July 2, 2015

Staff Advisory Council Mixer Today at 4:30 p.m.

All Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to come and network, kibitz or otherwise hobnob with other faculty and staff at Home Team Grill in Eagle Village.  Your Staff Advisory Council is hosting this mixer as we end our orientation swing and hope you will come by and visit!  This mixer will be from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. with happy hour pricing until 6 p.m. on drinks and some appetizers. C’mon out and relax and enjoy the atmosphere that is Home Team Grill. It will be a great day to be an EAGLE!

UMW Student Wins Young Composer Award

University of Mary Washington sophomore Austin O’Rourke won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gold Young Composer Award for his composition Hazel Colored Nebula. Austin O'Rourke (left) is pictured with 2015 Pulitzer in Music Winner Julia Wolfe after receiving the Martin Gould Award in New York. “This is the most prestigious award a young composer can win,” said Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music. O’Rourke, along with Morton Gould award winners from across the country, was recently recognized at an event in New York City by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The award is given to honor late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP Foundation President Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer Inc., when he was only six years of age, according to a press release about the award. O’Rourke wrote the composition in an electronic music course at UMW taught by Snyder. “Our class produced a piece of art that won this award,” said Snyder, exuding pride. “The evolution of the work can be traced over three drafts on UMWblogs…the critiques offered on the blog are not just by music students, but by a political science major and a geography major too.” ASCAP, which is made up of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music, is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members, according to ASCAP’s website.

UMW Celebrates Harper Lee’s New Book

The University of Mary Washington Bookstore will celebrate the national release date for Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s much-anticipated new novel, with a book talk and reception on Tuesday, July 14. Book cover provided by HarperCollins Publishers. Professor of English Gary Richards, an expert on Southern literature and Harper Lee’s works, will speak briefly and answer questions about the author and her works. Light refreshments will be served. The event will take place in the UMW Bookstore in Lee Hall from 1-3 p.m. Taking place 20 years after events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper’s new novel will allow readers to reconnect with Scout and Atticus, among other favorite characters. “Readers are eager to see how Harper Lee has imagined her famous characters later in their lives,” said Richards, who teaches To Kill A Mockingbird in his summer course titled “Writing About the South.” “At the broader level, though, readers will be judging whether this new text–feared by some to be a rough or early draft–can match the power of To Kill a Mockingbird.” Attendees will receive a discounted price of $19.85 on the first edition of the book in addition to 15% off most regularly priced UMW clothing and insignia during the event. Copies of Go Set a Watchman can be ordered through the UMW Bookstore and picked up at the event. The retail price of $27.99 will apply to the book after July 14. Reserved parking will be available in the Monroe Hall lot, off Sunken Road, and in Jefferson Square, off College Avenue, near the main College Avenue entrance to the University. Visitor parking also is available on the right hand side of Double Drive, the main campus entryway, and on Level 4 of the Parking Deck. The UMW Bookstore is owned and operated by the University of Mary Washington. All of the profits support UMW students and programs. For more information, call the UMW Bookstore at 540-654-1631.

Farewell and Thank You from Betty Bradshaw

I would like to thank everyone for the cards, visits, phone calls, gifts and kind words, I have received from so many of you over the past two months, as I transition to another chapter in my journey. I’m overwhelmed with the expressions of love displayed. It has been a pleasure working at MWC/UMW for the past 36 years.  I have made many friends here and I will miss the day to day contact, but I plan to keep in touch.  May God Bless each one of you.  bb

New Campaign Gifts

University Advancement announces Mary Washington First Campaign gifts and pledges:

  • An alumna from the Class of 1965 pledged $25,000 to endow a new study abroad scholarship.
  • A former UMW staff member and her husband have committed $60,000 in their estate to fund an endowment for specialized training and professional development.
  • A member of the Class of 1970 gave $10,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington in honor of her 45th class reunion.
  • An alumni couple from the Class of 1950 pledged $25,000 to support Arts for the Community and the Fund for Mary Washington.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $40 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

Hyatt Place Receives TripAdvisor Award

Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington  was recently awarded a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for being recognized as a top performing hotel. Check out the full release on PRWeb. 

Free Learner Space Summer Camp, July 21-22

A student learns about circuitry by using tools in UMW's LearnerSpace

A student learns about circuitry by using tools in UMW’s LearnerSpace

The College of Education is hosting a free LearnerSpace Summer Camp for children of UMW faculty and staff on July 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about the maker’s space, 3D printing, robotics and rockets. The camp is open to children ages 9 to 13 and takes place on the Stafford campus in the north building, room 112. Registration is required for each day at http://bit.ly/1Bn5D0Z. Contact Linda Falden at lfalden@umw.edu with questions.


UMW Partners with Local Elementary Schools to Tackle Oil Spills

The timer winds down outside Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in Stafford County. Precious seconds tick away while fifth-graders watch with anticipation to see if their creation will clean up oil dumped in a makeshift waterway. “You guys made this. It’s driving around. Be proud,” said Principal Greg Machi, applauding the group crowded around a blue and white inflatable pool, exhorting their motorized sponge-like devices, built from PVC pipe, pool noodles and oil absorbency pads, to soak up the blackish oil dumped in the clear water. “No wonder they call it trial and error,” said 10-year-old Zoe Lenzmeier, as her group’s machine struggles to move through the water. Her group’s machine successfully cleaned up oil, but will need some modifications to move better in the water. University of Mary Washington Professor of Education George Meadows, who oversaw the student testing, deemed all the inventions a success. “They built a remote-control machine with a purpose,” said Meadows, who spearheaded this project through a $2,390 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Professor of Education George Meadows spearheaded a project to teach Stafford elementary school students about oil spills. Photos by Reza Marvashti. Students built machines from PVC pipe, pool noodles, oil absorbancy pads and recycled materials. Students planned and designed their machines over the course of a few weeks. The final phase of the project was testing their machines. More than 300 students were able to test their machines during the last week of school. Meadows partnered with principals and teachers at Anne E. Moncure, Hartwood and Ferry Farm elementary schools and Friends of the Rappahannock to educate more than 300 students about water pollution caused by oil spills before starting the building process. Through the grant, the schools were able to purchase all of the materials and participate in workshops led by educators from Friends of the Rappahannock on watershed, human impact on rivers and oil spills. “I hope they realize that they can make a difference,” said Lowery Pemberton, education coordinator for Friends of the Rappahannock, as she watched the next group test their machine. “And that this motivates them to figure out solutions for themselves.” Students in groups of four to five were given a real-world scenario where they had a $1,000 budget to purchase materials. Then they had about five total hours to build over the course of a few weeks. During the last week of school they tested and observed the machines by simulating an oil spill. “This is what 21st century learning must increasingly be for all students—multifaceted meaningful engagement that builds complex knowledge and skills, that emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, and that embraces the importance of iterations to deep, nuanced, and useful understandings,” said Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, dean of the UMW College of Education, who also came to observe the students as they tested their machines. After testing, students returned to their classrooms to discuss, but some students already were planning improvements. “I would probably attach the funnel that turns – that filters the oil into water – to the machine so it doesn’t create drag,” said 10-year-old Seamus Gutierrez, after his machine finishes its test run. “It was hard to control and maybe it was too long because it jammed against the corners.”

UMW Announces Search Firm for 2015-16 Presidential Search

The University of Mary Washington announced the selection of Baker and Associates as its partner in the search for the 10th president of the university on Friday, June 12. Photographed April 20, 2010. (Photo by Norm Shafer)Baker and Associates is an executive search firm established in 2007 whose team brings 60 years of experience to UMW’s search. The search will be led by Senior Vice President Martin Baker. Baker and Associates has conducted more than 500 searches at colleges and universities both in the commonwealth and across the country. Previous presidential and chancellor searches have included the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2015, Appalachian State University in 2014 and Western Carolina University in 2011. “Martin Baker brings a combined passion for liberal arts education and the extensive experience necessary to conduct an innovative and strategic executive search,” said Holly Cuellar, rector for the University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors. “The search will be national in scope and every effort will be made to cultivate a rich pool of exceptionally well-qualified candidates for consideration.” Baker and Associates was selected by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which is chaired by Rector Cuellar, following several interviews with multiple firms. The firm will assist the search advisory committee with the initial screening, vetting, and interviewing of candidates and will support the Board of Visitors in the final selection of the next president. “Being so well-known for its outstanding commitment to liberal arts, there’s already such prestige associated with Mary Washington,” said Baker. “With high-quality faculty, staff and students, along with a dedicated Board of Visitors, there is a lot about the university that will attract a robust pool of candidates.” According to Baker, the firm will bring a hands-on approach in its proactive outreach to talented prospects who reflect the skill sets and leadership characteristics required by UMW. The firm has conducted a number of successful searches within Virginia, including searches at Longwood University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia and Christopher Newport University. Last year, the firm assisted with the recruitment of the new Dean of the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University and earlier this year completed the search to recruit the new Director of Institutional Equity at VCU. President Richard V. Hurley announced his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2016. Hurley has served as UMW’s ninth president since July 1, 2010. For more information about the presidential search, visit http://president.umw.edu/search/.

Landscape & Grounds Adopt-A-Pot

Lonely Pots up for adoption, plant material will vary.

Lonely Pots up for adoption, plant material will vary.

It is your lucky day! UMW Landscape & Grounds has a surplus of annual plants. Policy prevents us from giving them away but there is no policy against adoption.

How it will work? L & G will put together annuals in decorative pots, faculty and staff can then adopt one or a pair of pots to be placed outside on the Fredericksburg Campus and maintained by the adopter.

L & G maintains the right to: remove pots that have not thrived, award adoptions that spread pots across campus (not at just one building), match pots to the environment, decide to award singular or paired pots depending on the location.

Pots will come with a watering can and access to water at the closest spigot.

Submit an adoption request to Joni Wilson at jwilson@umw.edu, include your name, contact information and suggested location. Submissions will be accepted until June 19 or pots run out. Awards will be made on a first come first serve basis and at the sole discretion of the Director of Landscape and Grounds.