June 10, 2023

UMW President Troy Paino Wins National Award for Student-Centered Work

Students, families, alumni, faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington have long recognized President Troy D. Paino’s commitment to their work, well-being and success. Now his dedication on campus has earned national acclaim, with the NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education selecting Paino to receive the 2023 President’s Award. “He is, above all, […]

New Finance Vice President Brings Experience, Passion to UMW

It wasn’t just the University of Mary Washington campus in its autumn colors or its status as a premier public liberal arts and sciences institution that persuaded Craig Erwin to accept the position of vice president for administration and finance. When Erwin came to interview from his home near Austin, Texas, he met campus constituents […]

High-Schoolers Get Set to Face Off at Second Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren

Picture robots navigating a maze as sonar sounds echo through the room. The High School Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren Robotics Competition has students assembling robots and using skills in command and control, detection, navigation and sensoring to compete for cash prizes and a year’s worth of bragging rights. And it’s back for its second year! […]

UMW Move-In Day Is No Sweat for Students, Parents

By 9:15 Wednesday morning, resident advisor Max Steinbaum had already introduced himself a few dozen times, greeting the first-year students moving into Randolph Hall, their parents and a few wide-eyed younger siblings. If a key lesson of college is efficiency, Max taught it by example on the University of Mary Washington’s first move-in morning – […]

UMW Presidential Address Ushers in the 2022-23 Academic Year

University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino kicked off the fall semester – and the 2022-23 academic year – Tuesday morning during an in-person address to faculty and staff. “I haven’t been able to welcome you like this for a while,” Paino said from the stage in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The start-of-the-semester assembly […]

New Vice President Brings Ideas for Advancement

When Katie Turcotte becomes UMW’s vice president of advancement later this month, she’ll fill a much-needed role – helping to bring the university forward from pandemic constraints and bolstering its liberal arts and sciences mission. Who better to lead the University of Mary Washington’s development team than a “nonprofit and philanthropy nerd”? That’s how Turcotte […]

Student Affairs Pros Recognize UMW’s ‘Rock Star’ President

University of Mary Washington colleagues have long known how committed President Troy D. Paino is to the student experience – and to the faculty and staff who work day in and day out to make it the best it can be. Now, student affairs professionals throughout the Southeastern United States are spreading the news. NASPA, […]

Drizzly Weather Couldn’t Dampen UMW Commencement

Rain fell relentlessly over the Fredericksburg region this morning, but at the University of Mary Washington’s 111th Commencement, a rainbow of umbrellas signaled bright skies ahead for nearly 1,200 graduates. Back on Ball Circle for the first time in three years, the signature ceremony marked the culmination of years’ worth of work by students earning […]

Eagle Awards Celebrate Campus Leaders, Dean Rucker

University of Mary Washington senior Brianna Reaves was presented with the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards last Thursday. Held in person for the first time since the pandemic, the event honored more than a dozen campus leaders in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom. A newly established award was presented to Cedric […]

Supporting STEM: Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren Targets Critical Area Need

“STEM” learning – science, technology, engineering and math – has been a priority for decades. But fewer young people in the U.S. are pursuing these subjects, and that puts the nation at risk. The Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren represents a powerful partnership set to take aim at this critical need in the Fredericksburg region. The […]