Reunion 2008: Changing the World

April 7, 2008

Mary Baldwin University welcomed nearly 350 alumnae/i to campus – one of the highest numbers in many years – to celebrate Reunion 2008 April 3-6. They pitched in to demonstrate Mary Baldwin’s renewed commitment to community service. They chatted. They elected leaders. They smiled for countless photos. They watched VWIL cadets in parade and softball players in action. And so much more. Watch the slideshow below and read President Pamela Fox’s musical remarks from the Reunion gala dinner Saturday night for a feel for the magic that is Reunion.

In the words of Dr. Fox: “Reunion 2008: You are, as Ghandi said, the change you want to see in the world. The power of one joins here for the power of collective commitment.”

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Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World: A Tribute to Reunion 2008
A Concerto On A Theme of Rufus Bailey, by Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox

Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World, through the words of our founder, Rufus Bailey,In every place she moves in the center and is a radiating point of influence.

Reunion 2008: We honor the occasion of your homecoming to these hills where beauty dwells, to these halls where wisdom reckons, where its tumult never quells. From 43 to 2003, from 28, and 48, and 1998—classes of the 3s and 8s, the Grafton Society, and our outstanding award winners—you come together this evening in the power of friendship to emanate the collective energy, imagination, and commitment that is the hallmark of Mary Baldwin women across time and generation. For 166 years this college has demonstrated the courage and the will to innovate as the world changes around it and the wisdom to stay true to its mission of enriching women’s lives through the transforming power of personalized liberal education. One woman at a time, the whole woman in mind, body, and spirit, enabling each woman to become her best self. You embody our enduring strengths.

Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World, through the words of our founder, Rufus Bailey,In every place she moves in the center and is a radiating point of influence.

Reunion 2008: Your voices join the symphony of synergy as we compose our future. We are thriving—celebrating our momentum of opportunity and excellence:

  • marking the highest enrollment in the college’s history this fall and right now exceeding record numbers of applications for the third straight year;
  • achieving our vision of national distinction as demonstrated in the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement, the gold standard of how students evaluate the quality of their own education, where we exceeded the scores of more than 90% of 610 colleges and universities on the key measure of leaning inside and outside the classroom;
  • transforming our environment through the restored beauty of our historic campus and our dynamic plans for the renovation of Pearce, a new Village for the Arts, enhanced athletic facilities, and an expanded Hunt Hall opening behind us onto a campus green;
  • and with your help we are funding our future. Thank you for the amazing success of the third and final year of Mrs. Smith’s challenge to the annual fund—for exceeding the challenge through your generous dedication and commitment. We are so deeply grateful.

Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World, through the words of our founder, Rufus Bailey,In every place she moves in the center and is a radiating point of influence.

Reunion 2008: We are united as a learning community of honor, leadership, ethics and integrity, driven by the conviction that every woman can and should make a difference in the world. We have strengthened our historic commitment to civic engagement in a global context this year as we opened the Spencer Center. We have initiated a new cycle of innovation. Innovation and informed creativity have kept this college at the leading edge of educational trends and societal needs throughout our history, from seminary to college, to master’s level programs. Mary Baldwin University continues to define what a liberal education means in the 21st century. Academic excellence is our hallmark, as we transmit the time-honored core of liberal arts studies and forge new programs:

  • in social work
  • in five year combined undergraduate/graduate programs for teachers and Shakespearian scholars and actors
  • in environment-based learning as we green the future of our campus
  • in international economics and business,
  • environmental/material/ and biochemistry
  • peacemaking and conflict studies,
  • global poverty and terrorism,
  • digital media, and so much more.

The voices of the dedicated faculty who opened your minds to the stores of truth resound in your hearts and minds during this weekend. We honor and thank them.

Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World, through the words of our founder, Rufus Bailey,In every place she moves in the center and is a radiating point of influence.

Reunion 2008: You are, as Ghandi said, the change you want to see in the world. The power of one joins here for the power of collective commitment. Our collective energy, imagination, and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to transform this college and the lives it touches across the globe. Thank you for your passionate allegiance, for your experience and success. You give us energy and optimism as we perform our future and drive our momentum of excellence and opportunity.

Mary Baldwin Women Changing the World, through the words of our founder, Rufus Bailey,In every place she moves in the center and is a radiating point of influence.