May 23, 2024

No Brainer: UMW Biology Alum in Prestigious Neuroscience Program

Sarah Roche ’18 did not want to go to college at all. A high school chemistry class had left her feeling so discouraged and incapable that she’d given up on the idea altogether. She visited a litany of Virginia colleges at the urging of her parents anyway. None of them changed her mind. Until a […]

Lauren McMillan Presents on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project

Lauren McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, presented at the Rappahannock Native American Day on November 17th as part of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The audience included the chief and members of the Rappahannock Tribe, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, representatives from the National Park Service, and other members of the public.

McMillan presented research resulting from the Field Methods in Archaeology course taught in the summer 2018 session, in which she and students partnered with the Rappahannock Tribe and St. Mary’s College of Maryland on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project. McMillan’s specific area of research focuses on the study of clay tobacco pipes and their decorative motifs to understand trade, interaction spheres, identity formation, and consumer choice.

UMW Theatre Set Stage for Law Firm’s First Female President

Courtney Moates Paulk ’92 knew she wanted to grow up to be an actress or an attorney. What she didn’t know was that one would lead to another. Or that the skills she learned on stage – how to speak in front of a crowd, how to interpret even the most complex characters – would […]

UMW Swimmer Makes Splash in Record-Breaking Race

Joey Peppersack ‘21 remembers his first-ever swim practice: The piercing cold of the outdoor pool in Hopewell, Virginia. Finishing last in his lane. But for the 9-year-old who’d lost his right leg, there was something freeing in it, too. Back at home, wrapped under a blanket, Peppersack told himself what he so often did. “Next […]

UMW Theatre Continues 2018-19 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 […]

UMW Saves George Washington Bible for the Ages

In November 1752, 20-year-old George Washington placed his hand on a leather-bound King James Bible at the Lodge of Fredericksburg and joined the Masons. For more than two and a half centuries, generations of the oldest fraternal organization in the world would take steps to guard that gilt-edged book, one of only two Washington is […]

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 […]

UMW Lands on Princeton Review’s Green College 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 […]

Early Group Registration for Women’s Leadership Colloquium Ends Saturday

Groups of five or more have until Saturday, Oct. 20 to get a discounted registration fee for the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @UMW, set to take place Nov. 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fee for groups of five or more is $179 through Saturday. After that, individual registration is $199 through Oct. 31. Student tickets cost $30 each through Nov. 1. For more information, visit

Leadership expert Nicole Price will be the keynote speaker. Nicole is the owner of the leadership development company, Lively Paradox, specializing in combining accountability with empathy and compassion as a fundamental leadership strategy. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, her master’s degree in adult education from Park University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and management.

Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.

The daylong event, themed “The Empowered Woman,” fosters connections between professional women. It features a variety of enriching seminars to include: The Empowered Life, The Empowered Citizen, Financial Empowerment, Empowered Presence, Empowered through Purpose, and Empowered through Difference. Speakers include executive director of the Community Foundation for the Rappahannock River Region Teri McNally, Director of Finance and Human Resources of The George Washington Foundation Carter Fitch, strategic planning and organizational development expert Cara Parker, vice president of equity and access at UMW Sabrina Johnson, life coach and professional development consultant Jenna Cooley and vice president of administration and finance at UMW Lynne Richardson.


UMW Executive-in-Residence Program Welcomes Sean J. Stackley, October 18

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, L-3 Technologies VP for Advanced Programs and Technologies & Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), will serve as the 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence. Stackley will speak in the HCC Digital Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.




Sean Stackley spent four decades in public service, including a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy where he served at-sea in engineering and combat systems assignments, and subsequently as an Engineering Duty Officer performing design, construction, maintenance & modernization across all Navy Surface Combatant ship programs. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Navy’s LPD 17 Amphibious Ship major program manager.

He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2005-2008, assigned as Staff Lead for the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for formulating budget and legislative provisions and performing oversight of Navy, Marine Corps, Maritime Administration, and Transportation Command programs.

In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), responsible for the development, procurement, and life cycle support of Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, tactical vehicles, and weapon systems; and related acquisition strategy, contracting, program oversight, industrial base policy, and workforce development. From January to July, 2017, he served as Acting Secretary of the Navy to guide the DoN’s transition between Administrations; including oversight of financial, personnel, acquisition, material, and various policy matters. Separately, he was assigned by Secretary of Defense to lead the Congressionally-directed reorganization of the Defense Acquisition organization.

In January 2018, he assumed responsibilities as L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies.

Stackley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and M.S., Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, Legion of Merit, Navy League Leadership, Small Business Leadership, and various other Service Awards.