Author: Liesel Crosier

RN to BSN Program Receives Full Accreditation

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Mary Baldwin University’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences has received full initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or CCNE. Accreditation by CCNE is validation of the quality and integrity of the baccalaureate nursing education program and comes after a rigorous self-examination process. “I am so pleased to announce that we received our official letter of accreditation,” said Drew Ellen Gogian, director of the RN to BSN program at Murphy Deming. “Although the effective date of CCNE accreditation is retroactive to the first day of the program’s on-site evaluation on October 24, 2016, it is exciting to be able to confirm this status for our inaugural class, who just recently celebrated their graduation.” Mary Baldwin’s 175th Commencement exercises were held on May 21 at MBU’s main, historic campus in Staunton. Gogian also praised the faculty, staff, university leadership, and community partners that helped the program reach the accreditation milestone, a process that began in March 2015, prior to launching the program in August of that same year. Although a voluntary status, CCNE accreditation demonstrates that the MBU RN to BSN program meets nationally endorsed competency standards set by the profession. This achievement is significant for graduates who may want to continue to pursue advanced education and can also make them more competitive...

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Mary Baldwin Celebrates Historic Commencement

Mary Baldwin University held its 175th Commencement Sunday, May 21, capping off its quartoseptcentennial year with a historic ceremony that celebrated its enduring commitment to the liberal arts as well as its diversity — both in students and programming — that exists on the historic campus. “We are making history,” said MBU President Pamela Fox. “You are the first graduates of Mary Baldwin University.” For the first time, MBU conferred doctoral degrees, with the graduation of the charter class of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and bachelor of science in nursing candidates from the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. In fact, of the 389 students who graduated from Mary Baldwin on Sunday, 82 were Murphy Deming scholars. One hundred and one graduates represented the historic Mary Baldwin College for Women, 116 in the Baldwin Online and Adult program, 64 in the College of Education, and 26 in the Shakespeare and Performance program. Commencement speaker Tori Murden McClure delivered — judging by the number of laugh lines and prolonged standing ovation at its conclusion — one of the most engaging and hilariously irreverent graduation keynotes in recent memory. The president of Spalding University and world-class athlete delivered a gentle admonition to the “stupendous sisterhood” and “blossoming brotherhood” of Mary Baldwin graduates to avoid certain individuals — the know-it-alls, people who know only one thing, those who are humorless, or those...

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Mary Baldwin Celebrates Health Sciences Charter Class

A sunny, breezy day provided a beautiful backdrop and the perfect bookend to the journey of the charter class at Mary Baldwin University’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. The first occupational therapy and physical therapy students were first welcomed on a similarly pleasant Father’s Day in June 2014 in a brand-new facility, the first class of doctoral students in MBU history. On Saturday, those students received their doctoral hoods, alongside a charter class of RN-to-BSN candidates, who received pins, marking the end of their time at Murphy Deming. All will receive their diplomas at MBU’s 175th Commencement exercises...

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Outstanding Graduates Represent the Diversity of MBU

As Mary Baldwin University prepares to celebrate its 175th Commencement, graduates from all the university’s programs prepare to begin their next journey — whether it involves continuing their education or making their mark in the working world. Here are some outstanding graduates for the Class of 2017.   Mary Baldwin College for Women Brooke Wiles For Brooke Wiles, attending Mary Baldwin University has been the defining moment of her life so far. The biology major and philosophy minor has taken full advantage of her time as an undergraduate, and as she prepares to walk Sunday during Commencement, she reflects...

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Thirteen Things You Should Know about Commencement 2017

Mary Baldwin University will hold its 175th Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. May 21 on the Barbara Kares Page Terrace. The keynote speaker is extreme adventurer and education leader Tori Murden McClure. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to 10:30 a.m. at the James Madison University Convocation Center in Harrisonburg. The decision will be made by 6 a.m. Sunday. If there is a question about the weather, call 540-887-7378 for a recorded message or check for a web alert. Here are 13 things you should know about the big event: The ceremony will officially...

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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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