MBU In The News: Nov. 2022

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

New program eliminates tuition costs for incoming Virginia students whose families earn below $60k a year

The new program, Access MBU, mirrors the university’s historic mission to boost accessibility, inclusion, and social mobility for underserved populations.

“We believe the accessibility and affordability of a high-quality education should be based on a student’s academic performance, talent, and character — not their finances,” said MBU Vice President of Enrollment Management Matt Munsey. 

Read more about it HERE.

Nurse anesthesiologist program combats regional healthcare shortages and creates jobs pipeline for grads

Mary Baldwin’s new nursing anesthesiology program is one of just three in Virginia, and about 120 in the nation. And it’s helping to combat healthcare crises in rural areas.   

“There is currently a major shortage of nurse anesthetists in the U.S.,” said founding program director Johanna Newman, a doctor of nursing anesthesiology practice (DNAP).

The RAND Corporation estimates total staffing shortfalls to be more than 5,000, with the problem almost exclusively impacting rural communities. For instance, residents in much of southwest Virginia often have to drive 4–5 hours for routine surgeries because of a shortage of anesthesia providers.

This means students in MBU’s new program are in high-demand. And Newman has developed strategic partnerships with hard-hit hospital systems in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina that provide premium medical experience and a pipeline for great jobs. 

Learn more in this TV INTERVIEW.

MBU Alum Shelley Goode ’79 named chief development officer for Girl Scouts of the USA

I am honored and excited to support the important work ahead at Girl Scouts of the USA to empower and provide opportunities for young women across the country, mentoring the next generation of women leaders,” said Goode in a statement. 

Learn more about Goode’s new job and astounding C-suite career HERE.

Women’s soccer advances to USA South Athletic Conference semi-finals — and makes history again

In 2021 the team finished with its best record ever and made the conference playoffs for the first time in school history.

They ended this year’s season with a record of 13-7-1, and advanced to the conference semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to Southern Virginia University.

Read more about the squad’s record-breaking season HERE.

MBU history professor, Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, serves as panelist for NAACP event

The Culpeper branch of the NAACP recently partnered with the Piedmont Race Amity Project to hold a joint community forum on education titled, “Reaching Every Child.”

Tillerson-Brown is an expert in African American studies, chairs the NAACP of Virginia’s education committee, and served as a panelist.

Read more about the event and Tillerson-Brown HERE.

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