June 19, 2018

You’re Invited: Common Experience Launch Party, May 2

Join UMW on Wednesday, May 2 for the launch party celebrating the 2018-19 Common Experience featuring the Dear Evan Hansen text and soundtrack.

UMW faculty and staff are invited to stop by the University Center Magnolia Room (406A) from 2-4 p.m. to pick up a complimentary copy of the text and sign up to be a facilitator for the Common Experience Discussions on August 24, 2018. Faculty and staff can also sign up by filling out the Google form.

UMW will also be creating a video of UMW community members singing “You Will be Found” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. A video camera will be available at the launch party for recording. Individuals or group can also email video clips to kslunt@umw.edu by June 1. Piano accompaniment for your recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfaBzHd5QA.

If you cannot attend but would like to participate in the Common Experience discussions, please contact Kelli Slunt at kslunt@umw.edu. Join the conversation on social media with #youwillbefound.

UMW Announces 2018-19 Common Read

UMW has selected Dear Evan Hansen text and accompanying soundtrack as the UMW Common Experience for 2018-2019 academic year.

Featuring a high school student with a social anxiety disorder who struggles to make social connections, Dear Evan Hansen is a 2015 stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book written by Steven Levenson. The musical premiered in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and opened on Broadway in 2016. Dear Evan Hansen’s original Broadway cast recording entered the Billboard 200 at number eight in February 2017.

A launch party will be hosted on Wednesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the University Center’s Magnolia Room (406A). UMW faculty and staff are invited to stop by to pick up a complimentary copy of the book and sign up to be a facilitator for the Common Experience Discussions on Friday, August 24.

UMW will also be creating a video of UMW community members singing “You Will be Found” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. A video camera will be available at the launch party for recording. Individuals or groups can also email video clips to kslunt@umw.edu by Friday, June 1. Piano accompaniment for recordings is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfaBzHd5QA.

If you cannot attend but would like to participate in the Common Experience discussions, please contact Kelli Slunt at kslunt@umw.edu. Join the conversation on social media with #youwillbefound.

Alumni Band Makes Waves with Cruise Line Tour

Not too long ago, University of Mary Washington alumnus Will McCarry ’14 was jamming with a couple of friends in a Westmoreland Hall dorm room. Five years and countless noise complaints later, his band, Wylder, is gearing up to play their first cruise line music festival. Formerly known as Save the Arcadian, Wylder will set […]

Simply Newsworthy

What are Mary Washington’s campus hot spots? And what do UMW students love about their small, tight-knit community? These are just two of the questions Fox 5 DC asked when they arrived on campus for a morning of filming for the station’s College Tour series. News anchors Annie Yu and Kevin McCarthy talked student traditions, dove into the liberal arts experience and even tried their hand at making omelets in the University Center, as thousands tuned in to see what life at Mary Washington is all about.

Find the Mary Washington College Tour segments on Channel 5 and check out behind-the-scenes shots of Fox 5’s visit below.

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UMW Professor Reimagines Role in Poverty’s End with Sidekick Manifesto

What’s your role in the story of poverty’s end? Are you the hero, or are you the sidekick? That’s the question UMW Associate Professor of Economics Shawn Humphrey asked two years ago before crafting the “Sidekick Manifesto,” a statement that calls for a supportive role – as opposed to a leading role – in  the […]

MSGA Student Aims to Counter Terrorist Fires

Can a UMW student help counter terrorism attacks from across the globe using classroom technology? The answer just might be yes – and it’s all part of Katie Keplinger’s MSGA thesis. One of 32 students in the Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis program, Keplinger uses satellite pixels to match fires in Nigeria with a […]

New App Keeps UMW Students on Track

This summer, the University of Mary Washington rolled out its first student-centric mobile app, designed to help navigate the college experience. Initially introduced to freshmen, the app is now available to the entire student body. Designed by the Education Advisory Board (EAB), “Guide” is a mobile app that provides students with support where they’re most […]

Bowling Throws First Pitch for Flying Squirrels

Lisa Bowling, Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, threw the first pitch at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on Wednesday, Aug. 9. The minor league baseball game was part of the Fredericksburg community night at the Diamond. Mary Washington alumni, parents and friends joined together to watch the team take on the Portland Sea Dogs, a Boston Red Sox Double-A Affiliate.

Award-Winning Accolades

Presenting the top university awards of 2017.

The Sky’s the Limit

Meet the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate Class of 2017: 1,035 graduates boasting five types of degrees in countless areas of study. With freshly-minted diplomas in hand, where will our world-ready graduates go?

UMW’s Office of Career and Professional Development asked just that in its 2017 Exit Survey, which addressed post-graduation plans for the class of 2017. Here’s what we learned from the 727 responses:

More than half of the class know the next stop on their journey.

When the survey was taken several months ago, 18% of graduates had enrolled in a graduate program and 38% of graduates were already employed. Beyond that, another 15% had committed to military careers or volunteer service.

While master’s degrees top the list for higher education, students are also pursuing Ph.Ds, and J.Ds.

Although almost 80% of those headed to graduate school intend to receive a master’s we also have potential future lawyers and perhaps even professors in the mix.

The majority of students headed for graduate school are pursuing a degree in education.

True to our institution’s founding as a teacher’s preparatory school, a full 48% of our students pursuing continuing education reported that they are seeking a degree in education.

Grad Survey