As Mary Baldwin University launches an initiative to complete 175 Acts of Good in its 175th anniversary year, students, faculty, and staff at Murphy Deming of Health Sciences have already stepped up in service to the local community and beyond.

MBU President Pamela Fox announced at her state-of-the-university address in August that a service-learning trip to Haiti by Murphy Deming faculty and students in August set the bar as the first of the 175 projects.

Since then:

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  • A group of PT students participated in the Physical Therapy Day of Service on October 15, helping work the farm at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in conjunction with the Allegheny Mountain Institute, helping organize and take inventory of supplies with the Health Equipment Loan Program, and volunteering at the Rejoining Life Baptist Church soup kitchen.

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  • RN-to-BSN student Heather Bell volunteered her time last month to help staff Drive Thru Point-of-Dispensing exercises in Bath County and Rockbridge County. The exercise allowed the Central Shenandoah Health District and their community partners to evaluate its ability to respond to an outbreak or pandemic while simultaneously providing a public health service to the community.

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  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy students are working to create an audio tour for the Brenda L. Papke Sensory Garden at the Staunton Public Library.  

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  • Faculty, staff, and students joined Augusta Health in an Adopt-a-Highway event in October on Lifecore Drive.