Honors Convocation and Evening Reception Celebrate Academic Success

Students, faculty, staff, and friends of Mary Baldwin University gathered inside Francis Auditorium last week for Honors Convocation, a ceremony to recognize student academic achievement. Awardees were also recognized at an evening ceremony in Hunt Gallery.

Awards presented included:

Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Loyalty Fund Scholarships

The Baldwin Online and Adult Programs (Baldwin Online and Adult Programs) Loyalty Fund Scholarships are funded through donations from Baldwin Online and Adult Programs faculty, staff, graduates, friends, family, and present students through donations to the college’s annual fund. The committee was happy to be able to select nine students to receive this scholarship. The award this year is $1,281, which covers tuition for a three-semester-hour course in the fall or May Term study abroad.

To be eligible, applicants must be students in good standing in Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and be seeking their first bachelor’s degree; have completed 12 or more semester hours of Mary Baldwin-graded work, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and be planning to enroll in the following fall semester. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic record; service to the pro­gram, college, and community; and commitment to learning and growth in Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.

Quaneilia Carter is a senior American studies major from Charlottesville who works as a substitute teacher and tutor in Charlottesville City Schools and plans to teach at the elementary level.

Geoffrey Hermance is a senior English major and elementary education minor from Buckingham who volunteers as a soccer coach and EMT.

Amber Hurley is a senior social work major from Fulks Run who volunteers with Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery and has served as an intern with the Department of Rehabilitative Services.

Casey Lemley is a senior psychology major from Roanoke who works at the Minnick Education Center providing services to children with disabilities and is pursuing a career in special education. She volunteers with her church and the local art community.

Justine Mackey is a junior theatre major from Staunton who is pursuing a BA/MLitt degree with the graduate Shakespeare and Performance program and has volunteered with the theatre department and helped with Baldwin Online and Adult Programs recruitment for the BA/MLitt.

Mercedes Pierce is a senior psychology major with a business minor from Montross who volunteers with the Westmoreland Family YMCA and the Colonial Beach Salvation Army.

Carissa Stallworth is a senior Business for a Sustainable Future major with a management minor from Roanoke who volunteers with her PTA, her church, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Keshawna Taylor is a junior psychology major with a business minor from Kinsale who volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck. She plans to earn a doctorate in psychology and give back to her community.

Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $1,500 is granted to a student who has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the academic honor society of the Virginia Community College System, and has earned a transferable associate’s degree before coming to Mary Baldwin University. The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA and have impressed the awards committee with his or her academic achievement and goals for the future.

Mindy Taliaferro, from Selma, has served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of PTK while at Dabney Lancaster Community College and is now pursuing a bachelor of social work at Mary Baldwin. She plans to earn a master of social work and possibly pursue a career in higher education.

The Alice McCaa Award

The Alice McCaa (pronounced “McCay”) Award honors a 1976 graduate of Mary Baldwin University who majored in biology and whose friends and classmates wanted to honor her memory by establishing an annual award for biology majors. The award is intended to “encourage and recognize excellence in the field of biol­ogy.” It is given to an undergraduate biology major based on academic standing and excellent performance in laboratory and research settings. The recipient is chosen by the biology faculty and includes a cash award.

Ariana “Ari” Kropf ‘14 came to Mary Baldwin through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at age 14 after completing eighth grade in Apex, North Carolina. She has lived in Switzerland as well as several parts of the United States. Ari plays the violin, piano, guitar, and bassoon. She is an avid reader and enjoys creative writing; she is the fiction editor for Outrageous Fortune. Ari has im­pressed the entire biology faculty with her love of learning and high energy level; she has been extremely active in the biology honorary society, Beta Beta Beta, and has served as a teaching assistant for many courses. She has designed and already begun a highly ambitious research project based on her love of neurobiology. She is attempting to derive primary cell cultures of neurons from the brains of neona­tal musk shrews, and to test their differentiated status by using a novel compound affecting nitric oxide-mediated responses, a compound she will be synthesizing and purifying herself.

Ashley DuLac Award

This award is funded by the DuLac family in honor of their daughter Ashley DuLac, class of 1989. Each year this award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the mathematics department.

Salome Choi ’13 appears a quiet, reserved, and shy student when you first meet her. But when you meet with her at the whiteboard in the scribbles of mathemat­ics, she roars like a lioness. She reminds me of all the world-class performers at the Heifetz this past summer. As an emerging voice among young Latin American or Korean mathematicians, we, too, have grown and learned from her during her sojourn in our department. Her accomplishments include having the highest GPA among graduating seniors in the department, Phi Beta Kappa, president of the Mathematics Club, and she is definitely a whiz in studio art.

 Benn Award for Creative Writing

The Benn Award for Creative Writing was established in 1969 by the late Mrs. Clyde Myers Lambert of Waynesboro in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Benn. The award is presented by the English faculty in recognition of a return­ing Mary Baldwin student who has distinguished herself in the literary arts.

During her Mary Baldwin career thus far Mikhaila Moynihan ’14 has distin­guished herself in the literary arts in a variety of ways. She has assumed, for multiple semesters, an editorial position on Outrageous Fortune, Mary Baldwin’s online lit­erary magazine, currently serving as managing editor. In creative writing courses, Mikhaila has produced exceptionally smart, sensitive, and carefully crafted works of her own. Her short story “Yon Jimo,” which draws from Mikhaila’s own first-hand familiarity with the culture of Haiti — yet by persuasively and sensitively imagining the interior life of a young Haitian girl — serves as a prime example. An English major, Mikhaila has distinguished herself, too, in her various literature courses, producing critical essays that are insightful and precise and contribut­ing substantially to the collective learning that a classroom setting provides.

Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology

Abby Wightman presents the Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology to Ian Mowbray.

The Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology honors one student, an anthropology/sociology major or anthropology minor, for his or her work in and contribution to the anthropology program at Mary Baldwin University. The award is determined by major GPA, career GPA, and contributions to the anthro­pology program through campus organizations, civic and/or global engagement, and excellence in research. The award is named in honor of former Mary Baldwin University Professor of Anthropology Carrie Douglass.

Ian Mowbray ‘13 graduated in January 2013 with a major in anthropology/sociology from the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Throughout his time at Mary Baldwin, Ian has proved an excellent student and researcher, earning a career GPA of 3.79. For his senior project, Ian studied the role of individualism in the American educational system, collecting data on campus about student percep­tions of group work. In March 2013, he presented his research at the Southern Anthropological Society in Johnson City, Tennessee. Ian is currently working at Relay Foods in Charlottesville, where he will use his anthropological skills to col­lect consumer data. He intends to apply to graduate school in anthropology.

Charlotte Forten Grimké Award

Grimké was born to a free African-American family of means in Philadelphia in 1837. She was a noted 19th-century essayist, poet, and teacher who bent her con­siderable talents to the abolitionist cause. During the 1860s she became one of the most influential teachers in the Port Royal Experiment, which sought to provide education to former slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. In one entry of her now famous diaries she wrote, “Monday, October 23, 1854: I will spare no effort to prepare myself well for the responsible duties of a teacher, and to live for the good I can do my oppressed and suffering fellow creatures.” This award is given to the senior African-American student who demonstrates a commitment to scholarship, civic responsibility, leadership, sister­hood, and spirit and who actively shares her appreciation for African-American history and culture. This book and cash award is given by Andrea Cornett-Scott and Edward Scott.

Our honoree, Quiana Robinson ’13, has demonstrated a rich commitment to the learning and service that Grimké would have prized. She has been a role model and a symbol of student leadership inside and outside of the classroom. She has served as a Big Sista, a Peer Mentor, a Resident Advisor, and a Peer Advisor for the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community; she has helped plan and has led SOAR Orientation and the Ida B. Wells Institute. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Ida B. Wells Society for Academic Excellence, and the Global Honor Scholars Program. She has served as president of the Black Student Alliance, a member of the Judicial Board, a Student Advocate, and the President’s Society. Following her freshman year, she was selected to be a resident of the Umoja House. Because of her well rounded scholarship, she has served as a teach­ing assistant for courses in African-American studies. As a first-year student, she was fully committed to the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community. Her engage­ment has been marked by volunteerism and civic responsibility. She has helped plan campus events to raise awareness about pressing social issues. She has been a champion of inclusive excellence on our campus. She is a student who sacrifices her Saturdays to represent multicultural student life on visit days. Her voice and her experience is well respected in the academy. In May, she will earn the privilege of being an Ajani graduate.

Chemistry Outstanding Student

The Chemistry Award is given annually to a chemistry major who has excelled academically in the field, shown promise in the research lab, and been involved in service to the department through the American Chemical Society student group.

Selma Elsarrag (left) is recognized for her work in chemistry.

Selma Elsarrag ‘14 is a senior chemistry major who is also majoring in biol­ogy and mathematics. Selma’s spark and intrigue for chemistry are reflected in her excellent coursework, in her enthusiastic classroom participation, and in the laboratory. Selma has a natural aptitude for scientific concepts that faculty in our department agree keeps us on our toes, and she is currently involved in a research project focused on modeling the structure of a class of molecular clips that may be tailored to select biologically relevant small molecules. In addition to her academic pursuits, Selma has served as president and motivating force for the American Chemical Society student group. In particular, she was an active leader in organiz­ing 40 Mary Baldwin students and gathering supplies to serve 85 Girl Scouts during Mary Baldwin’s Girl Scout Science Sleuth Day in February 2013.

Donald D. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Donald D. Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by former students and friends of Professor Thompson to honor his service to the col­lege, his excellence as an instructor, and his professional achievement in the field of psychology. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in psychology for her senior year of study.

Sophia Stone ‘14 is one of our most enthusiastic student researchers, having been involved in multiple independent projects since her freshman year. She is a double major in biology and psychology and has consistently impressed both disciplines with her intellect, work ethic, and curiosity. Her grades are consistently at the top of her class and she is active both in the Psi Chi Honor Society and in LETS, an organization she founded. She spent last summer interning at a Pennsylvania hospital and has already been accepted at a summer research program at Oklahoma State University for this year. On top of all this, she manages to find time to be a shining star of the Mary Baldwin cross country team, placing at nationals for the last two years.

Dorothy Mulberry Award

Brenci Patino explains why Alexandra Johnson, left, is this year’s Dorothy Mulberry award winner.

The Dorothy Mulberry Award was created by a group of Mary Baldwin alumnae who were Spanish majors and who studied in Spain with Professor Emeritus Dorothy Mulberry. These students and Dr. Mulberry spent a year in Madrid studying Spanish and enjoying Madrid’s cultural life. Cherishing this unforgettable ex­perience, and out of love and respect for Dr. Mulberry, the alumnae decided to establish this award to encourage our young majors to study Spanish abroad. This is a monetary award averages $1,600 to support the student’s trip to a Spanish-speaking country. Recipients must be Spanish majors with a 3.5 or higher GPA, and priority is given to those studying abroad for a semester.

Alexandra Johnson ’14 is pursuing a bachelor of arts with a double major in Spanish and English, and a concentration in education. She was selected to receive the award for the quality of her work, her appreciation and understanding of Hispanic cultures, her commitment to contributing to a diverse and welcoming environment for our new students, and her proven leadership record. Alexandra has been instrumental in the success of the Latino Culture Gateway from its incep­tion by providing guidance and support to the first two cohorts of the gateway. Additionally, she generously uses her impressive knowledge of Spanish language to help students taking Spanish language courses. To further her studies in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, this May Term Alexandra will be taking part in the study abroad program in Salamanca, where she, undoubtedly, will continue to do exemplary work.

Freshmen Calculus Award

This award is given to a freshman with the highest grade in the Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II courses. The award is funded by the mathematics department to celebrate and encourage women into mathematics.

Chanelle Chua ’16 is a student who can excel in whatever field of study she chooses. Her discovery of mathematics has just begun, and in her work she exhibits a generosity of spirit typical of great mathematicians. There is brilliance without pretension. We welcome this spirit into our community and hopes she continues to walk with us in the mathematical woods. Congratulations!

Freshman-Sophomore Award for Excellence in Library-Based Research

This award recognizes written work that reflects extraordinary scholarly promise through accomplished use of research resources, especially those available through Martha Grafton Library. Recipients must have held freshman or sophomore status when the essay was written and must be nominated by the faculty member who supervised the project. The award includes a cash prize of $250 and is jointly sponsored by Grafton Library, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Undergraduate Research, and the Mary Baldwin chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Katherine “Brinley” Broomfield ’15 is a sophomore from Colorado who entered Mary Baldwin through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG). Having already completed a solid basis of coursework in philosophy and political science, Brinley enrolled last fall in the research-intensive course, Peacemaking: Gandhi and Nonviolence, with Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy. In her award ap­plication, Brinley discusses how she encountered and overcame research challenges in the course, including learning to analyze across a number of sources and, given the large volume of available material, resisting the temptation to become side­tracked. Dr. Owen states that her resulting work, “Pacifism in War: Contextualizing the Nonviolent Protest of the White Rose Resistance,” was an out­standing exploration of the student-led, anti-Nazi “White Rose” resistance effort in World War II Germany. Brinley first discovered the “White Rose” in a novel she read several years ago and notes that the resistance effort, “illustrates the power of faith, media, and fatal commitment in the face of atrocity.” She is also a member of the Ethics Bowl team and has served as president of the PEG residence hall.


Gordon Hammock Student Mentor Award

Professor Gordon Hammock was a deeply loved and well-respected member of the business faculty who passed away a number of years ago. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to mentor students. To honor him, the college created an en­dowed fund that carries a cash award for the recipient. The student who receives this award “exemplifies Gordon’s focus on teaching and mentoring students to be ethical leaders in business.”

This year’s award recipient, Rebecca Stearn ’14, is involved in many significant campus activities. She has been an active and involved leader in student govern­ment, Relay for Life, STARS, President’s Society, and Student Senate. She con­sistently tutors students and is always ready to lend a hand. A faculty member nominating our recipient described her as “an incredible TA who makes herself available to students.” She consistently exemplifies Gordon’s focus on ethics through her interaction with other students, particularly those in the major.

Healthcare Administration Award

This award has been given out by the Healthcare Administration (HCA) program for more than 20 years. It is given to the top student in the HCA program — the person who exhibits the qualities of an effective, efficient, and humane professional in the making. Among the elements considered are GPA, classroom engagement, participation in HCA program activities, leadership, the quality of the required internship, a cooperative spirit matched with action, and a sense of humor.

The commitment of Kelsey Still ’13 to academics, the larger community, diver­sity, and leadership is unparalleled. She has served as Class Marshall and holds the highest GPA among HCA majors, while also serving as Lead Advocate and demonstrating wellness as a member of the softball and basketball teams. Kelsey interned for more than 320 hours at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Richmond, working toward her career goal of running a long-term care community. Her group work, class presentations, and research topics highlight openness to diverse perspectives, and she regularly volunteers for HCA events and student mentoring. Not only does Kelsey show character, she is one. Her high personal expectations are balanced by a sense of humor; and she is capable of making a mistake, admit­ting to it, and taking corrective action.

Margarett Kable Russell Award

Martha Walker announces Margarett Kable Russell Award winner, Katharine Given.

The Margarett Kable Russell Award is given in memory of Margarett Kable Russell, editor of the 1902 Bluestocking and the first woman member of the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees. The award is presented annually by the Mary Baldwin Alumnae/i Association and the Board of Trustees. The recipient, selected by a vote of the faculty, is a rising senior outstanding in academic achievement, character, and service. The person honored is known as the Russell Scholar and works on a special research project in her field. A paper written on the research is bound and kept on permanent file in the college library. The award includes funds for a research project designed by the student with a faculty advisor.

Theatre major Katharine M. Given ’13 used the Russell Award to fund expenses associated with her senior project in theatre as dramaturg for Mary Baldwin Theatre’s pro­duction of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, directed by Janna Segal, assistant professor of theatre. Her work as dramaturg required research into and careful analysis of the text of the play, its background, and its critical apparatus, as well as previous productions. As Kate stated in her initial proposal for the Russell Award, she enabled the director and actors “to make sure the production is placed into an effective dialogue with the greater theatrical community that Three Tall Women stems from, the Mary Baldwin 2012–13 theatrical season, and the Mary Baldwin community as a whole. It is this dialogue with the Baldwin community that will benefit the school most from my project … Three Tall Women offers roles for strong female performers who open up the door for dialogue about the play’s message and its pertinence to our college community.” Her work also led to the facilitation of “talk backs” after the performances when spectators could en­gage the cast and director, an activity that enriched cultural life in our community. She also created a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for future dramaturgs in the department, a tool certain to have ongoing benefits for the performing arts at Mary Baldwin. The Russell Award will also allow Kate to travel to the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore in April where Albee will be the keynote speaker.

Mary Jane Donnalley Scholar Athlete Award

Awarded to Sophia Stone ’14, the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA after three semesters of work.


Omicron Delta Epsilon, Mu chapter, International Economics Honor Society

Students must meet four criteria for eligibility for membership in the Mu chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society: completion of 12 semester hours in economics, at least a 3.0 GPA in economics, at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mary Baldwin, and ranking in the top third of her class.

Victoria A. Barrett

Katherine S. Epifanio

Catherine V Forrester

Tanisha D. Hinton

Mikhaila Moynihan

Tegan M. Sorensen

Kelsey R. Still

Brittany N. Stroop

Outstanding American Studies Students — Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and RCW

A book in the discipline is given to honor the outstanding Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and RCW senior students in American studies.

Mary Heishman ’13 started college in Tennessee while working for FedEx. After she became a single mother, she moved to Charlottesville to be near her parents and restart her education. Here she married, gained two step-sons, and had two more children. She stopped her education until her youngest began kindergar­ten and then earned her associate’s degree in education from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Mary transferred to Mary Baldwin University and also began volunteering in a local public school. Teaching has been in her family’s blood for generations and it shows. Not only did her unit of study earn her the first distinc­tion in the major for American studies, but Mary has become a mentor for other students, both in Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and on campus. 

Katrina Cook ’13 is from Staunton and graduated magna cum laude from Lee High School in 2010. At Mary Baldwin, she has excelled, earning a 3.85 GPA. It is noteworthy that she has completed her college education in three years while working full-time. Katrina is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor soci­ety, and will soon be inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society.


Outstanding Biology Students — Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and RCW

The Outstanding Biology Student Awards are unique because winners are selected by their student colleagues, who define outstanding achievement from the valuable peer perspective. Those students who select the winner are part of Tri-Beta, the National Biological Honor Society. Their votes confirm the winners’ academic achievements, and, more importantly, reward significant contributions within our department. This year we have co-recpients of the award — students who repre­sent Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and RCW and who have skill sets that range from cell and molecular research to environmental systems monitoring fieldwork.

Sophia Stone and Ben Lacy were named Outstanding Biology Students for RCW and Baldwin Online and Adult Programs, respectively.

Benjamin Lacy ‘13 came to the biology department as an Baldwin Online and Adult Programs student and has distinguished himself in a wide range of biology courses including cell biology and microbiology. His love of fishing and an interest in environmental estrogens led him to design his senior project on intersex among red-breasted sunfish in the Shenandoah River, a previously unstudied issue. He combined data from the yeast estrogen screen and painstaking histology on fish gonads to establish that intersex animals are appearing in this population as in others, which have been studied. Ben has been a strong colleague and collaborator with his fellow biology majors in the senior seminar; he has also traveled to visit the laboratory of Vicki Blazer at the U.S. Geological Survey offices in West Virginia to become familiar with one of the leading researchers in his area. Ben comes from a family background of dentistry and hopes to enter dental school himself when he graduates.

Sophia Stone ‘14 is at the highest levels in both of her science majors of biol­ogy and psychology. She has a long record of honors and achievements including acceptance into the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and she will complete a double major in biology and psychology. She serves her community by volun­teering at the New Directions Center for battered women and organizing the Red Flag Campaign at Mary Baldwin to spread awareness about abusive relationships. Sophia continues to present her extensive research on sexual differences in the Asian musk shrew and on neuroendocrine differentiation in prostate cancer at numerous scientific conferences. Her academic achievements are rivaled only by her athletic achievements in cross country, as she earned South/Southeast Region Champion and All-American status in 2011 and 2012 and was awarded the 2011–12 Mary Baldwin University Athlete of the Year. Most importantly, her colleagues selected Sophia for this award because of her collaborative approach with other students in the form of her teaching assistance in many different courses, help with learn­ing laboratory procedures, and providing insights and ideas for other students’ research projects. Sophia’s generosity with her knowledge and time and her willingness to improve the learning environment for all students and faculty are unparalleled.


Outstanding Business Students — Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and RCW

The business department recognizes outstanding graduates each year, with one award for an Baldwin Online and Adult Programs student and one for an RCW student. The Outstanding Business Student awards are given to the students that best exemplify the effec­tive practices in today’s world with special focus on “business for a sustainable future.” Mary Baldwin business students look at the triple bottom line — achieving benefits that are economic, social, and environmental. With a strong foundation that includes marketing, management, finance, and economics, students will learn first-hand how successful business practices are enhanced with responsible, ethical, and sustainable decisions. The award winners exhibit these practices in and out of the classroom.

Yonah Wente ’13 graduated summa cum laude in January with a 3.94 GPA. Her major was Business for a Sustainable Future and her minor was psychology. She was a student at the Roanoke regional center. Several business faculty members recall her as one of the brightest and best at Mary Baldwin. In addition to stellar academic work, she freely gave back to her community. Yonah volunteered to take coats and blankets to residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She and her mother took hot food and clothing to the homeless in Roanoke on Christmas Day December 2012. She is now working with a business in Roanoke helping to create and implement a climate action plan. Yonah’s passion for learning and community engagement is exemplary. The business department is pleased to honor her with this award.

Kaitlyn Cerow ‘13 has excelled in so many ways, both in and out of the class­room. Her coursework has been stellar with a cumulative GPA of 3.6. She has been awarded membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; has received the VFIC-Northern VA Regional Scholarship, the James B. Patrick Leadership Award, the Cynthia H. Tyson Award, and the Sarah K. Small Award; and she has made the Dean’s List every semester. The coursework she will complete in May 2013 will lead to a major in Business for a Sustainable Future and minors in biology and leadership studies. Her military involvement includes the Army ROTC and Virginia

Women’s Institute for Leadership, where she has filled a wide variety of leadership roles, including First Captain. She completed an internship in summer 2011 with Booz Allen Hamilton and is a member of the Mary Baldwin tennis team.

Peggy Pinkston Biochemistry Research Award

The Biochemistry Research Award is given in memory of Peggy Pinkston, a be­loved Mary Baldwin faculty member from 1976 to 1989. This quote from former student Joi Phelps Walker ‘82, excerpted from The Mary Baldwin University Magazine, describes Pinkston’s spirit and her many contributions to Mary Baldwin: “Dr. Pinkston opened my mind to the range of possibilities that a woman could pursue. Here she was, a PhD in biochemistry and an accomplished violinist as well. She was a powerful role model to young women just breaking into science in the late 1970s.”

Lauren Green ‘14 has been a dedicated, inquisitive student who works efficiently and has a knack for figuring out how to get something done, be it homework or a research project. She is very thorough and careful in her work. She plans to attend veterinary school.

Phi Beta Kappa

Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most presti­gious academic honor society, is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. The Society, founded in 1776, maintains high standards for individual members as well as for the colleges from which members are elected. Mary Baldwin University is one of only 280 institutions to shelter a chapter, Lambda of Virginia. To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated through her or his undergraduate record a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences that is both broad and deep. In addition to a high GPA, minimum eligibility requirements include foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. Standards for election as a junior are higher than for seniors. The ideal Phi Beta Kappan is a model of intellectual curiosity, academic integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.

Victoria Barrett ’13

Salome Choi ’13

Allison Lindsey Gordon ’13

Michelle Renee Jones ’13

Meredith Miller ’13

Sophia Stone ’14


Physics Outstanding Student

The Physics Outstanding Student Award is given each year to the student who demonstrates the strongest achievement and potential in the field of physics.

 Inna Kirilyuk ’14 is not only an ideal student, but also a strong intrinsically motivated researcher. She started researching a novel nanoelectronic device, the memristor, this year as a junior. She will continue to work with the fabrication, materials chemistry, and physics of the memristor over the summer as part of the Summer Research Fellows Program.


Sara Forrest Thompson Hunt Mission Fund Award

The Sara Forrest Thompson Hunt Mission Fund Award, created by former Mary Baldwin chaplain Reverend Pat Hunt in honor of her mother, is intended to support stu­dents engaging in mission or service work abroad.

Analisse Vasquez Soto ’15

Johnna Bingham ’16


Scholar Athlete Award

Awarded to all student athletes with a cumulative GPA above 3.5 after three semesters of work.

Sophia Stone ’14

Kallie Johnson ’14

Michelle Jones ’13

Kaitlyn Cerow ’13


Scholar Team Award

Awarded to the team with the highest cumulative GPA.

Cross Country Team

Cross Country had a cumulative 3.55 GPA. They were also awarded the USTF­CCCA Scholar Team Award for the 2012–13 season. They had the highest cumu­lative GPA of any team in the USA South Athletic Conference.


Ulysse Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art

This award acknowledges the outstanding work, accomplishments, and growth of a selected studio art major. It also signifies the capacity of the recipient to carry forward a high level of quality within her studio practice beyond Mary Baldwin University.

From her freshman year to completion of her senior year, Amanda Miller ‘13 has consistently performed at a superior level in all of her studio art courses. She has demonstrated a strong work ethic, an understanding of process, receptivity to criticism, and a high degree of technical facility and invention. Amanda has also successfully completed the requirements for three areas of emphasis: drawing, painting, and ceramics.


Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies

Jacklyn Stutts

Virginia Pope


Melissa Mitchell Award for May Term Study Abroad

Holly Johnston


Who’s Who

Victoria Barrett

Randi Biel

Monique Burgess

Kaitlyn Cerow

Salome Choi

Akeylah Dacosta Reyes

Jazmine Davis

Selma Elsarrag

Tesla Goodrich

Courtney Harris

Amanda Harrison

Tanisha Hinton

Halle Hurt

Jordan Jones

Krystal Jones

Michelle Jones

Britney Lambert

Kristina Lee

Amanda Loretoni

Charity Martin

Quinn Mitchell

Tyler Nguyen

Michelle Radford

Quiana Robinson

Olivia Samerdyke

Emily Sikorski

Kelsey Still

Sophia Stone

Jacklyn Stutts

Kawanda Temple