July 23, 2017

UMW’s 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser Soars to New Heights

UMW Athletics fundraising arm, the Eagle Club, grossed nearly $56,000 Saturday evening at the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala. Proceeds help the department to strengthen support services and maximize opportunities for the 500+ student-athletes at the University. The event included a silent and live auction, testimonies from the 2017 male and female athletes of the year, the premier of the Eagle Club’s new video, and dinner followed by President Paino’s keynote address.

Sponsors included the presenting sponsor: Sodexo Dining Services and three supporting sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, and Union Bank & Trust.

Director of Athletics Ken Tyler said, “Our fourth annual Gala this past Saturday night was a great success! We’ve heard lots of positive feedback from the attendees, and it’s shaping up to be our most productive event yet in terms of generating resources for our student-athletes. “

Director of Athletic Development Philip Pierce began the evening by introducing the 13 student-athletes who worked the event and then challenged the crowd to embrace competition and win at least one auction item. Only 10 auction items, out of 101, went unsold.

CLICK HERE FOR 4TH ANNUAL GALA PHOTO GALLERY

CLICK HERE FOR THE EAGLE CLUB’S VIDEO PREMIERE

The top five silent auction packages included “Road Trip with UMW Team of Choice”, “Getaway to The Greenbrier”, “Raspberry Golf Trail to Four Courses”, “YMCA One-Year Family Membership”, “Two nights in Historic Charleston”, and “Spotsylvania Towne Center’s Basket Bundle”.

Big winners included Dr. Porter and Linda Blakemore ’84, Curry and Irene Roberts ’86, Ron and Nancy Rosner, Dr. Steve Hampton, David and Anne Pierce, and Betsy Southern. Hampton, a long-time professor and UMW’s Chief of Police Michael Hall won the wine and spirits raffles respectively.

The live auction grand finale raised nearly $10,000 alone. Live auction items included a week-long stay at a beach house in Southern Shores, North Carolina; two tickets to the 2017 Redskins vs. Cowboys game in a luxury box suite; a two-night stay at Mount Snow, Vermont; two days at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina; a San Francisco & Sonoma Wine Getaway; an 8-week-old puppy from the Fredericksburg Regional SPCA; and an airplane tour or rlight lesson over Fredericksburg.

UMW Athletics and the Eagle Club would like to thank our sponsors, those who donated auction items, those who attended the event, and all of our supporters who continue to champion Mary Washington student-athletes!

CLICK HERE FOR 4TH ANNUAL GALA PHOTO GALLERY

CLICK HERE FOR THE EAGLE CLUB’S VIDEO PREMIERE

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An Elegant Evening for a Meaningful Mission

The University of Mary Washington athletic department will host the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala & Auction on May 20, 2017, in Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All proceeds support UMW student-athletes.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Troy D. Paino, Mary Washington’s 10th president. A passionate sports fan, Dr. Paino has written extensively on the history of American sports and is frequently in the stands cheering on the Eagles!

Not only will the 4th Annual Gala be held in a new ballroom and feature our new UMW President, guests this year will hear a few senior student-athletes share their inspiring testimonials.

UMW Athletics would like to thank the 4th Annual Gala sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: University Dining Services by Sodexo

Supporting Sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, Union Bank & Trust

The Gala will commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction bidding. The dinner and program will follow at 7 p.m. and an exciting live auction will cap the night just before 9:30 p.m.

Sneak Peek: Live Auction

  • FedEx Fantasy – Catch a Washington Redskins game from a luxury box suite
  • Grand Summit Getaway – Two nights on Mount Snow Vermont with lift tickets
  • Island Beachfront Break – Two nights on the 11-acre oasis, Hilton Head Sonesta Resort
  • Much more to come!

 

For more information, or questions regarding sponsorship of the Gala or to donate an auction item or vacation package, please contact Philip Pierce, Director of Athletic Development, at 540-654-1153, or ppierce@umw.edu.

Silent Auction categories include:

  • UMW Eagle Pride
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion, Beauty and Wellness
  • Home and Family
  • Autographed Items
  • Food and Wine
  • Sports
  • Travel Getaways

There are a limited number of tickets for the event. Individual seats cost $130, and a table of 10n costs $1,000. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.

*UMW asks that all guests are at least 21 years of age & not current UMW student-athletes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND ORDER TICKETS: DISCOUNTED TABLES OF TEN STILL AVAILABLE!

Deppe is Named Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month

Sophomore softball pitcher Kara Deppe has been named the UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for March.

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Deppe led Mary Washington to a 14-8 record in the month of March, gaining seven pitching wins, including UMW’s first over Salisbury in 10 years. The sophomore from Henrico, Virginia, allowed one earned run or less in six of her first seven starts of the month, striking out 14 batters in a win over Grove City College, and adding 10 strikeouts against Bridgewater College and nationally ranked Eastern Mennonite University.

Deppe struck out six and allowed just two hits in UMW’s 5-1 win over Salisbury on March 25. The Eagles gained head coach Dee Conway’s 500 career win over spring break in Myrtle Beach as well.

She leads the CAC in strikeouts and earned run average.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month

September – Savannah Powers (volleyball)
October – Jacob Burke (men’s soccer)
November – Emma Olson (volleyball)
December – Brianne Comden (women’s basketball)
January – Eric Shaw (men’s basketball)
February – Anna Corley (women’s swimming), Dallas Tarkenton (men’s swimming)
March – Kara Deppe (softball)

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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.

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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 www.driveultimatesubaru.com.

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Eric Shaw Named Student-Athlete of the Month

Junior men’s basketball standout Eric Shaw has been named as the UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for January.

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Eric Shaw with Aric Wagner, senior vice president, investments, of Davenport & Company LLC

 

After scoring a career high 33 points on New Year’s Eve, Shaw blistered through January, scoring 29 points against Penn State Harrisburg, and adding 25 against third-ranked Christopher Newport. He averaged 15.9 PPG in the month.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month

September – Savannah Powers (volleyball)
October – Jacob Burke (men’s soccer)
November – Emma Olson (volleyball)
December – Brianne Comden (women’s basketball)
January – Eric Shaw (men’s basketball)

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Ultimate Subaru Spotlight: Stephen Davies

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.

Faculty Liaison Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Faculty Liaison’s Name:  Stephen Davies

Sport:  Women’s Basketball

Years at UMW: 10!

Position/Title: Associate Professor of Computer Science

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

I actually played some basketball myself, since I was fairly tall. I really really sucked at anything involving handling the ball, though – I got super nervous as soon as I had it in my hands, and my turnover percentage was near 100%. My teammates very quickly learned never to pass the ball to me under any circumstances. I was good at defense, though, since I worked hard at it and seemed to care more about it than most other players.

True story: In the practice before the CAC Championship a couple years ago, Coach Applebury had me play some defense against Breezi Comden, Taylor Barton and the other post players. I naively thought I might get a block or two, or at least get a couple of people to change their shots. Instead, they scored 17 times out of 17. I have it on tape somewhere!

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Gotta say I love Miso!

If you could pick one superpower to have, what would it be and why? Invisibility, so I could sneak in and spy on Marymount’s game plans before the big game.

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

Any women’s sport. Growing up, like most Americans I was brainwashed somehow into thinking that it was cool to root for men’s sports and lame to root for women’s. The thought process (such as it was) went like this: if the men’s team in any sport played against the women’s team head-to-head, the men’s team would of course win. Therefore (?) one should follow men’s teams, because they were better.

I changed my mind about all of this when I came to UMW and started following Lady Eagles hoops. Now if you want macho, one-on-one athleticism and power dunks, by all means watch the NBA. But the grace, heart, discipline, teamwork, coordination and utterly selfless play of the women’s game takes your breath away. Women have different physical strengths than men, and so the game revolves around different things. To me, it turns out to be more complex and interesting. It is an absolutely beautiful game to watch.

Since then, I’ve noticed this about nearly all women’s sports. Watching Team USA win the World Cup was a blast, as was the gymnastics in the latest Olympics. Ditto softball, volleyball, you name it. It’s the pride and enthusiasm that you see on almost every player’s face: a pure love of the game. It’s dedication to the fundamentals, and a deep study of the strategy, perhaps to compensate for less explosive physical gifts than men. It’s a fierce devotion to their teammates, with almost zero ego. And the depths of emotion – both the highs and lows – are so poignant they’ll make you cry. Those who write off women’s sports are missing more than they’ll ever know.

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? Pride. Discipline. Team.

What does a great leader look like to you? A combination of Coach Applebury and point guard Megan Green. Someone with an inspiring vision that others can understand and latch onto; someone with a heart and passion that’s uncontainable; and someone who deeply and genuinely cares about the people they lead becoming their very best. A great leader doesn’t make it about herself; she makes it about those she leads.

What is a must read for UMW Student-Athletes? The Bible.

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? Figure out who you were meant to be, and be that person. Odds are, this will include things that don’t necessarily impress your friends. But don’t waste years of your life trying to be someone you think others want you to be. Even if you succeed, it won’t be worth it.

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? Terrell Davis, Carli Lloyd, Tony LaRussa, Mia Hamm.

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 Highway, near Four Mile Fork. Find us online at www.driveultimatesubaru.com.

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UMW Athletic’s Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

UMW Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night at the Anderson Center 

Wednesday, January 25

UMW Basketball Double Header vs. Southern Virginia

Women’s tip-off 6 p.m. / Men’s tip-off 8 p.m.


In appreciation for all that you do, the Eagle Club and the UMW Athletic Department would like to invite you and your family or friends to Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night at the Anderson Center! All Faculty and Staff will be given a maximum three(3) additional  free admission tickets!  

“We are grateful for all that our outstanding faculty and staff do every day and we are very pleased to be able to recognize them on Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night,” said Ken Tyler, Director of Athletics. “UMW has winners in academics and athletics and we all work together to make UMW a special place!”

During each halftime, all faculty and staff in attendance will be asked to stand as we recognize their commitment to excellence and great impact they make on Eagles each day.

Ultimate Subaru Spotlight: Swimming Faculty Liaison Jason Davidson

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, Dr. Lynne Richardson.

Dr. Davidson still competes in World Championship marathons and triathlons today and is a USAT All-American!!

Dr. Davidson still competes in World Championship marathons and triathlons today and is a USAT All-American!!

Faculty Liaison’s Name:  Jason W. Davidson

Sport:  Swimming

Years at UMW: 15

Position/Title: Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

What was your favorite sport growing up? Briefly describe your favorite memory playing or watching it.  Cycling – Competing in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Breakfast at Mercantile

If you could pick one superpower to have, what would it be and why? The ability to get my grading done without having to do it. Grading is the only part of my job that I don’t like, so it would be great to not have to do it!

Other than the sport you partnered with, what is your next favorite sport and why? Triathlon because it is demanding, complex, and rewards consistent hard work.

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? Never give up! (There’s a story behind this one for me.)

What does a great leader look like to you? Someone who can tap so deeply into their team that they can get each and every person to do something that she/he didn’t think possible.

What is a must-read for UMW Student-Athletes? Matt Fitzgerald’s Iron War

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? Find what you are passionate about and do that with all your heart.

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? Jesse Owens, Gino Bartali, Michael Phelps, and Gwen Jorgensen

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 Highway, near Four Mile Fork. Find us online at www.driveultimatesubaru.com.

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All-America Emma Olson is Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month

Senior volleyball All-American Emma Olson has been named as the UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for November.

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Olson is pictured here with Aric Wagner, senior vice president, investments, of Davenport & Company LLC.

Olson gained All-America honors, as well as first team all-region and all-conference accolades after leading Mary Washington’s volleyball team to its furthest advancement in the NCAA Tournament ever, advancing all the way to the national quarterfinals, and finishing 31-4 overall after claiming the CAC Championship.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month:

September – Savannah Powers (volleyball)
October – Jacob Burke (men’s soccer)
November – Emma Olson (volleyball)

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Experience Eagle Madness on Election Night

College basketball is back!

UMW Athletics will host Eagle Madness, a midnight madness-style event presented by Chick-Fil-A in Rosner Arena at the Anderson Center on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a unique opportunity for children beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Vote UMW for more CAC Championships and get ready to #RockTheRoz in 2016-2017!

Admission to “Eagle Madness” is FREE. Throughout the night UMW Athletics will raffle off prizes and run several contests on the court with both fans and players! Don’t miss the 3-point contest between the women’s and the men’s sharpshooters and the grand finale half-court shot, where one lucky fan could go home with a very big check!

Other important info for Eagle Madness:

  • In conjunction with the Junior Eagle Kid’s Club, children 12 & under will have a unique opportunity to meet and take photos with the players beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the court level lobby. Enter the Anderson Center through the Ticket Office.
  • Admission to Eagle Madness is FREE, but help your Eagles Stop Hunger Now and bring canned food items for the UMW Athletics S.A.A.C Food Drive which helps the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank!
  • The first 100 fans who enter the Ticket Office with an “I Voted” sticker will receive a UMW Eagles cell phone wallet!
  • UMW Students, Faculty and Staff – please bring your Eagle One cards to swipe as you enter the Ticket Office.
  • Vocelli Pizza is teaming up with Residence Life and will be sponsoring a pizza party for the campus dorm with the largest attendance at Eagle Madness.
  • The Chick-Fil-A Fowl Shot and the Vocelli VIP Sofa are back for the ’16-’17 season, and both will be incorporated into the Eagle Madness program.
  • Each fan in attendance will receive a raffle ticket upon entrance through the Ticket Office.  Hold on to that ticket, because periodically all night we will be raffling off some great prizes!
  • Basketball Season Passes will be on sale in the Anderson Center’s main lobby. All 26 home games for just $100, or new this year $60 season pass for seniors (60+) and military.
  • Concessions and the UMW Bookstore will be on site and open for Eagle Nation fanatics.
  • UMW Admissions and Alumni Relations will be joining the fun and will have booths set up in the Anderson Lobby.
  • Practice Eagle Nation chants and cheers with Sammy D. Eagle and hear from UMW’s new President, Dr. Troy Paino!

Parking: Free parking is available in the UMW Parking Deck, entrance behind Anderson Center off of Route 1 (headed north) by the UMW pedestrian bridge.

For more information about Eagle Madness, visit umweagles.com or email Philip Pierce at ppierce@umw.edu