September 19, 2017

Melchers Museum Hosts Award-Winning Film Screening

Gari Melchers Home and Studio will host a screening of an award-winning Sundance documentary from executive producers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick. Look & See, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, conservation activist and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers–will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion […]

Trump Unpopular in Virginia, UMW Survey Shows

President Donald Trump received mostly negative evaluations in a new Virginia statewide survey by the University of Mary Washington, with 55 percent of adult Virginians saying they disapprove of his job performance, while 37 percent approve. Trump’s numbers were notably more negative than public evaluations of President Barack Obama in five previous UMW surveys of […]

Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Close Contest, UMW Survey Shows

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, with 44 percent of likely voters favoring Northam and 39 percent backing Gillespie in a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra received the support of 3 percent of likely […]

Pris Sullivan: Please, no rain

Arranged in rows, long linen-covered tables will stretch across the green expanse of Ball Circle for Family Weekend. Industrial-style grills will welcome folks from all over the country to indulge in cookout favorites. Clipboard in hand, Event Coordinator Priscilla Sullivan will consult the checklist: immense expenses, endless meetings, parking, reservations … and reservations … and more reservations. Once the water stations are in place and the funnel cake aroma can be detected a mile away, you might spot Sullivan in her prayer pose begging for clear skies. After all this, she’ll sit back with the rest of the Family Weekend planning committee to watch the events commence.

Q: What is it like planning Family Weekend?

Event planners treat each event like a wedding. You have to prepare for everything. This year we added comedy troupe Capitol Steps to get some laughs. There’s always a lot of meeting with the Family Weekend Committee to reserve locations.

Q: What do you do if there’s a chance for rain?

You fall to your knees and begin promising God all kinds of things to keep the rain away.

Q: Has anything ever happened that made you just want to drop your clipboard and run?

No matter what kind of event, there’s always pressure; we just fake it until we fix it. The worst thing that can happen is RAIN.

Q: What do you like most about Family Weekend?

The best part is seeing all the proud parents – well, depending on the student’s current GPA – and their friends enjoying each other’s company on campus, playing games and picnicking.

Q: What other events do you plan at UMW?

Anything else that springs up for the Events Office to handle, like graduate and undergraduate commencement, holiday events and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Forty-four Years of Family Weekend Draws Near

With the arrival of nearly 1,000 friends and relatives on the Fredericksburg campus Friday, Sept. 15, UMW will celebrate the 44th year of the event known as Family Weekend. From the classroom to the historic sites of downtown Fredericksburg, this annual event showcases the daily life of the UMW student, while also providing a brief […]

DTLT to Host Digital Liberal Arts Series

The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) will host its second annual Digital Liberal Arts series. The three-part event showcases UMW’s goal of maintaining its stance as a leader in weaving digital practices into the entire curriculum, as well as into students’ college and post-college experiences. Monthly sessions will be held in the Digital […]

UMW Commemorates Constitution Day

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 18, with a public lecture on “Constitutions and Legislatures” by Speaker William J. Howell. After 30 years of service in the Virginia House of Delegates, during 15 of which he served as Speaker of the House, Mr. Howell announced his retirement earlier this […]

U.S. News, College Factual Rank UMW Among Top Colleges, Best Programs

U.S. News & World Report and USA Today have given the University of Mary Washington high marks in the publications’ new rankings of colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program 17th among Southern regional universities, 7th among public regional universities in the same category, 11th in the Best […]

Gari Melchers to Host Art after Hours

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its fifth Art After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The live music performance will feature folk music Cabin Creek on the lawn with local beer and wine from Stafford County’s 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company and Potomac Point […]

Jean Elliott: That’s the Ticket

UMW Parking Services Manager Jean Elliott knows how hard it is to find an available space just about anywhere, whether it’s along crowded College Avenue or on the busy streets of her hometown, New York City. She’s the expert who scours campus for parking violations, and while the tickets she and her staff leave on windshields aren’t exactly love notes, Elliot has a big heart. She’s crazy about her dogs, her husband of 37 years and her two children, both Mary Washington grads.

UMW Parking Services Manager Jean Elliott

UMW Parking Services Manager Jean Elliott. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Q: What did you do before you came to Fredericksburg?

I worked in production management for 20-plus years at a cast iron foundry and an electromechanical cable manufacturing plant in Culpeper. When I saw an ad for the UMW parking manager position, I applied. It was my way of coming to UMW for myself instead of for the kids.

Q: What are some perks of working in parking management?

It’s diverse. We handle much more than just parking citations and reservations. Every day is different.

Q: What’s your typical workday like?

Expect the unexpected. We deal with students, faculty, staff and visitors so we get a range of reactions. Some days we work with departments to plan events and make sure signs direct people to where they need to go. Overall, we work hard to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Q: Ever had a day that made you want to pack up and go home?

Every day is different. It’s an opportunity to solve problems and help people.

Q: What’s the best thing about your job?

I love coming in every day … it’s a beautiful place to work. I’ve met so many interesting people on campus, and I feel good when I can help with their questions.

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