Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The Multicultural Fair features dozens of music and dance performances, as well as food and crafts.

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances. “It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.” Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s … [Read more...]

UMW Students Lead Global Microfinance Movement

The Two Dollar Challenge, part of the Month of Microfinance, raises awareness and funds for poverty-related causes.

More than 85 global microfinance partners have joined the University of Mary Washington in the Month of Microfinance. Throughout the month of April, students at UMW and other participating colleges, universities and high schools will host and participate in campus events related to providing financial services to low-income people who would otherwise be unable to get assistance. A grassroots movement founded at UMW, the Month of Microfinance (MoMF) is in its second year. This year, dozens of international partners are supporting MoMF, including Kiva, Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation and Accion. The program highlights local and global events with the goal of providing a value-driven and positive impact for clients. MoMF facilitates connections between students and the microfinance community through conversation and learning. Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, advocated for microfinance principles in a … [Read more...]

UMW to Observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UMW's observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will include Take Back the Night, an annual event

The University of Mary Washington will observe National Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April to educate the UMW community about the impact of interpersonal violence and sexual abuse. The observance will include several on-campus activities for students and two public events. The observance will begin on Wednesday, April 3 with a presentation of the “Where’s the Line?” campaign. Sponsored by Fear 2 Freedom, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope and healing to those wounded by sexual abuse, the “Where’s the Line?” campaign aims to educate and empower students about sexual assault. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Goolrick Hall’s gymnasium and will include remarks from President Richard V. Hurley. Those who attend the event can assemble care kits for sexual assault victims at local hospitals. UMW’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will culminate on Thursday, April 18 with Take Back the Night, an annual event that encourages people to speak out and … [Read more...]

Students Gain International Experience During Spring Break

Professor Scott Powers and a group of students explore Montreal's biodome as part of their study abroad trip.

For 10 University of Mary Washington students, Spring Break felt more like winter. The group traveled to Quebec, Canada – where the average high in March is zero degrees Celsius – as part of a weeklong faculty-led study abroad trip. Students from various levels of French embarked on their journey on Friday, March 1, and reached Canadian French culture after a two-hour plane ride. “It’s pretty incredible that French has been preserved in one province in Canada for hundreds of years,” said Sarah Lynch, a sophomore psychology major. Quebec, located in east-central Canada, is the only Canadian province with French as the single official language. The trip to Quebec, led by Associate Professor of French Scott Powers, was one of five faculty-led study abroad opportunities during Spring Break, including Belize, Guatemala, Germany, Scotland and Ireland. The trips offer students experiences beyond the foreign language classroom – a complete linguistic, cultural and culinary … [Read more...]

Political Science Student Awarded Summer Scholarship

Shirley Martey

University of Mary Washington junior Shirley Martey is the recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). Martey, chosen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the first UMW student to be awarded the scholarship. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Annual James Farmer Lecture

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The University of Mary Washington hosted the annual James Farmer Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. The lecture, presented by Executive Vice President of Mary Washington Healthcare Xavier Richardson, honored the legacy and service of civil rights activist James Farmer. Richardson is a member of the UMW Board of Visitors and is on the board of directors for the James Farmer Scholars program. He also is president of the Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital foundations. He is known in Fredericksburg for his volunteer efforts with many community organizations and mentoring services for local youth. James Farmer was architect of the 1961 Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation of public transportation throughout the South. He came to UMW in 1984 where he served as a distinguished professor of history and American studies for more than 10 years. Farmer’s life work as a political activist earned him numerous awards and distinctions … [Read more...]

UMW Gives Back This Holiday Season

UMW students wrapped presents for

While the weather outside doesn’t always feel like winter, the spirit of the holiday season can be felt at the University of Mary Washington, where students, faculty and staff  have found a myriad of ways to give back to the community and the less fortunate. Across the UMW campus, multiple drives and donations efforts have been occurring throughout the month of December, from large groups to individuals hoping to make a difference. Among them, several groups of students, including UMW club sports teams and the ELS Language Center, have been collecting donations for Toys for Tots. Members of the club sports teams collected more than 60 toys, while the ELS drive will continue through mid-December. Carol Dye, a senior and UMW women’s varsity basketball team member, took it into her own hands to start a Toys for Tots drive as part of an internship. By asking attendees of UMW basketball games to bring a toy donation in exchange for free admission, she collected more than 90 … [Read more...]

Students Hone Leadership Skills at Conference

University of Mary Washington junior Samantha Corron (left) participated in an "Ethics and Leadership" seminar led by UMW student presenter Liz Brennan (right) during the 6th Annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov.10

“Do I inspire others? Am I doing the best job I can as a leader? Would it be ok if everyone acted as I do?” were a few of the important questions that University of Mary Washington students asked themselves as part of a presentation on ethics and leadership at the sixth annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov. 10. Senior Liz Brennan, president of the Judicial Review Board (JRB), along with Andrew Gabany, vice president of the JRB, presented on ethical standards for leaders with interactive examples and discussions. Brennan also used different moral scenarios to push students to consider the implications of their actions, such as the ethics of parking in a handicap designated space. “Always consider the circumstances when making an ethical decision. The situation will never be black and white,” said Brennan. Brennan’s presentation was one of eight sessions at the conference focused on different aspects of leadership, including finding one’s strengths, … [Read more...]

UMW Finishes in Top Twenty in International RecycleMania Competition

Students held a dumpster dive as part of RecycleMania efforts

The University of Mary Washington has finished first in Virginia and 18th overall in the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is an eight-week recycling competition among colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada designed to promote waste reduction practices in campus communities. This year, UMW was one of 338 schools in the Per Capita Classic Competition, using the percentage of recycled materials per person. The RecycleMania competition increases awareness about sustainable practices and shows students how their efforts can make a difference. Every week schools record and report their amount of recycled materials. To earn 18th place, UMW recycled 37.96 pounds of materials per person in eight weeks, the equivalent of more than 200,000 pounds of materials kept out of landfills. UMW greatly increased its efforts in the 2012 competition, finishing 215 places better than their 233rd place in the competition last year. For those involved with the university’s … [Read more...]

UMW Department of Foreign Languages Presented Fourth Annual World Language Day

Spanish Language Coordinator Itxaso del Olmo leads participants in Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts form

On Saturday, March 24, University of Mary Washington’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages gave area high school students a chance to see what they offer through the Fourth Annual World Language Day, an annual outreach program dedicated to the appreciation and study of foreign languages. On World Language Day, more than 100 high school students from across Virginia spent a day at the university participating in competitions in foreign languages. Marcel Rotter, founder of the event and associate professor of German, was inspired to start the event when he witnessed a day celebrating German language and culture at the University of Wisconsin. “I thought that it seemed like something we should have here at Mary Washington, but I decided to include everyone by having all the major languages,” said Rotter. With a whole day dedicated to languages, the event reinforces how important languages are at UMW and shows potential future students what the UMW foreign language … [Read more...]