Top U.S. Diplomat To Give Founders Day Talk

September 20, 2002

M. Elizabeth Swope ’66, consul general in Guadalajara, Mexico, will be the featured speaker at Mary Baldwin University’s Founders Day Convocation Friday, October 4, at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Staunton. The event is free and open to the public.

Swope has a B.A. from Mary Baldwin, a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a diploma in international security from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is a member of the American Foreign Service Association and Executive Women in Government. Swope also serves on the Mary Baldwin University Alumnae/i Board.

Founders Day is held on or near the October 4 birthday of Mary Julia Baldwin. The college honors the founders of Mary Baldwin: Rufus W. Bailey and Mary Julia Baldwin. The senior class also is honored and has the opportunity to wear their caps and gowns for the first time.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was 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 shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.