June 29, 2022

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!

James Monroe’s 255th Birthday Celebration, Saturday, April 27

Join the James Monroe Museum to celebrate the 255th anniversary of Monroe’s birth this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the museum garden (908 Charles Street). We’ll serve cake and punch, accompanied by eighteenth-century music by Doug Marshall and Lauren Smith.

The event is free and the museum will also be open free of charge all day. E-mail auphaus@umw.edu or call 540/654-1043 with questions.

UMW to Observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The University of Mary Washington will observe National Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April to educate the UMW community about the impact of interpersonal violence and sexual abuse. The observance will include several on-campus activities for students and two public events.

UMW’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will include Take Back the Night, an annual event that encourages people to speak out against sexual violence.

The observance will begin on Wednesday, April 3 with a presentation of the “Where’s the Line?” campaign. Sponsored by Fear 2 Freedom, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope and healing to those wounded by sexual abuse, the “Where’s the Line?” campaign aims to educate and empower students about sexual assault. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Goolrick Hall’s gymnasium and will include remarks from President Richard V. Hurley. Those who attend the event can assemble care kits for sexual assault victims at local hospitals.

UMW’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will culminate on Thursday, April 18 with Take Back the Night, an annual event that encourages people to speak out and take a stand against sexual violence. Take Back the Night, co-hosted by UMW and the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, will begin at UMW’s Ball Circle at 5 p.m. and will end in downtown Fredericksburg’s Market Square. Take Back The Night has been operating for more than 35 years with thousands of events taking place nationwide.

Both “Where’s the Line?” and Take Back the Night, presented by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://students.umw.edu/caps/april-is-sexual-assault-awareness-month/.

Educator and Author to Deliver 2013 Commencement Addresses, May 10-11

The University of Mary Washington has announced its graduate and undergraduate speakers for the 2013 commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Dr. William “Bill” Cleveland Bosher Jr., public policy expert and former Virginia superintendent of education, will be the guest speaker for the graduate address on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. Steve Pemberton,

William “Bill” Cleveland Bosher will be the guest speaker during UMW’s graduate commencement ceremony. Photo courtesy of VCU.

business executive, motivational speaker and noted author, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.

Bill Bosher

Bosher has been a teacher, principal, state director, local superintendent of two districts with more than 35,000 students and the superintendent of public instruction for the commonwealth of Virginia. He currently serves as distinguished professor of public policy and education at Virginia Commonwealth University and executive director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a legislative entity focused on research, training and policy analysis.

Named the arts administrator of the year by the Kennedy Center, Bosher is the only superintendent in Virginia to be named twice as the Superintendent of the Year. He has served as a consultant in more than 35 states and a dozen foreign countries on topics related to educational law and finance, policy analysis, standards development, school evaluations and human relations.

The co-author of “Law and Education: Contemporary Issues and Court Decisions” and “The School Law Handbook, What Every Leader Needs to Know,” Bosher is the board chairman of Edvantia, a research and evaluation nonprofit, and is a fellow of SchoolNet and the Urban Health Initiative.

Steve Pemberton

Pemberton has served as divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens since 2011, after more than five years in diversity and inclusion at Monster.com and a decade in admissions at Boston College.

Steve Pemberton, divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens, will be the guest speaker during UMW’s undergraduate commencement ceremony.

His speeches are inspirational testament to the power of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Pemberton has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He has served on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Home for Little Wanderers and the National TRIO Alumni Association. His memoir, “A Chance in the World: an Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home,” chronicles his difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family.

In 2006, Fortune named him one of “the top 20 chief diversity officers in corporate America.” In 2007, Pemberton was called to Capitol Hill to provide testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting, and in 2008 he was named by Savoy as one of “the top 100 most influential African Americans in corporate America.” Pemberton, who lives in the Chicago area, presented UMW’s Martin Luther King Jr., keynote lecture in 2013.

Attend the 2013 EdTech Conference at UMW

2013 EdTech Conference

The third annual EdTech Conference, supported by the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington, will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at UMW’s Stafford Campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Creativity and Innovation within a Community of Learners.”

The 2013 EdTech Conference will offer educators, education leaders, and those interested in education the opportunity to learn more about how technology is impacting teaching and learning.

Attendees, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors are all welcome! You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and share and discuss ways to effectively integrate technology into the standards-based curriculum.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about teaching strategies to foster innovation and imagination
  • Ideas for incorporating 21st Century skills in the classroom
  • Promote reflection, insight, and problem-solving skills
  • Improve thinking skills in reading, math, and science
  • Teach reasoning, critical, and creative thinking skills
  • Link learning with divergent thinking

Who should attend:

All K-12 teachers, preservice teachers, administrators, university educators and technology specialists, parents, and those interested in educational technology.

Attendees will encounter:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Introduction to our new 3D Printer Lab for K12 educators and students at UMW
  • Introduction to Teacher Spot, a learning community for new teachers
  • Presentations by local teachers exemplifying technology integration
  • Presentations by university educators and technology specialists
  • Vendor exhibits and presentations
  • Student and Teacher Showcase
  • Door prizes

Cost to Attend:

  • The registration fee is $40.00 and includes your choice of concurrent sessions, workshops, the keynote session, guest speakers, exhibitor presentations, and a catered lunch. All participants must preregister including presenters.

Location of the Conference:

  • University of Mary Washington, College of Education, North Building, Stafford Campus

Date and Time:

  • Friday, March 15, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Register to participate and/or present today by visiting our Web site: http://umwedtechconference2013.umwblogs.org/

We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, please contact: 

Teresa Coffman, Associate Professor of Education at (540)286.8094, or via email at tcoffman@umw.edu

Tamie Pratt-Fartro, Assistant Professor of Education at (540) 286-8081, or via email at tprattfa@umw.edu

Program Proposals for Black History Month Due 11/16

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is accepting program proposals for Black History Month in February 2013. The 2013 Black History Month theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:  Celebrating our Past and Shaping Our Future.”  Programs and events that relate to the theme are encouraged, however any programs or events that examine the experiences and contributions of Americans of African descent are welcome.  The program proposal forms are due on Friday, November 16, 2012 by 5 p.m. You can send the completed forms via email to Ms. Greta Franklin at gfrankli@umw.edu, or send them to the  James Farmer Multicultural Center in  Lee Hall, room 211.  Go to the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s website at  http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/black-history-month/ to obtain the program proposal form.  Please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 for questions regarding Black History Month.

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit program proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration. Proposals are due by Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and the sponsors will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar as well as in print and electronic publications. Preference will be given to programs and events relating to the 2013 theme, “Women Inspiring Transformation.”

The program proposal form can be found at http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/womens-history-month/.  Please include as much information on the form as possible.

Return forms and appropriate attachments to:

Women’s History Month Planning Committee
James Farmer Multicultural Center
Attention: Marion Sanford
Lee Hall, Room 211
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA  22401
Email at msanford@umw.edu

Stop Hunger Now

Patriot Day Blood Drive – Stafford Campus

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at the Stafford campus on Tuesday, September 11 from 1 – 7 p.m. in University Hall.  If you are interested in donating blood, please email Kevin Caffrey (kcaffrey@umw.edu) to make an appointment.

UMW Fall Semester Club Carnival Gets Students Involved

Students meet at the Club Carnival

Hundreds of UMW students gathered on Ball Circle on Wednesday, Aug. 29 for the fall semester Club Carnival. Club Carnival is held at the beginning of the new semester as a way for students to get together and learn how they can get involved.

Leaders and members from each club braved the heat and sun to educate their peers about their group, showcase their clubs accomplishments and recruit new members.

With roughly 120 active clubs and organizations on campus there are plenty of options for students to volunteer with an issue they care about, further their studies, play sports or just meet with peers who have similar interests. A full list of the clubs offered at UMW, from biology and politics to Latin dancing and scuba diving, can be found at http://students.umw.edu/studentactivities/student-clubs-and-organizations/list-of-student-clubs/.
Local organizations such as the Rappahannock Emergency Services also attended the club fair to give students opportunities to get involved in their community outside of campus. Even some downtown Fredericksburg favorites like Sammy T’s made an appearance to give out free samples and coupons.

June 2012 EdTech Conference

umw edtech conference


Teachers, coordinators, administrators, and university faculty will be joining together on Saturday, June 2 for the Summer 2012 EdTech Conference “Leading through Change: Teaching, Learning, and Technology” at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus. Throughout the day, participants will experience sessions on teaching, learning, and technology integration that center around leadership and change in the 21st century K12 classroom.

The day will begin with a Kkeynote by John Hendron, Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Goochland County Public Schools in Virginia. We also will have experts in the field provide special presentations throughout the day, to include the ITRTs from Spotsylvania County Schools.

Faculty and students from UMW are encouraged to present their knowledge and experience in teaching and learning as it relates to technology.

Who: All K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, administrators, University educators and technology specialists, and others interested in educational technology

What: Keynote Speaker, Peer Sessions, Student  and Teacher Technology Showcases, Panel Discussions, Vendor Fair, Door Prizes (to include technology hardware and software).

Present: Have something you want to share? Present at the Conference and share your knowledge with colleagues.

Where: College of Education, University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus

When: June 2, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $40.00 Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Register to participate and/or present today by visiting our Web site: http://umwedtechconference.umwblogs.org/

We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, please contact: 

Teresa Coffman, Associate Professor of Education at (540)286.8094, or via email at tcoffman@umw.edu

Tamie Pratt-Fartro, Assistant Professor of Education at (540) 286-8081, or via email at tprattfa@umw.edu