In Our Words: Baldwin Balladeers

December 4, 2007

Faculty and staff gather for the holiday luncheon in 2006Each year just before residence halls, classrooms, and offices fall quiet for winter break and holidays, faculty and staff gather in Hunt Dining Hall for a few hours of merriment. The holiday luncheon, highlighted by a sumptuous meal, nudges all into the holiday spirit and invites employees scattered around the campus to share accomplishments of the fall semester and plan for the spring. For many years, an informal troupe of faculty and staff — including the likes of Dean Emeritus Jim Lott, Professor of Education James Harrington, Director of Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Marion Ward, Associate Professor of Biology Lundy Pentz, and Dean Lew Askegaard, to name a few — entertained the crowd with imaginative carols as the Baldwin Balladeers. After a few years of hiatus, the Mary Baldwin carolers made an appearance at the annual holiday luncheon.
The Baldwin Balladeers performThe Cupola):

The Twelve Days of May Term
Tune:The Twelve Days of Christmas
By: Lundy Pentz, associate professor of biology

On the first day of May Term
The student said to me
I might miss a day in Week 3.

On the second day of May Term
The student said to me
I’ve got the sniffles, and
I might miss two days in Week 3.

On the third day of May Term
The student said to me
I want to sleep in,
I’ve got the sniffles, and
I might miss three days in Week 3.

On the fourth day of May Term
The student said to me
I lost my textbook,
I want to sleep in,
I’ve got the sniffles, and
I might miss four days in Week 3.

On the fifth day of May Term
The student said to me
I want to drop!
I lost my book,
Want to sleep in,
I’ve got a cold, and
I might miss the whole of Week 3.

On the sixth day of May Term
The student heard from me