UMW Alumnus Shares His Experience as U.S. Ambassador

Clifford Hart '80 is Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks.

At 24 years old – just four years after donning a cap and gown at the University of Mary Washington – Clifford Hart ‘80 moved halfway around the world. He left his home state of Virginia, where he had attended Mary Washington, then the University of Virginia for graduate school, to take a post in China with the Foreign Service. “It was a treat from beginning to end,” Hart said of his first assignment. “It was a fascinating time to be there.” Hart, now Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks for the denuclearization of North Korea, spoke with students about his decades-long career in the Foreign Service during a recent trip to his alma mater. “The Foreign Service is a deeply stimulating intellectual exercise,” he said. “You are constantly learning.” As an envoy, Ambassador Hart coordinates U.S. efforts on the Six-Party Talks and leads day-to-day engagement with Six-Party partners. “It has been an occasion for me to learn a lot about a really critical part of our foreign … [Read more...]

Political Science Student Awarded Summer Scholarship

Shirley Martey

University of Mary Washington junior Shirley Martey is the recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). Martey, chosen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the first UMW student to be awarded the scholarship. … [Read more...]

Rep. Rob Wittman Presents at UMW’s National Security Lecture Series

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Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District spoke at UMW’s Dahlgren campus as part of the National Security Lecture Series. Wittman presented his lecture, “Sequestration and the Federal Budget – Implications for the Department of Defense and National Security,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10. First elected in 2007, Wittman is running for reelection this November against Democrat Adam Cook. Wittman will return to UMW on Monday, Oct. 29 for a debate at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The National Security Lecture Series, first held in April 2012, is a collaborative effort that includes UMW’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council. All lectures in the four-part series will begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking and end at 10:30 a.m. at UMW’s Dahlgren campus in University Hall, Room 110. The lecture series began on … [Read more...]

UMW Alumna Shares Experiences as U.S. Ambassador with Students

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Rose McCartney Likins, the U.S. ambassador to Peru, visited the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Likins, a 1981 UMW graduate, met with international affairs and political science students and spoke to several classes during the trip. … [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 Student, Winner in National Political Science Essay Contest

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University of Mary Washington senior Callie Kyhl has been named one of the winners in the national essay competition sponsored by the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). Kyhl is the fourth Mary Washington political science or international affairs major in eight years to be a winner in the NAFAC contest.  She was named first runner-up for her essay “U.S.- China Competition in the South China Sea: A U.S. ‘Eclipsed’ or ‘Resurgent’.” The essay is part of a semester-long independent study with Jack Kramer, distinguished professor of political science and international affairs. “This is a truly outstanding and very well deserved achievement on Callie’s part especially given NAFAC’s preeminence for  annually bringing together several hundred of the ‘very best and brightest’ students from throughout the United States and abroad to discuss and debate  contemporary pressing issues in American national security policy,” Kramer said. “It is also testimonial to the outstanding … [Read more...]