May 18, 2024

Collaborative Humanities Grant Expands AI Initiatives at UMW

The University of Mary Washington is part of a $25,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant aimed at helping public colleges and universities navigate the world of artificial intelligence.

The project, “Developing a Public Liberal Arts Humanities Curriculum: Empowering Students to Navigate an AI World,” is led by five public liberal arts institutions representing distinct regions of the country. Collaboratively, faculty from each school will develop classes, units or short modules in humanities courses focused on the positive and negative aspects of generative AI.

The funding was awarded to Miriam Wallace, dean of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Emily Todd, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut University, through a partnership with the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

The grant will support collaborative curricular design by humanities faculty at UIS, Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Mary Washington, Northern State University and Evergreen State College. Participants will form learning communities and share progress first on their own campuses, and then meet in the summer of 2025 to share insights and experiences during a COPLAC workshop at Innovate Springfield, UIS’ business incubator in downtown Springfield.

As part of the grant, the institutions will also create open-access AI teaching resources, such as syllabus modules, readings, activities and assignments for all COPLAC institutions to utilize. UMW’s Center for Teaching, directed by Victoria Russell, associate professor in the College of Education, will lead the effort at UMW.

UMW Board of Visitors Sets Tuition and Fees for 2024-25

The UMW Board of Visitors has set tuition and fees for the 2024-25 academic year.

The UMW Board of Visitors has set tuition and fees for the 2024-25 academic year.

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors has set tuition and fees for the 2024-25 academic year, as approved at their quarterly meeting in April.

Tuition will increase by 2% for undergraduate and graduate students. The auxiliary comprehensive fee at UMW will increase by 3%. This decision follows several years of keeping undergraduate in-state tuition flat, but a small increase, still below the rate of inflation, is needed to support state-mandated compensation actions for faculty and staff and the continued success of academic programs and the campus experience.

UMW stands out among Virginia schools, known for smaller class sizes, dedicated faculty who work side- by-side with students, and a smaller price point that still encompasses this personalized approach.  Starting this fall, UMW will offer a tuition promise for Pell-eligible Virginia students, closing any gap in tuition funding for in-state students who qualify for Federal Pell Grants. Pell-eligibility is determined when students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UMW encourages families with an annual gross income (AGI) of $100,000 or less to complete the application process and add UMW to their list as an affordable option. Read more.

ASPIRE Week Becomes Annual UMW Tradition in April 2024

UMW’s ASPIRE Week returns the week of April 15, 2024, to celebrate campus community values. ASPIRE stands for six principles and values – one highlighted each day of the week – demonstrating the University of Mary Washington’s dedication to providing a diverse, accepting and supportive environment that holds all of its members to the highest […]

UMW Extends Decision Day to June 1

The University of Mary Washington has extended the enrollment deadline for admitted first-year undergraduate students to June 1, 2024, allowing an additional month for students and families to review financial aid. UMW has offered additional flexibility for incoming students to make their decision to enroll due to numerous delays in the filing and reporting process […]

Major League Soccer Executive Announced as UMW’s 2024 Commencement Speaker

Major League Soccer (MLS) executive Mark McClure ’96, vice president, technical operations, will be on his college turf when he returns to the University of Mary Washington as the 2024 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle, rain or shine. Tickets are not needed […]

Governor Appoints Two New Members to UMW Board of Visitors

Rachel Greszler ’03 and Dr. Christopher Newman

Rachel Greszler ’03 and Dr. Christopher Newman

The Virginia Governor’s Office announced on Friday the appointment of two new members of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors. Christopher Newman, executive vice president, system chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC), and Rachel Greszler ’03, senior research fellow for workforce and public finance in the Roe Institute of The Heritage Foundation will join the board this spring.

Dr. Newman has served as the executive vice president, system chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia since 2019. He is responsible for managing the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare in the fully integrated, regional not-for-profit medical system that provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient care through more than 40 facilities in the greater Fredericksburg region. The primary campus is a neighbor to University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus and a vital regional partner. Read more.

UMW Tests Emergency Notification System for March 7 Statewide Tornado Drill

UMW will test its alert system during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

UMW will test its alert system during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The University of Mary Washington will activate UMW Alerts and test its emergency notification system as part of the Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill on Thursday, March 7, at 9:45 a.m. The test may include text messages, emails, desktop alerts, phone calls and sirens or messages from the area warning system on campus. This spring semester test coincides with spring break and will reach devices on and off campus.

Students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in UMW Alerts with contact information registered with the University, including UMW email address and cell phone number. The University adds new community members weekly and resets the system with all current community members on the first day of classes for the fall semester. Community members can update their information at any time by visiting the Emergency Alerts website.

The March 7 exercise is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to plan and prepare for them. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management partners with the National Weather Service to promote Severe Weather Awareness Week. Each day of the week covers a different topic, including preparedness tips and ways to stay safe during severe weather. More information is available from the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/akq/SevereWeatherAwareness.

UMW to Test Emergency Notification System During March 7 Statewide Tornado Drill

The University of Mary Washington will activate UMW Alerts and test its emergency notification system as part of the Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill on Thursday, March 7, at 9:45 a.m. The test may include text messages, emails, desktop alerts, phone calls and sirens or messages from the area warning system on campus. This spring semester […]

UMW College of Business Achieves Accreditation Renewal from AACSB

The College of Business at the University of Mary Washington has successfully completed the continuous improvement review of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and has achieved extension of its accreditation for another five years. “This is a significant milestone signifying our commitment to academic excellence and highest quality standards in business […]

Project KIND Propels UMW Alumna to Virginia’s Counselor of the Year

UMW alumna Sarah Ritchie ’14 will lead Virginia Kindness Week through the Virginia Department of Education during the second week of February 2024. Ritchie created Project KIND, a character education program helping students succeed in school and in life. Ritchie also was recognized as Virginia’s 2023 Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Brianna Rae Photography

UMW alumna Sarah Ritchie ’14 will lead Virginia Kindness Week through the Virginia Department of Education during the second week of February 2024. Ritchie created Project KIND, a character education program helping students succeed in school and in life. Ritchie also was recognized as Virginia’s 2023 Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Brianna Rae Photography

For University of Mary Washington alumna Sarah Ritchie ’14, everything starts with kindness.

As a counselor at King George Elementary School, she envisioned a kindness club, recruited student ambassadors and invited global guest speakers who inspire others. She figured that with each individual she could reach, the kindness campaign would grow in the school and in the community.

Project KIND (Kids Inspiring and Nurturing Development) now spans King George County Schools as a comprehensive character education program teaching skills that will help students succeed in school and in life. A hub for student services, after-school clubs, and the snack and food program, it promotes helpful and healthy connections with teachers, students and families. And it’s earning statewide attention.

In 2023, Ritchie was recognized as the division-wide Teacher of the Year from King George County and named Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA). The annual award recognizes an elementary or secondary school counselor who has made a positive impact in their school community.

“The Kindness Crew has a positive presence in the community, even being established for only a few years,” Ritchie said of the after-school group she runs in a recent article about the power of high fives. “The development of the Kindness Crew has allowed a strong school-wide and community relationship to bloom. I have been honored to start and lead the club, and this has been one of the proudest moments of my professional career.” Read more.