UMW Receives $1.1 Million Gift to Establish Dorsey Scholars Program

Mr. and Mrs. Judy

The University of Mary Washington announces the Dorsey Scholars Program, which offers scholarships to select students from diverse backgrounds. The program has been established through a $1.1 million Centennial Campaign gift from Paul R. and Mary Ann Dorsey Judy of Northfield, Ill. She is a graduate of the class of 1954. Mary Ann Dorsey enrolled at Mary Washington in 1950 after graduating from Newport News High School. She met her husband, Paul, while on telephone duty in Ball Hall. The couple married shortly after her graduation. Paul Judy, who received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harvard University, named the Dorsey Scholars Program after his wife. “I wanted her maiden name to be on this program as an honor, and because she was the student who attended and benefited from the Mary Washington education,” said Judy. “In many ways, she is a wonderful example for Dorsey Scholars to emulate their lives.” The first Dorsey Scholarships will be … [Read more...] CEO to Be UMW’s Executive-In-Residence


Shawn Boyer, president and chief executive officer of, has been selected as executive-in-residence at the University of Mary Washington for the fall semester. For the first time, the annual UMW event will offer a free public “webinar” on Wednesday, October 8 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and the Rappahannock Region Small Business Development Center To participate, visit Boyer will take questions from webinar participants. To submit questions, e-mail by noon on Tuesday, October 7. Boyer has directed’s rapid growth from start-up to the nation’s largest hourly job site. His insights on the hourly workforce have appeared in places such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Associated Press, CNN and in daily newspapers throughout the nation. Boyer was named the 2008 National Small Business … [Read more...]

UMW to Award Emeritus Status at Commencement

Judith A. Crissman

Six professors will be awarded emeritus status at the University of Mary Washington’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. Judith A. Crissman will be named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; Stephen L. Griffin will be named Professor Emeritus of Art; Thomas G. Moeller will be named Professor Emeritus of Psychology; W. Brown Morton III will be named Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation; Arthur L. Tracy will be named Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies; and the late Patricia P. Norwood will be named Professor Emeritus of Music. Judith A. Crissman Dr. Crissman’s service to the university spans three decades and includes membership in numerous academic committees, such as the Library Committee, Faculty Organization Committee and the Environmental Awareness Curriculum Advisory Committee. She has been the Jepson Science Center faculty advisor to the Honor Council for the last seven years. Since 1988, she also has been the faculty advisor for the … [Read more...]

UMW Wind and Percussion Ensemble to Perform Centennial Concert

James E. Baker

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble of the University of Mary Washington will perform its spring concert, “The Centennial,” on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The concert, which is a Centennial event, is open to the public. Admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The concert will feature two guest conductors, David J. Long, chair and professor of music and UMW composer-in-residence, who will debut his original piece “Their Finest Hour,” and James E. Baker, distinguished professor emeritus of music, who will conduct several compositions in celebration of the university’s 100th anniversary. In addition, Craig Thomas Naylor, associate professor of music and conductor of the Wind and Percussion Ensemble, will have his composition, “Symphony No. 3, The Centennial” premiered by the ensemble and the UMW Hand Drum Club, for which he is faculty sponsor. Dr. … [Read more...]

UMW to Hold Operafest Auditions, April 19


The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Music will hold auditions for this summer’s Operafest on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Pollard Hall, Room 304. Singers are asked to be prepared with an operatic aria or song. An accompanist will be provided. Now in its ninth year, the Operafest program is co-directed by Kathryn Ahearn and Jane Tavernier, instructors of music. The program is designed for serious students of all voice types who want to sing opera and perform on stage. Operafest is a fast-paced, five-week operatic performance course that can be taken as a three-credit course or audited for a fee of $300. This year the literature to be performed will include Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and an array of diverse scenes. For the first time, an orchestra will accompany the vocalists in performance. The classes will begin Monday, May 19 and will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. The program will end with … [Read more...]

UMW to Host 18th Annual Multicultural Fair, April 5


The 18th annual Multicultural Fair will take place on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ball Circle and along Campus Walk at the University of Mary Washington. The event, which will be held rain or shine, is open to the public without charge. The Multicultural Fair, which attracts between 3,000 and 4,000 people annually, is the capstone event of UMW’s Cultural Awareness Series. Throughout the day, the fair will feature a wide variety of entertainment representing 15 cultures from around the world. Among the performers will be Canadian songwriter and musician Ebony Tay, the three-piece reggae band Alliens, the Celtic musicians Sean Grace Consort, the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company and the Latin musical group Solazo. Several UMW student organizations will participate in the day’s program, including the Jazz Ensemble, the Flute Ensemble, the Eagle Pipe Band and the Hand Percussion Club. In addition, the UMW Breakers, the Swing Dance Club and the Latin Dance Club … [Read more...]

UMW to Host First World Language Day


The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Mary Washington will host its first World Language Day on Wednesday, March 19 in Woodard Campus Center, Great Hall from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to high schools in the Fredericksburg area. This event, created to celebrate the United Nations’ declaration of 2008 as the International Year of Languages, provides opportunities for local high school students to become more connected with foreign languages. Activities will center around French, German, and Spanish and will include competitions such as spelling bees and poetry recitations. Poster exhibitions and video screenings also will be presented as well as a mini-class in Italian. For more information, contact Marcel Rotter, assistant professor of German, at (540) 654-1996 or … [Read more...]

UMW to Present Community Art Show


The University of Mary Washington will present the community art show “One Hundred Years Together” beginning on Friday, March 7 at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. An opening reception that coincides with First Friday will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, located on 1119 Hanover St. The art show is one of many activities during Centennial Founders Week, March 7-15, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the university. UMW was founded on March 14, 1908, as the State Normal School for Women at Fredericksburg. A joint venture between the university and the local art community, the exhibition will feature 23 artists from the greater Fredericksburg region. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show, which is free and open to the public, runs through Monday, March 31. The exhibition will showcase more than 40 works created by regional artists. The show will feature a range of genres, including photography, painting, digital silkscreen and … [Read more...]

UMW Names Anne Timpano Director of Galleries


Anne Timpano, an art historian with more than 20 years’ experience in directing museums, has been named director of the University of Mary Washington Galleries. Timpano earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in art history from The George Washington University, where she received the David Lloyd Kreeger Prize in the History of Art. She spent six years working at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and seven years as director of The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga. Since 1993, she has been the director of DAAP Galleries at the University of Cincinnati. In 1997, she developed and began teaching a graduate-level course in museum management at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She also developed and directed a new graduate certificate program in museum studies, which explores the theory and practice of museum operations. Timpano has served on a myriad of … [Read more...]

UMW to Present Senior Studio Art Exhibition


The University of Mary Washington will present an exhibition featuring the artwork of 10 senior studio art majors. The exhibition will be held in the duPont Gallery from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 24, with an opening reception the evening of February 15. Hours for the exhibition will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Hours for the opening reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Both the show and the reception are open to the public without charge. As part of the studio art degree at the University of Mary Washington, senior students organize an exhibition of their work. Students featured in the show include Gabriela Arellano of Fairfax; Matt Czapiewski of Alexandria; Cristina Falcone of Dix Hills, N.Y.; Emily Hermes of Vienna; Wesley Hough of Stafford; Richard Jones of Fredericksburg; Davette Leonard of Washington, Va.; Jessica Mackay of Catlett; David Rogers of Winchester; and Joann Tong of … [Read more...]