UMW Professor Assesses Afghan Political Party Initiative

Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science.

Young Afghan political party activists who received training through a pro-democracy initiative offer hope for effective democratic elections in the war-torn country, according to University of Mary Washington Professor Ranjit Singh, who recently returned from a 10-day research and reporting trip to Afghanistan. … [Read more...]

UMW Offers Seamless Transition to Sweet Briar Students

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Announcement from Richard V. Hurley, President of UMW The entire University of Mary Washington community has been saddened to learn of the decision to close Sweet Briar College.  Our two great institutions are very similar and share both a common history and a deep and abiding commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.  Because UMW has been contacted by a number of SBC students about completing their degree at UMW, I have directed staff from across our university to identify ways that we can support and accommodate them. We have signed a teach-out agreement with Sweet Briar College and it has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. We are eager to welcome Sweet Briar College students to the UMW community and pledge make their transition into our community as seamless as possible. At the same time, we will work to maximize their chances of completing their degrees on the schedule that they had anticipated. We are … [Read more...]

UMW Team Examines Slavery Narratives

Ian Spangler, Xavier Griffin, Meredith Stone, and Stephen Hanna at Oak Alley.

Ask tourists in the South what terms come to mind when they hear the word “plantation,” and you’ll get these replies: agriculture, mansions and wealth. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity


Turning a concrete slab into a full-fledged structure with trusses might not illustrate the typical college spring break – unless you were one of 45 University of Mary Washington students and staff advisers who donated their time to rebuilding and rehabilitating houses last week. … [Read more...]

UMW Mathematics Professor Receives Fulbright Grant

Assistant Professor Julius Esunge

Julius Esunge, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, has been selected to receive a prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. Esunge will teach and conduct research at the University of Buea in the Republic of Cameroon beginning in the spring of 2016. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Fourth Annual Beeping Egg Hunt

Beeping Egg Photo

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its fourth annual Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29. … [Read more...]

UMW Organizes Fifth Annual EdTech Conference


The University of Mary Washington’s College of Education will merge cutting-edge technology, teaching, engaging speakers and hands-on activities during its fifth annual EdTech Conference, taking place Friday, March 20 at the Stafford campus. … [Read more...]

UMW To Celebrate Health, Community with Fair

Health and Wellness Fair 2014

The University of Mary Washington’s Dining Services will host a health and wellness fair for students, faculty and members of the community on Wednesday, March 25. … [Read more...]

UMW Opens Digital Auditorium

The Information and Technology Convergence Center,  one of UMW's LEED silver certified buildings. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The University of Mary Washington will mark the opening of its digital auditorium in the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC) with a day of presentations, performances and film screenings on Saturday, March 14. … [Read more...]

UMW Leads National Two Dollar Challenge

UMW students participating in a previous Two Dollar Challenge.

Nearly half the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. And this April, students at colleges and universities across the nation will too. For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Mary Washington will lead the national Two Dollar Challenge to raise awareness of global poverty April 6-10. The 5-day awareness program challenges college and high school students across the United States to live on just two dollars a day. Participants buy food, hygiene products and other necessities out of two dollars a day while following other rules designed to simulate obstacles faced by people living in poverty. Founded at UMW in 2006, the Two Dollar Challenge is now a national educational movement in partnership with Oxfam America and Results. The challenge is run by eight UMW students and Professor of Economics Shawn Humphrey – all on $50 and volunteer support. At UMW, students will spend the week living and sleeping in make-shift shelters built from cardboard boxes and … [Read more...]