UMW Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity


Turning a concrete slab into a full-fledged structure with trusses might not illustrate the typical college spring break – unless you were one of 45 University of Mary Washington students and staff advisers who donated their time to rebuilding and rehabilitating houses last week. … [Read more...]

‘Little Rock Nine’ Member to Speak at UMW, Jan. 21

Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

Ernest Green, one of nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, will give the keynote address as the University of Mary Washington celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 21. … [Read more...]

College Hunks Founder to Give Honor Celebration Lecture

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Nick Friedman, president of College Hunks Hauling Junk, will give the keynote address for the University of Mary Washington’s second annual Honor Celebration on Wednesday, September 10, in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. … [Read more...]

UMW Student Veterans Lead Service to Honor 9/11 Victims

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The University of Mary Washington marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 and honored those who died with a commemorative flag raising ceremony and moment of silence. … [Read more...]

UMW Celebrates Honor System Through Week of Events

During Honor Convocation, students pledge to uphold the UMW Honor Code. Faculty, dressed in academic regalia, attend the ceremony.

The University of Mary Washington held a week-long Honor Celebration from September 2 to 6. The honor system, a deeply held tradition at UMW, is integral to campus life for students, faculty and staff. … [Read more...]

Students Hone Leadership Skills at Conference

University of Mary Washington junior Samantha Corron (left) participated in an "Ethics and Leadership" seminar led by UMW student presenter Liz Brennan (right) during the 6th Annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov.10

“Do I inspire others? Am I doing the best job I can as a leader? Would it be ok if everyone acted as I do?” were a few of the important questions that University of Mary Washington students asked themselves as part of a presentation on ethics and leadership at the sixth annual Student Leadership Colloquium on Saturday, Nov. 10. Senior Liz Brennan, president of the Judicial Review Board (JRB), along with Andrew Gabany, vice president of the JRB, presented on ethical standards for leaders with interactive examples and discussions. Brennan also used different moral scenarios to push students to consider the implications of their actions, such as the ethics of parking in a handicap designated space. “Always consider the circumstances when making an ethical decision. The situation will never be black and white,” said Brennan. Brennan’s presentation was one of eight sessions at the conference focused on different aspects of leadership, including finding one’s strengths, … [Read more...]

Pre-Flight Brings New Students Together Before Orientation

Claire Zhang (left) and Abigail Fleming met at UMW's Pre-Flight, a pre-orientation program for new students

University of Mary Washington students officially arrive on the Fredericksburg campus on Wednesday, Aug. 22, but incoming freshman Claire Zhang of Ashburn, Va., already has made connections. Zhang is one of 40 new students who participated in Pre-Flight, an inaugural pre-orientation program for first-year students. “I could probably tell you everyone’s name,” said Zhang pointing to the dozens of students playing kickball behind her. Just four days earlier, she would have struggled to name any. The students, along with staff members and graduate assistants, spent four days in the Virginia mountains, divided into a service group and an outdoor adventure group, then returned to UMW for two days of teambuilding activities. “Initially they were a bit shy about connecting and getting to know each other,” said Mark Mermelstein, director of campus recreation and the leader of the outdoor adventure group. “By the end of the week, it was a really, really tight-knit … [Read more...]