September 20, 2020

UMW Honors Longtime Supporters

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Julie Baxter, Paul Dresser Jr., BOV Rector Holly Tace Cuellar ’89, and President Richard Hurley unveil the new plaque for the President’s Box inside the Anderson Center.

UMW honored two members of the Mary Washington community during a dedication ceremony for the President’s Box held Nov. 15, 2014, at the Anderson Center. Paul A. Dresser Jr. and his wife Julie W. Baxter of Williamsburg, Virginia, were recognized for inspiring, supporting, and advancing UMW students and programs through service and giving.

Paul’s involvement with Mary Washington began in the early 1990s as the parent of an enrolled student. He served on the Mary Washington Board of Visitors from 1992 to 2000, including two years as Vice Rector and four years as Rector. He then served on the UMW Foundation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2014, leading as Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

In addition to his dedicated work on the BOV and the UMW Foundation Board, Paul and his family are supporters of the Fund for Mary Washington, members of the UMW Heritage Society, and donors to multiple Dresser family scholarships.

In support of the Mary Washington First Campaign, Paul recently endowed the Julie Baxter Scholarship for BSN Completion and also specified the amount of his estate pledge to enhance endowment levels of other Dresser scholarships.

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Amanda Dresser Gada ’95 and her family prepare for the dedication ceremony in honor of Paul Dresser and Julie Baxter.

More than 40 guests attended the ceremony at the Anderson Center, including Amanda Dresser Gada ’95, Director of UMW Athletics Ken Tyler, and representatives of UMW’s Board of Visitors, Foundation Board, and Alumni Board.

A dedication plaque bearing Paul and Julie’s names will be placed inside the President’s Box. Donors who make significant Campaign gifts to create and enhance UMW program or scholarship endowments may be eligible for future naming opportunities.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of October 31, 2014, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $32 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016.

Visit marywashingtonfirst.umw.edu or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

New Campaign Gifts and Pledges

University Advancement announces Mary Washington First Campaign gifts and pledge commitments:

  • Alumni, parents, and friends pledged a total of $218,576 during the Fall Phonathon to support the Mary Washington First Campaign.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1966 made a $100,000 pledge to support the Literacy Learning Lab in the College of Education.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1969 sent in a $1,000 check for the restoration of the Amphitheater. With this gift, the total raised toward the $3 million Amphitheater goal is now at $1.5 million.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1981 made a $1,250 online gift to the Fund for Mary Washington. She included a note indicating her gift was a result of meeting President Hurley at a Mary Washington First Campaign event in California.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of October 31, 2014, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $32 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

Heritage Newsletter Highlights Campaign Gifts

HeritageFall14_singles-FINAL_Page_1-for-TNRead the latest issue of the Heritage newsletter featuring stories about alumni and students, including Andrew and Lisa Rae Campbell Walker ’77, Betty Dobbins Talley ’68, Marjahn Goodman ’14, and Carlos and Carol Muldoon Martel ’68.

This publication is mailed to Mary Washington alumni, parents, and friends who have already made arrangements to include Mary Washington in their estate plans, as well as to those who may be considering giving options to support UMW students and programs through the Mary Washington First Campaign.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of October 31, 2014, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $32 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

News From Advancement

University Advancement announces new Campaign gifts and pledge commitments:

  • An alumna from the Class of 1966 has committed $250,000 to support a professional symposium for the nursing program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1968 made a $25,000 gift to support the LearnerSpace project in the College of Education.
  • An alumna from the Class of 1948 sent in a $300 check for the Fund for Mary Washington in response to a student phonathon caller. A consistent donor since 1981, this alumna included a note that read, “At age 88, I’m still grateful for my MWC education.”

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of September 30, 2014, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $30 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

New Name For Counseling Center Honors Alumna and Her Late Husband

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Betty Dobbins Talley ’68

The University of Mary Washington announces the naming of the Talley Center for Counseling Services to honor a significant campaign gift from Betty Dobbins Talley ’68. The UMW Board of Visitors approved the new name August 5, 2014, to supersede the title of the former Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center.

A counselor for more than 40 years, Betty Talley thought it especially important to remove the reference to “psychological” in the new name of the center. “Counseling centers on college campuses should have an aura of easy access and warmth without any stigma,” she says. “I believe counseling should be available to help students get over those bumps that occasionally come up in life, or during major transitions, so they can grow and reach their full potential. Professionals and educators shouldn’t make them feel sick. Sometimes students just need to talk to someone.”

Located in Lee Hall, the Talley Center for Counseling Services is staffed by licensed mental health professionals. A part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Center is committed to furthering student development, and it offers crisis intervention, consultation, community referrals, and training and educational outreach programs to the entire UMW community.

The new Talley endowment will count toward the Mary Washington First Campaign goal, and it will enhance existing student counseling services by enabling the center to increase outreach and prevention efforts for early recognition of at-risk behaviors.

“We have a long family history in counseling and education,” says Betty Talley. “My late husband, Page, was also a lifelong counselor and educator. When we began planning our estates, we decided to support the two institutions that had given each of us our initial starts — Mary Washington and his alma mater, Western Kentucky University.”

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 30, 2014, donors have committed $30 million in gifts and pledges. Campaign contributions are actively being solicited for the three colleges, scholarships, the Fund for Mary Washington, program initiatives, and restoration of the amphitheater. The Mary Washington First Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit the campaign website for more information.

CAPS is now the Talley Center for Counseling Services

With approval from the UMW Board of Visitors on August 5, 2014, the former Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center has been renamed the “Talley Center for Counseling Services.” The new title for the Center honors a significant gift from Betty Dobbins Talley ’68, which will support student counseling services while improving outreach and prevention efforts for early recognition of at-risk behaviors.

The Division of Student Affairs and the counseling center staff are excited for this opportunity to honor Betty Dobbins Talley. The name change is effective immediately. For more information, visit the website.

$1.5 Million Campaign Donor Meets CPR Faculty

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Joseph Romero, Angela Pitts, Richard J. Hayes Jr., Liane Houghtalin, and Craig Vasey discussed the classics during lunch at Brompton.

Members of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion faculty attended a luncheon at Brompton in early June to meet the man behind a $1.5 million campaign pledge. Richard “Rick” J. Hayes Jr., a practicing lawyer in mid-coastal Maine, recently informed UMW of his intent to bequeath $1.5 million for an endowed scholarship in support of Mary Washington students majoring in the classics.

“A college education should open your mind and teach you about some of the greatest thinkers in history, such as Aristotle and Plato. We don’t have to learn from just our experience – we can learn from their experiences as well,” says Rick. “I think a real education in classics and philosophy helps develop a well-rounded, intellectual person who can think and assemble information to be more effective in our complex world today.”

Rick is now “paying it forward” through his generous estate gift, which counts toward the Mary Washington First Campaign. In addition to financial assistance, the Richard J. Hayes Jr. Scholarship will also provide recipients with mentoring and support for success. Each recipient will be asked to sign the Richard J. Hayes Challenge to “pay forward” the benefits they receive through their scholarship by helping others when they are in a position to do so.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 30, 2014, donors have committed $30 million in gifts and pledges. Campaign contributions are actively being solicited for the three colleges, scholarships, the Fund for Mary Washington, program initiatives, and restoration of the amphitheater. The Mary Washington First Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit the campaign website for more information.

Heritage Newsletter Receives Awards

web-465---HeritageSpr14-FRONTDonna Harter Raab, executive director of advancement campaign initiatives, received a first place award from the Virginia Press Women Association for writing and editing the Heritage Newsletter. State first place winners were automatically entered in the national contest, and she has received a second place award from the National Federation of Press Women. National awards will be presented in September at the organization’s conference in South Carolina.

The UMW Heritage Newsletter is produced twice per year by the Office of University Advancement to share stories about the impact donor’s gifts and pledges have on UMW students and programs. Read the most recent issue.