Fredericksburg Forum, Nov. 10, Pledged to ‘Green Practices’

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., will speak at UMW on November 10.

The Fredericksburg Forum, held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, Nov. 10, was certified as a “Virginia Green” event, which employed ‘green’ practices of recycling, waste reduction, energy and water conservation. The annual lecture featured Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., who shared insight on their philosophy of socially conscious entrepreneurship. Their lecture, “An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy,” was held at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The Fredericksburg Forum was the first UMW event to be certified and is one of more than 40 Virginia Green events being held this year across the state. Virginia Green is a statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia's tourism industry. The program is operated through a partnership supported by the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism … [Read more...]

C-SPAN Campaign Bus Made a Stop at UMW

The C-SPAN Campaign Bus visited UMW on Thursday, Sept. 27

The University of Mary Washington hosted the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus on Thursday, Sept. 27 on the Fredericksburg campus. The stop was part of a four-day tour to five Virginia universities and colleges to speak to students and community members regarding their thoughts about campaign issues. When the bus first arrived, political analyst Stephen Farnsworth was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal segment. Farnsworth, who is a UMW political science professor and director of the University’s Center for Media and Leadership Studies, is an expert on the 2012 presidential election cycle as well as Virginia government and politics. He is the author or co-author of four books, including “The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008,” “Spinner in Chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves,” “The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance” and “Political Support in a Frustrated America.” Throughout the … [Read more...]

UMW Celebrates Construction of Convergence Center

UMW's Information and Technology Convergence Center is expected to open in fall 2014.

The University of Mary Washington celebrated the start of construction of the Information and Technology Convergence Center in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20. The four-story center is designed with a Georgian-style exterior to blend with the buildings on the Fredericksburg campus. The building will be located next to Simpson Library straddling Campus Walk and will connect to the library through the third floor. Inside, the 76,718 square-foot structure will feature open, flexible gathering spaces where a variety of technology, information and teaching resources will converge. The center will have a digital theater, a data center, media labs, a café and numerous flexible collaboration areas. The Speaking and Writing centers will relocate to the Convergence Center, as will the university’s Data Center. “The center will contain flexible, adaptable classrooms, places for collaborative interactive work, resources that we expect students and faculty will … [Read more...]

Washington Monthly Ranks UMW Among Top Master’s Universities

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The University of Mary Washington has been rated 12th among master’s universities in the nation by the Washington Monthly magazine. In its annual “College Guide and Rankings,” the publication ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good. The criteria includes social mobility that encompasses recruiting and graduating low-income students; research that produces cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s; and service that encourages students to give back to their country. “Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” wrote editors of the Washington Monthly college guide. “Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive—and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs? Every year we lavish billions of … [Read more...]

UMW History Professor Receives Service Award

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Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor of history and American studies, has been recognized with the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for his contributions to the university as well as involvement and leadership in the community. “His work with administrators, alumni, community members, faculty and students alike constitutes a truly impressive record of service,” said Chris Foss, professor of English, who presented the award at an open faculty session Thursday, Aug. 23. McClurken, who joined the UMW faculty in 2001, has been instrumental to the university’s digital history efforts and has been on the forefront of incorporating technology in the classroom. He also serves as chairperson of the history and American studies department. He has presented numerous lectures and presentations across the country on teaching with social media, digital history and 19th-century American social and cultural history. His 2009 book “Take Care of the Living: … [Read more...]

UMW Welcomes New Students for Orientation

More than 1,300 new students moved into residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The University of Mary Washington welcomed nearly 1,300 new undergraduate students on Wednesday, Aug. 22, marking the start of the five-day new student orientation. The incoming students include 981 freshmen and 273 transfer students. Of the freshmen, nearly 30 percent identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian, African-American or multi-racial. About 15 percent are from out-of-state, including 28 states and several foreign countries. The students started the day by moving into their residence halls, assisted by more than 200 UMW students, faculty and staff, including orientation leaders and members of athletic teams. Among the orientation events, President Richard V. Hurley gave a welcome address to students and families. “It was easier than I thought it would be,” said Ebony Tunstall of Tappahannock, Va., who moved into Alvey Hall this morning. “I'm just excited to meet everybody.” Zachary Eisig of Damascus, Md., finished moving into his room … [Read more...]

UMW’s Tom Sheridan Accepts Associate Head Baseball Coach Position at George Washington

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University of Mary Washington Director of Athletics Ken Tyler announced today that head baseball coach Tom Sheridan has resigned to accept the position of associate head baseball coach at Division I George Washington University. Tyler stated, “While we are sad to see Coach Sheridan go, we are very pleased that he has earned this outstanding opportunity at George Washington. Coach Sheridan literally built the UMW baseball program from scratch, and, over the last 25 years, has turned it into a consistent winner on the conference, regional, and national level. More importantly, he has made a real difference in the lives of the countless young men he has mentored and coached. We are grateful to Coach Sheridan for his many positive contributions to Mary Washington and we wish him nothing but the best.” A national search for the next head baseball coach will begin immediately. … [Read more...]

UMW Foundation Hotel, First to Benefit from State Program

An architect's rendering of the Hyatt Place at Eagle Village

A five-story Hyatt Place hotel slated for construction next month by the University of Mary Washington Foundation will be the first to benefit from the new Virginia Tourism Development Financing project, an incentive program adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 2011. The announcement was made today from the office of Gov. Bob McDonnell. “Virginia’s tourism industry provides thousands of good, quality jobs across the state, which is why I have made tourism a key part of my economic development initiatives,” said Gov. McDonnell in a news release.  “In 2011, we passed legislation creating the Tourism Development Financing Program to help increase tourism and new business in Virginia.  Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in Virginia that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.  The Tourism Development Financing Program allows identified, locally-approved tourism projects to retain a portion of local and state sales tax to complete financing for a … [Read more...]

UMW Receives International Award for Freedom Rides Tribute

A 1960s-era bus and life-sized historical photos helped tell the story of the Freedom Rides.

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized with the prestigious international “Grand Gold” Circle of Excellence Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its 2011 tribute to James Farmer and the 1960s Freedom Rides. UMW received the top award in the special events category and was one of only 19 institutions to win the “grand gold” award for exceptional entries. CASE received more than 2,800 entries in 40 categories from 567 member institutions, independent schools and nonprofit organizations around the world. The International Circle of Excellence awards program distinguishes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. The work was judged by peer professionals as well as those from outside the educational arena. “In the marking of an event that changed the course of history, I’m thrilled that the rest of the world now recognizes what I long have believed: the University of … [Read more...]

A Look Back at UMW’s 101st Commencement

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The University of Mary Washington graduated a total of 1,193 students during its 101st commencement in a graduate ceremony on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center and in an undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in Ball Circle on the university’s Fredericksburg campus. The university awarded 73 master of business administration degrees, 102 master of education degrees, 21 master of science in management information systems, 30 master of science in elementary education degrees, 463 bachelor of arts degrees, 41 bachelor of liberal studies degrees, 80 bachelor of professional studies degrees and 379 bachelor of science degrees. Four graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program.   … [Read more...]