February 20, 2019

UMW Gets Big Date on ‘The Bachelor’

The Bachelor filmed its 23rd season in exotic locales like Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. But directors of the hit ABC reality series deemed UMW’s Brompton, where part of next week’s show was shot, one of the season’s most beautiful sites. Captured last October in a cloud of secrecy, the annual “hometowns” episode brought Fredericksburg native Cayelynn […]

Alumni Found Love – and Marriage – at Mary Washington

Not too long ago, Sara Weinstein ’14 and Dylan Lockwood ’15 were toggling between classes together on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Combs. Both English majors, they were chasing their dreams and finding their futures as young undergrads. A study group they formed on their own brought a new kind of Mary Washington magic, one that […]

Cast Gets Just Desserts in UMW’s ‘God of Carnage’

Mary Washington theatre students are cooking up something special for their new production, God of Carnage. The comedic commentary on the modern-day strains of remaining civil amid controversy runs Feb. 14 to 24 in UMW’s Klein Theatre. A special pay-what-you-can preview presentation takes place tonight at 7:30. Two pairs of well-to-do parents sort through a playground […]

UMW Students Bring Class Act to Community Theater

It was a wiggly, jiggly sea of limbs in a downtown Fredericksburg studio. Awash in the white-hot glow of theater lights, boys and girls waved their arms and legs in the air before dissolving into laughter. “How does that feel?” asked University of Mary Washington theatre major Victoria Fortune, who spent a recent Saturday afternoon […]

Mary Washington Welcomes New Victim Advocate

Jaime Opanashuk shivered as she stood on Campus Walk asking students to spin a Wheel of Fortune-like disc filled with interpersonal-experience scenarios. If they were the characters described in the story on which they landed, Opanashuk asked, what would they do next? “My name’s Jaime,” she told those who played the game Monday, reminding them […]

Physics Professor Makes Quantum Leap to Prestigious Fellowship

UMW Professor of Physics Hai Nguyen knew the odds were against him. Thousands of scientists – the best of the best from across the country – vie each year for fewer than 150 first-time fellowships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He estimated his chances of being chosen at .0001 percent; […]

UMW Waives Application Fees for Furloughed Workers

The University of Mary Washington has taken another step to help furloughed federal employees, by waiving admissions application fees for those affected by the government shutdown. Impacted families considering applying for admission to UMW can skip the $50 fee by using the waiver code “UMW66” when they complete the form online at umw.edu/apply. In another […]

Furloughed Federal Workers Find Respite, Support at UMW Event

Jeff Quinones watched as University of Mary Washington Professor of Education George Meadows swept an iPad around the room to show how 3D printing can be used to create almost anything. Even a type of weapon? Quinones asked. That kind of concern is paramount to Quinones on his job with the Department of Homeland Security’s […]

UMW Community Pulls Together to Support Federal Workers

Nearly 100 people registered for the University of Mary Washington’s “Day of Learning” for furloughed federal workers, held today at the Stafford Campus.

opportunity to network during UMW's 'Day of Learning' for furloughed government workers.

Participants take an opportunity to network during UMW’s ‘Day of Learning’ for furloughed government workers. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

The daylong event featured a series of workshops taught by Mary Washington faculty and administrators. Topics included everything from professional development and leadership philosophies to art and poetry, with refreshments and a “brown bag” networking lunch provided by Sodexo.

On Friday with the government shutdown lingering indefinitely, UMW began brainstorming ways to support affected workers. The University pulled the event together in less than a week, sparking national attention.

“I am amazed and grateful that the UMW community came together so quickly to support this group of people at this time of need,” said Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Kimberly Young. “The faculty responded with topics and showed up fully to teach and share their passions with the participants.”

LaFayette to Deliver Keynote for UMW’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

“Institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.” These are the orders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. bestowed on Bernard LaFayette Jr. in 1968. Still devoted more than 50 years later to carrying out the edict for nonviolent social change, LaFayette will deliver the University of Mary Washington’s MLK Jr. Celebration keynote address Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., […]