January 22, 2019

UMW Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. This recognition comes as a result of UMW’s success in four key areas: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and positive outcomes. UMW is a public liberal arts and sciences university, highly respected for its commitment to academic […]

UMW, Canoe Association Launch First Olympic Paddlesports Academic Center

The American Canoe Association (ACA) and the University of Mary Washington (UMW) today announced a partnership that will help athletes fulfill their Olympic or Paralympic dreams. Through this unique partnership, UMW will provide online continuing education opportunities at no cost for ACA’s Team USA canoe and kayak athletes. The oldest and largest paddlesports organization in […]

Siblings Share Love of Music and UMW

Luke Payne ’18, a music and computer science major, plans to parlay his UMW degree into a music production career. Doesn’t hurt that he already has been on stage with the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Bennett, Renée Fleming and Henry Winkler. Oh – and he’s been playing gigs with a quartet for years. Celloist […]

Siblings Share Love of Music and UMW

Luke Payne ’18, a music and computer science major, plans to parlay his UMW degree into a music production career. Doesn’t hurt that he already has been on stage with the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Bennett, Renée Fleming and Henry Winkler. Oh – and he’s been playing gigs with a quartet for years. Celloist […]

Weight Watchers@Work Needs You

In the new year, consider this: You may need Weight Watchers. And Weight Watchers definitely needs you!

As one of its greatest employee benefits, UMW has offered Weight Watchers @ Work. A certified WW leader comes onto campus once a week, checks our weight, and inspires us to live healthier lifestyles. There couldn’t be a more convenient or collegial way to keep your weight in check and to stick to your resolutions. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

Weight Watchers @ Work is a win-win. However, in order for this benefit to continue, we NEED YOU! The program will be eliminated if we do not keep the numbers of attendees up. So resolve in 2018 to keep UMW from losing Weight Watchers – and you can lose weight in the process!

Alumna Named Vice President of Advancement, University Relations

Lisa Jamison Bowling has been named vice president for Advancement and University Relations at the University of Mary Washington. She replaces Torre Meringolo who retired last fall. Bowling will begin work at UMW on August 1. A 1989 graduate of Mary Washington, Bowling has served for the past seven years as assistant vice president for […]

UMW Presidential Inauguration, A Friends and Family Affair

Rural Kirksville, Missouri, may not have a Target within its city limits, but it has two universities. And the presidents of A.T. Still University and Truman State University have become close colleagues and friends. When one president left to become president of a Virginia university, the departure left a void for the other president and […]

Presenting President Paino

Request your invitation to the April 21st inauguration celebration

UMW to Install Tenth President, April 21

Troy D. Paino, who has been at the helm of the University of Mary Washington since July 2016, will be officially installed as the institution’s tenth president on Friday, April 21. The inauguration ceremony will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, located in George Washington Hall. The event is open to the public, […]

Farewell for Melina Downs, Aug. 10

Melina Downs Makes a Move
From public relations to public school

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Probably not, if the fifth graders are the ones in Melina Downs’ classroom at Locust Grove Elementary School!

Melina, who has worked for her alma mater eight years, will be writing lesson plans instead of press releases and posting on the blackboard instead of EagleVision screens. With a freshly minted MA in education from UMW, 2015, Melina has landed a full-time job close to home as a fifth-grade teacher at the school she attended and the school her children will be attending.

For nearly a decade, Melina has been an invaluable asset to UMW, first on the Stafford campus and, later, in Fredericksburg. Our media manager, she manages to squeeze a lot into each day, including longtime and dedicated service to the Leadership Colloquium and to the Staff Advisory Council.

Many of you all across campus have been touched by Melina’s energy and smile. Help us send her off in style. Please drop by University Relations, suite 300 in Eagle Village, after lunch on Monday, Aug. 10.  From 1 to 3 p.m, we will offer Blackstone coffee and delectable desserts.