May 28, 2020

UMW Professors Find Creative Ways to Teach Through COVID-19

Teaching at Mary Washington looks a bit different lately. Andi Smith films YouTube videos with her children to demonstrate architectural principles. Zach Whalen uses cartoons to teach a digital studies lesson. Smita Jain Oxford holds Zoom office hours for business majors on her daily jog. When the University moved to virtual classes last month due […]

UMW to Offer Japanese Language Courses

Spending a semester in Japan, UMW senior Kaitlin Viloria was in a shop when a young woman asked her a question. The woman spoke no English and Viloria’s Japanese was limited, but they still managed to strike up a conversation. Viloria wishes she was more proficient, she said, “but in that moment, I was proud […]

UMW Pathway Provides Grad-Level Engineering Opportunities

Engineers share a lot in common with superheros. The latter leap tall buildings in a single bound, fight evil-doers and travel faster than a speeding bullet. The former design sustainable and safe infrastructure, combat cyber-crime and create signals that move at lightning speed. UMW students aren’t caped crusaders, but they need to be prepared to […]

Governor Appoints UMW’s Rucker to Transportation Board

University of Mary Washington Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker will soon weigh in on some of Virginia’s most important transportation issues. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the appointment last week of Rucker, a 1981 Mary Washington graduate and longtime University employee, to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. “I am so honored by […]

UMW Senior Collaborates with Faculty on Note-Worthy Research

When Elyse Ridder ’19 declared as a music major, she expected to perform pieces by the likes of Aaron Copland. Never could she have imagined that she’d get to finish a work by the famed American composer. But Mary Washington made it happen. The UMW senior, who graduates next week, has spent countless hours working […]

UMW Students Mentor Area Teens Preparing for GED Test

Kevin was quiet and withdrawn when he first came to GED class at James Monroe High School. The 17-year-old left his homeland behind last year to make a better life for himself in the United States. It was an arduous journey, and not speaking English and working full time without a high school diploma made […]

UMW Finds Zen with First Study Abroad Program in Japan

Maybe it was the beautiful campus. Or that it was nestled in a small town rather than a huge metropolis. Perhaps it was because it was a public university with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts. Whatever the reason, the Japanese school reminded Kevin Hockmuth ’00 of his beloved alma mater, almost 7,000 miles […]

UMW, Local Community Join Forces for Social Good Summit

The food bank needed help getting fresh produce to needy families. A literacy group sought tutors to help adults with reading, writing and basic math. A local high school wanted guest speakers to teach mindfulness and stress management techniques to teenagers. All of them congregated with more than 100 others in the Digital Auditorium of […]

UMW Hits High Notes With New Pianos

Andrew Kraus was in the middle of a performance when he heard it. After playing the first of Brahms’s powerful and dramatic Rhapsodies, Op. 79, he began playing a softer piece. As his hands danced deftly and gracefully across the keys, he heard a distinctive “twang” that rang out through the hushed Dodd Auditorium. It […]

Sharpless Receives Distinguished Research Award

Charlie Sharpless had a problem to solve. He was finishing his post-doctoral fellowship and wasn’t quite sure where to go next. He loved teaching and conducting research, but there were few positions at large research universities where he could mix these two elements. But with the University of Mary Washington, he found the perfect chemistry. As a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Sharpless combines equal parts teaching, advising and research to make new discoveries in environmental chemistry and educate the next generation of scientists and industry leaders. Now he is being honored with the Distinguished Research Award by the Virginia section of the American Chemical Society at its annual award ceremony in Richmond this evening, on Thursday, March 21. Read more.