Author: Erica Haynes

Newly Elected Student Officers Expand Leadership Roles

Many of the students elected to Student Government Association (SGA) for 2017–18 are already rising stars within the Mary Baldwin University community. Find out what inspires them to seek a leadership role on campus. President Binetou Niang ’18 is studying abroad in Thailand.   Vice President When it comes to her new role as SGA Vice President, NyErica Young ’18 says, “challenge accepted.” The former Inter-Club Council Vice Chairwoman said her classmates inspired her to run for office. “I [wanted] to begin collaborating with student leaders ​​​to make our campus a better, safer, and a more enjoyable place for our students,” Young said. With the belief that the legacy begins with her but ends with someone else, Young felt compelled to create a richer path for future student leaders. Calling herself a trailblazer, Young hopes to lead with a vision that she hopes will be part of a bigger solution and that standing for something is critical to success. Young, who hails from Miami, is majoring in both economics and political science, and plans to attend law school and eventually help ex-felons restore their rights as citizens.   Secretary Madison Miller ’18 was never involved in student government prior to college, but during her MBU career, Miller has been no stranger to campus leadership. Since her freshmen year, she has served the SGA in some capacity, including as a...

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College of Education Brings Best-Selling Author to Campus

Mary Baldwin University will host best-selling author and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network Richard Louv on May 18. Louv’s talk, Plug into Nature, will explore the benefits of unplugging from technology and reconnecting with the outdoors. Louv is the author of 10 books, including best-sellers Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N, and at MBU he will speak about nature-deficit disorder, a term he coined to describe the lack of time most people spend in natural environments. According to Louv, spending time in nature improves mental and physical health, helps remove the stresses of everyday life and overuse of technology, and builds bonds between kids and their families. Louv helped established the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, whose mission is to fuel the worldwide grassroots movement to reconnect people with nature. The outdoor activist has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including “CBS This Morning,” NBC’s “Today” show and “Nightly News.” In 2008 he was awarded the esteemed Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Associate Professor of Education Tamra Willis has been instrumental in bringing Louv to campus, and she believes his talk will further highlight the unique Environment-Based Learning (EBL) program that the university offers through its College of Education. His talk coincides...

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Mary Baldwin Students Present at Psychology Conference

Mary Baldwin seniors Harrison Pendleton and Sharayna Rao presented their senior thesis projects at the Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference at the University of Virginia on April 21. The competitive, annual conference highlights outstanding empirical research conducted by undergraduate scholars; student presentation formats are 15-minute research talks or posters. Pendleton was accepted to the conference after applying with the rest of the senior psychology data collection students at MBU. Focusing his research on current MBU freshmen and sophomore students, Pendleton looked for a clarification between alcohol use, adjustment, and academic performance. He examined 51 freshmen and sophomore students who reported...

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New Videos Highlight MBU’s Offerings

Mary Baldwin University has produced a series of new videos, available throughout the university website and on Vimeo, that highlight the advantages of an MBU education. As the 2017–18 academic year approaches, Mary Baldwin is gearing up for exciting new options for students with the launch of a new living-learning opportunity for women entrepreneurs in the Mary Baldwin College for Women and the opening of University College, a new co-ed, residential program offering three fast-track programs in education, health sciences, and performing arts. “It’s the perfect time to highlight our exciting new offerings and publicize the advantages — those flexible, personal, affordable benefits that set us apart — that we have always offered for students,” said Liesel Crosier, vice president for external affairs. “It’s been an exciting 175th year for us at MBU as we celebrate our historic legacy and look forward as we always have.” In addition to promoting the Women Entrepreneur’s living-learning community and University College, the videos also highlight opportunities for homeschool and transfer students, and promote the affordability of an MBU education. Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842, is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor’s to doctoral. It serves a diverse student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia, at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County, online, and through regional advising centers throughout Virginia. All programs are coeducational except the...

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Compass Shakespeare Finishes Season Marked by Community Outreach

Compass Shakespeare Ensemble, Mary Baldwin’s master of fine arts (MFA) company for 2016–17, wrapped up their successful season of five Shakespeare productions with a final showing of their hour-long educational touring show, Macbeth, during the Mary Baldwin All-Alumni Homecoming weekend. Compass Shakespeare focused on community performances, creating theatrical engagements with and for local audiences. The company created collaborative, playful, and accessible theatre and education initiatives designed with the diverse population of Staunton in mind and to foster cultural literacy, creativity, and acceptance through artistic engagement with theatrically under-approached audiences in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The Virginia Institute for Autism in...

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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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