November 11, 2019

UMW Casts Vote for Participation on Election Day

When voters from across Virginia voice their opinions at the polls tomorrow, UMW students will be among them. That’s thanks in part to rides various campus groups will offer all day to students who wish to cast ballots. “Civic engagement isn’t just an idea at Mary Washington,” saidSarah Dewees, Associate Director of the Center for […]

Cybersecurity Certification Program to Foster Region’s Tech Talent

Information technology professionals in the Fredericksburg region will have access to locally based training to help them earn one of the industry’s most sought-after cybersecurity certifications, with registration open now. UMW is leading a consortium of local governments and educational entities to offer a non-credit preparatory program for the Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, or […]

UMW Debate Team Topples Harvard in National Competition

University of Mary Washington dynamic duo Parker Coon and Gabriel Lewis, both seniors, used their debate team super powers to outperform top contenders – including Harvard – last weekend. As first-year students, Coon, who hails from Bakersfield, California, and Lewis, a Salt Lake City native, traveled across the United States to join the award-winning, nationally […]

UMW Debate Team Topples Harvard in National Competition

University of Mary Washington dynamic duo Parker Coon and Gabriel Lewis, both seniors, used their debate team super powers to outperform top contenders – including Harvard – last weekend. As first-year students, Coon, who hails from Bakersfield, California, and Lewis, a Salt Lake City native, traveled across the United States to join the award-winning, nationally […]

Fredericksburg Firm Establishes Historic Preservation Scholarship

University of Mary Washington alumna Kerri S. Barile has carved a career and built a business out of her passion for, and education in, historic preservation. As co-founder and president of Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, she now is giving back to her alma mater while blazing a trail for UMW students to follow in her […]

Suicide Survivor Brings Message of Hope to UMW

One Monday in September of 2000, Kevin Hines, then 19, took a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge, climbed over the railing and jumped. In the split second after his hands left the rail, he thought “What have I done? I don’t want to die.” Miraculously, he didn’t. Hines will tell his incredible story of […]

UMW Business Alumni Honored for Making a Difference

Abbas Haider and Rob Davis sell bulletproof suits. Melinda May is an entrepreneurial accountant. Iris Harrell grew the business she started in her home garage into a booming success. These movers and shakers have something in common. They were among eight University of Mary Washington alumni who were recognized at the second annual College of […]

Alum’s Art Strikes a Chord at UMW

Larry Hinkle ’00 passed the “Please do not touch” sign and plopped himself on the elegantly carved piece of furniture in the center of duPont Gallery. It was a sort of couch-chair hybrid: the rigid back lets you to sit up straight while the long, cushioned seat lets you comfortably prop up your legs. Hinkle […]

Words to Live By: Alum Gifts Glover Scholarship

A Mary Washington alumna recently sent a very special thank you message to one of her former professors. It wasn’t a Hallmark card, nor did it have photos of flowers or cute little puppies. The expression of appreciation to her beloved professor was in the form of resolutions establishing two endowments in the name of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Donald E. Glover.

Dr. Glover retired from Mary Washington in 1998 after 37 years of service. When Dr. Gary Richards – current chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication – visited Dr. Glover at his home, the former professor was surprised and extremely honored. Dr. Richards explained the purpose of the two endowments and told him of the significant estate gift that was behind the naming honor.

The donor, an alumna from the Class of 1971, wishes to remain anonymous in her giving, but she wanted to let her professor know how important his teaching was to her during those formative years. She recalls that Dr. Glover was light on lectures, yet strategically led his students to understand and appreciate works of literature by asking questions to stimulate critical thinking and discussion. She says students learned for themselves as they came to realize the full meaning and importance of what they had read. She also credits Dr. Glover for her love of the sometimes challenging, but always rewarding, Henry James.

During his tenure, Dr. Glover was a widely respected member of the faculty. He began teaching English at Mary Washington in 1961 and served as department chair from 1970-73. He also was the founding director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and was instrumental in establishing Mary Washington’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1976, Dr. Glover became the fifth recipient of the Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; in 1988, he was named one of Mary Washington’s first Distinguished Professors.

The Donald E. Glover Scholarship in English will help encourage and inspire students to develop a love for literature and critical thinking. The intention behind the Donald E. Glover Faculty Award in English is to reward, preserve, and enhance what the donor sees as one of Mary Washington’s most distinguishing characteristics: quality of faculty and the exceptional educational experience they provide. Overall, she hopes the English faculty can follow in Dr. Glover’s footsteps, while having a positive and lasting impact on students’ lives.

The UMW Office of Gift Planning respects and honors requests for anonymity. If you have any questions about estate planning or the giving process, please call Jan Clarke at 540-654-2064 or Michele Collins at 540-654-2067.

To read the rest of the Heritage Newsletter featuring articles about James C. Llewellyn ’87, Carolyn Eldred ’66 and Martha Keegan ’18, visit this link.

Melchers Studio Lends Painting to Rockwell Museum

Gari Melchers Home and Studio will lend a painting from its collection to an important exhibition on artists from the Golden Age of American Illustration. Arab and Hound, painted in 1868 by Gustave Boulanger, will be featured in “Wyeth, Parrish, Rockwell and the European Narrative Tradition,” being organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, […]