December 2, 2021

Alum, Sports Exec, Scores Spot in Top ‘Forty Under 40’

Just like it was yesterday, Mike Shane ’04 remembers the Washington Nationals making the playoffs nearly a decade ago. “An hour after the game ended, stands were still packed. Everyone was cheering as the players took a lap around the field, high-fiving their fans,” said Shane, who spent 13 years moving up through the organization. […]

Family Weekend: Connecting With UMW From the Comfort of Home

Every fall, University of Mary Washington students gather with loved ones on campus for exciting events and activities that showcase Eagle life. Now in its 47th year, Mary Washington’s Family Weekend is going virtual for the first time. Even in the digital realm, this beloved tradition, held Oct. 29 through Nov. 1, promises families ample […]

UMW Swimmer, Assistant Coach Earn Medals at Parapan American Games

Joey Peppersack ’21 and Zach Shattuck brought some shiny new souvenirs back to Mary Washington after competing in the Parapan American Games in August. Peppersack won a silver medal for the men’s 100-meter backstroke, while teammate Zach Shattuck, assistant coach of UMW’s men’s swimming, earned a silver and three bronze medals for the men’s 100-meter […]

Student-Athlete Award Winner Scores Government Fellowship

John Cronin ’19 came to the University of Mary Washington to play basketball. But the Springfield, Virginia, native’s biggest goal was to be known for more than just his jump shot, though he admittedly didn’t have a plan for college beyond that. A mere two months after graduating, Cronin, who was named 2019’s Male Student-Athlete […]

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has once again been recognized among the nation’s best colleges by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. This is the ninth consecutive year UMW has received the distinction from the prestigious publication, the nation’s top-selling college guidebook. Mary Washington is among public and private institutions recognized for delivering outstanding academics […]

Drive Garners 6,000-Plus Pounds of Food

This year’s STOP Hunger Food Drive drummed up 6,576 pounds of food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The University of Mary Washington initiative was sponsored by Sodexo’s Campus Dining Services and the UMW Athletic Department.Cans of soup, packets of potatoes and oodles of packaged, nonperishable goods – as well as cash donations – were […]

UMW Hosts Second Annual Athletic Gala

The University of Mary Washington will hold its second annual athletics gala on Thursday, May 21, to benefit UMW Athletics.   2015 Athletics Gala Logo, navy backgroundThe gala, hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player Darrell Green, will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center beginning with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. A dinner and guest speakers will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $130 per seat, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible. Green came in the spring of 2013 as the special assistant for student–athlete development and public relations. He has worked as both an adviser and mentor for UMW student athletes since his arrival. Green will be joined by special guests Alfred Morris and Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins. UMW’s Athletic Department hopes to raise $50,000 this year. Last year, the inaugural gala raised $45,000. Funds raised through the gala will help improve athletic recruitment, facilities, support and programming. “The significant proceeds from the gala allows UMW to improve the overall student-athlete experience,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions. “As a Division III school, UMW receives only a small portion of the NCAA’s budget, meaning that private support is crucial for our regional and national success.” The University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo is the gala’s exclusive title sponsor. The Eagles’ Athletic Department is still looking for four other patrons. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit, or contact Pierce at (540) 654-1153 or

UMW Student Athletes Team with Local Children’s Program

The University of Mary Washington basketball game didn’t start until the afternoon, but by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, the action at the Anderson Center had already started. The basketball stadium was filled with shouts of laughter, as children and college students alike raced up and down the court in relay races, shooting basketballs and giving out high fives. A grant has partnered UMW Athletics and UMW Center for Honor, Leadership and Service with Stafford Junction, a nonprofit, faith-based enrichment program that works to empower children and their families residing in Stafford County. The grant provides youth from Stafford Junction the opportunity to visit and interact with UMW student athletes to engage in physical activity and skill building. The UMW Women's Basketball team works with children from Stafford Junction to teach them about healthy living and college life. IMG_1259 IMG_1294 The UMW Men's Basketball team also participated in the day's events, teaching children about basketball. IMG_1771 IMG_1363 “We are thrilled and feel blessed to be partnered with the University,” said Gladys Castellanos, Stafford Junction program director. “We are always happy to see that the kids enjoy their time there.” Each month during the school year, children from Stafford Junction visit a different UMW sports team and spent time with student athletes, experiencing some of college life and learning about staying active and healthy. On Saturday, the men’s and women’s basketball teams visited with Stafford Junction before a game against Penn State Harrisburg. The children saw how the team prepares for the game and discovered what it’s like being a student athlete. “The kids look up to them, and they send a positive message to kids in the community,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions. “It makes you feel like sports aren’t just about wins and losses. Student athletes have the ability to change lives and put smiles on kids’ faces” So far, Stafford Junction has met with the UMW swimming, soccer, baseball and basketball teams. “At UMW we pride ourselves on being a Fredericksburg team. It’s always nice to give back to the community.” said Senior Biology Major Claire Haeuptle, as she takes a break from leading a dribbling game. “It shows the kids we take pride in not only our athletics, but also our academics.” Before the big game started, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Marcus Kahn sat the team and kids down together for a pre-game pep talk. “Don’t ever let anybody else tell you what you can or cannot do,” said Kahn, encouraging the kids to take lessons they learned back to their schools, friends and communities. “Stay active, confident and positive every day. Don’t let people put boundaries on you.”  

A Win for Wesley

Senior Tyler Carey gives UMW Athletics a touching mission.

UMW Breaks Food Donation Record

The University of Mary Washington collected 4,729 pounds of food in its 2014 STOP Hunger Food Drive, breaking last year’s record of 3,500 pounds of donated food. The food drive donations are given to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to help feed the local community.   UMW Dining Services collects food donations UMW Dining Services, Sodexo, has sponsored the STOP Hunger Food drive every November since 2005. As part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitments, the Stop Hunger program mobilizes Sodexo’s employees, consumers, clients and suppliers to join forces to end hunger. As part of the food drive, UMW’s Department of Athletics collected 3,242 pounds, a new record for the department. The softball team alone contributed over 1,100 pounds, the largest contribution from any UMW organization this year. UMW Athletics has been a partner sponsor since 2008 and also participates in a conference-wide food collection competition to see which university’s student-athletes can collect the most pounds of food in a one week time period. Collection bins were placed in all campus dining facilities, the Simpson Library and the UMW Bookstore. The bookstore supported the drive by giving discounts to customers who make food donations in the store. UMW Dining Services also sold discounted canned food items during the drive, and coordinated a curb-side collection outside Seacobeck Hall. Student-athletes solicited donations at local food stores and from neighborhood residents, in addition to weighing the donations and loading them into trucks for transportation to the food bank.