Don’t Blink: You’ll Miss Important Events 9/28–10/9

September 28, 2009

The excitement of the first days of a new school year may be waning, but Mary Baldwin keeps the college community hopping with a slew of activities in the next few weeks before students head out for Fall Break October 16. From new events to annual traditions, put these important events on your calendar today and avoid the mid-semester blahs:

International Fair 2008All Abroad: Sign up to join Mary Baldwin faculty and staff on trips to Australia, Ireland, Italy, France, Greece, El Salvador, India, Japan, and London during May Term 2010 — and learn how you can study for a summer, semester, or year abroad through Mary Baldwin — at the Study Abroad Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. September 29 in Hunt West. Students can also vote for their favorite study abroad photos and apply for a U.S. passport.

Necessary Parts: Mary Baldwin University Theatre’s first show of the 2009–10 season may be titled Unnecessary Farce, but the comedy about incompetent cops, questionable politicians, an accountant without her clothes, and a mob killer with a kilt provides a necessary mid-semester diversion from academic work. The Central Virginia premiere of Paul Slade Smith’s play runs September 30 through October 4 (shows start at 7:30 p.m. Wed. –Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. in Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Hall). Terry Southerington ’72, professor of theatre, directs Mary Baldwin students Anna Ferrandino ’12, Alexandra Yates ’13, and Ellen Jean Selby ’12, and other talented members of the Staunton arts community.

Christian PeeleFounding Females and Fathers: Celebrated each year on the Friday closest to the October 4 birthday of Mary Julia Baldwin, Founders Day honors Miss Baldwin and Rufus W. Bailey as early leaders of the college. This year’s October 1 event features White House intern Christian Peele ’05 as the keynote speaker at 12:15 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. Seniors, iron out those robes and caps — this is your first official chance to wear them!


We Are Family: Family members are invited to join their daughters in the Residential College for Women on campus for a barbeque, conversation with Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox, family and student sessions, special Apple Day lunch, and more during Family Weekend October 2–4.

Just Tweet It: A little birdie told us that there’s something different about Mary Baldwin’s annual Apple Day festivities this year: We’re encouraging everyone to use Twitter and Facebook October 7 to post their thoughts about Apple Day, pictures of celebrations, and musings about the fabulous fruit. We’re still planning the traditional activities, too — a morning trip to a nearby orchard to glean apples for the area Food Bank, service projects, a carnival complete with a bucking bronco ride, and a scrumptious apple-themed brunch.

Learn and Serve: The college’s Community Service Speaker Series and monthly International Cafe conversations continue in late September and October — opening doors for students interested in local volunteer opportunities and those looking for experiences much farther away. The Community Service Speaker Series welcomes Kim Craig from Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad and local healthcare activist Jody Grogan September 30 and additional guests October 14, 21, and 28 at 1 p.m. in Miller Chapel. The next installment of the International Cafe series is at 12 p.m. October 13 in the Spencer Center.