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Words from Our President 

ooking back over the past months 
and forward to the rest of this 
academic year and beyond, it is 
clear that we have much to 
celebrate — accomplishments of 
the last year, a significant gift of 
financial resources, a new 
academic year off to a great start, 
and exciting plans for the future. 

In 2004-05, my colleagues at 
Mar>' Baldwin worked together as 
an ensemble of orchestral propor- 
tions. We completed 95 percent of 
the 49 ambitious objectives we 
had set for ourselves in order to 
advance our strategic plan. We 
matched the $500,000 pledge 
from Bertie Deming Smith '48 
which resulted in $1.5 million. 
Mrs. Smith then pledged an addi- 
tional $6 million over the next 
three years as a 1-1 challenge to 
support our strategic plan. We are 
so grateful for her inspirational 
generosit)' and faith in the college. 

I want to thank everyone who 
helped increase our participation 
rate in the Annual Fund last year 
from 25 percent to 30 percent, 
and especially to the reunion 
classes, who set a record in class 
giving. The culminating event of 
the academic year. Commence- 
ment with speaker Sheila Crump 
Johnson, was featured in a distin- 
guished list of colleges on the 
NBC Nightly News with Brian 
Williams on June 9. 

Dr. Pamela Fox 

We worked through the 
summer on campus improvement. 
Campus was shining as we 
welcomed the Class of 2009 for 
orientation, a class with high 
academic qualifications and SATs 
43 points higher than last year. We 
are also pleased to report a 7.5 
percent increase in retention for 
our returning sophomore class. 

The fall semester has been 
exciting. On October 3 — for the 
first time in decades — we returned 
to the orchard for Apple Day. I was 
moved as I watched 150 students 
exit buses at the farm of former 
board of trustee member Carole 
Lewis Anderson. Everyone had a 
grand time picking apples, 
exploring the propert}', and 
renewing a wonderful tradition. It 
is my intent that this tradition shall 
continue tlirough the 2 1 st century. 

There have been somber 
notes as well. On October 7, we 
held a service celebrating the life 
of Air Force First Lieutenant Sarah 
Small '02, who was killed while 
on duty in Egypt. She was our first 
graduate to lose her life in the 
course of military service. We also 
share a profound concern for 
victims of hurricanes Katrina and 
Rita and other natural disasters 
that have caused great loss across 
the country and around the globe. 
We made a place for students 
displaced from institutions in New 

Orleans, and students, faculty, and 
staff have worked hard to raise 
funds for disaster relief. 

As we work to make sure 
each day counts for our students, 
we must also ensure that Mary 
Baldwin remains a thriving 
academic community over the 
coming decades. For several 
months we have collaborated 
with the architectural firm of 
Geier Brown Renfrow on a 
visionary, long-term campus 
master plan. This issue of the 
magazine highlights the history of 
our campus and the next issue 
will present our new campus 
vision. In forging our plan, we 
are adopting a pragmatic 
approach to incremental 
improvements as well as a 
compelling multi-decade vision. 
As we do so, we want to insure 
that our campus instills pride, is 
united as one physical 
community, and supports the 
intimate scale appropriate to our 
vision of personalized, 
transforming education. Please 
follow our progress on the MBC 
Website (go to 
/strategic_plan/ and click on one 
of the links on the left). I invite 
your feedback through the e-mail 
addresses listed there. 

I hope to see you as we travel 
across the country this year — or 
on campus. 


Louise McNamee '70, chair ▲ Betsy Mason '69, vice chair ▲ Cynthia Luck Haw '79, secretary 

Charles Baskervill ▲ Beverly Estes Bates '64 ▲ Sally Armstrong Bingley '60 ▲ Susan Warfield Caples '60 ▲ H. C. Stuart Cochran 

Tracey Cones '82 A Nancy Payne Dahl '56 ▲ Johnie Davis A Carol Emory '65 A Ann Gordon Evans '65 A Richard Gilliam A Ruth Bell Graham '00 

Bertie Deming Heiner A Molly Fetterman Held '76 A James Lott A Margaret McDermid '95 A Sue McLaughlin 

Jane Miller '76 A Michael Rapier a Wellford Sanders, Jr a Hunt Shuford, Jr A Samuel R. Spencer, Jr 

Susan Stover '85 A Michael Terry A Aremita Watson A Sue Whitlock '67 A Donald Wilkinson III A JohnWoodtin A Margaret Wren de St. Aubin '81 

These Hills 

Where Beauty Dwells' 

page 22 

A timeline of Mary Baldwin's campus is a remembrance of our 
architectural heritage and roots, on the eve of changes envisioned 
in the new campus master plan. The Mary Baldwin College 
hymn by Gordon Page evokes the image we have of a campus 
always lovely, in the line: "These hills where beauty dwells." 

MBCNews page 2 a Remembering Fletcher Collins page 6 a Academic Distinction: Mary Baldwin's Version Is a Constellation of Excellence page 16 
Campus Master Planning 101 page 18 a CampusTruth orTallTale? page 20 a MBC Professor Un-Masques Elizabethan Performance page 36 
MBCArtspage38 i MBCSports: Athletic Ambition page 40 a MBCSports Scoreboard page 42 a Commencement 2005 page 48 
Alumnae/i President's Letter page 49 a Reunion 2005 page 50 a Alumnae/i Class Notes page 52 


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MBC in the News 

Campus Changes Capitalize on Alunnna's $6.5 Million Gift 

An unprecedented $6.5 million gift 
from Bertie Deming Smith '48 was 
what the college needed to begin 
work on facility repairs and updates 
this summer. Mrs. Smith's previous 
gift of $500,000 was matched in 
2004-05 by $1 million from other 
donors. As MBC President Fox 
announced to faculty and staff at the 
end of the last academic year, Mrs. 
Smith pledged an additional $6 mil- 
lion over the next three years to be 
matched equally by gifts from other 
donors. In total, her gift will produce 
$13.5 million for the college. 

The first installment of Mrs. 
Smith's gift, $2 million, is being 
spent on campus planning and facili- 
ty updates. Many projects were 
started and completed before stu- 
dents returned in August. New 
outdoor furniture and foliage at sev- 
eral locations, new paint on some 
buildings, landscaping, and vibrant 
new furnishings in Pannill Student 
Center are but a few of the projects 
already made possible by Mrs. 
Smith's generosity. 

Mrs. Smith is the college's top 
cash donor cumulatively. Among 

man\ cdiitrihutions to MBC, Mrs. 
Smith's family established the first 
endowed chair at a southern women's 
college in 1979, and gave major sup- 
port to Mary Baldwin's acquisition 
and rehabilitation of the former 
Staunton Military Academy campus. 
The Bertie Murphy Deming Hall fine 
arts center, located on the former SMA 
campus, is named in her honor. 

To see photographs of recent 
work on campus — and read Dr. Fox's 
State of the College address, visit 
www. mbc. edu/college/stateofcollege_a 
itgOS.asp. ▲ 


Michele Harris '08 is the lead character in a 
feature-length film, Unborn Sins, filmed and 
produced in Richmond, Virginia, that may 
appear on the Sundance Film channel. The 
movie premiered October 15 and was 
released directly to DVD by Grey Ghost 


History teachers from local school dis- 
tricts joined MBC professors to learn 
about the Civil Rights struggle from peo- 
ple who lived through it in Farmville, 
Virginia. The session, part of the Institute 
for Decisive Events in American History, 
is funded by a grant from the federal 
Department of Education. 

Mary Baldv 


Thomas Schelling, a recent Phi Beta 
Kappa visiting scholar at MBC, was 
awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. 
He was awarded the prize for 
research that fosters understanding 
of conflict and cooperation through 
game-theory analysis. 

lege Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 

MBC Mourns Alumna Killed in Line of Duty 

The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership recorded a 
somber first September 19: the first death of an alumna in the 
line of duty. Air Force First Lieutenant Sarah Small '02 was 
killed in a vehicle accident while on duty near Alexandria, 
Egypt. Small was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in 
Hampton, Virginia as a public affairs officer. She was in Egypt 
supporting Exercise Bright Star, a recurring joint/combined 
training exercise. She had been in the Middle East for about 
two weeks, said Brig. Gen. N. Michael Bissell, VWIL com- 
mandant of cadets. 

Sarah Small's family was told that she was traveling in the 
northern part of the country with 
two other servicemen and an 
Egyptian driver. She was ejected 
from the vehicle when it swerved off 
the road. Lt. Small, from Herndon, 
Virginia, arrived at Langley AFB in 
November 2003 and had been on 
active duty since 2002. 

"Sarah was a master at listen- 
ing to people and saying the right 
thing to make them feel better," 
Bissell said. She dove into her role as 
the S-2 (publicity) officer for the 
cadet corps, and Bissell was fond of 
calling her "little chaplain" or 
"saint" for her way of helping other 
cadets work through problems. 

Lt. Small was involved in 
many activities as a student, 
including four years in the Student Government 
Association. She was a political science major, and complet- 
ed minors in communication and leadership studies. Sarah's 
oral communication skills and positive nature led her natu- 
rally into the career field of her choice, said Bruce Dorries, 
assistant professor of communication. 

"It always amazed me how she was able to take on so 
much, do so well, and still be fun to hang out with and be a 
great friend," said Sarah's friend Kelley Clemens McElroy '03. 
Word about Small's death traveled quickly around the world 
through a network of alumnae. McElroy lives in Germany, 
where her husband is stationed, and she heard about the 
tragedy from another friend. 

Like nearly everyone who wrote to the college following 
Sarah Small's death, McElroy remembered Lt. Small's infec- 
tious and ever-present smile. 

As a writer at the Air and Space Expeditionary Force 
Center at Langley Air Force Base, Lt. Small wrote articles for 
military publications and onhne news sources, including Air 
Combat Command News Service and The Comrntinicator. 
She received an Air Force Commendation Medal and an Air 
Force Outstanding Unit Award, among other honors. She was 
also a candidate for the Lance P. Sijan Award (he was a soldier 
who refused to divulge military information when he was cap- 
tured in Viemam). 

"Her warmth and caring were 
always evident; her friendship and 
support will be missed by all," said 
Brenda Bryant, VWIL director. 
Her parents, William and 
Gloria Small of Herndon, Virginia, 
are likewise active with Mary 
Baldwin. They both served on the 
MBC Parents Council while she was 
a student, and Mr. Small was the 
president of the Parents Council. He 
continues to serve Mary Baldwin 
College through the Advisory Board 
of Visitors. 

A military memorial service 
including an eight-gun salute was 
held October 7 at First Presbyterian 
Church just across the street from 
the MBC campus. Lt. Small was buried at Arlington National 
Cemetery December 2. Her family has requested that memori- 
al contributions be sent to the college in their daughter's name. 
Funds could be used to establish an award or scholarship for a 
VWIL senior who is involved in community service. ▲ 

Remembering Sarah 

Memories from dozens of others who were part 

of Sarah Small's life can be read at 

Please e-mail your tribute to 


Prospective students interested in the- 
atre performance, writing, and directing 
took to the MBC stage for the first of 
what the admissions office hopes will be 
many focused recruiting weekends for 
different disciplines. 


Students, faculty, and staff celebrated 
national Squirrel Appreciation Week and 
honored the college's memorable mas- 
cot Gladys the squirrel, by donning 
school-spirited clothes and ribbons, 
attending sports games, and having their 
picture taken with Gladys. 


Two cadets from Norwich 
University in Vermont were 
enrolled at MBC in the VWIL 
program for the fall semester as 
part of a new exchange program. 
Next fall, two Mary Baldwin cadets 
will attend Norwich for a semester. 

MBC in the News 

MBC Grad Heads to 
Japan on Fulbright Aware 

Her words are spoken softly, but they 
reveal an ambitious plan. 

Mary Baldwin College 2005 gradu- 
ate Roxanne Russell received a coveted 
Fulbright Scholarship to study for a full 
year in Japan. She left the United States in 
mid-September to examine the role and 
influence of Japanese media and popular 
culture on shaping public attitudes 
toward suicide. She will have the oppor- 
tunity to delve deeper into the research 
she started for her undergraduate thesis 
in Asian Studies. She will read newspa- 
pers, watch television, explore the 
Internet, listen to music, and look at gov- 
ernment suicide prevention policies. All 
this while she is 7,000 miles from her 
Charlottesville, Virginia home. 

'Her award is a 

testament to 

her hard work, 

ability, and interest, 

and to the success 

of international 

study, PEG, and 

Asian Studies.' 

Top of page, I to r; Roxanne Russell 

meets John Thonnas Shieffer, US. 

Ambassador to Japan inTokyo- 

"I wanted to look at media and pop- 
ular culture influences when I started 
formulating my project at MBC, but I 
realized I would need to wait, as this kind 
of research is best conducted while living 
in Japan," said Russell, who was also 
part of the Program for the Exceptionally 
Gifted at MBC. 

Russell's unique research proposal 
and a command of the Japanese language 
that is rare for someone her age are 
among the reasons she earned the highly 
regarded Fulbright award. The stipend 
covers her travel, living expenses, and 
education — allowing her to pursue caus- 
es and remedies for Japan's growing 
mental health crisis. 

Since it was established in 1946, the 
Fulbright program has awarded more 
than 255,000 grants in an effort to 
increase mutual understanding between 
the people of the United States and other 
countries through the exchange of peo- 
ple, knowledge, and skills. About 96,500 
Fulbright award recipients are from the 
U.S., and 158,500 are from foreign 
countries. Fulbright alumni include 
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, gover- 
nors and senators, ambassadors and 
artists. Supreme Court Justices, and 
CEOs, according to the program's Web 
site at 
tionl fulbright. 

Russell's unassuming demeanor and 
gentle voice have helped her master 
Japanese language and customs. Much is 
communicated in spoken Japanese by 
tone of voice and accompanying gestures. 
An early lesson in Japanese language 
would likely include speaking traditional 

greetings and the bowing that goes with 
them, she explained. 

Her unwavering passion for the 
country and its language — spoken and 
written — doesn't hurt, either. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian 
Studies, remembers Russell's intense 
interest in Japan from their first meeting 
when she was a young teenager applying 
for admission to Mary Baldwin. "She is 
the best Japanese language student I've 
had in 21 years," he said. "Her award is 
a testament to her hard work, ability, and 
interest, and to the success of internation- 
al study, PEG, and Asian Studies." 

Russell is a comfortable world 
traveler. She spent two semesters in 
Japan as an undergraduate student; 
during one of them she was a student 
at Doshisha Women's College of 
Liberal Arts, Mary Baldwin College's 
sister school in Kyoto. Trips with her 
family have also taken her to 
Switzerland, Australia, France, 
Germany, and Scandinavia. 

"I am lucky to have resourceful par- 
ents who, despite frequent financial 
sacrifice, have not imposed barriers on 
our educational pursuits," she said. 

Russell traces her affinity for Japan 
to a childhood attraction to drawing 
and language. "My interest ... centered 
on my fascination with the Japanese 
language itself — the sound of the spo- 
ken word, the shape of the exotic 
characters — and the distinctive 
artistry and storytelling of Japanese 
manga, which are similar to American 
comic books," she wrote in her appli- 
cation essay for the Fulbright 


MBC's freshman retention rate — the number of 
students who are enrolled at MBC their freshman 
year and return for their sophomore year — jumped 
more than seven percentage points between 
2003-04 and 2004-05. 







Alumnae/i attended the third annual Continuing 
Education Week to learn about clothing, music, 
furniture, and MBC's evolution in the era of 
Southern grace and gentility. 

MBC in the News 

competition. In iier proposal, she rec- 
ommended taking a studio art class in 
manga design and production at a 
Japanese university. Russell also plans 
to take a course in mass communica- 
tion that focuses on Japanese news 
media and the Internet, and a class in 
psychology or cultural anthropology 
to study mental health issues. 

"I started watching Japanese car- 
toons and looking at manga books 
before I even understood the lan- 
guage," Russell said. By age 13, she 
was enrolled in a Japanese language 
course for adult learners, and she 
sought out the language and art forms 
wherever she could, particularly at the 
library. She earned distinction in her 
major at Mary Baldwin, was named 
the outstanding Asian Studies student 
of the year as a senior, and is a mem- 
ber of Phi Beta Kappa — all as an 

Russell will write a research paper 
to present her findings, but the aspect 
of the project she is most looking for- 
ward to is offering a creative campaign 
to combat suicide that includes a pam- 
phlet or poster illustrated with manga 
art. She plans to create a storyboard, 
solicit a professional mentor to publish 
the piece, and offer it for distribution 
through official channels in Japan. 

"Studying abroad has made me 
calmer, I think," Russell says. "I've 
learned to deal with a lot of unusual sit- 
uations with confidence. I probably 
wouldn't be going back to Japan so soon 
without the Fulbright, and that is where 
I feel like I need to be right now." ▲ 


Representatives from several non-profit com- 
munity agencies visited the campus this fall to 
talk about their service experience and tell 
students how to volunteer. The Community 
Service Speaker Series started in 2004-05 
and continues through the spring semester. 


acuity/staff acorns 

Ann Field Alexander, professor of history and 
director of MBC's Roanoke center, served on a 
panel at the Festival of the Book in 
Charlottesville where she talked about her 
book. Race Man. 

Jeffrey Buller, vice president for academic 
affairs and dean of the college, wrapped up his 
presidency of the Classical Association of the 
Middle West and South. His farewell address 
was titled "The Classical Association of the 
Future or 'What in the World Is to Become of 
the Past?'" Buller also gave a series of lec- 
tures, "Tales of Pilgrimage; Imagery and 
Stagecraft in Wagner," exploring Tristan and 
Isolde, Lohengrin, Tannhauser, Parsifal, and 
The Flying Dutchman at the International 
Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. 

Brenda Bryant was promoted to vice president 
of enrollment management and student life and 
dean of students. She also continues to work 
as director of VWIL. 

Elizabeth Connell '92 returned to Mary 

Baldwin College as director of the Program for 

the Exceptionally Gifted. After 

graduating from MBC, she 

taught gifted students in private 

and public schools for 13 years. 

Elizabeth holds a master's and a 

doctorate in gifted and creative 

education from the University of Georgia. 

Sara Nalr James, professor of art history, 
attended the joint meeting of the Renaissance 
Society of America and its British equivalent — 
the Society for Renaissance Studies — in 
England. While there, she presented a paper, 
"Cardinal Wolsey His Court, His King and the 
Italian Rhetoric of Magnificence." She also pre- 
sented a paper, "Liturgy as a Source of 
Narrative Design in the Cathedral of Orvieto," 
at the Eucharist and Eschatology Conference in 
Italy. James authored a chapter, "Vasari on 
Signorelli:The Origins of the Grand Manner of 
Painting," in Reading Vasan. 


MBC's Health Care Administration 
Program received important certification 
from Association of University Programs 
in Health Administration, and is one of 
only 35 in North America and just two in 
Virginia to earn the distinction. 

Eric Jones, associate professor of biology, was 

awarded Mary Baldwin College's Karl F and 
Patricia H. Menk Award for Faculty Support and 
Development. Jones used the award during his 
fall semester sabbatical to compile 18 years of 
experience documenting wildf lowers of Virginia 
by transferring photos and information of more 
than 100 wildflowers to CD and the Web. 
Students will be able to use the database on 
CD on a laptop at habitat sites, where there typ- 
ically is no Internet connection. 

Fay Kelle, assistant professor of education, 
was a judge at the 2005 Virginia State Finals 
and the national finals for We the People: The 
Citizen and the Constitution. The program is 
administered nationally by the Center for Civic 
Education to help high school students under- 
stand the history and principles of the 
Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

Lundy Pentz, associate professor of biology, was 
named the Caroline Rose Hunt Distinguished 
Chair in the Natural Sciences. The chair is named 
in honor of Caroline Rose Hunt '43, co-founder 
and owner of Lady Primrose's Royal Bathing and 
Skin Luxuries, honoran/ chairman of Rosewood 
Hotels and Resorts, and recent inductee into the 
Texas Business Hall of Fame. 

Lallon Pond and Ed Petkus, associate profes- 
sors of business administration and co-chairs of 
the department, were both named Bertie 
Wilson Murphy Distinguished Chair in Business 
Administration. The chair is named in honor of 
the mother of Bertie Murphy Deming Smith '48. 

Sharon Spalding, professor of health and 
physical education and designer of the VWIL fit- 
ness program, presented at the American 
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, 
Recreation, and Dance. 'WVIL cadet Hope 
Albrecht '06 was her co-presenter for the ses- 
sion, "Physical Fitness Training in the Virginia 
Women's Institute for Leadership." 

Patricia Westhafer, professor of education, 
gave a presentation, "Collaboration: The Path to 
Preparing Highly Qualified Education 
Professionals," at the American Association of 
Colleges for Teacher Education conference in 
Washington, D.C. 

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Fletcher Collins Jr. Dies at 98 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

By Dawn Medley 

FLETCHER COLLINS JR., legendary Mary 
Baldwin College professor emeritus of theatre, hardly paused for old 
age. At 75, Fletch, as he was called by friends and family, was desig- 
nated Cultural Laureate of Virginia. At 90, he said he shunned the 
idea of "acting old" in a local newspaper article. In his late 90s, he 
celebrated the 50th anniversary of Oak Grove Theater, the secluded 
woodland stage he created with his wife, Margaret, which has nur- 
tured countless actors and booked sold-out performances for decades. 

Those close to Collins knew he was getting older, but his 
unfailing spirit and vitality made it that much harder for people 
to say good-bye. Fletcher Collins, 98, died in his Staunton home, 
The Oaks, on May 6, 2005. 

Always surrounded by music, Collins' 
former student, world-famous soprano 
Custer LaRue '74, stayed at his bedside 
through his last night, singing. Margaret 
Collins and their four sons had given him a 
music party just days earlier, singing and 
playing the old family favorites. 

Collins' final large-scale project was to 
pubUsh the first complete collection of 
Shakespeare's songs from plays in a book he 
titled Bard's First Folio Songs from 
Shakespeare's Repertory in 2004. Collins 
believed that most of the Bard's original 
songs had been omitted from modern pro- 
ductions, and he argued that they served an 
integral purpose. 

Born in 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio, he 
earned his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. at 
Yale University. The education was first-rate, 
but he was quick to admit that the most fortu- 
nate event at Yale was meeting the woman 
who would become his wife. In April 2005, 
Fletcher and Margaret Collins celebrated their 
73rd wedding anniversary. 

Before settling down — they have been 
rooted in the Shenandoah Valley for more 
than 50 years — on their farm just north of 
Staunton, Fletcher Collins had already built a 
respected reputation for scholarship and love 
of music and drama. He completed his disser- 
tation at Yale, briefly taught English at 
Montclair (New Jersey) State Teacher's 
College, and moved on to infuse the 

Arthurdale, West Virginia coal-mining community with music and 
performance. In Arthurdale, the Collinses met and worked with 
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt — who helped create Arthurdale and 
other planned mining communities — and F'etch began collecting, 
recording, and transcribing traditional folksongs. 

Collins taught English and led the theatre department at Elon 
College in North Carolina from 1936 to 1942. He continued col- 
lecting folksongs from relatives of Elon students and other notable 
balladeers, and he and Margaret performed a weekly series of folk- 
songs on a radio station in Greensboro. Fletcher donated several 
hundred of the recordings to the Archive of American Folk Song at 
the Library of Congress. He also nurtured a growing interest in 
reviving medieval plays and setting them to music. He authored four 
books on the topic. 

"He led with love. 

He didn't tell you 

what to do; he 

listened while you told 

him what you wanted 

to do, and then he 
told you to go for it." 

In 1946 Collins started his 30-year tenure at Mary Baldwin 
College. He would soon recruit MBC students to perform during 
summers under the canopy of trees at Oak Grove, the outdoor theater 
he and Margaret created so their playwriting and directing would not 
need to take a seasonal hiatus. Oak Grove is one of the oldest ama- 
teur outdoor theaters in the country. 

Linda Dolly Hammack '62 and Aurelia Crawford '74 were two 
of the students, dubbed "Oak Grove Girls," who frequently per- 
formed at the venue. Hammack and Crawford were also among the 
MBC students and community members involved in Theater Wagon, 
a traveling troupe of actors created by the Collinses that performed 
plays — including several written by Margaret — locally and abroad. 
In 1 979, Theater Wagon performed Fletcher Collins' transcrip- 
tion of Visit to the Sepulcher ( Visitatio 
Sepulchri), a 12th century music-drama that 
recounts the story of the first Easter. The piece 
was filmed in France in 1979 in the Abbaye St. 
Benoit de Fleur>' in what is presumed to be its 
original setting. It received the Cine Golden 
Eagle Award in 1981 and was a finalist in the 
American Film Festival. 

Hammack eloquently summarized Collins' 
teaching and directing style: "He led with love. 
He didn't tell you what to do; he listened while 
you told him what you wanted to do, and then 
he told you to go for it." 

For his numerous contributions to MBC, 
the theatre in Deming fine arts center was named 
in his honor in 1983. In 1997, Margaret and 
Fletcher — ever inseperable — were given the 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non-Student Award. 
One of the highest honors bestowed by .Mar\' 
Baldwin College, the award recognizes spiritual 
qualities, nobility of character, and unselfish ser- 
vice to the communit)'. 

At least one of Collins' courses at the col- 
lege was so popular that students practically had 
to sign up as freshmen to take the class as 
seniors, said Ulysse Deportes, professor emeritus 
of art. Desportes worked with Collins for many 
years at MBC and on other theatre productions. 
"He lived and breathed theatre," Desportes said. 

Collins' former student, Theresa 
Southerington '72, was encouraged by him to 
apply for his job at Man.' Baldwin when he 
retired in 1977. She got the position and has worked at the college as 
professor of theatre for 28 years. 

"I can't fill his shoes, but I am at least attempting to foUov^- in his 
footsteps," said Southerington, who has also acted, directed, and pro- 
duced many shows at Oak Grove. Much of the performing arts in the 
area grew out of what he and Margaret created, including 
ShenanArts, Waynesboro Players, and the Oak Grove music festival, 
she said. 

Undoubtedly, there are many things about Fletcher Collins not 
noted here — his stint as a bat boy for the Cleveland Indians, his 
award for Distinguished Service to Theater in Virginia, and his work 
as editorial advisor on numerous books and magazines, to cite a few. 

He was more than the sum of those activities and awards. He 
was spirited, scholarly, and unstoppable. He was, simply, "Fletch." ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

MBC in the News 

New Trustees Support 
MBC Advantage 

Margaret Wren de St. Aubin '81 and 
Donald M. Wilkinson EI are the newest 
members of the 32-person Mary Baldwin 
College Board of Trustees. 

Margaret Wren de 
St. Aubin '81 owns and 
works as an agent for 
North Carolina Travel in 
her native Siler City, 

North Carolina. She _^_ _ 

divides her workday * st Ajbm si 

between North Carolina Travel and her 
duties as vice president and secretary of 
the family business, a group of holding 
companies under the name Wren 
Industries. She helps manage her family's 
foundation. Wren Foundation, through 
which the family contributes to education- 
al institutions. While she was a student at 
MBC, she studied for a summer at 
University of Oxford, England, designed 
her own interdisciplinary major — a new 
concept at the time — in history and polit- 
ical science, and earned teaching 
certification. St. Aubin is excited about 
the emphasis on international opportuni- 
ties included in the MBC Advantage. 

Wilkinson is chief executive officer 
of Wilkinson, O'Grady, 
& Company, Inc., a 
global investment man- 
agement firm co-founded 
by his father in 1972. He 
earned his B.A. from 
Washington and Lee 
University and his 
M.B.A. from The Darden School at 
University of Virginia. As a student, 
Wilkinson interned at Banco Garriga 
Nogues, a bank in Madrid, Spain, where 
his mother, Lucinda "Luly" Pina 
Wilkinson, grew up and where he was 
born. Wilkinson's mother met his father, 
Donald Wilkinson Jr. in 1961, when she 
was an exchange student from Spain at 
Mary Baldwin and he was a cadet at 
Virginia Military Institute. He is an advo- 
cate for single-sex education and supports 
the study abroad opportunities detailed in 
the college's 10-year strategic plan. ▲ 

SAT Scores Rise 43 Points 

The admissions office is working to reach 
an average SAT score of at least 1 100 for 
incoming freshmen, an effort referred to as 
Scenario 1 100. The average score of the 
entering freshman class this fall is 1065, up 
43 points from 2004-05, said MBC 


Donald M. 
Wilkinson III 

Innovative Minor 
Makes History 

A liberal arts program in public history 
and a presidential library are joining forces. 
Mary Baldwin College and the Woodrow 
Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) are 
partnering to offer a unique interdisciplinary, 
internship-based undergraduate minor in 
public history beginning in fall 2006. The library was one of several community organiza- 
tions identified as having potential for dynamic connections with MBC as part of the 
college's strategic plan. 

Dr. Pamela Fox, president of MBC, and Eric Vettel, executive director of WWPL, 
signed an agreement to create the public history minor October 19. Academic work will 

likely involve archival and museum studies, art and architec- 
ture, historical preservation, oral history, popular culture, 
video production, and more. Internships at the library could 
include curatorial work, exhibit design, interpretation and 
living history, and museum administration, among others. 
"Students are the winners," comments President Fox. 
"They get the personalized, hands-on education that is Mary 
Baldwin's hallmark, plus the benefit of all the resources of 
the Wilson Library — especially the direct experience of working at the library with expert 
professional historians to guide them. This partnership is also good for the city of Staunton, 
adding yet another element to the amazing cultural and economic synergy. " 

Dr. Nancy Krippel, dean of adult and graduate studies at MBC, and Dr. Joel Hodson, 
director of education at the presidential library, spearheaded the new program — its cre- 
ation and development. ▲ 

President Pamela Fox. Brenda Bryant, vice 
president for enrollment management and 
student life and dean of students, said the 
increase is encouraging — more than the 
college expected to achieve in one year — 
and that the department will "continue to 
work to increase scores over the next few 
years." SAT scores are one of the primary 
indicators of academic readiness for college, 
and admissions looks at them with other 
factors to find students who are the best fit 
for MBC, Bryant said. 

Although projected enrollment for the 
2005-06 incoming class in the Residential 
College for Women is lower than the col- 
lege's original goal at this point, the college 
administration chose to admit only stu- 
dents whose SAT scores would raise or 
maintain the average rather than focus 
solely on a quota. During the next few 
years, MBC may admit fewer students, 
Bryant said, but they will be students who 
are "ready for college and who are likely to 
succeed and remain at the college as con- 
tributing members of our community. "A 

Funding Starts Renovation of 
Historic Rose Terrace 

Two recent significant gifts will help save 
a campus building that appears on both 

the national and state registers of historic 
places. Rose Terrace, a brick Italianate 
house built in 1874, has been a family 
home, the college president's home, a stu- 
dent residence. La Maison Francaise — 
where only French was spoken — and 
office building since Mary Baldwin 
College purchased it in 1919. 
Unfortunately, its age is catching up with 
it, and repairs are needed. 

SunTrust Bank, a longtime supporter of 
Mary Baldwin College, made one of the first 
major donations to fund renovation of Rose 
Terrace. The $25,000 gift was facilitated by 
Greg Godsey, market president of the 
Augusta/ Rockbridge area of SunTrust, and 
will allow work to begin soon on the roof of 
the 130-year-old building, said Judy Grey 
'65, MBC corporate and foundation gifts 
officer. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, a 
Richmond-based philanthropy organization 
that supports historic renovation, has also 
contributed $20,000 to the Rose Terrace 
fund. This funding is just the beginning of 
what is needed to restore the building's archi- 
tectural grace and structural integrity. 

The project is part of the college's com- 
prehensive campus master plan, and it calls 
for exterior repair and historically accurate 
renovation to take place first, followed by 

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MBC in the News 

upgrades to the building's interior. The 
roof is the most pressing project, said 
Judy Grey, because leaks and cracks in 
the building's bricks are causing water 

Grey and her colleagues in MBC's 
Institutional Advancement Office are 
creating a list of alumnae who have 
lived in Rose Terrace and others inter- 
ested in supporting the renovation. 
Please e-mail Grey at igrey@rnbc.edii 
with your name and others with whom 
you shared this beautiful residence. 
They welcome your stories and memo- 
ries about the house. A 

Positive Development in 
Institutional Advancement 

Gerry Grim, who led the successful 
2004-05 Annual Fund and revital- 

ized class giving, has been named 
director of development. 

Jane Rapier Spence '98 was wel- 
comed back to Mary Baldwin, this 
time as a major gifts officer. 

Tina Kincaid '93 is leading the 
Annual Fund team as director of the 
annual fund, 

Betsy Mason '69 has demon- 
strated outstanding commitment to 
MBC as volunteer chair of the 
Annual Fund. She is also chair of the 
Institutional Advancement 
Committee of the Board of Trustees. 

MBC kicked off its annual 
phonathon. Spencer Society, a select 
group of student callers, contact 
alumnae/i and friends of the college 

for support. When possible, student 
callers are matched with the alum- 
nae/i they call based upon things they 
may have in common — geography, 
majors, interests. This important 
work is one way for alumnae/i to 
reconnect with Mary Baldwin and 
support current students, programs, 
and mission of their alma mater. 
The 2005-06 Spencer Society 
includes Harriet Blackwell '06, Renee 
Brill '06, Christi Davidson '08, Leigh 
Frame '06, Heather Hawks '06, Aliah 
Hines '06, Betsy Johnson '06, 
Kimbrick Knox '06, Ashley Lumbard 
'06, Cara Magolda '06, Lindsey 
Napoli '06, Karina Ngaiza '08, 
Mercedes Riddick '06, Molly Starks 
'07, Virtre Sterling '06, and Pa'Trika 
Thornton '07. ▲ 

Enrollment 2005-06 Shows Strength 

Mary Baldwin opened its 164th year this 

fall with an expanded orientation for new 

residential and 

commuter students 

and an enrollment 

of nearly 2,190, 

including a record 

number of students 

in the college's 

Master of Arts in 

Teaching (MAT) 


MAT has 158 
students, an 

increase of more than 30 in the last two 
years. Dean of Adult and Graduate 
Programs Nancy Krippel credited the suc- 
cess to Carole Grove, director of MAT, 
along with creative advertising and bene- 
ficial changes to recruiting materials that 
generated interest in the program. The 
MAT, attracting both recent college grad- 
uates seeking initial licensure and 
seasoned educators, is offered at MBC 
regional centers on campus and in 
Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Richmond. 

Enrollment continues to boom in the 
highly selective master's program in 
Shakespeare studies (M.Litt./MFA), 
offered in partnership with the American 

Shakespeare Center. The 51 students 
include 1 9 newcomers and 12 — the 

largest number yet 
— who seek a 
master of fine arts. 

The Adult 
Degree Program 
ADP), one of the 
oldest in the coun- 
try, boosted 
enrollment from 
1,190 to 1,196. 
Students in the 
program can also 
attend classes in Charlottesville, 
Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, and 
Weyers Cave to complete 
undergraduate studies, 
postgraduate teacher 
licensure, or a certificate 

The college intro- 
duced 254 new students 
to the Residential 
College for Women 
(RCW), mcluding 224 
freshmen and 30 trans- 
fer students. Enrollment in the 
residential program reflects an excep 
tional and diverse group of students. 

"The Class of 2009 has some of 
the most open and inspiring 
women I've met in my tenure at 
MBC. These women are motivat- 
ed, driven, and they like to have 
fim. They definitely embody the 
spirit of 'work hard, play hard.'" 
— Lesley Fondren '06, 
orientation 2005 student co-chair 

"/V« really tickled with my advisees and the 
students in my classes this fall. They come to 
class prepared, participate readily, seek help 
with difficulties, and are mature beyond their 
age, on top of things, and adjusting well. 
They're fun to teach!" 

— Virgirua Francisco '64, professor of theatre 

chosen from an applicant pool of 
about 1,350. The freshmen are from 
states across the country and several 
countries overseas. About oG.o percent 
of those entering are women of color: 
African American, Asian American, 
Hispanic, and Native American. 

The college's signature programs 
continue to be strong. The Program for 
the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) has 27 
new students. Each 
PEG student bypasses 
all or most of high 
school to become a full- 
time residential student 
at Mary Baldwin. The 
Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership 
numbers 125 this year 
with 40 nULLs, or new 
VWIL students, joining 
the ranks of the country's only all- 
female corps of cadets. ▲ 

"After observing the freshmen who arrived this year, we are fortunate to get such a nice group of young ladies. Even better is the opportunity they are 
getting — being mentored by our wonderful upper-class students who have traveled douni the same road they are taking. I am looking fonvard to 
talking with as many of them as I can, and to the excellent years they will share with us. " Robert Richardson, director of securin- 

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MBC in the News 

Faculty, Students Receive NIH Grants 

Three students and four faculty members received 
grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to 
begin research this year on a variety of health-related 
topics. The program, called the Research Initiative 
Fund, is administered through MBC's Office of 
Sponsored Programs and Research Development. 

Student Research Initiative Grants 

Megan Huffman '06 & Elizabeth Hairfield (faculty 
advisor), "Comparison of Resins by Headspace Analysis and 
GC-MS." $1,250. To study how incense releases different 
fragrance profiles when burned and when warmed. Has 
implications for determining the soothing and symptom relief 
effects of fragrances. 

Randi Hue '06 & Lundy Pentz (faculty advisor), 
"Inhibitory Properties of Nogo-A on Primary Salamander 
Neurite Cultures." $1,500. Nogo-A is a protein associated 
with membranes in central nervous system tissue in 
vertebrates. The study will provide information about 
whether inhibiting the production of Nogo-A would aid in 
recovery after a spinal cord injury. 

Therese Landin '06 &C Sharon Spalding (faculty advisor), 
"A Comparison of Body Composition Techniques." $250. To 
study the accuracy of the method — measurements of neck, 
waist, and hips — used by the United States Armed Forces to 
determine body fat composition in women. Body fat 
percentage will be measured using three methods: skin fold, 
bio-electrical impedence feedback, and air displacement. 

Faculty Research Initiative Grants 

Andreas Anastasiou, assistant professor of psychology, 
and Alice Araujo, associate professor of 
communication. "Gender differences in the communication 
of empathy toward perceived adversarial groups." $6,600. To 
study the role of gender in conflict resolution. 

Kathy McCleaf, associate professor of health and 
physical education, Paul Deeble, assistant professor 
of biology, Steve Mosher, professor of health care 
administration and political science, and Lundy 
Pentz, associate professor of biology. 
"Health Professions Advising Model." $4,200. To study how 
to improve academic advising for undergraduate women 
considering careers in health professions. 

Allan Moye, director of communication lab and 
instructor, and Pat Hunt, college chaplain. 
"Documenting Extraordinary Lives." $700. To produce 
student-directed, student-produced video documentaries of 
people on and around the MBC campus. The collection will 
begin an oral and visual history archive housed at the college. 

John Ong, associate professor of mathematics. 
"Structured Treatment Interruption in HIV Dynamics." 
$5,500. To study how to optimize the timing and duration of 
medication "holidays," which are often used to lessen toxic 
drug reactions and resistance. A 

SACS Reaffirmation BeginsThis Fall With New Rules 

Fall 2005 marks the kickoff of an event that occurs every 10 years in higher educa- 
tion: reaffirmation of the college's accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of 
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Reaffirmation is a two- 
year process that will culminate in a campus visit in Spring 2007. 

In most countries, colleges and universities are accredited by federal or 
regional government, but the United States has a unique approach. Most of the 
nation's 4,000 institutions of higher learning are accredited by one of six regional 
organizations that set and enforce standards determined by the membership. 
While regional accreditation is theoretically voluntary, it is a requirement for par- 
ticipation in most fedetal and state financial aid programs, so nearly all of the 
country's non-profit colleges and universities — and an increasing proportion of 
for-profit schools — go through the rigorous process. 

SACS is the largest regional accreditor, covering the southeast from Virginia to 
Texas. MBC is in the third group of institutions to seek reaffirmation under a new 
set of rules that went into effect in 2003. The first phase, which lasts throughout 
the 2005-2006 academic year, features a compliance review. MBC must measure 
its compliance with 76 standards that cover every aspect of our operation, and pro- 
vide extensive electronic documentation of our assessment. The compliance report 
will be reviewed by a peer committee in Atlanta in fall 2006. The second step is the 
centerpiece of the new reaffirmation process, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). 
The QEP requires that a new program be designed to improve student learning. 
Dean Jeffrey Buller will lead the faculty in selecting a topic for the QEP this fall and 
developing the proposal in the spring. 

The reaffirmation effort is led by our SACS liaison, Lewis Askegaard, college 
registrar, associate dean, and director of institutional research. He is joined on the 
SACS leadership group by President Pamela Fox, Dean Jeffrey Buller, and Professor 
Steven Mosher. During the year, the committee contacts staff, faculty, and students 
in order to document MBC's progress. ▲ 

Under the Apple Trees 

For the first time in nearly 30 years, students, faculty, and staff celebiatod 
the college's annual Apple Day at an orchard, a location graciously offered by 
former MBC trustee Carole Lewis Anderson. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

MBC in the News 

National and International Speakers Come to MBC 

Mary Baldwin College welcomes numerous distinguished guests to campus. Some come as part of annual speaker programs spon- 
sored by the generous contributions of donors; others are personally invited by faculty and students at Mary Baldwin. Here we share 
news about just a few of the more recent guest speakers. 

Mary Robinson 

Former President of Ireland 

"Believe in something and be 
willing to pay the price," Mary 
Robinson, former president of 
Ireland, told those gathered for 
the Smyth Leadership Lecture 
at MBC. "Steel yourself to 
take criticism and know that 
you are standing up for what you believe." 

Robinson, 61, was Ireland's first female 
leader, serving as president from 1990 to 1997. 
She first made national headlines in Ireland 
when she was elected to the Irish Senate 
(Seanad Eireann) in 1969. She campaigned 
for various women's issues including the right 
of women to sit on juries. 

Robinson explained how she faced bit- 
ing criticism shortly after being elected 
president for advocating for women's rights, 
specifically birth control and other forms of 

Her address focused on the campaign for 
human rights that has encompassed much of 
her adult life. As United Nations High 
Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 
2002, she went to locations such as Chechnya, 
Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, where the 
struggle for human rights is eclipsed by the 
struggle for survival. 

Robinson cited the Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights as the backbone of her 
responsibilities as High Commissioner and in 
her newest project, the Ethical Globalization 
Initiative, which advocates for considering 
human rights in the globalization process. The 
first article of the declaration is a powerful 
statement: "All human beings are born free 
and equal in dignity and rights. They are 
endowed with reason and conscience and 
should act towards one another in a spirit of 

The Smyth Leadership Lecture Series is 
made possible by the Smyth Foundarion, an 

organization established by Mary Baldwin 
College trustee emeritus H. Gordon Smyth and 
his wife, Mary Beth Smyth '47. 

Kaveh Shojania M.D. 
Physician Author 

Dr. Kaveh Shojania, a physi- 
cian, professor, and author, 
spoke about patient safety 
and the ramifications of med- 
ical mistakes as speaker of the 
college's Carpenter Lecture. 
Shojania has appeared on 
national news shows including Good 
Morning America and CNN's American 
Morning to speak about the topic. He is 
assistant professor at University of Ottawa 
and continues to work as a clinician. He is 
also a scientist in the clinical epidemiology 
program at Ottawa Health Research 
Institute, where his research focuses on 
patient safety and quality improvement. He 
was recently awarded a five-year Canada 
Research Chair. 

The Carpenter Lecture series draws 
leading figures in Health Care 
Administration. It is made possible by the E. 
Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter '35 
Foundation, a generous contributor to the 
health care administration program at MBC. 

Pamela Baskervill '75 
Judge of the Court 

The Honorable Pamela Shell 
Baskervill '75, opened her 
Founders Day address by 
reminiscing about her years 
as a student. Celebrating 
Apple Day at the height of 
its popularity. Taking mes- 
sages on hall phones (students did not have 
individual room phones). Having pride in 
the college's Honor Code. Although the 
daily details may have changed in 30 years, 

Baskervill recognized that the students in 
the audience were much like she and her 
friends were at that time in their lives. 
Mary Baldwin prepared her with lessons in 
leadership for life, she said. 

"I learned how to think. I was critical, I 
asked questions, I studied, and I approached 
subjects from unique angles. What I lacked 
in rote knowledge, I made up for in tech- 
nique," she said. 

Baskervill is judge of the court of the 
11th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Her 
daughters, Susannah, MBC Class of 2004, 
and Ann, and husband Charles Baskervill, 
MBC Board of Trustees member, looked on 
from their seats in the audience. A political 
science major, both Baskervill and her 
daughter Susannah were Russell Scholars 
while at MBC. 

"Leadership does not require a position 
or a title; it requires action," she said. 

Founders Day, held annually on the 
first weekend in October (near the October 
4 birthday of Mary Julia Baldwin), honors 
Miss Baldwm and Rufus W. Bailey as the 
two founders of MBC. Mr. Bailey founded 
Augusta Female Seminary in 1842, and Miss 
Baldwin shepherded the school thorough the 
dark days of the Civil War and transformed 
it into the rigorous seminary that was 
renamed in her honor in 1895. Seniors are 
invested by wearing their college caps and 
gowns publicly for the first time on 
Founders Day. 

By Invitation from Faculty & Students 

Evripides Evriviades, ambassador of the 
Republic of Cyprus, visited Mary Baldwin 
College as a guest of Andreas Anastasiou, 
assistant professor of psychology and native 
of Cyprus. Ambassador Evriviades spoke on 
campus about the challenges and opportuni- 
ties Cyprus has had as a member of the 
European Union. A 

Pouring OvertheTea Service 

In the winter 2004 Mary Baldwin College Magazine, we fea- 
tured a picture of Dr. Pamela Fox and Donald Campbell. Mr. 
Campbell, son of former Mary Baldwin Dean Elizabeth Pfohl 
Campbell and former Board ofTrustees Chair Edmund 
Campbell, loaned the college a coin silver sugar bowl and 
cream pitcher (pictured here) that originally belonged to 
Rufus Bailey. Those items are on display in the archive cabi- 
net across from the Office of the President in the 
Administration Building. Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell willed a sil- 
ver tea service and one dozen red Wedgwood plates to the 
college, and they are in use in the President's House. ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Copper Coins and Poetry? 

You Never Want to Miss Our Doenges Scholars! 

By Dawn Medley 

The copper coins flip end over end 
through the air, reflecting beams of 
sunlight from the classroom win- 
dow. They land — silently on the carpeted 
floor or with a jingle on desktops — and 
each student finds a hidden "number" by 
adding up the points contained in three pen- 
nies: A tail equals two and a head is three. 

The sets of coins fly into the air again; 
five more times, generating a set of six 
numbers for every person. Each number 
equates to a yin (broken) line or a yang 
(solid) line. The patterns are interpreted by 
an ancient Chinese text that has been 
translated and modernized for 21st-century 
American students. 

It's an unconventional activity for a 
poetry class at Mary Baldwin College, but 
visiting scholar Arthur Sze knows what he 
is doing. He has just led eager pupils 

through an ancient Chinese exercise — 
consulting the culture's legendary oracle, I 
Ching, to gain a deeper understanding of 
their life's path. Before students threw the 
coins, they wrote a question related to a 
situation about which they needed clarity. 
After the exercise, they will write verses 
about the experience and the answer. 

Exploration of the mystery of the I 
Ching is just one of the unique ideas Sze 
shared during his three-week May Term 
course as Mary Baldwin's 2004—05 Elizabeth 
Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Scholar. 

Sze was nominated for the Doenges by 
Robert Grotjohn, MBC associate professor 
of English. "He is one member of an impor- 
tant group of poets whose work is shifting 
the face of American poetry by incorporat- 
ing Asian influences," Grotjohn said. 

Nature imagery is poignant and abun- 

dant in Sze's work, as demonstrated in an 
excerpt from "The Chromatics of Dawn" 
in his latest book, Qiiipii: 

"Navel oranges ripen on branches 
near the steps/ to a porch. He recalls 
zigzagging along a path/ marked by white 
stones through a lava flow/ to a beach 
where violet morning glories flared." 

"You could say I am a 'science 
dropout,'" said Sze, a second-generation 
Chinese American who grew up in a family 
with traditional Chinese values and respect 
for ancient Chinese literature and Taoism. 
He was accepted at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology and planned to fol- 
low in his father's footsteps in chemical 
engineering. Instead, Sze started to write 
poems, and, after two years and a poetry 
workshop with acclaimed writer Denise 
Levertov, he headed west to Berkeley. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

'It's not like you have 

the chance 

to take this kind of class 

at any time 
at any college. 

It has shed light 

on a culture and 

creative process 

I knew little about.' 

A professor and mentor at University 
of California at Berkeley let him create his 
own major in poetry. By age 21, he pub- 
lished his first book, The Willow Wind, 
which showcased his adeptness at trans- 
lating ancient Chinese poems, and 
composing his own. His eighth book, 
Quipu, was published in fall 2004 and 
highlights his continuing fascination with 
narratives in diverse cultures. Quipu are 
bundles of string dyed and knotted in 
varying patterns used by ancient Inca 
communities to store important data, 
communicate messages, and record stories 
critical to their civilization. 

Although Sze is considered prolific by 
many standards, he said his creative 
process is lengthy. "Writing my own 
poems will, I think, always be the more 
demanding calling for me," Sze said. "If I 
have 12 finished pages at the end of a 
year, it is a good year." 

"I thought it would be daunting to 
work with someone who is so accom- 
plished and well-known in the literary 
world, but he is so approachable that I 
just opened myself up to learn from him," 
said Katherine Wood '06, an Asian 
Studies major. 

English major Bethany Pope '05 
signed up for Sze's class in hopes of push- 
ing her writing in a new direction. "I'm 
fascinated by this hybrid form we have 
been working with, which includes prose 
and a haiku at the end, or haiku inter- 
spersed throughout a piece. It's not like 
you have the chance to take this kind of 
class at any time at any college. It has 
shed light on a culture and creative 
process I knew little about." ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

2005-06 Doenges Scholar: Francine Prose 

Author Francine Prose, a Brooklyn-born cultural satirist and author of more 
than 20 books, is the 2005-06 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar. Prose's 
first novel was published when she was 26, and her Blue Angel was a finalist 
for the National Book Award. Another of her works. Household Saints, was 
made into a 1993 film directed by Nancy Savoca and starring Lili Taylor, 
Tracey UUman, and Vincent 
D'Onofrio. Her latest book, A 
Changed Man, was published in 
March 2005. It chronicles the life of a 
32-year-old former neo-Nazi skinhead 
who becomes a media celebrity after 
publicly renouncing racism. 

"'Write what you know' is one of 
the most familiar writing cliches," 
says Richard Plant, Mary Baldwin 
professor of English and the faculty 
member who recommended Prose as 
the Doenges Scholar. "My impression 
of Francine Prose is that she asks what 
she needs to know to explore a subject 
and write a specific book, and then 
immerses herself so thoroughly in that 

subject that the resulting work — fiction or nonfiction — carries the authentici- 
ty of a dedicated scholar's field report." 

"That curiosity and suppleness of mind should provide MBC students 
with a valuable illustration of how the liberal arts can create a lifelong habit of 
mind," Plant said. 

Prose has the ability to empathize and inhabit the skin and the worlds of 
characters very different from herself and from each other. Plant said. The same 
writer who lovingly depicts Italian- American family dynamics in Household 
Saints has also written about sexual politics played out in academe in Blue 
Angel and about modern American hate groups in A Changed Man. Plant and 
the other members of the Doenges selection committee were also impressed by 
Prose's record of teaching residencies at some of the nation's most prestigious 
colleges, universities, and writing conferences. 

Prose earned her B.A. in English literature from Radcliffe College in 1968. 
She started a graduate program at Harvard in medieval English literature, then 
left to spend a year in India, where she began her first novel, Judah the Pious. 
Prose also has written several short story collections, translations, and five chil- 
dren's books. Her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Hatper's Magazine, 
The New Yorker, and other magazines. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim 
Fellowship, and she traveled throughout the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright 
Creative Writing Fellowship. 

Prose gave a public reading on campus January 15, and she will teach a 
course, Reading Like a Writer, during May Term 2006. A 


Excerpt from A Changed Man, 2005 by Francine Prose 

"Nolan pulls into the parking garage, braced for the Rican attendant 
with the cojones big enough to make a point of wondering what this 
rusted hunk of Chev)' pickup junk is doing in Jag-u-ar City. But the tick- 
et-spitting machine doesn't much care what Nolan's driving. It lifts its 
arm, hke a benediction, like the hand of God dividing the Red Sea. 
Nolan passes a dozen empty spots and drives up to the top level, where 
he turns in beside a dusty van that hasn't been an\-where lately. He grabs 
his duffel bag, jumps out, inhales, filling his lungs with damp cement-y 
air. So far, so good, he likes the garage. He wishes he could stay here. He 
finds the stairwell where he would hide were he planning a mugging, 
corkscrews down five flights of stairs, and plunges into the honking 
inferno of midafternoon Times Square." 

You Say Coo-pa-li, I say Cue-po-la 

This fall, Mary Baldwin debuted The Cupola, a new newspaper for faculty, 
staff, and students published by the office of Communication, Marketing, 
and Public Affairs. It is published on the first Tuesday of each month. 

If the word "cupola" does not roll off your tongue, you're not alone. 
There were many entertaining pronunciations during the newspaper's intro- 
ductory month; among the favorites (we won't mention names) are 
"coo-pee-o-lee" (a type of pasta served with marinara sauce?) and "cup-a-la" 

(something you could order in place 
of a cup of coffee?). 

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according to trusty Mr. Webster, 
"kyij-ps-b." Here's a cheat sheet for 
future reference: "Q-pull-a," with 
emphasis on the first syllable. 

Explaining what a cupola is pro- 
vides a perfect opportunity to highlight 
one of MBC's most distinguishing 
architectural features. A cupola is 
defined as "a small structure built on a 
roof." Mary Baldwin's version is the 
ornate dome-shaped piece adorned 
with a pineapple — a traditional sym- 
bol for hospitality — atop Lyda B. 
Hunt Dining Hall. It is part of the col- 
lege logo and is featured in numerous 
photographs with picturesque clouds 
surrounding it. It is inseparable from Mary Baldwin College's public image. 
The cupola has not always been one of the college's trademark symbols. 
Hunt Dining Hall was not constructed until 1960. According to the college histo- 
ry, To Live in Titne by Patricia Menk, professor emerita of history: "The building 
did have some unusual features for a college building. The cupola atop the roof 
... is a yearly challenge as maintenance men mount a Christmas star each 
December." The Christmas star disappeared years ago, but the cupola retains its 
stature in MBC imagery. 

The newspaper is named in recognition of the cupola as a distinctive fea- 
ture of the college. The cupola is to Mary Baldwin what colonnades and quads 
may be to other colleges and universities. It is distinctly ours. It was not the 
first title that was suggested for the newspaper, but it is one that conveys mean- 
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as. News Lists MBC in 
Top Tier for Fourth Year 

In its fourth year of classification 
as a master's-level university, Mary 
Baldwin College continues to be 
named among the best colleges and 
universities in the 
country, according 
to the latest annual 
rankings by U.S. 
News & World 
Report. The college 
was listed in the top 
tier of master's-level 
universities in the South for the 
fourth year in a row, with a rank- 
ing of 31 out of 130 schools in the 

"The data that places us in the 
top tier year after year clearly shows 
an important element of our success: 
the low student to faculty ratio — 10 
to 1 this year — and small average 
class size," MBC President Pamela 
Fox said. 

Mary Baldwin's student-to-fac- 
ulty ratio and average class size are 
lower than most other schools in the 
category; only four schools in the 
comparison group of 130 have a 
lower student to faculty ratio, and 
only 14 have a higher percentage of 
classes with 20 or fewer students. For 
the magazine's complete listing, visit 

The Communication, 
Marketing, and Public Affairs depart- 
ment designed and placed an ad for 
the southern print edition of U.S. 
News & World Report for the 
August edition of the magazine - Best 
Colleges in America. The full page, 
four-color ad on page 15 reflects the 
college's vibrant new color palette 
and messaging targed to a new gener- 
ation of college students — 
millennials — which will be the focus 
of admissions materials now and 
going forward. 

Mary Baldwin was also recognized 
again this year as one of the best col- 
leges in the southeast by The Princeton 
Review. The expanded online site at offers 
online application and a feature that 
invites students to gauge their 
chances of admission. A 


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, College. 

Residential College for Women: 

■ Student body: 900 women; 

31 % American ethnic minorities 

■ 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio; aver- 
age class size 17 

■ 30+ distinctive majors, with 
study-abroad opportunities for 
every student 

■ Over 250 student leadership posi- 
tions; 34 recognized student 

■ Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta 
Kappa chapters, plus 10 more 
honor societies 

■ Division III athletics: basketball, 
cross country, field hockey, 
soccer, Softball, swimming, 
tennis, and volleyball 

■ 40% of alumnae earn graduate 

■ Recent graduates include Fulbnght, 
Truman, Jack Kent Cooke, and 
Eisenhower scholars 

■ Located in vibrant downtown 
Staunton, Virginia, near 
Shenandoah National Park 

Co-ed Adult Degree Program offer- 
ing BA and BS degrees 

Graduate Studies: 

■ Master of Arts in Teaching 

■ MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature in 
Performance (in partnership with 
the American Shakespeare Center) 


vhat you want or have yet to discover your 
passions, Mary Baldwin College offers multiple 
avenues to achievement — through our extraordinary 
commitment to personalized education, through the 10 
key experiences we call the MBC Advantage, through our 
signature programs, and in countless other ways. We know 
how to help you discover where you want to go ... and exceed even 
your own expectations. 

Our commitment to personalized education begins with professors who know more than 
your name: they know yon. They help you navigate through that all-important first year and 
guide you through the rigors of original research and creative projects. They see to it that you 
get the hands-on experience that puts you a step ahead in graduate school and career. They 
take your achievement personally. 

The MBC Advantage integrates everything you learn through a first-year program, 
leadership skills development, international and multicultural connections, personalized 
wellness plans, individual learning plans and portfolios, and learning communities that pro- 
vide support and connections throughout your four years. Lifelong friendships are forged in 
our welcoming and diverse campus community, where high ethical standards are embodied 
in a cherished Honor Code. 

MBC's signature programs provide opportunities available 
nowhere else. The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership 
is the only all-female cadet corps in the country. The 
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted brings together 
extraordinary young women from around the globe. Or 
you can join our Interfaith Village. These and other pro- 
gram options allow you to tailor your college experience 
to match your dreams. 

A Mary Baldwin education paves the way for high 
achievement in all facets of human endeavor. Here, you 
make a positive difference in yourself, so you 
can make a positive difference in the world. 



Staunton, Virginia 24401 


Academic D i s t i n c xio n : 

Mary Baldwin's Version is a Constellation of Excellence 

-.ssAY in Dr. Ji-n'RtY Bi 

"Academic distinction" has become a 
buzzword. Nearly every college and uni- 
versity is focused on a handful of 
academic programs — calling them 
"Pillars of Excellence," "Steeples of 
Distinction," or the like — touting the 
ways these programs are set apart from 
disciplines bearing almost identical names 
at other institutions. 

The irony is that the ways in which 
colleges and universities tend to argue that 
their programs are "distinctive" — superi- 
or teaching, a caring and dedicated faculty, 
small class size — always ends up making 
them seem so alike. 

One of the great things about Mary 
Baldwin is that we've always looked at aca- 
demic distinction in a different way. Rather 
than isolated "Pillars," we've taken excep- 
tional care to achieve a high level of quality 
in all our academic programs. If we don't 
think that we can offer a program that's up 
to our standards, we don't. It doesn't mat- 
ter how "hot" that particular discipline 
may be according to fads and surveys. The 
same goes for faculty members. If we think 
a candidate isn't sufficiently dedicated to 
the quality of teaching, isn't the sort of per- 
son vyho'il put students first, and won't be 
effective in leading students to achieve their 
highest potential, we don't hire them. 
Quality of instruction is the single most 

important thing we consider when we eval- 
uate a facult)' member, consider someone 
for promotion, or grant tenure. 

Mary Baldwin's approach to academ- 
ic distinction is that we're not interested 
in a few, isolated patches of excellence; 
we're interested in constellations of excel- 
lence. It's part of our liberal arts heritage. 
The liberal arts are about making connec- 
tions — seeing patterns that people 
haven't seen before, transferring skills 
from one aspect of our lives to another, 
using our talents to combine with the tal- 
ents of others for the greater good — all 
kinds of connections between ideas, peo- 
ple, methods, approaches, and disciplines. 
Mary Baldwin's approach isn't about rais- 
ing one steeple higher than all the others 
but bringing a greater synergy and 
strength to every discipline. 

One example of this is our constella- 

professions and social services. Just about 
everyone knows how terrific our health 
care administration (HCA) program is. 
Talk about unique: It is the only endowed 
undergraduate program in health care 
administration anywhere in North 
America. And there are fewer than 40 

ours is one of them. There are about 200 
MBC graduates of this program now at 
work in hospitals, nursing homes, home 
health organizations, insurance companies, 
assisted living facilities, and governmental 
agencies. Many other graduates from the 
program have gone on to top graduate 
schools in the United States and Canada. 
So what makes health care adminis- 

Baldwin? What sets it apart? It isn't the 
size of our faculty or the lavishness of the 
research funding we can give. It is the 
commitment, dedication, and interaction 
of the faculty in HCA with other pro- 

service, management, and leadership. 
HCA is distinctive because it's a profes- 

certified by the Association of University 
Programs in Health Administration, and 

arts. It is the interconnectedness of the 
HCA curriculum to our programs in busi- 
ness administration, sociology, economics, 
anthropology, and other disciplines that 
sets it apart. Our strength resides, not in a 
pinnacle, but in a connection. 

At Mary Baldwin, the faculty in health 
care administration and a discipline like 
political science do not compete for stu- 
dents; they are colleagues providing an 
excellent educational experience. Some 
HCA faculty members hold joint appoint- 
ments in the department of political 

'Mary Baldwin's approach isn't about raising one 
steeple higher than all the others but bringing a 
greater synergy and strength to every discipline.' 

science. One of our political scientists 
serves on the Health Care Administration 
Advisor Board. We have an HCA faculty 
member who serves on the Staunton City 
Council. That's important because it means 
students who leave Mary Baldwin to enter 
the field of health care understand how 
political processes work and the role gov- 
ernment plays in providing health services 
to citizens. 

Similarly, students who are interested 
in the study of political science get a richer 
experience because of the talent we have in 
health care administration. A student 
majoring in political science doesn't just 
get the benefit of the excellent faculty in 
that discipline, they get a higher level of 
experience from the cooperative interac- 
tions of our entire faculty. Plus, consider 
the advantages of studying government in 
a location close to Richmond and 
Washington DC with internship opportu- 
nities in places like the White House, 
Congress, the governor's office, state legis- 
lature, executive agencies, and local law 
firms. It gives our program an edge. 

If the liberal arts are about making 
connections, they're also about drawing 
your own conclusions from primary 
sources of information, doing research 
yourself, and having direct contact with 
data. Many political science programs 
don't introduce students to quantitative 
analysis until graduate school. For our 
students, exposure to statistical packages 
like SPSS and data sources like National 
Election Studies occurs throughout the 
undergraduate curriculum. Students get 
hands-on experience through simulations: 
legislative, judicial confirmations, con- 
gressional campaigns, White House 
media, mock political party conventions, 
and so on. 

A large number of political issues have 
economic dimensions. So, one of the bene- 
fits of having a whole constellation of 
excellent programs in human services and 
government is that political science stu- 
dents have an opportunity for superior 
exposure to economics courses, and vice 
versa. Like our political science program, 
our department of economics ensures that 
even undergraduates have a great deal of 

exposure to the data that drive their disci- 
pline and develop the skills needed for 
practical data analysis. At Mary Baldwin, 
economics majors take two applied statis- 
tics courses taught in computer labs by 
dedicated professors whose cutting edge 
research complements their teaching, 
instead of distracting them from it. We 
give students a chance to explore economic 
issues on computers equipped with the 
very same statistical software widely used 
in the corporate world. Even at the intro- 
ductory level, fully a quarter of the 
coursework is devoted to international 
economic issues, as well. 

Students with an interest in global 
perspectives and social inequalities will 
find that Mary Baldwin's economics pro- 
gram is distinctive, not because it's an 
isolated area of excellence, but because of 
its collaboration with programs like politi- 
cal science, international studies, 
sociology, and social work. The depart- 
ment of sociology and social work, too, 
emphasizes international perspectives 
throughout its curriculum and provides 
students with opportunities to learn first- 
hand through internships and field 
instruction. Several courses in sociology 
and social work have service-learning 
components each year. 

The nexus of disciplines that prepares 
students to enter the helping professions 
doesn't just include social sciences; it also 
encompasses natural sciences like biology 
and biochemistry that are essential for indi- 
viduals interested in medicine or nursing, 
and it encompasses behavioral sciences like 
psychology. Our department of psychology 
is truly unique as an undergraduate pro- 
gram because of the opportunity for 
research and the requirements for research 
It imposes. We believe that direct access to 
knowledge through research shouldn't be 
reserved for a select few students. Just as 
our disciplines grow stronger as part of a 
larger mass of academic fields, so do our 
students become stronger through what 
they learn in their own research and what 
they are then able to teach others. In psy- 
chology, as in many of our science 
programs, we conduct research training on 
the "mentor model" that is most often used 

in graduate programs. Each psychology 
major is paired with a faculty member 
who guides her research project from con- 
ception to final presentation. 

Perhaps most important of all, these 
student researchers are required to make 
formal oral reports of progress. The goal 
is to complete a project that can be report- 
ed or presented at a professional level. The 
level of success that our psychology stu- 
dents have had is truly distinctive. Over 
the past several years, not just our most 
select students but students from all levels 
of the program have co-authored and pub- 
lished a number of professional articles. 
Students have also made numerous pre- 
sentations at national meetings, including 
those of the American Psychological 
Association, the American Psychological 
Society, and Society for Behavioral 
Neuroendocrinology, among others. 

Similarly in biology, each student 
completes a research-based thesis. For 
their capstone experience, biology majors 
design a research project around a ques- 
tion of individual and significant interest, 
and then conduct that research with fac- 
ulty supervision. Because of the 
sophistication of this research, the process 
begins in the spring of the junior year 
when students learn the basics of statisti- 
cal analysis and the mechanics of writing 
a thesis. In the fall of their senior year 
students construct a formal research pro- 
posal and begin their project. Research 
continues throughout the spring term of a 
student's senior year and culminates in an 
oral defense of the written thesis. 

We regard a flow of ideas from 
health care administration to political sci- 
ence to economics to sociology and social 
work to psychology to biology (and vice 
versa) as essential. These are disciplines 
that are too often divided by walls of a 
departmental structure or located in dif- 
ferent schools or isolated as "pillars" or 
"steeples" of excellence. At Mary 
Baldwin, we achieve distinction through 
the strength of the connection. That's 
what the liberal arts are about, and that's 
what Mary Baldwin College is about. It's 
the power of association that marks our 
real distinction. ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

View Online 

The first phase of the .* 
architects' work for the 1 
Campus IVlaster Plan, a 
needs analysis, is available 
online by visiting the MBC 
homepage and clicking on 
the button "Composing Our 
Future (10-Year Strategic 
Plan.") The needs analysis is 
in the left hand column 
under "Campus Planning." 



By Dawn Medley 

If Phillip Renfrew and John Wittmann 
— the architects guiding Mary Baldwin 
College's campus master planning — 
were teaching an undergraduate course 
about the work they have done at MBC 
since May 2005, the first class might begin 
like this: "First, you should understand 
what the Mary Baldwin campus master 
plan is, and what it is not. The master plan 
does not address, in detail, each person's 
concerns. It is not a step-by-step plan for 
planting a tree right here or building a resi- 
dence hall over there. But, it should be 
inspiring. It provides ideas and options for 
using the existing campus spaces in innova- 
tive ways and looking at the college from a 
different perspective. It is broad and imagi- 
native. The next step is up to the college." 

Renfrew and Wittmann — of the 
Alexandria, Virginia-based firm Geier 
Brown Renfrow Architects — have been 
unofficially educating students, faculty, and 
staff about the process for the past several 
months. Their plan for the college, which 
the pair cautions will be a draft version 
that will be altered as resources and priori- 
ties change, will be unveiled to the campus 
and community in early 2006. It has been 

almost a decade since MBC underwent 
such comprehensive facility planning, said 
Jane Pietrowski, MBC's vice president of 
business and finance. 

During numerous visits to campus 
during the summer and fall, the architects' 
activities have ranged from formal meet- 
ings with President Pamela Fox and the 
Board of Trustees to impromptu stops at 
many offices and wandering the grounds to 
find the campus' hidden treasures. Each 
visit is carefully planned. Each bit of infor- 
mation carefully recorded. 

"In the first phase — the discovery 
phase — there is a lot of careful observa- 
tion," Wittmann said. "It may not look 
like we're doing a whole lot, but it is 
absolutely critical to find out as much as 
we can about the campus." 

In September, all faculty and staff were 
invited to Wittmann's on-campus presenta- 
tion of the first phase of the architect's 
work, a needs analysis. The document was 
also made available online. Wittmann 
explained the team's observations about 
the college's image, parking availability, 
pedestrian circulation, outdoor gathering 
spaces, and several other aspects. He and 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 

MBC President Pamela Fox encouraged 
faculty, staff, and students to respond 
with questions and suggestions. 

Although they have completed 
nearly 20 campus planning projects 
between them, this is Wittmann and 
Renfrow's first joint campus master 
plan project. The team's discovery 
phase stretched from the end of the 
spring 2005 semester through the sum- 
mer. They talked in detail with the 
college's Board of Trustees and groups 
of faculty, staff, and students who con- 
vened specifically for the process. At 
the core of their discussion were ques- 
tions about what it is like to be a 
Mary Baldwin student, faculty mem- 
ber, or staff member. The architects 
visited employees in most offices on 
campus to get visual information 
about space and workflow. Feedback 
was also collected through an online 
student survey. Studying data maps, 
drawings, photos, and written infor- 
mation about the campus' history and 
specifications are other significant 
parts of their research. 

Renfrow, who designed MBC's 
PEG Center and renovations of the 
Administration Building and McClung 
Residence Hall, enjoyed finding the 
lesser-known parts of campus, and the 
traditions and events associated with 
them. In this early phase, the team 
looked at the campus through the eyes 
of as many different groups of people 
as possible. They took the admissions 
walking tour geared toward prospective 
and new students, met with the college 
archivist, and tagged along with stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff. "Everyone 
we've met has been engaging and eager 
to participate and get these things 
rolling," Wittmann said. 

Renfrow and Wittmann are look- 
ing for ways to make a big impact for 
the least cost. It is unlikely that they 
will recommend immediate construc- 
tion of many new buildings or suggest 
other large-scale renovations. Among 
Mary Baldwin's unique characteristics 
— no surprise to those who have stud- 
ied, worked, or even visited — are its 
steep changes in elevation and the sepa- 
ration between the original MBC 

campus and the former Staunton 
Military Academy (SMA) buildings and 
grounds that the college acquired in the 
1970s. "To put it delicately, the campus 
is 'topographically challenged,'" 
Renfrow said. "The two sections are 
separated by an expanse of parking lots. 
The former SMA campus and the post- 
card images from the crest of Cannon 
Hill are untapped assets." The master 
plan will seek to make use of that space 
in innovative ways. 

The team's work doesn't stop at 
MBC's boundary line. Meetings with 
movers and shakers on the downtown 
Staunton arts, retail, and events scenes 
have given them ideas about how to 
connect the college and the city through 
campus planning. 

Although the campus master plan 
is not yet complete, improvements that 
address some of the planning goals 
began in earnest during summer 2005. 
A significant gift from alumna Bertie 
Murphy Deming Smith '48 jump-start- 
ed short-term facility improvements — 
such as painting, new furniture, and 
consolidation of college departments 
— that will ultimately fit in to the 
overall campus plan. 

"We enjoy campus planning 
because of its variety," Renfrow said. 
"One day you are working on a park- 
ing lot, the next on a residence hall, 
the next on a historic building. It is 
gratifying because we know that edu- 
cational institutions need us to make 
the most out of what they have." A 

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e-mail message to, and ivatch for neivs 
about when campus and com}nunity gatherings u'ill be held to introduce the plan. 

Phillip Renfrow (r), a partner in Geier 
Brown Renfrow Architects, is no 
stranger to the IVIBC campus. Renfrow 
was involved in designing the residence 
hall for the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted, which opened in 
2002, and he earned a Historic 
Preservation Award from the City of 
Staunton for his role in the renovation 
and restoration of the Administration 
Building. Renfrow's specialty is higher 
education projects, which have been 
his focus for about 25 years. He has 
worked on campus planning and reno- 
vation at University of Virginia, 
Gallaudet University, Trinity University, 
and Capitol College, among others. 
Outside higher education, Renfrow was 
also part of the architectural team that 
earned an American Institute of 
Architects Historic Resources Award for 
a renovation and addition at the Sears 
World Trade Center in Washington DC. 

John Wittmann (I) has more than 20 
years of experience designing a wide 
variety of building types. Since 1992, 
he has focused on planning and design 
services for college and university 
campuses, including Smith College, 
Lawrence University, and University of 
Dubuque. A graduate of Syracuse 
University, Wittmann has worked with 
Geier Brown Renfrow Architects since 
2001. His unique approach to campus 
planning takes into consideration the 
pressure on educational institutions to 
make the most effective changes with 
limited resources. Wittmann enjoys 
working in a campus environment 
where he can see firsthand the benefit 
of educational institutions. 

winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

By Jenny Howard and Dawn Medley 

There is an early painring of the front lawn of 
the Administration Building that has perplexed 
MBC President Pamela Fox since she first saw 
it. The building looks much like it does today. It 
sits atop a hill that rises from an early dirt ver- 
sion of Frederick Street. But there are two 
unfamiliar objects in the foreground of the 
lawn — fountains. 

Artists often romanticize the view of their 
subjects to add drama or intrigue. Was this 
what the painter had done, adding two gor- 
geous fountains to the front lawn to "dress 
up" the scenery? There are no remnants of 
fountains in that spot today. Is it campus fact 
or fiction? 

A place that is as steeped in history, tradi- 
tion, and lore as Mary Baldwin College is bound 
to have mysteries connected to its buildings and 
grounds, and the 164-year-old college does not 
disappoint. Here, we take a look at four of Mary 
Baldwin's storied structures and explain what 
we've found to determine whether they are 
truths or tall tales. 


There was no need for artists to 
embellish the front lavm of 
the stately Administration 
Building during Mary Julia 
Baldwin's era as principal of 
Augusta Female Seminary. 
The focal point of the 
entrance to the seminary, 
which later became Mary 
Baldwin College, was an elab- 
orate garden leading up to the 
main building. It was complete 
— indeed — with two fountains that gurgled 
water on special occasions. The fountains, sur- 
rounded by trees, greenery, and lush flowering 
plants, were cared for meticulously by Miss 
Baldwin herself. 

Our first clue that the fountains did exist 
were drawings on the first few pages of the 
1942 Bluestocking yearbook that illustrate 
fountains of varying shapes and sizes in the late 
1800s. There are no fountains, and only a few 
other adornments, in the drawing dated 1860, 

but by 1870 water cascades from two fountains 
flanking the steps to the Administration 
Building. The fountains and the landscaping 
grow increasingly elaborate in drawings dated 
1875 and 1880, the period that marks the mid- 
dle of Mary Julia's leadership as principal. 

But we needed hard evidence. 
Photographs, not drawings, would be more 
conclusive. We found those, too. In the bound 
volumes of MBC student handbooks, several 
photographs offer glimpses of fountains. 
Although the photographs are not dated, they 
appear as early as the 1908-09 academic year 
and continue for several years. Confusing the 
issue is the fact that there are photos of the 
Administration Building with a stripped-down 
front lawn — sans fountains — interspersed 
with those showing fountains. 

Written accounts documenting the foun- 
tains were the last piece we needed to make the 
call between fact or fiction. This, from The 
History of Mary Baldwin College, 1842-1942 
by Mary Watters, gives a definitive picture: 
"Below were the fountains filled with gold fish 
and aquatic plants surrounded by flowers." 
Other accounts in the book from visitors to the 
college include 
observations of 
"the splashing of 
the fountain," 
and "... the ter- 

Photographic evidence of fountains in front of Administration from the Mary 
Baldwin catalog 1911-12. Inset, top: An artist's sketch of the front lawn 
dated 1880 that set Dr. Fox to wondering... 

raced yard with its lawns and fountains." The 
1942 yearbook comes in handy again, noting, 
"The front terraces were enclosed by a white 
paling fence. The lawns were embellished with 
circular flower beds. And, upon special occa- 
sions, the cast-iron fountains ... bubbled with 
water decorously into their two-tiered basins," 
in a description of the campus' appearance 
between 1882 and 1902. 

Mystery still surrounds the fountains, 
though. We cannot pinpoint in what year 
they appeared or when and why they were 

When the Covered Way 
Was the Only Way 

College women today pay a lot of attention to 
their appearance, but in the late 1800s and 
early 1900s, meticulous hair styles and clothing 
were essential. The outdoor elements could do 
untold damage to a student's coif when walk- 
ing from dorm to class and between classes. 
Being cold, hot, wet, or sunburned on any 
given day was not desirable, either. 

In the 1890s, Mary Baldwin Seminary had 
the answer: A covered walkway. Dubbed the 
"covered way," the completely enclosed struc- 
ture stair-stepped up campus hills between the 
Administration Building and other main 
buildings. Painted white and outfitted with 
windows every few feet, the 
covered way was not only a 
favorite passageway for stu- 
dents, but also for pesky 
skunks and other rodents, 
according to college 
archivist William Pollard. 
"I thought it was just 
wonderful to be able to go 
from my room in Sky High to 
class or to the dining hall 
without even putting on a 
coat to go outside," said 
Ethel Smeak '53, professor 
emerita of English. The cov- 
ered way was not heated, but 
it sheltered its occupants 
enough that they did not 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 

A section of the covered way (Rose Terrace just visible beliind it) — going up liill and down 

have to dress for the cold too often. "Actually, I 
don't know that we thought about it that 
much; it was just there and it was what we 
were used to," Smeak added. 

The unusual structure appeared in many 
pictures until it was demolished in 1961, when 
the rodent population was too large to control 
and campus expansion made it impractical to 
connect more buildings. "It was a shock to 
come back to campus and see that it was gone, 
but I understand why it wasn't useful anymore. 
And it was quite smelly," Smeak said. 

What Lies Beneath? 

At colleges and universities across the nation 
there are those who believe their campus houses 
underground secrets. Generations of students 
hand down rumors of clandestine, subterranean 
tunnels. Sometimes the tunnels are said to have 
been used during wartime, as secret and safe 
passageways. Often there are stories of ghosts 
who make their presence known to anyone 
who dares intrude upon their hallowed hall- 

Mary Baldwin College has its own tunnel 
tale. If you turn onto Frederick Street from 
North Coalter and stand between the PEG 
Center and Pearce Science Center you will see a 
staircase leading up. Halfway up, and built into 
the stairway, is a mysterious half door A small, 
plain sign reads: Confined Space — Restricted 
Entry — Contact MBC Physical Plant. This is 
where some students have theorized Mary 
Baldwin's secret tunnel begins. 

We went straight to MBC's Physical Plant to 
tackle this myth. The answer? Yes. Well, and no. 

The puzzling half-door does lead to a tun- 
nel of sorts, but it doesn't harbor ghosts — as 
far as we know. It does house the pipe chase, a 
series of pipes carrying steam and water to 

et tunnel or |ust a 'pipe' dream? 

most of lower campus. 

Climb the steps and continue up the hill, 
or turn left, and you'll be on top of the tunnels. 
Following manholes in the sidewalk is one way 
to trace its path. Where are tunnels absent.' Hill 
Top and surrounding buildings are connected 
by "direct bury" — a pipe that is an offshoot 
of the tunnel pipes, but housed just below the 
grass without the surrounding tunnel space that 
would allow one to walk alongside. 

If you're intrigued by the idea of walking 
the tunnels, you may want to find a different 
intrigue. Hot, dark, and cramped is the best 
way to describe it. Anyone working in the tun- 
nel must wear specialized protective gear to 
protect them from steam burns. The tallest the 
tunnel gets is around five feet, but the majority 
of it stands a cozy three to four feet high. 

It's believed the tunnels were built in the 
1950s and 1960s, coinciding with construction 
of some of the buildings on lower campus built 
during the administration of Samuel R. Spencer 
Jr., including Grafton, Pearce, Spencer, 
Woodson, Hunt, and Wenger. And every winter 
the tunnels have served an unintended, but use- 
ful, purpose. Heat from the steam underground 
helps melt snow on the sidewalks. 

It's also helpful that, for the most part, the 
tunnels are beneath the sidewalks. This allows 
most repairs to occur without digging up the 
green slopes of campus. Of course, where the 
tunnels do run below the grass there is the occa- 
sional sight of escaping steam wafting up 
through the lawn. Or perhaps that mist is one 
of Mary Baldwin's ghosts.' That's another myth 
for another time. 

Bomb Shelter orThe Chute? 

On the first day of the year 1962, construction 
began on Spencer Hall. Obstacles to the build- 
ing's progress were numerous. Rocks had to be 
blasted from the hillside. Snowfalls of 30" or 
more were making the record books. And the 
U.S. government stepped in, requiring that a 
fallout shelter be included in the plans. 

A fallout shelter? What did it look like? 
And where did it go? 

There is one sentence in the 1965 
Bluestocking yearbook describing the new resi- 
dence as "MBC's 'Hilton' complete with study 
rooms and a bomb shelter." There are no 
records of air raid drills ever taking place in the 
fallout shelter, and no pictures we could find. 

Sidewalk snow melter, steamy ghost, or manhole cover? 

What is known is that Dr. Spencer, college pres- 
ident for whom the building was named, was 
frustrated with such a large, empty space serv- 
ing no purpose and had the area converted into 
a lecture hall and faculty offices. 

However, the offices were created using 
plasterboard partitions that did not reach the 
ceiling or floor, preventing adequate lighting and 
providing no barrier to sounds from the nearby 
lecture hall. The most inventive purpose of the 
space seems to have been its use as a clandestine 
passageway between the east and west wings of 
Spencer when students felt like visiting after 
lights out. Sometime in the late 1960s or early 
1 970s the faculty offices and lecture hall found 
more suitable homes and the basement of 
Spencer found a new purpose. A student recre- 
ational area called The Chute was created. 

Why it was named The Chute is a mystery. 
One alumna thinks she remembers a picture of a 
parachute on the wall. Another thinks there may 
have been a parachute draped from the ceiling 
to soften the look of such a large room. Mr. 
Pollard, MBC archivist, offers another possibili- 
ty: chute, as in a trough, path or passage to a 
lower level. Whatever the origin. The Chute was 
a place for parties — usually informal gather- 
ings without a band or DJ. As one alumna 
remembered, "Someone would say, 'So and so's 
frat is in town, there's a party at The Chute.'" 

Around 1986 a pub located in Wenger 
Hall closed and provided the impetus for the 
next step in the evolution of Spencer's base- 
ment. Food service was offered in The Chute. 
Only a dozen or so students ventured out one 
snowy evening to hear The Indigo Girls, who, 
as it turns out, signed a national record deal 
that launched them to national fame a short 
time after their visit to MBC. 

In 1992 the Pannill Student Center opened 
and The Chute was shot. Today the basement 
in Spencer houses student organization offices 
and storage. Talk to students and you'll find 
they are surprised to learn of the basement's 
history. Even some alumnae who partied in The 
Chute did not know it was once a fallout shel- 
ter. But, for the record, it did exist. ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

These Hills 

Where Beauty Dwells 

from the Maiy Baldwin hymn by Gordon Page and the theme of Reunion 2006 

Mary Baldwin College is 1 64 years strong, it 

was founded by a man who believed in the education of 
women at a time when that was not yet the norm — a man 
named Rufus Bailey. And it was one of those women, one of his 
first students, who would go on to secure the future of the 
school — a woman named Mary Julia Baldwin. Their legacy is 
one of honor, courage, high standards, innovation, and total 
commitment to the holistic education of women. That legacy 
continues to guide today's 10-year strateg)' for composing our 

A considerable aspect of the overall strategic plan has to do 
with the campus. Is it being utilized effectively? Is it cohesive? 
Does it serve to advance the education and overall experience 
of its students? Does it support anticipated growth? 

With an important challenge gift of $6.5 million from 
Bertie Deming Smith '48, the college began making some vis- 
ible changes to campus during the summer months — gutters 
replaced here, some paint there, new furniture on this ter- 
race, an extra light over there. The changes have lifted 
spirits. Crucially, the gift — which must still be matched — is 
also funding a campus master plan (see page 18). Early word 
on the plan is that it will move the campus in exciting direc- 
tions, and that hard work notwithstanding, it is achievable. 
Dr. Pamela Fox, president of Mary Baldwin College, expects 
to roll out the campus master plan publicly early in 2006, as 
a work-in-progress. 

These pages celebrate the historical campus — what it was, 
and is — in a timeline from 1842 to 2005. Consider the past. It 
has been remarkable. It speaks of traditions held dear and of 
people and relationships that last lifetimes and beyond, of 
dreams achieved, and commitments met. 



Red-haired Rufus Bailey, 49, was well educat- 
ed when he came to the thriving agricultural 
community of Augusta County, population 
4,000, to found Augusta Female Seminary 
(AFS). It was an era of reform in the nation — 
including the education of women. The new 
thinking was: Since women had primary 
responsibility for raising the next generation of 
men, they too, should be educated. Bailey, his 
wife, and two daughters — the first faculty 
members — held AFS classes upstairs in the 
Plant Building, which was located on New 
Street and Courthouse Alley (downstairs was a 
cabinetmaker's shop). Six weeks later, the 
school and its 50 students — among them, 
Mary Julia Baldwin — moved to the home of 
William Craig on Greenville Avenue, where 
they convened until 1844. Students from out- 
side Augusta County boarded with families in 
the area. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

'Life must be lived forwards, 

but can only be understood backwards.' 



Rufus Bailey resigned as principal in 1849. In the next 15 
years, there was a succession of six pnncipals, and then John 
Tinsley took the helm. He seems to have had some success 
— until the Civil War when there were only six students 
remaining and financial ruin loomed. At that juncture, board 
member Joseph Waddell asked Mary Baldwin, graduate of 
AFS, and Agnes McClung to become joint principals in 1863. 
Miss Baldwin was enterprising in the ways she found to put 
food on the table and keep the school not |ust open, but 
growing throughout the Civil War Her first term saw a rise in 
enrollment to 80 students, 22 of whom boarded at the 
school. There was a single building (Administration), and little 
furniture, money or faculty. As time went on, "Miss Baldwin's 
School," became known as one of the most distinguished 
schools for women in the south. 

Although this is the earliest known image of Administratum, cIk- 
photo would have been taken after 1847, when the two wings were 
added. The original building was the center section shown here. This 
photo was in the 1942 Bluestocking and on a diploma dated 1866. 

▲ 1844 

The campus began to take shape with the con- 
struction of the Administration Building — in 
continuous use from then to now. Funds to 
build it were raised by public subscription and 
included 77 donors who gave money, lumber, 
beef, flour, and corn. Construction began in 
June, at the end of the school year, and was 
completed in September, in time for the next 
school year The cor- 
nerstone of the 
neo-classic structure 
contained a Bible, the 
first textbook of AFS. 
The whereabouts of 
that cornerstone are 
now unknown — was 
It removed? Covered 
during renovations? 

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tUuUl/ effJiiSty/isfyft/ttitir. M' /lerrtii/ dictated a 
(Iratitiate if a, . 4ri^lis/ii JrmiUc ,(rmini,iy- 

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ndering dated 1880 ot Ad 


Two wings were added to the Administration 
Building, providing the first on-campus housing 
for students, as well as housing for Principal 
Bailey and his family. 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

▼ 1871 

Principals Baldwin and McClung personally paid fortlie construction of Sky High (located up the hill 
from today's Carpenter Academic, and below Wenger Hall), which contained an art studio, class- 
rooms, and residence space. It would become well known on campus as the location of holiday 
"five o'clock dinners" in student rooms when food packages arrived from home. Although beds 
were used as tables for the festive foods, students dressed formally to partake of the special meals. 


In 1869, Brick House 
was built behind 
Administration, adding 
eight residence rooms. 
Among the residents of 
the three-story home 
were the Misses 
Baldwin and McClung, 
who lived there until 
they died. 

First Presbyterian Church, 
located next to Administration 
at that time, was deeded to the 
school, and it was renamed 
Waddell Chapel in honor of 
Joseph Waddell, trustee. A third 
story was added immediately. 
The first floor housed the dining 
room and kitchen, the second 
was reserved as residential 
space, and the new third floor 
provided a spacious 
assembly/study hall. Waddell 
Chapel is also said to have been 
the site of President Woodrow 
Wilson's baptism. ■ In the 
same year. Miss Baldwin 
purchased a grand home from 
Judge Thompson's estate for 
$15,000 (in today's money 
approximately $231,121). 
Named Hill Top, the mansion 
became eight rooms for 
residential students. Earlier in 
the 19th century, it had been a 
school for girls. 

First Presbyterian Church became Waddell Chaptl '^'flV 

and was located next to Administration. 

Mary Baldvi/in College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 


The legendary Ham and Jam appeared in front 
of Administration sometime before 1880, possi- 
bly in the 1870s when it was written: "Miss 
Baldwin loved flowers, and the front lawn had 
then much the appearance of a flower-garden, a 
Lovely Mary Garden, Mr. King called it later. In 
addition, a conservatory of glass walls ... was 
built to the front of the Annex [one of two wings 
added to Administration in 1847] on the left ... 
On the pillars by the front steps Caesar and 
Pompey [now Ham and Jam] appeared to watch 
over the institution."* Who made the original dog 
statues and gave them to MBC remains a mys- 
tery. ■ Mary Julia Baldwin had a succession of 
dogs with names like Leo, Rollo, Midget, and 
Beauty, who accompanied her everywhere with 
bells on their collars that students took as souvenirs. The first matching terra cotta 
statues are thought to honor her dog Beauty. Students have named the statues 
variously through the years — Caesar and Pompey; after WWI, Blucher and 
Wellington; and some time later. Ham and Jam (a remembrance of key ingredi- 
ents in Sunday suppers). Miss Baldwin also had a collection of rare birds from 
Java, Syria, and South America — as well as cats. ■ The only known sketch of 
Mary Baldwin (done in secret by a student) is one of her praying with her tiny dog 
Midget atop her bustle. She forbade portraits and photographs because the left 
side of her face had been paralyzed by a childhood fever, but she did not hide 
away. We do know she was about five and a half feet tall, weighed around 140 
pounds, and had brown hair and grey eyes. 

* From The History of Mary Baldwin College by Mary Walters PhD, 1942, page 141 . 

The only known sketch of Miss Baldwin 
done in secret by a student. 

Ham & Jam 

▲ 1890 

Sky High was remodeled to double its size, which resulted in more 
residential space, a gymnasium, and swimming pool (though it 
was only 12'x 8'x 4'). That same year, a covered walk was con- 
structed to protect students from weather, if not from creatures — 
and it connected all the buildings, (See story page 20) 

Mary Julia Baldwin's grave 
marker in Thornrose Cemeter)'. 

Mary Julia Baldwin served as 
principal for 33 years until her 
death July 1, 1897 She is 
buned in Staunton's 
Thornrose Cemetery. When 

ss Baldwin died, there 
were five buildings on cam- 
pus, a farm, 250 students, a 
credible faculty, and financial 
stability. The school inherited 
nearly all her estate, which, in 
effect, kept the school going 
as it moved into its most tran- 
sitional years from seminary 
to college. 

Hill Top 
Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

A Day's Doings. 

from the Bluestocking 1903 

7 a.m. 

Miss X. hears bell. 




Miss X. rises. 




Reaches dining-room. 


Withdraw from public Me. 


Reads letters. 


Excitement behind closed doors 


Cleans room. 


Supper (doesn't feel hungry.) 


Enters chapel. 


Loafs around. 


Recites French. 


Skips practice. 


Rests (except Saturdays.) 


Studies diligently. 


Skips library. 




(Practices) writes letters. 


Prepares to retire. 










The young ladies of this era had grown up 
in a tinne of higher standards of living than 
earlier in the 19th century — more living 
space, more and better bathrooms and, 
hence, more privacy, and sleeping single. To 
help alleviate the crowded seminary, Mary 
Baldwin Memorial Hall was constructed for 
a cost of $12,821 (in today's money, that's 
about $284,052). It had 16 bedrooms. A 
year later, it was called Memorial in the 
school catalog and the name stuck. Each 
student residing in Memorial had her own 
bed, and just two students were placed in 
each room as compared to previous 
arrangements when three students shared 
one bed. In 1914, it was enlarged, adding 
12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. 

This view of .Acjiji/mic is the oru- from 
North Court, if your back is to .VlcClung. 


Mary Baldwin Seminary (so named in the 
years 1895-1923) was overcrowded and 
needed updating. The Board of Trustees 
and Business Manager William King 
addressed those issues with construction 
of two new residence halls, an infirmary, a 
larger gymnasium, a better water and 
sewage system, an updated heating plant 
— and electricity Academic was built at a 
cost of $35,782 (today's approximate 
equivalent: $734,374). All the construction 
was funded without tapping outside 
sources. Principal Ella Weimar focused on 
academic programming and learning best 
practices for college operations. Among 
the courses of study she added was one 
that would be popular for many years after 
WWI: domestic science. 


This was the year McClung Residence 
Hall was built — literally engulfing Brick 
House. The reason(s) for the unusual 
construction process of building over 
another building does not seem to be 
recorded. It can only be surmised that 
Brick House, home to Mary Julia 
Baldwin and Agnes McClung, was so 
revered that no one could tear it down. 
In 1909 the cost to construct McClung 
was $33,815. ■ Today a trio of sopho- 
mores inhabits Room 212 in McClung: 
Heidi Kershner, Jill Kinard and Katie Ashe, 
They are all honors scholars. Except for a 
plaque outside the door, it might go 
unnoticed as Mary Julia Baldwin's room. 
For years, students have said that Mary 
Julia sometimes makes her presence 
known. One night Ashe, alone in the 
room, thought she heard a voice speak 
her name. It was nothing scary she 
noted, and it almost had a welcome or 
good luck feel to it. Another night she felt 
what seemed to be someone playfully 
swatting at her ponytail, "When I heard 
what room I was in, I thought, 'Cool, we 
got Mary Baldwin's old room",' said Ashe. 
"I'll sometimes look at the closet and 
wonder if she kept her clothes in there, 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 

Is it just us, or does everyone have a soft spot 

for the charming grace of Rose Terrace — 

now in great need of renovation? 

A 1919 

In the last issue of this magazine, college archivist 
William Pollard told the story of Rose Terrace. The four- 
story, 6,500-square-foot-home was built in 1874 as a 
pnvate residence. In 1910 it became the Augusta 
Sanitarium and was sold to MBC in 1919 for $10,000 (in 
2005 that translates to about $122,993). Over the years. 
Rose Terrace has been used as the college president's 
home, a residence hall, a sort of learning community for 
those who spoke only French within its walls, and today 
offices. In 2005, this historic building is in urgent need of 
repairs. (See story page 8) 


The transition from seminary to fully-accredited four-year college was 
fraught with challenges and took nearly 10 years to play out. Land 
was purchased to move the college to the edge of town and leave 
the seminary in its original location. Ultimately that did not happen. 
The original initiative to become a college had come from the 
Alumnae Association (established in 1894), and they maintained 
active interest until that goal was achieved in 1923. ■ Reflecting 
campus usage during the transition from seminary to college, the 
top floor of Academic was used for one-hour college classrooms, its 
second floor housed the library, and the first floor provided space for 
the 45-minute seminary (junior college) classes. College and semi- 
nary students shared dining hall and infirmary, but not dormitory 
space. The rules concerning chaperones, visits to town, church atten- 
dance, and more, differed for seminary and college students. 

1 film SI 
campus. It mi 
Hollywood star Gn 

- like Jennifer Aniston came to 
t have been just like that when 
r Garson visited King in 1942! 


The college's centennial was celebrated with the opening 
of the William Wayt King Building, named in honor of the 
school's long-time business manager The campus building 
plan of the day was called the New Century Program (nick- 
named 'Ensie' — say it out loud and you hear N-C). 
Alumnae, students, faculty, staff, and friends in the commu- 
nity donated funds to build King. The centerpiece of the 
ground floor was a swimming pool, the middle floor con- 
tained an auxiliary gymnasium and social room, and the top 
floor housed a gymnasium/auditorium that would seat 
1 ,000. Several events surrounding the opening of the King 
Building were milestones for MBC: 

• The first formal dance held on campus was in King 
Octobers, 1942 

• King included the first cornerstone since Administration 
was built in 1844 

• The first community event in King was held to sell 
defense bonds with Hollywood star Greer Garson as 
honored saleswoman 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Notes about MBC's Architecture 

Remarkably, the architect and builder of the school's 
first building, Administration (formerly called Old 
Main), is unknown. Yet its neo-classical st>'le set the 
enduring tone for the campus. Noted Staunton architect 
T. J. Collins was largely responsible for the continuity of 
architectural integrity. He maintained the neo-classical 
style in Memorial and Academic, and guarded the style 
when renovating Hill Top. He was also the architect of 
record for many of the buildings that would later become 
part of Mary Baldwin College — those on the former 
Staunton Military Academy property, including Deming 
Hall, Kable House (now Student Life Center), Mess Hall 
(now Student Activities Center), and the Superintendent's 
House (now the home of our college president). 

k King's Daughters Hospital hccomes Bailey Hall ▲, which was razed tc 
make room for the PEG (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted) Centei 





Looks like Wenger Hall, yes? In this photo, 
it was the new Student Activities Center. 

Wenger Hall today 


RufusW. Bailey Residence Hall (in the loca- 
tion now occupied by the PEG Center) was 
once King's Daughters' Hospital The hospi- 
tal needed to expand and modernize and 
wanted, initially, to swap some land with 
MBC — but in the end, the transaction 
was monetary. It would be another 10 
years before the building, then named 
Bailey and extensively renovated, was 
opened for 85 students. It was state-of- 
the-art with 45 double rooms, five singles, 
two guest rooms, a laundry, kitchen, and 
two student lounges. As it was named in 
honor of AFS founder Rufus Bailey, his 
great-grandson, Edmund Campbell, spoke 
at the dedication in 1955. 

A 1951 

Generous alumnae and the family of Flora McElwee Miller funded construction of 
the Student Activities Center. In the new building (today's Wenger), the lower floor 
housed the book store, post office, and student club and tea room. Upstairs, a fire- 
place graced a more formal lounge dedicated in memory of Flora McElwee Miller, 
class of 1880. A faculty and alumnae lounge, and a lounge and lockers for day stu- 
dents were on the third floor. ■ Changes were made in 1963 and the Student 
Activities Center became Wenger Student Center in honor of alumna Consuelo 
Wenger '19. ■ It was remodeled again in 1976, and space was added for a larger 
bookstore, SGA offices, and student publications. Because it was the nation's bicen- 
tennial, Wenger was dubbed the bicentennial building, ■ Classrooms and offices for 
computer information services were added in 1986. And, in 1992, Mr and Mrs. 
William Hitchman '40 gave a gift to transform Miller Lounge into Miller Chapel, and 
so it is today. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

'New New Dormitory' was the 
unofficial, early name for 
Samuel R. Spencer Jr. Residence Hall. 




■ I II . II 

. ii; 



rst image of MBC campus that usually comes to i 


Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall with cupola 


Martha S. Grafton Library fronts Page Terrace, beloved 
site of Mary Baldwin College's outdoor conunencement. 


A flurry of construction took place in these years, beginning 
with Hunt Dining Hall. A gift from the Hunt children in honor 
of their mother Lyda B. Hunt (once a trustee) ensured the 
building was completed. It featured seating for 300 people on 
each side of a central kitchen, A portrait of Mrs. Hunt in the 
center of the grand staircase is acknowledged with a bou- 
quet of flowers on a credenza beneath her picture. Also in 
1961, Sky High, the covered walkway, and the infirmary were 
razed. ■ "New Dormitory" was designed with student 

input, and included the Charles Vernon Palmer Meditation Room given by two alumnae in honor of 
their father. It was not named Woodson until 1963 in honor of Margaret Craig Woodson, a board 
member for 22 years. Because federal loans and grants were available. Hunt and Woodson were 
under construction at the same time and both opened in 1961. ■ Then came "New New 
Dormitory," which was officially named for college president Samuel Spencer Jr. The building was 
designed in a curve to fit the topography of the land. Like all the buildings at that elevation (Wenger, 
Hunt, Woodson, Spencer), there were challenges because of rock that had to be blasted — particu- 
larly for Spencer. At the time of its construction, the federal government required a fallout shelter 
(see story page 20). With room for 171 resident students, Spencer opened in 1963. ■ There may 
be no building on campus that has had more student involvement than Grafton Library. Plans were 
being discussed for a new library as early as 1958, It would take 10 years to bring the new library to 
life. During one of the years of fundraising — 1964-65 — students (who would be gone before it 
ever opened) spent the school year doing weekly events (car washes, apple butter sales, a dis- 
cotheque, raking leaves, shining shoes, selling a chance to wear Bermuda shorts to class for 25 
cents, and much more) to raise $6,000 (today's approximate equivalent = $36,214) to donate to the 
building fund. Toward the end of construction, trucks could not reach the "front" of the building 
(Page Terrace) to dump dirt in the flower beds, so students formed a day-long bucket brigade and 
got the job done. It was named for, arguably, the most beloved lady since Mary Julia Baldwin, Dean 
Martha Grafton, and opened in 1967 with a 200,000-volume capacity. 

The window was 

commissioned and 

erected in 1901 by the 

Alumnae Association. 

Once housed in the old 

MBC Chapel, 

the Memorial Window 

now hangs 

in Grafton Library. 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Mary Baldwin College is 
home to several build- 
ings on the National Register 
of Historical Places, as well as 
the Virginia Register of 
Landmarks, including the 
Administration Building, Hill 
Top, and Rose Terrace. 

Jesse Cleveland Pcarce Science Center 

A 1970 

Once the new library opened, what had been a 10-year planning 
process for a new science center was now priority one. In the 
end it would be the most expensive building constructed to that 
point, costing more than $2 million (today's approximate value = 
$10,075,825) It housed controlled environment space, a green- 
house, a 260-seat lecture hall, classrooms, and labs designed to 
provide hands-on experience for its students. The building was 
named in memory of the husband of Margaret Henderson, class 
of 1908; Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science Center A timely gift 
from Permele Crawford Elliott (class of 1900) in honor of her hus- 
band was used to construct the James D. Francis Auditorium. It 
was dedicated on Founders Day 1970. 

Construction ui the Coaltcr btrcct entrance afrei 
MBC purchased the tormer SMA campus 

Part of the former SMA campus includes today's 
(I) Bertrc Murphy Deming Hall fine arts center and (r) Kable Residence Hall. 


In a move that would more than double the physical space 
of campus, MBC purchased 35.5 acres (and 14 buildings) 
of adjoining property — the site of Staunton Military 
Academy. It had opened in 1884 and was in dire financial 
straits by the 1970s. The neighboring schools — MBC and 
SMA — had been friendly, even sharing some faculty peri- 
odically, such as during WWl, when Colonel Kable ran 
seminary students through emergency procedures and 
drills. Alumnae/i of both schools were adamant about 
retaining as many of the SMA facilities as possible, though 
all of them needed much repair. MBC's Physical Plant was 
first to relocate to the former SMA campus, followed by 
the Business Office in 1977 and the college president 
moved into the former SMA commandant's residence, 
Tullidge was renovated and became a residence hall. In 
1979 Kable Hall became a residence hall, and Kable House 
was modified for use as the home of the dean of the col- 
lege. In 1983, the old SMA gym was remodeled, and 
became the Bertie M. Smith Deming Hall fine arts center. 
■ The legacy of SMA and its place in MBC history lives 
on. Many SMA name plates are still in place (such as 
Mess Hall over the entrance to today's Student Activities 
Center). The SMA/VWIL Museum is located near the site 
of the old SMA north barracks, and Mary Baldwin's corps 
of cadets, Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, car- 
ries the SMA flag alongside their own in parades. ■ 
Miller House, now a bed and breakfast on New Street, 
was once owned by the college and used as a music build- 
ing. MBC sold it in 1982, but rented it for some years as 
office space for college communications and development. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 


Hill Top underwent nnajor 
renovation through the gen- 
erosity of sister alumnae 
Margaret Hunt Hill '37 and 
Caroline Rose Hunt '43. 


A collection cclebr.itirii; Staunton 

Military Academy ailB" 
Mary Baldwin's Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership at the 
SMA/VAVIL Museum on campus. 

The sign says 'SMA Mess Hall 
1 9 i 3,', the old nameplate for 
what is now the Student 
Activities Center. Former SMA 
signage is visible on several build- 
ings as a way of remembering. 

Academic beco 
Carpenter Academic H; 


Academic had been used as classrooms 
longer than any other building on campus. It 
was renovated through the generosity of 
the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter '35 
Foundation — hence its new name. 
Carpenter Academic Hall, announced at the 
rededication in 1988. ■ When MBC pur- 
chased the SMA campus, it immediately 
sold eight acres to the YMCA. In 1988, 
MBC purchased that same eight acres 
again; this time the land included a Y-built 
sports facility that we call Physical Activities 
Center (PAC).The Physical Education 
Department had been crowded in the 50- 
year-old King Building until relocating to PAC 
with its basketball, volleyball and handball 
courts, dance studio, exercise room, and 
surrounding sports fields and parade 
grounds. ■ Memorial was also renovated 
in this time period. 

Physical Activities Center built by the YMCA 
on land twice purchased by MBC. 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Space for student activities found its next 
quarters in 1992 when the campus cele- 
brated the opening of its sesquicentennial 
building, the William G. Pannill (a trustee) 
Student Center, erected where once the 
SMA south barracks had been. The new 
two-story building offered space for the 
bookstore and post office. On the lower 
floor, the Ham and Jam Pub opened, and 
today features MBC's version of fast-food 
lunch and a newly furnished gathering 
place with large-screen TV, ping pong 
tables, foosbali, even TV trays. 

nistration pictured during renovation — 
what did become of its cornerstone? 


Both the historic Administration Building 
and McClung were extensively 
rehabilitated, preserving many original 
features of each, such as the chair rail 
and baseboard in Administration. It was 
dunng the renovation of McClung when 
the mystery of the plaque on the wall 
(stating that room 212 — and at that 
time, room 14 — was once Mary Julia 
Baldwin's quarters) was revealed. By 
1998, it had been forgotten that 
McClung had been built over and around 
Brick House! Workers discovered 
original walls, flooring, and chimneys 
during renovation. A small portion of the 
original brick wall is framed and visible 
even today. ■ Grafton Library was also 
redecorated and refurbished. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 

PEG scholars and LOver giHb, photographed in tronr of the 
newly opened PEG Center tor the winter 2003 college magazine cover. 


The newest building on campus is the PEG Center — standing proudly on 
the fornner site of Bailey Residence Hall, and before that, King's Daughters 
Hospital. The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) started in 1985. 
PEGs were first housed inTullidge Residence Hall and moved several times 
until the state-of-the-art PEG Center opened in 2002, Philip Renfrew, the 
architect who designed the PEG Center, is a key member of the campus 
master planning team who is helping us shape the Mary Baldwin College 
campus of the future. (See "Campus Master Planners" page 19). 

PEG is 20! 

The Program for the Exceptionally 
Gifted (PEG) celebrates its 20th 
anniversary this year. PEG students 
reside in the PEG Center, the newest 
building on campus, which was 
designed by Phillip Renfrew, AIA, one 
of the campus master planners. The 
20th celebrations will take place during 
Reunion 2006 in March. Current and 
former PEG students, parents, family, 
and friends will be invited. Event plan- 
ning is underway and may include 
tours, slide show, presentation of impor- 
tant research on gifted students, a 
picnic, and more. The PEG program is a 
complete success, and the only one of its 
kind in the nation for young women, 
where gifted students as young as rising 
ninth-graders may bypass high school 
and finish college in four years in resi- 
dence at Mary Baldwin College. 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

/\ s you, dear reader, must surely realize, 
XjL.this timeline is much abbreviated. 
There are numbers of interesting resources 
outlining the history of Mary Baldwin 
College. From among those, we have 
relied on three for much of our informa- 
tion in these pages, beginning with our 
gracious and tireless college archivist, 
William Pollard, college librarian emeri- 
tus. We also sourced The History of Mary 
Baldivin College by Dr. Mary Watters, 
research professor emerita of history, and 
To Live in Time by Dr. Patricia H. Menk, 
professor emerita of history. 

— Carol Larson, editor 


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By Morgan Alberts Smith '99 

There were only a few paintings 
on display that day in the 
National Portrait Gallery in 
London. Most of the Elizabethan art 
was on tour in Greenwich including 
Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Sir Francis 
Drake, and Ben Jonson. Virginia 
Royster Francisco '64, Mary Baldwin 
College professor of theatre, spent time 
with one of the few pieces left behind, a 
huge narrative painting of a lesser- 
known man. Sir Henry Unton, by an 
unknown artist. 

Unton isn't the first name one 
thinks of when recalling famous people 
from the Elizabethan period. It certainly 
was not in Francisco's vocabulary until 
that discovery in the National Portrait 
Gallery a few years ago. She had glanced 
at the painting many times, but had not 
really looked at it. 

As Francisco studied Unton's life 
story as illustrated in the painting, she 
noticed an intricately detailed section 
that looked like a large banquet. She 
squinted to get a closer look. "That's a 
performance!" she realized. 

"I was alone in the gallery — every- 
body else was at the Elizabeth I 
exhibition at Greenwich. So I focused on 
this much humbler work. The portrait is 
amazing. We have so few images from 
Shakespeare's lifetime, and here's a color 

depiction of performers in costume, a 
small audience seated around a banquet 
table, and musicians. Despite a lifetime 
as a theatre historian and recent work in 
Elizabethan theatre, Ed not seen a study 
of this work." 

Those who research Elizabethan 
theatre typically focus on Shakespeare, 
his contemporaries, and the Stuart 
masques, rather than on the earlier type 
of masque shown as an integral part of 
Unton's life. Here was a depiction of an 
Elizabethan masque that had been over- 
looked by many theatre scholars. 

"I recognized that it was an 
Elizabethan masque rather than a 
Stuart one, performed in a compara- 
tively small private home, rather than 
at court or in a great aristocrat's man- 
sion. The portrait has been studied by 
historians of dress and art, as one of 
few narrative portraits of the period 
and as relates to fashionable miniature 
painting. Music historians have also 
studied the instruments, music books, 
and even the seating arrangement it 
portrays," Francisco explains. In fact, 
the painting is thought to be the first 
painted image of musicians playing the 
transverse flute. 

determined that 
few studies have 
been done on the 

Transverse flute — the modern 
flute, played to the side. Earlier flutes 
than those depicted in the painting were 
clarinets are today. 

Masque—^ a slndrt'8[ll^ig@rrc^l''clia 

performance popular as court entertainment 
in 16th and 17th century Europe, performed 
by masked actors often themselves mem- 
bers of the court, and consisting of dumb 
show combined with music, dancing, and 
sometimes poetry culminating in a ceremoni- 
al dance participated in by the spectators. 

masque aspect of the painting. She 
researched Unton's life and the procession 
of the masquers in preparation for the 
Blackfriars Conference in October hosted 
by the American Shakespeare Center in 
Staunton. She presented her conjectures 
about the masque. In great detail, the 
paintmg shows the costume and how the 
performance was presented — the proces- 
sion includes Mercury and Diana, both 
masked, followed by nymphs and cupids 
carrying bows and arrows, garlands, and 
torches. The lead presenter is depicted as 
handing a parchment, or program, to the 
lady of the house. 

Francisco scoured the library in 
London for information that helped her 
piece together the story behind the por- 
trait. She was looking for the music that 
accompanied the masque, and wondered 
if there was a record of the specific dance 
being performed in the painting. She did 
not find a definitive 
answer regarding the 
dance, but there was a 
suite of music by John 
Dowland that is a 
likely candidate. She 
also traveled to 
Wadley House — the 
house where the masque was performed. 

"Wadley has been much altered since 
the 16th century, and I wasn't allowed 
inside. My observations came from peek- 
ing into windows and holding my camera 
up to windows I could not reach. Three 
areas are possible sites of the performance 
shown in the painting. The smallest and 
least changed room is about 25' x 40' and 
has Tudor windows not unlike those in 
the painting. The other areas are in a sec- 
tion extensively remodeled in the 18th 
century. The smaller has a gallery, often a 
feature of Elizabethan performance 
spaces. The other could have included a 
space as large as 30' x 90', not unlike the 
size of great halls where grander perfor- 
mances were given," Francisco says 
describing some of her conjectures. 

As is typical of research about the 
Elizabethan era, there are more mysteries 
about the painting to "un-masque." And 
that is what fuels future scholarship. A 

(opposite page) The narrative portrait of Sir Henry Unton by an unknown artist is dated circa 1596 
and is an oil on panel, 29Vb" x 647." (above) Detail of painting depicting a perfomance 

Susan Firestone 

Psyche, bronze with patination, 63" x 72"x 65" 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 


New Printmaking & Photo Lab. 

It has not been the easiest place to find — and still isn't 

— but the new equipment in the printmaking and photo 

lab at Mary 

Baldwin makes it 

comparable to a 

lab at a much 

larger university. 

Located down a 

back staircase in 

Bertie Murphy 

Deming Hall, the 

first thing one 

sees in the new 

lab is a MAC G5 

workstation with dual monitors, which allows an artist 

to tweak an image on one monitor and see the result on 

the other. Local commercial printers would envy the 

technology in our new Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printer, 

which allows artists to print on more than paper. Student 

and faculty artists may also print on thin plastic sheets 

that can be turned into stencils for printmaking, etching 

or three-dimensional artwork. 

"This is truly a consolidated, superior studio facih- 
ty," said Jim Sconyers, assistant professor of art. He 
will use the new equipment in classes for traditional 
and digital photography, and printmaking. 


"vinyl-vivid:' 2004, oil on canvas. 12" x 90" by Paul Ryan 

Ryan Masters Teaching, and Solos, Again. 

Associate Professor of Art Paul Ryan is teaching a 
master's level class in critical theory at Virginia 
Commonwealth University this year — in addition to 
leading all his classes at Mary Baldwin. This summer 
he was invited to present yet another solo exhibition, 
this time at one of Virginia's best art galleries, the 
Reynolds Gallery in Richmond. His show was titled 
lift here and he happy. 

Upcoming Art Exhibits. 

Everyone is invited to view exhibits in the Hunt Gallery 
located in Hunt Dining Hall at the Staunton campus. 
For more information: 

Jan 16-Feb 3 Jiha Moon: Recent Paintings 

Opening Reception Jan 16, 4:30 p.m. 

Feb 13-Mar 10 Susan Firestone '68: Mixed-Media 

Opening Reception Feb 13, 4:30 p.m. 

Mar 20-Apr 7 Chica Tenney: New Paintings 

Opening Reception Apr 10, 4:30 p.m. 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Sing a Song of Welcome, in a department known for its high-level 
faculty, three new members have joined the Music Department. Nancy Garlick, 
clarinetist, is now an adjunct instructor at MBC. She is a founding member of 
the Albemarle Ensemble in Charlottesville and holds music degrees from Crane 
School of Music at Potsdam College and Manhattan School of Music, and 
earned her dortorate of musical arts from Catholic University. She has appeared 
as a soloist with many major orchestras. Angela Kelly, flutist, is a new adjunct 
instructor. She received a bachelors degree from Indiana Universit)' School of 
Music. MBC also welcomed DavidTate, choir director. He holds a degree in 
music education from Bridgewater College, and has taken graduate courses at 
James Madison University, Radford University, and Westminster Choir College. 

Major Music Conference Comes to MBC. 

We will welcome teaching musicians from colleges all over the region when 
MBC hosts the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society in March 
2006. Its theme — Education in music is every musician's responsibility — 
will be overseen by president-elect, Lise Keiter-Brotzman, associate professor 
of music at MBC and current society president, Tayloe Harding, dean of 
music at University of South Carolina. 

Women Composers in Concert, a concert series performed by Lise 
Keiter-Brotzman, associate professor of music, is still in progress. The pianist 
has appeared in Charlottesville, and at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 
Emory and Henry, and University of Wisconsin in Madison, so far. 

Upcoming Music Recitals. The public is invited to attend recitals, 
concerts, and other music presentations at Mary Baldwin. All performances 
are scheduled to be in Francis Auditorium in Pearce Science Center, except 
the March 30 recital, which will be in First Presbyterian Church across from 
the college on Frederick Street. For information about tickets, dates, and 

Jan 29 Piano Duet with Gabriel Dobner and Lori Piitz, 3 p.m. 

Feb 19 Waynesboro Community Orchestra, 8 p.m. 

Mar 10 Broman Concert: Dora Seres, flute, 8 p.m. 

Calling All Drama Queens to MBC. High school women partici- 
pated in Mary Baldwin's first professional development workshop for 
budding theatre performers, writers, and directors for three days in October 
on campus. "The sessions were designed to put prospective students in con- 
tact with our excellent faculty and our strong production program, and 
introduce them to the advantages of a theatre program at a small women's 
college," said Virginia Francisco '64, professor of theatre. MBC faculty 
Ralph Cohen, Todd Ristau, and Terry Southerington, and visiting director 
Rick Seyford also participated. This was the first of planned recruitment 
weekends for several disciplines. 



John Mitchem 

Robyn Russell 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

The Mary Baldwin College Athletics Department welcomed five new coaches this fall, including three new head coaches who 
have experience around the country and around the world. Their answers here to a personal question help us learn more about 
them outside the athletic arenas. 

MBC athletics are part of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The college offers eight NCAA 
sports, including, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. This year, MBC began 
the two-year process of changing athletic conferences from Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference to USA South. 

John Mitchem, head volleyball coach 

BA Catawba College, sports medicine 

Advantage Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, athletic trainer 

Worked toward a master's degree while coaching at Lynchburg College 

Q: What was your motivation for ivorkiiig toward a master's 
degree while working as a coach? 

A: I believe people learn every day in a variety of settings — in the class- 
room, on the court, in the office. I wanted to continue to push how far I 
could go academically, and that opportunity came while I was working at 
Lynchburg College as an assistant athletic trainer. I started to work toward 
a master's degree in education to gain perspective on the mechanics of 
teaching, which is almost inseparable from coaching. If I can be a better 
teacher, I can be a more effective coach. 

My studies in sports medicine and education go 
hand-in-hand with coaching. Lessons about injury 
prevention, conditioning, nutrition, and educational 
leadership find their way into every practice. 

My quest for information hasn't slowed down; 
if anything, it's stronger than ever. When the situa- 
tion is right, I know I will rededicate myself to 
finishing a master's program. I've always wanted to 
earn my MBA, too. I don't want to be one-dimen- 
sional, so I develop many parts of my personality 
and interests. I look to Duke's basketball coach Mike 
Krzyzewski as a role model in this area. Beyond 
coaching one of the best teams in the nation, he is a 
professor and writer at the university's Fuqua/Coach 
K Center of Leadership and Ethics. That is impres- 
sive. I hope to always push myself beyond being 

in Florida in 1978 and 1 have lived in the United States since then. I found 
Richmond, Virginia, through a friend and lived there with my family. 

During my professional career, I always wanted to get back to coach- 
ing. In the last eight years or so I've had more time to do that because my 
children are grown. I have been coaching with the Richmond Strikers 
Soccer Club — a club with thousands of players of all ages — for several 
years, but, lately, I had been looking for a chance to coach college soccer. 
Another friend was in Staunton and picked up a newspaper that had the 
position listed at Mary Baldwin. I knew this would be a great step for me. 
A lot of people want to coach at a big university and win, win, win, 
but Mary Baldwin was the perfect opportunity for me because I don't have 
that pressure and I can work with the players and leave a positive mark on 
their lives. Most people measure whether they are a good coach by how 
many games they win, but that is not how I judge my coaching ability. If 
they are improving on the field and learning from me about life, I believe I 
am doing a good job. Many of my players will not become professional 
soccer players or coaches, but I help them realize 
that they can still be good players and coaches in 
life's other areas. 

MBC Coaches 



Jackie Bryan, head coach (2000) 

Crystal Coffman, assistant coach (2000) 


Gary Kessler, head coach (2002) 


Holly Russell, head coach (2001) 

Robyn Russell, head tennis coach 

BS James Madison University, physical education 
Mary Baldwin College, athletic assistant 
ProfessionalTennis Registry, certified 


Juan Chavez, head coach (2005) 

Sandy Lagana, assistant coach (2005) 

Q; What is the process you went through to 
be certified by the Professional Tentiis 
Registry? How does that experience impact 
your coaching at Mary Baldwin? 

Juan Chavez, head soccer coach 

Degree in education earned in El Salvador 
Degree in television from Radio Netherlands 
Training Center, Holland 
Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, coach 

Q: What life journey brought you to Mary 
Baldwin College? 


Christy Shelton, head coach (2000) 

Scott Robertson, assistant coach (2005) 


Henry Mierzwa, head coach (2005) 


Robyn Russell, head coach (2005) 


John Mitchem, head coach (2005) 

Susan Morris, assistant coach (2005) 

A: My relationship with soccer started very early 
when I was a youth in El Salvador. Soccer is so 

much a part of the culture there; it is life. I played soccer because that's 
what everyone did. I made it to the level of playing in the country's sec- 
ond division as a midfielder, but I am a teacher at heart. That was what I 
chose to focus on. I coached high school and semi-pro teams while teach- 
ing math, science, and English. I also earned a degree in television 
directing from a university in the Netherlands and pursued that as a 
career for several years. 

In the late 1970s, a civil war was brewing in El Salvador, and pro- 
fessionals such as myself were under attack. We were seen as threats to 
the government and our lives were in danger — in fact, some people I 
knew and worked with were killed. I left the country for a job with IBM 

A: I was certified by the Professional Tennis 
Registry (PTR) nearly 24 years ago, when the 
organization was only a few years old. I had 
played tennis for a long time, and I knew I want- 
ed to continue to teach at higher levels. Earning 
certification was the way I could ensure respected 
status and better job offers. 

PTR is internationally recognized and is the 
largest global organization for tennis teachers and 
coaches. To reach professional certification level 
— the highest offered by PTR — I had to com- 
plete five sections of the program with a rating of 
4.5 (on a scale of 5) or higher. The course was 
intensive and it tested my playing skills, knowl- 
edge of rules, teaching technique, business 
knowledge, and writing. We were on the courts all day for the training 

Being certified gives players confidence in my professionalism and 
gives them something to strive for. Learning about the range of aspects 
of tennis through the certification process gave me a well-rounded view 
of the game and what can come out of the business side of it. It provided 
me with a broader perspective on how tennis plays into people's lives. I 
hope being certified will help us recruit the best players for our team. I 
enjoy being associated with the Professional Tennis Registry because it 
puts me in the company of teachers and coaches around the world who 
strive to increase the sport's popularity and professionalism. ▲ 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Wondering how your 
favorite MBC team is doing? 

For up-to-date sports scores 

and features, visit 

Records are noted in the following order: 
wins-losses-ties, unless otherwise specified 

Cross Country* 

Highlights: Jessica Nevins '05 and Melanie Dorion 
'06 placed first and second, respectively, in the 
Salem Invitational to give the team its first-ever first 
place finish. The team weni on to place first in the 
Southern Virginia Invitational as well. The team 
competed in seven regular-season meets and 
Southeast Regionals. 

Shenandoah Invitational 

Washington and Lee Invitational 

Salem Invitational 

Hagen Stone Classic 

Virginia State Championships 

Hood Invitational 

Southern Virginia Invitational 

Field Hockey 

Highlights: Senior Goalie Lacey Wood recorded 
nearly 60 saves — 14 of them in a single game 

Conference Record 
Overall Record 


Highlights: Senior Jessica Lankes and sophomore Max 
Wood combined to score nearly 20 goals for the team. 

Conference Record 
Overall Record 

Maggie Eves 
Cami Roa 
Jessica Lanl<es 
Toni Ruocco 
IVlax Wood 

Katie Brool<s 
Karen Potter 
Gwen Boundy 
Ashlin Call 
Theresa Landin 

Angela Dellinger 
Allison Hasson 
Amanda Chambers 
Karen Meyer 


field hockey 
field hockey 
field hockey 
field hockey 
field hockey 


second team 
second team 
honorable mention 
honorable mention 
honorable mention 

first team 
first team 
honorable mention 
honorable mention 
honorable mention 

first team 
first team 
second team 
second team 


Highlights: In mid-October, the volleyball team was 
ranked ninth in the nation among Division III colleges 
in service aces (a serve that lands on the opponent's 
side untouched or is touched, but cannot be kept in 
play). Sophomore Kristen Guffey was individually 
ranked 17th In the same category and she recorded 
an NCAA Division III record with 18 service aces 
against Wilson College this season. 

Conference Record 
Overall Record 



Highlights: Junior Sylvia Neiser finished 3rd in 
Flight B singles at the Virginia Women's 
Tournament in Roanoke, the team's highest place 
finish in the fall. The tennis team's full season, 
with 12 matches, takes place in spring. 


Highlights: The team won its opening game 
against Eastern Mennonite University a school 
that is twice the size of MBC and in the highly 
competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference. 

Conference Record 0-0 

Overall Record 1-6 


Highlights: The 200 Medley Relay team and 200 
Freestyle Medley team earned first place and set 
records at an early-season meet at Chatham 

Conference Record 
Overall Record 


* Cross Country and Tennis are not official 
sports in the Atlantic Women's Colleges 
Conference (AWCC); and therefore MBC 
does not have conference statistics. 

The Alumnae/i Association fiinds projects and events 

for the college through the proceeds from MBC Gift 

Shop sales. Recent projects have included the Library 

Leisure Reading Program, the Spring Fling for the 

senior class, and continued renovation of the 

Alumnae House. Every purchase fi'om the 

4^ Gift Shop allows the association to 

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; 2005 

'It is up to you, and other graduates across this great nation, to somehow make it all 
work. Everyone here, professors and parents have the confidence in you that you can 
do all these things. Have faith — faith looks back and draws courage. Have hope — 
hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive.' 

2005 Commencement Awards 

Martha Stackhouse Grafton Award 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non-Student Award 
Adult Degree Program Outstanding Student 
Master of Arts in Teaching Outstanding Student 
Margaret Kable Russell Award 

Ruth Rowe '05 

Christian Peele '05 

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges '63 

Dana Goetz '05 

Daniel Gardner '05 

Samantha Sprole '06 

2005 Graduates by the Numbers 

Residential College forWomen 182 

Adult Degree Program 110 

Masters of Fine Arts in Shakespeare 

and Renaissance Literature in Performance 1 

Master of Letters in Shakespeare 

and Renaissance Literature in Performance 18 

Masters of Arts in Teaching 49 

That moment-of-all-moments in a student's college life took 
place for 360 people May 15, 2005 at Mary Baldwin College 
Commencement. It seemed the biggest question might be: 
Would the traditional lawn cere- 
mony of graduation be rained 
out? Happily, there was no rain 
to dampen the high spirits of 
graduates, faculty, and staff. 
Hundreds of proud families and 
friends covered the hillside ris- 
ing up from Page Terrace in 
front of Grafton Library to wit- 
ness the event. We were 
nrivileged to welcome Sheila 
Crump Johnson, co-founder of 
Black Entertainment Television 

Sheila Crump Johnson 

and owner of Salamander Farm 

in Middleburg, Virginia, as our Commencement speaker. It 
was a morning to remember, to hold dear. 


Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65, president 

Kellie Warner '90, vice president 

Fleet Lynch Roberts '81, treasurer 

Ann Truster Faith '69, secretary 

Dorian Akerman '92. continuing education chair 

Pamela Leigh Anderson '84 

Marylouise Bowman '89 

Nancy Clark Brand ADP '94 

Susan Jennings Denson '62 

Donia Stevens Eley ADP '02 

Virginia Royster Francisco '64, faculty representative 

Jennifer Brillhart Kibler '92, executive director ex-officio 

Leigh Hamblin Gordon '78 

Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74, marketing/sales chair 

Jessie Carr Haden '54 

Heline Cortez Harrison '48 

Charon Wood Hines '95 

Alice Blair Hockenbury '86 

Chnstina Holstrom '80 

Susan Powell Leister '68 

Nina Reid Mack '72 

Becky Cannaday Merchant '63 

Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60 

Elizabeth Jennings Shupe '70 

Ethel Smeak '53, honorary member 

Donna Dearman Smith '70 

Elizabeth Swope '66 

JaneTownes '69, nominating chair 

STARS (Student Alumnae Relations Society) 

Erin Baker '07 chair, Noel Iskander '08 

Megan Jones '07 Mercedes Riddick '06 

alumnae/i news 

The Grafton Society and Classes of 1956, 1961, 
1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 



renew friendships ... attend seminars ... see a play ... 

tour die campus ... enjoy great food in Hunt ... 
reminisce with your classmates ... 

talk with current students ... meet the president ... 

Mary Baldwin! 

March 30 -April 2, 2006 

Alumnae/i Association 
President's Letter 

I am excited about Reunion 2006 and look for- 
ward to seeing those of you who will be 
celebrating reunions next spring in Staunton. 
Our alumnae/i board, committees, and Mary 
Baldwin alumnae staff have been planning a weekend of memo- 
rable activities for our enjoyment. Plan to stay up to date with 
reunion by going online to wiviv.mbc.edii/reimion — and keep 
sending your photos! 

Many of you have noted the separation of Reunion Weekend 
(March 30-April 2, 2006) and Commencement (May 19-21, 
2006). With the many exciting activities planned for alumnae/i 
during Reunion Weekend, and for graduates and their families 
during Commencement Weekend, it has become increasingly diffi- 
cult to hold these two events at the same time. By scheduling these 
important major events on different weekends, the college will be 
able to devote even more attention and resources (space, time, 
people) to its alumnae/i, as well as its graduates. Because the 
month of May is one of the busiest for many Mary Baldwin alum- 
nae/i (family graduations, weddings, school events, and more), it 
is our hope that the March 30-April 2, 2006 date will allow more 
alumnae/i to return to the college to enjoy their reunions. 

On behalf of all of you, I extend a warm welcome to Jennifer 
Brillhart Kibler '91, the new executive director of Alumnae/i and 
Parent Relations. She is passionate about Mary Baldwm and 
brings enthusiastic leadership to the college through her many tal- 
ents as a motivator and communicator. 

I am grateful to the talented, energetic and devoted women 
who serve with me on the Alumnae/i Association Board of 
Directors. They represent you well, spanning seven decades, and 
representing nine states and the District of Columbia. We are com- 
mitted to strengthening the college by giving our time, talents and 
financial resources. I ask you to do the same. You can show your 
support by attending reunion, MBC events in Staunton and in your 
area, with your annual gifts, and as a volunteer board member. 

The Alumnae/i Board offers its full support to Dr. Fox, the 
faculty, and staff as they continue the implementation of the 10- 
year strategic plan. Composing Our Future. You can see some of 
the visible changes that took place this summer online at: 

Thank you for your continuing interest and support of Mary 
Baldwin College. 

Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65 

'On behalf of all members of the Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i Association, I offer heartfelt sorrow to those of you 
who have suffered from the affects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf states. I sincerely thank all of you who have 
reached out to assist others in the long and difficult recovery. We stand united to help in whatever way we can.' 

— Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



Two Long-Time Friends 
Named as Honorary Alumnae/i 

Virginia Ridge, director of food 
service at MBC, was surprised 
during Reunion 2005 to be named 
an honorary alumna by the 
Alumnae/i Association. Ridge was 
moved to tears: "It is the greatest 
thing in the world to be recognized, 
because I l<now how hard 
everyone here works and I have 
incredible respect for them." 

William Pollard, college librarian 
emeritus and college archivist, 
was also touched to receive 
honorary alumni status by the 
Alumnae/i Association. 
Honorary status is rare and all 
the more meaningful when 

Alumnae/i Awards 
Given at Reunion 

front row (left to right) 

Becky Cannaday Merchant '63 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership 

Carol Kirchner Eliason '50 

Service to Community Award 

Janet Russell Steelman '52 

Emily Smith Medallion 

Melissa Joel Baldwin '06 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Scholarship 

back row (left to rigtit) 
Timothy A. Kelly 

Donor and Presenter of the 
Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership 
Award and the Emily Wirsing Kelly 

Paula Stephens Lambert '65 

Career Achievement Award 

Betsy Berry Williamson '48 

Service to Church Award 

Erin Marie Baker '07 

Virginia L. Lester Scholarship 


Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Winter 2005^2006 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

These notes and information 
were collected April through 
September 2005. To send us 
updates and share news with 
classmates, please complete 
the classmate update card 
enclosed in this magazine. 


MARTHA LOGAN Crissman of Hilton 
Head SC: "I turned 90 years old last 
summer, but stay well physically. 
Mentally? Could be better. I live at 
Seabrook, a retirement home, with 
many friends." 


LELIA HUYETT White of Charlestown 
WV plays bridge, nine holes of golf, and 
enjoys going out to dinner. 

SARAH LACY Miller of Harrisonburg VA 
and husband Gil sold their farm and 
moved to Sunnyside Retirement 
Community in October 2003. She attend- 
ed Grafton Society last year, and enjoyed 
the wonderful changes at Mary Baldwin. 


Busick of Lake Ridge VA and husband 
Chris celebrated their 60th anniversary 
in September 2004. Their children and 
granddaughter live nearby. 

MARY CRONIN Wolfe of Silver Spring 
MD has nine grandchildren and nine 
great grandchildren. 

MYRTLE FOY Hennis of Mt Air/ NC 
writes that husband Samuel died 
recently She sees ELIZABETH "Lib" 
and PAULINE OSBORN Crawford '39 

HARRIETT LOW Brown of Bridgeport 
VW: "My husband Paul died in June 
2001. 1 am still living in our home and 
have four grandchildren and one great 


JEAN BAUM Mair of Bloomfield CT is 
living in a retirement community. She 
has stopped driving and traveling, but 
enjoys reading and volunteer work in the 
library and greenhouse. She visits 
daugther Margaret in CT and son 
Edward in MA. 


Linthicum Heights MD travels across 
the Chesapeake Bay to visit her daugh- 
ter and family, and two grandsons visit 
her. She and her daughter enjoyed a 
stay at Bethany Beach DE. She stays 
busy and in good health. 

EMMA PADGETT Fitzhugh of Newport 
News VA: "I'm no longer walking like a 
duck - now like a drunk (when weary) 
but without pain and no cane! " She is in 
a charismatic church. World Outreach 
Worship Center. 

THELMA RIDDLE Golightly of 

Jacksonville FL still drives, keeps up 
with church activities, teaches Sunday 
School, and enjoys bridge, book club, 
and visiting friends. 


Boulder CO is writing for The Mirror, a 
monthly paper for Frasier Meadows 
Retirement Community. She is learning 
to work with clay and enjoys reading. 
She lives with her cat Missy. 


NANCY CLARK McLennan of Atlanta 
GA: "I wish I could remember all I 
learned at Mary Baldwin." 

LOUISE KINKEL Boehmke of Saratoga 
Spnngs NY reports that she and daugh- 
ter Carolyn took a six-week train trip 
across the southern border of our coun- 
try, stopping in Cajun country and 
Tucson/Nogales at Elderhostels, ending 
at daughter Margaret's home in 

Moorhead of Lynchburg VA is very ill 
with osteoporosis. Husband Jesse died 
in October 2000. 


ANNE HAYES Davis of Greensboro NC 
and husband John have been happy for 
six years now, and have 26 grandchil- 
dren and 17 great grandchildren. They 
love to dance, play bridge, and go to 
church and Bible studies. 


Staunton VA celebrated a 63rd reunion 
at Reunion 2005 with classmates ELIS- 
BELL Boatwright '42, and LESLIE 
SYRON '42 

White of King William VA: "In May 2005 
my husband Brydie and I retired (sold 
our two funeral homes). I retired from 
teaching in 1975. Giving up a three-gen- 
eration business is not easy." 

NANCY MCWHORTER Huriey of Silver 
Spnng MD flew to Oregon in June to 
join son Douglas and his wife for the 
Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She 
also flew to Maine to visit daughter 
Carol and her husband. She's sorry she 
missed Reunion 2005! 

CAROLYN NORTON Brushwood of 

Lawrence KS states that youngest 
grandson John James was in Nepal 
teaching English to Buddhist monks, 
who were 8-16 years old. 

Stevens of Naples FL: "Garth died in 
May. We had |ust returned from a 
cruise, when he became ill. I lost my 
dancing partner, so sad." 


FRANCES KNIGHT Nottel of Orlando 
FL: "My dear husband Bob died in June 
2004. 1 am busy with family, fnends, 
church and social activities. There is 
much to do here." 


Washington DC gardens, reads, and lis- 
tens to good music. She travels, 
although nothing matched the four- 
month round-the-world trip she took 
aboard a freighter 


Harnsonburg VA is living at Sunnyside 
Retirement Community and is on the go 
with friends and church. She attended 
the Grafton Society luncheon in May 
2005 for the first time and saw many 

RUTH PETERS Sproul of Staunton 
VA: "I enjoyed the 2005 reunion lun- 
cheon immensely. MARGARET 
MCMURRAY Hottel and I were the 
only ones from 1943. She lives at 
Sunnyside in Harrisonburg, GLORIA 
PARADIES Rothmayer '43 is doing 
fine and dating!" 


GRACE DRYDEN Venable of Towson 
MD: "Two grandchildren got marned 
and we are moving into a retirement 
home soon." 

GARRETT Byrd of Southern Pines NC 
has been living at Belle Meade, a retire- 
ment resort, for two years. 


Brookfield Wl went to Hawaii, and to 
Canada to participate in a curling tourna- 
ment. She also spent a few days at Ft. 
Hills in Phoenix. 

Reid of Staunton VA: "I have an interna- 
tional family." Granddaughter Sarah 
married a man from Poland in May in 
Poland. Jacki adopted a boy from Korea. 


Ruston LA is the working owner of 
Ruston Travel Service. She has four 
grandchildren, ages 1-17 


of Charlottesville VA: "At 82, all is well" 

Kreisle of Austin TX sold her lake house 
to actress Sandra Bullock seven years ago 
and moved closer to town. She has five 
grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

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Louisville KY: "Retired and loving it! 
Children and spouses keep me in the 
present, and six grandchildren share 
their interests in our future — one grand- 
child is getting a doctorate in nano 


Charlottesville VA moved from Florence, 
Italy. She is pleased to be back. 



Port Orange FL received the Presbyterian 
Women's Honorary Life Membership 
award in 2004 


Lake Worth FL had a visit from her daugh- 
Pinto 75 and son-in-law Rodger, and two 
of her four grandchildren. 


Trumbull CT is still "plugging" along. 
Granddaughter Katie was marned in 
October 2004 to Kevin Holland. 



Bristol TN IS gardening, painting (mostly 
watercolors), doing church work and 
enjoying family. Her newest great grand- 
child (#10) was born in London. 


AntonioTX is looking forward to being a 
great-grandmother in 2006. 

MARJORIE MOORE Council of Lake 
Waccamaw NC has had two busy years 
as moderator of Presbyterian Women. 
Her eight grandchildren are a joy One 
grandaughter married in May in Atlanta. 
"One of the blessings of my life is my 
fnendship with BETTY NEISLER 
Timberlake '45" 

JANE PROFFIT Pruett of Staunton VA 
spent Apple Day 2005 on campus having 
Apple Brunch in the dining hall while 
regaling staff and students with memo- 
ries of her own Apple Days, which they 
all enjoyed! 

JOAN MORAN Smith of Farmville NC: 
"Son David, his wife, and their three chil- 
dren have been in Kiev, Ukraine for eight 
years, where her son worked as a teacher 
and missionary They are returning to 
work for the Navigators at University of 
South Carolina. 


SARAH "SALLY" BEALS Holzbach of 

Newport News VA is well and traveling. 
She sees MARY KNOX Weir '47 a couple 
of times a year in Del Mar CA. 


Brevard SC talks to ETHEL MCCANTS 
Lowder '47 and ELIZABETH "BETTY" 
LACY McClure '47 She and husband 
Dan are thankful for good health and 
en|oy nearby grandchildren. 

Garrett of LufkinTX had knee replace- 
ment in November 2004 so she got out 
of decorating for the holidays, and her 
kids did all the cooking. She is up now 
and enjoys her gardens and her grand- 
daughter, 11. 


of Leesburg VA is recovering from lung 
cancer that moved to her spine. She's 
better and "intends to survive" 



Durham NC visited with her sister HAR- 

her husband Bill, and their family to cele- 
brate her 80th birthday "The Clarke girls 
are still having fun!" 

HELEN DEVORE Mattenson of St Louis 
MO: "My sister JEAN DEVORE 

Calhoun '50 flew from Maryland to visit 
last March"Helen visits her husband, who 
has Alzheimers, every other day in a nurs- 
ing home. 

Patton of Woodbndge VA and husband 
Frank enjoy Linville Resorts in NC from 
May to October, as they have for 70 
years He loves golf and they live on the 
#1 fairway The son of HARRIET 
MCLEAN Slaughter '48, who is a lawyer 
in Norfolk VA, was called to serve in Iraq. 


Richmond VA is working with therapy 
dogs visiting nursing homes, hospitals, 
and schools. 

HARRIET MCLEAN Slaughter of 

Lumberton NC wntes that son Robert, 
52, a member of the Army Reserve and a 
lawyer, has been deployed to Iraq in the 
International Zone 


Cambndge MD plays bridge and enjoys 
her children and grandchildren. Husband 
Bill has Parkinson's disease. 


Felegara of Keene NH sold her house in 
Richmond NH and bought a condo in 
Keene, "closer to civilization." 

JEAN "FARO" FARROW of Norfolk VA is 
a retired school pnncipal and volunteers 
with Amencan Cancer Society. 



How can you thank those whose love, 
support, and ideas helped to shape your 
character, your values, your life? 

For information about trust opportunities 
at Mary Baldwin College, call or write: 

Director of Development 
Mary Baldwin College 
Staunton, VA 24401 


Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Enjov ■" ;: --• ' -■- -.nion in June 2005 !l to r): MARY COLONNA 
Robertson '56, ALINE POWERS Hudson '56, MARY BEALE 
Black '56, and REID STRICKLAND Nottingham '56. 

Attending a dinner at the home of BETTY KELLEY Peple '62 in 
Richmond, VA (I to r): SHIRLEY FILE Robbins '62, DOUGLAS 
LAUGHON Wallace '62, KENT SEABURY Rowe '62, JANE 
NER Kavanagh '62 

Attending the 2005 SEC women's basketball tournament in SC 
were JANETOWNES '69, SUSAN TRAIN Fearon '69, and 
PAMELA "PAM" LEIGH Anderson '84. 

Celebrating the October 2004 wedding of KATHERN "KATY" 
MEYER '02 and Rodney Hulse of Staunton -. - ■ i. ■ : "om) 
Kristin Jefferson, Leigh Gosper, EMILIE BETH GLOVER '02 
(bridesmaid), the bride, SUZANNAH MEYER Zachos '97 (brides 
sister and matron of honor), KELLY MICHELLE WIMMER '02 
(bridesmaid), Anne Saunders, KERRY LYNN BLEKFELD '02 
(bridesmaid), and LEAH RAEANN GRIFFITH '03 


Oceanside CA is living in a retirement 
community and enjoys traveling, bridge, 
snorkeling and seven great grandchildren. 

JULIA JOHNSTON Belton of Melbourne 
FL writes that husband. Dr. Joseph 
Burckhalter, died in IVlay 2004. She 
became a great grandmother again when 
IVlaeve Hannah Jackson was born. 



VA IS living at the Village at Woods Edge. 
"Getting old is awful, but is as pleasant as 
possible at the Village." OUIDA CALD- 
WELL DAVIS '51 is well and also living 

MARY HORTON Waldron of 

Gaithersburg MD enjoys life at Asbury 
Ivlethodist Village though her husband is 
"a complete invalid." 


Norfolk VA has 10 grandchildren. 

BESS PLATCO Smith of Greenville SC 
went to London and the Baltic countries, 
including St. Petersburg, Russia. She was 
"interested in the socio-economic and 
political situations" 


Montgomery AL: " Ben and I went on a 
Mississippi riverboat cnjise and also to 
Washington DC to see the WWII 
Memorial dedicated in 2004." 

PENNIE WEST Covington of Atlanta GA 

had a second knee replacement in 
November 2004. Husband Hewitt had 
triple bypass surgery. Their granddaughter 
was valedictorian of her high school class 
and is attending Davidson. 


Charlottesville VA was hoping to attend 
some Reunion 2005 events. Husband 
Jim is in a nursing home. 


LILIAN BEDINGER Taylor of Washington 
DC reports that son Tom was interviewed 
by National Public Radio on Morning 
Edition in a series on "Life Changes." He's 
a first year resident at Oregon Health and 
Sciences University; and his son 
Beniamin was born last January. 

Brundick of Jacksonville FL is sorry to 
have missed Reunion! 


enjoyed a trip to the Bntish Isles with 
ELSIE MARTIN Anderson '51 and 
EMMA MARTIN Hubbard 50 



Fort Worth TX and husband John enjoy 
vacations in Ruidoso, NM. She loves gar- 
dening and participates in Home and 
Garden Club flower shows. 

ANNE STUART Richardson of 

Gloucester VA writes that daughter Anne 
Dabney Asphen was married last 
September and lives in Baltimore MD. 
Son Stuart lives nearby, so she sees him 



Largo FL reports that husband William 
passed away last June. 

EVA POUND Rothschild of Columbus 
GA writes that her husband of 47 years, 
Alan, died last May 


Statesville NC and husband Bob enjoyed 
a Carribean cruise with friends. Oldest 
grandchild Nicholas finished his first year 
at the Merchant Manne Academy in NY. 
His brother Casey graduated from high 
school, and the other eight grandkids are 


Fredericksburg VA writes that her mother 
died last year at the age of 98. Her great 
granddaughter is two, and her grandson 
graduated from JMU in 2005. She 
spends every third month in Anguilla and 
says, "Come see us!" 


DeBerardinis of Athens OH: She and 
husbandlony enjoy traveling. 

IRENE JOHNSON Cherry of Washington 
DC had total hip replacement in 2004, 
Husband Abe died in 2004. She has 
moved back to DC and is enjoying city life. 


Abingdon VA: She and husband Gerry 
enjoy life in Abingdon and stay busy with 
the Historical Society of Washington 
County, Blacks' Fort Chapter of DAR, 
church, travel, and nine grandchildren. 


Spnngs AR is widowed and spends time 
visiting SIX children, 12 grandchildren, and 
three great grandchildren in different 


Bellevue WA visited her mother Mildred, 
son Brian and his family. Her daughter 
received a masters in education and 
teaches in Washington. Her granddaugh- 
ter is engaged. 


BETTY GWALTNEY Schutte of Boyce VA 
has 'mini-reunions' with old MBC pals. 

SARA HUGHES Cox of Geneva AL has 
four grandchildren, two girls and two 
boys. Her eldest granddaughter attends 
St Margaret's inlappahannockVA. She 
visits the other grandchildren in 
Birmingham and Atlanta. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

Attending the April 2004 wedding of LAUREN LOUISE LOGAN '96 and Douglas Mothers and daughters enjoying a vacation at 

LAUREN LOGAN Gates '96, Mary Ann Kasselmann, JULIE RENN MAUER '96, 

Figure 8 Island in NC: MELISSA WYER Sanders 
'77 and Grace, LIZ LIPSCOMB Coffee '77 and 
Mary Gardener and Gary DOUGLAS MONCURE 
BUTLER '77 and Neale, and BETSY GATES 
Moore '77 and Liza. 

JANETOWNES '69 recruits the 
class of 2026 with t-shirts seen 
here on Ava Jayne Pulver, niece 
of MARY ALICE Bomar '93. 


Midlothian VA is a retired instructional 
assistant from Ghesterfield County 
Schools. She's been married 50 years to 
husband William and has four living chil- 
dren and SIX grandchildren. 


is sorry she missed Reunion 2005. She 
was in Minnesota for her granddaugh- 
ter's senior band concert at that time. 


Gastonia NC enjoys seeing her three 
daughters and seven grandchildren. 
She loves traveling in a 36' motor home 
with four cats and a dog. Last spring 
she was presented Honorary Life 
Membership of Presbyterian Women 
and is active in DAR. 



of Houston TX is a volunteer decent at 
the zoo. She and husband Dick were 
planning a month-long trip to New 
Zealand and Australia. 


Ramon CA is retired from National 
Institutes of Health and moved to CA to 
live with her daughter and grandson. 10. 
Another daughter lives in NC, and when 
Elaine visits, she sees JEANETTE 
FISHER Reid '56 

ELLEN GIBSON Shaw of Beaufort SC 
stays busy with tennis, book clubs, 
choral groups. Friends of the Library 
board, and keeping up with family and 
old friends. 

Williams of Matthews NC: "No new 
grandchildren this year (we're up to 
nine). I have a new 'RagdoH' and 'Kitten 
Lucy Liu.'" 

Henderson of Winter Haven FL says it's 
hard to believe the Class of 1956 will 
celebrate its 50th reunion in 2006. She 
hopes everyone will make a big effort to 
attend, as the 50th will be very special! 


PAULA BRANCH Holt of San Francisco 
CA continues her psychotherapy prac- 
tice, and IS the proud grandmother of 
Gillian. 7 Cecilia, 4, and Finn, 1. 


Houston TX and husband John became 
grandparents to John Wendell Graham, 
7 lbs., 9 oz. 


Montgomery AL delights in son Jeff, his 
wife Theresa, and their two daughters, 
Kathleneand Rebecca. "I'm handi- 
capped and semi-homebound, so 
traveling is zero, but I'm not nursing 
home bait yet!" 


Kennesaw GA and husband John retired 
in 1980, and spend time with church 
work and volunteer organizations. They 
traveled to China and Thailand. Children 
and grandchildren live nearby, and they'll 
celebrate their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary next June. 




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CARLA RICKER Nix of DallasTX and 
her husband have bought an engraving 
business with their son. "Business is 

NANCYTHOADS Miller of Lake Lure 
NC and husband Robert are moving per- 
manently to their mountain home and 
will be near two of their children and 
their families, and not too much farther 
from the other two and their families. 


Baltimore MD and husband Leo are 
proud of their daughter and son-in-law, 
who is in admissions at Roanoke 
College. They enjoy their grandsons 
Joshua, 9, and Jacob, 7 


KAY LESSLEY Linnane of Fishersville 
VA writes that after 43 years in other 
parts of VA, she and husband Jim have 
moved back to Staunton. She hopes to 
see fellow graduates at MBC events. 


VIRGINIA BRUCE Cooke of Glen Allen 
VA and husband Tom enjoy visiting their 
river home in Rockbridge Baths VA. She 
teaches GED classes to adults and also 
teaches in a pre-school. 


writes that after waiting seven months, 
her husband Bill received a strong heart. 
"The life-changing experience has made 
us thankful for the incredible gift " and his 
seamless recovery. 


Ridgeland SC is a nurse practioner and 
has SIX grandchildren ages 4-17 She and 
her family love deep sea fishing and pic- 
nicing in the islands. 


of Los Angeles CA had a reunion with 
MBC classmates and Phi Kapps at the 
home of HELEN SMITH McCallum '59 
in Richmond in 2004. She has also seen 
RUTH HAWKINS Molony '59 and VIR- 
GINIA BRUCE Cooke '59 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

POWERS '98 married Dr 
Howard Rodenberg m 
June 2005. 

Members of the Class of 1963 at a mini-reunion in San Antonio TX in April 2005 
on a boat ride at River Walk (I to r): HONEY BESSIRE Morris '63, BECKY CAN- 
IMADAY Merchant '63, LYNN BUTTS Preston '63, SUE JORDAN Rodarte '63, 
TERRY GEGGIE Fridley '63, CAROLYN HALDEMAN Hawkins '63, and BETSY 
EVANS Baxter '63 

ERIN MCDONOUGH Howard '04 married 2Lt Josh 
Howard last June. MBC friends in attendance were 
O'Reilly 04, the bride, ELLESE FERREOL '05, and 


Ashburn VA hopes to return to 
Johannesburg, South Africa to help her 
daughter, who has an orphanage in her 
home. It has been a year of illness, but 
McChesney stays busy with church 
activities, friends, and family. 

EMORY O'SHEE Apple of Louisville KY 
has five grandchildren under age five. 
She finished a year as president of 
University of Louisville Woman's Club, 
and 12 years doing Income Tax for the 

Gooding of Campobello SC loves 
upcountry SC horse farms, where they 
moved. She has "two new knees." Her 
youngest daughter married in San 
Francisco, CA. 


LINDA EARLE Duncan of Southern 
Pines NC retired from school administra- 
tion two years ago; became a widow one 
year ago; travels and plays tennis now. 

retired after 30 years of teaching and 
does volunteer work for two libraries in 

NANCY HOOKER Manning of Kinston 
NC has three married sons, and they 
enjoy three granddaughters and one 
grandson. They "are blessed with good 
health, family and friends! " 

REBEKAH LEWIS Krivsky of Clayton 
GA stays busy with Relay for Life. 
March of Dimes, and Walk America. 
She and husband Jerry have five grand- 
children and enjoy their choral concerts, 
dance recitals, soccer games, and chil- 
dren's theater. 


of Jackson MS is in the real estate busi- 
ness, and husband Swan is a circuit 
judge. They have six grandsons, and 
daughter Virginia Avisto lives on Lookout 
Mountain inTN. Rivers Purkett lives in 
Pass Christian MS. 


Montgomery AL reports that three of 
five daughters are married and the 
twins are employed in the Birmingham 
school system. She and husband John 
have seven grandchildren — one grand- 
daughter and six grandsons. 


JULIA HICKSON Crim of Lynchburg VA 
is a commissioned lay chaplain at 
Carrington Health and Rehabilitation 
Center. Son Tom is in Staunton, son 
David is a pastor in Flagstaff AZ, son Will 
is an artist in San Luis Obispo CA; and 
daughter Laura is in her first year at 
McCormick Seminary in Chicago. 


San Francisco CA, traveling Pole to Pole, 
made her seventh trip to Africa and visit- 
ed China again. She is volunteering in 
special places, has four grandchildren, 
and celebrated her 42nd anniversary 
with husband Robert. 

Bramwell of KnoxvilleTN: "Charlie and I 
are grandparents of two boys (sons of 
Chase and Karen) in Ohio. Son David is 
a newlywed in NJ." 


Augusta GA became a commissioner in 
government about two years ago. hav- 
ing first closed her children's store. 


Corpus ChnstiTX is retired and went to 
China in 2003 with family members, 
including sister LYDIA WOODS Peale 
'58. She and husband Jerry attended 
their grandson's high school graduation 
in Santa Fe NM, and the wedding of 
classmate MARY "WOO" SHACK- 
ELFORD Mumford's '61 son in Boston. 


Brown of Indianapolis IN is a sustaining 
member of Junior League of 
Indianapolis. She's active in her neigh- 
borhood association. Husband David 
introduced her to Indiana Astronomical 
Society which she enjoys. 

SALLY HELTZELL Pearsall of Mobile 
AL is retired but still sings in Mobile 
Opera Chorus. She has two grandchil- 
dren in town and two more in NC. She 
and husband David travel to big tennis 

Hayes of Hampton VA has survived a 
second year of widowhood. She exer- 
cises, volunteers at church, travels, and 
helped start a widow/er group. 

KENT SEABURY Rowe of Richmond 
VA retired and lives near her daughter. 
Peple '62, and ANN LEE ALEXANDER 
Cook '62. She vacationed in Sag Harbor 
and Italy. 


of Trophy ClubTX retired from teaching 
kindergarten in June 2004, She is a vol- 
unteer usher at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. 

MARTHA WADE Bradford of 

Birmingham AL has eight grandchildren. 
She visited with MINNIELYNN MAR- 
TIN Clay '62 and her husband in KY in 
October 2004. Minnielynn sang at the 
Bradfords' wedding and they had not 
seen each other since. 


JOANN BROWN Morton of Columbia 
SC published her latest book. Working 
with Women Offenders in Correctional 
Institutions, last year. 

MARTHA FANT Hays of Sardis MS has 
13 grandchildren, two from Kazakhstan 
and one from China. Husband William 
retired and they were planning an 
Alaskan cruise. 


Scottsdale AZ is single; finished her 
masters in education from NAU, and is 
doing bully prevention training. 


Hampton VA was anticipating a Class of 
1963 mini-reunion in San Antonio last 

PA and husband Bradley retired. They 
plan to move to a retirement community 
in Winchester VA late in 2006. 

Johnson of Westminster MD spent a 
month last Christmas in Darwin, 
Australia visiting son Chris and his fami- 
ly, including grandchildren Georgia, 8, 
Annie, 4, and Patrick, 2. 


KAREN APPLEBY Baughan of Luray VA 
has a few medical problems, "but life is 
wonderful with husband Lowell and a 
new grandson." 

SENAH BUCHANAN Seagle of Bristol 
TN retired from real estate and moved 
from PL to her hometown of Bristol in 
June. She hopes to spend more time 
with two grandsons and photography. 

ANN CALVIN Rogers-Witte of Phoenix 
AZ IS a southwest conference minister 
and was recommended unanimously to 
lead the UCC's Wider Ministnes. 

SALLY DORSEY of Atlanta GA is build- 
ing a second home in Bali, Indonesia, 
She is in the 2006 Class of Leadership 
Atlanta. She and husband Herb Miller 
love their service on the MBC Advisory 
Board of Visitors. 

ALICE FARRIOR Butler of Portsmouth 
VA spent last May in France. She enjoys 
retirement and is still doing a little training. 

SC retired as director of First 
Presbyterian Church pre-school and 
kindergarten after 26 years. She enjoys 
grandsons Ben, 3, and Ashton, 2. 


of Richmond VA had a mini-reunion with 
REHMET Cannady '64, and another 
alumna in Big Indian NY. 

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SUSAN BROWNE Webb of Covington 
VA opened an Oriental rug shop in 
Lexington VA called Art on tlie Floor. For 
eight years, she and husband Fred have 
taken groups to Wyoming for fly fishing, 
Fred is on the SMA Alumni Board, "It's 
always fun to be back." 

STUART CHAPMAN Cobb of Little 
Rock AR is national president of the 
National Society of the Colonial Dames 
of Amenca. 

DIANE COOPER Byers of Weaverville 
NC retired and is enjoying her 96-year- 
old mother and seven grandchildren. 
She's sorry to have missed the last 

MARTHA FARMER Copeland of Corbin 
KY went to law school at 40 and has 
been practicing law since. She has two 
sons and daughters-in-law, and four 
grandchildren. She took her first trip to 


Asheville NC sings in her church choir. 
She performed with Asheville 
Symphony Chorus and Chamber 
Chorus, and went to France to study 
conversational French. She works on 
family genealogy. 


of Healdsburg CA has moved from the 
Flonda Keys. Younger son Michael mar- 
ried Jaime Royer in CI Older son 
Jonathan works at Standard & Poors in 
NYC. Hubby Hohn is retired, but she still 
has her company Spanish Works! 


Raleigh NC is retired, and son Kevin 
graduated from college. 

DALE MIDGETTE Smith of Winter Park 
FL celebrated daughter Kathryn's gradu- 
ation from Rollins College summa cum 
laude- She's working part-time in her 
psychotherapy practice, and writes and 
sings. Married five years, she enjoys her 
18-month-old grandson, with another on 
the way " JULENE REESE Roberts '65 
and I e-mail and had a visit here. 1 hear 
from RANDI NYMAN Halsell '65, EMY 
MARTIN Halpert '65, and NINI NASH 
Truesdale '65' 

MARSHA NYE Adier of Mt View CA 
has worked in politics, state government 
and at San Francisco State University. 
She is consulting on education and com- 
munity service policy and evaluation. 
Husband Bill is a corporate attorney, and 
son Andrew is a writer in NM. 


Farmville NC went to theTetons and 
Yellowstone. She's redoing her 1970s 
kitchen, is active in church work, sings, 
teaches, and enjoys theater. She also 
spends time with grandchildren Leslie 2, 
and Tyson 9 months. 


Eastover SC lives on a farm and feeds 

dogs, cats, and horses daily. Her three 
children are married, and her oldest son 
has three children. She and husband 
Billy went to Belize in Apnl with her 
Cobb '65 of AR and her husband Jimbo. 



Shepherdstown VW went to the 
Dominican Republic on a medical mis- 
sion and served as a medical interpreter. 
"They are warm and welcoming people 
living in extreme poverty." 

KAREN COWSERT Pryor of Rochester 
NY enjoys seeing granddaughter Maya 
Walker, 2, who lives in Baltimore. 


Glyndon MD: "Doug and I enjoy visiting 
our three grandchildren in NY and KY' 

BETSEY GALLAGHER Satterfield of 

Lewisburg VW says her daughter Polly 
had identical twin girls in 2004. She and 
husband Bill babysit for the twins and 
grandson Riley, 4. She sees JUNE 
MCLAUGHLIN Strader '66. 

ANNE HUTTON Zimmerschied of 

Sheridan WY has 12 grandchildren. She 
works at Powder Horn Golf Community in 
the real estate department, and is travel- 
ing the western U.S., Mexico, and Hawaii. 


Virginia Beach VA will retire after 25 
years in school fundraising for Reader's 
Smith '66 (MBC roommate for four 
years) stay close, and their husbands 
are best friends. 

SAMMY ANN PRIMM Marshall of 

GermantownTN enjoys playing with 
grandbabies, travel, gardening, and 


Greenville SC is doing interior design. 
Husband Jimmy is looking forward to 
retiring from banking. They visit their 
daughters and grandchildren inTX and FL. 


Youngstown NY is living in western 
New York Her husband passed away 
last November and she says, "It's been 

CLAUDIA TURNER Aycock of Houston 
TX has an antique business and hus- 
band Charlie practices law Daughter 

IS working in development at the 
Houston Zoo. 


Richmond VA teaches piano and does 
watercolor and oil artwork. She and 
husband Jim went to Normandy for 
an educational tour. No grandchildren 
yet. She sees ALICE TOLLEY 
Goodwin '66, CARRIE GOODWIN 
Louthan '66, HEIDI BRANDT 
Robertson '66, and TRUDIE DAVEN- 
PORT Goodykoontz '67 

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Legacy luncheon at 
Alumnae House held in 
August 2005 for new 
MBC students who 
have alumnae/i rela- 
tives (I to r): transfer 
student, MELISSA 
RENAE COBB '07, her 
sister MICHELLE 
COBB Fitzgerald 00 
and her son Preston, 
and the sisters' mother 
Janet Cobb 

Others attending the Legacy 
luncheon in August 2005 
(front row. I to r): new fresh- 
'09 and her aunt MARIAN 
'67. (back row, I to r): MBC 
President Pamela Fox, 
Carolyn Hensley BRAND! 



Nashville IN and husband Alex travel a 
great deal. Son Stokes married and lives 
in Nashville. Daughter Elizabeth graduat- 
ed from Stem School of New York 
University with an MBA. 

ANGELA BLOSE Coriey of Carmel IN 
reports "no big changes." 

Holt of Newport News VA sailed to the 
Bahamas on their 44 foot sailboat with 
husband John. They have three grand- 
sons, and two of them are twins. 

CAROL LAWS Slonaker of Midlothian 
VA moved from her 1898 Victorian town- 
house into a new home and enjoys it. 


of Richmond VA is an aerobics instruc- 
tor, and teaches pilates. yoga, mat 
science, and fit over fifty. 


Charlottesville VA serves on the VA 
Revolving Fund for Historic Properties; 
chairs Rivanna Garden Club (GCV) con- 
servation committee: and is on the 
volunteer board of UVA Museum. 


Francisco CA repons that son Jeffrey is 
a senior at University of San Francisco 
majoring in finance. She and husband 
Robert work and enjoy weekends at 
their country place in Napa Valley. 

Crosson of Fincastle VA retired from 
Carillon Health System after 26 years. 
Then she became the first paid execu- 
tive director for Historic Fincastle, Inc. 
She visits children and grandson Jack, 2, 
In Charlotte. 



of Williamsburg VA loves being a grand- 


of McRae GA: She and husband Alan 
retired and enjoy time in Florida on their 
boat. Son Alan III lives in CO and daugh- 
ter Pency graduated from Auburn 


Riverhead NY completed a second mas- 
ter's at Stony Brook University in human 
resources management in 2004. "After 
my MBC degree in sociology and a 
master's in library science, I'm finished 
with school, and I'll be 60 this year!" 

SUSAN PAUL Firestone of New York 
City NY is a cnsis counselor and art ther- 
apist at a hospital in lower Manhattan. 
She works with children, adolescents, 
adults, and the mentally ill. Note: 
Susan's art will be exhibited in a show at 
MBC in February: see page 38. 

NC says her nephew marned a fellow 
V\/ashington & Lee classmate. She is 
proud of MBC. 



of Winnetka IL and husband Dennis 
retired. She is an elder at church and 
active with the Art Institute of Chicago, 
Northwestern University Settlement 
House, and gardening and golf. 

Wilson of Winston-Salem NC and hus- 
band Peter enjoy retirement and travel. 
Their four grandchildren are close by. 
Looking forward to attending the wed- 
ding of JANE FURMAN Pressley's '69 
daughter and seeing MBC fnends there. 

Caruso of Nashville IN says son Paul is 
at the Air Force Academy majoring in 
space operations. She and husband Bill 
went on their church choir's 
Presbyterian Heritage Tour to Scotland 
and sang in five concerts. 


Louisville KY retired after teaching 
kindergarten for 30 years. 

MARY WESTON Grimball of Columbia 

SC is president of Junior Achievement 
of Central SC. Son Barnwell is living 
near Charleston. She enjoys seeing 
ANNA DUNSON Pressly '69 


ANN DILINGER Elgin of Huntsville AL 
spent a year in Washington DC and 
moved back to AL. Her son married last 

MARGARET FOGLE of Coral Gables FL 
is taking care of her parents while 
daughter Elizabeth Updike completes 
her fourth year of an OB/GYN residency 
in Michigan before returning to practice 
medicine in FL. Son Christopher is an 
architect in CA and sails in regattas. 

LESLIE FREEMAN of Jacksonville FL 
works for the Navy. She went to her 
niece's college graduation in San 


Roanoke VA teaches history Husband 
Mark practices law, as does daughter 
Quinn. Son Mark is a doctor, and son 
Hanes is in real estate in Charleston. 
They have two beautiful granddaughters 
and another on the way. 


of Manteo NC retired to the Outer 
Jemigan '98 had a baby girl — third 
generation MBC! 

ZOE KERBEY Holmes of Kansas City 
MO works for Marsh USA, Inc as an avi- 
ation insurance broker and legal 

MARCH LACKEY Price of Fairfax VA 
works in human resources for the 
Department of the Intenor as senior 
employee relations advisor. Husband 
Gary is with the American Red Cross in 
database management. 


Southern Pines NC hosted the 2005 
U.S. Open Golf Tournament in Pinehurst. 
Daughter Sarah studied art at Sotheby's 
in London for a semester, and son 
Carter graduated from medical school at 
Wake Forest. 


Fanny Bay British Columbia. Canada will 
retire soon. Older daughter Sara mar- 
ried, and younger daughter Stephanie 
moved to Australia. 

Morgan of Charlotte NC has two grand- 
daughters, Barrie. 3, and Adie, 9 

Lyon Ml was sorry to miss her 35th 
reunion, but she became a grandmother 
at that time. 

Westen/elt of Pasadena CA married 
Scott in 1993. He is chaplain visitor at 
Hollenbeck House, a retirement com- 
munity. She chairs San Gabriel Valley 
Chapter of Women of Vision. Daughter 
Katherine graduated from University of 
Oregon: daughter Abbie is at 
Northeastern University: and son 
Rhodes moved to CA. 

Whitbeck of Little Rock AR is painting in 
oil and acrylics and sells her work in four 
galleries. Son Deke married: son Jack 
graduated from University of Arkansas: 
daughter Libby is a freshman at Boston 
University: and daughter Selby is a 10th 
grade cheerleader. 


Ground GA was in WA for two years. 
They moved two Nubian dairy goats, 
two dogs, and a rabbit to five acres 
north of Atlanta. She teaches Spanish 
and has a French certification from 
Gallowan School. 


Richmond VA is working with her daugh- 
ters in their bookstore. Creatures 'n 
Crooks Bookshoppe, and spends time 
with her grandson. 


LaGrange GA sells real estate and 
enjoys helping her daughters with 
grandchildren, Hooper, 2, Mary Isabelle 
(Mollie Belle), 2, and Render, 1. 

MARTHA LEE Valentine of Knoxville 
IN and husband Scott have been mar- 
ried more than 29 years, and have one 
son, Stephen. She teaches precept 
Bible studies to women. 

Crenshaw of Vernon France: "We enjoy 
life in France and travel in Europe. Met a 
man at a B&B, a bird watcher, who used 
to live in Staunton and knew Dr 
Mehner We live in Normandie across 
the Seine from Monet's home." 

CHRIS ZIEBE Blanton of Richmond VA 
works at St. Mary's Hospital in the 
blood bank as a medical technologist. 
Husband Charlie buys uranium for a 
Richmond power company. Son 
Armistead and daughter Dabney live in 
the area. 

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Fishersville VA is serving a third term as 
president of the local SPCA; she is gar- 
dening as well. Husband Humes is a 
circuit court judge. Son Tripp practices 
law in Staunton, and daughter Courtney 
graduated from Virginia Maryland 
College of Veterinary Medicine and prac- 
tices in Roanoke. Both are married and 
she has a granddaughter, 2. 

SAMSONOFF Martenstein of 

Richmond VA: "We have three children: 
Justin, marned, is a software engineer 
in WA; Charles enjoys CO after graduat- 
ing from the College of William and 
Mary; and Sarah is a senior at College of 
Charleston. My husband enjoys his law 

LISA SLOAN Levin of Topanga CA has 
her PhD in clinical depth psychology and 
is a licensed clinical psychologist. She 
also collaborates on film proiects with 
husband Sid, a feature film editor. 


of Roanoke VA is teaching piano. She 
traveled to the Dordogne in France last 

DIANE WHITE Fechtel of Staunton VA: 
"After 25 years in Atlanta we moved 
back to Staunton. Tom is a professor in 
the business school at Bndgewater 
College. Mark will graduate from 
Washington and Lee University this 
spnng, and Blake is at University of 



Mechanicsville VA retired after teaching 
special education for 31 years. She is 
teaching some, traveling, volunteenng at 
Lewis Ginter Botanical garden, and 
"moving at a slower pace! " 

JANE RAYSON Young of Chattanooga 
TN reports that son Matt graduated 
from University of Tennessee and son 
Logan graduated from Washington and 
Lee University. 


Charlottesville VA has a daughter and 
son-in-law, and two grandchildren, Sarah 
Beth, 4, and Ryan, 1-1/2. She was 
expecting another granddaughter in 
September. She's been teaching biology 
for 25 years. 



Beach VA went back to school after her 
husband's death, and earned a master 
of divinity She is chaplain in a local hos- 
pital. Daughter Vicki is marned and lives 
in Charlottesville, Daughter Christy is 
completing a bachelor's degree in 


JAMIE HEWELL Odrezin of 

Birmingham AL is practicing pediatrics, 
and her son graduated from high school. 

NANCY NODINE Robinson of 

Montgomery AL graduated from 
University of Alabama with a master's in 
public health with emphasis in health 
care organization and policy Her 
youngest son also graduated from that 

NANCY POMEROY Togar of Asheville 
NC is grandmother of two beautiful 
girls, Asya, 2. and Alara, 1. 


Alexandria VA is staff vice president of 
the National Association of Home 
Builders in Washington DC. 


LYNDA BERGEN Wheatley of Worton 
MD had three graduations in three 
weeks, one from high school and two 
from college. 


of Barboursville VA celebrated 29 years 
of marriage and is teaching middle 
school French. She spent a week out- 
side Pans visiting the teacher and school 
where her students have pen pals, and 
attended AATF Conference in 

TERRY "J.J." FULTON Mink of Poway 
CA works part time for the hospitality 
industry and enjoys playing golf Son 
Charlie is in the Army at the Defense 
Language Institute in Monterey learning 
Arabic. Daughter Caroline graduated 
from college in spring 2005. 

SUSAN HAMNER Daoust of Needham 
MA works part-time as an obstetrical 
nurse at Brigham Women's Hospital in 
Boston. She completed a second med- 
ical mission in Haiti, traveling to remote 
villages to provide health care. 

LINDA HOLDER Gordon of Ponte 
Vedra FL: Oldest child Emily graduated 
from University of Florida and is a nurse 
in PICU at Shands Hospital in FL. Son 
Phillip is at University of Florida, and son 
Kevin is at Vanderbilt University and 
playing soccer. 

ANNE MERRY Bell of Augusta GA: "I 
am a set designer/technical director for 
community and secondary school the- 
atres. My husband Dennis and son have 
resigned themselves to living in my 
'workshop' (our home)." 

LUCY PAIS Clowes of West River MD 
IS a gifted and talented resource teacher. 


of New York City NY was nominated for 
an OTTY award (Our Town Thanks You) 
for volunteer work with NYC parks. Son 
Harrison, 13, graduated from middle 

MARY "KATIE" CLARKE Hamilton of 

Atlanta GA teaches. Her oldest son 
graduated from high school and is at 
Auburn University She, husband Bill, 
and their daughter vacationed at the 

is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Virginia Air 
National Guard, where she served as 
chief nurse. 

VICKI HAWES of Charlottesville VA is 
manager of off-grounds housing at 
University of Virginia and completed her 
master of education this summer. 


Alexandria VA and husband Brewster are 
"blessed that he is cancer-free after a 
non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma nightmare four 
years ago." Daughter Alison is in her 
fourth year at University of Virginia; son 
Lars is at University of North Carolina; and 
daughter Gracie enjoys middle school. 


of Charleston SC says husband Bob 
retired from the Navy and is associate 
rector of St. Michael's Church. They take 
small groups to Italy on pilgrimages. 

NANCY LAWLER Brown ofTupelo MS 
spent time with MBC friends at 
DOROTHY "DOT"TULL Mothershead's 

'76 beach house on Debordieux Island in 
SC.They were grateful MBC brought 
them together in 1972. 


KATHRYN "KATHY" Lee of South 
Hadley MA through-hiked the 
Appalachian Trail in 2002. As she 
passed through a trail town in MA, 
she found a |ob posting for Smith 
College and now works there as a 
media specialist. 



Rockport ME works in a cancer care 
center as patient care coordinator. 
Husband Dean is systems manager for 
the center's computer operations. They 
have one son Michael, 12, still at home. 

LAURIE SCOTT Bass of Roswell GA 
has twin grandsons, Travis and Scott, 
born April 2005, and their sister Edie, 3. 


Keswick VA enjoys visiting with class- 
mates when visiting her parents or 
watching her son play tennis. She looks 
forward to traveling to Australia to visit 
her daughter, who has spent six months 
studying at James Cook University in 


Farmville VA and husband David are ren- 
ovating their home. She is teaching at a 
local community college. 

visited the Big Island and says, "Stanng 
at oozing lava in the dark was a powerful 
way to turn 50 (though I admit I prefer 
the rain forest). Aloha I" 


California MD works full time as a com- 
puter programmer. Her eldest child 
finishes community college this year; 
the youngest starts high school; and her 
middle child graduates in two years. 

Springs PA completed a collection of 
poems, A Far Cry. 


Charbonnet of Covington LA and hus- 
band Hunter moved to nine acres in the 
country Margaux, 25, is a fourth-year 
medical student; Knsten, 23, is a 
University of Georgia graduate; and 
Hunter, 21 , is an Ole Miss senior. 



Earlysville VA and husband Thorn mar- 
ried in Apnl 2005, and stay busy with 
five children, ages 15-23. She enjoys 
seeing LYNNE KREGER Frye 79, and 


of Alexandna LA has three daughters: 
Sally DeWitt, 1 5. and twins Annie and 
Cornelia. 11. 

BARBARA JOHNSON of Charlottesville 
VA says grandson Bryan and wife 
Wendy presented her with great-grand- 
daughter Camryn in 2004. Grandson 
Scott, graduated from Furman 
University and will attend graduate 
school at West Virginia University. 
Granddaughter Amanda married Thomas 
in Nicaragua in 2004, where Amanda is 
doing missionary social work. 


Disputanta VA stays busy with home 
and volunteer work. Her son is a fresh- 
man at Old Dominion University, and 
her daughter is a freshman in high 
school. Her husband works at Philip 


Lexington VA has been a financial con- 
sultant with Gunn Allen Financial for 23 


ANN GREGORY Colligan of 

Leominster MA has been teaching 25 
years and enjoys the 12 to 14-year-olds. 
She and husband Russell have been 
married 21 years, and daughter 
Emily,16, is a junior in high school. 

Balentine of Atlanta GA is sorry to have 
missed Reunion 2005. It coincided with 
her daughter's graduation from 
Southern Methodist University. 

Ullom ofTakoma WA and husband Brian 
have four children, ages 15, 13, 10, and 8. 
She is sorry to have missed Reunion 
2005, but hopes to make the 30th. She 
would like to go on a Spain reunion, and 
wants to know if anyone is interested? 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

MARY KENDRICK Christian of 

Tappahannock VA writes that daughter 
Kendrick is attending aesthetician 
school; son Grattan graduated from 
Virginia Tech; and daughter Ashby is in 
high school. 

AUSE LEARNED Mahr of Elmira NY 
says husband Bill is still at IBM, and she 
is teaching reunification to parents with 
children in foster care and doing 
research interviewing. She enjoyed rep- 
resenting MBC at the Elmira College 
sesquicentennial celebration. Daughter 
Amanda is at Ithaca College 
(drama/scriptwriting); daughter Maggie 
made Guinness Book of World Records 
with 865 other brass players. 

NC is vice president of human 
resources at Phoenix Physicians, LLC. 
She has three sons: David, 17 James, 
14, and Andrew, 12. She hates to have 
missed Reunion 2005 and seeing the 
class "no one dared to call ladies." 


Waynesboro VA was elected to the 
vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 
Januar/ 2005. 

SUSAN TYDINGS Fnishour of 

Waynesboro VA has new employment 
in the homeland security field. 


Larchmont NY says daughter Elizabeth 
is applying to college. 

SUSAN WALKER Scola of Potomac 

MD and husband George celebrated 
their 20th anniversary. She is sad to 
report that sister Carole died of conges- 
live heart failure. 

LAURA WILSON of Memphis TN is a 
stay-at-home mom. Husband Pat, 
Virginia Militan/ Institute 78, is a vice 
president at Medtronic. They have two 
children: Caroline, 17 and Patrick, 12. 



Ferguson of Skippers VA says son 
Cabell is in 4th grade and she is teach- 
ing kindergarten. Husband Bobby has 
been supportive of her transitions from 
bank management to stay-at-home- 
mom to educator. 


Virginia Beach VA works forVBCPS as 
an elementary counselor. She and hus- 
band Bill have three daughters. They 
bought land in southwest Virginia, 
where they plan to retire. 


Harrisonburg VA is operating her own 
Website and has published poetry. "Life 
has been good and I continue to 
improve at living." 


Williamsburg VA and husband Edward 
have relocated to a retirement commu- 
nity. She is still teaching part time and 
drawing with color pencils. 


Keswick VA works as product develop- 
ment manager for Monticello Catalog & 
Museum and does freelance design for 
Hearth Song catalog. She and husband 
Harrison have one daughter Annabel, 8. 
She's been in touch with BRENDA 

Weidner of Monrovia MD has been 
teaching 15 years at Our Lady of Good 
Counsel High School. Her oldest son 
Nicholas graduated from high school, 
and youngest son Daniel completed 
fourth grade. Husband David is an EPA 
project manager. 



Lexington VA is working for Rockbridge 
County Schools, and volunteers for 
Relay for Life, church, and school activi- 
ties. Daughter Sarah is 16. 


Raleigh NC is writing short stones, and 
her most recent publication vi^s in the 
July 2005 online journal, The Dead Mule. 
Daughter Anne is in second grade. 

SUSAN ENGUSH of Punta Gorda FL 
says she feels like she's moved to 
another town because of changes in 
landscape brought by Humcanes 
Charley Frances, and Jeanne of 2004. 
Her dad passed away in March 2005. 


became a member of Staunton 
Downtown Development Association 
Board, and manages her business, 
Crown Jewelers. 

JENNIFER HALL Costello of Virginia 

Beach VA says son Ian is at Virginia 
Military Institute, so she looks forward 
to visiting Staunton and Lexington dur- 
ing the next four years. 

SUSAN UTTLE Adkins of Marietta GA, 
husband Stephen, and children — Mary- 
Alice, Paul, and Christine — went to 
Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. They 
Brennan '82 in Jackson WY, They met a 
park ranger, who is the brother of ANN 
MARIE HAYNES Vanderhout '82. 

U\ IS involved in Greyhound rescue and 
adopted another Greyhound. She has 
four greyhounds, one lab-mix and two 
cats. She works with the Naval 
Oceanographic Office and spent a 
month at sea off the Bahamas. 


of Moneta VA is married to Lawrence 
and they live at Smith Mountain Lake. 

ELLEN MOOMAW of Gainesville FL is 
working on a PhD in chemistry at 
University of Florida. 

LAURA O'HEAR Church of 

Moorestown NJ and husband David 
have three sons, ages 9, 6, and 2. As a 
volunteer, she lobbies the governor of 
NJ on behalf of non-profit organizations; 

is on the board of an affordable housing 
non-profit organization; works for New 
Jersey Committee of Philadelphia 
Orchestra; and is in Junior League.. 


fiscal administrative officer with the 
state Department of Labor, and husband 
Greg is with Probation and Parole. 
DaughterTara, 19, is m college, and son 
Dutch, 9, IS in third grade. 


Hardy VA has taken up high perfor- 
mance driving and auto crossing, which 
she enjoys with husband Eddie and son 
Evan, 17 Son Stephen, 12, can't wait to 
compete too. 


SHAWN BROWN Thompson of 

Oklahoma City OK celebrated her 18th 
anniversary with GlaxosmithKline 
Pharmaceutical Company, where she 
is a senior clinical specialist in the 
neuro health division. She and hus- 
band Dick enjoy their home in a 
historical neighborhood. 

LISA HONAKER Nickel of Richmond 
VA works for NBC News, and husband 
David is a financial consultant for 
Wachovia Securities and a graduate of 
University of Richmond. They married 
in February 2003 and have four chil- 
dren: Megan, 17 son Chess, 14, 
stepdaughter Caroline, 24, and step- 
son Henry, 21 


Raleigh NC remarried in September 
2004 to Jim. Son Jonathan Cole is a 
freshman at East Carolina University 
studying nursing. 

SALLY PUTNAM of Clifton Forge VA 
works at Allegheny Regional Hospital 
as a case manager/medical social work- 
er. She received a master's in 1985 
from Virginia Tech. She is the mother of 
two daughters and five grandchildren. 
She is on the board of directors of 
Allegheny Highlands CSB and is ex- 
chair of Clifton Forge Library board. 


USA GAVAZZI Johnson of Mebane 

NC IS a fifth grade teacher at Burlington 
Day School. 

Whitacre of Clear Brook VA enjoys life 
with husband Lee and their three chil- 
dren: Logan, 14, Kaye, 11, and Christian, 
7 They started a self-storage business 
in 2001. 

KELLY PHELPS Winstead of Danville 
VA says daughter Mary Katherine 
graduated from high school magna 
cum laude and now attends University 
of Virginia. 

works at Western State Hospital as an 
attending physician/psychiatnst on a 
psychosocial rehab ward. 


of Clarkston Ml works for the U.S. Army. 
Her youngest Boston Terrier, Candy, is 
competing in dog agility, and winning 
ribbons and titles. 


Vietnam welcomes all visitors! 

USA INGHAM Nalley of Greenville SC 

has three children: Mary Ashton, 13, 
Bennett, 11, and Weston, 10. Husband 
Wes is president of Nalley Commercial 
Properties. She volunteers at church and 
school, and is president of Greenville 
Little League. 


Leesburg VA published her book 
Starting Over Reinventing Life After 60 
last summer and has a Website by the 
same name. She has been speaking to 
groups across the country about rein- 

DONNA MEEKS Peduto of Staunton 
VA and husband Mark have lived in 
Augusta County for 17 years. She is a 
resource technician at Unifi, Inc. 
Daughter Amanda volunteers for the 
rescue squad and is taking EMT class- 
es. Son Brian is homeschooled and in 
9th grade. They are expecting a grand- 
daughter in November 2005 


College Station TX says Laena Anne 
Lindahl was born in Febaiary 2005. 


DANA CAMPBELL Kingrey of Grand 
Rapids Ml does marketing for United 
Bank of Michigan. She also does free- 
lance marketing and adveaising for 
clients in Virginia and other places. She 
enjoys reading, decorating, gardening, 
and wnting. 

ELLEN PEARSON Trimm of Louisville 
KY husband John, and children (ages 3 
and 2) enjoy being back in KY.The chil- 
dren love seeing cousins, and they all 
like the change of seasons and southern 



Winchester VA says husband Jay has 
taken over her Edward Jones office, 
and she has retired to stay home with 
Rhodes, 7 and Lillian, 4. 



Swoope VA has a daughter, Emily, in 


Chariotte NC had lunch with MELANIE 
MANUEL Jividen '88, who lives in 
Dayton OH with husband Bill. 

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JOANNE REICH of Ashland CityTN is 
co-chair of Justice for Women Working 
Group of the National Council of 
Churches USA, She is interim child pro- 
tection and community assistance 
officer of the mission agency of The 
United IVIethodist Church. 

JULIETERRY Mills of Tyler TX has four 
children: Christie, James, Ben, and 


Charlottesville VA retired two years ago, 
and is active in Crozet United Methodist 


VA is a first sergeant with Virginia State 
Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation 


Arlington VA received a master of sci- 
ence in computer information systems 
from University of Phoenix in May 2005. 


Westlake OH says her husband is gen- 
eral manager of HowmetTempcraft, Inc. 
She enjoys tennis and caring for Jan, 7, 
and Mary Kate, 5. 


Woodbridge VA is a substitute teacher 
and volunteer at her children's school. 
She and husband Ken have a son Ryan, 
11, and daughter Paige, 7 


SHERI FOLEY-Glinieckl of Roanoke VA 
works for Novo Nordis. a pharmacy 
company and has been promoted to 
diabetes care specialist. She and hus- 
band Tim visited Denmark. England, 
Scotland, Ireland, and cruised on the 
QE2 Cunard Ship. 


of Cheriton VA works for Chesapeake 
Bay Bndge-Tunnel as assistant director 
of public relations. She lives with hus- 
band Hunt and daughter Kellam, 7 

LISA BERRY Custalow of 

Charlottesville VA moved back to 
Charlottesville where she had lived as an 
ADP student. She works as a substance 
abuse counselor at ARS Pantops Clinic. 
"I would love to get involved in a 
Charlottesville alumnae/i chapter." 

MEGAN EVANS Fryburger of 

Cincinnati OH has two daughters: 
Marley Elizabeth, born 8-27-03, and 
Holly Ann, born 12-22-04. 

AUDREY FISHER Shank of Cameroon 
Africa, husband Greg, and daughter 
Sarah. 11, run a hospital in Cameroon. 
"Please pray for us," 

ELLEN JENKINS Holland of Charlotte 
NC teaches special education part-time 
and has three children, Darren, 8, 
Coleman, 6, and Caroline, 2. 


ELIZABETH "LISA" HOUGH '83 to Jim Hayes, September 11, 2004 

CYNTHIA STEPHENS '93 to Courtney Hancock Boiling, October 23, 2004 

SUSAN WALTON '95 to Michael Estes, April 1, 2002 

KERRY ROLAND '96 to LTJG Nick Martinez, March 31, 2005 

DIANE "SHELLEY" KELSAY '98 to Charles N. Bishop Ul, February 2005 

EMILY DEXON '02 to Robert Girardier, July 2004 

ERIN MCDONOUGH '04 to Second Lieutenant Josh Howard, June 25, 2005 

MELANIE MITTS '05 to Brian Argenbnght, June 25, 2005 

SUSIE MORRIS Baker of Augusta GA 
IS raising three children under four years 
of age. 

KELLY MORRIS Downer of Troy VA is a 
real estate agent with Downer & 
Associates. Son Landon, 4, is learning 
Spanish. Husband Benton is president 
of a local association of realtors. 


of Los Angeles CA, husband. Golden 
Retnever, and cat enjoy Hollywood. 
She would love to connect with anyone 
from MBC. 



HermitageTN has been working at 
FedEX/Kinkos. She and her husband vis- 
ited Staunton and enioyed seeing 
MARY REBEKAH COX Hadfield '92, 

Stepanian of Richmond VA and hus- 
band Mark had 4th child, Mark Tyler, in 
April 2005. He joins sister Megan and 
brothers Nicholas and Jack. 

BONNIE FIX of Lexington VA is teaching 
sixth grade Amencan history at 
Rockbridge Middle School and taking 
graduate courses at James Madison 

SANDRA MOTTNER of Bellingham 
WA was presented an Excellence in 
Teaching award from the College of 
Business and Economics at Western 
Washington University, where she is an 
assistant professor of marketing. She 
teaches courses in marketing manage- 
ment and strategy. 


Summit NJ is a stay-at-home mom of 
Joseph, 5, and Erin, 2. She takes paint- 
ing classes to keep her creative juices 

ROBIN RAY Coll of Valley Lee MD gave 
birth last March to daughter Fiona 

Covington Coll, which makes them a 
family of four with husband Patrick, and 
Rory 2. She and Patrick are civilian attor- 
neys for the Naval Air Systems 

was promoted to director of special edu- 
cation and support services for Patrick 
County Schools. 


LORI ATKINS Meyers of Irvine CA and 
husband Tim enjoy southern CA with 
their two children, Manssa, 2, and 

JESSICA BOOTH Bergstol of La 

Grange NC and husband Chnstopher 
welcomed baby Ella Grace in June 
2004. Ella has a big brother, Henry 5. 
They are stationed at Seymour Johnson 
AFB where Christopher flies F15-E jets. 

KRISTI COLEMAN Schumacher of 

Parker CO welcomed baby Sloan 
Elizabeth in October 2004. Hunter, 3, 
enjoys his role as big brother. Husband 
Ron is a high school pnncipal. 

VA has returned to Mary Baldwin as 
director of the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted (PEG). She, hus- 
band Thomas, and their children, Emily 
10, Bobby 8, Alex, 4, and Wells, 1 
moved from Athens GA. 

ALITIA CROSS of Fairfax VA is assistant 
upholstry buyer for Mastercraft Interiors. 

PETTIS CRUMPLER Montague of Gary 
NC received an award from Wyeth Drug 
Company and is in the President's Club 
Gold Circle for reps with top 2% of com- 
pany sales. Son Brad is also with Wyeth 
and won the same award for sales. 


Monterey VA is a high school English 
teacher and solo guitarist, who also 
plays with several bands. 


ANNA AUSTELL Dozal of Buena Vista 
VA has three children and spends days 
volunteering at their school. 

MARY BURDEN of Charlotte NC had 
baby Sydney Grace in July 2004, who 
weighed 2 lbs, 9 oz at birth. Mary got to 
bring her home in August 2004. Despite 
her difficult beginning, Sydney Grace 
has celebrated her first birthday and is 
doing well. Mary built a career in real 
estate and is now an underwnter with 
Amencan Home Mortgage. 


Oakton VA is a registered representative 
with H. D. Vest Financial Services, and 
has added investment services to her 
CPA practice. 

REBEKAH CONN Foster of Lewisburg 
WV and husband John welcomed son 
John Fielding IV in January 2005. Big 
sister Georgia Anne is 4. Rebekah is 
education director of Carnegie Hall, Inc., 
a regional arts and education foundation. 
She and classmates PATRICIA "TRISH" 
HYLTON GREGORY-Sadlack '93 and 
got together for a weekend atTybee 


of Colorado Springs CO is vice president 
of account services for PRACO, a public 
relations/advertising company She and 
husband Derek had twins Audra and 
Connor in July 2004. 


Birmingham AL had her second daugh- 
ter in July 2005. 

STACEY KESLER Pugh of Richmond VA 
and husband Bill welcomed a baby girl in 
September 2004, She is a project man- 
ager with Royall and Company 


Jackson MS had an art exhibition of 
encaustic drawings at Beverley Street 
Studio School in Staunton, and enjoyed 
seeing old friends and faculty from MBC. 

BELYNDA PHILLIPS Randolph of Fort 
Meade MD and husband Kirk have two 
sons, Zachary, 9, and Jamie, 1, who are 
profoundly autistic. She hopes to return 
to work as a substitute teacher. 


Gloucester VA works part-time for 
Rappahannock Community College as a 
career and education specialist. 

HEATHER SEARS Lancaster of Atlanta 
GA and husband Merritt welcomed son 
William Church in July 2005. 


Roanoke VA was married in October 
2004 to Courtney Hancock Boiling. She 
is a pediatric occupational therapist for 
Professional Therapies, Inc. They cele- 
brated the birth of first child Evelyn 
Stuaa in July 2005 (6 lbs, 12 oz). 

Winter 2005-2006 A Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

STEPHANIEWADE of Fairfax VA is plan- 
ning Iner wedding! 


JULIE LODGE Ustnick of KatyTX 
launched an online business selling 
products to support natural family living. 
She has two sons that were home- 
birthed and a third on the way. 


Owensboro KY is completing a master's 
in marriage and family counseling at 
Western Kentucky University, and she 
has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. 
Daughters Kendall and Alexis are PEGs 
in the making! She would love to hear 
from alumnae in western KY 


SARA BRAXTON Keith of Midlothian 
VA and husband Patrick celebrated their 
fifth anniversary. She is a stay-at-home 
mom with James, 2, who was born 
three months early and spent his first 
six months in NICU. "He is doing great 
and catching up quickly! " 


Richmond VA is pursuing a BFA in sculp- 
ture at the School of the Art Institute of 


of Piney Flats TN is pregnant and the 
baby is due in December 2005. 


of Midlothian VA: "My husband will 
return from Iraq in April. He was activat- 
ed while in the Navy Reserves in August 
2004. 1 serve as ombudsman for his 

TX has sold homes for Keller Williams 
Realty for eight years She hopes all of 
you are doing well, 

DENISE LANTZ Phillips of Telford PA is 
a senior human resource associate with 
KPMG, LLP traveling frequently to 
offices in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The 
final stage of renovations to their house 
are underway. 


Purcellville VA gave binh to Seth Michael 
in March 2005, 

JUDY MOORE of Wylliesburg VA 
received the Editor's Choice Award last 
January from International Library of 
Poetry for her poem, A Haven in Winter. 
It was published in their 2005 
spring/summer national publication. She 
is working on another poetry manu- 
script. She volunteers at a libran/ as 
circulation clerk, tour guide, and public 
relations at Central High Museum. 

MARY MORRISON of New York City 
NY: "I continue to work with President 
Clinton. My current project is organizing 
the Clinton Global Initiative NYC 2005." 


LORA "LO" SCHNEIDER Lindahl '85 and Paul: a daughter, Laena Anne, February 6, 2005 

MEGAN EVANS Fryburger '90 and Christopher: a daughter. Holly Ann, December 22, 2004 

ELLEN "MAUREEN" CULLATHER Stepanian '91 and Mark: a son, Mark Tyler, April 2005 

ROBIN RAY Coll '91 and Patrick; a daughter, Fiona Covington, March 1, 2005 

JESSICA BOOTH Bergstol '92 and Christopher: a daughter, Ella Grace, June 1, 2004 

KRISTI COLEMAN Schumacher '92 and Ron: a daughter, Sloan Elizabeth, October 18, 2004 

MARY BURDEN '93: a daughter, Sydney Grace, July 2004 

REBEKAH CONN Foster '93 and John: a son, John Fielding, January 28, 2005 

DEBORAH "DEBBIE" FISCHER Frickey '93 and Derek: a son and a daughter, Audra and Connor Frickey, July 2004 

STACEY KESLER Pugh '93 and Bill: a daughter, September 16, 2004 

HEATHER SEARS Lancaster '93 and Merritt; a son, "William Church, July 24, 2005 

CYNTHIA STEPHENS Boiling '93 and Courtney: a daughter, Evelyn Stuart, July 25, 2005 

JENNIFER MARKEL Gardner '95 and Jonathan: a son, Seth Michael, March 7, 2005 

SUSAN WALTON Estes '95 and Michael: a daughter, Ruby, September 9, 2003 

HOLLY SOUTH '97 and Patrick Lynch, a daughter, Kennedy Anne Lynch, July 13, 2004 

ELIZABETH "LIZ" TROMBLEY Saunders '97 and Mark: a son, Robert Arthur-Dyfed, February 15, 2005 

ELEANOR CASON Pugliese '98 and Gino: a son. Giro Biagio Armani, April 17, 2004 

KATFiARINE HOGE Koelsch '98 and Matt: a son. Walker Neal, June 2005 

CYNTHIA "HAVEN" LECLER Ilgcnfritz '98 and Carter: a son, Carter "C.T." Thompson, February 5, 2005 

SARA MACKEY Dunn '98 and Dan: a daughter, Amelia Virginia, February 10, 2005 

ELIZABETH "CORBIN" ADAMSON Orgain '00 and Frazer: a son, Gatewood "Gates" Harrison, April 10, 2005 

MICHELLE COBB Fitzgerald '00 and Timmy: a son, Preston Timothy, August 1, 2004 

ELIZABETH "GETTYS" KOBIASHVILI Nelson '00 and Mike: a son. Peter Michael, November 14, 2004 

STARLING CRABTREE Nowell '01 and Brad: a daughter. Starling Marie, May 17, 2005 

WINDSOR HALL Johnson '02 and Scott: a son, William Scott, May 25, 2005 

ELISE LASOTA Rhodes '02 and Jeremy: a daughter, Eleanore Kay, March 16, 2005 

JUDITH LEVLN Schraudcr '02 and Michael: a son, Benjamin Matthew, February 6, 2005 

DARA PARKER '02 and Jeremy: a son, Jameson Stage, October 15, 2004 

JILL PARKER Kissinger of Wake Forest 
NC graduated from nursing school in 
May 2004. She is an RN in the operating 
room at Rex Healthcare. She is married 
to Flip, and has a daughter, Hanna 
Grace, 4. 

SAUNDRA PRATT of Floyd VA teach- 
es academically gifted students at 
Jones Intermediate. "My experience in 
the Adult Degree Program has provid- 
ed a sound foundation for my teaching 

ANNE SCOTT Carter of Richmond VA 
says husband David passed the Virginia 
Bar and has a JD from University of 
Dayton. Son Robert Lee was born in 
March 2005. 

SONJA SPARKS Smith of Reedvilie VA 

launched a Website for her clothing bou- 
tique Avolon. 

LINDA TAYLOR of Roanoke VA retired 
as a foster care social worker due to 


Bristow VA has two boys, Jackson, 4, 
and Carter, 1. She is in graduate school 
at George Mason University to be a 
licensed reading specialist. 

SUSAN WALTON Estes of Newport VA 
married Michael in April 2002. Daughter 
Ruby was born September 2003. She is 
a project engineer with Giver, Inc. 


Atlanta GA runs a garden design compa- 
ny and travels. "Sorry I missed our 
Reunion this year, see you in five years" 


TARA ANDERSON Thompson of 

Huntingdon PA and husband Hamilton, 
daughter Julia, 4, and son Luke, 2, have 
moved to their hometown. 

DENISE CLARY Williams of Alberta VA 
is a junior partner at Creedle, Jones, and 
Alga PC, a CPA firm 


Lexington VA is assistant pnncipal at 
Rockbridge County High School and 
mother to Madison Elizabeth, 9 mos. 


Newport News VA is associate vice 
president investment officer of 
Wachovia Securities in Newport News. 

DIANE LOWRY of Austin TX says that 
after a decade in advertising, she is pur- 
suing a master's in acupuncture and 
oriental medicine at the Academy of 
Onental Medicine at Austin. She looks 
forward to opening her own practice — 
and to her 10-year reunion in 2006. 

KERRY ROLAND Martinez of Virginia 
Beach VA married LtJG Nick Maamez in 
March 2005 at the Sheraton Moana 
Surfrider Hotel on Waikiki Beach in 
Hawaii with 53 guests. She is a senior 

account manager with Anthem 
(Wellpoint) Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 
and Nick is an officer in the U.S. Navy. 


Sidney VA writes that Colton is in kinder- 
garten and Laney, 2, is a handful. She is 
a mental health counselor and has a 
successful Tupper ware business. 


teaches third grade at Henrico County 
Public Schools. She has a granddaugh- 
ter, Isabella, 2. 

BEVERLY DEBALSKI Craig of Franklin 
TN IS director of clinical risk manage- 
ment for lASIS Healthcare. 

SUE MILAM Heneberger of Verona VA 
IS building a house in Harrisonburg. 

IS an admissions recruiter for the Mary 
Baldwin College Adult Degree Program, 
which entails travel around Virginia. 

ANGELA PRADO Austin of Corpus 

ChnstiTXand husband Danny wel- 
comed daughter Sarah Brynn in March. 
Big brother Jake is 2. 

bought an old Victonan farmhouse and 
is renovating it. She volunteers at VSDB 
and has a part-time job at a truck stop. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine A Winter 2005-2006 


Bristow VA IS working with a environ- 
mental consulting firm in northern VA 
which is focused on wetlands. 

HOLLY SOUTH of St- Inigoes MD and 
husband Patrick welcomed daughter 
Kennedy Anne Lynch in July 2004. She 
IS well-loved by big brother Ethan. 

Saunders of Manetta GA and husband 
Mark welcomed third son Robert Arthur- 
Dyfed Saunders in February 2005. He 
joins twins George and Walter, 3. 

teaches grades seven and eight at 
Fluvanna Middle School. 


ELEANOR CASON Pugliese of 

Waynesboro VA and husband Gino wel- 
comed son Ciro Biagio Armani Pugliese 
In April 2004. His big sister and play- 
mate is Giuliana, 5. Eleanor tutors 
students in her home 

JESSICA CHARLES Copenhaver of 

Roanoke VA and husband Christopher 
have moved back to her home town. 

NANCY EDMUNDS Francisco of 

Salem VA says son Jamie Soltis was All 
Timesland wrestling coach of the year. 
He teaches/coaches at Glenvar High 
School in Salem. 

JENNIFER FLOYD Martin of Natural 
Bndge VA received her master of educa- 
tion in reading from University of 
Virginia, and was nominated for Who's 
Who Among Amenca'sTeachers. She 
teachesTitle 1 Reading at Natural Bridge 
Elementary School. 

AK IS a recording and composing artist. 

KATHARINE HOGE Koelsch of South 
Riding VA and husband Matt welcomed 
son Walker Neal in June. 


Richmond VA earned a master's in social 
work at Virginia Commonwealth 
University She works for Richmond City 
Adult Probation and Parole. Son 
Branden, 5, is a K4 student at Victory 
Chnstian Academy. Daughter Bntney, 2, 
IS the spitting image of, and has the 
same personality as, her mommy. 

JESYCA HOPE Woodspowers of 

Daytona Beach Shores FL married Dr. 
Howard Rodenberg. 


Charlottesville VA is volunteer reception- 
ist with Albemarle-Charlottesville 
Historical Society and participates in the 
International Host Program through 
University of Virginia 


Staunton VA marned Charles in February 
2005. She is a commercial attorney with 
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, which 
recently opened a Staunton office in the 
American Hotel. 


of Metaine LA had baby Carter "C.r 
Thompson in February 2005. She has a 
real estate license and works for Sissy 
Wood Realtor, Inc. in New Orleans. 

SARA MACKEY Dunn of King George 
VA and husband Dan welcomed daugh- 
ter Amelia Virginia in February 2005 (9 
lbs). They chose her middle name to 
honor Dr. Virginia Francisco and thank her 
for the huge influence she had on both 
their lives. Sara facilitates groups for sur- 
vivors of sexual assault at a crisis center. 


Jacksonville FL and husband Charles 
have two children. 

JILL URQUHART of Charlottesville VA 
received her master's in education for 
gifted education from University of 
Virginia in May 2004 and is working on a 
doctoral degree. 

ANNEWAGNER of Alexandria VA is 

news editor for the Washington Times 
national weekly edition. 



REBECCAH Smith of Roanoke VA 
teaches world history to ninth graders at 
Patrick Henry High School. She also 
works at Lewis Gale in the x-ray depart- 
ment. Son Lance is transfering to 
Radford University 

married and is working on a master's of 
fine arts in creative writing. 


Mount Jackson VA is the development 
associate at Massanutten Military 


Waynesboro VA retired from Western 
State Hospital in July 2003 and returned 
to school for a nursing class. 

taught third grade for six years and is 
now teaching kindergarten. 

JANE TOWNSEND of St Thomas, 
Virgin Islands and husband went on a 
down-island sailing trip. Daughter Carter 
IS well. 


Tacoma WA enrolled at Argosy 
University and earned a master's in clini- 
cal psychology. He is preparing for a 
pre-doctoral internship at Central 
Washington University where he hopes 
to complete a dissertation on correla- 
tions between objective measures and 
projective measures of adult survivors of 
childhood sexual abuse. 

HEATHER WILSON of Westminster 
MD left Dana Farber Cancer Institute 
with a master's in molecular and cell 
biology and biochemistry from Boston 
University She will teach chemistry and 
biology at Bryn Mawr School, an all 
girls college prep high school. 

Orgain of Richmond VA and husband 
Frazer welcomed son Gatewood 
"Gates" Harrison Orgain in Apnl 2005 (7 
lbs, 2.5 oz). 

Cave VA marned Andy in November 
2001. They have one son, Dylan, 5. 

GINA BROWN Alston of Upper 
Marlboro MD is a wife of three years 
and mother of two boys. She is a con- 
sultant in the Washington Metro area. 

MICHELLE COBB Fitzgerald of 

Greenville VA and husband Timmy wel- 
comed Preston Timothy in August 2004 
(8 lbs, 8 oz). 

ANGELA DANCY Peterson of Parkville 

MD is educational director of a 
preschool. Her son is 20 months old. 
She and husband Lars bought their first 
house in April 2004. 

BRENNA KELLY of Midlothian VA left 
her second ship, USS CAPE ST 
GEORGE (CG 71 ), in August 2003. She 
was one of six surface warfare officers 
selected to participate in the Navy 
Washington DC Intern Program (NWIP). 
She will earn a master's in organization 
management from George Washington 
University and three six-month intern- 
ships on Navy and Joint staffs, 
graduating in August 2006. Then she will 
attend Department Head school in Rl. 

Nelson of Fort Bragg NC and husband 
Mike welcomed first child Peter Michael 
in November 2004. MORGAN 
ALBERTS Smith '99 is his godmother. 

COLLEEN LOWE of Alexandria VA is an 
officer in the U.S. Navy stationed in 
Washington DC where she works on 
the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Her 
roommate is her MBC roommate and 
VWIL alumna BRENNA KELLY '00. 
She's sorry to have missed Reunion 
2005, but had a blast at the VWIL 10th 
Anniversary in March. 

AMY MITCHELL Howard of Madison 
Heights TX graduated from University of 
Virginia with a master's in teaching. She 
is a special education teacher for sixth 
grade at Nelson County Middle School. 


Baltimore MD is lunior vice president 
of Warschawski Public Relations. She 
services several key accounts in top- 
tier media relations, strategic 
campaign planning and account man- 
agement in the sports and consumer 
product industries. 

DC IS in the Navy and was promoted to 
lieutenant in June. She transferred to 
Wahington DC in January 2005. 

Join Us Online! 

This issue of the Mary Baldwin College 
Magazine offers numbers of opportunities to 
interact with us online. We also invite you to 
communicate with us about this issue - your 
thoughts and comments are most welcome. An 
index of those sites listed in this magazine; 

Your comments about the magazine 


www. mbc. edu/news 

Campus Master Plan (discussion forum) 

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Public History Minor - News 

Recruit a student for MBC 

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Reunion 2006 

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Strategic Plan: Composing Our Future 

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Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

AMY SHY of Dry Ridge KY had her 
fourth child in 2001, born prematurely. 
She volunteers with Girl Scout Council 
and is enrolled at Northern Kentucky 
University for a second bachelors, and 
then plans to work on a master's in 
social work. 

EMILY STEWART of Richmond VA has 
a fundraising consulting business, 
Stewart Consulting, LLC, in downtown 

CARRIE WARREN Jones of KilleenTX 
IS in graduate school at Baylor University 
for museum studies, and hopes to finish 
in May 2006. 


TANYA BOYCE of Germantown MD 
received a promotion with Army 
Publishing Directorate, her employer 
since graduation. 

JANEEN CARTER of Norfolk VA has 
two daughters. Charity, 2, and 
Stephanie, 1. 

VANESSA COVERT of Alexandria VA 
earned a master of science in forensic 
science from Virginia Commonwealth 
University in December 2004 and is a 
forensic DNA analyst with Bode 
Technology Group. 


Nashville IN and husband Brad wel- 
comed their first child Starling Marie in 
May 2005. 


Orange VA received an MBA in health 
care management from Regis 

NORAH PICK Pence of Fredencksburg 
VA IS married to Adam and enjoys her 
new )ob. 

SARAH MITCHELL of Winston-Salem 
NC IS an elementary/middle school 
counselor at International School of 
Islamabad. She earned a master's in 
school counseling from Wake Forest in 
May 2005. 

TARA PERROW of Concord VA works in 
the foster care division of social ser- 
vices. She's playing Softball and says, 
"I'm still single, but I've got plenty of 
time. I hope all my MBC girls are doing 
well. I miss you all!" 

KARA REESE of Melbourne PL works 
for a land surveying company as a draft- 
ing technician. 

KRISTYWHEELER of Summerville SC 
is the Air Force Office of Special 
Investigations Commander at 
Charleston AFB. She spent two years in 
England and two years in Japan. 

NANCY WILHITE of Ashland VA works 
as a medical review specialist at 
AdvanceMed, a computer science 


LISA BLISS of McLean VA is in the 
Arlington Professional Development 
School at Marymount University, earn- 
ing a master's in education and teacher 

CASEY BRENT of Dillwyn VA is com- 
pleting graduate work in art history at 
Virginia Commonwealth University. 
She will be in four MBC weddings over 
the next year and looks forward to 
Reunion 2006. 

EMILY DIXON Girardier of Moyock NC 
marned Robert in July 2004 
Bridesmaids were COURTNEY MAR- 
Johnson '02, and MOLLY MAHONEY 
'02. Emily is teaching kindergarten 

TIFFANY EWTON of Del RioTX is a first 
lieutenant in USAF She is also director 
for a city Christian youth center called 
the Grounds. 

WINDSOR HALL Johnson of 

Centerville VA and husband Scott wel- 
comed son William Scott Jr in May 2005 
(6 lbs, 6 oz) She, MOLLY MAHONEY 
'02, and EMILY DIXON Girardier '02 met 

in Richmond. 

ANNA HENLEY of Pleasant View TN is 
working at Nashville Humane 
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Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

ELISE LASOTA Rhodes of Alexandria 
VA and husband Jeremy welcomed 
second daughter Eleanore Kay in March 
2005 (7 lbs, 1.5 oz); he has an older sis- 
ter, Josephine, 

JUDITH LEVIN Schrauder of Staunton 
VA and huband Michael welcomed son 
Beniamin Matthew in February 2005. 

DARA PARKER of Afton VA and hus- 
band Jeremy welcomed son Jameson 
Stage in October 2004. 

a senior designer at Hollingsworth 
Graphic Dimensions, which received 11 
Addy awards for its 2004 work. 

NC is planning a November 2005 wed- 
ding DIONNA MCINTYRE Kieman '02 
will be a bridesmaid. Mary Baldwin 
friends KRISTEN BRYANT Gould '02, 
"YOGI" ALMENDRAS '02 will attend 

TIFFANY SHUMACK of Cocoa FL grad- 
uated from Union Theological Seminary 
and Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education in May 2005 with a master's 
in Christian education. She is director of 
Christian education and youth coordina- 
tor for Rockledge Presbyterian Church. 



teaches essay workshops ("Beat-the- 
Clock") for students prepanng for stan- 
dardized tests called Everyday 

graduated from the University of South 
Dakota with a master's in theatre. She 
moved to Evansville, I to work as edu- 
cation coordinator and box office man- 
ager for Evansville Civic Theatre. 

KENDRA CLARKE of Bloomington IN is 
a graduate student at Indiana University 
in political science. She is also an asso- 
ciate instructor for undergraduate stu- 


Germany and husband Colin have been 
in Germany for two years and he com- 
pleted a tour of duty in Iraq. Baby 
Melanie was born November 2005. 


Cumberland MD is a youth minister and 
loving it! 

SAMANTHA LONG of Highland 
Spnngs VA is single and purchased her 
own home. She teaches second grade 
at Charles City Elementary School and 
does hair part-time. 


Lexington VA is teaching third grade. 
Her son is 2. 

went to Israel and returned for more 
schooling. She also went to Kenya on a 
safari, and worked on a health care edu- 
cation project in Uganda. She is an 
apprentice at the Chimpanzee and 
Human Communication Institute inWA. 

finished the first year of graduate school 
at University of Oklahoma in public 

JULIE SCHMIDT of Arlington VA works 
as a legislative assistant on The Hill in 
Washington DC and is enrolled in a 
master's program through Naval War 
College She occasionally runs into a 
few Baldwin friends. 



Richmond VA is a teacher at the 
Steward School. 

worked with Lindamood-Bell Learning 
Processes and transitioned to a job 
with U.S. Investigations. She went to 
Italy, Peru, and Mexico, but is missing 
MBC a lot, 

CARLY FANT of Brooklyn NY works in 
sales for NYC Marriott hotels, booking 
events throughout the city. 


Richmond VA completed a first year as 
a graduate seminarian and is part of a 
two-person ministry team at Battery 
Park Chnstian Church. 

TRACI KELSEY of Earlysville VA is a 
kindergarten teacher at Woodbrook 
School in Albemarle County VA. 

ROBIN PRESTON Scott of Richmond 
VA is a nurse manager for the angiogra- 
phy department at Memorial Regional 
Medical Center. 

Germany married 2LT Egan O'Reilly in 
September 2005 KATHRYN SPICER 
'04, SARAH CERRI Cowherd '03, 
WOLFE Myer '01 attended. 

PATRICK SCHARF of Charlottesville VA 
teaches eighth grade science at Louisa 
County Middle School. 

LEA THOMPSON of Dumfries VA is an 
Army contractor working at Ft Belvoir as 
aTRlCARE advocate. She also attends 
Strayer University to earn an MBA. 

doing graduate work in clinical psycholo- 
gy at East Carolina University, 


worked as an admission specialist in 
labor and delivery at St. Lukes's 
Community Medical Center She was 
also a nanny for MBC alumna DEBRA 
"Debbie" FEIGIN Sukin '92 Emily has 
moved toTN to pursue a master's in 
public health at University of Tennessee. 

MEGHAN WARD of Arlington VA 
teaches fifth grade in Arlington VA and 
is an assistant field hockey coach. 


Market VA worked for Walt 
DisneyWorld, but moved back to 
Virginia in July 2005. 



will compete in the 26.3 mile Disney 
Marathon at DisneyWorld in January 
2006 with MBC classmate VICTORIA 
"Vicky" TENBROECK '05 She is an 

MBC admissions recruiting roadrunner 
(Beep! Beep!) and will travel around 
Virginia seeking out the bnghtest stu- 
dents for MBC. 

MELANIE MITTS Argenbright of 

Staunton VA married Brian Argenbright 
in June 2005 and bought a house. 


planning to be married soon. 

CHRISTINA SMFTH Leithleiter of Colonial 
Beach VA mamed three weeks after gradu- 
ation and started looking for a job. 


You are invited to join Mary Baldwin College 
faculty and students on the following trips: 

1. Spring Break in Egypt February 25 - March 4, 2006 

Cairo - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Nile river cruise - Luxor COST $1950 

2. Northern Europe May 22-3 June 3, 2006 

Paris - Amsterdam - Hamburg - Berlin COST $2350 

with an optional extension to the Czech Republic and Austria 

Costs include airfare, hotel accommodation in double rooms with private bathrooms, 
transportation, most meals, and all insurance and organizational fees. 

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by January 31 , 2006. 

For more information (including detailed itineraries), please contact Dr. Vladimir 

Garkov at 540-887-7102 or preferably by e-mail at 

Winter 2005-2006 ▲ Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

A Bear for All Seasons: 

Mary E. Humphreys Biology Lecturer 

Dr. Michael Pelton 

March 9, 2006 

Among Pelton's most important accomplishments is a 32-year study of 
black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the longest con- 
tinuous study of any bear species in the world. Among other of his 
research projects are studies of brown bear in Spain, Norway, and Russia, 
and Asiatic black bears in Japan. He has also studied giant pandas in China. 
His lecture is open to all and will be in Francis Auditorium at 7 p.m. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC 

Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership 

March 17, 2006 

As you view the nationally televised coverage of the St. Patrick's Day 
Parade in New York City, watch for the nation's only all-female corps of 
cadets, Mary Baldwin's own Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership 
(VWIL).The Mary BaldwinAA/VIL Band, which accompanies the cadets on 
parade, is made up of VWIL cadets and non-cadet students from MBC's 
Residential College for Women. 

TAiese Hills Where Beauty Dwells' 
Reunion 2006 

March 30-April 2, 2006 

Last year we called it Homecoming, this year. Reunion. Both words mean 
coming together Whether we call it Homecoming or Reunion, classmates 
will enjoy events and activities that will be joyful, educational (of course), 
and absolutely memorable. Last year it was held during Commencement 
Weekend. This year, it will be a little earlier in the school year so it can be 
the highlight event on campus. Is this your reunion year? Please call your 
alumnae/i office at 800-763-7359 and/or go online to see your reunion 

Commencement 2006 

May 21, 2006 

It is always a beautiful day — no matter what the weather — when our 
students graduate in a moving ceremony on Page Terrace. You are wel- 
come to attend and celebrate the achievement of 300 students of the 
Residential College for Women, Adult Degree Program, Master of Arts in 
Teaching, Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature in Performance — and greet them as fellow 
alumnae/i, the newest members. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006 

The Full 

MBC Advantage 

FALL 2006 


New staidents arriving on campus next fall will be the first 
to benefit from the complete Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage (MBCA) — a set of 10 key experiences in and out of 
the classroom that reflect the best practices in higher education in 
the 21st century. The MBCA builds on Mary Baldwin's historic 
strengths and brings to life two initiatives at the heart of MBC's 10- 
year strategic plan, Composing Our Future — to sharpen our focus on 
academic excellence, and to make personal transformation our priority. 

First Year Experience ... 

makes students part of the Mary Baldwin 
family from the beginning. 

Personalized Learning Plan 
and Portfolio ... 

is the tool each student uses to map out 
what she wants to achieve in college and 
then document growth and personal 

Individual Wellness Plan ... 

helps each student build the physical, 
spiritual, and emotional foundation for a 
satisfying and productive life. 

International Study ... 

gives each student the perspectives to 
navigate successfully in a global society 
and multicultural experiences to enrich her 

Network of Mentors . . . 

take each student's success personally. 
Fellow students, faculty, internship 
directors, alumnae/i , and others offer 
guidance and share experience. 

Only Mary Baldwin offers all the key components of the MBCA, putting us 
(once again!) on the leading edge of higher education. MBC has always helped 
students become the women they wanted to be. That tradition continues, 
embodied in the Mary Baldwin College Advantage. 

Distinctive Majors . . . 

(plus the opportunity to craft your own) 
give each student depth of knowledge, 
allow her to do original research and 
creative work. 

Learning Community Option ... 

connects students with common interests 
through seminars, activities, and face time 
with faculty. 

Experiential Learning ... 

offers each student hands-on experience 
through community service, internships, 
and field projects. 

Capstone Experience ... 

is a year-long research or creative project 
synthesizing four years of hard work and 
presented at a Capstone fair. 

Life/Career Transition Program ... 

is a carefully structured set of 
explorations beginning year one that 
result in a student knowing who she is 
and where she is going. 

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