October 10, 2015

UMW to Host Juliette Wells for Lecture on Jane Austen

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication will host author and professor Juliette Wells on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Wells will discuss one of Jane Austen’s most recognizable novels, Emma, as it approaches its 200-year anniversary in a lecture titled “Jane Austen’s Emma at 200.” The public lecture will take place at […]

UMW to Host Ghost Walk

Is historic downtown Fredericksburg haunted? The mere sighting of a ghost in downtown Fredericksburg would send our community running in fear – but not this time. In fact, the University of Mary Washington’s 31st annual Ghost Walk on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 will bring the Fredericksburg area together. “The community is incredibly […]

Floating Hope

While his teammates tugged at their Speedos and swim caps, Dalton Herendeen had his own worries.

“It’s the first time my peers were going to see me without my leg,” he said of the start of middle school swim practice. “That’s scary.”

He took a deep breath, plunged into the pool and surfaced to a sight he would never forget: everyone staring, afraid to get in the water with him. He pled with his parents not to make him go back, but they wouldn’t budge.

Day at the Museum

Reproductions of human skulls surround Grace Rihl as she enters the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibit clutching a notebook and list of 20 questions. The UMW freshman ponders the first question on the list: “When did modern humans evolve?” She surveys her surroundings, then scours the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins for clues.

Searching among the descriptions that accompany the glass-enclosed skulls and fossils, she spies the answer. “200,000 years ago,” and scribbles in her notebook.

UMW’s Disability Awareness Month features U.S. Paralympic Athlete

Paralympic athlete Dalton Herendeen will share his story of perseverance to kick off the University of Mary Washington’s inaugural Disability Awareness Month this October. His public lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Dodd Auditorium of George Washington Hall will be among a series of events designed to bring awareness to numerous individuals who […]

UMW Releases Presidential Leadership Statement

The University of Mary Washington recently released the Presidential Leadership Statement that will be used in the search for the University’s 10th president. Used to recruit candidates for the presidency, the leadership statement is the result of a culmination of feedback provided by students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, all stakeholders deeply invested in […]

Historic Highways

Imagine a day when the fastest route from Washington, D.C. to Richmond meant meandering down Princess Anne Street through downtown Fredericksburg to Lafayette Boulevard on the original U.S. Route 1.

UMW Biology Professor Receives Orinithology Service Award

  Andrew Dolby, professor of biology at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized with the James Eike Service Award for his outstanding service to the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Named for James Eike, a member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) for 50 years, the award recognizes members with notable dedication and […]

UMW Theatre Opens 2015-16 Season with Noises Off

The University of Mary Washington Theatre will open its 2015-16 season with Noises Off on Thursday, Sept. 24. Performances will take place Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 27 and Oct. 3-4 at 2 p.m. in Klein Theatre, located in duPont Hall on the university’s Fredericksburg campus. A classic play within […]

DiBella Exhibition Spotlights Fleeting Nature of Beauty

Creating art is in Joe DiBella’s DNA. And the current UMW Galleries exhibition Breath that Fades Away by the distinguished professor of art underscores his inspired passion. “I just have a compulsion to create,” said DiBella. “This is my most coherent and diversified collection yet, in terms of technical approach.” The exhibition, on display in […]