Virginia Living Magazine Names UMW Among Most Innovative Schools

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The University of Mary Washington has been selected as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top schools of 2013 by Virginia Living, the most widely read lifestyle magazine in the state. UMW is listed among 150 of Virginia’s most innovative educational programs in the magazine’s State of Education supplement in the October issue. … [Read more...]

UMW Foundation Marks Start of Hotel Construction

Members of the UMW Board of Visitors celebrated the groundbreaking of the Hyatt Place hotel at Eagle Village

The University of Mary Washington Foundation commemorated the beginning of construction on the five-story Hyatt Place hotel at a groundbreaking ceremony in the Eagle Village mixed-use development on Friday, September 21. The foundation also celebrated the recent completion of Eagle Village Drive, a pedestrian and vehicular connection between the development and Mary Washington Hospital. “Eagle Village, from day one, has always represented the very essence of urban renewal and economic revitalization and how a university and a community can come together to initiate positive change in a neighborhood,” Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation, told a group of more than 100 gathered for the event. “The addition of this connector drive and a first-class hotel are just the latest pieces in this rather large and complex development puzzle.” Pamela J. White, rector for the UMW Board of Visitors, told guests that the new hotel and the Eagle Village complex provide a dramatic example … [Read more...]

UMW Celebrates Construction of Convergence Center

UMW's Information and Technology Convergence Center is expected to open in fall 2014.

The University of Mary Washington celebrated the start of construction of the Information and Technology Convergence Center in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20. The four-story center is designed with a Georgian-style exterior to blend with the buildings on the Fredericksburg campus. The building will be located next to Simpson Library straddling Campus Walk and will connect to the library through the third floor. Inside, the 76,718 square-foot structure will feature open, flexible gathering spaces where a variety of technology, information and teaching resources will converge. The center will have a digital theater, a data center, media labs, a café and numerous flexible collaboration areas. The Speaking and Writing centers will relocate to the Convergence Center, as will the university’s Data Center. “The center will contain flexible, adaptable classrooms, places for collaborative interactive work, resources that we expect students and faculty will … [Read more...]