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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...]

STEM Summit Showcases Area Technology


The second annual FredTech STEM 16 Summit brought together more than 350 educators, students, community members and business leaders at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, April 20. … [Read more...]

UMW Board of Visitors Announces Tuition Fees for 2013-14

UMW student's study for finals  Monday Dec. 10, 2012. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors has approved new rates for the 2013-2014 academic year. … [Read more...]

UMW Survey Shows Virginians Favor Warner in 2014 Senate Race

According to a new survey, Virginians would prefer Mark Warner (left) over Gov. Bob McDonnell in a 2014 Senate match-up. McDonnell's photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor, Michaele White.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner would hold a commanding lead over Gov. Bob McDonnell if the two decide to face off in a U.S. Senate campaign next year, according to a new Virginia survey sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Warner received 51 percent support, compared to 35 percent for McDonnell, in the survey of 1,004 state residents conducted March 20-24. The remaining respondents were undecided or declined to answer the question. The margin of sampling error is 3.5 percentage points for the complete survey sample. Data from the survey also includes Virginians’ views of key issues such as gay marriage, the federal deficit and the death penalty. Warner, a former Virginia governor in his first term in the U.S. Senate, said recently that he plans to run for re-election. McDonnell, whose term-limited tenure as governor expires next January, is the strongest potential Republican challenger to Warner, should he choose to enter the … [Read more...]

UMW Survey Shows Virginians Divided on Same-Sex Marriage

A new study from the University of Mary Washington's Center for Leadership and Media Studies shows that Virginia remains a swing state on many key issues.

The question of legalizing gay marriage closely divides Virginians, according to data from a new survey of state residents sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. The survey of 1,004 state residents, conducted March 20-24, shows that 45 percent support legalization of gay marriage, with 46 percent opposed. The remaining respondents were undecided or declined to answer the question. The margin of sampling error for the study is 3.5 percentage points. The new UMW survey comes as the U.S. Supreme Court debates two gay marriage cases and as public opinion nationally has shifted in the direction of gay marriage. The UMW survey results represent significant gains for legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia. In 2006, the commonwealth’s voters approved an amendment to the Virginia Constitution to ban gay marriage by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin. “Rarely does public opinion shift on a social issue as rapidly as it has for … [Read more...]

City of Fredericksburg, UMW Foundation Awarded Statewide Honor for Eagle Village Hotel

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

The City of Fredericksburg and the University of Mary Washington Foundation received a statewide 2013 Community Economic Development Award at the Virginia Economic Development Association’s spring conference on Friday, March 29, in Charlottesville. … [Read more...]