February 1, 2023

UMW Men’s Soccer Advances to Semifinals in Salem, Dec. 1

The UMW men’s soccer team poses at its recent game against Ohio Wesleyan. Having advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in the team’s history, the Eagles are the only public university and Virginia team still standing in the final four. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

The UMW men’s soccer team poses at its recent game against Ohio Wesleyan. Having advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in the team’s history, the Eagles are the only public university and Virginia team still standing in the final four. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

The University of Mary Washington’s men’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in program history. Led by five seniors from Virginia, the Eagles are the only public university and Virginia team still standing in the final four, and ready to represent their home state in Salem, Virginia, on Dec. 1. The team of 31 includes 27 players from the commonwealth, including several student-athletes from Arlington, Leesburg, Richmond, Springfield and Stafford. To view the full lineup, visit the UMW Men’s Soccer Roster.

A few standouts:

Senior forward Josh Kirkland from Richmond was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year and was named Virginia Lottery UMW Male Athlete of the Month in October and September. He led UMW to the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference championship, and scored eight goals in six games in October, as UMW went 5-1 during the month. He ranks 14th nationally in goals scored, 21st in goals per game and 33rd in points per game.

Kirkland was joined on the first team by sophomore forward Carter Berg (Reston, Virginia/South Lakes) and senior defender Jacob Kautzman (Springfield, Virginia/South County). Senior midfielder Abel Luwis (McLean, Virginia/Hearts of the Lord) and senior goalkeeper Griffin Hemmendinger (Norfolk, Virginia/Granby) were named to the second team.

With the quarterfinal win over Bowdoin, the Eagles improve to 13-4-4 on the season, giving Head Coach Jason Kilby his 250th career victory.

If recent games are any indication, the upcoming matches will be thrilling down to the wire. The Eagles advanced through penalty-kick shootouts twice in recent matches, both in the NCCA tournament against Amherst and in the Coast-to-Coast championships against Christopher Newport University.

For more Mary Washington men’s soccer news, visit the Eagles Men’s Soccer page.

High School Soccer Standouts Make NCAA Final Four for UMW

Note to editors: To connect with players for profile pieces, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Clint Often at (540) 654-1743 or coften@umw.edu. FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – The University of Mary Washington’s men’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in program history. Led by five seniors from Virginia, the Eagles […]

High School Soccer Standouts Make NCAA Final Four for UMW

Note to editors: To connect with players for profile pieces, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Clint Often at (540) 654-1743 or coften@umw.edu. FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – The University of Mary Washington’s men’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in program history. Led by five seniors from Virginia, the Eagles […]

Ruth Davison: Sharing Title IX Resources

As a student at Mary Washington, Ruth Davison stepped into many of the leadership roles and seminal moments still on the list of students today. She served as president of her freshman hall (Mason), and president of the student senate her senior year. She met her best friends in college, and her roommate is now just half an hour away. She planned to major in economics, with an idea to work on Wall Street, but she changed her plans and majors to history and world religion.

Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator Ruth Davison

Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator Ruth Davison

Those majors led her around the world, first to work with Southern Baptist missionaries and an opportunity to travel to Gaborone, Botswana. There, Davison worked with a Mary Washington alum to develop a Baptist Campus Center at a large university. She then pursued a MDiv, followed by another stint overseas in Stuttgart, Germany, for a year. She earned another master’s degree and a Ph.D., both in higher education administration. She knew working in a collegiate setting was where she could make the most difference, but what she might not have realized at the time is that it would eventually lead back to her alma mater. Davison returned to UMW this summer to serve as the Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.

Her Ph.D. research centered on higher education law, both at the federal and state levels, with a focus on the educational environment. Ruth has worked with Title IX compliance and processes for more than half of her career, with a range of roles from investigator to deputy coordinator. She stays current on the legal requirements by teaching a higher education law class for 15 years – just a portion of the time that Title IX has been in existence.

Now in its 50th year, Title IX comes with requirements and resources, and it’s those supports that Davison wants to make sure the campus understands.

“I always want students, staff and faculty to know there are many resources to assist them should they experience sexual harassment or sexual violence. Title IX can connect folks with those resources. The 50th anniversary is a great way to reflect on and celebrate how Title IX has enhanced equity across the education sector. But we still have a lot of work to do to reduce sexual harassment and sexual violence and minimize the impact on our students, staff and faculty,” she said. “When someone in our community experiences sexual harassment or violence, Title IX can provide the supports and processes to allow them to fully participate in their student, faculty or staff role at Mary Washington.”

Q: How did you discover Mary Washington?
A: I had an older sister who came to Mary Washington before me and my parents really encouraged me to try the “college.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of campus and why?
A: I have really enjoyed Campus Walk these past few months. This used to be a drive-through road when I was a student. Now it is such a focal point and I love how it connects the campus.

Q: What drew you to this career?
A: I love being in an educational environment and working with students. It’s exciting to be a small part of people’s educational journey. I also love higher education because employees are encouraged to be lifelong learners!

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: My work is very people centered and typically I meet folks when they are experiencing difficult situations and incidents. This is challenging but it’s the first step in assisting them to move forward with their journey here at Mary Washington.

Q: What’s most rewarding?
A: Helping students, staff and faculty is an amazing part of the work.

Q: What do you want campus to know about Title IX?
A: Title IX is about equity and ensuring folks can engage fully at the university.

Q: What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
A: When I lived in Botswana, I travelled extensively through South Africa. I had the opportunity to go on a safari where we tracked lion for several days. If that was not exciting enough, we were chased by elephants – thrilling and scary at the same time!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy music, reading and spending time with family. I am also looking forward to traveling more in the near future.

Q: Any mottos you live by?
A: Maya Angelou – “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

 

UMW Admissions Announces Scholarships, Fall Open Houses

Last month, UMW landed on two national college rankings, 'Washington Monthly' and 'The Princeton Review.'

Students rush past Lee Hall on Campus Walk.

The University of Mary Washington has expanded scholarship opportunities this fall, with awards for first-year and transfer students, whether they choose to submit test scores or take advantage of UMW’s test-optional alternative.

“Our merit program is just one way Mary Washington is able to lower out-of-pocket costs for enrolling students,” said Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski. “Dollar for dollar, UMW continues to reward academic excellence and meet the financial needs of students and their families, with nearly $40 million awarded in 2022.”

Students are automatically considered for merit awards based on the information included in their application. Merit scholarships are awarded at the point of admission, and students receive notice within their official offer letter and packet.

First-year scholarships are available for degree-seeking applicants and range from the full-ride Washington Scholars for in-state students and Alvey Scholars for out-of-state students to subject-specific scholarships and merit awards. Read more.

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.