MBU In The News: Sept. 2022

A selection of recent news stories and media mentions featuring the #MBUfamily — including alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

Mary Baldwin University named a top U.S. college for social mobility

This year’s rankings from U.S. News & World Report name Mary Baldwin University one of the nation’s top colleges for promoting social mobility.

MBU now ranks 33 among all colleges and universities nationwide for graduating economically disadvantaged students — typically those who come from families with gross incomes of less than $50,000 a year — and equipping them with the skills they need to lead successful careers and achieve financial success.

Read More HERE.

Professor releases two new scholarly books in paperback form

Shakespeare and Performance Associate Professor Dr. Peter Kirwan’s book, Canonizing Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640-1740,  was released in paperback by Cambridge University Press in late August. Kirwan was a primary editor.

Routledge released the paperback edition of  Shakespeare’s Audiences  on September 26.

Critics have described both as “considerable academic achievements,” winning Kirwan significant scholarly acclaim.

College Dedicates New Art Gallery To Honor Pauline Dove Lamal ’65

Pauline Dove Lamal ’65 spent 30 years as a professor of studio arts and chaired the visual arts program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The college has honored her career and contributions by dedicating a new art gallery in her name.

It launched with a retrospective exhibition of Dove’s artwork that included an eclectic array of works ranging ranging from paintings, to silver point, prints, ceramics, and bookmaking.

Read more about it HERE.

Heather Shuman Fox ’96 publishes first scholarly book

Arranging Stories: Framing Social Commentary in Short Story Collections by Southern Women Writers was published earlier this summer.

The debut has been called a “consummate scholarly achievement,” and was greeted with overwhelmingly positive critical reception. Its reception helped land Fox a promotion to the role of associate professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University.

Learn more about Fox and her work HERE.

College of Health Sciences partners with Alzheimer’s Association for major fundraising event

The national organization’s central and western Virginia chapter held its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at MBU’s College of Health Sciences on Sept. 24.

Students pursuing degrees in medical fields attended a number of informational sessions with experts leading up to the event. More than 300 people participated and raised nearly $90,000 to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s.

“The goal is to help our students identify early signs of cognitive disease so that they can better serve as [health advocates] for their patients and communities, regardless of their field of practice,” says college of health sciences dean, Lisa Shoaf.

She says the partnership embodies Mary Baldwin’s “commitment to serving our local community, and exemplifies our mission as healthcare educators.”

Click to watch or read the WHSV-TV report.

Susan Carlisle Bell ’73 is named professor emerita

Bell taught studio art at North Carolina’s Garner-Webb University for 35 years and was instrumental in expanding its art program — including creating new minors and emphases.

She also developed extensive museum studies programming, leading student field trips and study abroad opportunities to 75 U.S. museums and 15 countries.

Bell retired in 2021 and was recently named a distinguished professor emerita.

Read more about her life and career HERE.

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