Dr. James Gilman Awarded 1998 Mednick Fellowship

June 1, 1998

Mary Baldwin Professor of Religion and Philosophy Dr. James Gilman has been awarded a 1998 Mednick Fellowship for research and advanced study from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).

The Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fund was established in 1967 by the family of the late Mr. Mednick of the Globe Iron Construction Company in Norfolk, VA. Fellowships offered through the Mednick Fund are awarded annually to one faculty member at each of the 15 VFIC member institutions. For more than three decades the Mednick Fund has aided the efforts of over 300 faculty scholars whose projects were judged worthy of support.

Gilman joined the Mary Baldwin faculty in 1984. He received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and his master’s from Denver Theological Seminary. He earned an M.A. from the University of Colorado and both a M.Phil. and his Ph.D. from Drew University.

Mednick Fellows’ research and study topics cover a wide range of scholarly activities. Gilman plans to study Greek myth and religion for the purpose of developing a course on that subject. He says, “Giving the Mary Baldwin students the opportunity to learn about the great classical myths would fill a gap in the current curriculum. A new course on this subject would have a positive effect on other courses in the humanities, primarily history, literature and the arts.”

Dr. James D. Lott, dean of the college, says, “The entire faculty of Mary Baldwin supports Dr. Gilman’s proposal. A new course on Greek myth and religion would provide an enriching educational experience for Mary Baldwin students.”

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges seeks funds primarily from corporations and foundations for its 15 member institutions: Bridgewater, Emory & Henry, Hampden-Sydney, Hollins, Lynchburg, Mary Baldwin, Randolph-Macon, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Roanoke, Sweet Briar, Virginia Wesleyan, Marymount University, Shenandoah University, the University of Richmond and Washington & Lee University.