MBU In The News: Oct. 2022

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

Anthropology professor speaks on behalf of Blue Ridge Heritage Project

MBU anthropology professor Abby Wightman has played a pivotal role in a project to honor and recognize families displaced by the founding of the Shenandoah National Park in 1934.

She sits on the board of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project, which has been erecting remembrance monuments and spearheading related educational campaigns since 2013. 

See Wightman discuss the project and its latest monument in this TV interview

Studio art alum Cheryl Grant ’90 releases new book

Illustrator and artist-entrepreneur Cheryl Grant ’90 has released a new children’s book, Carole Jane from Starfish Lane, with author Diane Twomley.

Follow along with protagonist Carol Jane as she explores her island home observing nature and seasonal changes. 

Read more HERE

Melissa Cobb MEd ’11 named assistant principal for Waynesboro High School

Melissa Cobb MEd ’11 is enjoying her first term as the new assistant principal for Waynesboro High School. She comes highly recommended, having served as principal at Buena Vista’s Parry McCluer High School for four years. 

“Melissa represents the best in public education, and I am delighted to have her on our team,” said Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Cassel in an announcement. “She is an outstanding educator who focuses on the positive, recognizes how amazing our students are, and is committed to fostering the great potential within them.”

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The veteran MBU social work grad has spent more than a decade working in the county’s social services department, holding positions in child protective services, foster care, adult protective services, and more.

Mays-Smith says it’s her passion is to assist and protect children and families in their time of need, and that she feels honored to be called to work in the county where she grew up.

Read more HERE.

Museum names arboretum after late MBU biology professor

The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum in Berlin, Maryland, has dedicated its new arboretum in honor of the late Dr. Mary Humphreys, who among other achievements taught botany at Mary Baldwin from 1943–1968. The annual Humphreys Biology Lecture Series is held in her honor

“Dr. Humphreys was a founding member of the Berlin Heritage Foundation, which administers the museum,” said a curator in an announcement. “This dedication is meant to acknowledge her passion for and appreciation of trees and wildlife, and share it with our visitors for years to come.”

Read more HERE.

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