UMW Awards Top Honors at Commencement Ceremonies

Dorothy Sandridge

The University of Mary Washington presented its top honors during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Dorothy M. Sandridge of Charlottesville, Va., received the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award, which is presented to the student with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the four-year undergraduate program. She finished with a 3.984 GPA. Dawn S. Bowen, professor of geography, was presented the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the institution’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. The recipient is routinely a senior member of the faculty. Edward Hegmann, newly-named Director and Professor of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Emeritus, was presented the Washington Medallion, one of the university’s most prestigious awards that recognizes an individual who has served Mary Washington with exceptional dedication. Rosemary K. Jesionowski, assistant professor of art, received the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young … [Read more...]

UMW Awards Emeritus Status at May 12 Commencement

Ernest Ackermann

Four longtime professors and a veteran administrator were awarded emeritus status at the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Ernest Ackermann was named Professor Emeritus of Computer Science; Edward Hegmann was named Director of Athletics and Professor of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education Emeritus; David MacEwen was named Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Stephen Watkins was named Professor Emeritus of English; and Marsha Zaidman was named Associate Professor Emerita of Computer Science. The title of emeritus is bestowed on faculty members who have served the university for at least 15 years and who have attained the rank of professor or associate professor. Ernest Ackermann Ernest Ackermann joined the UMW faculty in 1980 as the university’s first professor of computer science. He was instrumental in establishing the university’s online presence and developing the computer science curriculum, and served as chair of … [Read more...]

UMW Names Ken Tyler Director of Athletics

Ken Tyler

Ken Tyler has been named director of athletics at the University of Mary Washington. Tyler comes to UMW after serving as director of athletics at West Virginia Wesleyan College, an NCAA Division II school in Buckhannon, W.Va. Tyler succeeds Edward Hegmann, who is retiring from the university next month after 36 years. Tyler begins work at UMW in June. “I am delighted that Ken Tyler has accepted our offer to become our next director of athletics,” said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “I am impressed by his experience, his enthusiasm and his ideas on how to advance our athletic program.” Tyler has been at West Virginia Wesleyan since July 2008, overseeing the largest athletic department in the state of West Virginia, with more than 500 student athletes and 19 varsity sports. While in Buckhannon, Tyler’s programs swept the President’s and Commissioner’s Cups for overall athletic excellence in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference each year of his tenure. "I am … [Read more...]