a Decade of Enrichment and Outreach A dynamic balance of tradition and innovation has characterized Mary Baldwin during the first 10 years of President Pamela Fox’s tenure as president, reinforcing the college’s longstanding commitment to leadership, service, and academic excellence. Guided by Fox, extensive collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community members has led MBC to a number of historic milestones. The Samuel and Ava Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement was created in 2007 to integrate service learning into the curriculum and to enrich student opportunities for global and community service projects. The center has become integral to campus event programming and serves as a home base for international students, scholars, and artists-in-residence. Mary Baldwin’s first doctoral programs will be offered at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences starting in 2014, with classes in physical therapy and occupational therapy. The college’s new campus in Fishersville is set in the heart of the area recently designated as the Blue Ridge Life Sciences Corridor. The Heifetz International Music Institute — an internationally renowned summer program for elite students of violin, viola, and cello — moved to the Mary Baldwin campus in 2012, strengthening the college’s long commitment to the performing arts and building on Staunton’s exceptional cultural climate. The Capstone Festival, an annual public presentation of thesis projects that has roots in the early years of Mary Baldwin Seminary, was reinstated in 2006 to recognize outstanding junior and senior research. Mary Baldwin has added new international exchanges with Lady Doak College (Madurai), Sungshin Women’s University (Seoul), and National Chengchi University (Taiwan) and has entered into partnership with Women for Women International, building on successful programs with colleges and universities in England, China, and Japan. Apple Day gleaners returned to an orchard in 2005 — nearly 30 years after the activity fell out of practice as a part of the college’s annual celebration. Students, faculty, staff, and community members took it a step further by donating the fruit to a local food bank. Leadership Gateways, introduced in 2009, are designed to inspire and focus the pursuits of first-year students and to help to ease the transition to college life. They connect students with each other and build class spirit. Expansion of the Adult Degree Program, anchored by wellestablished centers in Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Weyers Cave, means that an authentic MBC degree is now available to more adults throughout Virginia. In the past decade, new sites have opened in South Boston, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck.
The Mary Baldwin College magazine, Fall 2013