Mary Baldwin Food Services Wins National AwardDonates winnings to support students

August 13, 2001

  • WHO: Cynthia H. Tyson, President, Mary Baldwin University
    Virginia Ridge, Director of Food Services, Mary Baldwin University
  • WHAT: Presentation of scholarship funded by the Food Services
  • WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2001 at 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall
  • WHY: Mary Baldwin’s Food Service was named among the best in the country and received a cash gift of $500 for being the First Runner-Up, second only to Ohio Wesleyan University, as Mid-Atlantic Regional Account of the Year. The Food Service staff decided to give the money for scholarship support.

While attending the Chartwells Mid-Atlantic Conference at the University of Pittsburg, Virginia Ridge accepted on behalf of all food service employees another “5 Star Rating” for the 2000-01 school year as well as a trophy for “Maintaining Excellence & Achieving 5 Star Status for 3 years in a row.” Ridge was also presented the Vice President’s Award Plaque in recognition of her dedication and loyalty to the Mid-Atlantic Region. Chartwells serves both public and private institutions and delivers consistent value to two distinct educational segments: K-12 and Colleges & Universities, providing quality dining services to more than 200 college and university clients, and over 270 K-12 clients.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.