14 February, Wednesday: 
To Tininelveli 

Valentine's Day. Two-hour van ride to 
Tirunelveli in the state of Tamil Nadu, 
through beautiful country, shows that the 
wind farm we saw yesterday stretches for 20 
km or more along the coast. At Francis 
Xavier Engineering College the assembly 
begins with an opening prayer: a Christian 
hymn sung by a group of girls accompanied 
by boom box. Each recruiter gives her/his 
spiel. No high schoolers or students from 
other colleges here. My one good interview 
is with a woman named Indra who inquires 
on behalf of her daughter. We discover that 
the EX director is a boyhood friend of 
Alex's, who is originally from Chennai. 
Instead of a quick lunch at the school, we 
are invited to the director's house for a veri- 
table feast. 

15 February, Thursday: 
Kanyakumari to Trivandrum 
to Chennai 

In Chennai, went straight from the airport 
to St. John's International School. We pre- 
sented our information to assembled stu- 
dents — boys on one side of the room, girls 
on the other. I spoke with all the girls as a 
group, then with a smaller and more inter- 
ested contingent. The girls were from India, 
Sri Lanka, and the Middle East, and most 
were in standards [grades] 9-11. One asked 
how often our students were allowed to 
leave campus. When I explained the level of 
freedom given to students in the United 
States and at MBC, they were amazed. 

16 February, Friday: Chennai 

Spent the day with Srini [Srinivas Krishnan], 
a great fan of President Fox and MBC. We 
visited two high schools and left packets of 
Mary Baldwin materials. Srini takes me to 
see the College of the Arts, where students 
learn traditional music, dance, and other 
performance arts. The campus is green and 
lovely and serene. There's a huge banyan 
tree under which meditation is held each 
morning. Lunch with Srini and his wife 
Pratima at their home hits the spot; curd 
(yogurt), a staple in South India, mixed into 
rice with the curries, vegetables, and pickle. 
Three of Srini's students spent the evening 
with me. Prashant, a young man, had lots 
of practical questions about life in America, 
from racism to climate to how gas stations 
work. They took me to the beach for a 
walk; many citizens of Chennai are out 
walking and visiting here on this Friday 
night. We stopped at a small stand right on 
the sand for deep-fried veggie snacks. 

cooked as we watched. The two young 
women, Sunaina and Vibha, are impressed 
that I eat spicy hot foods without flinching. 
On the way out, they show me how far the 
2004 tsunami pushed inland, and where 
buildings were destroyed. 

1 7 Februaty, Saturday: Hyderabad 
Like Bangalore, Hyderabad is at a higher 
elevation, and the weather is quite com- 
fortable. Today's public seminar attracted 
mostly students who want graduate pro- 
grams we do not offer, so I took the oppor- 
tunity to talk with local agents about the 
benefits of a women's college and why it 
would appeal to Indian families. 

1 8 February, Sunday: 
Hyderabad to Vijayatvada 

We have not been approached much by 
beggars on this trip, although there have 
certainly been a few — a little girl doing 
cartwheels for Mark in Kanyakumari, some 
young mothers with babies on the beach in 
Mumbai — but here in Vijayawada they 
latch on to us as we walk through a market 

district. The evening recruiting session pro- 
duces only one prospective student for 
MBC. But there was also a press conference 
that attracted reporters from the major 
newspapers. I hope there will be coverage of 

19 February, Monday 

A promised visit to an international high 
school does not materialize, so I hire a car 
to take me to the Kanaka Durga Temple, 
where I am welcomed graciously. The tem- 
ple is built into the side of a mountain over- 
looking the river Krishna. Here I receive 
many blessings — the by-now-familiar 
ochre and vermillion forehead blessing, 
flower petals and rice grains on my head, 
and a small gift of food from each priest. 
For my part, I ceremonially give 50 (and 
once, when I ran out of smaller bills, 100) 
rupees to each priest ($1 = 42.3 Rupees). 
And then it was time for the long journey 
home: fly to Hyderabad, then to Delhi. 
After midnight, board the flight to 
Amsterdam, and then on to Dulles. The last 
flight takes me to the Shenandoah Valley 
Airport. I am home. A 

A chance meeting with a group of school girls gave Cabe a chance to mingle and share ( 
St. John's International School and the College of the Arts in Chennai. India. 

II. She also visited 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 




Margaret Evangeline 

By Dawn Medley 

Mary Baldwin College was 
honored to present an 
exhibition by artist Susan 
Paul Firestone '68 featuring paint- 
ings, sculptures, and her trademark 
neon light creations in February 
2006. Only a few months later, a 
donation was made in Firestone's 
honor by Ray Graham III, to fund 
an annual visiting artist. The art 
department selected Margaret 
Evangeline, a female artist with cut- 
ting-edge style that echoes 
Firestone's refreshing experimenta- 
tion, as the first Susan Paul Firestone 
Lecturer in Contemporary Art. 
Evangeline's visit in November 2006 
was highlighted by a public lecture, 
"Prodigal Daughter," and several 
classroom sessions with students. 


"My grandfather taught me how to 
shoot on his farm in Ville Plat, 
Louisiana. Much later when I found 
myself in New Mexico 
with all the open space 
— in contrast with my 
New York Studio — I 
thought it was the per- 
fect place to try some- 
thing new," said 
Margaret Evangeline. 
Her current projects are 
explosive. Literally. She 
transforms gunshots 
(and nail holes, punc- 
tures made by stiletto 
heels, and other perforations) 
through sheets of metal into pieces 
that provoke conversation. 

In her words: "There has been a pro- 
gression to my art, in my mind, and 
through each step I understand more 
about why I am doing what I do. I 
started with figurative work, portraits 
in pencil and the like, in graduate 
school. I moved toward abstraction, 
then back to figures and still lifes from 
namre and my garden. Gradually, I 
became enamored with space and 
emptiness — or what we perceive to 
be emptiness — around tilings. At the 
time I was reading a lot about Zen 
practices and Native American ideas, 
which supported the concepts I was 
exploring in my art. 

After September 1 1, 2001, 1 went 
with a group of New York artists to a 
retreat at Santa Fe Arts Institute to 
internalize and express everything that 
had happened in the city we cher- 
ished. That's when I started to work 
with firearms. I didn't look at it as 
an expression of violence, but as a 
way to create distortion and find 
beauty and meaning in an explosion. 
I'd been working in metal in my stu- 
dio [in Chelsea in New York City] and 
it seemed like a natural step. It really 
wasn't until the day after I did the 
shooting when I realized I had been 
through something. I was on the other 
side of a moment in life. Later, after 
Hurricane Katrina, it translated into 
pacing in stilettos on a metal sheet to 
s)'mbolize frustration. 

I don't have a political agenda, 
but when you're shooting things and 
creating art from it, it's difficult to 
avoid political implications. Anti-gun 
groups in New York City have 
opposed my work and my shows 
because they view it as a pro-gun 

statement. To other people, it appears 
to be a statement against the use of 
guns, but that's not my point, either. 
The best reaction I heard was from a 
70-year-old woman who had a piece 
installed in her gorgeous New York 
townhouse. It was hung over hand- 
painted Chinese wallpaper that could 
be seen through the piece. 'Every time 
I look at it, it makes me feel strong,' 
she told me." 


Ray Graham III of New Mexico gen- 
erously supports arts events, collec- 
tions, and publications around the 
country, including several in Virginia. 
"Gifts from alumnae and friends of 
the college are essential to progres- 
sive and substantial programming at 
Mary Baldwin," said Paul Ryan, 
MBC professor of art. "Programs 
like the Firestone lecture not only 
benefit students and the greater col- 
lege and city communities, but they 
also raise the academic and cultural 
profile of MBC." 

In his words: "I met Paul Ryan and 
began my association with the arts at 
Mary Baldwin College about a decade 
ago, when I visited campus for a lecture 
given by Leon Golub, a modem painter 
known for his images of public figures. 
Susan Firestone is a longtime friend 
who has often mentioned how influen- 
tial her professors and experience at 
Mary Baldwin were to her later work. 
When she gave her recent show in 
2006 at the college, I had the won- 
derful opportunity to meet President 

Spring 2007 


Louisiana-born artist 
Margaret Evangeline pro- 
duced a series of worlds, like 
the one pictured here {at left 
and as background on these 
two pages), using gunshots 
to pierce steel and aluminum 
and then coloring the metal 
with various techniques. 

Pamela Fox and hear about her 
strong commitment to the arts. I also 
talked again with Professor Ryan 
about the absence of funding to sus- 
tain a visiting lecturer in art, and all 
the pieces felt like they clicked. 

"My hope is that my donation 
for the Susan Paul Firestone Visiting 
Artist in Contemporary Art at MBC 
will honor Susan's positive experi- 
ence at the college and encourage 
others to support and fund arts at 
the college." And so it has ... 

Evelyn "Kate" Mills Lrby '93 
and her husband, Charles, have now 
provided support to sustain the lec- 
ture series for two additional years, 
lrby was an art major while at MBC 
and works as an exhibiting artist tn 
Jackson, Mississippi. 


"Honestly, I think art and psycholo- 
gy were always subconsciously con- 
nected for me," said Firestone, who 
holds a bachelor's degree in psychol- 

ogy from MBC, a master of fine arts 
in painting from American 
University, and a masters in art ther- 
apy from New York University. 

In her words: "While I was working 
on my thesis at NYU on post-trau- 
matic stress disorder, a concrete syn- 
thesis emerged in the face of pro- 
found tragedy. I was doing an intern- 
ship with girls at risk, and another at 
Metropolitan Fiospital, when the 
attacks on the World Trade Center 
shook the world. Stunned — and a 
witness to the events — I completed 
my work and graduated, but felt 
compelled to offer my skills and 
knowledge to the city in its crisis. 
In 2002, 1 volunteered at St. 
Vincent's Hospital, helping high 
school students at Ground Zero try 
to process the events using art thera- 
py. I was involved in several pro- 
grams connected with recovery 
efforts, including FEMA's Project 
Liberty and Mayor Bloomberg's art 
therapy initiative for widows and 
families. I am working on two grants 

through the Red Cross School 
Recovery Program to benefit children 
in schools around Groimd 
Zero. It is intensely 
rewarding. I would not 
have imagined that my 
training in psychology and 
my passion for art would 
be combined in such a dra- 
matic way and under these 

Art therapy works 
with traumatic experiences 
where they are encoded in 
the brain on the right side 
— the image side. Images 
and trauma may not be accessible by 
words. Verbal therapy may be help- 
ful, but words come from the left 
side of the brain, which deals with 
the literal, analytical, and numerical, 
not the emotional. Because art is 
process-oriented, it can reach the 
areas of trauma. It is therapeutic, 
and has always been used by civiliza- 
tions to record, document, and pre- 
serve beliefs, fears, values, and hopes 
for the future." A 

Susan Paul Firestone 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


An American Theatre First 

Lajolie Parfumeuse Becomes 
The Pretty Perfume Maker 

By Carol Larson 

■* production of The Pretty 
' Perfimie Maker at Mary 

Baldwin College presented 

early in spring semester was likely the 

opei-etta Lj Jolie Pcirfiinieiise in 
English in the United States. Written 
in just seven weeks in 1873 by libret- 
tists Hector Cremieux and Ernest 
Blum, and set to music by Jacques 
Offenbach, the original French version 
toured briefly in America in 1879. 
How did it come to be translated into 
English now? At Marv Baldwin 

A year before the operetta's 
debut at MBC, Virginia Royster 
Francisco '64, professor of theatre, 
attended a concert by Waynesboro's 
Schola Cantorum, which included a 
performance oiThe Neighbors 
Chorus from La Jolie Parfumeuse. She 
was delighted by the music and then 
curious about the operetta it sprang 
from. Mary Baldwin College Theatre 
presents at least one musical each \-car 
(in an especially ambitious, small coi- 

tions), and Francisco knew si" 

jreat sina,ers withm 

one of Offenbach's 90-plus operettas 
during Francisco's 36 years as a facul 
ty member, nor during her years as a 
student here. 

Louis Dolive, a member of Schola 
Cantorum: What was the full operetta 
like? Where was the English transla- 

month's research brought Dolive to 
the preliminary conclusion there was 
no English translation. If she wanted 
to do La jolie Parfumeuse, it would 
need to be in French ... or it would 
have to be translated. Confinement 
due to illness during summer and fall 
was unwelcome, but it did offer 
Francisco time to work on an English 
translation of the play and the 225- 

Ibng tradition of niusic theatre sch.c 
arship, but had not presented even 

would need help if she was going to 
be ready to stage the operetta in aca- 
demic year 2006-07. 

Francisco enlisted Leslie Rueff '04, 
who had been music director of four 
of the college's recent productions, to 
assist with translation and settings of 
the songs. Dolive, a well-known 
restorer of antique keyboards and co- 
cdiroi'of two \()lumes of troubadour 
and rrcunere songs, made the final 
musical arrangements. The team 
was completed, bv retired associate 

conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, 
Susan Webb, who volunteered a literal 
translation of the first two acts of the 
operetta. Francisco translated the 
third act and most of the songs, aided 
by Rueff and Dolive, and made the 
final stage edition. The biggest chal- 
lenge of the translation work? The 
songs, since the word rhythms of 
English had to work in music written 
for French. Typically, said Francisco, it 
took her one long day to complete the 
translation and preliminary setting of 
one of the briefer songs. Then Dolive 
spent another day or two refining the 
work and arranging parts. 

Francisco directed the Mary 
Baldwin College production of The 
Pretty Perfume Maker and Rueff was 
music director. One of the great 
appeals of the play foi- the translation 
team was that the cast requires six 
strong female leads (a good thing for a 
residential women's college). 
Offenbach even wrote the leading 
male role for a woman — not uncom- 
mon in his time. 

True to the musical format he 
made an art form, Offenbach created 
this operetta around charming chaos 
and confusion set in Paris (envision an 

Photo, above: The grooh 

Spring 2007 


double-crossing godfather, a gullible hus- 
band, and two other pairs of lovers. 

Premieriiig February 9, 2007, the 
English translation was deemed a success 
by those qualified to review theatre per- 
formance, by audiences made up of citi- 
zens in the area and by members of the 
college community. "Audiences were very 
warm and responsive with laughter and 
applause," said Francisco. 

The future of the first-ever transla- 
tion has begun with the team of transla- 
tors back at work completing the transla- 
tion of parts they cut during rehearsals 
for the Mary Baldwin production and 
polishing other sections based on their 
notes once they had seen the operetta 

copyright the finished translation and 
make it available to other theatres and 
music organizations. 

All told, this project took more than a 
year to realize. "From my perspective, it is 
very exciting for a scholar to do scholarly 
work, and this work resulted in the rebirth 
of a neglected gem," Francisco said. ▲ 

For information about using the English 
version of La Jolie Parfitmeuse, contact: 
Virginia Francisco, professor of theatre, 
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 
2440 1 iifrancis@mhc.edii 

Tianslation team (/ to ;): Les 
Not pictured: Susan Webb. 



Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Personalizing Education, Transforming Lives 

By Dawn Medley 

Charles and Mickey Shuford and David and Mary Carter did it to memorialize the daughters who learned life lessons 
at Mary Baldwin College but were gone before they could realize the full potential of that education. Gail McMichael 
Drew '65 did it because she understands the power of a college's endowment. Patricia Hines Phoenix '77 wanted to 
encourage interest in a new major close to her heart. 

Their paths were different, but their goals — and those of others who contribute to student scholarships at MBC 
— are the same: to shape the student experience in a meaningful way and support the college. Setting up or contribut- 
ing to a student scholarship is one of the most tangible, and personal ways to assure the college's financial health. 
Handshakes and smiles are shared over lunch meetings between donors and students. Handwritten letters of thanks 
arrive in the mail. An investment is made not only in MBC, but in an individual who acquires knowledge, develops 
personality, accepts challenges, and then faces the world. 

Detailed here are a few stories of those who have made student scholarship a priority in their generosity to 
Mary Baldwin College and some of the students they have touched. 

Shuford Scholarship 
Honors a 
Beloved Daughter 

"The best way I can say it is that Mary 
Baldwin College was a turning point in 
Mary's life," said Mickey Shuford 
about the daughter she and her hus- 
band, Charles, lost suddenly in 1989. 
"After she entered college, we quickly 
sensed growing maturity in her letters 
and conversations." 

Mary Kathleen Shuford '83 rel- 
ished every moment of her life and time 
at MBC — she was particularly fond of 
the social aspects, where she developed 
a sense of community, her parents said. 
When her lively existence was cut short 
by a plane crash in Peru just a few 
years after graduation, her family 
found some reprieve from their grief by 
establishing an endowed scholarship 
fund in her name at MBC, the college 
they credit with opening the world for 
Mary. "She took advantage of just 
about every study abroad opportunity 
while she was there ... Austria, 
England, and Doshisha Women's 
College in Japan," Mickey Shuford 
explained. Dozens and dozens of 
friends and extended family members 
contributed to the memorial fund at its 
outset — and many continue their sup- 
port. It is a crucial way to keep Mary's 
memory alive at the college. 

Mary K, Shuford Memorial Scholarship recipients Laura Dean '09 and Emily Hunt '08 (in the middle), 
pose v\/ith benefactors Charles and Mickey Shuford, who delight in meeting the recipients of the 
endowed scholarship named in memory of their daughter. 

Each spring for nearly 17 years, 
the Shufords have visited campus to 
meet the scholarship recipients, who 
are chosen annually. "It is gratifying 
when we meet these young women and 
hear their enthusiasm for the Mary 
Baldwin experience," Mickey Shuford 
said. They set up a few criteria for the 
award, such as preference for students 
from North Carolina with high aca- 
demic standing, but they remain flexi- 
ble to ensure that the college can allo- 
cate the funds to students with finan- 
cial need as well. Those recipients are 
the Shufords' continuing link to news 
and events at MBC. They are a lifeline 
that evokes, although it cannot replace, 
the experience Mary enjoyed so much. 

Emily Hunt, a junior in the 

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
and one of two 2006-07 awardees, said 
the Shufords' personal touch gave the 
gift a face, a personality. "It's one thing 
to know that somebody donated money 
to the college and it benefits you, but 
it's another thing entirely to meet them 
and have them listen to your story and 
journey at Mary Baldwin. It demon- 
strates how invested they are in your 
education and life," said Hunt, who 
also received the award in 2005-06. She 
added that she is honored to be the link 
to a former student, and that receiving 
a scholarship as a student could influ- 
ence her to give back to the college in a 
similar way. 

The Shufords have sought other 
ways to keep up-to-date with the college 

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and preserve Mary's memory. Charles 
Shuford served two terms on the Board of 
Trustees and their son, Hunt Shuford, is a 
current trustee. Mary Shuford's parents 
have also set up a planned giving fund to 
benefit the college. In 1989, Charles and 
Mickey Shuford accepted the Emily 
Wirsing Kelly Award posthumously for 
their daughter's service and leadership — 
including her work with the MBC 
Alumnae/i Association chapters in Atlanta 
and New York City — another testament 
to her legacy at MBC. 

"Mary Baldwin awakened Mary 
to the world, and to her own poten- 
tial," Mickey Shuford said. "We're 
delighted when we see that her schol- 
arship helps that light come on for 
other students, too." 

Drew's Gift to Encourage 
Others to Give 

Gail McMichael Drew '65 has yet to meet 
the recipient of her recently established 
endowed scholarship. Actually, the award 
hasn't even been given yet — it will first 
be awarded beginning in the 2007-08 
academic year, after the endowed amount 
has matured for a full year. 

Drew is straightforward about her 
motivation for setting up an endowed 
fund, which she did quickly — reaching 
the minimum fund level in just one year. 
"Student aid was my first concern, but I 
also understand how important the 
endowment is for a college's recognition 
and standing. Hopefully, this kind of 
support encourages others to give." 

"The total size of a college's 
endowment and the endowment per 
student is information often cited in 
industry publications, comparisons 
with peer colleges and universities, and 
other reports about the financial health 
of an institution. A healthy endowment 
is similar to a healthy personal savings 
account," said Angus McQueen, associ- 
ate vice president for institutional 
advancement. "Mrs. Drew and donors 
like her demonstrate to others that they 
are confident the college will continue 

to invest and use their gifts wisely in 
the future." 

Drew, a doting grandmother in 
Durham, North Carolina, tapped per- 
sonal funds as well as donations from 
the McMichael Family Foundation to 
get the scholarship rolling. "I wanted 
to set up a scholarship at Mary 
Baldwin for some time. With the family 
foundation up and running, the time 
was right," she said. Drew set up the 
scholarship with few restrictions to be 
sure the college could utilize the funds 
for students with financial need. She is 
looking forward to meeting the first 
recipients soon. 

"Our whole family feels strongly 
about education," she said. 

Carters Cherish Meeting 
Student Recipients 

David and Mary Carter start with a bit 
of soul-searching when they meet 
recipients of the Susan E. Carter 
Memorial Scholarship, awarded annu- 
ally since 2001-02 in memory of their 
daughter, who lost her life while she 
was a senior at MBC. "Susan was 
immersed in the Mary Baldwin experi- 
ence. She enjoyed the college, the stu- 
dents, and the curriculum, and she 
spent a fair amount of time assisting 
younger students," said David Carter. 
"We look for that enthusiasm and men- 
torship among students who receive our 
scholarship, too." 

Susan, an English major, was head- 
ed home from work during a break 
from school when she was involved in a 
fatal motor vehicle accident. Her class- 
mates wore buttons in her memory on 
what would have been Susan's gradua- 
tion day in 2001, and her diploma was 
ceremoniously presented to her parents. 
The Carter scholarship was established 
shortly after her death and is awarded 
to English majors — selected by a facul- 
ty committee — who demonstrate a 
commitment to give back to the college 
and to the student body as mentors and 
leaders, as Susan did. 

Denise Kinsinger '09 is determined to uphold the legacy of serv- 
ice and scholarship as a recipient of the Susan E. Carter Memorial 
Scholarship, established by Carter's parents in her memory. 
Below: Written on paper imprinted vs/ith leaves, Kinsinger's thank- 
you note to the Carters. 

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Endowed scholarships help MBC 
attract and retain top-notch students 
by helping them feel confident about 
their financial situation. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 29 

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Patricia Hines Phoenix 77 (second from left) and family give a 
scfiolarship for graphic design students. 

Currently, only 
about 10 percent 
of the financial aid 
awarded to MBC 
students is from 
scholarship funds. 
Thus, the college 
must use funds 
from other areas 
of the budget to 
continue to provide 
financial aid and 
based on 
academic merit. 

Spring 2007 

The recipients do not disappoint. The 
Carters most look forward to meeting recipients 
as their fund grants academic life anew. The 
couple has yet to meet one recent awardee, 
sophomore Denise Kinsinger, but they were 
intrigued by her interests and affiliations. As 
managing editor of Campus Comments student 
newspaper, volunteer for Big Brothers/Big 
Sisters, and part-time driver for an elderly 
woman in the area, she embodies the quahties 
the Carters remember in their daughter. 
Kinsinger received the scholarship in her fresh- 
man and sophomore years at MBC, and she is 
determined to uphold Susan's legacy of service 
and scholarship. 

"I was touched that someone took the time 
to set up a living memorial such as this, and it 
immediately encouraged me to do well so their 
investment would be worthwhile," said 
Kinsinger, who also sings in the MBC Choir and 
Madrigals and serves as a writing tutor at the 
college. "Knowing that I was nominated for the 
award by English professors was a tremendous 
encouragement to me as a writer, reassuring me 
that I wasn't in the wrong field. It is certainly 
one of many reasons why I am a student here." 

The Carter's scholarship is not endowed 
(although it is funded at an endowed level). The 
family — rather than the college — manages the 
fund and is responsible for drawing interest 
from it to make annual awards. The Carters set 
up a long-term giving schedule that ensures 
scholarships for several years. 

"It is an opportunity for us to give back 
what was so liberally given to Susan while she 
was a student at MBC — a quality education," 
David Carter said. 

Art Scholarship Carries on 
Alumna's Creative Interest 

Patricia Hines Phoenix '77 is a clear about her 
motivation for establishing a scholarship for a 

Mary Baldwin College art major in 2002. 

"My husband, Stuart, set up an engineering 
scholarship at his alma mater and I wanted to do 
the same to support the program near and dear 
to me at Mary Baldwin," admits Phoenix, a 
Raleigh, North Carolina resident. 

Phoenix was a studio art major with her 
heart set on graphic design during her tenure at 
MBC. Some years later, when she learned of the 
existence of a relatively new major in graphic 
design at the college, she jumped at the chance 
to create a named scholarship for graphic 
design students. Two students were awarded 
the Patricia Hines Phoenix Art Scholarship for 
the first time in 2003-04, and senior Erin Baker 
received the award for the 2005-06 academic 
year. Phoenix delights in meeting recipients, 
usually during their senior project presentations 
in the spring, when their work is on display in 
Hunt Gallery. 

Phoenix started her career as a junior art 
director and "creative secretary," as she refers 
to it, at a prominent New York City advertising 
agency, but quickly moved into a field more 
suited to her talents. She worked as a commer- 
cial illustrators' representative, selling and pro- 
moting art for about 40 clients — including 
some who worked for Disney — for many 
years. Moving back to North Carolina, 
Phoenix started her own artist's representative 
company and then began an advertising agency. 

A student under one of the college's 
lengendary art professors, Ulysses Desportes, 
Phoenix is slowly moving back into "getting 
dirty," working with charcoal and pastels. 

"It was a great education," she said. "Mary 
Baldwin is a place where you can make your future 
what you want it to be." ▲ 

If you would like to know more about establish- 
ing a scholarship, please contact the Mary 
Baldwin College Office of Institutional 
Advancement: 540-887-7011, 800-622-4255 
(toll free), or at 

'Maribalduinas' Return the Favor 

Scholarships allow 
the college to use 
the Annual Fund 
and tuition to more 
fully fund areas 
beyond student 
instructional costs, 
such as faculty 
salaries, deferred 
utilities, and 
much more. 

An endowed 
scholarship fund 
generates interest, 
which is used to 
fund an annual 
award(s). Therefore, 
the fund will 
continue to provide 
money for 
scholarships even 
if it is not added 
to or if the donor 
passes away. 

One year of study in Spain in 
1 964 changed the lives of 
Ludmila Bratina Burns '66, 
Katharine Fife Romero '66, 
Judith Gisriel Andress '66, Marie 
Gossman Wilson '66, Peggy 
Mitchell Goetzee '66, Betty 
Swope '65, Suzanne Vance 
Borodofsky '66, and Beejee 
Smith Juhnke. The bonds they 
created then have kept many of 
them connected with one anoth- 
er and their teachers, especially 
Dorothy Mulberry, professor 
emerita of Spanish at MBC, and, 
a charismatic professor in Spain 
— and to Mary Baldwin 
College. Beejee Smith Juhnke 
recently reflected on that Spattish 
journey more than 40 years ago, 
when Marias passed away not 
long ago. It all started . . . 

. . . when we stepped off the 
U.S.S. Constitution in 
September of 1964 at Algeciras, 
Spain. It was total culture shock 
for the group of young women 
embarking on MBC's Junior 
Year Abroad. We were excited 
and, looking back on it now, we 
were brave! We couldn't have 
known the effect a year might 
have on our lives. 

Mary Baldwin's program 
in Spain was outstanding. 
Classes were in Spanish, taught 
by native professors who were 
among the cream of the intellec- 
tual crop at a time when dicta- 
tor Francisco Franco ruled. 
Living with Spanish families, we 
learned about contemporary 
culture and everyday life. Since 
our group was small, it enabled 
us — and our professors — to 
get to know each other well. 
The program of study, led by 
MBC professors Dorothy 
Mulberry and Barbara Ely, was 
tough, comprehensive, and full 
of adventures. Outside class, we 
traveled with our professors on 
study excursions. We had fun 
stroUing Madrid's streets and 
sharing countless meals with 
professors, sometimes in their 
homes. We loved getting to 
know their children, who 

taught us songs and jovially 
corrected our Spanish — includ 
ing some embarrassing gaffes. 
The professors seemed to enjoy 
spending time with the ^marib- 
alduinas'" (their invented name 
for us). 

Julian Marias, our 
esteemed professor who 
died two years ago at 
age 91, was a philoso- 
pher, sociologist, essay- 
ist, and lecturer. He 
wrote nearly 60 books 
on many subjects that 
have been translated into 
countless languages. Because he 
sided with Republicans during 
the Spanish Civil War, he 
became persona non grata dur- 
ing Franco's dictatorship and, 
at one point, was banned from 
teaching in Spanish universi- 
ties. So he went abroad and 
taught at Harvard, Yale, and 
several campuses of University 
of California, among others. 
Later he was a member of the 
Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 
Spain, Hispanic Society of 
America, and Council of 
Scholars of the Library of 
Congress. King Juan Carlos 
appointed him Royal Senator 
and he was also the first 
Castilian-speaking person to be 
named to the International 
Pontific Council of Culture by 
Pope John Paul II. 

Marias said in one of his 
memoirs: "The American girls 
who studied in Spain ... were 
profoundly marked by it, with 
what I called the Spanish graft. 
They were changed, their hori- 
zons had expanded, they now 
saw things differently." 

He became an enduring 
friend, inviting many of us into 
his inner circle and introducing 
us to his world of Spanish 
intellectuals and notables. He 
was a consummate correspon- 
dent, whose frequent letters 
were full of personal and polit- 
ical news. 

Though study abroad was 
fairly uncommon in the 1960s, 
most universities today recog- 

nize Its importance in prepar- 
ing students for the wider 
world. To honor our beloved 
Professor Mulberry and that 
year in Spain, some of us came 
together again to establish the 
Dorothy Mulberry 
Travel Scholarship at 
Mary Baldwin College 
to help students inter- 
ested in the Spanish lan- 
guage and culture who 
wish to study abroad. 
For those of us who 
took part in the Junior 
Year in Madrid, it 
opened our eyes and helped 
"graft" (as Marias wrote) a lit- 
tle bit of Spain into our lives 

Anastasia "Stacy" Alieva, 
rising junior, was awarded the 
first Mulberry Scholarship in 
March 2007. She is double- 
majoring in Spanish and Studio 
Art and plans to use her award 
for study abroad in Spain during 
spring semester 2008. She will 
take courses in Spanish litera- 
ture and culture, studio art, and 
art history. 

Editor's Note: We are told 
that among other accomplish- 
ments, these alumnae put their 
learning, experience, and 
Spanish language skills to useful 
service in their lives and careers: 

• Ludmila Bratina Burns '66 
worked as an administrator 
in West Virginia, primarily 
serving migrant workers 
from Central America and 

• Katharine Fife Romero '66 
married a Spaniard and 
lives in Madrid with him 
and their three children. 

• Betty Swope '65 chose a 
lifelong career in the 
Foreign Service and her 
assignments have taken her 
to work and live in Lisbon, 
Madrid, Mexico City, 
Belgrade, Paris, and Cairo, 
among other places. She 
was also U.S. Consul 
General in Guadalajara. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 31 

32 Spring 2007 

"Without pretensions to wide scholarship, but with the capacity to recognize 
its value, in her [Mary Julia Baldwin] selection of her teachers she looked to 
the establishment of the highest standards in the School; and the diploma of 
the graduate became thenceforth the conclusive testimonial of a thorough 
cultural and scholarly proficiency." 

• From Miss Baldwin: A Brief Memoir, 1925 by Armistead C. Gordon 

By Dr. Pamela Murray professor of education and Dawn Medley, assistant director publications and media relations 

In name alone, Mary Baldwin College's 
long history of educating teachers may 
not be obvious. We are not, after all, 
Columbia University Teachers College or 
Stanford University School of Education. 
The connection lies just below the surface 
of our moniker: The college bears the 
name not of a city or state or religious 
affiliation, but rather that of a teacher — 
one of its most influential teachers — 
Mary Julia Baldwin. 

Today, the teacher education program 
at Mary Baldwin College plays a critical 
role in combating what the National 
Education Association (NEA) describes as a 
nationwide teacher shortage that "has 
reached crisis proportions in some areas," 
according to that organization's Web site. 
Only 11 colleges and universities in 
Virginia have produced more teachers in 
recent years than MBC, and all but one of 
those are large public institutions. 

Mary Julia Baldwin, principal of the 
school from 1863 to 1897, strengthened 
the institution's commitment to teaching 
teachers — a subject for which it was 
already highly regarded when she attended 
as a student of the seminary's very first 
class in 1842. For 165 years, the college 
has not wavered in its dedication to a liber- 
al education that produces well-rounded, 
highly skilled professionals in many fields. 
Education continues to rank among the 
most popular subjects at MBC, with an 
average of 20 to 25 percent of undergradu- 
ates in the Residential College for Women 
(RCW) and Adult Degree Program (ADP) 
choosing it as their academic minor. 

Students at Mary Baldwin College in 
2007 may pursue a career in education via 
one of four avenues, providing opportuni- 
ties for people to enter the teaching profes- 
sion at many life stages. One can become 
licensed as a teacher as an undergraduate 
in the Residential College for Women or 
through the coed Adult Degree Program in 
Staunton or any of MBC's regional centers 
(Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, 
South Boston, and Weyers Cave). Men and 
women who have completed a bachelor's 
degree — and may have had previous 

careers — may earn licensure through the 
Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure 
(PBTL) program. The Master of Arts in 
Teaching (MAT) program, open to men 
and women, offers teachers the next level 
of instruction. All MBC programs prepare 
future teachers for an inquiry-based 
approach to teaching, developing units and 
lesson plans that begin with a general 
theme to act as a learning trigger, and are 
then driven by questions that engage stu- 
dents in the research process. The method 
encourages students to develop critical 
thinking skills as part of interactive learn- 
ing, rather than lecture-style delivery. 

"There are so many more options now 
for women who earn an advanced degree 
than there were when I completed mine. 
The options were pretty much nursing, 
teaching, or secretarial," said Carole 
Grove, director of MAT. "The fact that we 
still have many young women who pursue 
teaching — when the doors are wide open 
to all professions — is heartwarming. 
Teaching is a calling." 

All MBC teacher preparation pro- 
grams require a broad background in the 
liberal arts. Like all colleges and universities 
in the Commonwealth, Mary Baldwin 
College does not offer a major in education 
as the result of a decision by the Virginia 
Department of Education and Virginia 
General Assembly that students would be 
better prepared by a major in a content sub- 
ject. Unlike some other colleges and univer- 
sities in the state, MBC's teacher education 
program did not require a major overhaul 
when the Department of Education set that 
guideline in the 1980s, because the college 
has never offered an undergraduate major 
in education. The decision was consistent 
with MBC's mission to prepare teachers 
well in content areas through the liberal arts 
as well as pedagogy (the strategies, tech- 
niques, and approaches that teachers 
employ to assist learning). 

The education faculty at MBC seek to 
"prepare our graduates to bring to their 
teaching careers a sense of context, a spir- 
it of experimentalism, a framework for 
making and defending ethical judgments. 

essential language skills, and a courageous 
habit of inquiry," according to the Teacher 
Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) 
Inquiry Brief drafted recently by MBC fac- 
ulty and staff. 

According to the National Education 
Association (NEA), a historic turnover is 
taking place in the teaching profession. 
While student enrollments are rapidly ris- 
ing, more than one million veteran teachers 
are nearing retirement, leading experts to 
predict that the nation will need more than 
two million new teachers in the next 
decade. Special education, mathematics, 
and elementary education are a few areas 
at the top of the NEA's list of critical 
teacher shortages in 2007-08. 

Mary Baldwin is poised to help. Since 
1992, the MAT program has produced 398 
teachers with advanced degrees, and 352 
students — including many career-switchers 
— have earned their license via PBTL at 
MBC since 1997. In 2005-06 alone, the 
college graduated more than 150 potential 
teachers (57 undergraduate teaching 
minors, 43 in MAT, and more than 50 
hcensure completers in PBTL). Special edu- 
cation endorsement became available 
through the master's program in 2003-04, 
and 23 MBC students have since completed 
certification in that specialty. More than 65 
percent of MBC teacher education gradu- 
ates focus on elementary education, where 
Virginia is experiencing a shortage that is 
believed to be due to rigorous Standards of 
Learning testing in fifth grade, said Grove. 
In addition, while the state struggles to find 
minority teachers, nearly 30 percent of the 
teacher education students in MBC's 
Residential College for Women are African 
American or Hispanic. 

Mary Baldwin recently initiated the 
next chapter in the evolution of its mission 
of quality teacher education. All four pro- 
grams in teacher preparation are being eval- 
uated by TEAC as the college seeks accredi- 
tation from the national experts for the first 
time. Much like the accreditation the col- 
lege is currently working to reaffirm from 
the Southern Association of Colleges and 

continued on page 34 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

Schools, the teacher education department 
apphed for national recognition from 
TEAC as the accrediting body in its 
field. An affirmative nod from TEAC 
would give MBC's teacher training the 
same seal of approval as programs at 
other prestigious colleges and universi- 
ties that are accredited by TEAC, such as 
University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins 
University, and Rutgers University. 

"Teacher education programs have 
a significant impact on nearly all 
majors on campus. Preparing good 
teachers is the responsibility of all of 
us, and the evidence suggests that, 
while there are perpetually areas for 
improvement, collectively we are doing 
a good job," said Grove. 

Meghan Ward '04 

Residential College for Women 

Meghan Ward cannot remember 
(with the exception of a short-lived ambi- 
tion to be a park ranger) ever wanting to 
be anything other than a teacher. She 
grew up near Pittsburgh and visited 
Staunton as a child on family vacations 
to Shenandoah National Park. When the 
time came to choose a college, she want- 
ed a place where she could play field 
hockey and pursue her dream of becom- 
ing a teacher. Mary Baldwin was the 
perfect choice for her. 

Students such as Ward are part of a 
150-year-old legacy of teaching under- 
graduate teachers at MBC nurtured by 
Mary Julia Baldwin herself during her 
principalship from 1863 tol897. By 
1912, a student at Mary Baldwin 
Seminary could pursue a course of study 
to earn a teacher's certificate from the 
State Board 

according to 

Watters' his- 

account. The 
History of 

Meghan Ward '04 College. An 

education department was established in 
1924, offering two classes. In 1929, the 
Virginia Board of Education ruled that 
the minimum qualification for a high 

Eric Jones, associate professor of biology, has been teaching at Mary Baldwin College since 1986. Dr. Jones 
received a bachelor of science from Bucknell University and earned both master's and doctorate degrees 
from Pennsylvania State University. 

school teacher was a baccalaureate 
degree from a standard college, leading 
Mary Baldwin to drop its seminary, or 
two-year program, in favor of its four- 
year college status. Supervised teaching 
(what we now refer to as student teach- 
ing) and courses in methods of teaching 
were introduced shortly thereafter. 

"It was a wonderful experience to 
have that uninterrupted time working in 
a classroom during my three-week 
practicum during May Term," Ward 
said. Her pursuit of word study with 
Patricia Westhafer, professor of educa- 
tion, helped her establish immediate 

credibility with the reading specialist at 
St. Thomas More Cathedral School in 
Arlington, Virginia, where she now 
teaches. St. Thomas More has been the 
recipient of a Blue Ribbon Award from 
the United States Department of 
Education. She also speaks of the value 
of her methods class with Professor of 
Education Jim McCrory. 

Now in her third year of teaching 
fifth grade. Ward hopes to soon begin 
work on her master's degree, and is con- 
sidering a program that focuses on 
teaching in Catholic schools. 

continued on page 36 

Spring 2007 

"I like a teacher 
who gives you 
something to take 
home to think 
about besides 

— Lily Tomlin as 
"Edith Ann" 

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Our readers responded to our query by the 
dozens. We asked: Have you been a 
teacher? Can you tell us about some teach- 
ing milestones, achievements you count as 
special, tuming points and/or memorable 
moments? We are all rewarded by these 
responses, a few of many we received. 
Thank you to all who responded — your 
work inspires us. 

Marianna Jamison Leach '47 taught school for 30 
years in Loudoun County, Virginia and sponsored 
award-winning student publications and weekly 
.radio shows. She initiated a Scottish exchange pro- 
:between Loudoun County High School and 
ferdi School, which ran for 20 years. Even after 
retiring in 1988, she tutored homebound students 
with severe diseases ▲ Alice Ball Watts '52 says 
"hole" from Cole High School in Fort Sam Houston, 
■"■^ '"here she teaches Spanish and founded the 
.R. Jimenez Chapter of the Sociadad Honoraria 
..Inica (Spanish Honor Society). She has spon- 
id students with award-winning entries in the 
UTSA Spanish Poetry Recitation ▲ Amanda Tyner 
Ironmonger '01 has taught middle school for six 
years and was nominated for Disney's Teacher of the 
Year and Who's Who of American Teachers (twice 
already) ▲ Nancy Kirchner Eliason '50 has taught 
more than 50 years from kindergarten to college 
and developed policy and projects for two national 
organizations, American Association of Community 
Colleges and National Governors' Association. 
Retired, she was elected to the school board in her 
district and founded Learning in Retirement ▲ 
Charon Wood Mines '95 taught grades one through 
eight in four school districts in the Washington 
metro area. At age 29, she became principal at a 

- Catholic school for four years. She is now coordinat- 
ing a family literacy program for low income immi- 

- grant families and will soon earn a second master's 
fee (her first, a master's in teaching) in educa- 

'ladministration ▲ Allison Sprouse, currently in 
tin Teaching program at MBC. was named 
eYear at Stuarts Draft High School in 

She thinks "my classes at MBC 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

Lisa Bowman 

Lisa Bowman '98 

Adult Degree Program 

When Lisa Bowman taught at Burnt 
Chimney Elementary School, her knack 
for innovation was unmistakable. She 
teamed with the Blue Ridge Water and 
Soil Conservation District to create a 
pond and 
stream on 
school proper- 
ty to study 
aquatic plant 
and animal 
life. As a 
reading and 
teacher, she 
small touches in the classroom such as 
reading aloud every day. Bowman was 
Franklin County's Teacher of the Year in 
2001 and served as a mentor for new 
teachers at the school. 

Bowman was just about the only per- 
son at Burnt Chimney who was surprised 
when she received the Milken Family 
Foundation National Educator Award in 
2004, referred to as the "Oscar of teach- 
ing" by Teacher Magazine. The Milken 
program was established to provide pub- 
lic recognition and financial rewards for 
educational professionals who demon- 
strate talent, educational accomplish- 
ments beyond the classroom, strong 
potential for leadership, and an engaging 
and inspiring presence that motivates stu- 
dents, colleagues, and the community. 

"Many times, she does things with 
the whole school in mind, not just her 
particular lesson on one given day," said 
Burnt Chimney Principal James Mullens, 
echoing the comments of her colleagues. 

"I wish every educator could get 
something like this [the Milken award]," 
said Bowman. "It elevates the profession. 
It brings respect and awareness to what 
we do as teachers." 

Going to college right after high 
school was not an option for Bowman. 
She married, started a family, and began 
to work as an instructional assistant, but 
retained a dream inspired by her own ele- 
mentary school teachers — to become a 
teacher herself. She talked with several 
colleges who told her that completing 
her degree and teaching license were 

Teaching partners Sandy Powell (top) and Mindy Garber work together in a masters course on integrat- 
ed language arts. They also work together at Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School in Augusta County, 
where Garber is principal, as well as an adjunct professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, 
and Powell is a teacher of 27 years. 

impossible at that stage of her life. Then 
she found the MBC Adult Degree Program 
(ADP), where flexible scheduling and a 
generous transfer policy made it possible. 
In 1998, after taking classes at Virginia 
Western Community College and MBC, 
she became the first in her family to earn 
her undergraduate degree. She completed 
two years of coursework in about one year 
at Mary Baldwin and graduated cum laude. 
In 2003, she earned a master's degree in 
education from University of Virginia. 
MBC's Adult Degree Program was 

guided by founding director Dudley Luck, 
who was a member of the undergraduate 
teaching faculty. ADP has exploded from a 
humble beginning of eight students in 1977 
to an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students 
during this — its 30th — year. The pro- 
gram's first regional center, in Richmond, 
opened in 1983, and there are now five 
regional centers that serve most areas of 
Virginia — including one in Roanoke, 
where Bowman attended most of her class- 
es. Adult students are also able to take 

continued on page 38 

Spnng 2007 




I big part of my success in the classroom "- 
ion Wooldridge '68 has spent more than 3i. 
B training the trainers about elders for organiza- 
i including National Society of Teachers of 
iily Medicine, Gerontology Society of America, 
3rican Society on Aging, AARR National 
pciation of Social Workers, Southeast Area 
iicies on Aging, National Alzheimer's 
Iciation, and many more. She is now starting 
Second career in studies for theological teaching 
iatheran Theological Southern Seminary ▲ 
i|beth Edwards Woodward '59 has taught in 
Ito Rico, Germany, and Virginia. After retirement, 
laught at Northern Virginia Community College 
^continues to substitute in area schools ▲ Julia 
piston Belton '49 is thankful for a career as a 
iial education teacher in Brevard County, FL 
i/e she was recognized as Special Education 
Sher of the Year in 1977 A Annie Hailinan 
j^detti '97, a graduate of the MBC Adult Degree 
|ram, taught for 15 years in Henrico County, 
feia. She moved, and after just five years at 
fell Donahoe Elementary School, was chosen 
^her of the Year 2005-06 ▲ Nell Rogers Carvell 
ipas taught pre-K through college students. 
|p at Southern Methodist University, she started 
|:ing with Head Start in Dallas and created 
ming Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP) to 
less the fact that her Head Start students 
|ed in the lowest percentile for language devel- 
lent.The principles of LEAP have been used by 
Ibis in Alabama, California, Louisiana, and other 
ps, and the program was endorsed by First Lady 
fa Bush as part of her education platform. It is 
mated that 2.000 teachers have been trained in 
|P and more than 40,000 children have benefited 
3 the program ▲ Camala Beam Kite '96 has 
jht eighth grade social studies in Rockingham 
[nty VA for 11 years and has been selected for 
d's Who Among American Teachers, Phi Delta 
Delta Kappa Gamma membership. She 
ri the board of the Virginia Middle 

'■ n and is also a mentor specialist 

srs for the county. She has 

ind also co-sponsors an 
! and leads studytiips to 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

many courses off-site through online tutori- 
als, an example of the flexibility Bowman 
mentioned. A large percentage of ADP 
students are young men and women who 
balance career, family, and a part-time 

Bowman now shuttles between sever- 
al schools in Franklin County, Virginia, 
where she provides enrichment for gifted 
students, mentors teachers, and helps 
them incorporate technology in the class- 
room. "These three areas fit together 
extremely well, and provide me with the 
opportunity to help both students and 
teachers grow and learn," she said. She 
continues, as a Milken fellow, to work 
with Teachers of Promise in Virginia, and 
serves on the state's Advisory Board for 
Teacher Education and Licensure, as does 
Carole Grove, MAT director. 

James Savage 

Post Baccalaureate Teacher 
Licensure, Completed 2006 

James Savage left his career as a 
copy editor and crossword puzzle writer 
for a profession he believed would be 
both more 
and reliable. 
Savage had 
majored in 
at Cornell 
and he felt 
he was in a 
position to 
help address the shortage of math and 
science teachers in Virginia. He had expe- 
rience teaching General Education 
Development (GED) classes in the U.S. 
Army after the Gulf War, and trusted 
that he was prepared to handle the chal- 
lenges of a high school classroom. 

The PBTL program has been invit- 
ing career-switchers such as Savage to 
MBC since 1992. An offshoot of the 
Adult Degree Program, PBTL offers stu- 
dents who have already earned a bache- 
lor's degree the chance to become certi- 
fied to teach. Employed primarily by 
adults looking to change careers to 
teach, PBTL — like MAT — may also be 
used by those who completed an under- 
graduate minor in education but have 

James Savage 

not yet pursued licensure. MBC regional 
centers and the main campus in Staunton 
offers courses for PBTL. 

Savage chose the Mary Baldwin 
College program because he felt that 
other programs he considered were com- 
plicated and con- 
fusing. He said 
his MBC advisor. 
Tiffany Barber, 

assistant profes- 
sor of education 
in the 

center, under- 
stood the cur- 
riculum and 
course require- 
ments. In addi- 
tion to the pro- 
gram's clarity 
and the schedul- 
ing flexibility of 

online classes, he could supplement Mary 
Baldwin courses with some at Piedmont 
Virginia Community College. Savage 
noted Mary Baldwin's personalized 
approach, specifically the help he received 
from Joyce Diepold, regional operations 
coordinator in the Charlottesville center, 
and the ease of contacting the business 
and financial aid offices in Staunton. 

Like Lisa Bowman, a 1998 graduate 
of the ADP program. Savage was hired 
directly from his student teaching place- 
ment. He teaches mathematics at 
Fluvanna High School, and said his first 
year is going well. Although he has con- 
cerns about the singularity of Virginia's 
Standards of Learning (SOLs) as an 
assessment tool, he finds that he is suc- 
cessful in teaching his students both con- 
tent and the test-taking skills that they 
need to do well on the standardized tests. 
Like so many teachers trained at Mary 
Baldwin, Savage does more than the mini- 
mum. He also tutors students, helps with 
SAT preparation, and coaches at 
Fluvanna High. 

Chloe Ruff '04 

Master of Arts in Teaching 

"Mrs. Meanie." "Wife of Satan." 
Only fellow middle school teachers are 
likely to believe that these names refer to 
sweet-faced Chloe Ruff '04, who 
responds to the offensive epithets with 

MBC's Teachers 

■ 55 percent of full-time faculty are tenured 

■ 83 percent hold a doctorate In their fields 

■ 97 percent hold the terminal degree 
(considered the highest degree 
obtainable in her/his area of expertise) 

■ Full-time professors: 77 

■ 37 male (49%), 39 female (51 %) 

■ Equal number of tenured professors of 
each gender (nationally, only 39 percent 
of tenured faculty is female) 

calm good humor and continues to guide 
her special education students toward 
constructive, appropriate behavior. Ruff's 
father is a science teacher who uses such 
creative approaches as beauty contests 
for algae. Inspired by him — and by the 
approach of the 
MBC Master of 
Arts in Teaching 

program — she 
finds her own 
inspired ways to 

Two of Ruff's 
favorites have 
been a trial based 
on The Ransom 
of Red Chief and 
a pirate unit relat- 
ed to Treasure 
Island. "Students 
became really 
involved in these projects," she said. For 
one student who had spent some time in 
the real court system, the opportunity to 
act as the judge in the mock trial was a 
healing experience, and one that she per- 
formed with enthusiasm, Ruff explained. 

Ruff's path to completing her master 
of teaching was unique; she attended 
classes at each of the four MBC regional 
centers that support the MAT program. 
She particularly enjoyed attending 
Blackfriars Playhouse performances after 
her Staunton classes, and the flexibility 
that allowed her to take classes as she 
needed them. An undergraduate English 
major at University of Georgia, Ruff 
found Associate Professor of English Bob 
Grotjohn's Inquiry in the Humanities 
course valuable, and has "road-tested" 
what she learned about using children's 
literature as a vehicle for interdiscipli- 
nary learning. 

"I loved being able to take courses in 
the order and the location that I chose," 
she said. 

Fifteen years ago, MAT became the 
college's first graduate program, extend- 
ing its teacher education resources to 
advanced educators. The program is 
designed for both students who have just 
earned an undergraduate degree and 
those who have been teaching in a class- 
room, museum, nature center, or other 

continued on page 40 

Spring 2007 

licole Oechslin, 
ssociate profes- 
or of education in 
ie Adult Degree 
rogram, came to 
'lary Baldwin in 
005, having 
arned a bachelor 
f arts from 
lewcomb College 
nd a master's 
nd doctorate 
cm University of 

B dwin^ained 


and and Scotland ▲ Jane Starke Sims '68 has 

N teacher, school administrator, doctoral stu- 
^ and college instructor. Now retired, she is an 
l/olunteer for Voices for Children, a national 
|lization serving abused and neglected children 
pncesWentzTaber '62 remembers that in 
I, at the age of 22 and armed with a history 
fee but no education courses, she took on the 
ling of "three experimental subjects" with no 
liDoks: economics, psychology, and sociology at 
m school in Georgia. A resounding success, she 
fchosen as Teacher of the Year in Muscogee 
iity A Janaan Hashim '89 set up a high school 
jalism lab modeled on MBC's communications 
tote, and in three years her students received 
Ijational awards; grand prize for Student Online 
iaiism, (student received a $5,000 scholarship 
a paid internship at U.S. News & World Report); 
|er desktop publishing class earned Best 
look from Lifetouch Publishing, one of the 
sfi's largest yearbook publishers. Her students 
Igone on to prestigious journalism schools, a 
spoint for Hashim A JohnTrippel '92 ADP is a 
iiing assistant at Post High School in 
ibttesville VA where he has helped special 
Is students create artwork, some of which is 
lyed annually in the VSA Art Show held at the 
jvPerforming Arts Center A Anne Driscoll '68 is 
|as excited as ever" about teaching French after 
|ars and counts as a highlight two student 
ranges between Monacan High School and 
Lycee Clemenceau in Montpellier, France. She is 
also pleased to become a teaching partner in Mary 
Baldwin's Master of Arts in Teaching program and 
supervise student teachers A Janet White 

ipbell '66 reached into space as research pro- 
pr and director for the Center for Coastal Ocean 
i.rvation and Analysis Ocean Process Analysis 
Iratory when she created the Gala Crossroads 
|ct to teach teachers how to use satellite 
gey .in classrooms in 1990. Since then, 144 

e brought remote sensing to more than 
snts in 94 schools in Maine and New 
shire { A Anne 
!ch '01 has been teaching third grade in 
a Beach VA schools for six years and was cho- 
==Hinq Teacher of the Year at her school in 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

venues for many years and wish to fur- 
ther their education. Certified teaching 
partners in every MAT course blend theo- 
ry and practice. Local licensed teachers 
who work in area school classrooms part- 
ner with an MBC faculty member to 
plan, instruct, and assess all MAT cours- 
es in the initial licensure track, and are a 
fully acknowledged part of the faculty in 
the program. Carole Grove, director of 
MAT, believes that this facet of MAT is 
unique nationwide and that graduates 
benefit immensely from having two pro- 
fessional instructors. 

Ruff was hired by the Roanoke 
County, Virginia school system — even 

before she finished her 
degree. She wrote her 
final reflective thesis on 
children who are classified 
as both gifted and learn- 
ing disabled. 

Shortly before her 
graduation (and three 
weeks before the birth of 
her first son). Ruff was 
honored to become a par- 
ticipant in the Teachers of 
Promise program. Teachers of Promise 
guides outstanding teacher candidates 
from preparatory programs to profes- 
sional employment — hopefully in 

Virginia. It is sponsored by 
the State Department of 
Education in collaboration 
with the Virginia Milken 
Educator Network and a 
host college licensure pro- 
gram. She was also named 
the MBC Commonwealth 
Scholar as part of the 
Virginia Teaching Loan 
Scholarship program to 
acknowledge her excellence 
as a graduate student. Now expecting 
another son. Ruff and her family will 
move and build a house while she search- 
es for a doctoral program. A 

Mary Julia Baldwin, Teacher 

By Armistead C. Gordon 

"Miss Mary Julia Baldwin was 
the daughter of Dr. William D. 
Baldwin of Staunton, and 
Margaret L. Sowers, his wife. 
She was left an orphan at the 
age of 16 years and grew up 
under the care of her 
maternal grandpar- 
ents, who were 
people of piety and 
religious life. They 
early developed her 
natural qualities of 
benevolence and self- 
sacrifice; and her heart went 
out to the many poorer chil- 
dren of the town, whom she 
saw growing up, in the 
absence of public schools, 
without the opportunities of 
even the most meager instruc- 
tion. She first attracted atten- 
tion as a teacher in the Sunday 
School. Possessing a small 
competence derived from her 
father's estate, she rented a 
modest school room, and 
enlisting the sympathy and aid 
of several other young ladies, 
she opened a charity school, 

which she conducted with 
whole-souled devotion and 
success for several years. Her 
heart was in the work, and 
even as a young woman she 
had formed the purpose of 
making teaching her 
profession, not 
merely as a means 
of support, but 
because of the 
good she felt she 
could do and the 
useful career which it 
offered. Upon the death in 
1862 of her grandmother, with 
whom she lived, she rented 
suitable premises and began 
the conduct of a private 

It was while engaged in 
this occupation which prom- 
ised a modest success, and 
with no thought or aspiration 
of a more ambitious or distin- 
guished career, that she was 
offered the vacant principle- 
ship of the [Augusta Female] 
Seminary [later Mary Baldwin 
Seminary and then College]." 

From Miss Baldwin: A Brief Memoir, 1925 

Lowell Lemons, now associate professor of education, was Superintendent of 
Waynesboro Public Schools before returning to classroom teaching in 2006 at 
IVlary Baldwin College. He received a bachelor of science from Virginia Tech, 
earned a master's in education from University of Virginia and a doctor of educa- 
tion from Vanderbilt University. 

Spring 2007 




p. She is also developing a reading strategy 
jisl PGSS, which she and a colleague plan to pub- 
1^ Judy Bauerle '84 has taught exercise and 
|e but especially enjoyed teaching Read to Me 
Irisk kids and incarcerated parents through her 
' lalth educator for the University of 
hiatry department. A treasured teaching 
her v\/as nnade in Kathmandu, Nepal, 
Jjght children ages 6-12 at two orphan- 
gjv; appreciate reading non-school books and 
io "make" books during her seven-month stay 
jen Holtman '71, inspired by her MBC profes- 
sjohn Mehner and Bonnie Hohn, has been 
jing biology since 1971, the last 18 years at 
|ia Western Community College. Her most 
?able teaching assignment is a biology class 
does study abroad in places like Belize, Costa 
^Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, and more, where 
|nts "visit" blue morpho butterflies, scarlet 
^-■- Kciwler monkeys, angelfish, and sea 

in endangered ecosystems. She also 

fe-' ■ ■ " ■ ■ 

' ■ national Education Committee of 

ation of Biology Teachers and 

:,of Virginia Community Colleges. 

Wed a teaching excellence award 

^„ ., _, Te Outstanding Faculty Award 

Virginia Community College Association A 

r Jo Shilling Shannon '53 helped establish a 

[te nonprofit school for children with learning 

lilities in 1973 and was awarded Mother of the 

:'in Education in Roanoke VA in 1977 She retired 

1,88 but continues to volunteer as a tutor for chil- 

j with learning disabilities ▲ Amanda IVIcCray 

ffound her way to teaching after having been an 

t probation and parole officer, and "loves making 

live changes" for second graders the past four 

g at Stuarts Draft Elementary School in Virginia 

line Hudson '54 attended Mary Baldwin for 

lyears and in 1985, at age 51, she completed 


Segree at ODU. She became an elementary 

|pl librarian, and in her first year, was chosen as 

;her of the Year by the PTA, and in her second 

^;' the faculty awarded her Teacher of the Year ▲ 

ri Anderson Hill '67 helped start a private 

bl for children with learning problems, which 

fa new idea in 1972. She worked with a psychi- 

feducational organization to develop individualized 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

Professors Jim McCrory (left). Jim Harrington (right), and Patty Westliafei (far nglnt, with students) were all instrumental in developing the education department at 
MBC. All full professors of education, they exemplify the teaching-first commitment made by all the college faculty McCrory has a BA. MEd, and EdD from University 
of Virginia. Harrington received a BA, MA and MS from Jacksonsville State University and PhD from University of Alabama. Westhafer holds a BS from James Madison 
University, and MEd and EdD from University of Virginia. 

Mary Downing 

Visionary. Powerful. Compassionate. 
Hardworking. Devoted. Words that 
describe Dr. Mary Downing Irving, profes- 
sor emerita of education at MBC. She died 
November 15, 2006 after a long struggle 
with Alzheimer's Disease. 

Irving was bom in 1921 in Surry 
County, Virginia. She attended Longwood 
College where she met 
her first husband, William 
Emmett Downing. Soon 
after their marriage and 
her college graduation, he 
left to serve in World War 
II, and she discovered she 
was pregnant with their 
only child, Mary Ellen. Sadly, Downing 
was killed in the North Atlantic in 1945. 

Irving studied at Columbia University 
Teachers College in New York City while 
raising her daughter. In 1954 she was 
among the first women to earn a doctorate 
in education from University of Virginia. 
Her early career included teaching sev- 
enth grade in Waynesboro, Virginia, and 
traveling as an educational consultant 
for Ginn and Company Publishers 

By Morgan Alberts Smith '99, great grand neice 

throughout the United States and Canada. 

Irving joined the faculty at Mary 
Baldwin College in 1966 as associate pro- 
fessor of education and psychology and 
was instrumental in helping hire accom- 
plished education professors to build the 
department. She also helped launch the 
post baccalaureate teacher licensure pro- 
gram before retiring in 1991. 

"Mary Irving was a real force for 
teacher education on the Mary Baldwin 
faculty. She had a politician's skill and 
worked hard with the state department of 
education to move that bureaucracy and 
get it to make decisions which would be 
helpful to students not only at Mary 
Baldwin but for those throughout the 
state. The college's teacher education pro- 
gram owes much to her vision, tenacity, 
and hard work," said Jim Lott, dean 
emeritus and member of the MBC Board 
of Trustees. 

Dudley Luck, associate professor of 
education emerita, remembers that Irving, 
whom she considered a mentor, "always 
had a genuine concern for her students. She 
would do anything in the world for them." 

Irving was highly visible at the state 
level as a member of the Virginia Board 
of Education and the Virginia 
Department of Education. She was 
active in the Virginia Association of 
Colleges and Universities, the organiza- 
tion that serves as the voice of the 38 
institutions in the state that offer teacher 
education. She also worked closely with 
Virginia Council for Independent 
Colleges on issues that affected teacher 
education programs. 

When she lost her second husband, 
Donald Irving, in a car accident in 1979, 
Irving established a fund in his name at 
Mary Baldwin to help pay for food for 
student teachers who worked in the pub- 
lic schools during the college's spring 
break. The fund has since been combined 
with the Mary Irving Fund for Teacher 
Education established by Cynthia Luck 
Haw '79, a current trustee. 

Irving enjoyed bringing students and 
faculty to The Hill, her home in Verona. 
"You felt special when you sat at her 
table," said Patty Westhafer, professor of 
education. ▲ 

Spring 2007 




administrator, was 

:0f tine state meetings 
EPs. "It was a time of 

EPs. "It was a time of great change in public 
pation and the start of my career with learning 
|led children" ▲ When she attended MBC, she 
i'planning to be a teacher, and Amy Mitchell 
i^ard '00 went on to get a master's in teaching 
is in her third year as an educator in middle 
)ol in Nelson County VA. At the end of her first 
i she was awarded the 2005 Smyth Foundation 
|d for outstanding performance and service to 
|nts. As a teacher who goes above and beyond 
Gail, she was recognized for daily after-school 
ring of students with disabilities and providing 
I and academic supplies to students in need ▲ 
'garet King Stanley '52 began teaching in ele- 
itary school, moved on to substitute for middle 
Jligh schools, and then, because she was preg- 
iand not "allowed in a classroom;' she taught 
edial reading. From there she taught classics 
English literature at Trinity University Though 
:bnly taught one year at Taylor Elementary 
|dI in Virginia, she was chosen "outstanding 
iber" ▲ Mary Cloud Hollingshead '61 taught in 
bIkVA before moving north. She became a 
[e at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and later 
sloped fourth grade living history program at 
;ly Farmstead in New Jersey, as well as one for 
jhfield Plantation ▲ Donna Merritt '95 worked 
fi American International school in Shanghai. She 
inized and hosted an early childhood conference 
U schools and some Chinese schools for more 
I 60 teachers ▲ Alexandra Larue Davis '97 
j'hes fourth grade in an Albemarle County VA 
6ol and won the outstanding mathematics ele- 
itary teacher of the year award and in 2006 
^Ived a Programs That Work award from Virginia 
h and Science Coalition A Sherry Yost '92 
|ies art to high school students. After 9/11, she 
led- student sculptors depicting their views of 
Iragedy, and those works are now on permanent 
lay in President Bush's library. Photos of the" 
jitures were also displayed at the Pentagon and - 
art Senate Office Building in Washington DC ▲ " 

Teaching Teachers at MBC 

Teaching Teachers Doesn't End with College Degree 

In its first year, teachers explored the 
Revolutionary War and women's rights, 
which included a discussion with the 
chief historian at Colonial National 
Historical Park at Yorktown, Virginia. 
Year two: Participants covered Civil 
Rights activity between 1954 and 1973 
in America, complete with guest speakers 
who lived through school system 
upheaval in Prince Edward County, 
Virginia. During the third, and final, year 
they delved into Reconstruction and the 
lives of three influential Virginians — 
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and 
James Monroe. 

Since 2004, the Institute for 
Decisive Events in American History 
has welcomed area grade school teach- 
ers from two cities and two counties to 
MBC and to off-site locations to equip 
them with primary source testimony 
and documents to help them teach their 
students history by seeing, breathing, 
and feeling it. The partnership between 
Mary Baldwin and local schools is one 
example of the college's commitment to 
ongoing teacher instruction in the com- 
munity. The Institute was part of the 
nationwide Teaching American History 
program, a $99 million federal grant 
that included 175 school districts. Ken 
Keller, MBC professor of history, 
believes the workshops generated 
"enthusiastic and convincing American 
history teachers." The Institute was cre- 
ated by Keller and local public school 
officials with the aid of a $700,000 U.S. 
Department of Education grant award- 
ed in fall 2003. 

"We will never teach Civil Rights the 
same way after this. I realize now that it 
was not only Rosa Parks and Marrin 
Luther King Jr. I have other names, names 
of people I talked to in this room and that 
live around here, more names than I 
know what to do with," said Bill Terry, a 

rijh Wilson ^^^^^^: 


A participating area teacher as a student in the Institute for Decisive Events in American History places his 
block on a quilt that depicts the salient points of a summer session on the American Civil Rights Movement. 

participant in the Civil Rights workshop. 

Fellow participant James Struzinsky 
echoed Terry's realization: "To hear the 
stories directly from [people involved in 
Civil Rights activity] ... If I could give 
my students that kind of exposure, I can 
only imagine what they would think." 

"In teaching history, 
you have to remember that 
you are telling a story and 
the more interesting and real 
you can make that story, the 
better your students will 
understand it," said Kevin 
Clark, who took part in the 
Revolutionary War sessions. 

The Institute, led by 
Keller and Amy Tillerson, 
director of the institute and 
assistant professor of history 
at MBC, used two-week 
summer workshops and 
three shorter sessions during each aca- 
demic year to cover an array of topics. 

Amy Tillerson 

Teachers who attended one summer ses- 
sion and two short courses earned three 
hours of graduate credit, a $500 stipend, 
and textbooks. Additionally, teachers 
created a complete lesson plan during the 
summer, and, at the end of the session, 
all participants received each other's 

plans — a total of about 40 
— to use in their classrooms. 

Although the three- 
year grant that supported 
the Institute drew to a close 
this spring, Keller said there 
is lasting impact in area 
schools and at Mary 
Baldwin. One of the biggest 
benefits is the addition of 
Tillerson to the full-time fac- 
ulty at the college. Some of 
the primary sources, texts, 
and audiovisual materials 
used by participants have 
also been added to Grafton Library's 
resources, he said. ▲ 

"In teaching history, you have to remember that you are telling a 
story and the more interesting and real you can make that story, 
the better your students will understand it." 

Kevin Clark 

Spring 2007 


% who inspire us the n^ 

am today without rny fourth 
i^ade teacher, Mrs; Duncan. 
She so believed in me, and fo| 
the first tiihef made me 
^e the ideafof learning, 
ri-learned to love learning 
because of Mrs. Du' 

— Oprgh 

tors demonstrate 
Jmmitment each day. 
We salute our faculty in photographs 
[.throughout "Teaching Teachers" and in 
ithe listing below. 

MBC Faculty 2006-07 j 

(Full time) 

Ann Field Alexander '67 

Lowell Lemons 

Robert Allen 

Kathy McCleaf 

^rata^ Anastasiou 

James McCrory 


Anne McGovern 


Catherine McPherson '78 


Daniel Metraux 


Steven Mosher 


Patricia Murphy 


H. Pamela Murray 


^^^sley Novack 


^^^H| Oechslin 


Molsie Petty ■ 


^- Jane Pietrowski 


K Richard Plant 


B'- Lallon Pond 


P' Gauri Rai 

Carrie' Doligla^ss 

Adrian Riskin ; 

Daniel Dowdy 

Paul Ryan 

Irving Driscoll Jr 

Irene Sarnelle 

Janet Ewing 

, Jim Sconyers 

Virginia Francisco '64 

Edward Scott 

fea^e. Freeman 

Frank Southerington 


Theresa Southerington '72 


Sharon Spalding 


Daniel Stuhlsatz 




Katherine Turner 

James Harrington 

Carey Usher 

Maria Hobson 

Laura van Assendelft 

^Hjg^ir James '69 

Martha Walker 


John Wells 


Patricia Westhafer 




They siaried as seedlings. Small. Unique. Tentative. 
With time and nurturing, they established roots, shot 
out new branches, and displayed leaves and flowers 
in showy color. And, after a decade or more — just 
like a growing tree — three programs have enriched 
the landscape of Mary Baldwin College so completely 
that it is difficult to remember what it looked like 
before they were planted. Reunion Weekend 2007 
provided the perfect opportunity to revel in the 10th 
anniversaries of Quest and the Office of African 
American and Multicultural Affairs. Adult Degree 
Program students, faculty, and alumnae/i will 
celebrate 30 years in early summer — the first such 
program of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Spring 2007 


By the Reverend Patricia Hunt, college chaplain 

Quest is a unique program at Mary 
Baldwin College open to any student 
in the Residential College for Womeii 
or the Adult Degree Program. It has 
academic and community service 
components. Questers take the course 
Faith, Life, and Service and choose 
three electives from an extensive list 
of philosophy and religion courses. 
Students in Quest must also perform 
at least 100 hours of community 
service while in college or during 
breaks. Each student also has a men- 
tor and attends at least one meeting a 
month with all the students in Quest, 
who typically meet at the historic 
home of its founding director, the 
Reverend Hunt, college chaplain. 
Teaching, Questing, and writing. 
Hunt's columns are published weekly 
in The News Virginian, Waynesboro, 
Virginia. In the style of her column, 
she lurites here about her experience 
with Quest. 

I am the world's oldest living Quest 
student. The program is 10 years 
old, and I have been the director for 
the entire decade. With that kind of 
continuous learning, one might 
think a spiritual pinnacle had been 
reached or some universal truth had 
been revealed; but no, the journey 
continues ... 

Quest is about figuring out how 
to live a life, the particular life you 
happen to be living right now. You 
can have moments of Solomon-level 
wisdom at age five or 85. You can 
also have moments of profound stu- 
pidity and foolishness at any age. You 
can even have both on the same day. 

In Quest we try to mine our 
intellectual resources and the spiritual 
resources we each draw from the rich 
traditions we have inherited and are 
endeavoring to live by. We examine 
our faith and our doubt. We try to 
figure out how to make ourselves 
useful; we are about service. 

Being the oldest living Quest 
student means I have had more 
opportunity to learn than anyone 
else. I wish I could say I have it all 
together and have become incredibly 
wise and mature, but that would not 
be true. I still struggle to make good 
decisions and be kind and loving. I 
am still just a Quest student. But 10 
years have gone by. What have I 

learned? How am I different for hav- 
ing been a Qiiester? 

is that I have seen life through the 
eyes of so many people whose reli- 
gious and political views, and ages, 
ethnicity, and experience are different 
from my own. When people who 
worship like I do, vote like I do, and 
shop like I do, make negative com- 
ments about "those other people," I 
cringe because I ^7^01^' those other 
people. 1 know conservative Catholics 
and liberal Catholics. I know 
Pentecostals. I know Protestants on 
every side of every issue. I have a 
Muslim friend and Jewish friends. I 
know heavy duty skeptics and people 
who believe they talk to Jesus and he 
listens. I know lesbian Christians and 
Cliristians who think being gay is an 
abomination. It has been enlighten- 
ing and humbling. 

From Ubah Ansari Pathan '99 I 
learned what it is like to try to wed 
the Muslim-Indian custom of 
arranged marriage into an American 
life. I learned what a truly sacred 
understanding of life looks like 
through Brandy Tricia Caleb's '03 
stories about growing up in Guyana 
where children were blessed with 
scented water poured on their heads. 
Children were blessed; life was 
blessed. Kerry Blekfeld '02 intro- 
duced us to an American Indian who 
had come into her family with a 
whole cultural world that enriched 
their lives. Samantha Adato '08 is 
studying her own faith tradition 
under Rabbi Joe Blair this semester, 
and I have the high privilege of learn- 
ing alongside her. Taniika Jones '04 
helped me see the humor in the 
human condition. Ruth Graham '00 
helped me understand the world pf 
evangelicals, a cultural world I 
thought I knew, but found there was 
much more still to understand. 

Quest has allowed me to be a 
part of a group whose members do 
something that other people just talk 
about. They care about each other 
and are supportive of one another, 
while allowing each member to find 
her own way of believing, living, and 
serving. Wildly different ways of 
being human are represented in 
Quest, but people can accept each 
other even when they do not share 

each other's beliefs or choices. I pick 
up the paper and there is conflict and 
vitriol, and then I have the Questers 
over for pizza, and I enter this little 
sanctuary of peace and good will. 
The peace seems more normal to me 
than the conflict. 

I remember one student who 
came into Quest guarded and reluc- 
tant. She had been hurt in the past. 
She knew what it was to be rejected 
and ridiculed because she was differ- 
ent. She found it hard to believe that 
somewhere there was a group of peo- 
ple who could accept her for who she 
was. During the first meeting of the 
year we went around the room telling 
the others a litrie bit about ourselves. 
She chose a chair in the corner and 
seemed to shrink back into a wall. 
Finally it was her turn. She told her 
story. She never smiled. She finished. 
She waited. The very first student to 
make a comment simply said, 
"You're fine. You are who God made 
you." The tension and fear 
drained from her face. She was 
one of us now. There was noth- 
ing to fear within this group. , 

Every time I get together 
with Questers, I am in sc'»'»'=''' 
die School of Life. I am 
especially apt student, b 
learning. It has been an; 
to be here. . ,i 



"Quest is about c 

and respecting each different 

answer that everyone in the 

group finds. All too often, 

we are not encouraged to 

take true ownership of our 

religious faith. Like no other 

group that I have been a part 

of, Quest is helping find 

answers for me." 

— • Emily Alexander Douglas '98 


Does the Quest experience continue to have an impact on student's 
lives after they graduate from Mary Baldwin College? At this 10- 
year milestone of the unique program, its founding director and 
college chaplain. The Reverend Pat Hunt, wanted to know. She 
asked Kristen Earner '90, now assistant chaplain, to contact some 
Quest alumnae to talk about what the program meant to them and 
what, if anything, it means to them now. 

Quest helped me discover who I am as a person. There was diversity in 
the Quest program: Christians, Jews, Wiccans, and more. We learned 
about different faiths and religions. 1 discovered I couldn't appreciate 
ivhat I believed until I knew what else was out there. Spiritual journeys 
are about finding out about yourself. The journey is about becoming a • '. 
better person. Universalist Unitarian is where I usually attend church 
now, though I frequently visit other churches as well. 

— Liz Hackett 'ft 

Quest was wonderful. After I graduated from Mary Baldwin, I attend-' 
ed University of the South and earned a master's in theology, and '■ 
went on to Oxford. There I served on the chaplain's committee and i 
vocations discussion group which included exploration of faith, life, 
and service — just as we had done in Quest. I was in England again 
with a Canadian University Abroad program and helped mediate disl 
cussion groups. From Quest, I learned how to represent myself with^ 
out alienating others and how to handle disagreements about diverse^ 
belief systems and faiths. I am now working in the field of diabetes « 
Almeda, California. i 

— Melissa Ford '99" 

Quest opened my eyes. I had had only a narrow view of my own reli- 
gion. Quest goes hand-in-hand with university learning by expanding 
our way of thinking. Quest was the start of ?ny spiritual journey. I 
am still in touch with friends from Quest. We talk about our journeys 
and spiritual issues that come up. I wish we had a Quest for alum- 
naeli. My world used to be "black and white. " Now 1 see grays. J see 
the beauty in other religions, rather than trappings. I relish the differ- 
ences, as well as the similarities. I worked for more than five years at 
US Airways and am now at Virginia Commonwealth University 
working on my MBA. 

— Ubah Ansari Pathan '99 

When I went to Mary Baldwin, I was really homesick. I got involved m 
Quest and that helped. We did something every week. I stay in touch I 
with a few girls. We were a diverse group so I learned about other J 
faiths, which was helpful in developing my own faith. I was raised a r 
Baptist. As 1 learned about other faiths, I became more open-minded i 
about what other people thought. My family was very supportive of ^ 
my participation in Quest. For the Jyast four years, I have been chap- 
lain of the Volunteer Fire Department in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is 
interfaith, and because of Quest, it's a terrific position for me. I have ''[ 
been a volunteer firefighter since 2000, and jiow it is my career. 

— Kerry Blekfeld '02 

/ was in Quest when it was brand new, just a figment of Reverend 
Hunt's imagination. We invited students interested in exploring their 
uiun faith journeys within a diverse group. I had been co-leading non- 
dcuominational chapel services on Sunday nights. My Dad is a Baptist 
minister and 1 could always ask him questions. At MBC, I was away 
from my home for the first time. This meant I had the opportunity to 
claim my faith as my own — and that tested me. Quest provided a 
great backdrop for that investigation of faith. My husband Kris and I 
dre in Mashville. I work in the development office at Vanderbilt 
University, and we are members of a non-denominational church and 
expfctiiii^ oi/r first child. 

— Emily Alexander Douglas '98 


A Celebration of Quest During Reunion Weekend 2007 

For 10 YEARS, groups of students at Mary Baldwin 
College have been pondering a question other than: "What do 
you want to do?" They are business majors and art majors. 
They plan careers in fields from investment banking to ministry. 
Most are from Christian backgrounds, but some practice other 
religions, or come from non-religious families. 
They are all Questers. ..,-„-„--,--„.,—„. 

"In Quest, we try to strip away the pres- 
sure that comes from trying to decide what a 
student wants to do with her life, asking them 
instead: 'Who do you want to be}"' said Rev. 
Patricia Hunt, MBC chaplain. 

Members of Quest share a desire to 
learn about each other's life experience and 
to integrate one's spiritual nature into daily 
thoughts, deeds, and actions. They meet reg- 
ularly at Hunt's house to explore spirituality 
and faith in practice. Questers are all part of 
MBC's Interfaith Village; not a physical 
place, but rather a group of people united in 
their pursuit of spiritual growth, academic integrity, and com- 
munity service. 

As the innovative program celebrated its first decade this 
year, several alumnae/i returned for the annual Carpenter Society 
induction ceremony, held during Reunion Weekend. Recent 
alumna Holly Moskowitz '03 watched as new members were 
inducted, the result of having completed the academic, spiritual, 
and service requirements of Quest, as she had done. Moskowitz, 


So Young Ahn '08 

Mahala Burn '07 

Santana Chnstian '08 

Kaity McEwen '07 

Canni Roa '07 

Dea Turner '07 

one of the few Jewish students during her time at MBC, said she 
always knew she would "find work that was based on the prin- 
cipals of faith," and that Quest offered her an academic way of 
exploring other religions. She now works with Thanksgiving 
Coffee Company, an interfaith organization based in Uganda 

that promotes peace and economic develop- 
— rrr=^*:tt;--ss:s-:\^_ ment among coffee farmers. "Quest continues 
P to be important for students who are confi- 
P dent in their faith as well as those who do not 
P necessarily have strong beliefs." 
i\ The ceremony featured keynote 

speaker Howard Zehr, co-director and pro- 
fessor in the Center for Justice and Peace at 
Eastern Mennonite University, who shared 
his journey into the study and practice of 
victim and offender reconciliation. Zehr, 
hailed by many as a guru in his field, said 
|t he was an outsider during his college years, 
" as one of the few white students and the 
first white graduate of Morehouse 
University. That experience, and, later, teaching at Talladega 
College, a historically black southern college, solidified his 
interest in restorative justice. During the Oklahoma City 
bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh (1997), Zehr was 
appointed by the federal court to assist the defense in work- 
ing with victims, yet an ongoing initiative. More recently, he 
has tapped into his interest in photojournalism in his pub- 
lished books about restorative justice. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


ADP Students and 
Alumnae/i Represent 


They were all women. They were trend- 
setters; bold and committed to educat- 
ing themselves no matter their age or 
life situation. Thirty years later, annual 
enrollment in Mary Baldwin College's 
Adult Degree Program (ADP) is more 
than 1,000 and includes gender, racial, 
ethnic, and geographic diversity. 

ADP will celebrate its first 30 years 
by honoring its "pearls," (the traditional gift 
for a 30th wedding anniversary), repre- 
sented by the people who emerge from 
the program with new knowledge and 
gifts. The program's students, alumnae/i, 
faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate 
the milestone in a showcase of music, art, 
writing, creativity, and professional 
achievements by ADP students and gradu- 
ates on the Staunton campus from 2 to 5 
p.m. June 24, said Cathy Ferris 
McPherson '78, associate professor of 
business administration and director of the 
ADP regional center in Richmond. Light 
refreshments and cake will be served. 

"The path adult learners follow as 
college students is much like that of a 
pearl — a rough grain of sand, trans- 
formed slowly over time into something of 
great value," McPherson said. 

The profiles here are but a minute 
sampling of the radiant stories of adult 
graduates at MBC. Debra "Faith" Skiles 
'04, Joseph Haranzo '05, and Patrick 
Harper '06 exemplify the potential in 
every adult student which, for three 
decades, Mary Baldwin has welcomed 
and molded. These stories, written by 
Dawn Medley, have been published in 
the annual "Continuum" section of The 
Roanoke Times. 


Skiles '04 Had 'Faith' in 
Adult Degree Program 

When Debra Faith Skiles — known to most people by 
her descriptive middle name — left Central Alabama 
Community College after just one quarter to care for 
her newborn twin boys, she was already thinking about 
how she would finish her college education. Almost 20 
years later, Skiles' sons led her back to the classroom. 

While researching their own options for college, 
twins Josh and Jeff became con- 
vinced that it was time for their 
mother — by then, in her late thirties 
— to go back to school, too. For their 
own education they chose Amherst 
College in Massachusetts. For their 
mother, Mary Baldwin College — 
with a nearby regional center in 
Roanoke, Virginia — was the ideal 

"I told them, 'If you can find a reputable school 
where I can take most of the courses from home, I'll 
do it,'" Skiles said, explaining that she didn't want a 
'mail-order' diploma. "To tell the truth, I didn't really 
think they could do it. The Adult Degree Program at 
Mary Baldwin ended what had been a 20-year struggle 
for me to find a way to get my degree." 

Skiles graduated cum laude with distinction in her 
major in 2004, but she wasn't willing to stop there. She 
applied for a master's program in history at Virginia 
Tech, where she hoped to continue the research on 
southern Presbyterian women missionaries that she 
started as her senior project at Mary Baldwin. Her ulti- 
mate goal is to earn a PhD and teach at the college 
level — with the full realization that she will just be 
starting her professorial career at an age when many 
are contemplating retirement. 

Haranzo Survived Car Wreck 
to Earn MBC Degree 

"I am a 27-year-old male who was involved in an auto- 
mobile accident on July 11, 1992. After two years of ther- 
apy, I am now in the process of getting my life back in 
order," wrote Joseph Haranzo. 

The opening lines of his decade-old application 
essay for Mary Baldwin College's Adult Degree Program 

50 Spring 2007 

candidly summarize his years of struggle to speak, 
to write his own name, to walk, and to work up 
the courage to even think about finishing his col- 
lege degree after sustaining a traumatic brain 
injury as the result of the accident. 

Haranzo began his intensive re-education in 
fall 1993 at Virginia Western Community College. 
He was nesting completion of his associates 
degree in computer information systems when he 
decided to pursue his bachelor's degree at Mary 
Baldwin College. The college's Roanoke center 
was convenient, and Haranzo was optimistic that 
MBC would accept most of the college credits he 
had already earned. Mary Baldwin was also will- 
ing to give him "life experience" credit — several 
hours of course credit for his work in computer 
sales and service. 

"Do you know what I received as graduation 
gifts? I got books — the exact opposite of what I 
would have wanted 15 years ago," Haranzo said. 
He started reading one of them shortly after 
Commencement. Haranzo connected with the 
book because it is a study of why people in post- 
Industrial Revolution society need to slow down, 
take time, and relish things. 

Haranzo sped — physically and mentally — 
through the first part of his life. Now every step, 
every conversation, every paper he writes and 
book he reads is an accomplishment worth cele- 
brating. In 2002, Haranzo wrote his own book, A 
Short Book on Meditation for Everyone . . . and 
Brain Injury Survivors. He was not in a hurry to 
finish college; he wanted to let the process 

In May 2005— just shy 
of a decade after he typed 
those paragraphs explaining 
why he should be admitted — 
Haranzo received his bache- 
lor's degree from Mary 
Baldwin in the demanding 
field of computer science and 
business administration. And he earned academic 
distinction for his 75-page senior thesis and proj- 
ect detailing management and financial strategies 
at Apple Computer. 

"My parents were beaming (at 
Commencement! and that made my day," 

Haranzo said. 

Haranzo continues to serve the public as a 
volunteer at Friday Night Friends, a church pro- 
gram in his area that provides an evening off 
duty for caregivers of people with disabilities. He 
is also president of the newly resurrected ARC 
of the Roanoke Valley. 

MBC Career-Switcher 
Program Helps Harper 
Bridge Banking, Teaching 

It was not that Patrick Harper didn't like his work 
as a banker. He put on his business suit each 
day with a sense of purpose. He greeted cus- 
tomers enthusiastically — as a teller, a cus- 
tomer service representative and, later, a branch 
manager. He was satisfied at the end of the day, 
hopeful that he had helped people make impor- 
tant financial decisions that would afford them a 
better future. Still, something didn't feel right. 

"I certainly wasn't miserable," Harper said 
in reference to his banking days, "but I had the 
feeling that I was not using my spiritual gifts to 
my fullest advantage." 

A year-and-a-half before earning his teach- 
ing certification in fall 2006, Harper stopped in 
at the Roanoke Higher Education Center and 
discovered Mary Baldwin College's program for 
people who have already earned undergraduate 
degrees and want to become teachers. Post 
Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure. "From the 
moment I expressed interest in the program, 
advisors assured me that it was possible, 
although they knew I would need to continue 
working and my transcript from college was not 
as good as it could have been," said Harper, 
who graduated from Bridgewater College in the 
late 1990s. 

"The only thing I wish I had done different- 
ly was to start my career change with Mary 
Baldwin sooner," said Harper, after a day of 
working with third-graders. "I am completely 
worn out at the end of the day — after teaching, 
observing, after-school meetings, lesson plan- 
ning, and grading — but it is so much fun and 
so gratifying." ▲ 

The Making of a 
Successful Adult 
Degree Program 








MBC launches the Adult Degree 
Program (ADP) with a class of 
eight women. 

ADP graduates its first student 
ADP opens its program to men. 
Enrollment grows to 150 stu- 
dents, 90 percent women 
First regional center opens in 
Richmond, Virginia 
Second regional center opens in 
Roanoke, Virginia 
Third regional center opens in 
Charlottesville in partnership with 
Piedmont Virginia Community 

Add Post Baccalaureate Teacher 
Licensure program to regional 
center and Staunton campus 

Fourth regional center opens in 
Weyers Cave, Virginia in partner- 
ship with Blue Ridge 
Community College • Full-time 
ADP faculty increase from four 
to 14; student numbers increase 
from 150 to 1,100 

1994 to 2002 

Online courses and online regis- 
tration become an option • 
Students are no longer predomi- 
nantly women returning to 
school mid-life; most are young 
men and women balancing 
career, family and part-time edu- 
cation • ADP alumnae/i are now 
represented on MBC's Advisory 
Board of Visitors, Alumnae/i 
Association Board, and Board of 

Mary Baldwin's Adult Degree 

Program celebrates 20 years 

Lyn McDermid '05 is first ADP 

alumna to be Commencement 


2003 to 2006 

Fifth regional office opens in 
South Boston, Virginia • 
Richmond regional office 
expands to include a satellite 
office at Rappahannock 
Community College • Sign 
Articulation Agreement with all 
23 Virginia community colleges 
offering those students accept- 
ance of general credits and guar- 
anteed admission to MBC (via 
Residential College for Women 
or ADP) • Enrollment increases 
19.8 percent since July 1, 2003 
ADP celebrates 30 years with 
a special event to be held 
June 24, 2007 




Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

of Witnesses 

Top: Women on the Wall of Honor including (I to r) 
Johnice Hill '06, Kamala Payne '05. Andrea 
Cornett-Scott. associate vice president of student 
affairs, Camel! Cherry '03, Cierra Alston '05, 
Amanda Davis Holloway '02, and Jawanda Smith 
Jenkins '03 pose in front of the Wall. Bottom: Gini 
Ridge (center), food service director at MBC 
1994-2007 and Wall of Honor honoree, receives 

In a celebration as unique as the people 
and programs it honored, hundreds of 
alumnae/i, students, current and former 
faculty and staff members, friends, and 
family members gathered in the historic 
upper back gallery of the Administration 
Building during Reunion Weekend 2007 
for the 10th anniversary of the Office of 
African American and Multicultural 
Affairs (AAMA). 

Intricately patterned 
African cloth covered the 
panels of a Wall of Honor 
— a project to recognize 
individuals and groups who 
have made significant con- 
tributions to the culture of 
diversity at Mary Baldwin 
College, providing a color- 
ful backdrop for tearful 
reunions and heartfelt 
words of appreciation. 

Classmates Saidah 
Hart '02 and Allison Irby '02 were 
pleased to see their former Spanish pro- 
fessor, Ivy Arbulu, as an honoree on the 
wall. Hart, who now works as a 
Spanish teacher herself, said Arbulu 
never allowed them to settle for 
"good enough." 

"It's a wonderful recognition of 
what the honorees meant to us and 
a way to highlight the college's 
diverse student body and diverse 
interests," Irby said. 

Ranyne Herbert 

Alumnae Shirley File Bobbins and 
Prior Meade Cooper, Class of 1962, nod- 
ded to each other while listening to 
President Pamela Fox, Associate Vice 
President for Student Affairs Andrea 
Cornett-Scott (the program's original and 
current leader), and interim Dean of the 
College Edward Scott talk about AAMA 
and its increasing programs and activi- 
ties. "I read the Newsweek 
article [Nov. 6, 2006] that 
included Mary Baldwin's 
diversity efforts and wanted 
to learn more," Robbins said. 
"It is enlightening to hear 
about the increasing number 
of students of color in leader- 
ship positions." 

Another guest of 
honor was eighth president 
of the college, Cynthia H. 
Tyson, who gave a moving 
response after the Wall was 
revealed. "I'm very grateful and proud to 
be one of the people who were a part 
of this era at Mary Baldwin. Andrea 
ICornett-Scott) is determined, resource- 
ful, creative, and energetic, and the col- 
lege owes much to her. The honor 
belongs to the young women who con- 
tinue to carry out her vision," Tyson said. 

For a complete list of honorees, 
visit The Cupola archives site at and click on 
the December 2006 issue. ▲ 

Sphng 2007 

From Mary Baldwin to the Ladies on the Wall 

By Dara Moore '02 

When my pen met paper I found questions in lieu of responses about my reaction to 
thie Wall of Honor Was "she" — Mary Baldwin College — proud of us? I wondered 
most if she understood our struggle. The spirit of Mary Baldwin's campus — the 
hills, hallways, and classrooms — told me there was much she had to say to those 
women on the Wall. She assured that we brought purpose to Mary Baldwin College 
by way of being strong and determined women of color, and as much as we claimed 
her campus, she not only claimed and supported us, she transformed to become 
what we needed. My poem is what I believe Mary Baldwin College's response 
would be to my questions and those many of us have asked. It is a gentle reminder 
that we are all an essential part of the college's fabric. 

Dara Moore '02 

I [Mary Baldwiri College] was bewildered 

Those first days my gaze 

Rested upon your striking face 

I was uneasy and terrified 

unaware of your authority 

Naive on the subject of your design 

I nervously awaited the day 

you would defiantly declare 

"THIS IS all mine!" 

As you pushed through 

climbed over 

stepped around 

occasionally fell down 

I was pleased. 

You collected yourself 

With such poise and ease 

Even your mistakes were refined 

And I could see very soon 

You were preparing to sing 

"THIS is all mine!" 

Your tears tugged at the 

Corners of my heart 

You weren't meant to blend 

You were created to stand apart 

You were dressed in color 

A delightful creation 

danced all across my surface 

with your precise purpose 

And all I could think was, 

"It's about time!" 

I became proud 

As with attitude you announced, 

"THIS is all mine!" 

I love the portion of my song 

'To these hills where Beauty dwells' 

Yet what you have added 

caused my splendor to swell 

As you flexed 

I flexed 

As you increased 

I increased 

And when you became Black Woman 

With your texture and your story 

You were heavy 

My soil expanded and deepened beneath 

You demanded 

I must be enough to keep you standing. 
I must be enough to keep you 
I must be enough 
And when we were weary together those 

All I could hear was 
Your persistence, 
"THIS is all mine!" 

You are the spiritual 

That delivered me to transformation 

You are dream 

You are solution 

You are masterpiece 

You are revolution 

A lyric 

which fused my past with legacy 

imprinted across my breasts 

Your poems 

Your songs 

Your names 

Your memory 

Your protests 

Because of you 

I am louder 

Rhythmic, vibrant 


Because of you 

I am now 

And tomorrow 

And I am more 

But best of all 

I am always 

And thankfully YOURS... 

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Spring 2007 

Alumnae/i Board President 

Kellie Warner '90 

in Conversation with the Editor 

Reunion Weekend 2007 was in IVIarch. What did 
the event mean to you? 

One of the highlights of serving as president of the 
Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i Association is 
meeting graduates who span generations. Perhaps 
the most opportune time to see so many alumnae/i 
at one time is during Reunion Weekend. 

Meeting these diverse individuals is like sit- 
ting through a course in modern U.S. history. It 
was priceless hearing about the experiences of 
graduates from many eras including World War II, 
the civil and equal rights movements, the Vietnam 
War, Watergate, and the Iraq war. 

It is an honor to have met these women. I 
invite alumnae/i from all classes to join us on 
campus next spring 2008 to connect with friends 
and classmates and meet fellow alumnae/i who 
preceded and followed their own graduation year. 

Class Leadership now plays a significant role 
in Reunion Weekend. For the first time, class 
meetings and elections were held during 
Reunion 2007. Tell us more. 

Class Leadership is designed to promote greater 
involvement and engagement of alumnae/i within 
their classes, not only with respect to Reunion 
Weekends, but in the years between reunions. Each 
class elects a president, vice president, secretary, and 
class agents. Those leadership teams focus on plan- 
ning activities for Reunion Weekends, as well as rais- 
ing money for the Annual Fund. They also work to 
keep their classes better connected via class news in 
this magazine, planning alumnae/i events in their 
respective cities, and the like. The first collection of 
class columns appears in this issue of The Mary 
Baldwin College Magazine for those classes with 

An historic first! Class meetings and elections during 
Reunion (Class of 1992 pictured here) 

secretaries already in place. We are working to ensure 
that every graduating class has officers. If you are 
interested in participating in Class Leadership, please 
contact the Alumnae/i Office at 800-763-7359. 

I know you feel strongly about alumnae/i sup- 
port for their alma mater. Will you speak more 
about that? 

As a member of the Alumnae/i Board and the Mary 
Baldwin College Board of Trustees, I have gained a 
tremendous insight into what it takes to run the 
college. Like any successful business, family, or 
nonprofit organization, it takes a collective body of 
dedicated individuals and teams. The administra- 
tion, faculty, and staff prove this every day. 

As alumnae/i, I think it is our responsibility to 
support the college in any way we can. We were all 
changed by our experience at Mary Baldwin 
College. I know alumnae/i share my hope that all 
students who have, and will, walk through the col- 
lege's doors are afforded the same opportunity for 
transformation. In addition to Class Leadership, 
alumnae/i support can be offered through admis- 
sions fairs, attending Reunion Weekends and other 
alumnae/i events, and with our dollars. The finan- 
cial security of the college, through the endowment 
and the Annual Fund, is critical and cannot be 
underestimated. We must increase our Annual Fund 
next year and in the years to follow. Bertie Deming 
Smith's '46 most generous recent gift is meant to 
challenge each of us to step up our annual gifts to 
our alma mater. 

I recently met an alumna who carries a Mary 
Baldwin College VISA. Can you tell us about 
the card? 

Our college has teamed up with MBNA (now 
Bank of America) to issue a Mary Baldwin 
College branded VISA. This arrangement is 
known as an affinity program and is often associ- 
ated with nonprofit organizations, colleges and 
universities, and fraternal societies. The affinity 
sponsor (i.e., Mary Baldwin College) receives a 
small percentage of the revenue generated when 
one uses the affinity card. So, it is a very tangible 
way for alumnae/i and friends of the college to 
support the institution. If you are interested in 
applying for a Mary Baldwin College VISA, call 
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Kellie Warner '90, president 
Dorian Akerman Stiefel '92, vice president 
Susan Powell Leister '68, secretary 
Susan Lynch Roberts '81, treasurer 

Pamela Leigh Anderson '84 
Karen Potter '08, STARS cliair 
Marylouise Bowman '89 
Nancy Clark Brand '94 
Susan Jennings Denson '62 
Donia Stevens Eley '02 
AnnTrusler Faith '69. 

continuing education chair 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64, 

faculty representative 
Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74 

marl<eting/sales chair 
Jessie Carr Haden '54 
Heline Cortez Harrison '48 
Charon Wood Hines '95 
Alice Blair Hockenbury '86 
Chnstina Holstrom '80 
Jennifer Brillhart Kibler '91, 

executive director, ex-officio 
Kelly Kennaly '93 
Nancy Cohen Locher '50 
Nina Reid Mack '72 
Becky Cannaday Merchant '63 
Kelley Rexroad '79 
Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60 
Debra Wolfe Shea '77 
Elizabeth Jennings Shupe '70 
Ethel M. Smeak '53 
A. JaneTownes '69, nominating chair 
BIythe Slinkard Wells '00 
Valerie Wenger '81 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Reunion 2007 


58 Spring 2007 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 59 

Reunion 2007 

50 Years Later . . . Miller '57 
Returns for Reunion 2007 

By Dawn Medley 

"Mary Baldwin was good to me 
and good for me," said Nancy 
Rhoads Miller '57, at Mary 
Baldwin College for Reunion 
2007 — her first visit since grad- 
uating 50 years ago. "I came 
here when I was very open to 
learning and experiencing new 
things, and the college nurtured 
my curiosity." 

Miller's long absence from 
the campus' green hills and dis- 
tinctive buildings was not for 
lack of interest. The rhythm of 
life kept her busy. Work. Raising 

"Miller's eyes, virtually unchanged 

since her senior yearbook photo, 

brightened upon seeing classmates ..." 

a family. Travel. Everyday things. 
This year, she made returning to 
MBC a priority, along with a 
handful of her classmates — 
there were only about 25 in her 
graduating class — to celebrate 
a reflective 50th reunion. The 
weekend included induction of 
her class into the elite Grafton 
Society, joining other alumnae 
who graduated 50 or more 
years ago. 

Miller was married to her 
college sweetheart just a week 
after her graduation. Her hus- 
band, an alumnus of Washington 
and Lee University, is also the 
grandson of Flora McElwee 
Miller, for whom MBC's Miller 
Chapel is named. An English 
major and president of the 
YWCA at MBC, Miller and her 
husband continued their studies 

at Edinburgh University Divinity 
School in Scotland. Over the 
years, his position as a 
Presbyterian minister took the 
family, which grew to include 
four children, to several loca- 
tions in the southeastern United 
States. Miller worked as a 
church educator and found her 
calling when they moved to 
headquarters for the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 
Louisville, Kentucky. Working 
with the church's worldwide 
ministries, Miller led groups to 
countries around the world, 
including several trips to Africa, 
to support mission work there. 
"Those were unforgettable 
experiences," she said. 

"This is a special time," she 
said while preparing for her trip 
from Lake Lure, North Carolina 
(near Asheville) to Staunton. "I 
have so much catching up to do 
with the campus, classmates, and 
students after such a long time." 

Miller had a practical mis- 
sion for her trip to Staunton, too: 
securing a new diploma. After 
many years, she had 
searched for her Mary 
Baldwin diploma to set 
about framing it, only 
to discover that the 
family dog had chewed 
it. "I knew then that it 
must really have been 
printed on sheepskin," 
she chuckled. Within 
hours of arriving on 
campus for Reunion 
2007 and a special day set aside 
for the Class of 1957, her new 

From her yearbool 
Nancy Rhoads '57 

help of the Office of the Dean of 
the College. 

Miller's eyes, virtually 
unchanged since her senior year- 
book photo, brightened upon 
seeing classmates Shannon 
Greene Mitchell, Barbara Bullock 
Williams, Julianne Rand 
Brawner, and Nancy Switzer 
Sowers at lunch at the MBC 
President's House. Each of these 
"daughters of Mary Baldwin" 
(to quote former MBC professor 
Dr. Thomas Grafton) returned 
for Reunion 2007 with a differ- 
ent story of connection to the 
college. Over lunch, Mitchell 
shared how being a member of 
Parents Council when her daugh- 
ter, Lindsay [Scarinsbrick '86], 
was a student, and involvement 
with the Alumnae/i Association 
Board of Directors kept her in 
touch. Classmate Williams added 
that her former service on the 
Alumnae/i Board and current 
membership on the college's 
Advisory Board of Visitors have 
allowed her to "pay back" the 
college for her first-rate educa- 
tion. Sowers and 
Browner were fast 
friends as students and 
have remained close, 
although Browner sees 
the campus less fre- 
quently than Sowers, 
who lives in nearby 
Harrisonburg and 
drives through at least 
annually to see its evo- 
At the Grafton Society 
luncheon, the 1957 contingent 

diploma was on its way with the was joined by Felicia "Nan" 

Spring 2007 

Report on 
Reunion Giving 

Dr. Pamela Fox presents Nancy Rhoads Miller '57 her yellow-nbboned medallion during her induction into The Grafton Society. 
For the first time during Reunion, The Grafton Society was treated to special members-only events on Thursday. 

Candler Freed, Kathryn "Bryant" 
Pope Pilcher, and Sara Burwell 
Robinson. The Class of 1957 was 
welcomed as the "babies" of the 
group, which included all alumnae 
from as far back as 1926. With 
Grafton Society medallions on 
thick yellow ribbons proudly 
around their necks, classmates 
remembered moments and 
planned the rest of their weekend, 
just happy to be together again. "I 
can't imagine where the time has 
gone," said Pilcher. "I hardly feel 
like Pm 50 years old, much less 
celebrating the 50th anniversary of 
my graduation." Freed offered one 
of the Class of 1957's emblematic 
stories, of how she finally met Dr. 
[Thomas] Grafton's nephew after 
much prodding, how he became 
her husband, and how they 
shared decades together until his 
recent passing. 

Miller and many of her 
classmates took full advantage of 

the first-ever special series of 
events designed just for her class, 
as the newest Grafton inductees, 
at the start of Reunion 2007. She 
celebrated the diversity of the 
current student population 
reflected by students in a per- 
formance of the Concert Choir, 
Madrigals, Baldwin Charm, and 
Anointed Voices of Praise. She 
saw the 1957 flick Witness for 
the Prosecution at the Dixie 
Theater in Staunton and talked 
with student leaders over tea in 
late afternoon. 

Her weekend continued 
with events for all Reunion 
2007 attendees. She watched 
the Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership in parade forma- 
tion, went "back to class," 
attended the gala Reunion din- 
ner, heard Dr. Fox speak about 
women's colleges in the 21st 
century, and took in a play at 
the Blackfriars Playhouse. A 

class meeting to elect officers as 
part of the Class Leadership 
program and a special class din- 
ner rounded out her weekend. 

Before departing for her 
5'/;-hour drive back to Lake 
Lure, Miller reflected: "It was 
all very nostalgic. The campus 
and its buildings have changed, 
but then they haven't. I walked 
through the upper back gallery 
in Administration Building, and 
I could just see myself taking a 
date there as a student. I sang 
again at Mary Baldwin — in 
Miller Chapel for Sunday serv- 
ice — and recalled many hours 
in Chapel Choir under the 
instruction of the unforgettable 
Gordon Page [see page 75]. I 
thought of many of these things 
before arriving, and they have 
been given their place again." 

We have a feeling she'll be 
back ... before another 50 
years pass. ▲ 

As of Reunion Weekend, 
awards were based on giving 
and participation to date. 

Highest Class 
Participation Award 
Reunion 2007 

Class of 1967 

Highest Class Gift Award 
Reunion 2007 

Class of 1967 

As of April 12. 2007 


45% participation 


40% participation 


50% participation 


50% participation 


23% participation 


21 % participation 


20% participation 


26% participation 

20% participation 


15% participation 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Moments in Memory 
of Classmates 

Scarves with 2002 graduate Sarah K. Small's 

signature. A tree adorned with memories for 
Melanie Madison Vent '92. Two Reunion class- 
es spent part of their time together on campus 
remembering the hves of beloved classmates. 

Feathers represent kinship and are often used dur- 
ing battle. The chevron, a French word meaning 
"rafter," signifies protection. Plants evoke life, growth, 
and survival. These symbols and others adorned the scarves reuniting 
members of the Class of 1992 in memory of their classmate who recent- 
ly lost a courageous struggle with cancer, Melanie Madison Vent. 
Designed by Ford Motor Company, the scarves are part of the Warrior 
Gear collection that inspires people to continue the fight against breast 
cancer. In a touching ceremony, the class dedicated a new Yoshino 
Cherry tree planted near Rose Terrace — where Vent could have looked 
out on it from her former room — and decorated it with small tags that 

Alumnae/i Achievement Awards fr.r£;:ri, 

Back, I to r: 

Maya Bryn Honeycutt '08, 

Sarah MayTyndall '09, 

Peyton Wooldridge '68 

Front, I to r; 

Flossie Wimberly Hellinger '52, 

Sallie Chellis Schisler '67 

Martha Butler Matthews '62, 

Margaret McLaughlin Grove '52 

For information about the 

2008 Alumnae Achievemem 

Awards nominations contact 

Tina Kincaid at 


Martha Butler Matthews '62 of Charlotte, North 
Carolina was recognized for the entrepreneurial 
spirit and talent that led her to become a self- 
employed fiber artist. Matthews attended the Art 
Students League in New York City, and has been 
"drawing" with needle and thread for decades. 
Her realistic and figurative tapestries have been in 
invitational and juried exhibitions in the United 
States, Canada, and Kenya and have appeared in 
Fiberarts, American Craft, and Shuttle, Spindle, 
and D/epot magazines and in several books on 
fiber art. Matthews' work is on display in numer- 
ous private and corporate collections such as IBM 
Corporation, Steelcase Inc., Hospital Corporation 
of America, Wachovia Bank & Trust Co., and the 
Mint Museum of Craft and Design. She has long 
been active in the visual arts community in 
North Carolina and serves as that state's 

representative to the southeast region of the 
American Craft Council, and is an exhibiting mem- 
ber and past board and executive committee mem- 
ber of Piedmont Craftsmen. In addition to her pro- 
fessional career, Matthews was involved in many 
civic activities related to the arts, and she has 
worked with many initiatives — including some to 
benefit overseas missions — through Covenant 
Presbyterian Church during the past two decades. 


Artist and former Alumnae/i Association Board of 
Directors President Emily WIrsing Kelly '63 exem- 
plified the Mary Baldwin spirit of leadership and 
thoughtful creativity Kelly passed away in 1985, 
and her husband established a student scholarship 
in her memory through the Kelly Foundation. 
Kelly's classmates also set up an alumnae/i leader- 
ship award in her name soon after her death. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

Margaret McLaughlin Grove '52 of 

Charlottesville, Virginia was recognized for many 
years of service to her community and to the col- 
lege. Grove's work with MBC began immediately 
after her graduation, when she was named the inau- 
gural alumnae "field representative," a post she held 
for two years. In that role, she was responsible for 
building stronger contacts with alumnae, assisting 
with the creation of alumnae chapters, and recruit- 
ing new students. Grove later served two terms on 
the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors and 
worked as academic secretary at St. Anne's-Belfield 
School in Charlottesville. Grove also established a 
longstanding relationship with Westminster 
Presbyterian Church in that city and currently serves 

Spring 2007 

hold memories of their classmate and a permanent plaque. 

Vent, a dancer and musician who worked as a choreographer 
and instructor, was remembered for her vibrancy and love of the arts: 
"Cancer could not and did not win; I believe it only made it possible 
for her to become the dancer she was intended to be — one who 
dances forever around the throne of God," said classmate and close 
friend Susan O'Donnell Black. "This tree symbolizes many things, 
among them life, healing, and peace." 

C The Class of 2002 tragically lost Sarah K. Small, first lieutenant in 
the United States Air Force, even before its first Mary Baldwin 
Reunion. Small, a former VWIL cadet, died while serving her country 
in Egypt in 2005, so classmates have created a legacy in her name. At 
a ceremony in her honor, many members of her class donned the 
unique scarf with Small's signature that is being sold to raise money 
for a scholarship fund that will be established in her memory. 

"We all knew there would be a void without her here, but it is 
good for the rest of us to be together again," said Meredith 
Townsend Carrington, vice president of 2002 Reunion leadership and 
a friend of Sarah's. Carrington has been coordinating the scarf proj- 

ect, which had received more 
than 100 orders and raised more 
than $1,000 by Reunion 2007. 

Miller Chapel glowed with 
candlelight and was decorated in 
pink and white for the simple ^| i 

ceremony, which included a 
slideshow of Small smiling in 
dozens of photos and words 
from the class' leaders. 

"There is just something in 
us, as humans, that cannot comprehend that people can be gone, just 
like that," said the Reverend Patricia Hunt, college chaplain. 

Small's best friend and classmate in the Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin, Lisa Bliss '02, found 
strength in her friends outside the chapel after the service. "Sarah was 
everything to everyone. She was the comedian when you needed a 
joke and the kick-starter when you needed motivation," Bliss said. 
If you would like to help support the scholarship in Small's name, e-mail or call 804-437-1992. 


as a pastoral deacon. She continues to be active in 
the Charlottesville Garden Club, the local Junior 
League, the Blue Ridge Family Alliance chapter of 
the National Alliance for the Mentally III — which she 
helped found and serves as a board member, and 
the Westminster Organ Concert Series, among other 
activities. In response to the college's request for 
classmate memories for her 50th Reunion in 2002, 
Grove wrote "I am forever indebted to the outstand- 
ing faculty who instilled a life-long love of learning. I 
loved Jessica Gilliam's Sunday night vespers (the 
hymn sign was truly humorous) and all the traditions 
— Apple Day Founders Day, May Day, Christmas 
parties, chapel, sled riding on dining room trays, and, 
of course, graduation." 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Scholarship 

Maya Bryn Honeycutt '08 of Charlottesville, 
Virginia, a ma|or in studio art with a focus on pho- 
tography and printmaking, was awarded for her 
dedication to create art that challenges people to 
think. Honeycutt, a member of the national honor 
society for freshmen. Alpha Lambda Delta, is also 
interested in conservation and philosophy and her 
hobbies include creating ongami and writing. 


Sarah MayTyndall '09 of Lancaster, California 
earned this scholarship for academic excellence and 
leadership as a Mary Baldwin College student. 
Tyndall is a member of the college's Student 
Alumnae/i Relations Society the student newspa- 
per Campus Comments, Colleges Against Cancer, 
and serves as a student senator in addition to other 
activities. The award is named for the college's sev- 
enth president. 


Elizabeth Peyton Wooldridge '68 of Columbia, 
South Carolina, for her commitment to study at 
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary for her 
master's in religion, which she hopes to finish in 
2008. She is a candidate for the Holy Orders as a 
permanent deacon in the Episcopal Church. Early 
on, Wooldridge developed an interest in and 
respect for people from other countries and 
denominations through involvement in Presbyterian 
World Missions, and she later became active in 
First Presbyterian Church while at MBC. She 
served with the American Red Cross in Vietnam 
and has traveled worldwide. Wooldridge was con- 
firmed as an Episcopalian in 1980 and has long 
been an active member of St. Martin in the Fields 
Episcopal Church in Columbia. She has also spent 
more than 30 years training people about elder care 
and for many of those years has volunteered at 
South Carolina Episcopal Retirement Community. 


Sally Chellls Schlsler '67 of Portsmouth, Ohio was 

recognized for numerous positions in community 
service, including her current post as donor servic- 
es chair of ner local community foundation, of 
which she has been a member for 12 years. The 
organization has become the 20th largest charitable 
foundation in Ohio and held a successful inpatient 
Hospice House campaign under Schisler's leadership. 
Schisler studied at St. Anne's in Oxford after gradua- 
tion from MBC, and in her early career worked for the 
U.S. Department of Labor, served the White House 
Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and 
worked as a press aide for the Secretary of the 
Interior. She later worked for 21 years for a Catholic 

hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, primahly as director of 
community relations. She has been an active lay- 
woman in the Episcopal church, co-chairing a diocesan 
convention and chairing the Proctor Camp and 
Conference Center Board for the diocese. Schisler 
was recently ordained as a deacon and is pursuing a 
priesthood. She also works part-time as development 
director for a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment 


Florence "Flossie" WImberly Hellinger '52 of 

Orlando, Florida was honored for her lifelong com- 
mitment to education, social work, and church serv- 
ice. Hellinger earned her master of education in 
guidance and counseling from University of Central 
Florida in 1979, and worked as a first grade teacher 
and social worker early in her professional life. She 
worked for several years and held leadership posi- 
tions with the ADDitions volunteer program in her 
local school system, and was later involved in 
Christian Service Center. Hellinger's service also 
has a global reach: As a member of First 
Presbyterian Church in Orlando, she was involved in 
a decade-long project to help with resettlement of a 
Cambodian refugee family through Church World 
Service. Later, as a member of Winter Park 
Presbyterian Church, she traveled on mission trips 
to Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and is planning to 
go to Brazil this summer. Hellinger's international 
volunteerism also extended to the Democratic 
Republic of Congo when she participated in a proj- 
ect with Good Shepherd Hospital in conjunction 
with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. "Mary Baldwin 
gave me the confidence and courage to serve my 
community and church," Hellinger said. 

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The Grafton Society and Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 




April 3-6, 2008 

1943 IdrJIIilUIM.!:! 

Send your class notes to: by July 15 
FRANCES KNIGHT Nollet of Orlando 
FL: "It IS busy and exciting here. MAR- 
GARET McMURRAY Hottel '43, my 
MBC roommate, and I hope to attend our 
65th reunion in 2008! " 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
JANE SEBRELL Irby of Chevy Chase 
MD travels and plays bridge with an 
MBC alumna. 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 

Charlotte NC: "We are going to Kuwait, 
United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
ALICE BALL Watts of LewisvilieTX and 
husband George will celebrate their 50th 
anniversar/.They had 3 family gradua- 
tions this spring and their eldest grand- 
son was accepted to graduate school. 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
GEORGE FOSTER Mathews of Mary 
Esther FL attended cooking school in 
Tuscany Italy. She has 5 grandchildren 
ages 6-23. Her eldest grandchild graduat- 
ed from law school. 


Send your class notes to: b^ My 15. 

Augusta GA is serving on the County 
Board of Commissioners and heading up 
the Georgia House of Representatives. 
She serves on the Greater Augusta Arts 
Council and on the Board of 
Commissioners of the Airport Authority • 
PATRICIA LIEBERT Riddick of Yorktown 
VA spent Thanksgiving in NM with 3 
grandchildren and New Year's in FL with 
the other 6! She is teaching mah jongg 
and volunteering at Virginia Living 


Contact your class secretary by 
July 15 with news for your class column: 
Kent Seabun/ Rowe 
ksrowe@hoxmail. com 
UNDA DOLLY Hammack of Fairfax VA 
and husband Paul enjoyed traveling with 
MBC students, faculty, alumnae and 
friends on Spring Break tours to Bulgaria 
and Greece in 2005 and Egypt in 2006, 
and a May Term trip to Turkey and several 
Greek Islands this year Linda says stu- 
dents always add to the liveliness of con- 
versations • KIT KAVANAGH of 
Midlothian VA enjoyed a guided tour of 
Santa Fe NM led by classmate HARRI- 
ETT HOPE Howard of Tucson AZ and 
husband Jim last summer Kit also attend- 
ed a watercolor painting workshop at 
Springmaid Beach S.C. Best of all, she 
says, was Class Leadership Weekend at 
MBC with classmates LINDA DOLLY 
Hammack, KENT SEABURY Rowe, and 
DREWRY Smith of Southport NC and 
husband Jimbo spent a month relaxing in 
St. Croix • SUSAN JENNINGS Denson 
of Danville PA and Steve toured Tuscany 
on bikes — a testament to their youth 
and fitness • TONI HARRISON Jamison, 

KENT SEABURY Rowe spent a week- 
end together at Inn at Gristmill Square in 
Taber and Bo moved back to Staunton 
and are new grandparents to Robert 
McAuliffe. born to daughter Elizabeth and 
her husband Patrick • EUGENIA "WOO" 
McCUENThomason of Greenville SC 
and husband Bill visited Portugal, the 
French coast and London. They have 5 


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with news for your class column: 
Minta McDiarmid Nixon 
LANE WRIGHT Cochrane of Salem VA 
visited daughter Julia and family in CA, 
spent time in FL, did some sightseeing in 
Yellowstone National Park, and had 
Christmas in VA with family and 5 grand- 
children • KEENE ROADMAN Martin of 
San Antonio TX is building a home. She 
spent Christmas in the Berkshires with 
her Boston and Manhattan families and 
reports that grandchild #5 is due any 
moment • EMILY DETHLOFF Ryan of 
Houston TX has a grandchild, who will 
soon be 2 years old • JENNY STOTT 
Ward of Montoursville PA stays busy 
with her dogs and related business and 
hopes to be at Reunion in 2008 • MINTA 
McDIARMID Nixon of Augusta GA and 
husband Cobbs went to Italy in the 
spring and Costa Rica last summer with 
their 3 children, spouses, and 5 grandchil- 
dren • PAGE PUTNAM Miller wrote a 
book about the South Carolina island 
where she and her husband retired in 
2000, Fripp Island: A History, which is 
now in its second printing. 

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met fellow alumna DR. JOANN BROWN 
Morton '63 of Columbia SC through a 
mutual friend and was delighted to dis- 
cover their MBC connection. 


Contact one of your class secretaries by 
July 15 with news for your class column: 
Peggy Maddex Barnes 
Ki Shinnick Caldwell 
LUCIA HARRISON Jaycocks of Mount 
Pleasant SC is in real estate after many 
years as a stay-at-home mom. One daugh- 
ter lives in NC and the other resides in MN 
• JEAN WATT Redmiles of Laurel MD is 
the grandmother of 4, and recently visited 
Alaska with her husband. 


Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Jane Sims 
Mary Lynn Sopher 
msmarylynn@aol. com 
Wilmington NC has experienced many 
life changes: "My husband Thad died in 
November 2005 following a kidney trans- 
plant. I stepped down as general manag- 
er of WHQR public radio and began a 
one-year residency in clinical pastoral 
education at New Hanover Regional 
Medical Center • ANN MARSHALL 
JACOBS Bruce is executive director of 
United Fund of Talbot County. She and 
husband Fred reside in a golf course 
community in Easton MD, and enjoy vis- 
its with 3 children and 4 grandchildren • 

Spring 2007 

FLORENCE JONES Rutherford '75, LAUREL "LOLLY" CATCHING Anderson '71, 
and MOLLIE REHMET Cannady '64 celebrate Lolly's book at a book signing in 
Houston TX, How My Magic Refrigerator Sent Me to Pans Free: 7 Rules to Make 
Dreams Come True was published in November 2006 and is available at barnesandno- and 

Enioying a Craig Morgan country concert are KAT BRONSON '04, LINDSEY LUCAS 
'04, 2006-07 SGA President ALISON KAUFMANN '07, and ALISON FREI '07 

Hills SC is enrolled at Lutheran 
Theological Southern Seminary for a 
master's in religion and hopes to fin- 
ish in 2008. She is a candidate for 
the Holy Orders as a permanent 
deacon in the Episcopal Church. She 
celebrated her birthday by sponsor- 
ing a catered, come-as-you-are chari- 
ty drop-in and art sale for Harvest 
Hope Food Bank of the Midlands. "I 
had a grand reunion last June with 
classmate SUSAN RAINEY GAM- 
BLE Dankle 

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Anderson of Oklahoma City OK 
published the book How My Magic 
Refrigerator Sent Me to Paris Free: 
7 Rules to Make Dreams Come 
True, available through barnesandno- and • SUSAN 
RICHARDSON Hauser of Winston- 
Salem NC got together with class- 
mates LINDA BLAKE Gayle of 
Virginia Beach VA and CONNIE 
JONES of North Franklin CT 


Contact your class secretary by July 
15 with news for your class column; 
Mary Jim Moore Quillen 
mjguillen@gmail. com 
JEAN DITTMAR Hubertus of 
SeguinTX has settled into a farm 
with 100 acres of rolling hay. chick- 
ens, and cattle: "It's so peaceful 
here; close enough to a small town 
for necessities and far enough in the 
country to see stars at night and lis- 
ten to sounds of silence." Husband 
Charlie plans to retire next year • 
KAREN AUSTIN of Los Angeles CA 
is thrilled that daughter Olivia was 
accepted at Eugene Lang College of 

The New School m NYC, Karen is 
teaching an acting class, but acting 
still pays the rent. She was on 
Crossing Jordan this year and a few 
sitcoms including Rodney (as a reoc- 
curring character), and did some 

1973 ■ sU I JilMSiMJ 

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Manetta GA and husband Mark are 
empty-nesters with daughter Alyson 
at Mercer University. 


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Deborah "LEE" COLEMAN 
Gutshall of Roanoke VA; Eldest son 
Coleman is working at Exemplum as 
chief financial officer. Son Price is a 
junior at Hampden-Sydney College. 

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Helsinki, Finland is vice president 
and managing director for the Nokia 
Account at IBM. She travels exten- 
sively (82 visas on her current pass- 
port) and has visited Germany. 
China, and Austria in the past few 


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VA has retired from private practice 
and was appointed an administrative 
law judge for the state Employment 
Commission. She formerly served 

as an assistant attorney general for 
the state 'The bright lights of 
Hollywood shone on SARAH 
"SALLY" WAY Speaker of 
Birmingham AL when she and hus- 
band Cary had a four-hour dinner 
with Borat. only to see themselves 
in the movie, "We had never heard 
of Borat or Ali G, but our movie 
appearance made our sons minor 
celebnties at their schools: North 
Carolina School of the Arts and 
University of Georgia, Isn't it too bad 
that our 15 minutes of fame hap- 
pened in an R-rated movie?" • 
GAYLA McClelland Lemmon of 
Reynoldsburg OH is a personal train- 
er. She has 2 grandchildren and 
another one on the way. 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 

Middleburg, VA is president/CEO of 
The National Sporting Library a 
research library and art museum 
dedicated to field sports such as 
horse sports, shooting, and fly fish- 
ing. She invites interested MBC 
students to contact her about intern- 


Contact your class secretary by July 
15 with news for your class column: 
Cyndi Phillips Fletcher 
CFIetcher@mkrealtors. com 
SARA BEARSS of Richmond VA is 
senior editor of Dictionary of 
Virginia Biography, published by the 
Library of Virginia, Volume 3 was 
published last summer and she 
worked with several MBC profes- 
sors who contributed biographies, 
including Ann Field Alexander and 
Ken Keller. Ulysses Desportes and 

'02, and "GRACIE" SHORT '03 ring in the holidays 
at an MBC-sponsored gathenng at The Jefferson 
Hotel in Richmond VA last December. 

Enjoying an autumn mini-reumon in Wilmington NC are 
(I to r) ALESANDRA PRICE Dombroski '02, DIONNA 
MclNTYRE Kieman '02 and LUCIA "YOGI"ALMEN- 
DRAS '02 

Morton '63 en|oy a visit in Winthrop ME last summer. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

SUSAN COVINGTON Rothenberg '00 married Andy in June 2006 The waterfront cere- 
mony and reception was attended by MBC friends, including (front row, I to r) CHERRY 
SADLER Boykin '00, MARGARET MAHANEYWalker '00; and (back row) EMILY STEW- 
McGINLEY Eaton '75, mother of the bride CAROLINE STOWE Covington '75, the bride, 
LYN MANSFIELD '01, and AMANDA CUTLER Rodriguez '00 


CHRISTA DUNCAN '00 to Dr. Kaivon Arfaa, January 14, 2006 

LYNNETTE DAUGHTRY '02 to Kelby Barrett, November 4, 2006 

KATHERINE "KACEY" CULLEN '03 to Patrick Gore, August 21, 2006 

JAWANDA SMITH '03 to Adrian Jenkins, June 3, 2006 

KIMBERLY BALDWIN '05 to Paul Boulden Jr., October 7, 2006 

MEGAN KADILAK 'OS to Preston Chambers, May 13, 2006 

CARA ROSE MAGOLDA '06 to Matthew Tucker, September 23, 2006 

LYNNETTE DAUGHTRY Ban-ett '02 married Kelby in November 2006 Pictured are 
(top row, I to r) KAMALA PAYNE '05, NIANI VINES '02, KRYSTAL RUTLEDGE '04, 
MBC Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Andrea Cornett-Scott, JENNIFER 
BERT '00; (center row) STEPHANIE McCOY '04, AMANDA DAVIS Holloway '02 
'02; (bottom row) JAWANDA SMITH Jenkins '03, CASEY BRENT '02, Naima Scott, 

EMILY TREADWAY Greer '04 married David in June 2006. They 
live in Oak Ridge TN Celebrating the happy day were MBC alum- 

JAWANDA SMITH Jenkins '03 and 

Adrian wed in June 2006, The wed- 
ding party and guests included (I to r): 
KAMALA PAYNE Scott '05 (praise 
ri,.ih. ..M \^ i,-.M:,rd LYNNETTE 
DAUGHTRY Barrett '02, Rev. Andrea 
Cornett-Scott (associate vice presi- 
dent of Student Affairs and matron of 
honor), the bride, bridesmaid LINDA 
CORTEZ '03. NIANI VINES '02. and 
Amanda Brunson 

KIMBERLY BALDWIN Boulden '05 wed Paul MBC 
friends on hand to celebrate (I to r): bndesmaid LEA 
bnde. Amanda Erickson. and maid of honor KRISTEN 

DELAINE PERRY Kaplan '02 wed Alex in October 2005 
MBC attendants (I to r) MELANIE TEEVAN McConnell '01. 
ELIZABETH WRIGHT Heijman '02. and (bottom r) ALLYSON 
TEEVAN '01. 

Wedding bells rang for KATHRYN TATTERSON '92 
and Sterling in October 2004. Squirrels in attendance 
(I to r) LIZ BENDER Morgan '91 the bride. PEARL 
ALBINO '93 . MARY REBEKAH COX Hadfield '92. 

Spring 2007 

SARA "SALLY" NAIR James '69 wrote 
the biography of Horace Talmage Day for 
the next volume. Bearss presented a 
paper, "The Dictionary of Virginia 
Biography: Rewriting Virginia History 
One Life at aTinne" for the first Virginia 


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RENEE OLAIMDER of Norfolk VA was 
appointed director of Old Dominion 
University's Virginia Beach Higher 
Education Center, where she has served 
as interim director since July 2005. She 
has been teaching English there for 18 
years, and has taken a group of students 
to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta for the 
past few summers. Her poem. The 
Apparatus of the Dark, appeared in 
Hawaii Pacific Review in the fall/winter 
2005 issue. 

Send your class notes to: 
alumnae@mbc edu by July 15. 

FarmersvilleTX is accounts payable 
supervisor at Ryan & Company. She is 
restoring a home built in the 1890s. 


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HALEY JOHNSON Bmst of Austin TX is 
executive director of Talley Management 
Group. She and husband Dan welcomed 
daughter Scarlett in August 2006. 

Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
MacKay Morns Boyer 
sandypawscottage@earthlink. net 
Charlottesville VA works for an education- 
al travel company, WorldStrides, which 
plans history and science trips for middle 
and high school students across the 
Eisenberg of Charlottesville VA just relo- 
cated for husband Jay's job in civil serv- 

ice. She is a stay-at-home mom to Lydia 
(8), Ben (6), and Lucy (2), and does free- 
lance grant-writing • MACKAY MORRIS 
BOYER of Richmond VA has a law prac- 
tice which assists mentally incapacitated 
adults. She and husband Enc spend free 
time renovating an old summer cottage 
on the Chesapeake Bay MacKay enjoys 
get-togethers with MBC friends 

KERRI COSTIGAN Beckert, husband 
Chris, now a Lt. Col., and daughters 
Katharine (15) and Emma Jane (11) are 
stationed at Fort Riley KS. Kern is a rein- 
tegration counselor for soldiers returning 
from Iraq and Afghanistan • JULIE RIM- 
MER Applewhite of Richmond VA is 
working at Genworth Financial Group as 
an operations leader She and husband 
Dan have 2 children: Thomas (7) and 
Talley (3) • MAUDE "JEANINE" 
HOLMES Thomas of Arlington TX is a 
physician in internal medicine, who oper- 
ates Preventive Care Medical Clinic with 
husband Derrick. They are parents of 2 
sons (9 and 21 mos) • KAREN COLAW 
Linkous of Richmond VA is active in 
church and completed a major honne ren- 
ovation She stays in touch with CAROL 
ELLIOTT Forsythe and works with 
JULIE RIMMER Applewhite at 
Genworth • ELIZABETH PALEN of 
Richmond VA works with the Virginia 
State Legislature as council for the 
Virginia Housing Commission and Joint 
Commission of Administrative Rules. She 
IS renovating her home and gets togeth- 
Simpson, BECKY WYATT McGraw , 
Zoller, among other Richmond Squirrels 
Shreveport LA and husband Thomas plan 
to move back to Virginia next year. 


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DIANE BOWMAN Davis of Monterey VA 
IS an elementary teacher She and her 
husband, a Baptist pastor, are parents of 

daughter Lauren (3) • JACQUELINE 
FITZGERALD Sheffer of Staunton VA has 
sad news about the unexpected death of 
her husband in November She is the 
mother of a son (13) and daughter (8). 

Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
DANA BOTH of Charlotte NC is pursuing 
freelance photography and volunteers for 
Make-a-Wish Foundation and Habitat for 
Humanity She is public relations chair for 
the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Republican 


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alumnae@mbcedu by July 15. 

of MurfreesboroTN and husband Fant 
welcomed daughter Helen in August 
2006. Siblings Sally (5) and Fant (4) are 
thnlled by the new addition • NANCY 
FITZPATRICK Burits of VA is a stay-at- 
home mom to Shelby (8) and Joshua (3). 


Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Heather Jackson 
of Beaverdam VA and husband Richard 
have sons Parker (5) and Jackson (3). 
She has been teaching kindergarten 15 
years at the same school. She gets 
together with classmates JULIA 
JACKSON, and AIMEE RAY Dearsley 
• JESSICA BOOTH Bergstol of Seoul, 
Korea and family have been atYongsan 
Army Garrison for the past year. She, 
husband Chris (in the Air Force), and 
children Henry (6) and Ella Grace (2) will 
be in Asia until July 2007 • MARY 
NELL STARLING Yarborough of 
Yorktown VA home schools her children 
after working as an elementary school 
art teacher 


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with news for your class column: 

Kelly Kennaly 

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Roanoke VA earned an MA from Johns 

Hopkins LIniversity in May 2006 • 


Alameda CA is training to become a 

doula. Husband Kirk is a CPO in the 



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Lovettsville VA and husband Matt have 
twins Charlie and JP (7) and daughter 
Emma (4). He is an attorney with 
Skadden Arps in Washington DC and 
joined the White House Counsel last 
December as associate counsel and advi- 
sor to President Bush • JULIE LODGE 
Ustruck of KatyTX is busy with 3 chil- 
dren and a home business,, selling products that sup- 
port natural family living • GERRI WHIT- 
TAKER Timmons of Owensboro KY is 
working as an outpatient therapist with 


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The pitter-patter of little feet arrived at the 
homes of several classmates! CHERYL 
SERFOZO Hindelang of Midlothian VA 
and husband David announced the birth 
of daughter Riley in October 2006. "She 
weighed 6 lbs 15 oz with a head of black 
hair • LAURA CROSS Owens of 
Mableton GA and husband Brian wel- 
comed 7 lb, 7 oz Charles in July 2006. 
"He has red hair like my husband," Laura 
shares • LUCIA MORGAN Saperstein 
of Jacksonville FL and husband Adam 
introduced their adopted daughter 
Camille from Taipei, Taiwan in Febnjary 
2006: "The best Valentine's Day gift 
ever," says Lucia, also mother of Noah (3) 
• NOSHUA WATSON is working on a 
PhD in management strategy at INSEAD 
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What's it like... 

to swim around the island of iVlanhattan? 

If someone had told the college-age Beth Ryder Watson '84 — 

who wasn't even in a pool regularly at the time — that she would 
one day swim around the island of Manhattan, she probably 
would have laughed. "I had been a competitive swimmer growing 
up and through high school, and I think I had just had enough, 
burned out by the time I got to college," she said. 

In 1998, a friend convinced Watson to enter a triathlon: bik- 
ing, running, and a half-mile swim. To train, she started by log- 
ging pool time, then took the plunge into open water — the type 
she would be in for the race — at a lake in Northern Virginia, 
where she resides. "From that moment, I was hooked again," 
said Watson, a Web content manager for MarketlO. Watson 
placed in the top five in her age category in that triathlon, and 
gradually started increasing the swimming component of her 
competitions. Within a few years, she competed in several 
Olympic-distance triathlons (including about a one-mile swim), a 
7.5-mile swim across the Potomac River, and a scenic 10-mile 
swim in the warm waters of St. CroLx. 

Time for a real challenge: a marathon swim circling the 
island of Manhattan. The event covered a distance of 28.5 miles 
and took Watson just under nine hours — she swam without a 
wet suit, even though wearing one typically increases a swimmer's 
speed — but the training was virtually endless and intense. "A 
swim like that is 99 percent mental toughness, but you build that 
up by swimming — a lot," she said. "I received invaluable advice 
from other open-water marathon swimmers to set small goals 
along the way." 

It was raining and the water was cold and choppy on race 
day in Manhattan in June 2006, but there was no way Watson 
was going home. She jumped in with the rest of the field at 
Banery Park, and swam, accompanied by a kayaker who gave her 
food and encouragement, up the East River under the Brooklyn 
Bridge, past Roosevelt Island through the Harlem River and back 
down the Hudson River, crossing under the George Washington 
Bridge, and others. "Very few people get to see Manhattan the 
way I did," Watson said in a clear understatement. 

Watson's next nautical goal is a 23-mile solo swim from 
Catalina Island to Point Vincente on the Los Angeles coast, which 
poses new challenges: salt water, colder water, ocean tides, and a 
night start to avoid boat traffic in the channel. "I'm looking for- 
ward to the ocean swim, and there's a lot of preparation ahead of 
me to get there," she said. ▲ 

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PEGGY JO RUSNAK of Houston TX is a 
principal consultant for Kerdock 


Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Jenna Snnith 
mbcYaY3@yahoo. com 
Hey, Squirrels, we've been a busy bunch. 
Dumfries VA is wori<ing on a master's in 
special education at University' of Mary 
Washington. She and husband Sean 
welcomed firstborn Zoe in January (check 
out pictures of Zoe at rusk- 
wallace. spaces, live, com/ • WILHEMINA 
GRADY Harback of Bnstow VA is a data 
validation manager for IIM Laboratop/ 
Qualit/ Consultants and saw her MBC 
roommate ANGELA WINKLER Pairow 
shortly after she and husband Dave had 
first child Alannah. Wilhemina finished a 
master's at George Mason University in 
May 2005 • LAUREN WARDER Gvillo of 
Duluth GA and husband Jeff welcomed 
first child Claire in December 2006 • LIZ 
TROMBLEY Saunders of Atlanta GA 
went back to work full-time in a law firm 
after five years at home caring for 3 sons, 
including identical twins • KATE WOOD- 
SON DuMont of Fredericksburg VA 
enoys life with husband Matt and Sam (3) 
and Luke (2) • Wedding bells rang for 
Huntington WV when she wed Todd on 
the beach at Hilton Head SC. NEISHA 
ELLIS Brown was a bridesmaid and 
many alums were on hand • REBECCA 
FIFIELD of Manhattan NY is collections 
manager at Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Morgantown WV is a published poet and 
freelance writer for literar/ journals and 
magazines. Honor's career path has 
taken her from to law firms, 
community theatre, and freelance writ- 
ing. She and husband Bryson have son 
Barrett • ANGELA WINKLER Pan-ow of 
Wilmington NC, husband Jason, and 
Bradley (5) and Jack (2) are well and she 
is a 4th grade teacher • ANGELA HALL 
of Raleigh NC earned an MBA, gave birth 
to Sydney (7), Gner (5), and identical 
twins Harrison and Grant (2), and works 
as senior consultant with Zencos 
Consulting LLC. 

ate school, working towards her LCSW 
degree • TARAH GUINN is an abstractor 
with Tri-City Land and Legal. She lives in 
GrayTN with attorney husband Aaron • 
TENEA WATSON of San Mateo CA is 
launching a magazine with a Web site 
that addresses career questions of young 
professional women: www.moxy- • JANE RAPIER Spence 
of Alexandria VA and husband Jason wel- 
comed son Campbell in October 2006. 
She works at MBC as a major gifts officer. 

1998 I^^^S^^ 

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LATESHA HOOKER Adkins of Aberdeen 
NC is a clinical social work supervisor for 
North Carolina Department of Juvenile 
Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Last 
August she, husband Nick, and children 
Braden (6) and Britney (4), relocated to 
the sand hills of NC. Latesha is in gradu- 


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MARLA SCHIFFER of Collingswood NJ 
hopes to begin working in a new career 
soon. • LISA BLACK of Newport News 
VA works in the Alumni Relations Office 
at Virginia Wesleyan University • CHAN- 
DA HOFFMAN Poole of Edinburg VA, 
husband Jason, Emily (3), and Nathan (2) 
welcomed Hannah in July 2006 • EMILY 
WATSON Bertsch of Colorado Springs 
CO graduated from nursing school in 
May 2006 and is licensed as a registered 
nurse. She and husband Matt welcomed 
Jon in July 2006. Matt is stationed at 
Peterson Air Force Base. 


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Chesterfield County VA became a den- 
tist and a bride since we last heard 
from her. She earned a DDS from VCU 
School of Dentistry in May 2005 and is 
practicing general dentistry in 
Richmond, Merissa wed Michael Mule • 
KERRI DEAL Burton of Chester VA 
welcomed second child Hannah in July 
Rothenberg of Richmond VA married 
Getty Rothenberg in June 2006. 
Bridesmaids included CHRISTINA 
Hill. LESLIE PEPE Jarden, matron of 
Norfleet Mother of the bnde is CARO- 
LINE STOWE Covington They honey- 
mooned in Capetown, South Africa, and 
the Seychelles Islands • ANDREA 
SLAUGHTER Betton of Suffolk VA and 
husband Ryan welcomed first child Ian 
in September 2005. She is juggling the 
roles of stay-at-home mom and gradu- 
ate student at Old Dominion University 
• CHRISTA DUNCAN Arfaa married 
Kaivon Arfaa MD in January 2006. She 
is stationed in Rota, Spain serving as a 
labor/delivery nurse, while Kaivon is sta- 
tioned in Okinawa as an OB/GYN.They 
hope to be stationed together soon! 


Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Amberleigh Covell Powell 

Spring 2007 

Brooks Legier llgenfntz, son of CYNTHIA "HAVEN" 
LECLER llgenfritz '98 and husband Carter, was born in 
January 2007 

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Zee Claire Wallace, daughter of "CESCA" RUSK-Wallace 

'97 and husband Sean, was born in January 2007 In this 
photo, Zoe enjoys an outing to her father's office. "We 
think she's going to be an engineer, just like hinn!" her 
mother reports. 

Little Charles Benjamin Owens, son of LAURA 
CROSS Owens '05 and husband Brian, was bori 


Harold Stone is the son of JANET CAROL 
BOYKIN Stone '95 and husband Jay of 
Richmond VA. 

HALEY JOHNSON Brast "86 and Dan: a daughter, Scarlett Elizabeth, August 6, 2006 

SARAH "COLLIER" ANDRESS Smith '91 and Fant: a daughter, Helen Andress, August 8, 2006 

CHERYL SERFOZO Hindelang '95 and David: a daughter, Riley Elizabeth, October 2, 2006 

LEE CARREN WARD Mather '95 and Jim: a daughter, Celia Comfort, July 11, 2006 

LAURA CROSS Owens '95 and Brian: a son, Charles "Charlie" Benjamin, July 12, 2006 

LUCIA MORGAN Saperstein '95 and Adam: a daughter, Camille Estelle, adopted February 14, 2006 

LAUREN WARDER Gvillo '97 and Jeff: a daughter, Claire Matheson, December 23, 2006 

FRANCESCA RUSK- WALLACE '97 and Sean: a daughter, Zoe Claire, January 25, 2007 

CiTSTTHIA "HAVEN" LECLER llgenfritz '98 and Carter: a son. Brooks Legier, January 11, 2007 

JANE RAPIER Spence '98 and Jason, a son: Campbell Rapier, October 31, 2006 

EMILY WATSON Bertsch '99 and Matt: a son, Jon "Jack" Matthew, July 13, 2006 

CHANDA HOFFMAN Poole '99 and Jason: a daughter, Hannah Aleese, July 24, 2006 

ANDREA SLAUGHTER Betton '00 and Ryan: a son, Ian Alexander, September 2005 

KERRI DEAL Burton '00 and Todd: a daughter, Hannah Grace, July 7, 2006 

AMBERLEIGH COVELL Powell '01 and Chris: a daughter, Abigail Maye, July 24, 2006 

MOLLY MAHONEY Griffin '02 and Phillip: a son. Cole Ryan, June 8, 2006 

AMANDA DAVIS Holloway '02 and Jamal: a daughter, Ava Corinne, May 22, 2006 

DARA POWERS '02 and Jeremy: a son, Jackson Waite, August 30, 2006 

LINDA GLANAKOS Corradino '03 and Mark: a son, Nathaniel James, July 19, 2006 

CHAUNCY QUINTER Watts '03 and Nicolas: a daughter. Carter Hadley, August 29, 2006 

Congratulations to AMBERLEIGH COV- 
ELL Powell of Richmond VA and husband 
Chris, who welcomed second child 
Abigail in July 2006. "Her brother Joseph 
(4) adores her." She is working for HCA, 
Inc and Chris has a new job at University 
of Richmond. 


Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Anna Henley 
Greetings, scarlet and gold Squirrels! 
Washington DC: "I work for the National 
Geographic Society producing printed col- 

lateral for the book division. My job as a 
student assistant in MBC's 
Communications, Marketing, & Public 
Affairs helped me in this field — thank 
you, Gretchen Newman. DIONNA 
MclNTYRE Kieman and I visited ALE- 
SANDRA PRICE DombroskI and her 
husband in Wilmington." • USA BLISS 
graduated from Marymount University 
with a master's in elementary education 
in December and is teaching 5th grade, 
tutors after school, and works for 
Anthropologie • KRISTA HONIG Boggs 
of Cary NC is employed with Carolina 
Vascular • PAMELA SMITH-Taylor 
returned to her hometown, Dallas TX, and 
works in the legal field. She graduated 
from Kaplan University with a degree in 

legal studies and is a high school teaching 
assistant, and raising daughter Dajah (6) • 
A'LEIGH COLLINS Spensleri of 
Richmond VA is teaching 3rd grade at an 
alternative school, having graduated from 
MBC's Master of Arts in Teaching in May 
2006 • AMANDA DAVIS Holloway 
received a MAT from MBC and gave birth 
to her first child Ava the next day! She 
wed hubby Jamal in August on the sands 
of Jamaica, and is teaching autistic high 
schoolers in Richmond 'Wedding bells 
rang for LYNNETTE DAUGHTRY Barrett 
of Tampa PL in November, when she tied 
the knot with Kelby. "It was a black tie 
event attended by many MBC alumnae." 
is director of Christian education for a 

church • DARA PARKER and husband 
Jeremy welcomed second son Jackson 
in August 2006 • WINDSOR HALL 
Johnson of Manassas VA stays at home 
with William and Lucas. She visited MBC 
friends EMILY DIXON Giradler and 
MOLLY MAHONEY in Richmond • JEN- 
NIFER WEST of Hampton VA represents 
the business and marketing sides in 
development of Web sites for a compa- 
ny called FEI • CAMBRIA WATSON of 
Los Angeles CA is a freelance associate 
producer and was production coordinator 
for a feature film • STACY SMALLWOOD 
Ttuslow is the mother of twins, Brooke 
and Alston 'The Class of 2002 is online: 
www.myspace. com/mbc2002reunion. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What's it like... 

to navigate a military fighter plane? 

Dressing in an olive green flight suit, oxygen mask, harness, and g- 
suit. CUmbing into the navigator's seat of a T-6A Texan aircraft. 
Memorizing dozens of emergency procedures for each type of jet. 
PulUng four to six ^s (gravitational force) during a dive or ascent. 
All part of the routine for Jennifer Kukia '04 at Naval Flight 
Officer school. 

"I won't say that Marine Corps training isn't hard, but it's not 
impossible. If it was, there wouldn't be anyone in the Corps," said 
Kukla, who claimed an office in the Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership (VWIL) Building at Mary Baldwin College for a few weeks 
before her advanced training began in March at Naval Air Station 
Whidbey Island, Washington. Kukla served as First Captain of the 
VWIL Corps of Cadets while she was a student. 

Kukla started basic training in the Marines at Quantico in 
November 2004. She didn't know she was interested in a career in avia- 
tion until after she passed a daunting flight entrance exam (which she 
didn't have to take, but did just to challenge herself) and was offered an 
aviation contract. She went on to complete the Introduaor)' Flight 
Screening program. Aviation Preflight Indortrination, and Primary 
Naval Flight Officers course to earn her wings near the end of 2006. 

Kukla admits that although she logged plenty of time in flight sim- 
ulators before jumping into "an actual flying machine," when she 
walked to the plane for the first airborne training session, it was surreal. 
"I did feel like I was in that scene in Top Gun," she smiled. "I looked at 
my instructor and he looked at me and, although my mind kind of 
went blank for a moment, I knew I was ready for the flight. When I sat 
in the T-6A, I thought, 'I'm sitting in a rocket.'" 

Kukla — whose call sign is Fuse — trained on the T-6A Texan II 
and T-2 Buckeye, which are specifically used for that purpose. Out of 
flight school, she has been assigned to fly the EA-6B Prowler, aircraft 
which serve as the Navy's main line of airborne electronic attack via 
scrambling and jamming radar and radio frequencies. She will do that 
training at Whidbey Island. 

"You not only have to know what your responsibilities are during 
flight, but also everything about your jet, inside and out, in case some- 
thing happens," Kukla said. 

As a navigator, Kukla is the mission commander and accountable 
for successful execution of a mission; the pilot's chief responsibility is 
aircraft safety, she said. She usually sits behind the pilot and monitors 
all aaivity outside the plane from the wings backward, even while 
pulling the crushing force of up to six gs. 

Here's to an MBC alumna who will work to keep the skies and 
seas friendly. ▲ 

2003 IBE!^ 

Contact your class secretary by July 15 
with news for your class column: 
Elizabeth Hill 
hilleg@gmail. com 
Greetings classmates! CRISSY 
JURACH is working for Sage 
Software in Herndon VA, and was 
promoted to senior marketing spe- 
cialist. She's volunteering at Fairfax 
INOVA Hospital in pediatrics, is in 
Junior League of Northern Virginia, 
and is helping plan our class reunion 
• LIL LIN AUNG is working with 
International Youth Foundation man- 
aging two educational projects in the 
Philippines and Indonesia • 
Gore married Patrick (U.S. Army) in 
August 2006. They are stationed in 
South Korea • ANNE MEACHAM is 
a production stage manager at 
Lexington Children's Theatre in 
Lexington KY • ASHLEY HOLLOW- 
ELL Hunsberger and husband Scott 
moved to Raleigh NC. She is working 
for Blackboard Inc. as a test designer 
for learning software • BRANDI 
SAMUELS of Richmond VA sells 
acoustical products. She is marketing 
her patented invention and hopes to 
sell it commercially this year • 
LINDA GIANAKOS Corradino of 
Keswick VA and husband Mark wel- 
comed Nathaniel in July 2006. She 
teaches music • BRANDI CLARK 
bought a house in South Boston VA, 
where she teaches 6th grade. She 
completed a master's in December 
2006 • JAWANDA SMITH Jenkins 
married husband Adrian in June 2006 
with Dr. Edward Scott, MBC's inter- 
im dean of the college officiating. 
The wedding party included 
DAUGHTRY '02. Reverend Andrea 
Cornen-Scon, LINDA CORTEZ '03, 
and NIANI VINES '02, and AMAN- 
TER Watts and husband Nicholas 
announced the birth of first child 
Carter in August 2006. 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
is an account manager at One 
Source Advisors, Inc • ERIN 
BALLEW O'Reilly lives with hus- 
band Egan in Ladenburg, Germany 
and she is a management assistant 
for the U.S. Army • KIMBERLY 
KERN of Woodbndge VA graduated 
from George Washington University 
with a master's in public policy and 
works for the Office of the 
Comptroller of the Currency, 
Department of the Treasury. 


Send your class notes to: alum- by July 15. 
KAMALA PAYNE of Richmond VA 
was promoted as a scientist at Wyeth 
Pharmaceutical Research and 
Development. She and MBC class- 
mate GEORGIA LEITNER placed 
second as a doubles team in the 
championship round of the 
Southeastern Tennis Open • VICTO- 
Gresham OR is working for the 
American Cancer Society and is in 
charge of four Relay for Life events • 
Baltimore MD is an enrollment advi- 
sor atWalden University • 
trained to run her first marathon, the 
National AIDS Marathon in January 
2007 "I have completed over 300 
miles and raised more than $3,000 
to benefit those living with 
Petersburg VA published a book of 
fiction in June 2006. Three Sisters: 
The Beginning is a Christian story 
geared toward middle- and high 
school-age students • Wedding bells 
Chambers of Lake Gaston NC and 
husband Preston in May 2006. 


Send your class notes to: by July 15. 
Meals on Wheels in Suffolk VA and 
hopes to attend law school next year. 
"Non pro tempore sed Aeterniate! " • 
ried Matthew at the Fishburn 
Mansion in Roanoke VA and moved 
to Denver CO. She is working as a 
policy coordinator at ICAT in Boulder 
• NZINGA SALCEDO-Hutchison of 
Daytona Beach FL is a 911 dispatcher, 
answering phones in English, French, 
and Spanish. "I'll be training to be an 
emergency medical technician so I 
can ride on the ambulance and give 
directions to other EMTs over the 
phone. Maybe after all these certifica- 
tions, I can transfer to a similar line of 
work in Washington DC." 

Spring 2007 

What's it like... 

to be on HGTV (Home and Garden Television)? 

What would you do if producers at HGTV 
(Home and Garden Television) e-mailed you to 
be on one of their programs? Would you won- 
der if they had the right person? Just say yes? 
Second-guess your decision? Pat Forbes '67, a 
native of Silver Spring, Maryland, who has lived 
for several years in Albuquerque, did all of that 
— and ended up thoroughly enjoying the expe- 
rience of being featured on the network's coast- 
to-coast contemporary craft show, That's 

"I decided — midstream — that I didn't 
want to do it," said Forbes, an MBC art major 
who returned to painting in the early 1990s 
after a career on the fringes of the art world and 
raising her daughter. "Then they called back 
with details and I couldn't say no." 

It wasn't the first time Forbes' art was fea- 
tured in the media — she beams in a picture 
that accompanies an article in a 1967 issue of 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch about her senior 
art exhibit at Mary Baldwin College, and she 
has talked with members of media for other 
publications. With this show, though, she was 
about to go national. 

Forbes likes to change her art focus fre- 
quently, and lately she has been cultivating 
what she terms Uppity Art. "It's not meant to 
be snooty. Actually, the name is a play on the 
way that some people regard art as inaccessi- 
ble," said Forbes, who studied art in Paris 
while at MBC. "I chose Uppity Art because 
it's sculpture, and I like to say 'It's art that 
stands up for itself.'" At her Uppity Art Web 
site,, one will find boldly 
painted columns, trees, planters, and other 
unique items. 

The HGTV production featured Forbes 
creating a pre-Uppity Art piece, an asymmetri- 
cal textured mirror frame made with wood, 
molding compound, and acrylic paints. Filming 
for the show, which aired last October, began at 
8:30 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. on a chilly 
January day. The final run time of her segment 
on the half-hour program was about 7'/: min- 
utes. "It was a project I thought would be 
doable for people who are moderately crafty, 
something that I thought I could show how to 
do pretty simply," Forbes said. Preparation 
included having a mirror ready for each stage of 
the creation — which worked out to about six 
total. "I kept making frames over and over ... I 
didn't make those frames for quite a while after 
that," she said. 

Forbes said the shoot went mostly the way 
she expected it to, although "they did ask me to 
do a few things I thought would be goofy, like 
throw paper up into the air, and comb my hair 
with the tool I use to create texture. But those 
shots worked into the segment well in the end." 
A text and photograph version of the program 
can be seen online: From, 
click on the That's Clever! link. 

The show did not catapult Forbes to 
celebrity status — she did not expect nor crave 
it — but visits to her Web site did spike dra- 
matically the day it aired. "Lately I've been 
running into friends and acquaintances who 
tell me they saw the show, and that's fun," she 
said. It might not get her a show at the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, but being on 
HGTV builds her credibility with the public 
and in the art world — and it was one-of-a- 
kind, she said. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


What's it like... 

to search for and find Winnie the Pooh and Jane Austen in England? 

It's not the lure of warm weather or 
scenic settings that determine travel 
destinations for Cheryl Diane 
Dinwiddle Andre '67, although she 
frequently finds both along the way. 
Literary works guide many of 
Andre's vacation plans. The recently 
retired library media specialist has 
driven, walked, cHmbed, and pho- 
tographed English towns and coun- 
tryside to discover a bit of inspira- 
tion here, and a characteristic there, 
about authors such as Sir Arthur 
Conan Doyle, A.A. Milne, Jane 
Austen, Virginia "Wolfe, and 
Rudyard Kipling. 

"Everywhere you turn is magi- 
cal," Andre said about her literary 
trips in search of details about 
authors' lives. "They speak to me, 
and when I'm in the place where 
they created their work, I can 
almost see them at their desks, and 
understand the origins of their ideas 
and details." 

Andre, a psychology major at 
MBC, said she has been "a lifelong 
incorrigible reader. I always read 
under the covers with a flashlight, 
and had a book rucked into my 
textbooks in class." She returned to 
James Madison University to earn 
library and media teaching certifica- 
tion and, soon after, earned a second 
master's degree and sixth-year certi- 
fication from Fairfield University in 
Connecticut. She regards her 

transatlantic journeys as a "natural 
extension of what I taught for 25 
years. Facts about an author stimu- 
late my interest in a book, explain a 
point of view, and give texture to 
understanding their choices." 

Andre's first literary tour was 
an Elderhostel course on Dickens in 
London about a decade ago. She 
jumped into the hunt again in 
1999, making several trips to 
Ireland, England, and Scotland 
with a group of storytellers from 
Southern Connecticut University. 
It's easy to be swept up in Andre's 
genuine excitement as she chroni- 
cles moments from her trips: "We 
trod in Christopher Robin's foot- 
prints, from playing Pooh-Sticks 
on Milne's bridge to exploring the 
Hundred Acre Wood. We picnicked 
at Kipling's gorgeous home, which 
he improved and expanded with 
the prize money from his 1907 
Nobel Prize for Literature ... fol- 
lowed Shakespeare at Stratford- 
on-Avon, sought Lewis Carroll 
and J.K. Rowling ... had dinner at 
The Eagle and The Child, where 
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and 
the other Inklings met on Tuesdays 
for many years." 

What are some of the discov- 
eries she treasures most? Tracing 
Jane Austen's life all over Bath, and 
finding the tiny Steventon church 
where her father and brother 

preached near the site of her birth- 
place. Exploring Austen's Chawton 
home where most of her writing 
was completed, and finding, down 
a side lane, the estate of another of 
Austen's brothers, now a center for 
women's studies located right next 
to the churchyard where her moth- 
er and sister are buried. Tracking 
down Daphne du Maurier's real 
Frenchman's Creek down hidden 
paths and across private property. 
Exploring Beatrix Potter's exquisite 
Hill Top Farm in the Lake district, 
which provided the details for so 
many of her children's books. 

Andre has also been fortu- 
nate, she said, to travel to many 
countries aside from her literary 
trips. She visited China in 1976 — 
six months before it was officially 
recognized by the United States — 
and has been to Sri Lanka, Burma, 
Nepal, India, Scandinavia, and 
Greece, among others. She is head- 
ing back this August to explore 
Bronte and James Herriot territo- 
ry. Looking over the English 
moors at a sight that one of her 
favorite authors might have seen 
will always be an exhilarating 
experience, she said. "My love of 
history and travel started when I 
was 16. Every time I go back, I 
discover more of the history and 
stories that are part of my her- 
itage," she said. ▲ 

Spring 2007 

Our Vision 


"There are so many 
opportunities laid out in 

front of me. I really 

feel like Mary Baldwin is 

special, because they care. 

They want you 

to take those chances." 

— Erin Baker '07, 

OR, September 2006 


"...learning in an 

environment that was 

focused on women and 

the strengths of women gave 

all of us the tools we 

needed for a lifetime." 

— Lucy Morris Gay %3, 



"The gateway to 

personal transformation 

is academic excellence. 

At Mary Baldwin College, 

academic excellence 

is collective. . . 
[It] is also inclusive." 

— Pamela Fox, 


State of the College Address 

Opening Convocation eor Faculty and Staff, 

August 2.3, 2006 




•ff Our Visiori 

Pursue new and renovated facilities 

Complete wireless coverage of the entire campus 

Enhance the Honors Program through additional merit 

scholarship funding 

Seek national teaching accreditation through the Teacher 

Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) 

Complete Southern Association 

of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation 

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Spring 2007 


Most remembered for author- 
ing the unofficial MBC alma 
mater, A Hymn for Mary 
Baldwin, and nurturing the reputation 
of the Mary Baldwin College Choir, 
Gordon Page was one of those treas- 
ured MBC faculty members who not 
only educated his students, but helped 
them realize their full potential and 
inspired them to excel. He was not just 
a teacher — he was a friend and a 
member of the family, too. 

Page passed away March 10 at 
age 96, taking with him his great spir- 
it, but not his legacy or his example of 
how to live an enriched life. He was 
remembered during an intimate cere- 
mony in a small garden on campus 
named in honor of himself and his 
wife, Martha "Mopsy" Pool Page '48. 
"He truly did touch so many lives, 
including mine. I was only at Mary 
Baldwin for a year, but my experience 
of singing in the choir and chapel choir 
has had an impact on my life ever 
since," said Susie Allen Jones Goss '59. 
"There is hardly a Sunday in church 
that I am not carried back to a piece 

By Dawn Medley 

that we sang or something that Mr. 
Page told us all those years ago." 

The MBC hymn was drafted at 
about the midpoint of Page's 30-year 
tenure at MBC, which began in 1949. 
Page led students in repeat perform- 
ances at Washington National 
Cathedral, Princeton University, Fifth 
Avenue Presbyterian Church in New 
York City, and countless venues in the 
Staunton area. In later years, he con- 
vened an Alumnae Choir that per- 
formed during Reunion between 1973 
and 1994. 

Above all, students foimd it easy 
to be enveloped by the Pages' genuine 
care for their well-being. 

"They were the kind of people 
you could say anything to without 
fearing repercussion," said Ethel 
Smeak '53, an alumna who went on to 
become a professor of English at Mary 
Baldwin and colleague of Gordon 
Page. "Individually and together, they 
were charming and made you feel that 
you would be taken care of." 

Certain alumnae from the era of 
Page's professorship became very close 

to him and Mopsy, such as Elizabeth 
"Liz" Jennings Shupe '70. Shupe, who 
refers to the Pages as "Ma and Pa," 
remembers fondly the day she met 
Gordon Page. "I auditioned for him, 
and he graciously explained what my 
voice was ... and was not. Then he 
encouraged me to join the choir. He 
was such a gentleman that I decided to 
try it. It was the best decision I made 
while at MBC." 

The closing lines of A Hymn for 
Mary Baldwm, penned nearly 40 years 
ago, found renewed poignancy at the 
end of Gordon Page's life. 

"When we reach our last tomorrow 

of our days in class, on field, 

we will know how we must borrow 

Mary Baldwin, from thy yield. " 

'■' For more about the life and contributions of 
Gordon Page and comments from those who 
cherished him, please visit to read "Music 
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What's _MeML7JLQg_Qn 

www. mbc. edu/studen t/ 

Student Life 

Visit the new pages that current students check frequently for today's weather on 
campus and this week's events, or link to the multicultural pages or career develop- 
ment and so much more. 

-)) Admissions 

The new site for prospective students has already won awards — and you'll see 
why when you visit this page or recommend it to some young, college-bound 
friends. Try the traditions quiz! 


About IVIBC 

Know your MBC history? Remember its traditions? Link to info about today's unique 
academic program ... and then some. 


www. mbc. edu/news 

MBC News 

Put this page on your Favorites List! MBC's news page changes frequently, 
especially during the academic year. 

WWW. mbc. edu/inthenews 

IVIedia Coverage of IVIBC 

Want to know what media is covering MBC-' Check out this page for stones 
listed by date (read about MBC in Newsweek — see entry October 31, 20061. 



www. mbc. edu/alumnae 


Start here and link to Reunion news (past and future), meet the STARS and the 
staff at Alumnae/i House, or tap into Giving. 



Know your parent association! Find the college calendar and most important phone 
numbers. Want to send your child an icare package? 


Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

National Survey of Student Engagement 

Indiana University study about the advantages of 
women's colleges based on NSSE data 

MBC's Quality Enhancement Plan; Learning for Civic 
Engagement in a Global Context 

vf rands @mbc. edu 

E-mail Professor Francisco for information about using 
the English translation of La Jolie Parfumeuse 
{Ttie Pretty Perfume Maker) 

E-mail Institutional Advancement if you would like more 
information about scholarships or gifts to the college, or 
call toll free 800-6224255 or 540-887-7011 

Read more about Quest, Mary Baldwin's Interfaith Village 

See who graduated in January 2007 with a brighter 
future as a degree-holder 

www. mbc. edu/academic/teacheriicense 

Check out the numbers and kinds of licenses available 
through Mary Baldwin's post baccalaureate teacher licen- 
sure program 

www. mbc. edu/mat 

Find out more about the Kitty Green and Hobart Jones 
scholarship for students in the Master of Arts in Teaching 

To view the art of Pat Forbes '67 or to see her HGTV seg- 
ment, visit the site and click on Tliat's Clever! 

www.mbc. edu/forms_pub/alum/refer_frm 

Go here to refer a prospective student to MBC