March 3, 2015

Faculty and Staff Recognized at Appreciation Night

FacultyStaff AppreciationThe UMW Women’s Basketball Team recognized faculty and staff who made an important impact on their lives as a part of  UMW’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

“We are grateful for all that our outstanding faculty do everyday and we are pleased to be able to recognize them,” said Ken Tyler, director of athletics. “UMW has winners in academics and athletics, and we all work together to make UMW a special place.”

The following faculty and staff members were recognized during halftime:

Lynn Richardson, Business

Woody Richardson, Business

Jennifer Magee, Math

Eric Bonds, Sociology

Jeremy Larochelle, Spanish

Stephen Davies, Computer Science

Venitta McCall, Education

Susan Fernsebner, History

Porter Blackemore 

Frank Powell, Staff

Kelli Slunt, Chemistry

Laura Wilson, Psychology

Grace Braxton, Staff

Dr. Dave Kolar, Pyschology

Clarence Tweedy, English

David Long’s Composition Performed in France

Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence David J. Long’s composition Homage to Normandy was performed on Jan. 24, 2014  by La Musique Saint-Romain de Reiningue. The performance celebrated the liberation of Reiningue during World War II. Homage to Normandy is a tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War.

The first movement, ‘Elegy: For All of the Fallen,’ is a beautifully powerful chorale that builds to a glorious climax before calming again. The second movement, ‘In Resolution: Toward the Final Victory,’ captures the brute force of the battle and drives all the way to the end in this fitting homage.

Gaines Reads Poetry at Bridgewater International Conference

Emeritus Professor of French Jim Gaines recently read selections from his poetry at the 2nd Biennial Bridgewater International Poetry Conference hosted by Bridgewater College on Jan. 15-18, 2015. Approximately 60 poets from a variety of countries met for the gathering in the Shenandoah Valley, which had Skype links to poets in France and Japan. Gaines’s selections included samples of his original work and also from his translations of the French World War I poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

Hurley Receives Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award

University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley received the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Gala, Friday, Jan. 30. Rick Hurley The annual award is given to an individual who has provided a lifetime of service to the Fredericksburg region. “Since assuming UMW’s presidency in 2010, he has overseen a period of robust growth that includes construction of the Anderson Center convocation and athletics arena, the opening of the Dahlgren campus and development of the Eagle Village mixed-use development,” according to a release from the Chamber of Commerce. “In addition, he is active in the community, having served on the Chamber’s board of directors, the boards of Rappahannock United Way and Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, and established the Town and Gown Committee to strengthen relations between the University and the City of Fredericksburg.” Hurley is UMW’s ninth president. Prior to being named president, he served Mary Washington for a decade in various positions, including executive vice president, chief financial officer and acting president. The Chamber also honored a variety of other business leaders during the event, including Entrepreneur of the Year and Small Business of the Year. For more information, visit

Denhere Presents at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Melody Denhere, assistant professor of mathematics,  presented her work “Rank Estimation for the Functional Linear Model” in a session on Probability and Statistics at the Joint Mathematics Meetings which were held in San Antonio, Texas from Jan. 10 – 13. This work was a collaboration with Huybrechts Bindele from the University of South Alabama.

Earlier, Denhere also attended the 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Conference held in Los Angeles, California from Nov. 14 – 15. The conference and prize honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia (who won the National Medal of Science in 2010), two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics. At the conference, Denhere presented a poster on work she carried out with her student, Victoria Moore, during the summer through the Jepson Summer Science Institute.

Farnsworth Gives Lecture on Virginia Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a lecture at Carter Hall in Boyce, Virginia, entitled, “The Ever-changing State of Virginia Politics,” as part of the Virginia Candidate Training Program. The nonpartisan program, sponsored by the Sorensen Institute of the University of Virginia, gives future political candidates information about campaigning for office and about key Virginia policy challenges.

Al-Tikriti Publishes Article on 16th Century Captives

bookThe Turkish History Foundation [TTK: Türk Tarih Kurumu], recently published the conference proceedings from the “International Piri Reis and Turkish Maritime History Symposium” [“Uluslararası Piri Reis ve Türk Denizcilik Tarihi Sempozyumu”], which Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti participated in at Istanbul in September, 2013. The title of this peer-reviewed volume is Findings in Turkish Maritime History [Türk Deniz Tarihi Bildiriler]. Al-Tikriti‘s contribution is entitled “Advocating for Release: the al-Dārānī Appeals,” and can be downloaded from this link:
In this submission, Al-Tikriti briefly summarizes and describes two letters written in the early 16th century by individuals identified separately as Abū Bakr al-Dārānī and Taḳīyüddīn Dārānī, who may have been the same person, and were at one time prisoner(s) of the Knights of St. John in Rhodes. The first letter, in Arabic, was translated into modern Turkish by İsmail Hakkı Uzunçarşılı in 1954, and translated into French by Nicolas Vatin in 1994. The second letter was translated from Ottoman Turkish into French in 1994 by Nicolas Vatin, who described the letter, stating that the reverse side of the paper probably contained the original Arabic letter, and that it was probably written at some point after 1516. Al-Tikriti thinks it might have been written during Bayezid II’s (d. 1512) reign, but otherwise concurs with both Uzunçarşılı’s and Vatin’s earlier analyses.

McClurken Presents on Digital Initiatives


At the 100th Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation, co-presented as part of a panel entitled, Century America: A Multi-Campus Digital History Collaboration.  McClurken presented with Leah Tams ‘14, Professor Ellen Pearson of UNC-Asheville, and Jennifer Marks, a senior at Truman State University on Century America, an online course sponsored by COPLAC and the Teagle Foundation for 13 students from nine schools that resulted in a public digital history project about local communities during the Great War and Influenza Epidemic. See more about Fredericksburg and the other communities at Http://


Two days later, McClurken co-led a discussion about students and digital identity at EduCon 2.7, a conference about technology, education, and project-based learning. McClurken talked about the opportunities that UMWBlogs and Domain of One’s Own creates for students at UMW to create, refine, reflect, and expand on their presence in the digital world as students, as learners, as scholars, and as graduates. He partnered with teachers and edtech leaders from K to 12 in this conversation.

Harris Publishes Essay on the Communist Way of Life

Steven E. Harris, associate professor of history, published his essay, “Soviet Mass Housing and the Communist Way of Life,” in the volume Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present, eds., Choi Chatterjee, David L. Ransel, Mary Cavender, and Karen Petrone (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015). This edited collection of peer reviewed essays is published in the Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies, eds., Alexander Rabinowitch and William G. Rosenberg. The essays were originally presented at the conference, “Everyday Life in Russia: Strategies, Subjectivities and Perspectives,” held in 2010 at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Harris’s essay examines Soviet citizens’ move from communal housing to the single-family separate apartment under Khrushchev and how their everyday experiences intersected with the regime’s discourse on the “communist way of life.” It is based on the research of his book, Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin (Washington, D.C., and Baltimore: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

The following is a description of Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present from the Indiana University Press website:

“In these original essays on long-term patterns of everyday life in prerevolutionary, Soviet, and contemporary Russia, distinguished scholars survey the cultural practices, power relations, and behaviors that characterized daily existence for Russians through the post-Soviet present. Microanalyses and transnational perspectives shed new light on the formation and elaboration of gender, ethnicity, class, nationalism, and subjectivity. Changes in consumption and communication patterns, the restructuring of familial and social relations, systems of cultural meanings, and evolving practices in the home, at the workplace, and at sites of leisure are among the topics explored.”

Aminrazavi Co-Edits Book

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of Philosophy and Religion, recently co-edited From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century, the fifth volume of An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia.

The fifth and final volume of An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia deals with some seven centuries of Islamic thought stretching from the era following the Mongol invasion to the end of the Qajar period early in the 20th century.