September 25, 2022

UMW Joins Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News Rankings

University of Mary Washington received top rankings in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. Photo by Norm Shafer.

University of Mary Washington received top rankings in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. Photo by Norm Shafer.

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the nation’s top schools by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2023 “Best Colleges” list today. UMW ranked 11th among public liberal arts colleges and 149th among national liberal arts colleges, public and private.

This year’s U.S. News ranking marks a change in UMW’s Carnegie Classification category. Previously, UMW earned top marks as a public regional university, but with a longstanding mission to support – and record of excellence in – the public liberal arts and sciences, the University asked to be recategorized. In this edition, UMW joins public liberal arts peers, including the nation’s military academies, which perennially top the list.

Now in its 38th year, the U.S. News rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. Read more.

Mary Washington Introduces 24/7 Counseling Support for Students

UMW now offers 24/7 mental health counseling services.

UMW now offers 24/7 mental health counseling services.

Starting Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, UMW students seeking counseling services have access to such resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with on-campus options at the Talley Center for Counseling Services during business hours and after hours and weekend crisis stabilization and support available through ProtoCall.

As always, students can call the Talley Center first and speak with a clinician. After hours, by calling the same number for the Talley Center, they will be directed to ProtoCall, a telephonic behavioral health service staffed by trained clinicians.

“Understanding that students often feel distress after 5 p.m. when the Talley Center is closed, we sought ways in which students could receive clinical attention,” explained Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Juliette Landphair. “Students’ well-being affects everything they do, including their academic pursuits. This service complements our current resources as well as the new national hotline for mental health crisis, 988.” Read more.

Brick by Brick: UMW Presents Plans for New Theatre Building

Aerial diagram of the theatre site courtesy of HGA

Aerial diagram of the theatre site courtesy of HGA

University of Mary Washington theatre, art and music majors and minors know how to make something beautiful. Now these fine and performing arts programs are engaged in envisioning their next academic home, as UMW prepares to construct a new theatre. The $117 million construction project comes from the 2022-23 state budget and includes funding for the renovation of duPont, Pollard and Melchers halls, a longtime UMW priority.

The case for the project stems from the 2015 strategic plan and was built up brick by brick over the course of five years, through numerous tours of current facilities, focus groups and project planning sessions.

UMW contracted with Commonwealth Architects and HGA Architects & Engineers to develop the architectural plans for the new theatre building and arts and music renovations, which were presented to the Board of Visitors at the Sept. 16, 2022 meeting. A public preview of the design will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. View the webinar at https://umw-sso.zoom.us/j/81779295932.

The new home for the Department of Theatre and Dance has been designed with a sense of place and purpose, and with an understanding of the rich history of the architectural language present at UMW. The new theatre will connect to campus and the community, in many ways. Read more.

UMW President Makes ‘Virginia 500’ Power List

University of Mary Washington President Troy D. Paino

University of Mary Washington President Troy D. Paino

Virginia Business magazine has announced the Virginia 500: 2022-23 Power List, naming University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino among the commonwealth’s top education leaders.

“It’s like the Fortune 500, but instead of focusing on companies, it’s about people,” said Virginia BusinessEditor Richard Foster in the publication’s opening letter. “We strive to inventory the most powerful and influential leaders and executives in Virginia across 20 major sectors, ranging from real estate and manufacturing to higher education and government. We accept suggestions for the Virginia 500, but it is compiled based on research by our editorial staff, not through nominations.”

Likewise Paino’s profile in the publication spotlights his personal approach, citing this year’s Region III President’s Award from NASPA, the organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, in recognition of his desire to include student views in strategic planning initiatives. The listing also chronicles his leadership through the pandemic. Read more.