Virginians Favor Legalizing Medical Marijuana, UMW Survey Shows

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By a margin of more than two-to-one, Virginians believe that the use of marijuana for medical purposes should be legal under federal law, according to a new survey sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. … [Read more...]

Virginians Say Governor Should Pay Legal Bills, UMW Survey Shows

The Virginia Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Va.
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By a margin of more than 15-to-one, Virginians who have heard about the scandal involving Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and a wealthy donor believe that the governor, not the taxpayers, should pay for his legal defense, according to a new survey sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. … [Read more...]

UMW Survey Shows Virginians Lean Toward McAuliffe in Governor’s Race

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe has the support of 42 percent of likely voters in this year’s race for governor of Virginia, compared to 35 percent for Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, according to a new survey sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. … [Read more...]

UMW Bell Rings to Observe March on Washington Anniversary

People walk past a stone marking the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King made his 1963 speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial August 27, 2003 in Washington DC. The 40th anniversary of of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech will be marked on August 28. King made his speech during a rally at the memorial.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/Courtesy of istockphoto)

The University of Mary Washington observed the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington on Wednesday, August 28. … [Read more...]

UMW Welcomes New Students

More than 1,300 new students moved in to their residence halls on Aug. 23.

More than 1,300 new students began moving in to the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus on Friday, Aug. 23, to begin the 2013-14 academic year. Classes started on Monday, August 26. … [Read more...]

Community Leaders Dance to Raise Scholarship Funds

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The inaugural “Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars,” held at the University of Mary Washington on August 17, raised more than $65,000 to endow a UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theatre or dance. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Museum Joins ‘Let’s Move’ Initiative

Nature trail at Gari Melchers Home & Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio has become the second University of Mary Washington-affiliated museum to partner with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Museum and Gardens initiative. The national program aims to get kids moving and eating healthy food. The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library joined the national program earlier this year. Gari Melchers Home and Studio encourages visitors to get moving by walking the mile long interpretive trails that cross the estate through woodlands, fields and along the Rappahannock River. Visitors can explore the estate on their own, or join the Master Naturalist guided tour the last Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. For a map of the trails, go to http://garimelchers.umw.edu/wp-content/blogs.dir/281/files/2011/08/revised-trail-map-for-sign-copy1.pdf. The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library held drop-in yoga classes on Saturdays during May and June and plans to resume the sessions in September. Gari Melchers Home and Studio … [Read more...]

UMW Receives Grant to Establish Nursing Program

UMW's bachelor of science in nursing completion program will begin in fall 2014. Image courtesy of Mary Washington Healthcare.

Mary Washington Hospital’s Community Benefit Fund has awarded the University of Mary Washington a $25,000 grant to create a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program at the university. … [Read more...]

Click Here for Video of Commencement Speaker Steve Pemberton’s Address on May 11

Steve Pemberton encouraged graduates to treasure their experiences.

Business executive, motivational speaker and noted author Steve Pemberton reminded graduates of their power to change the world during the University of Mary Washington’s 2013 commencement address on May 11, 2013. … [Read more...]

UMW Awards Top Honors at Commencement Ceremonies

Cuurtney Lynn received the Darden Award.

The University of Mary Washington presented its top honors during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. … [Read more...]