October 31, 2014

Standing Up Against Sexism

Ask Chris Kilmartin what his ideal stage would be, and he may divulge a secret wish to appear on “The Daily Show” trading barbs with political funny guy Jon Stewart.

Still, Kilmartin, a part-time stand-up comedian and full-time University of Mary Washington psychology professor, says he is just as happy making an impact in the classroom and on the national stage—shattering stereotypes about gender psychology and bringing attention to the serious issue of sexual violence.

UMW Hosts Pumpkin Palooza

The University of Mary Washington hosted its 2014 Pumpkin Palooza on Sunday, Oct. 26 on the Fredericksburg campus.

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The event, coordinated by COAR, UMW’s student-run volunteer office, featured an afternoon of trick-or-treat and fall festivities for children and families in the local community. More than 100 families attended, with over 200 children dressed up in Halloween costumes. Children played games like “Donut on a String,” “Pin the Bow Tie on the Skeleton,” and sack races, in addition to creating  Halloween crafts. Families also went on a trick-or-treat tour of Mary Washington’s residence halls, guided by UMW students.

UMW COAR had 93 student volunteers participate to coordinate the event with the help of the Association of Residence Halls at UMW.

For more information about COAR, please visit the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service website: students.umw.edu/chls.

UMW Hosts 2014 Homecoming Events

Approximately 3,000 alumni, students and guests converged on the Fredericksburg campus on Saturday, Oct. 25 for the University of Mary Washington’s 2014 Homecoming Weekend celebration.

UMW Homecoming 2014Festivities included UMW’s second annual tailgating event that hosted more than 450 fans who gathered at the Battleground Athletic Complex for an afternoon of sports competition. The UMW Eagles enjoyed three wins, including women’s soccer that took a 3-1 victory against Penn State Harrisburg, and women’s volleyball that scored 3-0 in two games against Penn State Harrisburg and Virginia Wesleyan College. The men’s soccer team lost 3-2 in overtime against Wesley College.

Homecoming also served as a reunion for UMW’s alumni, with graduates from classes ranging from 1969 to 2014 represented at the tailgate. The weekend was the fifth year reunion of UMW’s Class of 2009. Forty alumni from 2009 celebrated their anniversary with a class party at J. Brian’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg that evening. The Alumni Association’s Washington, D.C. Network also hosted a brunch at the Sunken Well that brought in 35 alumni.

This year’s Homecoming concert, which will feature DEV, will take place Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at (540) 654-1061.

Munching the Numbers

Debra Schleef’s students got a sweet assignment this fall.

And, if you don’t think learning about univariate statistics sounds sweet, think again. Chocolate changes everything.

UMW Galleries to Host New Exhibits

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibits starting Thursday, Oct. 23: “American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio” in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and “Antediluvian” in the duPont Gallery.

Quanta, by David Row, 2012

Quanta, by David Row, 2012

An opening reception at each gallery will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The exhibitions will run through Sunday, Dec. 7. Admission is free and open to the public.

“American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio” is an exhibition of 48 archival digital prints. Founded in 1936, the American Abstract Artists (AAA) fosters the understanding of abstract and non-objective art by organizing exhibitions, producing print portfolios and catalogs as well as providing a forum for discussion through symposia, panels and the American Abstract Artists Journal. For the first time in its long history, the AAA portfolio was printed digitally rather than using traditional forms of lithography or transferring image to plate.

DuPont Gallery will exhibit “Antediluvian,” an installation by Canadian artist Mia Feuer. The exhibit will display the preliminary materials that went into Feuer’s latest project, which was canceled by community protestors due to environmental concerns. The project was a temporary solar-powered gas station that would have floated in the river near Heritage Island in Washington, D.C. Materials on display will include drawings, projections and recorded lectures on environmental issues. Mia Feuer will give a lecture at the closing ceremony of the exhibition.

Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries are located on the Fredericksburg campus near the intersection of College Avenue and Thornton Street. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://www.umwgalleries.org/.

Movie Executive Shares Expertise As UMW’s Executive-in-Residence

NBC Universal executive Daniel R. Wolfe urged local community leaders and students at the University of Mary Washington to strive for innovation in their businesses and their careers. Wolfe, a 1984 alumnus and executive vice president of NBC Universal’s Worldwide Creative Operations, spent two days this week at UMW as the 2014-14 Executive-in-Residence.

Dan Wolfe '84 talks with UMW students.

Dan Wolfe ’84 talks with UMW students.

“Maintaining the status quo is not a strategy,” said Wolfe, sharing his motto for business and a concept he strives to live by. According to Wolfe, businesses can either hold onto their success model until it becomes irrelevant, or continuously look to change and innovate.

What is the secret to innovation? Wolfe encourages business leaders to look to their consumers for answers.

“The biggest thing is – are we listening to our consumer?” asked Wolfe. “The ability to ask questions, the ability to let your guard down and say ‘let me ask what would be a better way to do this’ is so important for any business and for any individual to keep growing,” said Wolfe.

After graduating from UMW, Wolfe said he moved back home to Virginia Beach with his parents. A few years later, his college roommate, a movie fanatic, died in a car accident. The incident got Wolfe thinking about his passions and purpose, and he ended up moving to Boston for grad school before heading out to Los Angeles.

With all his success, Wolfe still credits his time as Mary Washington for the balance he is able to keep in the Hollywood industry.

College is “really where you build your foundation,” he said. “And I think that’s what’s really served me well.”

Cataloging Clues

Paul Murphy spends his days discovering clues to America’s past.

Surrounded by a magnifying glass, latex gloves and a hand-held dusting brush, the University of Mary Washington historic preservation major sorts through a box of seemingly innocuous objects to identify and catalogue bits of history.

UMW Hosts Second Annual Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars

The University of Mary Washington’s second annual Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars, held on Saturday, Oct. 11, raised more than $75,000 to endow a UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theatre or dance.

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The evening featured 10 leaders from the Fredericksburg community performing ballroom dances with professional dancers from Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio of Fredericksburg. A panel of judges provided comments and presented the top awards.

Terrie Crawley, a local dentist and member of the UMW Board of Visitors, earned the 2014 “Best-in-Show” as well as “Best Posture” for her rumba.

Florence Ridderhof, who danced a tango, received the People’s Choice Award, presented at a champagne reception following the show. Ridderhof also received honors for the “Most Dramatic” performance.

Other winners announced by the judges were:

  • Lisa Crittenden, executive director of Loisann’s Hope House, “Most Amazing Moves” for the jive
  • Janel Donohue, president of Rappahannock United Way, “Fanciest Footwork” for the cha cha
  • Debby Girvan, president of Flair Communication, “Most Graceful” for the foxtrot
  • John Fick president and CEO of J.F. Fick Inc., “Most Flair” for the hustle
  • Regis Keddie II, senior vice president of investments at Davenport and Co., “Most Entertaining” for the swing
  • John Moss Jr., attorney with Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, PLC, “Best Rhythm” for the peabody
  • John Wack, president of Eastern Sports Management and owner of the Fredericksburg Field House, “Best Costume” for the Viennese waltz
  • Joe Wilson, owner of Perma Treat Pest Control and a member of the UMW Board of Visitors, “Most Engaging” for the Texas two step

Darrell Green, Hall of Famer and former Washington Redskin, hosted the evening. Judges included Rosendo Fumero, a professional ballroom dancer and a former U.S. champion in the American Style Smooth open division; Susan Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Melanie Kay-Wyant, principal at Walker Grant Middle School. Both Spears and Kay-Wyant competed in last year’s event.

UMW Presents Harp Concert

The University of Mary Washington will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” a music concert featuring harpist Grace Bauson on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Pollard Recital Hall.

Grace Bauson

Grace Bauson

Bauson will guide the audience on a journey of harp music from around the world, including works inspired by Spanish guitars, Asian poetry, the vistas of Antarctica and more. The concert is free and open to the public.

A harp professor in UMW’s Department of Music, Bauson has performed with the American Youth Harp Ensemble in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center. She also has been a featured soloist in concerto performances at the Chautauqua Music Festival and with the Kokomo and Ball State symphony orchestras. Her students have performed in numerous national and international tours with the American Youth Harp Ensemble.

Bauson’s instructors have included Elizabeth Richter, Judy Loman, Adelheid Blovsky-Miller and Lucile Lawrence. She holds a doctorate in music from Ball State University.

For more information, call (540) 654-1012 or visit cas.umw.edu/music.

UMW Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Berlin Wall

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with “Fall of the Wall Campus Weeks” starting Monday, Oct. 13.

Berlin WallCampus Weeks, coordinated by UMW’s German Program in cooperation with the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will continue through Thursday, Nov. 6. All events, with the exception of the German Gala on Nov. 6, are free and open to the public.

The program will open with the building and painting of a wall in memory of the assembly of the Berlin Wall by the German Democratic Republic in 1961. Construction will begin on Monday, Oct. 13 on Campus Walk in front of Ball Circle and concludes on Thursday, Oct. 16 with a ceremony at 4 p.m.

Other program events include:

  • Film Screening of Sonnenallee, Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Combs Hall, Room 139
  • German Game Night, Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412
  • Film Screening of Nikolaikirche, Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Combs Hall, Room 139
  • Panel Discussion, “Living (with)out Walls: The Korean, Palestinian, and Mexican Experience,” Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Reading and discussion with German author Martin Jankowski, Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412
  • Halloween Celebration and Film Screening of We are the Night, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Combs Hall, Room 237
  • Film screening of Berlin is in Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Combs Hall, Room 237
  • German Gala, Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Dining Room at Seacobeck Hall

Campus Weeks will conclude with the destruction of the wall on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. on Campus Walk in front of Ball Circle. The community is invited to participate and take home a piece of the wall as a reminder of the occasion.

For more information, contact Marcel Rotter at (540) 654-1996 or mrotter@umw.edu.