September 3, 2015

Mentore Featured on With Good Reason

University of Mary Washington Assistant Professor of Anthropology Laura Mentore will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program that airs beginning Saturday, August 15. Click here to read more.

Baker Speaks at Small Business Forum

Brian Baker, Executive Director of the UMW Center for Economic Development, presented on the topic “How Business Incubation Grows Small Enterprise” at the Internal Revenue Service Fall Small Business Forum on Thursday, August 13.  The forum also included speakers from the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Small Business Administration SCORE program to educate business assistance practitioners.  The Center for Economic Development in Eagle Village operates the EagleWorks Business Incubation Center where early stage companies can be groomed for growth.  EagleWorks is managed by Kelsey Whitman (UMW 2014).  The Center for Economic Development also hosts the Virginia Business Incubation Association, an educational and networking organization ( .  For More information on activities at the UMW Center for Economic Development visit

Swift named NABE Fellow

Thomas Swift, adjunct instructor of economics, was recently elected a Fellow of the  National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Swift is a former board member of NABE and has headed the NABE education committee.

Hydorn completes ONR Summer Faculty Research Program

Debra Hydorn, professor of mathematics, participated in a 10-week research project at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.  She investigated the use of the R BACCO package to implement the Bayesian Calibration of Computer Code Output.  The research was conducted on the Dahlgren base between June 1 and August 7, 2015.

Allwine Participates in Leadership Fredericksburg

Kyle Allwine, assistant director of admissions at UMW, will participate in the Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program, which runs from September 2015 through May 2016.

Sessions occur throughout the Fredericksburg Region and include in-depth leadership skills development and meetings with various industry and community leaders. In addition, each Fellow will be paired with a trained mentor from the business community who will support his or her progress through the program.

The participants will divide into teams to partner with an area nonprofit on an Action Learning Project. Each team will present “deliverables” – concrete results – to the nonprofits next May. Upon graduating in May, members of the 2016 Class may join the Leadership Fredericksburg Alumni Association and have opportunities to serve on the Leadership Advisory Board, mentor future participants, take a leadership role in the Alumni, and help implement future programs.

The Chamber will partner with Dr. David Corderman with Academy Leadership Associates and Dr. J.R. Flatter with Flatter and Associates to plan and implement the program. Mary Washington Healthcare is serving as the program’s Title Sponsor. The Chamber congratulates the following individuals who were selected as 2016 Fellows and wishes them success as they begin their leadership journey:

Leadership Fredericksburg 2016 Fellows
Kyle Allwine, University of Mary Washington
Chris Barker, PermaTreat Pest Control
Charles Baxter, Baxter & Co. LLC
Michelle Beverage, Germanna Community College
Kevin Breen, Coldwell Banker Elite
Cullen Brown, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Jennifer Childs, Courtyard by Marriott Historic District
Richard Collawn, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Rene Daniels, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Kevin Dillard, LifeCare Medical Transports
Justin Farris, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Alexandria Flatter, Flatter & Associates
Jim Ford, The Popcorn Bag
Courtney Fox, National University
Robin Hughart, DLR Contracting
Carolyn Irwin, Heritage Wealth Advisors
Tiffany Kelly, DanceTrance of Fredericksburg
Linda Knecht, Union Bank & Trust
Donna Morris, Mary Washington Healthcare
Meghan Murphy, Rappaport Co.
Chris Reynolds, Atlantic Builders
Michelle Ridall, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Sheila Roberson, Roberson’s Music
Deshawn Robinson-Chew, She-EO, LLC
Janine Sewell, Family Preservation Services
Quintin Sullivan, Stafford County Public Schools
Joe Wickens, Rappahannock Area Community Service Board
Julie Williams-Daves, Stafford County Government
Bill Yascko, Mary Washington Healthcare

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors, whose generosity makes possible the Leadership Fredericksburg program:

Title Sponsor
Mary Washington Healthcare

Gold Sponsors
Atlantic Builders
Flatter & Associates
LifeCare Medical Transports
Stafford County
Union First Market Bank

Silver Sponsor
Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority

For more information about Leadership Fredericksburg, go to

Rochelle Publishes Short Story, Poem

Warren Rochelle, professor of English, recently published his short story “Finroc macFinniel Silmairë” in Empty Oaks 1 (Summer 2015): 60-72. He also published his poem “The House” in Crucible 48 (Fall 2014): 98-99.

Cooperman Delivers Talk at GWU Global Gender Conference

Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of Political Science, presented her research on political parties and women’s political participation in the U.S. at the Empowering Women through Political Participation Conference sponsored by the Global Gender Program and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Farnsworth Speaks to Leaders Program

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a lecture entitled, “Civic Journalism: Nation-Building through Regional News Coverage,” in Washington for the Macedonia Media Leaders Program (MMLP), an international journalism initiative sponsored by the International Research & Exchanges Board.

Cassandra Good Speaks at Mount Vernon

good_founding-revisedCassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, presented the Ford Evening Book Talk at the Fred W. Smith Library at Mount Vernon on July 23. She spoke about her book, Founding Friendships, with a focus on George Washington and his family’s friendships. The talk is available at

Good Presents Research at Conference

Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, presented a paper titled “James Monroe and the Passions of Foreign Policy” at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia on June 25.  The paper was based on correspondence published in the latest volume of The Papers of James Monroe, edited by Good, Daniel Preston and Heidi Stello.