May 25, 2024

Alumni Gifts Focus on Gathering and Collaboration Spaces in Seacobeck Hall

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The University of Mary Washington paid tribute last month to a trio of alums who graduated in the Class of 1950 and gave their alma mater generous gifts to name spaces in Seacobeck Hall. Now home to UMW’s College of Education and Office of Disability Resources, the 1930s era building was recently renovated, providing more gathering places for the campus community.

The Weatherly Wing represents college sweethearts Marceline “Marcy” Weatherly Morris and Elmer “Juney” Morris Jr., now married 72 years. Named in honor of Marcy’s late parents, William Rupert and Lavon Gardner Weatherly, the 150-seat auditorium is already being used for meetings, lectures, recitals and other special events.

The Morrises, part of a Mary Washington legacy family that spans five generations, were visibly moved as a series of speakers thanked the couple for their lifelong dedication to their alma mater.

“You embody so much of what we try to impart onto our students,” President Troy Paino said. “Your generous gifts help our students learn, grow and pursue their interests and passions, just as the two of you did while you were here at Mary Washington.” Read more.