Approximately 3,000 alumni, students and guests converged on the Fredericksburg campus on Saturday, Oct. 25 for the University of Mary Washington’s 2014 Homecoming Weekend celebration.
Festivities included UMW’s second annual tailgating event that hosted more than 450 fans who gathered at the Battleground Athletic Complex for an afternoon of sports competition. The UMW Eagles enjoyed three wins, including women’s soccer that took a 3-1 victory against Penn State Harrisburg, and women’s volleyball that scored 3-0 in two games against Penn State Harrisburg and Virginia Wesleyan College. The men’s soccer team lost 3-2 in overtime against Wesley College.
Homecoming also served as a reunion for UMW’s alumni, with graduates from classes ranging from 1969 to 2014 represented at the tailgate. The weekend was the fifth year reunion of UMW’s Class of 2009. Forty alumni from 2009 celebrated their anniversary with a class party at J. Brian’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg that evening. The Alumni Association’s Washington, D.C. Network also hosted a brunch at the Sunken Well that brought in 35 alumni.
This year’s Homecoming concert, which will feature DEV, will take place Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at (540) 654-1061.
The University of Mary Washington will hold its second annual Eagle Nation Day on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The daylong event begins at 10 a.m. at the Battleground Athletic Complex off Hanover Street and features a host of activities, including an interactive exhibit by the Children’s Museum, water balloon games, moon bounces, horse and pony rides and a screening of the children’s movie “Brave.” The day ends with UMW Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey NCAA Competitions.
The event is co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Field House, B101.5, Paragon Village and Splitsville, Children’s Museum of Richmond-Fredericksburg, and SweetFrog. For more information call (540)654-1153.
The University of Mary Washington will hold its first athletics gala on Thursday, May 22, to benefit UMW Athletics. The gala, hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player Darrell Green, will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Green came to UMW last spring as special assistant for student–athlete development and public relations. He has worked as both an adviser and a mentor for UMW student athletes since his arrival.
Green will be joined by special guests DeAngelo Hall and Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins.
“The gala will allow us to showcase our department,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions, noting UMW’s emphasis on student athletes’ academic and athletic excellence.
The gala will feature a silent auction and live music at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and guest speakers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 for single tickets, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible.
With an initial fundraising goal of $20,000, Pierce hopes the gala will become an annual event at UMW.
“[It will] provide a platform for us to share our story and raise resources that play a crucial role in our support for more than 400 student athletes,” said Pierce.
The University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo is the Gala’s exclusive title sponsor, while Virginia Lottery has claimed the first of three additional sponsorship opportunities. The Eagles’ Athletic Department is still looking for two other patrons.
The University of Mary Washington now has a fight song to call its own, thanks to the lyrics of Corey Hewson, coach of the women’s soccer team. Hewson beat out 10 other submissions to a recent contest sponsored by the Department of Athletics and the Office of Student Activities. The winners were announced at Devil-Goat Day on Thursday, April 24.
Hewson, who received a master’s degree in education from UMW in 2005, and runner-up Ronald May, a sophomore business major, contributed the lyrics to “Soar, Eagles, Soar,” a composition by Paul Murtha, a world-class composer and arranger for the United States Army Band. Murtha has long been associated with UMW as a member of the UMW Faculty Brass Quintet and an arranger for the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra.
Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions, Jim Ford, director of the UMW Pep Band, and Kevin Bartram, maestro of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, reviewed each anonymous submission and voted on their top choice. Freshman Hannah Morgan, an English and computer science double major, received third place and Garrett O’Brien, a sophomore economics and anthropology double major, received an honorable mention.
The fight song will be heard at university athletic and student events.
“We want the song to last and be a part of the UMW culture and tradition,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Searcy.
The University of Mary Washington women’s rugby team will soon cap off a highly successful 2013-2014 season by competing in the USA Rugby National Championship at Penn State University on April 26 and 27.
The Eagles received an automatic bid to nationals after their Division II Women’s Capital Collegiate Rugby Conference win in November. Under the leadership of coaches Kris Kabza and Bill Lucas, this marks the team’s eighth appearance at the event, more than any other Division II women’s rugby team in the country.
UMW will enter the Round of 16 at the national championships, with a chance to advance to the Round of 4 at Stanford University in May. At Penn State, UMW will face the Kent State University on Saturday, April 26 and Appalachian State or American University on Sunday, April 27.
The team has a long history of success before the recent establishment of the Capital Conference. Between 1998 and 2012, UMW finished in first place 13 times and finished second twice in the Virginia Rugby Union Division II league. From 1998 to 2010, UMW won five championships in the Mid-Atlantic Territorial Championships. Only one other team comes close with four wins.
UMW women’s rugby, a club sport since 1985, competes in both the spring and fall. For more information about the team, visit http://www.marywashwomensrugby.com/.
The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors recognized former women’s tennis coach and athletic director Dr. Edward Hegmann by naming the outdoor tennis facility in his honor in a ceremony on Wednesday. The facility is named the Edward Hegmann II Tennis Complex.
During his 36-year tenure, Hegmann built UMW Athletics into one of the nation’s top Division III programs. For more information about Hegmann’s legacy, visit http://www.umweagles.com/edceremony.
On the heels of claiming a new NCAA record and two national championships, University of Mary Washington junior Alex Anderson claimed another prize on Saturday, March 22: Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Anderson finished second in the nation in the 200 yard IM on Wednesday, and on Thursday, he broke his own national record in the 400 IM at 3:49.25, more than a second faster than his previous mark. On Friday, he claimed the national title in the 200 yard butterfly.
The reigning UMW Male Athlete of the Year, Anderson is the first multiple national champion individual in any sport in the university’s history, as he now has three national championships on his mantel.
Senior Jessica Singer gained All-America Honors and set a Capital Athletic Conference record in the 1650 yard free.
“I am so proud of all my swimmers for the way they competed here in Indianapolis this week,” said Coach Abby Brethauer. “They made me proud to be called their coach.”