December 18, 2017

Talk to Focus on Immigration in America

Three UMW professors will lead a “Coffee & Conversation” presentation on immigration in America tonight – Wednesday, Oct. 25 – at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. Co-sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee (DUCC), the talk will touch on the politics and opinions surrounding immigration in […]

Cabot Creamery Executive Shares How to Dance Among Giants

Alumna Roberta MacDonald credits the University of Mary Washington with giving her the tools it took to help launch her extraordinary 40-year marketing career. She’s served as Vermont’s first marketing director and worked for such heavy-hitters as the San Francisco Opera, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, American Express and the Vietnam […]

Jeremy Vaughn: Breathing Lessons

As the four short days of Fall Break come to an end, you can hear a whoosh sound — not from leaves falling, but from Jeremy Vaughn doing his breathing exercises. As Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Vaughn is the force behind the weekend of Homecoming festivities. Of course, the week before is hectic for him and others who work diligently behind the scenes to make sure each event runs smoothly. But Vaughn employs the same breathing exercises he uses as a musician. He turns stress into a motivator.

Jeremy Vaughn

Q: How did you get involved with alumni programming?

A: I credit my UMW liberal arts education for this opportunity, since I work in a field not quite related to my two majors. After graduating in 2008, I was working an unpaid internship doing curatorial work at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and needed a job to support myself. A few years of working this full-time job landed me a position as director of membership and fundraising-related programs. I am quite fortunate to have this fantastic job with Alumni Relations. They are a team of amazing people.

Q: What’s your favorite part of planning for Homecoming week?

A: I’m a sucker for the little things that make an event fun. This year, we have new custom wristbands with snap-off drink tickets that say “BEER ME.” It’s a small detail but I hope it gets a chuckle each time they use it at the bar.

Q: What are you looking forward to during Homecoming week?

A: I’d have to say my favorite part of any alumni event is watching alumni of different ages interacting and having a blast. We hold a happy hour on the Friday before Homecoming at Home Team Grill, which seems to attract a higher percentage of the older alumni. The brunch is a good mix of all ages, while the tailgate has a lot of younger alumni.

Q: Are there any Homecoming horror stories or funny stories you’d like to share?

A: If you were to ask any alumni this question, I’m sure you’d get some excellent answers for both. There are, of course, some legendary stories I can’t disclose, but to get these you should probably just come to Homecoming and hear them for yourself!


UMW History Professor Wins Book Prize

Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington professor of history, has won the 2016 best book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire. Gendered Crossings explores the diverse settings of the Iberian Atlantic and the transformations in peasants’ gendered experiences as they […]

UMW Welcomes Alumni for Homecoming 2017

Hundreds of University of Mary Washington alumni, family and friends will converge onto the Fredericksburg campus this weekend, Oct. 20-21, to celebrate Homecoming weekend. Festivities will include UMW’s annual tailgating event beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Battleground Athletic Complex for an afternoon of sports competition. Key matchups include women’s rugby against alumni, […]

Alum Helps Lift Farmers from Poverty

It was drizzling, of course, when UMW alum Robert Durrette ’09 poured two cups of coffee at his rainforest lodge. He handed one to the Honduran guard he paid to watch over the place. As cool drops tapped on the rippled tin roof, the guard shared his family’s struggle to make a living on their […]

UMW Professors Featured on With Good Reason

UMW Assistant Professor Dan Hirshberg will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program in a presentation that airs Oct. 21-27. In the show, “Enter the Subconscious,” Hirshberg discusses how he explores the subconscious with his Contemplative Studies students by wiring meditating students with brain-imaging headsets. Hirshberg, who is assistant professor of religion, recently participated […]

UMW Professor Reimagines Role in Poverty’s End with Sidekick Manifesto

What’s your role in the story of poverty’s end? Are you the hero, or are you the sidekick? That’s the question UMW Associate Professor of Economics Shawn Humphrey asked two years ago before crafting the “Sidekick Manifesto,” a statement that calls for a supportive role – as opposed to a leading role – in  the […]

UMW Philharmonic Performs Halloween Star Wars Concert

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic continues its 2017-18 season with a children’s Halloween concert on Friday, Oct. 27. The annual Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo has become a cherished community tradition. This year’s theme, Star Wars, will feature the opportunity for children to meet the instruments of the orchestra and then to hear a concert. […]

Faculty Panel Ties Social Media to Classroom

A six-person panel of UMW faculty from across campus gave its take on digital learning in the classroom last night during “Web Culture in the Disciplines.” The presentation at the Hurley Convergence Center was the latest installment in the second annual Digital Liberal Arts series, hosted by the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies. Instructional […]