MBU in the News: February 2024

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

February featured Kwanzaa, one of MBU’s most popular annual events celebrating a special rite of passage for African American freshmen and graduating seniors.

Medical Student Alumna Reflects on Difficulties in Healthcare Shortage

Katherine Narvaez Mena ’16 is an MD candidate at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a political advocate for immigrant rights and healthcare in the United States.

For Global Atlanta, Narvaez Mena wrote an op-ed reflecting on the challenges facing medical professionals who are willing and able to work, but prevented by some states’ restrictive immigration laws.

Liza Saunders Named UNCW Marketing Director

Liza Saunders ’14 has pursued a career in marketing across the private and higher-ed sectors. Now, that career has landed her a role at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as their first-ever marketing director.

Lynch’s Book Deals with Personal Grief and Family

Amanda Lynch ’02 experienced a devastating personal tragedy, and she has processed that grief, for herself and her family, with a children’s book.

Watch Lynch speak with WWBT in Richmond about her children’s book that addresses family grief in an accessible and heartfelt piece.

Hamlet Teaches Literary Class on Taylor Swift

Dr. Jess Hamlet, a graduate of the Shakespeare and Performance Program, teaches English at Alvernia University in Pennsylvania.

Hamlet is teaching a course entitled “Major Writers: Taylor’s Version,” a literature class dedicated to the study and analysis of Taylor Swift’s discography.

Alumna Named Director of ASC Education Programs

Aubrey Whitlock, a graduate of MBU’s Shakespeare and Performance Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts Programs, has been named the director of education programs at the American Shakespeare Center.

Whitlock has worked with the ASC since 2018 after a career as a middle-school teacher.

Joshua Toney Becomes Administrator at Warm Hearth at Home

Joshua Toney ’07, RN, BSN, is the new administrator for Warm Hearth at Home, a home-care branch of Warm Hearth Village in Montgomery County.

Professor Emerita Talks Harry Potter on a Podcast

MBU Professor Emerita of Psychology Louise Freeman spoke on the Potterversity podcast.

Freeman has studied the psychology of Harry Potter characters for years, and she shared those years of study with other Potterheads here.

Men’s Basketball Makes the News

The Mary Baldwin men’s basketball team are USA South Conference Champs, season win-total record-setters, and competitors in the NCAA DIII Basketball Tournament.

These impressive accolades have garnered plenty of media attention, including from the Staunton News Leader, WHSV-TV, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.