September 19, 2018

Athletic Department Announces 23rd Hall of Fame Induction Class

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department is proud to announce the 23rd Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class. Inductees include former NCAA record holder and All-American Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, All-America women’s basketball record breaker Liz Hickey ’08, standout baseball star Joe Kruper ’92, men’s basketball record holder Mike Lee ’07, and long-time successful coach of women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse Kurt Glaeser.

Erickson graduated as the NCAA Division III season record holder for points per game in a season, and still ranks in the top five all-time in Division III in points and assists in a season. Upon graduation, she held school records for career points (303), season points (143), season assists (81), and points (14) and assists (10) in a game. She led the nation in assists per game and points per game in her senior season en route to All-America honors. She continues to represent UMW in a positive light as the highly successful head coach of the program in which she thrived.

Hickey is the only athlete in any sport in school history to have her number retired, as she graduated as the only three-time All-American in women’s basketball history. She ended her career as the NCAA Division III career leader in blocked shots, with 509, and helped the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Division III Final Four, as well as a pair of Sweet 16s. A two-time CAC Player of the Year and two-time regional player of the year, Hickey scored 1,370 points in her career, and was subsequently named to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary Team, honoring the top 25 players in conference history.

Kruper was at the forefront of Mary Washington developing into a national power in the early 1990s, and still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in career triples. He is one of only 10 Mary Washington players to be named as a first team all-conference selection three times, and was a two-time all-region selection. He batted .430 as a freshman en route to conference player of the year honors, and struck out just one time the entire season. He posted a career batting average of .384, with an on-base percentage of .490 and a slugging average of .563. His defensive prowess included a .975 career fielding average, as he committed just 13 errors in four years in 520 chances.

Lee was the top player as Mary Washington emerged as a regional power in the mid 2000s, finishing his career with 1,564 points, the second-most in program history. He remains the school’s record holder in three-point baskets in a game (11), three-pointers in a career (323), as well as three-point attempts in a game, season, and career. He was awarded the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, and also gained first team All-CAC honors in a career that saw the Eagles win 68 games, the most in any four-year span in program history to that point.

Glaeser was a longtime successful coach for the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs at Mary Washington, leading both to NCAA Tournament appearances. In soccer, he coached the Eagles to 12 conference titles and 12 NCAA Championship appearances, including the final four in 1992 and the elite eight in 1997 and 1998. His 244 victories rank as among the most in Division III history, and his 71.0 win percentage is among the best ever in Division III. Glaeser also led the men’s lacrosse program to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, ranking as high as 12th in the nation. His combined 428 career wins in 27 years leave a lasting legacy in both programs’ histories.

The induction will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the UMW University Center. Tickets for the event will be available online soon.

City Police to Enforce New Parking Restrictions Monday

The Fredericksburg Police Department began issuing warning notices Aug. 15 on vehicles parked in violation of new resident permit parking zone restrictions in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods near the UMW campus. On Monday, September 10, full enforcement (issuance of citations with accompanying fines) will begin.

The fine for parking in a resident permit parking zone without the appropriate resident decal or visitor pass during the periods that restrictions are in effect is $35/offense. The fine for parking more than two hours in areas where that limit is in effect is $25/offense.

Contact Lynne Richardson, VP for Administration and Finance, if you have questions. Her email is

Edward Gray: Help Is on the Way

When he came to UMW’s Help Desk in 2000 – two days before Freshman Move-In – Systems Integration and Support Specialist Edward Gray brought a triple-major college degree and a slew of certifications.

Since then, he’s earned a master’s degree in management information systems, joined the University’s Staff Advisory Council and inaugural Leadership UMW cohort, and spent time in Web Development and Enterprise Application Services.

Gray returned to the Help Desk in 2011, fielding phone calls from busy UMW employees who are wrestling with Macs and PCs, desktops and laptops, servers, connections and networks.

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Crow-Dolby Highlighted in White House Quarterly

An article that appears in the most recent issue of the White House History Quarterly takes a deep dive into 1909 when Charles Lang Freer commissioned American artist Gari Melchers to paint President Theodore Roosevelt’s portrait.  The author puts puts the event into a broader context and cites education and communications manager Michelle Crow-Dolby’s blog post “Painting a President” for details that provide important insight into the artist’s experience, according to Gari Mechlers Home and Studio’s Blog.

Mellinger Named to CCI Blueprint Advisory Council

Keith Mellinger, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named to the CCI Blueprint Advisory Council, a group of diverse stakeholders in the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, which recently held its first meeting.

CCI is working to develop Virginia into a global leader in cybersecurity and address the critical shortage in the cyber workforce. For more information, visit

President Paino Appointed to NCAA Division III Advisory Group

President Troy Paino has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group.

Paino is among 23 presidents and chancellors from across the U.S. who will advise the Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division.

The Council establishes and directs the general policy of the Division, while also establishing Division III’s strategic plan. It can make recommendations to the Board of Governors on matters related to Division III, such as championships, and may approve how the Division spends its money.

Paino’s term runs through the close of the January 2021 NCAA Convention.

UMW Marks Constitution Day with Debate, Display

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Constitution Day with both a public debate and a Simpson Library display on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Members of the Debate Program will convene a public debate  in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center at 8 p.m. called Resolved: Congress Should Restrict the President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons.

“There has historically been tension between the president’s authority as commander-in-chief and congress’s power to declare war,” explains UMW Director of Debate, Adrienne Brovero.

“Considering President Trump’s ‘nuclear button’ tweet earlier this year, Constitution Day seems like an opportune moment to discuss that tension in the context of the Constitution and the use of nuclear force,” she said.

From Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday Sept. 21, the Simpson Library will host a display related to the 2018 Federal Depository Library Program related to Constitution week in the main lobby. The display will include multiple give aways, games and prizes.

Constitution Day, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day, commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The national observance of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution originates from legislation adopted by Congress in 2004 that requires all publicly funded educational institutions to provide educational programming related to the Constitution on that day.

UMW’s Constitution Day programming is a joint effort of the Office of the Provost and the Debate Program. For more information, please contact Adrienne Brovero, Director of Debate, at 540-654-1513.

The debaters for the even will be:

• Parker Coon (Bakersfield, CA, ’19) – Economics Major and Data Science Minor, Class of 2019
• Sarah Pietrowski (Washington, D.C. area, ’21) – Political Science & History, Class of 2021
• Gabriel Lewis (Salt Lake City, UT, ’19) – Political Science, Class of 2019
• John Huebler (Pasadena, MD, ’20) – Philosophy & Political Science, Class of 2020

Join Weight Watchers at Work, Receive Free Starter Kit

Join colleagues on the road to a healthier lifestyle. UMW has a vibrant Weight Watchers at Work program that meets every Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Room 111 of the Hurley Convergence Center. It’s one of our great employee benefits.

A certified WW leader comes onto campus once a week, checks our weight, and inspires us to live healthier lifestyles. There couldn’t be a more convenient or collegial way to keep your weight in check. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

If you purchase a Weight Watchers membership by Sept. 21, you’ll receive a free starter kit, which is a $70 value. For details, check out the following: Starter Kit Promo Sept 4-21 2018 – Strategic MP. 

UMW Looking for United Way Volunteers

UMW is looking for a team of volunteers to participate in United Way’s Day of Action on Friday, Sept. 14.

We need faculty and staff to represent UMW. Please volunteer for a half-day or full-day project by registering at the following link:

Please contact the Center for Community Engagement with any questions at or 540-654-5643.

Award–Winning Environmental Documentary Presented at Belmont

For the second year, Gari Melchers Home and Studio will present a free community screening of an environmental film. This year’s featured presentation is the award-winning documentary Inhabit, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion.

The 92-minute film explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called “permaculture.”

Permaculture uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focusing mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the US, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices across rural, suburban and urban landscapes.

“Inhabit takes us on a tour of best practice permaculture: regenerative farms, suburban gardens, organic orchards, food forests, appropriate technology, inner city regeneration in the poorest of communities, commercial mushroom production, flood mitigation. . . It is a feast of practical information and a flowering of hitherto untold possibilities, showing us that we have the skills and knowledge to restore the earth and that it’s not only possible, it is already happening.” -Permaculture Magazine

Free admission. Contact: Joanna Catron at or 540-654-1841.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

The Museum Shop is the official home of the Stafford County Visitor Center, where visitors can find information about Stafford County attractions, restaurants, hotels and other amenities.

For directions and hours of operation, call or visit the museum website at