February 17, 2018

City Council approves Catholic Student Center parking expansion (The Free Lance-Star)

Hanging in the Balance (U.S. News.com)

Freshmen Democrats struggle for early wins in General Assembly (insidenova.com)

NOLA vs Nature: Building The Industrial Canal (WWNO 89.9)

TriPod: New Orleans At 300 (WWNO 89.9)

Admissions Open House, February 19

On Monday, February 19, the University will host an Admissions Open House. About 200 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Estimated guest count is 600 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in the Alvey parking deck off Route 1 and on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, the Hurley Convergence Center, the University Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is!

If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email admit@umw.edu.

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Last Open Forum on Statement of Community Values, Feb. 21

Don’t miss the final open forum concerning UMW’s Statement of Community Values, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium.

The Committee to Review the Statement of Community Values (Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce Recommendation, #2) invites you to attend one of open forums to share your thoughts and perspective. Last revisited in 2011, we are looking for your input on what our Statement of Community Values and Statement of Guiding Principles on Diversity and Inclusion should include–should they be revised? What values should our community espouse? What can we do to raise awareness about our community values and better promote what we value?

Members of the committee will be there to receive your feedback and share their plans to review the statements this semester. Members of the university community can also share their thoughts with the committee through this online comment form.

The comment form will be available through the end of February 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the open forums and hearing your thoughts on our community’s values.


Anand Rao and Cedric Rucker, co-chairs

Committee to Review the Statement of Community Values

  • Cedric Rucker, Dean of Student Life, co-chair
  • Anand Rao, Professor of Communication, co-chair
  • Janet Asper, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Bianca Hightower, Staff Advisory Council representative
  • Ekta Kapoor, student representative
  • Marion Sanford, Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Holly Schiffrin, Professor of Psychology
  • Alda White, community representative

Sabrina Johnson Featured in FLS Article

The Free Lance-Star recently featured a story about Sabrina Johnson, the university’s first vice president for equity and access and chief diversity officer.

“Sabrina Johnson’s boss, University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino, says she has a hard job ahead of her,” the article begins.

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Schiffrin, Liss, Erchull Study Featured in New York Times

A recent article in The New York Times featured a study by Holly Schiffrin, Miriam Liss, and Mindy Erchull and alumnae Haley Miles, Katherine Geary and Taryn Tashner.

The story, What Parents Can Learn From a Town That Produced 11 Olympians, by Karen Crouse, had this to say:

“[The parents] intuitively sense what a 2013 study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies concluded: that overprotective or helicopter parents thwart a child’s basic psychological need for autonomy and competence, resulting in an uptick in depression and lower life-satisfaction levels.”

Crouse wrote Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence.

Richardson’s Weekly Column Featured in FLS

Lynne Richardson’s latest column, Social Media and Emails, recently appeared in The Free Lance-Star.

“Far too often,” she writes, “it seems we hear stories where people ultimately lose their jobs because of information they put in emails or some form of social media.”

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