February 8, 2016

Gray Tapped for National Board Advisory Group

Edward Gray, Systems Integration and Support Specialist in UMW’s IT Support Services, has been appointed to the Board and Interest Group (BIG) team for the IT Service Management Forum’s USA Chapter.  The BIG team is an advisory group consisting of leaders from itSMF USA Local Interest Groups and Communities of Interest.  Read the full press release on the itSMF USA website here.

Gray has been at UMW for more than 15 years, serving in various IT roles.  He earned an MS in Management Information Systems from UMW in 2010.  He participated in the Leadership UMW inaugural cohort.  He has also earned several technical and service management certifications.  He is the current Manager for the itSMF USA Higher Education Community of Interest.

itSMF USA Higher Education Community of Interest logoitSMF USA is a nonprofit association dedicated to building a community of professionals for the purpose of networking, knowledge sharing and education to advance the service management profession and strengthen its members. The Higher Education Community of Interest is devoted to discussion, development and adoption of IT Service Management principles in support of institutions of higher education. For more information on itSMF USA or its Higher Education Community of Interest, contact Edward Gray or visit their website at http://www.itsmfusa.org.

Farnsworth Lectures at State Department Journalism Seminar

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a U.S. Department of State program lecture titled “U.S. Journalism, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Development” in Washington, D.C., for visiting journalists from a variety of Middle Eastern nations. The lecture was part of the Institute for International Education’s International Visitor Leadership Program and included findings from Dr. Farnsworth’s recent co-authored book, “The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.”

Foss and Whalen Co-edit Essay Collection

Professor of English Chris Foss and Associate Professor of English Zach Whalen (together with Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College/City University of New York) have published a book of essays titled Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives. The book appears as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Literary Disability Series (series editors David Bolt, Elizabeth J. Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas).

This book invites readers to consider both canonical and alternative graphic representations of disability. Some chapters focus on comic superheroes, from lesser-known protagonists like Cyborg and Helen Killer to classics such as Batgirl and Batman; many more explore the amazing range of graphic narratives revolving around disability, covering famous names such as Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware, as well as less familiar artists such as Keiko Tobe and Georgia Webber. The volume also offers a broad spectrum of represented disabilities: amputation, autism, blindness, deafness, depression, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, speech impairment, and spinal injury. A number of the essays collected here show how comics continue to implicate themselves in the objectification and marginalization of persons with disabilities, perpetuating stale stereotypes and stigmas. At the same time, others stress how this medium simultaneously offers unique potential for transforming our understanding of disability in truly profound ways.

Gately Performs Composition in World Premiere

Doug Gately performed with the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony on Jan. 31, 2016. The program, Muy Caliente, featured Doug as a flute soloist performing his compositions Escapade of the Mind and the world premiere of Margaritas, a composition for flute and Wind Symphony.


Rogol Receives Athletic Trainer Service Award

UMW Head Athletic Trainer Ian Rogol was awarded the 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association. This prestigious award recognizes Ian for his many contributions to the profession and the Association. It also recognizes his long record of service at the state and national level. Well done, Ian, and congratulations!


Ken Tyler


Garcia Publishes in Engineering Optimization

Christopher Garcia, assistant professor in the College of Business, recently had his article “Resource-Constrained Scheduling With Hard Due Windows and Rejection Penalties” accepted for publication in Engineering Optimization. The paper is already online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0305215X.2015.1120298.

Rafferty Publishes Collection of Essays

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has published Hallow This Ground, a collection of essays on monuments and memorials released in Indiana University Press’ Break Away Books series. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807735 

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Richards Publishes on Tennessee Williams

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, has had his essay “Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies” published in The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016): 310-326. The collection, edited by Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd, is a “survey of contemporary Southern literary and cultural criticism, and the most comprehensive collection to appear in a generation.”

Landphair Presents at AAC&U

On January 21, Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, led a discussion session alongside colleagues in Academic Affairs from Elon University, Wake Forest University, and Kalamazoo College at the American Association of Colleges & Universities on the topic of “Intersectionality in Action: Inclusive Excellence on Campus.” Landphair presented applied research about the profound impact of civic engagement on college student identity development.