November 23, 2017

Contemplative Garden Brings ‘Zen’ to Campus

A bonsai workshop last week set the right frame of mind for a progress report on UMW’s new Zen Garden. More than 100 people turned out to learn about the ancient art of tree trimming and hear about the space under construction outside the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies on the Fredericksburg campus. The Japanese-inspired […]

‘Relentless Principal’ to Share Leadership Style at UMW

Hamish Brewer, the Northern Virginia school principal who is nationally recognized for his unorthodox – yet highly effective – leadership approach, will talk with aspiring teachers at the University of Mary Washington on Monday, Nov. 27. The session, scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center, is open to […]

Chef Will: A Matter of Taste

As steam swirls around him and savory smells fill the air, Sodexo Executive Chef William Allison is in his element. His utensils expertly scrape across the flat-top grill, flipping and tossing colorful vegetables and seasoned meats for the swarm of students about to enter the top floor of UMW’s University Center. [Read more…]

UMW Alumni Make Forbes’ 30 Under 30

UMW alumni Robert Davis and Abbas Haider made Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30.” The 2018 list of the country’s top young entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers – all under 30 years old – was released earlier today. “It’s pretty unreal right now,” Haider said this afternoon, just hours after learning he and Davis had made the […]

UMW Senior Scores on the Court and in the Classroom

The ball whooshes through the net as Kendall Parker’s sneakers skim across court. The crowd’s cheers rebound from wall to wall. Excitement courses through the air. During her four years as a player on the UMW women’s basketball team, the senior guard has broken the school record for 3-pointers in a game, scoring nine 3-pointers […]

Alumni Band Makes Waves with Cruise Line Tour

Not too long ago, University of Mary Washington alumnus Will McCarry ’14 was jamming with a couple of friends in a Westmoreland Hall dorm room. Five years and countless noise complaints later, his band, Wylder, is gearing up to play their first cruise line music festival. Formerly known as Save the Arcadian, Wylder will set […]

Jessica Roberson: Saluting a Veteran

Most days, you can find Jessica Roberson at the U.C.’s Veteran’s Resource Center, where she helps student veterans apply for GI Bill benefits and transition to student life. She knows of what she speaks. Roberson spent five years in the Air Force managing aircrew flight equipment before enrolling at UMW.  A senior majoring in international business, she also helps coordinate events for the Association of Student Veterans. Though she generally spends her days on the ground heading to classes, she knows what it’s like to jump out of a plane.

Q: What spurred you to join the military?

A: I joined the military when I was 19 years old. My former boyfriend’s dad, who was an Air Force F-15 pilot, constantly talked to me about the benefits and real-world experience that you get from serving in the military, so he really pushed me to join, and I really appreciate him for that to this day.

Q: Why did you choose to study at Mary Washington?

A: I grew up in Fredericksburg and my parents moved to Orange County when I was 16. I’d always been around the campus and really liked the liberal arts feel of this school. I looked online for Veteran’s Administration educational benefits and saw that UMW had a recognized program in the area. Two years ago, UMW had about 400 veterans enrolled with a 75-percent graduation rate, which is pretty high.

Q: What is one memory you have of a special moment on campus that you see intersecting with your veteran status?

A: Devil Goat Day 2016, which was one of my first experiences since I had just transferred to UMW in the spring. It’s really kind of cool to me that the graduation classes come together as a whole on that day, like the odds and the evens. When you are in the military, you depend on that camaraderie and group dynamic.

UMW Commemorates Veteran’s Day

The University of Mary Washington is commemorating Veteran’s Day with a card-signing initiative in the University Center organized by the University’s Association of Student Veterans. A table will be set up by the main staircase of the University Center’s Ball Street entrance on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The thank-you cards […]

Eagle Madness

UMW rocks new basketball season

Psychology Major Lands Top Auditory Internship

Rebekah Funkhouser has plenty to say about UMW. The Washington Guide tells prospective students about scholarships, financial aid … and the time she saw a live camel crossing Ball Circle. But it’s the first thing she shares with the groups that gather for tours across campus that makes her own journey through college so personal. […]