March 2, 2024

Free Employee Fitness Classes March 11-15

For the second half of the semester, Campus Recreation will have two fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness and Lunchtime Yoga!

Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6 week program that will begin on March 18!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session. That’s 12 workouts! Can’t make a few of them? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 12 workouts. Some workouts are better than no workouts!

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate 35 minute strength and cardio workouts for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program. Each class will include a 5-10 minute educational topic, including nutrition tips, fitness, and more. Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Lunchtime Yoga
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.

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

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. 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.

Lehman Publishes Book in Dolciani Series

Larry Lehman, Professor of Mathematics.

Larry Lehman, Professor of Mathematics.

Larry Lehman, Professor of Mathematics, has had his book, Quadratic Number Theory: An Invitation to Algebraic Methods in the Higher Arithmetic, published by MAA Press, an imprint of the American Mathematical Society.  The book appears in the Dolciani Mathematical Expositions series, devoted to “mathematical elegance and ingenuity” in texts intended for undergraduate math majors.  It features innovations in notation developed during several directed studies and topics courses in algebraic number theory led by Prof. Lehman at the University of Mary Washington.

Kuykendall Publishes Critical Edition of Stanford Orchestral Works

Stanford: Orchestral Song Cycles (ed. Kuykendall and Kang), A-R Editions, 2019.

Music Department Chair Brooks Kuykendall’s new edition of works of Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) is now in print from A-R Editions.  The volume includes two of Stanford’s most popular works, Songs of the Sea (1904) and Songs of the Fleet (1910); both are orchestral song cycles setting texts of Henry Newbolt.

Kuykendall chronicled the development of this volume–a collaborative undergraduate research project–recently on his blog Settling Scores.

Richards Presents on Eudora Welty in Multiple Venues

Professor of English Gary Richards

Gary Richards, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, presented the paper “Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams” at the latest conference of the Eudora Welty Society, “The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Eudora Welty Reconsidered,” held at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. February 21-24, 2019. The conference also featured a staged reading of “Moon Lake,” adapted from the Welty short story of the same title and directed by Brenda Currin. Fourteen Welty scholars made up the cast, including Richards as the narrator.

Earlier in the month, he was a member of a panel discussion of contributors to the collection of essays Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty Twenty-First-Century Approaches, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, held at the Eudora Welty House and Gardens in Jackson, Mississipi, on February 7. His essay in the collection is “Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

McMillan Receives VMFA Fellowship

Ceramic sculpture by Jon McMillan

Associate Professor Jon McMillan was recently awarded one of twelve Professional Visual Art Fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for 2019-20.  The statewide award, which includes exhibition opportunities and funding for artistic research and creation, is highly competitive, with 753 applicants for 28 fellowships in three categories. Recipients are selected through a blind jury process, with decisions based solely on the artwork submitted. The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship Program celebrates its 80thanniversary next year.

For images of this year’s Fellows, visit:

More information on the program and this year’s awards can be found here:

Upcoming Conference on Campus

Please join the Office of Title IX and the Center for Prevention and Education for a free, one-day, on-campus conference on Thursday, March 14 in Chandler Ballroom. Evolving Practices: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses offers a wide range of perspectives, including non-profit professionals, academics, student conduct professionals and more on the multifaceted nature of sexual and gender-based violence at the university level.

This conference is best suited for professionals working directly with college-aged students including law enforcement, student conduct, victim advocates, counselors, academics and other interested parties.  Students are welcome to attend!  While this conference is free, pre registration is required.

UMW Chamber Music Festival at Belmont Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the UMW Department of Music are partnering to present a Chamber Music Festival on February 23 and 24 in the intimate setting of Gari Melchers’ Studio and the Pavilion at Belmont.

“The richly appointed interior of the famed American artist’s studio is an ideal setting to enjoy chamber music in the Old World tradition that Gari Melchers would have happily endorsed,” says Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron. “And the acoustics in this barrel-vaulted space are perfect!”

The Chamber Festival is presented each spring featuring student, faculty, and professional groups. Various musical styles and genres spanning the centuries are performed. The Music Department is committed to promoting contemporary works. Original compositions by students and faculty are also debuted.​

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, February 23 at 7 p.m. with performances by the UMW Chamber Music trio, Brass Quintet, Flute Quartet and Jazz Combo under the direction of Doug Gately. The program will feature music by such diverse composers as Handel, Loeillett, Telemann, Granados, Bach, Puccini, Arnold, Haydn and jazz standards and contemporary works incorporating Swing, Latin and Funk styles.

The February 24 Sunday afternoon offering, beginning at 2 p.m., presents the United States Air Force String Trio under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Bryce Bunner performing Beethoven’s String Trios. The UMW Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Gately, will perform a selection of jazz standards.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please make reservations beginning February 5 by emailing Meghan Pcsolyar at

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

Sign Up for Upcoming February Safe Zone Workshops

The UMW Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens. At the end of each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become a Safe Zone ally for our campus.

Safe Zone allies are individuals who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

We offer two types of general Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend these workshops, including adjunct faculty and part-time staff. The basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

For any interested faculty or staff, we are offering a basic training on Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 4:45 p.m. We are also offering an advanced training on Thursday, February 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at to register for a training or if you have questions. If you would like more information about Safe Zone, please visit the website at

Are You a UMWFoodie?

Erin Wysong, UMW References and Sciences Librarian, became a UMWFoodie during it’s “grand opening” promotion and won an Amazon Fire 7 tablet! Campus Dining created this new text messaging group in January in order to provide UMW students, faculty and staff with timely and valuable information about dining services.

UMWFoodies will be the first to know about free food sampling events, dining discounts, special events, and changes to Campus Dining operational hours due to dangerous weather conditions.  Rose Benedict, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, will be the only person sending out messages via this new group, and she promises that messages will be limited to once or twice a week. The only exceptions to that would be when bad weather necessitated multiple changes in dining operational hours.

Did you know that Campus Dining gave out free food samples twice this month and that another sampling is scheduled for next week? UMWFoodies learn about these and other special events and offers!  To join simply text “UMWFoodies” to 82257, then reply “yes” to the confirmation text.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at

Admitted Student Phone-a-thon: Volunteers Welcome

The Office of Financial Aid mailed more than 1,000 financial aid awards to admitted first year and transfer students in January. Join us as we personally reach out to students to confirm its receipt and remind them of important next steps toward enrollment.

5-7 p.m.
Monday, February 4
Wednesday, February 6
Thursday, February 7

• Calling from Lee Hall Fourth Floor – Admissions Operations Suite
• Pizza and drinks will be provided each evening.
• Contact Melissa Yakabouski at to volunteer.