Doug Gately performed with the National Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 6 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. The performance featured Seth McFarlane singing songs with Sinatra-styled arrangements that have become romantic standards. Seth McFarlane–the “Family Guy” creator- -is an actor, animator, comedian, director and screenwriter. As a singer, his debut albums have earned him two Grammy nominations.
Rosalyn Cooperman’s Aug. 9 post on Donald Trump’s troubles with Republican women was featured in Presidential Gender Watch.
Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder‘s original multimedia composition, Calena, was presented at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, as part of a program featuring the works of composers from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary and the University of Mary Washington.
Calena was written for Dr. Snyder’s friend from North Stafford High School, Calena Dyer. According to the program notes:
Calena was my first prom date and summer school math partner. She was such a beautiful and kind person that I always felt so relaxed around. I created this piece for her. It made me happy to think of the times we shared growing up and of driving Holmes by her house a thousand times a day so he could “accidentally” meet her and ask her out. When she passed away in November of 2011, I posted our prom picture on FB and her Dad commented on it: “Calena’s cancer was rare and aggressive. She went to the hospital the day of the Mineral Earthquake (Aug 23) here in VA. There is no known therapy (chemo or radiation) proven for NUT Midline Carcinoma and only about 50 cases have been documented. She was so brave to the end and passed without pain; just like she was running a marathon or playing soccer. I love her so much and will miss her always.” – Calena’s Dad, Larry Dyer
In addition to Snyder’s work, Senior music major Austin O’Rourke‘s award winning composition Hazel Colored Nebula that was written in Electronic Music and 2015 UMW graduate Becky Brown‘s multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter Hold Still that was written in her Independent Study were also presented.
Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented a paper titled “Shifting Goal-posts: Global IPR Norms and the U.S.-India Conflict” at the annual meeting of the International Political Science Association held in Poznan, Poland, during July 23-28, 2016. The paper was based on her research on U.S.-India relations as an East-West Center fellow during her sabbatical.
Debra Schleef, professor of sociology, conducted field research on several intentional communities in Germany in July, and gave a lecture in German on issues that are of concern to communes and ecovillages in the U.S. to an audience at Kommune Niederkaufungen.
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 Hillary Clinton’s decision to nominate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as the Democratic candidate for vice president. Farnsworth’s recent commentaries on this latest political development appeared in several media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Press of Newport News, the Washington Times, WJLA-TV Washington, WWBT-TV Richmond, CTV News Canada, WTOP radio Washington, WMAL radio Washington, WRVA radio Richmond, KPCC radio Los Angeles, WWL radio New Orleans, the Pacifica radio network, CJAD radio Montreal, and The Free Lance-Star.
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 honor society with the mission to promote professional leadership development of women educators and excellence in education.
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.
Hailing 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.
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.
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.