Serve, Observe Together for True Reunion Impact

March 31, 2009

Slideshow added 3/31/09. Reunion 2009 wrapped up 3/29 for alumnae/i celebrating five year to 50 years and more!

Original article, posted 3/24/09

PICTURE DESCRIPTION“Hi, my name is Eastern White Pine. I, and 499 of my friends, need to be planted!” reads the clever sign posted underneath a foot-tall seedling on front of the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. You can help during Reunion Weekend.

Reunion is traditionally when the Mary Baldwin University campus fills with alumnae/i who are excited to reconnect with each other, explore the college, see its changes, and hear from President Fox. What many people forget is that although Reunion is a special time for graduates, most events are not off-limits to faculty, staff, and students. In fact, some activities are prime opportunities for the day-to-day Mary Baldwin community to engage with alumnae/i from out of town.

The call to community service March 27 kicks off a weekend of events — most of them free — where members of the Class of 1969 can mingle with future graduates of 2009, alumnae from 2004 can reunite with professors and staff members who shaped their Mary Baldwin journey, and more. Start your morning at Spencer Center at 8:30 a.m. for an introduction to community service by students, then choose one of two options for action: “down and dirty” or “mission:organization.”

Wear your casual clothes and gloves to get “down and dirty” planting approximately 500 pine trees behind the Physical Activities Center where the hill slopes away from the softball field. Members of the Physical Plant crew worked this semester to clear brush and debris from the area. The trees, which are native to Virginia and resilient to pests and diseases, will work wonders for the landscape.

PICTURE DESCRIPTIONIf organizing is your thing, opt for a few hours of service at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network in Verona, where an Mary Baldwin group will sort items in the salvage room. The organization needs to determine what is usable and group it into categories for future distribution, said Steve Grande, Mary Baldwin director of civic engagement.

Service projects are, without a doubt, a case where more is merrier.

“Volunteering together is a natural way for students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff to bond. You are working toward a common goal, and conversation comes easily about shared experiences,” Grande said.

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Other featured Reunion events(for full schedule, visit ):

    • Take a Hike:With President Fox and her husband, Dan Layman, that is! Reunion attendees, faculty, staff, and students, are invited to take an early-morning jaunt on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail in Augusta County. Experience Civil War history, wildlife beauty, and learn about birds of the Blue Ridge with guides Paul Callo, assistant professor of biology, and Crista Cabe, associate vice president for communication, marketing, and public affairs


    • First Class Returns:Their arrival at Mary Baldwin in fall 1995 was heralded by satellite trucks that broadcast directly from campus and dozens of local, regional, and national reporters who wanted to be first to cover the pioneers of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL). For many faculty and staff at Mary Baldwin, it’s hard to believe that members of the first class will return to campus for their 10th Reunion this spring. Among the highlights of their weekend is that they will stand in review for the corps’ parade Saturday afternoon and attend Military Ball that evening.


  • Taste the World:Join alumnae/i for lunch Saturday at the Mary Baldwin Dining Hall —while they don their class colors — that incorporates dishes from around the world. The Dining Hall’s Baja Flat station will feature a full sushi bar, Asian slaw, and enlightening facts, such as one noting that the term “sushi” translates to “it’s sour.” Mexican cuisine stars at the Action Station, and Moroccan couscous, Mediterranean succotash, and crepes Normande complete the multicultural meal.