July 2, 2022

Farnsworth Lectures on News Coverage

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a lecture, “Improving Campaign News Coverage: Lessons from the U.S. Experience,” in Washington for Macedonia Media Leader Program (MMLP), an international journalism initiative sponsored by the International Research & Exchanges Board.

Gari Melchers Ranked in Virginia Living Magazine

Gari Melchers Home and Studio was listed as a Top 5 Virginia Niche Museum in the August edition of Virginia Living Magazine.

A Heritage in Clay

Business administration seemed sensible, and Hadrian Mendoza ’96 worked hard to fulfill major requirements in his first three years at Mary Washington. Then came senior year, with only electives left to take.


A Heritage in Clay

Clay and fire lured Hadrian Mendoza '96 into a career as a ceramic artist.

UMW Announces Recipient of Citizenship and Diversity Award

Zaire Sprowal of Richmond, Virginia, has been named the 2015-2016 recipient of the University of Mary Washington’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. Zaire Sprowal The annual award is given to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW. The student must maintain high academic standards, possess characteristics of leadership and make a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus. As the award recipient, Sprowal will serve as an active spokesperson for diversity inclusion, a peer mentor to students and a voice for underrepresented populations. “During his time at UMW, the physics major has strived to be an active participant in organizations and initiatives focusing on civic engagement, multicultural education and social justice activism,” said Marion Sanford, director of multicultural affairs. Sprowal is vice president of the Framar International Living Community and chair of the Student Government Association’s Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee. In the past, he served as secretary of the Student Government Association’s Executive Cabinet, held a voting position on SGA’s finance committee and was a member of the UMW varsity crew team. “Zaire’s avid interest in the humanities led him to participate in a summer study abroad experience in an indigenous Amerindian village in Guyana,” said Sanford. “During that experience Zaire adopted a decidedly different outlook on the nature of leadership, an outlook that underscores the value of leading by example.” He has been an active participant and panel member for diversity forums and dialogues, including the Black Lives Matter vigil, the Victims of Violence Memorial event and the People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities’ annual Day of Silence event. In addition, he took part in a listening circle focusing on the negative impact that social media forums can have on UMW’s campus community. “Zaire views this award as an opportunity to continue using the leadership and civic engagement skills he has developed during his tenure at UMW to precipitate positive change throughout the UMW campus community,” said Sanford.

Gari Melchers Receives Accolades

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont was recently listed on About.com‘s travel section as one of the Top 10 Things to See and Do in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Check out the full list at abt.cm/1KUh7uT.

In addition, VisitFred.com listed the museum as a Top 10 Reason to Travel to Fredericksburg This Summer. Check out the list at bit.ly/1Cpt8XU.

Security Certificate Alert When Using Outlook

The UMW Help Desk has received several reports of Outlook users getting a Security Alert message like this:

web certificate


As a result of upgrades IT is performing on the email system, you may also see this message over the next few days.

We recommend that you click “Yes” on this message and install the certificate.  If you click the “x” on the dialog box, that works as well, but you may see the message reappear.

We apologize for any confusion this might cause, and we hope to have this issue resolved soon.

Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.

Phone:  540-654-2255
In Person:  ITCC Room 112
Email:  helpdesk@umw.edu

Website:  technology.umw.edu/helpdesk

UMW Philharmonic to Host José Carreras

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert featuring legendary tenor José Carreras on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. Tickets are still available for the performance. The concert at UMW will be his first and only U.S. performance in nearly a decade. Carreras is best-known […]

Banner is Available

The following message is from the Office of Administration and Finance:

Fiscal year end processing on Banner is complete and Banner, including SSB, is now available.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Allyson P. Moerman, CPA.CITP, CGFM, CGMA
Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller
University of Mary Washington

Open Forum for Director of Graduate Admissions

The following message is from Enrollment Management:

On behalf of the search committee, I am pleased to announce that two candidates will be on campus next week for the position of Director of Graduate Admissions.   I hope that you can be available to meet the candidates during their open forum presentations when they will speak on the issue– Graduate Enrollment and UMW’s draft Strategic Plan; Mary Washington 2020: Excellence, Impact, Distinction (relative to Goal 5/ Objective 3). Candidates will have time to take questions from the audience.  The CV’s for these two candidates are available in an email sent to you on Wednesday, July 1.


Kimberley Buster-Williams, Ed.S.
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management