Author: Leighton Carruth

MBU Seniors Present at National Anthropology Conference

What started out as senior thesis research by Cassie Bragdon and Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher turned into scholarly presentations worthy of a national audience in anthropology. The two students presented papers at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Philadelphia April 3–7. Bragdon’s research culminated in her presentation, “Eclipsing the Sun: Modern Implications of Japan’s Gender Ideology,” and Wossum-Fisher presented on “Contextualizing the Murderous Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya.” Their papers were well-received, said Abby Wightman, associate professor of anthropology at MBU, who also presented a paper at the conference, “Diversity, Difference, and Safety: Student Perspectives on Community Engagement.” “They...

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Honors Convocation Celebrates Student Achievements

Students, faculty, staff, and friends of Mary Baldwin University gathered inside Francis Auditorium on March 29, 2018, for Honors Convocation, a ceremony to recognize student academic achievement. Read more about the honorees and join the MBU family in celebrating their accomplishments. Student Class Marshals Class of 2018: Jennifer Eibert, Corinne Weeks; Annapurna Chitnavis, alternate Class of 2019: Katriel Cho, Caroline Fresch; Qadira Muhammad, alternate Class of 2020: Sarah Lawson, Kelly Li; Ascharya Balaji, alternate Class of 2021: Gizella Wade, Camille Weeks; Jessica Balough, Cataya Kinison, alternates Phi Beta Kappa The Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and membership is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential, conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. To be elected to PBK, a student must have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and eligibility requirements include a high GPA, foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. Cassandra Bragdon Annapurna Chitnavis Clara Liddick Niranjana Menon Marianna Moynihan Nicole Keen Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher Giselle Olivera Global Honors Scholars Class of 2018: Rebecca Balzan, Susan Blackburn, Abigail Carinder, Annapurna Chitnavis, Ashley Currie, Virginia Daniel, Kate Dickinson, Caroline Dilorenzo, Faith Hartley, Tiffany Henson, Nicole Keen, Clara Liddick, Niranjana Menon, Fathia Mohammed, Shari Moody, Norah Moturi, Marianna Moynihan, Qadira Muhammad, Mary Oliver, Giselle Olivera, Faith Parker, Jaya Payne-Watson, Taylor...

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Remembering William Watkins Kelly, MBU President during Changing Times

William Watkins Kelly, Mary Baldwin’s sixth president, 1969–76, who led the college through the turbulence and rapid change of the 1970s, died on April 17 in Atlanta. He was 89. A presidential selection committee at Mary Baldwin chose Kelly from more than 100 nominations to succeed President Samuel Spencer, and the college celebrated his inauguration on Founders Day, October 4, 1969. A Virginia native, he came to Staunton from Michigan State University at the age of 40, with his first wife, Jane, and their four sons. One of his first initiatives was to form the President’s Committee on the Challenges of the ‘70s, producing a report that confirmed Mary Baldwin’s core values of openness, service, trust, and a search for truth. During Kelly’s tenure, higher education — and the nation as a whole — grappled with the Vietnam War, oil shortages, and unprecedented social change. Many formerly single-sex institutions, such as the University of Virginia, welcomed women for the first time. At Mary Baldwin, the challenges that arose during those years included administrative turnover, budget deficits, and declining enrollment. There were also many changes to student life on campus — regarding the role of religion, regulation of behavior, a new curriculum focused more on choice, and the beginnings of the computer age. This was a pioneering generation of college students, and they were experimenting and pushing boundaries across society....

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A $25 Million Belief in the Future of MBU

When Bertie Murphy Deming Smith ’46 gave $15 million to Mary Baldwin in 2011, her gift transformed the university, making it possible to respond to the needs of students and society by offering doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in a wide range of high-demand health sciences disciplines. It was the largest gift in Mary Baldwin’s history. Today, MBU announced that Smith has pledged another $25 million, a legacy gift that demonstrates her continuing belief in the future of her alma mater. MBU President Pamela R. Fox said Smith’s investment will serve as inspiration to other donors who support both...

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Student Leaders Honored

    At the Student Government Association Installation and Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 10, MBU recognized student leaders for their dedication and engagement. Excellence in faculty and staff advising was also celebrated. Read a testimonial from each award winner’s letter of nomination and see how much they contribute to the #MBUfamily.   President’s Award For excellence in leadership and for advancing the university’s strategic plan Diamonique Anderson “In public she is poised, welcoming, cheerful and graceful. Her easy enthusiasm is a tonic for others. They are easily encouraged to become engaged because Ms. Anderson is a light by which they may see themselves involved to make a difference that matters for our shared life together.” — Edward A. Scott, professor of philosophy, nominator   Brenda Bryant Leadership Award For excellence in campus leadership Kirsten Goodman “Kirsten Goodman loves Mary Baldwin and it shows. She is a woman of integrity and a woman of valor. She cares deeply about who we are, and she works to make sure that we, the university, are the best we can be. She told me one day that when she was a first year student she looked at her mentor Tralen Neal and decided that she wanted to be a leader like Tralen. I often hear other students say to me: ‘I want to be a leader like Kirsten.’” —  Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott,...

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  • Student Leaders Honored
    on May 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    At the Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 9, MBU recognized outgoing student leaders for their dedication and engagement. […]

  • 2019-20 SGA Leaders Elected
    on May 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Mary Baldwin University students have chosen the Student Government Association (SGA) executive officers who will lead them in the coming academic year. […]

  • Honors Convocation Celebrates Academic Achievements
    on May 1, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Mary Baldwin University recognized and celebrated students' academic achievements at the annual Honors Convocation on March 28, 2019. […]

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