March 3, 2024

UMW Professor Named Innovative Educator of the Year

Professor Teresa Coffman uses new technologies to teach her education graduate students. Teresa Coffman, University of Mary Washington professor of education, was recently named the 2014 Innovative Educator of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology and Education. The VSTE created the award as a way to give recognition to teachers who implement and encourage “innovative educational practices –especially those that champion the smart integration of technology.” “Dr. Coffman consistently demonstrates her professional commitment to and passion for innovative teaching that is grounded in compelling research,” said Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, dean of the College of Education. “She brings these qualities to bear with her students in ways that encourage them to think differently about who they are becoming as educators, and how their uses of technologies will shape transformational learning experiences for their own students.” 11-2014-Intern-Google-Glass-(3) Coffman’s areas of expertise and scholarly research include educational theory, pedagogy, technology in instruction, and teacher preparation. She is also the author of “Using Inquiry in the Classroom: Developing Creative Thinkers and Information Literate Students” and “Engaging Students through Inquiry-oriented Learning and Technology.” Coffman’s most recent venture into technology is researching how Google glass can be utilized in the classroom. “I’m examining how we can improve upon our practice as educators and learners by using technology,” said Coffman. She explains how asking questions in class quickly escalates with the curiosity of students and the technology is so easy that students say, “OK glass, tell me how this works.” Coffman sees the future of education integrated with technology, “Teaching needs to be more transformational. We need to extend beyond the creativity into innovative thought that can help us solve real world problems.”

UMW Student Emily Young Chosen as College Tour Peer Advisor

University of Mary Washington student Emily Young was selected to be one of the first ever Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisors, who will motivate students to live a healthy lifestyle without alcohol.   Emily Young, UMW Student and Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisor The Virginia ABC College Tour is a series of one-day events that provide students with the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Young, 20, is an English major and is focusing on pre-law at UMW and loves to swim. Part of her role as a College Tour peer advisor is to help develop and plan five College Tour regional conferences and work on-site during the events. She also will update Virginia ABC about alcohol-related issues on college campuses and offer suggested educational tools that will assist student’s progress through the academic year. “It’s a really good way to get involved on campus with other students who live the sober life,” said Young, encouraging students to attend one of this year’s regional conferences. “It’s great to work with others who want to stop drug and alcohol use on campus.” This year, the tour will visit James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, the College of William and Mary and George Mason University and will provide students knowledge about dangerous drinking trends and strategies to prevent harms. Young was one of seven students chosen to be a part of this program. “These seven were selected because of their continued efforts with alcohol prevention and peer leadership at the college level,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks, “and because of their interest in helping us take this message to campuses across Virginia.”

UMW Presents “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music”

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music,” a special two-show performance, on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Sing a LongPerformances will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, located in George Washington Hall on the university’s Fredericksburg campus. Tickets are $20 for standard admission and $15 for children and students with a UMW or Germana Community College ID.

“The Sound of Music” will be performed in interactive mode as audience members will have the opportunity to sing-a-long, dress up in costume and join the choruses of “My Favorite Things.” The performance will begin with a vocal warm up to encourage the audience to join in with the musical.

“Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music” first premiered in 2000 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. In 2001, the production appeared at the Hollywood Bowl where over 18,000 people attended the performance, including the film’s director and writer. The drama has toured internationally since 2005 in cities such as London, Amsterdam, Dublin, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Stockholm and many other major cities.

For further information and to purchase tickets, contact the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111 or visit

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Sequoi Phipps cultivates a love of geography and travel at UMW.

The Sisterhood of Success Leads UMW’s Leadership Colloquium

Kathy Korman Frey, an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the Hot Mommas Project –the world’s largest collection of women’s case studies, will give the keynote lecture “The Sisterhood of Success” at the annual Leadership Colloquium at the University of Mary Washington. The conference, centered on the theme, “real women, real issues, real solutions,” will take place at UMW’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 6.   Kathy Korman Frey Frey, a former Harvard graduate student, established the Hot Mommas concept when she designed a firm comprised of highly skilled consultants who specialized in planning bootcamps with a 94 percent success rate. The project gained momentum through student interest during her time at George Washington University, and Frey decided to write her first case study. The Hot Mommas Project is the recipient of a Coleman Foundation Case Award, and Frey currently serves on the board of United Women in Business and The Closet. The colloquium also will feature a panel discussion on mentoring, a Metzger Award presentation and networking opportunities. The registration fee, $179 for registrants before October 1, $199 from October 1-31, and $219 from November 1-6, includes breakfast, a buffet luncheon, afternoon tea, and all sessions, forums and materials. For more information or to register, visit