September 19, 2017

UMW to Host Two Delegate Debates

The University of Mary Washington will host an 88th District Debate on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and a 28th District Debate on Thursday, Sept. 21. Both debates will take place at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. They are open to the public. On Sept. 13, incumbent Del. Mark Cole, a Republican, will debate Democrat […]

Paula Zero: Executive Suite

As first-year students settle into their fresh UMW lives, Paula Zero is doing the same. Just this past summer she was named executive office manager for President Troy D. Paino.

In her dozen years at Mary Washington, Zero has done everything from running the cash register in the bookstore to coordinating special events for the Office of Admissions. But her current post puts her right in the thick of things.

This week she takes her new role with a new president into a new academic year. But, really, Paula … no pressure.


Q: Is it scary to work in the president’s office?

No, it’s an honor. The experience, knowledge and support of the staff makes working in the office anything but scary. And I appreciate the wonderful opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Q: Managing the office of a university president is a multifaceted job. How do you prioritize?

Ongoing communication with staff is important. Deadlines certainly help, too!

Q: What are your three top tips for keeping it together under pressure?

Focus on the big picture; keep a “what’s next” calendar; make sure your workspace is organized.

Q: In your new role, what have you learned about President Paino?

I already knew he was exceptionally intelligent and compassionate … and he has a terrific sense of humor!

Q: What one word would you use to describe him?


Social Psychologist Named UMW Psychology Graduate-In-Residence

Natalie Kerr, professor of psychology at James Madison University, has been named the 2017 Graduate-in-Residence by the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychological Science. As part of her role, Kerr will give a lecture titled “From the Bedroom to the Highway: The Science of Smartphone Addiction and Distraction” on Thursday, Sept. 28. The free, […]

UMW Studio Art Faculty Exhibit Opens Sept. 7

The duPont Gallery will host the UMW Studio Art Faculty Show, one of the first two exhibits of the fall 2017 season, from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13. This exhibit includes the work of nine members of the University’s Art and Art History Department: Debra Balestreri, Carole Garmon, Larry Hinkle, Rosemary Jesionowski, Ashe Laughlin, Jon […]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Earns TripAdvisor Award

Gari Melchers Home and Studio has received the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This achievement celebrates businesses and attractions that have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. […]

Dave Fleming: Move-In Magic

The first of a weekly series of candid Q&A’s with the people who make Mary Washington shine.

This time of year, papers pile up on Dave Fleming’s desk. His inbox takes on a life of its own. Even his pulse starts to rev up a little. That’s because, for Fleming, UMW’s assistant dean for residence life and housing, Move-In Day (which took place yesterday, with hundreds of new students settling in to residence halls across campus) might just be the best day … ever. And, after helping students haul fridges and fans, mirrors and movie collections into their new college digs for the past 16 years, he’s seen it all. Or has he?

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Dave Fleming on move-in day.

Q: What’s the most memorable item you’ve ever seen a student bring to campus?

A full-size arcade game – Mission Command, I believe.

Q: What are the three words that best describe the spirit of Move-In Day?

Frenetic (it’s controlled chaos), inviting, hopeful

Q: Including this year’s, how many college move-in days have you been involved in?

16! Two as an RA, two as a graduate student and the rest as a professional.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge – and reward – of managing the daily life of thousands of college students?

Challenge: Each student comes to campus with individual needs. How their identities mesh with the community is complex. We rely on our student staff to have a finger on the pulse of their floors and communicate to us what they learn.

Reward: Witnessing the way one conversation, resolution or quick response can affect a student. I often say to RAs that if we made a positive impact on one person, it was worth our time and investment.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

Two days in Residence Life and Housing are never the same. I’m a problem solver, and there are always opportunities to examine a problem and develop solutions. Making a positive impact on students is the icing on the cake.

Q: Why is UMW Move-In Day one of your favorite days of the year?

It’s the range of emotions during the day, the anticipation and excitement in the air. Students are excited and nervous for a new beginning, while their families reflect on the work they’ve done to get their student to this point. I often see the last hug before Mom and Dad leave campus. It’s a heartfelt moment that I’m honored to witness.

Q: What’s special about move-in at Mary Washington?

Move-In Day at UMW embodies the spirit of being part of the Eagle Family. Upper-class students, faculty, staff and administrators join in welcoming new students and their families. A highlight is seeing President and Mrs. Paino in Move-In T-shirts, greeting new students and accepting selfie requests. It really speaks volumes about the kind of university Mary Wash is.

Move-In Day Brings New Eagles ‘Home’

Hundreds of first-year students called UMW home for the first time this week. Move-In Day, which took place yesterday on the Fredericksburg campus, marked the official start of the fall 2017 semester. Beneath overcast skies, spirits were bright. Anticipation bubbled like the Palmieri Fountain. And nervous excitement was the mood of the day. “Move-In Day […]

Acting College of Business Dean Receives Faculty Service Award

Ken Machande, acting dean and associate professor in the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized with the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for his contributions to the University as well as his involvement and leadership in the community. The award was presented at the University’s opening faculty […]

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best for Low Debt, Value

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized once again for having among the nation’s lowest student loan debt and best value. In a ranking of 1,161 colleges and universities, LendEDU has rated UMW 35th among public colleges and 82nd among colleges overall for the lowest student loan debt per borrower. Nearly 60 percent of […]

Paino Unveils Vision for UMW

This morning at an all-university event, President Troy D. Paino shared his vision for UMW’s future. Faculty and staff gathered in Dodd Auditorium for the annual Opening Assembly, where Paino unveiled his plans for the University. He called the agenda, which he spent the summer drafting, a task of “enormous responsibility for a university that’s […]