March 30, 2017

Comic Cuisines Chefs’ Fare Competition

Campus Dining Services and Sodexo are hosting the annual Chefs’ Fare competition on Wednesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Top of the UC. This year, chefs from Shenandoah University, Marymount University and Emory & Henry College will be competing with our UMW chefs to see who can present a dish that tastes the best and that also represents a comic book super hero or villain.

Our culinary team is taking on the personas of some of Batman’s most notorious villains: The Riddler, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. Everyone attending the Fare will be able to taste all of the entries and vote for their favorite team. The team with the most votes will win our competition.

Please join us at the Top of the UC for some great food and great fun. You can even get your photo taken with the Batman super villain standees! The cost for faculty and staff is just $6. Other guests will pay $11.80 plus tax. Doors open at 5 p.m. (Please note: The Top of the UC will be closed between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to prepare for the Fare). For additional information, contact Campus Dining at

Students Plant Trees with Guatemalan Students

This past spring break, 16 UMW students traveled to Guatemala to learn about agroecology and community development. Students spent several days with elementary school children from two different villages who came to participate in Community Cloud Forest Conservation’s Kids & Birds program. They planted trees with the children, looked for and identified migratory birds, and located tadpoles and other aquatic creatures in the Mestila River.

In addition, all students learned about improving agricultural practices, included the composting of humanure, planting traditional Q’eqchi’ Maya crops that are highly nutritious, and several soil conservation techniques.

While in Guatemala, UMW students took photographs and video for three film projects (Kids & Birds, Reforestation, and the Agroecology Center) that they will complete in the next few weeks. The purpose of the videos is to raise awareness and raise funds for the work being done by Community Cloud Forest Conservation.

Admissions Hosts Admitted Student Day March 18

The Admissions Office will host Destination UMW on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the goal of yielding admitted students for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are expecting nearly 400 students and their families, with a total guest count of approximately 1,100 people. Finalists for the prestigious Washington and Alvey Scholarships will be among the attendees.

Students will attend a sample class lecture with a professor and a student engagement activity with current student leaders. Two tracks will offer an opportunity to message differently to students who have already committed to attend UMW in the fall and those who are still deciding among their college options. Nearly one half of the students registered have already paid an enrollment fee and will receive their First-Year Seminar (FSEM) and residence hall assignments during the event.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in the George Washington (GW) lot and along Double Drive with overflow parking in the Parking Deck. Primary event locations are Dodd Auditorium, Lee Hall, Monroe Hall, Woodard Hall, the University Center and campus/residence hall tours. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our guests frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful and engaging” our UMW community is! Guests shared the following about what they enjoyed the most during their recent visits to campus:

  • “I really enjoyed meeting all the faculty. Everyone was super nice, helpful and fun to talk to!”
  • “The campus tour was wonderful and helped me make my decision about the school!”
  • “I loved how friendly the staff and students were!”
  • “The campus was beautiful and welcoming! I could really see myself at UMW!”

Their impression and decision to attend UMW depends on how they feel while they are here, so thank you for going the extra mile on these important recruitment days!

One way to show your support is to tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #DestinationUMW trending throughout the day.

The Office of Admissions appreciates your involvement in and support of these signature programs that shape the Class of 2021.


Admissions Hosts Scholars Competition: March 17 & 18

On Friday, March 17, the Admissions Office will host a banquet in Chandler Ballroom in the University Center honoring finalists for the prestigious Washington and Alvey Scholarships.

The Washington Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman who is a resident of the commonwealth of Virginia, and the Alvey Scholarship is awarded to an out-of-state student. Both scholarships require that students be accepted to the University of Mary Washington Honors Program with preference given to National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. The winners will receive awards for full undergraduate tuition, room, board and fees for up to four academic years. One Washington and one Alvey will be awarded, including:

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 – Alvey Scholarship

Burke, Marilyn Mead ’48 & William J.  – Washington Scholarship

Current scholar Anna Rinko will speak at the banquet. The finalists will interview with the selection committees on Saturday, March 18.

Washington Committee: Jeff McClurken, chair (Professor, History & American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation), Leslie Martin (Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology), Hilary Stebbins (Associate Professor, Psychological Science), Alan Griffith (Professor, Biological Sciences) and Jenifer Blair, Alumni Association Board.

Alvey Committee: Carole Garmon, chair (Chair/Professor, Art & Art History), Steve Hanna (Professor, Geography), Venitta McCall (Professor, College of Education), Woody Richardson (Associate Professor, College of Business) and Mike Charnoff, Alumni Association Board.

These scholarships are the University’s most prestigious academic honor for an incoming student. There are 10 Washington finalists and 15 Alvey finalists.  The Scholar Finalists also will attend Destination UMW on Saturday, March 18, beginning with a breakfast hosted by Kelli Slunt, Director of the Honors Program.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at (540) 654-2000 with any questions or to participate in an upcoming event.


Mary Wash Giving Day is March 14

On Tuesday, March 14, join the 24-hour celebration by giving back to the areas that mean the most to you, including the Fund for Mary Washington, UMW Athletics, Arts & Culture, the President’s Impact Fund, the Amphitheatre Challenge, Scholarships, and the Colleges and Libraries.

Generous donors have stepped up with challenge matches totaling $42,000, doubling the impact of gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day. Set your alarm to wake up early with us on March 14 to unlock a $2,500 matching gift if we reach 109 donors by 9 a.m.!

We have set a goal of 654 donors for Mary Wash Giving Day, and gifts of all amounts are important and valued. Join President Paino, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Mary Washington in giving back to pay it forward. We can’t wait to see what happens when we all work together on #MaryWashDay!

SAC News

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off): Come support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom! Would you like to enter the contest? Visit to submit your name and contact information.

University Closed March 10: Remember that UMW will be closed on Friday, March 10, for Spring Break.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first Giving Day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap, since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open: Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21.  More information on classes is available on the Campus Recreation websitePlease contact Brittanie Haas at with questions.

Multicultural Fair Volunteers Needed:  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Multicultural Fair taking place on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can contribute in a multitude of ways by helping with set-up/take-down, serving as an MC for stage performances, helping to hand out programs and helping to keep our campus clean during the Fair.  Visit their website to complete the form and let us know you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email Ms. JoAnna Raucci at or call the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.

March SAC Meeting: The next SAC meeting will be held in Lee Hall, Room 412 on Thursday, March 16th at 1:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.  You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C. to attend – all are welcome!

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!


UMW Theatre 2017-18 Season Announcement

In honor of Mary Wash Giving Day, we invite you to join us for Give2Theatre Tuesday on March 14 at 6 p.m. in Klein Theatre for our 2017-18 Season Announcement Celebration! Following the announcement, we will have a reception to celebrate. Please RSVP by March 9 by clicking the following link!

Buy a Burrito on Giving Day, Support UMW Theatre!

Join UMW Theatre at Chipotle and make dinner a selfless act! Come in to the Chipotle at 1601 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, March 14 (Mary Wash Giving Day), between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.. Bring in one of our flyers or tell the cashier you’re supporting UMW Theatre to make sure that 50% of the proceeds go to providing great theatre opportunities on campus and to our theatre students!

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open

Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21:

  • YOGA – Mondays & Wednesdays – 12pm-12:50pm
  • EAGLE FIT – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12pm-12:45pm
  • CIZE – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1pm-1:45pm

More information and registration is available on the Campus Recreation website.

Please contact Brittanie Haas at with questions.


Ultimate Subaru Spotlight: Parrish Waters

Each month, a UMW Athletics Faculty Liaison will be featured in the Ultimate Subaru Spotlight. The faculty liaison program partners a UMW faculty member with every UMW intercollegiate athletic team to strengthen support networks and increase resources for student-athlete success. Ultimate Subaru is committed to the growth and education of UMW Eagles, their hometown team and strives to foster the same values of community as the UMW Faculty Liaison program.  Faculty Liaisons will serve as mentors and role models to student-athletes while being involved in team activities. For more information about the program contact Faculty Athletic Representative Lynne Richardson.

Parrish Waters

Parrish Waters gets accustomed to a field hockey stick

Faculty Liaison’s Name:  Parrish Waters

Sport:  Field Hockey

Years at UMW: 2

Position/Title: Assistant Professor of Biology

What was your favorite sport growing up? Briefly describe your favorite memory playing or watching it.

Soccer – I never really liked watching it growing up… playing soccer gave me the opportunity to do the one thing I was somewhat skilled at – simply running fast. 

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Foode – though I visit much less than desired, as I almost have to put my meals on layaway.

If you could pick one superpower to have, what would it be and why? Time Travel… with that power, all is possible. Right?

Other than the sport you partnered with, what is your next favorite sport and why?

The first field hockey game I ever watched was this year, during my tenure as faculty liaison. I learned quite a bit – as I say with a colleague who was herself an alum of UMW field hockey – so I cannot say the field hockey is or was my favorite.  That said, I enjoyed what I could catch in that game.  I would have to say the closest sport to field hockey I’ve ever watched was polo, which I think I understood even less.

If you were a Head Coach and could pick three words to motivate your team and hang in their locker room, which words would you choose? You Matter – Period

What does a great leader look like to you? A follower.

What is a must read for UMW Student-Athletes? On the Move by Oliver Sacks.

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? “In the real world, there are plenty of people who think very differently than you do, and they hold their opinions just as passionately. So if you want to change their minds, if you want to work with them to move this country forward, you can’t just shut them out. You have to persuade them, and you have to compromise with them. That is what so many of our heroes of history have done.” — Michelle Obama

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? Mohammed Ali, OJ Simpson, Tiki Barber and Gerald Ford

Ultimate Subaru, celebrating 10 years of service to the Fredericksburg community, is proud to be a supporter of UMW athletics.  Call Ultimate Subaru today at (540) 898-6200 or come on in and visit us at 5160 Jefferson Davis Hwy, near Four Mile Fork. Find us online at