Campus Activity Signals the Start of the 2011–12 School Year

August 18, 2011

After a relatively quiet summer, the Mary Baldwin University campus is once again buzzing with the arrival of the first wave of new and returning students.

This week, freshmen in the Virginia Women’s Institute of Leadership (VWIL) arrived and quickly embarked on wilderness training and orientation, an annual camping and hiking expedition that tests teamwork skills and physical fitness. Student-athletes also return August 18, followed by the rest of the freshmen class, who will move in according to their first-year Gateways, August 21–23.

The theme for this year’s Week of Welcome is “Pearls of Wisdom.” On the schedule is karaoke in the Nuthouse, an ice cream social, a block party, entertainment from a comedic hypnotist, The Tempest at Blackfriars Playhouse, and more.

According to the most recent stats from the Mary Baldwin Registrar’s Office, the college will welcome approximately 320 new students. Among these freshmen, 43 are members of VWIL and 27 are students in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG). Twenty-one international students will arrive on campus this fall, including those enrolled in graduate programs.

Classes begin August 29. A full move-in schedule is below:

August 14
VWIL cadre move in

August 15
VWIL matriculation day

August 18
Volleyball and soccer athletes move in

August 21
Spencer Citizens move in
Ida B. Wells move in
Cross country athletes move in

August 22
International students move in
Career Academy move in

August 23
Healthy Lifestyles, Honors, Latino Culture, PEG, and Early College Academy move in

August 24
Transfer students move in

August 25
VWIL corps move in

August 28
Chapel service 10 a.m.
Opening Convocation and candlelight ceremony 7:30 p.m.

August 29
Classes begin