February 25, 2018

Ideology Tops Facts in Texas History Curriculum, Experts Say (U.S. News & World Report)

Legislative Series: Embracing the New Dominion-Virginia Business Forecasting for a New Administration & Legislature (restonchamber.org)

Preparing for the unexpected

The following message is from the UMW Department of Public Safety.

UMW strives to provide protection and preparedness for any number of potential issues on our campuses. Understandably, in the wake of the recent tragedy in Florida, our students, faculty, and staff are anxious and concerned. In these moments, we have a joint responsibility as a community to support one another and respect each others’ feelings and responses to such tragic events. Our responsibility also extends to our need to notice when members of our community are struggling. We should encourage them to seek assistance and report behaviors that seem harmful or threatening.

Anyone with acute anxiety should take advantage of services offered by the Talley Center and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Beyond that, the UMW Department of Public Safety has numerous resources available to help members of the community feel more prepared. Training is available for those who seek it; please contact the UMW Police at 540-654-1025 to arrange for training for an organization (student, faculty, or other), office, or department.

Below are links to two videos that depict a fictional representation of an active shooter scenario. They include very realistic imagery and content. Please be aware that watching these could elicit personal feelings and reactions, which is a normal response to such content.

Run Hide Fight


Crisis on Campus


Most importantly in a crisis:  Try not to panic. It is a normal human behavior to become frightened during a stressful event.

Making plans in advance and keeping your mind alert will assist in keeping you safe.  As a reminder, you may take these steps to help you in any environment in which you may experience violence:

  • RUN If possible, evacuate the area where the threat is present. Have a plan in mind and be aware of all possible escape routes. Leave all personal belongings behind. If you encounter the suspect, run in the opposite direction. If an incident is taking place outside, run in the opposite direction from the gunfire. As soon as you are safe, dial 654-4444 if you are on campus or 911 if you are in another location.
  • HIDE     If escaping is not an option, shelter in place. Shut and lock the doors. Pile large heavy objects against the doors. Stay away from the doors and walls closest to the hallway.  Shut the lights off in the room and silence your phone. Do not answer the door for anyone but law enforcement. If you are in a large open area, shelter behind large structures like concrete walls or buildings. Dial 654-4444 or 911 if/when you feel that it is safe.
  • FIGHT    This is a last resort decision. When you cannot flee and you face imminent danger, try to hide or consider playing dead. If you are stuck in a location and you know that the suspect is nearby, find objects that you can use as weapons or heavy objects, such as chairs, to throw at the suspect. If you decide to fight, commit yourself to this action. Once the aggressor is down, escape from the area as rapidly as possible.

Always follow the directions of law enforcement. In the case of an active shooter, keep your hands visible when exiting the building and seek shelter in a nearby safe location. Call for help by utilizing your cell phone or blue light phone.

Remember: Preparation now can help you respond in a frightening or dangerous moment.


‘What Is Your Position on Citation?’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The President as Consoler-in-Chief (WRVA 1140)

This Is What Happens When Helicopter Kids Grow Up (Psychology Today)

Colin Rafferty featured on Capital Public Radio

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, was recently featured in a segment called Presidential Prose that aired on Capital Public Radio, KXJZ-FM, in Sacramento, California.

Rafferty read a biography of every single president—and then wrote his own essays in response to their lives. You can listen to the radio segment here:



Betsy Lewis presents at Penn State

Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, professor of Spanish at UMW, presented “Amor caduco: Love, Aging, and Women Writers in the Spanish Enlightenment” at Pennsylvania State University Feb. 19.

Her talk was part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon series at Penn State.

To read more:


Michael Spencer’s research highlighted

Research by Michael Spencer, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Historic Preservation, was recently highlighted by Fredericksburg City Council. That research also appeared in The Free Lance-Star.

“City Council has reluctantly approved the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s request for a special-use permit to expand parking for the Catholic Student Center across from the University of Mary Washington,” according to the newspaper story.

“According to research provided by Michael Spencer, a University of Mary Washington professor of historic preservation, the house can be traced to Frank Beckwith, who was noted as building a “handsome frame residence” on Marye’s Heights in 1877.”

Read the whole story here:


Richardson’s weekly column featured in FLS

Lynn Richardson weekly column, Streamline Hiring, appeared in The Free Lance-Star. This week, she talked about

“Let’s say you find yourself with an opportunity to hire a new employee,” she writes. Read more: