May 31, 2016

Lee Presents at International Conference

Janie Lee, Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, presented the paper titled “Ideologies of Korean Competence and Gendered Citizenship in South Korean Television” at the 9th International Gender and Language Association Conference, which was held in the City University of Hong Kong on May 19-21.

Schiffrin and Students Present Studies at Psychology Convention

Holly Schiffrin, UMW associate professor of psychology, and a group of students presented research at the Association for Psychological Science Convention in Chicago.

Schiffrin and students Kathryn Tsagronis, Rebecca Cain, Analuisa Martinez and Rebekah Selbrede presented “Can the way we think lead to more success? The role of positive and negative monitoring on cognitive task performance.”

Schiffrin and Rebekah Selbrede presented “Musings on inspiration: Inducing inspiration and increasing donations to charity.”

Farnsworth Presents Research Paper on Virginia Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a research paper titled “Reporting from Richmond: How Two Newspapers Covered the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Race.” The paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences in Fairfax, Va.

Snyder’s “Our House on the Hill” Released on Fuzzy Panda Records

a1566022456_10Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s original composition, Our House on the Hill, was released by Fuzzy Panda Records on the compilation Thirsty and Miserable in memory of Jeff Prosser on April 3, 2016. The recording was done at the University of Mary Washington Department of Music’s recording studio featuring Becky Brown ’15 on harp and assistant engineer Paige Naylor ’14 soprano and assistant engineer and Mark Snyder on bass, guitar, piano, synth, organ, producer, composer and engineer.

Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, D.C., experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Va. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.

The compilation features 21 artists who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for fliers he designed to promote shows around the D.C. area. Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.

Mark and Jeff were friends in high school and played music together in the basement of their mutual friend, Holmes Ives, and later in Richmond where Jeff worked at Peaches Record and Tapes and would make sure Mark always got the music he needed and at a discount. “I am so honored to be a part of this compilation,” said Snyder. “Jeff was always so generous and kind and a lot of fun to make art with. He will be missed greatly.”


Gately and Rawlins on New Album

Music Department faculty members Doug Gately and Paul Rawlins can be found on the new Patrick Green and the Blues Buckets album, Out Too Late. Doug is on tenor saxophone and Paul is on trombone. This real, authentic blues album is now being distributed through most recording venues.


Erchull Featured on “With Good Reason” May 28-June 3

Mindy Erchull, University of Mary Washington Associate Professor of Psychological Science, will be featured in an encore presentation on the radio program With Good Reason from May 28 through June 3.

The program is titled “The Innocence Project.”


Deirdre Enright (University of Virginia) is best known to fans of the super-popular podcast Serial as the legal sleuth questioning the guilt of convicted murderer Adnan Syed. As director of the University of Virginia’s Innocence Project, Enright has a front row view of failures in our judicial system, from underpaid and inept lawyers to over-eager and biased police officers. Plus: Steve Helvin was a district court judge for 21 years. He says that incorrect rulings probably happen more than you expect and the court system should be ready to reverse bad decisions.

Later in the show: When it comes to love, jealousy is sometimes thought of as “natural” or even desirable. But a recent survey led by Mindy Erchull (University of Mary Washington) suggests that women who see jealousy as a positive thing may be more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships. Also: Tragedies like the Newtown shootings dominate the debate over gun ownership. But in an average year, suicides outnumber homicides by 3 to 1 and most are by firearm. Alex Tabarrok and Justin Briggs (George Mason University) say a causal relationship is clear: more gun ownership means more suicides.

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Rettinger to Join ICAI Board

David Rettinger, Executive Director of the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service and Associate Professor of Psychology, was named to the Executive Board of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

The ICAI was founded to combat cheating, plagiarism and academic dishonesty in higher education. Its mission has since expanded to include the cultivation of cultures of integrity in academic communities throughout the world. ICAI offers assessment services, resources and consultations to its member institutions, and facilitates conversations on academic integrity topics each year at its annual conference.

Dr. Rettinger will join scholars and practitioners of academic integrity education from around the world on the Executive Board.  His three-year term will begin in July 2016.

McClurken Keynotes Digital Liberal Arts Event in Minnesota

On May 17-18, Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost, presented the keynote address, “Claiming a Future for the Digital Liberal Arts,” at the Spring Digital Liberal Arts Workshop for Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.  He also co-led a two-day workshop on Digital Pedagogy.

UMW Jazz in the Community

Music Department Faculty members Doug Gately and Paul Rawlins recently performed for the Marine Corp Marathon Reception. Here they are posing with the Marine Corp Marathon Mascot at the Snowden House, Fredericksburg. UMW Jazz in the Community continues to be an important component in the Music Department’s commitment to supporting community events.

UMW Jazz in the Community

UMW Jazz in the Community

Richardson to Conduct Session on “Working Smarter, Not Harder”

Lynne Richardson, dean of the College of Business, will conduct the session “Working Smarter, Not Harder,” on Thursday, June 9. The interactive session, pre-approved for CMP certification credit by the Convention Industry Council will focus on how to work successfully with colleagues, communicate more effectively, motivate staff and volunteers, provide feedback on performance and resolve conflict.