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Commencement 2017 Award Winners

MLitt/MFA Ariel Award: Tyler Bruce Dale Recognizing outstanding program service and leadership to the Shakespeare and Performance program. Known as a seemingly inexhaustible student who is always ready to step up when called upon, Dale is referred to by fellow students and faculty in the MLitt program as a “yes man.” This year, Dale responded to a plea just three days before the production of Romeo and Juliet when another actor was not able to participate. Everyone was prepared for him to need to refer to the script at least a little while performing,  but Dale surprised the cast by memorizing his lines in an astonishingly short amount of time. Those who know Dale best say this is typical of him; eager to lend a hand, while continuing to fulfill his own responsibilities flawlessly.   Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis: Molly Beth Seremet Molly Beth Seremet is the first ever two-time Gurr Award winner, earning the prize last year for her excellent MLitt thesis. This will also mark the first time MBU has awarded the thesis prize to a student in the MFA program. Professors in the program remarked that Seremet’s deeply felt, deeply researched, daringly innovative work, titled This Is and Is Not ‘Cressida’: Un-Writing the Un-Documented Object, “reset the bar for thesis writing in the program.”   Martha Stackhouse Grafton Award: Brooke Morgan Wiles Given to...

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Baccalaureate Ceremony Highlights Undergraduate Achievement

Undergraduate seniors gathered with their families and friends on Saturday morning during a busy graduation weekend to reflect on their Mary Baldwin journey and to recognize their outstanding accomplishments. Students performed, offered advice to fellow classmates, and received awards during MBU’s first baccalaureate ceremony in decades, held in First Presbyterian Church. The baccalaureate — a traditional practice of many college and university year-end activities that originated at Oxford University in the 15th century — was revived this year at Mary Baldwin to call special significance to the undergraduate experience as the university continues to diversify its programs and welcomes...

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Commencement Address by Tracy “Lolita” Burks Healy ’87

Hello, Class of 2016! Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am especially honored to be here as an alumna of Mary Baldwin. It is a dream-come true. And I have to say how proud I am of each of you, and of this institution. You have earned this. Can you believe this day is finally here? I would first like to thank Dr. Fox, the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, parents, my family, and most especially, you graduates! I am here to help you celebrate this amazing day in your life! You deserve it! After 175 years of existence, our beloved college is now about to become a university. Mary Baldwin is truly reaching for the stars, just as you are. It has given me many gifts during my time here, and all the years after. There’s just something so special about these hallowed hills that will forever be a part of me, and you. When deciding what to say to the Class of 2016, it hit me. I’ve never let complacency come into my life. Even when I was saving pennies to buy paints. I never gave up dreaming that I could be a success. I realized that the “Absence of Complacency” was my story to share with you. Staying ambitious, curious, understanding the power of elbow grease, not being afraid to fail,...

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New Health Sciences Major Creates Pathway to Grad Studies, Careers

Mary Baldwin will roll out a new major in health sciences in fall 2015, strengthening connections between the undergraduate program and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences as well as creating a clear pathway to graduate studies and professions in rapidly growing health care fields. Students can earn a BA or a BS in the interdisciplinary major, which combines courses in anatomy, psychology, health care administration, statistics, social sciences, and more. In addition to courses that already exist at Mary Baldwin, three new classes will be part of the core requirements: Introduction to Health Professions, Medical Terminology, and a...

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Commencement 2015 Award Winners

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award: Bethany Zaiman Recognizing unselfish service, noble character, and spiritual qualities. The student also receives the accompanying Mary Keith Fitzroy Award. In all of her interactions and roles at Mary Baldwin University, Zaiman demonstrates respect for all people and values the diverse perspectives of others. The anthropology/sociology major enthusiastically revived the anthropology club, and she has both found personal enrichment and enriched the campus community with leadership roles at the Spencer Center, Quest interfaith group, and the Mary Baldwin chapter of the Clinton Global Initiative University. Travel to Mexico, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Haiti during her college tenure has strengthened an already acute sensitivity to the struggles of people around the globe. Zaiman employed her Margaret Kable Russell Award to develop a senior thesis that examined the purity culture movement in contemporary Evangelical Christianity, undertaking a study that was both academically rigorous and beneficial to the broader community. She also earned the Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology and graduated summa cum laude with distinction in her major.   College of Education Outstanding Graduate Student: Mariah Dittrich As the first BA/MAT graduate to earn the College of Education’s highest honor, Dittrich thrives as an inquiry-focused teacher and leader in the classroom. Her infectious enthusiasm and wide-ranging connections at Mary Baldwin — which include roles as PEG resident advisor and senior class advisor...

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  • Mary Baldwin University Student Earns Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship
    on June 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    The scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis to 12 qualifying students across the country, this year the scholarships totaled $36,000 and the students were each awarded $3,000 each. […]

  • Ariel Award
    on June 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Mary Baldwin University student Tyler Dale was awarded the Ariel Award which recognizes outstanding program service and leadership to the Shakespeare and Performance program. […]

  • Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis
    on June 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Mary Baldwin University student earned the Andrew Gurr Award for her outstanding thesis. […]

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