June 9, 2023

UMW Theatre Continues Season with Merrily We Roll Along

UMW Theatre will continue its 2018-19 season with Merrily We Roll Along, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. Performances will be Nov. 1-3, Nov. 8-10, and Nov. 14-17 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Klein Theatre, duPont Hall at the University of Mary Washington.

AfterWords, a post-show talkback with the cast, will take place after the matinee performance on Nov. 4. Tickets are $25 for standard admission, $20 for students, senior citizens, alumni, and military.

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UMW Debuts Indian Music Ensemble in Friday Concert at Belmont

The University of Mary Washington Department of Music is proud to present Supercollider and Sitars, a concert featuring two of its newest ensembles at Gari Melchers Home and Studio on Friday, November 2, 7:30 PM.

The UMW New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Bratt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Technology at UMW, will feature a live-coding session utilizing the computer programming language Supercollider. The Ensemble’s performance will also feature the world premiere of the I Think Everything is Going to Be OK by award-winning composer Jeremy Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Composition at John Brown University.

This event also marks the debut performance of the UMW Indian Music Ensemble, dedicated to performing classical literature from the Indian subcontinent (both Northern and Southern traditions) under the direction of Dr. Robert Wells. Dr. Wells is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at UMW. The Ensemble will perform a variety of vocal, instrumental, and rhythmic works, aided by traditional instruments such as the sitar, tabla, mridangam, naal, tambura, Carnatic flute, and violin.

The concert will be presented in the Pavilion at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and is free and open to the public. Contact Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu or 540-654-1848.

Jazz 4 Justice Concert Set for Saturday

UMW’s Jazz Ensemble has joined the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association and Legal Aid Works (formally Rappahannock Legal Services) to present a special concert, Jazz 4 Justice, on Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

Tickets are required. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St.
Legal Aid Works,  500 Lafayette Blvd.
Roberson’s Music, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway
Creative Music Academy, 7001 Harrison Road

Will-call tickets can also be purchased online at Legal Aid Works.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit UMW Jazz Ensemble and Legal Aid Works, an area nonprofit that provides critically needed civil legal assistance for domestic relations and other types of cases. The money will help fund legal services for low-income area individuals and families and provide scholarships for UMW music students.

MBA Students Create New Plan for Stafford Airport

An MBA student group, in concert with the UMW Center for Economic Development (CED), has worked on a project for the Stafford Regional Airport (SRA).

The group of COB/MBA students, working with Associate Professor of Management & Marketing Louis Martinett and CED Executive Director Brian Baker as well as alumni mentor Micah Dalton, produced a written strategic marketing plan for SRA. The outcome of the planning process was a plan that described a clear strategy for growth for SRA. The strategic marketing planning process included hands-on work with the Stafford Airport Authority, preparation, and follow-up evaluations along with a clear strategic plan of implementation.

Through the process, the student team and the Airport Authority worked together on a review of the current business model, revising the mission and vision, answered key questions for expanding the scope of business, and identified opportunities and defined ideas for expanding the business footprint of SRA.  The student team included Omar Awan, Megan Holder, Steven Ping, Max Watson, Kaitlynn Wickersham.

Dave Ellis, vice chairman of the SRA Authority and a 25-year Air Force veteran with nine years in a senior civilian role at Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon said: “During those years, I’ve been through numerous planning exercises and the project led by these UMW grad students has the been the best by far. Each meeting was professionally run and we accomplished specific activities and achieved desired outcomes to produce an exceptional Strategic Plan. The plan will re-focus our collective efforts into a cohesive approach, allowing the SRA to deliver outstanding experiences to our customers, business partners and the community.”

Video Features UMW, Downtown Partnership

Fredericksburg’s Main Street businesses are partnering with the University of Mary Washington’s programs to grow business and engage students in community life.

This Virginia illustration of partnerships, featuring Christine Henry, a professor of historic preservation, is part of the Finding Main Street toolkit for Dar Williams’ book What I Found In a Thousand Towns.

Halloween Concert Saturday in Dodd

The University of Mary Washington’s Philharmonic Orchestra presents Fiddlestix Halloween Spooktacular, a concert and instrument petting zoo, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., in Dodd Auditorium.

Come meet the instruments of the orchestra start at 3 p.m. A Halloween concert will follow at 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged!



Angela McCormick: Coming Home

Angela McCormick ’00 knew the minute she set foot on Campus Walk as a high school sophomore that Mary Washington was the place for her. And after double-majoring in geography and journalism, the native of Charlottesville, Virginia, knew it was the place she wanted to go to work.

McCormick got the chance earlier this year, becoming associate director of alumni communications. It’s a big job that includes everything from managing social media accounts and producing website content to giving alumni tours and helping plan reunion activities – anything to help people feel connected to their alma mater.

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UMW to Host 1st Congressional District Debate Monday

The University of Mary Washington will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams will face off for the first time. UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The forum will also be live-streamed at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umwevents/#.

Read more at https://www.umw.edu/news/2018/10/17/umw-to-host-1st-congressional-district-debate-monday/.

Craig Vasey to Present on Jean-Paul Sartre Friday

Craig Vasey, chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion and professor of philosophy, will give a talk about Jean-Paul Sartre’s life, work and interests prior to a performance of “No Exit” by the Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble.

The talk will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of 810 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

For information about Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble, visit https://www.fredericksburgtheatre.org/



Dan Dervin Publishes Article in Journal of Psychohistory

Daniel Dervin, professor emeritus of English, recently published an article in The Journal of Psychohistory called The Auction Block, the Battlefield Angels, and the Politics of Purity.

According to an abstract of the article:

“The evolution of psychoanalytic theory entered new territory with the work of Melanie Klein (1882-1960). Previously, apart from Freud’s formations on narcissism, the prevailing framework was the Oedipal triad of desire, conflict, defense, adaption, and self-identity issuing from the child’s struggles to master issues involving both parents. Klein took a step back in child development phases and forward in clinical theory when she honed in on the dyad of infant and primary caregiver. Hers was the realm of preoedipal issues involving primal urges and frustrations. These she epitomized as good breast/bad breast. However resolved, transformed, or displaced, they set the stage for subsequent development. We don’t want to yield to reductionism, yet in psychohistory we continually observe regression to primitive levels of splitting one’s object-world into either/or absolutes of all-good vs all-bad. These dyad derivatives have increasingly dominated our polarized cultural and political discourses. Noting Trump’s “all-or-nothing” governing style, Lindsey Ford cites his off-and-on-again tactics with North Korea (NY Times, 25 May 18, p. A21); in this light Trump epitomizes these primitive processes. The present study examines this polar mode manifest in wide-ranging ideals of purity. Group-fantasies of white supremacy from our Civil War period are being revived. We see this in the controversies over Confederacy names and monuments: grappling with them anew injects our troubled past into our present. What we had assumed to be dead and buried evidently thrived in the margins, biding their time. More disturbing, their reentry is being aided and abetted at the highest levels of government. As these disparate phenomena echo and reverberate, psychohistorical perspectives fit them into larger patterns cued by the politics of purity.”