February 24, 2018

Paino Delivers State-of-the-University Address

UMW President Troy D. Paino covered the past, present and future during a state-of-the university address this week. The start-of-semester assembly focused on building a “sense of community and common purpose” across Mary Washington’s three campuses. Now in his 19th month at UMW, Paino introduced his eight-member leadership team, calling particular attention to two new […]

UMW Grad’s Gameshow Gamble Pays Big Time

Shana Muhammad ’06 wasn’t a crier or a gambler, but now she was doing both. In front of her sat a contract, and in front of that, a TV camera, recording each agonizing moment in a network gameshow that had yet to air. A cross between Plinko and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Wall […]

UMW Alum Named to Governor’s Administration

Ralph Northam, sworn in this weekend as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 73rd governor, has named University of Mary Washington alumnus Erik Johnston ’03 to a key position. In Northam’s administration, Johnston will serve as director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), charged with creating safe, affordable and prosperous communities in which […]

UMW’s Great Lives Lecture Series Begins 15th Season

The University of Mary Washington kicks off its annual Great Lives lecture series on Thursday, Jan. 18. Officially known as the William B. Crawley Lecture Series, the popular four-month program examines the lives of historical figures told through lectures by nationally prominent biographers and authors. The talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. on selected Tuesdays […]

Ali Hieber: By the Book

When spring semester rolls around, a certain series pops up on people’s calendars. The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series is one of Mary Washington’s most anticipated and well-attended events, attracting renowned authors, who talk about the subjects of their best-selling books, and – sometimes – more than a thousand audience members.

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Journalist April Ryan to Deliver MLK Keynote

White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Ryan will present her talk on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom. An acclaimed journalist who heads up the Washington, D.C., bureau of American Urban Radio Networks […]

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best

Once again, college selective guide publications have recognized the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s best colleges, ranking the University for exceptional value, low student debt and superior academic programs. Among them, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named UMW to its list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. The University also was rated […]

Rafferty Talks Presidents on ‘With Good Reason’

UMW’s Colin Rafferty will be featured on “Getting to Know the Presidents,” set to begin broadcasting Saturday, Jan. 6, on the With Good Reason public radio show. The program, which airs in Fredericksburg on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital on Sunday at 2 p.m., explores America’s Commanders in Chief, including a comparison of Donald Trump’s first […]

Aspiring Neurosurgeon Earns Early Admission to Medical School

Purple wasn’t the color UMW junior Matt Tovar had hoped to see. The solution in the quantum mechanics experiment was supposed to turn red. But the mishap, caused by a contaminant in the container used by his chemistry-class group, sparked an idea. “It all stems from that one mistake,” Tovar said of the freshman-year flub […]

Rita Dunston: Making the Grade

UMW Registrar Rita Dunston and her team in Lee Hall rock and roll all year long. From registration to graduation, Dunston juggles GPAs, transcripts, diplomas and data … tons and tons of data. But, by far, semester’s end – with final grades looming – is among the most hectic times on her schedule and on her mess of a desk. [Read more…]