April 25, 2015

Celebration of Life for Grace Mann, April 24, Noon

Dear UMW Community:

"Beauty"- Photo by Grace Mann

“Beauty”- Photo by Grace Mann

Please join Feminists United along with the Mary Washington community on Friday, April 24, at 12:00 noon, for a celebration of the life of Grace Rebecca Mann. We will gather on the lawn in between Mason and Randolph halls to remember and celebrate the accomplishments and life of an extraordinary individual who touched so many with her spirit and joy.

We ask that attendees dress for Grace in bright, joyous colors complete with activist buttons. Grace radiated joy and good into the world, and we will honor her memory by doing the same. There will also be an opportunity for all to share a happy memory or joyous moment they shared with Grace. As the press may be in attendance at this event, speakers should plan accordingly.

Additionally, as Grace worked to support victims and survivors of sexual assault, we will honor her by supporting those who continue that work in her name by setting up a table to collect donations for the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault.

Let us come together to celebrate Grace, a person who was “never ‘just’ anything.”

Further questions may be directed to Paige McKinsey, President of Feminists United, at pmckinse@mail.umw.edu

Stan Soper’s Retirement Celebration, April 24, 2:30 p.m.

Please join us in celebrating men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach Stan Soper’s retirement on Friday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Soper came to Mary Washington in 1983 and is the longest running tenured coach in UMW’s history.

Please note event time change:

2:30 p.m. - Celebration in the Anderson Center Concourse. All of campus is invited to stop by and enjoy cake and beverages as we wish Stan well on his retirement.

3:00 p.m . – Presentation of Department Gifts by Ken Tyler.


Kilmartin Receives Waple Achievement Award

Professor of Psychology Chris Kilmartin is the recipient of the 2015 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award. The award, was announced during the General Faculty Meeting on April 22, was established in honor of Shirley Van Epps Waple.

Based on faculty nominations, the award recognizes a wide range of professional accomplishments undertaken during the faculty member’s time at UMW. In its third year, the award is based on the significance and impact of the faculty nominee’s scholarly, creative, and/or professional achievement. The winner must have been a full time faculty member for at least seven years.

Kilmartin began his career at UMW in 1989 and was recognized for his breadth of professional experiences, including:

  • He has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • He has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, chapters in a wide range of books, and published a textbook that has been re-released in several editions
  • He has been invited as a trainer and workshop leader at many Universities, and professional associations
  • He has served as a Chair, Discussant and Keynote Speaker at conferences around the world
  • He has been a scriptwriter and consultant for instructional films, and is the author of a solo performance piece on men’s issues that has been performed over 200 times
  • He has served as a counselor at the University of Mary Washington’s counseling center.

Stress Free Zone Faculty/Staff Massage Hour, April 29

Stress Free Zone is an event put on by the Office of Student Activities and Engagement to help reduce the stress level of students during exams by offering free massages, snacks, therapy dogs to pet, and crafts/coloring pages.

This time we are offering a way for Faculty/Staff to take advantage of the offerings as well! Next Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 29 there will be free massages available on the first floor of the ITCC from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 29 there will be an hour from 1:30 – 2:30 reserved for just faculty and staff to take advantage of this! You are all welcome to come for a massage at any time during all hours but there will also be that one hour dedicated just for our faculty and staff.

Health Insurance and Flexible Spending Open Enrollment – May 1- 22

2015 Health Insurance and Flexible Spending Open Enrollment is Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 22, 2015.  The Open Enrollment link can be found here.

The Spotlight Benefits newsletter will be mailed to your home address beginning this weekend.  In addition, it will be sent electronically to your e-mail. Please contact the Human Resources Department at 540/654-1210 or 540/654-1046 if you have any questions.


James Monroe Museum to Participate in the 2nd Annual Community Give

Community_Give_logo_leftThe James Monroe Museum is proud to be one of the 155 local nonprofits participating in the Community Give on Tuesday, May 5!

Community Give is a 24-hour day of giving, being at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, when everyone in our region is asked to make a donation and show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively impact our lives every day.

You can support the Museum by visiting www.bit.ly/MonroeGive15 on May 5, or visit thecommunitygive.org to make a donation to multiple organizations. The maximum amount of each donation will go directly to the local nonprofits that do so much for this region.

Thank you!

2nd Annual UMW Athletics Gala, May 21

Guess who’s back!

NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green returns to host the second annual UMW Athletics Gala presented by Sodexo Dining Services.

Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan

Spend a star-studded evening with Green, plus fellow Redskins heavyweights, running back Alfred Morris and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Bid on awesome auction items like autographed Redskins memorabilia, tickets to professional sporting events, vacation getaway packages, and more.

Snag a table near special guests Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley, UMW Athletics Director Ken Tyler, and other VIPs.

The cocktail-attire event – with a social hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles, and entertainment – showcases UMW’s athletics department and more than 450 student-athletes, who split their passion between the playing fields and giving back to the Fredericksburg area.

“Our teams do some amazing work in the community and constantly look for ways to make an impact in the lives of youth and children,” said Director of Athletic Development and Promotions Philip Pierce. “They represent UMW and this community every day, and they do it purely for the love of their sport and this campus.”

Last year’s lavish event, featuring Green, plus Redskins DeAngelo Hall netted more than $45,000. The funds go to strengthen recruitment, facilities, and support for UMW’s talented student-athletes, whose Division III status makes them ineligible for athletic scholarships.

Green, who became a UMW special assistant for student-athlete development and public relations in 2013, is one of the NFL’s greatest defensive backs, fastest players, and most pervasive record-setters. A father of four, he formed the faith-based charity Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation in 1988.

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris

Despite being partially deaf, Kerrigan achieved a cumulative total of 38 career sacks by the end of the 2014 season, becoming the Redskins’ sixth all-time franchise sack leader. Morris, who has six brothers and still drives a ’91 Mazda, became the fourth running back in the Redskins’ franchise history to achieve at least three 1,000-yard seasons.

Three lucky $10 raffle winners will get to pose for a picture with the powerhouse trio and score a football autographed by them. New this year is a $25 “Stock your Cellar Raffle” which will see one lucky winner going home with a wonderful selection of 25 white and red bottles of wine.

Make your game plan now to be part of this “elegant evening for a meaningful mission,” and help the Eagles soar.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://umweagles.com/athletic_dept/gala15, or contact Pierce at (540) 654-1153 or ppierce@umw.edu.

Share Inspiring Senior Stories

Do you know of interesting or noteworthy students graduating this May? Has a student overcome a significant challenge or succeeded despite overwhelming odds? Has a student attained a remarkable achievement?

The Office of Media and Public Relations is sharing graduating senior story ideas with local and regional news media to promote the success of our graduates. The stories will also be considered for future features on the UMW website.

If you know a student with a unique story, please send a description of the student’s achievement and/or background to Marty Morrison at mmorris3@umw.edu or Erika Spivey at espivey@umw.edu.  Please include the student’s contact information, including cell phone number if available.

Please send your ideas by the end of business on Thursday, April 23, so that suggestions can be passed on to the news media in a timely manner.

Donors Visit Dorsey Scholars and Make Campaign Gift


The 2014-2015 Dorsey Scholars

Paul R. Judy and Mary Ann Dorsey Judy ’54 visited campus in early April to catch up with the Dorsey Scholars and to inform President Hurley of their $150,000 Mary Washington First Campaign gift.

This new Campaign gift will enhance the Dorsey Scholars Program, which the Judys established in 2008 with an initial gift of $1.1 million. Professor Venitta McCall serves as the program mentor and meets regularly with the nine 2014-2015 Dorsey Scholars to provide guidance for their projects and community service work.

In making this new campaign gift, the Judys wrote, “We are expressing our special pleasure in how the Dorsey Scholars Program is being administered and mentored. It is our impression … that the diverse, cohort approach, along with the superb mentoring, is having a very positive and probably memorable effect on the scholars’ UMW experience.”

The Dorsey Scholars program benefits selected full-time undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, and geography.

Scholarships are one of the seven priorities of the $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign. The comprehensive fundraising initiative began July 1, 2011, went public April 26, 2014, and is expected to conclude June 30, 2016. For more information, go to marywashingtonfirst.umw.edu or call 540-654-1024.

UMW Relay for Life

Relay for Life at the University of Mary Washington will take place this weekend, Saturday, April 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Battlefield Athletic Complex.

Come out on Saturday at 6 p.m. to donate/register with $10, and witness for yourself what young adults are doing with their time. Walk a few laps around the track, talk to the student organizers and participants, buy a burger or some baked goods. Show your support. I promise you won’t regret the time or money spent, and will walk away impressed and amazed.

These students aren’t throwing a party. They aren’t gaining something from this event. They are doing this out of passion, because in their young lives they have already been touched by cancer. To be at this event is to have renewed faith in the future.

Thank you in advance for your support.