Peace Corps Ranks UMW Among Top-Producing Small Colleges

Taylor Parker '11 (left) is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana.

For the 10th year, the Peace Corps has ranked the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s top-producing colleges for alumni now serving as Peace Corps volunteers. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Spend Fall Break with Habitat for Humanity

Alt Fall Break 2013

A group of University of Mary Washington students spent their Fall Break giving back to the community through an Alternative Fall Break trip on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. … [Read more...]

UMW Receives National Recognition for Service

UMW students are volunteering in Georgia and Florida as part of Alternative Spring Break trips.

Two dozen University of Mary Washington students spent their Spring Break serving others. The students, who spent a week in Albany, Ga., and Melbourne, Fla., built houses with Habitat for Humanity through a program known as Alternative Spring Break. … [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...]

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...]

UMW Students Help with Tornado Relief During Spring Break

Students in Tennessee help clean up debris after a tornado. Courtesy of: UMW COAR Blog

During the first week of March, 51 University of Mary Washington students spent Spring Break helping others. The Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) team organized three alternative spring break trips, in Wilmington, N.C., Avery County, N.C., and Cookeville, Tenn., from March 3 through 11. At each location, students worked on Habitat for Humanity projects. When the rash of tornadoes tore through the Tennessee Valley at the end of February, the Cookeville group made their way to Overton County, Tenn., a small community just south of the Kentucky border. In Overton, the students worked with residents to clear debris and sort donations, and shared their experiences along the way: http://wearehardcoar.tumblr.com/. One student took this stark photo of the destruction and captioned it “we were so thankful to have the opportunity to help.” “Spring Break is one of my favorite weeks of the year since I get to spend the entire week doing hands-on service with such civic … [Read more...]

UMW Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity

Students build a house in Wilmington, N.C., during a 2011 Alternative Spring Break trip

While some of their friends soaked up sun on the beach, 51 University of Mary Washington students donated their time building and rehabilitating houses—and having the time of their lives in the process. This year, the student-run Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) team organized three alternative spring break trips, in Wilmington, N.C., Avery County, N.C., and Cookeville, Tenn., from March 3 through 11. At each location, the students collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to help eliminate substandard housing. Senior Vicky Hudspeth, the COAR alternative spring break coordinator, has been on two previous spring break trips, leading the trip to Bunnell, Fla., in her sophomore year, and this year led the trip in Cookeville. “In the past, we have done almost every stage of construction, including laying the foundation, installing siding and drywall, and laying sod,” Hudspeth said.  “It is an incredible week where we can give back to the communities and help those in need, … [Read more...]

UMW Student Doubles as Rescue Squad Captain

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UMW senior Jamie Larounis finds time to volunteer hundreds of hours a month as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, while managing a full course load to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary education. In fact, the rescue squad recently named him captain of the 150-member volunteer organization. “I had been involved in Boy Scouts since I was a little kid, am still an Eagle Scout and had worked at an outdoor camp over the summer,” Larounis explained. “I wanted to do real 9-1-1.” As a certified EMT-Enhanced, he is able to administer drugs, start IVs and provide life support. Community service, like that of Larounis, is a tradition among the university community, evident in the university’s place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Larounis has been a volunteer with the squad for two years and often clocks close to 400 hours a month. He is among a dozen or more UMW students and recent … [Read more...]