May 28, 2023

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.

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

Tara Youngborg: By Design

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two opening receptions next week—Museums as Viewing Machines: Work by Jeffrey Abt and the UMW Studio Art Faculty Exhibition.

Meet Tara Youngborg, the exhibition coordinator who has worked behind the scenes to make the latest installations at Ridderhof Martin and duPont Galleries a reality. Tara Youngborg, exhibition coordinator for UMW Galleries.

Tara Youngborg, exhibition coordinator for UMW Galleries.Youngborg’s role is wide-ranging. She contacts artists and museums, oversees delivery of artwork and figures out how to install it all. She’s also responsible for getting the word out about UMW Galleries’ upcoming exhibits, from designing postcards to writing press releases.  She gives gallery tours, works with UMW students and is an artist in her own right.

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Jesse Stommel Interviewed By The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, was recently interviewed for a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education called One Way to Show Students You Care — and Why You Might Want to Try It:

“When professors write course policies, they draw on past experiences with students, said Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington. And not necessarily the positive ones. So the words they choose often sound defensive, and suggest that the professor has thought of every issue that might arise. The problem with that, Stommel said: ‘Even though I’ve been teaching for 18 years, I can’t possibly imagine what we’re going to do together this semester.’”

UMW Police Department Achieves Accreditation

The UMW Police Department has become only the fifth campus police agency in the commonwealth to achieve accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC), the accrediting agency in Virginia.

The milestone is also a first in the history of UMW Police.

Out of 340 police agencies in the commonwealth–campus departments or otherwise–only 100 have attained VLEPSC accreditation.

Chief Mike Hall set accreditation as a priority for the agency when he took the helm four years ago. The voluntary process enhances the quality of service and credibility of law enforcement agencies.

“It’s a huge accomplishment that goes to the commitment of the whole department,” Hall said.

UMW Welcomes New Hires, Announces Promotions, Tenure

UMW welcomes 13 newly appointed, full-time teaching faculty for 2018-2019:

  • Justin A. Anderson, Lecturer, Department of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education, M.A. earned at Trinity College
  • Josephine Antwi, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ph.D. earned at Texas A&M University
  • Emily Deering Crosby, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Ph.D. earned at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Laura R. Dickinson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Ph.D. earned at the College of William and Mary
  • Tyler E. Frankel, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. earned at the University of Maryland at College Park
  • Adria Y. Goldman, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Ph.D. earned at Howard University
  • Pamela S. McCullough, Lecturer, BSN Completion Program, DNP earned at Old Dominion University
  • Veena Ravishankar, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Ph.D. earned at State University of New York at Albany
  • Michael J. Reno, Lecturer, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, Ph.D. earned at Michigan State University
  • Christopher O. Ryder, Associate Professor, Department of Music, DMA earned at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University
  • Nina M. Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ph.D. earned at American University
  • Jamie M. Tierney, Lecturer, Department of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education, B.S. earned at Radford University
  • Daniel R. Wolfe, Visiting Instructor, College of Business, M.A. earned at Emerson College

In addition to new faculty, 18 professors have earned a promotion, tenure or both.

Earning promotion to the rank of professor:

  • Janet Asper, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry
  • Dianne Baker, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Helen Housley, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Jeremy Larochelle, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Ken Machande, College of Business

Earning tenure promotion to the rank of professor:

  • Woodrow (Woody) Richardson, College of Busines

Earning tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor:

  • Antonio Causarano, College of Education
  • Janine Davis, College of Education
  • Ian Finlayson, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science
  • Rachel Grafe-Anderson, College of Business
  • Mary Katherine (Kate) Haffey, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication
  • Michael Lapke, College of Business
  • Victoria Russell, College of Education
  • David (Dave) Stahlman, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychological Science
  • Earning promotion to the rank of senior lecturer:
  • Cate Brewer, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Jennifer Magee, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
  • Caitlin Moore, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education
  • Sarah Morealli, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Eagle Gathering Kicks Off New Academic Year Aug. 26

The Eagle Gathering will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 on Ball Circle.

Join current students, faculty, and staff as we join together in this Mary Washington tradition to officially usher new Eagles into our community of integrity, honor, and service.

Campus Community Invited to Cross Cultural Barbecue Aug. 30

The Cross Cultural Barbecue, sponsored by S.E.E.D and the James Farmer Multicultural Center, will be held at 4 p.m., Aug. 30 on Ball Circle (Rain Location: Chandler Ballroom, University Center).

The Cross Cultural Barbecue generates an opportunity for the entire campus community to become affiliated with the multicultural student groups at UMW, all while enjoying free entertainment, various foods, appetizers, and drinks related to particular cultures and sub-cultures.

Liss, Schiffrin to Present at Parenting Conference

Professors of Psychology Miriam Liss and Holly Schriffin, authors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life, have been invited to speak at The Parent Conference at James Madison University on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The one-day educational and personal development event is for “anyone interested in the science of raising happy,  healthy, and successful children,” according to an event flier.

Liss and Schriffin are internationally known experts in the fields of parenting and work-family balance issues.

Deborah O’Dell Featured on Upcoming With Good Reason

An interview with Associate Professor of Biology Deborah O’Dell will be featured on With Good Reason from Aug. 18 through Aug. 24.

The program is broadcast at 2 p.m. on Sundays on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital in Fredericksburg. You can find other broadcast times at:

O’Dell will talk about her recent study that found cell phone radiation can cause changes to our cells in a program called Do Cell Phones Call Cancer?

The program will also feature Karen Ballen of University of Virginia Health Systems who says that for those diagnosed with blood cancer, the future is bright.

Later in the show, Richard Heller of Old Dominion University, will talk about new electro-magnetic treatments that are fighting deadly melanoma.

Plus, there’s a whole field of cancer research devoted just to developing treatments for the treatments — medications that can help ease the punch of chemotherapy side effects.Kimberly Lane of Radford University and her team are researching ways to ease the side effects of a potent chemotherapy drug used against with colon cancer.

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