July 26, 2016

O’Dell and Sumner present at International Delta Kappa Gamma Society Convention

Deborah O’Dell and Suzanne Sumner presented the workshop “Craft(y) Faculty Development:  Teachers as Learners” for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Convention, July 5 – 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional honorary society with the mission to promote professional leadership development of women educators and excellence in education.

Thank You, Judy Singleton!

After 28 years of service to the University of Mary Washington, Judy Singleton, Executive Office Manager for the Division of Student Affairs, will be retiring from the institution on July 22, 2016.

JudyHailing from Danville, Va., Judy received her Associate Degree from Ferrum College in 1977. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and garnered several academic distinctions. In 1988, she began working at the University as Secretary Senior for the Office of Residence Life and Housing. In 1991, she moved into Student Affairs, where she has supported four Vice Presidents: Dr. Joanne Beck, Dr. Bernie Chirico, Dr. Doug Searcy, and the current Vice President, Dr. Juliette Landphair.

Over her career, Judy has gained the respect and admiration of colleagues for her professionalism, demand for excellence, and gifted writing and editing skills. Countless students, staff, and faculty have turned to her for insight and support.

Judy is married to Ron Singleton, former vice president for university relations.  Judy and Ron have two children, Laura and John. Judy’s post-UMW goals include more reading, exercise, and travel. She states that the greatest joy of her time at Mary Washington – besides working alongside students, faculty, and staff – is the great purpose of supporting college student success.

 

Snyder Performs with Students in Germany

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Becky Brown, harp; Austin O’Rourke, drums; Mark Snyder, guitar & vocals; John White, bass

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder performed 15 of his original songs with his band Nature Boy Explorer in Schwetzingen Germany, on June 11 and 12 as part of the delegation representing Fredericksburg and UMW in Fredericksburg’s German Sister City.

Senior music major Austin O’Rourke played drums and also sang and played guitar on his own song Almost but Not, which he wrote in his Technology for Musicians course in Spring 2016.

 

2015 music and computer science graduate Becky Brown played harp and performed two of her original songs — Formaldehyde, which was written in her MIDI Composition course, and Underwater, which was written in her Audio Recording course. John White ’13, UMW music major and German minor, played bass.

The performance on June 11 was on the main stage for the annual Spargelfest, which this year was combined with celebrating Schwetzingen’s 1250th year. The performance on June 12 was at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen, which is the local music school.

Dr. Snyder and the students also participated in many of the activities that were planned for the delegation such as lunch and dinners, lectures by Schwetzingen’s archivist, city planner and mayor. The group visited the fire station and participated in the inauguration of the Square of Friendship. The delegation from Fredericksburg consisted of  Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Cathy Herndon, Jurgen Brat, UMW professor emeritus of German Sammy Merrill, Betty Merrill, UMW Women’s Rugby coach Bill Lucas and UMW Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter.

In addition to performing in Schwetzingen, the group spent time in Cologne, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Hanover, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Malmö and Scania, Sweden.

Hamburg

Hamburg

Fire truck ride with Professor Rotter

Fire truck ride with Professor Rotter

With all of the sister city mayors! mayors

With all of the sister city mayors! mayors

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Mannheim

Mannheim

Cologne

Cologne

Hannover

Hannover

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

 Ales Stenar (Swedish stone henge)

Ales Stenar (Swedish stone henge)

Overlooking the East Sea in Scania

Overlooking the East Sea in Scania

Malmö Castle

Malmö Castle

Fredericksburg Delegation at the dedication of Platz der Freundschaft

Fredericksburg Delegation at the dedication of Platz der Freundschaft

Austin Performing his song at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Austin Performing his song at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Performing at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Performing at Musikschule Bezirk Schwetzingen e.V.

Fredericksburg delegation at the fire station.

Fredericksburg delegation at the fire station.

 

Baker Speaks at Northern Neck Quarterly Meeting

Brian Baker, Executive Director for Economic Development, spoke in Reedville, Va., on the topic of entrepreneurship at the quarterly meeting of the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership and the Northern Neck Tourism Commission. The UMW Center for Economic Development will launch a new entrepreneur program this fall. It will address ideation, commercialization, business modeling, business planning and pitch preparation. The three-month program is designed to nurture entrepreneurs in the facets of business formation. The program will have three tracks to support pre-college, college and post-college entrepreneurs.

Cooperman, Patterson, Rigelhaupt Publish in Political Science Journal

Professors Rosalyn Cooperman, Melina Patterson and Jess Rigelhaupt published an article titled “Teaching Race and Revolution: Doing Justice to Women’s Roles in the Struggle for Civil Rights,” in the July 2016 issue of P.S.: Political Science & Politics.

Finlayson Publishes Cover Photograph in Southeastern Geographer

Caitie Finlayson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, published the cover photograph and cover art essay in the Southeastern Geographer, Volume 56, Number 2, which is available through Project Muse (https://muse.jhu.edu/article/622279). The photograph of Providence Canyon in Stewart County, Ga., was taken last fall as UMW geography students and faculty traveled to the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in Pensacola, Fla.

Hanna and Students Publish Article in Southeastern Geographer

Meredith Stone (UMW 2015), Ian Spangler (UMW 2016), Xavier Griffin (UMW 2016) and Stephen Hanna’s article, “Searching for the enslaved in the ‘Cradle of Democracy': Virginia’s James River plantation websites and the reproduction of local histories,” was published in the Southeastern Geographer, Volume 56, Issue 2, and is available through Project Muse (https://muse.jhu.edu/article/622286).

Meredith, Ian and Xavier were research assistants funded by Dr. Hanna’s Waple Professorship and National Science Foundation grant to examine how the enslaved are incorporated into the histories represented at plantation museums.  This article presents some of their preliminary findings.

Davidson Lectures at University of Genoa

Jason Davidson, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered an invited lecture titled “America Entangled: Explaining U.S. Alliances 1778-2016″ at the University of Genoa on June 30. The lecture was the last in a series titled “War, conflicts, and peace-building” organized by the the Department of Political Science.

 

Housley Hosts Lessac Workshop

Helen Housley, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, hosted the Lessac One-Week Introductory Workshop at UMW, June 19-24, 2016. Under the sponsorship of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Housley has coordinated this workshop since 2007 with the focus on Lessac Kinesensic, a voice and body training program. Participants came from Texas, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Lessac Master Teacher Barry Kur, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University, conducted the workshop.

Farnsworth Comments on McDonnell’s Victory at the Supreme Court

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was in considerable demand as a political analyst in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision reversing the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell. His recent commentaries on Virginia politics appeared in several media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Press of Newport News, Governing Magazine, WTOP radio in Washington, WRVA radio in Richmond, the Free-Lance Star and the New York Times.