May 28, 2017

Birds of a Feather: Eagle grads flock together

Eagle grads flock together

UMW Faculty Members to Receive Emeritus Status

Five longtime professors and faculty members will be awarded emeritus status during the University of Mary Washington’s graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. Manning Collier will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics during the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Friday’s […]

UMW Faculty Members to Receive Emeritus Status

Five longtime professors and faculty members will be awarded emeritus status during the University of Mary Washington’s graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13.

Manning Collier will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics during the University of Mary Washington's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Manning Collier will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics during the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Friday’s graduate ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Saturday’s undergraduate ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle on the university’s Fredericksburg campus.

Manning Collier will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics; Steve Hampton will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Mary Rigsby will be named Professor Emerita of English; Douglas Sanford will be named Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation; and David Berreth will be named Director Emeritus of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.

The title emeritus is bestowed on faculty members and administrators who have served the university for at least 15 years and who have attained the rank of professor or associate professor.

During his 35 years at UMW, Associate Professor of Mathematics Manning Collier has taught more than 300 courses, from Linear Algebra to Real and Complex Analysis. Collier served the university extensively as department chair and as a member of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Campus Academic Resources Committee.

An expert in general mathematics and functional analysis, Collier is currently working on a book project, Analysis of Metric Spaces. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Steve Hampton will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology during the University of Mary Washington's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Steve Hampton will be named Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology during UMW’s 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Associate Professor of Psychology Steve Hampton was welcomed to the Mary Washington faculty in 1980, the seventh faculty member to join the psychology department. He taught a wide range of subjects, including General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Human Sexuality. During his 37-year tenure at UMW, Hampton was awarded the Richard Palmieri Outstanding Professor Award by the Class of 1996. He won the Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002.

Hampton has studied a variety of cognitive phenomena, including eyewitness testimony, face perception and methods of learning. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Mary Rigsby will be named Professor Emerita of English during the University of Mary Washington's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Mary Rigsby will be named Professor Emerita of English during UMW’s 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Professor of English Mary Rigsby arrived at Mary Washington in 1992. During her 25-year tenure, she taught an array of classes, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, and multiple courses in American literature and advanced writing. Her areas of expertise include writing pedagogy and literary theory with a specialty in feminist theory. She has published many articles on 19th-century women writers.

Among her many accomplishments, Rigsby has served as an editorial consultant for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and LEGACY: A Journal of American Women Writers. At UMW, she was director of the Teaching Innovation Program, and served on the Writing Intensive Program and Quality Enhancement Plan. She was president of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate from 2008 to 2010. Rigsby received her Ph.D. in English from Temple University.

Douglas Sanford will be named Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation during the University of Mary Washington's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Douglas Sanford will be named Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation during UMW’s 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Professor of Historic Preservation Douglas Sanford came to Mary Washington as an adjunct professor in 1987, teaching historical archeology. Sanford developed the department’s archeological field school at Stratford Hall Plantation, which focused on the domestic sites of enslaved African Americans and landscape of the plantation. He has conducted archaeological research across Virginia, including at the Yorktown Battlefield and Monticello, and in the Northern Neck area, as well as in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Brazil.

He served as director for UMW’s Center for Historic Preservation as well as chair of the department for Historic Preservation and was appointed the Prince B. Woodard Chair in Historic Preservation in 2011. Sanford received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

David Berreth will be named Director Emeritus of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont during the University of Mary Washington's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
David Berreth will be named Director Emeritus of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont during UMW’s 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

David Berreth, director of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, has served Mary Washington, which administers the historic site for the commonwealth, for 27 years. During that time, with the university’s support, Belmont has expanded facilities and staff through private and public fundraising. Major building projects include the 1995 conversion of the carriage house into a visitor center and museum shop, the 2000 restoration of the original studio and galleries, and the addition of a pavilion to accommodate public events and a collection storage facility in 2006.

In 1992, Berreth established the Friends of Belmont, a group of almost 400 donors who provide regular funding for operations and special projects, including historic preservation initiatives often carried out by UMW students.

Bales’ Cubs Article Scores Big

UMW Reference and Humanities Librarian Jack Bales has hit a home run in the sports writing world, scoring the 2017 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award. The award, from the Society for American Baseball Research, celebrates authors who publish outstanding articles that “significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball.” Bales’ winning text, The Show Girl and […]

“Devil’s Goat” Brew Taps Into UMW Tradition

One of the University of Mary Washington’s most time-tested traditions just got a little more spirit. Students chose “Devil’s Goat” as the official name of a custom-crafted UMW microbrew introduced at a recent release celebration. The beer, created by Fredericksburg-based Adventure Brewing Company, takes its name from the nearly century-old Devil-Goat Day rivalry. The friendly […]

Farnsworth Sends Novel Gift to Kazakhstan University

A recent gift to a university in Almaty, Kazakhstan, speaks volumes about UMW’s take on philanthropy and fostering international knowledge. One U.S. State Department email to Mary Washington Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen J. Farnsworth brought this response: a donation of more than 100 books to al-Farabi Kazakh National University. “I offer […]

UMW Chief of Staff Honored for Admissions Ethics

Martin A. Wilder Jr., chief of staff at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). Wilder received the John A. “Jack” Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admissions for his achievements in promoting high ethical standards and integrity, and ensuring equity in access […]

Rucker Wins Regional Honor for Diversity Efforts

University of Mary Washington Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker ’81 has been recognized for his dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion. NASPA, a leading association for the advancement and sustainability of the student affairs profession, awarded Rucker its Region III Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. The honor […]

The New Guy Top 10

Top 10 things prospective University of Mary Washington students will learn from watching the recently released YouTube series The New Guy:

  1. UMW mascot Sammy D. Eagle has great dance moves.

    UMW mascot Sammy D. Eagle takes to the court at the Anderson Center during a recent basketball game against CNU. Photo by Norm Shafer.
    UMW mascot Sammy D. Eagle takes to the court at the Anderson Center during a recent basketball game against CNU. Photo by Norm Shafer.

From basketball to golf, UMW’s 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports, along with a lineup of intramural and club teams, offer something for everyone. Cheered on by Sammy, UMW DIII players consistently advance to the national level.

  1. Mary Wash horses get police escorts.

Mary Washington’s varsity intercollegiate riding team, housed at nearby Hazelwild Farm, packs in the horsepower. One of just 25 Virginia schools listed with the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, the team has long been a national contender.

  1. Frisbee lives.

Dotted with Adirondack chairs, UMW’s Ball Circle is a sidewalk-encircled sanctuary of sunshine and grass, and a hub of student activity. The space is home to Commencement and a host of uniquely UMW activities, and a place where a friendly game of Frisbee is never too far away.

  1. University presidents like ice cream.

    UMW President Troy D. Paino shares ice cream from Carl's with a four-legged friend. Photo by Norm Shafer.
    UMW President Troy D. Paino shares ice cream from Carl’s with a four-legged friend. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Nostalgic and delicious, Carl’s ice cream is a local institution with a national reputation. Opened in an abandoned gas station in 1947, it’s been on the National Historic Register since 2005 and touted on major media outlets like CBS News and PBS.

  1. Amtrak delivers.

An hour north of Richmond, Virginia, and an hour south of Washington, D.C., UMW is strategically located between state and national capitals. Amtrak makes accessing D.C. offerings – politics and power, art and museums, and some of the most prestigious internships in the United States – even easier.

  1. The CEO of Rolls-Royce North America is a UMW grad.

Many of UMW’s nearly 40,000 living alums have gone on to reach incredible heights in their fields. Meet Rolls-Royce North America CEO Marion Blakey ’70 and VP for government relations at Owens Illinois, the world’s largest glass manufacturer, Dan Steen ’84.

  1. UMW’s people are “people people.”

    UMW President Troy D. Pain stars in the recently released YouTube series "The New Guy."
    UMW President Troy D. Pain stars in the recently released YouTube series “The New Guy.”

It’s a tight-knit group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. “As a student, you want someplace where … you can take your academics seriously,” Paino said in the series. “But also, it’s a place where you feel like you can be yourself.”

  1. The Rappahannock River is a great place to paddleboard.

The longest free-flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Rappahannock runs adjacent to campus. It’s home to UMW’s club rowing crew and a great place to tube, canoe, kayak and paddleboard.

  1. Mary Washington might have played golf.

Home to one of the nation’s oldest and most respected historic preservation programs, UMW – and its location near many museums and historic sites, including The Mary Washington House (where Paino finds an interesting piece of sporting equipment) – offers students unique opportunities for hands-on learning, research and valuable internships.

  1. George Washington grew up in Fredericksburg.

More than 300 years of social evolution folded neatly into 11 square miles, Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a small city with big opportunity, offering a presidential past, Civil War battlefields and Colonial charm alongside savvy restaurants and iconic eateries.

UMW’s The New Guy Opens to Rave Reviews

The University of Mary Washington rolled out the red carpet for “America’s coolest college president.” The premiere screening of The New Guy, featuring UMW President Troy D. Paino, drew cheers from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Released this afternoon in advance of the April 21 inauguration, the six-part YouTube video series follows the […]