June 2, 2023

Feeling Alone? Phone a Mary Washington Friend

A Mary Washington student using a hall telephone in 1965.

A Mary Washington student using a hall telephone in 1965

The Alumni Relations Team has reached out to alumni who may be feeling isolated due to social distancing with the following letter.

Mary Washington Alumni,

It seems that each day we are waking up to a world of uncertainty as the impact of the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) spreads across the globe. Millions of people are being encouraged to distance themselves from others, creating a prolonged period of isolation.

Humans are social beings, and isolation can be extremely difficult with potential health implications. As UMW President Troy D. Paino recently said, “Mary Washington stands for so much—education, empowerment, integrity, caring, and compassion. But most of all, people. At Mary Washington, it’s always about people.”

In an effort to support our alumni, students, and community, the Alumni Relations team is excited to launch the “Phone a Mary Washington Friend” program. During program hours, anyone feeling isolated from the world and craving some human interaction may call to speak with a caring and friendly member of the UMW team.

Phone A Mary Washington Friend
10am-8pm (Eastern)
Monday through Saturday
(540) 654-1173

Tell us about your favorite professors or places on campus, the friends you met, and the career path you took. Or, share your ideas of what we can do in the future. While right now it might feel like it, no one in our community is alone. Someone who is happy to connect is just a phone call away.

Together, we will get through this challenging time and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like further information. We appreciate your support as we navigate this unprecedented situation.



The Alumni Relations Team

Retirement Reception for Cynthia Snyder, June 5

Cynthia L. Snyder ’75 will be retiring from the University of Mary Washington in June.  In honor of, and in appreciation for, Cindy’s decades of service to Mary Washington, we ask you to join us for a special reception on Thursday, June 5, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Kalnen Inn at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.

For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by Monday, June 2 to mark.thaden@umw.edu.

Reunion Weekend 2014

Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend!  Over 700 alumni and guests from the classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 are expected to come back to campus to participate variety of events Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1. 2014.  A full schedule of events is attached as well as posted online at http://alumni.umw.edu/reunionweekend.

All UMW faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend events as schedules permit.  As a small thanks for all the campus community does to support alumni, the Reunion Picnic registration fee will be waived for faculty and staff.

If you are planning to attend, email alumni@umw.edu with your name and any guest names as well as the events that you plan to attend.

If you are interested in seeing who has already registered to attend, Visit the registration page and click “Attendee List.”  Click the column header labeled “Preferred Class Year” to sort the list by class year.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 540-654-1011 or email alumni@umw.edu.

We hope to see you during Reunion Weekend!