May 25, 2019

Gately Performs with the National Symphony Orchestra

Doug Gately will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Memorial Day Concert on May 26.

Doug Gately will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Memorial Day Concert on May 26.

Doug Gately will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly. The National Memorial Day Concert returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 26 for a special televised 30th anniversary broadcast, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack.

The all-star line-up also features: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Academy Award-nominated actor Sam Elliott; Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle; multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter Gavin DeGraw; acclaimed actor Dennis Haysbert; Broadway and television star Christopher Jackson (Hamilton, Bull); multi-Grammy Award-winning bluegrass icon Alison Krauss; SAG and Olivier Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated actress and singer Amber Riley (GleeDreamgirls); platinum-selling country music star Justin Moore; television star Jaina Lee Ortiz; and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of MusicAmerican Idol Season 17 finalist Alyssa Raghu will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem.

McClurken Presents Multi-day Workshop on Digital Liberal Arts Pedagogy in Beirut

McClurken leading off the workshop with a set of shared resources

From May 3rd to 5th, UMW’s Chief of Staff and Professor of History and American Studies Dr. Jeffrey W. McClurken ran a workshop on Collaborative Digital Liberal Arts Pedagogy: Integrating Projects and Methodologies into Your Course at DHI-B (Digital Humanities Institute — Beirut) held at the American University of Beirut. The participant group of 25 faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists came from AUB or other AMICAL schools with the goal of collaborating on using Digital Humanities tools in a course, in particular in the undergraduate context of international liberal arts institutions. Participants brought syllabi (or at least the idea for a syllabus) and left with clear plans to integrate digital projects and/or methodologies into their courses.

Whalen Publishes Essay of Media Archaeology in Digital Studies

Associate Professor of English, Linguistics, and Communications Zach Whalen

Associate Professor of English, Linguistics, and Communications Zach Whalen

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communications, recently had his article “Teaching with Objects: Individuating Media Archaeology in Digital Studies” published in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy:

Abstract: “Media archaeology presents a framework for understanding the foundations of digital culture in the social histories of technological media. This essay argues that a pedagogy focused on individual, physical artifacts of technological media involves students in constructing a constellation of insights around technology’s mineral, global, and human history as well as its ecological future. By describing and reflecting on a series of assignments and exercises developed for my “Introduction to Digital Studies” class, I show how the intimacy of specific devices can connect to the exigencies of technological media through the lens of media archaeology. The core of this experience is a group project where students take apart an artifact like an old smartphone or game console, attempt to locate the origins of each component in that artifact, and present those origins in a map and timeline. The risks and rewards of this assignment sequence actively engage students in designing their own learning and encourage them to think critically and ethically about the media they consume, the devices that provide the foundation for that consumption, and the global economy of human labor that makes it all possible. In a step-by-step consideration, I consider how the practical and logistical challenges of this assignment sequence support the learning goals I identify as crucial to Digital Studies.”

Young Graduates from Leadership Fredericksburg

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington, recently graduated as part of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Leadership Fredericksburg class. The ceremony was held on May 17 at UMW’s Stafford campus. Young was among the 31 fellows who began the program in September 2018.

Since 2017, Young has been responsible for expanding Mary Washington’s credit and non-credit programs for adult learners. She earned her B.A. in public policy studies from Duke University, and earned both an MBA and a Master of Management in hospitality from Cornell University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in education, consulting and hospitality, and previously served as the executive director of Executive Education and Executive MBA programs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

According to a Chamber press release, the class started with a personality profile assessment and continued each month as community, business, nonprofit, political and educational leaders in the Fredericksburg area offered the fellows insights about their own personal leadership journeys. Fellows were also paired with mentors who supported their progress in the program, which culminated with presentations of their Community Action Projects at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and later, at Lifepoint Church’s Spotsylvania campus for a team prize.

The Chamber is now accepting applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class. The class of 2020 will be Leadership Fredericksburg’s 13th class. Since 2008, the program has graduated over 300 fellows.

An application can be obtained online at or by calling the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400. There is a $25 application fee. Applications must be received at the Chamber office by 5 p.m. on July 1.

Harris Comments in Los Angeles Times on Housing Development in Ukraine

Associate Professor of History and American Studies Steven Harris

Associate Professor of History and American Studies Steven Harris

Associate Professor of History and American Studies Steven Harris was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article about a new housing development in a residential area of Kiev, in Ukraine. The article, entitled “Soviet housing was famously drab. This Ukraine complex is all about color,” states, “‘Scholars say housing is one realm where the Soviet Union did what the United States could not: provide cheap, reasonably decent housing for everyone.’ ‘They actually did solve the housing question,’ said Steven Harris, a historian at the University of Mary Washington and author of Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life After Stalin.”

Waters Featured in Inside Higher Ed on Technology-Enabled Learning

Assistant Professor Biology Parrish Waters

Assistant Professor Biology Parrish Waters

Assistant Professor of Biology Parrish Waters was featured in an article in Inside Higher Ed entitled “Looking Back on this Year’s Classroom Experiments.” In a previous article from last fall, professors across the country shared the technologies they were planning on testing in the classroom; now they reflect on their successes and shortcomings. According to the recent article, Waters said that he tried “encouraging student engagement with help from a formative assessment tool, which he’d used in the classroom previously, but without a cohesive strategy.” Read more. 

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

Read College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s latest column in The Free Lance-Star: The Imposter Syndrome.


Much has been shared in recent years about what is called Imposter Syndrome. Haven’t heard of it? You may not know the name, but you know the concept.

Imposters don’t think they belong in their jobs (or other parts of their lives, but we’ll focus on the workplace here). They have a lot of negative self-talk. “I’m not ready for this promotion.” “Was there no one else to take this role, as everyone knows I don’t have the experience to do it well?” You get the point. Read more. 

Farnsworth Comments in the National Media

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth continues to provide daily commentary in regional and national media on breaking news items. View a few of his current interviews: As Virginia Primaries Near, Progressives Get Ready For A Fight on WAMU; Trump vs. China on CTV News Channel; Cuccinelli as a Czar, Northam Yearbook on WRVA Newsradio; and Scandals Shake Up Political Fundraising and Spending and Analyzing What Turnout May Look Like for This Year’s Primary Elections on WVTF Radio IQ.

UMW Receives Aid from JED for Student Mental Health Assessment Program

JED CampusWith financial aid from the Jed Foundation (JED), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to young adult mental health, the University of Mary Washington will launch a four-year program of assessment and strategic planning to support students with mental health concerns.

The New York-based JED, a nonprofit founded by the parents of a young man who died by suicide, features a key component called JED Campus. JED Campus is a comprehensive public health approach to supporting the emotional well-being and success of college and university students by enhancing mental health and suicide prevention programs on campus.

An interdisciplinary UMW team will work in partnership with JED’s experts in program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts. UMW will also administer the annual Healthy Minds survey to help better understand and support the emotional health of Mary Washington students.

UMW’s Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair said the grant is a huge boost for Mary Washington’s efforts in supporting students’ mental health and well being. “We are always looking for innovative ways to help our students thrive at UMW,” she said. “In higher education, JED is celebrated for its collaborative spirit and expertise, and we feel very fortunate for this opportunity to grow our resources even further with JED’s guidance.” 

She added, “This work will support several tenets of UMW’s strategic vision, primarily the goal of inclusive excellence and adapting students to an age of accelerations.”

UMW joins a select nationwide list of about 250 JED campuses, including the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, VCU, Old Dominion University, and the University of Richmond.

UMW, Richard Bland College Sign Honors Program Agreement

The University of Mary Washington and Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that facilitates the transfer of Honors Program students between the two schools.

Beginning this fall, UMW will admit into the University’s Honors Program students who have successfully completed RBC’s Honors Program. Mary Washington will give credit for honors courses completed by Richard Bland students prior to transfer, which will alleviate some UMW requirements. Typically, the UMW requirements take four years to complete, but RBC students who begin their honors courses at RBC can complete the UMW program in two years. Read more.