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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 www.mbc.edu
/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
MARY BALDWIN COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2005-2006
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
Where Beauty Dwells'
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.
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
MBC'S SUNDANCE KID
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 IN THE MAKING
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.
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
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
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. ▲
Memories from dozens of others who were part
of Sarah Small's life can be read at www.mbc.edu/news.
Please e-mail your tribute to email@example.com.
DRAMA QUEENS CONVERGE
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
MBC GOES NUTS
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.
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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
her hard work,
ability, and interest,
and to the success
study, PEG, and
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 www.exchanges.state.gov/educa-
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.
EXPLORING THE ANTEBELLUM ERA
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.
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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." ▲
NOT JUST LIP SERVICE
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.
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
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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
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,
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
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New Trustees Support
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com
Betsy Mason '69 has demon-
strated outstanding commitment to
MBC as volunteer chair of the
Annual Fund. She is also chair of the
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
and an enrollment
of nearly 2,190,
including a record
number of students
in the college's
Master of Arts in
MAT has 158
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.
ADP), one of the
oldest in the coun-
1,190 to 1,196.
Students in the
program can also
attend classes in Charlottesville,
Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, and
Weyers Cave to complete
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
to take this kind of class
at any time
at any college.
It has shed light
on a culture and
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
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?).
The correct pronunciation is,
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
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
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
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
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
online application and a feature that
invites students to gauge their
chances of admission. A
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
■ Over 250 student leadership posi-
tions; 34 recognized student
■ Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta
Kappa chapters, plus 10 more
■ 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
■ Located in vibrant downtown
Staunton, Virginia, near
Shenandoah National Park
Co-ed Adult Degree Program offer-
ing BA and BS degrees
■ Master of Arts in Teaching
■ MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare and
Renaissance Literature in
Performance (in partnership with
the American Shakespeare Center)
1 ETHER YOU ALREADY KNOW
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
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
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
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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
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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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
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
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
"the splashing of
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. ▲
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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
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
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.
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
contained a Bible, the
first textbook of AFS.
The whereabouts of
that cornerstone are
now unknown — was
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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.
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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
eight residence rooms.
Among the residents of
the three-story home
were the Misses
Baldwin and McClung,
who lived there until
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
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.
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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
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
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A Day's Doings.
from the Bluestocking 1903
Miss X. hears bell.
Miss X. rises.
Withdraw from public Me.
Excitement behind closed doors
Supper (doesn't feel hungry.)
Rests (except Saturdays.)
(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?
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
• 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
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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.
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.
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'New New Dormitory' was the
unofficial, early name for
Samuel R. Spencer Jr. Residence Hall.
■ I 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
erected in 1901 by the
Once housed in the old
the Memorial Window
in Grafton Library.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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
Psyche, bronze with patination, 63" x 72"x 65"
Mary Baldwin College Magazine ▲ Winter 2005-2006
MBC FINE ARTS NEWS
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
Located down a
back staircase in
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.
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.
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
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
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
Washington and Lee Invitational
Hagen Stone Classic
Virginia State Championships
Southern Virginia Invitational
Highlights: Senior Goalie Lacey Wood recorded
nearly 60 saves — 14 of them in a single game
Highlights: Senior Jessica Lankes and sophomore Max
Wood combined to score nearly 20 goals for the 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.
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
* 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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PLAYING WITH FIRE
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;inia artist, Kate Gladden Schultz '71, has designed
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ninistration Building, Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, Martha
irafton Library, and William G. Pannill Student Center,
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'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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2005-06
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
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 ...
March 30 -April 2, 2006
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
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
Honorary status is rare and all
the more meaningful when
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
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.
MARGARET "PEGGY" BROWNING
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
MYRTLE FOY Hennis of Mt Air/ NC
writes that husband Samuel died
recently She sees ELIZABETH "Lib"
BANNER Hudgins '39. ELIZABETH
"BETTY" GRONEMEYER Wise '39,
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.
SARA "SANCE" FERRELL Shay of
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
THELMA RIDDLE Golightly of
Jacksonville FL still drives, keeps up
with church activities, teaches Sunday
School, and enjoys bridge, book club,
and visiting friends.
MARY "PEE WEE" VAN ATTA Deir of
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
MARY "TOMMIE" THOMAS
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.
ELEANOR "HI" JAMISON Supple of
Staunton VA celebrated a 63rd reunion
at Reunion 2005 with classmates ELIS-
ABETH WHITE Willard '42, EMILY
EAKLE Morgan '42, HANNAH CAMP-
BELL Boatwright '42, and LESLIE
MARGARET "MAC" MCDONALD
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.
KATHRYN "KAY" POERSCHKE
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."
MARGARET MAYER Ward of
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
MARGARET MCMURRAY Hottel of
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
MARGARET "MARGARET ANN"
GARRETT Byrd of Southern Pines NC
has been living at Belle Meade, a retire-
ment resort, for two years.
VIRGINIA "GINIA" GILLIAM Lewis of
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.
VIRGINIA "GINNY" GOCHENOUR
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.
JOYCE GOLDSTEIN Moseley of
Ruston LA is the working owner of
Ruston Travel Service. She has four
grandchildren, ages 1-17
JOSEPHINA "JODIE" HANNAH Hull
of Charlottesville VA: "At 82, all is well"
MARGUERITE "MARGIE" HARWOOD
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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EMALINE MCGRATH Graham of
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
NANCY SCHETTLER Gordon of
Charlottesville VA moved from Florence,
Italy. She is pleased to be back.
HELEN "COOKIE" COOK McQuillen of
Port Orange FL received the Presbyterian
Women's Honorary Life Membership
award in 2004
MARGARET MCBRYDE Patterson of
Lake Worth FL had a visit from her daugh-
ter ELIZABETH "LIBBY" PATTERSON
Pinto 75 and son-in-law Rodger, and two
of her four grandchildren.
NANCY "NETT" NETTLETON Rood of
Trumbull CT is still "plugging" along.
Granddaughter Katie was marned in
October 2004 to Kevin Holland.
CORNELIA "CONNIE" ADAIR Green of
Bristol TN IS gardening, painting (mostly
watercolors), doing church work and
enjoying family. Her newest great grand-
child (#10) was born in London.
VIRGINIA BRIDGERS Corrigan of San
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
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
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
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.
BARBARA "BABS" BIXLER Elliott of
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.
MARGUERITE "MUGGY" GASTON
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-
MARIANNA "JAMI" JAMISON Leach
of Leesburg VA is recovering from lung
cancer that moved to her spine. She's
better and "intends to survive"
MARGARET "MAGGIE"CLARKE Kirk of
Durham NC visited with her sister HAR-
RIETTE "HAPPY"CLARKE Thorne '47
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-
ELIZABETH "BETTY SUE" GASTON
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.
MARGARET GETTY Wilson of
Richmond VA is working with therapy
dogs visiting nursing homes, hospitals,
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
DOROTHY "DOT" WILSON Vincent of
Cambndge MD plays bridge and enjoys
her children and grandchildren. Husband
Bill has Parkinson's disease.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" FARRINGTON
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.
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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
COLEMAN Balfour '62, BETTY KELLEY Peple '62, ANTOINETTE
"TONI" HARRISON Jamison '62, ana CATHERINE "KIT'TAN-
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
HELEN HOUGHTON Peters of
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.
JEANNE "BUNNY"FURRH of Franklin
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."
MARY "CUTIE"MATTHEWS Park of
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
MARILYN SIMPSON Williams of
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.
MARGARETWILSON Wood of
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.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" BLOUNT
Brundick of Jacksonville FL is sorry to
have missed Reunion!
BETTY STALL MULLIKIN of Aiken SC
enjoyed a trip to the Bntish Isles with
ELSIE MARTIN Anderson '51 and
EMMA MARTIN Hubbard 50
VIRGINIA "PATTI" MANN Zeigler of
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
MARILYN "HONEY" MYERS Lee of
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
JEANNE SHERRILL Boggs of
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
WEBER STONER Taylor of
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!"
CONSTANCE "CONNIE" HEADAPOHL
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.
KITTY MCCONNELL Henninger of
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.
MARTHA MCKNIGHT Huey of Hot
Spnngs AR is widowed and spends time
visiting SIX children, 12 grandchildren, and
three great grandchildren in different
ELEANOR "LEE" YEAKLEY Gardner of
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.
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Attending the April 2004 wedding of LAUREN LOUISE LOGAN '96 and Douglas Mothers and daughters enjoying a vacation at
Gates (I to r) BRIDGETT KRYSTINAK King '93, SANDY WILLIAMS Zamalis
'96, SHARON HARRIS Guglielmini '96, MARY CATHERINE COLLINS '96,
LAUREN LOGAN Gates '96, Mary Ann Kasselmann, JULIE RENN MAUER '96,
PEGGY JO "PEG" RUSNAK '96, and LISA MCGRANN Morris '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.
PRISCILLA MARKLEY Cook of
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.
ELEANOR HARWELL of Sandwich I L
is sorry she missed Reunion 2005. She
was in Minnesota for her granddaugh-
ter's senior band concert at that time.
ELSIE-GRAY "ELSIE" WEST Tryon of
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.
MARGARET "DOLLY" ADAIR Atmar
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.
MARY "ELAINE" BALDWIN of San
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
ELLAWELLS "DUTCHIE" MILLIGAN
Williams of Matthews NC: "No new
grandchildren this year (we're up to
nine). I have a new 'RagdoH' and 'Kitten
ELEANOR "ELLIE" REYNOLDS
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.
BARBARA BULLOCK Williams of
Houston TX and husband John became
grandparents to John Wendell Graham,
7 lbs., 9 oz.
VIRGINIA "BOB" DILLON Gorman of
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!"
ANN RASMUSSEN Parker of
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.
FRANCES "FRAN" WILLS Delcher of
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.
SANDRA ESQUIVEL Snyder of DallasTX
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
MARGARET FOSTER Curtis of
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.
VIRGINIA "GINGER" HOFLER Duvall
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
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JESYCA HOPE WOODS-
POWERS '98 married Dr
Howard Rodenberg m
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,
MARTY BAILEY Groos '63, LINDA DUNCAN Wyatt '63, EMILY DETHLOFF
RYAN '63, JANE COULBOURN Marshall '63, SHEARER TROXELL Luck '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
(I to r) NICHOLE FARQUHAR '04, ERIN BALLEW
O'Reilly 04, the bride, ELLESE FERREOL '05, and
CHRISTINE "CHRISSY" KELLAS 05
MCCHESNEY MAYER Grabau of
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
KATHERINE "SIDNEY" WILLIAMS
Gooding of Campobello SC loves
upcountry SC horse farms, where they
moved. She has "two new knees." Her
youngest daughter married in San
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.
BARBARA GUFFEY of Staunton VA
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-
VIRGINIA "GINGIA" PALMER Yerger
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.
SUSAN SPEAKE Noble of
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.
CYNTHIA KAY HUNDLEY Fisher of
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.
LOU "LOU ELLEN" NORDHOLT
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."
BARBARA WOODHAM Sims of
Augusta GA became a commissioner in
government about two years ago. hav-
ing first closed her children's store.
MARY BRUCIE WOODS Moore of
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.
ELIZABETH BETSY DICKERSON
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.
She sees ANTOINETTE "TONI" HAR-
RISON Jamison '62, BETTY KELLEY
Peple '62, and ANN LEE ALEXANDER
Cook '62. She vacationed in Sag Harbor
VERA "VERA CARL' THOMAS James
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
LINDA "LYNNE" FOBES Marion of
Scottsdale AZ is single; finished her
masters in education from NAU, and is
doing bully prevention training.
CAROLYN HALDEMAN Hawkins of
Hampton VA was anticipating a Class of
1963 mini-reunion in San Antonio last
KATHERINE SPROUL Perry of Berwyn
PA and husband Bradley retired. They
plan to move to a retirement community
in Winchester VA late in 2006.
BARBARA "BUNNY" WISHART
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
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.
JULIANE JORGENSEN Taylor of Greer
SC retired as director of First
Presbyterian Church pre-school and
kindergarten after 26 years. She enjoys
grandsons Ben, 3, and Ashton, 2.
VICTORIA "VICKIE" REID Argabright
of Richmond VA had a mini-reunion with
SUSANNE "Sue" FOWLKES '64,
GLENN ELLEN DOWNIE '64, MOLLIE
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
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
MARGARET GUNTER Riddle of
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
DOROTHY "DOTTIE" lAFRATE Rudy
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!
MARGARET JACKSON Woodcock of
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
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.
CHARLOTTE TYSON Mewbom of
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.
ELIZABETH BETSY WALKER Cate of
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
MBC roomie STUART CHAPMAN
Cobb '65 of AR and her husband Jimbo.
LUDMILA "TINA" BRATINA Bums of
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.
FRANCES FRAN DAVIS Pollard of
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.
JUNE MCLAUGHLIN Strader of
Virginia Beach VA will retire after 25
years in school fundraising for Reader's
Digest She and BETSEY GALLAGHER
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
MARYWALKER RANIER Eanes of
Greenville SC is doing interior design.
Husband Jimmy is looking forward to
retiring from banking. They visit their
daughters and grandchildren inTX and FL.
MARTHA RATCHFORD Bean of
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
CHARLOTTE "CHERRY" AYCOCK '00
IS working in development at the
JANE "JAN" WIETHOFF Price of
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
RENAE COBB '07, her
COBB Fitzgerald 00
and her son Preston,
and the sisters' mother
Others attending the Legacy
luncheon in August 2005
(front row. I to r): new fresh-
man SARA MAYTYNDALL
'09 and her aunt MARIAN
SUE MCDOWELL Whitlock
'67. (back row, I to r): MBC
President Pamela Fox,
Carolyn Hensley BRAND!
NATE AUSTIN '02, JEN-
NIFER BRILLHART Kibler
'91, and ANNE MCINTOSH
MARGARET ALLEN Palmer of
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."
MARJORIE "MARGIE" GILLESPIE
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.
EVELYN "BARRIE" MARTIN Schreck
of Richmond VA is an aerobics instruc-
tor, and teaches pilates. yoga, mat
science, and fit over fifty.
MARY AGNES REUMAN Howard of
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.
NANCY RUBRIGHT Gates of San
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,
MARTHA "MARTY" HOWARD Patten
of Williamsburg VA loves being a grand-
MARGARET NEILLE MCRAE Wilson
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
SUSAN "SUE" OGLESBY Doyle of
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.
ELISABETH "BETH" WISE of Raleigh
NC says her nephew marned a fellow
V\/ashington & Lee classmate. She is
proud of MBC.
JUDITH "JUDY" BARNETT Dutterer
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.
MARY LOUISE "LOU" GREGORY
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.
M. REBEKAH "BEKAH"KENNEDY
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.
EUZABETH "BETSY" MAXWELL of
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
WHITNEY HAYNES Feldmann of
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.
ANTOINETTE "TONI" JOLLY Franklin
of Manteo NC retired to the Outer
Banks Daughter AMANDA FRANKLIN
Jemigan '98 had a baby girl — third
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
SUSAN "SUE" LANIER Brown of
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
VIRGINIA "GINI" MERCER Eyres of
Fanny Bay British Columbia. Canada will
retire soon. Older daughter Sara mar-
ried, and younger daughter Stephanie
moved to Australia.
MARGARET "PEGGY" OXFORD
Morgan of Charlotte NC has two grand-
daughters, Barrie. 3, and Adie, 9
ADRIANNE PARRISH Casey of South
Lyon Ml was sorry to miss her 35th
reunion, but she became a grandmother
at that time.
JOSEPHINE "JO" ROBINSON
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.
ELISABETH "LISA" ROWLAND
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
STEPHANIE SHEARER Timm of Ball
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
LELIATHIERMANN Taylor of
Richmond VA is working with her daugh-
ters in their bookstore. Creatures 'n
Crooks Bookshoppe, and spends time
with her grandson.
ISABELLE TURNER Knight of
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.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" WELLS
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
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BARBARA LEAVITT Franklin of
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.
BENTLEY "MAGGIE" WEST Gearhart
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
SUSAN ALMOND Smith 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
HARRIET STONEBURNER Bell of
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.
ROBYNTIMBERLAKE Ruth of Virginia
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.
BRENDA SEYMORE Sanders of
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
FLORENCE "DEE" BRANDON Allison
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
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.
ELIZABETH "BETSY" BOGGS Freund
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
SHIRLEY DOUGLASS of Richmond VA
is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Virginia Air
National Guard, where she served as
VICKI HAWES of Charlottesville VA is
manager of off-grounds housing at
University of Virginia and completed her
master of education this summer.
PATRICIA "PATTY" HERTER Taylor of
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.
CAROL "LYNN" HOWARD Lawrence
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
MARY BETH LAWRENCE Hill of
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.
ELISABETH TRUETT Greenbaum of
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
KATHRYN JOHNSON Williams of
Farmville VA and husband David are ren-
ovating their home. She is teaching at a
local community college.
MARY HUNTER LEACH of Kilauea HI
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"
MADELINE SCHUELER Jean of
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.
VANESSA TRAYINHAM of Mt. Holly
Springs PA completed a collection of
poems, A Far Cry.
MARGARET "MEG" KOSTMAYER
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.
GRETCHEN BINARD Watkins of
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
CYNTHIA PURKEY Norton '79
CORNELIA "FAHY" JARRELL DeWitt
of Alexandna LA has three daughters:
Sally DeWitt, 1 5. and twins Annie and
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.
MARTHA KRAUSS Smith of
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
BARBARA NEWMAN O'Shields of
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.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" GULBENK
Balentine of Atlanta GA is sorry to have
missed Reunion 2005. It coincided with
her daughter's graduation from
Southern Methodist University.
JOSEPHINE "LOUISE" HEMPHILL
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?
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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
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.
MARTHA PHILLPOTT King of Durham
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."
FRANCES "JACK" SHIRLEY Scmby of
Waynesboro VA was elected to the
vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in
SUSAN TYDINGS Fnishour of
Waynesboro VA has new employment
in the homeland security field.
EUZABETH UPDEGRAFF Vatdell of
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.
EUZABETH "BETTE ' BLAKE
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.
AIMANDA "GAYE" GIBSON Reid of
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.
CAROLYN HILDEBRANDT of
Harrisonburg VA is operating her own
Website and has published poetry. "Life
has been good and I continue to
improve at living."
GRACE CUMMING JONES Long of
Williamsburg VA and husband Edward
have relocated to a retirement commu-
nity. She is still teaching part time and
drawing with color pencils.
ELIZABETH "LIZA" NASH Taylor of
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
MARGARET "PEGGY" SZENIAWSKI
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
DAPHNE ANDREWS Stickley of
Lexington VA is working for Rockbridge
County Schools, and volunteers for
Relay for Life, church, and school activi-
ties. Daughter Sarah is 16.
CAROLYN "JANE" DUKE Elkins of
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.
DANA FLANDERS of Staunton VA
became a member of Staunton
Downtown Development Association
Board, and manages her business,
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
visited with STEPHANIE CARLSON
Brennan '82 in Jackson WY, They met a
park ranger, who is the brother of ANN
MARIE HAYNES Vanderhout '82.
REBECCA LOVINGOOD of Lacombe
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.
JUDITH "JUDI" MCKENDREE Lewis
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..
ANN VANDERHOUT of Newark DE is
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.
TERESA "TERRI" YOUNG Fort of
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
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
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
ELIZABETH "LISA" HOUGH Hayes of
Raleigh NC remarried in September
2004 to Jim. Son Jonathan Cole is a
freshman at East Carolina University
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
LEIGH "LEIGH ANNE" MICHAEL
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
KELLY PHELPS Winstead of Danville
VA says daughter Mary Katherine
graduated from high school magna
cum laude and now attends University
CAROL SHANNON of Staunton VA
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.
SANDRA HARRISON of Hanoi,
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
PATRICIA "PAT" KELLERMAN of
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
LORA "LO" SCHNEIDER Undahl of
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,
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
ALLISON YOUNG Smith of
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.
KRISTY BARLOW McComas of
Swoope VA has a daughter, Emily, in
REBECCA "BECKY" GIBBS of
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
MYRAVANDECASTLE Swan of
Charlottesville VA retired two years ago,
and is active in Crozet United Methodist
THOMAS "TOM" FOSTER of Roanoke
VA is a first sergeant with Virginia State
Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation
MICHELLE "CHELLE" JACKSON of
Arlington VA received a master of sci-
ence in computer information systems
from University of Phoenix in May 2005.
KATHLEEN SALE Shannon of
Westlake OH says her husband is gen-
eral manager of HowmetTempcraft, Inc.
She enjoys tennis and caring for Jan, 7,
and Mary Kate, 5.
AMYYELVERTON Walters of
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.
CAROLYN "PAIGE" BELOTE Addison
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
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.
LYNN "HOLLY" WARREN Robertson
of Los Angeles CA, husband. Golden
Retnever, and cat enjoy Hollywood.
She would love to connect with anyone
ELIZABETH "LIZ" BENDER Morgan of
HermitageTN has been working at
FedEX/Kinkos. She and her husband vis-
ited Staunton and enioyed seeing
MARY REBEKAH COX Hadfield '92,
KATHRYNTATTERSON '92 and KATE
ELLEN "MAUREEN" CULLATHER
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.
SARAH PENHALLOW Vostal of
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
JOHN WESTPHALEN of Bassett VA
was promoted to director of special edu-
cation and support services for Patrick
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.
ELIZABETH CONNELL Pee of Staunton
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.
MICHAEL "MIKE" WILLIAMS of
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.
ROSEMARY CAMPOLI McMahon of
Oakton VA is a registered representative
with H. D. Vest Financial Services, and
has added investment services to her
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
CAMILLE SHEAROUSE Sparkman '93
got together for a weekend atTybee
DEBORAH "DEBBIE" FISCHER Frickey
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.
MARYLON HAND Barkan of
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
EVELYN "KATE" MILLS Irby of
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.
RENEE ROBERTS Johnson of
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.
CYNTHIA STEPHENS Boiling of
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).
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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.
GERRI WHITTAKER Timmons of
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! "
ALLISON "ALLIE" COMPTON of
Richmond VA is pursuing a BFA in sculp-
ture at the School of the Art Institute of
SUZANNA "PAIGE " CROCKETT Baker
of Piney Flats TN is pregnant and the
baby is due in December 2005.
ELAINE "RAND" HARGRETT Mauck
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
JULIANNE "JULIE" DYESS of Dallas
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
JENNIFER MARKEL Gardner of
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
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
SONJA SPARKS Smith of Reedvilie VA
launched a Website for her clothing bou-
LINDA TAYLOR of Roanoke VA retired
as a foster care social worker due to
LEE VERMILLION Thompson of
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.
JENNIFER "JEN" YAVORSKY of
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
MELANIE ENTSMINGER Falls of
Lexington VA is assistant pnncipal at
Rockbridge County High School and
mother to Madison Elizabeth, 9 mos.
MARY KATHERINE EVANS Hogg of
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.
DESIREE SCHRADER Stogdale of Mt
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.
ANNIE BENEDETTI of Lanexa VA
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.
ROSEMARY PARSELLS of Staunton VA
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.
GRACE SCHULTZ of Raphine VA
bought an old Victonan farmhouse and
is renovating it. She volunteers at VSDB
and has a part-time job at a truck stop.
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BETH SILVERMAN Sprenkle of
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.
ELIZABETH "LIZ" TROMBLEY
Saunders of Manetta GA and husband
Mark welcomed third son Robert Arthur-
Dyfed Saunders in February 2005. He
joins twins George and Walter, 3.
KENNETH YOWELL of Palmyra VA
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
GLACEIA HENDERSON of Anchorage
AK IS a recording and composing artist.
KATHARINE HOGE Koelsch of South
Riding VA and husband Matt welcomed
son Walker Neal in June.
LATESHA HOOKER Alcdins of
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.
MARIANNE "MARI" JENSEN of
Charlottesville VA is volunteer reception-
ist with Albemarle-Charlottesville
Historical Society and participates in the
International Host Program through
University of Virginia
DIANE "SHELLEY" KELSAY Bishop of
Staunton VA marned Charles in February
2005. She is a commercial attorney with
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, which
recently opened a Staunton office in the
CYNTHIA "HAVEN" LECLER llgenfritz
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.
HOLLAND ROBERTS Gibbs of
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
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
BRITTANY AANERUD of Odenton MD
married and is working on a master's of
fine arts in creative writing.
KIMBERLY "KIM" DINGES Miller of
Mount Jackson VA is the development
associate at Massanutten Military
WANDA "KAY" ELLISON of
Waynesboro VA retired from Western
State Hospital in July 2003 and returned
to school for a nursing class.
DONNA KENWARD of Palmyra VA
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
WILLIAM "MICHAEL' ROGERS of
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.
ELIZABETH "CORBIN" ADAMSON
Orgain of Richmond VA and husband
Frazer welcomed son Gatewood
"Gates" Harrison Orgain in Apnl 2005 (7
lbs, 2.5 oz).
HEATHER BELCHER Pan- of Weyers
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.
ELIZABETH "GETTYS" KOBIASHVILI
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.
SAMANTHA "SAMM" OEHL of
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
TAMARA SCARAMOZZI of Washington
DC IS in the Navy and was promoted to
lieutenant in June. She transferred to
Wahington DC in January 2005.
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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
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
JANEEN CARTER of Norfolk VA has
two daughters. Charity, 2, and
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
STARLING CRABTREE Nowell of
Nashville IN and husband Brad wel-
comed their first child Starling Marie in
DELORES CROCKETT Darnell of
Orange VA received an MBA in health
care management from Regis
NORAH PICK Pence of Fredencksburg
VA IS married to Adam and enjoys her
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
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-
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
EMILY DIXON Girardier of Moyock NC
marned Robert in July 2004
Bridesmaids were COURTNEY MAR-
TIN Jackson 00, WINDSOR HALL
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
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
ANNA HENLEY of Pleasant View TN is
working at Nashville Humane
Association as the animal behavior pro-
IRENE ROBERTS Malone
ELIZABETH SULLIVAN Smith
ELIZABETH WITHERS Glascock
MARION PFLANZE Timmons
EVELYN BROXXTM Nilsson
MARY "V1RGINIA"CLARK Marks
PHYLLIS WILLIAMS Ayres
NANCY OWEN Stuart
ELIZABETH APPLEBY Wagner
ANNE CHURCHMAN Brown
MARGARET "MARGIE"EARLE Baker
MARY "FRAN-GAUSE Oppelt
EVA "MARIE'-MATHEWS Donalson
NANCY GILL Booth
BETTY "B.J." HAMILTON Kay
EDITH "BETTY"LANE McKay
JEANNE DUBOIS Loar
CAROLINE PIERCE Ruffner
JO ANNE HOFFMAN Jay
GALE HOGG Swindeck
BETTY HAMILTON Kay
EDITH "BETTY" LANE McKay
ANNE SUTHERLAND Thompson
NANCY SUE BURKE Lucas
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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-
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.
JESSICA PASINI Elsass of TAFB OK is
a senior designer at Hollingsworth
Graphic Dimensions, which received 11
Addy awards for its 2004 work.
ALESAIMDRA PRICE of Castle Hayne
NC is planning a November 2005 wed-
ding DIONNA MCINTYRE Kieman '02
will be a bridesmaid. Mary Baldwin
friends KRISTEN BRYANT Gould '02,
SARAH LAYNE '02, and LUCIA
"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.
JANICE CAMPBELL of Ashland VA
teaches essay workshops ("Beat-the-
Clock") for students prepanng for stan-
dardized tests called Everyday
HEATHER CARLYLE of Vermillion SD
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-
KELLEY CLEMENS McElroy of
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.
KATHERINE "KASEY" CULLEN of
Cumberland MD is a youth minister and
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.
JOY "MICHELLE" LYNN Hughes of
Lexington VA is teaching third grade.
Her son is 2.
HOLLY MOSKOWITZ of Richmond VA
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.
MEGHAN O'REILLY of Kennesaw GA
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.
CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" Tickle of
Richmond VA is a teacher at the
YULIANA DEL ARROYO of Stafford VA
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.
WANDA "SUE" GRAYSON Knipp of
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
ERIN BALLEW O'REILLY of Ansbach,
Germany married 2LT Egan O'Reilly in
September 2005 KATHRYN SPICER
'06, ERIN BAKER '07, ANGELA FABER
'04, SARAH CERRI Cowherd '03,
ERIKA GIRALDO '04, KATHRYN
PHILLIPS '04, MEGHAN WARD '04,
JOANNA CASTO '04, VICTORIA TEN-
BROECK '05, ASHLEY KIZLER 05,
JENNIFER CARMAN Lovell '04, JOR-
DAN ARMSTRONG '04, and HEATHER
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.
CELESTE TIDRICK of Warren PA is
doing graduate work in clinical psycholo-
gy at East Carolina University,
EMILY TREADWAY of Forney TX
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.
DONIELLE WEATHERHOLTZ of New
Market VA worked for Walt
DisneyWorld, but moved back to
Virginia in July 2005.
STEPHANIE HATLEM OF Stafford VA
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.
KATHLEEN NEVIN of Bel Air MD is
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 email@example.com
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'
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
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
COMING TO LIFE
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
Learning Community Option ...
connects students with common interests
through seminars, activities, and face time
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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