August 5, 2020

UMW Hosts FRED – A Social Good Summit on March 22

University of Mary Washington’s Center for Community Engagement and IMAGINE Social Good join forces to host FRED – A Social Good Summit on Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. The event is free and open to the public, but […]

UMW Philharmonic to Host Violinist Joshua Bell

Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 26. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 2. Part of UMW Philharmonic Celebrity Series, the concert will include Bell’s performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto in addition to Polovtsian Dances by Borodin. The concert begins at […]

UMW Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in 107-Year History

An estimated 1380 freshmen and transfer students began moving into their residence halls on the Fredericksburg campus today, Thursday, Aug. 20, in preparation for the start of the 2015-16 academic year at the University of Mary Washington. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 24. The students comprise an expected 1001 freshmen, representing the largest first-year […]

UMW, AT&T Focus on Driving Dangers

The University of Mary Washington community will be able to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The University has teamed up with AT&T and DRIVE SMART Virginia to bring the “It Can Wait” virtual reality driving simulator to Ball Circle on the Fredericksburg campus. The simulator will be set up […]

Stafford Campus Blood Drive, March 25

The American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Stafford Campus on Wednesday, March 25. The drive will take place in University Hall from 1-5 p.m. All those who donate will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Movie Treat Gift Basket including a Regal Entertainment gift card, as well as snacks you can take to the movies or enjoy at home watching a DVD. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Kevin Caffrey at kcaffrey@umw.edu or 540-286-8008.

Freedom Rider to Share Story and Documentary at UMW, Feb. 3

More than 50 years ago, a 19-year-old college student named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland bought a flight to Mississippi and joined the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. It was 1961, the year that dozens of sit-ins occurred in diners and drugstores and the same year that the Freedom Rides challenged segregated interstate bus travel in the Deep South. Mulholland, a white teenager raised in the South, was arrested and sent to prison for two months for her involvement in the protests.

Joan Mulholland, shown during a trip to UMW in 2011, will be a part of UMW's Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3.

Joan Mulholland, shown during a trip to UMW in 2011, will be a part of UMW’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3.

Mulholland will share her story at the University of Mary Washington on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Black History Month celebration. The evening will begin with a showing of the new documentary, “An Ordinary Hero,” which chronicles her unlikely journey. After the documentary, Mulholland and the film’s director will lead a discussion and answer questions.

Mulholland was among the former Freedom Riders who joined UMW as it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides in 2011 with a three-month celebration. The centerpiece of the celebration was a 1960s-era bus and exhibit of historical photos on Ball Circle.

UMW’s Black History Month celebration also will feature the following events:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – Black History Month Kickoff Celebration: Gospelfest
    • 3 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Great Lives Lecture: Martin Luther King Jr.
    • 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – Civil War to Civil Rights: Trail to Freedom Teacher Resources Toolkit
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Angela Rye, principal at IMPACT Strategies and the youngest woman to serve as executive director and general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – An Evening of Jazz: A Tribute to America’s Great Black Artists
    • 7:30 p.m., Lee Hall, the Underground

All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a detailed list of events, visit http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/black-history-month-celebration/.

Freedom Rider to Share Story and Documentary at UMW, Feb. 3

More than 50 years ago, a 19-year-old college student named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland bought a flight to Mississippi and joined the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. It was 1961, the year that dozens of sit-ins occurred in diners and drugstores and the same year that the Freedom Rides challenged segregated interstate bus travel in the Deep South. Mulholland, a white teenager raised in the South, was arrested and sent to prison for two months for her involvement in the protests.

Joan Mulholland, shown during a trip to UMW in 2011, will be a part of UMW's Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3.

Joan Mulholland, shown during a trip to UMW in 2011, will be a part of UMW’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3.

Mulholland will share her story at the University of Mary Washington on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 as part of the Black History Month celebration. The evening will begin with a showing of the new documentary, “An Ordinary Hero,” which chronicles her unlikely journey. After the documentary, Mulholland and the film’s director will lead a discussion and answer questions.

Mulholland was among the former Freedom Riders who joined UMW as it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides in 2011 with a three-month celebration. The centerpiece of the celebration was a 1960s-era bus and exhibit of historical photos on Ball Circle.

UMW’s Black History Month celebration also will feature the following events:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – Black History Month Kickoff Celebration: Gospelfest
    • 3 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Great Lives Lecture: Martin Luther King Jr.
    • 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – Civil War to Civil Rights: Trail to Freedom Teacher Resources Toolkit
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Angela Rye, principal at IMPACT Strategies and the youngest woman to serve as executive director and general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus
    • 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – An Evening of Jazz: A Tribute to America’s Great Black Artists
    • 7:30 p.m., Lee Hall, the Underground

All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a detailed list of events, visit http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/black-history-month-celebration/.

UMW to Host James Monroe Life and Legacy Symposium

The University of Mary Washington will host “James Monroe: Life and Legacy,” a two-day symposium presented by The Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library. The symposium will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411, and on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116.

Leah Tams (right) is one of the UMW students who will present at the James Monroe symposium. She is pictured with Jarod Kearney, curator of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library.

Leah Tams (right) is one of the UMW students who will present at the James Monroe symposium. She is pictured with Jarod Kearney, curator of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library.

The symposium will examine the life, legacy and interpretation of the fifth president of the United States through eight lectures and presentations by a variety of scholars. Presenters also will include UMW historic preservation students Peyton Brown, Heather Marshall and Leah Tams, who will present artifacts from the James Monroe Museum. The symposium will conclude on Saturday with the 26th annual Monroe lecture, a presentation by historical interpreter Dennis Bigelow.

The event is free and open to the public. More information, as well as a complete schedule of symposium speakers and presentation times, can be found at http://academics.umw.edu/jamesmonroepapers/events/.

UMW to Host 88th District House of Delegates Debate

Candidates for the 88th District of the Virginia House of Delegates participated in a debate at the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The debate was held at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 and was free and open to the public.

Mark Cole

Del. Mark Cole

The debate presented Republican Del. Mark Cole, who has held the seat since 2001, and Democratic challenger Kathleen O’Halloran. The 88th District includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties and the city of Fredericksburg.

O’Halloran, who was raised in Brooklyn, came to Virginia in 1978 and held multiple civil service jobs before retiring in 2011 in Fredericksburg.

A former member of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, Cole worked for many years as a defense contractor before coming to work for Spotsylvania County as Deputy County Administrator.

For more information on each candidate, please visit their respective websites: ohalloranfordelegate.org and marklcole.com.

Kathleen O'Halloran

Kathleen O’Halloran

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, moderated the program. The candidates  were questioned by  Chelyen Davis, state government and politics reporter for the Free Lance-Star, Town Talk radio host Ted Schubel, and Dr. Farnsworth. The debate was co-sponsored by the Legislation Action Committee of UMW’s Student Government Association; the UMW chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies and The Free Lance-Star.

For more information, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu.

Yoga in the Garden at the James Monroe Museum

Join us on Saturday, May 11, from 8 to 9 a.m. to get energized for your weekend with outdoor yoga! Ren Fields and other teachers from Healing Arts Yoga will offer drop-in classes for all ages and skill levels. This program allows the James Monroe Museum to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and we’re excited to be joining the list of museums and galleries that encourage healthy living through programs and exhibits.

Classes are $12/person. We recommend bringing a yoga mat.

Read the Free Lance-Star article about this program here.

We hope you will join us!