November 24, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Thanksgiving Dinner

Campus Dining is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for students on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Top of the UC. More than 1,800 students are expected for this festive event, and volunteer servers are greatly needed. Volunteers will be asked to serve for one hour starting at 4:45, 5:45 or 6:45 p.m.  This service opportunity is open to anyone 16 years of age or older, and all volunteers will get free dinner!  To sign up email Rose Benedict at or call 540-654-2169.

Faculty, Staff Thanksgiving Lunch, Nov. 16

Campus Dining will host a Thanksgiving lunch for UMW faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 16, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Maple Salon at the Top of the UC. The cost for faculty and staff will be $7.00, and $9.25 for other guests.  For additional information contact Rose Benedict at or 540-654-2169.

Cheshire Presents at Educause Conference

Hall Cheshire presented a poster on selecting a content collaboration service at EDEducause-PresentationUCAUSE, one of the largest higher education technology conferences. The presentation focused on key criteria universities should consider when selecting a cloud content collaboration service. Cheshire was joined by Sean O’Brien ’09 from Internet2 and Lou Kelly from Arizona State University.

Nabil Al-Tikriti Serves as MSF Home Exhibit Guide in Portland

On 13-23 October, Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti served as a volunteer guide with the MSF/Doctors Without Borders USA Forced From Home exhibit in Portland, OR. This interactive exhibit is traveling to six Western cities this fall: Boulder, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Santa Monica (Nov. 10-21), and traveled to six Eastern cities last fall: New York, Queens, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, and Pittsburgh.

MSF USA Forced From Home ExhibitIn this exhibit, participants engage with the issue of the 65 million displaced persons worldwide, including 40 million refugees. Complete with a 360 degree video dome and six information stations, participants decide which items they might bring with them should they be displaced from their homes.

In the course of this exhibit, Prof. Al-Tikriti spoke briefly on the KATU News at Four show (at 2:25 here):

For more information on the exhibit as it travels around the country, see:

Thanks Giving

It’s the season of Thanksgiving!  What better time to think about what you’re grateful for?  Expressing gratitude can boost your mood and help increase your happiness.  When you’re feeling happy, you’re more likely to make better choices about your health, which can lead to weight loss.

Weight Watchers Thanks Giving

Weight Watchers Thanks Giving

Doug Gately: All That Jazz

In a corner office of Pollard Hall, with rays of sun bouncing from one instrument to the next, Mary Washington alumnus and director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble Doug Gately discusses his career as a musician and educator. The wall behind him is packed with photos of the promising pupils he’s taught since joining the faculty in 1999.

And Gately’s musical prowess doesn’t stop with his students. He shares his expertise with the community in many ways, including events like this weekend’s Jazz4Justice concert. The event, set for Saturday in Mary Washington’s Dodd Auditorium, features the UMW Jazz Ensemble and other groups. Proceeds benefit legal aid and provide scholarships for music students.

Having performed from Europe to South America, and with such groups as the National Symphony Orchestra and such legendary artists as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin, Gately is a “note”-worthy member of the UMW faculty.


Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

A: I enjoy music, and what motivates me at this point is I enjoy creating things. I think it’s important to pass the torch so the new generation can grow and put their stamp on music.

Q: What do you find inspiring in music?

A: Music is another way to communicate with your fellow man. You can express yourself, reach someone else, touch their being, give them something they enjoy. Music is an international language.

Q: How do you think Jazz4Justice inspires the community?

A: It provides a wonderful artistic outlet for people in the community, and certainly for our students.

Q: What is your favorite piece to play and why?

A: My training, my degrees, are in woodwinds such as the flute, clarinet, saxophone. But my latest endeavor over the last 10 years has been piano. Piano to me is wonderful, the whole orchestra is under your fingers – harmony, melody, rhythm.


Q: What’s a motto you share with your students?

A: Hope is not a plan of action.

Farnsworth Speaks to White House Fellows on Political Parties

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a White House Fellows lecture titled “The Identity Crises of the Democratic and Republican Parties”  in Washington. The lecture was at the annual leadership meeting of current and former White House Fellows, a highly selective group of mid-career professionals selected to the White House and other federal government agencies.

Foss Delivers Talk in New York About Oscar Wilde

Professor of English Chris Foss delivered a talk titled “The Gospel According to Oscar: Progressive Politics and Social Critique in Wilde’s ‘The Young King’” on Oct. 12 in New York City.

Foss was one of three speakers of the night for an event organized by Felicia Ruff of Wagner College as the first of a series of events being sponsored by The LGBT Center of New York and The Church of the Village in conjunction with The Oscar Wilde Temple, a new public art installation by renowned artists David McDermott and Peter McGough. The installation is running from Sept. 12 through Dec. 2 in New York, after which it moves to London in 2018.

In his talk, Foss argued that the Gospel according to Oscar as embodied in his fairy tales (and in “The Young King” in particular) reveals Wilde to be a writer whose deep and abiding concern with social justice should inspire activist as well as aestheticist admiration and devotion.

Eagle Madness Returns to Rosner Arena

To kick off the 2017-2018 season, UMW Athletics will host Eagle Madness presented by Chick-Fil-A and 99.3 The Vibe in Rosner Arena at the Anderson Center on, Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. In addition to the event, there will be a unique opportunity for children to meet the teams beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center’s lobby.

Get ready to #RockTheRoz! Eagle Madness is a pep rally-style event with dance performances, fan contests, and great prizes! You won’t want to miss the kids dunk contest, 3-point contest between sharpshooters from both teams, a game featuring UMW faculty and staff versus students, and the grand finale $1,000 half-court shot!

Other important info for Eagle Madness:

  • Admission to Eagle Madness is FREE, please enter the Anderson Center through the Ticket Office.
  •    NEW! DJ 2Much and 99.3 The Vibe are the newest members of UMW Basketball and joining the team for Eagle Madness to fire up the crowd with today’s hottest hits.
  •    Students, Faculty and Staff: bring your Eagle One cards to swipe as you arrive.
  • In conjunction with the Junior Eagle Kid’s Club, children 12 & Under will have a unique opportunity to meet and take photos with the players beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.
  • NEW! Children ages 6-10 will rattle the rim in the first ever Kids Dunk Contest!
  • The Chick-Fil-A Fowl Shot is back for the ’17-’18 season, and will be incorporated into the Eagle Madness program!
  • NEW! Ten randomly selected students will take on a team of UMW Faculty and Staff members in a short game of hoops for Eagle Madness bragging rights!
  • Basketball Season Passes will be on sale in the Anderson Center’s main lobby.
  • Concessions and the UMW Bookstore will be on site and open for Eagle Nation fanatics!

Parking: Free parking is available in the UMW Parking Deck, entrance behind Anderson Center off of Route 1 (headed north) by the UMW pedestrian bridge.

For more information about Eagle Madness visit or email Ryan Greer at

Zukor Publishes Book Chapter

Tevya Zukor, director of UMW’s Talley Center for Counseling Services, has authored a book chapter in the recently published “The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy.” The chapter is titled “Trainee Development in Group Psychotherapy,” published by Routledge.

The Talley Center is committed to advancing mental health for college students and is considered a leader among university counseling centers in part because of its group therapy program.

College Counselor's Guide to Group Psychotherapy