September 21, 2023

Gately Performs with the Sophisticated Ladies

Doug Gately performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reinke, on March 24 and 25 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.  The program, Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company featured singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover celebrating the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington.

UMW Commemorates Constitution Day

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 16, with a public lecture on “Constitutional Interpretation in Federal Courts” by Steve Bacon. Bacon is a graduate of Stanford Law School (’73) and an experienced litigator who has argued cases in front of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th District.

The lecture will take place in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center at 2 p.m. In addition, members of Pi Sigma Alpha will distribute pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution.

Constitution Day, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day, commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The national observance of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution originates from legislation adopted by Congress in 2004 that requires all publicly funded educational institutions to provide educational programming related to the Constitution on that day.

UMW’s Constitution Day programming is a joint effort of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Office of the Provost. For more information, please contact Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science, at (540) 654-1513.



UMW Libraries Celebrates 75 years as a Federal Depository Library

UMW Libraries will be celebrating their 75th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library on Thursday, March 10. The libraries will host a full day of events in the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium.

Morning and afternoon open houses will offer fun, food and freebies along with information about the government resources Federal Depository Library Program. These resources constitute approximately one third of the libraries’ collection.

Congressman Rob Wittman will open the 4:30 program.  Andrew Sherman, U.S. Government Publishing Office Chief of Staff and Congressional Relations Officer, and Barbie Selby, Regional Depository Librarian, will then offer brief remarks.

The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Heather Ryan of the University of Denver’s Library and Information Science program. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Ryan serves as a Research Fellow for the Long Now Foundation, where she is advising on the Manual of Civilization project. The lecture is part of the UMW Libraries’ Rachael Wingfield DeAngelo Endowed Lecture Series. The afternoon program begins at 4:30 and will be followed by a reception.

The evening will end with a screening of National Treasure.

The complete event schedule is available at


Admissions Office Events, Nov. 11 and 17

The Admissions Office is hosting several events over the next few weeks. On Nov. 11, the office will be hosting an on-site admissions event at the Snag-A-Job Headquarters in Glen Allen, Va. Qualified prospective seniors and their families are invited to join Provost Jonathan Levin and UMW staff, students and alumni for an informal reception and program. On-the-spot admissions decisions will be available for seniors who submitted all necessary admissions documents to complete their applications.

In addition, on Nov. 17, high school guidance counselors from Virginia and the surrounding states will visit UMW and have an opportunity to participate in a one-day workshop. Program components include an Admissions Committee Simulation, lunch on campus, a UMW student life panel, a presentation about the “UMW First Year Experience” and tours of the University Center and campus.

If you are interested in attending an on-site event or having lunch with counselors, please contact the Admissions Office at 540-654-2000 or



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