June 22, 2024

UMW’s 2024 Reunion Weekend is One for the Ages

Edna Gooch Trudeau ’59 and Danielle DeSimone ’14 graduated 55 years apart. Yet, each returned to the University of Mary Washington’s Reunion Weekend for the same reason.

“I’ve kept in touch with friends I met here 69 years ago,” said Trudeau, tearing up as she recalled classmates she has lost over the years. But her face brightened as Ann Brooks Coutsoubinas ’59 arrived. Trudeau added, “I absolutely loved my time at Mary Washington.”

DeSimone expressed the same sentiment after reuniting with friends she met on her first night in college. “It’s so wild that it has been a decade since we graduated. We can’t wait to relive everything.”

Over 600 graduates and guests returned to the University of Mary Washington for 2024's Reunion Weekend, May 30 through June 2. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

Over 600 graduates and guests returned to the University of Mary Washington for 2024’s Reunion Weekend, May 30 through June 2. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

Over 600 graduates and guests gathered for 2024’s Reunion Weekend, held May 30 through June 2. Some came with canes and walkers, while others were there with strollers in tow. Yet, everyone was excited to reconnect with the campus and each other and rediscover all the things they loved about UMW.

UMW Honors 2024 Alumni Award Recipients at Reunion Weekend

Jay Dugger ’90 was always ready to go toe-to-toe in debates with his political science professors. In the decade after he graduated, the scholarship and legal acumen he once showcased at Mary Washington helped him earn a law degree from the College of William and Mary, pass the bar, go into private practice, make partner and become the youngest sitting judge in Virginia.

2024 Alumni Award recipients Simran Kaur-Colbert '11, Susan Leavitt '83 and Jay Dugger '90 with President Troy Paino at UMW's Alumni Awards ceremony on June 1 during Reunion Weekend. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

2024 Alumni Award recipients Simran Kaur-Colbert ’11, Susan Leavitt ’83 and Jay Dugger ’90 with President Troy Paino at UMW’s Alumni Awards ceremony on June 1 during Reunion Weekend. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

“Jay has been a champion for not only what is the law, but also for the people who are impacted by those laws,” Rich Cooper ’90 said of his friend. Now the chief judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Hampton, Virginia, Dugger has helped create programs to reunify families, reduce child truancy and provide educational and behavior services to children in the delinquency system.

His support of underserved communities earned him the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Mary Washington, honoring graduates who have made significant contributions in their profession and community, while being leaders in their fields.

Nominated by Cooper – who received the same award in 2020 – and Michael Michalowicz ’90, Dugger was honored in a June 1 ceremony in Seacobeck Hall’s Weatherly Wing during Reunion Weekend. Alumni joined President Troy Paino in celebrating Dugger, Susan Leavitt ’83 and Simran Kaur-Colbert ’11, as well as Dori Eglevsky, former rector of UMW’s Board of Visitors (BOV), who was named an honorary alumna. Alumni Awards Vice President Sean Lynch ’95 announced the honorees, who were selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD).

Learn more about 2024’s Alumni Award recipients at Giving.umw.edu.

Center for Historic Preservation Announces 2024 Book Prize

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation is proud to award its 2024 Book Prize to Citizen Science in Maritime Archaeology: The Power of Public Engagement, edited by Della A Scott-Ireton, Jennifer E Jones, and Jason T. Raupp.  Citizen Science in Maritime Archaeology is a collection of essays exploring the wide variety of ways volunteers have been involved in gathering and processing data in cultural heritage projects in underwater environments around the world.  Whether involving combat veterans in or high school students, these projects are all grass roots efforts to actively engage communities in the scientific process of mapping, documenting, and preserving tangible fragments of our shared history that is found under water. While each of these essays could stand on its own as a deep case study of a specific place, from Massachusetts to New Zealand, as a collection this volume provides a glimpse at the future of the field where deep relationships with communities lead to meaningful collaborations in historic preservation.  Contributing authors Daniel Houlihan and Calvin Mires summarize this spirit when they state “We also begin to articulate a larger framework for understanding how citizen science projects can advance science while, simultaneously, enhancing the lives of participants.” (33) In each chapter, authors are honest in assessing the challenges of working in the field, generously sharing lessons learned in this eminently readable volume. This work is essential reading for everyone who is involved in studying or practicing professionally in historic preservation, a field that depends on the crucial work and passion of volunteers in preserving and interpreting our shared human histories.

Dr. Della A Scott-Ireton is associate director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, University of West Florida and specializes in maritime and public archaeology.  Dr. Jennifer E. Jones is librarian, graduate of the East Carolina University coastal resources management program, and recipient of a US Fulbright Scholar Award 2020-2021.  Dr. Jason T. Raupp is assistant professor of maritime studies at East Carolina University.

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded this prize annually since 1989 to the book (or books) with the most potential for positively impacting the discipline of historic preservation in the United States. In making its selection, the jury focuses on books that break new ground or contribute to the intellectual vitality of the preservation movement. Winners receive a monetary prize and are invited to give a lecture at UMW. The jury was comprised of preservation academics, professionals, alumni and a current student.

2024 University of Mary Washington Book Prize Committee:

Christine Rae Henry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington (Chair)

Erica Berger, UMW Class of 2025, Knight Scholar, Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington
Paige Gibbon Bachus, Historic Site Manager, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre & Lucasville School

Andréa Livi Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington

Jessica Ugarte, Tax Credit Reviewer, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Going Green: Landscape & Grounds Adopts Battery-Powered Equipment

UMW Landscape & Grounds is adopting new, greener battery-powered equipment.

UMW Landscape & Grounds is adopting new, greener battery-powered equipment.

As UMW adopts more sustainable practices to improve operations and support the university’s carbon neutrality goals, our campus landscape equipment is also making the transition from noisy, gas-powered landscaping equipment to clean technologies. The transition will be a work in progress, which began with a “field day” event on the morning of June 13 in Jefferson Square, with demonstrations of the new equipment. Kenneth Glass, Technical Sales Specialist from Mid-Atlantic STIHL, was on hand to demonstrate the ins and outs of the quieter, cleaner landscape equipment, including string trimmers, hedge pruners, pole saws, leaf blowers and more!

 

UMW Athletics Partners with Learfield’s Sidearm Sports for Website Platform

The University of Mary Washington has partnered with Learfield’s SIDEARM Sports, the nation’s leading provider of collegiate athletics websites, to reshape the digital home of www.umweagles.com.

Launching on June 4, fans can anticipate a revamped umweagles.com, with a modern, user-friendly design, improved functionality, top-of-the-line security, faster loading times and a focus on accessibility, ensuring inclusivity for all fans. The site will feature one of the most in-depth archives of any school in NCAA Division III, with information dating back to the beginning of many of the school’s sport programs.

“We are excited to launch this partnership with Mary Washington,” said SIDEARM Sports Chief Operating Officer Mike Clarke. “We look forward to working with the UMW team and providing them with the tools to deliver a best-in-class digital experience for Eagles fans everywhere.”

About SIDEARM Sports
Operating in the Learfield portfolio of companies since June 2014, SIDEARM Sports is the nation’s leading digital provider for college athletics. Learfield, the media and technology company powering college athletics, also represents Kansas through Jayhawk Sports Properties (multimedia rights), CLC (licensing) and Paciolan (ticketing).

SIDEARM is based in Syracuse, N.Y., and is trusted by some of the biggest brands in the industry, including most NCAA programs and Power Five athletic departments. As a leader in digital fan engagement, SIDEARM Sports provides the best-in-class software and technology that powers websites, mobile applications, OTT media services, live stats, video streaming and more for its partners. Clients continue to trust SIDEARM for its support, reliability, customization and easy-to-use interface that allows schools to tailor their content and digital presence directly for their fans.

To see more about SIDEARM, please visit www.sidearmsports.com.

UMW’s Spring 2024 President’s and Dean’s Lists

UMW celebrates the students who made the President's and Dean's Lists for the spring 2024 semester.

UMW celebrates the students who made the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the spring 2024 semester.

The University of Mary Washington announces its spring 2024 President’s List and Dean’s List.

To be recognized on these lists a student must carry at least 12 graded credits of new coursework. Students who earn a grade-point average of 4.00 on all work taken for graded credit in a semester receive a spot on the President’s List. Students who earn a grade-point average of 3.50 to 3.99 on all work taken for graded credit in a semester are placed on the Dean’s List.

Decisions regarding inclusion on the lists are based on a student’s record as it stands at the official close-of-the-semester grading period. A temporary grade (I or G) postpones consideration; however, once this grade is converted to a permanent letter grade, the student’s GPA is calculated and, if appropriate, a list notation will be made on the student’s permanent record.

We congratulate the students earning these honors this semester and hope you will share in recognizing their academic achievements @MaryWash. Read more.

UMW Summer Visits, Scholarship Interviews Give High School Seniors a Jump-Start

Don’t miss summer visit and scholarship opportunities at University of Mary Washington! The Fredericksburg campus is a must-see in the summer!

Don’t miss summer visit and scholarship opportunities at University of Mary Washington! The Fredericksburg campus is a must-see in the summer!

High school students and their families can get an early start on their college search with the University of Mary Washington’s summer visits.

Located just one hour south of Washington, D.C., UMW is a small-sized university that offers big opportunities, with state-of-the-art labs for research, studios and performance spaces for the arts, a dynamic business program and innovative teaching environments. UMW connects students with transformative experiences, including internships, research projects, community service opportunities and study abroad programs, plus more than 150 student organizations and NCAA Division III Athletics.

The campus boasts a warm and welcoming community on 234 acres in the heart of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which bustles with history, the arts and plenty of options for foodies and coffee fanatics.

Scheduling a campus tour – especially during summer – lets families experience firsthand what sets Mary Washington apart, and the process couldn’t be easier. Read more.

Network MaryWash Creates Career Connections Between Students, Alumni

University of Mary Washington Network MaryWash logoSophia Stil ’23 earned a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and psychology at the University of Mary Washington before beginning graduate studies in human-computer interaction. But the interactions she’s still talking about are the ones she had through Network MaryWash.

“I’m proud of how passionate our alumni are about supporting students,” said Stil, who received tips on improving her résumé, which she hopes will help land her a user experience (UX) internship in New York City. “The website has played a significant role in my post-college endeavors.”

Launched last fall by UMW’s Office of Alumni Engagement, Network MaryWash connects students and grads seeking advice on careers, internships and graduate school with alumni already working in the field. The initiative is integral to Life After Mary Washington, the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which supports students with the transition from academia to professional life. The platform also complements resources that prepare students to enter the workforce provided by the Center for Career and Professional Development. Read more.

UMW’s Devil-Goat Day Back on Ball Circle in 2024

Giant inflatables, like this two-lane bungee race, were part of the fun at this year’s Devil-Goat Day at the University of Mary Washington. The annual late-April competition pits Devils, who graduate in odd years, against Goats, who graduate in even years, on a quest to collect the most points for participation and wins. Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce.

Giant inflatables, like this two-lane bungee race, were part of the fun at this year’s Devil-Goat Day at the University of Mary Washington. The annual late-April competition pits Devils, who graduate in odd years, against Goats, who graduate in even years, on a quest to collect the most points for participation and wins. Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce.

With Reunion Weekend ahead at the University of Mary Washington, and hundreds of alumni set to return to their alma mater, nostalgia is in the air. And nothing says nostalgia at UMW like Devil-Goat Day, a unique tradition that’s unfolded on the Fredericksburg campus for nearly a century.

Way back in 1926, Mary Washington’s junior class, led by Professor of Education Eileen Kramer Dodd, claimed the goat as its symbol, according to University of Mary Washington, A Centennial History by Professor Emeritus William B. Crawley. Not to be outdone, the seniors chose their own symbol – a devil – and the good-natured rivalry began.

Much like UMW’s student body, the tradition has evolved through the years, eventually becoming an afternoon of field day-type events with wheelbarrow races and limbo contests. Additions in the 1990s included a pie-eating competition, a Velcro wall climb and tug-of-war battles. Now filled with inflatables and carnival-style games, the uniquely UMW tradition returned to Ball Circle this year, bringing the center of campus to life and delivering a well-deserved respite for students preparing for final exams. Read more.

UMW Hosts Annual Virginia Academy of Science Meeting

The University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg Campus hosted the annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science on May 16. More than 200 scientists including faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students from across the state, attended, presenting their work in both oral and poster presentations. The meeting took place across campus, including classrooms in the Jepson Science Center and the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium, where nearly 90 posters were displayed.

UMW Adjunct Instructor of Earth and Environmental Sciences John Tippett delivered the keynote speech – Bridging Science and Policy: The Story of stormwater bioremediation in Virginia – in Dodd Auditorium. Assistant Professor of Physics Desmond Villalba also spoke.

UMW Professors Debra O’Dell, Parrish Waters, April Wynn, Swati Agrawal, Ginny Morriss and Laura Sipe had students who presented at the meeting.

Also during the meeting, Waters was installed as VAS president, and Wynn was installed as treasurer.

UMW staff, including Susan Worrell, Susan Lafayette, Leslie Jacobs, Doug Noble, and Ryan Imrie, along with Kyle Kouri with Sodexo, helped make the event possible.