July 12, 2024

Williams Receives Commendation From General Assembly

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams

James Farmer Multicultural Center Assistant Director Chris Williams received a commendation from the General Assembly. House Resolution No. 420, agreed to by the Virginia House of Delegates on March 8, 2024, highlights Williams and the City of Fredericksburg’s Victoria Matthews for spearheading the Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail project. Read more.

Lindberg Kickstarts the Next Class with CampusESP Webinar

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg shared her expertise and the essential actions schools should take to reach more families and make a positive impact in a July 11th webinar with CampusESP. Learn more at https://www.campusesp.com/webinars, or sign up for UMW’s very own Eagle Family Connection newsletter.

Singh Shares His Home for Fredericksburg Sister City Program

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

University of Mary Washington professor Ranjit Singh said he is looking forward to hosting Livia, a student from Fréjus for twelve days this summer. Read more in The FXBG Advance. 

 

Jessee Joins College Communicators Association Board

Amy Jessee ’06

Amy Jessee ’06 is executive director of university communications.

UMW’s Executive Director of University Communications has joined the Board of Directors for the College Communicators Association of Virginia and D.C.

She has been a member of CCA since graduating from UMW in 2006 and working as assistant director of news and public relations and has also been a member of the College News Association of the Carolinas.

CCA was founded at the University of Mary Washington as The College News Association of Virginia and the District of Columbia (CNA) in 1990 and has continued to be hosted around the Commonwealth, with summer and winter conferences each year. Membership in the College Communicators Association is open to everyone who works in higher education communications at colleges and universities, including two-year institutions, throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Election in Poland

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, “The State of the U.S. Presidential Election,” at the British-American Studies Center of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. The talk was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth’s recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump. Dr. Farnsworth served at the University of Warsaw in Poland as a 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

Other recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:

2 Army veterans set for major House battle in Virginia (The Hill; Yahoo News; AOL.com)
“It’s going to be one of the marquee national races this fall,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-army-veterans-set-major-130751669.html

Kamala Harris, From Grey Vice President to Possible Biden Alternative (Sunday Vision)
“If she steps down, Harris would be the best alternative for Democrats to avoid starting a major internal battle just weeks before the convention,” Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, told EFE.
https://www.sundayvision.co.ug/kamala-harris-from-grey-vice-president-to-possible-biden-alternative/

Virginia House, Senate reach agreement on military education program (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“It’s never a good idea to anger voters, particularly military families,” said Steve Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, in the heart of the 7th Congressional District. “The failure to pass something hurts the two Democrats facing the toughest campaign terrain in November.”
https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-military-education-benefit-youngkin-lucas-vindman-anderson-kiggans-smasal/article_b70fa6f2-388f-11ef-a061-aba27012d6aa.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Virginia analysts weigh in on Supreme Court’s presidential immunity ruling (The Daily Progress)
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the Supreme Court “further reduced the slim chances” of a federal trial before the election stemming from Trump’s actions relating to Jan. 6, 2021.
https://dailyprogress.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-trump-presidential-immunity/article_475a2a63-e0b0-5132-8384-d091d3455cce.html

Not with a bang, but a whimper (Virginia Business)
“The only thing that the legislature really did is the one thing they have to do: Pass a budget,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington who has tracked the state legislature for decades. “This is a session that would qualify as one of the more forgettable ones.”
https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper/

Larus Adds to Debate on Debate

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus indicated that the debate was “revealing.” Watch the interview.

Davidson Pens Article on NATO for the Atlantic Council

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson penned an article titled “Four steps that NATO’s southern flank strategy needs to succeed” for the Atlantic Council. At next month’s Washington summit, NATO’s response to the third year of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine will undoubtedly garner allies’ attention and headline news coverage. Read more.

President Paino Joins Northern Virginia Technology Council Board

UMW President Troy Paino

UMW President Troy Paino

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the trade association representing the region’s technology community, announced the appointment of 20 industry leaders to its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2025, including UMW President Troy Paino. The incoming Class of 2027 will join NVTC’s current Board and guide the council’s strategic efforts to fuel its mission. NVTC is committed to accelerating tech innovation and promoting a world-class workforce to create a thriving tech community in Northern Virginia. Read more.

Yakabouski, Lindberg Share Summer College Visit Advice

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg (left) and Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg (left) and Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski

UMW Director of First Year Admissions Sarah Lindberg and Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski spoke recently on the WFVA radio show “Town Talk” about how the summer break is a great time for high-schoolers to visit potential colleges, especially UMW. Hear the episode.

McDonald Contributes to Article on Gen Z Voting Practices

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jared McDonald

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jared McDonald

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jared McDonald contributed to an article titled Gen Z app creator hopes to empower a young generation of voters, which appeared on Bridge Detroit. As people age, they become more integrated into the political process, said McDonald, who teaches courses related to American government, political behavior and public policy. Read more.