One year Dean Jeffrey Buller was spotted in a toga. The next, Brandi Austin ’02, associate director of alumnae/i activities, was Alice in Wonderland. In 2005, Lynn Gilliland ’80, executive assistant to the president, appeared as Willy Wonka.
This year Jennifer Brillhart Kibler ’91, executive director of alumnae/i and parent relations, dressed as Glenda the Good Witch; Robert Richardson, director of security, was the Cowardly Lion; Austin was Dorothy; Gilliland was the Wicked Witch of the West; Carey McCallum, administrative assistant for the Office of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations, was the Tin Man; Anne Holland ’88, senior director of alumnae activities, was the Scarecrow; and the student life staff (Marie Mainard O’Connell, Melinda Brown, and Velma Bryant ’01) were the Lollipop Kids.
The much-anticipated Spring Fling was held April 12 on the Alumnae House Lawn. Seniors were given a scrumptious dinner, theme-related gifts, and were entertained by a local band. Senior superlatives, such as “most likely to be president” and “best dressed,” were announced. Tears mixed with laughter as students realized their days of calling Mary Baldwin home are nearing an end.
The annual end-of-the-year bash is not only a celebration of graduation, but also a welcome to seniors as soon-to-be members of the Alumnae/i Association, an important part of their transition to life after college.