November 22, 2017

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‘Relentless Principal’ to Share Leadership Style at UMW

Hamish Brewer, the Northern Virginia school principal who is nationally recognized for his unorthodox – yet highly effective – leadership approach, will talk with aspiring teachers at the University of Mary Washington on Monday, Nov. 27. The session, scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center, is open to […]

Cooperman Presents Research on Political Party Polarization

cooperman_webRosalyn Cooperman, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented research on polarization of Democratic and Republican party delegates at the 2017 State of the Parties conference sponsored by the Ray Bliss Institute of Politics at the University of Akron.

Stommel Quoted in Inside Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at UMW,  and founding director of the Hybrid Pedagogy journal, was quoted recently in Inside Higstommelher Ed. In the article, “Do Professors Need Automated Help Grading Online Comments?,” Stommel said that he found Blackboard’s proposal to evaluate student writing in this way to be alarming. “There is certainly space for technology to help us create dialogue in an online class, but using a technology to assess the success of a discussion, ultimately it reduces student engagement to a rote series of behaviors. ‘Write a comment of 60 words, citing two sources, responding to at least one of your classmates’ — those kinds of behaviors do not make a discussion successful. They’re arbitrary markers.”



Donate Blood Today at HCC Auditorium

Don’t forget the Blood Drive today, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium. The event, sponsored by UMW’s Red Cross Student Organization, is your last chance to donate life-saving blood during the fall semester. Walk-ins are welcome but please be aware that appointments take priority.  Please email if you have any questions or comments.


Schiffrin Interviewed by Voice of America

Schiffrin_250Holly Schiffrin, professor of psychology, was recently quoted in Voice of America. The article, “Does Your Mother Still Do Your Laundry?,” discussed the problems of helicopter parenting.  “Helicopter parenting is … parents being involved at a level that is inappropriate,” she said. Schiffrin told VOA that she sees students struggling to deal with issues ranging from anxiety to maturity to handling simple tasks that come with independence, such as doing laundry or cooking a meal.


Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing Dynamics

Op-ed columns by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science, and Stephen P. Hanna, professor of geography, appeared recently in  The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch respectively. The columns, “This one map shows the Republicans’ problem in Virginia” and “Virginia’s Changing Dynamics,” provided a post-mortem of the Virginia elections.

Fredericksburg Educator Receives Metzger Award

Marci Catlett, deputy superintendent for Fredericksburg City Public Schools, received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award at the UMW Leadership Colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 2. “Her character, including her personal and professional integrity, are beyond reproach,” said Martha O’Keefe, dean of Workforce and Development for Germanna Community College, who presented Catlett with the award. […]

Eagle Madness Returns to UMW, Nov. 7

UMW Athletics will kick off its 2017-18 basketball season with Eagle Madness on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Rosner Arena at the Anderson Center. The event, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., precedes the University’s basketball season opener on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Eagle Madness is a pep rally-style event with dance performances, fan contests, and prizes. Also, on […]

Opera Star to Speak on Music and the Mind

Acclaimed soprano opera singer Renée Fleming will speak alongside the National Institutes of Health’s Dr. David Jangraw about music and the mind on Monday, Sept. 25, at the University of Mary Washington. The duo will discuss the therapeutic effects of music on the brain and the role it plays in relation to psychology, from 4 […]

September Board of Visitors Meeting Updates

To the University Community:

UMW’s governing body, the Board of Visitors, met last Thursday and Friday. In addition to hearing updates from the University Faculty Council President Marcel Rotter, Student Government Association President Sarah Karwowski, and Honor Council President Joshua Hunt, board members set the agenda for their meetings this year, heard reports on a variety of topics, and passed several resolutions. Of particular importance, the Board authorized funding for the renovation of Willard Hall (to be completed by Fall 2019), signed off on the Master of Science in Nursing degree program (to start in Spring 2019), approved the creation of six scholarship or endowments, and affirmed my priorities for the academic year.

Troy Paino