Author: Leighton Carruth

#PeaceDay Events Are on at MBU

Mary Baldwin University joins the United Nations and people around the world in observing the International Day of Peace with events throughout the day on September 21. Celebrate #PeaceDay and the 2017 theme of “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.” Schedule of Events at MBU All day: Share your thoughts about peace! Small, white peace doves and markers will be available in Hunt Dining Hall and the Spencer Center for sharing thoughts about peace throughout the day. Please write what peace means to you or share a quote, and then the doves will be displayed at the Spencer Center as an inspiration to our community. 12:15 p.m.: Moment of silence at Page Terrace (meet at 11:55) led by MBU Chaplain Katie Low. MBU choral groups will sing a special piece to honor the International Day of Peace. Followed by Mindfulness and the Power of Inner Peace, a discussion and meditation practice led by Nell Desmond. 4–4:45 p.m.: Join yoga instructor Tarenne Robertson at the Spencer Center for yoga, calm, and inner peace. 4:45–5:45 p.m.: Workshop on Collaborative Art and Peace-building led by artist and Peace Activist, Claudia Bernardi in Hunt Dining Hall, West 6–7 p.m.: Hour of Peace at the Spencer Center. Inspiring writings on the power of peace. Listen as others read and consider choosing an excerpt or quote yourself to read about peace-building. Resources will be provided or you can...

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MBU Joins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Consortium to Address Tuition Costs at Small Liberal Arts Universities

The Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium (LCMC) formed in January 2017 and hosted at Lasell College, Newton, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce financial support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen and continue its work to lower the cost of attendance and to strengthen the financial viability of its member institutions through collaboration and innovation. Nineteen member institutions participate in the LCMC, and meetings (full consortium and committees) include the presidents, senior staff and selected faculty. The following institutions with a total enrollment of more than 35,000 students are active LCMC members: Adrian College, Alvernia University, Bay Path University, Bridgewater College, Centre College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Heidelberg University, Holy Names University, Houghton College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Mary Baldwin University, Mount Ida College, Norwich University, Regis College, Roger Williams University, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, University of La Verne, and York College of Pennsylvania The LCMC Consortium evolved through the leadership of Lasell College President Michael Alexander to address opportunities to lower tuition and improve instructional quality at small liberal arts institutions of higher education with large percentages of Pell Grant qualifying students. The LCMC is currently collaborating on two academic programs related to financial planning and computer science. The initial work of making a coherent organization from a small group of colleges was supported by the Davis Educational Foundation (established by Stanton...

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MBU Psychology Professor Puts Harry Potter on the Couch  

Thousands of wizards and muggles are preparing to convene in Staunton for Queen City Mischief and Magic (formerly Queen City Potter Party) Sept. 22–24. For Mary Baldwin University professor Louise Freeman, however, Harry Potter is year-round business. Freeman’s research has shown that reading Harry Potter by college students is associated with increased empathy. Harry Potter reading in general is associated both with decreased stigmatization of people with mental illness and increased tendency to take others’ perspective. “This is in line with other researchers that found reduced prejudice against other groups — immigrants, refugees — in Harry Potter readers,” says...

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U.S. News recognizes MBU among the best in the South for its vibrant community, affordable costs

Mary Baldwin University has been named a Best Regional University in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 2018, coming in at no. 43 up from no. 52 in 2017. The news magazine’s annual Best Colleges rankings are used extensively by prospective students and their families to make informed decisions about the merits of different programs and schools. This year, MBU earned recognitions in four categories: #43 in Best Regional Universities South #26 in Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Universities South #19 in Best Value Schools, Regional Universities South Best Ethnic Diversity, Regional Universities South Mary Baldwin shares the no. 43 spot in...

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2017-18 Sunday Recital Series Opens with Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Pianist Richard Masters

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin University is pleased to announce the first Sunday Recital of the season. On Sunday, September 24 at 3 pm, acclaimed violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson and pianist Richard Masters will take the stage at Francis Auditorium. They will treat the audience to a delightfully varied program, which includes works of Heinrich Biber and Philip Glass, along with the masterful Third Sonata of Johannes Brahms. “This program features two pieces which may be new to audiences (Biber and Philip Glass) and one old chesnut (the Brahms),” explains pianist Masters.  “I think of it as a ‘something for everybody!’ program. The Biber Sonata is an odd one in that the violinist imitates animal sounds(!). Biber was ahead of his time and one of the first violinists to explore what we now call ‘extended techniques.’” The duo will also perform a recent sonata composed by American Philip Glass. “General audiences are perhaps most familiar with Glass’s film music; his score for The Hoursbeing the most famous,” says Masters. “This is a rare chance for audiences to hear this sonata, which is a perfect distillation of his minimalist style. I find it hypnotic and beautiful!” They will close the program with Brahms’s magnificent Third Sonata in D Minor, a favorite both with audiences and performers. Of the three violin sonatas, it is often considered the most dramatic, with moments of turmoil alternating with calm and repose. Emily...

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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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