September 22, 2017

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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


Princeton Review Ranks UMW as a Green College

For the third year straight, the University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s top “green colleges.” The ranking appears in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation […]

Kaine Leads in 2018 Race for Senate, UMW Survey Shows

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat who is seeking re-election next year, has double-digit leads over three potential Republican rivals, according to a new Virginia statewide survey by the University of Mary Washington. Kaine received the support of more than 50 percent of registered voters surveyed in hypothetical contests pitting the first-term senator against Corey […]

Trump Unpopular in Virginia, UMW Survey Shows

President Donald Trump received mostly negative evaluations in a new Virginia statewide survey by the University of Mary Washington, with 55 percent of adult Virginians saying they disapprove of his job performance, while 37 percent approve. Trump’s numbers were notably more negative than public evaluations of President Barack Obama in five previous UMW surveys of […]

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best for Low Debt, Value

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized once again for having among the nation’s lowest student loan debt and best value. In a ranking of 1,161 colleges and universities, LendEDU has rated UMW 35th among public colleges and 82nd among colleges overall for the lowest student loan debt per borrower. Nearly 60 percent of […]

Paino Unveils Vision for UMW

This morning at an all-university event, President Troy D. Paino shared his vision for UMW’s future. Faculty and staff gathered in Dodd Auditorium for the annual Opening Assembly, where Paino unveiled his plans for Mary Washington.

He called the agenda, which he spent the summer drafting, a task of “enormous responsibility for a university that’s been around for 109 years” and announced its working title – “an investment of hope for the future.”

In outlining his vision’s four main goals, Paino shared the first three – to promote a culture of service and social justice, to reconstitute the liberal arts for the digital age, and to immerse students in applied and impactful learning experiences. But he spent the most time, by far, on the plan’s fourth goal – “creating a diverse and inclusive community as an essential requirement for academic excellence and academic success.”

“We need to connect the values of a liberal arts education to the world we’re going to serve,” Paino said, stressing the concept’s importance to UMW’s incoming class, due to arrive on campus next week.

On the heels of the recent violence in Charlottesville, he said, UMW must strive to create an environment that is safe and inclusive. He read to the crowd from a New York Times article linking abusive words to harmful physical effects, and citing the difference between offensive and abusive language, and between the concepts of debating and provoking.

“We must not fall victim to the idea that all speech is created equal,” Paino said.

He pointed to the importance of mutual respect in regard to our different values, and announced plans to establish a Cabinet-level position charged with enhancing diversity, inclusion, equity and access on campus, saying, “I can assure you that this is top of mind.”

UMW’s Board of Visitors will revisit the vision in November, Paino said, after the greater Mary Washington community has had a chance to submit input.

He recognized faculty who recently received national awards, earned promotions and published works. He touched on impending campus construction, including renovation of residence halls, and listed a string of changes in leadership. He also highlighted some of the accomplishments of the past year, including increased salaries, a greater availability of financial aid for students, and an uptick in selectivity and diversity in the incoming class.

Paino wrapped up his speech by condemning any efforts to make particular segments of the UMW campus community feel unsafe. “I won’t tolerate it,” he said to a standing ovation.

Roberts Tapped for DOD Post

Guy Roberts

Guy Roberts

UMW faculty member Guy B. Roberts is poised to take a top position with the United States Department of Defense. President Donald J. Trump announced last week his intent to nominate Roberts as assistant secretary of the DOD’s nuclear, chemical and biological defense (NCBD) programs. To read more, visit

Laura Mentore featured on With Good Reason

cuccinelli airplaneProfessor Laura Mentore will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program in an encore presentation that airs Aug. 19-25.

In the show, “It’s a Jungle Out There,” Mentore discusses her research with the Waiwai, an indigenous people of Guyana, and how she discovered the path of a special songbird from the rainforest to New York City.  Read more.

UMW Philharmonic Season Opener Tickets on Sale

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 21, for the 2017-18 season opener of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s Celebrity Series featuring world-renowned opera star Renee Fleming. Called “An Evening with Renée Fleming,” the performance will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in George Washington’s Hall, Dodd Auditorium. Known as “The People’s Diva,” Fleming […]