Inside the Beltway


Senior Evan Lauderdale gazes through a glass partition at two co-hosts, poised in front of microphones and computers in a Sirius XM recording studio. Six large television screens cover the wall, tuned to news organizations from around the world. The red light above the studio door beams red, signaling the show is live. “This is the Politics Powered by Twitter show; this is Evan,” Lauderdale greets the show’s first radio caller. “Are you ready to go on the air?” Lauderdale, a business administration and political science double major, is an intern for the “Politics Powered by Twitter” program on the POTUS channel – the ‘P’ stands for politics, not president – which airs from 2 to 3 p.m. each weekday. He’s one of several University of Mary Washington students who are interning in Washington, D.C., this semester, in positions from Capitol Hill to government agencies to media organizations. Lauderdale also helps hosts with their blogs and social media content and edits … [Read more...]

The Road to Washington

Nicole Foltz '05 is a counsel for the House of Representatives Budget Committee.

Each morning before 8 a.m., Nicole Foltz passes through the staff entrance of the Cannon Office Building – often with coffee, briefcase, and newspaper in hand – and up two flights of stairs to her office at the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee. Foltz, a 2005 graduate of the University of Mary Washington and a legal counsel for the committee, was recently named one of the National Journal’s 25 Under 35 Most Influential Women in D.C. for 2013. The call from the magazine informing her of the accolade came as a complete surprise, said the Mansfield, Ohio native. “My job is very nerdy,” she said. “I’m completely flattered and honored to even be considered for [the list].” As part of the House budget committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, she drafts legislation and monitors bills for how they will affect the budget and the deficit. “There really is no typical day for me,” Foltz said. “Sometimes I’m meeting with different [House] member offices to brief them on … [Read more...]

Drive to Succeed

Doug Dolton '78, chairman and CEO of San Francisco Motorsports, is serving as UMW's Executive-in-Residence for 2012-2013

Within five years after graduating from the University of Mary Washington, Doug Dolton ’78 went from working as a bank teller to being the chief executive officer of a small bank. Now the chairman and CEO of San Francisco Motorsports, a luxury automotive retailer based out of Northern California, Dolton attributes his success to hard work and a strong sense of personal responsibility. “My philosophy has always been ‘if you do what is right for customers, it will ultimately come back to benefit you,’” he said. “A lot of that was born at Mary Washington. It was a very grassroots kind of place where the philosophy was ‘learn, contribute and be honest.’” Dolton will share his business philosophy during a visit to campus in the spring as part of UMW’s Executive-in-Residence program. He hopes his message of “work really hard and be really honest” will resonate with students. In his more than 30 years in the banking and financial services industries, Dolton said his experience … [Read more...]