October 22, 2017

Show your UMW Spirit Tomorrow!

Don your most spirited UMW gear, and join D.C.’s Channel 5 in front of the U.C. to cheer on Mary Washington! The D.C. TV station broadcasts live from 7 to 11 a.m. to showcase UMW for the College Tour series. Stop by throughout the morning to show your support, especially during these times:

7:05 __Introduction of the UMW campus

7:45__Top of U.C.: Chef Will describes UMW’s dining options

8:05__ Spotlight on Art and Equestrian program

8:30 __Five Must See Campus Spots: a pre-taped segment highlighting Brompton, the James Farmer statue, Palmieri Plaza, University Center and the Convergence Center

__Lee Bessette talks about Convergence Center’s technology and multi-media offerings, DTLT, Domain of One’s Own

8:45__President Paino talks about what makes UMW great

9:00 __Lots of Spirit: sports teams, clubs, student associations, Sammy, cheerleaders and dance team

9:15 __Michael Spencer talks about UMW’s unique Historic Preservation program

9:30 __Extra Credit Trivia Contest: Devils versus Goats

10:00__Lots of Spirit: sports teams, clubs, student associations, Sammy, cheerleaders and dance team

10:05__Campus Hero: longtime Campus Dining employee and Special Olympics athlete Grace Anne Braxton

10:30__UMW’s Department of Theatre sings Suddenly Seymour from upcoming production, Little Shop of Horrors

10:50__Homecoming Game Preview: Athletic Director Ken Tyler talks about UMW’s Division III athletic teams and previews the upcoming Homecoming games.

Jeremy Vaughn: Breathing Lessons

As the four short days of Fall Break come to an end, you can hear a whoosh sound — not from leaves falling, but from Jeremy Vaughn doing his breathing exercises. As Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Vaughn is the force behind the weekend of Homecoming festivities. Of course, the week before is hectic for him and others who work diligently behind the scenes to make sure each event runs smoothly. But Vaughn employs the same breathing exercises he uses as a musician. He turns stress into a motivator.

Jeremy Vaughn

Q: How did you get involved with alumni programming?

A: I credit my UMW liberal arts education for this opportunity, since I work in a field not quite related to my two majors. After graduating in 2008, I was working an unpaid internship doing curatorial work at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and needed a job to support myself. A few years of working this full-time job landed me a position as director of membership and fundraising-related programs. I am quite fortunate to have this fantastic job with Alumni Relations. They are a team of amazing people.

Q: What’s your favorite part of planning for Homecoming week?

A: I’m a sucker for the little things that make an event fun. This year, we have new custom wristbands with snap-off drink tickets that say “BEER ME.” It’s a small detail but I hope it gets a chuckle each time they use it at the bar.

Q: What are you looking forward to during Homecoming week?

A: I’d have to say my favorite part of any alumni event is watching alumni of different ages interacting and having a blast. We hold a happy hour on the Friday before Homecoming at Home Team Grill, which seems to attract a higher percentage of the older alumni. The brunch is a good mix of all ages, while the tailgate has a lot of younger alumni.

Q: Are there any Homecoming horror stories or funny stories you’d like to share?

A: If you were to ask any alumni this question, I’m sure you’d get some excellent answers for both. There are, of course, some legendary stories I can’t disclose, but to get these you should probably just come to Homecoming and hear them for yourself!


Reynolds Appointed to TESOL Professional Dev. Council

Patricia Reynolds, assistant professor in the College of Education, has been appointed by the TESOL Executive Board to the Professional Development Professional Council of TESOL International.

The Professional Development Professional Council (PDPC) assists TESOL International Association in identifying professional development needs based on issues and developments in English language teaching. Reynolds’ research in teacher education of non-native speakers of English was cited in the appointment in addition to the numerous events in professional development she has provided to the commonwealth of Virginia through the state grant course offered through the University of Mary Washington. Her appointment to this council is for three years.

Employee Recognition Award Winners Honored

Congratulations to the University Recognition Award winners who were announced at Tuesday’s Employee Luncheon.

Rita Dunston received the Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation Award. Nominees were Christina Eggenberger, Heidi Hunter-Goldsworthy, Marty Morrison, Clint Often and Sabrina Johnson.


The intent of this award is to honor Mr. and Mrs. Hurley, who have consistently demonstrated a desire to recognize and reward outstanding service of University employees, and who have led by example in their work at Mary Washington.

Charlotte Corbett-Parker received the Charles Coleman Memorial Service Award. Nominees were Cindy Toomey, Cindy Fitch, Jane Cariker, Doug Noble and Virginia Irvin.


Charles Coleman was an employee of 29 years who demonstrated pride, dedication and loyalty throughout his many years of service. This award was established in honor of his memory and exemplary service.

Cindy Toomey, Michael Morley
 and Melissa Yakabouski were selected as this year’s Larry Atkins Award winners. Other nominees were Marta Smith, DiShante Fryer, Martha Link, David Dean, Tracey Funtanilla, Caitlin DeMarco, Tameka Brown, Ronald McKiver, Ann Witkowski, Amanda Rutstein and Dan Quann.

The Larry Atkins award recognizes UMW employees who are unsung heroes in our offices, lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task, and set a positive example for others.



National Retirement Security Week, Oct. 15-21

National Retirement Security Week (formerly known as National Save for Retirement Week) is a national effort to raise awareness among employees about the importance of saving for retirement in their employer sponsored retirement plan.

How would you tell your retirement planning story? Are you at the part where you start saving? Or further along, when you need to save more? This week is a good time to write your own story about your future.  If you haven’t started saving, now is the time to start. If you are already saving, think about saving more to build your retirement.

Virginia Retirement System has a Financial Wellness Program that includes articles, infographics and videos to help you make the most of your finances and manage your money effectively as you plan for retirement.  Visit the Financial Wellness tab on www.varetire.org

No matter where  you are in life – just getting started to planning for retirement – we have Financial Consultants  to assist you with creating a unique plan for your goals.

There will be a workshop called “Smart Money Moves in Your 40s, 50, 60s and Beyond” presented by MetLife on Friday, Oct. 20, in Lee Hall 412 at 10:30 am.

We will have our TIAA Representative on campus on Monday, Oct. 23, in GW 106. Register for a one-on-one session at www.tiaa.org/schedulenow to get an action plan created especially for you.

We will have an our MetLife Representative on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in GW106.  Call 703-394-7152 or email gmarsh@financialguide.com  to schedule a 30-minute session on Focus on your Future.



UMW Celebrates National Day on Writing, Friday, Oct. 20

The University of Mary Washington Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Simpson Library, and the Writing Center are collaborating to observe on campus the National Day on Writing on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Combs Hall’s Third Floor ELC Common area, the library, and the Hurley Convergence Center.

The UMW National Day on Writing activities include participating in the national #WhyIWrite Twitter hashtag, in-person Post-it note responses to Why I Write, writing six-word stories, and more. Participants visiting one of the on-campus locations will be eligible for writing-related prizes, including writing journals and pens. The Simpson Library’s six-word story area will feature a contest with winners eligible for gift cards. All faculty and students are urged to participate and to share the news of the event.

The National ​Day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English. Each year, Oct. 20 is designated as a day to “celebrate the importance, joy, and evolution of writing.” The #WhyIWrite tweetup is one of the many events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. Last year there were more than 60,000 tweets using #WhyIWrite.

In addition to on-campus activities, UMW will celebrate the National Day on Writing with a Twitter campaign highlighting faculty, student and alumni authors.

UMW faculty, staff and students who have written a work of any kind are encouraged to tweet why they write with:

  • A link to their work
  • #WhyIWrite
  • @UMaryWash (so it can be retweeted)

If you have any questions about the event, contact Brenta Blevins (sblevin2@umw.edu), Gwendolyn Hale (ghale@umw.edu), or James Pape (jpape@umw.edu).

UMW History Professor Wins Book Prize

Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington professor of history, has won the 2016 best book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire. Gendered Crossings explores the diverse settings of the Iberian Atlantic and the transformations in peasants’ gendered experiences as they […]

Ten for Ten: Another Win for Student-Athletes

Oct. 10 marked the end of the second annual Ten for Ten Challenge for student-athletes. Each year, the student-athletes learn about the importance of giving back to their programs and supporting the Eagle Club with a suggested $10 gift. This year featured a new “spotlight series” throughout the 10-day challenge, which highlighted the stories behind one current student and two young alumni who have given back to UMW Athletics.

Within the past two years, 337 individual student-athletes have made gifts through Ten for Ten – making them the largest group of students who give back to UMW. In the words of Softball Captain Kara Deppe ’19, “the money donated to our athletic programs is so helpful and very much appreciated by all of us!”

Hirshberg Interview to Air on With Good Reason

Assistant Professor Dan Hirshberg will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program in a presentation that airs Oct. 21-27.


In the show, “Enter the Subconscious,” Hirshberg discusses how he explores the subconscious with his Contemplative Studies students by wiring meditating students with brain-imaging headsets.

Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature will be posted the week of the show:


Broadcast times are posted at: http://www.withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen/

UMW Professors Featured on With Good Reason

UMW Assistant Professor Dan Hirshberg will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program in a presentation that airs Oct. 21-27. In the show, “Enter the Subconscious,” Hirshberg discusses how he explores the subconscious with his Contemplative Studies students by wiring meditating students with brain-imaging headsets. Hirshberg, who is assistant professor of religion, recently participated […]