October 19, 2018

Angela McCormick: Coming Home

Angela McCormick ’00 knew the minute she set foot on Campus Walk as a high school sophomore that Mary Washington was the place for her. And after double-majoring in geography and journalism, the native of Charlottesville, Virginia, knew it was the place she wanted to go to work.

McCormick got the chance earlier this year, becoming associate director of alumni communications. It’s a big job that includes everything from managing social media accounts and producing website content to giving alumni tours and helping plan reunion activities – anything to help people feel connected to their alma mater.

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UMW Homecoming Weekend Kicks off Tomorrow

Hundreds of Mary Washington alumni will converge on the Fredericksburg campus, tomorrow – Friday, Oct. 19 – and Saturday, Oct. 20, for Homecoming Weekend 2018. Organizers expect about 1,000 spirited UMW grads spanning at least seven decades to visit their old stomping grounds, attend an array of activities and reconnect with good friends. Many more, […]

UMW to Host 1st Congressional District Debate Monday

The University of Mary Washington will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams will face off for the first time. UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth will moderate the event, which is […]

UMW Lands on Princeton Review’s Green College List

The University of Mary Washington has landed on a list of top “green colleges” in the nation for the fourth year in a row. The ranking appears in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their […]

UMW’s Farnsworth Talks Fake News on With Good Reason Radio

With Good Reason radio takes a page from UMW Professor Steve Farnsworth’s latest book in its new episode, The Face of Fake News. The show, set to hit airwaves across the country on Saturday, Oct. 13, explores the misleading news that politicians throughout history – on both the left and the right – have penned, proffered […]

Beth Williams: Do the Right Thing

Beth Williams ’94 was intrigued by human behavior well before she earned a degree in psychology at Mary Washington. Since then, she’s built a dynamic career in human resources, working for government contractors in Northern Virginia and closer to home at CVS, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and Hilldrup Moving and Storage.

She circled back to her alma mater this spring, when she became executive director for Human Resources at UMW. Through it all, her focus has stayed the same.

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Alum’s Art Strikes a Chord at UMW

Larry Hinkle ’00 passed the “Please do not touch” sign and plopped himself on the elegantly carved piece of furniture in the center of duPont Gallery. It was a sort of couch-chair hybrid: the rigid back lets you to sit up straight while the long, cushioned seat lets you comfortably prop up your legs. Hinkle […]

Grad Grows Student Volunteer Work Into Directorship

Crouched down in the dirt, tugging at crabgrass and dandelions, Sarah Perry ’07 felt free. More than a decade later, she still recalls that as a Mary Washington student volunteer at Downtown Greens, she found a sort of solace in weeding, and a passion began to take root. A bit of a dreamer in college, […]

Marissa Miller: Stepping Up for Students

If you’ve ever emailed Marissa Miller and haven’t heard back in a snap, don’t take it personally.
Her two roles as associate coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct and coordinator for Prevention and Advocacy with the Office of Title IX keep her so busy chances are you’ve seen her speed-walking to her next destination on campus.

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Pop-Up Startup: Classics Major Opens LGBTQ+ Bookstore

Andy Unger would use his college years to lay the groundwork for the LGBTQ+ bookstore he longed to open. But buying inventory and finding a space in which to sell it – the classics major figured all that would have to wait until after he graduated. Except it didn’t. Unger is spending his senior year […]