September 24, 2022

UMW Move-In Day Is No Sweat for Students, Parents

Kelly Paino, center, talks with, from left Ossie Furr, Brenston Furr Jr. and Brenston Furr Sr., during move-in day for daughter Jorja Furr, right. President Troy Paino, background, looks on. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Kelly Paino, center, talks with, from left Ossie Furr, Brenston Furr Jr. and Brenston Furr Sr., during move-in day for daughter Jorja Furr, right. President Troy Paino, background, looks on. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

By 9:15 Wednesday morning, resident advisor Max Steinbaum had already introduced himself a few dozen times, greeting the first-year students moving into Randolph Hall, their parents and a few wide-eyed younger siblings.

If a key lesson of college is efficiency, Max taught it by example on the University of Mary Washington’s first move-in morning – giving directions, answering questions and offering friendly encouragement as needed, all without breaking a sweat. Wednesday’s event was specifically for the more than 1,000 incoming students UMW welcomes this fall, including about 300 transfers; move-in for other students continues through the weekend.

Things went smoothly as carloads of families parked on the grass near the Randolph front door, unloaded bins and bags, then swept out of the way to make room for the next wave. Blue-shirted move-in helpers were there to lend muscle and knowhow.

President Troy Paino and wife Kelly greeted new Eagles, starting at Randolph and moving on to Westmoreland, Willard and Virginia halls.

It helped that August was on its best behavior, offering sunshine and 70s instead of the typical sweaty 90s. Read more.

UMW Move-In Day Is No Sweat for Students, Parents

By 9:15 Wednesday morning, resident advisor Max Steinbaum had already introduced himself a few dozen times, greeting the first-year students moving into Randolph Hall, their parents and a few wide-eyed younger siblings. If a key lesson of college is efficiency, Max taught it by example on the University of Mary Washington’s first move-in morning – […]

Students, Faculty Collaborate on Research During Summer Science Institute

Biology major Tessa Lanzafame inspects a leaf for evidence of insects. She worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Josephine Antwi to learn what herbivorous insects and host plants are present on the UMW campus. (Suzanne Carr Rossi photo.)

Biology major Tessa Lanzafame inspects a leaf for evidence of insects. She worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Josephine Antwi to learn what herbivorous insects and host plants are present on the UMW campus. (Suzanne Carr Rossi photo.)

But on a hot July morning, biology major Tessa Lanzafame spotted something interesting, a tiny green caterpillar that appeared to be gnawing. With a snip of her scissors, Lanzafame collected the leaf and the insect, then marked the location on a Google map.

It was part of Lanzafame’s summer research with Assistant Professor of Biology Josephine Antwi, one project among 19 conducted during the 2022 UMW Summer Science Institute (SSI). The annual 10-week institute, in which students and faculty collaborate on research, concludes tomorrow – Wednesday, July 20 – with a public symposium. Student researchers will share their findings via poster or oral presentation from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center.

It’s the 23rd year of the program at Mary Washington. Earlier this summer, UMW introduced the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute (AHSSSI) inspired by the Summer Science Institute. Read more.

2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes UMW

The University of Mary Washington has once again been recognized in the annual Fiske Guide to Colleges, one of the leading guides for nearly 40 years. The 2023 edition features more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” public and private four-year colleges and universities in the nation as well as Canada, Great Britain […]

Students, Faculty Collaborate on Research During Summer Science Institute

To the untrained eye it was just an ordinary leaf, a speck in a mass of summer green on an edge of the University of Mary Washington campus. But on a hot July morning, biology major Tessa Lanzafame spotted something interesting, a tiny green caterpillar that appeared to be gnawing. With a snip of her […]

Humanities Symposium Highlights Faculty-Student Research

Students participate in UMW's first ever Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute.

Students participate in UMW’s first ever Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute.

Mentored undergraduate research has long been a staple of the summer for UMW students in science and mathematical fields. Now arts, humanities and social sciences students are reaping the benefits as well.

The first Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute (AHSSSI) concluded yesterday with a symposium during which five teams presented the results of their monthlong research projects. The event, beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center, is open to the public.

The program is modeled on UMW’s Summer Science Institute, now in its 23rd year. Like the science institute, the AHSSSI provides a framework for intense scholarly inquiry into a specific topic proposed by a faculty mentor. Read more.

New Vice President Brings Ideas for Advancement

Katie Turcotte

UMW welcomes new VP for Advancement Katie Turcotte 

Who better to lead the University of Mary Washington’s development team than a “nonprofit and philanthropy nerd”? That’s how Turcotte describes herself 25 years into a career that has taken her through every aspect of fundraising for a variety of nonprofits.

She comes to Mary Washington from the consulting firm GG+A, where she is vice president of philanthropic analytics. Her résumé also includes positions at George Mason University, George Washington University, American University and Catholic University.

At UMW, she’ll bring all that experience to bear at a time when public universities are coping with changing demographics and shifting priorities in state budgets. At the same time, students are seeking a quality education with minimal debt – a need the university helps meet with donor-funded scholarships and other institutional aid. Read more.

Humanities Symposium Highlights Faculty-Student Research

Mentored undergraduate research has long been a staple of the summer for UMW students in science and mathematical fields. Now arts, humanities and social sciences students are reaping the benefits as well. The first Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute (AHSSSI) concludes tomorrow with a symposium during which five teams will present the results […]

New Vice President Brings Ideas for Advancement

When Katie Turcotte becomes UMW’s vice president of advancement later this month, she’ll fill a much-needed role – helping to bring the university forward from pandemic constraints and bolstering its liberal arts and sciences mission. Who better to lead the University of Mary Washington’s development team than a “nonprofit and philanthropy nerd”? That’s how Turcotte […]

Women’s Ultimate Team Embodies Club Sport Spirit

On a warm evening in mid-May, 18 dedicated athletes showed up at the University of Mary Washington’s recreational field to spin, leap and fly. Their academic year was already over, but several members of the Mary Washington women’s Ultimate Frisbee team came here after working all day. Others returned just to fit in these last few practices before heading to the airport. Their destination? The D-III College Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was the team’s first trip to nationals since 2019, after two pandemic-constrained seasons filled with masked practices and intermittent competition. But this season was different. These Mary Washington women seemed almost unstoppable, with a spirited mix of rookies and veterans, and an amazing class of seniors. They taught and encouraged one another, creating a chemistry that made their defense a wall and their offense just plain scary. The team won every game in its conference tournament to seal the nationals bid. Read more.