December 2, 2021

International Pathways Provide Fast Track to Master’s Degrees

Sarah Repko ’19 poses in front of the Guggenheim Museum on a bridge leading to Deusto, where she’s on a fast track to earning a master’s degree in Spain, thanks to one of UMW’s new 4+1 international pathways.

Sarah Repko ’19 poses in front of the Guggenheim Museum on a bridge leading to Deusto, where she’s on a fast track to earning a master’s degree in Spain, thanks to one of UMW’s new 4+1 international pathways.

For Sarah Repko ’19, home is where you never feel alone, no matter who’s around. It’s where you have a sense of peace, comfort and community.

That’s what Repko found at the University of Mary Washington, and that’s what she found nearly 4,000 miles away in Bilbao, Spain. There, she’s earning a master’s degree in international relations and business diplomacy at Universidad de Deusto. And she’s on a fast track for it, thanks to one of several new 4+1 partnerships between UMW and overseas schools. The pathways let students earn master’s degrees in half the time, while soaking up culture outside the U.S.

The rolling Nervión River. Charming, walkable neighborhoods. The food – savory pintxo, rich tortilla española. Repko embraced it all, and shortly after arriving in the Spanish port city for her first study abroad experience, she found herself texting Center for International Education (CIE) Director Jose Sainz.

“During the few weeks I’ve been in Bilbao, I’ve been thinking about either returning or staying an extra semester … ” she wrote in winter 2018. “Would it be possible and what would I have to do?” Read more.

International Pathways Provide Fast Track to Master’s Degrees

For Sarah Repko ’19, home is where you never feel alone, no matter who’s around. It’s where you have a sense of peace, comfort and community. That’s what Repko found at the University of Mary Washington, and that’s what she found nearly 4,000 miles away in Bilbao, Spain. There, she’s earning a master’s degree in […]

UMW’s Commitment to Going Green Wins Gold

University of Mary Washington made Princeton Review’s recent Guide to Green Colleges for its attention to sustainability. Last month, UMW furthered that effort by hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator.

University of Mary Washington made Princeton Review’s recent Guide to Green Colleges for its attention to sustainability. Last month, UMW furthered that effort by hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator.

Formal sustainability committee? Check.
Environmentally focused degrees? Check.
LEED-certified buildings? Check.

A host of Earth-friendly initiatives has earned the University of Mary Washington a spot among the nation’s most environmentally responsible schools in the 2022 Guide to Green Colleges, published last week by The Princeton Review.

“UMW offers excellent academics and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability that is exemplary on many counts,” said Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Rob Franek. “We strongly recommend the University of Mary Washington to students who care about the environment and want to study and live at a green college.”

More and more students are looking for that kind of experience, according to the education services company’s 2021 survey. Of more than 11,000 college applicants questioned, 78 percent – up 12 percent from the previous year – said a school’s gusto for going green would weigh into their college search.

“It isn’t unusual for students who have an interest in that element of their future – and the future of the planet – to choose a school specifically focused on the environment,” said UMW Director of Landscape and Grounds Holly Chichester. “That’s the kind of student we’re trying to attract here at Mary Washington.” Read more.

Ballot-topia: UMW Students Praised for Voter Participation

Junior philosophy major and Campus Vote Project Fellow Kate McDaid (front, left) works with UMW Votes to help freshman Emma Goehner prepare to head to the polls. Seventy-nine percent of UMW students (more than the national average) cast their ballots in the last election. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Junior philosophy major and Campus Vote Project Fellow Kate McDaid (front, left) works with UMW Votes to help freshman Emma Goehner prepare to head to the polls. Seventy-nine percent of UMW students (more than the national average) cast their ballots in the last election. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Wearing a white slicker and black rain boots, University of Mary Washington senior Caroline Mowdy approached a tent set up outside George Washington Hall. She needed a ride to the polls. Soon, she was in psychology major Christian Lyman’s blue Toyota Scion and on the way to her voting site, Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg.

“As an environmental sustainability major, protections and regulations are important to me,” Mowdy said. “In almost every class I’ve been in, I’ve learned that it all comes back to politics.”

With key Virginia appointments at stake, UMW students like Mowdy braved today’s cool, drizzly weather to get to the polls. It’s the Mary Washington way. Seventy-nine percent of UMW students – more than the national average – cast ballots in the last election, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) report, released last week. Today, UMW Votes, a group that encourages engaged citizenship, lined up a cavalcade of cars, vans and even a trolley to transport students to polling sites and make sure their voices were heard.

“It’s really important, no matter who they vote for,” said sophomore historic preservation major Vivian Reinhardt, who cast her absentee ballot weeks ago but worked with UMW Votes to help those who’d waited until Election Day. “We need more turnout from every age and demographic possible.” Read more.

UMW’s Commitment to Going Green Wins Gold

Formal sustainability committee? Check. Environmentally focused degrees? Check. LEED-certified buildings? Check. A host of Earth-friendly initiatives has earned the University of Mary Washington a spot among the nation’s most environmentally responsible schools in the 2022 Guide to Green Colleges, published last week by The Princeton Review. “UMW offers excellent academics and demonstrates a commitment to […]

Ballot-topia: UMW Students Praised for Voter Participation

Wearing a white slicker and black rain boots, University of Mary Washington senior Caroline Mowdy approached a tent set up outside George Washington Hall. She needed a ride to the polls. Soon, she was in psychology major Christian Lyman’s blue Toyota Scion and on the way to her voting site, Dorothy Hart Community Center in […]

UMW Hosted Debate for 88th District House of Delegates Seat

UMW hosted a public debate on Oct. 26, between candidates for Virginia’s 88th District House of Delegates seat.

UMW hosted a public debate on Oct. 26, between candidates for Virginia’s 88th District House of Delegates seat.

The University of Mary Washington hosted a public political debate between candidates for Virginia’s 88th District House of Delegates seat on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Democrat Kecia Evans, Republican Phillip Scott and Libertarian Tim Lewis faced off live via Zoom, with public viewing accessible through YouTube. Viewers were able to submit questions beforehand for consideration for inclusion in the debate. Incumbent Mark Cole (R) announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection after nearly two decades in office. The 88th district covers part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fauquier counties.

“While COVID has forced us to debate online this fall, we can look forward to vigorous discussions about the path forward for Virginia,” said moderator Stephen Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Read more.

UMW To Host Public Debate for 88th District House of Delegates Seat

The University of Mary Washington will host a public political debate between candidates for Virginia’s 88th District House of Delegates seat on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Democrat Kecia Evans, Republican Phillip Scott and Libertarian Tim Lewis will face off live via Zoom, with public viewing accessible through YouTube. Viewers may submit questions for consideration […]

UMW Senior Blossoms While ‘Planting Seed’ of Intersectionality

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

University of Mary Washington senior Desmoné Logan wields a rainbow of highlighters at the day planner displaying her dizzying schedule. RA duties get a splash of green. Pink’s for her off-campus job. And clubs? They’re listed – ubiquitously – in blue.

A biomedical major who also runs track, Logan is president of Women of Color, a Student Alumni Ambassador and a Farmer Fellow. And that’s just for starters. Because of her dexterity and dedication, she won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. With it, she’s a role model, “planting a seed” of intersectionality she hopes will take root at Mary Washington and in her planned future – a career in trauma surgery with a humanitarian twist.

Born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens, Logan moved in middle school to Chesapeake, Virginia, where she found a scant mix of ethnicities and – often under the surface, sometimes above it – a sense of discrimination. “Desmoné is passionate about diversity and social justice because of her own lived experiences,” said James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) Director Marion Sanford. “Her culture and race impact her work.” Read more.

UMW Senior Blossoms While ‘Planting Seed’ of Intersectionality

University of Mary Washington senior Desmoné Logan wields a rainbow of highlighters at the day planner displaying her dizzying schedule. RA duties get a splash of green. Pink’s for her off-campus job. And clubs? They’re listed – ubiquitously – in blue. A biomedical major who also runs track, Logan is president of Women of Color, […]