February 25, 2018

Schultz, Marvashti Present at State Conference

Maria Schultz and Lisa Marvashti

Maria Schultz and Lisa Marvashti

The Office of University Relations’ Assistant Director of Design Services Maria Schultz and Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations Lisa Chinn Marvashti presented at the College Communicators Association’s annual conference in Richmond on Friday, Feb. 2. Their presentation – Take Stock … and Ditch It, How to Achieve Authenticity in Campus Photos – covered the process of creating a complete branded marketing campaign that featured real UMW students in polished, yet genuine, photography accompanied by text that told each individual’s Mary Washington story.

Andrea Cordray: Taking Care of Business

Andrea Cordray has a file full of contacts any executive would envy. Accountants, bankers, consultants and marketers – they’re all on her list. As student support and outreach coordinator, she makes the connections that keep the College of Business (COB) ahead of the curve. [Read more…]

Jessica Machado: Student Advocate

For Jessica Machado, it’s all about the students she reaches.

The new director of the Office of Disability Resources came to UMW three months ago from George Mason University, where she helped create a program for students with autism.

At Mary Washington, Machado hopes to continue building programs and finding resources for students with disabilities to help them reach their full potential. [Read more…]

Richard Blair: Oh, no. Snow!

On blustery days when flurries are in the forecast, students – and, yes, even faculty and staff – find themselves getting excited about a possible snow day. That’s when UMW’s new director of landscape and grounds, Richard Blair, gets to work.

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Paino Delivers State-of-the-University Address

UMW President Troy D. Paino covered the past, present and future during a state-of-the university address this week. The start-of-semester assembly focused on building a “sense of community and common purpose” across Mary Washington’s three campuses. [Read more…]

Don’t Miss UMW’s MLK Day Celebration

Here’s what’s on tap for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at UMW:

MLK Jr. Kids Day, which takes place Sunday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Fredericksburg’s James Monroe High School, features games, activities and crafts, and is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Partnership for Academic Excellence.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Discussion & Documentary takes place Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the University Center’s Colonnade Room.

Keynote Speaker April Ryan: White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Ryan will present her talk on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

MLK Jr. Day of Service, set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom, offers opportunities for students to give back to the community in honor of Dr. King, through service projects donated to Fredericksburg-area agencies. A discussion about servant leadership and social change, along with continental breakfast and lunch, are included.

All MLK Day events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for some events and is available online at MyUMW. For more information, contact the JFMC at 540-654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com.

Ali Hieber: By the Book

When spring semester rolls around, a certain series pops up on people’s calendars. The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series is one of Mary Washington’s most anticipated and well-attended events, attracting renowned authors, who talk about the subjects of their best-selling books, and – sometimes – more than a thousand audience members.

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Journalist April Ryan to Deliver MLK Keynote

White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Ryan will present her talk on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

Journalist April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Journalist April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

An acclaimed journalist who heads up the Washington, D.C., bureau of American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), Ryan is a longtime correspondent on Capitol Hill, having served as a reporter there since 1997.

“I just realized Saturday will mark 21 years at the White House!” she tweeted yesterday.

During that time, Ryan has covered the presidential administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She’s gained recent attention for her rocky rapport with President Trump and former press secretary Sean Spicer, both of whom have balked at her tough questions in defense of minorities.

Dubbed “one of America’s most successful black journalists” by Newsweek, Ryan is among a handful of African-American press correspondents in the White House, where she’s the only black female reporter covering urban issues. She’s one of just three African-Americans to serve on the board of the 100-plus-year-old White House Correspondents’ Association.

“We are delighted and honored to welcome Ms. Ryan to UMW,” said Director of Multicultural Affairs Marion Sanford. “We look forward to her sharing her experiences, both in journalism and as a person, and her perspectives on civil rights, social justice and race relations.”

Ryan is the author of two books, The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America, which was nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award, and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, which examines race relations through the lessons mothers pass on to their children. She reaches millions through AURN and through her blog, Fabric of America, devoted to the issues and stories of minorities in the United States.

“April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker,” said Sarah Glover, president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), which named Ryan 2017 Journalist of the Year, crediting her with “unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues and political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents.”

Her keynote address, sponsored by the Office of the President, is among several events set to take place during UMW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which is hosted by the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC).

  • MLK Jr. Kids Day, which takes place Sunday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Fredericksburg’s James Monroe High School, features games, activities and crafts, and is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Partnership for Academic Excellence.
  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Discussion & Documentary takes place Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the University Center’s Colonnade Room.
  • MLK Jr. Day of Service, set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom, offers opportunities for students to give back to the community in honor of Dr. King, through service projects donated to Fredericksburg-area agencies. A discussion about servant leadership and social change, along with continental breakfast and lunch, are included.

“Especially on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination,” Sanford said, “it’s important to reflect not only on the issues of his time but also on how we’ve progressed and the challenges our nation still faces today.”

All MLK Day events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for some events and is available online at MyUMW. For more information, contact the JFMC at 540-654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com.

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best

Once again, college selective guide publications have recognized the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s best colleges, ranking the University for exceptional value, low student debt and superior academic programs.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named UMW to its list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. The University also was rated among the publication’s top 100 best value public colleges.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

In addition, a study by The Student Loan Report has ranked the University as No. 5 in Virginia with the lowest student debt per graduate. Mary Washington was highlighted for leaving its graduates with low levels of student loan debt. The report draws from Peterson’s Financial Aid dataset, covering the most recent student debt data from the Class of 2016.

In yet another ranking, the college resource guide Schools.com rated UMW’s English program as No. 3 in the country. Only the English programs at Marlboro College in Vermont and Truman State University in Missouri were ranked higher. Schools.com scores each school using multiple factors, including affordability, flexibility and student success. To view the ranking, go to http://www.schools.com/programs/english.

UMW’s English program isn’t the only academic program to receive kudos. Last fall, College Factual/USA Today recognized Mary Washington’s English program among the nation’s top 15 percent and UMW’s geography program in the nation’s top 10 percent, No. 1 in the Southeastern region.

In addition, SmartAsset, a data-analysis firm specializing in personal finance, ranked UMW as one of the best colleges for the money. The firm recognized Virginia as the No. 1 state for providing college value and listed UMW among the top 10 best value colleges in the state.

For the nationwide study of four-year colleges and universities, SmartAsset evaluated five factors, including tuition, student-living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salaries for new graduates.

Michael and Sellam: Stress Test

During exam week, frazzled test-takers turn to the University Center’s bi-annual Stress-Free Zone, hosted by the Office of Student Activities and Engagement. The three-day event, which runs Monday, Dec. 11, through Wednesday, Dec. 13, from noon to 3 p.m., is filled with ways to unwind.

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