February 1, 2023

High School Soccer Standouts Make NCAA Final Four for UMW

Note to editors: To connect with players for profile pieces, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Clint Often at (540) 654-1743 or coften@umw.edu. FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – The University of Mary Washington’s men’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in program history. Led by five seniors from Virginia, the Eagles […]

Election Season Highlights UMW Students’ Commitment to Democracy

Student Carl Horkan proudly sported a first-time voter sticker during UMW’s Day on Democracy. Paige Shiplett photo.

Student Carl Horkan proudly sported a first-time voter sticker during UMW’s Day on Democracy. Paige Shiplett photo.

Students at the University of Mary Washington know participation in our democracy is a process, not just something that happens on one Tuesday in November.

All fall, they’ve encouraged one another in thoughtful consideration of social and political issues, voter registration, early voting and other meaningful participation in how Americans govern ourselves. So by Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022, they were ready to celebrate.

They did it in a big way, as UMW held its third annual Day on Democracy to support student engagement in society and politics. The event combined volunteer opportunities, a bookmobile visit, information-sharing and games on Campus Walk, plus an election night watch party. A student roundtable featured representatives of several clubs and groups. And Melissa Martinez, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, spoke about “Civic Engagement and Human Rights.” Read more.

UMW Economic Development Honors Businesswoman, Marine Corps Veteran

The University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development has presented its annual Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year award to Dr. Sharon Kelley, owner of P Cubed Consulting LLC. Kelley, a Stafford County resident, formed her defense contracting company in 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps. It specializes in cybersecurity and logistics […]

UMW Economic Development Honors Businesswoman, Marine Corps Veteran

The University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development has presented its annual Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year award to Dr. Sharon Kelley, owner of P Cubed Consulting LLC. Kelley, a Stafford County resident, formed her defense contracting company in 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps. It specializes in cybersecurity and logistics […]

Stephanie Lyles Receives Metzger Award at Women’s Leadership Colloquium @UMW

Stephanie Lyles of Topside Federal Credit Union received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award at last week’s Women’s Leadership Colloquium. The recognition goes each year to a woman who’s established herself as a leader in her chosen field, and shown personal and professional integrity along the way. The 28th annual daylong colloquium, held each […]

Election Season Highlights UMW Students’ Commitment to Democracy

Students at the University of Mary Washington know participation in our democracy is a process, not just something that happens on one Tuesday in November. All fall, they’ve encouraged one another in thoughtful consideration of social and political issues, voter registration, early voting and other meaningful participation in how Americans govern ourselves. So by Election […]

Beyond the Classroom Endowment Ramps Up Student Research

Senior Madeline Killian isn’t just hitting the books to study female scientists in 18th century Spain. In December she will travel to Madrid to delve into discoveries made by Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito, the country’s first civic organization for women. “They conducted groundbreaking medical experiments to improve infant health, and the group still […]

Ruth Davison: Sharing Title IX Resources

As a student at Mary Washington, Ruth Davison stepped into many of the leadership roles and seminal moments still on the list of students today. She served as president of her freshman hall (Mason), and president of the student senate her senior year. She met her best friends in college, and her roommate is now just half an hour away. She planned to major in economics, with an idea to work on Wall Street, but she changed her plans and majors to history and world religion.

Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator Ruth Davison

Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator Ruth Davison

Those majors led her around the world, first to work with Southern Baptist missionaries and an opportunity to travel to Gaborone, Botswana. There, Davison worked with a Mary Washington alum to develop a Baptist Campus Center at a large university. She then pursued a MDiv, followed by another stint overseas in Stuttgart, Germany, for a year. She earned another master’s degree and a Ph.D., both in higher education administration. She knew working in a collegiate setting was where she could make the most difference, but what she might not have realized at the time is that it would eventually lead back to her alma mater. Davison returned to UMW this summer to serve as the Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.

Her Ph.D. research centered on higher education law, both at the federal and state levels, with a focus on the educational environment. Ruth has worked with Title IX compliance and processes for more than half of her career, with a range of roles from investigator to deputy coordinator. She stays current on the legal requirements by teaching a higher education law class for 15 years – just a portion of the time that Title IX has been in existence.

Now in its 50th year, Title IX comes with requirements and resources, and it’s those supports that Davison wants to make sure the campus understands.

“I always want students, staff and faculty to know there are many resources to assist them should they experience sexual harassment or sexual violence. Title IX can connect folks with those resources. The 50th anniversary is a great way to reflect on and celebrate how Title IX has enhanced equity across the education sector. But we still have a lot of work to do to reduce sexual harassment and sexual violence and minimize the impact on our students, staff and faculty,” she said. “When someone in our community experiences sexual harassment or violence, Title IX can provide the supports and processes to allow them to fully participate in their student, faculty or staff role at Mary Washington.”

Q: How did you discover Mary Washington?
A: I had an older sister who came to Mary Washington before me and my parents really encouraged me to try the “college.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of campus and why?
A: I have really enjoyed Campus Walk these past few months. This used to be a drive-through road when I was a student. Now it is such a focal point and I love how it connects the campus.

Q: What drew you to this career?
A: I love being in an educational environment and working with students. It’s exciting to be a small part of people’s educational journey. I also love higher education because employees are encouraged to be lifelong learners!

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: My work is very people centered and typically I meet folks when they are experiencing difficult situations and incidents. This is challenging but it’s the first step in assisting them to move forward with their journey here at Mary Washington.

Q: What’s most rewarding?
A: Helping students, staff and faculty is an amazing part of the work.

Q: What do you want campus to know about Title IX?
A: Title IX is about equity and ensuring folks can engage fully at the university.

Q: What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
A: When I lived in Botswana, I travelled extensively through South Africa. I had the opportunity to go on a safari where we tracked lion for several days. If that was not exciting enough, we were chased by elephants – thrilling and scary at the same time!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy music, reading and spending time with family. I am also looking forward to traveling more in the near future.

Q: Any mottos you live by?
A: Maya Angelou – “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

 

UMW Makes Princeton Review’s Green Colleges List

If you’ve enjoyed the pollinator gardens and no-mow zones on campus or taken part in events like the Tree Festival or Eco-Carnival on Earth Day, you’ve already experienced some of the University of Mary Washington’s commitment to the environment. The Princeton Review has recognized that commitment as well, including UMW in the 2023 Guide to […]

UMW Alum Sheds Light on Economic Inequality

The Mayor of Mary Washington. That’s what one professor called then-student Lavar Edmonds ’14 as he strolled down Campus Walk, stopping to chat with everyone along the way. “I’ve always been a curious person,” said Edmonds, who discovered a passion for social science research at the University of Mary Washington. Majoring in economics was “a […]