U.S. Olympian to Speak at Mary Baldwin University

September 16, 2003

Dominique Dawes, former U.S. Olympic gymnast, will be the featured speaker at Mary Baldwin University’s seventh annual Smyth Leadership Lecture, Tuesday, September 23, at 5 p.m. on Page Terrace on the Mary Baldwin campus, Staunton. The event is free, open to the public, and interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Dawes was the first African-American to win an individual event medal in gymnastics by taking a bronze medal in the floor exercise in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She was part of the U.S. women’s squad that won the gold. Dawes has won 15 national championships. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland and has performed in the hit Broadway musical Grease.

The Smyth Leadership Lecture Series is made possible by the Smyth Foundation, established by former Mary Baldwin trustee H. Gordon Smyth and his wife Mary Beth Smyth, a graduate of the college. Smyth lectures have been given by Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated by a major party for vice president; astronaut and physician Mae Jemison; advertising executive Louise Rossett McNamee; and journalist Cokie Roberts.

More information about Dawes is available on the Mary Baldwin University Web site at https://go.marybaldwin.edu/lectures/smythll.php.