June 17, 2024

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.



MLK Day Events, Jan. 22 and 24

Blood Drive

Sponsored by the Black Student Association, Brothers of a New Direction, and Women of Color

Thursday, Jan. 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, ITCC

Take a minute out of your day to donate blood and help save a life.

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 24 | 10 a.m. to noon | Center for Faith and Leadership

1514 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA  22401

The UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service is a way for students to give back to the Fredericksburg community in honor of the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to strengthening communities. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the UMW MLK Jr. Day of Service. Please register online at the James Farmer Multicultural Center website, students.umw.edu/multicultural or on OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/59560/events/926881/occurrences/2003907

Cassandra Good Publishes Book, Founding Friendships

Published by Oxford University Press

Published by Oxford University Press

Cassandra Good, Associate Editor of the Papers of James Monroe, published Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic with Oxford University Press. The book is a cultural history of male/female friendships in the period 1780-1830 using letters, diaries, novels, portraits and more to explore issues of gender and power.  Good will be doing book talks at a number of venues in the coming months, including Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 14, and the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville on March 22.

UMW Welcomes New Director for Counseling Services

Please join me in welcoming a new member of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Tevya Zukor, director of the Talley Center for Counseling Services. Zukor’s office in Talley Center is located on the first floor of Lee Hall and the main contact number is (540) 654-1053.

Zukor comes to us most recently from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the director of the University Counseling Center. Zukor’s prior experiences include serving as the director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Mary Washington, and as the practicum coordinator at the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor of science in psychology from James Madison University, and his master of arts and doctorate of philosophy in clinical psychology from George Mason University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified group psychotherapist. He is very experienced in many areas and will provide excellent leadership for our counseling program and support for the UMW student population.

Groom Featured in Tech Trends Article

Jim Groom, executive director of teaching and learning technologies, was featured in Hack Edu’s “Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014” discussing the Domain of One’s Own project at UMW. Check out the full article at http://2014trends.hackeducation.com/indie.html.

Rochelle Featured in Radio Segment

Warren Rochelle, professor of English, was the featured writer on The Rainbow Minutes, a feature of WRIR, 97.3. His topic was Gay Science Fiction and Fantasy. Check out http://wrir.org/ for more information.

UMW Bookstore Winter Holiday Sale

BookstoreDecember 8- 12, 2014

20% off all regularly priced and discounted UMW clothing and insignia items, some exceptions may apply. In-store only.


Santa at Brompton, Dec. 13

Santa-at-Brompton2President and Mrs. Hurley invite your family to visit with Santa Claus at Brompton on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sign up at president.umw.edu/santa-claus by Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Singh Presents at National Conference

On Nov. 22, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Ranjit Singh presented a paper titled “Teaching Social Media and Middle East Studies” to the annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference in Washington, D.C. His paper addressed three common pedagogical challenges Arab studies instructors face as they incorporate social media into their courses. Singh then outlined a classroom exercise, inspired by the work of Hamada bin Amar, a well-known Tunisian hip hop artist, that takes advantage of the language barrier that normally exists between students and Arabic social media content.

Singh’s presentation was part of a six-person, interdisciplinary academic panel on “Social Media and Pedagogy of Middle East Studies” that he organized for this year’s national conference. The panel was sponsored by MESA’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, which Singh helped found several years ago. The Committee is dedicated to addressing the particular needs of Middle East studies faculty and programs oriented towards serving undergraduates. Its programs focus on sharing information and ideas about pedagogy, student research and other areas of specific concern.

Nabil al-Tikriti, Associate Professor in the UMW Department of History and American Studies, served as panel chair.