Mary Baldwin to Host Exchange Student from Staunton’s Sister-City, Viseu de Sus, Romania

August 22, 2001

Mary Baldwin University will host Romanian exchange student Gentiana Claudia Vlad for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Ms. Vlad is a native of Viseu de Sus, Romania, Staunton’s sister-city. Coincidentally, she is also a direct descendant of an American Civil War Hero, Captain Nicolae Dunca, who is buried in Staunton’s National Cemetery.

Ms. Vlad was selected by the Societatea Culturala Pro Maramures to attend Mary Baldwin. Her tuition, room and board at the college will be provided by Mary Baldwin in the form of a scholarship. She is scheduled to arrive in Staunton August 28, and will return to Romania at the end of the school year in May 2002.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college 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 the coeducational, non-residential Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and Master of Arts in Teaching program. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree with K-8 emphasis. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was 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 255 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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