November 20, 2017

Class of 2017 Shows Pride through Senior Class Gift

SCG AnnouncementMembers of the Class of 2017 showed their love for Mary Washington by giving back to, what is now, their alma mater. In total, 139 graduating seniors gave more than $7,000 to support various initiatives across the University. News of the total amount raised for the traditional Senior Class Gift was met with cheers when it was announced at Commencement rehearsal.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, members of other classes also stepped up to show their pride. In total, 274 “non-seniors” contributed $6,700 to UMW. The Offices of Advancement and Alumni Relations are proud UMW students are learning about the essential role of philanthropy – both from past donors and future alumni.

Visit http://umw.edu/giving to learn more about giving at UMW.

Giving Highlights

Every day, UMW alumni, parents, and friends show their support to the University in numerous ways. One way is through gifts to support students, programs, and special projects at Mary Washington. In the past weeks, University Advancement has accepted and processed gifts and pledges, including:

  • A $25,000 gift from a dedicated couple in the community to support Friends of the Philharmonic.
  • A $3,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from an alumna of the Class of 1997.
  • A $25,000 pledge from parents of a 2016 alumnus to support the College of Business.
  • Two gifts totaling $2,000 for the James Monroe Museum – $1,000 from a couple in Richmond and $1,000 from a donor trust in Fredericksburg.
  • A $10,000 gift for the Belmont Building Preservation Fund from a Richmond-based foundation.
  • A $7,500 gift from an alumna of the Class of 1966 to enhance an endowed scholarship.

For more information about giving opportunities at UMW, visit giving.umw.edu. UMW faculty and staff can sign up to give through payroll deduction. Click here and enter UMW log-in credentials to access the payroll deduction form.

Amphitheatre Gift Honors Family Legacy

In 1948, Louise Garnett Goodwin ’30 ran for Fredericksburg City Council in an attempt to become the first woman to hold elected office. She did not win, but today her daughter – Mary Katherine Greenlaw ’61 – has the distinction of being the first woman elected mayor of Fredericksburg.

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Recently, Mary Katherine honored her mother’s memory by making a $10,000 gift to the UMW Amphitheatre Challenge. “Mother passed away in 1997, but as we continue to read her diaries and go through her scrapbooks, we’re learning just how much Mary Washington meant to her,” says Mary Katherine.

Louise attended college through a Kiwanis Club scholarship and majored in chemistry and physical education. She was involved in numerous activities, including field hockey, basketball, soccer, and dance. In 1928, she served in the May Court during the ceremonial crowning of the May Queen. After graduating, Louise went on to teach Latin and coach girl’s basketball at Fredericksburg High School and later in the Belmont section of Spotsylvania.

“She loved Mary Washington as a student, and she continued to be involved as an alumna and member of the Fredericksburg community,” says Mary Katherine. “When I was a child, I remember being at the college all the time for various events, so the campus is very much a part of my experience as well. In fact, my son, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons are also UMW alumni.”

Mary Katherine says she is proud to support UMW’s Amphitheatre Challenge. “Knowing that Mother was a part of the May Court in 1928 and that the campus and the Amphitheatre were a huge part of her life, I felt this was a great way to preserve history and honor her legacy at Mary Washington.”

The Amphitheatre Challenge continues at UMW as the deadline of May 1, 2017, draws near. Last year, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, offered UMW a challenge grant of $125,000 to support a $3 million restoration of the historic Amphitheatre. To receive the challenge grant, UMW alumni, parents, and friends must make NEW gifts to the Amphitheatre totaling at least $125,000. To offer your support before May 1, 2017, visit giving.umw.edu/achallenge or call 540-654-1024.

Giving Remains Strong at UMW

UMW alumni, parents, and friends continue to support students, programs, and special projects at Mary Washington. In the past few weeks, University Advancement has proudly accepted and processed hundreds of gifts, including the following:

  • A total of $20,500 in new gifts for the Amphitheatre restoration. This includes $15,000 from an alumna of the Class of 1968, as well as gifts from members of the classes of 1973, 1975, and 1979.
  • A $7,500 gift for men’s soccer from an alumnus of the Class of 1984.
  • A $1 million estate pledge from a legacy alumna of the Class of 1958 to endow a scholarship as a tribute to her mother – an alumna from the Class of 1919. When funded, this new legacy scholarship will be awarded to qualified students in the Department of History and American Studies.

University Advancement is preparing for last-minute gifts as the 2016 calendar year comes to a close. If you have contact with donors, please advise them that all checks must be dated by December 31, 2016, and that all envelopes must be postmarked by December 31, 2016, to count for 2016 charitable tax deductions.

When UMW closes for winter break, the best way to make a calendar year-end gift is online at http://umw.edu/onlinegiving. For additional giving information, visit http://giving.umw.edu/make-a-gift.

First Named Room in Hurley Convergence Center

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Torre Meringolo,Chris Marquardt, and Zach Hatcher in front of the newly named Swift Collaboration Room in the Hurley Convergence Center.

The UMW Board of Visitors recognized the continued generosity of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, Inc. (SWIFT) on Friday, April 15, 2016, by naming the SWIFT Collaboration Room inside the Hurley Convergence Center.

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Flurry of Gifts Benefit Mary Washington First Campaign

labB03During the final two weeks of December, the University of Mary Washington received $667,544 in campaign gifts from 805 donors. Pledges totaling more than $450,000 were also received during this time period, bringing the Mary Washington First Campaign total to nearly $45 million. Below are just a few examples of gifts and pledges:

  • An alumnus from the Class of 1987 gave $100 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
  • An alumni couple from the Classes of 1982 and 1984 gave $500 to support a scholarship program for veterans.
  • An alumnus from the Class of 1974 gave $5,000 to support the amphitheatre restoration initiative.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1970 made a generous $25,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1959 contributed an additional $50,000 to an endowment that supports research for chemistry students.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1954 and her husband gave an additional $140,000 to the Dorsey Scholars program.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1969 pledged $325,000 to create a new scholarship for theatre students.

All gifts and pledges count toward the $50 million goal for the Mary Washington First Campaign. Visit MaryWashingtonFirst.umw.edu or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

Campaign Update

UMWHeritage15_FINAL_Page_1All gifts and pledges count toward the $50 million Mary Washington First Campaign goal. Click here to read the latest Heritage Newsletter featuring a scholarship donor from the class of 1962.

As of Nov. 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed nearly $43 million in gifts and pledges. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

 

Surprise Campaign Gift Benefits Chemistry Department

erminiaThe UMW Foundation recently received a surprise bequest from the estate of Erminia Ubaldi Daspit ’49. The gift was designated to the chemistry department in recognition of the alumna’s undergraduate major.

A note from Erminia’s brother, Carmel J. Ubaldi, read: “My sister died in April of last year. She always attributed her success in life to her faith and the excellent education she received at what was then Mary Washington College.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1949, Erminia earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University. She then worked for DuPont/Westinghouse at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina as a technical librarian, researching literature for atomic energy scientists until her retirement in 1995. Throughout her life, she volunteered for numerous organizations and told her fellow ’49ers that she enjoyed travel, music, and people.

UMW Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Richard Finkelstein says gifts such as this one are of great help and are always appreciated. “Private gifts to an academic department help strengthen our programs by supplementing state funds,” says Finkelstein. “Department chairs can target areas most in need of support, such as faculty and undergraduate research, supplies and equipment, travel to professional conferences, and other high-impact learning experiences for students.”

Finkelstein adds that he is honored Erminia provided for her alma mater in her estate plans. “It’s a tremendous tribute to the faculty and our institutional programs that an alumna who graduated 66 years ago acknowledges the important role her professors and the liberal arts played in her life and successful career.”

This gift counts toward the $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign. As of Sept. 30, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $41 million in gifts and pledges. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

Gift Supports New Makerspace Program

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Left to Right: UMW Professor of Education George Meadows, Interim Dean of the UMW College of Education Nina Mikhalevsky, Dominion External Affairs Manager James Beazley, and UMW Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Torre Meringolo

The University of Mary Washington received a $15,000 gift to support its “E3 Makerspace Network.” Awarded by the Dominion Foundation, the funds will help create a collaborative network with two UMW colleges, the Friends of the Rappahannock, and the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system.

UMW Professor of Education George Meadows says the new network will sustain and expand makerspace technology and the engineering/design process to provide creative approaches to teaching about energy and the environment as well as researching and developing technological solutions to environmental problems.

“UMW students from the College of Education and students enrolled in science disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences can now do some exciting things with real world technology and applications,” says Meadows. “The fact that we will be collaborating with area organizations to solve problems and share solutions makes for a great teaching environment.”

Out of nearly 400 applications for the 2015-16 academic year, the Dominion Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to more than 140 schools and educational institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Dominion Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality.

Gifts count toward the $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign, which began July 1, 2011. As of Sept. 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed $41 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

Alumna Donates Farm to Benefit Scholarship

Not all gifts to the Mary Washington First Campaign come in the form of cash or checks. Donors also make gifts of personal property, life insurance, real estate and other assets.

102_9896Recently an alumna from the Class of 1963 made a generous donation of 66 acres located near Lynchburg, Virginia. The property is a tree farm with open fields for hay or other cover crops. There is also plenty of space for growing herbs, flowers or vegetables. The family home has undergone recent renovations, and the property is currently listed for sale. Proceeds from the sale will be added to an endowed scholarship to benefit deserving University of Mary Washington students. Click here to learn more about the property.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011. As of Aug. 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and businesses have committed $40.5 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540-654-2059 for more information.