September 19, 2018

SlideFXBG Makes a Splash on Eagle Nation Day

UMW President Troy Paino took one for the team this morning. In fact, he took one for all 27 of Mary Washington’s Division III varsity sports teams, trading his presidential look for a wetsuit and skimming down a thousand-foot waterslide. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for Slide FXBG, a giant slip ‘n slide that took […]

UMW’s ‘First Letter’ Campaign Addresses Incoming Freshmen

After hauling in luggage and setting up beds, tired – and sometimes teary – family members gathered in the University Center to pour their emotions onto paper last week. The Mary Wash Move-In Day First Letter Campaign for Parents and Families was conceived to ensure incoming freshmen have a piece of mail waiting for them […]

New Eagles Make Community Connections

Beside a rusted-out train car on an abandoned track, an old yellow dog barked by the curb, and a man told his story. He was from Guatemala, he said yesterday to the UMW students standing near his yard, and he was glad to live in Fredericksburg and have a job. “It kind of makes me […]

O’Dell Links Cell Phones to Cancer on ‘With Good Reason’

UMW Associate Professor of Biology Deb O’Dell will be featured on “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?” set to begin airing Saturday, Aug. 18, on the With Good Reason public radio show. The program, broadcast in Fredericksburg on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital at 2 p.m. Sundays, explores O’Dell’s research on the possible carcinogenic effects of one of America’s favorite […]

‘Digital Storytelling’ Spins High-Tech Tales at UMW

It was a camera-microphone combo. That much was clear. But amid all the gadgets and gizmos, the group at the table could only guess what to do with the orange and white rings that came with it. That’s when Tricia Creason-Valencia spoke up. A cinema professor from Santa Clara University in California, she said they […]

NPR Journalist Kicks Off UMW’s Digital Pedagogy Lab

Humans and technology are better together, according to National Public Radio education journalist Anya Kamenetz, just like the powerful mythological centaur that’s half-man and half-horse. The message she delivered to educators from around the world is that we need a little of both, and that one should not exist without the other. Kamenetz created the […]

Tech Lab for Teachers Finds Home at UMW

It was dark by the time Sean Michael Morris finished dinner and made it back to his hotel room. He was just getting ready to settle in for the evening when his phone rang. It was his friend Jesse Stommel. He needed to talk. As the men, both fellows away at a summit for online […]

Cartland Berge: Convergence Emergence

Students flock to the Hurley Convergence Center’s inviting study spaces, state-of-the-art production studio and versatile Digital Auditorium. So, who’s the man behind all those bells and whistles? Meet Building Manager Cartland Berge.

When the center opened four years ago, he had the right resume for the job – an established career in theater production and a master’s degree in arts management, not to mention the lights he was hired to install during construction.

“One of the prompts in the application was ‘Please describe your experience with theatrical lighting,’ ” he said. “Listing this building as part of that experience felt like a modest slam dunk.”

With all the hustle and bustle on each of the building’s four floors, Berge stays busy behind the scenes, but now and then he finds time to surface. You might have seen him manning the front desk, monitoring meeting rooms and making sure everyone follows the rules. But if you think he’s a little too serious, think again. Check out the link at the end of this article.

Q: What appealed to you about the HCC building manager position?
A: Being a part of getting a new facility up and running, especially one this complex and interesting, was super exciting and has proven to be one of the most fulfilling accomplishments of my career.

Q: How have you been able to shape the HCC?
A: As part of the HCC User’s Group that met regularly when the building first opened, I’ve always advocated for the HCC to be as open and accessible as possible. I’ve also worked hard to keep an eye on how people are using the building and tweak policies and services based on that.

Q: How do you think the HCC has enhanced student life?
A: It’s definitely filled the role of the “third space” for a lot of people on campus; not home, not work or class, but a place in between, where they have the space and resources to pursue whatever endeavors they choose. Twenty-four-hour access has been a huge part of creating a sense of ownership, particularly with the student body. It allows people to use the facility on their own terms, when and how they need it.

Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with the student staff at the HCC Info Desk. They are a great crew, and everyone who reads this should stop by and give them chocolate. Also, I really like moving the big barn door of the Digital Auditorium.

Q: What do you like least?
A: Watching the relentless march of time (and the just-as-relentless march of feet!) wear down all the things that were shiny and new just a few years ago, and feeling helpless to stop it.

Q: What’s your favorite area inside the building?
A: It changes depending on what sort of potential use of the facility I’m most excited about at the moment. Right now, it’s probably the Digital Auditorium. Do you know anyone who wants to do a live sketch comedy show (à la SNL), performed in front of a live audience but also live streamed to the web? If so, please put them in touch with me.

Q: What’s the funniest question you’ve been asked about the center?
A: “Is this Vocelli’s?”

Q: Be honest, have you ever tried the red spinny chairs?
A: My experience with the spinny chairs has been well-documented, and I will speak no more on the issue.

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has once again been recognized among the nation’s best colleges by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. This is the ninth consecutive year UMW has received the distinction from the prestigious publication, the nation’s top-selling college guidebook. Mary Washington is among public and private institutions recognized for delivering outstanding academics […]

UMW, NOVA Sign Enhanced Transfer Agreement

UMW students who transfer from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will have a greater chance of success, thanks to a new agreement between the two schools. UMW President Troy D. Paino and NOVA President Scott Ralls today finalized a Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement during a signing ceremony at Mary Washington’s Jepson Alumni Executive Center. In […]