June 19, 2018

UMW Dedicates Renovated Heslep Amphitheatre

Saturday’s dedication of the Heslep Amphitheatre and Morris Stage began a new chapter in the life of one of Mary Washington’s oldest and most endearing sites. The event took place during Reunion Weekend 2018, 95 years after the Amphitheatre’s original 1923 dedication. It marked the near conclusion of a meticulous $3 million renovation project funded largely by alumni […]

UMW to Host Reunion Weekend 2018

The University of Mary Washington will host hundreds of alumni during Reunion Weekend 2018, June 1-3. Chock full of food and fun, tours, art exhibits, learning opportunities, photo opps, and most importantly, a chance to catch up with old friends, the three-day affair will welcome Mary Washington grads from as long ago as the 1940s […]

75 Years and Counting, Another Mary Washington Legacy Unfolds

The turn of a class ring turned back time today on Ball Circle. At the University of Mary Washington’s 107th Commencement, Helen Tracy Totura ’43 upheld the old graduation tradition, turning the ring on great-granddaughter Hannah Belski ’18’s hand. Exactly 75 years before, Totura sat through her own graduation ceremony at UMW, then called Mary […]

Kenya to UMW: Econ Major Finds ‘Home’ at Mary Wash

The dictionary says home is “the place where a person lives.” UMW senior Purity Muthaa has her own definition. “The lesson I’ve learned from being a citizen of the world is that home is not a place,” she said. “It’s a feeling of community and inclusion.” She found that feeling in her involvement with Mary […]

Johns Hopkins a Heartbeat Away for Biology Major

UMW senior Laura Mangano graduated at the top her high school class. She could’ve gone on to study wherever she wanted. But in a single-parent home with two siblings already in college, she wasn’t sure they could afford it. Rappahannock Scholars, a University of Mary Washington program that steers hard-working high-schoolers in the Northern Neck […]

Lacrosse Star’s Latest Score: New England Dental School

UMW senior Katherine Lambert has a big weekend and a big future – with some big wardrobe changes – ahead. She’ll don cap and gown at Commencement on Saturday, pull on her Eagles lacrosse uniform for the national championships Sunday. Then she’ll likely change into helmet and boots to ride her horse, Gucci, and process […]

‘Fonzie’ Brings Cool Factor to Philharmonic Season Finale

As Arthur Fonzarelli aka “Fonzie,” the consummate cool guy on the hit ’70s TV show Happy Days, he could change the song on a jukebox with a touch of his fist, start a car with a snap of his fingers. This weekend, actor, director, producer and author Henry Winkler, now 72, brought his unique brand […]

Tree-Mapping Project Rooted in Ecology

Trees. They give us shade, fresh air, flowers and fruits. On Arbor Day, as the world celebrates the beauty and utility of trees, UMW recognizes nearly 1,000 on the Fredericksburg campus – and the initiative that’s taking stock of them all. Professor of Biology Alan Griffith and the student volunteers he recruits each semester are […]

Tree-Mapping Project Rooted in Ecology

Trees. They give us shade, fresh air, flowers and fruits. On Arbor Day, as the world celebrates the beauty and utility of trees, UMW recognizes nearly 1,000 on the Fredericksburg campus – and the initiative that’s taking stock of them all. Professor of Biology Alan Griffith and the student volunteers he recruits each semester are […]

UMW Professor of Anthropology Receives Faculty Achievement Award

Eric Gable, University of Mary Washington professor of anthropology, was named the recipient of the 2018 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award at a general faculty meeting on Wednesday, April 25. Established in honor of Shirley Van Epps Waple, a 1952 graduate of the University, the nomination-based award recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding contributions […]