Learning, Laughing Highlight Alumnae Weekend

March 17, 2004

After their weekend at Mary Baldwin University’s Continuing Education Experience, nearly 130 college alumnae might be able to answer these questions and others relating to a host of academic and leisure topics. During a daylong series of classes that engaged the mind, body, and spirit, participants chose activities ranging from music of the Renaissance to marketing to yoga and Pilates. Participants were also encouraged to take in a performance of King Lear presented by Shenandoah Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Many attendees were intrigued at the opportunity to socialize and learn with graduates from across the decades. For a lively Sunday brunch, alumnae from the class of ’42 to the class of ’02 were paired with student representatives from the Student Alumnae/i Relations Society to share memories and advice.

“My tales are of Sunday Parties with beer and a band, seated dinners served by the Eta Betas, and a time when Apple Day was a surprise, not a planned event listed on everyone’s October calendar,” Frost Telegadas ’83 explained. “The ‘Old Lady’ stories when I was a student were about mandatory chapel, dress codes and covered walkways that kept students warm and dry on their way to class. It seems that so much has changed, yet there is still enough common ground to enjoy shared experiences and a love of the college and the type of person it helps build.”

The weekend also included a speech by President Pamela Fox about the college’s emerging strategic plan and its vision for the next 10 years. Participants were also treated to a performance by the Annointed Voices of Praise.

“It is obvious that, in a very short period of time, Dr. Fox has grasped the essence of Mary Baldwin University,” said Kellie Warner ’90. “In spite of constant challenge, we have thrived as a traditional yet innovative institution.”