UMW English Professor Awarded National Fellowship

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Allison Seay, faculty member in the English department at the University of Mary Washington, has been named a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry for 2013. The $25,000 award will allow Seay, a 2002 graduate of Mary Washington, to work on a second collection of poetry. Her first book of poetry, “To See the Queen,” is scheduled for publication in March 2013. “It really is such a thrill,” Seay said about the award. “It’s unbelievable, especially looking at the list of my fellow poets. I’m flattered to be in the company of talent like that.” Seay was one of 40 poets chosen from more than 1,100 applicants. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded creative writing fellowships since 1967, providing writers the time and freedom to pursue their work. Seay served as UMW’s Arrington Poet-in-Residence during the spring 2012 semester, during which time she taught the advanced poetry workshop and the creative writing seminar. A … [Read more...]

UMW Student-Run Business Launches Online Platform

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The University of Mary Washington student-run business, Esfuerzo de Amor, launched an online platform to sell its products on Friday, Nov. 9. The site is the result of the combined efforts of senior Aaron Leung, UMW’s Center for Economic Development and the UMW Bookstore. Esfuerzo de Amor is run by La Ceiba MFI. The business sells its products, which are made by women in two communities in Honduras, in UMW’s bookstore and at Heritage Gifts in downtown Fredericksburg. Artisans from La Brisas and Villa Soleada craft the clutches from recycled chip bags and soda labels they find littering the area. The project, which originated in 2008, was started by UMW student Rachel Mason. Mason taught women in Siete de Abril to make the clutches; now the artisans also create bracelets, earrings, hairbands, key chains and more. The project started as a way to decrease the amount of trash burned in the streets, but has evolved into a way to help women in poverty. Seventy percent of the profit … [Read more...]

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Returned to UMW

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The Department of Music at the University of Mary Washington hosted the second annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The three-day electronic music festival  included the works of more than 70 artists and composers from across the country presented in 13 concerts. Most of the performances were held in UMW’s Pollard Hall and Monroe Hall, with additional performances at The Blarney Stone and 909 Saloon in historic downtown Fredericksburg. The festival began with Concert I at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and continued throughout the weekend, concluding with Concert XIII at 10 p.m. on Saturday. The most up-to-date concert information, as well the specific times and locations for each performance, can be found at facebook.com/ElectroacousticBarnDance. Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music and the festival’s director and organizer, received submissions from approximately 180 composers and musicians to participate in this year’s festival. … [Read more...]

UMW Biology Students Win Awards for Research

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Two University of Mary Washington students won first place poster awards at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought together more than 220 undergraduate students from 45 universities. Junior Daniel Browne won first place in a biological sciences division for his paper “An Expansion of Nematode Phylogeny.” His project isolated more than 100 species of roundworms, expanding the body of research surrounding the species and establishing a foundation for future studies. Browne, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, is from Fairfax, Va. Junior Sarah Marzec, of Woodbridge, Va., won first place in a biological sciences division for her paper “Phylogenetic Classification of Nematodes.” Her project examined nematodes, microscopic roundworms that often live in soil, to build a phylogenetic tree. Marzec, a biology major, used DNA … [Read more...]

Theatre Season Continues with “Into the Woods”

UMW's production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The opening night of the University of Mary Washington production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" was Friday, Nov. 2.  Performances of the Department of Theatre & Dance production will continue through Nov. 18 in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. After a run-in with a witch who claims she can help, they are sent on a journey through the woods to find four magical items: a slipper as pure as gold, a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, and hair as yellow as corn. While on this adventure they encounter many well-known fairy tale characters that have their own reasons for being in the woods. All of them are searching for something, but soon they come to realize that what they had all along might be better than what they find. “Into the Woods” is a collaboration between … [Read more...]

UMW Department of Theatre & Dance Opened Season with “Talking With”

Senior Karen Devigili performs in "Talking With"

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance kicked off its 2012-13 season with a production of Jane Martin’s “Talking With" from Sept. 20 to 30. “Talking With” is comprised of 11 monologues performed by women. Each woman invites you into her world as she confesses a secret that she keeps from the rest of society. These monologues deal with a range of themes from marital problems to religious experiences, and everything in between. As the women speak they teach important lessons about love, loss and the search for happiness. “Talking With” premiered at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Ky., as part of the 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Jane Martin is a pen name of a Kentucky playwright suspected to be the former Actors’ Theatre of Louisville artistic director, Jon Jory. Martin won the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for “Keely and Du” in 1994 and “Jack and Jill” in 1997. “Keely and Du” was nominated for the Pulitzer … [Read more...]

UMW Alumna Shares Experiences as U.S. Ambassador with Students

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Rose McCartney Likins, the U.S. ambassador to Peru, visited the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Likins, a 1981 UMW graduate, met with international affairs and political science students and spoke to several classes during the trip. … [Read more...]

Pediatric Psychologist Named UMW Psychology Graduate-in-Residence

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Wendy Sulc, research assistant professor of pediatrics at the Mailman Center for Child Development/Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, has been named Graduate-in-Residence for the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychology. Sulc visited the Fredericksburg campus for three days, including Thursday, September 20 for a public lecture, “Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment: What They Are, What We’re Doing About Them, and Where We’re Going.” During her visit, Sulc talked to psychology classes to discuss her work as a clinical health psychologist specializing in children with chronic and acute conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease and HIV. She also met with students who are interested in careers in clinical psychology. After graduating summa cum laude in psychology from UMW in 1998, Sulc received a doctorate in human services psychology with a specialization in clinical/pediatric psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore … [Read more...]

Making Art From Nothing

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The ceramics kiln behind the fine arts complex of Melchers, Pollard and duPont halls on the Fredericksburg campus started showing its age. The wood had rotted in some places and the paint began chipping away from years of outdoor exposure. Carole Garmon, professor of art at the University of Mary Washington, saw potential. She and the 12 students in her installation art class this summer decided to give the kiln a makeover.  They brushed it with recycled paint, repaired the decaying wood and hung plants and flowers from the outside of the structure. Even the plants were “recycled.”  When Director of Landscape and Grounds Joni Wilson heard about Garmon’s project, she harvested plants from the Dahlgren campus’ vegetative roof and delivered them to the class. And that’s just for starters. With the help of her student artists, Garmon plans to turn the art complex into an oasis for students, faculty and staff. She calls it an exercise in “making art from … [Read more...]

Student Researchers Showcase Work at Summer Symposium

Yoshi Takeda, shown on the Fredericksburg Canal, is one of 22 students who will participate in the Summer Science Institute Symposium on July 25.

More than 20 UMW students presented their research during the Summer Science Institute’s Symposium on Wednesday, July 25. Eleven students gave 20-minute oral presentations throughout the day and another 11 students displayed poster presentations. UMW’s Summer Science Institute, a 10-week undergraduate research program, started in 1999. This year’s projects are collaborations between the students and professors Dianne Baker, Theresa Grana, Werner Wieland, Janet Asper, Nicole Crowder, Stephen Davies, Jennifer Polack-Wahl, Ben Kisila, Melanie Szulczewski, Charles Whipkey, Julian Esunge, Leo Lee and Hai Nguyen. The tentative schedule is as follows: 9 – 9:20 a.m. Elyse Clark, "Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Evolution of Two Reservoirs in Virginia" 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Yoshi Takeda, "Turtles in the Fredericksburg Canal: Identifying and Estimating Populations Sizes" 9:40 – 10 a.m. Eric Johnson, "Modifying Copper Oxide with Azide-Terminated Phosphonic Acids: Toward … [Read more...]