Author: Liesel Crosier

Grafton Hosts Historical Summit

MBU’s Grafton Library hosted the Beverley Manor chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on March 27, welcoming Mary Ann Stripling dressed as Mary Julia Baldwin, a charter member of the Beverley Manor DAR chapter.   Stripling’s presentation — which took place in front of the stained glass window in Grafton that displays the DAR insignia — included a history of Baldwin’s life, her wartime stories, and her pride in the seminary. The window was erected in 1901 by the Alumnae Association in honor of Baldwin. Historical documents of the chapter were available for review, and included a newspaper clipping of the first chapter meeting held on November 7, 1893, and a list of officers and charter members which included Baldwin. Dorothy Lee Rosen and Darla Sallade provided lunch. The chapter will host a tea on October 27 to celebrate their 125th  anniversary. – Submitted by Linda...

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Spring Is Here and So Is Holi

The MBU community gathered in Hunt Dining Hall and on the lawn at Rose Terrace for Holi, a Hindu festival celebrated across India that recognizes the beginning of spring. Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi celebrations can now be found across the globe. At MBU, the event highlighted the university’s exchange partnership with Lady Doak College in Madurai, India, and students with close connections to India. “Holi is a time that brings people together, not just to celebrate the beginning of the beautiful season of spring, but also to celebrate the beauty of our lives, our relationships,...

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1918 Alumna’s Poetry Book Finds Its Way to Print

Margaret Tynes Fairley, Seminary Class of 1918, enjoyed success as a playwright, seeing her work published in The New York Times, Nature Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, among others, and joining a distinguished circle of poets who helped promote her work, including e.e. cummings and Kenneth Patchen. Now, more than 30 years after her death, and 100 years after graduating from Mary Baldwin Seminary, Fairley’s book of lyric poetry, The Year Wears Its Seasons, is available on Amazon. According to a press release, Fairley’s poetry is diverse both in themes and styles, drawing on the universality of human experience, love, life and death, mountains, seacoast and islands, the seasons, birds and animals, flowers and plants, and people and places of her native Virginia and her adopted land of the Penobscot Bay of Maine. Influences include Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, and the painter Fairfield Porter and his poet wife Anne. She liked to tell the story of coming upon Robert Frost in a grocery store in Cambridge for the first time: She said, “You must be Robert Frost, the poet!” to which he replied, “And you must be the poet, Margaret Fairley!” Fairley’s sons, William and Jim Fairley, helped secure a publisher for their mother’s poetry — fulfilling her dream to publish a book of her work. William said that she was a prolific poet;...

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MBU Students Helping Local Teens Connect to City Lawmakers

Thanks to a grant from the Alpha Kappa Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society for Political Science, Mary Baldwin University students have organized an event to engage local high school students in a simulation to learn more about local government. Model City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at City Hall, and is open to the public. The event coincides with Local Government Week, and, according to Professor of Political Science Laura van Assendelft, allows MBU students to help teens from Robert E. Lee High School and Stuart Hall School bridge the gap between the civics classroom and the real world of politics. “The event will foster connections with elected officials and administrators in Staunton government that bring local issues to life,” van Assendelft said. “The goal is to increase civic engagement by having students observe, learn, and then play the roles of City Council members. For weeks, MBU students have mentored the high schoolers, connected them with members of city council mentors, hosted an event at MBU’s Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, and attended several City Council meetings and work sessions, and explored topics of local interest. In advance of the Model General Assembly session, MBU will host a private dinner and model work session on campus for the...

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Campus Improvements Continue throughout the Spring

Mary Baldwin University kicked off the spring semester with the opening of its Center for Student Success, a shared space on the first floor of Grafton Library that brings together academic and career resources. The university is also moving ahead with several more campus improvements to help support students. Work will soon begin on MBU’s first collegiate, regulation-size soccer field, to be located in the field next to the Physical Activities Center (PAC). The soccer field contract has been awarded to Carolina Green Corporation, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm specializing in athletic field construction. They have built fields for...

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