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(The First) Eight Things You Need to Know 
About Science at IVIary Baldwin College 

Science at MBC is a compelling draw for young 
women and prepares them for useful, even ground- 
breaking, work and study. Today, as they did from 
the institution's beginnings in 1 842, alumnae/i 
stories prove again that science is for women. 

F E A T U R E S 

Active and Engaged in Life 

Athletics and wellness take center court on 
campus, including a conference change to 
USA South in NCAA Division HI. 
Bonus: Tear out Spring Sports Schedule 

Pearce Renovation Will 
Secure Scientific Reputation 
for 21st Century 

Pearce has served students of science well for 
nearly 40 years. Renovations are needed to 
update classrooms, labs, equipment, safety, 
and building infrastructure. 

Message from President Pamela Fox 

MBCArts: Visual Arts 
Studio Art Attracts Major Interest 
'^ "' MBCArts: Theatre 
Keats Connection? 
MBC Houses Only U.S. Branch of Records 

5 J Message from Alumnae/i President 

Kellie Warner '90 
66 Memories of Mary Baldwin College 1940-44 

W H AT 1 J ■ S. LIKE... j 

58 To Be a Pioneer in the Adult Degre 

62 To Be Serving in Iraq? 
65 To Give More? 


ary Baldwin College 


Vol. 21 No. 1 Winter 2008 

At one end of the table, tennis legend Venus Williams, and at the other (see mirror), 
MBC President Pamela Fox, preside over a graceful fall table to celebrate the sports 
legend's Smyth Leadership Lecture. Guests included William's manager, Carlos 
Fleming (left, bottom), selected students, and the Smyth Lecture benefactors, Mary 
Beth Reed Smyth '47 and H. Gordon Smyth, among others. 

Carol Larson 

Assistant Editor 
Dawn Medley 

Art Director 
Gretchen Newman 

We welcome your suggestions and ideas; The Mary Baldwin College 
Magazine is published two times a year by the 

Office of Communication, Marketing, and 

Public Affairs, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, 

VA 24401. © 2008 All rights reserved. 

Mary Baldwin College does not discriminate on the basis of 
sex (except that men are admitted only as ADP and graduate 
students), tace, national origin, color, age, disability, or 
sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions, 
co-curricular or other activities, and employment practices. 
Inquiries may be directed to the \^ce President for Business 
and Finance, P.O. Box 1500, Mary Baldwin College, 
Staunton, VA 24402; phone: 540-887-7175. 


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Louise Rossett McNamee '70, chair 

Charlotte Jackson Berry '51, vice chair 

Aremtta R. Watson, secretary' 

Tho\l\s Brv.\n Barton 

Charles T. Baskervill 

Sally Armstrong Bingley '60 

Sue Warheld Caples '60 

H. C. Stuart Cochran 

Tracey L. Conges "82 

Nancy Payne Dahl '56 

JOHNiE Davis 

Margaret Wren de St. Aubin '81 

Willum CoNR.Ar> Doenges II 

Kelly Huff,vl\n Ellis '80 
Cynthia Farr Luck Haw '79 


Molly Fetterman Held '76 

James D. Lott 

Margaret E. McDERiUo '95 

Susan A. McLaughlin 

Jane Harding Miller '76 

Wellford L. Sanders Jr 

C. Hunt Shuford Jr 

Janet Russell Steelman '52 

Susan A. Stover '85 

Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 

Donald M. Wilkinson UI 

John H. Woodfin 
Carolyn Amos Yokley '73 

Words from Our President 
Dr. Pamela Fox 

On the chilly but sunlit late after- 
noon of October 11, the magic 
of community warmed the col- 
lective spirit of Man' Baldwin College 
as we gathered for the official opening 
of the Samuel and Ava Spencer Center 
for Civic and Global Engagement. The 
ceremony was driven by a simple and 
compelling theme: create a celebration 
of community. Involve our students. 
Orchestrate a convergence by the stu- 
dents marching in from the four corners 
of the campus. Call the convergence 
forth with music representing a global 
tradition. We had African drums, 
Appalchian banjo and fiddle, accor- 
dion, and other percussion instruments 
playing global rhythms together, and 
song from the Anointed Voices of 
Praise. Dr. Spencer delivered a moving 
speech directed to the hundreds of 
Mary Baldwin students standing 
before him on Page Terrace. Following 
the ceremony, we processed behind 
musicians to the Spencer Center rib- 
bon cutting and a reception. The 
promise of the future was palpable as 
we strengthened our historic commit- 
ment to MBC women changing the 
world. I am still smiling from the mar- 
vel of the occasion. 

This fall has been filled with excep- 
tional opportunities. We celebrate our 
highest overall enrollment ever. For the 
third straight year we are surpassing 
our own historic record number of 
applicants. We are gaining national 
recognition as demonstrated by Mary 
Baldwin's participation in the 2007 
National Survey of Student 
Engagement. As you will read in this 

issue, NSSE documents that women's 
colleges provide superior learning 
environments. MBC excels at provid- 
ing what NSSE deems Enriching 
Educational Experiences, scoring 
above the high-performing women's 
colleges and the top 10% of all 610 
participating colleges and universities 
in that category. 

I have asked the college community 
to seize the urgency of opportunity 
before us to build upon our advanta- 
geous position and the successes of 
Phase I of our 10-year strategic plan. It 
is our creativity that drives our institu- 
tional achievement, historically and in 
the future. Our creativity fosters distinc- 
tions. In the next five years — a phase 
to invest and innovate — we will create 
programmatic innovations to enable us 
to meet our enrollment goals. I am very 
excited by the crucible of creative think- 
ing that is taking place. 

We are also committed to enhanc- 
ing our safety and security, working 
closely with all Virginia higher educa- 
tion institutions and the Governor's | 
Office. And we have formalized our 
commitment to sustainability. The 
Spencer Center was designed and built 
upon green, sustainable practices. I 
have signed the American College and 
University Presidents Climate Initiative, 
formally documenting Mary Baldwin's 
commitment to creating a sustainable 
environment and working toward cli- 
mate neutrality. 

I invite you to participate in forging 
the bright future before us. Thank you 
for your dedication and support. Be 
courageous. Help us innovate. ▲ 

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National Survey Puts MBC at Top of Class 

Results from the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement 
(NSSE) — MBC's first year of participation — delivered 
invaluable findings. When approximately 120 Mary Baldwin 
College students were polled in spring 2007 for NSSE, admin- 
istrators were hopeful the study would elicit useful information 
for the college's planning and programming. Saying they were 
correct is an understatement. 

Some highlights were hard to miss. First and most broadly, 
women's colleges scored substantially higher than NSSE 
respondents overall (610 colleges and universities nationwide) 
on all five benchmarks of an engaged student body measured 
by the survey. On one of those benchmarks, Enriching 
Educational Experiences, MBC reached the top 10 percent in 
the nation and outperformed other schools in both of its peer 
groups, the high-performing cohort of women's colleges and 
also within small master's-level colleges and universities 
(defined by NSSE as "Carnegie Peers"). In addition, MBC 
scored in the top 50 percent in the nation in all but one of the 
five benchmarks. 

Further investigation of NSSE data revealed that MBC sen- 
iors have a marked increase in level of engagement from MBC 
freshmen compared to seniors and freshmen at peer institutions. In 
other words, as President Pamela Fox noted in her State of the 
College opening address, "This is what we strive for; this is per- 
sonal transformation." We also learned that, within the section on 
Enriching Educational Experiences, MBC clearly excels on ques- 
tions that indicate diverse experiences and exposure to women's 
issues and perspectives. Continuing to mine the information will 
no doubt produce more connections and comparisons to guide 
MBC's academic and co-curricular future. 

First administered in 2000, NSSE surveys seniors and fresh- 
men to provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their 
time and what they gain in knowledge and personal development 
by attending college. The concept is based on data indicating that 
students who put more time and energy into activities that matter 
to their education — inside and outside the classroom — take 
away more from their college experience than those who are not 
as involved. ▲ 


The Aiumnae/i Association helped 
MBC purchase two automated elec- 
tronic defibrillators for use on campus 
— one portable and one located in the 
Physical Activities Center. 


MBC Theatre presented the U.S. pre- 
miere of The Vic, a multi-narrative play 
that explores the dramatic events in 
the lives of eight women, directed by 
Clinton Johnston, assistant professor 
of theatre. 

Initial NSSE findings: 

Students at women's colleges are more engaged 
than their peers at coeducational institutions. The 21 

women's colleges included in the 2007 NSSE sample scored higher 
than co-ed schools on all five dimensions measured by the survey: 
Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, 
Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experiences, and 
Supportive Campus Environment. This year's data is not the first to 
indicate the success of women's colleges. A landmark report from 
Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research employed 
NSSE data from 2000-02 to demonstrate that students at women's 
colleges are more empowered for academic excellence than their 
peers at coeducational institutions. 'Women learn more about 
themselves, hone their quantitative analysis skills, excel in math and 
science at significantly higher rates, develop strong efficacy to serve 
their communities, work more effectively in peer groups, interact 
more extensively with faculty and female role models inside and 
outside of class, and develop stronger leadership skills, according to 
the survey. The study also shows that women's colleges better support 
diverse interactions and understanding of diversity. 

MBC excels at providing Enriching Educational 

Experiences. Even among the high-performing women's colleges 
group, Mary Baldwin scored significantly higher on questions that 
relate to co-curricular learning, diversity experiences, internships, 
community service, and capstone projects. These characteristics are 
defined by NSSE as Enriching Educational Experiences. MBC 
freshmen and seniors answered affirmatively to questions such as 
"Had serious conversations with students of a different race or 
ethnicity than your own," and "Had serious conversations with 
students who are very different from you in terms of their religious 
beliefs, political opinions, or personal values." They also indicated in 
high numbers that they have done or plan to do practicum, field 
experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment, and community 
service or volunteer work. 

MBC students experience personal transformation. 

MBC students show a marked difference between engagement 
experiences between their freshman and senior years; in most cases it 
is a larger jump than their peers at other institutions. For example, 
in addition to scoring higher than our peer women's colleges and 
small master's-level colleges and universities in Enriching 
Educational Experiences in both the freshman and senior years, the 

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relative advantage of MBC seniors is more pronounced than the 
advantage of MBC freshmen. In other words, Mary Baldwin 
students embody more of the engagement characteristics encouraged 
by the college as they progress. 

The National Survey of Student Engagement provides MBC with 
concrete findings which can translate into specific progam 
enhancement. It also gave the college much more: That "Aha!" 
moment when people can see in numbers and on graphs what the 
college community^ translates to growth, engagement, and personal 
transformation. ▲ 


Three Diversity Dialogues in the fall 
semester, organized by Director of 
African American and Multicultural 
Affairs Joanne Harris, offered 
forums for discussion of race, femi- 
nism, and sexuality. 


MBC's oldest regional center cele- 
brated 25 years in the state capital 
and a move to a new location in 
October. The Richmond center for 
adult and graduate studies is now in 
Forest Office Park. 

BENAZIR BHUTTO 1953-2007: 

Mary Baldwin College joins with the v/orld 
in mourning the loss of a courageous, 
peaceful warrior for democracy, former 
Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto 
— who was the college's 10th Smyth 
Leadership Lecturer in Octobe'- 2006 


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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


MBC Hits Grand Slam with 

Tennis phenomenon Venus Williams, 27, 
brought the college's renewed focus on 
health and wellness into the spotlight as a 
larger-than-life sports legend during her 
appearance at MBC October 23 as the 
college's Smyth Leadership Lecturer. 

Coached by her father, Williams 
turned pro at 14 and sealed her stardom 
with a win against one of tennis' top 10 
players. She went on to capture the 2000 
Wimbledon singles crown in a victory 
over top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, and 
won Wimbledon doubles championships 
with her sister and partner, Serena. Two 
months later, Venus Williams became the 
second woman ever to win gold medals 
in singles and doubles at the 2000 
Olympic Games. In February 2002, 

Williams became the first African- 
American woman to be ranked number 
one on the World Tennis Association 
Tour. This summer, Williams won her 
fourth Wimbledon title — a feat previ- 
ously accomplished only by Martina 
Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Billie Jean 
King. To make her achievement even 
more poignant, her victory fell on the 
50th anniversary of the first Wimbledon 
win by an African-American woman, 
Althea Gibson. 

Venus Williams is best known for her 
work on courts around the world, but she 
has also been public about her dissatisfac- 
tion with female compensation versus that 
of males. Newsweek reported in its 
August 20, 2007 issue that "for the first 


There was noVWil Corps of Cadets when 
retired Army Maj.Tracey Cones '82 and cur- 
rent member of MBC's Board ofTrustees 
and retired Army Col. Melissa Patrick 78 
attended MBC, but they were honored by 
the corps and given front lawn seats for the 
Staunton Veterans Day parade. 


Greek Cypriot Dr. Harry Anastasiou, faculty member in Portland 
State University's Conflict Resolution graduate program and 
the elder brother of MBC's Andreas Anastasiou, associate pro- 
fessor of psychology, explored how religion contributes to con- 
flict and how religion becomes a catalyst for peace. Anastasiou 
has played a lead role in a citizen-based peace movement 
between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, 

Winter 2008 

Clockwise from bottom left on page 6: Williams met with senior Mary Baldwin athletes 
and Sports Information Director Donna Miller (far right); Williams flanked by lecture 
benefactors Mary Beth Reed Smyth '47 and husband and former trustee H. Gordon 
Smyth; Williams addressing the packed house at First Presbytehan Church; the tennis 
superstar holds the attention of media in a post-lecture press conference; Williams' 
vibrant personality and easygoing speaking style invited the audience into her world. 

Venus Williams on Campus 

time in the history of women's singles at 
Wimbledon, Williams' prize, $1.4 million, 
was the same as that of her male counter- 
part. Equal pay has been an ongoing cru- 
sade for Williams, who wrote an op-ed in 
The Times of London and delivered an 
impassioned speech on the subject at the 
All England Club. "I asked them to imag- 
ine their daughters out there," she says, 
"playing equally hard as men and not get- 
ting the same reward." 

Williams, also an entrepreneur, started 
her own interior design business, V Starr 
Interiors, and created a clothing line, 
EleVen by Venus. 

The Smyth Leadership Lecture Series 
is made possible by the Smyth 
Foundation, an organization established 

by former Mary Baldwin College Trustee 
H. Gordon Smyth and his wife Mary 
Beth Reed Smyth '47. The Smyths have 
long supported education, leadership, cul- 
ture, and historical preservation in 
Staunton and beyond. Through the lec- 
ture series, the Smyths give Mary Baldwin 
students and the community privileged 
access to inspirational female leaders. 
Sports Illustrated Woman of the 
Year. ESPY's Best Female Tennis Player 
and Best Female Athlete. One of Ladies' 
Home journal's 30 Most Powerful 
Women in America. And in 2007, Mary 
Baldwin College's Smyth Leadership 
Lecturer. An embodiment of so many of 
the characteristics to which MBC women 
aspire. Venus Williams. A 


PEG Stephanie Klusmann '11, who was once 
homeless, put a face on the nationwide crisis 
during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness 
Week. Slie also has a Web site to raise aware- 
ness: www.projectstreetorg. A Hunger 
Banquet and sleep-out on the President's 
House lawn helped the MBC community 
understand the magnitude of the issue. 


New minors in U.S. poverty analysis 
and global poverty and develop- 
ment draw on existing courses and 
resources for fields of study with 
local and international relevance. 


Katrina Litchford '11, aVWILcadet, was 
awarded Outstanding Civil Air Patrol (CAP) 
cadet in Virginia and recognized as the top 
physical fitness PT Challenge cadet in the 
state. She also received the Commander's 
Commendation letter as a colonel in CAP 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Programs and Ideas Come to Life Through 

"Dr. Samuel R. 

Spencer jr., for 

whom the ?teti' 

Center for Civic 

and Global 

Engagement is 

named, spoke 

directly to 

students and 

mformed them 

of the reasons 

MBC initiated 

the venture. 'Your world 

is expatjding by unheard 

of proportions, and the 

college recognizes the 

demands of this new, 

huge world. ' The former 

president and civic 

leader also emphasized 

that the new center is 'an 

academic gift to all 

students' to expand then 

world atid to 'go to the 

ends of the Earth. 

— From a news articu 

Elizabeth Dattilio 'O'j. 

FOR MBC Media Writin' 

*eople at Spencer Center Opening October 11, 2007 

Consuelo Slaughter Wenger Hall is part of the vision detailed in 
the campus master plan for a central hub of student life that will 
include social activities, dining, student organizations, daily busi- 
ness, and student life staff. In keeping with its new commitment 
to climate neutrality, the 
renovation was accom- 
plished in accordance with 
many of the environmental 
LEED (Leadership in 
Energy and Environmental 
Design) standards, based 
on the design by Geier 
Brown Renfrow Architects. 
Seven individuals are 
most directly connected 
with the leadership at the 
Center, infusing it with 
multicultural perspectives 
and civic involvement. 
L tor; Board of Trustees Chair Louise McNamee 70, Ava Spencer, MBC President Beyond the circular foyer 
Pamela Fox, Dr Samuel R. Spencer Jr, and Interim Dean of the College Edward decorated with flags from 
Scott applaud the opening of Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. around the world and pic- 
tures of the MBC community 
engaged in service, two key people make the Spencer Center 
tick: Director of Civic Engagement Julie Shepherd and Director 
of International Programs Heather Ward. Faculty-member-in- 
residence Assistant Professor of Communication Bruce 
Dorries, artists-in-residence Srinivas Krishnan and Claudia 
Bernardi, faculty fellow Professor of Philosophy Roderic Owen, 
and staff fellow Andrea Cornett-Scott, associate vice president 
for enrollment, enrich the Center's makeup with projects, 
resources, and events, ▲ 

Music that made hearts beat in unison and a visceral energy 
swept across the lower historic campus in and around Page 
Terrace October 11, inviting students, faculty staff, and visitors to 
opening ceremonies for the college's Samuel and Ava Spencer 
Center for Civic and Global 
Engagement. The eclectic 
combination of sounds of 
banjo, fiddle, accordion, 
African drums and other 
percussion instruments, 
pulsed through the crowd. 
Student groups wound 
down hillside steps from all 
directions of the globe to 
unite in listening to Center 
namesake Dr. Samuel 
Spencer. Mayor of Staunton 
Lacy King and Delegate 
Chris Saxman R-Staunton 
spoke of their own personal 
and longtime connections 
with the college. MBC 
President Pamela Fox wore a 

striking gold-and-orange-hued Indian robe and Interim Dean of the 
College Edward Scott was garbed in white and gold Afncan cloth. 
Anointed Voices of Praise lifted spirits higher with song, before 
everyone attending left Page Terrace and made their way up the 
hill to the new Center for a ribbon cutting and reception. The com- 
munity joyfully celebrated the new headquarters for its multi-lay- 
ered civic and global programs and projects. 

Renovation of the Spencer Center has been on the fast track 
since it was first announced in April 2007. The Center's location in 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


uibright Visitors 
Share Scholarship 
from Egypt, Oman 

Founders Day Speaker 

Mary Morrison '95, Clinton 
Global Initiative Director of 

Mary Morrison '95 wants peo- 
ple to know that the CHnton 
Global Initiative (CGI) is "an 
ongoing partnership of global 
leaders who are working on 
some of the world's most 
pressing challenges. "Morrison 
spoke about Living in a More 
Integrated Global Community 
as Mar)' Baldwin College's 
Founders Day speaker October 
4. She is employed by the 
William J. Clinton Foundation, 
which supports CGI. 

In 2005, Morrison was 
named one of New York City's 
event planners of the year by 
BizBash Magazine for planning 
a three-day CGI assembly. 
Among the participants for the 
2007 convention were Mar)' 
Robinson, former president of 
Ireland and previous speaker at 
MBC; bestselling author Toni 
Morrison; Shimon Peres, presi- 
dent of Israel; and media 
mogul Ted Turner. The organ- 
ization boasts nearly 1,000 
members, and Morrison 
works to recruit new faces — 
primarily heads of state from 

of Art, Academia, 
Civic Engagement 
Converse on Campus 

around the world. 

As an MBC student, 
Morrison designed an inde- 
pendent major in international 
business. An internship in the 
Clinton White House after 
graduation set her career path. 
She went to work as deputy 
director of Oval Office opera- 
tions, and stayed on Clinton's 
staff when he left office. She 
signed on in April 2004 to 
manage the CGI conference. 
Visit the organization online at 

Elizabeth Kirpatrick 
Doenges Visiting 

Judith Blau, professor of 
sociology at University of 
North Carolina 

Judith Blau's official title at 
University of North Carolina 
is professor of sociology, but 
if "human rights activist" 
were part of people's aca- 
demic identification, it 
would suit her even better. 
President of the U.S. chapter 
of Sociologists Without 
Borders and co-editor of that 
organization's journal. 
Societies Without Borders, 
Blau visited campus in 

October and will be back to 
teach a May Term course 
when she will guide students 
in rewriting the constitution 
to include human rights. 

"By its very nature, 
human rights is interdiscipli- 
nary," reads Blau's Web page 
at UNC. As chair of the 
undergraduate minor in social 
and economic justice at UNC 
and in her previous profes- 
sional appointments, Blau has 
examined sociological trends 
from unique angles in a vari- 
ety of environments. The titles 
of books she has authored 
and edited — not to mention 
articles, chapters, presenta- 
tions, and invited talks — 
demonstrate her range, from 
Professions and Urban Form 
to Human Rights: Beyond the 
Liberal Vision. 

Blau has worked for 
human rights and done socio- 
logical study internationally 
as well. In the last decade, she 
traveled to Puerto Rico via a 
grant from UNC's center for 
international studies, worked 
on a study of rural black 
women in Peru through a 
grant from the National 
Science Foundation, and par- 
ticipated in World Social 
Forum Workshops in Nairobi, 

Mary Baldwin College welcomed two accomplished 
young wonnen to campus tlirough the Fulbright pro- 
gram for 2007-08. Heba Mahmoud Abdel-Naby of 
Egypt teaches and gives presentations as a visiting 
scholar, and Omani niaster's degree candidate Ibtihaj 
Al-Araimi serves ?'■ '-•■-'■-■■-> '--"-"Mage teaching assistant 
in Arabic thi5 yey 

Educated a-i '■: .ersity in Egypt, Abdel- 

Naby teaches Islar st that institution and 

specializes in Islamic art and architecture. Abdel-Naby's 
fall course at MBC, Art and Architecture of the 
Islamic Wodd, filled rapidly, illustrating students' 
desire for courses that explore subjects outside the 
United States and Europe, said faculty contact 
Marlena Hobson, associate professor of art. In the 
spring, she will teach Islamic Architecture in Cairo at 
MBC and work on a research project about American 
perspectives on Islamic culture and the influence of 

among other international 

Blau was in Staunton 
October 17-20 to give a pub- 
lic talk titled "Human Rights 
and the U.S. Constitution." 
She will return to campus in 
April for a May Term course 
that examines constitutional 
protections of human rights. 

Elizabeth Kirpatrick 
Doenges Visiting 

Carole Levin, Willa Gather 
Professor of History at 
University of Nebrasl<a 

Having addressed a large audi- 
ence as Mary Baldwin's 2007 
Commencement speaker, 
Carole Levin returned to cam- 
pus in November as a Doenges 
Visiting Scholar to present a 
lecture open to the campus 
and community. 

The meaning and use of 
dreams in 16th- and 17th- 
century England is the topic 
of Levin's recent research as a 
year-long fellow at the presti- 
gious 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 
broader 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 combine 
with an unmistakable passion 
for teaching to create bridges 
between her scholarship and 
students. "Questions that stu- 
dents have asked me have 
opened up new topics for 
class lectures and discussions; 
they have also led to research 
and public talks," she said. 

Levin has also published 
numerous articles on 
Shakespeare's characters and 
works and counts the editing 
of several books in her career 
credits. Her expertise has led 
to interviews on National 
Public Radio and televised 
segments on CNN. Levin has 
been a visiting scholar at 
Middle Tennessee State 
University, a fellow at the 
Newberry Library, a distin- 
guished professor at 
University of North Carolina 
in Asheville, and a National 
Endowment for the 
Humanities fellow at 
University of Virginia. 

The Doenges series was 
established by friends and 
family in 1996 in memory of 
Elizabeth "Liddy" 
Kirkpatrick Doenges '63 to 
bring distinguished profes- 
sionals and scholars in the 
visual and literary arts, criti- 
cism, and analysis to MBC 

Susan Paul Firestone 
Lecturer in 
Contemporary Art 

Janine Antoni, sculptor 
and performance artist 

Janine Antoni has a way of 
transforming eating, bathing, 
weaving, and other everyday 
activities into mesmerizing 
works of art. The New York 
City-based artist has gnawed 
giant pieces of lard and 
chocolate, washed away the 
faces of soap busts made in 
her likeness, and made a rope 
from personal materials col- 
lected from friends and fami- 
ly. When she visits in spring 
2008, the Bahamian-born 
contemporary artist gives life 
to the second year of the 
Firestone Lecture, named for 
artist, art therapist, and psy- 
chotherapist Susan Paul 
Firestone '68. 

It's not only the piece 
produced at the end of the 
process Antoni is interested 

in sharing. "I sort of backed 
into performance," she said 
in a 2003 interview for a PBS 
series "Art 21: Art in the 
Twenty-First Century." "I 
was doing work that was 
about process, about the 
meaning of the making, try- 
ing to have a love-hate rela- 
tionship with the object. I 
always feel safer when I can 
bring the viewer back to the 
making of it." Antoni will 
have the opportunity to 
explain the importance of 
process during a public dis- 
cussion and classroom work 
and critiques with students 
during her three-day residen- 
cy in spring semester. 

Antoni has exhibited at 
the Whitney Museum of 
American Art, the Museum 
of Modern Art, the Solomon 
R. Guggenheim Museum, and 
the Irish Museum of Modern 
Art in Dublin. She is the 
recipient of several presti- 
gious awards including a 
John D. and Catherine T. 
MacArthur Fellowship and 
the Larry Aldrich Foundation 

The Firestone lecture 
series was initiated through 
the generosity of Ray A. 
Graham III and continues 
with the support of individual 
donors committed to bringing 
significant visual artists and 
art critics to campus. ▲ 

entage tourism in Egypt. 

Al-Araimi's role in the classroom at MBC is 
similar to her experience teaching English in high 
schools in her country. She graduated in 2005 from 
Sultan Qaboos University in Oman with a bachelor's 
degree in education and English language. After her 
yearlong assistantship in the U.S., she plans to 
return to that university to earn a master's degree 
and PhD on her way to becoming a university pro- 

tessor in Oman. "She is looKing torwara 
opportunity to teach .Arabic to English speakers, 
improving her command of the English language, 
and learning new teaching methods that will help 
her in her career," said Ivy Arbulu, associate profes- 
sor of Spanish and coordinator of Al-Araimi's visit. 
International visitors and programs, such as 
Fulbright scholars, now have a new central contact 
at the Spencer Center for Civic and Global 


ut Mary "^^1 

jrs from 'l^^l 

^ngagerhent. Director of International 
Heather Ward said Fulbnght visitors put 
Baldwin College on the map for scholai 
around the world who are interested in cultivating a 
more peaceful and cooperative world. "Not only do 
they enhance the growing culture of international 
engagement on the Mary Baldwin campus, but 
their visits open doors for Mary Baldwin students 
and faculty to study and teach abroad," she said. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


12 Winter 2008 

Orientation 'Wows' Record Number of New Students 

"We had four days to 'Wow' incoming freshmen," 
said Mehnda Brown, director of MBC's First Year 
Experience. "Students who have a positive 
Orientation experience are more Ukely to 'find 
themselves' at MBC, and we beUeve those first 
few days are key to retention." 

Brown and her team of 24 student leaders 
launched a successful introduction to college 
infused with the college's cross-curricular theme. 
Voices, beginning August 23. The freshmen class 
take on the college-wide theme, "Many Voices, 
One Song," highlighted the individuality of each 
student and united them through the verses of A 
Hymn for Man Baldwin, the unofficial alma 
mater that will, in a few years, become as familiar 
to them as the verses of Happy Birthday. 

"A crucial part of our job is in those first few 
days, but the responsibility of an Orientation 
leader extends beyond that, too," said Sam Skiba 
'10, a first-time Orientation leader. "Orientation 
made my adjustment to college much easier. I con- 
tinued to run into my Orientation leader through- 
out the year, particularly when I got involved in 
campus organizations. I wilt encourage my group 
members to be involved, too." 

More than 300 new students got a glimpse of 
Staunton's arts and cultural scene with a perform- 
ance of Love's Labour's Lost at Blackfriars 
Playhouse and were treated to two firsts in the 

Orientation line-up: a Diversit)' Dinner and 
"College Rocks," a performance by national cam- 
pus motivator Elaine Penn. The Orientation 
Diversity Dinner featured international dishes and 
set the stage for Diversity Dialogues that were 
hosted throughout the fall semester by Joanne 
Harris, director of African-American and 
Multicultural Affairs. "College Rocks" is one of 
the most requested performances by one of the 
most popular campus motivational speakers in the 
nation, and audience members were involved as 
performers and judges while Penn addressed 
issues faced by college students through her ver- 
sion of "American Idol." 

Community service participation began dur- 
ing Orientation this year, introducing new stu- 
dents to MBC's commitment to service learning 
and the creation of the Samuel and Ava Spencer 
Center for Civic and Global Engagement. 
Students volunteered at the local SPCA, New 
Directions Center, Salvation Army, and YMCA, 
all activities aimed at encouraging four years of 
communit)' participation. 

Aspects of the Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage (MBCA) were woven into Orientation 
activities. MBC 101, a course for freshmen that 
started in 2006, reinforces the MBCA through 
weekly meetings with staff and upperclass peer 
advisors during fall and spring semesters. A 

MBC by the 


Record Enrollment 

Enrollment figures for the 2007-08 aca- 
demic year make it clear that we've set 
several records for student numbers, 
including the largest pool of applicants. 
MBC set a new record with 1,485 appli- 
cations for admission in 2006, and 
exceeded that goal this year, reaching 
1,625 applicants. Here is the Registrar's 
Office's official tally: 

TOTAL: 2,254 

(previous record 2,242 in 2003) 

Residential College for Women: 807 

(including PEGandVWIL) 

• Program for the Exceptionally Gifted: 67 

• Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership: 110 

Adult Degree Program: 1,268 

(previous record 1,222 in 1999) 

Master of Arts in Teaching: 125 
Master of Letters: 35 
Master of Fine Arts: 19 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


14 Winter 2008 

Voices Rise from Around the College 

T™ w©rd "voices" invokes many images and sounds, making it a natural as 

^u 11 — '^td^^em^this'^ear to help establish local and global links within 

rk;,,^th^^u|^f Enhancement Plan, Learning for Civic 
Engagement in a Global Context. The theme creates a relationship between 
, cOjUrses, a common thread, not unlike the way some colleges and universities 
ii^^^o connect studies in a given year. The 2007-08 theme was pro- 
ed|iby tile President's Council on Diversity and Inclusive Community and 
i^^ed by faculty in January 2007. In future years, the faculty's Educational 
'^" '^°" Tiittee will propose Bev4^faLuaL themes. This is a sampling of how 
ting and enrichi ng AeifflB C^Qnafeunitv. 

I Kable Russell Aware 
u iii®rSvork on a project titles. 
['Baldwin College as We Were: An 
history Project." She will interview 
.|tary Baldwin alumnae/i from the 1940s.| 
Ihrough the 1990s to learn how social 
ictivities and traditions have evolved. * 
leveral faculty members are lending theif 
if,oices to Speak Up!, a series of conaiei' 
i.ons that connect first-year studeri 
kculty outside of a classroom. Orj 
by Director of the First Year Expel 
?Melinda Brown and held in residesfeL 
that primarily house freshmen, Speak U| 
presenters share their passions, from 
marathon running to environmentalism t 
intercultural communication. 
The emotionally-charged baritone of Dr. 
Edward Scott, interim dean of the college, 
once again treated Honor Scholar students 
to a performance of Homer's Iliad as part 
of their Bailey Colloquium course. 
The voices of MBC singers joined those of 
Srinivas Krishnan and other international 
vocalists and musicians in "Step by Step 
with India," a rousing public concert that 
included hymns, traditional Indian music, 
and sollukattu, rhythmic chanting. 
The 11@250 project, an idea that has 
been simmering in the Department of Art 
and Art History Department for a few 
years, will further explore the identity of 

"*'i Staunton, a community that lies at the 
intersection of major commerce routes 
11 and 250. Under the umbrella of 
11@250, Pinhole Photography in May 
Term 2006 engaged students in interpret- 
ing the concepts of community, commu- 
nication, and collaboration. An ongoing 
extension of 11@250 is an interdiscipli- 
.'nary text project, which investigates the 
Ways individuals, groups, and institu- 
fens in Staunton use text to communi- 
late, tell stories, imagine, share, create, 
Understand, and identify. '^, Ǥ 
The fall theatre productionApf Lysistrata, 
an anti-war Greek comedy penned by^ 
faistophanes, is a classic study in ho 

Kghts embody their voices in plot, 
per, and language, and the voices 5 
that male playwrights give to female char-* 
acters. Director and Professor Virginia .'^ 
Francisco '64 was aided by translatpr^j^ 1 
Sarah Ruden, who came to see the^^ 
duction. A classics scholar, poet, Quik 
and Yale Divinity fellow shared the 1,029 
readings of the play were given in 59 
countries, including Iraq, on March 3, 
2003, to protest "Bush's war." She also 
said, "The play remains a means of 
women's expression of political dissent." 
MBC's voice of democracy, student Senate, 
began meeting in September, filling Francis 
Auditorium with the empowerment of the 
student body. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


President's 'State of the 
CoUege' RaUies MBC 
to Celebrate, Create 

The announcement of two recent gifts to 
the college totaling more than $2 million 
inspired a buoyant and celebratory tone 
for Mary Baldwin College President 
Pamela Fox's fifth state of the college 
address August 22, the official marker of 
the start of the 2007-08 academic year. 

"Over the past three years, the suc- 
cesses of Phase I [of the college's strategic 
plan] have reinforced and revitalized our 
college. Today we enjoy the stunning 
restored beauty of the campus, value the 
quality of our communications materials, 
and benefit from increasing opportunities 
for collaboration with colleagues," Fox 
said, going on to detail recent accom- 
plishments and outline future goals in 
relation to its 10-year plan, Composing 
Our Future. 

Phase II of Composing Our Future 
issues a call to "Invest and Innovate," 
and momentum is already growing with 
significant gifts and pledges from two 
MBC alumnae. Mary Baldwin Board of 
Trustees Chair Louise McNamee '70 and 
husband, Peter McHugh, demonstrated 
their confidence in the college's plans 
and leadership with a $1.12 million 
commitment that will provide both unre- 
stricted funds and enhance scholarship 
endowments. Longtime supporters Anna 
Kate ^6i and Hayne Hipp solidified their 
place among the college's leading donors 
with an unrestricted $1 million gift that 
will be employed to fund recruiting for 
the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
and Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership, among other initiatives relat- 
ed to "Invest and Innovate." 

Read the full text of President Fox's 
state of the college address: A 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Phase l Reinforce and Revitalize 
Make Personal Transformation Our Priority 

▲ Increased applications, enrollment, and retention: highest number of applications for 
two consecutive years; ADP enrollment up 19 percent; MAT enrollment up 25 per- 
cent; retention up 10 percentage points in Residential College for Women 

▲ Launched the Mary Baldwin College Advantage (MBCA) 

▲ Developed Quality Enhancement Plan for reaffirmation of accreditation by Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools 

▲ Designed and planned opening of Samuel R. and Ava Spencer Center for Civic and 
Global Engagement; civic engagement in every major 

▲ Accepted in the USA South athletic conference 

Sharpen Our Focus on Academic Excellence 

▲ Established Capstone Festival 

▲ Revised General Education curriculum 

▲ Increased Fulbright awards for faculty and recent alumnae; hosted Fulbright scholars 
and teachers (see page 10); guests from around the globe including Mary Robinson, 
Benazir Bhutto, Claudia Bernardi, and Srinivas Krishnan 

Unite and Enrich Our Community 

▲ Celebrated anniversanes of signature programs: ADFJ 30 years; PEG, 20 years; 
Quest, 10 years; African-American and Multicultural Affairs, 10 years 

▲ Increased national rankings and recognition (see pages 4 and 9) 

A Community partnerships: Teaching American History grant. National Oceanic and 
Atmosphenc Administration grants involving local teachers; American Shakespeare 
Center collaboration and graduation of the first MFA students 

▲ Drafted and adopted a college-wide statement of inclusivity 

A Established Class Leadership program within the AlumnaeAi Association 

▲ Cross-college collaboration via President's Advisory Team, President's Council on 
Diversity and Inclusive Community, and MBC Advantage task forces 

Renew Our Environment 

▲ Campus-wide wireless network completed 

▲ Deferred maintenance reduced and restoration progressing 

▲ Completed two phases of Transforming Our Environment, the campus master plan 

Fund Our Future 

▲ Improved financial chemistry, including balanced budgets, refinanced long-term debt, 
and earned a higher Composite Financial Index 

▲ Increased Annual Fund donor participation and giving 

▲ Significant progress toward Bertie Deming Smith's '46 $6.5 million challenge 

GOALS: Phase II Invest and Innovate 

▲ Open Samuel R. and Ava Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement (see page 8) 

▲ Renovate Pearce Science Center 

▲ Continue to increase recruitment and retention to grow Residential College for 
Women to 1,000 students, including growth of Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership to 200 and Program for the Exceptionally Gifted to 100 

▲ Strengthen Global Honors Scholars program 

▲ Open a sixth regional center for adult and graduate programs 

A Consider new graduate programs in partnership with the undergraduate curriculum 
and consider developing degree programs that combine bachelor's and master's 
completion in a single track 

A Complete Smith Challenge ($750,000) by June 30, 2008 to help toward the overall 
Annual Fund goal of $2.5 million. 

Winter 2008 


Mary Baldwin Stands Tall in National Venues 

National recognition of Mary Baldwin, one of the objectives of the college's 10-year 
strategic plan, Composing Our Future, is gaining momentum. Important for increas- 
ing MBC's name recognition to create a larger pool of applicants and to bring attention 
to the college's unique educational experience, here are a few national highlights: 

The Washington Post 


Imagine that before you've even stepped foot on 
campus, a story about you going to college appears 
in a local newspaper and is picked up by print and 
broadcast media across the nation. You are only 13 
years of age. During summer 2007, that is just 
what happened to Jackie Robson, who entered 
MBC's Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) 
this fall. Her story caught the attention of The 
Washington Post national education reporter 
Maria Glod, who came to campus to see the pro- 
gram firsthand, primarily through the eyes of 
Robson. Glod and photographer Linda Davidson 
attended classes with Robson, visited her room in 
the PEG Center, and joined her for lunch in the 
Dining Hall over several days in September. 
Reporter and photographer also spent time with 
other PEG students, some of whom are also includ- 
ed in the printed story. 

"Trading the Prom for Descartes" appeared 
Sunday, December 2 in The Washington Post, on 
the front page of the Metro section. The Sunday 
edition is said to have a circulation of nearly one 
million — not including the number of people who 
view stories on their Web site, which, in this case, 
also featured a color photo gallery titled "Young, 
Gifted, and Skipping High School." 

PEG Director Stephanie Ferguson said their 
office received phone calls, emails, and a rare mid- 
year applicant within a few days of the story's pub- 
lication. You can link to the story online via Mary 
Baldwin's Web site news page at 

U.S. News & World Report 

In its sixth year of classification as a master's-level 
university, Mary Baldwin College continued to 
climb toward the top of the list of the best colleges 
and universities in the South by U.S. News & 

World Report. Moving up eight spots since 2005, 
MBC is number 23 in a pool of 119 ranked schools 
in the region. 

"Mary Baldwin College's incredible dedication 
to providing personalized and transforming educa- 
tion for women cannot easily be captured in rank- 
ings. However, the hallmarks of our success have 
helped us continue to rise in U.S. News' annual 
report," said MBC President Pamela Fox. 

The percentage of Mary Baldwin freshmen 
who were in the top 25 percent of their high school 
classes rose significantly from 29 percent in fall 
2005 to 43 percent in 2006, contributing to the ris- 
ing ranking, according to the report. Student-to-fac- 
ulty ratio (10:1) and average class size (63 percent 
with 20 students or fewer) are lower than most 
schools in the group. Other criteria include reten- 
tion rate, graduation rate, and average alumnae/i 
giving rate. 

Colleges of Distinction 

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Mary Baldwin College learned in early 2007 that it 
is one in a group of fewer than 300 schools in the 
country named as a national College of Distinction, 
a new effort to highlight schools that "consistently 
excel in providing undergraduate education," 
according to the group's Web site. The site and an 
upcoming inaugural guidebook will focus on "four 
pillars of a solid undergraduate education: student 
engagement in the educational process, great teach- 
ing, vibrant learning communities, and successful 
outcomes," said Wes Creel, president of the spon- 
soring organization Student Horizons. 

"This recognition is particularly gratifying 
because these elements of a liberal education are 
written in what [MBC Board of Trustees] Chair 
Louise McNamee '70 calls our 'institutional DNA' 
— they are not only critically important to MBC's 
success but also a defining part of who we are," 
said Fox. "Judged by the qualities we hold dear, 
Mary Baldwin shines." ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Steelman and Barton Add Dimension to Board of Trustees 

Four new members joined the Mary Baldwin College Board of Trustees in 2007. This issue and the summer 
2008 issue of The Mary Baldwin College Magazine will each feature profiles of two of those new appointees. 
We hope you enjoy learning what is behind their membership and connection with MBC 

Science Became Steelman's 
Passion at MBC 

Imagine your great-grandfather is 
local legend Captain William Kable, 
founder of Staunton Military 
Academy and the person for whom 
MBC's Kable Residence Hall and 
Kable House are named. Your grand- 
mother, Margarett 
Kable Russell, graduat- 
ed from Mary Baldwin 
College in 1902 and 
set a standard for lead- 
ership and civic 
engagement as an early 
organizer of MBC's 
alumnae/i association 
and the first woman on the college's 
Board of Trustees. Nearly half a cen- 
tury after her grandmother was hand- 
ed her diploma, Janet Russell 
Steelman '52 took her first look at 
Mary Baldwin as a student, and she 
felt every bit of the responsibility of 
upholding her family's legacy. 

Although Steelman admits to a 
rocky start, the retired genetic toxicol- 
ogy research associate and project 
manager for a major pharmaceutical 
company has had little trouble adding 
to the family narrative. "Life has been 
good to me through the years," she 
said. Steelman has served MBC as 
alumnae class secretary, class agent, 
member of the Advisory Board of 
Visitors and Alumnae/i Association 
Board of Directors, and contributor 
to fundraising efforts and an impor- 
tant lecture series named in honor of 
her a favorite professor, Mary E. 
Humphreys. A New Jersey transport 
who settled in Lottsburg, Virginia, 
Steelman dives into projects in her 
community, too. She helped land- 

scape public buildings as past presi- 
dent of Virginia Master Gardeners, 
volunteers with Meals on Wheels, co- 
chaired the fundraising committee for 
a local hospital, and served as docent 
at Reedville Fisherman's Museum. 
Her recent appointment as a member 
of the MBC Board of Trustees, fol- 
lowing the lead set by her grand- 
mother in 1934, marks a continuing 
legacy and a heartfelt commitment. 

What was your first impression of 
MBC? In 1948, when I first set foot 
on campus, I was in awe, and scared, 
and very concerned that I would not 
live up to my parents' and my grand- 
mother's expectation of me. 

What were your reasons for say- 
ing "yes" when accepting mem- 
bership on the Board? I have 
always felt indebted to MBC, so 
when I was asked to take on a leader- 
ship role, I accepted, hoping I will be 
able to repay MBC for what its done 
for me. MBC taught me how to be a 
leader and what my talents were — 
at a time when I wasn't sure I had 
any. My grandmother, Margarett 
Kable Russell (Class of 1902), was 
an MBC trustee when I was a fresh- 
man. I had a great admiration for 
her, and I wanted to earn her respect 
and get to know her better. 

What aspect of the strategic plan 
are you most Interested to see 
develop? I am very interested in the 
growth of the science program. 

How will you support MBC's focus 
on civic engagement and global 
citizenship? I have been blessed to be 
able to give back to my college and 

community in many ways, from volun- 
teering in a hospital bacteriology lab to 
gardening clubs to serving on Mary 
Baldwin College committees. I have 
always let my interests guide my com- 
munity service, and I will be able to 
more fully answer this question when I 
learn more about MBC's goals related 
to civic and global engagement. 

Would you recommend MBC to 
your family and friends? Yes. I have 
recommended MBC to our grand- 
daughter, Rachel Bradley. At age 16, 
she isn't sure right now about her college 
options, but hopefully I can convince 
her Mary Baldwin is right for her, as 
it was for me. She is bright and would 
be an excellent MBC student. 

What did you want to be when 
you were in college? I went to col- 
lege because my parents wanted me 
to — I wanted to join the Navy. At 
that time, I really had no idea what I 
wanted to be. Dr. Mary Humphreys 
[professor emerita of biology] and 
Dr. Lillian Thomsen [former profes- 
sor of biology] cornered me during 
my sophomore year and convinced 
me I needed to change my major to 
science and get my academics in 
shape ... I was barely passing. I 
thank God for these two concerned 
professors. I loved science — earned 
good grades, and, upon graduation, 
worked at Memorial Sloan- 
Kettering Cancer Center in New 
York City. After marrying and start- 
ing a family, I volunteered in the 
histology/bacteriology lab at Grand 
View Hospital in Pennsylvania. It 
paved my way to a wonderful posi- 
tion at McNeil Pharmaceutical 18 
years later. 

Why is it important for every 
alumna/us to support iVIBC? 

A college cannot grow on tuition 
alone. We must contribute what we 
can to ensure its future. 

Barton's MBC 
Connection Began 
With Daughter 

When first contacted about his 
appointment to the Mary Baldwin 
College Board of Trustees, IBM execu- 
tive Thomas Bryan 
Barton thought it 
unlikely that readers 
would be interested in 
his life, ambitions, and 
work, but we begged 
to differ. Barton's mili- 
tary service, round-the- 
globe travel, communi- 
ty service as a mentor to the Student 
Government Association at James 
Madison High School in Vienna, 
Virginia, and many other traits and 
activities indicate that he has much to 
share. A resident of Oakton, Virginia, 
Barton also works with Volunteer 
Fairfax on one of its biggest projects 
— delivering backpacks loaded with 
toys and school supplies to needy chil- 
dren during the winter holiday season. 
Barton is a graduate of Virginia 
Military Institute and has completed 
professional development courses at 
University of Virginia's Darden School 
of Business Administration and at the 
Wharton School. 

What was your first impression of 
MBC? My first recollection of Mary 
Baldwin College was as a young man 
on my way to matriculate at VMI in 
1964. Later, I learned more about the 
college while visiting my future wife's 
family on Taylor Street. I was 
impressed by the striking architecture 
and beauty within the hills. Over the 
years, as our daughter, Ann, Class of 

2002, became interested in enrolling, I 
came to know that it was a first-rate 
college because of the people I knew 
who attended it, and I realized how 
fortunate Staunton is to have such a 
college at its core. 

What were your reasons for saying 
"yes" when accepting membership 
on the Board? My true involvement 
with MBC began when our daughter 
matriculated. My wife, Mary Ann, and 
I served as members of the Parent's 
Council and on the President's 
Executive Council. I continued my rela- 
tionship with the college as a member 
of the Advisory Board of Visitors. 
Accepting the invitation to a position 
on the Board of Trustees was a natural 
extension of my connection to the stu- 
dents and faculty of MBC. 

What are you most eager to learn 
more about as a new board mem- 
ber? I'm looking forward to being 
involved in a different capacity with 
MBC as a Board member. My specific 
areas of interest are recruiting and 
retention of high-quality students and 
faculty and the campus master plan to 
upgrade the facilities. 

How will you support MBC's focus 
on civic engagement and global cit- 
izenship? I've been involved in inter- 
national work as an IBM executive 
since 1977. 1 work closely with the 
company's employees and clients in 
Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, 
Latin America, and North America, 
through which I developed a strong 
sense of global community. I have spo- 
ken to MBC students in classes about 
international marketing and business 
ethics, and I hope to continue to share 
my experience in that way. 

Would you recommend MBC to 
your family and friends? I can't offi- 
cially take credit for Ann becoming 

interested in attending MBC, but 
the exposure she got while roaming 
the campus when visiting her grand- 
parents was probably a big influ- 
ence on her decision. Because we 
knew of the quality of the college, 
we certainly encouraged her when 
she expressed her interest. 

What did you want to be when 
you were in college? I was a sci- 
ence major at VMI — primarily 
interested in the biological sciences 
— and I had an interest in military 
service. I had not considered a 
position with IBM, but the compa- 
ny was looking for young people 
trained in math and science who 
had a government work back- 
ground. I had completed three 
years of active duty in the Army 
and started my professional life as 
a marketing manager for the Army, 
Navy, Air Force, and NASA. I had 
known for years that I did not 
desire to be a lab scientist, so I 
took the opportunity to do some- 
thing different with my science 
degree. The journey has been amaz- 
ing. It has afforded me the oppor- 
tunity to work with amazing peo- 
ple around the world. As vice pres- 
ident and partner of IBM global 
business services, my business trav- 
el in the past year has included 
work in France, Bulgaria, the 
Netherlands, the Czech Republic, 
Russia, China, Singapore, 
Australia, and Japan. 

Why is it important for every 
alumna/us to support MBC? As a 

graduate of Virginia Military 
Institute, I have a clear sense of the 
importance of alumni involvement 
in the operation and direction of the 
institution. Staying connected and 
involved by supporting students and 
faculty is critical. I believe the same 
is true for MBC. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 




Notable Achievements 

Andreas Anastasiou was awarded tenure and 
named associate professor of psychology. 

Bruce Domes, assistant professor of communi- 
cation, was awarded tenure. 

Ralph Cohen, professor of English, named 
MBC's Virginia Worth Gonder Fellow for 

Susan Blair Green was named professor of 

Robert Grotjohn was named professor of 


Louise Freeman was awarded tenure and 
named associate professor of psychology. 

Sarah Kennedy, associate professor of English, 
was awarded tenure. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies, 
was elected to the governing board of Central 
Virginia Chapter of the Fulbright Association. 

Lundy Pentz, associate professor of biology, 
was named a scientific review administrator for 
the Army Prostate Cancer Research Program. 

Daniel Stuhlsatz was awarded tenure and 
named associate professor of sociology. 

New PEG Director Nurtures Her 
(Gifted) Nature 

After earning a bachelor's degree in education 
from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, 
Stephanie Ferguson began teaching middle and 
high school reading and English 
in Pennsylvania and. later 
Louisiana. Six years into her 
teaching career she found a 
position working with gifted 
children grades 6-8 and got her 
first glimpse of Mary Baldwin's 
Program for the Exceptionally 
Giited iPEG; from a brochure brought to her by 
a student. 

Ferguson was working on a master's 
degree in curriculum and instruction from 
Southeastern Louisiana University at the time, 
and she investigated PEG while she focused 
on gifted studies as a concentration for her 
degree. She completed her doctorate — also 
with a concentration in gifted studies — at 
University of Southern Mississippi. Her disser- 
tation on moral development and self-concept 
among gifted residential high school students 
explored many of the elements present in 
MBC's program. 

Ferguson has done extensive research on 
social and emotional issues of gifted students, 
some of which has been published in her book. 
Social and Emotional Teaching Strategies, as 
well as in a textbook chapter "Affective 
Education: Addressing the Social and Emotional 
Needs of Gifted Students in the Classroom," 
and several journal and newsletter articles. 

PEG'S long term goals include increasing 
the number of students in the program from 
about 75 to 100, and Ferguson plans to contin- 
ue looking for new and innovative funding 
sources that could tailor the program to stu- 
dents' interests and most critical services. She 
is also eager to investigate the possibility of 
creating PEG academies offering dual enroll- 
ment with local schools through some of 
MBC's regional centers. 

Menzer Embraces IVILitt/MFA 

"I go way back with Shenandoah Shakespeare 
Inow American Shakespeare Center)," said Paul 
Menzer, who met Ralph Cohen, founding direc- 
tor of that troupe and professor 
of English at Mary Baldwin 
College, in 1990. Menzer was 
working at the nationally 
renowned Folger Shakespeare 
Library. "As I started my first full 
professorship in the English 
department at University of 
North Texas, I became increasingly jealous of all 
the Shakespeare action developing hundreds of 
miles away in Staunton." 

In July. Menzer came back to the Bard and 
to the Valley, where he had resided in the early 
1990s to work with Shenandoah Shakespeare 
Express (SSE). He succeeded Frank 
Southenngton, the first and only director of 
MBC's graduate program that carries a mouthful 
of a title — Master of Letters and Master of 
Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance 
Literature in Performance, or more briefly, 

Menzer earned a bachelor's degree from 
University of Maryland and a master's degree 
from Georgetown University, both in English, 
and taught the subject for five years at 
University of North Texas prior to joining MBC. 
He earned a PhD in Renaissance literature at 
University of Virginia and served as director of 
development for SSE and as managing director 
of Folger Library's scholarly journal Shakespeare 
Quarterly. Menzer has also maintained member- 
ship on the Shenandoah Shakespeare-turned- 
Amencan Shakespeare Center board of directors 
since 1997 

Specific goals for the program are under 
development, and Menzer would like to contin- 
ue reaching out to performance-based organiza- 
tions and institutions, and increase the number 
of faculty to promote team-teaching, accessibili- 
ty, and continuity. 




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Elizabeth Conneli '92 moved on from lier posi- 
tion as director of Mary Baldwin College's 
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), but 
her connection with the college remains intact as 
she continues work on a study about attrition in 
the program. The research, funded by a $9,950 
grant from the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank 
Center for Gifted Education and Talent 
Development, will provide valuable information 
for early college entrance programs around the 
country, Conneli hopes. 

"As the only program of its kind in the 
nation, PEG serves as a model for how to estab- 
lish a successful program," Conneli said. The 
benefits of the study, titled "Investigating 

Attrition in a Residential Early College Program 
for Girls," will also be seen right on campus, 
helping MBC pinpoint how to improve its reten- 
tion rate, which was about 76 percent from 
freshman to sophomore year in 2006-07. 

"By their very nature, early entrance resi- 
dential programs serve students who may be 
less certain about their academic goals at 
enrollment than are traditional age students. 
Further, since such programs serve a relatively 
small number of students, even small fluctua- 
tions in retention rates can cause significant 
annual variations in enrollment figures and dis- 
ruptions in program planning," the grant pro- 
posal states. 

Conneli began the study during summer 

2007 with co-researchers Nancy Heilbronner 
and Sally Reis of University of Connecticut and 
Sally Dobbins of University of Louisiana. The 
first step was to convene a focus group of cur- 
rent and former PEG directors and faculty, and 
members of the MBC Board of Trustees to 
record their ideas about attrition and retention. 
From that conversation, a survey was developed 
and will be distributed to PEG alumnae who 
graduated between 1995 and 2005. Follow-up 
interviews will be conducted with several of the 
respondents to wrap up the information-gather- 
ing phase. Findings will be presented in May 

2008 at University of Iowa, Conneli said. 

Winter 2008 

Cadets in Virginia 

Women s Institute 

for Leadership 

work to remove 

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species on Sarahs 

Slope an area on 

campus dedicated 

to Air Force Lt 

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who died while 

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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



Mystery Religion, Reinterpreting the Language and Spirit of an Abandoned House 

Experiments in Togetherness 

"My process for art-making begins 
with finding the inspiration, current- 
ly revolving around the exploration 
of abandoned houses. The experi- 
ence becomes a treasure hunt as I 
intuitively scavenge through the lay- 
ers of wreckage as if in search of a 
precious find. With e\ 
search, the process has evolved to 
become more and more conceptu- 
ally meaningful; I have gained a 
heightened sense of awareness to 
the formal elements that define art 
(color, shape, line, form, texture, 
etc.). I look for objects that have 
strong potential for use in an artistic 
composition and that possess a 
special energy. In rediscovering 
these found objects, I instill in them 
a renewed sense of life." 


Studio Art Attracts Major Interest 

By Dawn Medley 

It has never been about numbers in 
the studio art program at Mary 
Baldwin College, but when you are 
tied with a perennial favorite, psycholo- 
gy, for the highest number of majors in 
the Residential College for Women 
(RCW) in 2006-07, it begs for a bit of 
numerical discussion. Not only were 
there 28 studio art majors, but there 
were a record 17 RCW graduates (21 
including the Adult Degree Program) in 
2007. Three of them were selected to 
participate in the elite Capstone Festival 
based on their senior thesis work — 
and each received an award at the 
Festival. Those projects are pictured 
and described in the artists' words on 
these pages. 

That brings the studio art focus 
back to where it has long resided: in 

quality, says Paul Ryan, professor of art 
and advisor to Brecken Geiman '07, who 
earned first place in the Capstone's visual 
and audio-visual category. "The quality 
and ambitiousness of student work was 
impressive. We have built a creative and 
intellectual culture that is open, ener- 
getic, and progressive, and students feel 
the excitement and see the wide range 
of creative possibilities in this environ- 
ment," he said. Ryan is already confi- 
dent about the scope and potential of 
student work by this year's majors. 

Although studio art classes have 
been popular for more than a decade — 
the major was created in 2004 when 
the Art Department restructured to 
become the Department of Art and Art 
History — Ryan explained that several 
changes in the past five years have 

attracted more students: the addition of 
a second full-time faculty member, Jim 
Sconyers Jr., assistant professor of art; a 
broader curriculum that mcludes more 
photography and printmaking courses; 
annual trips to Washington DC and 
New York City art venues; access to 
international and world-renowned visit- 
ing artists and scholars; and the addi- 
tion of updated equipment in some 
areas. Studio art now encompasses 
emphases in ceramics, drawing, paint- 
ing, printmaking, photography, graphic 
design, and extended media. 

Considerable progress has been 
made, particularly in printmaking and 
photography, to provide students with a 
creative and conducive artistic environ- 
ment. A greater number of students in 
the major, however, leads to more 

Ill ii;.i.,fl^:'=^^'^"^'^ CRAWFORD; 

i '■fiiiokerT Washington Homework Program 

^^,,,,„,^,, ,„, jsentation [of the 'second 
Df consciousness referred to in philoso- 
er Ken Wilbur's A Theory of Everything. I 
St. various body parts of as many different 
: different cultures as would allow me 
leir photograph and assembled the 
photographs to create five life-size 
Igures that are a visual representation of the 
-ietworl< of people who worked together to 
'help me create the pieces. The pieces were 
mounted on Cannon Hill at Mary Baldwin 
College to compel the audience to raise their 
physical bodies to experience the work, in cor- 
relation with the rise in consciousness that the 
project suggests. There are also broken mir- 
rors mounted in mosaic style within the fig- 
ures, so someone looking at the piece will see 
part of their body integrating with the coopera- 
tive work. The broken and then reassembled 
notion of the mirrors refers to what would 
have to happen to a broken hi 
IWilbur'sl theory to be success. .-,. 

" I used photographs that I took 
at the Booker I Washington 
Homework Program. These chil- 
dren are the future of Staunton, 
and we must hope that they 
will be successful. This hope is 
portrayed through the use of 
light. An individual light in each 
of the light boxes is seen when 
a viewer takes the time to 
come close and really take a 
look at the children's photo- 
graphs. The lights are connect- 
ed to occupancy sensors that 
only illuminate when a viewer 
steps into the children's space, 
and cut off when they leave the 
space. This enforces the idea 
that hope can only be seen 
when a person takes time to 
come into the spaces and lives 
of the children." 

immediate concerns about building 
maintenance such as its tendency to 
flood, creating spaces that include 
equipment and safety measures for spe- 
cific art-making processes, and further 
technology upgrades. A grant from 
Booth Ferris Foundation in 2007 added 
a specialized projector in Deming Fine 
Arts Building that provides state-of-the 
art digital color projection and money 
donated for campus improvements pro- 
vided for repair and sealing of Deming's 
roof; steps in the right direction. 

Studio art embraces the college- 
wide movement toward increased civic 
engagement at Mary Baldwin. One of 
the most visible recent examples was a 
May Term 2007 course featuring artist 
and human rights activist Claudia 
Bernardi, who was brought to campus 

through the Doenges Visiting 
Artist/Scholar series and connections 
with faculty in the Department of Art 
and Art History. The course. Mapping 
History and Hope, invited students 
from several disciphnes to interview 
Staunton citizens and create a huge out- 
door mural about the city on the wall 
of a bakery in one of Staunton's historic 
neighborhoods. Studio art students are 
also involved in public exhibitions in 
Hunt Gallery and other locations on 
campus and downtown Staunton such 
as Coffee on the Corner and Camera & 
Palette. In 2003 they participated in a 
print exchange with University of 
Virginia and in 2006 in a national print 
exchange with universities in Ohio, 
Indiana, and South Carolina. Student 
internships have included work at 

Staunton Augusta Art Center, Beverley 
Street Studio School, and Rockbridge 
Arts Center. Despite less-than-ideal 
resources and working environments, 
studio art students are making names 
for themselves in the community and 
professional world. 

At least four recent alumnae are 
pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA, 
the highest degree in the subject): two 
in painting, one in graphic design, and 
one in sequential imaging. One recent 
graduate just completed her MFA in 
2006. Three highly competitive Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts fellowships were 
awarded to MBC students in the past 
three years, two at the undergraduate 
level and one at the graduate level. Just 
a few more numbers to consider in con- 
nection with studio art at MBC. ▲ 

IVlary Baldwin College Magazine 



Is There 

a Keats 
, # Connection 

in the 

• ■ ■ Library 


"That occurred on the out- 
j side of two volumes of 
' Nathan Drake's 

':. Shakespeare & His Times donated 

i- to Mary Baldwin College's collection 

at Grafton Library this summer may 
be just as intriguing as what is con- 
tained inside the books. Both vol- 

,; umes are considered a groundbreak- 

ing comprehensive study of The 

;' Bard and his background. 

;: "It is not an unreasonable flight 

of fancy to think that poet John 
Keats might have held those two 
volumes," said Frank Southerington, 

mer director of the Master of 
Letters/Master of Fine Arts in 
Shakespeare and Renaissance 
Literature in Performance 

Handwritten inscriptions in both 
books indicate that they originally 
belonged to 19th-century painter 
Benjamin Haydon. Haydon was a 
friend of Keats — Haydon's life mask 

of Keats and Keats' published letters 
to Haydon indicate their familiarity. 
Keats had a habit of picking up his 
friend's books and using them as 
poetic fodder, and it is documented 
that his sonnet On First Looking Into 
Chapman's Homer refers to his perus- 
al of Haydon's copy of that book. 
Could not Shakespeare & His Times, 
published in 1817, have been on the 
bookshelf or reading table next to 
Chapman's works? Keats was an 
enthusiastic admirer of Shakespeare, 
Southerington notes, and his letters 
include passages that are themselves 
important Shakespearean criticism. Is 
it plausible that the writer flipped 
through Haydon's volumes about the 
playwright? You bet. 

Donated to MBC by Charles 
Salembier, a 2005 MLitt graduate, the 
books are significant primary sources 
for students in the program. Salembier 
received the volumes as a gift from an 
associate who bought them at a rare 
books store in London, "not for the 
content, but because they would look 
nice on a shelf," he said. "However, 
as a graduate of MLitt, I discovered 
points that were not covered in other 
texts I had read and how much we 
have learned about Shakespeare's life 
since this early effort. " Well-taught by 
the Shakespeare scholars he has met 
and studied with, Salembier recog- 
nized that the books would have 
greater value to the scholarly commu- 
nity in the library than they would on 
a shelf in his home. 

"It is easy to get excited about the 
world of Shakespeare, and excitement 
begs to be shared," Salembier said. ▲ 

It's Big. MBC Houses Only 
U.S. Branch of Records 

By Dawn Medley 

Don't feel remiss if the Records of Earl> 
English Drama (REED) project is not 
on the tip of your tongue, but in the 

the whole of the British Isles, Menzer 

25 volumes of data — which include 

world of Shakespeare and early modern more than 8,000 pages of records and 
drania studies it's big. Really big. So big nearly 8,000 pages of apparatus — and 

that it jumped the border from its 

home at University of Toronto in 

October and setded 

on Mary Baldwin 

College as its United . 

States branch. it IS c 

"MBC is the 
exclusive American OUT pi 
site for the most 1 i n U" Ac 

important documen- 
tary theatre project ddnic 
going on right 

now," said Paul thc UTl 

Menzer, MLitt/MFA , 
program director 113.S, 3.1 

fessor of EngUsh at 
MBC and member 
of the REED-USA 
board of directors. 
"We're excited 
about the potential 
recruiting draw; 
current students are 
excited about 

tion, and education- 
al opportunities; 
and all parties are 

"It is an honor for 
our program to be 
linked to an aca- 
demic undertaking at 
the university that 
has, arguably, the 
best Shakespeare and 
early modem drama 
program in the 
world," Menzer said. 
Leam more about 
REED-USA online at 

MBC now houses every one of them in 
Grafton Library as a result of a signifi- 
cant donation from 
REED-USA presi- 
, dent Barbara 

lOr for Palmer. 

1 Palmer 

n to be noted MBC's 

n arcx- Master of Letters/ 

.11 aca Master of Fine Arts 

rtakinS! at '" Shakespeare and 

^ Renaissance 

ly that Literature in 

I I Performance 

Ly, the (MLItt/MPA) pro- 

-\pare and ^'^"^ ^"'^ ''°""^^" 

JCdiC dilU jiQj, ^ifh American 

n drama Shakespeare center 

and approached the 

•mg college about hous- 

exchanges of niaterial and students." 
Since 1979, REED has sought to 
catalogue all records of "drama, min- 
strelsy, and public ceremony" in 
England prior to 1642. That time peri- 
od is critical to scholars researching the 
entertainment environment that might 
have influenced Shakespeare and his 
contemporaries. Many studies have 
focused on the theatre and drama 
scene in London pre-1642, but REED 
has expanded the documentation to 

;nZer Saia. Publicly announced 

1 at the annual 

about Blackfriars 

^.-.K.-.^ ^+- Conference in late 

online at October, MBC is 

tSU OrS ^'■'" S'^'ploring what 

" its partnership with 

the nonprofit 
REED program 
will entail, Menzer said. What he 
does know is that — in addition to 
recruiting, academic, and exchange 
opportunities for the college and 
graduate students in MLjtt/MFA — 
REED-USA will work to raise funds 
to continue the project. MBC Dean 
of Adult and Graduate Programs 
Nancy Krippel, Professor Ralph 
Cohen, and Professor Emeritus 
Frank Southerins;ton are also board 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Athletics and Wellness take center court with campus-wide focus 

By Dawn Medley 

You walk through the front doors at 
Mary Baldwin College's Physical 
Activities Center, familiarly known 
as "the PAC." After a warm greeting 
by a student worker or the always- 
cheerful "Mr. Bill" (William 
Matthews, PAC facilities manager), 
you are welcomed by a main hall- 
way lined with bulletin boards that 
invite you to get moving in a variety 
of suggested activities and reports 
about the college's sports teams. In 
the gym to your left, a small group 
plays a game of pick-up basketball, 
and through the next doorway on 
the left you see people motivating 
each other through cardio workouts 
and strength training. In the room at 
the end of the hallway, Brenda 
Bryant, vice president for enrollment 
management and student life, leads 
her faithful aerobics class through a 
step routine. You make a right and 
head up the stairs to check on fitness 
testing in the Mabel Fetterman Held 
Fimess Laboratory, passing student- 
athletes meeting with their coaches 
and getting started on coursework. 

This is part of new Director of 
Athletics and Wellness Sharon 
Spalding's vision of a day at the 

PAC. The transformations Spalding 
works for are subtle — in the rea- 
sons people come to the facility 
and the way they interact while 
there. A culture of wellness, she 
believes, will start at the PAC, 
which is on the perimeter of cam- 
pus, and spread throughout the 
entire MBC community. 

"My goal is that people think 
of this as a place where people are 
active, and taking care of them- 
selves, and engaged in life," 
Spalding said. "If you're here, 
you're moving — physically in 
classes or activities, or mentally by 
charting future plans with a coach, 
balancing academic goals, or getting 
ready for a competition." 

With a full-time coaching staff 
for the first time in years and mem- 
bership in a new conference, USA 
South, Mary Baldwin's focus for 
2007-08 is on strengthening its ath- 
letic program. To meet the require- 
ments of USA South, MBC convened 
an Athletics Advisory Committee, 
created an athletes' section of the 
freshmen seminar MBC 101, and 
completed a Division III self study, 
among other items. Mary Baldwin 

leaves the Ariantic Women's Colleges 
Conference after a successful 12-year 
tenure, winning 1 1 conference cham- 
pionships in seven sports, with bas- 
ketball, Softball, and volleyball earn- 
ing bids to the NCAA tournament. 

New coaches Peter Parikakis 
(soccer) and Paul Yee (volleyball) 
join returning coaches Christy 
Shelton (softball) and John Stuart 
(basketball) on a staff that will have 
responsibilities in administration, 
fitness testing, teaching, field and 
court preparation, and much more, 
in addition to working with ath- 
letes. Spalding rounds out the team 
as cross-country coach, and Donna 
Miller stepped into the position of 
sports information director and ten- 
nis coach. New Athletic Trainer 
Charles Angersbach and returning 
Associate Professor of Health and 
Physical Education Irene Sarnelle — 
who continues in her role as well- 
ness liaison to the MBC community 
and serves as faculty advisor for 
new athletes — are also members of 
the athletics and wellness staff. 

Wellness ideas that dovetail 
with athletics and apply to the 
wider population of students, 






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faculty, and staff continue to 
develop this year, and attention 
will shift more heavily to include 
more wellness programming in 
2008-09, Spalding explained. 
MBC's goals took on greater 
importance for her at the 
National Wellness Conference in 
Wisconsin in the summer, organized 
by the National Wellness histitute. 
"One of the keynote speakers said 
that we do not have a health care 
crisis in America, we have a health 
crisis. It made sense to me, and con- 
vinced me of the need for what we 
are doing with wellness program- 
ming," she said. 

A new or renovated athletic 
and wellness center is an ambitious 
and exciting part of the long-term 
campus master plan. In the mean- 
time, Spalding believes a critical 
shift in attitude toward physical 
activity and wellness is possible 
with the additional resources of 
full-time staff members for recruit- 
ing this year and collaboration with 
other departments, such as dining 
services and student life. 

"Come to the PAC," she said. 
"You'll see what I mean." ▲ 

BLOOD PRESSURE -- High blood pressure also 

increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Please 
know that the only way to find out if your blood pressure is 
high IS to have it checked. 

Blood Pressure 

What it should be: 

less than 120/80 mmHg 

FASTING GLUCOSE — Diabetes is one of the 
major risk factors of cardiovascular disease. 

What it should be: 

less than 100 mg/dl 

Body Mass Inde 

What it should be: 

less than 25 Kg/m^ 

What it should be: 

What it should be: 

A minimum of 30 
minutes of moderate 
exercise most days 
of the week 

USA South Debut 

Mary Baldwin College's discussion about entering USA South began in earnest in 
winter 2004, and the college earned trial membership in 2005-06. Based in 
Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA South includes 10 colleges and universities: Mary 
Baldwin College, Shenandoah College, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum 
College, and Averett College in Virginia, and Peace College, Methodist College, North 
Carolina Wesleyan College, Greensboro College, and Meredith College in North 
Carolina. A National Collegiate Athletics Association Division III conference, it recog- 
nizes seven varsity sports: cross country lacrosse, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, 
and volleyball. MBC competes in 2007-08 in all of the offerings except lacrosse. 


Cheer on the Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels when you are in and 
around Staunton this spring, or attend an away game near your 
town to make it feel more like home sweet home for the team. 



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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Peter Parikakis, Soccer 

Christy Shelton. Sof 

Peter Parikakis, Soccer 

The son of Greek parents, Peter 
Parikakis is fluent in what he 
believes is an international language 
— the game of soccer. Although the 
sport has different names around the 
globe, Parikakis invokes a universal 
knowledge about the game and mul- 
ticultural connection among players 
and fans. His father was a skilled 
player, and Parikakis had the penta- 
gon-patterned ball at his feet at 
about four years of age. He brings 
that family passion and formal train- 
ing to his first season as the Fighting 
Squirrels' head soccer coach. 

"Soccer is about more than foot- 
work and running. Learning to com- 
municate succinctly and clearly, put- 
ting the team's common goal ahead 
of your individual goal, and getting 
over setbacks are all skills I learned 
as a player. Those are more impor- 
tant than being the best shooter or 
passer on the field," said Parikakis, 
who earned a bachelor's degree in 
athletic training at Waynesburg 
College in Pennsylvania and a mas- 
ter's degree at West Virginia 
University. As a graduate student, he 

got his first experience teaching 
physical education and coaching. 

With the soccer season begin- 
ning in early fall, there was no time 
for Parikakis to waste after his 
appointment at MBC in July. He 
quickly focused on connecting with 
returning players prior to the team's 
preparation camp before the start of 
the academic year and honed in ini- 
tially on local recruiting. He hopes 
to build a nationwide network of 
talent scouts as time goes on. 

Parikakis is one of several coach- 
es who started at Mary Baldwin in 
the college's first year of membership 
in the USA South athletic confer- 
ence. "To be a great team, you need 
to compete with and beat great 
teams," Parikakis said. "You are 
often only as good as your oppo- 
nents, and being in USA South will 
raise MBC to the level of other 
teams in the conference." He hopes 
being on campus to teach physical 
education classes and develop the 
fitness and wellness program at 
Mary Baldwin will build chemistry 
with his players and other students 
who will, in turn, support teams. 

Sharon Spalding, Cross-Country 

John Stuart, Basketball 

Paul Yee, Volleyball 

Christy Shelton, Softball 

Softball was not a varsity sport at 
Mary Baldwin College when Christy 
Shelton '87 was a student here, but by 
the time she started working in the 
college's athletic department in 2000 
it was close to graduating from its 
status as a club sport. She was eager 
to help make that happen. Seven 
years later, Shelton brings leadership 
consistency and experience as MBC 
negotiates another transition, this 
time to a new athletic conference. 

"Each year has been a challenge 
to build a program that is still pretty 
young," said Shelton, who played 
club Softball and varsity basketball 
and volleyball at MBC. Shelton's 
plans for taking the sport to the 
next level in 2007-08 include 
increased strength training and 
introducing four to five weeks of fall 

It didn't take long for MBC soft- 
ball to reach the national arena — 
the team appeared in the National 
Collegiate Athletic Association 
Division III tournament in 2004 and 
2005 — and Shelton is looking for 
even more success. "Playing better 

competition should make us better," 
she said. 

She also believes getting to know 
players and their professors better 
now that she is a full-time employee 
will help cultivate stronger student- 
athletes. Shelton has also served for 
several years as athletic events coor- 
dinator, which includes many 
responsibilities that go unnoticed, 
such as marking fields, readying 
equipment for home games and trav- 
el, setting up fields and courts, 
maintaining the gym floor, coordi- 
nating work-study students, and 
even digging into laundry duty when 

Shelton's excitement and expert- 
ise is based on her passion for soft- 
ball, a sport she started playing in 
high school. She coached teams for 
the National Softball Association 
and United States Slow-Pitch 
Softball Association prior to coming 
to MBC. She continues to play the 
game — slow-pitch as opposed to 
the fast-pitch style of MBC and 
most college teams — on a traveling 
women's league and on a coed team. 

"I have always loved softball. 

and it's great because it's a sport you 
can continue to play after college to 
stay active," Shelton said. 

Sharon Spalding, 

She runs at least three times a week. 
She has competed in 5K, lOK, and half 
marathon races. She has twice run the 
26.2 grueling miles of a full marathon. 
But Sharon Spalding still isn't quite 
sure she considers herself a runner. 
Coaching the Mary Baldwin cross- 
country team for 2007-08, along with 
acclimating to her new position as 
director of athletics and wellness, 
could change her mind. 

"As physical education majors in 
college, we ran whether we wanted to 
or not," said Spalding, who earned her 
undergraduate degree at James 
Madison University and master of edu- 
cation from University of Virginia. She 
is also certified as an exercise specialist 
by the American College of Sports 

Spalding started her tenure at 
MBC in 1989 and coached volleyball 
the first 10 years. When the college's 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

'Soccer is ... learning to communicate succinctly 
and clearly, putting the team's common goal 
ahead of your individual goal, and getting over 
setbacks. Those are more important than being 
the best shooter or passer on the field.' 

— Peter Parikakis, soccer coach 

Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership (VWIL) took off, she 
designed the fitness component for cadets 
and served for several years as the pro- 
gram's associate direaor and direaor. 

"Running is one of the corps' physi- 
cal training requirements, so that started 
me running more during the year," 
Spalding said. "Unlike most students, I 
needed to keep running during the sum- 
mers to stay in shape. About three years 
ago, I realized 'I like this,' and started 
training for races." 

With the cross country team that is 
shaping up this year, Spalding made an 
accurate pre-season prediction that 
MBC would place second in its new, 
more competitive athletic conference 
tournament. Seven MBC runners com- 
peted in NCAA cross-country regionals 
November 10. See 
letics/crosscountry/schedule.asp for 

She has the unique perspective of 
being a member of the coaching staff 
and seeing the bigger picture of athlet- 
ics and wellness as director of the 
department. "With a full-time coaching 

staff, we'll be able to reinforce academ- 
ics and athletics together. That will 
hopefully result in more four-year ath- 
letes who value both aspects of their 
college life and stay for their entire 
term," Spalding said. She also antici- 
pates building Mary Baldwin's reputa- 
tion in the wider arena, as sports teams 
and players are featured frequently in 
newspapers and on television in the 
area. "We have a real chance to 
increase MBC's visibility," she said. 

John Stuart, Basketball 

John Stuart is addicted to watching col- 
lege basketball. During March 
Madness, he is a flurry of activity, stats, 
and brackets. It's no surprise that 
coaching his own Division III college 
team gets him pumped. 

"I strengthen my coaching philoso- 
phy as a defensive strategist by watch- 
ing Division I college games — espe- 
cially when I can be at the games. I 
believe defense wins games, and that's 
what I hope spectators will see on the 
court this season," said Stuart, who 
returned to MBC for his second year as 

ene Sarnelle, wellness liaison 

head basketball coach. 

The Fighting Squirrels' debut in the 
USA South athletic conference gives him 
and his experienced team — seven play- 
ers will return from the previous season 
— an opportunity to test their mettle 
against colleges with better facilities, 
larger rosters, and more funding, he 

Stuart is not intimidated. "I can see 
the team developing before it happens. 
We are going to surprise a lot of people 
with how well we compete in this con- 
ference," Stuart said about the 2007-08 
season, which starts conference play 
January 8 against Averett University'. In 
addition to welcoming solid returning 
players, Stuart is eager to work with 
new recruits. 

Stuart is filling his full-time position 
by helping the college organize an intra- 
mural sports program, teaching physical 
education activity classes, and working 
on administrative tasks as assistant ath- 
letic director. He is looking forward to 
creating a buzz about Mary Baldwin 
College basketball, similar to the enthu- 
siasm for Robert E. Lee High School 

basketball games that he remembers 
when growing up in Staunton and con- 
tinues to see today. "Building a relation- 
ship with people on campus and getting 
them excited is the first step," he said. 

Paul Yee, Volleyball 

You could say that Paul Yee, a 2006 
graduate of Milwaukee School of 
Engineering, is something of a transi- 
tional team speciahst, by necessity. Yee's 
first coaching assignment — as an assis- 
tant for men's volleyball at his alma 
mater — found him establishing a regi- 
men and rules as a leader of players 
who were still his peers. As men's and 
women's volleyball coach at Vassar 
College in 2007, Yee helped usher play- 
ers through the instructional and philo- 
sophical transition that came with fill- 
ing in for a longtime coach on sabbati- 
cal leave. 

His experience guiding athletes 
through change was put to use once 
again as he joined MBC during its 
first year in the USA athletic confer- 
ence. Yee took on double-duty as 

head volleyball coach. 

"I really want to build something 
here," said Yee. "Being a full-time mem- 
ber of the staff and looking beyond this 
first year are exciting prospects for me." 

Yee concentrated on volleyball dur- 
ing his four years at Milwaukee, but he 
played volleyball and tennis in grade 
school and continued tennis in high 
school and has taught both sports. As a 
recent student who juggled academics 
and athletics, he stresses time manage- 
ment and prioritizing with his players. 
"As a student athlete, everyone tells you 
time management is huge, and it is," he 
said. Yee earned all-conference honors 
and a degree in architectural engineer- 
ing; both required substantial effort. 
"When I graduated with my degree and 
four years of college competition under 
my belt, I said 'I can do amthing.'" 

Yee's recent collegiate experience 
convinced him that athletes can influ- 
ence others at the college to be physical- 
ly active and involved in campus life. 
He believes that as more people are 
active on campus, others will want to 
become active. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

32 Winter 2008 


(The First) 

Eight Things 

You Need to 

Know About 

Science at Mary 

Baldwin College 

By Carol Larson 

1 . Science is our past, present — and future. 

2. Science is more than theoretical study at MBC; 
it is hands-on and real-time. 

3 . Original student research presented to campus, state, 
and national peers sets the study of science apart at 
Mar\^ Baldwin. 

4. Students are prepared for real jobs in the real world. 

5 . There is solid preparation for graduate school. 

6. The liberal arts education surrounding MBC science 
majors/minors opens the way to many paths. 

7 . The facult}' inspires. 

8. Science /5 for women. 


Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Science is our past, 
present — and future. 

That women should study science has 
never been questioned at Mary 
Baldwin College. Rufus Bailey, 
founder of Augusta Female Seminary 
(AFS), placed a statement about the 
school's curriculum in the Staunton, 
Virginia newspaper. Spectator, on 
September 15, 1842, a week before 
the inaugural day of classes: 
"English Grammar contmiied in its 
higher branches. Rhetoric and 
Composition, Comprehensive History, 
Geography, Astronomy, Natural and 
Moral Philosophy [physics and philos- 
ophy], the Elements of Natural 
Science, familiarly explained and prac- 
tically enforced. Geometry, Algebra, 
and the simplest form of 
Bookkeeping. " 

Science was an integral part of a 
women's education at Augusta Female 
Seminary — unusual as that was in the 
mid- 1800s. It would remain so. 
Random notes on the progress of the 
study of science throughout the col- 
lege's historical documents, such as The 
History of Mary Baldwin College by 
Mary Watters, tell us that in 1874, 
during Mary Julia Baldwin's tenure as 
principal, students could choose from a 
variety of science classes: natural phi- 
losophy (which became physics in 
1889), chemistry, botany, astronomy, 
physiology, and hygiene (a new field of 
study for colleges, which put the 
Seminary ahead of the game once 
again, as it wouldn't be a college for 
another 49 years). 

In its sixth year as a college, the 
Board of Trustees approved the 
granting of a bachelor of science (BS) 
in 1929. Admission requirements for 
students seeking a BS at that time were 
the same as those for a bachelor of 

arts, except that a candidate for a BS 
needed four credits in a foreign lan- 
guage rather than two credits in Latin. 
Biology and chemistry have been alter- 
nate favorites throughout the school's 
history. In 1931, biology appears to 
have been the favorite and there were 
classes in genetics and bacteriology, 
ornithology, local flora, biological meth- 
ods, and a research course. 

Mary Baldwin College would also 
adapt its science curriculum for the 
times. In one pointed example during 
World War II, household physics was 
taught with instruction in simple 
plumbing, repair of electrical equipment 
and other mechanical needs in homes. 
With so many soldiers gone to war, 
"Rosie" needed to know more than just 
how to rivet. 

The department of science would 
inhabit different locations on the chang- 
ing campus landscape until 1970 with 
the opening of the state-of-the-art 
Pearce Science Center. But the science 
curriculum has continued to evolve with 
scientific breakthroughs, the interests of 
its students, and resources, slowly but 
surely outdating the building's labs and 

The study of science has been a 
mainstay of the institution's curriculum. 
No surprise then that a renovated Pearce 
Science Center is identified as a vital part 
of the campus master plan. Transforming 
Our Enviromnent 1842-2042 

We asked alumnae who majored 
in science to tell us about their MBC 
experience and what they are doing 
now. Their stories (many more than 
we can print here) provide wonderful 
detail about the past and present study 
of science at MBC. In each case, it 
seems these graduates learned all 
"eight things" about science at Mary 
Baldwin — and then some (making it 
difficult to place their stories into just 
one category). 

'I helped develop comprehensive HIV 
care and treatment programs in three 
countries in Africa where they were 
conducting HIV research trials.' 



Science is more than 
theoretical study at 
MBC, it is hands-on 
and real-time. 

"We had opportunities that were not 
afforded my fellow medical students, 
who had been to big universities in pre- 
med programs. We were by no means 
spoon-fed [at MBC], and even in 
physics, we were charged with develop- 
ing projects in small groups in order to 
do the experiments and then teach the 
rest of the class about the subject of our 
research," said Annabel Barber '81, MD 
and associate professor of surgery at 
University of Nevada School of 

There was a brief time in the 
school's earliest history when professors 
conducted experiments and students 
watched. It took little time for the facul- 
ty to determine that learning science 
was — at its best — a hands-on propo- 
sition conducted in field, lab, and class- 
room. Today, students use scientific 
equipment from gas chromatography- 
mass spectrometers to nuclear magnetic 
resonance (NMR) spectrometers to a 
scanning electron microscope, and 
more. They work in labs for cell and tis- 
sue culture, molecular biology, microbi- 
ology, chemistry instrumentation NMR, 
and wet labs, among others. Students 
participate in and generate study outside 
the classroom. All science students, 
majors and non-majors alike, must 
design experiments and do research. 

Annabel Barbe 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Original student 
research presented 
to campus, state, and 
national peers sets 
the study of science 
apart at Mary Baldwin. 

Research is considered an integral parr 
of the study of science, not an add-on. 
Opportunities for research abound 
through independent study, summer 
intern work at larger institutions fund- 
ed by the National Science Foundation, 
and a year-long senior project that cul- 
minates in a thesis and its defense. 

"Building on my skills from col- 
lege, I was able to work in a medical 
research lab during my final year of 
medical school and chose an academic 
rather than community-based resi- 
dency at Cornell University," Barber 
said. After her third year of residen- 
cy, she entered a two-year research 
fellowship in Shock, Nutrition, and 
Metabolism, published about 20 
papers, and won a national award 
for her research. Barber presented 
her work at national and internation- 
al scientific meetings. She and hus- 
band, Tom Shires MD, have a labo- 
ratory at University of Nevada 
School of Medicine, where she also 
teaches medical students and surgery 
residents, while maintaining a private 
practice in surgical oncology. Barber 
has now authored some 70 publica- 
tions and book chapters. 

Margaret Sorenson '89 was in 
the Adult Degree Program and grad- 
uated with a BA in chemistry. She 
does research at Bristol-Myers 
Squibb in Connecticut. "The small 
classes at MBC were definitely a 
plus, allowing the classroom environ- 
ment and instruction to be more nur- 
turing. There were several graduation 
requirements that ultimately helped 
me secure a job in research in the 
pharmaceutical industry: an extern- 
ship, I did one summer at Upjohn in 

Michigan, and a senior project that 
taught me to balance my responsibiH- 
ties and time, work independently, 
and work on a project where the final 
answer is unknown. I do a lot of this 
in my job. Having to write a thesis 
and defend it prepared me for the 
interviewing process, the many meet- 
ings where I must present my work, 
and the occasional seminars I present 
on the job. The impressive part about 
this is that MBC helped prepare me to 
compete in a job market where the 
vast majority of my colleagues have a 
minimum of a master's in chemistry," 
Sorenson wrote. "I have worked on a 
number of projects including anti- 
inflammatory agents, anti-bacterials, 
and I am currently working to discov- 
er new drugs to fight HIV." 


Students are 
prepared for a real 
job in the real world. 

Ahead of the times, Mary Baldwin 
College was training female scientists 
and preparing them for careers in the 
field. Vera Moulton Wall Dunlevie '48, 
who passed away on Mother's Day in 
1988, was a double major in the sci- 
ences — biology and psychology — 
and upon graduation became a lab 
technician for a state health depart- 
ment. She went on to work in a uni- 
versity hospital and later an Army 
medical laboratory. As her young fam- 
ily grew, her focus shifted in that 
direction. Imagine the challenges and 
obstacles she faced then. What would 
she think today about the opportuni- 
ties for women in science and the 
study of science? 

Armed with a degree in biology 
and medical technology. Dawn Tusing 
Burris '85 is now the medical center 
manager of the Clinical Core 
Laboratory for University of Virginia 
Medical Laboratories in 
Charlottesville, Virginia. "The core 
laboratory is a fully automated med- 
ical laboratory which operates 24 

hours a day to provide routine and 
Stat testing for clinical chemistry, 
hematology, coagulation, and microbiology 
analyses for inpatients, outpatients, 
and outreach patients in the UVA 
Health System. We do approximately 
three million tests a year," Burris tells 
us. "I am also manager of the Cancer 
Center Laboratory for the UVA 
Cancer Center." Her connection with 
her employer of 20 years began in her 
last year at Mary Baldwin College, 
when she simultaneously attended 
UVA's medical technology program, 
which was associated with MBC at 
the time. 

UVA has benefitted from numbers 
of Mary Baldwin science grads. 
Tiffany Hamm '89, with a major in 
chemistry and a minor in biology, 
journeyed on to Georgetown 
University and the National Institutes 
of Health for a three-year stint as a 
research assistant "studying simian 
immunodeficiency virus (SIV) as an 
animal model for HIV replication and 
vaccine development." Hamm contin- 
ued, "I went on to UVA for a doctor- 
ate in microbiology studying HIV 
replication and RNA transports." She 
joined the Peace Corps and taught sci- 
ence at a school in the Solomon 
Islands while also working as a pro- 
gram manager for a non-government 
organization supporting women's 
development in Tonga. She returned 

'I'll be spreading the 
word [as a middle or 
high school science 
teacher] and convincing 
new generations that 
science is great!' 


Vera Moulton Wall Dunlevie 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

37_. Winter 2008 

to the U.S. and in 2003 started 
working for the U.S. Mihtary HIV 
Research Program at Walter Reed 
Army Institute of Research. "I 
helped develop comprehensive HIV 
care and treatment programs in three 
of the countries in Africa where they 
were conducting HIV research trials. 
Since then, I have become director 
for the Africa HIV Care and 
Treatment programs, which receive 
funding from the President's 
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief," 
Hamm said. 

Jen Yavorsky '95 translated her 
degree in biology into her own gar- 
den design business. "I utilize my 
botany, horticulture, and field biolo- 
gy education on a daily basis," 
Yavorsky said. 

There are companies that seek 
MBC science grads for employment. 
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals may be one 
of those. Kamala Payne '05, bio- 
chemistry major, is now a scientist 
for Wyeth in Richmond, Virginia. She 
tests the shelf life of the company's 
drug products to determine proper 
expiration date and uses data includ- 
ing FDA rules to test the drug's sta- 
tistics under different conditions, 
such as the temperature at which a 
drug degrades. 

"If it hadn't been for the train- 
ing at MBC in people skills, the 
small class settings, the do-it-your- 
self experimentation, and the 
research skills I developed through 
projects like my senior thesis, which 
I had to plan, execute, and present 
to faculty and students ... well, I 
don't know what. That's everything 
I do now in my job," Payne 
explained. She believes that her lib- 
eral arts education helped her 
become valuable to her employer as 
a well-rounded individual who can 
relate to others in different fields. 
She is currently working to give 
back to her alma mater by connect- 
ing members of MBC science faculty 
with her employer. They are work- 
ing together on a gift of equipment 
needed by the college that is no 
longer used by Wyeth. 


There is solid 
preparation for 
graduate school. 

"I majored in chemistry and graduated 
in 1973. Went on to pharmacy school at 
Medical College of Virginia [now 
Virginia Commonwealth University] and 
have been the director of pharmacy at 
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in 
Gloucester, Virginia since 1989," said 
Ruth Luoma Fenstermacher, whose 
daughter Katherine graduated cum laitde 
from MBC last year with a double major 
in biology and chemistry and is now in 
graduate school at University of 
Maryland's microbiology doctoral pro- 
gram. "The personal attention science 
majors receive at MBC is invaluable." 

What was true in 1973 in terms of 
solid preparation and acceptance to 
graduate school is still true for Veronica 
Stokes, who graduated in 2005 with a 
degree in biology and "went immediately 
into graduate school at University of 
Virginia in education." She has since 
earned a master's in teaching and plans 
to teach middle or high school science in 
Florida. "I'll be spreading the word and 
convincing new generations that science 
is great," she said. 


The liberal arts 
education surrounding 
an MBC science 
major/minor opens 
many career 

What can you do with a degree in bio- 
chemistry? Stephanie Lawley '99 headed 
for The College of William and Mary for 
a master's in biology, before attending 
law school at George Mason University 
where she graduated in 2004. Now a 

'We do approximately three million 
tests a year [in the Clinical Core 
Laboratory at University of Virginia 
Medical Laboratories] and I also 
manage the Cancer Center 
Laboratory for UVA Cancer Center.' 


patent attorney in Washington DC, she 
prepares patent applications and 
obtains patents for many different tech- 
nologies. "My education at MBC pre- 
pared me well for my profession. Not 
only did I receive the scientific knowl- 
edge and expertise necessary to under- 
stand the inventions I now work with, 
but I also developed the critical think- 
ing and creative problem-solving skills I 
use to distinguish the inventions from 
what is already in the field," Lawley 

About her liberal arts education, she 
added, "I appreciate that at MBC I had 
the opportunity to study not only sci- 
ence, but other disciplines as well. The 
English, business law, and constitutional 
law courses I took helped prepare me for 
law school and also helped develop the 
writing skills I use every day as an attor- 
ney. I even use my German minor to read 
German reference material and commu- 
nicate with our German-speaking 

Belynda Phillips Randolph's '93 
degree in psychology became most valu- 
able to her in her personal life. "My chil- 
dren are both profoundly autistic. I have 
learned that when my knowledge about 
something isn't what I need it to be, I 
have the research skills that are essential 
to getting my children the care, therapies, 
and education they require," said 
Randolph. She went from Mary Baldwin 
directly to graduate school for a master's 
in marriage and family therapy. 

Pam Wavell Clark '66 is a legacy 
that requires a diagram to understand. 
Her mother started the Mary Baldwin 

chain of Wavell clan attendance, which 
would include her daughter Pam, three 
cousins, her son's daughter, Pam's sister, 
and a sister-in-law. Clark was a theatre 
major, who also lost herself in science. 
After graduation she did 15 hours of 
graduate work with Dr. John Mehner, 
professor emeritus of biology, at 
University of Minnesota's biological field 
station and then returned to MBC to 
teach botany and zoology labs for a year. 
She moved back to her home state, 
Texas, to teach biology and physical sci- 
ence in high schools before getting a real 
estate license. "I tripled my income the 
first year in real estate, got my broker's 
license and sold real estate until 2002." 
At some point in those years, still 
attached to science, she earned a master's 
in environmental science at Texas A&M. 
"It wasn't easy because I was working, 
raising three children, and going through 
a divorce at the time, but I still managed 
to graduate magna cum laude," she said. 

And now? Remarried, she lives in 
Georgia and raises Tennessee Walking 
horses on a 500-acre farm, where she 
says, "I use my scientific knowledge all 
the time. I thank Dr. Mehner for my love 
of science. I kept in touch with him 
always — continuing to send him a 
'Whooping Crane Report' (I was 
assigned that duty in school because I 
was from Corpus Christi). We stopped in 
to see him about six months before he 
died [in April 2006]," she said. "Now I 
am painting and traveling. Fimny, I usu- 
ally paint birds or fish." 

Tenea Watson Nelson '98 graduated 
with distinction with a BS in chemistry. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

She came to MBC via the Program for 
the Exceptionally Gifted and went on 
to earn a master's and doctorate in 
toxicology from University of 
Rochester. "I worked on drug develop- 
ment, particularly on drugs for the 
treatment of autoimmune diseases, 
cancer, and HIV at Genentech and 
Gilead in the San Francisco Bay area. I 
recently took some time off to establish 
a real estate career and launch an 
online magazine for young professional 
women ( www. moxy magazine, com) , " 
she said. Her real estate business con- 
tinues, as does her online e-zine, and 
she has also accepted a position with 
Stanford University's School of 
Medicine as director of diversity and 
outreach for the genetics department. 

"I had a double major in medical 
technology and biology," Constance 
Anne Bak '75 said. "I am now in the 
32nd year of a career that has been 
wondrous to me. Mary Baldwin gave 
me an advantage in a competitive 
marketplace. I had an excellent back- 
ground to pursue a career in medical 
technology and my liberal arts back- 
ground gave me an edge over "pure" 
scientists when it came time to rise 
through the ranks of management," 
said Bak, director of employee devel- 
opment for Virginia Blood Services in 
Richmond, Virginia. She explained 
that medical technology is now called 
clinical laboratory science (CLS), but 
"no matter the name, it is a noble 
profession and there is a looming 
shortage of clinical laboratory scien- 
tists that will offer unlimited possibili- 
ties to those preparing to enter that 
field. I will always be grateful for the 
education I received. And even more 
importantly, more than three decades 
later, my MBC friends remain the best 
friends I have in life," Bak shared. 


The faculty inspires. 

Julia Andrews Allen '72 began work 
on her science major in classrooms in 
the college-owned house on the corner 
across from the Administration 

Building. She was also in the class of 
students who were among the first to 
utilize the new Pearce Science Center. 
"It was as exciting then to move into 
Pearce as it must be now for all of 
today's students to dream of a renovat- 
ed Pearce," she said. "It was an amaz- 
ing experience for us to walk in for the 
first time. Having new labs and class- 
rooms opened up a whole new level of 
opportunity for teachers and students 
alike. My favorite place was the 
ornithology lab, which was second to 
none in the region, thanks to the efforts 
of Dr. Mehner. We spent many late- 
night hours there memorizing the 
details of 100 bird skins in order to pre- 
pare for a lab practical. Of course we 
had music going and didn't always 
leave the lab the way we found it. One 
morning. Dr. Mehner began his 
ornithology lecture and then paused, 
reaching across the table, he picked up 
a vinyl record and read slowly, and 
without expression: 'Build Me Up, 
Buttercup.' No one said a word. He 
turned back to his text and began 
again. We worshipped him," Allen 
recalled. A biology major, Allen believes 
she was inspired in her lifelong pursuit 
by Dr. Mehner, "who was such a won- 
derful example as a teacher and 

Allen has taught middle school life 
science for 25 years. She became inter- 
ested in the Rappahannock River Valley 
National Wildlife Refuge and helped 
form a Friends group to support their 
efforts. "Through my work on the 
board of the Friends group, I became 
interested in phragmites, a non-native 
invasive marsh plant that is threatening 
mid-Atlantic marshes. Next thing you 
know, our life science class research 
project at Aylett Country Day School 
became a model for the Cornell 
University student/teacher/scientist part- 
nership. Dr. Bernd Blossey, internation- 
ally renowned expert on phragmites, 
directs the program and his work with 
bio-control is being evaluated. You can 
see what we did online at www.invasive-}?iites/STSP/example.htm," 
Allen explained. 

"As a biology major under the 
inspiration of a most favored teacher, 

Dr. Mary Humphreys, I have taught ele- 
mentary school and helped develop two 
living history programs in country set- 
tings on land that was preserved," Mary 
Cloud Hamilton Hollingshead '61 
recounted. And in a decision that will 
have lasting impact, she voted to turn 
her family's six-generation Kentucky 
farm over to the Nature Conservancy to 
preserve it forever. "My field botany 
trips in the woods of Virginia can claim 
Griffith Woods [part of her family's 
Silver Lake farm] was saved with its 
ancient trees and running buffalo clover 
because of the awareness and apprecia- 
tion of nature that I garnered at Mary 
Baldwin," she said. 

Hollingshead's grandmother and 
great aunt attended August Female 
Seminary, making her a legacy at Mary 
Baldwin College. She volunteers at The 
Barclay Farmstead, a 30-acre living his- 
tory museum in Cherry Hill, New 
Jersey, and at Peachfield Plantation, a 
120-acre preservation site in 
Westhampton, New Jersey. Peachfield is 
owned and operated by the National 
Society of Colonial Dames, New Jersey 
chapter, and she tells us, "Stuart 
Chapman Cobb '65 (a psychology 
major) is currently the organization's 
national president. 


Science is for women. 

Women who study at single-sex colleges 
are more likely to explore and major in 
subjects that are not considered tradi- 
tional for females, such as math and sci- 
ence, according to the National 
Association for Single Sex Public 
Education. Students at women's colleges 
also continue toward doctorates in 
math, science, and engineering in dis- 
proportionately larger numbers than 
their peers at coed schools. 

We heard from Charlotte Wenger 
'83, a double major in biology and 
chemistry, who worked at The 
University of Texas Health Science 
Center on the oncology research net- 
work, "the world's largest database of 
lab results on breast tumors from more 

than 245,000 patients and clinical 
information on a subset of about 
47,000 of those patients." She traveled 
to hospitals around the country, 
abstracting data from medical records 
to add to the database. Later she man- 
aged the entire project. 

"For the past eight years I have 
worked in the genetics department at 
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical 
Research in San Antonio, Texas. I have 
managed data for a type 2 diabetes 
study and studies on heart disease in 
Mexican Americans and American 
Indians," Wenger tells us. She is current- 
ly focused on a study of genetics in 
coronary artery disease in Alaska 
natives, as the data coordinator. She has 
written a Microsoft® Access database 
application for field staff in Alaska for 
data collection. Wenger also maintains 
the study's Web site and edits a newslet- 
ter for participants. 

"A degree from a liberal arts college 
prepared me well for the variety of tasks 
I perform. I don't remember some of the 
factual information I learned, but Mary 
Baldwin gave me a broad base of gener- 
al knowledge and skills Fve used in my 
career and personal life. Maybe I 
shouldn't confess that the main things I 
remember from my chemistry classes are 
that hot glass looks hke cold glass, and 
that a substance will chill much more 
quickly if it's surrounded by ice water 
and not just ice cubes," she said. "I do 
rely on this knowledge while Fm cook- 
ing and Fve never burned my hands on 
a hot casserole! Fve used my writing 
skills from English classes when contact- 
ing participants in studies, preparing 
grant applications and manuscripts for 
publication, and for editing study 
newsletters. I can no longer solve a cal- 
culus problem, but similar reasoning is 
required when I write computer pro- 
grams that have complex mathematical 
calculations," Wenger said. "The educa- 
tion I received at MBC gave me the 
broad knowledge and confidence to 
learn new things." 

Leigh Frame '06 graduated with 
distinction in biochemistry and is doing 
patient-oriented research examining the 
pathogenesis and treatment of sleep 
apnea at Johns Hopkins University 

'As a biology major under the inspiration 
of a most favored teacher, Dr. Mary- 
Humphreys, I have taught elementary 
school and helped develop two living 
history programs in country settings on 
land that was preserved. 


School of Medicine, as a research assis- 
tant and polysomnogram technician. 
Frame is currently applying to medical 

As a 1989 graduate with a major in 
biology and a minor in computer sci- 
ence, Anne Byford figured out how to 
work both her major interests. She 
earned a master's in medical genetics 
from Oregon Health Sciences University 
and worked in its research lab. She con- 
tinued lab work back in Virginia in 
pediatric cardiology until 2003 and 
taught fencing and biology classes at her 
alma mater. Byford said, "1 enjoyed the 
teaching more than the time in the lab, 
so 1 accepted a job teaching middle and 
high school science in North Carolina. 
This summer, 1 shifted from teaching full 
time to being the director and sole mem- 
ber of the information technology 
department at the school, while still 
teaching an advanced biology class. This 
way 1 still get to teach, but 1 also get to 
fiddle with things and work on puzzles 
and tech toys," she said. Byford credits 
Professors Lundy Pentz, Eric Jones, and 
James Patrick as models for her teaching 
style and methods now. 

Rebecca Lovingood '82 is just stub- 
born about science, she says. "1 majored 
in biology and mathematics, mainly 
because I am stubborn. If someone tells 
me I can't do something [as too many 
people have told young women about 
math and science], that just makes me 
want to do it even more. 1 enjoyed math 
and science from elementary through 
high school. I also traveled a lot as a 
child and enjoyed seeing new places. 
Some family friends suggested that a 
profession in oceanography would be a 
great way to combine my interests in 

math, science, and travel," she said. 
Among the reasons she chose to come to 
Mary Baldwin was its small size. "My 
high school graduating class was over 
800, and although 1 did well in high 
school, 1 was neither the troublemaker, 
class clown, nor exceptionally gifted, so 
none of my high school teachers really 
knew who 1 was. I wanted a college 
where 1 was able to reach my potential 
and be challenged, and receive individu- 
alized attention." 

Upon graduation from MBC, 
Lovingood attended graduate school at 
Johns Hopkins University studying geo- 
physical fluid dynamics and then trans- 
ferred to Old Dominion University to 
complete her master's in physical 
oceanography. "1 am a senior scientist 
presenting work for the U.S. Navy at the 
Naval Oceanographic Office, and pro- 
viding analytical and model data to the 

Minerva Thompson Nolte '65 has 
found the most appealing ways to fill 
her life with the arts, sciences, and natu- 
ral world that mean so much to her. "1 
can't say enough good things about 
Mary Baldwin and the well-rounded 
education it gave me," said Nolte in a 
2002 article in MBC's Cohtimis. She 
plays guitar, attends ballet and sympho- 
ny. She became a pediatrician and aller- 
gist, before "retiring" to manage her 28- 
acre organic farm in Oregon where she 
raises cattle, goats, walnuts, and hazel- 
nuts ( wu'w. laffalotfarm. com ) . 

Nolte finished her degree in chem- 
istry from Mary Baldwin while complet- 
ing the first year of medical school in 
Kentucky at Universit)' of Louisville. She 
did a pediatric residency in Chicago while 
her husband was a surgical resident. 

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Several years later, she did a fellowship 
in immunology and allergy that became 
very important later when her husband 
was stationed by the U.S. Navy at the 
military hospital on Guam. She was the 
only allergist on the island at that time. 
She also did a study on two diseases that 
were prevalent on Guam for the 
National Institutes of Health. 

The Nolte family was on the island 
of Guam when Super Typhoon Pamela 
hit the island with deadly force. [A 

t)'phoon, which spins in the opposite 
direction as a hurricane, sustains winds 
of at least 111 mph versus a super 
typhoon, which sustains winds of at 
least 150 mph. Super Typhoon Pamela 
sustained winds of 190 mph.] "At 
Guam Memorial Hospital, the lab was 
demolished. A coconut tree flew through 
a tiny window and harpooned the freez- 
er, where much frozen data was stored. 
The wind force stripped all the paint off 
of cars and destroyed the homes of most 

of my patients." The tropical island 
also launched Nolte's photographic 
career, something she continues to enjoy 

No longer a practicing physician, 
Nolte does consultation, and "I do most 
of the veterinary care of the livestock on 
my farm — my brain still works scientif- 
ically," she laughed. 

Kennon Poynter '00, a major in 
biology and minor in chemistry, just 
earned a doctorate in human genetics 

from Virginia Commonwealth 
University, where she specialized in 
breast cancer research, and is job hunt- 
ing now. 

Allison Hurley Predecki '94, a 
major in chemistry, went to Wake Forest 
University and earned a PhD in organic 
chemistry in 1998. She did a postdoctor- 
al fellowship at Emory University before 
accepting assistant professorship of 
chemistry at Shippensburg University, 
where she is currently applying for 

'I worked on the world's largest database of 
lab results on breast tumors from more than 
245,000 patients and clinical information on a 
subset of about 47,000 of those patients.' 


tenure and promotion. 

Saundra Eareckson Seifert '84 
wanted to be a pediatrician from the age 
of eight and planned to major in biolo- 
gy. The best laid plans ... "I fell in love 
with Professors James Patrick, Elizabeth 
Hairfield, and Margaret Pinkston, and 
my major changed to chemistry. My 
years at MBC were among the best in 
my life," she recalled. Seifert went on to 
University of Texas Health Science 
Center for medical school and a pedi- 
atric residency at Georgetown University 
in Washington DC. She later taught 
pediatrics at Texas Tech Health Science 
Center before settling in San Angelo, 
Texas. "I still practice pediatrics and 
cannot envision a time when I won't," 
she declared. 

There are many studies and much 
debate on the subject of women in sci- 
ence. Prominent debates, such as those 
between Marc Hauser and Elizabeth 
Spelke of Harvard's Mind, Brain, and 
Behavior Inter-Faculty Initiative, have 
kept the issue lively and in the news. 
At Mary Baldwin College, it has been 
accepted from day one of Augusta 
Female Seminary to now, that science 
is for girls. 

Here's the thing about telling the 
stories of science majors at Mary 
Baldwin College: they go on and on, 
each as inspiring as the next, each a 
case in point for women in science, each 
a compelling reason for Mary Baldwin 
College to grow its science program and 
facilities. A 

Saundra Eareckson Seifert 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Pearce Renovation 
Will Secure 
Scientific Reputation 
for the 21st Century 

By Dawn Medley 

"In my 1952 yearbook, the building where I spent much of my time is just called 
the 'Biology Building.' The biology club, Tri Beta, met in the first floor lecture room 
or outside in the garden. Botany and genetics were taught in the lecture room, and 
downstairs were labs — embryology, comparative anatomy, histol- 
ogy — and microscopes. I studied downstairs in a small ,^^*»' 
room because the dorms were too noisy for me! 
I count seven science majors in 1 952. Dr. ^^ 
Mary Humphreys [professor 

emerita of biology] used to 
drive us to the movies. We 
had fun — biology students 
were socially close. " 

— Janet Russell 
Steelman '52, who 
recently made a sig- 
nificant contribution 
for tlie renovation of 
Pearce Science Center 

44 Winter 2008 

From the time Augusta Female Semmary 
opened and began offering science courses, 
study of the sciences has made its home in mul- 
tipurpose classrooms and in several buildings. 
Between 1936 and 1966, most sciences were 
taught in Beckler House — a building at the 
corner of Frederick and Market Streets that 
was leveled to make way for Grafton Library. 
For the next few years, sciences were split up 
in buildings around campus such as the "old 
dining room" or "old kitchen" until the 
department found its current home in Jesse 
Cleveland Pearce Science Center in 1970, 
named in memory of the husband of 
argaret Henderson, Class of 1908. 

jft source of great pride as a visionary build- 
/ " ■ ing when it opened in 1970, Pearce 

Science Center has served the college well 
for nearly 40 years. As Mary Baldwin College 
looks into the future, renovating the building is a 
necessity in the face of the evolving nature of sci- 
ence education, technological and equipment 
advances, and infrastructure. 

Architects at Geier Brown Renfrew worked 
with the college to develop a plan that would suc- 
ceed in helping MBC meet five goals for a new 
collaborative learning environment in Pearce: to 
enhance opportunities for student research, inte- 
grate technology consistently, accommodate multi- 
ple methods of learning, encourage planned and 
informal interaction, and create a sense of discov- 
ery and achievement. 

As illustrated in architectural renderings, the 
vision includes a Science Commons that would 
signal a revitalization of scientific learning and 
discussion with research-oriented displays and 
collections showcasing the vibrant learning envi- 
ronment. The building's main entrance will open 
into the Commons, where students and faculty 
can meet and intersect en route to class, do 
research in a science library, and study, interact, 
and lounge in the Greenhouse Cafe. The 
Commons will tangibly communicate that scien- 
tific study is important, current, and competitive 
at MBC. 

Envisioned renovations will better align 
classrooms and labs with the teaching and meet- 
ing activities that take place in Pearce along with 
the addition of subject-specific research labs near 

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faculty offices creating research clusters. A state- 
of-the art classroom near the Commons will 
expose students to high-tech instruction that more 
closely represents what they will encounter in grad- 
uate school and work environments. 

Pearce was modestly renovated in 1998; labs 
and classrooms were rewired and a new coat of 
paint brightened the interior Wireless Internet serv- 

ice was completed on campus in 2007. Funding 
from Booth Ferris Foundation this year allowed 
the college to upgrade instruction technology in all 
primary classrooms in Pearce: projectors; docu- 
ment cameras capable of enlarging books, papers, 
and more; upgrades to make the sound from com- 
puters audible around the room; and wall controls. 
One lecture room in the building features a sym- 

podium — a presentation station that allows pro- 
fessors to write on slides in digital ink, access Web 
sites or multimedia files, and project onto a large 
screen. All of that represents vital technological 
improvement, but it is a fraction of what will be 
needed to bring Pearce up to standards for 21st- 
century studies. 

Mary Baldwin College professors pride them- 

selves on giving students hands-on experience that 
is usually found only in graduate school, but those 
who work and study in Pearce know that the day 
is approaching when students' aptitude and inquiry 
will surpass the college's scientific resources. DNA 
sequencing and molecular and cell biology technol- 
ogy must reflect the enormous advances of recent 
years. The addition of a computational chemistry 

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'■IWbludes opening access to an existte9*iddew stair (to, 
third levels of the building (bottom). A new stair would connect the first and second 
rculation through the building and into Francis Auditorium. 

station, fluorescence microscope with digital image 
capture, geographic information system technology, 
and a high vacuum system would amplify students' 
opportunity to excel in research. The building's 
infrastructure ("circulatory system", so to speak) 
needs overhaul to include new plumbing, electrical 
wiring, lighting, and heating/cooling systems, 
among others. Those are all requirements necessary 

for scientific study as well as safety. 

"We believe the best way to learn science is 
by doing it," reads the first sentence on the MBC 
biology faculty's Web site 
(wwwJacademic.mbc.edulbiology). Unlike so 
many schools where students may only watch 
faculty using scientific equipment, visitors to 
Pearce do not find rows of equipment untouched 

Winter 2008 

by student fingerprints. Instead they see some new 
pieces scattered among many that are affection- 
ately used and dutifully cared for. The "discovery 
method" — hands-on learning that encourages 
students to engage in everything from extracting 
strands of DNA to lifting their binoculars to 
glimpse a Field Sparrow in a meadow at 7 a.m. 
— reigns supreme. 

Pearce is the established home of the sciences 
at MBC. With modernization of Pearce "in- 
place" (without building a new structure) it will 
be a home that reflects the inventive, original 
research and hands-on learning that occurs there. 
It will be a home that makes the name Mary 
Baldwin College synonymous with science educa- 
tion for women. ▲ 

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Many Voices, One Song 

The many voices of Mary Baldwin College's alumnae/i have resonat- 
ed for 165 years unified by one song sung around the globe. Your alma 
mater invites you to gather together in festive events hosted in cities 
near you. We hope you will come to one or more of these events. 


It Was So Nice to See You! 

September 8, 2007 Baltimore, MD 
September 30, 2007 Charlottesville, VA 
October 5-7, 2007 Staunton, VA 

Family Weekend on Campus 
October 16, 2007 Roanoke, VA 
November 1, 2007 Washington DC 
Weekend of November 10, 2007 New York, : 
December 13, 2007 Staunton, VA 
December 19, 2007 Richmond, VA 

Coming to Your Area Soon ... 

February 2008 Dallas, TX 

February 26, 2008 Atlanta, GA 

March 3, 2008 Philadelphia, PA 

March 11-13, 2008 Raleigh, NC /Durham, NC 

Chapel Hill, NC /Columbia, SC 
April 3-6, 2008 Staunton, VA 

Reunion 2008 on Campus 
April 19, 2008 Staunton, VA , 

Staunton Spring Luncheon M 

May 7, 2008 Richmond, VA 1 






You are invited to join Mary Baldwin College faculty 
and students on a study tour of Central Europe. 

(5 -20 AMY 2008) 

The cost for this program is $2670, which includes the airfare from New 
York City, accommodation in first-class hotels on a bed-and-breakfost basis 
in double rooms with private baths, bus transportation, city tours, all insur- 
ance and other organizational fees. 

A non-refundable deposit of $900 is due by 
January 31, 2008, For further information, 
including detailed itinerary, please contact Dr. 
Vladimir Garkov by e-mail at 

Alumnae/i Board President 

Kellie Warner '90 

in Conversation with the Editor 

We have just seen a powerful 
glimpse of what alumnae/i can do 
when challenged to step up. Tell us 
more about 2007-08 successes. 

It was a fantastic year. This a very exciting 
time to be engaged with the college, especial- 
ly as we continue to see fulfillment of the 
goals and objectives of the college's strategic 
plan. Composing Our Future. 

As an Alumnae/i Association, we made 
terrific progress towards those goals through 
an interactive Class Leadership workshop 
and the largest Reunion Weekend in years. 
Reunion classes (2s and 7s) and the Grafton 
Society gave more than $500,000 to the 
2006-07 Annual Fund and met the generous 
challenge match (1:1) extended by Bertie 
Deming Smith '46. Our other alumnae/i, par- 
ents, and friends of the college raised about 
$1.5 million towards the Annual Fund goal. 

Proceeds from our Gift Shop also helped 
to fund Class Leadership and Reunion week- 
ends as well as purchase two automatic 
external defibrillators. One of the life-saving 
defibrillators is in the Physical Activities 
Center and when removed from its holder, 
alerts someone to contact rescue services and 
security personnel. The other will be used as 
a mobile unit, stored in the Security Office 
for fast transport to wherever it may be 
needed on campus. 

Just in its second full year of 
activity, how is the Class Leadership 
initiative progressing? 

The program is well underway and has 
achieved terrific momentum. To date, we 
have conducted workshops with all classes 
except those ending in 1 and 6 with whom 

we will meet in fall 2008. 

The classes engaged thus far have 
formed their leadership teams and continual- 
ly raise the bar with respect to their creativi- 
ty and commitment in increasing the level of 
engagement and connectedness. We certainly 
witnessed that this past spring with the class- 
es who returned to campus as the first partic- 
ipants in the Class Leadership program to 
attend a Reunion Weekend. 

What's at the top of your list for 
alumnae/i goals this year? 

We continue to focus our efforts on the Class 
Leadership Program and Reunion Weekend 
2008. We are also working with the Advisory 
Board of Visitors and Student Life Office to 
establish a mentoring program for students 
and alumnae/i. 

Full engagement in this year's Annual 
Fund campaign is also a priority. As you may 
know, private colleges and universities receive 
no assistance for the maintenance of buildings 
and grounds, among other things. As such, the 
college is reliant upon unrestricted contribu- 
tions to the Annual Fund for its operating 

We achieved fantastic success during last 
year's campaign as Annual Fund contributions 
totaled almost $2 million. We have even more 
work to do this year (July 1, 2007 to June 30, 
2008) to meet the $2.5 million goal, which 
includes the final phase of Mrs. Smith's chal- 
lenge (i.e., a matching gift of $750,000). It is 
our support that will make the difference and I 
am confident that we will reach our goal. 

More information regarding Bertie 
Deming Smith '46 and her remarkable com- 
mitment to the college can be found at: 


Kellle Warner '90, president 
Dorian Akerman Steifel '92, vice president 
Susan Powell Leister '68, secretary 
Kelly Kennaly '93, treasurer 

Pamela Leigh Anderson '84 
Trisha Vaughan '08, STARS chair 
Nancy Clark Brand '94 
Diahann "Buffy" DeBreaux-Watts '93, 

continuing education chair 
Susan Jennings Denson '62 
Donia Stevens Eley '02 
AnnTrusler Faith '69 
Helen Stevens Forster '83 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64, 

faculty representative 
Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74, 

marketing/sales chair 
Jessie Carr Haden '54 
Heline Cortez Harrison '48 
Jennifer Brillhart Kibier '91, 

executive director, ex-officio 
Nancy Cohen Locher '50 
Nina Reid Mack '72 
Becky Cannady Merchant '63 
Julie Clark Reedy '73 
Kelley Rexroad '79 
Sallie Chellis Schisler '67 
Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60 
Debra Wolfe Shea '77 
Elizabeth Jennings Shupe '70 
Ethel M. Smeak '53 

honorary member, ex-officio 
Elizabeth "Ring"Torrence Stafford '78 
A. Jane Townes '69, nominating chair 
BIythe Slinkard Weils '00 
Valerie Wenger '81 

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Renovate a Building: Name It for Yourself or 
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Send your class notes to: 
alumnae@mbc-edu by January 18. 
HAZEL ASTIN Nelson-Spillman of San 

Antonio TX marned Andrew in 2005. Her 
grandson's wife gave birtfi to twins, a 
boy and a girl. Both of Hazel's military 
grandsons have been promoted to lieu- 
tenant colonels. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
MAXINE HAM Ham'son of Alexandria 
VA lost her husband in 2006. She has 2 
children, 2 grandchildren and 2 great- 
grandchildren, all of whom live nearby • 
ANNE HAYES Davis of Greensboro NC 
and a few of her "MBC girls" and their 
families met in Williamsburg VA for a 


Send your class notes to; by January 18. 
BETTY COOKE Wood of Dallas TX 
enjoys being a grandmother. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
ALICE PARSON Paine of Salem VA 
enjoys spending time with her 3 great- 
grandchildren, Adeline, Lennon, and 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
Knipp moved to a retirement home in 
Cockeysville MD. "Have cycled around 
Europe 7 times and am now into River 
Boat Cruises. Last one was beautiful — 
Moscow to St. Petersburg." 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
VA celebrated her 80th birthday, "and the 
celebration lasted for months!" 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
Gray of Sparks MD observed her 75th 
birthday in Egypt. "It was magical!" 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
The Miller School of Charlottesville VA 
and its Alumni Association presented the 
Samuel Miller Memorial Award to 

JESSIE CARR Haden of Charlottesville 
VA last March, The school hosted a gala 
reception in her honor. The Award recog- 
nizes a significant, long-term commit- 
ment to improving the lives of young 
people in Albemarle County and 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 

San Ramon CA with her daughter and 
grandson. She enjoys the arts. AAUW, 
yoga, politics, and visiting with classmate 
Mountain NC. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
ANN KENNEDY Melton of Davidson 
NC: "Julius and I have sold our home to 
our daughter and her family and moved 
around the corner to The Pines at 
Davidson retirement community. We 
have a lovely apartment with a view of 
the woods." They enjoy local activities 
and travel. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
PATSY LITTLE Culpepper of Oxford MS 
writes that her husband has retired. They 
divide their time between Oxford MS 
and Montreal NC. • N. ELAINE 
VAUGHN Cotner of Muncie IN has 5 
grandchildren and recently visited Kenya. 


Contact one of your class secretaries 
by January 1 8 with news for your 
class column: 
Sally Heltzel Pearsall 
shpearsall@comcast. net 
Kent Seabury Rowe 
kwsrowe@hotmail. com 
JANE COLEMAN Balfour of Richmond 
VA and husband Dan took a cruise on the 
Danube River through Germany, Austria, 
Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, and 
ending in Budapest. • Have you ever 
been accosted by the police in Acropolis? 
Have you ever been detained by security 
in a foreign country? No? Then you 
missed a chance to travel with MBC's 
enthusiastic and energetic Dr. Vladimir 
Garkov, associate professor of chemistry. 
Such was the trip to Turkey and Greece 
which brought together classmates 
Hammack and husband Paul, as well as 
traveling companions ANN GORDON 
ABBOTT Evans '65 and husband Rusty, 
VIRGINIA ROYSTER Francisco '64, and 
students from MBC, Sweet Briar, and 
University of Sophia in Bulgaria. It was 
wonderful and never dull. • BETSY 
SCOTT Featherstone of Richmond VA 
says her mam volunteer job is taking care 

ANNE PERRIN Flynn '74, KRISHNA "MISSY" MALLONEE Buckingham '74, 
ANNE TRICE Chewning '74, SUSAN HAZELWOOD Buffington '76, MARY 
Mccarty Martin '76, NANCY BROWN LAWLER Milam '76, DOROTHY DOT" 
TULL Mothershead '76 and SALLIE PERRIN White '76 have a mini-reunion at 
Sallie's home in Greenville SC. 

MBC ladies from the 1950s gathered in Durham NC for a mini-reunion. Front row/, I 
QUERY Keller '55 Back row, I to r ANN SHAW Miller '54 JESSIE CARR Haden 
'54, BETSY ROBINSON Harrison '55, WINIFRED "WINI" BOGGS Myrick '54, and 

of her 7 grandchildren. Her church 
involvement includes prayer shawl 
and hat-knitting ministries and 
singing in the choir. • PRIOR 
MEADE Cooper of Norfolk VA is a 
massage therapist and enjoys paint- 
ing watercolors. She and husband 
Gerry help with grandchildren who 
live in Charlottesville. 'The 
Richmond gals have formed a lunch 
RISON Jamison, DOUG" 
SCOTT Featherstone, SHIRLEY 
Balfour, and KENT SEABURY 
Rowe meet once a month, • VERA 
THOMAS James of Trophy ClubTX 
IS retired and stays busy with family, 
travel, the arts. Disciple Bible class, 
and church activities • MARY 
"BONNIE" STONE Adier of Atlanta 
GA: "Enjoyed a trip to Russia in 
2006 with my husband. We have 3 



Contact your class secretary by 
January 18 with news for your class 
column: Minta McDiarmid Nixon 
Come one, come all! A great 
Reunion week has been planned, so 
mark your calendars and |Oin us. We 
will begin at Peaks of Otter on the 
evening of March 31 and stay until 
April 4. Please let JUDY LIPES 
Garst { of 
Salem VA know your plans, as she 
IS making our event reservations. 
However, we each need to make 
our own lodging reservations at the 
Stonewall Jackson Hotel (540-885- 
4848) for the nights of Apnl 4 and 5. 
It won't be a great Reunion without 
you •The mini-reunion held in 
California last April was a success. 
Enjoying the fun were SHEARER 

Ryan. SUE JORDAN Rodarte, 
Monis, TERRY GEGGIE Fridley, 
CANNADY Merchant • LUCY 
MORRIS Gay of Carrollton GA and 
husband Jim have retired and spend 
time at their mountain cabin in 
North Georgia. Jim has published a 
histoncal novel. • PEGGY MAPP 
Thacker of York PA remarried in 
2004 but kept her legal name. She 
has 5 granddaughters • MINTA 
McDIARMID Nixon of Augusta GA 
and Cobbs spent time in Santa Fe 
Cochrane of Salem VA is busy with 
5 grandchildren. She spent a month 
in Europe this summer and looks 
forward to Reunion • LYNN BUTTS 
Merchant enjoyed a week at 
Pawleys Island SC. 

Send your class notes to: 
alumnae@mbcedu by January 18. 
Ewing of Westport CT and husband 
Hem welcomed first grandchild 
Jackson Wainwright Ewing. He was 
born to eldest son Meredyth III and 
Whitney just before the new grand- 
parents set sail on the 
Mediterranean. Son Spencer works 
in Washington DC. 

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Contact one of your class secre- 
taries by January 18 
with news for your class column: 
Kathy Rice Knowles 
Hgknowles 1 @verizon. net 
Susan McKeown Waters 
Lucia LionbergerThomas 
thomaslfl@earthlink. net 
Greetings, angels in disguise, from 

your new class secretaries! At the 
Reunion in March 2007, we dis- 
cussed the possibility of creating a 
class round-robin email. There was 
much enthusiasm, and by the time 
you read this, you should have 
received the first invitation to share 
your news with the class by email. 
We will be in touch with all of you 
this year, requesting news, views, 
photos, sharing plans, joys, and sor- 
rows. We'll organize them into peri- 
odic class notes and zap them off to 
everybody in the class. Thanks in 
advance for participating; we look 
forward to hearing from classmates 
all over the worid • ANNE SLATER 
Coyner restored her mother's home 
(circa 1810) in Delaplane VAand 
moved in last spring • PATRICIA 
FORBES of Albuquerque NM cele- 
brated the wedding of her daughter 
in 2006 • BARBARA HORNER- 
Millerof Fairbanks AK: "In 
November 2006 I was general chair 
of SC06, the most renowned con- 
ference in my field. Jack and I had 
lunch with MBC classmate 
Pace of Mooresville NC on the way 
to the final committee meeting." 


Contact your class secretary by 
January 18 with news for your 
class column: 
Jane Starke Sims 
jane5ims@comcast. net 
hosted son Brian's wedding, went 
to Canada to visit her first grand- 
daughter, son Chnstopher, and his 
wife Jenny. Work has taken her to 
the Dominican Republic, Panama, 
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kenya • 
SUE OGLESBY Doyle and Chris 
moved to Riverhead NY where he is 
pastor of Riverhead United 
Methodist Church. She works as a 


WOODSON Nea '63 met when travelling with a 
group to lona and other Celtic sites in Scotland. 

Luck '63, and BECKY CANNADY Merchant '63 rem- 
inisced while visiting Pawley's Island GA. 

On family vacation in Washingtor ; _ _ _ ; = 
Shenandoah Valley JULIE SLAVIK Budnik '84 intro- 
duced daughters Jordan (I) and Brooke (r) to MBC. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


"JANIE " CARTER Vaughan '69 DIXIE EPES Hoggan '67 ELIZ- 
'67, and GAY GILMORE Butler '67 celebrated the wedding of 
Dixie's daughter in September 2006 


'06 (i) and Rev. 
Andrea Cornett- 
Scott (r) flanked 
OLIVER '03 at her 
Jennifer was 
Kamala's Big Sista 
at MBC, 


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RUTH LEONARD 72 to Dale Wright, September 30, 2005 

DIANA "DINKY" PHINNEY '73 to Gerald Moore, February 23, 2005 

SUSAN "CEA CEA" MUSSER "88 to Lewis Cazenave, May 2, 2007 

AIMEE RAY '92 to Stephen Dcarsley, July 29, 2006 

MEREDITH MOLTENI '98 to Frederick "Marshall" Luck, Jr., October 21, 2006 

REBECCA MORRISON '98 to Geoffrey Jackson, August 8, 2006 

MELODYE HUGHES '00 to Patrick Paruszkiewicz, August 2005 

I LIZABETH "BETH" WILLIAMS '00 to Michael Navarro, November 11, 

KELLY REESE '01 to Dr. Evan Kaufman, June 9, 2007 

A'LEIGH SPENSIERI '02 to Tracy Hamncr, August 11, 2007 

SUSANNAH BASKERVIL 'O-l to Lonnie Pittman, May 19, 2007 

LFTA STASKEY 'OS to R. Colin Mitchell, January 29, 2007 


KATHRYN "FIELD" SYDNOR Sheffield '96 and Walter tied the knot in 
Richmond VA Joining in the celebration are II to rl: KATHERINE KREBS 
Kogel '96, MARY KATHERINE EVANS Hogg '96. the bride. JENNIFER 
KELSAY '96 LAUREN McGEE '96 ASHLEY WHALEN Johnson '96. and 

KELLY REESE Kaufman '01 and Evan were married in Staunton last June 
and held their reception at MBC Back row (I to r): CATHY SINGLETON 
'01. LEAH GRIFFITH '03. Middle row (I to rl EMILY MOTLEY '02. LISSIE 
RICHMOND Lockard '05. CATHERINE "DEE DEE" LEWIS Maxwell '74, 
the bride. ELIZABETH HOLLAND 01. ERIKA GIRALDO Smith '04. and 
MEGHAN WARD '04. and (kneeling in front row) the groom. 

MBC friends reconnected at the October 2006 wedding of MEREDITH MOLTENI 
'98 and Frederick Pictured (1 to r): CHRIS ZIEBE Blanton '70, ANGIE AMOS 
Rowe '98, ELIZABETH CALHOUN Swarr '98, COURTNEY STRAW Keyes '98, 
the bride and groom, SUZANNA PAIGE" CROCKETT Baker '95, ANNE 
HUNTER PLONK Boone '75, "BETH" ZIEBE Elliott '74, and ELIZABETH "ASH- 


DOLLY Hammack '62 enjoyed gelato on 
the Greek island of Syros. 

Members of class of 1963 enioyed the sites in Napa 
Valley CA. Clockwise, I to r SHEARER TROXELL Luck, 
Morris, TERRY GEGGI Fridley, and BETSY BAXTER 






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Five MBC alumnae, whose friendship goes back to fall of 1938, 
gathered in Williamsburg VA last April for a mini-reunion. Front 
row, I to r: ANNE HAYES Davis '42 and EVELYN ENGLEMAN 
Mathews '42 Back row, I to r LAURA "LIZ" LUCK Stiles '42, 
ITH Darden '42. 

reference libranan in a large public library 
and teaches ESL conversation classes • 
DR. LUNDIE SPENCE of Charleston SC 
has been the director of the Center for 
Ocean Sciences Education Excellence 
SouthEast since 2003. She teaches 
courses at College of Charleston, 
University of South Carolina-Baruch 
Marine Institute, and North Carolina 
State University. Lundie also enjoys 
kayaking and sailing. 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
ANGIER BROCK of Richmond VA is 
teaching and writing • MARY BAKER 
Hoffman of Waxhaw NC celebrated the 
wedding of her eldest son. Her youngest 
has just started college. 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
VIRGINIA LEE KINTZ of Schoharie NY is 
a partner in a national LTC insurance 
business • ISABELLE TURNER Knight 
of LaGrange GA is a realtor and has 3 
grandchildren • ELIZABETH "LIZ" JEN- 
NINGS Shupe moved to Lexington VA, 
where she is associate director of Career 
Services Center at Washington and Lee 
University, She and her husband are 
building a home on the 12 acres where 
they originally rode horses and ran their 
dog during the first year of marriage. 



Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Laurel "Lolly" Catching Anderson 
LollY@thespiritualtimes. com 
When I (Lolly) worked at MBC in the 
early 1990s, I met alumnae from other 
classes who became lifelong fnends 
along with my classmates. Last fail I was 
thnlled to see MOLLIE REHMET 
Cannady '64 and FLORENCE JONES 
Rutherford '75, both of Houston TX, at 
my book signing • In Apnl in her home- 
town of Washington DC, KAY CUL- 
BREATH Heller '69 (my big sister when I 
was a freshman! co-hosted a book sign- 
ing for me MARGARET "MARGIE" 
ADDISON Shepard of Washington DC 
was there She is associate vice presi- 
dent for advancement at George 
Washington University • In May I saw 
SUSAN THORN Man- '73 of Rancho 
Santa Fe CA at her home • KATHERINE 
DOWNIE of Little Rock AR loves travel- 
ing the state implementing the Even 
Start Literacy/Parenting from Prison pro- 
gram for the Centers for Youth and 
Families She sees MARTHA BOOTH 
Jennison '70 of St. Augustine FL once a 
year • BRENDA NICHOL Goings of 
Mount Airy NC and MARGARET 
WOODSON Nea '63 of Richmond VA 
met each other when they traveled with 
a group to lona and other Celtic sites in 
Scotland • NANCY MORSE Evans of 
Pattison TX is an oncology nurse • 
KATHY TERRELL of Ann Arbor Ml Is a 
professor of business economics and 

public policy at University of Michigan. 
"My husband Jan and I write papers 
together and will be on sabbatical next 
year at the World Bank in Washington, 
DC, so let me know if you are in town" 
• BONNIE BRACKETT Weaver of West 
Palm Beach FL gets together with 

GLADDEN Schultz of Winchester VA 
welcomed home eldest son Tommy from 
the Philippines with the Peace Corps. 
Sons Preston andTas are, respectively, 
an environmental consultant and a 

Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Liz Smith Strimple 
Your new class officers are looking for- 
ward to our next gathering. SUSAN 
RICHARDS Tyler of Madison Heights VA 
works for WorldStrides, an organization 
that assists teachers across the countn/ 
in planning domestic and international 
travel programs for students • GINA 
HEISE Lodge of Nashville TN is commis- 
sioner of the Department of Human 
Services for Tennessee • BARBARA 
ROBERTSON Burke of Richmond VA 
had orthopedic surgery on her foot and 
hand. She isn't ruling out plastic surgery 
to get in shape for our 40th • DENISE 
CRAIG Stafford of Spotsylvania VA 
enjoys retirement with husband Alan on 

their farm • ROWENA LLOYD Turco of 

Paris, France sends best wishes • DONA 
CONNOLLY Mastin of Beavercreek OH 
missed our Reunion as son Charlie was 
married that weekend. She is a reference 
librarian and volunteer • SALLIE 
HUBARD Moore and husband Owen are 
moving to Celebration FL In 2008 to be 
closer to daughter Emily and family • 
LINDA VERNER Smith of Lake Oswego 
OR Will soon be a grandmother • 
JEANNE JACKSON of Birmingham AL 
got together with EVE BREMERMANN 
Collard in San Francisco CA. They 
shopped, hiked, and laughed about their 
junior year in Pans. Jeanne's youngest 
son is a senior at Washington and Lee • 
AL offers marketing and public relations 
services through her company, Lovelace 
Cook Communications. She has lots of 
adopted furry critters, writes, and does 
photography. She thinks about PLAYER 
Such and CLAUDIA TURNER Bagwell • 
RUTH LEONARD of Alexandria VA has 
worked for the State Department Foreign 
Service since 1999. She married Dale 
Wright, a U.S. foreign commercial serv- 
ice attache, in Maui in 2005. • JANIE 
DAVIS Richardson of Shreveport LA is 
volunteenng, traveling, taking Spanish, 
and enjoying a new grandbaby • MELIN- 
DA BELLWairen of Trent Woods NC is a 
dentist and grandmother of 2. Her 
daughter has joined her dental practice 
and her son obtained a master's degree 
at UCU\. 




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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What's it like... 

to be a pioneer in the Adult Degree Program? 

Through and through, Diane Babral is a member of the Mary Baldwin College Class of 
1978. True, she may not have entered the college as a 17- or 18-year-old freshman m 
1974, as many of those who graduated with her did. She did not live on campus and 
take classes full-time, but that did not diminish her association with the college or weak- 
en her kinship with members of the class. At age 25, Babral was a working mother. She 
was also a student; one of the first in MBC's inventive program that set a precedent for 
adult education in Virginia. 

"Even though I wasn't much older than the regular students, I did feel like a pio- 
neer," said Babral, who manages an inpatient psychiatric unit at Rockingham Memorial 
Hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

When Babral started taking classes at Mary Baldwin in 1976, the college had not 
yet finalized the Adult Degree Program (ADP), so she enrolled as a full-time student in 
the only program available at that time — traditional undergraduate. However, as a 
young mother working part-time, a full course load with classes during the typical work 
day was a struggle. 

Babral stuck with it as a full-time student until ADP officially launched in Staunton 
in 1977. She was eager to be one of the first eight students to enroll and grateful to 
replace some daytime classes with independent studies. She also convinced administra- 
tors to apply her on-the-job experience as a nurse — now referred to as experiential 
learning — and previous credits from University of Pittsburgh toward her degree. Other 
colleges and universities Babral looked into did not offer those options. Although work 
and family obligations took much of her time outside class, she was honored as a mem- 
ber of Psi Chi, the psychology honors club, and participated in its activities. 

"I do feel like we helped shape the program because they want a lot of feedback," 
said Babral, a sociology and psychology double major. She helped persuade the college 
of the value of experiential learning and she noticed that several other registered nurses 
entered the program after her tenure. 

Twenty years after her graduation, a significant person in Babral's life finished the 
Adult Degree Program, too. Her husband, Jerry, completed his bachelor's degree through 
an expanded, increasingly flexible version of the program in 1998. 

"I convinced him to wear his cap and gown and participate in graduation. I knew 
he would feel that he missed something if he didn't," Babral said. 

Babral did not doubt that ADP — celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2007 — 
would have longevity, but she couldn't envision its geographic expansion and the addi- 
tion of multiple ways for adults to complete courses. Aduk and graduate programs are 
now offered in Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, and Weyers Cave. 
The college will open a sixth regional center at Thomas Nelson Community College in 
Hampton, Virginia in January 2008. Students can do their coursework via lecture-style 
classes, online tutorials, or independent or group study. 

"I may have been a little older, but I feel that I earned my degree like everyone else 
who graduated that day," Babral said. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College 

Changing the World 


Thursday, April 3 - 
Sunday, April 6 

Make plans now to join us for Mary 
Baldwin's biggest alumnae/i event of the 
year: Reimion 2008. 

Classes ending in 3 and 8: This is your spe- 
cial time to return to our beautiful, historic 
campus to visit with classmates, catch up 
and reminisce, and show your Baldwin 
Pride. Enjoy good food, good company, and 
rediscover the MBC spirit within you. 

Mary Baldwin College's campuswide theme 
this year is Voices — as in. Many Voices, 
One Song. Bring your voice home to Mary 
Baldwin for Reunion 2008. 

You will soon receive details from your class 
leadership and you may check the Web site 
for updates, too. If you have questions, con- 
tact your class leadership or Alumnae/i and 
Parent Relations Office at 800-763-7359 or 

The Adult Degree Program celebrated 30 years, traditionally known as the "pearl 
anniversary" with a reception in June 2007 in Staunton. MBC's adult program was the 
first of its kind in the state in 1977 

Anastasia, daughter of SUZAN- 
NAH MEYER Zachos '97 and hus- 
band Nick, was born in February 
2007. Ana is the niece of "KATY" 
MEYER Hulse '02. 

MEREDITH TOWNSEND Carrington '02 and Bobby welcomed 
Tripp into the world in May 2007. 

George is the son of ANIMI LORI 
HILL Foster '99 and husband 

Little Abigail is the niece (and par- 
tial namesake) of KELLEY 
REXROAD'79. "A Squirrel-to-be!' 
Kelley writes. "I figure that as a 
residential student, she would 
graduate in 2029 - my 50th 
Reunion year." 

SHELBY POWELL Drinkard '89 and Rodney: a son, Powell Scott, June 19, 2007 

MARY FRANCES "FRANCIE" HUFFSTETLER Teer '92 and Edward: a daughtci; Sadie, December 6, 2006 

BETH BOWLES Duchanaud '92 and Stephane: twin girls, Margaux Dale and Charlotte Boxley, Oaober 13, 2006 

BRTTTNEY HALL Gill '93 and Matthew: a son, Landon Whiteley, June 17, 2006 

DL\HANN "BUFFY" DeBREAUX-Watts '93 and Clyde: a son, Clyde Sherman, October 10, 2006 

DUSTIN WELLS '94 and Patti: a daughter Nora Elisabeth, March 13, 2007 

GRETA SCOTT Selden '95 and Stephen: a son, Landon Kirby, September 29, 2006 

MARTA GALOPIN Kalleberg '96 and Jack: a son, Kristian Torbjorn, May 2, 2007 

CAMALA BEAM Kite '96 and Robbie: a son, Bryden Carter; June 18, 2006 

KERRY ROLAND Martinez '96 and Nick: a son, John Cade, February 22, 2007 

JENNIFER HOPKINS Rittling '96 and Charles: a son, Charles "Charlie" Conway, March 20, 2007 

TAMARA AVIS Smith '96 and Jason: a daughtei; Martha Addison, November 14, 2006 

LESLIE COKER Crocker '97 and Warren Randolph: a daughter, Olivia Batson, September 5, 2006 

ELIZABETH "RENEE" GIBSON Dunford '97 and Wade: a son, Connor; September 18, 2006 

CRYSTAL CASTEEN Pullen '97 and Kirk; a daughte^ Isabelle, September 5, 2006 

KATHLEEN "KATTE" McCABE Thielen '97 and Jason: a dauglitet, Satori Rose, May 23, 2007 

SUZATvlNAH MEYER Zachos '97 and Nick: a daughtei; Anastasia "Ana" Maro, February 5, 2007 

EMILY ALEXANDER Douglas '98 and Kris: a daughter; Eleanor Bell, March 14, 2007 

SARA MACKEY Dunn '98 and Dan: a son, Isaac Salvatore, January 9, 2007 

KATHERINE "KATE" LANGLOIS Faraci '98 and Steve: a son, Stephen Matthew, Jr., February 25, 2007 

CHARISSA STOUFFER Larson '98 and Michael: a son, Tyler Nichols, January 30, 2007 

ERIN BERNACHE Alberts '99 and Kirk, a son: Leo Timothy, August 17, 2007 

ANNI LORI HILL Foster '99 and David; a son, George William "Will," AprU 14, 2007 

LEILA McINTYRE King '99 and Chris: a daughter, Scarlett Grace, January 2, 2007 

SARAH LANGLOIS Luther '00 and Stephen: rwins, Austin Lee and Emma Frances, January 7, 2006 

MELOD'YE HUGHES Paruszkiewicz '00 and Patrick: a daughter; Mira Grace, April 2007 

LAURA FRENCH Pearson '00 and Brian: a son, Jonatlian Ashen, June 19, 2007 

REBECCA CUSTER Snyder '00 and Mark: a daughtei; Ember Rose, November 22, 2006 

MEREDITH TOWNSEND Carrington '02 and Bobby: a son, Robert Dale IH ("Tripp"), May 31, 2007 

KRISTEN BRYANT Gould '02 and Lee: a daughtei; Bridget Allison, August 3, 2006 

EMILY ALLEN Jiancristoforo '02 and Mike: a daughtep Hannah Colyei; April 16, 2007 

CHINYELU "Cm-CHl" CHIEMELU Tyler '02 and Chaz: a daughter, Anaiah Deanzy, July 9, 2007 

JENNIFER CHEATHAM '03 and Jeff Rew, a son: Matthew Lynn, February 2, 2006 

KRISTIN COOPER Mullen '03 and Keith, a daughter: Kaidynn Madison, Oaober 11, 2006 

JENNIFER CARMAN Lovell '04 and Conrad, a son; C)tus Nadianiel, September 10, 2006 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

HELEN MUCCITELLI '94 fulfilled a lifelong dream last spring when she earned her pilot's license. 

EMILY OEHLER '93 was installed as president of the Junior League of 
Northern Virginia. During her tenure, the organization will celebrate its 
50th anniversary. 



Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
"JOAIMIE" KIRBY Brawley of Winter 
Haven FL graduated from Asbury 
Theological Seminary in May and 
became an ordained priest in the 
Episcopal Church. "All four children have 
graduated from college - a new chapter 
Moore married John in 2005. "Our time 
is filled with traveling, sailing and RV'ing 
while staying at state and national parks, 
where we bike and hike. The highlight of 
our trips was the journey to South 
America which was life-altering. We 
renewed our vows deep in a Costa Rica 
jungle; on our second anniversary, we 
had our marriage blessed by a shaman in 
a Mayan ceremony at the ruins of Copan 
in Honduras." She looks forward to see- 
ing classmates at the reunion in April. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 

Freuchtenicht of West Bloomfield Ml pub- 
lished her first book. The Translator is an 
historic romance set in Germany in 1945 
and is available through www.publishamer-,, and 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
SALLIE PERRIN White of Greenville SC 
and several of her classmates met up 
with Sallies sister ANNE PERRIN Flynn 
'74 and some of Anne's classmates for a 
spirited gathering. 


Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Pamela Martin Comstock 
"Uprooting my parents' home after 45 
years was a monumental mid-life review. 
Life in paradise continues to evolve - am 
becoming more of an activist about com- 

munity environmental concerns. Aloha." 
• ANN BARTLEY Gardner of Staunton 
VA earned a master's degree from Virginia 
Commonwealth University and works as 
a certified rehab counselor Her daughter 
attends Hollins University • MARCIA 
WHITED of South Portland ME took a 
new job as senior claims consultant for 
ETNA Insurance. She keeps busy with 
tap and piano lessons, Chinese school, 
and renovating her home • SARAH 
THOMSON Dick of Winchester VA: 
"Daughter Amy graduated from college. 
Daughter Christine is interning with 
Atlantic City Church in Georgia." 



Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Martha Gates 
SUSAN McKEMY of Palm Beach Garden 
FL just completed certification and is a 
trainer and facilitator for Bob Proctor Life 
Success Consulting. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
KELLEY REXROAD of Odessa FL started 
a firm three years ago and is a nationally 
published author and speaker, known as 
America's HR Specialist. In April on 
29,000 worldwide America Airline flights, 
passengers heard an interview with 
Kelley on Sky Radio's "Business and 
Technology Report." To hear it, visit her 
website: www.l< 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 

Palestine IL was promoted to manager of 
Marketing Innovators' new division. Client 
Services. This summer she celebrated 
three years of marriage to Martin. 


Contact one of your class secretaries by 
January 18 with news for your class col- 

Laura O'Hear Church 

Joy Breed 

jOY_breed@novartis. com 


of Centerville OH is an international finan- 
cial specialist. She and husband John (an 
OB/GYN currently in Turkey) have 2 sons, 
Adam and Daniel. Elizabeth volunteers for 
the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio, 
Junior League, Jack and Jill of America, 
Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta • SARA 
PENDLETON Tartala of Newport News 
VA is going back to sschool for certifica- 
tion in English as a second language • 
DAPHNE ANDREWS Stickley and family 
have moved into a new home in 
Lexington VA and her daughter started 
college • LUANNE WHITLOW Goodloe 
of Staunton VA and husband bought Rask 
Florist several years ago. 



Send your class notes to; by January 18. 
On a recent family trip to Washington 
DC, JULIE SLAVIK Budnik of Decatur 
GA visited the MBC campus with hus- 
band Tom and daughters Jordan (15) and 
Brooke (12). While in the area, Julie and 
family had dinner with classmate ROBIN 
NEWCOMB Lermo of Springfield VA and 
her family 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 

Randolph NJ has a home-based cookie 
business. You can see her work at 
and Susan taught 
school before launching her at-home 


Send your class notes to: 
a/ by January 18. 
SUSAN ESLER of Ashburn VA was pro- 
moted to hospital sales specialist with 
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP She 
has a master's in education from The 
College of William & Mary She enjoys 
getting together with MBC classmates 

Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
MacKay Morris Boyer 
m3Ck3yesq@comcast. net 
to a new home in Columbia SC. She and 
husband Stewart have 2 daughters, Reid 
and Weils. Melissa works as manager of 
the state's optional retirement program 
and enrollment fund • JANICE ANDER- 
SON Femeyhough-Tanner of Milton DE 
was widowed in 2001 and is remarried to 
Nathan. They have a new baby 
Samantha, and son Goss (9) • HELEN 
lAMS of Cheyenne WY works as a 
sports medicine doctor for Jelly Belly 
Professional Cycling Team. She has been 
married to husband Rich for 18 years • 
TERRI HINTON of Raleigh NC: "I'm 
wondering how my old classmates are 
doing these days? Feel tree to call or 
email me" • LENORE PATTERSON-Ball 
of Chapel Hill NC is CEO and publisher of 
The Bride's Book, a bridal magazine, 
which was awarded a Gold Hermes 
Award for outstanding work in the mar- 
keting and communications industry. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 

Kirkland WA joined Microsoft in late 
January. She is on the strategic market- 
ing team, which produces the Worldwide 
Partner Conference and several Partner 
Advisory Councils. "I have traveled to 
Denver Seattle, Sao Paulo, Brazil and 
San Diego" • SUSAN "CEA CEA" 
MUSSER Cazenave of Montezuma GA 
teaches 6th grade. "On May 2, 2007 I 
married Lewis, who stays busy with two 
fulltime jobs as deputy sheriff of Macon 
County GA and a security officer for 
Georgia Power. Sons Tommy (12) and 
Bradley (9) enjoy their new stepfather." 


Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
SHELBY POWELL Drinkard of Smyrna 
GA and husband Rodney welcomed son 
Powell Scott in June 2007 Mayson (2) is 
excited to be a big sister. 

Achieving Our Vision 


Students are the heart of Mary 
Baldwin College. We work hard to 
create opportunities to learn, 
explore, and succeed at MBC and 
beyond. The Annual Fund helps 
keep the student/faculty ratio low 
and the class sizes small and 
provides vital learning resources. 


For generations, students have 
loved MBC because they find their 
voices here. The Annual Fund 
enriches co-curricular offerings to 
nurture development of the whole 
person and enhances MBC's 
special personalized approach. 


For 165 years, Mary Baldwin has 
provided an exceptional education 
on a remarkably beautiful campus, 
and more recently at regional 
centers throughout Virginia. The 
Annual Fund helps us to keep our 
historic buildings sparkling, 
allowing us to invest in quality 
facilities that support academics 
and attract the best students. 

Achieving Our Vision: 

Make the 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 61 

What's it like... 

to be serving in Iraq? 

Friends and family: I miss you all so much. Life in Baghdad has been very 
busy. Other than the understandable stress of war, the soldiers are doing 
fine. The military tries to keep our morale up with three "hots and a cot" 
(three good meals and a place to sleep). I guess it works, but nothing can 
negate the fact that we live in a place where people die uselessly every day. 
I cover at the hospital sometimes. It is the only trauma center that treats 
civilians and military. I don't know how the nurses work there every day. I 
only go once a week and it is a sobering reminder that life is more precious 
and more serious than most people will ever understand. 

We try to stay positive and do what we can to help one other. We do 
various humanitarian projects. The Iraqis that live around us are very 
poor, but have very big hearts. We visit often and bring them supplies. It 
makes my day to play with the children and hold the babies. I'm heading 
Operation Habibi (love). Small groups of soldiers adopt a local family and 
find ways to improve their quality of life. We teach them to do the same 
by helping each other so when we leave, things won't fall apart. For exam- 
ple, we help them by repairing a house, and then we take that family to 
help another family repair their house — experiential learning at its finest. 

Life in Baghdad is very hard for the Iraqis. If they work for us (which 
is practically the only way to earn money) and get caught, they are usually 
held for ransom, tortured, and killed. 

I often wonder what I'm doing here and if I can even make a differ- 
ence, but I think of the starfish on the beach story, and I know I make a 
difference one child at a time. I lose a lot of sleep, but when I lay my head 
down at night, I can do so knowing that I've done everything I can to 
make a difference. I miss you all. ▲ 

— Amy (Swope '07) 

Now a chaplain's assistant 
working primarily in 
hospitals and orphanages in 
Baghdad with the 1 1 6th 
Infantry Brigade Combat 
Team of Staunton 's National 
Guard unit, Swope 
graduated from Mary 
Baldwin College in May 
2007. She deployed before 
Commencement, so her 
parents, Bob and Linda 
Swope, were on hand to 
accept the diploma for studio 
art (pottery and interior 
design) major. 


Contact one of your class secretaries 
by January 18 with news for your class 

Heather Jacl<son 
heatheriiackson@comcast. net 
Katherine Brown 
kebrown 1004@Yahoo. com 
AIMEE RAY Dearsley of Midlothian VA 
and Stephen were married in July 2006, 
"Many friends from our class were 
HUFFSTETLERTeer of Williamsburg VA 
is director of development for the Boys & 
Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. She 
enjoys children Jacob and Sadie • 
NICOLE FISHER Parkerson of Wake 
Forest NC is a partner in a pediatric med- 
ical practice. She and Michael are parents 
of Amelia (8) and Ainsley (3) • HEATHER 
JACKSON of Alexandria VA took a basic 
culinary class at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris 
• LISA GUARIGLIA of Mechanicsville VA 
has a 10-year-old daughter and works as 
an administrative office manager at a 
family practice in Richmond • ROSE 
CHU Beck of Cleveland Heights OH is a 
professor of pathology. She and husband 
Rex welcomed their second child, 
Lexington VA is a real estate appraiser • 
REBECCA STILL of Richmond VA is 
attending seminary to become a mission- 
ary • JULIE KING Maxwell lives in 
Fishersville VA with husband Rob and 
daughter Emma Kate (3). "After 12 years 
of teaching high school, I moved to mid- 
dle school to be special education coordi- 
nator and assistant pnncipal" • BETH 
BOWLES Duchanaud of New York NY 
married Stephane in 2000 and welcomed 
twin daughters Margaux and Charlotte in 
2006. She earned a PhD in French litera- 
ture from New York University and is lec- 
turing there. 


Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Kelly Kennaly 
kellyk 101 @gmail. com 
Hope everyone's calendar is marked for 
our Reunion April 3-6, 2008! Can you 
believe it has been 15 years? EMILY 
OEHLER of Alexandria VA joined Booz 
Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in 
the strategic communications division. 
She is president of Junior League of 
Northern Virginia 'ALLIE WITT Jamison 
of Lawrenceville VA is teaching first 
grade at Brunswick Academy • 
MICHELE ALLEN Angelo of Stafford VA 
teaches pre-kindergarten. She plans to 
return to elementary teaching when her 
son starts school, Michele stays in touch 
with BRITTNEY HALL Gill of Colonial 
Heights VA and SHAWN YOSPIN of 
Amelia Court House VA • Speaking of 
BRITTNEY, she is the mother of two 
boys. Grant and Landon. Landon arrived 
in June 2006 |ust after husband Matt 
changed jobs. Brittney runs their med- 
ical supplies business • Also running a 
Emerson of Dallas TX owns a design 
company, Ashley Emerson Interiors • 

BURROUGHS Ikerd both live in Raleigh 
NC. Tnsh IS a lobbyist for Raleigh 
Regional Realtors and a certified yoga 
instructor. Amy works for the State 
Hazardous Material Regional Response 
Teams as program manager • Have you 
heard that STACI BUFORD Hand of 
Homewood AL and MARYLON HAND 
Barken of Birmingham AL are now sis- 
ters-in-law? • DONNA JONES 
Robinson, husband Donnie and daugh- 
ter Marilyn live in Powhatan VA. Donna 
works for Ryder Transportation Services 
as an area rental operations and asset 
HAWKINS Howell andTrae bought a 
condominium in downtown Chicago IL • 
Lewisburg WV is education director at 
Carnegie Hall She and husband John 
have children Georgia and Field • 
JACQUI ELLIOTT of GreenevilleTN is 
vice president for admission and finan- 
cial aid atTusculum College • DANA 
AILSWORTH of Richmond VA is a busi- 
ness developer at Aquent • LISA 
NICHOLS Hickman of New Wilmington 
PA is a pastor at New Wilmington 
Presbytenan Church • DIAHANN 
"BUFFY" DeBREAUX-Watts of Fort 
Washington MD works in Washington 
DC: "I am mother of two wonderful chil- 
dren, Tyne Ophelia (4) and Clyde, who 
was born in 2006" • KELLY KENNALY 
of Lewiston ID is on the MBC Alumnae/i 
Board and became an "auntie" again. 
She works with Regence BlueShield. 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
HELEN MUCCITELLI of Haverhill MA is 
a private pilot, proficient in both high 
wing and low wing planes: "This turned 
out to be a real passion and I am psy- 
ched that I have the rest of my life to 
enjoy and grow with it" • LORI 
BROGLIO Severens and family moved 
to Cairo, Egypt in January. She is work- 
ing as regional communications officer 
for the U.S. Agency for Development. 
Children Soren andThea like the camels, 
donkeys, and trips into the desert • 
DUSTIN WELLS and wife Patti of San 
Francisco CA welcomed daughter Nora 
last March. Dustin won the Penknife 
Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 
Zoetrope Fiction contest. 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
GRETA SCOTT Selden of 

Mechanicsville VA and husband Stephen 
welcomed second child Landon in 2006. 
Brother William 12) is thrilled • CARLA 
CUSTIS Russell of Midlothian VA is a 
human resources integration manager for 
Dominion Resources Services, and is 
responsible for leading HR efforts related 
to acquisitions and divestitures. 


Send your class notes to: by January 18 

Richmond VA marned Walter in 

December 2006. Squirrels in attendance 
included KATHERINE KREBS Kogel, 
BARR Clark '97, and ANN GORDON 
Smith of Wilmington NC, husband 
Jason, and daughter Vivian announced 
the arrival of Martha in November 2006 • 
MARTA GALOPIN Kalleberg of Mesa 
AZ and Jack welcomed son Knstian in 
May 2007 • KERRY ROLAND Martinez 
of Virginia Beach VA and Nick announced 
the birth of son John in February 2007. 
Kerry is a senior account executive with 
Anthem • JENNIFER HOPKINS Rittling 
of Atlanta GA and husband Charles wel- 
comed son Charles last spnng. 

Contact one of your class secretaries 
by January 18 with news for your class 
Annie McGinley 
annmcginleY@hotmail. com 
Jenna Smith 
mbcyaya@Y3hoo. com 
We had a blast at Reunion last March 
with a fabulous turnout and many 
opportunities to reconnect. What great 
women we have become! Our class is 
experiencing a baby boom. In 2006, 
LESLIE COKER Crocker of Norfolk VA 
and Warren welcomed Olivia: TAMBER- 
LY "TAMMY" HILKER Congdon of 
Germantown MD welcomed son Riley: 
Dunford of Fredencksburg VA was 
blessed with son Conner, and CRYSTAL 
CASTEEN Pullen of Warsaw NC and 
Kirk had Isabelle. In 2007 SUZANNAH 
MEYER Zachos of Columbia MD and 
Nick greeted first child Anastasia. Ana is 
the niece of KATY MEYER Hulse '02. 
In the true spirit of Mary Baldwin, she 
is also the happy recipient of 3 more 
unofficial aunts: LINDSEY NORTON 
Caines, BETH SILVERMAN Sprenkle, 
SMITH Alsdorf of Wayne NJ has a 
master's from Fairleigh Dickinson 
University and works for Blue Sky, a 
small consulting firm • NICOLE MEDI- 
NA of Staunton VA is an adult protec- 
tive social worker for the City of 
Staunton, Last summer, she was hon- 
ored as City Employee of the Year • 
INDIRA SHAIK of Ellicott City MD 
works as a prevention and wellness 
coordinator for a managed care organi- 
zation and is working on her master's 
degree • LEIGH WHITT League of 
Mechanicsville VA and husband Shelton 
have 2 sons, Patrick and Tanner BETH 
SILVERMAN Sprenkle of Bristow VA is 
the boys' godmother Leigh is a line of 
business leader for Hewitt Associates 
and teaches online business classes for 
University of Phoenix • ANGELA 
WOOD Porter of Roanoke VA earned a 
master's degree in social work, got 
marned, and "best of all, gave birth to 
son Ty Dylan Porter." Angela is a 
licensed clinical social worker 



Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Anne Wagner 
3nnebwagner@gmail. com 
MEREDITH MOLTENI Luck of Richmond 
VA tied the knot with Frederick in 
October 2006. Many MBC friends were 
there to celebrate • EMILY ALEXAN- 
DER Douglas of Nashville TN and hus- 
band Kris welcomed first child Eleanor In 
March 2007 • RHONDA JOHNSON 
Edmunds of Chariottesville VA published 
the debut issue of The Light Magazine 
iwww.thelightmag.netj. This quarterly 
publication is the first of its kind in the 
area and is dedicated to highlighting the 
Central Virginia African-American commu- 
nity • SARA MACKEY Dunn of King 
George VA and Dan welcomed Isaac in 
January He joins 2 older brothers and a 
sister "As a homeschooling mother of 
four, I stay busy, but find time to volun- 
teer at my church" • CHARISSA 
STOUFFER Larson of Leesburg VA and 
Michael welcomed first child Tyler in 
January • ANNE WAGNER of Roanoke 
VA was honored with a celebratory 
luncheon by MBC fnends FRANCESCA 
RUSK-Wallace of Dumfries VA and 
Washington DC, both Class of '97 on the 
occasion of her relocation and new job. 
Anne is a graphic designer for Carilion 
Health Systems • REBECCA MORRI- 
SON Jackson of Hyattsville MD miarried 
Geoffrey in August 2006. Both are 
employed by the Census Bureau. "Two 
MBC grads were at our wedding, SHAN- 
NON BAYLIS Sarino '99 of Rockville MD 
and HOLLY SOUTH '99 of Callaway 
Faraci and Steve of Manakin-Sabot VA 
welcomed first child Stephen in Febnjary 


Contact one of your class secretaries 
by January 18 with news for your class 
Jennifer Lordan 
Mary Margaret Kenney Marshall 
LEILA MclNTYRE King of Winston- 
Salem NC and husband Chris welcomed 
second child Scariett in January 2007 
She joins brother Jack (3) • SHANNON 
BAYLIS Sarino of Rockville MD was pro- 
moted to supervising editor for The View 
newspapers, four publications in Elliott 
City, Western Howard County, Elkridge 
and Catonsville MD. Shannon and hus- 
band Ernie enjoy daughter Gaby (4) • 
ANNI LORI HILL Foster of Phoenix AZ 
and husband David welcomed Will in 
April 2007 Anni enjoyed three months off 
from her job as an assistant attorney gen- 
eral for the state. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Send your class notes to: 
alumnae@mbc-edu by January 18. 
MELODYE HUGHES Pamszkiewicz of 

Chesterfield VA married Patrick in August 
2005. The couple welcomed first child 
IVlira in April 2007. Melodye is an elemen- 
tary math specialist for Hopewell City 
Schools • SARAH LANGLOIS Luther 
and Steve of Lynchburg VA have 3 chil- 
dren: Madison (4) and twins Austin and 
Emma, who were born in January 2006 
• LAURA FRENCH Pearson of Abilene 
TX and Brian just welcomed third son 
Jonathan, who joins brothers Boyd and 
Levi. She started school again this fall • 
IS a teacher • REBECCA CUSTER 
Snyder of Summerhill PA married Mark 
in 2003 and is a physician's assistant. 
They built a new home and welcomed 
daughter Ember last fall. 


Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Amberleigh Covell Powell 
KELLY REESE Kaufman of Lexington 
KY: "I graduated from Austin Theological 
Seminary with a master of divinity 
degree and am seeking a call as a pas- 
tor in the Presbyterian Church." Kelly 
wed Evan in June at MBC • AMANDA 
TYNER Ironmonger lives in 
Chesapeake VA with husband Sean and 
puppy Alex. She teaches eighth grade • 
ASHLEY ADAMS Miller and husband 
Joe live in HuttoTX with son Adam (3) • 
San Jose CA. 


Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Anna Henley 

annalhenley@hotmail. com 
Richmond VA and Bobby welcomed 
first child Robert in May 2007 • 
Ypsilanti Ml: "I moved to Michigan and 
married Tray in August 2007" • 
KYLENE CRAIG Thompson of Bon Air 
VA reports that her husband is 
deployed. She is caring for son Reece 
(3) and pursuing a master's in art edu- 
cation • KRISTEN BRYANT Gould of 
Midlothian VA and husband Lee wel- 
comed daughter Bridget in 2006. She is 
a marketing communications coordina- 
tor for Alfa Laval, Inc.'s USA Division • 
WINDSOR HALL Johnson of 
Manassas VA is a stay-at-home mom 
and substitute dance teacher • BETH 
CHAPMAN-Ford: "Greetings from San 
Diego CA. My husband Cliff returned 
last January from overseas deployment 
and daughter Mann is almost 2" Beth 
works at Sony Playstation • EMILY 
ALLEN Jiancristoforo lives In 
Richmond VA with Hannah, who was 
born in ApnI. She is director of opera- 
tions for a non-profit organization that 
helps connect families of children with 
disabilities and community resources 

and educational opportunities • 
Tyler of Claymont DE and husband 
Chaz had daughter Anaiah in July. She 
joins brother Avon (2) • CASEY BRENT 
of Baltimore MD: "Shortly after our 
reunion, I became the proud owner of 
White Tent Events www.awhiteten- 
teventcom), my own event planning 
business with help from classmates 
AMANDA DAVIS Holloway and 
going back to school for my doctorate." 





Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Elizabeth Hill 
hilleg@gmail com 
Greetings classmates! JENNIFER 
CHEATHAM bought a new house in 
Sandston VA with boyfriend Jeff and 
their son Matthew, who was born in 
2006 • LINDSAY MORRIS-Martin of 
Stuarts Draft VA married Michael in 
2005 and is excited about beginning her 
nursing career • HOLLY MOSKOWITZ 
of Fort Bragg CA works for the 
Thanksgiving Coffee Company, a social- 
ly responsible company specializing in 
fair trade, organic, and shade grown 
coffees sourced from all over the worid. 
She is also taking an anatomy course 
and learning to play cello • ROBIN 
WHITE of Fairfax VA is executive assis- 
tant to the associate libranan of strate- 
gic initiatives/chief information officer at 
the Library of Congress • KELLY GUR- 
LEY Roberts of Norfolk VA passed the 
Virginia Bar Exam in June • KRISTIN 
COOPER Mullen moved to Odenton 
MD to be a commander in the Air 
Force. She and Keith have a baby 
daughter, Kaitlyn. 


Contact your class secretary by January 
18 with news for your class column: 
Lea Thompson 
sunshine3482@yahoo- com 
Dothan AL graduated from seminary at 
Emory University, marned Lonnie and 
became associate pastor of First United 
Methodist Church in Enterpnse AL • 
JENNIFER CARMAN Lovell of Virginia 
Beach VA gave birth to first child Cyrus 
in September 2006 • In Centerville WA, 
CATRINA METTAM bought a 60-acre 
farm: "I'm doing what I have always 
wanted to do: live in the country and 
raise horses and livestock" • BAR- 
Chariottesville VA published the book 
Back to My Knitting, which is available 
at or wherever books are 
Rodriguez of Philadelphia PA is work- 
ing in financial aid at Villanova 
University. She and Juan have daughter 
Daniella (2). 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
BRANDY PERRIN Hyder of Farmville 
VA IS an information technology special- 
ist for Longwood University • VERONI- 
CA STOKES moved to Gainesville FL • 
a flight attendant based out of 
Washington DC, flying from Dulles, 
Reagan and BWI Airports to internation- 
al points. "With United's new routes to 
Kuwait City, Kuwait and Rome, Italy, my 
love of cultural experiences will soon 
increase' • LITA STASKEY Mitchell of 
Virginia Beach VA earned a master's and 
is working as a counselor. She married 
Colin last January. 

third-grade teacher. Sarah is singing 
Puccini's La Boheme in Italian at 
DuPage Opera Theatre • ASHLEY 
LUMBARD of West Haven CT is work- 
ing in the Office of Counseling and 
Disabilities at New Haven University. 
She sends her best wishes to all her 
friends in the Spencer Society • 
ANDREA JETT-Wilson of Amherst VA 
gave birth to Andrew in November 2006 
VA is a library administrator and inter- 
preter at Woodrow Wilson Presidential 



Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
IL became the youngest person in the 
educational graduate program at 
Harvard University, where she earned a 
master's and is certified to teach in 
Virginia and Illinois. She hopes to be a 

Send your class notes to: by January 18. 
ALISON KAUFMANN of Richmond VA is 
energy conservation communication spe- 
cialist for Dominion Power "I will be 
working on the communication strate- 
gies and public relations campaigns for 
Dominion's conservation programs" • 
RACHEL YIM of Annandale VA is teach- 
ing 4th grade at Mount Vernon Woods 
Elementary School. 










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What's it like... 

to give more? 

It is my pleasure to contribute the attached annual gift to benefit all who are associated 
with Mary Baldwin. It is unfortunate that I am unable to attend my five-year reunion to 
celebrate and commemorate the Class of 2002, as I am serving with the 759th Military 
Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Since graduating from Mary Baldwin and commissioning in the United States Army 
in May of 2002, 1 have served in numerous capacities from a platoon leader in the 
Republic of Korea, to the special reaction team officer in charge (S.W.A.T) at Fort 
Carson, Colorado, to the adjutant of the 759th MP [military police] BN in Iraq. 

In the performance of my duties I feel as though I continue to exceed the standard, 
have achieved much, and have done very well. Aside from my wonderful family, I owe a 
tremendous amount of gratitude for preparing me to accept these roles to Mary 
Baldwin and the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership. I believe that, at times, the 
two are viewed as separate from one another, but I stand firm in the knowledge that 
they are one in the same for me, part of a time-honored tradition, and I am truly grate- 
ful for the Mary Baldwin, VWIL experience. 

My only humble request as I contribute my annual gift is that all Mary Baldwin 
women are reminded of their greatness. The women of Mary Baldwin are strong, inde- 
pendent, intellectual, refined, charismatic, selfless, and loyal; continuously seeking ways 
to improve the conditions they find themselves in. Since arriving in Baghdad, I have 
come across three of my fellow alumnae from Baldwin: Captains Christina Murray '01, 
Kristy Wheeler '01, and Rachel O'Connell '02. I have also read the college magazine 
and other correspondence sent to me by Brigadier General Mike Bissell [commandant of 
VWIL]. I take pride in seeing the multiple ways in which Mary Baldwin women are 
serving around the world. I am honored to serve alongside these women of greatness, 
women like Sarah Small '02, who tragically lost her life in the pursuit of contributing to 
a stronger nation. In short, I am honored to be part of the Mary Baldwin tradition. 

Upon receiving the Bertie Deming Smith Challenge in the mail, with a note signed 
by my fellow alumna, Staci Boone, I decided to take this challenge. It is the very least I 
can do to acknowledge and convey a deep gratitude for Mary Baldwin College and all 
that it offers to bright young women. 

Bless Mary Baldwin College and may it serve to strengthen our resolve to continue 
on in the face of any adversity so that greatness can be achieved. ▲ 

— Erinn Singman '02 

While stationed in Iraq, 
Captain Singman sent this let- 
ter and her very generous gift 
to her alma mater to make a 
difference for the Annual 
Fund. Now stationed at 
Quantico Marine Corps Base 
in Virginia, she is doing 
Marine Corps Expeditionary 
Training. This is our small 
way of meeting her request to 
remind "Mary Baldwin 
women of their greatness. " 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Memories of Mary Baldwin College 1940-44 

Eva Vines Eutsler '44, Spanish major 

L to r: Louise Mitchell '47 Eva Vines Eutsler '44, 
and Martha Rodrigues '46 

Glimpses of Eutsler's MBC: 

Class Colors: Purple and Gold 
Basic attire for the Class of 1944: socks and 
saddle shoes, sweaters, and skirts just 
below the knee, and, yes, pearls. 


Eutsler's extracurriculars: Athletic 
Association, Day Student Club, Glee Club 

John Robert Powers of the famed acting 
and modeling school for young people in 
New York City selected the most beautiful 
girls at MBC that year for the beauty section 
of The Bluestocking yearbook. Pearl Epiing 
'42 placed first. 

SGA president: Dorris Withers McNeal '41, 
sociology major 


Eutsler's extracurriculars: Athletic 
Association, Day Student Club, Spanish Club 

Centennial of the school was celebrated at 
the end of the academic year in June 1942. 

William Wayt King Building was under con- 

SGA president: Adelaide McSween '42, 
sociology major 

My mother and father were married when she was 17 years old and he 
was 34. In the early 1920s he began building a 10-room house for 
her, believing she would outlive him. I was the youngest of six chil- 
dren. On May 14, 1927 when I was not quite five years old, my mother died 
as a result of a bungled operation. My father was devastated and sought sol- 
ace in alcohol. He did not finish the finer aspects of the house such as indoor 
plumbing. My oldest sister waited as long as she could to marry, which 
occurred the day after my 13th birthday. 

I learned to cook, wash clothes, clean house, and look after my father 
and the house. We were in the middle of the Great Depression and my father 
went bankrupt. We had little food and very few clothes to wear. I had little 
hope of going to college because of the tight economics and the fact that none 
of my siblings had gone. Fortunately, Dr. Herbert S. Turner [professor of phi- 
losophy and Bible], who taught at Mary Baldwin and was pastor of Bethel 
Presbyterian Church (near my hometown of Greenville, Virginia), took an 
interest in me and got me enrolled. He remained my mentor throughout my 
college years. I received scholarship aid through the National Youth 
Administration, but I also had to work in the reference library at Mary 
Baldwin and in the public library, which was in the YMCA building. 

I was only marginally prepared for college. In high school I had an excel- 
lent grammar teacher, but we did not write essays. When I went to Mary 
Baldwin I was up against classmates who had gone to private schools such as 
Stuart Hall [in Staunton] and who were much better prepared to do college 

I was a day student at Mary Baldwin and had to get rides or walk from 
Greenville to Staunton (12 miles). I rode with a barber, a hairdresser, a man 
who worked at White Star Mills, and others. Fortunately, during my college 
days, one of my sisters and her family moved back home and hired a maid 
who took over my household chores. 

During this time our church welcomed a new minister. Usually we would 
get a minister soon to retire or one who was poorly educated and murdered 
the King's English. This time was different. He was young and a recent gradu- 
ate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he had studied 
under some of the great theologians of the 20th century such as Reinhold 
Neibuhr. For a couple of Sundays after his arrival, I was attending functions at 
Mary Baldwin and missed church services, but I asked someone what his 
name was. Eutsler, they said. My comment: "Imagine going through life with 
a name like that." 

I attended Mary Baldwin during World War II years 1940-1944. Martha 
Grafton [then dean of instruction] helped me determine how many classes I 
could take without being bogged down. I wanted to take music and art appre- 
ciation but did not have the time. One of my older sisters arranged for me to 
take private voice lessons. 

I was in the Glee Club during my first year. Daily chapel was required. I 
recall one day during the week we had an entertainment show. Several girls 
stood behind a curtain and tried to imitate popular singers. I imitated Dinah 
Shore singing Chattanooga Choo Choo. 

At Christmas time I sang second soprano in Lo, How a Rose Er'e 

Blooming. The director, Dr. Carl Broman, told us we would have to stay for 
another practice one night. I told him I couldn't because I had no way to get 
home. I stayed and he took me home. 

Mary Baldwin let out December 15 for Christmas [break] and re-opened 
January 15. This allowed [wartime] soldiers to use all available transportation 
to get home for the holidays and back to camp. We had exams twice a year, in 
January after break and at the end of the second semester. After being on win- 
ter break for a month, we had to relearn everything for exams. 

We still had May Day at Mary Baldwin. I recall that in my senior year, 
Mildred Mohun '44 was May Queen. Her attendants were Ann Easterly '44 
and, I don't recall who the other one was [Sara Nair '44]. My two attendants 
were Louise Mitchell '47 and Martha Rodrigues '46. 

One of my most vivid memories at Mary Baldwin was the day [March 
13, 1942] Helen Keller spoke in First Presbyterian Church. I could understand 
her [in reference to the effect of deafness on her vocal presentation], but it 
sounded as if her voice was in a barrel. We each received a card with her auto- 
graph written on it. [Keller's niece, Katharine Keller Ewin '45 was a student at 
MBC at the time.] 

Occasionally I would walk to the Alumnae Club House to get a bun or a 
cup of coffee. The room was so full of smoke, I could hardly see. Most of the 
girls were playing bridge. [The Cochran home was rented by the college in 
1931 and later purchased in 1937 for $14,000. As the Alumnae Club House, 
located on Frederick and New Streets across from the Administration 
Building, it housed the offices of the Alumnae Association, whose members 
ran the club — a lounge and tea room. The association felt it was an effective 
way to build and maintain relations with current students and future alum- 

During my last year, I started dating Kern Eutsler, the new minister at my 
church. I was impressed with his knowledge. He told me that while he was at 
Union Theological Seminary, little did he know that the Manhattan Project, 
which led to the creation of the atomic bomb, was practically in his backyard 
at Columbia University. 

We married October 10, 1945. As I look back on nearly 62 happy years 
together, our two daughters, and four grandchildren, I am sure Kern [who 
retired as a bishop in the Methodist Church] would never have married a girl 
with only a high school education. The answer is always Mary Baldwin 

Dr. [L. Wilson] Jarman, president of the college, was often heard to say 
that 98 percent of MBC graduates married. About the only occupations open 
to women then were nursing, teaching- or secretarial work. Married women 
were allowed to enter Mary Baldwin for the first time while I was there, 
because their husbands were soldiers wounded in World War II and were 
patients at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville. 

Dances were finally allowed at Mary Baldwin during my early years 
there, too. They were held in the old Dining Hall and we would hit a post 
every time we took a step. [By 1943, dances were held in the new gymnasium 
in King.] 

These are some of my memories. ▲ 

JUNIOR YEAR 1942-43 

Eutsler's extracurriculars: Athletic Association, 
Day Student Club, Spanish Club 

First dance in the new gymnasium in King. 

Hollywood star Greer Garson came to campus 
for a War Bond Rally 

War time efforts continued apace, and by this 
year included making surgical dressings for the 
Red Cross, buying weekly quotas of war 
stamps, collecting scrap metal for the war 
effort, staying physically fit and "prepared," col- 
lecting books for soldiers, and more. 

SGA president: Kathryn Lucas '43, English 

SENIOR YEAR 1943-44 

Eutsler's extracurriculars: Day Student Club, 
Freshman Advisor, Spanish Club 

Commencement, by tradition, was preceded by 
three days of events, most attended by all stu- 
dents at MBC, including High Tea for seniors 
hosted by President Jarman and the college 
deans, faculty and staff concerts, art exhibits, 
garden party, and May Day Pageant. 

SGA president: Josephine Hannah '44, chem- 
istry and biology major 

With thanks to William Pollard, college 
librarian emeritus and college archivist, for 
his help to fill out historical facts, including 
names and dates in the memoir 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

68 Winter 2008 

Whafs New? 

12x@>_>_ The Arts at MBC 

Be dazzled and entertained by the talented students and faculty in 
a new events format about visual arts, theatre, music, and dance 
presentations at Mary Baldwin College. 

.) Safety & Security 

Mary Baldwin College is fortunate to have one of the safest 
campuses in the nation and we will never take that for granted. 
This year's emergency planning committee is working hard on 
new initiatives for emergency communication. 

;-D Program for the 

Exceptionally Gifted 

A great new set of pages for current and prospective PEGs — they 
even have a blog. Read about PEGs here now and recently, learn 
about visiting campus or applying to the program. Do you know 
someone who would be a great fit for early entrance to college? 

:-) Parents and 

Online Book Club 

Would you enjoy being part of an online book club each month? 
Parents and alumnae/i are invited to |oin. Just go to this page and 
sign up. 

hot links 


Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

clarson @mbc. edu 

E-mail the magazine editor with story ideas, com- 
ments, and news. 
Report/index, cfm 

National Survey of Student Engagement 

www. mbc. edu/news 

Read all the news and link to stones about MBC in 
other publications. 

Stay current on team scores, get upcoming home 
and away game schedules, and read about coaches. 

giving @mbc. edu 

E-mail Institutional Advancement if you would like 
more information about gifts to the college or call 
800-622-4255 or 540-887-7011. 

Start on this page and move through the pages 
about the Annual Fund, Planned Giving, Smith 
Challenge, Reunion Gifts, Matching Gifts, and 

Make plans for Reunion 2008 on April 3-6 and get 
updates online. Add class photos and morel 









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