Schedule of Events

Friday, September 19

Open Class Sessions
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Various Academic Buildings
Join your student for a class and get a taste of academic life at UMW. Please make arrangements with the professor in advance.

Jefferson’s Ardor
3 p.m.
Hyatt Place Hotel
A discussion on the development of the idea of culture and race in the context of American Egalitarianism, presented by Dr. Eric Gable, Professor of Anthropology.

Parenting in Moderation:  Exploring Intensive and Helicopter Parenting
5-6 p.m.
Hyatt Place Hotel
Come and hear what the research says about how extreme levels of parental involvement affect children and their parents. It may be that doing less helps children more. Presented by Miriam Liss Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, and Holly Schiffrin Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology.

8 p.m.
George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium
Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes!


Saturday, September 20

Breakfast with the Deans
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Seacobeck Hall, Faculty & Staff Dining Room
Join Dr. Richard Finkelstein, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business, along with members of the Parent Leadership Circle, for breakfast and conversation. $10 per person through online Family Weekend registration, or $11 per person at the door. UMW students may use a meal swipe.

Legacy Breakfast
9-10:30 a.m.
Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street
The Office of Alumni Relations invites UMW alumni, students, and families with historic legacy connections (grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.) to celebrate their shared Mary Washington experiences while enjoying a complimentary breakfast. Advance registration through the Alumni website required, register here!

Education Abroad Fair
10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Lee Hall, Fourth Floor
You can get there from here! Talk to UMW Faculty-Led Program Directors, Education Abroad providers, representatives from universities abroad, study abroad alumni, and Center for International Education staff to explore study abroad, research, volunteer, and internship opportunities all over the world. Come to the fair to dream, explore options, and define goals for your study abroad experience. Learn more about the Education Abroad Fair here.

UMW in the Digital Age: Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
10-10:45 a.m.
Information & Technology Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium
Hear about the wide variety of new and continuing digitally-enabled initiatives for students at UMW, including UMWBlogs, Domain of One’s Own, Digital Studies curriculum, the Digital Knowledge Center, and the Information and Technology Convergence Center from UMW’s new Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Jeffrey McClurken.

Taking Your Business Degree to the Next Step
10 a.m.
Monroe Hall, Room 240
Join the College of Business for a panel session with business alumni to find out how their degrees led them where they are today. The session will be moderated by Associate Dean Kenneth D. Machande, and followed with a Q&A session.

Via Colori
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sophia Street and Riverfront Park
Via Colori is a festival held near the Rappahannock River featuring 3D street painting and chalk art. Learn more about the festival at

Information & Technology Convergence Center Tours
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Information & Technology Convergence Center
Tour the new Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC), a place where a variety of technology, information, and teaching resources will come together.

Virginia Politics 2014
10-11 a.m.
Monroe Hall, Room 346
A rundown on the latest in Virginia Politics, including both the 2014 Virginia Senate race and recent political developments in one of America’s top swing states, presented by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs.

Civil War Walking Tours
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus Walk by Lee Hall
Rain Location: Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby
The Historic Preservation Club will host half-hour tours of campus beginning every 30 minutes. Visit the Civil War Tours table on Saturday, September 20 to sign up for a tour. Space is limited.

25th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library (908 Charles Street)
The festival features traditional music, dancing, arts, crafts, and foods of the British Isles.

Cookout and Club Showcase
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Seacobeck Hall
Come out to Ball Circle for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, chicken breasts, and a tasty spread of salads! Student clubs and organizations will begin performances at noon. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for kids (ages 10 and under) through online Family Weekend registration, or $13 for adults and $7 for kids (ages 10 and under) the day of the event. Students may use a meal swipe. The club showcase will be canceled in the event of rain.

Geography Department Open House
1-3 p.m.
Monroe Hall, Room 319
Demonstrations and explanations of activities within and associated with Geography courses, including active GIS, slideshows from study abroad experiences, hands-on meandering stream flow, examination of pollen grains, and mapping with GPS. Light snacks & drinks provided!

Tour of The [Visual] Poetry of Logical Ideas
1-1:30 p.m.
Ridderhof Martin Gallery
Join us as we discuss beauty found in the mathematical; this exhibition features works that employ mathematics.  Our gallery staff will lead you through the exhibit, giving insight to the works.

Dance in Studio 5
2-3 p.m.
Goolrick Hall, Dance Studio 5
Enjoy an informal dance performance with pieces choreographed by different dance artists, faculty, and students.

Chemistry “Magic” Show
1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Jepson Science Center, Room 100
The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry invite you to their annual Chemistry Magic Show. Come and see chemistry demonstrations that are sure to fill you with awe and wonder and excite you with the magic of Chemistry!

Tour of Brompton, Home of the UMW President
3-5 p.m.
Brompton (704 Sunken Road)
Described as one of America’s most historic houses, Brompton is famous for being at the center of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 and for serving as a Union hospital during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. One grand old oak, a subject of famed Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady, still survives. Throughout the years, this historic home and its grounds have undergone seasons of renovation and restoration under the watchful eyes of numerous talented specialists. The home now serves as the official residence of the University president. President and Mrs. Hurley will be on hand to greet families. Please access the house via the walkway on Hanover Street, across from the Jepson Alumni Executive Center (1119 Hanover Street).


Sunday, September 21

Via Colori
12-5 p.m.
Sophia Street and Riverfront Park
Via Colori is a festival held near the Rappahannock River featuring 3D street painting and chalk art. Learn more about the festival at

 Go Global Intramural Soccer Tournament
1-4 p.m.
Campus Recreation Fields
Form a team and enter to play as the country of your choice! Families welcome, must be 13 years or older to play, minimum of seven players per team. Free t-shirts for first 12 teams to register. Contact for registration information. Sponsored by the Center for International Education and Campus Recreation.