February 1, 2023

College of Business Partnership with W&M Opens Doors for Aspiring Accountant

Emily Whitt ’23 considered other graduate schools to pursue a master’s degree in accounting, but only one rose to the top of her list – the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary.

Emily Whitt proudly models attire from William & Mary, where she’ll attend graduate school at the Mason School of Business. A partnership between UMW’s College of Business and W&M helped pave the way.

Emily Whitt proudly models attire from William & Mary, where she’ll attend graduate school at the Mason School of Business. A partnership between UMW’s College of Business and W&M helped pave the way.

The University of Mary Washington senior mentally prepared herself for a painstaking application process and a patient wait for an admissions decision. But when she mentioned her grad-school preference to Ken Machande, interim dean of UMW’s College of Business and her professor for a class in cost accounting, he had a better idea.

UMW had recently entered a partnership with William & Mary to streamline the Mason School admissions process for well-qualified Mary Washington applicants.

“The guaranteed admission program recognizes the caliber of students we have at UMW and builds on our alumni, who have been successfully participating in W&M graduate programs for years,” Machande said. “This agreement makes the admissions process – to one of the best graduate programs in the nation – far less intimidating for our students.”

And Machande knew that Whitt, a top student who’s taken as many upper-level business and accounting classes as her schedule allows, was a great candidate. “Emily is bright, inquisitive and thoughtful,” he noted. Read more.

Great Lives to Feature GPS Technology Pioneer Gladys West

Growing up in King George County, Carolyn West Oglesby ’83 didn’t really think about what her parents did all day at work. She just knew that Gladys and Ira West were civilian mathematicians at the naval base at Dahlgren, where the family lived and she and her two brothers attended school. It wasn’t until long […]

Spring 2023 Assembly Address: UMW Rises to Higher Education Challenges

UMW President Troy Paino delivers the Spring 2023 all-university address.

UMW President Troy Paino delivers the spring 2023 All UMW Faculty and Staff Assembly.

There’s much to be optimistic about as the spring 2023 semester begins, President Troy D. Paino told attendees of the All UMW Faculty and Staff Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

By sticking to its strategic vision, Mary Washington is navigating higher education challenges that have beset collegiate institutions since the start of the pandemic, Paino said in his semiannual state of the University address.

“We have to be a mission-driven institution,” he said. “We have to know why we exist, and we have to be to be true to that purpose.” Read more.

College of Business Partnership with W&M Opens Doors for Aspiring Accountant

Emily Whitt ’23 considered other graduate schools to pursue a master’s degree in accounting, but only one rose to the top of her list – the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. The University of Mary Washington senior mentally prepared herself for a painstaking application process and a patient wait for […]

New Finance Vice President Brings Experience, Passion to UMW

Craig Erwin will succeed Paul Messplay as vice president for administration and finance.

Craig Erwin will succeed Paul Messplay as vice president for administration and finance.

It wasn’t just the University of Mary Washington campus in its autumn colors or its status as a premier public liberal arts and sciences institution that persuaded Craig Erwin to accept the position of vice president for administration and finance.

When Erwin came to interview from his home near Austin, Texas, he met campus constituents from President Troy D. Paino to faculty, staff and students – a welcoming and engaging process, he said, that impressed him with UMW’s quality of leadership and commitment to the future.

Even more compelling is the chance to join an institution where his skills and experience can truly make a difference. UMW’s next few years include plans for a $117 million theatre complex and other campus improvements. At the same time, the university is committed to keeping tuition and costs affordable, expanding student opportunities, and strengthening its financial reserves.

Erwin was identified through a national search to succeed Paul Messplay, who retires from the top financial role Jan. 20, 2023, after 15 years of distinguished service to UMW. “Paul has served this University exceedingly well and is leaving a great team for Craig,” noted President Paino.

Erwin will join Mary Washington on Jan. 10, 2023. He brings a strong background in higher education financial administration. Most recently he was vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer of Southwestern University, a private liberal arts college in Georgetown, Texas. Read more.

For Eagles’ Gadsoni Abel, soccer and service go hand in hand

When the UMW men’s soccer team takes the field for the NCAA Division III Final Four game today – Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 – senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel knows fans will see something special. The Mary Washington players understand exactly what Coach Jason Kilby wants from them, Abel said, and what they want from one […]

For Eagles’ Gadsoni Abel, Soccer and Service Go Hand in Hand

Senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel brings optimism and perseverance to the Eagles men’s soccer team.

Senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel brings optimism and perseverance to the Eagles men’s soccer team.

When the UMW men’s soccer team takes the field for the NCAA Division III Final Four game today – Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 – senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel knows fans will see something special.

The Mary Washington players understand exactly what Coach Jason Kilby wants from them, Abel said, and what they want from one another.

“There’s no better feeling than having the coach’s vision carried out and the team’s vision carried out,” he said. “We get it. Now let’s have fun with it.”

That optimistic spirit has seen Gadsoni through a lifetime of perseverance – beginning with boyhood days playing soccer in a Tanzanian refugee camp where his family lived after fleeing ethnic strife in their native Burundi. Read more.

Election Season Highlights UMW Students’ Commitment to Democracy

Student Carl Horkan proudly sported a first-time voter sticker during UMW’s Day on Democracy. Paige Shiplett photo.

Student Carl Horkan proudly sported a first-time voter sticker during UMW’s Day on Democracy. Paige Shiplett photo.

Students at the University of Mary Washington know participation in our democracy is a process, not just something that happens on one Tuesday in November.

All fall, they’ve encouraged one another in thoughtful consideration of social and political issues, voter registration, early voting and other meaningful participation in how Americans govern ourselves. So by Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022, they were ready to celebrate.

They did it in a big way, as UMW held its third annual Day on Democracy to support student engagement in society and politics. The event combined volunteer opportunities, a bookmobile visit, information-sharing and games on Campus Walk, plus an election night watch party. A student roundtable featured representatives of several clubs and groups. And Melissa Martinez, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, spoke about “Civic Engagement and Human Rights.” Read more.

Election Season Highlights UMW Students’ Commitment to Democracy

Students at the University of Mary Washington know participation in our democracy is a process, not just something that happens on one Tuesday in November. All fall, they’ve encouraged one another in thoughtful consideration of social and political issues, voter registration, early voting and other meaningful participation in how Americans govern ourselves. So by Election […]

UMW Makes Princeton Review’s Green Colleges List

Smokey made an appearance at the recent Tree Festival, with (from left) Director of Landscape and Grounds Holly Chichester, Chief of Staff Jeffrey McClurken, and Scott Adams of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Smokey made an appearance at the recent Tree Festival, with (from left) Director of Landscape and Grounds Holly Chichester, Chief of Staff Jeffrey McClurken, and Scott Adams of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

If you’ve enjoyed the pollinator gardens and no-mow zones on campus or taken part in events like the Tree Festival or Eco-Carnival on Earth Day, you’ve already experienced some of the University of Mary Washington’s commitment to the environment.

The Princeton Review has recognized that commitment as well, including UMW in the 2023 Guide to Green Colleges.

The Green Colleges rating considers whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school prepares students for employment in the clean-energy economy and for overall green citizenship; and how environmentally responsible an institution’s policies are. UMW has also made the list in previous years.

“We’re happy to be a part of The Princeton Reviews list again,” UMW Sustainability Coordinator Sean Morrow said this week. “Since our last recognition in the Green Colleges list, we’ve really taken the time to review and expand our current sustainability initiatives on campus.” Read more.