August 12, 2020

UMW Opens ‘COVID-19 in Context’ Course to Community

Those who think they’ve heard everything that can be said about COVID-19 can guess again. Experts at the University of Mary Washington are sharing their perspectives through COVID-19 in Context, an eight-week online summer course starting June 1 that will be open free of charge to not only UMW students, faculty, alumni and staff, but also the […]

Trio of Darden Winners Receives Virtual Acclaim for Perfect Grades

Three graduating seniors – Hannah Frederick, Meryl Menezes and Aleksandra Shtabnaya – earned the Darden Award, achieving a perfect GPA of 4.0. Their names were announced via a Zoom call.

Three graduating seniors – Hannah Frederick, Meryl Menezes and Aleksandra Shtabnaya – earned the Darden Award, achieving a perfect GPA of 4.0. Their names were announced via a Zoom call.

It doesn’t take a 4.0 to figure out how to get on a Zoom call.

But three of the participants in a mid-morning call yesterday have 4.0 grade averages, and because they have mastered distance learning during the concluding weeks of their final semester at University of Mary Washington, they and their family members seamlessly accessed Zoom.

The three recipients of the 2020 Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award are Hannah Frederick, a math major with minors in data science and computer science; Meryl Menezes, a psychology major with a minor in Spanish; and Aleksandra Shtabnaya, a computer science major with minors in data science and digital studies.

“Each of our Darden winners completed their studies at UMW with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. All are graduating summa cum laude, and all have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society,” said Provost Nina Mikhalevsky, who led the virtual presentation that also included deans and faculty members who had worked with the winners. “As a group, the Darden winners took 105 different courses in 23 different subject disciplines and completed six separate individual study or undergraduate projects.”

Mikhalevsky also praised each recipient for “persevering during a pandemic.” Read more.

Trio of Darden Winners Receive Virtual Acclaim for Perfect Grades

It doesn’t take a 4.0 to figure out how to get on a Zoom call. But three of the participants in a mid-morning call yesterday have 4.0 grade averages, and because they have mastered distance learning during the concluding weeks of their final semester at University of Mary Washington, they and their family members seamlessly […]

UMW ‘Family Member’ Donates Needed Supplies

Robin Jones (left), contracts manager for UMW Facilities Services, with freshman Alexandra Perrault (center) and her father, Rick Perrault, CEO of Visiontech Solutions Group in Troy, Virginia. Visiontech donated $1,500 worth of PPE to Facilities Services.

Robin Jones (left), contracts manager for UMW Facilities Services, with freshman Alexandra Perrault (center) and her father, Rick Perrault, CEO of Visiontech Solutions Group in Troy, Virginia. Visiontech donated $1,500 worth of PPE to Facilities Services.

Give Robin Jones a task, and she is like a dog on a bone. Charged with finding more personal protective equipment (PPE) for Facilities Services, Jones – contracts manager for the department – reached out to all her usual vendors only to find that their prices had skyrocketed or that they were dealing with large quantities only.

Each day, working from the living room of her home near Lake Anna, Jones would plow through a list of potential vendors, only to find the door slammed shut. Discouraged, she kept at it and called the next company on her list: Visiontech Solutions Group in Troy, Virginia. Voila! Little did she know she was reaching out to kinfolk.

Company CEO Rick Perrault said he would be happy to help. After all, he said, “we are part of the UMW Eagle family.” Turns out Perrault had not only PPE but a daughter, Alexandra, a freshman at UMW. And the best news of all: He donated the supplies. He said that would be his honor and privilege.“

Jones estimates the fair market value of Visiontech’s donation would be upwards of $1,500. Most appreciated were several hundred of the elusive and expensive masks. Also included in the donation were disposable protective suits, face shields, goggles, and a few hand sanitizing items.

Jones said the donation will enable more Facilities workers to return to work on campus and be properly safeguarded.

Eagles Fly High During Virtual Awards Ceremony

Senior Nehemia Abel received the Grace Mann Launch Award during the virtual Eagle Awards ceremony on Friday.

Senior Nehemia Abel received the Grace Mann Launch Award during the virtual Eagle Awards ceremony on Friday.

University of Mary Washington senior Nehemia Abel received the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards ceremony, presented virtually Friday evening. This event honors student leaders and outstanding campus organizations. New this year was the James Farmer Defining A Legacy Award.

As one of the emcees for the video awards ceremony, Brianna “Breezy” Reaves put it: “Though we cannot be together, we will come together in spirit. During this very uncertain time, we want to take every opportunity to appreciate everyone who makes UMW the place we like to call home.”

Abel, a first-generation student from Fredericksburg, paid it forward by becoming a mentor with the RISE program (Resources Inspiring Student Excellence). A RISE mentor had helped him adjust to life as a college student, Abel said.

In presenting the Launch Award, Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker described Abel as “an outstanding advocate for change” and an ambassador for “doing the good Grace would have done.” Read more.

Eagles Fly High During Virtual Awards Ceremony

University of Mary Washington senior Nehemia Abel received the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards ceremony, presented virtually Friday evening. This event honors student leaders and outstanding campus organizations. New this year was the James Farmer Defining A Legacy Award. As one of the emcees for the video awards ceremony, Brianna “Breezy” […]

Share Your Words of Wisdom with the Class of 2020

Class of 2020

We know it’s been on your bucket list. You finally have a chance to deliver a commencement address! (Well, at least part of one.)

We are asking all faculty and staff to step up during this unprecedented time and share your wisdom with UMW’s Class of 2020. It could be practical, such as in the valedictory words of a former Navy SEAL: Make your bed every morning. Or philosophical: Pursue your dreams.

We want you to think about important life lessons or if-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now reflections. Regardless of whether your words are wise or witty, pithy or poetic, we urge you to think of a concise statement (one or two sentences) you would like to pass along to our graduates.

We ask that you email your written statements to Interim Media Relations Director Lisa Marvashti. And, if you’re willing to take it a step farther (or ready for prime time), videotape yourself delivering your words of wisdom. Be sure and include your name and title.

Please send these to us by May 4. We will compile all the submissions into a written summary for the May 7th EagleEye, and we will use the videotaped messages on the website and in communication with our graduates.

UMW, Rappahannock Community College Sign Transfer Agreement

UMW President Troy Paino and Rappahannock Community College President Shannon Kennedy signed a transfer partnership agreement this week at UMW’s Dahlgren Campus. Photos by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

UMW President Troy Paino and Rappahannock Community College President Shannon Kennedy signed a transfer partnership agreement this week at UMW’s Dahlgren Campus. Photos by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

“I’m in the right place” is a phrase Miles McCrimmon would like to hear from as many students as possible. Those were five key words in a text message McCrimmon, dean of dual enrollment and community outreach at Rappahannock Community College, received recently from his son Pablo.

For Pablo, expressing to his dad excitement about his major, that place is University of Mary Washington.

McCrimmon shared that text exchange on Tuesday at a Rappahannock Community College (RCC)/UMW Transfer Partnership Agreement event. The signing ceremony, which took place at Mary Washington’s Dahlgren campus, provides a seamless path for RCC students to enroll at UMW. In addition to describing his personal interest in such an agreement, McCrimmon stated the partnership is a sign of the “mutual respect” between the two schools.

He said he views it as an important way to produce more graduates, especially in the fields of health care, education and the social sciences.

UMW President Troy Paino echoed those sentiments by saying the agreement is “a testament to how these two institutions have developed a trusting relationship.” Educating all students is essential, he added, and the goal should be to remove barriers to access.

After their brief remarks, Paino joined RCC President Shannon Kennedy in officially signing off on the transfer agreement. Read more.

UMW, Rappahannock Community College Sign Transfer Agreement

“I’m in the right place” is a phrase Miles McCrimmon would like to hear from as many students as possible. Those were five key words in a text message McCrimmon, dean of dual enrollment and community outreach at Rappahannock Community College, received recently from his son Pablo. For Pablo, expressing to his dad excitement about […]

Olympiad Sparks STEM Interests, Showcases UMW

Auvai Ramalingam, 15, (left) and Chris Kang, 16, (right) of McLean High School participate in the Mousetrap Vehicle competition of the Virginia Science Olympiad held at UMW on Saturday.

Take a mousetrap, build a vehicle around it, and develop a means by which activation of the trap propels the vehicle forward to reach a designated target.

Oh – and work with 14 other students all focusing on and fiddling with one mousetrap.

Mousetrap Vehicle was just one of dozens of challenges facing 44 teams of Northern Virginia high school, middle school and elementary school students who descended upon the University of Mary Washington campus on Saturday. UMW hosted the 2020 Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) regional qualifying round.

A total of 550 students, along with their coaches and parents, participated in events such as The Sounds of Music, Boomilevers and Ping-Pong Parachute. The latter, which took place in the Hurley Convergence Center lobby, involved using two bottle rockets to lauch a ping-pong ball attached to a parachute. Most of the events took advantage of labs and other spaces in the newly updated Jepson Science Center. Read more.