It’s Time to Boldly Lead – Email Update 2/2

Dear Alums and Friends,

We have a lot coming up this weekend, including new information about the Staunton rally and Alumni Summit.

Action Item: Sign Boldly Lead’s Letter
We have crafted an open letter to Mary Baldwin University. The more signatures we can get, the more of an impact it will have. Add your name here and spread the word.

Upcoming Events: Rally and Summit

  • On February 3rd: We will hold a series of events in town in advance of the Feb. 4 Alumni Summit.
  • On February 4th: The MBU administration will hold a summit for alumni to provide information and paths for alumni involvement moving forward. Registration for this event is closed.

Agenda for Alumnae Rally
While you do not have to register beforehand, please give us a heads-up via email or RSVP on the Facebook event if you plan to attend. A more detailed version of the schedule can be found on our website.

  • 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave.: Come when you are able, stay as long as you like. We’ll get organized for the afternoon, and discuss what we’d like to hear during the Summit.
  • 12:45 P.M. at Shenandoah Pizza: Gather here around 12:45 or 1:00 for lunch. This is a chance for current students to talk to us off campus, and for us to connect with each other.
  • 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Sorrels Lounge in Stonewall Jackson Hotel: We’ll host an informal Happy Hour. This is another opportunity for alumnae to connect with each other and the members of the Boldly Lead board who will be present.

Agenda for the Summit

Mary Baldwin University has posted a schedule for the day here. The events start at 8:30 A.M. in Francis Auditorium. At 7:30 a.m., you have the option of catching up on what happened at the rally on Friday:

  • Amy King will be at Cranberry’s, at 7 S New St.
  • Michele Bronnenberg will be at the By & By, at 140 E. Beverley St.
  • Malissa DeWindt McClintock and Shannon Baylis Sarino will be at Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, at 101 W Beverly St.

Letter from Mary Baldwin

And finally, you probably received the open letter from Jane Harding Miller on behalf of the administration. It claimed that this nonprofit was seeking to discredit the name of the college, hurt enrollment, and draw away funds. This is simply untrue. We want our alma mater to thrive—we just want answers. Read our official response here.

The letter also stated that attendees must go to and from scheduled event locations and not engage with current students in a way that appears related to Boldly Lead. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to visit our old classrooms, dorms, professors, and halls.

In response, we know many of you may be feeling offended or discouraged—but please, attend the summit anyway! We do ask you to abide by the administration’s rules. However, at the Staunton Public Library, Shenandoah Pizza, and Sorrels Lounge, we will be free to interact with current students and get their unique take on the changes at MBU.

In short: we may change our branding, but never our mission.

Thank you for your dedication and support,

Boldly Lead

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