March 25, 2017

Health & Wellness Fair March 28

Mark Your Calendar for the Health & Wellness Fair!

On Tuesday, March 28, Campus Dining by Sodexo and the Office of Human Resources are sponsoring a special two-part Health & Wellness Fair in Chandler Ballroom at the University Center.

Part 1: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Showcase for UMW Employees. Meet with representatives from our retirement vendors, all of our health & dental insurance companies, Weight Watchers, Commonhealth, NSWC Federal Credit Union, PNC and Virginia Credit Union.
Vendors will have giveaways and a grand door prize.

Part 2: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the entire UMW community. Exhibits, freebies and demonstrations offered from providers of products and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Over 40 providers of health and wellness products and services are participating in the fair and everything is free! Exhibitors include Mary Washington Health Care, Anthem BCBS, Kaiser, Aetna and Delta Dental, Weight Watchers, Ultimate Family Wellness, Massage Therapy Center fitness centers, support groups, and many more! Fair highlights will include:
• Shoulder & Neck Massages
• Blood Pressure Checks
• Martial Arts, Creative Movement, Ballroom Dancing and Belly Dancing Demonstrations
• Body Fat Measurements
• Peak Flow Breathing Checks for Asthma
• Snack Samples from PepsiCo and General Mills and other Freebies!
• Numerous Prize Drawings!

World Language Day at UMW March 25

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is proud to celebrate its sixth annual World Language Day on its Fredericksburg campus on Saturday, March 25, 2017. This year’s motto for the event is “Language as the Road Map to Culture.” World Language Day aims to promote the learning of world languages and make them visible to the community.

The event is expected to welcome about 150 high school students and their teachers from across Virginia. The day will be filled with fun activities and competitions centered on world languages, such as spelling bees, poetry recitations, speeches and video screenings.

Kraus Presents to Rappahannock Music Society

On Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m., Andrew Kraus, Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of Mary Washington, will present “An Introduction to Peter Feuchtwanger’s Piano Exercises for Curing Playing-Related Disorders in Pianists as Well as for Learning a Functionally Natural Behaviour in Piano Playing” for the Rappahannock Music Society( in the theater of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Mr. Kraus has performed as a soloist across the U.S., Europe and Asia in recitals. Elke Walter, writing in the Frankische Landeszeiting on April 25, 2014, wrote about Kraus’ premiere performance of his Henselt in Context concert in Bavaria: “Kraus proved to be like a sensitive ‘piano whisperer’ …nimbly acrobatic with his fingers at the keyboard…the pieces…were equally played out with the same radiant vitality. With his highly sensitive interpretive art, Kraus succeeded in presenting a touching tribute to the Schwabacher piano virtuoso, Adolph von Henselt – and simultaneously piano music of the Romantic. First class.”

Follow him on Facebook at Andrew Kraus, Pianist where he blogs, post links to current and upcoming performances. His recordings are available through CDBaby and He can be reached by email at

Farnsworth Presents Research on Presidential Politics, Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a co-authored research paper titled “Late Night TV Humor and the Culture of Ridicule” at the Conference on Character Assassination in Theory and Practice at George Mason University.

Rochelle Publishes Story “Feathers”

Warren Rochelle, professor of English, recently had his story “Feathers” accepted for publication by Second Hand Stories Podcast. A broadcast version will be available for listening in the next two weeks. The story is part of a collection-in-progress of gay-themed retellings of traditional fairy tales.

Scanlon Publishes on Whitman and (Digital) Literary Tourism

Mara Scanlon, Professor of English, published the essay “‘Afoot with my vision': Whitmania and Tourism in the Digital Age” as a chapter in From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors, eds. Jennifer Harris and Hilary Iris Lowe, U of Massachusetts Press. The chapter, drawing on a multi-university teaching experience using digital pedagogies that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on questions of immediacy and presence in digital and embodied tourism related to the American poet Walt Whitman.

Subramanian Publishes in Slate

Sushma Subramanian’s story “Worse Than Tuskegee” has recently been published as a cover story in Slate. The story is about a study that remained hidden until fairly recently, involving American researchers in the 1940s infecting unknowing Guatemalans with syphilis to test prophylactic measures. Unfortunately, many of the subjects were not treated, and they’ve passed on the disease and its many devastating symptoms to their children and grandchildren, and cannot afford treatment.

Sushma Subramanian is a journalist and an assistant professor in the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication.

Hirshberg Co-Edits, Publishes Article in Special Journal Issue

Dan Hirshberg, Assistant Professor of Religion, co-edited and published an article in a special issue of the journal Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris). Focusing on “The Reincarnation Institution in Tibetan Buddhism,” the articles span diverse chronological and methodological foci in considering the foundation, evolution and function of this tradition, from early claims as the rebirths of 8th-century emperors to contemporary Westerners who were recognized and enthroned as the reincarnations of recently deceased masters. Hirshberg’s contribution explores what may be the first conflict between patrilineal and reincarnate inheritance models in Tibet.

Holmes Presents at CASE III Conference

Malcolm T. Holmes, director of University Marketing, recently co-presented a workshop titled “Marketing Imperative: The New Ad Arms Race” at the CASE III Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Colleges and universities spent well over $1 billion in paid advertising in 2015. The session gave attendees the inside story on the increasing levels of advertising by colleges and universities across the country, dissecting the astonishing numbers of the new ad arms race. Participants got a look at who is spending how much and on what platforms. Most importantly, the session presented strategies to help institutions with limited budgets stay competitive in a fiercely contentious marketplace.

Rafferty Publishes Essay Series on U.S. Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had “The Imagineer Considers Tomorrow (#45.1)” recently published in the new issue of Waxwing. It joins four other essays published back in October and was commissioned by the editors in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.