August 2, 2015

Mary Washington Night with the Flying Squirrels, Aug. 25

Come on out to the ballgame with Mary Washington alumni, family, friends faculty and staff for a fun night of minor league baseball! Join us Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, as they take on the Harrisburg Senators, AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals. UMW has a limited number of free general admission tickets to this game, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of 6 tickets per person) when you complete your registration for this event at Wear your Mary Washington gear and show your UMW pride! Game time is 7:05 p.m., and tickets will be available for pick up at a Mary Washington table outside the gates until 7:30 p.m.

UMW, GWU Sign Medical School Agreement

The University of Mary Washington and The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences have joined forces to streamline the process for UMW students to pursue medical school. A memorandum of understanding signed by both institutions guarantees UMW Honors program students early acceptance to the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

admissions_applyfeb1“The agreement will let highly qualified students gain acceptance to medical school during the summer following their sophomore year,” said Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “During their final two years at UMW, students will have the freedom and encouragement to study a wider range of subjects in the liberal arts than they might do otherwise. Because they will not be taking the MCATs, these students will have additional time for pursuing research, study abroad opportunities and rigorous liberal arts course work that matches their interests and ambitions.”

The agreement was signed on Tuesday, July 28 by President Richard V. Hurley, Provost Jonathan Levin, and Dean Finkelstein, and goes into effect immediately.

Honors students interested in pursuing this opportunity will work closely with their academic advisors to meet the minimum requirements for application, both curricular and extracurricular.

“I’m delighted to have worked on this agreement because it represents what both of our institutions recognize—that a rigorous liberal arts education provides the best preparation for a professional career,” said Finkelstein.

“We are delighted with this partnership,” said Diane P. McQuail, GWU’s assistant dean of Admissions for medical degree programs.  “UMW’s Honors program provides students the ability to hone their academic, intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies defined by the Association of American Medical Schools as critical for success in the career of medicine.

For more information, contact Dean Finkelstein at or 540-654-1054, or visit the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences Early Selection website.


UMW Professor Named 2015 Asia Studies Fellow

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, has been selected as a 2015 Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.

Surupa Gupta

Surupa Gupta

The fellowship provides residence of three or six months at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., to scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing on significant contemporary U.S.-Asia policy topics, including diplomatic, politico-security and economic issues.

“During my fellowship I will research trade relations between the U.S. and India and focus specifically on farm trade and trade-related Intellectual Property Rights as these have been particularly contentious issues,” said Gupta, whose official research topic is entitled Indispensable Partners?: U.S.-India Relations and the Domestic Politics of Farm Trade and Intellectual Property Rights.

Gupta specializes in international political economy, politics of globalization, comparative politics of south Asia and Indian foreign policy. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California,  Los Angeles and a bachelor of arts and a master’s degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She was awarded a Jepson Fellowship at UMW in 2011.

“I am excited about being in an environment with other scholars with similar interests, having an office in D.C. this fall and that I will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with some of the participants and the stakeholders involved in this policy area,” said Gupta.

For more information, check out the East-West Center website.

Main Course

In a medium-sized Combs Hall classroom, combine one cool professor, a dozen sharp summer-school students and a dash of inspiration. Blend well.

Money Magazine Rates UMW Among the Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by Money Magazine’s 2015 list of top colleges, released on Monday, July 13.

Photographed April 20, 2010. (Photo by Norm Shafer)UMW is ranked sixth among Virginia public schools and 119th overall among the 736 four-year colleges and universities named to the list out of more than 1,500 four-year schools in the country. UMW’s ranking also places it on the Magazine’s list of the 50 best public colleges.

Money Magazines looks at educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings to determine the rankings for its list.

Earlier this year, UMW ranked 18th on the magazine’s list of the nation’s top 25 public colleges with the best record of graduating students on time, with 66 percent of UMW’s student population graduating in four years.  Approximately 74 percent of UMW’s students graduate in six years.

For more information and to view the full list of best colleges, visit

A Heritage in Clay

Business administration seemed sensible, and Hadrian Mendoza ’96 worked hard to fulfill major requirements in his first three years at Mary Washington. Then came senior year, with only electives left to take.


Deep Secrets

She was bound to a tree, beaten, and worse. Court records call her an “old Baptist colored woman.” Though we don’t know her name or much more about her, archaeologist Lauren McMillan ’08 believes it isn’t too late to learn.

University of Mary Washington Hosts Title IX Training

The University of Mary Washington will host a Civil Rights Investigator Training and Certification Level One Course July 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stafford campus.

The training is presented by ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators, and is open to all higher education institutions.

Training will provide foundational knowledge and skills for civil rights investigators, deputies and Title IX coordinators and administrators, with a focus on mastering the investigation of campus sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

Participants must register by Friday, June 26 at

For more information, contact Terri Lockhart at or Amanda Tarczynski at

Feeding Their Brains

Kelly Murphy ’01 may be an unofficial expert on zombies, but in the event of a zombie apocalypse she’d probably be one of the first people to get infected. “I’ve often joked with my students that the likelihood of a biblical studies scholar surviving the initial zombie outbreak is pretty slim,” she said.

Market Manager

Shoppers picking through ripe tomatoes, sniffing fresh herbs and selecting fresh fish at local farmer’s markets are thinking of tonight’s dinner – not the details of the vendor’s transactions.

That’s been the focus of Alex Lindeman ’15, whose iPad app is making it easier to turn produce into profit.