December 14, 2018

New Mediterranean Menu at Underground Cafe

This week the Underground Cafe rolled out a new Mediterranean menu featuring “Build Your Own” entrees with Beef, Chicken, Veggie or Falafel Kabobs along with a wide array of salads, appetizers and sides.  The menu will still include Red Pepper Gouda Soup on Wednesdays, as well as fruit and yogurt smoothies and assorted desserts daily.  Blackstone coffee has now been added to the menu, and beer on tap is available after 5 p.m.

Campus Dining invites UMW faculty, staff, and students to stop in for some free samples of the new Mediterranean dishes between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7th.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.

Al-Tikriti Speaks at MESA Book Prize Panel

Associate Professor of Middle East History Nabil Al-Tikriti spoke about the selection process, and introduced two of the five book award winners for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Book Prize panel, entitled: Celebrating Scholarship: MESA Book Award Winners Discuss Their Work.”

The book prize committee was chaired by Prof. Heather Sharkey of the University of Pennsylvania, while other committee members included Profs. Laleh Khalili of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Yaseen Noorani of the University of Arizona, and Nancy Stockdale of the University of North Texas. The competition logistics were managed by Sara Palmer of MESA.

For this competition, each committee member received roughly 127 books in April-May of 2018, and took charge of nominating 3-4 texts out of 25 books assigned to them by mid-June. In the second round, all committee members evaluated for final prize consideration the resulting 20 or so texts, by mid-August.

As the MESA website explains further, the following scholars received commendations and/or prizes:

Fatima Mernissi Book Award Winner: Attiya Ahmad, George Washington University: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait. Duke University Press, 2017

Nikki Keddie Book Award Co-winner, Orit Bashkin, The University of Chicago: Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel. Stanford University Press, 2017

Nikki Keddie Book Award Co-winner, Kevan Harris, University of California, Los Angeles:  A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran
University of California Press, 2017

Albert Hourani Book Award Winner, Alireza Doostdar, The University of Chicago: The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny, Princeton University Press, 2018.

Albert Hourani Book Award Honorable Mention, J.R. Osborn, Georgetown University: Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design. Harvard University Press, 2017.

 

 

Spring Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

Registration is now open for the 3 fitness programs available to UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness, Lunch Bunch, and Lunchtime Yoga.

FREE WEEK = JANUARY 14-18, 2019.
Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6-week program that will begin on January 21/22!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session.

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate strength and cardio training for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15-12 p.m.
Lunch Bunch is a low impact, total body fitness class for faculty and staff that will get the blood flowing, but not so much that you’re in need of a shower. It’s the perfect mid-day movement to help you feel successful and able to return to work in a jiffy.

Lunchtime Yoga
Mondays & Fridays, 12-12:50 p.m.
This lunchtime yoga class is designed to give faculty and staff headspace during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.

Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Session 1 – $30
January 14-18 = Free Week!
January 21-March 1 = Session 1
Registration open now!

Session 2 – $30
March 11-15 = Free Week!
March 18-April 26 = Session 2

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Additionally, please make sure the “Spring 2019” semester is selected on the left menu to see the spring offerings. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Crosby Presents at National Communication Association Conference

Emily Deering Crosby, Assistant Professor of Communication, presented “Country Music as Safe Space: Xenophobia in Patriotic Music Fandom” on an international panel on xenophobia at the National Communication Association Conference on November 10, 2018. Her research analyzes white women’s online reactions to the collaborative performance of the Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards just days before the 2016 Presidential election. Her analysis reveals key intersectional themes of territoriality, sexism, and racism enacted by xenophobic white women in their often specious pursuit of protecting white men’s patriotic Americana, signaling alliances that are largely reflected in recent voting trends.

McMillan Elected to International Archaeological Committee

Lauren McMillan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, was elected to serve on the Nominations and Election Committee for the Society for Historical Archaeology, the lead organization for post-medieval archaeology in the world. This is a three-year position, from 2019-2021. The Society for Historical Archaeology is an international organization and is the largest scholarly group focused on the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present).

Safe Zone Spring programs

Safe Zone, UMW’s LGBTQ+ education and advocacy program, is excited to announce that we will be offering several programs early in the Spring semester. The programs and descriptions are listed below.

Faculty/Staff Spring Book Club: We will be reading Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel called “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.” We will discuss the book during one session on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is open to all faculty and staff, but registration is required and space is limited. The book will be provided for free to the first 15 participants who register. To register, please email Laura Wilson, lwilson5@umw.edu.

Identity and Intersectionality Workshop: This is a repeat offering of the training that was held during pre-week in August. The workshop will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is open to any faculty or staff interested in learning about and discussing issues related to social group identities. The topics will include privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. The goal of the workshop is to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection in order to strengthen their role as an ally for students of all identities. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu. Space is limited and registration is required.

Basic Faculty/Staff Safe Zone Workshop: This workshop is geared toward faculty and staff who would like to be more informed allies to the LGBTQ+ community on our campus. The workshop will be on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. It is an introductory workshop that focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. At the end of the workshop, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign the ally pledge, but it is not mandatory. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu. Space is limited and registration is required.

Rochelle’s Story Chosen for Inclusion in Anthology

Professor of English Warren Rochelle’s story “Mirrors,” a gay-themed retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” was accepted by Cuilpress and will be published in their forthcoming queering romance anthology So You Think You Know Love?.

Dasgupta Presents at Popular Culture Conference

Shumona Dasgupta, Associate Professor of English, presented a paper on Bollywood and the Partition, entitled “Mothers of the Nation: Gender and Identity in Indian Partition Cinema,” at the 29th annual Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference in Baltimore (November 8-9, 2018). The paper has since been nominated for the MAPACA Donald Award, which recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at MAPACA’s annual conference. ​

Larus Offers Insight on 2018 Taiwan Elections

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the panel discussion “Midterm Elections in Taiwan and the United States: What Happened and What are the Implications for Taiwan-China-U.S. Relations?” organized by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manhattan, N.Y., November 26. She offered insight on the impact of the election results on the U.S.-Taiwan security calculus, which can be viewed at https://udn.com/news/story/6813/3504484.

In addition, Dr. Larus was recently quoted in the Financial Times about the 2018 Taiwan elections.  “The election results have introduced a high degree of uncertainty in cross-Strait relations and the U.S.-Taiwan security calculus,” said Dr. Larus. To read the article, visit https://www.ft.com/content/266c5896-f03a-11e8-9623-d7f9881e729f.

Tickets on Sale for UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, Feb. 8

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE 2019 UMW ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BANQUET

Established in 1996, the University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the top individuals and teams in the history of the athletic program at the school.

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2018-19 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class. Inductees include former NCAA record holder and All-American Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, All-America women’s basketball record breaker Liz Hickey ’08, standout baseball star Joe Kruper ’92, men’s basketball star Mike Lee ’07, and long-time successful coach of women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse Kurt Glaeser.

Erickson graduated as the NCAA Division III season record holder for points per game in a season, and still ranks in the top five all-time in Division III in points and assists in a season. Upon graduation, she held school records for career points (303), season points (143), season assists (81), and points (14) and assists (10) in a game. She led the nation in assists per game and points per game in her senior season en route to All-America honors. She continues to represent UMW in a positive light as the highly successful head coach of the program in which she thrived.

Hickey is the only athlete in any sport in school history to have her number retired, as she graduated as the only three-time All-American in women’s basketball history. She ended her career as the NCAA Division III career leader in blocked shots, with 509, and helped the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Division III Final Four. A two-time CAC Player of the Year and two-time regional player of the year, Hickey scored 1,370 points in her career, and was named as the UMW Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. She was subsequently named to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary Team, honoring the top 25 players in conference history.

Kruper was at the forefront of Mary Washington developing into a national power in the early 1990s, and still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in career triples. He is one of only 10 Mary Washington players to be named as a first team all-conference selection three times, and was a two-time all-region selection. He batted .430 as a freshman en route to conference player of the year honors, and struck out just one time the entire season. He posted a career batting average of .384, with an on-base percentage of .490 and a slugging average of .563. His defensive prowess included a .975 career fielding average, as he committed just 13 errors in four years in 520 chances.

Lee was the top player as Mary Washington emerged as a regional power in the mid 2000s, finishing his career with 1,564 points, the second-most in program history. He remains the school’s record holder in three-point baskets in a game (11), three-pointers in a career (323), as well as three-point attempts in a game, season, and career. He was awarded the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, and also gained first team All-CAC honors in a career that saw the Eagles win 68 games, the most in any four-year span in program history to that point.

Glaeser was a longtime successful coach for the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs at Mary Washington, leading both to NCAA Tournament appearances. In soccer, he coached the Eagles to 12 conference titles and 12 NCAA Championship appearances, including the final four in 1992 and the elite eight in 1997 and 1998. His 244 victories rank as among the most in Division III history, and his 71.0 win percentage is among the best ever in Division III. Glaeser also led the men’s lacrosse program to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, ranking as high as 12th in the nation. His combined 428 career wins in 27 years leave a lasting legacy in both programs’ histories.

The induction will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the UMW University Center at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. social hour.