February 25, 2018

Called to Service

Peace Corps gives UMW top rankings

UMW Again Named Top Peace Corps Producer

The University of Mary Washington has once again been named among the nation’s top contributors to the Peace Corps. With 14 alumni currently serving around the world, UMW placed fourth among small schools on the 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, officially released this morning. Securing the ranking is a long-standing tradition for Mary […]

45 Little Known Facts About America’s 45 Presidents

When Associate Professor of English Colin Rafferty moved to Virginia a decade ago, he found himself  suddenly surrounded by presidential history. He felt he had a lot of catching up to do. “There were about 44 months until the next presidential election [and] there had been 44 presidents,” Rafferty, who grew up in Kansas, told […]

Connecting Plights

Geography professor brings students onboard

UMW’s Hanna Charts Untold Stories

Steve Hanna would peer out the window on road trips with his parents, matching points on the highway to the ones on the paper he held in his hands. Something about all those dots, lines and colors drew him in. No wonder Hanna, UMW professor of geography, ended up building a career on making – […]

UMW Philharmonic to Perform ‘Treasures’ in L.A.

The UMW Philharmonic, led by Kevin Bartram, will perform in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 2. Held at the University of California, Irvine, the performance is part of the College Orchestra Directors Association’s national conference. The Philharmonic, made up of about 80 members from both the UMW student body and the greater Fredericksburg area, is […]

Drawing Conclusions

Art alumni come full circle

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. Now in his 19th month at UMW, Paino introduced his eight-member leadership team, calling particular attention to two new […]

UMW Alum Named to Governor’s Administration

Ralph Northam, sworn in this weekend as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 73rd governor, has named University of Mary Washington alumnus Erik Johnston ’03 to a key position. In Northam’s administration, Johnston will serve as director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), charged with creating safe, affordable and prosperous communities in which […]

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. An acclaimed journalist who heads up the Washington, D.C., bureau of American Urban Radio Networks […]