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UMW Alumnus Donates Hollywood Memorabilia for Auction

The University of Mary Washington Marketing Club is teaming up with the 2014 Executive-in-Residence, Dan Wolfe, to auction off a number of unique Hollywood memorabilia.   $_57 Donated by Wolfe, the auctioned items include a 25-movie box set of NBC Universal’s greatest hits, as well as T-shirts from many popular movies, including the recent box office smashes “Neighbors” and “Pitch Perfect.” The auction is being conducted through the eBay account of Professor Kashef Majid, the faculty advisor to the marketing club. The club is using these donations as an opportunity to practice marketing skills, and club president Lauren Strayhorn said they plan to promote the auction on their website and Facebook page. The auction ends Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The collaboration is a part of the university’s Executive-in-Residence program, which unites students with career experts in business in order to gain knowledge and skills by interacting and working with professionals. Funds raised will go toward a club field trip in the spring to visit a Washington, D.C., ad agency. A 1984 UMW alumnus, Wolfe is currently the executive vice president of NBC Universal’s Worldwide Creative Operations, where he works to market the company’s movies in worldwide campaigns.

Standing Up Against Sexism

Ask Chris Kilmartin what his ideal stage would be, and he may divulge a secret wish to appear on “The Daily Show” trading barbs with political funny guy Jon Stewart. Still, Kilmartin, a part-time stand-up comedian and full-time University of Mary Washington psychology professor, says he is just as happy making an impact in the classroom and on the national stage—shattering stereotypes about gender psychology and bringing attention to the serious issue of sexual violence.

University Jazz Ensemble to Perform Benefit Concert, Nov. 8

The University of Mary Washington Jazz Ensemble will perform a charity concert to raise money for UMW music scholarships, as well as for Rappahannock Legal Services, a local nonprofit that works to bring civil legal aid to low-income individuals. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, and tickets cost $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. The proceeds are split between the UMW Jazz Ensemble and Rappahannock Legal Services. The students of the UMW Jazz Ensemble will play jazz standards, followed by an informal “jam session,” in which any musicians in attendance are invited to join the Jazz Ensemble. President Rick Hurley will be conducting the performance. “It’s always great to present some music and educate the students to the different styles of playing,” Doug Gately, director of the Jazz Ensemble said. “But probably more important, this event is to help the legal services in the Fredericksburg area for folks who do not have access to legal aid, and, two, it is to help the students to raise money for scholarships.” The University is hosting the event along with the Fredericksburg Bar Association.

Classical Association, Oct. 16-18

The University of Mary Washington will co-host the 94th anniversary meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the Southern Section, from Thursday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will be co-hosted alongside the National Latin Exam.

Friday’s afternoon presentations will take place on the UMW campus in Lee and Trinkle Halls, followed by a reception in the Trinkle Hall rotunda. Both events are free and open to the public.

The rest of the conference will be held at the Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center in Central Park and will feature presentations and papers on Greek history and culture by national classicists. UMW faculty members Olga R. Arans, JeanAnn Dabb, Liane Houghtalin, Joseph Romero and Angela Pitts and David Ambuel, current UMW student Julie Gavin and UMW alumna Katherine DeCecco are among those presenting work during the anniversary conference.

See http://camws.org/node/282 for more information.

Local Celebrities Compete at UMW Fundraiser, Oct. 11

Tickets are still available for the second annual “Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars” fundraiser, which will be held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The competition is modeled after the popular ABC television series “Dancing with the Stars,” now in its 17th season. In the Fredericksburg version, 10 regional “stars” are paired with professional dancers from Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio in Fredericksburg to compete for the top award, the Mirror Ball Trophy. The audience will vote for the People’s Choice Award.

A portion of the proceeds from the performance will be used to endow the UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theatre or dance. Last year’s inaugural event grossed approximately $65,000.

The 2013 Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars (pictured here) will return to support the 2014 stars and escort them onto the stage. 2072-K-Pearlman-Photography 2041-K-Pearlman-Photography 1998-K-Pearlman-Photography

Performers will include Theresa Crawley, a local dentist and member of the UMW Board of Visitors; Lisa Crittenden, executive director of Loisann’s Hope House; Janel Donohue, president of Rappahannock United Way; Debby Girvan, president of Flair Communication; John Fick president and CEO of J.F. Fick Inc.; Regis Keddie II, senior vice president of investments at Davenport and Co.; John Moss Jr., attorney with Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, PLC; Florence Ridderhof, a community volunteer and patron of the arts; John Wack, president of Eastern Sports Management and owner of the Fredericksburg Field House; and Joe Wilson, owner of Perma Treat Pest Control and a member of the UMW Board of Visitors.

Hall of Famer and former Washington Redskin Darrell Green will emcee the event, and a panel of judges will offer commentary following each dance. This year’s judges include:Rosendo Fumero, a professional ballroom dancer and a former U.S. champion in the American Style Smooth open division; Susan Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Melanie Kay-Wyant, principal at Walker Grant Middle School. Both Spears and Kay-Wyant competed in last year’s event.

Tickets are available at http://fredericksburgstars.umw.edu for $85, plus a $5 processing fee, of which $75 is tax deductible. Seats are selected and reserved at the time of purchase. For more information, contact (540) 654-1065.

James Monroe Museum to Host Forum on Virginia Governors

The James Monroe Museum and Library will host a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22 that focuses on the development of the role of Governor in Virginia since 1799. “From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia” will trace the history of the Virginia governorship and analyze the development of the office from the time James Monroe held the title to today.

Gerald_L_BalilesThe forum features a panel of experts, including  The Honorable Gerald Baliles, 65th  governor of Virginia; Stephen J. Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and international affairs and director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies; Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe; and Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum.

The event will be held at the University of Mary Washington in Lee Hall, Room 411 at 7 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public. Contact the James Monroe Museum and Library at (540) 654-1043 for more information.

UMW Honors 9/11 Victims

The University of Mary Washington’s Association of Student Veterans paid tribute to the lives lost in the September 11th attacks on Thursday, Sept. 11. The event began at 8 a.m. in front of George Washington Hall with the raising of the American flag and a bugler tribute. A moment of silence was observed throughout campus at 8:46 a.m.   911 commemoration_flagThe Association of Student Veterans extended the opportunity for all members of the UMW community to join in a moment of reflection and remembrance on this 13th anniversary of the attacks on our nation. Organizer Golda Eldridge, who is director of leadership at UMW, said the ceremony provides a chance to “come together and celebrate America’s strength and resilience in the face of this ongoing threat.” “We can remember the lost and recognize the opportunity our nation has to preserve and protect freedom around the world,” said Eldridge. Contact Eldridge at (540) 654-1665 or geldridg@umw.edu for more information.