December 2, 2022

Campus Dining to Host Thanksgiving Buffet, Nov. 19

Campus Dining will host a Thanksgiving lunch buffet for members of the UMW faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch will be $7 for faculty and staff and $8.90 plus tax for guests.

Please Note: Cash is the only form of payment that can be accepted at the Ballroom. If you wish to pay with EagleOne, Flex, or Credit Card you must purchase a lunch ticket from a University Center fourth floor cashier. For your convenience, Campus Dining will pre-sell lunch tickets at the fourth floor cashier stations beginning Monday, Nov. 16 and continuing through the end of lunch service on Nov. 19. For additional information, contact Rose Benedict at .

UMW Featured on WV Public Radio and Festival

Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music and Austin O’Rourke, junior music major, had their music broadcasted on West Virginia Public Radio at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The songs played on the station included Snyder’s piece, titled “Facets of Love Mvt. 1 ‘Our house on the hill.’” The song was accompanied by alumnae Becky Brown ’15 on harp and Soprano Paige Naylor ‘14. O’Rourke’s song, titled “Hazel Colored Nebula”  was accompanied by Doug Gately, director of jazz studies, on the piano, Brown on the harp and alum Justin Carrico ’15 on bass guitar.

Snyder and O’Rourke had previously performed at the West Fork New Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. A piece by Brown, called “Hold Still,” was also performed at the festival.

Other UMW musicians who performed at West Fork included Michael Morley, office manager of the UMW Music Department, on the oboe, Stephen Hennessey ’15 on guitar and electric guitar, senior Mary Paige Rodgers on electric guitar and banjo and junior Michael Prime on the euphonium. A complete list of the songs and compositions can be found here.

Snyder and O’Rourke’s songs were two out of four songs recorded at the festival that were chosen by WV Public Radio to air. The other two songs were “Deep Blue” by Mark Phillips, composer at Ohio State University and “Escape to Paradise” by Christian L. Thomas.

The radio station can be accessed here:

UMW Celebrates Gari Melcher’s 40th Anniversary

What can you buy with just 75 cents today? On Sunday, Nov. 15, the handful of change will buy admission to Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in celebration of its 40th anniversary of its opening to the public. The museum will offer admission for open house tours of the property at the 1975 […]

UMW Celebrates Gari Melcher’s 40th Anniversary

What can you buy with just 75 cents today? On Sunday, Nov. 15, the handful of change will buy admission to Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in celebration of its 40th anniversary of its opening to the public. The museum will offer admission for open house tours of the property at the 1975 […]

Communication Professor Anand Rao Featured on With Good Reason

Anand Rao, associate professor of communication at the University of Mary Washington, will be featured on the radio program With Good Reason beginning Saturday, Oct. 31. In the episode “BFFs, Girlfriends, Besties,” Rao will discuss his work with college students to help them better navigate social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and anonymous platforms such […]

Last Day to Participate in Optional Retirement Plan, Oct. 30

To All Commonwealth of Virginia Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education Participants:

This is a reminder that October is Open Enrollment month for participants of the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (ORPHE) and tomorrow is your last day to make the request.

The two available ORPHE providers are Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF.  ORPHE participants may review notice to participants at  ORPHE participants may switch from one provider to the other for contributions to be effective Jan. 10, 2016.

Participants may find the provider change form at and ORPHE Handbook at

If you elect to change providers, you will need to complete the provider change form and forward it to Office of Human Resources on or before close of business, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

You may contact the TIAA-CREF Plan Center at 1-800-842-2776 and Fidelity Plan Service Center at 1-800-343-0860.

Richards Featured in Story on

Gary Richards, associate professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication, was featured in a story about Juliette Wells, a professor and expert on Jane Austen, coming to UMW on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The story can be accessed here.

UMW to Host Juliette Wells for Lecture on Jane Austen

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication will host author and professor Juliette Wells on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Wells will discuss one of Jane Austen’s most recognizable novels, Emma, as it approaches its 200-year anniversary in a lecture titled “Jane Austen’s Emma at 200.” The public lecture will take place at […]

UMW Student Receives Chancellor’s Fellowship

University of Mary Washington student Barbara Hall has been chosen as a Chancellor’s Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Developed to contribute to the community college’s mission, the fellowship is awarded to VCCS employees also enrolled in a degree program from a Virginia state institution. The first UMW student to be awarded the fellowship, Hall will be able to pursue her studies for one year with financial support for tuition and fees.

A student in UMW’s Bachelors of Liberal Studies program, Hall works in accounting and human resources at Germanna Community College (GCC).

Srivastava Receives Second Fulbright Specialist Award

Mukesh Srivastava, associate professor of management information systems in the College of Business, has been awarded a second Fulbright Specialist grant in less than four years.

Srivastava spent October 2011 in Tunisia as part of a Fulbright Specialist grant for 2011-12, where he developed a graduate program in management and information technology for the Tunis Business School at Tunis University.

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“Indeed, it was an honor and delight to be selected to serve twice as a  Fulbright Specialist to promote linkages between U.S. scholars and  professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas, engaging  in short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in over 140  countries worldwide,” said Srivastava.

He was recently selected for a second Fulbright grant in the spring of 2015.  During the month of June, he visited FPT University in Vietnam. FPT  School of Business originated from the Hanoi School of Business, Vietnam  National University and has a 20 year history. It was the first business  school in Vietnam to introduce an American-style MBA program in the  country. Srivastava worked with instructors of FPT School of Business to  design Doctor of Business Administration program along with detailed  educational materials, course implementation plans and research focus. He  conducted seminars on Emerging Technologies with regards to future  platforms and services, and conducted a training needs analysis at  corporations.”                                                                                                               DSC_0759 (1)

“I was full of excitement while visiting FPT University, FPT Research Institute and FPT Corporation for designing Doctor of Business Administration course to be implemented by the university, and disseminating my contemporary emerging technology based knowledge via a series of seminars,” Srivastava said of his achievement during his Fulbright Specialist assignment in Vietnam.