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...]

Virginia Psychology Group Recognizes UMW Students

Heath Sharp and Drew Hickey were recognized by the Virginia Psychological Association.

University of Mary Washington psychology majors Drew Hickey and William “Heath” Sharp were recognized for their outstanding undergraduate research at the Virginia Psychological Association’s spring conference April 25 in Richmond. … [Read more...]

Educator-in-Residence Shares Teaching Advice

Barbara Bishop Mann spoke to graduates at the UMW College of Education program.

Barbara Bishop Mann ’66 taught University of Mary Washington College of Education graduates a lesson at the annual Educator-in-Residence program May 1. … [Read more...]

UMW Raises Funds for Marathon Victims

Runners at UMW raised nearly $1,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The run at the University of Mary Washington’s Battleground Athletic Complex Saturday morning started as the final exam for the 22 runners in Corey Hewson’s half-marathon training class. It evolved into more than 250 members of UMW and the area community joining in a Run for Boston.  So far the group has raised nearly $1,000 for The One Fund to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Excitement permeated onlookers, who formed a human chain as they cheered the runners at the starting line. After members of the class got a running start, the mass of participants, most of them donning Run-for-Boston T-shirts, followed sprinting behind them along the 3 1/2-mile route. “This was the first race many of the members of my class have ever participated in,” said Hewson, coach of the UMW women’s soccer team who helped organize the Run for Boston. Hewson created the training class to encourage students of any experience level to adopt a healthy lifestyle through running. “The … [Read more...]