March 23, 2023

Rosalyn Cooperman Research Featured on Vox

Rosalyn Cooperman, political science professor, co-authored an op-ed in addressing why so few women candidates are Republican.

“Different party cultures mean that Democratic elites support women candidates often — and because of their gender — while Republican elites do not,” according to the piece.

UMW Again Makes ‘Green Colleges’ List

The University of Mary Washington has landed on a list of top “green colleges” in the nation for the fourth year in a row. The ranking appears in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. UMW was selected based on a 2017-2018 survey of more than 2,000 schools. Read more.

Richardson to Return as Dean of COB, Messplay to Assume Role as VP for Administration and Finance and CFO

As of January 1, Dr. Lynne Richardson will be returning to her role as Dean of the College of Business. Richardson has served as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer over the last year. Her first love, however, is the College of Business, which she has worked to build since her arrival seven years ago, setting the stage for the recent successful site visit by the AACSB accreditation team.

With Dr. Richardson’s return to her academic role, on January 1, Mr. Paul Messplay, our current Director of Budget, will step into the role of Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

He has worked at UMW in budgeting for 11 years, and came to us after serving in positions at VCU, Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, and Virginia’s Department of Planning and Budget, and he is well-known and respected in the Commonwealth and on our campus. Mr. Messplay has a Master of Public Administration (Financial Management) from VCU.

He has been deeply involved in institutional conversations about our financial position, in state conversations about funding for higher education, and in Board of Visitors conversations about our revenue opportunities and cost drivers.

Marcel Rotter Receives AATG Award for Outstanding Service

Marcel Rotter, associate professor of German, recently received the Ronald Horwege Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession from the Virginia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

“Anyone paying attention for the last decade knows how much time and energy Marcel has put into making the AATG in Virginia a vibrant entity,” said ougoing AATG-VA president Brett Martz at the organization’s Oct. 5 business meeting in Williamsburg.

“The award’s namesake, Ron Horwege, served the state by organizing immersion weekends, and therefore it seems perfectly fitting that the winner of this award is the person directly responsible for keeping this valued tradition alive,” Martz continued. “[Marcel] also served as the president of the Virginia AATG from 2012-2016, and Brett is grateful that he patiently continues to answer his questions about the job. During his tenure as president, Marcel moved the infrastructure and responsibilities for the National German exam to the University of Mary Washington, where it still functions today.

“He is also a regular presence at national conferences, such as ACTFL, and local conferences, such as FLAVA. In short, he is very supportive colleague and continues to do yeoman’s work for the state’s chapter of the AATG. Marcel deserves the award and a hearty congratulations.”

Rotter received the award during the annual meeting of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia, of which AATG is a member.



Two New Exhibitions Coming to UMW Galleries

UMW Galleries announces two new exhibitions opening Oct. 25 – Ready-Made Dream by Sue Johnson in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Crowns, a collection of ceramic works curated by Jessica Gardner in duPont Gallery.

Ready-Made Dream features floor-to-ceiling vinyl panels and decals that the artist has designed—transforming the gallery into the interior of an ideal, modern home. As the exhibition title suggests, Johnson envisions a world in which the home is nostalgic and familiar, yet, also reduced to an empty space existing simply to house various things.

Crowns seeks to explore women’s specific experience in motherhood. Each of the artists represent a different stage in the experience of motherhood and discusses her role as a mother and the impact motherhood has on her studio practice, whether it be direct collaborations with her child/children or shifts in the body of work created.

Both exhibitions begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Read-Made Dream will feature an artist talk on Oct. 26 at noon.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Stephen Farnsworth Publishes Column in Washington Post

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently published a column in The Washington Post called “Ralph Northam’s excellent timing.”

Ten for Ten Challenge Returns

October 1 marked the start of UMW’s third annual Ten for Ten Challenge, in which student-athletes give back to support their teams. The primary goal is to teach current Eagles about the athletic department’s booster club, the Eagle Club, and how donors continue to enhance the UMW student-athlete experience. Ten for Ten’s secondary goal is for each student-athlete to contribute $10, as we shoot for 100% participation within each team and pay it forward for the next generation.

This year, the Ten for Ten Spotlight Stories will feature four outstanding members of the Mary Wash community. To read about them, visit

To donate in the Ten for Ten Challenge, visit

Farnsworth Talks Virginia Senate Race in Washington Post

Trailing in cash and polls, Republican Corey Stewart tries to rebrand in Virginia Senate race (The Washington Post)

“Trying to define yourself, much less redefine yourself, is a real challenge when President Trump dominates the news cycle virtually every minute of every day,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Campus Dining Launches Customer Satisfaction Survey

Campus Dining would like to invite UMW students, faculty and staff to complete an online Customer Satisfaction Survey. The information collected will assist us in enhancing your dining experience based on your feedback. This survey will take approximately seven minutes of your time. The information you provide is confidential, and the aggregate results will be used for research purposes only. It will not be used to sell or market to you in any way, and you will not be contacted as a result of completing this survey.

You may fill out the survey by clicking the link below. You may also take the survey at one of the survey computer stations at the Top of the UC and receive a sweet treat as a “thank you” for your time. The computer station will be available in front of the elevators from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 1 through 5. If you have questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Campus Dining at

Link to survey:

UMW Publishes Annual Security Report

The University of Mary Washington’s Annual Security Report has been published for 2018. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Mary Washington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Also included is information that addresses UMW’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. For example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses or sexual misconduct are included.

You may obtain a copy of this report at the UMW Police Department at Brent Hall, phone number 540-654-1025, or by accessing the following website:

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Annual Security Report, please contact Chief Mike Hall by email at