With this fluid, fast-moving situation, changes have been made to several campus events regarding alumni and students. Here are the latest updates:
Homecoming Weekend and Reunion
MBU leadership has made the difficult decision to postpone Homecoming Weekend and Reunion activities.
“The health and safety of our MBU community is of utmost importance to us,” said Adrienne Teague, executive director of alumni engagement. “We understand this news is disappointing, and we share your disappointment. Our team is exploring ways that we can deliver relevant and interesting programming to our alumni community through visual platforms, and we look forward to sharing an update soon.”
Several virtual engagement activities for alumni are currently being scheduled. The university will gladly refund any alumni who have paid registration fees for Homecoming activities, or apply the refund to the Baldwin Fund and issue a tax receipt for the donation.
2020 Women’s Symposium
The 2020 Women’s Symposium has been postponed until fall and will be held October 23-24.
Faculty and administrators are in the process of determining which planned courses may go forward as online courses for May. New courses will be created to replace those that cannot. The university anticipates publishing a course list by the end of March.
The Fifteenth Annual Capstone Festival is shifting to a virtual platform to ensure our top performing students receive the recognition they deserve. Once a faculty member completes a nomination form, students will automatically be emailed a notification of the nomination and next steps for submitting a virtual project.
Room and Board
With the successful transition to online instruction and the departure or accomodation of residential students, MBU leadership is currently focusing on this issue. Because this process involves accounting for the use of Title IV federal student aid, the university must proceed with care and will share an update as soon as possible.
Students will be able to return to campus to retrieve any belongings left behind from Monday, April 6 — Friday, May 1. All students must schedule their return date and time with campus safety at least 24 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information about campus resources and news on Mary Baldwin University’s COVID-19 response, please see our frequently updated FAQ page.
Mary Baldwin’s nearly 180-year history has been defined by its mission to empower tomorrow’s leaders for lives of personal and professional success. What fuels that mission is the very sense of perseverance and determination that has enabled MBU to guide its students through periods of war, sickness, and social turmoil. Just as those darkened times of history ended, so too will the current coronavirus pandemic. And just as has been our story since 1842, the Mary Baldwin community will be found even stronger and more united in its passing.