MBU in the News: December 2023

A selection of news stories and media mentions featuring Mary Baldwin University alumni, students, faculty, and staff from the month of December.

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Alumna’s Book Looks at Loss

Amanda Lynch ’02 lost her husband to a random act of gun violence in October 2022.

This fall, she released A Million Little Stars, a rhyming children’s book about dealing with and moving through grief. This is Lynch’s ninth book and aligns with her work as a mindfulness teacher and trauma-informed trainer.

Alumna’s Art Displayed on Campus

Kate Simon studied sociology at Mary Baldwin before pursuing her passion for photography.

Now, her photo series “This Is Home” has been permanently installed in the Susan Warfield Caples social work classroom in Carpenter Academic Hall.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Accreditation Makes the News

Professor and Program Director Dr. Janice Adams spoke with Harrisonburg’s WHSV about the accreditation of Murphy Deming’s DNP Programs.

The coverage aired on the 5 and 6 o’clock news. Watch the coverage at the link below!


Local News Covers MBU and Amazon Web Services Academy

Mary Baldwin announced this month that the university has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy.

The announcement was covered by the local news, including an interview with executive vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer Will Webb on WHSV-TV.

Education Alumnus is Teacher of the Year

Matthew Frick, a graduate of the master of education program at Mary Baldwin, was awarded the Salem School System “Teacher of the Year” award.

Frick, a former cabinet maker who turned to education in adulthood, has been teaching at East Salem Elementary School for 10 years and was “completely floored and honored by this recognition.”

Business Alumna Named to Carilion Clinic Leadership Position

Lisa Sprinkel, who earned her bachelor’s degree in business aministration from MBU, was named the vice president of Roanoke-based Carilion Mental Health.

Sprinkel has already been leading as the vice president of Carilion Clinic Home Health and Hospice for 17 years.

Meadowlark Shakespeare Players in the Community

The current Shakespeare and Performance MFA Company has been in the community with their performances and workshops for the fall semester.

They visited Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg with their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a workshop for the students.

Florida Town Council Race Features MBU Alumna

Anita Kane ’84, is challenging for a town council seat in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida. She moved to Loxahatchee Groves 13 years ago for its space for her animals and horses.

Kane earned a bachelor’s in political science from Mary Baldwin. In Florida, she is the co-founder of 1 Education Place, a K-12 private school.