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Farnsworth Comments on State Primaries, President’s Japan Visit and Medicaid Expansion

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth has been quoted in several current news stories, including Democrats flock to state primaries (Chesterfield Observer);  U.S. President Continues Visit to Japan (CTV News Channel); and Trump Country sees majority of new enrollees under Va.’s Medicaid expansion.

Richardson Column Focuses on Social Media

Read the latest column in The Free Lance-Star written by Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business titled Social Media is not Reality:

Social media is where a lot of us spend a lot time. Sometimes minutes, but more likely hours, a day. Whether your platform of choice is Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, much of our daily life seems to be spent checking out what others are doing.

Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business

Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business

But is what you’re seeing on the social media accounts of your friends or colleagues real?

Many people only post positive images of themselves or share only exciting news that makes those reading the messages go “wow.” And maybe there are those folks out there who lead charmed lives and only have sunshine in their world.

But for many, the posts do not explain the full picture or the realities of life.

The problem this causes is that those reading the enhanced or unrealistic version of someone’s life sees their own life as lacking something. Perhaps they’re lacking good looks, or upward mobility in their work, or an amazing social life. In reality, the reader may not be lacking in any of those areas, but because they are comparing themselves to what they see on Instagram or Facebook, they think they are. It may cause that reader to change their life to be more like those they see on social media. Read more.

UMW, Richard Bland College Sign Honors Program Agreement

The University of Mary Washington and Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that facilitates the transfer of Honors Program students between the two schools. Beginning this fall, UMW will admit into the University’s Honors Program students who have successfully completed RBC’s Honors Program. Mary Washington will […]

UMW Awards Top Honors at 108th Commencement

For the first time in the University of Mary Washington’s history, four graduates received the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award, presented to the graduate with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the four-year undergraduate program. The Darden Award recipients are Sophia Josephine Lamp, Emily Lynn MacIndoe, Hollis E. Pultz and Lauren Marie Van Nostrand. The […]

National Gallery of Art Communications Chief Gives Graduates Rules for Success

Hard work is the foundation for integrity in the workplace, said Ann Elizabeth (Anabeth) Guthrie ‘97, as she outlined rules for professional success for 1,082 University of Mary Washington undergraduate candidates and their families and friends gathered on Ball Circle. The chief of communications for the National Gallery of Art, Guthrie delivered the 2019 commencement […]

Longtime UMW Faculty Awarded Emeritus Status

Three veteran faculty members will be awarded emeritus status during the University of Mary Washington’s graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. Friday’s graduate ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Saturday’s undergraduate ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle on the university’s Fredericksburg […]

Posters, Presentations Abound on Research & Creativity Day

UMW Senior Gus Schneider

Senior Gus Schneider poses beside his research poster.

UMW’s 13th Annual Research and Creativity Day held on Friday, April 27 showcased a year’s worth of groundbreaking student work, with faculty guidance, in everything from accounting to women’s and gender studies, from biology and chemistry to business administration and creative writing. The event featured poster sessions, musical performances, art exhibits and even a live play performance.

Carmen Martinez, left, and Josephine Gray display poster on biology research.

Carmen Martinez, left, and Josephine Gray display poster on biology research.

Its purpose is to showcase collaborative work between faculty and students and to celebrate the scholarly and creative endeavors of our academic community, said Grant Woodwell, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geology. “The presentations and exhibits span the range of disciplines represented within the three colleges of the university.

CAC Championship Weekend at UMW, May 3-4

This weekend, the University of Mary Washington will host three Capital Athletic Conference Championships at the Battleground Athletic Complex. On Friday, the Eagles softball team will host Christopher Newport University in game one of the CAC championship series at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the softball championship series will continue at 10 a.m. and play a second game at noon if necessary. The women’s tennis team will host Christopher Newport at noon for the CAC title, with the men’s tennis team following at 3 p.m. against CNU for the men’s championship.

The winners of all of the championships will gain automatic bids to next week’s NCAA Championship tournaments. Admission for all events is free of charge. For more information, please consult www.umweagles.com or call Clint Often, assistant athletic director of communications, at 654-1743.


Zukor Column Appears in Psychology Publication

Talley Center Director Tev Zukor

A column by Tev Zukor, director of the Talley Center for Counseling Services, appears in a recent edition of  the American Psychological Association publication “Group Psychologist.” His perspective about group psychotherapy can be viewed at https://www.apadivisions.org/division-49/publications/newsletter/group-psychologist/2019/03/group-therapy?_ga=2.94700693.888501561.1556736391-1805288234.1556736391.

Erchull Comments about Gendered Marketing

Professor of Psychological Science Mindy Erchull

Professor of Psychological Science Mindy Erchull

Professor of Psychological Science Mindy Erchull was quoted in the article “Selling confidence or starvation: How gendered marketing will call you a ‘babe’ and sell you diet suppressants” for the publication MEAWW. Erchull, who focuses on feminist issues said: “These campaigns send the message that one way to be empowered – often a key way – is to focus on one’s appearance,” she laments, adding, “[The claim that] one way to ‘improve’ one’s appearance to better conform to the narrow, largely unachievable, societal beauty standards for women would then be to use the products being advertised. Essentially, the positive message about empowerment is being tied to problematic cultural practices thereby undermining the likelihood that girls and women really benefit from this seemingly positive message.” To view the article, visit