June 5, 2023

Flu Shots Available Oct. 9

Flu season is coming and the Student Health Center is collaborating with Giant pharmacy to administer flu shots to everyone on campus. Bring your health insurance card or have a picture of it on your phone. Giant also accepts cash, checks and credit cards. They will be in the University Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following days:

October 9
October 24
October 25

The cost is $18 for UMW faculty, staff and students without insurance and those with Aetna and United Health Care.

Make sure you stay healthy this school year! Come and get your flu shot!

Ruth Lovelace: To the Rescue

A childhood photograph captured Ruth Lovelace’s first rescue. She’s in a fire hat, on the ladder of her bunk bed, saving the family cat, Mittens, from some imaginary peril.

The picture was prophetic. In 1978, she became the first female firefighter in Brevard County, Florida. Later, she accepted a job at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center, earning another distinction: first female firefighter in the aerospace industry.

In 1999, she made her way to Mary Washington, where she has served in the role of director of Emergency Management for two decades.

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W. David Stahlman Publishes Paper in American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association recently published a paper online by UMW Associate Professor of Psychology W. David Stahlman. Called “The Coelacanth Still Lives: Bringing Selection Back to the Fore in a Science of Behavior,” the article is set to appear in the print edition of the APA in October.

According to an abstract of the article written with Kenneth J. Leising, a psychology professor at Texas Christian University:

“There is little scientific debate regarding the validity of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, which effectively describes how relevant ancestral histories produce both an organism’s genetic characteristics and innate behavioral repertoires. The combination of variation and selection in the production of novel forms can be extended beyond Darwinian theory to encompass facts of ontogeny. The present article sheds light on an underappreciated and critical insight, namely, that the consequences of behavior have a selective effect analogous to that observed in biological evolution. Three levels of environmental selection (phylogenic, ontogenic, and cultural) constitute a full account of the causes for action. This perspective identifies the relevant functional contingencies of which behavior is a product, it accurately and parsimoniously predicts a wide variety of disparate behavioral findings, it resolves old debates on nativism and empiricism, it unites psychological science under a central organizing principle, and it specifies psychology’s position in relation to biology. Wholesale adoption of this perspective should be considered a positive advance for the field of psychology.”

The full article is available online at http://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2018-11354-001.html.

Admissions Open House Set for Saturday

On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, the University of Mary Washington will host its first Admissions Open House this academic year! About 280 prospective students (typically transfer students and high school seniors, juniors and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. An estimated 800 guests will visit.

For details, see a sample agenda. Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck near Route 1 and on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center and the University Center. There also will be campus and Mason Hall tours. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful and engaging” our UMW community is!

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @MaryWash. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day.

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW.

If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas or questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 540-654-2000 or admit@umw.edu.

Join Weight Watchers at Work by Friday, 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. 

Four Important Loans Coming to Belmont

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932) Rainbow, Circa 1925, Oil on canvas, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932) Rainbow, Circa 1925, Oil on canvas, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgi

Four paintings by Gari Melchers, including three never before seen publicaly at Belmont, will be featured in the upcoming spotlight exhibition Over the Garden Gate: Gari Melchers’ Falmouth, scheduled for October 5 through December 2, 2018.

Thanks to generous loans from private collectors and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, the loaned paintings—Gossips, Pear Tree in Blossom, Pot Hunters, and Rainbow—will be combined with a select group of images drawn from the collection at Gari Melchers Home and Studio and which reproduce local settings and villagers long familiar to natives of Falmouth, Virginia.

Joanna Catron, who curates the show, says that “while Melchers saw Virginia as an escape from the demands of his New York studio, the picturesque environs of his home and nearby Falmouth were too seductive to allow for much rest.” The result was dozens of evocative images that chronicle a simpler time and place.

The exhibition is Included with Museum admission. Contact: Joanna Catron at or 540 654-1841.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Paris-trained American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) is celebrated today at his 18th-century estate called Belmont, now the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, a nationally-recognized site featuring his fully furnished house, gardens and studio. Discover his legacy of portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life, the largest collection of his works anywhere. An expatriate for the first half of his career, Melchers eventually returned to America as WWI built up in Europe, dividing his time between a commercial studio in New York City and his country retreat in Falmouth, VA.

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932) Rainbow, Circa 1925, Oil on canvas, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932) Rainbow, Circa 1925, Oil on canvas, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Guided Tours are available everyday with the exception of certain holidays from April through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November through March 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission: $10 Visit www.garimelchers.org.


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.

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 https://vt.edu/cci-blueprint/advisory-council.html.