June 8, 2023

Joe Mollo Returns from Year Overseas

This summer, a familiar face is back on campus. After almost a year abroad, Joe Mollo has returned to UMW in his role as director of the office of student activities and engagement.

Mollo, who joined UMW in 2007, was in the United Arab Emirates with the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 8, known as MSRON-8 .

“We were providing port security for U.S. flagships coming into port there,” he said.

After more than two months of training in the U.S., Mollo left for UAE on October 31, 2011.

Mollo said although he enjoyed the experience overseas, he is glad to be back at UMW.

“It is just a different feeling altogether,” he said. “You live your life over there looking over your shoulder.”

For the upcoming academic year, Mollo said the student activities office will focus primarily on the construction of the new campus center. He also noted the quickly approaching launch of Org Sync, a database program for student organization management.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.