July 17, 2024

Williams Receives Commendation From General Assembly

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams received a commendation from the General Assembly. House Resolution No. 420, agreed to by the Virginia House of Delegates on March 8, 2024, highlights Williams and the City of Fredericksburg’s Victoria Matthews for spearheading the Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail project. Read more.

Nominations for Eagle’s Summit Open Through July 15

UMW announces the launch of the Eagle's Summit leadership program for employees.

UMW announces the launch of the Eagle’s Summit leadership program for employees.

UMW’s Continuing and Professional Studies, Human Resources and President’s Cabinet announce the launch of Eagle’s Summit, Advancing Supervisory Leadership at UMW. This program is the next phase of implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan and Life After Mary Washington, and is the product of a cross-functional team representing multiple areas of UMW. QEP Co-Directors Jennifer Walker and Kimberly Young thank Teresa Segelken for chairing the Staff Development working group along with Sarah Appleby, Deborah Burton and Wes Hillyard, who were active working group members providing their insight, experience and expertise.

Eagle’s Summit is designed using the contemporary best practices of developing leaders, combining both leadership theory and practical application with cohort development to build a stronger university culture.

“We are writing the next chapter in leadership at UMW. Eagle’s Summit is an important part of developing our community and ensuring our supervisors are well prepared to support their teams,” said UMW President Troy Paino. “UMW is a great place to work, and investing in our leaders will enhance the experience.”

Eagle’s Summit integrates leadership best practices with the 10 core competencies that were established as part of our QEP. “By focusing on a common set of competencies between student career readiness and our own leadership development, we begin to create a common language and culture around career development that not only helps our students prepare for their lives after Mary Washington, but also supports our leaders in their careers at Mary Washington,” said Associate Provost of Career and Workforce Kimberly Young. “We envision an opportunity for our Eagle supervisors to use the competencies to support their teams and reflect on their own career journey. This will deepen our connection to the competencies, furthering the goals of Life After Mary Washington.”

“This program is another step toward weaving the core competencies of the QEP into the fabric of the UMW culture. Eagle’s Summit will provide further opportunity for supervisors to grow professionally and transform the concept of Life after Mary Washington while impacting their careers at Mary Washington,” said Provost Tim O’Donnell.

Eagle’s Summit is centered on the idea that leadership requires knowing yourself well, understanding your team and planning for the future. The program will also build connections across the UMW community, permeating unintentional silos and building our interdependence. “Contemporary leadership moves supervisors away from being task monitors to team empowerers. Good leadership is like growing a garden – it takes skill and the right ingredients to nurture, but will sustain a group when done well,” said Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Teresa Segelken. “Our region is rapidly growing, and it is vital that we invest in growing the capacity in our community. We have an opportunity to work together to build leadership skills in our supervisors to serve our larger community.”

The program will include dedicated classroom time to learn leadership best practices, a book discussion with members of the President’s Cabinet, mentoring and a capstone project.

Learn more about the requirements, and nominate participants using this form by July 15. Eagle’s Summit will kick off on August 15, 2024, and conclude in May 2025.

Campus Markers Unveiling, July 16

UMW Campus Community,

FXBG Civil Rights Trail icon

FXBG Civil Rights Trail marker

On Tuesday, July 16, the University of Mary Washington, in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, will unveil five campus markers for stops on the Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail. These signs and the trail are already in place, with more details online at https://fxbg.com/civil-rights-trail/. The UMW-based markers start Part 2 of the Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail.

You are invited to join the unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall. Please note that parking will be reserved for guests in the GW lot and Jefferson Square lot. Parking for faculty and staff will remain available in all other designated and unreserved faculty and staff lots.

As a reminder:

  • Accessible parking spaces are available in all open lots to any vehicles with DMV-issued accessible placards or license plates.
  • The UMW Police Department provides escorts when needed and may be reached at ext. 1025. Please visit the Safety Escort webpage for more information.

For a calendar view of lot reservations visit the Parking Lot Reservations Calendar webpage.

For more information about the trail, contact Christopher Williams, assistant director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center, at cwilli27@umw.edu or 540-654-1044.

Lindberg Kickstarts the Next Class with CampusESP Webinar

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg shared her expertise and the essential actions schools should take to reach more families and make a positive impact in a July 11th webinar with CampusESP. Learn more at https://www.campusesp.com/webinars, or sign up for UMW’s very own Eagle Family Connection newsletter.

Singh Shares His Home for Fredericksburg Sister City Program

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

University of Mary Washington professor Ranjit Singh said he is looking forward to hosting Livia, a student from Fréjus for twelve days this summer. Read more in The FXBG Advance. 


Lucy Quann Retirement Celebration, July 23

After four decades with the University of Mary Washington, Lucy Quann is retiring from the College of Business. A reception will be held in her honor on Tuesday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Red Room at Woodard Hall. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of Lucy’s life. We will be collecting stories, photos, and messages that you may wish to share with us. If you would like to contribute, please email brosales@umw.edu no later than July 8. Please also RSVP to brosales@umw.edu before July 15.

Jessee Joins College Communicators Association Board

Amy Jessee ’06

Amy Jessee ’06 is executive director of university communications.

UMW’s Executive Director of University Communications has joined the Board of Directors for the College Communicators Association of Virginia and D.C.

She has been a member of CCA since graduating from UMW in 2006 and working as assistant director of news and public relations and has also been a member of the College News Association of the Carolinas.

CCA was founded at the University of Mary Washington as The College News Association of Virginia and the District of Columbia (CNA) in 1990 and has continued to be hosted around the Commonwealth, with summer and winter conferences each year. Membership in the College Communicators Association is open to everyone who works in higher education communications at colleges and universities, including two-year institutions, throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Second Annual Datapalooza, Aug. 19

Join us for our second annual Datapalooza (unveiling insights on data gathered at UMW in 23-24). Open to all faculty and staff.

Where: Hurley Convergence Center
When: Monday, August 19th  (afternoon)
What:  A time to take a breath, hear about data collected at UMW last year, and brainstorm about how that data might be useful to you (last year’s schedule can be found here).

Many of the presenters will be the same, but if YOU have some data you would like to present, please let me know of your interest in doing so.


Debra Schleef
Associate Provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness

Employer Registration Open for Sept. 26 Career Fair

Employer registration is now OPEN for our Fall Career & Internship Fair! Please share with any organizations interested in connecting with UMW students this fall. Register online. 

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Election in Poland

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, “The State of the U.S. Presidential Election,” at the British-American Studies Center of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. The talk was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth’s recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump. Dr. Farnsworth served at the University of Warsaw in Poland as a 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

Other recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:

2 Army veterans set for major House battle in Virginia (The Hill; Yahoo News; AOL.com)
“It’s going to be one of the marquee national races this fall,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington.

Kamala Harris, From Grey Vice President to Possible Biden Alternative (Sunday Vision)
“If she steps down, Harris would be the best alternative for Democrats to avoid starting a major internal battle just weeks before the convention,” Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, told EFE.

Virginia House, Senate reach agreement on military education program (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“It’s never a good idea to anger voters, particularly military families,” said Steve Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, in the heart of the 7th Congressional District. “The failure to pass something hurts the two Democrats facing the toughest campaign terrain in November.”

Virginia analysts weigh in on Supreme Court’s presidential immunity ruling (The Daily Progress)
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the Supreme Court “further reduced the slim chances” of a federal trial before the election stemming from Trump’s actions relating to Jan. 6, 2021.

Not with a bang, but a whimper (Virginia Business)
“The only thing that the legislature really did is the one thing they have to do: Pass a budget,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington who has tracked the state legislature for decades. “This is a session that would qualify as one of the more forgettable ones.”