December 4, 2020

UMW Board of Visitors Announces Tuition Fees for 2013-14

The University of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors has approved new rates for the 2013-2014 academic year.

UMW students study in Monroe Hall during a recent final exam week.

Full-time Virginia residents living on campus will pay $18,782, including tuition, fees, room and board. This amount represents an increase of $696, or 3.8 percent, over 2012-13 rates. Similarly, full-time out-of-state students living on campus will pay $31,652, a 4.1 percent increase over last year’s rate.

Pamela White, rector of the Board of Visitors, said, “While the board voted to increase tuition by 4.5 percent, I am gratified that we were able to hold the line on overall student cost hikes at less than 4 percent.”

She added that the tuition increase was necessary in order for UMW to maintain its standards of excellence, as affirmed by an accreditation site visit this week from a team representing the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on College. “The team was most complimentary about their interactions with UMW’s faculty, staff, and students,” Rector White said. “And they noted that Virginia is very fortunate to have such a great institution as the University of Mary Washington.”

According to White, the tuition revenue will enable the university to boost faculty salaries and continue innovative and cutting-edge programs.

The university, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.

UMW Hosts Regional STEM Summit, April 20

The University of Mary Washington will hold a titration competition and the seventh annual calculus tournament in conjunction with the second annual FredTech STEM 16 Summit on Saturday, April 20 at the Anderson Center.

The seventh annual calculus tournament will be held in conjunction with the second annual FredTech STEM 16 Summit.

The summit, co-sponsored by UMW, FredTech and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, will showcase innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from across the region.  The event will be held from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The titration tournament, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Jepson Hall, Room 100. The calculus tournament, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, will feature 32 of the region’s best high school students in a Jeopardy-style competition. The final round of the competition will be held in Jepson Hall, Room 100 at 2 p.m.

Besides UMW, more than 15 regional secondary schools, universities and businesses will demonstrate STEM-related projects. Germanna Community College and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren also are among the participants.

More than 45 booths will provide technology demonstrations, including advancements in robotics and lasers and a STEM career fields panel.

To register for the summit, visit http://fredericksburgregionalchamber.chambermaster.com/Events/details/stem-16-summit-2500 or call (540) 373-9400. For more information, contact Mary Garber, FredTech executive director, at Mary@fredericksburgchamber.org or George Hughes, the STEM 16 chairman, at ghughes@simventions.com.

UMW Philharmonic Presents “Young at Heart” Concert

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra will present its season finale performance on Saturday, April 20. The concert, “Young at Heart,” will feature popular classics for all ages and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra will present its season finale concert on April 20.

“I wanted to end the year with music that is all smiles and sure to please the entire family,” said Kevin Bartram, maestro of the Philharmonic.

The concert will feature the Rappahannock Youth Symphony, directed by Veronica Jackson, in a solo piece and with the Philharmonic in the “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” For the first time, the Philharmonic will present “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” narrated by Keith Peters from Classics Radio. The work, by Benjamin Britten, highlights each section of the orchestra illustrates what various instruments sound like.

The program also will include Copland’s “Billy the Kid Suite,” Kabalevsky’s “Dance of the Comedians,” Dvorak’s “Humoresque” and Jaromir Weinberger’s “Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper.”

The orchestra was honored by the American Prize as being among the top nine college orchestras in the country in 2009 and Bartram was honored as a top conductor in the college orchestra conductors division. The group, in its 42nd year, is comprised of both students and community members.

“It’s a great mix of talent, and each group brings out the best in the other,” said Bartram.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://philharmonic.umw.edu, call (540) 654-1324 or visit the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center.

UMW Philharmonic Presented “Young at Heart” Concert

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra presented its season finale performance on Saturday, April 20. The concert, “Young at Heart,” featured popular classics for all ages and began at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra will present its season finale concert on April 20.

“I wanted to end the year with music that is all smiles and sure to please the entire family,” said Kevin Bartram, maestro of the Philharmonic.

The concert featured the Rappahannock Youth Symphony, directed by Veronica Jackson, in a solo piece and with the Philharmonic in the “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” For the first time, the Philharmonic presented “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” narrated by Keith Peters from Classics Radio. The work, by Benjamin Britten, highlights each section of the orchestra illustrates what various instruments sound like.

The program also included Copland’s “Billy the Kid Suite,” Kabalevsky’s “Dance of the Comedians,” Dvorak’s “Humoresque” and Jaromir Weinberger’s “Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper.”

The orchestra was honored by the American Prize as being among the top nine college orchestras in the country in 2009 and Bartram was honored as a top conductor in the college orchestra conductors division. The group, in its 42nd year, is comprised of both students and community members.

“It’s a great mix of talent, and each group brings out the best in the other,” said Bartram.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://philharmonic.umw.edu, call (540) 654-1324 or visit the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center.

UMW Dining Chosen for Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The University of Mary Washington’s Eagle Dining is a part of Sodexo’s new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood program. The program ensures that customers can trace the origins of their seafood to its original source. UMW is one of 11 locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area in the program, including Marymount University and George Mason University. Each of the participating corporate, university and public institutions obtained MSC Chain of Custody certification, a comprehensive traceability program that assures customers the seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to the fishery. “We have a unique opportunity to leverage the scale of our supply chain in an approach to seafood procurement that benefits consumers and communities alike,” said Deborah Hecker, vice president for sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Sodexo. “The future of wild caught seafood depends on recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices. This program helps our clients and consumers do that.” Eagle Dining by Sodexo, a Virginia Green certified business, has served UMW for more than a decade. It received The Marstel-Day and Stafford Printing Green Frontier Award in 2013 for excellence in green business practices. Sodexo, Inc., provides a full spectrum of quality of life service in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc., also funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has made more than $17 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

UMW Concert Band Presents Season Finale

The University of Mary Washington Concert Band presented its season finale performance on Friday, April 12.

The UMW Concert Band

The free concert was held in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

The concert featured works from various genres and styles, including Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances.” The program also included Patrick Burns’ “Seize the Day,” “Be Thou My Vision” by American composer David Gillingham, “The March of the Belgian Parachutists” and “Danza Final” by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.

For more information, contact Kevin Bartram, director of the orchestra, at (540) 654-1012.

UMW Hosted Psi Chi Research Symposium

Bruce Rybarczyk, associate professor and director of clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, delivered the keynote address at the 28th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. The lecture, “The Sleep System: Your Owner’s Manual for Maintenance and Repair,” was held on Friday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Chandler Hall, Room 102.

Bruce Rybarczyk, associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University
Photo courtesy of VCU

As part of the symposium, psychology students presented their research during sessions on Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chandler Hall, Room 102. A reception followed the conclusion of the symposium on Friday.

Ryabarczyk is a faculty member and director of the clinical psychology program at VCU.  His research focuses on understanding and facilitating the psychological adaption to chronic medical illness and disability. Ryabarczyk’s studies, which have been published in numerous scholarly journals and book chapters, include coping mechanisms and intervention techniques for recovering patients and behavioral sleep medicine.

Sponsored by UMW’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, the symposium provides a forum for students to share their research and findings with professors and peers.

For more information, contact Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology, at (540) 654-1557.

Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances. “It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.” Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and UMW Praise Dance. This year’s fair featured more than 60 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and 11 food trucks from different cuisines. “The goal [of the fair] is to celebrate cultural diversity and celebrate the differences amongst us and how they enrich our lives,” said Franklin. “It’s a very celebratory day.” The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://www.umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

UMW’s Production of “The Tempest” Runs Through April 21

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Theatre & Dance is continuing its 2012-2013 season with a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Performances will be held April 11-13 and April18-20 at 8 p.m., and April 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. in duPont Hall’s Klein Theatre. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $16 for students and senior citizens.

UMW’s production of “The Tempest” runs through April 21. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene.

“The Tempest” tells the story of Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, who have been exiled to a majestic island by Prospero’s brother, Antonio. Prospero, seeking revenge, uses the help of a mischievous spirit, Ariel, to summon a storm to shipwreck his brother on the island. The passengers on the ship are separated and believe each other to be deceased. Magic and love interfere as the ship’s crew wanders the island seeking justice.

Produced in 1611 by English poet and playwright Shakespeare, “The Tempest” is believed to be inspired by Michel de Montaigne’s work, “Of Cannibals.” In its more than 400 year history, “The Tempest” has been performed internationally countless times and has been adapted into several feature films.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” has been been produced countless times since its original production in 1611. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene.

The UMW production is directed by Marc Williams ’98, a professor at Guilford College. Costume design is by Kevin McCluskey, associate professor of theatre, and scenic design is by David Hunt, professor of theatre. The lighting design is by Julie Hodge, associate professor of theatre, sound design is by guest artist Tony Angelini and the choreography is by Samantha Reynolds ’09.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.

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News release prepared by: Jamie Wilson                 

UMW Survey Shows Virginians Favor Warner in 2014 Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner would hold a commanding lead over Gov. Bob McDonnell if the two decide to face off in a U.S. Senate campaign next year, according to a new Virginia survey sponsored by the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Warner received 51 percent support, compared to 35 percent for McDonnell, in the survey of 1,004 state residents conducted March 20-24. The remaining respondents were undecided or declined to answer the question. The margin of sampling error is 3.5 percentage points for the complete survey sample.

Data from the survey also includes Virginians’ views of key issues such as gay marriage, the federal deficit and the death penalty.

Warner, a former Virginia governor in his first term in the U.S. Senate, said recently that he plans to run for re-election. McDonnell, whose term-limited tenure as governor expires next January, is the strongest potential Republican challenger to Warner, should he choose to enter the race.

In the survey, McDonnell received 52 percent job approval, comparable to the figure he has received in other recent surveys. Only 26 percent polled say they disapprove of the governor’s job performance.

“The good news for the governor is that state residents continue to think very highly of him,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at UMW and director of the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “The bad news is that McDonnell is term-limited and the next statewide election – the 2014 U.S. Senate contest — doesn’t seem all that appealing.”

Despite the disadvantages McDonnell would face against Warner in a Senate contest, many Virginians see the governor as a potential president. While Virginians express the strongest support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the 2016 GOP nod, 12 percent of respondents identify McDonnell as their first choice, and another 10 percent rate him as their second choice. (The comparable numbers for Christie show 18 percent name him as a first choice and another 8 percent list him as a second choice).

Many Virginians also view Warner as presidential material, though he lags behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2016. A total of 18 percent rate him as their first choice and another 16 percent list him as their second choice for the nomination, far more than supported Vice President Biden. (The comparable numbers for Clinton show 38 percent favor her as their first choice and another 15 percent say she is their second choice.)

Farnsworth said that the results of the survey, conducted on the center’s behalf by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, provide further evidence that Virginia views its political leaders more favorably than residents of many other states.

“In these tough economic times, a lot of voters have turned on their elected officials, particularly governors,” Farnsworth said. “But Virginia’s last two governors currently hold the state’s two U.S. Senate seats and the current chief executive also continues to fare well in the court of public opinion.”

The survey also shows a dead-heat match in the November 2013 race to be the state’s next governor, with Democratic Terry McAuliffe receiving the support of 38 percent, compared to 37 percent for Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Further details on the survey’s findings, including key breakdowns by factors including party identification, age and region of residence, are found below.

Warner versus McDonnell

Warner’s substantial advantages over McDonnell in this hypothetical Senate match-up are seen across a variety of elements of the Virginia electorate. Warner is favored by double-digit percentage margins over the governor among men (52 percent to 40 percent, with the rest undecided) and women (56 percent to 34 percent).

Warner also is favored over McDonnell by very similar margins in all five regions of the state. In Tidewater, Warner’s advantage is 56 percent to 37 percent for McDonnell. Warner receives 54 percent support in both northern Virginia and in the western regions of the state, where McDonnell receives 37 percent and 39 percent respectively. Support for the incumbent in northwest Virginia is 53 percent, compared to 34 percent for McDonnell. In his worst region, Warner is favored by 52 percent of the respondents in south central Virginia, which includes the Richmond area, as compared to 36 percent who back McDonnell.

Voters aged 30 to 44 emerge as Warner’s strongest supporters, where he is favored by a margin of 59 percent to 31 percent. Close behind is the 45-64 age group, where the incumbent is favored by 57 as compared to 37 for McDonnell. Respondents under 30 years of age also favor Warner by a double-digit margin: 51 percent to 35 percent. In one of the few bright spots for McDonnell, both he and the incumbent register 46 percent among the high-voting group of residents at least 65 in age.

A great deal of partisan loyalty is evident for these two potential candidates. Warner receives the support of 93 percent of Democrats, with only 4 percent backing McDonnell. The governor fares well among GOP identifiers, winning 83 percent of them, while losing 10 percent of Republicans to Warner. Independents break for Warner by a margin of 51 percent to 33 percent, with the rest undecided.

African-American voters favor Warner by 90 percent, 7 percent of whom back McDonnell. Latinos favor Warner as well, by a margin of 57 percent to 28 percent. McDonnell has a narrow edge among white voters, by a margin of 47 percent to 44 percent (though the percentages were too close to be outside the margin of error).

McAuliffe versus Cuccinelli

Cuccinelli is strongest in western regions of the state, where 48 percent of respondents support him, and 38 percent support McAuliffe, with the rest undecided. Cuccinelli also does relatively well in south central Virginia, which includes the Richmond region, with 42 percent support. McAuliffe gets 38 percent support there.

The Democratic nominee does well in northern Virginia, where he receives 45 percent support, but Cuccinelli, a former state senator from Fairfax County, receives 41 percent support in Washington suburbs. In the state’s northwest, McAuliffe generates 43 percent support, while Cuccinelli receives 39 percent. Tidewater leans to McAuliffe in the survey, by a 43 percent to 36 percent margin.

A gender gap is not evident between these two candidates. Women support McAuliffe by a 41 percent to 39 percent margin for Cuccinelli, while men favor the Republican by a 43 percent to 42 percent margin.

So far, there are few partisan defections in this race. McAuliffe enjoys the support of 83 percent of the Democrats, with only 7 percent of them backing the attorney general. Cuccinelli enjoys the support of 87 percent of the Republicans, with only 4 percent backing the Democrat. Independents are basically split: 36 percent back the attorney general and 35 percent back McAuliffe.

 

The Virginia Survey March 2013, sponsored by University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 1,004 adults living in Virginia. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (502) and cell phone (502, including 245 without a landline phone). The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI). Interviews were done in English by Princeton Data Source from March 20 to 24, 2013. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ± 3.5 percentage points.

For more information, contact:  Stephen J. Farnsworth by cell at (703) 380-3025 or by emailing him at sfarnswo@umw.edu.