November 11, 2019

UMW’s Last Flu Clinic, Nov. 14

UMW’s Last Flu Clinic Date: Nov. 14 from 10-3 p.m.

Veteran Appreciation Luncheon

All UMW veterans – faculty, staff and students – are invited to join us for the Veteran Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, November 11, 2019 to be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Chandler Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center, The Office of Transfer and Off-Campus Student Services, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Please RSVP to Chris Porter at if you plan to attend.

Update on Panera Bread

The following message is from the Office of Student Affairs.

Panera is coming! You will see signs of it next week when reconstruction of the designated space in the University Center finally begins.Taking into consideration the various delays encountered while developing the project, we have scheduled the opening to coincide with students’ return after winter break.

Due to the construction, the parking lot located on the North side of the University Center will be closed for the remainder of the fall semester. The accessible spaces in the North University Center lot will be relocated to the Annex parking lot next to the University Center. The loading dock will remain available for deliveries throughout the construction project.

Thank you for your patience and support in preparation for this exciting new dining option. For photos and updates, please check out

Questions or concerns about Panera should be directed toward or 540-654-1659.

If during the time of the lot closure, escort assistance is needed, please contact the University Police Department at 540-654-1025. Additional information may be found here:

Please Contact Jean Elliott in Parking Management at 540-654-1129 or if additional parking information is needed.

Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers Needed

Campus Dining will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 20th at the Top of the UC. Approximately 1,700 students are expected to attend the dinner, so many extra hands will be needed in order to serve such a large number of guests.

Each year many members of UMW’s faculty and staff volunteer to help serve this and other holiday dinners, and they always have lots of fun! Volunteers can bring spouses, significant others, or older children to help serve, and they all get to enjoy the bountiful Thanksgiving feast for free!

Volunteers are asked to serve for one of the following shifts:

4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Rose Benedict at or call 540-654-2169.


Common Read 2020 – Civility and Political Action – seeking nominations

Dear UMW Community:

The UMW Common Read is one of the first experiences for incoming first-year students to interact with members of the greater UMW Community. The Common Read is both an academic and social experience where incoming students have the opportunity to engage critically with each other, returning students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Common Read Committee has selected Civility and Political Action as the theme for the 2020 Common Read.

As President Paino mentioned a few weeks ago, “2020 will be a particularly significant year” both for our campus and nationally. We are soliciting suggestions from the UMW community that will embody the Farmer Legacy 2020 and our commitment to our Community Values (ASPIRE). Please review the tips below and nominate your selection(s) by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Here are a few tips as you consider your nomination(s):

  • Non-partisan
  • Multi-disciplinary perspectives
  • Appropriate level for first-year students
  • Relevant to today
  • Likely to generate rich discussions
  • Not limited to texts – common experiences, music, videos, podcasts, or hybrid experiences can be nominated as well
  • 2020 milestones:

o   the 100th anniversary of Dr. James Farmer’s birth

o   the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification (women’s suffrage)

o   the 30th anniversary of the James Farmer Multicultural Center

o   the 30th year of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

o   the 10th anniversary of UMW’s Women’s and Gender Studies program

o   National election in November

  • Past UMW Common Read works:

o   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

o   Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green

o   Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

o   Dear Evan Hansen (musical) by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson

o   Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

For questions about UMW Common Read, please contact April Wynn, Faculty Director of the First Year Experience at


Call for Programs: Women’s History Month Celebration

Women’s History Month – March 2020

The Women’s History Month Planning Committee invites members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit program proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration!

This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote:  Victories and Untold Stories.

Visit or contact JoAnna Raucci ( for more information.

PCOW’s Physical Wellness Profile: Dr. Jeremy Larochelle

Professor of Spanish Jeremy Larochelle

Professor of Spanish Jeremy Larochelle

This week, in finishing up our articles on the President’s Council on Wellness Physical dimension of our Wellness Wheel, we sat down with Dr. Jeremy Larochelle, Professor of Spanish, who is in his 14th year at UMW. He tries to incorporate biking or walking into his day and many times he is seen biking to his home from UMW about 20 minutes away. Larochelle enjoys being physically well and active to help “keep balance in life,” not just with his family but also at work. His favorite activity is kayaking or canoeing and also hiking during the summer months. Larochelle encourages people to just go outside, even if it is just for 10 minutes, and breathe fresh air. His top tips are to be consistent in physical activity and plan times into the work week, head to the gym or go on a walk with family or friends. We all tend to be a little too work focused and scheduling a short break will help to keep our mind sharper and clearer. How can we incorporate being more physically well this week into our lives?

UMW to Host Admissions Open House, Oct. 26

A message from the Office of Admissions: 

To the UMW Community:

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, the University of Mary Washington will host its UMW Admissions Open House. Approximately 250 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The estimated guest count is over 600 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in parking deck level 4 off of Route 1, the GW lot, along College Avenue, general visitor parking spaces on Double Drive, the Jefferson Framar Lot and Admissions visitor parking spaces on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the University Center, George Washington Hall, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is. To this end, last year we enrolled 695 students who had visited campus. Our goal this year is to increase the number of students who visit by 10%.

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @MaryWash. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day. If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Melchers Paintings Loaned to Embassy in Austria

"In Old Virginia," one of the two Gari Melchers' paintings loaned to the residence of newly appointed Ambassador of Austria Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia.

“In Old Virginia,” one of the two Gari Melchers’ paintings loaned to the residence of newly appointed Ambassador of Austria Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio has loaned two paintings by Gari Melchers for display in the residence of the ambassador to the U.S. Mission in Vienna, Austria. James Gilmore, former governor of Virginia, has been named the new U.S. ambassador. He has expressly asked officials of the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. Department of State to identify paintings that portray characteristic scenes of Virginia. The art of Gari Melchers, an internationally renowned painter who in his later years called Virginia home, was an obvious choice.

Two paintings were selected by Gilmore and the AIE officials. A landscape, entitled In Old Virginia, pictures a bucolic farmyard with cow, the real-life setting of which is down the hill from the artist’s Georgian house in Falmouth, Virginia.

A Native of Virginia

“A Native of Virginia” by Gari Melchers

A nearly life-size portrait of a sturdy pioneering type called A Native of Virginia, will also travel to Vienna, the pair intended as representative of the picturesque beauty of Virginia and the virtues of its citizenry. The loan will continue through the completion of Ambassador Gilmore’s assignment.  Gari Melchers Home and Studio last partnered with the Art in Embassies exhibition program in 2009 when it supplied paintings for display in the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

Contact: Joanna Catron at or 540 654-1841

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

FBI Seizes Stolen Melchers Painting

"Winter" by Gari Melchers.

“Winter” by Gari Melchers.

A painting by renowned local artist Gari Melchers has been seized by the FBI where it has hung in the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York, since 1934. The painting has been declared as property illegally and forcibly obtained by the Nazis, according to a report by the Washington Examiner, Oct. 18, 2019. The courts will determine who is the rightful owner of the property.

In the years leading up to WWI, American painter Gari Melchers was an expatriate headquartered in Holland and Weimar, Germany. He enjoyed the patronage of important German businessmen and manufacturers like German-American exporter Hugo Reisinger, the Krupp steel and armament dynasty, and Rudolf Mosse, the media giant whose flagship newspaper was the Berliner Tageblatt.

Mosse, a Jew, was a philanthropist and prolific collector of art. In 1900, he visited the Great Berlin Art Exhibition, an international forum of contemporary art, where he acquired a pastel painting entitled Winter by Melchers. The painting features a picturesque Dutch couple as they amble before a wintery village backdrop with skates and skating stick in tow.

When Mosse died in 1920, his extensive art collection, including the Melchers painting, passed to his wife, and following her death in 1924, to his sole heir, his daughter Felicia Lachmann-Mosse. When her husband, Hans, assumed control of his father-in-law’s publishing empire, his press was sharply critical of the rising Nazi powers. When the Reich began to target Jews in business and the media, the Lachmann-Mosses fled Germany and surrendered their businesses and all other holdings, including their art collection, to the state in August 1933.

The surviving heirs of Felicia Lachmann-Mosse have sought restitution of the family art collection confiscated under duress, establishing the Mosse Art Research Initiative (MARI) project with the assistance of the investigating unit of BartkoZankelBunzel. Joanna Catron, curator of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Falmouth, assisted the effort by providing papers documenting Rudolf Mosse’s purchase directly from the artist and Winter’s reappearance in 1934 at a Macbeth Gallery sale, New York. Subsequently several gaps in the picture’s trail have been closed.

Winter appeared as Skaters in a 1933 inventory of the Mosse collection in a Rudolf Lepke auction house sales catalog, Berlin, prepared by Nazi collaborator Karl Haberstock. Skaters was sold by Lepke in 1934 to an unknown buyer and appeared a short time later at the MacBeth Art Gallery in New York City, where it was sold on consignment to Bartlett Arkell, the American founder of the Beech-Nut Packing Company. It has hung in the museum he founded in Canajoharie, New York, until Sept. 10, 2019, when it was seized by the FBI.

The story regarding the seizing of Mosse’s publishing empire and art collections by the Third Reich and recent efforts to make restitution to his descendants is featured in the June 2018 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.