UMW Alumni Talk Entrepreneurship at Small Business Panel Event

(from left): Carl Lawson, Alicia Austin Morgan, Megan Parry,

A new business venture requires hard work, determination, creativity and above all, a lot of heart and soul. “The sense of pride and accomplishment of owning a business is the highest feeling,” said Alicia Austin Morgan, who attended the University of Mary Washington and is co-owner of Fredericksburg vintage and consignment boutique Forage. “Definitely listen to your heart and rely on your instincts. There’s no right or wrong way to operate a business. If you work hard you will be rewarded with success.” Morgan and Forage co-owner Megan Parry ’05 were among seven UMW alumni who participated in a recent small business panel event. Fellow panelists Erik Bruner-Yang ’07, chef and owner of Toki Underground in Washington, D.C., Linda Fairall ‘06, owner of Fabulous Frocks in Alexandria, Va., Jay Parrish ’03, co-owner of Parrish Learning Zone, LLC, and Carl Lawson ’08, chief operating officer of CBAI & Associates in Fredericksburg, gave advice on starting a business and … [Read more...]

UMW Alumna Named to Gov. McDonnell’s Policy Office

Annie Morris works in Gov. Bob McDonnell's policy office. McDonnell is shown giving his State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 8, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office and Michaele White.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed University of Mary Washington alumna Annie K. Morris ’11 to his administration’s policy office. In her role as special assistant for legislative affairs and policy development, Morris administers the legislative tracking system, coordinates all meetings and leads and develops special projects for the Governor’s policy office. Morris first joined the McDonnell administration in 2011 as an intern and was later appointed as the executive assistant for commerce and trade. In 2011, Morris was named one of the winners of the national essay competition sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, for her essay “Persuasion and the Bully Pulpit: Expanded Evidence on Strategies of Presidential Leadership.” She was chosen for the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Program in 2012. While a student at Mary Washington, she was involved in the Student Government Association, … [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...]

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...]

Life Saver: Thinking on Her Feet

UMW alumna Lauren Kornacki (right) performed CPR to save her father's life

When Lauren Kornacki performed CPR in the garage of her parents’ home in Glen Allen, Va., she was focused on one thing: saving her dad’s life. She never imagined that the story would later end up making national headlines. Kornacki, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, found her father in the garage, pinned under a car and unresponsive. She was able to lift up the car enough to free her father, and performed CPR to save his life. A nurse at VCU Medical Center, where Kornacki’s father is being treated, was so moved by the story that she contacted the local television station. “It’s my dad,” Kornacki said, noting she doesn’t think she deserves the attention. “I would do anything for him.” Instead she hopes to turn the new-found media attention from her own inspiring story to the importance of CPR. “I’m trying to get people to realize CPR is such an important thing to know,” she said. Now in her sixth year as a lifeguard, Kornacki has taken CPR training … [Read more...]

Reunion Weekend Brings Alumni to UMW

In 2011, hundreds of UMW alumni and family members came together from various class years

More than 600 University of Mary Washington alumni and guests gathered on the Fredericksburg campus for Reunion Weekend from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. The event featured class gatherings, Alumni College sessions and activities. For many, Reunion Weekend was the first time back on-campus in decades. For others, graduation is still a recent accomplishment. Mark Thaden, director of alumni relations, hoped the weekend would allow alumni from all classes to share nostalgic moments and create new Mary Washington memories. “Reunion Weekend is a special tradition at Mary Washington and a time when alumni can catch up with friends and remember their time as students,” Thaden said. “It also is an opportunity for generations of graduates to come together and see the exciting changes that have happened on campus over the years and hear about plans for the future. We have packed the schedule with activities that are sure to appeal to every alum and are excited to welcome … [Read more...]

UMW Grad Develops Bike Plan for Fredericksburg Campus

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Justin Doyle ’08 aims to make the University of Mary Washington a better place for bicyclists.  So the Virginia Commonwealth University master’s degree candidate is developing a bike plan for UMW for his culminating project in urban and regional planning program. “I wanted to give back to UMW in a way that I feel passionate about,” he said. “Bicycling is a passion of mine. Since UMW has never developed a bicycle plan, it was a great opportunity.” Some UMW students already use bicycles on a daily basis, but more might use them if a bike plan was in place, said Doyle. He wants faculty, staff and students’ input on how to deal with the challenges of creating a bike program. Doyle has developed an online survey and hopes to collect 400 to 500 responses. The survey, available until Feb. 17, is open to current UMW faculty, staff and students. He will hold a focus group session for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Woodard Campus Center's Red … [Read more...]