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ary Baldwin College 


Vol. 20 No. 1 
Fall 2006 


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Cloud of Witnesses 

We celebrate 10 years of growth in our diversity 
in the Office of African American and 
Multicultural Affairs with events in fall and spring. 


Transforming Our Future 

A pictorial report on progress related to 
our new campus master plan. 




One part serious, one part glib, a chart 
illustrates the 10 steps of the just-launched 
Mary Baldwin College Advantage. 


iVlusic at the Seminary 

Mary Baldwin College President Pamela Fox gives 
us a window on the history of music at the college: 
40 pianos, 2 organs, 1 noted conservatory. 


Memoir: Mary Baldwin Days 

A musical companion to Music at the Seminary, 
we excerpt a charmmg journal from a student of 
music who graduated in the Class of 1916, 
Katherine Kennedy Johnson Mitchell. 


4 MBCNews 
12 M B C Tradition : Apple Day 
44 MBCArts: FineArts 

Artist of Resistance Claudia Bernard! 
48 MBCArts; Music 

Christmas Cheer and 

MBC's Musical Groups 
50 MBCArts: Theatre 

A Company Similar to Shakespeare's 

52 Alumnae/i Gift Shop: 

Shop for the Holidays 
55 Alumnae/i President's Q/A 
58 Alumnae/i Class Notes 

(Next Issue Class Columns) 


Our students and alumnae/i are involved in good 
things around the globe. The cover is Designer 
Gretchen Newman 's beautiful collage illustrating our 
collective global citizenship at Mary Baldwin College. 

Global Citizenship 

Global citizenship is evident in the lives of our 
past and present students and is highlighted in 
this section featuring global profiles, our Fulbright 
Teaching Assistant, and a diary from students 
who studied abroad during May Term 2006. 

Tradition within tradition: 

On Apple Day, classes competed 
with one another for the title of . 
Tug-of-War champions in frorif-of^'k 
the President's H0use. The imnhers I 
this year? These are Jh'e stats: 2008 
beat 2009,.2t)0S be^t 2007, 2008 
beat 2010, 2007 beat 2009. ^ ^Jfe 

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Carol Larson 

Assistant Editor 
Dawn Medley 

Art Director 
Gretchen Newman 

We welcome youx suggestions and ideas: The Mar>' Baldwin College 

Magazine is published two times a year by the 

Office of Coiimiunication, Marketing, and 

Public Affairs, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, 

VA 24401. ©2006 All rights reserved. 

Mary Baldwin College does not discriminate on the basis of 
sex (except that men are admitted only as ADP and graduate 
students), race, national origin, color, age, disability, or 
tional programs, admissions, 
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Mary Baldwin College 



Louise McNamee '70, chair 

Charlotte Jackson Berry '52, vice chair 

Sue Whitlock '67, secretary 

Charles Baskervill 

Sally Armstrong Bingley '60 

Susan Warfield Caples '60 

H. C. Stuart Cochran 

Tracey Cones '82 

Nancy Payne Dahl '56 

JOHNiE Davis 

Margaret Wren de St. Aubin '81 

Kelly Huffman Ellis '90 

Richard Gilliam 

Cynthia Luck Haw '79 

Bertie Deming Heiner 

Molly Fetterman Held '76 

James Lott 

Margaret McDermid '95 

Sue McLaughlin 

Betsy Mason '69 

Jane Miller '76 

Wellford Sanders Jr. 

Hunt Shuford Jr. 

Samuel R. Spencer Jr. 

Susan Stover '85 

Michael Terry 

Kellie Warner '90 

Aremita Watson 

Donald Wilkinson III 

John Woodfin 




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Words from Our President 
Dr. Pamela Fox 

On Sunday evening, August 27, 
my husband Dan and I began 
the descent from the 
President's House to First 
Presbyterian Church. As we followed 
the curved steps toward Grafton 
Library, we reflected on the events of 
the past three days as we had wel- 
comed 300 new students to our com- 
munity — the Residential College for 
Women Class of 2010 — the first to 
benefit from the 10 signature experi- 
ences of the Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage. In the past week we had 
also welcomed 36 new Master of 
Arts in Teaching students as well as 
15 new MLitt/MFA students, intro- 
ducing them to the Blackfriars 
Playhouse and our partnership with 
the American Shakespeare Center. 
Earlier in August, each of MBC's 
Regional Centers had its own orien- 
tation for new students, 120 in our 
Adult Degree Program and 43 in the 
post baccalaureate teacher licensure 
program. Belying the seeming com- 
plexity of multiple programs, the 
nature of the MBC community 
makes education a personalized expe- 
rience for each and every student. 

The talented students in the 
Residential College for Women com- 
peted for spaces in the class from the 
largest number of applications in the 
history of the college. The Thursday 
before, Dan and I, along with orien- 
tation leaders and resident advisers, 
met each new family at their car 
Together we filled the Blackfriars 
Playhouse for a performance of As 
You Like It. We sat together in 
Francis Auditorium for the first ses- 
sion of MBC 101, the new threshold 
course of the Mary Baldwin College 

Advantage, and learned how to use 
the new electronic portfolio and to 
take individual wellness assessments. 
The newest members of the Virginia 
Women's Institute for Leadership 
were inducted in the first parade of 
the year And by Sunday evening, 
each new student had dined with her 
faculty advisor, her staff advisor, and 
initiated a friendship with her peer 
and resident advisors. 

Entering First Presbyterian 
Church, we began the time-honored 
convocation ceremony for new RCW 
students. The roll call of states and 
countries was led by Jennifer 
Brillhart Kibler '91. Our new stu- 
dents met their student government 
leaders. I presented a pictorial look at 
the traditions of the college, organ- 
ized around the verses of the Hymn 
to Mary Baldwin and our pledge to 
inclusive community. Then, all 350 
of us moved from the church to Page 
Terrace for what will surely become 
hallowed tradition. According to the 
well-laid plans of this year's Student 
Government Association Executive 
Committee, candles were distributed 
to each person. We formed a contin- 
uous chain from Page Terrace in 
front of the library, up both sets of 
curved steps, and along the sidewalk 
in front of Hunt Hall. We lit the can- 
dles and sang the Hymn. It was 
magic. It was a solemn joining in 
spirit. After the Hymn, spontaneous 
cheersof "2010, 2010, 2010, 
2010!" resounded as the newest 
members of our community erupted 
in class spirit. 

Thus a momentous month of 
events began, including our 2006 
Doenges Artist/Scholar Claudia 

Students, faculty, and staff, formed a huge circle around the Page Terrace hillside, which was bathed in candlelight at the closing 
ceremony for Orientation. 

Bernardi, Benazir Bhutto as the 
Smyth Leadership Lecturer, and 
Founders Day with our own Susan 
Schmidt '75 sharing insights from 
her career that has already garnered 
two Pulitzer Prizes. We went back to 
the orchard on Apple Day for the 
second year, picking more than 
2,800 pounds of apples for local 
food banks. 

We are indeed composing our 
future, making our ideals come alive 
each day. As we continue to implement 
our 10-year strategic plan, we are 
reminded of the plan's defining meas- 
ures of success. The plan states that we 

will know that our work has succeed- 
ed and our plan has taken effect when 
we, as a united community, have been 
able to recruit selectively — evidenced 
by a 10 percent increase in new stu- 
dents this year and rising academic 
qualifications; retain extensively — 
retention has improved 10 percentage 
points in just two years; grow modestly 
— our Adult Degree Program contin- 
ues to grow, especially through our 
newest center in South Boston; and 
excel academically — demonstrated by 
our two faculty and two recent gradu- 
ates awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 
this year, and so much more. 

In this, our 165th year, we continue 
our proud and unbroken legacy of 
providing transforming education for 
women of promise. 

As we develop our Quality 
Enhancement Plan on learning for civic 
engagement in a global context (a nec- 
essary process for our SACS reaffirma- 
tion process, through which we retain 
our accreditation) it is clear to see from 
our special section on alumnae/i 
achievements for causes around the 
world that we are building upon an 
historic strength that is embodied in 
the lives of our alumnae. Enjoy this 
issue of the magazine. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Enrollment: The News Is Good 

One has a gospel music recording con- 
tract. Two of them were valedictorian 
and salutatorian at the same high school. 
There are two sets of twins. One is the 
daughter of an American diplomat to 
Bulgaria. Three are natives of Jamaica. 
These and more than 290 other life sto- 
ries arrived with the students in Mary 
Baldwin College's entering class in 2006. 

MBC opened its 165th year this fall 
with an orientation that introduced new 
students in the Residential College for 
Women to the 10 innovative concepts of 
the Mary Baldwin College Advantage 
(MBCA). The college's total enrollment, 
including residential, adult, and graduate 
students, is more than 2,200. 

MBC received a record-breaking 
number of applications for admission this 
year: 1,485 (10 percent more than last 
year). Of those, nearly 300 new freshmen 
and transfer students arrived in August 

— almost 30 more than last year. The 
average high school grade point average 

— the best single indicator of success at 
Mary Baldwin — is up as well. 

Creating a new series of materials 
and strategies that present a message uni- 
fied by graphics style and content went a 
long way toward recruiting new students, 
said Lisa Branson '99, executive director 
of admissions and financial aid. "These 
students are able to articulate why they 
are here at Mary Baldwin," she said. 

Fifty-five entering students in the 
Residential College for Women — an 
increase of more than 30 percent over 
last year — transferred from other col- 
leges. Their admission points to a grow- 
ing trend in the Commonwealth: 
enrolling at a private college after obtain- 
ing an associates degree from a commu- 
nity college. MBC now has an articula- 
tion agreement with Virginia Community 
College System — which guarantee stu- 

L to r: New students check in at Pannill Student Center and unload belongings with the 
assistance of student leaders at the start of Orientation 2006. 

dents full transfer of credits — with all 
Virginia community colleges. 

MBC's Adult Degree Program 
(ADP) welcomed 120 new undergraduate 
and 43 special degree-seeking students 
for a program total of 1,196. Students 
attend classes in Charlottesville, 
Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, 
Staunton, Weyers Cave, or online. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching 
(MAT) program welcomed 36 new stu- 
dents for a total enrollment of 155. 
MAT surpassed its 10-year growth goal 
of 25 percent last year — in a single 
year. MAT, attracting both recent college 
graduates seeking initial licensure and 

seasoned educators, is offered at the 
main MBC campus and at regional cen- 
ters in Roanoke, Charlottesville, and 

Enrollment is steady in MBC's high- 
ly selective and unique master's program 
in Shakespeare and Renaissance studies 
(MLitt/MFA), offered in partnership 
with the American Shakespeare Center. 
The program's 50 students, which pro- 
gram coordinators consider the optimum 
size, include 15 newcomers in the master 
of letters and 11 who will continue on to 
a master of fine arts. Several people, 
including MBC's Fulbright Teaching 
Assistant Sahar Saba (see page 32), are 


MBC received a Gold Award for increas- 
ing membership by 71 % in one year from 
the national council of Alpha Lamba Delta, 
an honor society that recognizes first-year 
college students with a 3.5 GPA who are 
in the top 20% of their class. 


Newsweek (November 6, 2006) portrayed Mary 
Baldwin as one of three elite women's colleges 
in Virginia. Out on newstands the week of 
October 30, the story also lead their Web site: 

President Fox in Global Forum in Europe 

Mary Baldwin College President Pamela Fox 
was one of 300 leaders in higher education 
selected from across North America and Europe 
to join higher education policy makers from 
other parts of the world in Strasbourg, France, 
this summer. Held in a grand meeting hall at an 
ancient site for reconciliation and learning, the 
discussion of the role of higher education in cre- 
ating global citizens was hosted by the Council 
of Europe. 

It is rare for the president of a small liberal 
arts college in America to be selected for audi- 
ence with people such as the president of the 
International Association of Universities, the 
minister of education from the Republic of 
Macedonia, and the secretary general and com- 
missioner of human rights for the Council of Europe. Dr. Fox saw value in contemplat- 
ing the role of education in addressing global issues such as literacy, access to education, 
poverty, human rights, famine, disease, and religious conflicts. Because of her involve- 
ment, MBC will be one of a select few American colleges to endorse, as a founding part- 
ner, an international commitment to use higher education to advance sustainable demo- 
cratic culture. She plans to use this experience to articulate how activities on campus and 
in the surrounding community — as well as abroad — can translate into impact on a 
global scale. 

"Meaningful participation in one's own community is the key to change on a larger 
scale," Fox said. 

Increased interest in civic engagement is percolating at many U.S. colleges and uni- 
versities, and MBC recently adopted the topic as the focus of the college's Quality 
Enhancement Plan (QEP). Read more about the QEP in Dr. Fox's 2006 state of the col- 
lege address online: ▲ 

not enrolled as full-time students in the 
program, but will take advantage of 
selected classes. 

The Program for the Exceptionally 
Gifted (PEG), which celebrated its 20th 
anniversary last year, has admitted 25 
new students for a total of 75 in the 
program. Each PEG student bypasses all 
or most of high school to become a full- 
time residential student at Mary 
Baldwin. The Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership (VWIL) numbers 105 
this year with the addition of 34 nULLs, 
or first-year VWIL students. They join 
the ranks of the country's only all- 
female corps of cadets. ▲ 

Scott Tapped as Interinn Dean 

Already a consummate civic servant, professor, and local pastor, 
Edward Scott recently added the responsibilities of interim vice presi- 
dent of academic affairs and dean of Mary Baldwin College to his 
service record. Scott, in his 16th year at MBC, assumed the post 
July 1, while a committee conducts a national search. 

Scott was named assistant dean of the college in 2005. He con- 
tinues to serve as associate professor of philosophy, although his 
course load is significantly reduced. Scott is also active in the local community serving as 
pastor at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Staunton and on 
Staunton's school board. He is involved in community events, including the annual 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, historic preservation at Fairview Cemetery, and the 
board of trustees of the American Shakespeare Center. 

Scott earned his bachelor's degree at Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania, 
and his master's and doctorate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to 
Mary Baldwin in 1990, Scott taught at Monmouth College in Illinois. ▲ 






Jessie Labadie '07, 2006-07 Margarett Kable 
Russell Scholar, will travel to France and Spain 
during Spring Break to explore differing levels of 
political aggressiveness, of Spanish and French 
Basque separatists for her senior project. 


A $22,500 gift from Verizon Corporation 
facilitated upgrades to presentation 
technology in three MBC classrooms this 
summer. Facilitated by MBC's Judy Grey '65, 
the gift will help the college stay current 


World Leader, Peacemaker, Investigative Reporter: 

Mary Baldwin College welcomes numerous 
distinguished guests to campus each year. 
Some come as part of annual speaker pro- 
grams sponsored by the generous contribu- 
tions of donors; others are personally invit- 
ed by faculty and students at the college. 
Here we share news about a few recent 
internationally known guest speakers. 

Benazir Bhutto 

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan 

When Benazir Bhutto became prime min- 
ister of Pakistan at age 35, she was not 
only one of the youngest heads of state in 
the world, but the first woman in modern 
times to lead a Muslim nation. 

When the former prime minister visit- 
ed Mary Baldwin College in October, she 
delivered a clear message: Promote 

democracy where it 
is not present and 
work to keep it 
strong where it does 
exist or deal with 
the consequences 
(such as terrorism). 
To the large crowd 
spread across the 
hillside from Page 
Terrace, she emphasized that women 
around the world should play a major 
role in that movement. 

One of the women who have dramat- 
ically shaped events of the last century, 
Bhutto honored Mary Baldwin College 
with her presentation as the 2006 Smyth 
Leadership Lecture. 

The former prime minister was an 
innate academic and activist, enrolling in 
Radcliffe College at Harvard at age 16, 
where she earned a degree in political 
science and was distinguished as a Phi 

Beta Kappa scholar. Later, she earned a 
master's degree in philosophy, politics, 
and economics from Oxford University 
and was president of the Oxford Union. 
However, just days after she returned to 
Pakistan following her education, the 
country's elected government was over- 
thrown. Her father, Prime Minister AH 
Bhutto, was imprisoned and eventually 
executed. Benazir Bhutto was also repeat- 
edly arrested, then imprisoned, and finally 
forced into exile, but she remained 
undaunted in her hope of restoring 
democracy to her homeland. 

Although her years as prime minister 
were turbulent — she was twice ousted 
from power prematurely by rival political 
parties — Bhutto was praised for moving 
swiftly to restore civil liberties and politi- 
cal freedom, which had been suspended 
under military rule. She made hunger and 
health care top priorities and brought 
education reform; even now, she is chair- 
person of the Pakistan People's Parry. She 
has also fought for women's social issues 
in the region, including gender-specific 
health care; and against discrimination. 

Bhutto is the author of several books, 
including Foreign Policy in Perspective 
and her autobiography. Daughter of 
Destiny. She received the Bruno Kreisky 
Award for Human Rights in 1998. 

As she spoke to us, there was little 
indication that this same woman had lived 
through more turbulent events than most 
of her audience would ever know. That 
she had to deal with her father's assassina- 
tion. That much of her six years in 
Pakistani prison was spent in solitary con- 
finement. That she had to live in exile to 
remain true to her political beliefs. 

That ability is the brilliance of Benazir 
Bhutto. She is a world leader and power- 
ful force in a global democratic movement 

— and, at the same time, she is a daugh- 
ter, sister, wife, and mother who wants a 
better world for everyone. 

Since its inception in 1997, the Smyth 
lecture — supported by H. Gordon and 
Mary Beth Reed Smyth '47 — has given 
Mary Baldwin students and the commu- 
nity privileged access to inspirational 
female leaders such as former U.S. con- 
gresswoman and vice presidential candi- 
date Geraldine Ferraro, and Mary 
Robinson, former president of Ireland. 

Sanjana Das 

International Peacemaker 
FOR Asian Children 

As Mary Baldwin College forges ahead 
with efforts to expose students to new 
avenues of thought in peace studies, it 
welcomed human rights activist Sanjana 
Das to campus October 10-14. 

Appointed by the 
Presbyterian Church 
(USA) as an interna- 
tional peacemaker 
to share her expert- 
ise with others. Das 
has worked for 
many years to 
address the growing 
plight of Asian street 
children and the related negative impact 
of global economic policies in Asia. 

As coordinator of Children's 
Concerns for the Church of North India 
and secretary of the South Asia 
Ecumenical Network for the Dignity of 
Children for the World Council of 
Churches, Das protects and promotes the 
rights of children, specifically street chil- 
dren in developing countries of the world. 
She works to ensure their basic needs are 


He is committed to saving the rainforests of 
western India through ecotourism, he promotes 
global partnerships in Asia, and he was a guest at 
MBC. Vanketesh Raghavendra brought the con- 
cept of social entrepreneurship to life for the 
community in and around MBC. 


Allan Moye, assistant professor of communica- 
tion, received the Virginia Governor's Award for 
Screenplay at the Virginia Film Festival for his 
original work, Sigr)s Following. He earned the 
same award for A Place to Die. 

Visitors Inspire at MBC 

met, to protect and rescue them from 
exploitation and abuse, and to ensure that 
opportunities for their development and 
education are advanced. 

"I believe that every child has the right 
to be born, to develop and to live a full life 
of dignity — in a world where a child can 
dream of a future life and get opportunities 
to fulfill them," she said. 

During her time at MBC, Das served 
as guest speaker in a new course, Gandhi 
and Peacemaking, and she presented a 
public lecture. Das appeared in classes on 
community service learning; ethics; and 
faith, life, and service; among others. She 
also met with students in the Quest pro- 
gram and those studying Asian studies and 
sociology, and with local Presbyterian 
parishioners and clergy. 

Roderic Owen, professor of philoso- 
phy and coordinator of the new minor in 
peacemaking and conflict resolution, hopes 
the invitation to host an internationally 
recognized peacemaker will become a reg- 
ular feature at MBC. 

Susan Schmidt '75 

Two-TiME Pulitzer Prize-Winning 
Reporter at The Washington Post 

Susan Schmidt '75 knew from the first 
phone conversation it was going to be a 
big story, but she didn't know just how 
big. The call from a 
respected lobbyist ask- 
ing her to investigate 
United States political 
lobbyist Jack 
Abramoff came in fall 
2003. In April 2006, 
Schmidt and her col- 
leagues James 
Grimaldi and R. 

Jeffrey Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for 
reporting in The Washington Post about 
Abramoff's corruption, embezzlement, 
and bribery of American Indian tribes 
and public officials. 

"The award was thrilling," said 
Schmidt, who gave the 2006 Founders 
Day address at MBC. "The interesting 
stories — and that they're always chang- 
ing — are what keeps me driven. What I 
enjoy most is the investigation, the 
work, reconstructing the events and 
tying pieces together." 

Schmidt received her first Pulitzer 
Prize in 2002 for reporting on pre-9/11 
U.S. intelligence about the possibility of 
terrorist attacks along with eight 
Washington Post colleagues, including 
Bob Woodward. She also co-authored a 
best-selling book with Michael 
Weisskopf about the inner workings of 
the Monica Lewinsky investigation, 
Truth at Any Cost. 

Rather than helping her rest on her 
writing laurels, Schmidt said her most 
recent Pulitzer intensifies her passion for 
getting to the meaningful stories. "If 
there was a major in curiosity, that's 
what I would have majored in," she told 
the audience. 

"Be bold. Let go of what's safe and 
familiar; search out what's new ... Get a 
passport; travel. Find the best teachers 
here. Take the most interesting courses, 
even if they're really tough. You may 
find your passion there," Schmidt told 
the Founders Day crowd. 

Held annually in the first week of 
October (near the October 4 birthday of 
Mary Julia Baldwin), Founders Day honors 
Miss Baldwin and Rufus W. Bailey as the 
two founders of MBC. Seniors are invested 
by wearing their college caps and gowns 
publicly for the first time at the event. ▲ 

QEP: Being 

Civic engagement emerged during 
the previous academic year as the 
guiding subject for Mary Baldwin's 
QEP — shorthand for QuaUty 
Enhancement Plan — one of the 
requirements the college must meet 
to retain its accreditation from the 
Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools. This summer, the 
vision was refined into civic engage- 
ment in a global context, and the 
specific ways that MBC will tackle 
the mighty topic are taking shape. 

From MBC President Pamela 
Fox's state of the college opening 
address: "In late June I represented 
the American Association of Colleges 
and Universities at the Council of 
Europe's forum on global democracy. 
This inspiring opportunit)' reinforced 
that civic engagement is a multi-lay- 
ered experience; it is rooted in under- 
standing of self, realized in purpose- 
ful participation within one's local 
community, and connected with con- 
temporary global issues. 

"We believe that, to empower 
and inspire students to become more 
engaged, they need to become inter- 
culturally competent and socially 
responsible. The QEP outlines learn- 
ing outcomes in these two areas that 
involve changing student attitudes, 
behavior, and knowledge ... It has 
the power to integrate our programs 
across discipUnes, to excite and 
engage students who want to come 
to this college ... It gives substance 
to the 10 experiences of the Mary 
Baldwin College Advantage." ▲ 


Gracing a wall in the Administration Building 
is the gift of a French-made, Louis XIV 
wood-carved, gold-leaf framed mirror that 
weighs about 1,000 lbs. and measures IV 
high X 6' wide from Noell Woodward '46. 
Her sister, Judith HarrTabb, also graduated 
from MBC in 1942, and as did Noell's 
daughter, Elizabeth Woodard 71. 


Capt. Sherri Sharpe '99, former VWIL 
cadet and now a United States Army 
helicopter pilot, recently took com- 
mand of all Chinook helicopters — 
known as the Clydesdales ^ in Iraq. 


Berry '51, Ellis '80, and Warner '90 Join Board of Trustees 

Three alumnae took the next step in their 
service to the college, joining the Mary 
Baldwin College Board of Trustees. 
Spanning four decades as students at the 
college, Charlotte Jackson Berry '51, Kelly 
Huffman Ellis '80, and Kellie Warner '90 
were officially welcomed to the Board dur- 
ing its July meeting. 

Charlotte Jackson Berry '51 served 
nearly 30 years on the Board of Trustees 
(1976 to 2005), stepped down from the 
position for only a year, and rejoined the 
group as vice chair. 

"I'm very enthusiastic about promot- 
ing civic engagement and participation, 
and enhancing develop- 
ment efforts by encourag- 
ing women to give back to 
their alma mater," Berry 
said. She is also looking 
forward to seeing the 
progress of the campus 
master plan. "When I 
graduated. Sky High and the covered way 
were still fixtures on campus," she said. 

Just months ago Berry delivered her 
second MBC Commencement address, 
engaging the audience with experiences 
from her life of service and volunteerism. 
She has been president of the MBC 
Alumnae/i Association and served as mem- 
bership chair of the Advisory Board of 
Visitors. Berry has received countless 
awards for her community- activism in 

some 20 civic and service organizations, 
among them national leadership positions 
with United Way and American Red 
Cross. She continues to be involved in 
those major organizations, and her most 
recent efforts include working with a 
Charlottesville-based organization that 
records books for the blind and dyslexic, 
and a leadership training program called 
South Carolina Youth Corps. 

"I arrived at Mary Baldwin as a ten- 
tative freshman — lacking confidence 
and unsure of my place in the world," 
said Kelly Huffman Ellis '80. "I left 
campus, after completing four years, a 
much more mature, confident, and 
empowered young woman." 

Ellis IS a former member of the 
Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors 
and chaired her class reunion gift commit- 
tee in 2005. She is passion- 
ate about travel as an end- 
less source of knowledge, 
and is involved in organi- 
zations such as Arts 
Council of the Blue Ridge, 
Roanoke Valley Garden 
Club, and Junior League 
of the Roanoke Valley. 

Ellis is eager to be part of the build- 
ings and grounds committee as the col- 
lege enters another period of intense 
physical transformation. "I was at MBC 
during a time of great change with the 

college and its physical campus. I think 
the current plans to unite the upper and 
lower campus are ambitious and well 
thought-out," she said. 

As the newly elected president of the 
Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors, 
Kellie Warner '90 has the primary respon- 
sibility of motivating and engaging more 
than 12,000 alumnae/i nationwide. That 
title also carries with it a seat on the col- 
lege's governing board, and Warner is 

specifically interested in 
two major projects: 
strengthening the college's 
financial endowment and 
implementing the campus 
master plan, Renewing 
Our Environment. 
Warner has been trav- 
eling the globe since graduation, mak- 
ing time for visits to Bali, Italy, and 
Mauritius between career assignments 
in Hong Kong, Mexico City, England, 
and South Korea. She works with Bank 
of America, where she is helping the 
company expand its Asian markets for 
credit card technology. 

After five years on the Alumnae/i 
Board, Warner said leading the organi- 
zation and sitting on the college's Board 
of Trustees "feels like a natural step. It 
may sound trite, but it really is an 
honor and a privilege for me to serve 
this college. "a 

Teachers, Bard Scholars 
Benefit from Funds and Gifts 

The Master of Arts in Teaching program and the college's inno- 
vative graduate progrann in Shakespeare and Renaissance liter- 
ature have received important support for their work. 

Z Carpenter Foundation: The E. Rhodes and Leona B. 
Carpenter Foundation, which has contnbuted to several 
Mary Baldwin projects and programs including Quest and 
the Health Care Administration program, extended 
$450,000 in bridge funding to the Master of 
Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature in Performance. Seed funding for 
MLitt/MFA was granted by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, 
and the Carpenter Foundation stepped up in 2002 to a 
five-year grant in support of the program, which expires in 
2007. This most recent funding will carry the successful 
course of study through 2009 while the college works to 
raise $4.5 million to endow the program. 

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration: A 

NOAA grant acquired byTamra Willis, assistant professor 
of education, allocated $100,000 to the Master of Arts in 
Teaching program for an environment-based learning proj- 
ect that began this summer Through the program, "Two 
Riverheads to the Bay," graduate students (some of whom 
are already teachers) are introduced to new ways to teach 
a variety of subjects by using lessons from nearby water- 
ways and the Chesapeake Bay. This most recent grant 
brings total funds awarded to MBC for environment- 
based learning to $400,000. 

.. Private gift-in-l<ind: Reginald Foakes, professor emeritus 
of English at University of California at Los Angeles and for- 
mer MLitt/MFA guest lecturer, bestowed on the MLitt/MFA 
program 257 volumes — primarily Shakespeare and 
Renaissance literature, some of which are quite rare — 
from his collection. 

State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV): 

The Master of Arts inTeaching Program received a $57014 
grant from SCHEV that will launch activities in spring 
2007 related to writing English as a second language. 
MAT will partner with five local school divisions to provide 
literacy enhancement for 20 fourth- through eighth-grade 
teachers. Project goals include development of school 
programs where personal storytelling is used to improve 
writing. Nationally recognized storyteller Donald Davis will 
work with MAT to provide the one-week course to be 
held at the Frontier Culture Museum. Joan Swift, MAT 
teaching partner and local storyteller, will provide sus- 
tained support to participating teachers as they use the 
method in their classrooms. 

. . Titmus Foundation: The Virginia-based non-profit organi- 
zation granted MBC $100,000 — to be paid over five 
years — for a scholarship fund for minority undergraduate 
education students. Mary Baldwin has a strong tradition 
of teaching teachers: Over 20 percent of the college's 
2006 bachelor's degree recipients minored in education. 
Minority representation in the group, however, has been 
meager, and this grant aims to increase the number of 
minorities who teach in the Staunton area after gradua- 
tion from MBC, said Judy Grey '65, the college's director 
of corporate and foundation relations. ▲ 


Mary Baldwin Rises in 
U.S. News Top Tier 

In its fifth year of classification as a master's-level university, Mary 
Baldwin College continues to be named among the best colleges and 
universities in the country, according to the latest annual rankings by 
U.S. News & World Report. The college was listed in the top tier of 
master's-level universities in the South, moving up from a ranking of 
A ^ 31 in 2005 to 25 out of a pool of 127 ranked schools in 

" the region. 

k"On campus, we provide a learning and 
living environment in which students can test 
themselves in all sorts of ways and achieve more 
, than perhaps even they thought possible," said 
^ MBC President Pamela Fox. "We help students 
i make a real and positive difference in 
^ themselves, so they can make a difference in the 
'^ world." 

. ~s ■ .' Once again, 

U.S. News' section 
"Programs to Look For" — 
innovative programs designed 
to enhance the college 
experience — affirms the 
design of the Mary Baldwin 
College Advantage (MBCA), 
which debuted in its entirety 
during Class of 2010 
Orientation this August. 
Although the MBC program is 
too new to appear on the list of 
recognition for these distinctive 
programs — which include 
service learning, learning 
communities, senior capstone, 
first-year experience, 
internships, and study abroad 
— all of the elements, and .;v) 

more, are targeted in the 
MBCA's 10 key college 

Mary Baldwin College's 
place in the top 25 this year 
indicates that Staunton's small 
"school on the hill" is a national contewHer. MBC shares the top-25 
limelight with other schools in Virginia in the same category, such as 
James Madison University (No. 2) and University of Mary 
Washington (No. 6). 

View the complete listing by U.S. News & World Report: A 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



faculty/staff acorns 

Grants Focus on Health, Human Services 

Five faculty members received Research Initiative Fund grants from the 
National Institutes of Health for projects on health-related topics. 

Andreas Anastasiou, assistant professor of psychology, and Alice 
Araujo, associate professor of communication, "Gender differences in 
the communication of empathy toward perceived adversarial groups." 
$5,976. Additional funding to further their study of the role of gender in 
conflict resolution. 

Paul Callo, assistant professor of biology "A geographic survey of 
avian parasites in Red-Eyed Vireo." $8,330. As part of a long-term study 
of bird demographics, an examination of the effects of host-parasite 
dynamics on population densities, migratory returns rates, and other 
demographic mediators. 

Paul Deeble, assistant professor of biology, "Neuroendocrine differen- 
tiation in advanced stages of prostate and breast cancer." $4,694. To 
better understand the role of neuroendocrine (NE) cells in cancer pro- 
gression to target therapy against recurrent metastic prostate cancer. 
With assistance of Sarah Parsons, professor of microbiology at 
University of Virginia, research will be extended to include breast can- 
cer where NE cells are present. 

Gauri Rai, associate professor of social work, "Organizational determi- 
nants of resident satisfaction in nursing homes" $1,000. Develop and 
test questionnaires to assess worker satisfaction, commitment, role 
ambiguity, and stress at two Virginia nursing homes. Employee satis- 
faction and role clarity often influence resident satisfaction. 

Notable Achievements 

Gordon Bowen, professor of political science, quoted in an Associated 
Press article, "Then and Now — Bay of Pigs: Lessons for the Middle 
East?" The piece ran in newspapers across the country, including: Dayton 
Daily News in Ohio; Springfield Sun-News in Ohio; Raleigli News & 
Observer \n North Carolina; and Austin Annerican-Statesman in Texas. 

Carrie Douglass was named professor of anthropology. 

Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy, was elected to a four-year term 
on the Staunton School Board. He joins Edward Scott, interim vice presi- 
dent of academic affairs and dean of the college, who was elected to the 
board in 2004. 

Adrian Riskin was awarded tenure and named associate professor of 

Paul Ryan was named professor of art. 

Sharon Spalding, professor of health and physical education, was named 
director of Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership. 

New Faculty 2006-2007 

Jerry Bryant 

Elizabeth Cantrell 

Scott Graver 

Jolene Flory 

Heidi Grumelot 

Betsy Harrison 

Clinton Joiinston 

Robert Klonosl<i 

IVIoshe Khurgel 

Lowell Lemons 

Barbara Martin 

Melissa Malabad 

Amy Miller 

Jane Pietrowski 

Percy Richardson 
Karl Zachary 

adjunct instructor of mathematics (Adult Degree Program) 

adjunct assistant professor of music (cello) 

adjunct instructor of art 

adjunct instructor of music (voice) 

adjunct instructor of theatre 

adjunct professor of education (Adult Degree Program) 

assistant professor of theatre 

assistant professor of business education (Charlottesville Regional Ce 

adjunct assistant professor of pyschology 

associate professor of education 

adjunct instructor of music (guitar) 

assistant professor of business administration and marketing 

adjunct assistant professor of Asian Studies 

associate professor of economics (returning as a faculty 

member having served many years as the college's vice 

president for business and finance) 

adjunct instructor of business (Adult Degree Program) 

assistant professor of chemistry 

ntensive Israeli Counter-Terrorism Study 

By Gordon Bowen, professor of political science 
and international relations 

Spending 12 days in Israel proved an eye-opening, jaw- 
dropping, intellectual and emotional journey for me in 
summer 2006. My journal includes entries about inter- 
viewing imprisoned members of the terrorist groups 
Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad; meeting victims of 
terrorism; learning about guidelines for interrogation 
techniques; visiting the security barrier between Israel 
and the Palestinian territories; and much more. 

Sponsored by a Washington think-tank, 
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), the 
trip gave me and 40 other American professors and 
journalists the real experiences that all the reading and 
studying in the world could not. The courses I teach at 
MBC — particularly for an upper-level elective on ter- 
rorism and counter-terrorism — will be greatly influ- 
enced by my new learning. Some of the experts I met 
have already spoken on campus and I hope to invite 

At Tel Aviv University, FDD Director David 
Silverstein had arranged seminars with Israeli speakers 
affiliated with the Institute for Counter Terrorism, the 
Institute for Policy and Strategy, and other Israeli oper- 
ations. Especially memorable was a presentation on 
legal issues surrounding interrogation techniques made 
by active duty Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Major David 
Benjamin. While most discussion was directly tied to 
Israel's security, we also talked about related problems 
in the broader Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast 
Asia: international fundraising for terrorism; the role of 
Islamic religious charities in terrorist financing and 
indoctrination; and Iran's role. Non-Israeli experts 
enriched the study. Gene Cretz, deputy chief of mis- 
sion at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and Arun Singh, 
Indian ambassador to Israel, provided insights into 
counter-terrorism cooperation. 

We did not take your average field trips. The issue 
of border security was studied intensively. Our group 
visited the Israeli-Arab town of Uhm el Fahm to hear 
City Manager Tawfik Karama convey his support for 
building a security barrier between Israel and the 
Palestinian territories. 

The sea border was studied when our group visit- 
ed the Israeli naval base at Ashdod — where every sol- 
dier on duty in the radar command center was female, 
including the officer in charge. We toured an Israeli- 
made fast-attack naval vessel and the base commander 
gave the group an introduction to the operations of the 

Above: Professor Gordon Bowen stands near the barbed-wire security fence between Israel and 
Palestine. Below: An egg carton that once served as an improvised explosive device but was 
disarmed and displayed at the lED Museum. 

Navy in fending off terrorists. We toured the command 
center, where radar monitors ships throughout the 
eastern Mediterranean and Israeli seacoast. 

Another highlight was a visit to the Combat 
Engineers, Special Operations Unit. They disarm terror- 
ist-improvised explosive devices (lEDs) which are fre- 
quently disguised to look like innocent things, such as 
a basket of eggs. We saw their "lED Museum" of cap- 
tured devices. 

We interviewed convicted members of the ter- 
rorist groups Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, and 
toured prison facilities. We observed demonstrations 
of counter-terrorist arrest techniques, and saw Israeli 
police dog teams in action in bomb disposal. 

The most moving moments came when we rode 
an armored bus to Bet El, a Jewish settlement on the 
(Palestinian) West Bank. Longtime Bet El resident Yoel 
Tzur hosted us in his home, where he told of the 
ambush murder of his wife and son by Palestinian ter- 
rorists in 1996. A small group of us toured four sites 
of suicide bombings in Tel Aviv, including the cafe 
where U.S. citizen Daniel Wultz and 11 Israelis were 
killed in April 2006. We spent several evenings at a 
Tel Aviv nightclub bombed by Hamas in April 2003. 
We came to appreciate the importance to Israelis of 
continuing to live fully. ▲ 

Note: Dr. Bowen sliared 
findings and impressions 
about tiis summer study 
travel in ttiree special pre- 
sentations in September 
and October witti students, 
faculty, staff, and guests. 


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12 Fail 2006 

Students went back to the orchard in the 
morning to pick 2,800 pounds of apples, 
attended Apple Day Brunch, and had fun 
during the afternoon carnival. For complete 
story about Apple Day 2006, go to: 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 13 


Sankofa bird 





(HEBREWS 12:1) 

Cloud of Witnesses 

By Dawn Medley 

"any dedicated, energetic, and cre- 
ative people have contributed to 
-Mary Baldwin College's Office of 
African American and Multicultural Affairs 
(AAMA) since its inception in 1996. In 
honor of those people, and the ones who 
will continue the work, as well as the col- 
lege that has the commitment to hold diver- 
sity as a priority, Mary Baldwin celebrates 
the office's 10th anniversary this year with 
events surrounding the theme "A Great 
Cloud of Witnesses." The theme was the 
same one employed for the first Black 
History Month celebration on campus. 

The mythical Sankofa bird, a creature 
that flies forward while looking back with 
an egg in its mouth to signify the future, 
is featured as the celebration's symbol. 
Literally translated, sankofa means "it is 
not taboo to go back and fetch what you 
forgot," and, in the context of the cele- 
bration, it illustrates that it is wise to go 
back in history to gather the best and 
most instructive parts of the past to move 

In one short decade — and under the 
continuous direction of the Rev. Andrea 
Cornett-Scott, associate vice president of 
student affairs — AAMA has created and 
expanded programming that celebrates all 
cultures, including signature programs at 
the college such as the Ida B. Wells 
Society, Umoja House, and Survival 
Opportunities and Resources (SOAR). 
The office also spurred the creation of a 
variety of student clubs and organizations, 
including Latinas Untdas, Black Student 
Alliance, Anointed Voiced of Praise, and 
Caribbean Student Association, to name 
only a few. 

The student population clearly reflects 
efforts to increase diversity: In 1996, 3.5 
percent of MBC students were African 
American, Asian American, Hispanic, 
Native American, or another ethnic 
minority. In fall 2006, that collective num- 
ber is more than 270 students, or nearly 
37 percent of students who reside on cam- 

pus — making MBC one of the most 
diverse schools in the country. 

'Fetching the Forgotten' 

Before the late 1990s, the small number of 
African-American and other minority stu- 
dents who made it to MBC did not have a 
sense of "home" on campus. Many did not 
stay long, and even fewer graduated, 
Cornett-Scott said. 

Lewis Askegaard, associate dean of the 
college, dean of insti- 
tutional research, and 
college registrar, came 
to Mary Baldwin in 
1983, just 10 years 
after the first African- 
American students 
graduated from MBC. 
He does not mince 
words about the state 
of affairs before the 
multicultural office 
was created. 
"Empowerment often 
took the form of last- 
resort confrontations 
that resulted in anger, 
tension, and little 
consensus," he said. 

Shanice Penn '00 ^^J 

said her class experi- 
enced lingering confusion and skepticism 
over the creation of the office, but she wit- 
nessed substantial changes by the end of 
her four years at Mary Baldwin. 

"In the early years, many students 
wanted to know if the office would further 
divide the community," said Penn, an 
immigration paralegal working in 
Woodbridge, Virginia. "Students gained 
understanding without the need to ask 
uncomfortable questions. The campus com- 
munity was able to see, hear, feel, and taste 
our culture." 

"My goal when I arrived here was to 
have minority students feel comfortable 
being MBC students and members of their 

"The college showed 
remarkable administrative 

foresight for a small, private, 

women's college to create 

an African American and 

Multicultural Affairs office 

when it did in the mid- 
1990s. The college's com- 
mitment to honoring and 

capitalizing on diverse inter- 
ests was a big part of the 

reason I wanted a job here." 

— Sarah Kennedy, 
associate professor of English 

cultural communities," Cornett-Scott said. 
"We didn't have much to start with, but we 
capitalized on our human resources. When 
a student came along with interest and tal- 
ent in dance, the Greater Things Dance 
Ministry was born. When we found a stu- 
dent with background in theatre, Kuumba 
Players was born, and so on." 

Sarah Kennedy, associate professor of 
English, is witness to the creation and evo- 
lution of one such organization that pro- 
duces Libations, an annual collection of 

creative writing, pho- 
tographs, and artwork 
that gives voice to 
African-American stu- 
dents. Kennedy has 
served as advisor to 
the publication for 
most of her five-year 
tenure. "The key to 
the creation of cultural 
outlets at MBC has 
been having students 
as the driving force. I 
learned along with 
them as the publica- 
tion matured," she 

Kennedy's col- 
league in the English 
department. Associate 
Professor Robert Grotjohn, started teach- 
ing at MBC in the mid-1990s, when the 
college was on the cusp of transformation 
in terms of race relations. While Grotjohn 
was becoming an established member of 
the MBC faculty, the college was initiating 
campus-wide meetings about race relations 
and the possibility of setting up a strategic 
support network for minority students. He 
soon found a passion teaching a new 
course in African-American literature, help- 
ing with Libations, and mentoring minority 
students as he watched — and listened to 
— their impact on Mary Baldwin. 

"Anointed Voice of Praise [the college's 
student gospel and praise choir] used to 

Above: MBC's Kwanzaa celebration 
combines the traditional African- 
Amencan holiday and recognition of 
minority seniors. 

L-r: Greater Things Dance Ministry 
performs at First Presbyterian 
Church: students receive colorful 
kente stoles made in Africa at the 
Ajani Ceremony; Las Posadas at 
MBC honors a traditional Latin 
American holiday event in December. 

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Clockwise, from top left: 
Kuumba Players perform 
original work; Latinas Unidas 
hosts karaoke night; 
Anointed Voices of Praise 
delivers gospel that gets its 
audience moving; drumming 
highlights from Kwanzaa; 
students dress in multicol- 
ored garb for Ajani. 





We, the community of Mary Baldwin College, strive to celebrate humanity in all its wondrous and complex variation. 

Because we value diversity, it is our mission to sustain a community where all may flourish. 

We are safe to embrace our shared experiences and our differences. To this end, we treat all with respect and compassion. 

"There exists now at 
Mary Baldwin a networl< 
of dynamic, committed 
students who continue 
the efforts of those who 

helped establish the 

office and its programs 

and outlets. They support 

each other and create a 

community for 

incoming students." 

— Robert Grotjohn, 
associate professor of English 

practice in Miller 
Chapel, and I would 
raise my office win- 
dow to hear them in 
the afternoon, then I 
would walk up and 
chat," Grotjohn said. 
"Working with 
minority students has 
opened up new 
avenues for me per- 
sonally and profes- 
sionally, and I just 

can't imagine what the college would be like 
without its diversity." 

Askegaard is known on campus as the 
"numbers person," but he said the role of 
the office is best measured in non-numeri- 
cal ways: "In the last 10 years, African- 
American students have taken campus- 
wide leadership roles too numerous to 
mention on Honor Council, Judicial Board, 
Student Government Association, in resi- 
dences, and elsewhere. We have more 
minorities in faculty and upper-level 
administrative positions, our college presi- 
dent places a high value on diversity, we 
adopted an inclusivity statement, and the 
Quality Enhancement Plan — a major part 
of our guiding force for many years to 
come — stresses intercultural competence. 
These all attest to the dramatic shift in 
campus ethos over the years." 

'Running Forward with 

"MBC has come further in 10 years than 
many colleges and universities have come in 
30, when many of them held racial forums. 
While many institutions have kept up the 
rhetoric for at least 30 years, we have actu- 
ally made significant progress in creating a 
diverse student body and activities," 
Grotjohn observed. 

Anniversary festivities kicked off during 
fall semester in conjunction with Continuing 
Education Weekend in October. Alumnae/i 
have been invited annually for the past few 
years to tour campus, mingle, and take spe- 
cially-designed classes. The Harlem 
Renaissance Ball was the featured event at 

the beginning of the 
weekend. Period cos- 
tumes were encouraged 
and worn by many revel- 
ers as they danced and 
reminisced to big band 
and jazz music. 

were invited to partici- 
pate in several 
Continuing Education 
workshops during the 
weekend, including 
Turbulence in the Arts and Beyond led by 
President Pamela Fox and Problems of the 
Color Lines with Grotjohn. Also on that 
day, participants with a little spunk sang 
and danced in workshops with student 
members of Anointed Voices of Praise 
gospel choir and Greater Things Dance 
Ministry. Greater Things founding artistic 
director Jennifer Oliver '03 was on hand 
to lead the sessions, which were prepara- 
tion for the worship service Sunday. 

Master percussionist and artistic direc- 
tor of Global Rhythms Srinivas Krishnan 
gave his second per- 
formance at MBC — 
the first was during 
inaugural ceremonies 
for President Fo.x. 
Global Rhythms was 
joined by renowned 
dancers Srividya 
Kavuru and Meetal 
Patel in a concert titled 
Hands Across the 

"In the beginning, 
we made the mistake 
of sUpping in under the 
radar, and that created 
some suspicions and 
misconceptions over 

the years," Cornett-Scott e.xplained. "We 
want everyone to feel like a part of this cel- 
ebration and that they play a part in mak- 
ing diversity successful at MBC." 

When asked what it meant to her for 
the office to celebrate 10 years, Penn 
replied on emotional and practical levels: 
"It means there is a resource for the entire 

"The Students who sat in 

Dr. [President Emerita 
Cynthia H.) Tyson's office to 
dicuss the future of diversity 
at Mary Baldwin were bright 
enough to know what the 
campus needed, and they 
loved us — and future gen- 
erations of MBC women — 
enough to make it happen." 

— Shanice Penn '00 

community to learn and gain appreciation 
for the individuals each one of us is. It 
means my class' hard work in building 
relationships with administration, faculty, 
and students was not in vain. It means 
Mary Baldwin holds the distinction of cul- 
tivating knowledge not only in the class- 
room, but also through relationships and 
cultural understanding." 

The celebration of AAMA's decade of 
success will continue in the spring in con- 
nection with Reunion events, Scott said. 
Freshman minority students will research 
and develop a profile about a person who 
has made a significant contribution to the 
culture of diversity at MBC. Mary Baldwin 
President Emerita Cynthia H. Tyson, 
President Pamela Fox, Anointed Voices of 
Praise founder Ranyne Herbert, and 
Kuumba Players founder Tonquise Jabari 
are among those who could be profiled. The 
projects and names will be presented at a 
ceremony during Reunion in March to cre- 
ate a Wall of Honor. 

Continuing efforts to increase aware- 
ness about and strengthen multicultural 
student engagement 
on campus resonate 
with students, faculty, 
and staff. Building on 
the addition of a 
minor in African 
American studies sev- 
eral years ago, several 
new courses, such as 
Arabic, have made 
their way into MBC's 
offerings. Just two 
years ago, African 
Student Kollective 
was ratified as a stu- 
dent organization, on 
the heels of others, 
such as Caribbean 
Student Association, that promote multi- 
cultural enjoyment. 

"Complacency can lead to reversal of 
all the things they've worked hard to change 
over the years. At this juncture, it is critical 
that we continue to recognize the value of 
our diverse strengths," Kennedy said. 
Fly on, sankofa bird. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Transforming Our Future: 

One Brick, One Coat of Paint, One Wire at a Time 

On paper, the Mary Baldwin College campus mas- 
ter plan, Transforming Our Environment, is 
intriguing and exciting, but it is static in document 
form. During summer 2005, the paintbrushes, 
hammers, cranes, and scaffolding arrived and jaws 
started to drop at the college's physical transforma- 
tion. This summer, the progress — from small 
details such as fresh coats (and colors) of paint to 
digging huge trenches and tedious work on the 
brick and woodwork at Rose Terrace — has leapt 
forward. The pictures speak for themselves, and if 
you would like more evidence, see for yourself at 
almost any spot around campus or visit improvements.asp. 

This was reprinted with permission from The Cupola, the 
newspaper of Mary Baldwin College, Vol. 2 No.1 September 2006. 
For subscription information, see page 54. 

6/9/06 - Tile outline of Rose Terrace, an MBC program 
and office building that is listed on the National Regis 
of Historic Places, is dramatically altered when 
enveloped in scaffolding. 

^ 6/06-present - Contractors skillfully repair and replace 
rotted wood and repair bricks and mortar at Rose Terrace, 
/ slate roof was also installed. 

6/20/06 - 

Workers remove 
pieces of an old 
steam line inside 
3 massive trench 
stretching from 
Building toward 
Miller Chapel 







7/05 - Bistro tables and cha rs die Pt l i 
on Page Terrace in front of Graflon Library 
Double-tiered table umbrellas followed. 



6/29/(^ - Carpenter Academic Building 
joins Grafton Libran/ in the world of wire- 
less Internet accessibility as contractors 
install the system, Woodson, Spencer, 
King, HillTop, Memorial, and McClung resi- 
dence halls, and Pearce Science Center, 
the SAC Club Room, and classrooms and 
meeting rooms in PAG received similar sys- 
tems dunng the s 

6/27/06 - New library secunty 
gates stand like sentinels at the 
main entrance in Martha Grafton 
Library. Gates were also installed on 
the library's first-floor side entrance. 

8/22/06 - Warm, inviting paint and fur- 
nishings adom the lounges in Spencer 
Residence Hall, including this one on the 
ground level- 

8/16/06- More than 50 colorful banners wel- 
coming students back to campus and reinforc- 
ing Mary Baldwin's mission were installed on 
lampposts that dot the campus landscape. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What Is It? 

The freshman Class of 2010 will find a 
place in history, not least because it rep- 
resents the first class with full access to 
the Mary Baldwin College Advantage 
(MBCA). A vital element of the col- 
lege's strategic plan, Composing Our 
Future, MBCA has moved beyond a 
collective and strategic vision to daily 
activities for student transformation. 

The Advantage is often examined 
in terms of its 10 parts or steps. 
However, it's distinctiveness is revealed 
when it is viewed 
as a whole — the 
whole being greater 
than the sum of its 
parts. The connec- 
tions are limitless: 
Take the possibility 
of combining per- 
sonalized learning 
portfolios to docu- 
ment international 
and multicultural 
experience (study 
abroad), or ivell- 
ness plans and learning communities to 
create a floor in a residence hall where 
students study and encourage each 
other in wellness goals, and you start to 
get an idea of how transformative the 
MBCA can be. 

The Residential College for 
Women Class of 2010 was introduced 
to all 10 steps during August orienta- 
tion and has continued to explore them 
in more depth throughout the fall 
semester in MBC 101 classes. You can 
see the class schedule at: 01 .asp. 

The Mary Baldwin College com- 
munity sees the parts of the MBCA as a 
web stretching out from the college's 
academic core — and each person's 
connections will be unique. What fol- 
lows is a summary of sorts — presented 
in equal parts serious and glib, as much 
playful as academic — to help you 
understand the everyday workings and 
action steps associated with the Mary 
Baldwin College Advantage. ▲ 

Threshold Experience 

How it reads: 

Create threshold or gateway experiences for all students that 
include orientation to the college, exposure to its history and tradi- 
tions, and the development of community. Ensure that students 
set goals, clarify expectations, and mal<e plans for program com- 
pletion. Focus particularly on the first-year experience for students 
in the residential college. 

Personalized Learning 
Plans and Portfolios 

Guide each student in the development of a four-year academic 
plan and a plan for co-curricular ennchment. Include in the individ- 
ual program a four-year academic bluepnnt for General Education, 
a major, a minor or interdisciplinary focus, and a plan for personal 
enrichment through such activities as athletics, student govern- 
ment, clubs, community service, leadership roles, international 
travel, and spintual exploration. The curricular and co-curricular 
learning plan will be realized and assessed for progress within 
each student's personal learning portfolio. 

Personalized Wellness 

Provide individualized assessment of each student's goals for 
wellness and fitness, resulting in a plan for coursework and fit- 
ness activities leading to lifelong habits of wellness. 

Network of Mentors 
and Partners 

For every student, provide mentors and partners including peer 
mentors, faculty, staff, alumnae/alumni, community members and 
a network of professionals appropriate to the individual's academ- 
ic program and personal goals. 

Active Learning 

Establish learning communities on a scale that promotes person- 
al connection and engaging, common experiences for everyone 
in that community. Arrange for living-learning communities for 
residential students. 

Practical and Experiential 

Provide a rich slate of opportunities for student engagement 
beyond the classroom, including community service learning, 
internships, externships, and other specialized learning cohorts. 

Distinctive Academic Major 
and Interdisciplinary Focus 

Support the enhancement of strong and distinctive academic 
majors and interdisciplinary programs. Offer external peer and dis- 
ciplinary accreditation reviews to academic program review. 

International and 
lulticultural Experience 

Offer an affordable international opportunity to all Mary Baldwin 
students, through expanded international May Term offerings and 
through a national/international network of linkages and coopera- 
tive agreements with institutions of higher education for semes- 
ter- and year-long international studies. 

Capstone Experience 

see Save the Date: Capstone 
Experience, inside back cover 

Ensure that all students have a capstone experience that inte- 
grates their entire academic expenence and that provides oppor- 
tunities for advanced research and creative activities. 

Life and Career Transition 

Offer enhanced services, through the Sena Center and other 
offices, to guide the transition following graduation toward gradu 
ate school, employment, and other service opportunities. 

Taken directly from the strategic plan. Composing Our Future and the 
section titled Mary Baldwin College Advantage which may be read 
online at 

Get the 411! 

Your personal MapQuest'" 

No more Ho-Hos™, 

Use the buddy system. 

Huddle up. 

"This will be a memorable welcome for new students and an engaging way to help them 
transition successfully to college life. It offers more touch points between students, faculty 
and staff." — Melinda Brown, director First Year Experience 

"Students are more comfortable with a PC [personal computer! than paper and pencil. 
With an e-portfolio, they will create and build a resume of achievements and accomplish- 
ments over four years to launch their career after graduation or make application to 
graduate school." — Julie Chappell, director Career Services 

"We're asking students to think about what they want to look and feel like in four years and 
beyond — mind, body and spirit. About physical well-being, writer Charles Caleb Colton 
said: 'Health is less envied, but more enjoyable than wealth, so much so. that the poor will 
not part with their health for money, but the rich will part with their money for health.'" 
— Sharon Spalding, professor of health and physical education and director of VWIL 

"Mentors are people with whom our students make significant connections. They provide 
support and guide the course of study. They inspire, listen, and encourage our students and 
believe in their potential for success." — Brenda Bryant, vice president of enrollment man- 
agement and student engagement and dean of students 

"A sense of belonging is important to everyone. Freshmen, in particular, benefit from finding 
a smaller group within the larger community where they begin to gain confidence and build 
relationships." — Brenda Bryant, vice president of enrollment management and student life 
and dean of students 

Go where you wanna go. 

"Being able to apply knowledge and theory learned in the classroom to real world problems 
is a vital part of an MBC education. Practical learning gives students the opportunity to act in 
the community and make a difference. Community service and service learning are often 
life-changing for students." — Velma Bryant '01, director of student engagement 

Do what you wanna do. 

"Our ever-evolving response to student talent and aptitude has made us sensitive to the 
need for curncular innovation. This is well-reflected by the creation of new minors and inde- 
pendent majors that create unimagined combinations of areas of concentrated study, such 
as a new multidisciplinary minor in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution." — Edward Scott, 
interim vice president of academic affairs, dean of the college, and professor of philosophy 

Culture Club. 

Show me what you've got. 

Be what you wanna be. 

"More and more our students live in a transnational cosmopolitan world. An increasing num- 
ber of students come from or have families in other countries as well. Opportunities to trav- 
el abroad during college are now part and parcel of a liberal arts education" 
— Came Douglass, professor of anthropology 

"This is what learning is truly about. Absorbing knowledge is a big part of it, but being able 
to convey that knowledge to others is the desired result of education. We're reinvigorating a 
sense of communal ownership of knowledge within the Mary Baldwin family and in the sur- 
rounding community and showcasing it in the Capstone Festival." — Lydia Petersson, 
director of sponsored programs and research development 

"Mary Baldwin College offers opportunities to students to learn about themselves, their 
skills, interests, and personal values. Career development services is the link which will put 
all of these pieces together for students for their lives after MBC. Confidence comes 
through career planning." — Diane Kent, associate vice president of student affairs 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Global ■Citizenship 

Being a contributing citizen of the world has never been more impor- 
tant. Throughout Mary Baldwin's history, one may see evidence of a 
commitment to its students to leave the college with a broader view of 
the world around them. That intention has been renewed and expand- 
ed in the strategic plan, Composing Our Future. In this section we 
meet some of our many alumnae and a few current students who have 
had an impact on the world. We celebrate the college's first Fulbright 
Teaching Assistant who comes to us from Lebanon. We can feel the 
relevance of learning abroad through the voices of students on a May 
Term trip to Italy in 2006. For each of the individuals we include, there 
are hundreds more who do us all proud. 

Written, compiled, and edited by Carol Larson and Dawn Medley 

Globalize Your Profession 

Alice Smith '74, Phonm Penh, Cambodia 

For decades, Alice Smith '74 has coached people with speech impediments. This 
summer, the teacher became the student. After several trips to Phnom Penh, 
Cambodia during the past few years with Operation Smile, Smith decided to learn 
the basics of reading and writing the country's official tongue, Khmer. A compli- 
cated language similar to Thai and influenced by Sanskrit, Khmer is written left to 
right with no spaces between words. Smith hoped a course at University of 
Wisconsin would help her converse with families on her next trip. 

"I want to be able to ask someone how their child is doing without a transla- 
tor or go to the market by myself. It is important to me to show respect for their 
culture by making an effort to understand them," Smith said. 

Smith was inspired to learn sign language through her interaction with stu- 
dents at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind while working on her under- 
graduate degree in German at MBC. A few years later, she earned her master's in 
therapeutic recreation from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and, in 
1987, a master's in communication sciences and disorders from University of 
Montana. Her studies culmmated in 1996 with a doctorate in speech pathology 
from University of Iowa, where she specialized in working with people with cleft 
lip and palate conditions. She continues to teach in the department of speech 
pathology and audiology at the University. Smith was not hunting for a way to 
globalize her profession, and when a few friends who volunteer with Operation 
Smile told her about an upcoming trip to Cambodia, she hesitated. Then she 
looked at the two young Cambodian children she had recently adopted, both born 
with varying degrees of cleft lip and palate, and decided to dive in. 

Operation Smile is a nonprofit group based in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to 
repairing and educating about childhood facial deformities worldwide. Smith has 
made six trips to Cambodia since 2002 and is planning more, using her expertise 
to aid children and their families to develop language skills. 

Left untreated — the condition usually requires surgery — cleft lip and cleft 
palate can cause nutritional, developmental, and social deficiencies that range from 
minor to severe. Smith said. Newborns who are unable to feed risk malnutrition 
and death, and children who survive infancy often face social estrangement and 
sometimes even exclusion from school because of the condition, she said. Until 
recently, people in developing countries around the world, including Cambodia, 
did not know that there are ways to correct the deformity-, which is caused by the 
failure of the tissue of the lip or palate (or both) to fuse in the womb. 

"It opens up a whole new world to people when they realize their children 
don't have to live with a disability or deformity," Smith said. "They become aware 
of the possibilities." 

Smith's travel and service abroad illustrate a few universal truths: "I learned 
that people love their children everywhere, and we are responsible for everyone in 
the world. It's not okay for something hurtful to be going on in another place," 
she said. "It is important to look for ways to help people — where you are physi- 
cally, should not limit you. Any profession can be globalized." 

"Events in other places impact us, and the exciting tlip side to that is that we 
can, in turn, impact events in other places." 

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A Second Life in Middle East Study Trips 

Mary Denny '64, Yemen, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt 

It was an old friend who first told Mary Denny '64 about study abroad trips to the 
Middle East. Her friend John Duke Anthony had been a cadet at Virginia MiHtary Institute when 
she attended Mary Baldwin, and was now the head of National Council for US-Arab Relations in 
Washington DC. He invited her to consider eye-opening trips to countries she knew little about. 
Denny applied for, and received, a Malone Fellowship, and in 2000 set off for Yemen and Syria. 

She expected endless sand dunes and a societ)' peopled by violent terrorists and the oil-rich. 
Instead she discovered "beautiful and diverse landscapes and incredible hospitality and generosity 
in one of the world's poorest countries." Her delegation was given uncommon access, even meet- 
ing with the president of Yemen for an hour. 

Denny's second trip, in 2002, took her to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for 10 days 
for the Arab Women's Media Forum, as one of only four American women invitees. The women 
she met, some of whom she stays in touch with, were horrified about September 11 and worried 
about what Americans thought of them. She also learned that "they are not as repressed as many 
of us believe and are doctors, educators, shop owners, and government workers." 

In 2003 she visited Oman (just before the Iraq War began) and found it to be "an oasis of 
tranquility and hospitality." 

In Egypt in 2004, Denny found that people could "hardly contain their frustration with U.S. 
policies. Some of them feel that Egypt is an ally of the United States and major trading partner, yet 
their advice/input goes unheeded." Her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild live in Egypt and she 
has, subsequently, taken a number of trips for family visits as well. 

On a study trip to Saudi Arabia in 2005, she found it to be the most restrictive or repressed 
country she has visited. "They believe the restrictions are necessary in their perceived role as 
guardians of Mecca." Islam permeates every aspect of life. Hotels rented abayas to women, if they 
chose to wear them. Denny wanted to try the garb and found it the "great equalizer." She recalled 
that when she went to Mary Baldwin, "We had to wear raincoats to hide our shorts when walking 
around campus." 

Overall, Denny's impression of the Middle Eastern countries she has visited is positive. "I 
think that the most notable difference is the extent to which religion permeates every aspect of life 
and creates a sense of serenitv' that I think is missing in American life," she said. "Although more 
women are emerging as leaders in education, business, and even politics, there is still a great deal 
of segregation of the sexes. There is also an incredible emphasis on hospitality. Family is of utmost 
importance. They have customs and traditions — many centuries old — that work for them and 
form the bedrock of their society. Most of the countries are trying to modernize but prefer to do it 
gradually and from within," Denny said. 

Denny has given nearly two dozen talks to a variety of civic, professional, and social organi- 
zations in her city of San Antonio, Texas. She has also written for several newsletters hoping to 
dispel stereotypical notions about Arabs, Islam, and the Middle East. "One of the most important 
things to learn is that each Middle Eastern country is different in terms of economy, landscape, 
and even to a certain extent, dress and local customs. Many of them have been our friends and 

allies for years: Morocco was the first country to recognize the newly formed 
United States of America. Oman's sultan sent a shipload of gifts that formed the 
basis of the Smithsonian Institution's collection. After World War II, when the 
Allies divided up the Middle East, Syrians hoped they would be ruled by 
Americans, but were given to the French," she said. 

Denny is still traveling and hopes to add Jordan, Morocco, and Lebanon 
to her Middle East travel log. "I hope I have been a good ambassador for 
America, especially in the most recent visits when the Iraq war has caused such 
negative impressions of the United States," said Denny, now on her way to 
Cairo to see that grandbaby! 

Alumna Focuses Efforts on Muslinn Youth 

Lin Lin Aung '03, Philippines, Indonesia, and Burma 

Lin Lin Aung '03 was so outspoken 
against the oppressive military government in her 
native Burma (now officially named Union of 
Myanmar) during her first few years in the United 
States that she adopted a pseudonym. From speak- 
ing out on the nationally renowned multimedia 
broadcast Voice of America to writing journal arti- 
cles and other publications, Aung's fight for democ- 
racy in her country was a very public battle. She 
knew she put her family in danger of persecution in 
her homeland. Recently, she decided the risk was 
too high for the minimal changes that have resulted 
from opposition such as hers. - 

"Even as I was working, the military rule in Burma was gaining strength. 
Although I knew how important it was for each individual to fight for justice and 
that my struggle helped me become who I am, my focus expanded to peace and 
social empowerment on a global scale. I haven't given up on being an agent for 
change in my country, I'm being smarter about how I work toward it," Aung said. 

The shift in Aung's perspective on how she can best serve the world is due in 
no small part to a relatively new commitment to the principles of Buddhism. 
"Buddhism teaches us to show loving kindness toward all things, and it convmced 
me to go about advocacy in a different way," she said. 

That path turned out to be working to educate and find occupations for 
Muslim youth in Indonesia and the Philippines. After earning a master's degree 
from Georgetown University, where she studied international development on a full 
scholarship, Aung began work with the International Youth Foundation (lYF). In 
the span of just a few months at lYF, a non-governmental organization that pro- 
motes education, employability, leadership, and health in 70 countries worldwide, 
Aung has been given responsibility for managing two multi-million-dollar educa- 
tion projects. She is part of the leadership team with Education and Livelihood 
Skills Alliance (ELSA) in Mindanao, Philippines, and Education and Employment 
Alliance (EEA) in Indonesia. Both projects focus on building schools, training 
teachers, working with policy makers in the area, and placing youths in meaningful 
jobs in an effort to combat the boredom and disenfranchisement that is sometimes 
connected to terrorist activity. 

"We are met with much resistance in many areas because they see it as 
America trying to impose its will on them. Hopefully, they will soon see benefits 
that convince them otherwise," Aung said. She was preparing to head to Mindanao 
and Indonesia to visit some of the work sites for the first time when we talked with 
her. She seemed flattered but slighdy intimidated when explaining that she would 
be accompanied by armed military bodyguards during her three-week visit. 

Three internships while she was an MBC student, including one at the United 
Nations and another with Greater Washington Board of Trade, prepared Aung for 
navigating an operation with overseas interests. "In many ways, lYF is like Mary 
Baldwin was for me. It's a nurturing environment where I am given more responsi- 
bility when I show that I can handle it," Aung said. 

She's not losing sight of her original goal, either: "I do hope to help 
Burmese youth eventually. I think what I'm doing now will help me see clearly 
how to accomplish that when the right time comes." 

Baldwin Women 
Engaged Worldwide 

Curious, we sent out an e-mail inquiry to Mary 
Baldwin College alumnae/i asking about their 
global experiences. We were astounded to 
receive hundreds of responses and would like 
to thank all of you who replied. What follows 
are just a few of those in a much abbreviated 
format. It is clear that our alumnae/i are, in 
every sense, global citizens — and many of 
them credit !\/lary Baldwin College for inspiring 
their involvement and activity. 

Nancy Anderson Blakey '49 lived in 
Londonderry, Northern Ireland from 1968 to 
1972 during "'the Troubles/as the Irish say." 
She and her family moved from one hot spot 
to another when they relocated to Isfahan, 
Iran in 1977 and stayed until two weeks 
before the Shah of Iran left and Khomeini 
arrived. She also spent four years In a village 
on the Sea of Marmara in Turkey — and wants 
to get to the Antarctic before she stops travel- 
ing. A One of the first women sent to Hong 
Kong by Citibank, Sandy Driscoll '66 married 
a fellow banker and they have lived in Taipei, 
Taiwan, (where she studied Mandarin), 
Singapore (she learned Bahasa Melayu, the 
Malyasian language), Tokyo, Japan (she added 
Japanese to her languages). Ho Chi Minh City 
Vietnam (she helped license and build Saigon 
South International School). And that doesn't 
count her many travels to countries such as 
Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Turkey, 
Greece, and in Europe. ▲ Leslie St. John '01 
is a youth pastor and has done mission trips 
to Mexico, Haiti, and Venezuela. ▲ Eleanor 
Ware '91 was on a 10-day mission to 
Santiago, Dominican Republic, this summer, 
her fourth trip. She has helped build a church 
in the city and homes in a barrio. "I always j 

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Tine World Comes Through Georgia 

GiNNY Mattox '71, caseworker and job developer for refugees 

A PASSION FOR THE FRENCH LANGUAGE combined with a meaningful job to become a 
second life for Ginny Mattox '71 nearly 27 years after she graduated from Mary Baldwin 
College. Her husband died in 1998, and her youngest child of four graduated from high school. 
What next, she wondered? Then a friend told her about refugee resettlement. 

Mattox put her energy and French to work as a caseworker and, later, job developer, for 
Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked pri- 
marily with French-speaking Africans and others, such as 50-60 of the Lost Boys of Sudan, 
beginning at the airport "watching them take their first steps on American terrain," she recalls. 
Mattox would take the weary travelers to apartments she had set up and stocked with basic, 
seasonally appropriate clothing and food staples. "In most cases, families came directly from 
refugee camps where they had fled for their lives and then lived for one to 10 years." 

She oriented them to their new surroundings and an American way of life that included air 
conditioning and heating, toilet operation, hot and cold water in sinks and tubs, stove and dish- 
washer safety, and how to use a fire extinguisher, lock the door, and call 911. Then, they made 
plans for the next day, the refugees' second day in America. 

Most of the refugees whom Mattox started on their new life journey were accustomed to a 
much slower-paced life with more emphasis on, and time for, community and family. She 
believes that "most of them were more devout in their religious beliefs, traditions, and customs, 
but their basic needs were identical to our own: safety, financial security, freedom, and educa- 
tion." Mattox also notes that the more educated refugees have a more difficult adjustment 
because they must usually start in low-level jobs when they arrive. People with blue collar skills 
fared better. 

Refugees must satisfy, even prove, that they meet the strictest criteria before they are permit- 
ted to flee their home countries: all based on life-threatening issues. Funding for refugees is a con- 
stant struggle and became ail the more challenging following September 11, 2001. Qualifying cri- 
teria were increased as funding decreased. 

One day in 2001, Mattox and colleagues met with actress and activist Angelina JoHe and 
were impressed by her genuine commitment to help. "She took notes, asked questions, gave us 
ideas, and was gracious. Her commitment to make a difference is real and she puts her money to 
work," she said. But then, Mattox believes we can all make a difference no matter where we are, 
whether teaching English or volunteering in numerous ways for thousands of organizations. 
"Being a global citizen means I step outside my own backyard and safety zone to become part of 
a global world. It means bettering the world for the good of the world and not the good of any 
individual country of the world. It is important to me personally to expand my ways of thinking 
and my world, and also to feel I am able to play a small part in making the world a better and 
more secure place for all," she said. 

The seeds were planted when she was at Mary Baldwin and took advantage of a Junior 
Year Abroad program in Paris. "Thirty-six years later I can still say that that year was my 
defining moment. In becoming fluent in another language and becoming part of another cul- 
ture, I came into my own: expanded my horizons, became a more confident person, and 
learned tolerance," Mattox explains. 

Mattox retired from refugee resettlement this year — sort of. She still does some consulting. 
She's taken on the role of membership director for a social and athletic club, where she has been 
a member for many years. She stays in touch with some of those she helped and expresses joy 
when they succeed. She has traveled in Europe many times, spent two weeks in Haiti, and just 
returned from a photo safari in South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. 

"Their stories stay with you," she says. There have been countless moments when she felt 
she was a small piece of a large global picture. Remembering one of those moments, she says, "I 
spent three hours in the emergency room corridor of an Atlanta charity hospital with a newly 
arrived Congolese man who presented symptoms of a heart attack. I stood out because I was a 
professionally dressed white woman speaking French. The interns and staff became interested 
and tried their high school French. At that moment, the world seemed like a very small place!" 

The American Way Is Not the Only Way 
Kristy Wheeler '01, Baghdad, Iraq 

Special Agent Wheeler, captain, United States Air Force, reporting 
for duty. Kristy Wheeler '01 (former First Captain of MBC's Virginia 
Women's Institute for Leadership) has introduced herself to colleagues in the 
U.S. military services in several foreign countries, including extended assign- 
ments in Japan and England that total four years of living abroad to date. 
Amidst her duties as a federal agent in the military, she has seen tragedy in 
many forms and has learned to appreciate the simple things in life. "I've 
picked up a lot of habits from other cultures that I now implement in my 
daily life," Wheeler said, referring to routines such as removing shoes before 
entering a house, as they do in Japan. "I learned that the American way is 
not the only way, and sometimes it makes sense to do things differently." 

Since July, Wheeler has been on her latest assignment abroad — in 
Baghdad, Iraq, continuing to investigate felony level criminal activity as she 
did in Japan and England. Only a few weeks into her service in Baghdad as 
commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Expeditionary 
Detachment 2408, Wheeler touted it as the most rewarding experience of 
her career. "One of the many reasons we are in Iraq is to help stabilize the 
government by fighting terrorism so people in that country can live in free- 
dom and make their own decisions. Most Iraqi people live with dirty water, 
no electricity, no gas to fill their cars (if they are fortunate enough to have 
one), and in fear for their lives. Every day I see progress toward making 
Iraq a better place to live," she said. 

Building strong and trustworthy relationships with her foreign counter- 
parts is critical, and to accomplish that, she tries to genuinely understand 
the culture in which she is immersed, including its language, customs and 
courtesies, environment, and most significantly for her work, its justice sys- 
tem. In Japan, her immersion included eating sushi while sitting on the floor 
with her shoes removed, giving small gifts as tokens of appreciation, climb- 
ing Mt. Fuji, bowing to elders as hello and goodbye greetings, driving on 
the left side of the road, and spending yen instead of dollars. 

Learning about and living in other parts of the world has strengthened 
Wheeler's appreciation for her native country. "I say I'm proud to be an 
American with true sincerity," she said. Wheeler heard her call to duty loud 
and clear: Defend and allow people to live free from terror in other coun- 
tries as well as the United States. Her answer: "I work with civilians as 
much as military personnel. It's important to appreciate cultural differences 
and save the lives of people in need." 

Baldwin Women 
Engaged Worldwide 

come away learning something new about 
myself." ▲ Dana Flanders '82 was in 
Honduras during the summer, her fourth mis- 
sion trip in a little more than three years. She 
took her children this time, and plans to go 
back in January. ▲ Lt. Jackie Thompson 
MSC, USN '99 has been deployed aboard 
ship several times including six months in Iraq. 
She has visited Kuwait, Singapore, Dubai, and 
other exotic locales, witnessed an oncoming 
super typhoon, watched baby whales breach, 
and saved lives: "I am thankful to survive 
every day and live life to the fullest with 
opportunities to improve the world." ▲ Jane 
Hammond Jervey '48 volunteered for several 
Earthwatch expeditions between 1989 and 
2002. She continues to teach Spanish and 
French, and has traveled in France, Spain and 
other Spanish-speaking countries. ▲ Laura 
Bivans '80 has brought the globe home, host- 
ing children from Northern Ireland every sum- 
mer from 1997 to 2004. She has also wel- 
comed kids from Japan and China. ▲ Ellen 
Holtman '71 is a biology teacher at Virginia 
Western Community College and did a teacher 
exchange in Northern Ireland for several 
weeks. In summer, she takes students for one 
to two weeks to study natural history and 
marine biology in places such as Costa Rica, 
Belize, Honduras, Bahamas, and the 
Galapagos Islands. ▲ Kelly Phelps Winstead 
'84 and her son did a mission trip to Sao 
Paulo, Brazil, in August. ▲ Susan Buchanan 
Jacob '73 is the first non-French president of 
a sports club association in her town of Le 
Pecq (near Paris). She started as a volunteer 
responsible for trampoline activities and 

ivlisry Baldwii 

Personal Crusade Leads to Overseas Aid 

Melissa Ford '99, Oxford and Charlbury, England 

Ten years ago, a personal insulin pump revolutionized the way Melissa Ford '99 — who was 
diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 11 — maintained her health. Insulin levels are regulated by 
the manually-programmed, computer-controlled pump resembling a pager, which constantly delivers 
small amounts of insulin through a disposable catheter under the skin. Pump therapy is considered the 
gold standard of treatment for Type 1, formerly known as juvenile, diabetes because it most closely 
simulates the function of the pancreas. 

When Ford began studying for her master's degree in early modern British history at Oxford 
University in 2001, the unfamiliar accent was not the only adjustment to life in England. "No one 
knew what to do with me and my insulin pump," Ford said. More than 350,000 Americans are fitted 
with insulin pumps, and most U.S. insurance companies cover 80 percent of its cost. In England, the 
treatment was not covered by the National Health Service (NHS) and not supported by many physi- 
cians. "I had to beg, borrow, and steal to find ways to obtain and pay for my therapy," she said. The 
pump and components are costly, she said, but not as expensive as trips to the emergency room would 
be if her blood sugar levels were out of control. 

Instead of throwing in the towel for the convenience of the United States where she could receive 
treatment without battling the system. Ford remained abroad and committed herself to improving the 
United Kingdom's — or at least Oxford's — recognition of insulin pump therapy. She became involved 
with INPUT (an acronym, for INsulin PUmp Therapy), a grassroots advocacy network of patients and 
families working to increase awareness about the treatment and support its coverage by the National 
Health Service (NHS). She filed a formal complaint against the local unit of NHS and won full fund- 
ing for a new insulin pump and supplies. She founded a diabetes-focused organization within Oxford 
University, the Student Union Diabetes Network. She contributed to articles about diabetes manage- 
ment for and other diabetes-focused publications, and appeared on television programs 
and in newspapers. "By lobbying for myself, I was lobbying for other people; I needed to set a prece- 
dent," Ford said. Ultimately, she did set a precedent: The case forced the Oxford City Primary Care 
Trust to comply with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, allow- 
ing other patients to take advantage of insulin pump therapy. Within 18 months of Ford winning her 
case, six other patients in the area were using insulin pumps. 

Ford is back stateside, working as a project coordinator for packaging and labeling at Abbott 
Diabetes Care in Alameda, California. FreeStyle and Precision glucose monitoring systems are the 
company's flagship products. She also continues to answer questions from people around the world as 
a volunteer for an online service of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

She realizes that not only did she have an impact on the lives of people with diabetes across the 
Atlantic, but that the experience affected her as well. "I started reading The Economist a few years 
ago. Events in other parts of the world affect me now in a way they didn't before because I might 
know people where the events are happening." she said. "The world seems much smaller." 

Volunteering with Orphans Opens 'Doors' to Possibilities 
Brooke Yarus Shambley '05, Winterton, South Africa 

A BABY SMILES, toothless, at the camera. A child with a round countenance pleads for answers 
with his eyes. A woman holds a toddler, affectionately brushing her hair. These are the faces of 
Door of Hope orphanage in South Africa, glimpsed from the organization's Web site and pictures 
taken by Brooke Yarus Shambley '05 during her two-month service there. "I had been listening to 
a program about Oprah's work in South Africa, and I was doing the dishes. I started crying for 
what seemed like no reason. I realized then that I had to go to South Africa to help children," said 
Shambley, a former Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership cadet. 

It was the summer after her Mary Baldwin graduation. She had never been out of the country, 
much less to rural Winterton, South Africa. Her volunteer assignment was to help with household 
chores and homework, and to teach English and read to a family of six children — five of whom 
were orphans taken in by her host family. Through the everyday routine — and behind the chil- 
dren's smiles and giggles — Shambley learned of the mistreatment some children had endured 
before coming to Door of Hope. There was Londega, whose mother sold her into sex slavery at 
age 2, and Senzo, who was beaten so badly as a toddler that he spent six months in the hospital, 
and Ayanda, who was born with AIDS and has contracted tuberculosis. 

Shambley is one of many people who volunteer for Door of Hope ( 
for a few months or years, helping to carry on the organization's mission of placing unwanted or 
abused children in loving, caring. Christian environments to encourage them to be agents of 
change in their country and the world later in their lives. 

Students Initiate Service Project in India 
Lael Adams '08, Nena Adams '06, and 
Anna Barnes '07, Dharamsala, India 

Volunteering. Many MBC students do it right in Staunton. Some 
venture to neighboring communities. Some go to their hometowns. Only a 
few go to India. 

A recent student-initiated project extended the reach of MBC's commu- 
nity service efforts all the way to Dharamsala, India. Sisters Nena Adams '06 
and Lael Adams '08, and friend Anna Barnes '07 created a program that fit 
their learning and service objectives, and, as it turned out, planted the seeds 
of global outreach. Working with Cross Cultural Solutions, a non-profit 
international service organization with 10 years of experience and hundreds 
of clients, the women spent three weeks teaching English in lower-income 
elementary schools in Himachel Pradesh. 

"We were all shaken on our first day because the conditions are so poor 
and underdeveloped compared to American classrooms: no bathrooms, no 
resources for learning save small wooden lap boards; charcoal pencils, and a 
chalkboard on the wall; one bucket from which to wash and drink; and 
sometimes no floor," said Lael Adams. "But certainly no shortage of beam- 
ing, beautiful faces of children eager to learn, hold your hand, wanting to 
please you." 

Lael Adams did not consider herself a global citizen before spending 
time in India, but she returned with the realization that, as an American, she 
feels a responsibility to contribute to her greater — worldwide — communi- 
ty. "I gained more from the experience than I gave as a volunteer. Not only 
did I learn how to appreciate and respect the diversity of cultures in which 
my fellow global citizens live, but I was able to put my own Western culture 
into perspective," Lael Adams wrote in an article for her hometown newspa- 
per, the Tryon (N.C.) Daily Bulletin. 

In a journal submitted as part of her coursework, Barnes, too, reflected 
on her newfound affection for India: "People keep asking me to describe 
how India was and the only word that I keep coming up with over and over 
again is that India is very real. That is not to say that other countries are 
fake but India is just so real. There is poverty everywhere, they experience 
water and electricity shortages, their average yearly income is less than what 
I spend at Wal-Mart in a month; India is just very real. They don't beat 
around the bush or try to disguise the poverty and the people don't deny 
that it is there. I love the honesty that is India." 

Lael Adams does not intend to adopt a "been there, done that" attitude 
concerning India, either. Every Mary Baldwin senior must design a senior 
project, and Lael's will be on cross-cultural communication and exchange. 

Baldwin Women 
Engaged Worldwide 

became president of the entire sports associa- 
tion in 2003, traveling extensively in Europe, a 
Mary Ellena Ward '69 studied at Goethe 
Institute while a student at MBC. Much later, 
her connpany assigned her to a project in 
Germany and she "found that the German I 
had learned in college was still buried in my 
brain and still useful." She also credits her 
Japanese roommate at MBC with her sensitiv- 
ity to various nationalities. ▲ Camala Beam 
Kite '96 visited Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 
France, Russia, and Finland doing comparative 
education studies while a student at MBC. As 
a teacher, she has participated in several stu- 
dent exchanges with England and Scotland 
(her students visiting those countries, English 
and Scottish children visiting here). She incor- 
porated her travel experience in a cultural 
geography class she taught at Eastern 
Mennonite University this summer. ▲ Megan 
Smithdeal Vengala '92 works with 'Youth with 
a Mission and escorts teams of volunteers to 
India frequently on mission trips. She has also 
spent several months at a time in India doing 
missionary work, and has taken her three chil- 
dren. A Amy Pulaski '96 spent a semester at 
Doshisha Women's College in Japan as an 
MBC student and returned for two years in 
1996 to teach English. ▲ Joanne Reich '88 
has done volunteer work in the Middle East 
and Asia for General Board of Global 
Ministries of the United Methodist Church, 
where she has worked for many years. She 
spent six months at Princess Basma Disabled 
Children's Centre in Israel and eight months in 
Hong Kong with the World Student Christian 
Federation. ▲ Elizabeth Plowman '58 taught 
at the American Community School in Beirut : 
in the middle 1970s. ▲ Jo Avery '65_ was part 
of a delegation of attorneys who y 

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using America and India as her areas of study. She also plans to apply for the coveted Russell 
Scholarship, a $1,000 award given to one junior each year to complete a project of her choosing in 
honor of Margarett Kable Russell, Class of 1902. "I plan to spend three months in India next 
summer for research, and I'm really excited that this topic is now of great relevance to the MBC 
community," said Adams, who has her fingers on the pulse of the college's strategic plan and 
Quality Enhancement Plan, which both include encouraging international and multicultural 
encounters while developing students as global citizens. "My goal is to make the absolute most of 
my life-changing experience in India," she said. 

Global Perspective 'IVIakes Life More Interesting' 
Martha Aasen '51, global 

It goes back to hot pink chicken w i r e that laced the kitchen. Martha Aasen 's affini- 
ty — and her children's and husband's, too — for traveling the globe for work- and leisure-related 
activities, that is. 

"I have always been fascinated with maps. My children were young when I saw a project idea 
in Woman's Day that called for stringing up chicken wire to display their artwork and other 
things," she explained. "Well, I painted ours bright pink and hung maps from National 
Geographic on it and we learned about all kinds of places in the world. Now, my daughter 
laughs when she says that is why one or the other of us is always traveling in some remote area." 

Aasen said her first step into a "global" life was her move from Mississippi to Virginia in 
1947 to attend Mary Baldwin for her first two years of college. It was still a pretty big depar- 
ture in those days, she explained. From there, her journeys became farther and longer. After 
graduating from University of Mississippi, the English and art major lived and worked in New 
York for McGraw-Hill publishing. By 1963, Aasen was involved with the League of Women 
Voters, and soon became the organization's representative to the United Nations (UN). 
Gradually, she became more involved with the UN, and several years later was in the organiza- 
tion's public information department. During her 20 years at the UN, Aasen dealt with major 
issues such as the Iran hostage crisis and the influx of Haitian boat people, among others. She 
later served as head of the non-governmental organization (NGO) section of the UN, which 
includes about 1,200 groups from all over the world. One of her final assignments for the UN 
was to spend two months in Windhoeck, Namibia as part of the team overseeing that country's 
first democratic election. 

But Aasen did not need to be physically overseas to gain global perspective. "I had a unique 
window on the world, and I felt like I was seeing history made every day at the UN," she said. 
She recalls being in the General Assembly Hall when former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail 
Gorbachev came to speak to the General Assembly at the height of perestroika. She also offered a 
vivid recollection of how the entire Assembly was so silent, "You could have heard the proverbial 
pin drop," when Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, near- 
ly sat in the seat reserved for heads of state during his appearance in the same hall. 

Aasen and her husband did not want to give up their exploration of the world in retirement, 
so they joined the International Executive Service Corps and have traveled to Botswana, Bulgaria, 
and Guatemala — so far — to provide technical and managerial assistance to universities and pub- 
lic and private businesses. The only continent untouched by Aasen is Antarctica. 

"Knowing more about the rest of the world makes life more disturbing in some ways, but it 
also makes it infinitely more interesting," she said. "The more we understand each other, the more 
hope we have that we can do better things in the world." 

'Life Flows in Those Places' 

RiNDA Payne '60, travels incorporating 
mind, body, and spirit 

She works at Tufts-New England Medical Center 
as a Reiki Master Teacher, she studies the Inca/Andean Path, and she trav- 
els South America because she feels compelled to do so. Rinda Payne '60 
was raised in a household with parents who encouraged her to "pay atten- 
tion to global trends." When she came to Mary Baldwin for her last two 
years of undergraduate work in psychology (after much research into 
women's colleges — "My parents said I could go to any school I wanted 
to attend, and I chose MBC"), she felt a kindred perspective. "I loved the 
teachers and curriculum and appreciated how we were encouraged to see 
the relationship among our subjects. MBC was the perfect place for me 

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because it encouraged gentle growth and nurtured all of us on paths we might not have 
selected," she said. Originally a biology major, she became interested and transitioned to 
major in psychology. 

Payne went on to complete a master's degree at Northeastern University. In the 
1970s, she spent two months in Romania and four months in Portugal traveling on her 
own. In Portugal, she taught English for one week in each village she visited and learned 
Portuguese in exchange. It would not be until 2003 that she began what she feels now is 
her true path in life, with the start of studies of the Inca/Andean Path with renowned 
teacher Juan Nufiez del Prado. He is a noted anthropologist and Andean priest, who has 
trained with Q'ero priests for decades. The Q'ero Indians, direct descendents of the 
Incas, were "discovered" in 1949 by his father. 

Her travels and studies of healing methods have taken her to hidden worlds and 
ancient cultures in Mexico, Ecuador, Belize, and Peru. "I have never felt particularly dif- 
ferent when I am in a culture different than my own. I was brought up to believe that we 
are all one," said the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Payne. Coming from Maine and now 
working in Boston, she feels that "we are a driven society, especially in the northeast. 
People here do not have time for much besides work. In other cultures, time is always 
made to interact with others and with nature. Life flows in those places." 

"I try hard to be what I am and not intellectualize it. When I was studying in Peru 
last year, two of the teachers, one a Q'ero (whose tribe now numbers 600 living at alti- 
tudes up to 16,000 feet above sea level); and the other teacher, a mystic trained by the 
Q'eros, told me I was a healer and needed to find a community," she marveled. 

What does being a global citizen mean to Payne? "Connectedness, community, and 
love for others. I am a great believer in quantum physics and I always feel the mind is 
not local. Many of the people I have met have kept in touch with me; many ask me to 
send them distant healing (Reiki). It also means returning home with new recipes, new 
ideas, an indigenous weaving, or something from that culture that strikes a chord within 
me as a reminder." 

At this point in her life, her two worlds — one, as part of the medical establishment 
in New England and the other, a healer in search of a community — are beginning to 
collide. Because "her whole life seems to have been a pathway to Peru," Payne is work- 
ing to find the cash flow to extend her visits to Peru permanently: "Who knows, there 
may someday soon be a little medical clinic located in one of the Q'ero villages, high 
above sea level," said a committed Payne. 

Australian "Mirror World" Mesmerizes First-Timer 
Alison Young '06, Melbourne, Australia 

For recent graduate Alison Young ' 6 , living and 
working on her master's degree in Melbourne, Australia, is like living 
in a mirror world. "Everything is the same until you take a second 
glance; they drive on the left side of the road, the smaller print on 
signs is not in Spanish but in Cantonese or Mandarin, and the busi- 
nessmen in suits all over downtown get on the tram with students 
rather than into cars and SUVs," she writes. And she has to keep in 
mind that her day is a full 14 hours ahead of that in the eastern 
United States. 

Young is getting acquainted with her first residency abroad to 
study international relations at University of Melbourne — building on her undergradu- 
ate thesis on security relations in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Young 
plans to take the U.S. Foreign Service exam soon in preparation for future work as an 
officer or consul in a U.S. embassy abroad. That, she hopes, will someday lead to a posi- 
tion as a U.S. ambassador. Her MBC studies in international relations helped open doors 
to the larger world for the North Carolina native, and she realizes that she is just begin- 
ning to taste global citizenship. 

"One of the few times I've felt like this isn't home was at the airport when I realized 
I needed to be in the 'all other foreign passports' line. Australia is a good choice for my 
first time living abroad because it is similar to the states. I have yet to discover significant 
insight into myself or what it means to be a world citizen based on my life here, but I 
look forward to doing so." 

Young said the visceral experience of living on foreign soil, strengthened by encour- 
agement of her plans from MBC faculty and staff from the outset, convinced her to be 
"more brave and prepared to take a step further away from U.S. and Western culture. It 
is important to be connected to other parts of the world in more than just an academic 
way. Without that frame of reference, decisions tend to be insular and isolating." ▲ 

Baldwin Women 
Engaged Worldwide 

China in 2002 to meet with Chinese counter- 
parts, judges, and law students — even to 
witness a Chinese trial ("still a rare thing in 
China"). ▲ Jill Johnson Horton '83 is an all- 
around global citizen, having taught English 
in China for five years. She did mission trips 
to Honduras and Mexico before returning to 
China to adopt a child. ▲ Diana Ballard '91 
spent 10 months in Japan after graduation 
and, primarily related to her work, she has 
traveled for weeks and months to India, 
Ireland, and Denmark. She just returned from 
five weeks in Australia and China. ▲ Lundie 
Spence '68 worked on professional develop- 
ment programs for educators concentrating 
on the Peruvian Amazon for 11 years. "From 
60 to 120 teachers worked in small teams 
among tropical scientists and guides learning 
about biodiversity, culture, environmental 
plants, and more. They also designed work- 
shops in Belize, Australia, and Ecuador. ▲ 
Jordan Armstrong '04 has let no grass grow 
under her feet since graduation. Working in 
finance for a Fortune 500 company, she has 
spent time in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Italy, 
Germany, Belgium, and Britain. On a daily 
basis, she works with contacts in South 
America and Europe and travels frequently. , 
Claudia Woody '77 is living and working in a 
global environment as IBM vice president 
and managing director of Nokia and lives in 
the city of the company's headquarters, 
Helsinki, Finland. She currently has 82 visas 
in her passport. The team which reports to 
her is culturally diverse. Claudia speaks 
Spanish, some French, and is learning 
Finnish. An example of the travel she does 
for business, in August 2006, she was in 
Germany, China, and Austria, having just 
returned from trips to Spain and Italy. Of 
note, she had a recent visit from former 
president of Mary Baldwin, Virginia Lester, .; 
who was in London and .tQpk,a4Qng week- 

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The only thing Beirut native Sahar 
Saba could pack in quantity were photo- 
graphs — thin and lightweight — when 
she headed to Mary Baldwin College in 
August. Nearly everything else had to be 
left behind. Although she would be away 
for nine months, her luggage could 
weigh no more than 15 kilograms, or 
about 30 pounds, as she boarded a 
United States Air Force helicopter to fly 
out of her bomb-riddled homeland. 

"We were pretty sure we would not 
be hit but, in war, it is never safe," Saba 

For weeks, Saba and her family lis- 
tened to bombs exploding in the south- 
ern part of the city and heard reports 
about attacks nearer to the border 
between Lebanon and Israel. Their 
neighborhood suffered no direct hits 
during the most recent 33-day assault 
by Israel, but the psychological impact 
of hearing and feeling explosions was 
still nerve-wracking. Unlike many 
Americans and others who left around 
the time she did — August 14 — 
Lebanese native Saba was not fleeing 
the country for safety; she was headed 
to Staunton as a Fulbright Foreign 
Language Teaching Assistant, a trip 
planned many months earlier. 

"I am still soaking in the honor of 

being here as part of the Fulbright pro- 
gram," Saba said at the end of the first 
week of fall semester, just two weeks 
after a cease-fire was issued in the 
Middle East. A day later she would cele- 
brate her 22nd birthday, her first mile- 
stone away from home. "Everyone here 
has been so nice to me, and going out of 
their way to make sure I have what I 
need." Ivy Arbulii, associate professor of 
Spanish, and Carrie Douglass, professor 
of anthropology and Spanish, are coordi- 
nating the prestigious Fulbright visit and 
supervising Saba during her time here. 
The grant is administered through the 
Office of Sponsored Programs and 
Research Development. 

Saba takes care to respond in kind: 
"I am here not only to teach, but to rep- 
resent a positive image of my country. 
People have many questions for me, and 
I try to take time to answer all of them 
as thoroughly as possible so their stereo- 
types and prejudices might be changed." 

Saba's primary occupation while at 
MBC is to teach Arabic language and 
customs with Adjunct Professor of 
Arabic Yusri Zaro, but the college com- 
munity will likely learn from her outside 
the classroom as well. Courses in begin- 
ning and intermediate Arabic were added 
at Mary Baldwin in 2005-06, and since 

then several students have been led from 
the basics of learning the alphabet to 
more difficult conversational skills. Saba 
believes her Lebanese heritage will com- 
plement professor Zaro's Jordanian 
background. When she is able, she hopes 
to have her family — whom she will not 
see until she returns to Beirut at the end 
of the school year — send more items 
from home such as newspapers, music, 
and traditional objects. 

Saba will be busy aside from Arabic 
instruction, too. She is enrolled as a part- 
time student in two classes in the Master 
of Letters program in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature, broadening the 
foundation built by the bachelor's degree 
she earned in Lebanon in English lan- 
guage and literature. Saba plans to make 
the most of living in the residence hall 
that houses students in the Program for 
the Exceptionally Gifted at MBC; infor- 
mal conversations were already percolat- 
ing about a "Lebanese night" in the 
building featuring food, traditional activ- 
ities, and music. 

"Even though I didn't know anything 
at Mary Baldwin before I was accepted 
into the program, I know now that I will 
never forget it. I hope the college will feel 
the same about me when I leave to return 
to Lebanon," Saba said. ▲ 

Renaissance Studies in Italy 2006 

From Sara Nair James '69, professor of art history 

Eight well-prepared art history students journeyed to Italy to see the art of the Italian Renaissance, which, until May 
Term 2006, they had only studied in books. They had prepared by taking courses in art history, and more specific to 
their trip, they helped plan a course which included reading about the cities they would visit, preparing two presen- 
tations they would give during the trip about art they would see, and writing a detailed journal. As we look at 
excerpts from their journals, we see young women experiencing the world in new ways. 

APRIL 25: 

Erika Mikhailova '08 (Adult 
Degree Program) 
Arriving at tine Milan airport, I had 
my first encounter vyith Milanesi 
people: men in black leather coats 
and shades, yvomen in boots yvith 
spike heels (no concern for com- 
fort) making their vyay in haute 
couture jeans. The city is grey and 
ochre, paved in cobblestone. The 
squeal of the electric streetcar is 
somewhat melodious. 

Megan Jones '07 

The movies are no exaggeration: 
the little taxis provide a crazy ride. 
We checked Into our hotel and 
began exploring. 


Castello Sforzesca, brick and bold, 
was surreal, as if our bodies and 
faculties had arrived in Italy, but 
our minds had not yet made it. The 
most incredible feature of the cas- 
tle IS the room with the ceiling 
fresco by Leonardo da Vinci. 
Painted to look like a canopy for- 
est, it unifies the viewer with 
nature in a spiritual way. 

APRIL 26: 
Milan to Padua 


I was nervous and excited about 
my first train ride! 

Professor James 

The 19th century cast iron under- 
pinnings of the Milan train station 
are a strong contrast with the 
sleek Eurostar train. As we sped 
east across the flatlands of north- 
ern Italy, the students gazed at the 
Alps. In Padua (Padova to the 
Italians), we headed to our hotel, 
which overlooked the exotic 
Basilica Church of San Antonio. 

APRIL 27: 
Padua to Venice 

Rachel Yim '07 

Nicole [Brenner '07] made her 
presentation on the Arena Chapel 
[which houses Giotto's frescoes of 
the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary, 
and the Last Judgment, done 
around 1300]. I completely under- 
estimated how large and well- 
painted they were. The textbook 
cannot truly convey their presence. 


It is so neat to see things that we 
have studied; it is a whole new 
level of appreciation. I love how 
Giotto captures the moment and 
the emotions in it. Bellissimo. 


After Arena Chapel, we took a train 
to Venice, which is winding and 
crazy, but also fun and different. 


Seriously, the streets are water — 
it's like a fairytale. San Marco is 
huge and elaborate. 


On the way to San Marco's we 
passed Venetian glass shops. All 
the beads and other pretties 
sparkled in the display windows, 
reflecting on mirrors like gems at 
the bottom of a pool . . . we took 
the vaporetto [water bus! back. The 
city was lit with shimmering gold 
lights that bobbed in reflections in 
the water. 

APRIL 28: 
Venice to Urbino 


We arrived in Urbino after a long 
trip [two trains and a bus]! The city 
has a relaxed feel. 

APRIL 29: 


Michelle [Tolson '07] gave a great 
presentation [on the duke's study 
in the Ducal Palace]. 

Melissa Baldwin '06 

One of the last rooms we saw was 
the setting for Baldassare 
Castiglione's book of The Courtier. 

APRIL 30: 

Urbino to Florence 


Dr. James gave us a walking tour 
of Florence. Then we went to the 
Museo Opera del Duomo [which 
houses art from the cathedral]. 
WOW! This was seriously incredi- 
ble! We saw Michelangelo's 
Florence Pieta, Ghiberti's doors, 
and so much more. 


Megan gave a presentation on 
Donatello's Mary Magdalene, 
which is exquisite. It reminds me 
of a woman I saw when I lived in 
the fishing town of Blaine, WA. 
Women who worked in the can 
ning plants lost their beauty earlier 
than most, from the strain of labor 
and poverty. She [Mary 

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Magdalene] is lovely, despite her crude, decay- 
ing flesh. There's an inner light there. 

MAY 1: 


Today Becca [Rebecca Wise '07] gave a presen- 
tation prior to walking to the cathedral dome. 
The initial flight of stairs [of 463 steps! was 
the hardest to climb. As we began ascending 
the spiral stairs I had trouble because I could- 
n't see where I was going. At the very top, on 
the outside of the dome, the view was unbe- 

MAY 2: 


Uffizi Museum; YES! Gentile da 
Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi: good- 
ness! Seeing all of this up close — the 
gold, wax, and so many other things 
that are lost in slides becomes so 

MAY 3: 

Florence to Siena 

Michelle Tolson'07 

Today was a day trip to Siena by bus. 
I love the stripes on the cathedral 
and the detailed inlay on the floors. 


The scenery was different from 
Urbino. Poppies bloomed in the 
field. The city, situated on a hill, is 

bathed in the light, pinks and sienna, browns 

and reds. 

MAY 4: 


Our next adventure was a grueling hike up to 
the Romanesque church of San Miniato al 
Monte. The church fagade was begun in 1090 
and features green and white marble inlaid with 
gold mosaic. Stairs lead to a crypt below the 
choir where the Benedictine monks prepared 
for Mass. Their chanting began and I was trans- 
ported on a mystical experience. 

MAY 5: 

Florence to Assist 

Professor James 

The first weekend in May is Calendimaggio, 
Assisi's May celebration. The whole town turns 
out in elaborate medieval costume. Processions 
and performances go on for two days. We 
attended Friday evening's performance which 
included drummers, horn-blowers, and young 
women with baskets of flowers. The gaiety in 
the streets lasts all night, until the street 
sweepers push the revelers home. Then its 
streets are spotlessly clean, as if nothing ever 

MAY 6: 

Fran Slattery '07 

We began with my favorite site of the day, San 
Francesco; something about the church simply 
captured me. 


The basilica has three levels; an upper church 
built on a lower church and below that, the 
crypt, where St. Francis is buried. 


In the afternoon we hiked to San Damiano 
[where St. Claire lived and died and where a 
crucifix spoke to St. Francis!. A beautiful hike 
with open fields, flowers, and even sheep. 


Later that night we went out to see the ongo- 
ing [May celebration! party A huge sail towered 
above the crowd while fire-breathers spewed 
flames. Torches were lit and the hills all around 
Assisi glowed in the gold-red light. Our eyes 
became wide at 12;45 a.m. on Sunday — an 
earthquake and 10 minutes later, a tremor. 

Professor James 

The sudden shaking of the room woke me with 
a start. I knew immediately it was a terremoto 
as the Italians say. It was about a 4 on the 
Richter Scale, I learned. Assisi, a hill town in 
Umbria, sits on a seismic fault. Each tremor 
brings back memories of the devastating earth- 
quake of 1998 that shook the basilica of San 
Francesco and destroyed some of the 13th-cen- 
tury frescoes. 

MAY 7: 

Assisi to Orvieto 


Orvieto; city of gold! Already I love this city. 


We went on a walking tour of Orvieto. Dr 
James took us to a spot where the view was so 
stunning I could hardly believe I was seeing it. 





Dr. James presented on Signorelli's chapel. I 
must say I was excited, but didn't know wliat to 
expect. I was completely and utterly enraptured. 


We were in awe. I can see why Dr. James 
chose this topic. Signorelll is an amazing artist. 
My favorite scene in the chapel was the devil 
manipulating the Antichrist. 


Orvieto to Rome 


The Pantheon was mind-blowing. The dome is 
144 feet high and wide and designed after a 
sphere. The center of the dome is 44 feet 
across and completely open. Right down the 
street is St. Ivo, a baroque church. S. Maria in 
Trastevere has the best mosaics I have ever 
seen. Pietro Cavallini modeled his figures after 
light and shadow rather than with the line used 
in Byzantine art. This little change made the 
figures look so much more real. Another inter- 
esting fact about this church is that the floors 
and columns came from old Roman temples. 
Now, if you really want a good view of Rome, 
hike up to S. Pietro in Montorio. And we got to 
see Bramante's little Tempietto on the mistaken 
location where St. Peter was crucified. 

MAY 10: 


We started out this morning at the forum, 
which was amazing. It was unlike anything I'd 
ever seen before. The ground is lower than 
modern Rome. 


Every time we turned a corner there was 
another monument. Seeing things that were a 
part of their capital and are so old, is fascinat- 
ing. They have a city built into, around, and on 
top of them. 


We went to the French national church of S. 
Luigi del Francesi to see Caravaggio's St. 
Matthew series. Amazing the connections! 
Seeing these three paintings together and in 
context was just breathtaking. 


After a nice walk in the park, we arrived at the 
Villa Borghese. After writing my paper on 
works by Bernini for the Borghese cardinal, I 
couldn't wait to see them, and let me tell you, 
they were incredible! 

MAY 11: 

Professor James: 

We spent the morning at 
the Vatican Museums 
and Sistine Chapel and 
the afternoon at St. 
Peter's Basilica. The 
crowds were the worst 
I've ever experienced. 
Dan Brown's Da Vinci 
Code contributed to 
that. A new feature of 
St. Peter's is the tomb 
of the late Pope John 
Paul II. They have 
rerouted traffic to 
accommodate the pil- 


One of my favorite 
things about our time 
in Rome was our din- 
ners together It was 
wonderful to talk about what 
we did that day and our favorite part or piece of 
art. I learned more than I could have ever imag- 
ined. This course reinforced the importance of 
being able to see art firsthand. 


The on-site learning was irre- 
placeable and could not be 
duplicated in a formal classroom 


What a day! We stayed up late 
packing and joumaling. I don't 
think anyone wanted our last day 
to end. 

Note: Professor Sara James will 
be a scholar-in-residence for 
Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy 
in February 2007 as part of tier 
sabbatical semester She will 
conduct researcfi on the 14th 
century frescoes in the choir of 
the cathedral of Orvieto, and 
give guest lectures to students. 
She has also been appointed to 
the American Academy in Rome 
in March 2007 taking advantage 
of library resources in Rome and 
at the Vatican to enhance her 
research in Orvieto. ▲ 

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36 Fall 2006 

By Pamela Fox, president Mary Baldwin College 

isten carefully as you traverse the grounds of Mary 
Baldwin College. Even today, you can hear the 
melancholy pull of a bow across violin strings, the 
trill of a vocalist holding a high note, and the classic touch 
of fingers to the ivory keys of a piano. For 164 years, the 
hills of Mary Baldwin College have resonated with music. 
In its earliest days as Augusta Female Seminary, music was 
the primary preoccupation, and sometimes the central 
occupation, of many students. 

Today the college's music tradition is alive and well. 
Studios in Deming Fine Arts Center hold a burgeoning 
number of vocalists and instrumentalists, and the musical 
talents of seniors are showcased at an end-of-the-year 
Capstone Festival as well as in recitals and at events 
throughout the year. Traditional musical expression is com- 
plemented through the years by newer arrivals on the 
scene. Gone are the Glee Club, the Ukulele Club, and other 
musical organizations, and in their place are Anointed 
Voices of Praise gospel choir, Mary Baldwin College Choir, 
Madrigal Singers, the a capella singers of Baldwin Charm, 
and the MBC/VWIL marching band. 

Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1903 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

As early as the 1840s, Augusta Female 
Seminary founder Rufus Bailey had a pro- 
gressive position on the arts, and promoted 
the study of music "not merely nor princi- 
pally as an accomplishment or as an 
amusement, but as a science and for its 
moral effects." The music department cata- 
log of 1843-44 boasts that "music as a sci- 
ence is taught ... as extensively as ... any- 
where in the country or in any other coun- 
try." Already in that year, 22 of 60 pupils 
at the Seminary studied music. The 
Staunton Spectator of July 4, 1844 con- 
firms that a musical class performed to a 
very large audience at Commencement 
exercises, a tradition that continued to 
grow over the next 50 years. 

Despite multiple transitions in the 
school's leadership following Rufus Bailey's 
departure and the profound effects of the 
Civil War during Mary Julia Baldwin's first 
years as principal, the music curriculum 
continued to expand. The catalogue of 
1869-70 is the first to mention the concept 
of professional or vocational training in 
music at Augusta Female Seminary: "The 
object of the teachers is not so much to 
train the pupils to execute brilliantly a few 
difficult pieces as to instruct them in the 
science and qualify them to teach music if 

The importance of music education 
was firmly asserted in 1871, when a 
Conservatory of Music was created. The 
Seminary was on the leading edge of the 
establishment of music conservatories at 
the time and in the company of Oberlin 
College Conservatory of Music (1865), 
New England Conservatory of Music 
(1867), and Cincinnati Conservatory of 
Music (1867). Moreover, the conservatory 
in Staunton was the only all-female conser- 
vatory in the country and the earliest in the 
southeastern states. 

Under the leadership of Mary Julia 
Baldwin, the music curriculum became 
increasingly rigorous, with well-defined 
courses that were more advanced than 
courses of study at the Cincinnati 

Conservatory during the same period, 
according to Watters' account.* In 
1879-80 there were four levels of piano 
study. They progressed from what were 
considered "basics" — diatonic and chro- 
matic scales, arpeggios, and Czerny etudes 
— to the entire Richter History of Music 
and Musical forms and a repertory of 12 
compositions from J. S. Bach. By 1895 
there were 10 progressive grades of piano 
curriculum, and even more advanced 
requirements for theory, harmony, and 
choral singing as well as four grades of 
vocal music. A series of annual prizes and 
medals for musical attainment were includ- 
ed in awards conferred annually at 
Commencement, including the unique Star 
Medal, awarded to the top student in the 
music class (see photo). 

Enrollments for the years 1876 to 
1897 were, on average, 120 in instrumental 
music and 50 in voice. Glee club, harmony, 
and the history of music enrolled approxi- 
mately 50 more women. But the 
Conservatory was rigorous, and despite a 
large number of students, there were only 
64 full music graduates during Baldwin's 
administration, and just one post-graduate. 
The Seminary granted degrees for several 
years beginning in 1897 — although the 
decision was later deemed premature as the 
school was not yet a college — and in that 

year a bachelor of music was conferred for 
the first time, upon four graduates. 

'With large musical enrollments came 
high demand for instruments and materials. 
In 1863 Mary Baldwin brought her own 
piano to the school. During the Civil War 
she had two Confederate coupon bonds 
valued at $2,000, which she sold for 
$3,200 to procure a second piano. At that 
point, the bonds represented one-half of 
her entire inherited estate. She continued to 
acquire musical instruments. By 1890 there 
were 40 pianos and two Mason and 
Hamlin pedal organs at the Seminary. (As a 
point of comparison, there are 12 pianos at 
MBC m 2006.) 

Rufus Bailey and Mary Julia Baldwin 
put up handsome sums to keep the music 
department well supplied, and, in turn, 
music courses were a source of consider- 
able income for the Seminary. In 1843 
tuition was $15 for the academic year, yet 
music classes cost an additional $20 per 
session. By 1871 annual board and tuition 
for the academic year was $250; lessons in 
piano, organ, or voice added $60 with 
additional charges for use of the instru- 
ments and extra practice hours. In 1895 
other instrumental fees included $80 for 
harp or organ, and $150 for guitar, man- 
dolin, and banjo lessons. 

Miss Baldwin recruited professors 

Opposite page, I to r: Ukele 
Club in early 20th century, 
AFS Commencement 
Program, Mason and Hamlin 
pedal organ from the 1870s. 
and (below) the Chapel in the 
later 1880s was later named 
Waddell Chapel in 1911 in 
honor of Joseph Waddell, 
longtime supporter and 
member of the Board of 

This page, right; The 
1889 Commencement 
program illustrates a 
typical repertory of 
vocal and instrumental 

The delicate, intricately detailed 
medal (pictured) from 1870-71, 
retrieved by College Archivist 
William Pollard is engraved to 
Phidoh] W. Sturges. 1st Honor 

trained in European, predominantly 
German, conservatories, who taught using 
many of the traditional methods of those 
schools. Many of them left indelible lega- 
cies at the Seminary and in the Staunton 
community. Some of the most beloved 
teachers were Professor F. W. Hamer, his 
nephew Professor C. F. W. Eisenberg, and 
Professor Wilmar Robert Schmidt, all 
natives of Germany who dedicated many 
years to music instruction at the 
Seminary. Hamer joined the faculty in 
1873 and was chiefly responsible for the 
popularity and respect given to the con- 
servatory for many years after his 
departure. Many of the professors were 
active in the Staunton community, and 
some stayed in town after retiring and 
their families still reside in the area. 
Another early professor of voice, Dr. A. 
L. Brown, organized the Staunton 
Musical Association with colleague Joel 
Ettinger, teacher of piano and organ, 
serving as organist. They gave their first 
concert in May 1867 at the Virginia 
Institute for the Deaf and Blind to an 
audience of 600. Later, Eisenberg 
became director of the Staunton 
Operatic and Dramatic Organization 
and Professor Barthold Meyer, another 
important import from Germany, led 
the Staunton Choral Society. 

Monday. May 27th. 7:30 o'clock, P. M. 

Program me. 


I, DoruLB quARTETTE— Polonaise militftirc (FOIir PlMOS). . . . CV;p//i/. 
MitMi |. Fsalkoor, M. Panisworlh, M. Wiseman, U K'llcy, 
E, Brown, M. McCorklc, M. Crawfora iind J. Folsom. 

I. Vocal Trio— Evening Liicaiiloiii. 

Misses W. Huf-hcs, M. Spiller nnd L. Btitl|;cs. 

5 Piano Solo— Conccrlo in G Minor AffudehfoliH. 

Ml»» C. Tipping— nccompaniracnt nn and Piano, Miu |. Warocr. 

4 Vocal Solo— Staccato Polka Malder. 

Mlis C. Clapton. 

ij Piano Quaktette— Two F.-intasies in one — 

(Emani and I Lombard!) Fifdirlli. 

Misici; M. SlribllnB, Tli. La Tour. B. Morrison and J. Wcedcn. 

6. Vocal Solo— Ah, non crcdin and Ah non giunsjc — 

(Sonambula), . . . Bellini. 
Miw V. Bnltcnnorc. 

7 Double QyARTETTE— Serenade— Scherzo nnd Finale, 

<r01ir PUMS,) Xiurlill. 
Mitscs P. Bvinson.J. Uobin«. A. Cl.»y, F. McEldcrj-. 

S. HMltraoii, E. Offoll. S. Anderson and F. Colbcrt- 

S, Vocal Solo— Marinclla, Rundcggcr. 

Miss \. Caldwell. 

9. Pi ano Solo — Miserere Golhcliatlt. 

Miss A. Child. 

10. Vocal Solo— Cavatinn T li olese , Donizetti. 

Miss N. Estcs. 

II. Dol'BLE Quartette— Hommage de Verdi (FOW PlMOJ,) ■ i^urof. 

Misses E. Fatist. XI. Wilson, L. Gilincr, J. Rhra. 

M. Halston, B. Biair, P. Brinson and J. Robins 

After Miss Baldwin's death in 1897, music 
and the fine arts continued at the Seminary 
renamed in her honor and even enjoyed 
expansion for many years. As the transition 
from seminary to college was completed in 
the 1920s, increasing emphasis was placed 
on liberal arts instruction. The 
Conservatory no longer exists, but Mary 
Baldwin students may — and many do — 
major or minor in music. 

Rarely does a significant event occur 
at Mary Baldwin where music does not 

play a role. The college also hosts the Carl 
Broman Concert Series and the Sunday 
Recital Series, which feature MBC faculty 
and other renowned musicians in concerts 
throughout the academic year. The hills and 
halls of Mary Baldwin College continue to 
reverberate with music, as we hope they will 
for another 1 60 years and more. ▲ 

''The historical information in this piece is 
primarily documented in The History of 
Mary Baldwin College 1842-1942 by Dr. 
Mary Waiters. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



Kennedy Johrison 
Mitchell, Class of 
1916, wrote a 
memoir for her 
family some 
50-60 years after 
graduation — and 
several years 
before her death 
in 1977. Her son, 
James Lee Mitchell, has kindly gifted the entire 
memoir to the archives at Mary Baldwin 
College. Mrs. Mitchell accide?itally incinerated 
the original metnoir during housecleaning and 
rewrote it using a "manual typewriter with a 
worn out ribbon, " says her son. Her family 
marvels at her memory: "When mother was 
growing up, oral and written communication 
skills, along with keen powers of observation, 
were highly developed art forms. Her upbring- 
ing sharpened her uncajiny ability to recall 
events in minute detail and conversations nearly 
word for word. " The college archivist, William 
Pollard, delighted to receive the memoir and 
several copies o/" Miscellany from 1915 and 
1916, reviewed the memoir and identified only 
a few corrections — spelling errors. 

As you enjoy this charming excerpt, may 
we add that Katherine Kennedy Johnson 
attended Mary Baldwin Seminary for three ses- 
sions from 1913-1916, entering at the age of 
17. She graduated in voice in 1916 with a cer- 
tificate in harmony attd history of music, as 
well as a prize for excellence in English. 

The big question 

in our home during the spring 
of 1913 was: "Which boarding 
school should I attend?" We 
requested and received cata- 
logues from many seminaries 
and colleges for women. As 
mother had attended Wilson 
College in Pennsylvania, she 
favored it. Father preferred 
Randolph-Macon College for 
Women as he had attended 
Randolph-Macon Academy. As 
the time of decision drew near, 
father said: "Why not Mary 
Baldwin Seminary in Staunton?" 
He recalled many pleasant 
evenings attending soirees there 
as a student at Staunton 
Military Academy. 

As I recall, I showed little 
enthusiasm for going away to 
school. As soon as my applica- 
tion was accepted, mother 
began ordering the many items 
required: bedding, linens, tow- 
els, rugs, blankets, and bureau 
scarves. She embroidered these 
in her spare time. She sewed 
name tapes on each article and 
ordered a big trunk and suit- 
case. We chose two evening 
gowns, not quite meeting the 
specifications — no lower than 
three inches below the neck and 
sleeves no shorter than four 
inches below the shoulder. The 
two selected were quite pretty: 
one, a tiny-flowered chiffon 
worn with a blue satin cummer- 
bund, and the other, white net 
over yellow satin, with satin 
roses at the waist. We purchased 
sweaters, shirtwaists, and skirts, 

along with button and laced 
shoes. My evening slippers were 
black satin with jet buckles. 
Father supplied me with all the 
drug store needs plus stamps to 
last a full year. Thirty years later 
when I disposed of my trunk, 
there were towels and pillow 
cases that had never been taken 

The two uniforms were 
most important. For fall and 
spring I wore a white linen suit 
with a white panama hat. The 
winter uniform was a black 
two-piece suit, ankle length and 
worn with a light grey Stetson 
hat. Both hats were ordered 
from the school. As soon as they 
were issued, some of the girls 
would try to restyle them, to the 
disgust of Miss [Ella] Weimar 
and some of the faculty. We 
always opened the side seams of 
the skirts, and when not being 
noticed, would take long steps. I 
received a demerit for wearing a 
purple taffeta petticoat that 
showed with a long stride. 

When the second week of 
September came, all was in 
readiness. Although the distance 
from home was only 66 miles, it 
took me longer to get to 
Staunton than for the girls com- 
ing from Galveston and Boston. 
Mother accompanied me. We 
left on the early morning stage- 
coach at 6:30 a.m. from 
Franklin, West Virginia. By 5:30 
p.m. we arrived at the 
Kavanaugh Hotel in 
Harrisonburg, Virginia. The fol- 
lowing afternoon we boarded 

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Staunton. The hour's ride passed 
quickly and as soon as we 
stepped out on the platform, we 
saw porters with horses and car- 
riages: "This way to Mary 
Baldwin!" The very steep hill 
necessitated slow driving. Our 
driver called to our attention to 
points of interest, which includ- 
ed the insane asylum, huge gas 
storage tanks that smelled to 
high heaven, and the Stonewall 
Jackson Hotel. We were 
impressed with the high, grey 
stone walls at Mary Baldwin 
that surrounded the terraced 
grounds. From the side entrance 
we walked to the front of Main 
Building. This was a large, grey- 
brick, three-story building with 
a wide front porch supported by 
six large white pillars. Halfway 
up the wide steps, two black 
iron dogs sat on raised stone 
blocks; later I learned their 
names were Ham and Jam. (I 
treasure my replica of them as 
bookends presented to our 1916 
graduating class.) 

Miss Collins [first name 
unknown], a math teacher, 
greeted us. She ushered us into 
the formal parlors to wait to be 
called to Miss Weimar's office 
for registration. My knees were 
shaking when introduced to 
Miss Weimar, but her sweet, 
quiet manner dispelled all fear. 
Mother had made out my 
schedule before time: voice, 
piano, harmony and theory of 
music, Latin, French, geometry. 

German, English, and English 
history. Gym, chorus, and 
sewing were added. For once, I 
asserted myself and begged off 
from Latin, having had it 
sparsely for two winters. 

After losing nearly a full 
week of classes through a pre- 
arranged tonsil operation at 
King's Daughter's Hospital 
[which was located on the site 
now occu- 
pied by the 

Center], I 
was weak. I 
asked to 
drop geome- 
try and 
sewing — 
my night- 
mares. I 
loved my 
teachers and 
studies. My 
was two 

piano lessons twice weekly with 
Herr Professor [C. F. W.] 
Eisenberg, with harmony and 
theory, also taught by him, each 
week; voice, twice a week with 
Miss [Maryon] Martin from the 
London Conservatory; German, 
daily under Madame Ziek 
[Therese Zeeck]; French, daily 
under Mademoiselle [Eugenie] 
Piffault; English, daily under 
Miss Ann Riddle; and English 
history under Miss Martha 
Riddle. I had practice hours for 
piano two hours daily and one 
hour for voice. Chorus was once 
a week. Study Hall was from 

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seven to nine each evening in 
the Chapel. 

Gymnasium was compulso- 
ry the first year and I hated it. 
In fact, I almost drowned in a 
private swimming lesson. I was 
in a harness learning the breast 
stroke when the instructor 
diverted her attention for a few 
seconds. Something happened to 
the harness and it loosened. I 
on the bot- 
tom of the 
pool until 
she pulled 
me out. It 
was the only 
time I ever 
saw her in 
the pool, 
and I was 
glad she got 
Mother paid 
$15 for golf 
lessons, but I 
only went 
out twice with the class to the 
golf course next to the Mary 
Baldwin Seminary orchard. We 
were allowed to pick up fallen 
apples, and when my time came 
to putt, or whatever Miss 
Matoom [Mary Matoon] was 
going to show me, my middy 
blouse full of apples threw me 
off balance. She paid little atten- 
tion to me afterwards. 

The enrollment at that time 
was around 375, including 100 
day students. Every afternoon, 
five days a week, we were com- 
pelled to walk in double lines 

with a teacher at each end. 
Usually we enjoyed this two- 
mile hike, as we could wear 
school clothes and not uniforms. 
This gave us a feeling of free- 
dom as we were never allowed 
to leave the grounds without a 
chaperone. Young men always 
congregated on the steps of the 
Elks Club hoping we would 
pass that way. We knew a num- 
ber of these fellows through 
their sisters or consigns attend- 
ing the day school. Twice during 
my three years, we attended 
football games at Staunton 
Military Academy. However, we 
all were more interested in the 
cadets sitting next to our section 
than the game. 

On the first Sunday of the 
month, we were privileged to 
attend a church of our own 
denomination. The other times, 
twice each Sunday, we marched 
across the street to First 
Presbyterian Church. Dr. Frazier 
[Abel M. Eraser] was the minis- 
ter and well liked. His home, 
the Manse, was Woodrow 
Wilson's birthplace, now a 

Several very fine artists 
would come from the New York 
opera and concert stage several 
times each term. We music stu- 
dents performed at our Soirees. I 
was fortunate in playing and 
singing one of the lead parts in 
The Sorcerer by Gilbert and 
Sullivan. Our teachers ordered 
costumes from New York, and 
we performed for three evenings 
with large audiences from the 



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public. At the performances, the 
girls in the audience dressed in 
evening gowns, and as we 
marched across the huge stage 
to the accompaniment of Stars 
and Stripes by our own orches- 
tra, we were absolutely jubilant 
as we climbed the wide steps to 
the polished oak benches, which 
we called "Circus Seats." (See 
photo of Chapel ^- with circus 
seats left and right side, page 
38.) Those of us performing 
stood in the wings absolutely 
frozen with 
fear. This 
wore off by 
the second 

times, chap- 
erones took 
us to a good 
movie. The 
day follow- 
ing one of 
these occa- 
sions, the 
paper had an 
article won- 
dering what epidemic had struck 
the Mary Baldwin Seminary 
students as most of them wore 
narrow black ribbons across 
their foreheads, and a number 
were wearing monicals [mono- 
cles]. I was guilty of both accu- 
sations. We adopted every new 
fad the girls from large cities 
brought back. 

I believe most of our fun 
came on Saturday nights. After 
spending hours beautifying, we 
would dress for Saturday night 
supper, which was on the mea- 

ger side, and go to the gymnasi- 
um where we danced. Several 
girls took turns playing for us. 
We had some elegant dancers; I 
can see them now doing the lat- 
est steps. I was not one of the 
good dancers, but I could do the 
Camel Walk. The girls that led 
wore their black suits and hair 
in a French roll, looking quite 
masculine. We filled out dance 
scores. Usually a big feast ended 
a pleasant Saturday evening. We 
would give Miss Weimar's 

maids a list 
of groceries 
to bring us 
for making 
or perhaps, 
we would 
order club 

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fixings for 
25 cents; 
buns filled 
with thinly 
boiled ham 
cost 10 
cents. We purchased cans of 
chicken, potted meat, and jars 
of stuffed olives. With canned 
heat, we made cocoa and drank 
it from our toothbrush mugs. 
We had to be extremely quiet as 
a teacher would come by and 
report us. Only a few times did 
we try smoking a cigarette 
among six of us. It was too 
much trouble piling rugs around 
the door and freezing when we 
opened windows. 

Mother frequently sent me 
a box of goodies; once she 

included an entire box of chew- 
ing gum. This was one of the 
worst offenses we could com- 
mit, and if seen chewing, one 
received a demerit. Every 
Saturday morning a list of 
names, which we looked on as 
punishment, was posted in a 
conspicuous place near the 
entrance to Dining Hall. It was 
indeed humiliating seeing one's 
name as it meant several hours 
memorizing psalms or passages 
from First Corinthians. Twice I 
was able to beg off the penalty, 
but can remember memorizing 
Psalms 42, 100, and 139 and 
chapter 15 of First Corinthians, 
which have been favorites of 
mine since. 

We spent much of our time 
practicing for recitals. There 
were many demands on seniors 
to play the piano or sing on 
short notice. There were two 
seniors in voice in 1916, 
Cornelia Christian, a coloratura 
soprano from Lynchburg, and 
myself, a contralto. Our recital 
was together. The stage was 
nicely decorated with palms and 
ferns. Miss Shawn, our very 
much loved shopping chaper- 
one, had taken me to the Palais 
Royale where I selected white 
lace and white satin with all the 
sewing needs. Then we went to 
a modiste, who fashioned my 
gown. It was really lovely: 
draped bodice, very short 
sleeves, and plaited white lace 
panels falling to the ankle. I 
wore a white satin cummerbund 
and white satin slippers.'" 
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whom none of us could abide, 
gave me a thorough inspec- 
tion. She had ordered a ladder 
of rose buds that were hung 
over Cornelia's left shoulder. It 
had a startling effect on the 
audience when she first 
appeared. I doubt if they heard 
her first number, which was 
very lovely. I was glad she 
went first. Each of us had a 
long Italian aria, then three 
numbers each of French and 
German lieder. English was 
last and then three encores. 

When 1 1 members of the Class 
of 1916 returned for our 50th 
Reunion [in 1966], we were 
royally entertained. We were 
amazed at the many changes. 
Naturally, we had contributed 
to the building fund each year, 
but the large, beautifully 
designed buildings with colo- 
nial appearance truly aston- 
ished us. Many residences on 
adjoining streets had been pur- 
chased and converted into club 
houses. The smaller houses fur- 
ther up the hill had been 
demolished and a large Field 
House and grounds stood 
there, named for Mr. King, our 
friend who was the business 
manager. He and his secretary, 
Miss Minnie [McGuinnity], 
had been custodians of our 
spending money as students 
and had kept our money in 
small envelopes in a bo.xed 
area, which resembled tiny 
post office boxes. Each time 
we drew out more than $2, 
Miss Minnie would inquire: 

"Whatever do you need that 
much for?" 

On the next terrace, below 
the Field House, stood three 
new dorms with column-sup- 
ported porticos. We were 
assigned rooms in the last 
building. Each one had its own 
formal parlor and brightly fur- 
nished den with a fireplace. Just 
up a few steps was an alcove 
with phone booths. A door led 
into a wide hall with a bed/sit- 
ting room on each side. Each of 
us had our own room — which 
we considered elegant — and 
huge closets with spaces for for- 
mal dress, shelves for other 
apparel, dressing tables with 
lavatories, and comfortable 
beds and chairs. The rooms 
were carpeted and had attrac- 
tive drapes at the windows. The 
bathrooms and laundry were at 
the end of the corridor. A maid 
was there to press our dresses 
or help unpack. 

The [Lyda B. Hunt] Dining 
Hall impressed us most of all. It 
was large, airy with many win- 
dows curtained with flowered 
drapes, and had round, pol- 
ished walnut tables with match- 
ing chairs for eight. Students 
could come and go within the 
one and one-half hours when 
they would be served by waiters 
in white coats. Breakfasts were 
usually served from the kitchen: 
trays of sweet rolls, juices, and 
scrambled eggs. The waiters 
brought coffee to the tables. 
When we heard the girls laugh- 
ing and talking to the waiters, 
we looked at each other and 
smiled - how times have 

changed. The students wore 
pony tails, jeans, tennis shoes, 
and boy's shirts. Girls and 
cadets [from Staunton Military 
Academy] sat on the ground 
studying or visiting. The boys 
seemed to be free to go any- 
where, except into the halls 
leading to the bedrooms. 

As we enjoyed our last 
luncheon in the new Dining 
Hall, it was fun reminiscing 
how we used to form a single 
line and walk quietly into the 
dining room where we had 
assigned places at tables seating 
12. A teacher sat at the end. A 
waitress stood close to the 
teacher, and if anything was 
needed, she attended to it. 
During my first term a pretty 
waitress at my table was from 
near home. We were not 
allowed to speak to each other, 
but when Miss Riddle wasn't 
looking, I would smile and 
wink, and on occasion would 
slip a note to her. We stood at 
our places until everyone was at 
her place and the double doors 
closed to any latecomer. Miss 
Martha Riddle looked up to the 
ceiling and said Grace. We were 
dismissed, table by table, at the 
close of the meal. No word was 
spoken until we reached the 
long back hall. 

I loved the school and 
teachers in spite of the strict 
rules. It was truly "Blue 
Stocking" as our yearbooks 
were named. ▲ 

*She would later use the lovely 
gown as her wedding dress. 

Katherine Kennedy Johnson 
Mitchell, Class of 1916 

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Claudiai . 

By Marlena Hobson, Mary Baldwin College associate professor of art history 

In January 2006, 1 wrote to my 
friend and former MBC colleague, 
Jan Olsson, about an upcoming 
project my husband, Paul, had signed 
on for in El Salvador. Paul and 
Danica Jamison '95, had volunteered 
to travel to the small town of 
Perquin, in the region of El Mozote, 
to help build a medical clinic. Dr. 
Patch Adams' Gesundheit! Institute 
and a humanitarian group called The 
Airline Ambassadors collaborated on 
the project. 

As it happens, while plans for the 
clinic evolved, I found a 12-year-old 
issue of The New Yorker magazine I 
had put aside. The issue dated 
December 6, 1993 marked only the 
second time m its history that The New 
Yorker had devoted an entire issue to 
one article; this one was "The Truth of 
El Mozote" written by Mark Danner. 
Danner had e.xplicitly documented the 
massacres that took place in the hamlet 
of El Mozote and at smaller villages 
nearby. Moreover, he recounted the 
exhumation of the remains of more 
than 130 children whose average age 
was 6 years at the time of their death, 
as well as subsequent discoveries by an 
Argentine forensic team. Just holding 
the magazine again reminded me of 
how intensely affected I had been by 
the story, and why I had kept it all 
those years. 

The connections continued to 
occur: Jan responded to me with news 
about a friend of hers, filmmaker 
Penelope Price, who had just finished a 
second documentary about Claudia 
Bernardi (the first was titled Pasa iin 

Angel). In Artist of Resistance ^ 
Bernardi chronicles her experience at 
the e.xhumation site at El Mozote. 
Images of the excavation are juxta- 
posed and interwoven with Bernardi's 
printmaking and fresco process. 

We have to get Claudia Bernardi 
to Mary Baldwin College, I thought. 

The Atlacatl Battalion, under the com- 
mand of Salvadorian General 
Domingo Monterrosa, brutally slaugh- 
tered hundreds of men, women, and 
children at the village of El Mozote in 
the rebel stronghold of the Morazan 
region in early December 1981, during 
El Salvador's decade-long civil war. Its 
one lone survivor was largely ignored 
by the world despite coverage of the 
tragedy by major media outlets such as 
The New York Times and The 
Washington Post. Finally, in 1992, the 
United Nations Truth Commission 
sent the highly regarded Argentine 
Forensic Anthropology Team to inves- 
tigate the El Mozote site. Argentine 
artist and human rights activist 
Claudia Bernardi accompanied the 
forensic team as a cartographer and 
artist. The profoundly emotional task 
of retrieval and documentation of each 
bone and article of clothing became 
the catalyst for Bernardi's multilay- 
ered, brilliantly pigmented prints dur- 
ing the mid to late 1990s. The 
painstaking process of exhumation — 
gentle scraping and careful brushing of 
the earth — is, according to Bernardi, 
allied to the printmaking process. Her 
art is a means to remember and pay 
homage to the dead. 

This woman — human rights 
activist, inquirer, empathizer, artist — is 
Mary Baldwin College's 2006-07 
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting 
Artist. Just before her September visit 
to Mary Baldwin, Bernardi had 
returned from her most recent trip to 
El Mozote and Walls of Hope School 
of Art and Open Studio of Perquin 
(, the art school 
she estabhshed for children, youth, and 
adults in that village. She will be wel- 
comed back to MBC during May Term 
2007 to teach an intensive course and 
have further interaction with the col- 
lege and community as this year's 
Doenges Visiting Artist, which was the 
vision of the late MBC alumna and 
trustee Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges. 
Each year the program brings to cam- 
pus a distinguished artist or scholar for 
an extended visit. 

Bernardi's art and her human 
rights work are shaped by her experi- 
ences growing up in Argentina during 
the infamous period known as the 
"dirty war." From 1976 until 1983 
Argentineans suspected of anti-govern- 
ment activities and views were violent- 
ly persecuted. According to interna- 
tional human rights organizations, as 
many as 30,000 people were "disap- 
peared," tortured, and murdered at the 
hands of the ruhng military junta. 
Bernardi left Argentina in 1979 to live 
in San Francisco, where she earned a 
master of fine arts from the University 
of California at Berkeley. Bernardi's 
sister Patricia, a forensic anthropolo- 
gist, remained in Argentina and 

continued on page 47 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

"All that I have done in 30 years as an artist, 

everything I believe art can do, inspired me to act and 

develop and innplement art programs in communities like 

this. The most persistent militancy I have 

performed as an activist to the most tender poetic 

aspects of my own artwork come together as a 

reaffirmation when painting this mural at El Mozote." 

Opposite page, bottom: Bernardi's origi- 
nal artworl<, such as this fresco on 
paper, attempts to transform pain and 
suffering into knowledge and hope. 

For more information about Walls of 
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continued from page 45 

became part of the team that would 
excavate mass burial sites in Argentina, 
Guatemala, Ethiopia, and El Salvador 
... and El Mozote. 

After the forensic team had com- 
pleted its work and established El 
Mozote as a crime scene, Bernardi 
channeled her distress and indignation 
into community mural projects, and 
later the creation of Walls of Hope. 
Both are visual and educational out- 
lets that reinvigorate the creative 
spirit of their participants and 
remind citizens of the power of 

Bernardi's most recent project in 
El Mozote — a huge 12x45-foot 
mural on the same church where she 
observed and participated in exhuma- 
tions in 1993 — has been particularly 
moving for her. She collaborated with 

youth and adult residents of the area, 
other artists, and students from her 
class at California College of the 
Arts to create the painting. It 
includes, among other things, the old 
church and convent building as peo- 
ple remember them before the mas- 
sacre, a young man and woman with 
a laptop computer learning the histo- 
ry of El Mozote, and a waterfall 
turned river turned mountains and 
coffee plantations. 

"I seem to have at all times equal 
amounts of sorrow for the terrible 
memories and gratitude for being able 
to measure the unique opportunit)' that 
developing this art project means to 
me," Bernardi wrote during her summer 
2006 work. "I have no doubt as I am 
writing these lines that this project is the 
most important art project I have ever 
done. Or probably ever will do." ▲ 


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MFA, National Institute of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires 
MFA, University of California at Berkeley 
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A Musical Tradition of the Ages: 


by Carol Larson 

erfectly sandwiched by a week of classes 
and exam week on the first weekend in 
December, Christmas Cheer is a warm, 
bright spot in the middle. A beautifully 
decorated First Presbyterian Church is 
filled with Mary Baldwin College stu- 
dents, faculn,', staff, alumnae/i, and citi- 
zens of Staunton and beyond to enjoy a 
late afternoon program of words, song, 
and dance celebrating the Christian holi- 
day season. Organized for the past two 
decades by the college chaplain, Rev. Pat 
Hunt, the event is loosely patterned after 
the English Nine Lessons and Carols. 

The original service was adapted 
from an Order drawn up by E. W. 
Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, 
for Christmas Eve in 1880, which includ- 
ed nine carols and nine [Bible] lessons. 
King's College in Cambridge has been 
performing Nine Lessons and Carols 
since 1918, and it is recorded and tele- 
vised annually in England (and may be 
purchased at as 
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by 
King's College Choir CD). 

Mary Baldwin College had a 

Christmas communion for many years, 
and in 1977 students organized 
Christmas Cheer followed by a special 
holiday dinner in Lyda B. Hunt Dining 
Hall with a pathway from the church to 
the dining hall lit by luminarias. Students 
coordinate after-show decisions about 
having dinner and/or a dessert party in 
the dining hall or mulled cider in Spencer 
lounge, luminarias/not, that always find a 
way to make it a pleasant evening preced- 
ing exam week. 

Today, Christmas Cheer continues 
with a holiday showcase of secular music 
and hymns by Mary Baldwin College 
Choir, Madrigal Singers, Baldwin Charm, 
and Anointed Voices of Praise, as well as 
dance from Greater Things Dance 
Ministry. Attendees join in carols, infus- 
ing the event with festive spirit and com- 
munity. Mary Baldwin's tradition of 
Christmas Cheer is always noted on the 
college calendar, which may be found 
online annually, and you are invited to 
attend { or Happy 
holidays! ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Choir 

There has long been choral music at Mary Baldwin — the 1866 
Commencement program lists a performance by the Chorus and 
a Commencement program from 1897 notes a selection by the 
Glee Club. The modern-day version, known as the Mary Baldwin 
College Choir, was formed in the late 1950s by Professor 
Emeritus of Music Gordon Page. Today, under the direction of 
Instructor David Tate, the group is selected by audition and typi- 
cally numbers 50-60 students each year. We can count on them 
to perform at major and traditional college events such as 
Christmas Cheer and Founders Day, as well as to present a 
spring concert and tour the state and beyond during spring. 

Madrigal Singers 

Not a little tongue-in-cheek, the college Web 
site for student clubs and organizations, says 
that this group: "is for those who enjoy a 
'polyphonic part-song originating in the 14th 
century, which is marked by secular text and 
a freely imitative style and counterpoint; 
(from Webster's Dictionary)." Madrigal 
Singers was founded by Professor Robert 
Allen in 1993 to offer a "challenging vocal 
opportunity to a group of students with very 
strong voices," he said. Nearly half of the 
vocalists in the Choir are also in Madrigals or 
Baldwin Charm. This specialty group aver- 
ages 12-15 each year and participates in 
major college events and a spring tour. 

Baldwin Charm 

The first Mary Baldwin choral group founded 
by Professor Robert Allen In 1983 had 21 
singers who vied to name the group. "I still 
have their name entries somewhere in my 
desk," said Allen. The a cappella singers per- 
form popular music and invest it with a spirit 
of fun. Like Choir and Madrigals, Baldwin 
Charm tours in spring, last year visiting 
Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and 
Williamsburg in Virginia; this year, they are 
hoping to add locations in the Carolinas.The 
group has also recorded several CDs. 

Anointed Voices of Praise 

This year, African American and 
Multicultural Affairs at Mary 
Baldwin College celebrates its 10th 
anniversary (see page 14). As has 
been true of nearly every program 
created within that office, student 
talent gave rise to the Anointed 
Voices of Praise in 1998. Inspiring 
traditional and contemporary 
gospel music was first presented 
by the singers under the leadership 
of Ranyne Herbert '00 and Rev. 
Andrea Cornett-Scott, associate 
vice president of student life. Year 
by year, the award-winning group 
has participated in a variety of per- 
formance venues locally, regionally, 
even internationally. In 2004, they 
formed an exchange with a French 
choir and visited that country win- 
ning rave reviews. The French 
came to Staunton in 2005 offering 
memorable concerts featuring both 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


'A Company Similar to Shakespeare's' Goes on Tour 

By Andrew Blasenak, artistic director, University Wits 

This summer. University Wits, the primary student organization of Mary Baldwin College's 

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

(MLitt/MFA), toured its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Virginia, Ohio, 

and Michigan. It was the most ambitious project the Wits have attempted to date. 

The idea for a tour began on a cold 
February night when 12 MLitt and MFA 
students filled my apartment to hear about 
a simple idea: performing Shakespeare on 
the beach. I pitched the idea of traveling to 
Key West to perform A Midsummer Night's 
Dream as part of the sunset celebration 
there. Perhaps we would perform in some 
other places as well. We would also stay 
true to our scholarly pursuits by structur- 
ing the company similar to Shakespeare's 
company. Each actor would hold a share 
of the company by paying $100 up front 
and we would divide profits evenly at 
the end. We would work without a 
director, just as the American 
Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton 
does during its Actor's Renaissance 
Season. We would perform in outdoor 
spaces for pay-what-you-wiU donations. 


The first hiccup came when we discov- 
ered a few facts. The month we proposed 
to travel to Key West — August — verges 
on hurricane season. The generous patrons 
of the arts generally flee Key West in sum- 
mer, thus answering the question about 
why so many theatre spaces were available 
for rent. Lastly, Florida heat in August is 
not suited for human life. We called a 
meeting. That March weekend, I repented 
my earlier enthusiasm and laid out these 
complications to the company. 

The funny thing about theatre is 
that somehow, inexplicably, the show 
will go on. 

Laura Flanagan MFA '06 suggested 
the simplest idea: instead of performing 
where the tourists and patrons fled, why 
don't we go where they flee? Her parents 

keep a vacation house in Petoskey, 
Michigan, that could house our entire 
cast. I set about a whole new phase of 
research. As chance would have it, 
Petoskey had its own sunset celebration in 
an August festival. 

The next few months flew by as we all 
finished up spring semester. Along the way, 
Ralph Cohen (MBC professor of English) 
became the company's patron with a gener- 
ous pledge, and we renamed ourselves The 
Lord Ralph's Men for the duration of the 
tour. Like Shakespeare's company — the 
Lord Chamberlain's Men — we worked off 
cue-scripts, scrolls that contain only the 
character's lines and three-word cues. 

During this time I held informal text- 
coaching sessions 
to go over some 
of the actors' 
roles with them 
to unlock as 
much of the 
meaning in the 
script as we 
could. This indi- 
vidual study was 
vital because the 
weekend after 
final e.xams we 
met in Staunton's 

Gypsy Hill Park and completed a full run- 
through of the play. It showed us that we 
could pull the show together and identi- 
fied where we needed the most work. We 
delved into four weeks of rehearsal before 
performing on Commencement weekend 
in May. 

I admit that working under the condi- 
tions of our version of Shakespeare's com- 

'Intermission and pre-show 
were just as entertaining as 
the production. Actors came 
out and juggled, performed 
comedy, and sang ...' 

— Muskegon Chronicle, Michigan 

pany is a difficult task. Since we had no 
director, we did not have a single, unified 
vision of the play. Also, actors are often 
sensitive about their artistic choices and 
generally respect each other's creative free- 
dom, so we were all hesitant to give our 
peers direction. However, the more experi- 
enced actors gave more notes to the less 
experienced. This evolving hierarchy was 
probably much more rigid in Shakespeare's 
time, considering the pay difference 
between the limited number of sharers who 
split profits and the hired journeymen who 
filled out the rest of the roles and received 
a set wage. 

We performed our graduation show 
for a small, but appreciative audience of 
family, friends, 
program students, 
and actors from 
ASC. We collect- 
ed donations by 
passing the hat at 
the end of the 
show. Our next 
performances, a 
mere two weeks 
later, were at 
Lime Kiln 
Theater in 
Virginia. They had closed down the previ- 
ous year due to financial difficulties, and I 
proposed — in a "you've got your choco- 
late in my peanut butter" idea — that we 
use their theatre, they use our company, 
and we split the donations. The actors 
pitched in to clear the stage of leaves, metal 
spikes, and other debris, and added a fresh 
coat of sawdust to the dirt stage while 

Above: Patrick Bentley MLitt '07 as Bottom and Laura 
Flanagan MFA '06 asTitania in A Midsummer Night's 
Dream at Lime KilnTlieatre in Lexington, VA, 

Above, r: Cues are printed on scrolls — |ust like the ones 
used by Shakespeare's company. 

Right: University Wits traveling troupe takes a bow m the 
Tea Garden at the Grand Hotel in Michigan. 

dodging snakes and mosquitoes. We per- 
formed two weekends in June finishing our 
shows as the sun set for ever-increasing 
audiences who gave generously. Our little 
company was in the black before we hit 
the road. 

We took a hiatus at the end of June 
and most of July for some of our actors to 
participate in MBC's three-week study 
abroad course, Exploring Shakespeare's 
London, where we saw great architecture 
and plays in London and had workshops 
on the stage of The Globe. 

On August 13, 2006, four cars and 14 
company members set out on the road. 

The nine days of tour was a dream for 
many of us. We felt like professional 
actors. We spent mornings exploring what- 
ever new city we were in and afternoons 
reshaping our entire show into a new space 
in less than two hours before performing 

our now well-polished show. 

The main artistic revelation of this tour 
was the difference in audience response. By 
far, our most successful show was at 
Wegerzyn, a garden center in my hometown 
of Dayton, Ohio. For the stormy opening 
night, we had to delay the start of the show 
for 10 minutes while we set out more chairs 
in the auditorium for the thronging audi- 
ence. The next night we ventured into the 
garden proper, straining our voices to reach 
over 200 people. Young kids found their 
way to the front of the audience to get bet- 
ter seats. By contrast, we struggled to reach 
our audience at the Grand Hotel in 
Michigan in a more traditional, proscenium 
theatre. With 20 feet between actors and 
audience, eye contact was not as direct and 
the audience could not see each other. Until 
we started leaping off the stage and invad- 
ing the audience during scenes, we might as 

well have been a movie. 

These are the moments that keep us 
doing theatre, even for the smallest of audi- 
ences ... even for the 15 people who braved 
threatening conditions at the Petoskey festi- 
val to watch us act our hearts out on the 
damp lawn there. If we reach one young 
mind and show them that Shakespeare, per- 
formed under original conditions, is not a 
stuffy literary pursuit but a meaningful and 
entertaining experience, we succeed. A 400- 
year-old play is like a flame: easy to extin- 
guish if no one tends to it, but not to be 
contained once it spreads to enough people. 
Our little troupe showed how bright these 
plays, these ideas, and these experiences can 
shine and ignited a few sparks in the next 
generation of theatre lovers. ▲ 

For infomiation about what the University Wits are 
up to now, visit 

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Class Notes Become 

Beginning in the spring 2007 issue of this 
magazine, class notes will be history! With 
the advent of Class Leadership (see 
Alumnae/i Association President Kellie 
Warner's column on page 55 in this issue), 
your class secretaries will now coordinate 
"all the news that's fit to print" in your class 
column. Your class secretaries will need to 
hear from you by January 5, 2007 for inclu- 
sion in the spring issue. They will be calling 
or e-mailing you to remind you, but you can 
help them by getting in touch with them 
first! You will find the name(s) of your class 
secretary(ies) listed at the top of your Class 
Notes year in this issue. 

No class secretary? No worries! 

If you are a member of one of the classes that 
has not yet named a class secretary, not to 
worry — we hope you will get your news to 
us online or by mail by January 5, 2007: 


Alumnae/i Office 

Marv Baldwin College 

Staunton, VA 24401 

3 Changed jobs? 

■ Been promoted? 

■ Traveled? 

B Had a baby? 

■ Just got married? 

Won an award or special recognition? 

■ Involved in community service? 

54 Fall 2006 

Alumnae/i Association 
Kellie Warner '90 
in Conversation 


Kellie Warner '90, president 
Dorian Akerman Stiefel '92, vice president 
Susan Powell Leister '68, secretary 
Susan Lynch Roberts '81, treasurer 

Pamela Leigh Anderson '84 
Karen Potter '07, STARS Chair 
Marylouise Bowman '89 
Nancy Clark Brand '94 
Susan Jennings Denson '62 
Donia Stevens Eley '02 
Ann Truster Faith '69, 

continuing education cliair 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64, 

faculty representative 
Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74 

marketing/sales chair 
Jessie Carr Haden '54 
Heline Cortez Harnson '48 
Charon Wood Hines '95 
Alice Blair Hockenbury '86 
Christina Holstrom '80 
Jennifer Bnllhart Kibler '91, 

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

On July 1, 2006, you assumed the role 
of president of the Mary Baldwin 
College Alumnae/i Association. 
How are you finding the role? 

I am really enjoying it. I attended my first 
Mary Baldwin College Board of Trustees 
meeting in July, chaired my first executive 
committee of the Alumnae/i Association 
meeting in August, and participated in the 
Class Leadership conference. Continuing 
Education Experience, and Alumnae/i 
Board meeting in October. Not only do I 
consider it an honor to serve as president, 
I truly love being connected to the college. 
The alumnae/i board is comprised of 31 
women from 14 states, spanning seven 
decades. Our e.xperience is as broad as it 
is varied. I never fail to learn from our 
time together. 

How did you become involved in the 
Alumnae/i Association and why? 

For several years after graduation, I lived 
far away from the college, including over- 
seas. Shortly after I moved to Charlotte, 
NC, I attended an alumnae/i event and met 
several members of the Alumnae/i Board. 
My name was submitted through the nomi- 
nating process and I was elected to the 
board. It was never my intent to be a disen- 
gaged alum. Moving to Charlotte made it 
easier to be engaged. As many alumnae/i 
would attest, attending MBC was a trans- 
formative experience. I gained so much and 
simply wanted to give back. And, I have a 
keen interest in the future of the college. I 
now realize that distance from the college 
is not the challenge I once thought. There 
are many ways that alumnae/i can support 
the college from afar (e.g., college fairs, 
Class Leadership program, and more). 

You mentioned the Class Leadership 
program. What is it? 

It was launched in April 2006 in support of 
college's strategic plan: Composing Our 
Future. A critical component of the col- 
lege's success must be a well-connected. 

participative, and supportive alumnae/i 
association. As such, we introduced Class 
Leadership councils, which are groups of 
alumnae/i from each class who lead 
Reunion programs. Each class elects offi- 
cers, who hold the positions for the five 
years between Reunions. The president, 
vice president, secretary, and gift chairs 
work together to keep their class 
engaged, coordinate the new class 
columns for this magazine, raise funds, 
facilitate events between Reunions, and 
related activities. In April, we invited 
members of classes who graduated in 
years ending in 2, 3, 7, and 8 (such as 
2003, 1957 ...) back to campus for an 
informative and interactive work session. 
In October, we followed the same format 
with alumnae/i from classes who gradu- 
ated in years ending with 4 and 9. We 
will carry on until all classes are engaged 
in the process. 

What other topics or initiatives are you 
most excited about for the college? 

I am especially interested in the continued 
development and execution of the campus 
master plan: Transforming Our 
Environment 1842-2042. It is also impor- 
tant to me that the college achieves the 
financial security necessary to continue to 
thrive and set itself apart. In doing so, our 
students will not only receive an excep- 
tional education, they will realize advan- 
tages beyond what was previously avail- 
able. For this to happen, we must increase 
the endowment and support other capital 

Is there anything you would like to add? 

I invite all alumnae/i to return to campus. 
The tradition of remarkable leaders at 
Mary Baldwin College continues with Dr. 
Pamela Fox. She has an extraordinary 
vision for the college and I want all alum- 
nae/i to share in the excitement and pride 
of what Mary Baldwin College is and will 

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Class Leadership Weekend 2006 

'It was tlie mosr positive, construe 

cntluisiastic alumnae, who generat- 
ed ama/ins ideas for their classes 

Anne Holland '88, director oF 
events and alumnae/i development, 
about the C;lass Leadership 
Weekend in mid-October. 

The weekend began with a 
reception at the President's House 
and dinner in the Lyda B. Hunt 
Dining Hall. Dr. Fox and many of 
the members of the college's execu- 
tive staff met with alumnae on 
Saturday to give them a compelling 
look at the college, its goals, and 
progress. A student panel painted 
an authentic picture of life today at 
Mary Baldwin, participants toured 
campus, ate lunch, and met in class 
groups — representing classes with 
years ending in 4 and 9 (2004, 
1969, etc.). 

Aiumnae/i Association 
President Keilie Warner '90 
launched the afternoon of discus- 
sions with an overview of class 
leadership which will, in a short 
time, include a president, vice 
president, secretary, and gift offi- 
cer for each class along with 
social, attendance, and event 
chairs. During the weekend, many 
classes selected presidents, talked 
about ideas for their Reunion and 
even mini-Reunions. Pumped up, 
many alumnae returned home 
intent on filling out their class 
leadership positions and organiz- 
ing communications for their 
classes. If you would like to play a 
role in uniting and engaging your 
class as one of its leaders, please 
contact Jennifer Brilhart Kibler '91 
by calling 800-763-7359 or e-mail- 
ing to jbkibler@inbc.edti. We are 
eager to hear from you! 

A Spectacular Idea from the Class of 2002 

detail of scarf design 

-the SarahScarf project 

Sarah Katherine Small was so many things to so many people - a 
friend, a daughter, a sister, a classmate, a cadet, a leader, a dreamer. 
In short, Sarah was a wonderful, inspiring woman capable of 
anything, whose life was cut tragically short. 

As the five year reunion of the Mary Baldwin College class of 2002 
draws near, we want to properly commemorate the woman that gave 
so much to the spirt of our class and the college as a whole. It is 
from that ideal that we present the SarahScarf project - a custom 
scarf designed to pay tribute to Sarah and raise money toward a 
scholarship fund in her name. 

The scarf is designed fi-om Sarah's own signature and heart 
drawing, lifted from a handwritten note (see design to the left). This 
one of a kind, oblong scarf is a beautiful keepsake for all those that 
knew and loved Sarah. 

All proceeds from the SarahScarf project will go toward a 
scholarship fund set up in Sarah's name. That scholarship will be 
given to a Mary Baldwin student that embodies Sarah's passion for 
student leadership and community service. 

Through the SarahScarf project we can support the education of a 
young woman that will give back to the community in the same way 
that Sarah did. Ultimately it is our hope that every time you wear 
your scarf you will remember our dear friend Sarah Small. 

- Maiy Baldwin Class of 2002. Reunion Leadership 

the SarahScarf project 

Name (first, maiden, last); 


Daytime phone: 

E-mail Address: 

Check one: D I v^'ili pick up my scarf at reunion 

D Ship my scarf 

MBC Class of 

(circle one) Trod ADP MAT PEG VWIL 

If you ore not a MBC graduate, please list your affiliation: 

Scarf Quantity: 

.@ $35.00 each = Total 

'Please odd $4.00 to your total if you wish to hove your scarf shipped. 

Please make check payable to Meredith Carrlngton, vice president of 2002 reunion teodersh/p. Mail your completed form and 
paymeni to: The Sarah Scarf Project, c/o Meredith Carrlngton, 222 Robin Ave., Richmond, VA 23223. For those attending MBC 
reunions in 2007, scarves will be available for pick up on campus. If you would like your scarf shipped, please indicate above: 
you can expect your scarf to arrive by April 1 5, 2007. Questions - e-mail: • phone: 804-437-1 992 


was killed in the line of 
duty in Egypt in 
September 2005. Air 
Force 1 LI Small had 
been in the Middle East 
for about two weeks 
supporting Exercise 
Bright Star, a training 
exercise. She was travel- 
ing in the northern part 
of the country with two 
other servicemen and an 
Egyptian driver. Lt. Small 
was ejected from the 
vehicle when it swerved 
off the road, reports indi- 
cate. The former cadet 
of Mary Baldwin's 
Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership 
will be missed but not 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 




The Grafton Society and Classes of 1957, 1962, 
1967, 1972, 1977 1982, 1987 1992, 1997 2002 






Grafton Society Members: 
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lives at Vinson Hall, a retirement commu- 
nity for individuals with a military back- 
ground. Rosannah attended fier 71st 
reunion at Mary Baldwin last May! 


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OPAL NEWTON Garrett of San Antonio 
TX reports that husband Oscar celebrat- 
ed his 90th birthday last year at a sur- 
prise party with all their grand- and great- 


Staunton VA celebrated her 90th birthday 
in 2005 and still drives and lives alone. 
Her son Jack is retired and his wife 
CINDY BOWMAN '85 ADP is a social 
worker in a hospital in Staunton. 
Grandson John, a Virginia Tech grad, was 
a captain in the Army with 2 deploy- 
ments in Iraq. He is out of the service 
now and living in Atlanta. Grandson Joe 
is a Radford University grad and works at 
a local bank. 

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JEAN BAUM Mair of Bloomfield CT 
reports: "Not much new at 85 years 
old!" Jean was sorry to hear that SALLY 
CHENEY Walker '40 had passed away 
"She was truly an admirable and accom- 
plished alumna." 


Grafton Society Members: 
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of Lynchburg VA: "I am 88 and retired. I 
have a son (56) who is looking for a pret- 
ty lady to elope with. Ha, ha." 


Grafton Society Members: 
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HANNAH CAMPBELL Boatwright of 

Newport News VA: "For almost 3 years I 
have lived at The Chesapeake, a Baptist 
retirement home. The great thing is my 
granddaughter Elizabeth (2), daughter of 
son Wesley and his wife Mona lives near- 
by, so I see them often." 


Staunton VA and husband Sidney 
planned a tnp to Italy this fall. "I have 
been looking forward to seeing the 
works of Michelangelo in Florence and 
the canals of Venice" 

NANCY MCWHORTER Huriey of Silver 
Spring MD visited her daughter and son- 
in-law at Kiawah Island SC last. She 
enjoyed visits from son Doug and daugh- 
ter Carol at Easter, 


of Naples FL: "When Garth died last 
year, I signed up for Mornngs Park 
Retirement Home and was delighted 
when I could move in. I already knew 
many people here and have made new 
friends. I have also kept up my ballroom 
dance lessons and have a new partner. 
Love to all my classmates." 

MARY SIMPSON Bailey of West 
Columbia SC has moved to Still Hopes, 
an Episcopal retirement center. 



Grafton Society Members: 
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BETTY ANN COOKE Wood of Dallas TX 
became a first-time great-grandmother 
last year, 


of Fort Defiance VA, "Husband Sam died 
last January. I am playing tennis and tak- 
ing golf lessons to play with my grand- 

MARY DALE LOTT Wilson of West 
Columbia SC reports that she and hus- 
band Richard have moved to South 
Carolina Episcopal Retirement 

Grafton Society Members: 
Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

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Or call Alumnae/i Office 

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Port Orange FL: "I received the Valiant 
Woman Award from Church Women 
United in the Halifax Unit" 


Grafton Society Members: 
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MABEL FAIRBANKS Smith has moved 
to Goose Creek SC to be closer to her 


Grafton Society Members: 
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Richmond VA: "After working 36 consecu- 
tive sessions of the General Assembly 
with the Senate of VA, I am retiring. 
Henry and I enjoy traveling, having been 
to Ireland, Portugal, and Spain within the 
past year. We are avid golfers." 


Camarillo CA: "I'm enjoying my new 
home at Leisure Village and being closer 
to my children and grandchildren." 

MARY COCKE Read '92 and husband 
Kenneth with son Mitchell, adopted in 
March 2006, 

Sons of SARAH ESCHINGER Milholland '92 

and husband John: (I to r) Christopher (4), Ian 
(6), John Riley (1). 

Daughter of Kevin and JENELLE 
LIVESAY Mick '02, Ella was born 
in March 2006. 

Daughter of Orin and NICOLE PRE- 
STON Luke '94, baby Sydney was 
born In June 2006. Her mom has a 
new job with Tutu Institute for Prayer 
and Pilgrimage. 


Grafton Society Members: 
Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

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Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

BETSY BERRY Williamson of Richmond 
VA: "My third hip operation was success- 
ful. I have been a care tender for my hus- 
band who fell and broke his arm before 
Thanksgiving 2005." 


of Durham NC and sister HARRIETTE 
"HAPPY" CLARKE Thome '47 sailed 
from New York City on the day of a 
record blizzard headed for the Caribbean! 
Son Charlie and family joined them, 

HELINE C0RTE2 Hamson of Staunton 
VA reports that daughter MARGUERITE 
ITAMAR HARRISON '82 received an MA 
in art history from University of Texas and 
has taught at Smith College since 2000. 
Marguerite received the Sherrard Award 
for distinguished teaching record, demon- 
strated enthusiasm, and excellence in 

HARRIET MCLEAN Slaughter of 

Lumberton NC: "Bob and I are filled with 
joy over our son Robert's safe return 
from a year in Iraq. Heartfelt thanks for 
your prayers." 


Grafton Society Members: 
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CYNTHIA BETTS Johnson of Pleasant 
HillTN "BETTIETHOMAS Jacobsen '49 

and I had a mini-reunion in Christ Church, 
New Zealand in March. Forrest and I 
were in Chnst Church for 3 months. We 

also saw MARGARET NEWMAN Avent 

'49 and Larry in Greensboro NC" 

JEAN FARROW of Norfolk VA: "I'm 
hanging in there and still dnving me and 
my little poodle around! I'll be 80 in 


Memphis TN has 8 grandchildren and 3 
great grandchildren "They all live close 
by so we see them often." 


Thomasville GA reports that her husband 
passed away 3 years ago but she is 
doing well and her son lives nearby. 


Grafton Society Members: 
Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

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JEAN DEVORE Calhoun of Hagerstown 
MD is gardening, playing bndge, and 
redecorating her home 

MARY HORTON Waldron of 

Gaithersburg MD reports that husband 
Richard passed away in June 2005 after a 
long illness. 


Grafton Society Members: 
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Austin TX: "My fourth book. The 
Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles: 
Selected Restorations, published by 
Trinity University Press, was released in 
May. It is an update on my first book 
about Giles (1972)." 

teaches Tai Chi, does recording for the 
blind, and teaches for the Elder Learning 
program at University of Minnesota. 

JEAN KYLE Hedges of Arlington VA: 
"Enioying every day — children, grand- 
children, bridge, gardening, choir and bell 
choir at church, dancing, trips to our cabin 
(original logs from 1850, built by my 
great-grandfather), and chats with 
MARTY KLINE Chaplin '51 


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Whitman of Stamford CT celebrated her 
75th birthday in May with her son, 
daughter-in-law, and partner Betsy 
Adams. They traveled to Pans. In June 
Patsy attended the birthday party of 
Cadwallader '52 in ME. Patsy and Betsy 
were planning a benefit for the people of 
New Orleans at Patsy's art gallery. 

ANNE STUART Richardson of 

Gloucester VA enjoys visits from family 
and fnends and a little travel. 


Grafton Society Members: 
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ELIZABETH DAHL Shaner of Lexington 

VA reports that granddaughter Catherine 
Carlock (daughter of CATHERINE SHAN- 
ER Cariock '761 attends Washington and 
Lee University. "I have 7 grandchildren." 

Carswell of Savannah GA: "This past 
year my husband of 50 years divorced 
me. I am living fulltime in Savannah. My 
eldest grandchild Scott will marry in May 
2007 and his sister Ravenel is studying in 
Scotland at St. Andrews. My other 3 
grandchildren live in Columbia SC." 

NELLE MCCAIMTS Smith of Beaufort 
SC: "My husband is designing small gar- 
dens. We are involved with church and 
do volunteer work." She enjoys her 3 
grandchildren and was looking forward to 
her granddaughter's performance as 
Sleeping Beauty. 

MARCIA MUMMA Hodges of Onnda 
CA is organist and choir director at a 
small Methodist church. Daughter Leigh 
and family live in NY Son Davis and fami- 
ly are in CA. 

JEANNE SHERRILL Boggs of Statesville 
NC was installed as her state's regent for 
2006-2009 at the General Assembly of 
the National Society Daughters of the 
American Colonists. The event was held 
in Washington DC. 


Grafton Society Members: 
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JOAN DAVENPORT Haydon spends 
summers In Eagle Nest NM and winters 
In San AngeloTX, and she Is painting. 


Bellevue WA: "Corky and I still enjoy 
retirement after 17 years. Our grand- 
daughter Mellena married BenTrask In 
October 2005." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Daughter of Matthew and 

Samantha celebrated her first 
birthday in March 2006. 

Daughter of Cliff (home safely from 
CHAPMAN-Ford '02, Mann was 
born in February 2006. Mom is 
working for Playstation. 

ANNA WITT '96 married Scott Reed tn June 2005 and reside in Richmond VA. Squirrels in 
attendance (I to rlTraci Spencer, MARY BROWN BROUGHTON Leachman '97, KATE WOOD- 
SON Dumont '97, the bride, ELIZABETH FOWLKES '96, DONNA SHARP Suro '93, MARY 
HAMILTON '93, ALEXANDER HAMILTON Laurent '96, and ALLIE WITT Jamison '93 





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GWEN COOPER Wamsley of Richmond 
VA: "We have moved into Westminster- 
Canterbury a retirement community." 
They still have a house in Wintergreen. 


Sandwich IL has 10 grandchildren and 
her quadruplet granddaughters turned 5 
in June. 

AMY MALOY Lindsly of FnscoTX: "Dick 
and I celebrated our 50th anniversary 
with a trip to New York City with our 3 
children and their spouses." 

Your Reunion is in March — 

Your Class Will Be Inducted into 

the Grafton Society! 

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PAULA BRANCH Holt of San Francisco 
CA is working on her PhD in clinical 
social work. 


of Fishersville VA: "We enjoyed a trip to 
Antarctica. We've now visited every con- 
tinent but Africa, and every state but 

MERITA LONG Webster of Charlotte 
NC: "With 8 grandchildren in Charlotte, 
my life is full. My husband has been 
gone 5 years and I lead a grief-share 
group at our church." 


Waynesboro VA is participating in music 
and spends time with 6 grandchildren. 


LUCY FISHER West of Fisher VW spent 
a week in Pans and Vienna. 


Ridgeland SC: "I am a nurse practitioner. 
! vacationed with my tribe of 15 (chil- 
dren, spouses, and grandchildren)." 


Sanford NC has been to Europe for the 
last 2 years. 

NANCY "BOO" HOOKER Manning of 

Kinston NC: "Bill and I have 6 grandchil- 
dren. We enjoy family and spending time 
at the beach. Enjoyed being at my 45th 
reunion at MBC in May 2005" 

CAROLYN SMITH Clybum of Galveston 
TX is busy with her real estate company. 
The House Company Her eldest daugh- 
ter is in business with her and they 
opened a second office last year. "Spend 
as much time as I can with 2 grandchil- 


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FAYE DUKE Lewis of Sardis MS lost her 
husband 2 years ago but stays busy with 
grandchildren Mary Lynn (10) and Russ (7). 


Miramar Beach FL is retired and has 
been married 45 years to Jim. Son 
James lives in DC with wife Ann and chil- 
dren Paul (8) and Mary (9). Diane has a 
master's degree in theology/religious 
studies, continues to work as a spiritual 
and retreat director, and has been doing 
some writing. 

BETSEY TOWLER Robson has been liv- 
ing in Summit NJ for 50 years but will be 
move to Richmond soon to be near her 3 
children. Ken, Susan, and Martha, and 3 
grandchildren. Kip (16), Andrew (14), and 
Scottie (4). 




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Charlottesville VA is happily retired. 

Hollingshead '61 and STUART CHAP- 
MAN Cobb '65 visited Sulgrave Manor in 
Oxfordshire UK. Sulgrave is the home of 
George Washington's ancestors. Both 
women are members of the National 
Society of Colonial Dames of America 
(NSCDA): Stuart is currently national pres- 
ident. They would like to know if any 
MBC alumnae are interested in becomi- 
ing members of NSCDA. 

BLAIR KELSEY Bickford of Norfolk VA: 
"After raising 4 sons and supervising stu- 
dent teachers at Old Dominion University 
for 10 years, I find myself in a travel 
phase: USA, France, Costa Rica, and 
Canbbean. Spend lots of time in 
Shenandoah so Jimmy can paint. Gallery 
opening May 16 in Nags Head." 


Shorewood Wl: "Randy and I are moving 
from a downtown condo to a small Cape 
Cod with a yard. Living in the sky was 
fun, but I need a little dirt and grass now," 

PHEBE PALMER Bishop of Essex Fells 
NJ and husband Jack spend time with 
their 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren- 
She enioys gardening, quilting, drawing, 
and crafts She and OTEY HAYWARD 
Swoboda '61 have remained close. 

KATHERINE SMITH Tinker of Ashland 
VA: "My offspnng and grandchildren 
reside nearby" She has 3 grandchildren: 
Tucker (8), Sydney (8), and Kate (5), "I 
carve and paint when I can." 

LYNN TERRELL Gafford of Fort Worth 
TX: "I'm doing taxes during the season 
and traveling. I have 7 grandchildren." 

SHADE THOMAS Cronan of Harwich 
MA has a new granddaughter. Shade 
Wooten Grahling, born December 2005. 
She loins brothers Patrick and Thomas. 


Harrisonburg VA enjoys her 2 great-grand- 


Carbondale CO: "I ski, play golf and 
bridge. I visit one daughter, her husband 
and my 3 grandchildren in Casper WY 
My other daughter lives in PA" 


Smithfield VA: "After 12 years in 
Richmond, Joe retired from politics and 
we returned to Smithfield to family, 
fhends, volunteer work, and golf." 

Your Reunion Is in March! 

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Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your class 

column: Kent Seabury Rowe 

kwsrowe@hotmail. com 

Brown of Indianapolis IN was elected 
secretary of the Indiana Astronomical 
Society for 2006 and is active in her 
neighborhood association. 

LINDA DOLLY Hammack of Fairfax 
VA had a great time at Mary Baldwin 
in April for Class Leadership Council 
Weekend "KENT SEABURY Rowe 
'62, SUSAN JENNINGS Denson '62, 
and I began planning for reunion 
(45th!) of the Class of 1962 to be held 
in spring 2007 We hope many of you 
come home to MBC to celebrate with us." 

SALLY HELTZEL Pearson of Mobile 
AL: "Just returned from a 2-week tour 
of China. David and I enjoy our 4 
grandchildren. We are active with our 
church's homeless programs and 
Meals-on-Wheels. I'm active with 
Mobile Opera and community theatre. 
Performed the mayor's wife in The 
Music Man" 


Pensacola FL. "I am continually grateful 
for my years at MBC. Charlie has retired 
and we sail along the Gulf Coast near 
Pensacola. Working with young women 
in a Presbytenan ministry and leading a 
career support group." 

PRIOR MEADE Cooper of Norfolk VA 
has 2 sons. One lives in Charlottesville 
with his wife and 2 boys and the other 
lives in Santa Monica CA 

VERA CARLTHOMAS James of Trophy 
ClubTX IS retired but was recruited last 
year to complete the year for a former 
team member teaching first grade. 


Contact your class secretary by 
January 5 with news for your 
class column: Minta McDiarmid Nixon 
cnixon 1 yiSlcomcast. net 

Members of the Class of 1963 are 
planning a mini-reunion in the San 
Francisco area during the last weekend 
of April 2007 For info e-mail Honey 

ANN APPLETON Recesso of Chapel Hill 
NC reports that her youngest daughter is 
expecting twin girls. "We are about to be 
grandparents at last." 

MACON CLEMENT Riddle of New 

Orleans LA is featured m Firestarters: 100 


Jlbinqdon, Uirqinia 

What's it like... 

to be one of the oldest living graduates of MBC? 

1923. Just four years after American women earned the right 
to vote. Nearly 20 years before the start of World War II. The 
first year Mary Baldwin Seminary was recognized as a four- 
year liberal arts college. The year Douglas Summers Brown 
'23 graduated. 

"She is small in stature, but in no other way, for you can 
depend on Douglas to put things through. You can be sure, 
too, that you will have a good time when she is in the crowd 
..." reads the caption beneath her senior yearbook photo, a 
young woman with wavy bobbed hair whose eyes are intense- 
ly serious while her mouth turns up at the corners to smile 
ever so slightly. Brown, a native of Abingdon, Virginia, gradu- 
ated in 1923 with just nine other women, and now — as one 
of MBC's oldest living graduates at age 103 — resides in 
Westminster Canterbury retirement community in Lynchburg, 
Virginia. An interview conducted recently by Lindsey Lucas 
'04, health services admissions coordinator at Westminster 
Canterbury, revealed glimpses of Brown's Mary Baldwin 
Seminary days and her continuing affection for the college. 

"She must have said 'happy' a dozen times when she 
referred to her time at Mary Baldwin," Lucas relayed. 
"Sometimes when I was talking or asking her for more infor- 
mation, she would drift off, but whenever I came back to her 
experiences, she immediately lit up. She said it was the happi- 
est part of her life ... so far!" Brown's compact and tidy room 
at the center is full of books, and MBC memorabilia — such 
as pictures, a blanket, and even what appear to be her school- 
books — surround her, Lucas said. 

Brown also shared with Lucas that she did not have much 
time to "fool around" while at Mary Baldwin; rather, she 
said, she worked hard on her studies. Brown does not consid- 
er herself a scholar, but she said studying, learning new things, 
and getting good grades was what made her happy in those 
days. A typical day for her included chapel service, fellowship 
with friends and professors, and a lot of writing. Although she 
studied and later taught mathematics, history was her passion. 
She went on to pen five books on Lynchburg area history and 
write pieces for several history magazines. When she and her 
friends did want to unwind, they relaxed on farms in the 
Staunton area. 

2006. Three years after selecting Mary Baldwin College's 
ninth president. The year the college unveiled an ambitious 
campus facilities plan. The year Douglas Summers Brown 
graced us with her memories, a 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

CASSANDRA SCOTT West 01, hus- 
band Carey and dog Shiloh bought their 
first house in February 2005 in 
Montgomery TX. 


stationed in Iraq for one year, 
wanted to send a shout out to 
friends, family, and loved ones 
(pictured here at one of Saddam 
Hussein's palaces). 

MARY CLOUD HAMILTON Hollingshead '61 
and STUART CHAPMAN Cobb '65 visited 
Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire UK in June 2006. 

KRISTA HONIG '02 married Brad Boggs 
in May 2006 and they reside in Gary NC. 

Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women, a 
bool< released March 2006. She is an 
antique-shopping consultant and owner 
of Let's Go Antiquing. Hurricane Katrina 
affected her business, but she is confi- 
dent things will improve. 


of Alexandna VA: "I have 3 grandsons, 
ages 4 years, 6 months, and 1 month. 
Both families have moved back to our 

PAT FISHER McHold of Annapolis MD: 
"Two of our 4 daughters have graced us 
with a grandaughter and 4 grandsons. I 
will be painting by boat this summer off 
the coast of Maine as well in my East 
Boothbay studio." 

MINTA MCDIARMID Nixon of Augusta 
GA: "Enjoyed my visit to MBC for the 
Class Leadership Weekend, and being 
TERRY GEGGIE Fridley '63 arc GALE 

PALMER Penn '63 The college looks 
beautiful. It was nice to meet President 
Fox. She's dynamite!" 

LUCY MORRIS Gay of Carrollton GA: 
"Jim and I are retired. We travel fre- 
quently Jim's novel was recently pub- 

ANNA KATE REID Hipp of Greenville 
SC played a vital role in the revitaliza- 
tion of the Reedy River Falls Park in 
downtown Greenville. As co-chair of the 
Falls Park Endowment, she raised more 
than $3 million for long-term mainte- 
nance of the gardens - 

Madara of Narberth PA presented a 
demonstration. Design Beyond Mass 
Arrangement, at a Junior League Garden 
Club Spnng Flower Show, 

MARY ELLEN SMITH Perry of Hampton 
VA: "My husband, dog. and I are explor- 
ing the open road in our new RV. Longer 

trips are planned when my husband 
retires in about a year." 

SHEARER TROXELL Luck of Ashland 
VA: "In March I spent a week in 
Pascagoula MS with a Volunteers in 
Mission team from my church. We 
helped several families rebuild and 
stayed at a church on cots." 


Albuquerque NM continues judging art 
shows in Australia, Japan. New 
Zealand, Russia and Ukraine, among 
other countries. 


SENAH BUCHANAN Seagle of Bristol 
TN retired as a real estate broker in 
Florida. She moved back to her home- 
town and enjoys family grandsons, gar- 
dening, and photography. She, JANE 
SON Spencer '64, and MARTHA 

MURCHISON Strickland '64 got togeth- 
er at Jane's home in Huntington VW, 


Charlotte NC retired from LabCorp in 
April 2005 and moved near her daugh- 
ters and grandchildren. She had won- 
derful visits with BLAIR LAMBERT 
Wehrmann '64 and ANNE WARREN 
Hoskins '64 last June in New Orleans 
(before Hurricane Katrina). Blair and 
Bob made it through the devastation 

SALLY GOERNER Bridges of Houston 
TX spends time with 5 grandchildren. 

PAULA GREENLEE Barber of San Jose 
CA and husband Stephen are retired and 


Starkville MS: "i retired June 2005 from 
Mississippi State University's Division of 
Academic Outreach and Continuing 
Education as marketing manager. I enjoy 



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ients for Spring Break in: 

February 23 - March 4, 2007 

, Pompeii, Sicily cost $i95o 

Price includes airfare, accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast 
basis in first class hotels, bus transportation and sightseeing. 

ror inTormaiion, piease coniaci: 

ELIZABETH CALHOUN '98 married Peter Swarr in April 2006 and reside m NashviileTN, 
Squirrels in attendance; (I to r) COURTNEY STRAW Keyes '98, MEREDITH MOLTEN! 
'98, BROOKE BALDWIN '98, KIMBERLY LOCKHART '96, the bride and groom, LAURA 
Douglas '98, and KATHARINE HODGE Loelsch '98. 

LAILA STROMBERG '00 married Brett Beverly in October 2005, Squirrels in 
attendance MISTY CRITZER '06 (back row, left) and AMANDA BECKER '02 

(back row, third from left), and the couple's daughter Korin in groom's arms. 

time with my family here as well as vis- 
its with family in WA. 

MARY KERR Denny of San Antonio TX 
returned to Cairo, Egypt this year to see 
her daughter, son-in-law, and grandbaby, 
and then visited Russia. 


Forest VA is president and CEO of Lead 
Virginia. "Tim and I loved our MBC trip to 
France. Germany, and Switzerland last 
winter. It was wonderful to be with stu- 
dents, faculty, and friends." 


JUDY BRYANT Skinner of Doraville VA: 
"Thanks to our daughter Carey's gracious 
gift of air miles. Bill and I were off to 
England in July," 

DIANE COOPER Byers of Weaverville 
NC: "My 8th grandchild. Grant Mitchell 
Byers, was born October 2005. I stay 
close to home canng for my mother 
who'll be 98 in November." 

JUNE EARLY Fralm of Oakton VA: "I am 
still teaching students involved with the 
juvenile court system in Fairfax County 
VA. Sons Tommy and Danny are mar- 

MARY GILLESPIE Amos of Atlanta GA 
preached at Catonsville Presbyterian 
Church in MD in celebration of the 100th 
anniversary of the ordination of women 
in the Presbyterian Church. 

MARIAN GORDIN of Atlanta GA: "My 
partner and I did a 16-day paddling/hiking 
trip through the Grand Canyon. Awe 


Asheville NC is singing in church choir, 
Asheville Symphony Chorus, and cham- 
ber chorus. She enjoys genealogy 
research on the French Huguenot and 
other ancestors and hopes to visit France 
again next year. 


Healdsburg CA reports that son Michael 
married Jamie Royer in October 2005. 

DALE MIDGETTE Smith of Winter Park 
FL plans to publish her second book this 

JUDY ROY Hoffman of ColliervilleTN is 
back in the south after 35 years in 
California. Husband Harlan passed away 
in September 2005. She is enjoys deco- 
rating her new home and hopes to travel 


Prattville AL: "I was elected president- 
elect of the University of Alabama 
National Alumni Association and will be 
president in April 2007' 


ELLEN BOWERS Wittel of Gainesville 
GA has been director of agent services 
for a real estate and insurance agency 
for 5 years. She welcomed another 
grandchild last spring. 


Shepherdstown WV enjoyed a 2004 trip 
to Madnd with Dorothy Mulberry and 
the "maribalduinas." She has 3 grand- 

KAREN COWSERT Pryor of Rochester 
NY: "It was great to reconnect with ANN 
ALEXANDER Crane '66 whose home in 
New Orleans survived Katnna. She and 
husband Price entertained a tired and 
hungry group of Rochester Presbyterians 
dunng our February work trip to help 
with the clean up. 


of Greensboro NC joined the faculty of 
Elon University School of Law in 
Greensboro as professor of legal educa- 
tion. "I am grateful to do what I love: 
working across fields as an educational 
psychologist and counselor in law." She 
and husband Don celebrated their 25th 
anniversary and are co-authoring a book. 
They have 3 sons and 1 granddaughter. 

CAREY GOODWIN Louthan of Atlanta 
GA: "Frank IV and Jennifer have 4 chil- 
dren, ages 3 months to 7 years, 
Katherine and Louise are both working in 
Atlanta. Frank III travels internationally 
with his work." 

EUGENIA HEDDEN Dowdeswell of Flat 
Rock NC serves as arch deacon of her 
diocese. She was looking forward to 
leading a pilgnmage in Ireland and the 
birth of her third grandchild. 

JANE HUMPHREY Henegar of Lookout 
Mountain GA: "I'm in my 24th year of 
teaching Old and New Testaments at 
Girls Preparatory School. Henry and I 
have 3 children and 5 grandchildren." 

ALICE LIPPITT Steyaart of Richmond 
Hill GA reports that her son graduated 
from University of Vermont. 


Cutchogue NY reports that daughter 
LAUREN GANTLY-Miller '93 was mar- 
ned to Andrew in November 2005. 

LYNN BOYD '68 to Raymond TuckwiUer, April 17, 2006 

ANN LAMB '79 to Eric Davis, January 1, 2006 

LAUREN GANTLY '93 to Andrew Miller, November 17, 2005 

LAURA CROSS '95 to Brian Owens, March 10, 2006 

FULTON KEGLEY '96 to Cher>'l Wmscott, May 2005 

JESSICA HYDE '98 to David Andrew Marcom, October 8, 2005 

ELIZABETH CALHOUN '98 to Dr Peter James Swari; April 8, 2006 

SUSAN COVINGTON '00 to Getty Andrew Rothenberg, June 17, 2006 

LAILA STROMBERG '00 to Brelt Beverly, October 7, 2005 

CAROLINE BALLENGER "01 to Joseph Turner Seale, October 16, 2004 

COURTNEY LEARD '02 to Gillian Chauncey, November 5, 2005 

KRISTA HONIG '02 to Brad Boggs, May 27, 2006 

KATHERINE "KATIE" KOONTZ '02 and Bobby Fune, April 15, 2006 

LEA SPENCER '03 to John Hill Trant, June 10, 2006 

CARLY FANT '04 to Jeff Wilkins, June 25, 2006 

LAUREN SMITH '04 to Lt "Wesley Smith, July 30, 2005 

EMILY TREAD'WAY '04 to David Greer, June 10, 2006 

ERIN TANNER '05 to Conley Clark Laster IV, June 10, 2006 

JO BUTTERWORTH '05 to Jason Daniel Devine, April 22, 2006 

BROOKE YARUS '05 to EN James Odell Shambley, January- 7, 2006 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

KATHERINE KOONTZ'02 marrieo 3:i:;:. ^y-r ' ^pril 2006 h,a^.irrels 
in attendance: ([ to r) EMILY ALLEN Jiancristoforo '02, JENNIE 

LEA SPENCER '03 mar-.eo J." 'ir ' v ■ :" June 2006 and they reside in Smyrna GA. Squirrels in atten- 
dance (I to r) LAUREN EGGLESTON '03, SARAH SHEA '03, the bnde, KATHRYN NELSON '03, 


husband James have moved to 
Pensacola FL to be with family, including 
2 grandchildren. 

HOPE ROTHERT Taft of Columbus OH: 
"Bob will be governor of Ohio until 
January 2007; then we are off to new 


Westport CT: "Traveled up and down the 
east coast seeing friends and family. Had 
a wonderful stay at the Sea View Inn 
(owned by NELSON "SASSY" CAR- 
RAGHER Henry '88 and husband Brian) 
on Pawleys Island SC. Elder son 
Meredyth III and wife Whitney trans- 
ferred to NC. Younger son Spencer works 
at the Capital in Washington DC." 

JO ELLEN TURNER Thompson of 

Bowie MD retired from public pre-school 
education after 19 years. 

LATANEWARE Long of Waynesboro VA 
retired after 17 years as an elementary 
school librarian. She has 3 grandchildren 
with 2 more on the way and is a big fan 
of musician Bill Kitchen. 


of Blacksburg VA: "I retired as an organist 
in 2000 and teach piano privately. I teach 
ESL for Literacy Volunteers." 

SANDRA ZEESE Driscoll of Clyde Hill 
WA reports that son Michael married 
Monika Sieher in October 2005. 
Daughter Kathryn was expecting her sec- 
ond child in July. 


Your Reunion Is in MarchI 

Get information online: 

www. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary with 
news for your class column: 

Rosa McLaugniin Heinsohn 

Peggy Maddex Barnes 

Ki Shinnick Caldwell 

CHERYL DINWIDDIE Andre of Stamford 
CT retired in June and celebrated by tak- 
ing a 10-day self-guided trip to England in 
search of King Arthur and Jane Austin. 

SANDRA GRIZZARD Brooks of Hamilton 
Parish, Bermuda has a new grandaughter, 
Lauren Grier, born January 2005. 

BARBARA HANNA Joyner of Lexington 
VA: "Busy with 4 grandchildren and 
church work at Lexington Presbyterian 
where several other MBC alums attend." 


Greenville NC: "I am beginning a 2-year 
term as president of the Greenville 
Service League. We enjoy our grandson 
(3) who lives nearby." 

Barnes of Greenville NC retired in June 
after 38 years as a pharmacist. She and 
husband Donald have 4 granddaughters 
and a grandson. 


Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your class 

column: Jane Sims 

Mary Lynn Sopher 

LYNN BOYD Tuckwilier of Lewisburg 
WV married Raymond in April 2006. 
"Together, we have 3 sons and a daugh- 
ter, plus horses, carriages, and assorted 

RAY CASTLES Uttenhove of Atlanta GA 

placed first in the retail category for the 
5th year in a row for Atlanta Commercial 
Board of Realtors' Top 10 Producer 

Award. Ray is executive vice president 
and managing principal at Staubach Retail 
Services Southeast LLC. 

Williams of Greenville VA: "I love teach- 
ing math at Mary Baldwin and Blue 
Ridge Community College. I am trying to 
locate an apple orchard for Apple Day fes- 

NANCY KEVAN Lazaron of Norfolk VA 
reports that her daughter had a baby boy, 
Julian, in July 2005. 

CYNTHIA KNIGHT Wier of Houston TX: 
"Ive retired after 5 years as an events 
coordinator at my church. My elder son 
(27) is in graduate school in Chicago 
studying linguistics. My youngest (24) is 
graduating with a degree in communica- 
tions and Spanish from Texas State 
University. We enjoy travel in the U.S. 
and England" 

SUSAN MERKLAS Kahn of Coral 

Gables FL retired and enjoys time with 
her 3 grandchildren, travel, and communi- 
ty activities. Susan writes a monthly 
humor column about life in Miami for 
Miami Today. 


Washington DC reports that her daughter 
graduated from Cornell University. Her 2 
sons, both seniors in high school, are 
nationally ranked squash players. She 
enjoyed visits with LYNN ROBERTSON 
'69 and frequent chats with JANE 
STARKE Sims '68 


JANIE CARTER Vaughan of Lynchburg 
VA has been a Reach-to-Recovery volun- 
teer for 15 years. "It's an American 
Cancer Society program of one-to-one 
support for women who have had breast 
cancer I visit patients after surgery." 

KAY CULBREATH Heller of Washington 
DC: "We welcomed our 5th grandchild, 
with one more on the way. Between 

babysitting, I serve on the boards of the 
Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota FL 
and Old Salem, Inc. in NC. Would love to 
see classmates" 


Winston Salem NC: "Peter and I enjoy 
retirement. Both sons and their families 
live nearby so we get to see our 4 grand- 
children often. We went to Botswana to 
celebrate Peter's 60th birthday." 

MIRIAM "MIMI" JONES Beckwith of 

Gloucester Point VA works in the devel- 
opment office at VA Institute of Marine 


Nashville TN reports that son Paul is a 
third-year student at the U.S. Air Force 
Academy and served in Italy this summer. 

ANNE MCLEOD Tumer of Atlanta GA 
reports the birth of granddaughter, 
Caroline, in December 2004. 

SANDRA MCQUARRIE Rigby of Clifton 
VA: "I retired in December 2004 after 34 
years of federal service in the National 
Park Service, Library of Congress, and 
Departments of Agriculture and 


husband Terry and I moved to Cody WY. 
We had zero trees, grass, or landscaping, 
so we've been busy." 


MARTHA BOOTH Jennison of St 

Augustine FL reports that eldest daugh- 
ter Clarinda has remarried. Daughter 
Catherine graduated from University of 
Florida and works for the Richards Group 
in Dallas. Son John is a student at 
Rhodes College studying economics. 

KATHY CRAWFORD An-owsmith of 

Lexing;.' v ■■ ; : :■ ■' . ■ ts with 
JEANNE PAHUCKI Peterson '70 in 
Rockledge FL and VIRGINIA "GIN!" 
MOSBY Hayles '70 in Spnng Hill FL 

JO BUTTERWORTH '05 married Jason Devine in April 2006, Squirrels in 
attendance (I to r) bridesmaid AMANDA FOSKEY '05, ALISON FREI '07, 
YULIANA DEL ARROYO '04, LEA THOMPSON '03, and bridesmaid SHER- 

BROOKEYARUS '05 married Ensign James Shambley in January 2006. Squirrels m atten- 
dance (I to r) AMANDA JOHNSON '08, AMANDA FEDDE '06, the bride, GLENDAWRAY 

before and after a visit witin son Nathan, 
director of intramurais at Rollins College. 

LYNN DES PREZ of Houston TX com- 
pleted 30 years as administrative director 
of the American Board of Allergy and 
Immunology She moved to Houston to 
be with husband William Shearer after 9 
years of marriage 

WHITNEY HANES Feldmann of 

Roanoke VA retired from teaching. 

JANE LETHERMAN Reilly of Fort 
Myers FL was preparing for her daugh- 
ter's wedding. She spends winters in FL 
and summers in Wl, 

Morgan of Charlotte NC reports that 
Anna (25) is in real estate and Jamie (25) 
is in music, Nancy Claire has beautiful 
daughters Barne (4) and Adie (2). 

Crenshaw of Schaffhausen, Switzerland: 
In December 2005 she moved to 
Switzerland where husband W,C, is 
European supply chain manager for 
Hercules Inc. Their children, Walter (28). 
Joey (26), and Lillie (24), daughter-in-law 
Karen, and granddaughter, Audrey (2), are 
well, "After 2 years practicing French, I 
am now attempting German." 


SALLY CANNON of Atlanta GA; "I 
became a part-time judge in the family 
division of Fulton County Superior Court, 
in addition to my practice of family law 
and mediation." 

KAREN CARLSON Young of Concord 
MA: "We enjoy our 2 children Ethan (10) 
and Caroline (5). I have a new position as 
cataloging services librarian at the 
Graduate School of Education, Harvard 


of Oklahoma City OK: "Our 35th reunion 
at MBC was wonderful. Mike and I visit- 
ed Israel. I hope to have my book. How 
My Magic Refrigerator Sent Me to Paris 
Free, published this fall," 

ALICE CRADDOCK Massey of Norfolk 
VA retired from NASA Langley Research 
Center after 32 years. Daughter Ashley 
is in Peace Corps in Guinea and daugh- 
ter Price graduated from Middlebury 

CATHYE DABNEY Edwards of Roanoke 
VA reports that daughter Dabney is plan- 
ning a December wedding "Dabney is a 
consultant in DC with Accenture. Son 
Jack and wife Kelley live in Houston — 
both lawyers. Husband John is in his 
third term in the Virginia State Senate. 
Daughter Catherine is at home. 

enjoys "3 wonderful children," ages 19. 
23, and 25, two of whom are in college, 

NANCY FOSTER McGraw of Centennial 
CO: "I'm working with Scott Friedman, a 
motivational humonst. I'm excited for our 
son Dave and his music" 


Chattanooga TN is a volunteer with the 
symphony and opera guild and a non- 
profit social service agency. Son James 
(26) is pursuing a career in mountain bike 
racing. "Little Lance" has been based in 
CA and OR, Megan (22) is a senior at 
University of Georgia and plans to attend 
graduate school to be a physician's assis- 
tant. Husband Don retired from BASF 

MARY MCCAULEY Greathouse of 

Versailles KY is retired and has 2 grand- 
children, Aubrey (9) and Ben (1). 

NANCY MORSE Evans of PattisonTX 
works as a registered nurse in Houston. 
"Had a great time at reunion. Always fun 
to see everyone." 


Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

vww. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your class 

column: Mary Jim Moore Quillen 

mjquillen@gmail. com 


Alexandria VA is a master gardener volun- 
teer Son Charles works in Chariottesville 
VA on Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine. 
Son Thomas graduated from the U.S. 
Naval Academy and will be stationed at 
Fort Stewart in GA. A third son is at the 
College of William and Mary 

SUSAN HENRY Martin of Ariington VA 
has retired from teaching 

RUTH IRVIN Evans of West Suffield CT 
"Raising 5 daughters keeps me busy. My 
youngest graduated from Davidson 
College last year and life is a lot slower 
— except when the grandkids visit. I've 
gone back to college to get my teacher 
certification and master's degree. It 
brings back lots of memories of MBC." 


Westminster SC is retired. 


Jacksonville FL reports that daughter 
Burton marned in May 2005 and son 
Paul married in July 2006. Daughter 
Brooks attends Furman University and 
will spend fall semester in Italy 


Onancock VA reports that son Thomas is 
a freshman at University of Virginia. 

LINDA VERNER Smith of Lake Oswego 
OR has a new grandchild, Juliana Rose 
Smith, born in June 2005. Daughter 
LAUREN SMITH '04 married Lt Wesley 
Smith in July 2005. Wesley is serving in 
Taji, Iraq 

SALLY VIA Matthews of Houston TX: 
"While in VA this summer, visited with 
ROBERTSON Burke '72 Visited daugh- 
ter Catherine, who teaches English, in 


CARMEN HOLDEN McHaney of Little 
Rock AR went to Asia with son Michael 
(26) to attend the Dragon Boat Race 
Festival in Little Rock's sister city 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan. "I have been on the 
sister cities commission for 6 years and 
visited our sister cities in China. Taiwan, 
and Italy." 


Columbia SC: Youngest child Drew fin- 
ished high school and attends Honors 
College at University of South Carolina. 
Daughter Fleming graduated from 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 
2005 and is taking graduate courses at 
use. Eldest son Clayton is a licensed 
real estate appraiser 

MAXINE MATTHEWS Smith of Atlanta 

GA: "It IS great fun sharing our 
Northwest Presbytenan Church choir 
with SALLY DILLARD Hauptfuhrer '74 

and her husband George. We celebrate 
our wedding anniversanes each year as 
we were both married in VA on Saturday, 
June 2, 1981" 


Moore SC: "We moved here in January 
2006. David is pastor at Nazareth 
Presbyterian Church. Son Ben graduated 
from Appalachian in May and son John 
finished first year at West Virginia 
University in Morgantown." 


CYNTHIA BIEHN Fentriss of Virginia 
Beach VA is a United Way fundraiser for 
SunTrust Bank 

LOUISE BOSWELL Firestone of 

Roanoke VA is the grandmother of 3. 

JAMIE HEWELL Odrezin of Birmingham 
AL: "I am still enjoying my pediatric prac- 
tice after 23 years." She and husband 
Greg moved to a new home. "So sorry 
to hear about Dr. Mehner's death — I 
think of him when I see a bluebird." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 65 

Worth TO: "Daughter Emily (16) enjoys 
her horse and our 2 dogs. Finished get- 
ting our home mold free — all of us feel- 
ing much better as a result." 

JANETWILKINS Bordeaux of Lorton VA 
retired from Georgetown University after 
16 years, the last 4 as grants and educa- 
tion administrator for the Lombardi 
Comprehensive Cancer Center. 



Richmond VA: "I'm enjoying my 18th year 
with Virginia Blood Services. Took a week- 
long trip through New England with 
SHIRLEY DOUGLASS '76 and visited 


of Barboursville VA teaches middle school 
French. She led student trips to Puerto 
Rico in 2005 and Quebec in 2006. In 
June Dee traveled with her husband (and 
2 sons) to celebrate their 30th wedding 
anniversary in Edinburgh, Scotland, 
where their younger son has been study- 
ing on a semester abroad program. 

SHERRI GAY Dean of Lamont FL: "My 
husband Gordon and I are raising and 
training American quarter horses on 
our farm." 


Austin TO adopted daughter Clara Lee 
from Hunan, China in 2004. She plans to 
adopt a second daughter, Sarah 
Elizabeth, from China this year. 


Naperville IL is co-owner of Compass 
Medical Networking, a healthcare recruit- 
ing company. 


Fredenck MD reports that she and Mick 
are busy Stepson Billy was married in 
June. Daughter Jeannette graduated 
from University of Virginia Law School 
and is an associate with King and 
Spaulding in GA. 



Charleston SC received a master's in his- 
toric preservation from University of 
Pennsylvania and works in Charleston as 
an architectural conservator. "My Mary 
Baldwin family was wonderful during my 
stay in Philadelphia." 

LYNN HOWARD Lawrence of 

Charleston SC: "Bob and I are leading a 
group to Malta and Italy in November." 

SHAWN KEYS Whitman of Tulsa OK is 
a homemaker and preschool substitute 

MAUDIE MARTIN Huff of Columbus GA 
has been an artist/painter for the last 20 
years. She has a son (16) and husband 
Bill is in the antiques and interior design 

has joined the Biltmore Estate for Your 
Home as business development manag- 
er She is responsible for a direct-to-retail 
relationship with Belk department stores 
and other home decor licensees. 

LAURA WALL Phillips of Norfolk VA: 
"Dick and I will celebrate our 30th wed- 
ding anniversary in November." Son 
Walker married Emily and live in California. 
Daughter Bailey is in Norfolk working at 
Starbucks. "I have started sculling and 
coordinate a Learn to Row class." 


Your Reunion Is in MarchI 

Get information online: 

www. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

GENE BALCH Limbaugh of Birmingham 
AL works for Southern Company as a 
human resources consultant. Husband Ty 
is a home remodeling contractor Son 
Tyler is a senior at Georgia Tech in civil 

engineering and daughter Gene Austin is 
a senior at University of Alabama. 


California MD has a daughter at Francis 
Marion University and 2 children in high 
school. She and husband Lanny celebrat- 
ed their 25th anniversary this summer. 

Rodgers of Columbia SC opened a sec- 
ond children's shoe store in Charlotte NC 
called Tootsies Too. 


rVY LEWIS Llaneza '86 and Max: a daughter, Sophie Adele, December 2, 2005 

MARGARET "MEG" BRITTINGHAM Kieda '87 and Adam: a son, John-Adam, January 5, 2006 

HILDA "MAGGIE" TATE Riith '90 and Michael: a son, Robert Mitchell, January 1, 2006 

PRISCILLA HUYNH Scanlon '91 and Matthew: a son, Matthew Asher, October 2005 

LESLIE MASON Spong '91 and Tim: a son, John Timothy, June 28, 2005 

SUSAN SOMMERS Crisp '91 and Sellers: a daughter, Martha, September 14, 2005 

LANE TYREE Mueller '91 and Chris: a daughter, Megan Otilia, January 18, 2006 

KATHERINE "BEBE" BOLEN Mackellar '92 and Bruce: a son, James "Bolen", May 24, 2006 

MARY COCKE Read '92 and Kenneth: a son, Mitchell Lafayette, February 27, 2006 

DENISE DONOHUE Hall '92 and Chandler: a son, Owen Michael, December 8, 2005 

SARAH ESCHINGER MilhoUand '92 and John: a son, John Riley, March 3, 2005 

HOPE WILLIAMS Dunbar '92 and Ty: a daughter, Olivia Grace, July 24, 2006 

KAREN WOOD Woodson '92 and John: a daughter, Mary Katherine, March 6, 2006 

AMY BURROUGHS Ikerd -^i and Scott: a daughter, Kendall Elizabeth, March 2, 2006 

ELLEN BUTLER McDonald '93 and John: a daughter, Stella James, February 2, 2006 

MARYLON HAND Barkan '^^ and Leon Mark: a daughter, Molly Mercer, July 21, 2005 

KIMBERLY LUCAS Berry '^^ and Barth: a son, Richard James, December 4, 2005 

JULIE LODGE Ustruck '94 and Christopher: a daughter, Madeleine Grace, February 4, 2006 

NICOLE PRESTON Luke '94 and Orin: a daughter, Sydney Preston, June 24, 2006 

SHARON "WERTZ Loomis '94 and Nathan: a daughter, Cassidy Ella, June 20, 2005 

CARLA CUSTIS Russell '95 and Ken: a daughter, Morgan Gate, May 8, 2006 

JILL PARKER Kissinger '95 and Flip: a daughter, Abigail "Abbie" Keathley, May 24, 2006 

JULIE YOUNG Bayly '95 and Duane Allen: a son. Tanner Mitchell, December 24, 2005 

STEPHANIE BAKER Driscoll '96 and Patrick: a daughter, Mary Katherine, February 23, 2006 

RANDY HORNE Cullen '96 and Matthew: a daughter, Katherine "Katie" Ann, November 14, 2005 

DIXIE JAY Daniel '96 and Chris: a daughter, Jacklyn Betty, February 16, 2006 

ALECL\ KERRY Rojas '96 and Carlos: a daughter, Juliet Elise, October 7, 2005 

AMY LYNN Yost '96 and Chris: a son, William "Will" Christopher, January 23, 2006 

KARA OLSEN Niebo '9(, and Ronald: a son, Trevor Joseph, July 30, 2005 

MANDY FRANKLIN Jernigan '98 and Chris: a daughter, Isabella Maria, September 9, 2005 

CAITLYN WALZ Marsh '98 and Anderson: a son, Zachary Cooper, January 9, 2006 

BRITTANY AANERUD Fonte '99 and her partner: a son, Jonas Grey, May 13, 2006 

JAMIE HAMMER Kullander '00 and Daniel: a daughter, Abigail Lillian, August 9, 2005 

JENNIFER HUSTON Tabor '00 and Cameron: a daughter, Annehse Erin, October 9, 2005 

LAILA STROMBERG Beverly '00 and Brett: a daughter, Korin Elisabeth, December 8, 2004 

JANEEN CARTER '01 and Nathaniel: a daughter, Joanna, September 23, 2005 

NORAH FICK Pence '01 and Adam: a daughter, Leana Beth, April 26, 2006 

MEGAN STAAB Rash '01 and Jeff: a son, Ian Jeffrey, July 17, 2006 

CHRISTINE WUERTH Spilman '01 and Jeremy: a daughter, Alyssa, November 26, 2005 

ELIZABETH "BETH" CHAPMAN Ford '02 and Cliff: a daughter, Marin Elizabeth, February 15, 2006 

JULIE HAISLIP '02: a daughter, Madeline IdaAnne, March 5, 2005 

WINDSOR HALL Johnson '02 and Scott: a son, Lucas Overton, June 5, 2006 

JENELLE LIVESAY Mick '02 and Kevin: a daughter, Ella Idora, March 11, 2006 

CRISTEN QUINLAN '02: a son, Daniel Trenten Louis, March 14, 2006 

JENNIFER CHEATHAM '03: a son, Matthew Lynn Rew, February 20, 2006 

DEBBIE WOLFE Shea of Dumas AR was 
looking forward to serving on tfie MBC 
Alumnae Board and getting to visit cam- 
pus again. 

JENIFER WALKER has moved to Castle 
Rock CO and owns fier own business. 
Cartref Communications. 



Staunton VA began teaching in Mary 
Baldwin's Master of Arts in Teaching pro- 
gram last Spnng with an emphasis in 
special education 

MELANIE GOFF Bradley of Rocky 
Mount NC traveled to Napa Valley CA in 
late April with her husband and a fnend 
to celebrate their 50th birthdays. 

NINA HARRISON Mercat lives in Pans, 
France with husband Bernard and chil- 
dren Audrey (20), Pascal (18), and Alison 
(16), She teaches English at the Institut 
Superieur de Gestion, Conservatoire 
National des Arts et Metiers, and 
Universite de Cergy-Pontoise. 


Lynchburg VA reports that her mother 
Sallie Horner McCausland died in 
February 2006 She was the daughter of 


MARTHA KRAUSS Smith of Disputanta 
VA stays busy with home, garden, and 
children. Son Chns is a junior at Old 
Dominion University and daughter 
Rebecca is a |unior in high school. 
Husband Cecil works at Philip Morris. 

ANN LAMB Davis of Charlottesville VA: 
"1 marned Eric Davis on New Year's Day 
2006, My daughter will head to Radford 
University next fall. I'm loving my Mary 
Kay career and celebrating 26 years at 
University of Virginia Health System." 

NANCY MANN Sizemore of Richmond 
VA IS a stay-at-home mom and enjoys 
decorating and taking art class with 
JANIE BAUGH Singletary '79. Husband 
Ken IS an investment VP for Smith 
Barney. Son John (19) is a sophomore 
studying art at Virginia Commonwealth 
University, and Matt (15) is a high school 
sophomore who loves golf. 


GENEVA AGEE Urban of Newberg OR: 
"I'm taking audit classes at George Fox 

BEVERLY BAKER Thompson of 

Craigsville VA is a teacher at Augusta 
Correctional Facility and active in her 
church as secretary and Sunday 
School teacher Beverly's 2 grand- 
daughters (10 and 11) and grandson 
(7) are living with her 

DIANA MOORE Rasnick of Hopewell VA 
graduated in December 2005 with a 
master's in management from Florida 
Institute of Technology Diana was recog- 
nized as the only student to earn a 4.0 


SARA ANDERSON Vines of Staunton 
VA received a master's in education from 
James Madison University and teaches 
at Thomas Dixon Elementary School. 

has completed her master's of education 
from University of Nevada at Las Vegas. 
Martha's daughter is considering attend- 
ing Mary Baldwin! 

JULIE HALL Friedman of Fairhope AL 
and husband Frank run a bed and break- 
fast They have 3 sons: Andrew, a fresh- 
man at University of Alabama, Richard, a 
sophomore at Washington and Lee 
University and Chnstopher m graduate 
school atVanderbilt University. 

OLIVIA KINCAID Haney of Millboro VA: 
"I stepped down to part-time ministry 3 
years ago and am busy with supply 
preaching and fulltime motherhood as a 
soccer and cross-country mom." 

REBECCA LINGER of Fort Lauderdale 
FL: Son Brawley (19) is going to college 
in England. 

CAROL MANI Johnston of San 

Antonio TX, celebrating her 20th year 
with Smith Barney, is the first vice pres- 
ident of wealth management and a 
portfolio manager 

PAMELA POPE of Washington DC: "I'm 
an elementary school counselor working 
with Fairfax County Public Schools and 
volunteer with Girl Scouts" 

HILLARY WOOD Grotos of Richmond 
VA has finished her 11th year at Trinity 
Episcopal School. Her oldest child fin- 
ished nursing school at Lynchburg 
College and she still has a child in ele- 
mentary school "Great to see class- 
mates at the reunion." 


Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

www. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your class 

column: Cyndi Phillips Fletcher 

CFIetcher@mkrealtors. com 


Lexington VA is enjoying life with her 
husband who is head baseball coach at 
Washington and Lee University. She 
works as food service supervisor for 
Rockbridge County Schools. Their 
daughter (17) has been looking into col- 

"I survived Katnna. I evacuated to a 
fnend's home, but would have been safer 
at my own house. My home's roof sur- 
vived. I spent January on an oceano- 
graphic cruise off of Japan. I'm involved 
with greyhound rescue and the Society 
for Creative Anachronism (a medieval 
recreation group)" 

IN is widowed and retired from nursing. 

LAURA LAGROW Duriand of Duluth GA 
reports that son Greg is a freshman at 
Georgia Southern University and son 
Patrick is a senior in high school, 

KIM MCGEE Roberson of 

Fredericksburg VA is a budget/account 
analyst at a Marine Corps Air Facility. 



Contact your class secretary 

by January 5 with news for 

your class column: Vicky Calhoun 

LINDA KOOGLER of Raphine VA is 
retired but working as a parish nurse for 
Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. 

DEIDRE FLEMING Dougherty of 

Urbandale lA: "Now that Alexandra and 
William are older teenagers, I've begun a 
new career as an underwriter for 
Nationwide Insurance" 


Richmond VA is a fulltime homemaker 
and community volunteer and enjoys life 
with husband Stephen and children Anne 
Randolph (16) and Stephen (13). 

New Tricks for Not So New Dogs! 

Beginning this fall Mary Baldwin 
College is offering a new and 
exciting program for alumnae/i 
as well as the entire Richmond, 
Virginia, community! 

A variety of interesting and thought 
provoking non-credit courses are 
available at Mary Baldwin College's 
Regional Campus in Richmond. 

To receive information about 
The Ham & Jam Club 

contact Kerry Mills at 
804-282-9162 or 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What's it like... 

to participate in curling tournaments? 

Virginia Gilliam Lewis '44 of Wisconsin is one of the rare peo- 
ple who know there are different types of ice. Natural ice, the 
kind you find on bodies of frozen water, is hard, rough ice. Ice 
created by freezing water over concrete on a rink indoors is dif- 
ferent, softer, Lewis said. The distinction is quite important if 
you are an avid participant in curUng, a chilly sport gaining 
popularity around the world since its addition to the Olympic 
lineup in 1998. 

"Curling is chess on ice," Lewis said, echoing a description 
used by many enthusiasts to convey the strategy involved in 
maneuvering a weighty granite stone on an icy arena. Although 
curling is frequently misunderstood and underestimated. Lew-is 

— who has been playing for more than 50 years — said it is a 
wonderful sport. "It keeps me active because it's ven,' cardiovas- 
cular, but the main draw is the people with whom you play. They 
are just great." 

Lewis' interest in the oft'beat winter sport began as curiosi- 
t>' to find out more about an activin' her husband loved. They 
have since curled in Switzerland, Canada, Germany, and Scotland 

— the birthplace of the sport — and have watched the sport 
played in other countries around the world. Now in their 80s, 
the couple still participates in bonspiels, or curling tournaments, 
in the Milwaukee area. 

Lewis, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, her sister, and her 
niece attended Mary Baldwin College. For many years, her 
home has been in the northern plains of the United States, where 
curling has taken hold. It remains a winter sport, though, even 
with indoor rinks, so she plays golf in summer. "I'm not very 
good at either of them, but they get me out there doing some- 
thing," she chuckled. 


Bonspiel: a curling tournament 

Broom: the implement used to sweep ice av^^ay to make the 

stones slide more easily; brushes have replaced brooms, 

but the old term is still used 
House: the circular target area for scoring 
Skip: usually captain of the team, who determines strategy 
Stone: round, polished granite rock weighing no more than 44 

lbs. that players slide and release in an attempt to score or 

prevent the opponent from scoring ▲ 

LISA MCKENZIE Millican of Winston- 
Salem NC IS busy with daughters 
Mckenzie (11), Evan (9), and Reagan 
(6). She teaches preschool a few morn- 
ings a week and volunteers at church 
and schools. 

SUSAN MITCHELL Nottingham of 

Norfolk VA: "I'm raising 4 children, ages 
9-17 and finishing up a graduate degree 
at Old Dominion University. My husband 
and I share a portfolio of clients, so I 
rarely go into the office. She also com- 
pleted an internship with the U.S. Navy 
working at the country's largest naval-run 
substance abuse clinic. 

RENEE OLANDER of Norfolk VA has 
been named director of Old Dominion 
University's Virginia Beach Higher 
Education Center She received her MA 
in English from ODU in 1987 and joined 
the university as an instructor of English. 
She was a lecturer and academic adviser 
for the College of Arts and Letters and 
was named director of interdisciplinary 
studies in July 2000, 


Alexandria VA: "In June 2006 I swam 
around the island of Manhattan, 28.5 
miles In 8 hours, 15 minutes, I will 
attempt a 22-mile ocean swim from the 
Island of Catalina CA to Los Angeles later 
this year." She began marathon swim- 
ming In 2000 when a running Injury pre- 
vented her from competing in triathlons 
(swim, bike, run). Husband Julian com- 
petes in Ironman triathlons all over the 
world. They have a dog (Zelda) and a cat 
(Matisse). Beth is a Web site content 



LISA INGHAM Nalley of Greenville SC 
and husband Wes have children Mary 
Ashton (14), Bennett (12), and Weston 
(11). After a career with Dunlop/Maxfll 
Golf Corporation, Lisa enjoys volunteer- 
ing fulltime. She is the first female presi- 
dent of Greenville Little League and is 
head coach of her daughter's JV volley- 
ball team. 

JENNIFER JONES Collins of Midlothian 
VA has begun her third year of seminary 
and will be doing a pastoral care Intern- 
ship at her home church. 

DONNA MEEKS Peduto of Staunton 
VA: "i have been married for almost 21 
years to Mark, We have 2 children, 
Amanda (19) and Brian (15). Amanda is 
an EMT for Churchville Fire and Rescue. 
Brian Is a homeschooled 10th grader. We 
have a granddaughter, Kailey, born in 
November 2005," 

LEE ROOKER Heath of Columbia SC; 
"My husband Cantey and I have 2 chil- 
dren, Mary (11) and Cantey III ©)." 

KAROL SVINDLAND Derflinger of Front 
Royal VA is a behavioral specialist at 
Warren County Schools In VA, 


Charlottesville VA reports that grandson 
Carl graduated from Lewis and Clark 
College with a degree in philosophy and 


Alexandna VA has 3 children, ages 10, 6, 
and 2, 

LAURIE BYERS Armstrong of Buena 
Vista VA has children Ali Patton (10), Waite 
Harnson (7), and Graham Davisson (4). 

DEBORAH CHILDS of Midlothian VA 
was appointed to the Richmond Regional 
Cooperation Commission by Mayor L. 
Douglas Wilder 

LESLIE HUNT of Elkton MD began an 
animal rescue service in 1999 that has 
rescued over 500 animals, 

CARRIE MURAD Rogers of Lake Bluff 
IL has a child (11) on the honor roll again. 
"Maybe she will be a future MBC stu- 
dent!" Carrie has been married for 13 
years and works part-time in her daugh- 
ter's school district. 

JUDYTHOMPSON Finch of Tremont PA 
owns Echo Valley Campground in 
Pennsylvania on highway 1-81 and teach- 
es part-time at Lehigh Carbon 
Community College. 


Mechanicsville VA: "I am a neonatal 
nurse practitioner at VCU Medical Center 
In Richmond. I received my master's In 
nursing in 1999 from Old Dominion 


Your Reunion Is In March! 

Get information online: 

www. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your class 

column: MacKay Morris Boyer 

sandYpawscottage@eanhlink. net 


Fairfax VA and Jay welcomed third child, 
Lucy Berry in August 2004. "She Is baby 
sister to Lydia (8) and Ben (5), I'm a stay- 
at-home mom and active with volunteer 
work. Jay works for the federal govern- 
ment. I would love to hear from any 
classmate I have lost touch with during 
these busy years." 

CHERI FREEMAN Tomlinson of 

Greensboro NC has 4 children and home- 
schools her 5lh- and 6th-graders. 

LOUISE "LOU" HALL Bloxom of 

Parksley VA teaches kindergarten at 
Broadwater Academy where daughter 
Blaire Is in 8th grade and daughter 
Madison is in 6th. Son Brant (4) is in pre- 
school. Husband Rob is president of the 
family business and grows oysters near 
their home as a hobby that pays for Itself 

ELLIS HERBERT Britton of Midlothian 
VA is married to Bubba and has a daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth (7). 


Arlington TX is in private practice and 
marned with one cliild (8). She made 
contact with TRACY BURKS Yancey '87 

in Atlanta GA. "I am looking forward to 
our class reunion," 

MCKAY MORRIS Boyer of Richmond VA 
has her own law practice working prima- 
rily with mentally incapacitated adults. 


Aaronsburg VA is a stay-at-home mom 
with part-time work in direct sales 
Susan's children Frederick (15) and Julia 
(13) have 2 new brothers, Nathaniel (4) 
and Marshall (2), 

ANNEWADDELL of Bristol VA is retired. 


KRISTY BARLOW McComas of Swoope 
VA has a child (5) starting kindergarten 
and who is an avidl-ball player. 


Painter VA and husband Joe have daugh- 
ters Elizabeth (151, Emily (11), and Holly 

(3), She works for the Division of Child 
Support and Joe is a pastor at a small 
Eastern Shore church. 

LAURA DUDLEY Dyke of Crozier VA 
helps coordinate Celebration of Hope in 
Richmond VA which provides support to 
the non-profit organization Brain Tumor 
Research and Information Network. 
Laura started her own company. Beads 
of Hope, to raise money for brain tumor 

EILEEN METZ of Hermitage PA has 
been an auditor with the U.S. 
Department of Energies for 15 years. 

began teaching gifted students this fall in 
1st through 5th grade. 


of Griffin GA has been teaching social 
studies, but will begin teaching language 
arts to gifted students this year. Cea Cea 
has been in Who's Who Among 
American Teachers and was recently 
accepted to do her national board certifi- 
cation in teaching She en|oyed visits 
with BARBARA WEAKS Sutton '88 and 

KATHLEEN SALE Shannon '89 

JOAN RIPLEY of Charlottesville VA has 
10 grandchildren. 

became Lady Commander with Star of 
the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of 
Jerusalem. She is also a board member 
for the Catholic Foundation of the 
Archdiocese of Denver and a member of 
the Papal Foundation. 


works with autistic children at the 
Spiritos School. 

SANDRA GOULD of Vinton VA complet- 
ed her master's of administration and 
supervisions K-12 from Virginia Tech. 

AMY GUPTON Nelson of Holden Beach 
NC graduated from University of North 
Carolina with an elementary education 
teaching certificate. Amy and husband 
Rick have daughters Mary Britt (12) and 
Victona (7). 


Lloyd Harbor NY: "I co-founded the 
Parent Education Network (PEN) and am 
working on starting an essential oil busi- 
ness. Will is 7 and Ella is 3-1/2 years old. 
Our newest family member is a mini-poo- 
dle, Maggie." 

JANAAN HASHIM of Chicago IL was 
admitted to the Illinois Bar and is an attor- 
ney at the IL State Appellate Defenders 

ANNE HOLT of Tallahassee FL published 
her third book, Blanco Sol in August 2005 
with a 4th one due out this year. She 
earned a PhD in history from Flonda 
State University and wrote her disserta- 
tion on the historical development of 
Florida prisons. 


Richmond VA: "I completed a master's of 
liberal arts at University of Richmond in 
2004 and a MA in history at the College 
of William and Mary. I'm looking forward 
to working on my PhD." 








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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What's it like... 

to live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam? 

One thing Sandra Harrison '85 did not expect when she 
moved to Hanoi in 2000 was to be so readily embraced by the 
city's inhabitants, particularly as an American. "For the over- 
whelming majority of Vietnamese, there is not an immediate 
association between Americans and the Vietnam War. It's sad 
to say, but the United States was not the worst, nor the 
longest, of the country's foreign aggressors," she said. Recent 
census data indicate that between 60 and 70 percent of the 
country's population is under age 30, so the association they 
make with the U.S. is usually of Bill Gates and unlimited 
opportunity, rather than conflict and tension, Harrison said. 

Harrison has spent the past 20 years working for English 
Language Institute/China, a nonprofit organization that trains 
and places people in Asia to teach English as a Second 
Language. She now serves as the Vietnam director who over- 
sees teachers at nine universities and more than 40 colleges. 
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city and home to about 3,000,000 
people in the country's northern plains, has changed signifi- 
cantly during the six years Harrison has inhabited a down- 
town apartment. Particularly in the technology arena. 

"I remember when a store put in the city's first escalator 
in winter 2001," she said. "People had never seen anything 
like it; they traveled to see it, they treated it like a ride, they 
took pictures next to it. It was fun to watch." 

Harrison also recalls when the rate to call the United 
States was close to $4 per minute, and the quality was sub-par. 
Today, she sounds clear as a bell to friends and family state- 
side, and she doesn't need to take out a loan to make calls. 
Just this year, she also witnessed the arrival of a Kentucky 
Fried Chicken in the downtown corridor — the first American 
multinational food chain to have a presence in the city. 

"What I really want people to know is that this is a gor- 
geous country — there are places where mountains plunge 
right into the water — and that I am always ready for visi- 
tors!" Harrison said. ▲ 

AL has gotten together with friends from 
the Class of 1989 once a year Last year 
15 classmates met in Baltimore MD. 
They are planning another tnp this year. 

SARAH YEATTS Gormiey of 

Fredencksburg VA reports that her hus- 
band, who she began dating her fresh- 
man year at MBC, has been promoted to 
Lt Col. She is selling real estate. 


MD; "We will be moving toTavares FL 
with retirement in mind. Retirement is 
not for me but my employer's flexibility 
will allow me to continue working. 

TRACY EBBERT Revalee of Liberty IN 
vacationed in Singapore last March and 
has welcomed her second grandchild. 

SUSAN HYATT Ferrell of Colonial 
Heights VA is a stay-at-home mom to 
Anne Maclin (8) and Wit (6). 

CAROLINE MAY Echols of Atlanta GA 
has started her own fundraising firm, 
Wellspring Resource Management. 
Daughter Virginia May is 2 years old. 


Manakin-Sabot VA and husband Randy 
enjoy children Lindsay (5) and Hunter (4). 


Goodview VA and husband Eddie have 



of Manakin-Sabot VA and John have 3 
children: Emmalee Taylor (4), John 
Hatcher (3), and Ashton Hailey (3), After 
12 years of teaching, Paige is staying 


THERESA DAVID of Bethesda MD has 
been in the automobile industry 15 
years. "I've held managerial titles, but I 
enjoy the finance side most! No one is 
more surprised than me." She vaca- 
tioned in Maui with boyfriend of 5 years, 
Eric White. 

ERIN DENEEN Shull of Loveland OH is 
pregnant with a second child who will 
join daughter Maggie ( 2-1/2). She is vice 
president at Acordia of Ohio, LLC. 

HATTIE JACKSON Jefferson of Emporia 
VA is a career coach at Southside Virginia 
Community College. 


Verona VA is head of Staunton Montesson 
School in Staunton. She and husband 
Kevin have sons Joyner (5) and Janner (2). 
Kevin left for Iraq in summer 2006. 

JANIE RODRIGUEZ Villan-eal of San 

Antonio TX has been a senior accounting 
manager for 5 years. 

KATE SHUNNEY of Berkeley Springs 
WV is a fulltime staff reporter for The 
Morgan Messenger. 

LANETYREE Mueller of Virginia Beach 
VA and Chris announce the birth of 
daughter Megan Otilia in January 2006, 
They are now in the process of adopting 
their second daughter from China and 
were hoping to go in late September or 
early Oct. Her name will be Abby Lei. 

MYPHUONG VO of Lorton VA is mar- 
ried and has daughter Sydney (3). 


Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 
January 5 with news for your 
class column: Heather Jackson 

ALITIA CROSS of Stonendge VA works 
at Benjamin Moore Paints as a store 
design specialist for the VA, DC, DE, and 
Philadelphia areas. 


Woodlands TX is vice president and CEO 
of St. Luke's Community Medical Center. 
She earned a MA in health administra- 
tion at Washington University and com- 
pleted a post-graduate fellowship at 
Duke University Health System. 


Newport News VA is a realtor with Abbitt 
Realty and earned a broker's license and 
ABR designation. 

AMY GUFFEY Darby of Staunton VA 
enjoyed participating in the Class 
Leadership conference at Mary Baldwin 
in April and looks forward to her 15th 
reunion in March. She works as the 
intake/probation officer with the 25th 
District Juvenile and Domestic Relations 
Court in Staunton. She and husband 
Mark will celebrate 13 years of marriage 
in December "Our children Whitney (7) 
and Walker (2) keep us busy." 

DEBI MOIR of Richmond VA has com- 
pleted graduate certification program at 
the University of Richmond in human 
resources management. She had a 
3.94 GPA and won a book award as an 
outstanding student. 

SUSAN O'DONNELL Black of Canal 
Winchester OH is vice president/chief 
advancement officer at St. Vincent 
Family Centers. She received the desig- 
nation of certified fundraising executive 
after 12 years in the field. Eldest daugh- 
ter Kay is at Manetta College on full 
scholarship. "I'm looking forward to cele- 
brating 15 years with the Class of 1992 
and hononng dear fnend MELANIE 
MADISON Vent '92 with a tree-planting 

JOHNTRIPPEL of Charlottesville VA pre- 
sented a one-man art show at Martin 
Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center 
from mid-August to mid-October featur- 
ing oil paintings, acrylic paintings, etching 
and watercolors. 


Lovettsville VA is a second grade teacher 
for Richmond Public Schools. 




Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your 

class column: Kelly Kennaly 

LAUREN GANTLY-Miller of New York 
NY married Andrew in November 2005. 
Lauren is a freelance technical designer 
with Marmot and Andrew is an architect. 

NICOLE BAKER of Savannah GA is a 
real estate developer with a focus on his- 
toric preservation. She is also a competi- 
tive skier (top speeds of 147mph) and 
was an alternate at the 2006 Winter 
Games in the downhill division. She is 
currently among the fastest skiers, male 
and female, in the world. After training in 
Vermont, Nicole and her sponsors were 
considering competing in Europe over 
the summer months. 


Richmond VA and John welcomed 
daughter Stella James in February 2006. 
Ellen now owns Rattle & Roll, a children's 


Salisbury NC is assistant director of the 
North Carolina Main Street Program for 
the NC Department of Commerce. Meg 
and husband Jay have children Archie 14) 
and Maggie (3). 

KIMBERLY LUCAS Ben^ of Staunton 
VA: "Husband Berth has been deployed 
with the Army Reserve in Iraq since 
August 2005. He did not get leave for 
the birth of our son Richard James in 
December 2005. Daughter Geneva (2) 
and Kimberly expected Barth home in 
August 2006, 


Gloucester VA works for Virginia 
Community College System as a career 
coach in 2 local high schools. She also 
works part-time as regional coordinator 
for Career Prep Academy. 



Arlington VA has sons Patrick (5) and 
Andrew (2). Katherine started a decorat- 
ing and organizing business called A 
Second Opinion. 

DUSTIN WELLS of San Francisco CA: 
"My story 'Momma Didn't Like Her Girls 
Playing with Guns' will be coming out in 
StorySouth which can be viewed at sto- It's under my pen name, 
Dusty Whales. I write monthly for a mag- 
azine called SOMA and play banjo and 
mandolin in a few bluegrass bands" 


Ownesboro KY was inducted into Phi 
Kappa Phi and received her master's 
degree in marriage and family therapy 
from Western Kentucky University. 

JOSEPH "JOE" CHIANG of Covington 
VA has written a book (expected publica- 
tion of late summer or fall) with method- 
ologies and algorithms which he hopes 
can help address problems in U.S. math 

LAURA CROSS Owens of Mableton GA 
was marned to Brian in March 2006. 

ALEXANDRA LARUE Davis of Crozet 
VA received the William C Lowry 
Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of the 
Year Award for elementary school teach- 
ers. She also received a Programs That 
Work 2006 award from Virginia 
Mathematics and Science Coalition She 
teaches fourth grade in Albemarle 
County Public Schools 

JUDY MAE MOORE of Wylliesburg VA 
was awarded a U.S. 2006 Poetry 
Ambassador from the International 
Library of Poetry. She works as a tour 
guide and public relations staff for 
Central High Museum in Charlotte Court 
House VA and volunteers at the circula- 
tion desk at Wylliesburg Community 

NICOLE SADLER Schieke of Centreville 
MD: "Son Matthew turned 2 in January 
I'm working with Queenstown Bank, am 
a board member for my son's daycare, a 
Southern Living at-home consultant, and 
a member of the Junior League of 

ANNE SCOTT Carter of Richmond VA: 
"I am teaching preschool part-time at 
First Presbytenan Preschool and at home 
with our son Lee 

ELIZABETH SOLOMON of Barboursville 
VA: "I retired from classroom teaching in 
2002, but do private tutoring, home 
schooling, and help adults get GEDs. I 
lead a poetry critique group every Friday 
and write poems daily" She has wntten 
more than 450,000 poems with her 
most published poem appearing recently 
in the Poetry Society of Virginia News. 

SUSAN WALTON Estes of Newport VA 
has passed her engineering exam. 


DIXIE JAY Daniel of Staunton VA is 
working as a release of information spe- 
cialist for Smart Document Solutions and 
husband Chns is co-owner of Renco 

PATTYE KEELING Leslie of Waynesboro 
VA served as acting principal and testing 
coordinator at the Virginia School for the 
Deaf and Blind, and began work as lEP 
coordinator in June 2006. 

FULTON KEGLEY of Bland VA married 
Cheryl Winscott, a graduate of the 
College of William and Mary and 
Shenandoah College with a degree in 
pharmacy He is employed by the VA 
Department of Transportation and man- 
ages a family farm. 

Your Reunion Is in MarchI 

Get information online: 

www. mbc. edu/alumnae/reunion 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your 

class column: Jenna Smith 

mbcyaya^yaiioo. com 


Richmond VA: "Stephen will be a third 
year and Jaime a second year student at 
the University of Virginia. Lauren is a 
freshman at Trinity Episcopal and Jack is 
in the third grade at St. Michael's 
Episcopal School. Charlie, the biggest 
surprise since graduation, will be in pre- 

JAMIE HOOVER of Rochester NY is a 
proiect manager for BizNetix, a leading 
web site design and internet application 
development company. 

NICOLE MEDINA of Fairfield VA was 
named Employee of the Year by 
Staunton's Employee Recognition 
Committee for her work helping elderiy, 
disabled, and ill persons respond to 
housing issues. She works as an adult 
protection service worker with 
Shenandoah Valley Social Services. 


Columbia MD is general manager of Lord 
SiTaylor retail specialty stores. Husband 
Nick works for Johns Hopkins. 


Chesapeake VA is an 
echocardiographer/instructor for Sentara 


Sandy Hook VA: "I earned a MA in 
health finance and management from 
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 
and completed a PhD in health servic- 
es organization and research at 
Medical College of Virginia" She mar- 
ried husband Lee in 2002. She is 
administrator of Children's Medical 
Center at Virginia Commonwealth 
University Health System. 

JANE TERRELL Neer of Richmond VA 
and husband Ernie enjoy traveling and 
spent their 7th anniversary In 
Montego Bay. 



Richmond VA is teaching second grade at 
St. Catherine's. 

JESSICA HYDE Marcom of Staunton VA 
is director of admissions at Stuart Hall 


Savannah GA is a mother of 2 children. 

teaching kindergarten at St. Anne's 
Belfield School and has purchased her 
first home. 



Odenton MD is completing a terminal 
degree in creative writing. 

ERIN BERNACHE Alberts of Columbia 
MD: Husband Kirk earned a PhD in 
physics and works at Army Research 
Labs in the field of urban acoustics. 

AIMEE FAVREAU Dabney of Rockville 

VA has earned a national board certifica- 
tion for teachers. 

EMILY GOETZ Thompson of 

Greensboro NC is director of Guilford 
Annual Funds at Guilford College. Emily, 
who as a student worked in the Annual 
Fund office at MBC, went on to work at 
Lynchburg College as annual fund assis- 
tant director, at Elon University as assis- 
tant, then associate director of annual 


of Vandemere NC: "Our children Jonah (3) 
and Cecilia (2) and I have been traveling in 
and out of the Middle East through maps, 
pictures, and stories, as my husband Eric 
has been deployed the last 3 years." 


JENNIFER LORDAN of Williamsburg 
is working at a therapy clinic. She also 
completed the Disney Marathon in 

FREDA MCCLUNG of Charlottesville VA 
attends Old Dominion University study- 
ing architectural design. Her oldest child 
attends Virginia Tech and her youngest is 
a junior in high school 


Tacoma WA earned a psychology doctor- 
ate from Washington School of 
Professional Psychology at Argosy 
University Seattle. He is now licensed as 
a clinical psychologist. 

iust returned from a trip to Ethiopia 
where she spent several weeks working 
in orphanages. 


JEAN BULLS Carpenter has been 
singing professionally in Paris, France. In 
2005, while working at Mary Baldwin as 
the administrative assistant to the Dean 
of the College, Jean traveled to Paris 
with the Al Hamilton Community Choir 
and eventually made the decision to stay 
in France where she has found success 
singing Jazz with a hint of gospel. An 
ordained minister, Jean has been work- 
ing on her second recording while also 
teaching English and singing with various 
U.S. -based groups. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What's it like... 

to produce an award-winning TV show? 

It is scouring the Internet, newspapers, and trusted sources 
for show topics. It is exhilarating. It is helping to book tal- 
ent such as Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, 
actress Geena Davis, and Linda Hirshman, author of a con- 
troversial book criticizing educated stay-at-home moms, 
Get To Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World. It is 
multi-tasking. It is a Public Broadcasting Service program 
called To the Contrary, and Alika Codispoti '04 is on the 
front line. 

"We tape on Thursday, so everything in the week builds 
up to Thursdays," said Codispoti, a history major and the- 
atre minor who lives and works in Washington DC. An 
internship at a small production company in New York City 
while she was an MBC student fostered her interest in 
behind-the-scenes television work. Two years after gradua- 
tion, she is associate producer at Persephone Productions, a 
company created specifically to produce To the Contrary. 

This is not your run-of-the-mill TV series. Introduced in 
1992, To the Contrary is one of the country's few all-female 
news analysis programs, exploring mainstream current 
events from a female perspective and targeting specific 
women's issues with expert and celebrity panelists. Host and 
creator Bonnie Erbe won a Gracie Allen award for her work 
on the show, and the program itself has earned recognition 
in the industry. "I knew I was interested in working in tele- 
vision, and I was happy to find work on a program that has 
a genuine purpose — to explore the underrepresented views 
of women, children, and people of color," she said. 

Two years at Persephone Productions taught Codispoti 
the technicalities of digital film editing and how to lineup an 
all-star panel, but her most significant take-away from the 
job thus far is heightened awareness about women's issues. 
"Working here has helped define the way I absorb informa- 
tion in the world, and it gives me a better sense of who I am 
and will continue to become." ▲ 

Meyer graduated from University of 
Nortfi Carolina Law Scfiool in May 2005 
and now lives in Richmond VA with hus- 
band Patrick, Julie was looking forward 
to traveling to Japan with ELYSE LILLY 
Wlarshall '00 to attend the wedding of 

SUSAN COVINGTON Rothenberg of 

Richmond VA was married to Getty 
Andrew Rothenberg in June 2006 at The 
Tides Inn in IrvingtonVA. 

JAMIE HAMMER Kullander of Penn 
Laird VA and Daniel had a beautiful baby 
girl named Abigail Lillian in August 2005. 


Chesapeake VA and Cameron celebrated 
the birth of daughter Annelise Enn in 
October 2005. Jennifer loves being a 

LALE MAMAUX of Spnngfield VA is 
communications director for 
Congressman Robert Wexler who repre- 
sents Florida's Nineteenth Congressional 
District. Lale has recently been given the 
opportunity to be a part of a 6-part docu- 
mentary series airing on the Sundance 
Channel called "The Hill." It premiered 
August 2006 and focuses on the inner- 
workings of Congressman Wexler's 


Cape Girardeau MO marned husband 
Joshua in 2002 and has daughter 
Bronw^n (4) and son Daegan (1). Kendra 
has been doing disability rights cases for 
a law firm and was planning to go to law 
school in the fall. 

MOLLY PAYNE Pugh of Chesapeake VA 
was named as the new executive direc- 
tor of the VA Corn Growers and VA Small 
Grains Associations in Apnl 2006. She is 
the proprietor of MAPP Consulting of 
Chesapeake, a fund raising consulting 
firm whose clients have included both 
political candidates and non-profit organi- 

JANICE POWELL Breeden of Orange 
VA teaches high school art and has been 
accepted in the International Digital Art 
Exhibition at the San Diego Institute of 
Art with juror Manlyn Kushner. 



Norfolk VA married Joseph Turner Seale 
in October 2004 on her parents' farm in 
Trenton NC. "We recently move to 
Norfolk where I work as a pharmaceuti- 
cal sales representative and Joe works 
for an advertising company." 

JANEEN CARTER of Norfolk VA and 
Nathaniel welcomed birth of third daugh- 
ter Joanna in September 2005. Joanna 
joins sisters Charity Yvonne (3) and 
Stephanie Anita (2). 


Genoa IL finished her MBA in Spring 
2005. "Yeah!" 


Mineral VA and Chris celebrated their 
fifth wedding anniversary this year. Son 
Joseph turned 4 in September and is 
recovenng from brain surgery to remove 
a benign tumor. 

IMORAH PICK Pence of Woodford VA and 
Adam welcomed daughter Leana Beth in 
April 2006. 

WENDY FOSCUE Armstrong of 

Olympia WA is currently deployed in the 
Middle East. 

KATRINA ONUSKO Lewis of Crowley 
TX had her first baby giri in October 2004 
named Kaitlyn Mackenzie and says she 
enjoying her time with Kaitlyn very much. 

ELIZABETH POOLE of Lansdale PA is 
loving her job and life in Philadelphia. 
Elizabeth works as a marketing manager 
in a retail real estate company. 


Chariottesville VA was named the 2005 
Graduate Student of the Year by the VA 
Academy of School Psychologists. 
Presented at the VA Psychological 
Association's annual convention in 
Richmond last October, the award recog- 
nizes excellence in academics, service, 
and leadership. Jessa, a graduate stu- 
dent at James Madison University, has 
worked as an intake coordinator for the 
Office of Disabilities at JMU interviewing 
students with learning problems. 

MEGAN STAAB Rash of Linden VA and 
Jeff are pleased to announce the birth of 
son Ian Jeffrey in July 2006. 

AMANDA TYNER Ironmonger of 

Chesapeake VA and husband Sean have 
been married 4 1/2 years. Amanda is an 
eighth grade English and civics teacher 
for Isle of Wight County Amanda and 
Sean have a dog named Alex and enjoy 
traveling, including a trip this summer to 

KIRSTENWELTON Shields reports: 
"Josh and I have relocated to Roanoke 
VA for his career. We are beginning to 
relearn slower towns and enjoying it! We 
recently purchased a house and are hav- 
ing fun turning it into a home" 

DAVID WOODBURN of Richmond VA is 
in his sixth year of teaching in Richmond. 


Harnsonburg VA and Jeremy welcomed 
daughter Alyssa in November 2005. 
Christine graduated from Eastern 
Mennonite University in April 2006 with 
a MA in counseling. 


Your Reunion Is in March! 

Get information online: 

Or call Alumnae/i Office 

at 800-763-7359 

Contact your class secretary by 
January 5 with news for your 

class column: Anna Henley 

Brown of Lexington VA is a kindergarten 
teacher for Rockbridge County Public 

"I've been in San Juan, Puerto Rico for 3 
years now, I am finishing my second year 
of my master's program in applied lin- 
guistics at the Universidad de Puerto 
Rico, Recinto Rio Piedras, I work there as 
a research assistant and teach English to 
adults with the Pan American Institute." 

KRISTEN BRYANT Gould has moved to 
Rockbndge Baths VA (just outside of 
Lexington) with husband Les and son 
Evan (2), 


of Oceanside CA and husband Cliff 
announce the birth of first child Mann 
Elizabeth in February 2006. Beth is also 
happy to report that Cliff arrived safely 
home from Iraq. She has switched jobs 
and now works for her dream company, 
Playstation. "I feel like Tom Hanks in the 
movie Big" 

JULIE HAISLIP of Palmyra VA and family 
welcomed daughter Madeline IdaAnne in 
March 2005 "In celebration of her first 
birthday ANNA HENLEY '02 and JEN- 
NIFER "JEN" WEST '02 joined us for her 
dedication service and birthday party 
Anna and Jen are Maddie's godmothers." 

WINDSOR HALL Johnson of Manassas 
VA and Scott announce the birth of sec- 
ond son Lucas Overton in June 2006, 
"His big brother William has welcomed 
him with open arms and we are all doing 
well. I am looking forward to my younger 
sister Ashlyn joining MBC in August and 
to the Class of 2002 reunion in Mayl " 


Alexandria VA: "I am still teaching in 
Washington DC and loving it, of course I I 
just finished my first summer school run 
as principal for the 6 week program! 
What an exciting and rewarding chal- 
lenge. I was married in November 2005 
to a wonderful woman, Gillian Chauncey, 
and our names are now Chauncey-Leard. 
MBC attendees were ANGELINA MOR- 
'99, ANNE MEACHAM '03, and KERR! 
LAUGHLIN '05. Gillian and I are still liv- 
ing in Alexandria with our 2 dogs and 2 
cats and looking to move within the year 
to start a bigger family! Can't wait for 
reunion 2007! SCARLET! GOLD!" 

worked 3 years for Data Management, 
Inc. in Stoneville NC as a production 
coordinator . 

JENELLE LIVESAY Mick of Southem 
Pines NC and Kevin are thnlled to 
announce the birth of daughter Ella Idora 
in March 2006. 

is a kindergarten teacher for Nelson 
County Schools. 

welcomed son Daniel Trenten Louis 
Ouinlan in March 2006 weighing 7 lbs 11 
oz TIFFANY CAMPBELL '01 came to 
Trenten's baby shower in February 2006. 
Cnsten has been living in Richmond for 
about 4 years and works at local nursing 
homes in social services and admissions. 



Contact your class secretary by 

January 5 with news for your 

class column: Elizabeth Hill 

hilleg@jmu edu 

DIANE ALFORD recently purchased a 
home in Spnngfield VA and is loving her 
job as a financial specialist for Wachovia 

HEATHER CARLYLE of Evansville IN has 
finished a stmt as interim executive direc- 
tor at Evansville Civic Theatre. She con- 
tinues to wnte and direct children's the- 
atre and manage the theatre's produc- 
tions and offices. 

IS happy to announce the birth of son 
Matthew Lynn Rew in February 2006. 

KELLY GURLEY Roberts of Norfolk VA 
received hei Juris Doctor degree from 
Regent University Law School in May 
2006 and was planning to take the bar 
exam in July 

VA: "I still work full-time for the Senate 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 
Committee. I am also beginning my sec- 
ond year at Amencan University, where I 
am earning a master's in business admin- 

DEBORAH LAMB of CrozetVA has 
applied to the MBA program at James 
Madison University. 

KATIE MACOLA of Pasadena MD is 
teaching fourth grade and attending grad- 
uate school for a master's in reading 
instruction. "I had the privilege of work- 
ing closely with a 1981 MBC graduate in 

2004 who is a parent of a student. I miss 
the good times of MBC. Hello to all!" 

accepted a position as Company 
Manager for the OIney Theatre Center. 
"I've heard great things about the theatre 
and the area, so I am quite excited to get 
going. Plus, this is my first full time, pro- 
fessional, not-ending-in-a-year, non-intem 
theatre job, which I find quite thrilling." 

graduated from the University of 
Oklahoma with a master's in public 
administration in May. 

HEATHER SMITH Bouknight of Verona 
VA finished her MAT at Mary Baldwin in 

2005 and is a fifth grade teacher for 
Augusta County Public Schools. 

GA IS a graduate student at the Candler 
School of Theology, Emory University, 
with plans for ministry in the Methodist 
Church upon graduation. 

works for Region Ten Community 
Services Board in Charlottesville VA as a 
psychosocial rehabilitation specialist. She 
coordinates and implements psychoso- 
cial rehabilitation techniques for adults 
with serious mental illness in a club- 
house environment. In addition to these 
duties, Ashley facilitates a women's sup- 
port group, a substance abuse recovery 
group, and an art therapy group. She also 
teaches a nutrition class at the clubhouse 
and serves as editor of its monthly 

"I am doing great, however missing 
MBC dearly! Currently I am field director 
for a program at the executive office of 
the mayor of Washington DC. I am also 
enrolled atTnnity University for a mas- 
ter's in federal program management — 
community and public health. This 
semester I made a 4.0 GPA and hope to 
graduate May '07 Afterwards I plan to 
obtain my PhD." 

MD began studies in the master's of 
social work program at Howard 
University this fall. 


Spnngfield VA is a Second Lt in the Army 
National Guard and is serving as a pla- 
toon leader overseas at a forward operat- 
ing location in support of Operation Iraqi 

LINDSEY LUCAS of Lynchburg VA has 
moved on from her position in the admis- 
sions office at Mary Baldwin to begin 
training as a long term care administrator 
at Westminister Canterbury of 

LAUREN SMITH Smith of Staunton VA 
married Lt Wesley Smith (Virgnia Military 
Institute '04) in July 2005. Wesley is cur- 
rently serving inTaji, Iraq. 

EMILY TREADWAY Greer married David 
Greer in June 2006 in Forney TX. The 
couple resides in KnoxvilleTN and Emily 
IS working at The Fort Sanders 

DEMETRIAVENEY Hundley of Rapid 
City SD works for the U.S. Air Force as a 
logistics readiness officer at Ellsworth Air 
Force Base. 

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CHRISTI ALLEN of Midlothian VA writes: 
"I recently moved to Incheon, South 
Korea to teach at the Incheon English 
Village. My students are fifth and sixth 
graders. 200 new students come each 
week and stay overnight. I am one of the 
lead teachers for Little Shakespeare. This 
aspect of the program helps children 
learn English through broadcasting and 

POLLY AUN writes: "I am living in 
Columbia SC (my hometown) and am 
working as an assistant producer/produc- 
tion assistant at a local ABC TV station, 
WOLO. I love it and hope to become a 
reporter/anchor one of these days. Miss 
my MBC girls." 

JO BUTTERWORTH Devine of Sanford 
NC was married to Jason Daniel Devine 
(Virginia Military Institute '05) in April 
2006 in Petersburg VA, MBC friends in 
attendance included bndesmaids AMAN- 
'03 The couple honeymooned in Cabo 
San Lucas, Mexico. 

HEATHER JOHNSON of Stuarts Draft VA 
works as a costumed interpreter at the 
Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. 

TIERRA JOHNSON of Greenbelt MD: 
"I'm the graduate admissions coordinator 
for Capitol College. I love my job! When 
I'm not working, I enjoy hanging out with 
WARD '05 ' 

TIFFANY KENT of Ellicott City MD began 
working for the Department of Defense 
as an analyst in January 2006. 

ROBIN LOVE Ellis of Keswick VA has 
joined Gibson Design Group in 
Charlottesville VA as an associate designer. 

MELANIE MITTS Argenbright of 

Staunton VA has completed her first year 
of teaching. "I taught Head Start but am 
currently looking for a new opportunity to 
teach older children." Melanie celebrated 
her first wedding anniversary in June. 

KRISTI MORGAN of Omaha NE is pro- 
duction stage manager at the Rose 
Theatre in Omaha. 

SHERRY SLAYMAN of Chatham VA is 
teaching at Chatham Hall, an all-giris 
boarding school in southern VA. This year 
Sherry will be teaching genetics, AP biol- 
ogy, and honors chemistry. "My job is 
very important to me because I have the 
responsibility of making a lasting impres- 
sion on these young women, not to 
mention preparing them for the world." 
In addition to her teaching duties. Sherry 
also serves as a house parent and directs 
off-campus activities. 

ERIN TANNER Laster of Hartfield VA 
married highschool sweetheart Conley 
Clark Laster IV in June 2006 — son of 

professor of art history. 

NATALIE TASILLO of Mount Solon VA is 
stage manager at the Wayside Theatre in 
Middletown VA. 

VA completed her first year at the 
College of William and Mary Marshall- 
Wythe School of Law. This summer 
Shukita was an intern at the 

Commonwealth Attorney's Office for the 
city of Newport News. 


LEIGH FRAME of Baltimore MD is a 
research polysomnograph technician at 
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. 

will be attending the University of 
Maryland at Baltimore School of 
Medicine for my master's degree of sci- 
ence and PhD in epidemiology and pre- 
ventative medicine. I am excited!" 

LAURA REED Bivans of Darnestown 
MD IS happy to announce that daughter 
Margie began her studies at Mary 
Baldwin this Fall as a member of the 
class of 2010! "She fell in love with the 
personalized attention and the campus 
when we went" Son Thomas is a fresh- 
man in high school. "We are still working 
on our house that we built 10 years ago." 



































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BERNARD LOGAN, mbc teacher of 

1967-1979 August 18, 2006 




Researching Tor the Birds': 
Biologist John Mehner Dies at 84 

By Dawn Medley 


.! %t.-' 

' e is there, smiling in black and 
white beneath dark-rimmed 
. spectacles. In more than one 
photograph he cups a small, winged 
friend while he talks to an audience or a 
student. In another, he is holding an owl 
specimen prepped for testing. There he 
is again, this time helping a student 
piece together a tiny skeleton. 

Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus 
of Biology John F. Mehner passed away 
in April 2006 at age 84, but his passion 
for biology — specifically ornithology 
— is chronicled in photographs and 
remembered by all those who learned in 
his classroom, heard or read his 
research, or joined him on a bird walk. 

Mehner joined the Mary Baldwin 
faculty in 1963. A pioneer in environ- 
mental science and animal behavior, he 
was already nationally associated with 
ecological studies of birds as a result of 
his research, which was included in 
Rachael Carson's landmark 1963 
national bestseller about ecological 
degradation, Silettt Spring. Mehner 
was one of the first ecologists in the 
country to study the effects of pesti- 
cides on bird populations — his work 
at that time was for his doctoral disser- 
tation at Michigan State University and 
focused on how DDT (dichloro- 
diphenyl-trichloroethane) affected 
American robins. 

Just three years after he started 
teaching at Mary Baldwin College, he 
founded the Augusta Bird Club to sup- 
port the study of birds native to the 
Shenandoah Valley. He was a member 
of the board of directors of The 
Virginia Society of Ornithology and the 
Virginia Association for Biology 
Education, among other conservation 
organizations. As a visiting professor of 
zoology at University of Minnesota in 
1967-68, Mehner received at least two 
National Science Foundation grants to 
fund research. 

At MBC, Mehner was affection- 
ately known as the man who led bird 
walks, and he was often called upon, 
even after his retirement in 1986, to 
give guided walks for alumnae/i and 
community events. One of his most 
requested presentations was "Why Birds 
Do What They Do." 

"He was very animated, and his 
enthusiasm on finding the right bird in 
its natural habitat was infectious," said 
Crista Cabe, Mary Baldwin's associate 
vice president for Communication, 
Marketing, and Public Affairs. Cabe led 
many bird walks with Mehner, and she 
recalled how he good-naturedly tricked 
students into misidentifying bird skins 
and how he required that they learn 
bird calls and use them in the field. 

Mehner became instrumental in 
lobbying for a new science building 
and was chairman of the faculty plan- 
ning committee for the construction of 
Pearce Science Center, which opened 
m 1970. 

In the mid-1980s Mehner's former 
students established an award for a sen- 
ior biology student in his honor. In a 
letter to alumnae/i and former students 
to ask for contributions to the scholar- 
ship fund, Letia McDaniel Drewry '78, 
HoUon Meaders '75, and Professor 
Emerita of Biology Bonnie Hohn char- 
acterized Mehner as a man "whose 
great patience and dedication led so 
many of us to realize that we were real- 
ly biologists at heart." 

Hohn met Mehner at Minnesota 
Biological Station while she was pur- 
suing her master's degree. He con- 
vinced her to teach with him at MBC, 
and she accepted a position in the 
biology department in 1966, when he 
served as chair of the department. 
"Other than my family, he was the 
most influential person in my life, and 
I'm sure many students would say the 
same," Hohn said. 

Hohn is now working to consoli- 
date four existing funds: the John F. 
Mehner Fund, the Barbara Mayo 
Biology Scholarship, the Hohn Family 
Memorial Endowment for Study 
Abroad, and the Hohn Family 
Memorial for Study Abroad 
Restricted Fund. The combined 
endowed fund would be called the 
Hohn/Mayo/Mehner Study Abroad 
Award, to be awarded to an MBC 
student in the sciences based on aca- 
demic merit. To make a contribution 
to the new fund, please contact the 
Office of Institutional Advancement 
at 800-622-4255. ▲ 

MBCAIumnae/i in Action 

New York, NY 
Reception and Conversation 

Alumnae, friends, and two former parents 
of alumnae welcomed President Pamela 
Fox to New York for conversation and a col- 
lege update at the 3 West Club. 

1. (L to r) SUSAN MYERS '72 and GABRIELLE 
GELZER McCree '83 

2. (L to rl SUSAN STOVER '85, Dr. Pamela Fox, and 
parent of alumna, Jack Amiot 

Staunton, VA 

Class of 1986 Reunion Dinner 

What a wonderful time the Class of 1986 
had at their reunion last April. Here they are 
enjoying their reunion class dinner at Mill 
Street Gnll. 

3. (Standing I to r) SUSAN ROSE Shield, ELIZA- 
DeHority, ALICE BLAIR Hockenbury, ara CAROL 
BELOTE Benson • Seatec :c r AMY BRIDGE 

Staunton, VA 

Class Leadership Council Weekend 

A dedicated group of alumnae returned to 
campus in April 2006 to start planning for 
their reunion in 2007. The weekend was 
filed with training sessions, an update from 
Dr. Fox about the campus master plan, 
updates from college executive staff, cam- 
pus tours, and plenty of time to plan for 
Reunion 2007. 


Anderson '84, and Betty Kegley, professor emeri- 
ta of physical and Inealth education 



(L to r) CYNTHIA KNIGHT Wier '68, ANN 
TRUSLER Faith '69, and KELLIE WARNER '90 

Columbus, OH 

Reception at the 
Governor's Residence 

HOPE ROTHERTTaft '66, First Lady of 
Ohio welcomed President Pamela Fox, 
alumnae and one current student for a spe- 
cial evening at the governor's residence 

ROTHERTTaft '66, and Dr Pamela Fox 


Reunion 2007 

March 29-April 1 

If you haven't gotten a call already, expect one 
soon if you are an alumna/us of a class year end- 
ing in 2 or 7 (1952, 1967, etc.). Your class lead- 
ers, who have joined in the planning of Reunion, 
will be in touch to invite your return to campus 
for a memorable, fun-filled weekend. Please call 
your alumnae/i office at 800-763-7359 and/or go 
online for up-to-date information: 
www. mbc. edu/alumnae. 

An added feature of Reunion Weekend will be 
the unveiling of a Wall of Honor, to be created by 
freshmen in the Ida B. Wells Society in honor of 
the 10th anniversary of the Office of African 
American and Multicultural Affairs. It will be a 
tribute to women at Mary Baldwin College who 
have helped create and support the women of 
color at the college. Among the women being 
recognized, you may find Dr. Pamela Fox, and 
Dr. Cynthia H.Tyson, as well as student founders 
of Greater Things Dance Ministry, Anointed 
Voices of Praise, and Caribbean Student 

Capstone Festival 

May 2006 (date to be decided) 

Students whose senior projects are nominated 
by their academic advisors as top in their disci- 
pline will present posters and papers, perform 
music recitals, exhibit art, and/or share audio- 
visual projects at the second Capstone 
Festival, an important step in the Mary 
Baldwin College Advantage. The all-day event 
is open to the public and culminates with an 
award ceremony where the best of the best 
are honored. 

Commencement 2007 

May 18-20, 2007 

Join us to acknowledge the achievements and 
graduation of the Class of 2007 Among tradi- 
tional celebrations leading to Commencement 
are the Ajani Ceremony, a moving rite of pas- 
sage for our women of color. Watch as the 
Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership First 
Captain passes her saber to the incoming First 
Captain in parade. As students party the night 
away at Commencement Ball, rest assured 
that Sunday May 20, will be a beautiful day of 
pomp and circumstance as the residential 
Class of 2007 graduate students in the Master 
of Arts in Teaching and Master of 
Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare 
and Renaissance Literature in Performance, 
and students in the Adult Degree Program 
make their way across Page Terrace to 
become MBC's newest alumnae/i.