September 21, 2017

Eagle Nation Day/Free Family Fun, Saturday, Sept. 23

Eagle Nation Day is back! On Saturday, Sept. 23, UMW Athletics is opening the gates to the Battleground Athletic Complex for this annual free kid-friendly festival. It is never too early to start encouraging our children to play, and UMW Athletics is teaming up with community partners to spread the word!

Here are some Eagle Nation Day 2017 Fast Facts:

#15: FREE Family Fun – Admission is free for all children and adults!

#14: Location & Time – Rain Date is Saturday, Sept. 30 (same time and details). The Battleground Athletic Complex: 1200 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The gates to Eagle Nation Day will open at 10 a.m. and festivities will wrap up at 1 p.m.

#13: FREE Admission to UMW home games – Did you know all fall sports games are free to attend? Stick around the complex and catch a free UMW home game:

Field Hockey plays at noon – Turf Stadium, Battleground Complex

Women’s Soccer plays at 1 p.m. – Grass Stadium, Battleground Complex

Volleyball plays at 3 p.m. – Rosner Arena, Anderson Center

Men’s Soccer plays at 3:30 p.m. – Grass Stadium, Battleground Complex

#12: Parking – Fill up the Battleground Parking Lot first, which is an immediate left when turning into the complex off of Hanover St. Once that lot is filled, we will have our parking team direct folks to parking along Hanover, and the overflow lot. Campus Police will also be assisting with the event to keep everyone safe and smiling!

#11: Fredericksburg Field House – The Fredericksburg Field House, five-time E.N.D. partner, are bringing their giant inflatables, bubble balls, and Lil’ Kickers instructors so every child can try out the class for free!

#10: B101.5 LIVE & Mascots – B101.5, five-time partner, will be live on air all morning! Don’t miss your chance to meet UMW’s mascot Sammy D. Eagle, Fred Parent’s Pouches the Kangaroo, B101.5’s Buzzy the Bee, and some of their best mascot friends!

#9: Splitsville Bowling – Three-time partner Splitsville is bringing back their giant inflatable bowling game!

#8: Paragon Gym For Kids – Second-time partner Paragon Gym will be bringing out tons of tumbling equipment and providing a safe space for all to practice their favorite Olympic routine!

#7: Chick-fil-A – Chick-fil-A, three-time partner, will be supplying chicken sandwiches for young and old! It will be first come, first serve and we ask all guests to only take one sandwich so everyone can enjoy a bite to eat!

#6: Sylvan Learning Center – Two-time partner, the folks from Sylvan will be joining up with UMW Professor Andrea Smith to host “Learning with LEGOs” and “K’NEX Engineering”, an interactive play space for those who rave for robotics!

#5: New Partners! – First-time partners, Fredericksburg Parks & Rec and Rappahannock Area YMCA are joining the festivities! FXBG P&R will lead “minute to win it” competitions for the young and old while YMCA will be raffling off a family waterpark season pass for the 2018 season. But that’s not all! Swing by their station and feel the rhythm and powerful beat of Drums Alive!

#4: CMoR Fredericksburg – Third-time partner Children’s Museum of Richmond is back! This year CMoR will have a creative crafts station for all the little ones! Come one, come all and let’s draw, construct or express!

#3: Home Team Grill – Thanks to our good friends at Home Team Grill we’ll make sure all parents and children have heat relief from the Saturday sunshine. Home Team is donating bottles of water to ensure everyone has a great time!

#2: Fredericksburg Parent – Third-time partner Fred Parent is bringing FXBG’s best events calendar to you. While moms and dads find out what’s new in the area, the kids can play games and explore their series of sensory bins of sand, rice and water!

#1: Come Play! We want to encourage every child to get outside and play for at least an hour a day. Spending active time outdoors is more than just a breath of fresh air, it’s a healthy lifestyle!  UMW Athletics loves our community and there is nothing better than seeing children of all ages having fun with friends outside!

For more information regarding Eagle Nation Day 2017 contact Philip Pierce at or (540)654-1153.


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SUP Yoga at UMW

UMW Campus Recreation is happy to announce the newest addition to our fitness and wellness curriculum, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga! We will be offering a free 20-minute demo classes on Sunday, Oct. 1, starting at 1:30. No purchase necessary but you will need to register at to secure your spot since space is limited. If you have any questions about SUP Yoga or any of our programs please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you!

Registration Open for Mindfulness Meditation Course

Are you mind full, or mindful?

Our lives are often overly stimulated and harried. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life.

UMW faculty and staff are invited to take a 7-week course at the Fredericksburg Campus on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies in Trinkle B-39.  The course begins Oct. 3 and meets weekly through Nov. 21. There will be no class on Tuesday, Oct. 17, due to Fall Break.

This course is led by certified instructor Bill Brooks and will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

The course is $15 and registration is now open! Visit the Campus Recreation Registration Portal to sign up. Simply click “Log In” in the top right corner, then click the blue button that says “Sign in with your NET ID and Password,” and use your regular UMW CAS credentials to log in to your profile.

If you have questions about the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course, email

Faculty, Staff & Student Flu Shots

Due to budget cuts, the Student Health Center will not be providing flu shots this year. However, through cooperation with Giant Food, there will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to receive the shots on campus.

There will be an $18 fee for those who do not have health insurance or wish to pay out of pocket. Giant will bill your health insurance for the vaccines, so please remember to bring your insurance card and identification. Giant will distribute consent forms at the time of the shot.

There will be three clinics at the Fredericksburg Campus:

Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m – UC- Patio area ( in case of rain the clinic will be inside at Kiosk A)

Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. – UC – Kiosk

October 19th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm  – UC – Kiosk

The flu shots will be available on Oct. 24 at the Stafford Campus, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (location not available at this time).

28th District Debate on Campus Set for Thursday, Sept. 21

The University of Mary Washington will host a 28th District Debate on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. The event is open to the public.

Democratic candidate Joshua Cole will debate Republican Bob Thomas.

Cole began his political career in 2005, when House Speaker Bill Howell appointed him as a page for the House. He is an assistant pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Stafford County.

Retired Marine Bob Thomas is president and CEO of Capriccio Software in Stafford County. He has served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and was chairman in 2016.

Family Weekend Begins Sept. 15

With the arrival of nearly 1,000 friends and relatives on the Fredericksburg campus Friday, Sept. 15, UMW will celebrate the 44th year of the event known as Family Weekend.

From the classroom to the historic sites of downtown Fredericksburg, this annual event showcases the daily life of the UMW student, while also providing a brief recess from the pressure of classes.

Beginning at 8 a.m. with open class sessions, friends and family of current Eagles will have the opportunity to experience more than 25 events lasting through Sunday, Sept. 17. Among these activities will be the third annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament, the Family Fun Fair following the Tasty Grilling Cookout, a complimentary trolley shuttle to visit downtown Fredericksburg and the chance to watch renowned political comedy group Capitol Steps perform in Dodd auditorium.

The Center for International Education staff and others will be on hand to share avenues for global learning, including research, internship and volunteer opportunities abroad. UMW President Troy Paino and wife Kelly will welcome visitors into their home, Brompton, a historic site at the center of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.

Registration is required to participate in the events, and pre-registration is available online through Friday, Sept. 15. Pre-registration check-in and on-site registration is available Saturday, Sept. 16, on Ball Circle from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All UMW parking lots are open to guests Saturday, Sept. 16.

For more information, including a schedule of events and details on registering, visit Family Weekend 2017.

Faculty/Staff Welcome at Sept. 15 Blood Drive

The UMW Red Cross Student Organization would love to see more faculty and staff donors at our monthly drives, held in the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium. The first drive of the year is Friday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Club. Sign up online at with zip code 22401.

Farewell, Dan Quann! Send-off is Sept. 21

Dan Quann is retiring this month after 30 years of service at UMW. Working in the Plumbing Shop and more recently as the Maintenance Director, he’s taking his leave to spend more time with his family and his beloved chickens. An informal send-off is planned on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the UMW Storeroom. Please feel free to join his colleagues and co-workers in wishing Dan a happy retirement.

AIDS Charity Event this Saturday: Yoga for Freddie

UMW student April Wobken has put together an AIDS Charity event in honor of Queen’s late front man, Freddie Mercury. A one-hour yoga class will be led by Wobken, who has created a lively and beginner-friendly session to a series of Queen and Freddie Mercury songs. A donation of $5 cash is graciously collected at the door.

Queen was known for their hit songs Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, We Will Rock You, and We are the Champions. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.  A lot of advancements have been made in medicine for HIV since then.

The proceeds go to Mercury Phoenix Trust to fund AIDS research and awareness. Freddie Mercury put his heart into his art and in his honor attendees of this event will be putting their hearts into rock ‘n’ roll and their yoga practice.

Wear yellow! Freddie often wore yellow on stage which represented his lively and energetic disposition.

After class there will be time to socialize with a guest speaker and learn more about the progress made in HIV prevention and treatment. For more information on the Mercury Phoenix Trust, please check out

The class will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. in Goolrick Dance Studio 4. If you plan on entering through the Fitness Center, please bring your EagleONE ID to show at the front desk.