June 30, 2016

Welcome, President Paino!

Let’s all give a warm Eagle welcome to UMW’s new president, Troy D. Paino, who will join us officially on Tuesday, July 5.

Troy D. Paino 2016Dr. Paino and his family—wife Kelly and daughters Sophia and Chloe—will spend the holiday weekend settling into their new home after making the move from Kirksville, Mo.

Dr. Paino served as president of Truman State University for six years, and was that university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs before that. He also served as dean of Winona State University’s College of Liberal Arts, in Minnesota.

Dr. Paino earned doctorate and master’s degrees in American studies from Michigan State University. He holds a juris doctorate from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Evangel University.

His teaching and scholarly interests include American higher education, 20th-century cultural and social history and American legal history. He has written extensively on the history of American sports and published his book, The Social History of the United States: 1960s, in 2008.

The entire UMW community wishes the Paino family much happiness in their new home. We welcome them to the Eagle family!



American Icons to Appear with UMW Philharmonic

Legendary singer Tony Bennett and award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will headline the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season. The announcement was made at a special event for the Friends of the UMW Philharmonic on Friday, June 17. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Bennett and Ms. Chenoweth performing with the Philharmonic this season,” […]

Quantum Leap

Benjamin Nguyen tugged at his blue-rimmed goggles and held his breath, a test tube teetering in his hand. A standout student from Valencia High School in Orange County, California, he knows his way around a lab, but after shattering a pair of beakers the day before, he wasn’t taking any chances.

Nguyen was among 20 teenage chemists, top scorers from across the country, to converge on the University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Science Center early this month. Professor of Chemistry Kelli Slunt, long involved with the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, pushed for UMW to host its annual two-week summer training camp, held until this year at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado.

Governor Announces Appointments to UMW Board of Visitors

The Virginia Governor’s Office announced the appointment of Sharon Bulova of Fairfax County, Edward B. Hontz of Stafford County and Deidre Powell White of Fredericksburg to the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington. They will serve four-year terms, which expire June 30, 2020. They succeed Tara C. Corrigall, Theresa Young Crawley and […]

UMW Alumna Named 2015-16 CAC Senior Scholar-Athlete

University of Mary Washington alumna Haley Kane, a 2016 graduate and recent member of the university field hockey team, was named as the 2015-16 female senior scholar-athlete of the year by the Capital Athletic Conference. The award is given to senior student-athletes who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, demonstrate athletic success and […]

UMW Renames Amphitheatre to Honor Donors

The University of Mary Washington recognized two long-time donors on Saturday, June 4, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the century-old amphitheatre on the Fredericksburg campus. The outdoor arena, slated for renovation, has been renamed the Heslep Amphitheatre, in honor of 1956 alumna Josephine McPherson Heslep and her husband, Donald, of Richmond. The Hesleps, who attended […]

UMW Rededicates Presidential Portrait Gallery

The University of Mary Washington rededicated its presidential gallery in a special ceremony on Friday, June 3, in the foyer of George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium on the Fredericksburg campus. The occasion marked the first time that all seven official presidential portraits have been displayed together. “These presidents have been extremely influential to Mary Washington,” […]

UMW Philharmonic Director Leads Library of Congress Research Team

Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, is leading a treasure hunt. Working with a national research team in tandem with the Music Division of the Library of Congress, Bartram recently kicked off a project to find American classical masterworks that have been long forgotten. Known as “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures,” the project is […]

UMW to Host 2016 U.S. Chemical Olympiad Study Camp

The University of Mary Washington has been selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to host the 2016 U.S. Chemical Olympiad Study Camp Tuesday, May 31 through Wednesday June 15. Twenty high school finalists from across the nation will visit UMW to compete for a spot on the four-person traveling team that will represent the […]

UMW Student Leaders: On the Cutting Edge

We always knew our students were cutting edge. Now, campus leaders from around the state also know.


At the 2016 Virginia Leadership Academy last week, University of Mary Washington students mowed over the competition in the category of spirit, teamwork and growth. And they have a (toy) lawn mower to prove it.

Student advisers, including vice presidents and deans, from schools represented at the Academy voted and declared UMW’s eight-member delegation winners of the conference’s one and only distinction, The Cutting Edge Award. While awaiting a formal plaque, the team was appeased with a plastic lawn mower that now resides on a shelf in the office of Melissa Jones, assistant dean for student involvement.

“During the conference, several people commented on the intelligence and charisma of our Mary Washington contingent,” said Juliette Landphair, UMW’s vice president for student affairs. “This meant a lot, especially since our students represented groups across campus, from student government to athletics.”

The three-day Academy, held at Old Dominion University (ODU), provided an opportunity for newly elected campus leaders and their advisers to share ideas and solutions, as well as network and hear from invited leadership experts. In addition to UMW and ODU, schools represented included Longwood, Radford, Tidewater Community College, Roanoke College, VCU, Norfolk State and Virginia State.

Attending from Mary Washington were: Danielle Howard ’17, chair of the Diversity & Unity Committee; Emily Stallings ’17, Campus Programming Board chair; Jackie Khawand ’17,  Honor Council president; Lanieta Budi ’17, president of the Judicial Review Board ; Laura Gilchrist ’17, Commuter Student Association president; Sophia Hamdan ’18, chair of the Legislative Action Committee; Zaire Sprowal ’17, Finance Committee chair; and Kevin Jones ’18, member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Accompanying them were Landphair, Jones, and Residence Life Area Coordinator John Hughey.