January 30, 2015

Analyzing Antarctica

It turns out that life in Antarctica is quite similar to life in college.

Just ask Katie Mulrey, a University of Mary Washington alumna studying cosmic rays through NASA’s ANITA collaboration in Antarctica. Now in its third campaign, ANITA is a scientific balloon that detects radio signals from neutrinos and cosmic rays, the highest energy particles in the universe.

Study Abroad Sparked Love

On a blue-sky August morning, Flora Chung Takoshima and Akiyuki Takoshima ’05 maneuvered two little girls and a paraphernalia-laden stroller along Campus Walk.

Yua, 11 months old, gurgled and grinned in her parents’ arms. Four-year-old Yuki romped on the green grass and took in every sight – especially the Palmieri Plaza fountain.

Face of Feminism

Paige McKinsey was in middle school when the March for Women’s Rights played out on Capitol Hill. But there she was, rallying with her mother and tens of thousands of others.

UMW Receives Virginia Green Travel Award

The University of Mary Washington is a 2014 recipient of the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award in recognition of its ‘green’ initiatives on its Fredericksburg, Stafford and Dahlgren campuses over the past year.

The Information and Technology Convergence Center,  one of UMW's LEED silver certified buildings. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The Information and Technology Convergence Center, one of UMW’s LEED silver certified buildings. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

Virginia Green is Virginia’s program to encourage green practices in the state’s tourism industry. Through its sustainability initiatives, UMW is able to offer green amenities on all three campuses, contributing to its ability to draw visitors from around the region. UMW was listed as one of 16 organizations that received the 2014 award for exemplary commitments to green practices.

In the past year, UMW’s sustainability initiatives and recognitions have included:

  • Obtained LEED silver certification for the new Information and Technology Convergence Center on the Fredericksburg campus
  • Ranked first in the ‘per capita’ category for Virginia’s 2014 RecycleMania competition
  • Collaborated with the City of Fredericksburg on a campaign against cigarette butt litter
  • Received a Tree Campus USA designation for the Fredericksburg campus, a certification awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation
UMW Recycling Lid

UMW Recycling Lid

The most notable of UMW’s sustainability efforts is its recycling program. Available on all three university campuses, the program collects recycling in all buildings and at all outdoor events. During this past year, UMW students custom-painted the lids of recycling bins to draw more attention to the program. In addition, UMW’s collection of 244,944 pounds of material during the 2014 nation-wide RecycleMania competition was comparable to the result of removing 67 cars from the road or the equivalent of the energy consumption of 30 households.

For more information on UMW’s sustainability initiatives, please visit http://sustainability.umw.edu.

‘Little Rock Nine’ Member to Speak at UMW, Jan. 21

Ernest Green, one of nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, will give the keynote address as the University of Mary Washington celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

Green will discuss his life and experiences as one of the Little Rock Nine, in addition to its impact on the civil rights movement and society today. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge.

As a member of the Little Rock Nine, Green became the first African-American student to graduate Little Rock High School. In 1999, Green, along with other members of the Little Rock Nine, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded to a civilian. Presented by then-President Bill Clinton, the award recognized Green’s bravery during integration at the Arkansas public school.

UMW also will participate in MLK Jr. Kids Day on Sunday, January 18. The annual community celebration includes games and crafts for children from 3-4 p.m. at James Monroe High School. Additional information about the event is available by contacting UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service at (540) 654-2272.

For more information about the keynote address, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044 or via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com.

UMW Commemorates Anniversary of Religious Freedom Statute

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate the anniversary of the enactment of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom on Thursday, January 29 with a lecture “Religious Freedom and the Culture Wars” given by Douglas Laycock, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the law of religious liberty.

Douglas Laycock, 2015 Jefferson Lecture speaker

Douglas Laycock, 2015 Jefferson Lecture speaker

The presentation will take place in at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium and is open to the public free of charge.

A Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, Laycock has testified frequently before Congress and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of the leading casebook Modern American Remedies; the award-winning monograph The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule; and co-editor of a collection of essays, Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty. He recently published Religious Liberty, Volume I: Overviews and History and Volume II: The Free Exercise Clause, the first half of a four-volume collection of his many writings on religious liberty.

The UMW Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion has sponsored the annual Jefferson Lecture on Religious Freedom since 2002, bringing scholars and public figures to the stage to enlighten students and visitors about religious freedom and the significance of Jefferson’s impact. Jefferson’s statute was enacted by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786 and established the legal right to complete freedom of worship in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The statute also was a significant step toward the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The presentation also will recognize the winners of a middle school essay contest on the theme of religious freedom, co-sponsored by the UMW Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion and the Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason. Each winner will receive a certificate on-stage before the lecture.

For more information about the event, please contact Craig Vasey, professor and chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at (540) 654-1342.

UMW Presents 2015 Great Lives Lecture Series

The University of Mary Washington will present its 2015 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series beginning Thursday, January 15.

Cover of A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock by Tomas Leitch

Cover of A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock by Tomas Leitch

Now in its twelfth year, the four-month series examines the lives of historical figures told through lectures by nationally prominent biographers and authors. The talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium and are open to the public free of charge.

“Great Lives speakers are often the foremost authorities on their subjects,” said William B. Crawley, director of the series and distinguished professor emeritus of history at UMW.

The speakers are only half of the equation though, according to Crawley. The series is known for its wide range of subjects with broad popular appeal. “This year’s schedule has an extremely diverse array of topics with something for everybody,” said Crawley.

The series will open with a lecture on Alfred Hitchcock by Tomas Leitch, the co-editor of A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock. Including a total of 18 lectures, the Great Lives series will present major historical figures such as John F. Kennedy and Charles Darwin, as well as notable people from entertainment and the arts including Shirley Temple, Mathew Brady and Robert Ripley.

Each program includes a Q&A session with the audience and book signing by the author or speaker. Books will be available for purchase on site.

For more information and a complete listing of lectures, visit www.umw.edu/greatlives or call the Office of University Events and Conferencing at (540) 654-1065.

A Digital Kind of Paintbrush

A sprawling American beech tree outside of Woodard Campus Center doubles as an artists’ canvas for art students at the University of Mary Washington.

This fall, Assistant Professor Jason Robinson’s eight advanced video technique students created imaginative digital designs through one-minute films projected onto the tree. The technique, called projection-mapping, requires careful consideration of the shape, texture and color of the platform’s surface when designing.

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger Magazine

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015.

Monroe Hall

Monroe Hall

The university ranks sixth among Virginia’s best values and 92nd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price, according to the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at kiplinger.com/links/college.

“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (7), James Madison University (21), Virginia Tech (26) and Christopher Newport University (89).

UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger Magazine

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015.

Monroe Hall

Monroe Hall

The university ranks sixth among Virginia’s best values and 92nd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price, according to the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at kiplinger.com/links/college.

“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (7), James Madison University (21), Virginia Tech (26) and Christopher Newport University (89).

UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.