September 27, 2021

Virginia Schools Receive Largely Positive Marks for COVID Response

Virginia’s local school districts have generally handled the COVID-19 crisis effectively, a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey reveals. Asked to rate COVID policies in their local school districts on an A-to-F scale, where A is excellent, C is adequate and F signifies a failure, 12 percent of respondents gave their local districts an […]

Banned Books Read-Out September 29

Banned Books Week Read-OutIn recognition of the annual American Library Association’s Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2), a Read-out will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, on Campus Walk, in front of Lee Hall, and on the University Center steps facing Ball Circle, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. President Paino and other administrators, faculty, and students will read from selected banned and challenged books. The event, which is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics and Simpson Library, and is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 30, 11:00 am to 1:15 p.m. in the same locations. A special exhibit of banned books will be on display in the lobby area of Simpson Library throughout the week and on the UMW Libraries Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Close Contest, UMW Survey Shows

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington statewide survey shows. The poll, conducted by Research America Inc. Sept. 7-13, included 1,000 Virginia adults. Of those, 885 were registered voters and 528 were likely voters. Among likely […]

Holmes, Crow-Dolby to serve on Fredericksburg PR Society board

GMHS Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby

GMHS Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby

UMW Director of Marketing Malcolm Holmes

UMW Director of Marketing Malcolm Holmes

University of Mary Washington Director of Marketing Malcolm Holmes was recently announced as the president of the Fredericksburg Public Relations Society Board for the 2021-22 season. Gari Melchers Home and Studio Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby will serve as the board’s recording secretary. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented on the following news stories:

Democrats harness vaccinated Americans’ ire at holdouts as a political force (The Washington Times)

God, COVID and the Rage Against the Unvaccinated (Bacon’s Rebellion)

Youngkin’s calls for bagging Virginia’s grocery tax may hit home for economy-minded voters (The Washington Times; Washington Dailies)

October 2021 Disability Awareness Month at UMW

UMW is celebrating Disability Awareness Month during the month of October. There are a number of exciting events in store for our students, staff, and faculty! Please review the flyer or check out ODR’s website to see What’s Happening!

Outdoor Rec Apple Picking!

Join Outdoor Rec for Apple Picking! Hartford Orchard, October 16th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students can enjoy a day of delicious apple picking! The event is NO COST but bring spending money to purchase apples and other goodies! 15 person limit and Transportation is provided! Apples are $10 per peck or $20 per half bushel. Register at campusrec.umw.eduJoin Outdoor Rec for Apple Picking! Hartford Orchard, October 16th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students can enjoy a day of delicious apple picking! The event is NO COST but bring spending money to purchase apples and other goodies! 15 person limit and Transportation is provided! Apples are $10 per peck or $20 per half bushel. Register at campusrec.umw.edu.

Nominate Your Colleagues for an Excellent Eagle Award!

Do you have a colleague deserving recognition? Nominate them today for an Excellent Eagle award!  

Winners of the Excellent Eagle award will receive a reserved parking space for ONE MONTH in a parking lot of their choosing on campus.  

If you would like to nominate someone for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, fill out the Excellent Eagle Nomination Form. Be sure to provide the person’s name and department and the reason they should be recognized.

Questions? Contact Sarah Appleby at sappleby@umw.edu

Recordings for Associate Provost/Chief Diversity Officer Candidates

All of the open forums for the four associate provost/chief diversity officer candidates have been recorded. The UFC has generously allowed us to use their site to post the recordings. Please go to https://ufc.umw.edu/recordings/ to view them.

 

Antwi Interviewed by Washington Post on Spotted Lanternfly

Assistant Professor of Biological Science Josephine Antwi

Assistant Professor of Biological Science Josephine Antwi

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Josephine Antwi was interviewed by The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, which has been spotted across the East Coast and has the potential to wreak havoc upon trees, plants and agricultural crops like apples, grapes, stone fruits and hop plants.

Despite having wings, the adults don’t fly far. The bugs are often spread by vehicles. Residents in quarantined counties are urged to inspect vehicles and goods for transport to ensure that the insects and their egg masses are not hitching a ride.

“If females lay eggs on a substrate that eventually moves (e.g., automobiles or goods), then they quickly spread that way,” Josephine Antwi, a professor of biology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, wrote in an email. Read more.