UMW Welcomes New Students

More than 1,300 new students moved in to their residence halls on Aug. 23.

More than 1,300 new students began moving in to the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus on Friday, Aug. 23, to begin the 2013-14 academic year. Classes started on Monday, August 26. … [Read more...]

UMW Announces Recipient of Citizenship and Diversity Award

Kevin Lopez '14

Kevin Lopez of Bristow, Va., has been named the 2013-2014 recipient of the University of Mary Washington’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. … [Read more...]

UMW Graduates Class of 2013 in 102nd Commencement

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The University of Mary Washington graduated a total of 1,273 students during its 102nd commencement in a graduate ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center and in an undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. in Ball Circle on the university’s Fredericksburg campus. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Receive Awards of Excellence

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University of Mary Washington students were honored for outstanding achievements at recent awards programs. … [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...]

UMW Graduates Continue Prestigious Fulbright Tradition

(from left): UMW graduates Peter Hawes, Michaela Sands and Aubrey Elliott  received Fulbright grants for 2013-2014.

For three recent University of Mary Washington alumni, the next year will be one of travel, teaching, and learning a new culture. Aubrey Elliott, Peter Hawes and Michaela Sands, all 2012 graduates, are the 11th, 12th and 13th students, respectively, to receive prestigious U.S. Fulbright grants in the university’s history. The scholarships continue a tradition of Fulbright awards over the past six years. “This is our best showing ever, providing further evidence that UMW’s students are among the best in the nation,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history. “We also should congratulate the campus Fulbright committee of Patricia Reynolds, Melina Patterson, Rosemary Jesionowski and Dianne Baker for their hard work in advising Aubrey, Michaela and Peter in the application process.” Aubrey Elliott Through the Fulbright, Elliott will spend eight months in Turkey as an English teaching assistant. “I’m really looking forward to learning a new language, teaching … [Read more...]

UMW Supports Campus Sustainability Through Donation Drive

UMW will collect clothes and household items from residence halls in its "Drop N' Go!" donation drive.

The University of Mary Washington is co-sponsoring a campus sustainability event to encourage faculty, staff and students to donate old or unwanted clothing and household items. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Lead Global Microfinance Movement

The Two Dollar Challenge, part of the Month of Microfinance, raises awareness and funds for poverty-related causes.

More than 85 global microfinance partners have joined the University of Mary Washington in the Month of Microfinance. Throughout the month of April, students at UMW and other participating colleges, universities and high schools will host and participate in campus events related to providing financial services to low-income people who would otherwise be unable to get assistance. A grassroots movement founded at UMW, the Month of Microfinance (MoMF) is in its second year. This year, dozens of international partners are supporting MoMF, including Kiva, Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation and Accion. The program highlights local and global events with the goal of providing a value-driven and positive impact for clients. MoMF facilitates connections between students and the microfinance community through conversation and learning. Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, advocated for microfinance principles in a … [Read more...]

Students Gain International Experience During Spring Break

Professor Scott Powers and a group of students explore Montreal's biodome as part of their study abroad trip.

For 10 University of Mary Washington students, Spring Break felt more like winter. The group traveled to Quebec, Canada – where the average high in March is zero degrees Celsius – as part of a weeklong faculty-led study abroad trip. Students from various levels of French embarked on their journey on Friday, March 1, and reached Canadian French culture after a two-hour plane ride. “It’s pretty incredible that French has been preserved in one province in Canada for hundreds of years,” said Sarah Lynch, a sophomore psychology major. Quebec, located in east-central Canada, is the only Canadian province with French as the single official language. The trip to Quebec, led by Associate Professor of French Scott Powers, was one of five faculty-led study abroad opportunities during Spring Break, including Belize, Guatemala, Germany, Scotland and Ireland. The trips offer students experiences beyond the foreign language classroom – a complete linguistic, cultural and culinary … [Read more...]

Political Science Student Awarded Summer Scholarship

Shirley Martey

University of Mary Washington junior Shirley Martey is the recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). Martey, chosen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the first UMW student to be awarded the scholarship. … [Read more...]