UMW Hosting German Campus Week

German Week

For the first time, the University of Mary Washington is hosting a “do Deutsch” campus week beginning in October, in conjunction with more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States. The weeks of activities and events, sponsored by the Germany Embassy and the UMW Department of Modern Foreign Languages, are designed to promote German language and culture on campus. “Do Deutsch” week at Mary Washington began on Tuesday, October 25 and will run through Saturday, November 5 and will include contests and competitions, film screenings and special events. All events are free and open to the public. All area high school students as well at UMW students are invited to participate in the essay, visual arts, film/DVD and song competitions, themed “German(y) in your life.” Other events include: Film screenings of “In July” on Tuesday, October 25, “Kebab Connection” on Thursday, October 27 and “We are the Night” on Monday, October 31. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in George … [Read more...]

UMW Hosting Two Exhibitions, One from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Vincent Van Gogh, The Wheat Field Behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Remy, 1889, oil on canvas, 18 x 21 3/4 in./framed 9 1/2 x 13 1/4 in./unframed, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting two exhibitions: “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” through Friday, December 2 at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery; and “Super-Sized: Large Scale Drawings” through Friday, December 2 at the duPont Gallery. The opening reception for “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler” was Thursday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Cliff Edwards, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, presented the lecture “Mysteries of ‘The Night Café’: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh” at the gallery on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. On Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present the lecture “Jasper Francis Cropsey: The Hudson River School and a True American Landscape.” Both lectures are free and open to the public, but … [Read more...]

UMW Inaugurates Richard V. Hurley as Ninth President

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The University of Mary Washington celebrated the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley as its ninth president on Friday, September 30, at George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The program included remarks from Virginia Secretary of Education Laura W. Fornash, President of the American Community Schools of Athens Stefanos Gialamas and President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Belle S. Wheelan. During the installation ceremony, Hurley expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the university community’s support and encouragement, made all the more poignant by his unique path to the presidency. His career in higher education, Hurley remarked, has not been a typical one, evident by his stint in a New Jersey power plant, his service in the Vietnam War and his decision as a 25-year-old gas station attendant to find a way to go to college. “In light of that circuitous and sometimes misguided, or at least unguided, journey, to say that … [Read more...]

UMW to Mark Inauguration of Richard V. Hurley

The University of Mary Washington will celebrate the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley on Friday, September 30 with a week of festivities; including speakers, a formal installation ceremony and community service activities.

Fredericksburg, Va. – The University of Mary Washington will celebrate the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley on Friday, September 30 with a week of festivities; including speakers, a formal installation ceremony and community service activities. Hurley assumed the presidency of the University of Mary Washington on July 1, 2010, with the primary goal of making UMW the best public liberal arts university in the nation. His inauguration as the university’s ninth president will formalize his leadership, acknowledging and honoring his 11 years of dedication to Mary Washington and more than three decades in higher education. The theme of Hurley’s inauguration, “Engaging Minds. Serving the World,” reinforces his strong belief in the importance of a stimulating educational environment and the value of a liberal arts education coupled with his support for the Mary Washington community’s dedication to public service. The events of the week are as follows: • Monday, September 26 – … [Read more...]