UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 6


A third candidate has joined the 1st Congressional District Debate to be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. … [Read more...]

UMW Debate Wins National Championship

Colin McElhinny (left) and Thomas Pacheco (right)

University of Mary Washington Debate Team seniors Colin McElhinny and Thomas Pacheco talked their way to the top on March 16 when they won the American Debate Association National Championship at Liberty University. Pacheco received The Julia Burke Award for Character and Excellence in American Debate Association Policy Debate. … [Read more...]

UMW Seniors Receive Bid to National Debate Tournament

Thomas Pacheco '14 (left) and Colin McElhinny '14 are headed to the 2014 National Debate Tournament.

University of Mary Washington seniors Colin McElhinny and Thomas Pacheco have received a first round at-large bid to the 2014 National Debate Tournament (NDT), to be held at Indiana University from March 28 through 31. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host 88th District House of Delegates Debate

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Candidates for the 88th District of the Virginia House of Delegates participated in a debate at the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 18. … [Read more...]

UMW Debate Team Started National Tournament Ranked in Top Five

Colin McElhinny (left) and Patrick McCleary are ranked fifth going into the National Debate Tournament.

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team duo of juniors Colin McElhinny and Patrick McCleary ranked fifth in the country going into the 2013 National Debate Tournament. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Attend National Debate Tournament

Peter Susko (left) and Colin McElhinny practice for the National Debate Tournament

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team qualified two groups of students to compete at the National Debate Tournament that began Thursday, March 29 at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament, which ran through Monday, April 2, hosted 78 teams this year, all chosen based on a competitive qualification process.  UMW has qualified for the National Debate Tournament 16 times in the tournament's 66-year history, finishing as high as third in 2010. Sophomores Patrick McCleary of Shrewsbury, Pa., and Colin McElhinny of Erie, Pa., qualified for the second consecutive year, placing second in the District 7 qualifying tournament, which was hosted by UMW in February. Senior Peter Susko of Erie, Pa., and sophomore Thomas Pacheco of Baltimore, Md., comprise the second team.  Susko has previously qualified for the tournament and in 2010 reached the semi-finals. The duo finished eighth in the qualifying tournament, securing the district’s final spot for the national … [Read more...]

UMW Debate Coach Named National Coach of the Year


Adrienne Brovero, head debate coach at the University of Mary Washington, was honored with the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year Award from the National Debate Tournament. The award, given annually at the Wake Forest University intercollegiate debate tournament, is reserved for exceptional teachers who advance the forensic art. Brovero received this distinction during a ceremony on Friday, November 11 at Wake Forest University. “This award recognizes that Coach Brovero is one of the most distinguished intercollegiate debate coaches in the United States today,” said Timothy O’Donnell, director of debate at UMW. “There is no higher honor in the debate coaching profession and this recognition by her peers affirms what we at UMW have long known – Adrienne Brovero is one of the best debate coaches in the country.” Under Brovero’s leadership, members of the UMW debate team have been among the top 16 teams in the nations for much of the past five years, including a third place … [Read more...]

UMW Students Place in National Web Debates

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A group of University of Mary Washington students participated in the University of Southern California’s Trojan Web Debates in October, with three students making the top 10 and advancing to the final week of debates. Freshman Steven Apruzese, senior Charles Girard, sophomore Tan Handres and freshman Michael Jaster each argued the topic: “Should same sex marriage be the top priority of the LGBT civil rights movement?” Girard placed sixth in the tournament, Apruzese placed ninth and Handres placed tenth. The debate marked the first time any of the four students had competed in intercollegiate debate. “The four of us camped out in the James Farmer Multicultural Center well after midnight on most nights because the videos were always due at 3 a.m.,” Girard said. “We got to know each other and really learned a lot from each other regarding debating, as well as from the debates themselves.” The two-week online intercollegiate debate tournament started with 18 students representing … [Read more...]

UMW to Host Debate for Virginia Senate


Candidates for the 17th district seat in the Virginia Senate will participate in a debate at the University of Mary Washington. The session will be held Thursday, November 3 in Monroe Hall, Room 116 at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public without charge. The debate will present two candidates for the seat: Democratic incumbent Edd Houck, director of corporate and community programs for MediCorp in Fredericksburg and a former educator, and Republican challenger Bryce Reeves, a small business owner and a retired captain from the United States Army. The 17th district includes all of Culpeper, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Spotsylvania Counties and part of Fredericksburg City. The panelists include Dick Hammerstrom, local news editor of the Free Lance-Star, and Ted Schubel, news director of News/Talk 1230 WFVA-AM. Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science at UMW, will serve as moderator for the discussions. The program is sponsored by the university’s Student … [Read more...]