UMW Announces Open Enrollment for Alumni College

The University of Mary Washington will hold the third annual Alumni College, from Thursday, June 3 to Friday, June 4. The educational “Classes Without Quizzes” is open to the public and showcases UMW faculty, programs, picturesque campuses and historical properties.

The registration fee of $95 includes lunch, two class sessions and a reception at the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library on Thursday, as well as breakfast, lunch and two class sessions on Friday.

Christopher Kilmartin, professor of psychology and a former Fulbright distinguished chair, will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off luncheon June 3 at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.

Shin Fujiyama, executive director of Students Helping Honduras, will be the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon June 4 at University Hall at the North Building on the Stafford campus.

Topics on Thursday will include: the music of leadership by Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra; monotype printmaking by Rosemary K. Jesionowski, assistant professor of art; U.S. foreign relations policies with Latin America by Robert Barr, associate professor of political science; campus landscaping by Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds; digital history by Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor of history and American studies; and age-appropriate exercise for health and fun by Robert Liebau, associate director of campus recreation and fitness center.

On Friday, classes will continue at Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio at Belmont and at UMW’s Stafford campus. Topics will include: sketching by Michelle Crow-Dolby, Gari Melchers Home and Studio education coordinator; a walking tour of Belmont’s grounds by Beate Jensen, buildings and grounds preservation supervisor; everyday economics by Robert Rycroft, professor of economics; positive psychology by Holly Hollomon Schiffrin, assistant professor of psychology; a tour of Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio and lecture by Joanna Catron, Belmont curator; laws that protect privacy by Kimberley Kinsley, assistant professor of leadership and management; the life and legacy of James Farmer by Timothy O’Donnell, associate professor of communication and director of debate, and Leah Cox, assistant dean of academic services, director of the James Farmer Scholars Program and director of the Student Transition Program; and lifelong learning and its effects on resiliency and aging by Virginia Mackintosh, assistant professor of psychology.

Alumni College registration is $95 per person. For more information or to register for classes, visit or contact the Office of University Advancement at (540) 654-1024.