Author: Liesel Crosier

MBU Trustees Vote to Hold Tuition Rates Steady for 2018–19

Staunton, Va. — As college costs for both public and private institutions continue to rise nationwide, the Mary Baldwin University (MBU) Board of Trustees has voted to freeze tuition for undergraduate students in 2018–19 at the 176-year-old institution. The tuition cap is announced as MBU is seeing record-high application numbers. To date, the university has received more than 6,500 applications, about 60 percent more than at the same time in the admissions cycle over the past five years. “We continue to focus on our greatest asset — our students. They are at the heart of our mission,” said MBU...

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MBU Opens Center for Student Success

This week, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) officially launched its new Center for Student Success, bringing together three fundamental resources in a central campus location. “We are a student-centered university, and at the heart of that now we have this amazing Center for Student Success for all of our students and for all of us to be together in this creative, engaging space,” said MBU President Pamela Fox at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. The Center for Student Success brings together the Academic Resource Center (including the Writing Center, Math Lab, and Peer Tutoring programs), Quantitative Center, and Vantage Point...

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The Mary Baldwin College for Women: Enhancing our Women-Centered Legacy

Mary Baldwin University is confirming its commitment to women’s education, leadership, and empowerment as it highlights existing programs and unveils new and reinvigorated experiences through the Mary Baldwin College for Women (MBCW). There are three components to this commitment: the naming of a new dean for the College for Women; five new programming initiatives; and the announcement of new support to assist in recruiting women for MBCW for the Fall of 2018. Over the past 175 years, Mary Baldwin has provided a unique learning environment for women that has in turn developed thousands of accomplished graduates serving their countries, communities, and families. Mary Baldwin’s renowned reputation is known across the globe for its ability to empower women as leaders in all aspects of society. Our distinctive liberal arts curriculum has prepared leaders across the broadest spectrum of careers and professions. The personalized, holistic approach to our women-centered education is the cornerstone of success for our graduates and to the future of our institution. The design of the MBCW seeks to reassert our commitment to women’s education and to build on the college’s existing strengths — those programs and experiences from which yesterday and today’s students already benefit. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, women applying for admission will have the option of being part of the Mary Baldwin College for Women or the coeducational University College. Academic majors and...

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Catch Two Performances of Motley Shakespeare Players in December

The Motley Shakespeare Players (Motley Shakes), the MFA Company of Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program, bring to life the story of damnation with The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, and travel between Sicilia to Bohemia with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in two touring productions around Virginia in 2017–18. Fans can catch both performances locally in December.  Faustus explores the crisis of faith that dominates the play: what causes damnation or salvation? Faustus wrestles with many of the same moral questions that preoccupy contemporary audiences as he toys with powers beyond his control, placing his soul in the balance. Intertwined with the drama of Faustus, audiences will find music, clowns, and magic in the story and on the stage. As a small-scale touring production, this performance features six actors tackling more than 30 roles to  tell the story of Faustus’ fall. Not only does one actor play many roles, but also multiple actors take on one role simultaneously. This exploration of body versus character provides unique storytelling opportunities as the cast works tirelessly to find unity while maintaining distinct characters. Motley Shakes will perform The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at in Masonic Blue, located on the fifth floor of 13 W. Beverley St., and again at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, located at 10 S. Market...

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Discussing Equity in Global Context

  MBU students recently assessed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of this year’s university-wide theme of Equity. “Equity Goes Global” was the third in a series of six workshops planned for this school year. Afterward, the Spencer Center hosted a BeadforLife jewelry sale, an organization that has done significant work in poverty eradication....

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Merit

  • Three MBU Students Selected as NewGen Peacebuilders
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    MBU students were selected to participate in the Rotary International NewGen Peacebuilders program, a global youth peace education program that emphasizes the role, value, and impact of young people (ages 14 through 24) in achieving a peaceful world. […]

  • Student Honored for One-Act Play
    on January 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    MBU senior Myra Diehl earned third place in the William Faulkner Literary Competition for her one-act play "Rehearsal Report." She had never written a play before taking a directing class at Mary Baldwin. […]

  • Student Directs MBU's Election Live Broadcast
    on January 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    MBU senior Diamonique Anderson directed the Election Live broadcast on election night in November. Working with more than 60 other students, she helped track the results of state and local races and dove into relevant topics for voters electing a new Virginia governor. […]

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