UMW History Professor Receives Service Award

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Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor of history and American studies, has been recognized with the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for his contributions to the university as well as involvement and leadership in the community. “His work with administrators, alumni, community members, faculty and students alike constitutes a truly impressive record of service,” said Chris Foss, professor of English, who presented the award at an open faculty session Thursday, Aug. 23. McClurken, who joined the UMW faculty in 2001, has been instrumental to the university’s digital history efforts and has been on the forefront of incorporating technology in the classroom. He also serves as chairperson of the history and American studies department. He has presented numerous lectures and presentations across the country on teaching with social media, digital history and 19th-century American social and cultural history. His 2009 book “Take Care of the Living: … [Read more...]

Students Explore New Cultures with UMW’s Summer Trips

Students in the 2012 Psychology in Europe program visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Carol Quinn has been back in the United States for less than a week and she is already thinking of her next trip to Europe. The University of Mary Washington senior was one of nine students who visited London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Munich and Vienna with the Psychology in Europe study abroad trip. The students, led by Associate Professor of Psychology Dave Kolar, spent two weeks at historical and cultural sites relevant to the study of psychology. “The trip inspired me to return and do some of my own traveling in Europe,” Quinn, a psychology and sociology major, said. “I’m eager to go back. I wasn’t ready to leave at all!” This summer, more than 100 students are studying abroad, either as part of UMW faculty-led trips, or through programs at other universities or organizations. Members of the UMW field hockey team recently traveled to Italy with Coach Lindsay Elliot to train and compete on an international scale. Some trips have become UMW staples, like “European … [Read more...]

UMW Graduates Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Eric Halsey (right) and Peter Wingrove are recipients of 2012-2013 Fulbright grants

University of Mary Washington graduates Eric Halsey and Peter Wingrove have been selected to receive U.S. Fulbright grants for 2012-2013. They become the ninth and 10th students, respectively, to receive the prestigious awards in the university’s history. “The Fulbright committee is extremely proud of Eric and Peter’s accomplishments and wish them well in all their future pursuits,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history. “Mary Washington has now had eight winners in the past five years, and looks forward to several more in the future.” Eric Halsey Through the Fulbright, Eric Halsey will study nationalism theory and Balkan history at Sofia University in Bulgaria. He will work with the history department at the university to research the policies of Alexander Stambolinski’s government from 1919 to 1923 and will take intensive Bulgarian language courses. Halsey, a native of Herndon, Va., currently is a student at Central European University in Budapest and plans to … [Read more...]

UMW Student Interns Assist Fredericksburg With Housing Report

Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are interns with the City of Fredericksburg

University of Mary Washington seniors Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are burning up the phone lines in an effort to shed light on housing practices. As interns with the City of Fredericksburg, they’re calling hundreds of residents to make sure housing opportunities here are fair, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender/sex, familial status or disability. The effort is instrumental to a report the city must submit to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of the process, Gavigan and Auricchio must survey five percent of the Fredericksburg population, either in-person or over the phone. They also hope that two upcoming public forums will help them fulfill their requirements. Fredericksburg is required to submit the report every five years in order to receive federal community development block grants.  In the past, the city used outside research consultants to handle the survey and report. “It is critical that the report be … [Read more...]