UMW Students Participate in Student Lobby Day

UMW students pose inside the Capitol Rotunda.

Thirteen University of Mary Washington students spent a day last week talking to Virginia General Assembly legislators on behalf of the university.  Student Lobby Day provides  students from colleges and universities across the state a chance to meet with the state lawmakers. “Lobby day is our opportunity as a university to articulate the importance of a liberal arts education and inform lawmakers about all of the exciting things our university is engaged in,” said senior Sean Simons, legislative action chair for the Student Government Association. Simons also majors in political science and political communications. The students began their day with a brief introduction to Richmond’s General Assembly building. Then, students met with area legislators, including Speaker of the House Bill Howell, Sen. Bryce Reeves and Sen. Creigh Deeds. Afterwards, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling gave the group an impromptu tour of the Rotunda and shared the history of the building. Erica O’Brien, a … [Read more...]

UMW Rugby Players Spend Weekend in Service

Christophe Perdu, a member of the UMW rugby team, painted a railing at Empowerhouse's new location

For members of the University of Mary Washington club rugby team, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend was all about community service. The players painted porches, spread mulch and cleaned up properties for Empowerhouse, formerly known as the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence. The team plans for another service day in April. "UMW Rugby Team Sponsors Annual Service Project" in The Free Lance-Star on Saturday, Jan. 19 Photos by Kimmie Barkley '14 … [Read more...]

Students Hone Leadership Skills at Conference

University of Mary Washington junior Samantha Corron (left) participated in an "Ethics and Leadership" seminar led by UMW student presenter Liz Brennan (right) during the 6th Annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov.10

“Do I inspire others? Am I doing the best job I can as a leader? Would it be ok if everyone acted as I do?” were a few of the important questions that University of Mary Washington students asked themselves as part of a presentation on ethics and leadership at the sixth annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov. 10. Senior Liz Brennan, president of the Judicial Review Board (JRB), along with Andrew Gabany, vice president of the JRB, presented on ethical standards for leaders with interactive examples and discussions. Brennan also used different moral scenarios to push students to consider the implications of their actions, such as the ethics of parking in a handicap designated space. “Always consider the circumstances when making an ethical decision. The situation will never be black and white,” said Brennan. Brennan’s presentation was one of eight sessions at the conference focused on different aspects of leadership, including finding one’s strengths, … [Read more...]

UMW Student-Run Business Launches Online Platform

UMW students visit an artisan in a Honduran village

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...]

UMW Students Give Back During Fall Break

Junior Abbey Doherty

Fall Break offered little respite for Abbey Doherty. The junior spent the University of Mary Washington’s designated mid-semester break working to better the lives of an Eastern Shore community. Doherty was one of eight UMW students who spent four days in the town of Exmore, Va., as part of an Alternative Fall Break trip organized through the office of Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) and Habitat for Humanity. “I had such a phenomenal experience working with our group from UMW and everyone on the Habitat site,” said Doherty, who participated in an alternative break trip for the first time. “Not only were we a bonded group but we also were all there for the sole purpose of making a small yet important difference in someone else’s life. To us, an opportunity to give back was more than enough of a reason to ‘give up’ break.” The students spent seven hours a day nailing molding, painting doors, installing plumbing, cutting shelving and getting to know members of the … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Incoming Students Experience Traditions, New and Old, at UMW

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A glow of candles welcomed new University of Mary Washington students as they filed into Ball Circle Thursday, Aug. 23. Soon the flames spread from person to person, eventually reaching each candle. Faculty and staff joined nearly 1,000 students for the inaugural Eagle Gathering. The candlelight event was part of the five-day orientation for incoming students. “The light we passed at Eagle Gathering represents the torch of knowledge that can be seen at the center of our institutional seal,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “It stands for the desire to learn, to grow, to serve, to lead, and in all things to give our best in search of meaning and truth.” Doug Searcy, vice president for student affairs, hopes Eagle Gathering will become a time-honored tradition at UMW. “Standing on Ball Circle as students, faculty and staff raised their candles to the alma mater was a moving experience,” Searcy said. “This inspirational event set a tone of community and connection to start … [Read more...]

UMW Welcomes New Students for Orientation

More than 1,300 new students moved into residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The University of Mary Washington welcomed nearly 1,300 new undergraduate students on Wednesday, Aug. 22, marking the start of the five-day new student orientation. The incoming students include 981 freshmen and 273 transfer students. Of the freshmen, nearly 30 percent identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian, African-American or multi-racial. About 15 percent are from out-of-state, including 28 states and several foreign countries. The students started the day by moving into their residence halls, assisted by more than 200 UMW students, faculty and staff, including orientation leaders and members of athletic teams. Among the orientation events, President Richard V. Hurley gave a welcome address to students and families. “It was easier than I thought it would be,” said Ebony Tunstall of Tappahannock, Va., who moved into Alvey Hall this morning. “I'm just excited to meet everybody.” Zachary Eisig of Damascus, Md., finished moving into his room … [Read more...]

Students From Across Disciplines Represent UMW Nationally

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University of Mary Washington student Ethan Bottone earned national distinction as a member of a regional team placing second in the Association of American Geographers World Geography Bowl last month in New York City. Perhaps more impressive, he helped claim that win as a sophomore in a competition dominated by graduate students. The Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers team—made up of mostly graduate students—missed first place by a mere 20 points. In November, Bottone secured a spot on the team after placing third overall in the regional bowl. “Competing against grad students was really nerve-racking at first, because I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Wow, some of these people have been in college since I started high school',” Bottone said.  “But after answering a few questions, I just felt settled down and ready to play, like there wasn't any gap between our educations.” The geography department isn’t the only opportunity for UMW students … [Read more...]

UMW Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Third Year

During UMW's Beak Week, students volunteered to build picnic tables for Habitat for Humanity

The University of Mary Washington has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.  UMW is one of 642 U.S. colleges and universities recognized for engaging students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities. The honor, presented to UMW’s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR), was awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. The more than 500 students in COAR volunteered 6,815 hours in the community during the 2010-2011 academic year. UMW assisted dozens of local agencies, schools and hospitals, including Habitat for Humanity, for an economic impact of more than $145,000. In 2011, COAR was honored at the University of Mary Washington Leadership Awards, receiving the Outstanding Overall … [Read more...]