October 19, 2018

UMW to Host 1st Congressional District Debate Monday

The University of Mary Washington will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams will face off for the first time. UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The forum will also be live-streamed at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umwevents/#.

Read more at https://www.umw.edu/news/2018/10/17/umw-to-host-1st-congressional-district-debate-monday/.

Become an Accessibility Partner at UMW

James Pape has become an accessibility partner at UMW.

James Pape has become an accessibility partner at UMW.

Recognizing disability as a key component of diversity, the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) has worked to develop an opportunity to build understanding of how practices, policies, attitudes, language, and interactions impact individuals with disabilities. We are hoping to create a transformative movement: one to promote accountability, accessibility, and inclusivity at UMW that aligns with our ASPIRE Values, while keeping in mind the impact on individuals with disabilities.

The Accessibility 101 Workshop, open to all, will be held on several days and times throughout the year. Information on what accessibility is and what it means to be accessible will be discussed. The learning outcomes of this workshop include: 1. Furthering understanding to support the disability community through basic examination of your current state, and 2. Development of goals in relation to promoting accessibility. Individuals will be recognized for completing the Accessibility 101 Workshop as “UMW Accessibility Partners.” We are hoping to create our own transformative movement: one to promote accountability, accessibility, and inclusivity at UMW that aligns with our ASPIRE Values and Principles on Diversity and Inclusion.

ODR would like to recognize James Pape, Access Services and Outreach Librarian from UMW’s Simpson Library as an Accessibility Partner. James’ commitment to attend the first Accessibility 101 Workshop and identify as an Accessibility Partner indicates his strong support for the work of promoting Access for All. Thank you, James, for your support!

Accessibility 101 Workshop (open to students, faculty, and staff):

Remaining Dates (same session offered multiple days/times throughout the year):

  • Morning: Friday, November 16, 2018 from 9am-11am
  • Afternoon: Monday, February 11, 2019 from 3-pm-5pm
  • Mid-Day: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 11am-1pm
  • Morning: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9am-11am

We would appreciate your support, as well as your help in spreading the word and helping us create strong partnerships with all of our community to recognize that accessibility is everyone’s responsibility.

“UMW embraces its obligation to serve the educational aspirations of all communities and seeks to reflect the diversities of all people in its students, faculty, and staff. This philosophical approach to diversity and inclusion strengthens our community and is essential to our academic mission and institutional excellence. UMW is committed to its responsibility to be a model of fairness, inclusivity, equity, access and equal opportunity, providing intellectual and institutional leadership regarding diversity, and maintaining a welcoming, inclusive environment of mutual respect for its members of all backgrounds and identities. In keeping with these tenets, the University is committed to a system of responsibility, accountability, and recognition of all of its members, and seeks to carry out these principles of diversity and inclusion in all of its operations, goals, and objectives” (UMW Principles on Diversity and Inclusion).

Early Group Registration for Women’s Leadership Colloquium Ends Saturday

Groups of five or more have until Saturday, Oct. 20 to get a discounted registration fee for the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @UMW, set to take place Nov. 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fee for groups of five or more is $179 through Saturday. After that, individual registration is $199 through Oct. 31. Student tickets cost $30 each through Nov. 1. For more information, visit umw.edu/lcpw/colloquium.

Leadership expert Nicole Price will be the keynote speaker. Nicole is the owner of the leadership development company, Lively Paradox, specializing in combining accountability with empathy and compassion as a fundamental leadership strategy. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, her master’s degree in adult education from Park University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and management.

Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.

The daylong event, themed “The Empowered Woman,” fosters connections between professional women. It features a variety of enriching seminars to include: The Empowered Life, The Empowered Citizen, Financial Empowerment, Empowered Presence, Empowered through Purpose, and Empowered through Difference. Speakers include executive director of the Community Foundation for the Rappahannock River Region Teri McNally, Director of Finance and Human Resources of The George Washington Foundation Carter Fitch, strategic planning and organizational development expert Cara Parker, vice president of equity and access at UMW Sabrina Johnson, life coach and professional development consultant Jenna Cooley and vice president of administration and finance at UMW Lynne Richardson.


UMW Again Makes ‘Green Colleges’ List

The University of Mary Washington has landed on a list of top “green colleges” in the nation for the fourth year in a row. The ranking appears in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. UMW was selected based on a 2017-2018 survey of more than 2,000 schools. Read more.

Ghostwalk 2018 This Weekend

The Historic Preservation Club announces its 34th Annual Ghostwalk hosted at the James Monroe Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Tours depart the museum every 10 minutes, and the last tour leaves at approximately 10 p.m. The approximately one-hour tour explores downtown Fredericksburg and takes you to some of the most haunted and notorious sites in the city. You’re bound to have a scary good time!

Tickets: $6 for the general public; $4 for students, military and UMW alumni; $3 for children ages 6-12. Tickets are free for children younger than 6.

For ticket reservations: Email umwghostwalk@gmail.com or call 540-654-1315.

Two New Exhibitions Coming to UMW Galleries

UMW Galleries announces two new exhibitions opening Oct. 25 – Ready-Made Dream by Sue Johnson in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Crowns, a collection of ceramic works curated by Jessica Gardner in duPont Gallery.

Ready-Made Dream features floor-to-ceiling vinyl panels and decals that the artist has designed—transforming the gallery into the interior of an ideal, modern home. As the exhibition title suggests, Johnson envisions a world in which the home is nostalgic and familiar, yet, also reduced to an empty space existing simply to house various things.

Crowns seeks to explore women’s specific experience in motherhood. Each of the artists represent a different stage in the experience of motherhood and discusses her role as a mother and the impact motherhood has on her studio practice, whether it be direct collaborations with her child/children or shifts in the body of work created.

Both exhibitions begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Read-Made Dream will feature an artist talk on Oct. 26 at noon.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.umwgalleries.org.

James Monroe: Library of a President Exhibit Opening

The Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit exploring the contents and significance of the personal library of 5th president James Monroe.

This two part exhibit is located in the Hurley Convergence Center Gallery and Simpson Library’s Special Collections and will run through Jan. 8, 2019.  It features previously unpublished research from the Papers of James Monroe and Monroe’s personal copies of books from the collections of the James Monroe Museum.

VIP (Visitor Identification Program) Begins

Beginning this semester, prospective students visiting campus with Admissions will be issued a red Mary Wash lanyard to wear while they are on tour.  Additionally, Washington Guides will be wearing red polos or fleeces (depending on the weather) as they lead campus tours.  It is our hope that visually identifying student visitors will help our UMW community members, which include students, faculty and staff, be aware of these very important people.

When you see guests on Campus Walk, in the dining hall, or in your building, say hello, introduce yourself, engage them for a minute and let them know this is a welcoming community through this personal touch.  Everyone on campus is a recruiter.  Please help Admissions show our guests one of UMW’s finest characteristics . . . our people!

UMW Executive-in-Residence Program Welcomes Sean J. Stackley, October 18

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, L-3 Technologies VP for Advanced Programs and Technologies & Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), will serve as the 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence. Stackley will speak in the HCC Digital Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.




Sean Stackley spent four decades in public service, including a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy where he served at-sea in engineering and combat systems assignments, and subsequently as an Engineering Duty Officer performing design, construction, maintenance & modernization across all Navy Surface Combatant ship programs. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Navy’s LPD 17 Amphibious Ship major program manager.

He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2005-2008, assigned as Staff Lead for the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for formulating budget and legislative provisions and performing oversight of Navy, Marine Corps, Maritime Administration, and Transportation Command programs.

In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), responsible for the development, procurement, and life cycle support of Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, tactical vehicles, and weapon systems; and related acquisition strategy, contracting, program oversight, industrial base policy, and workforce development. From January to July, 2017, he served as Acting Secretary of the Navy to guide the DoN’s transition between Administrations; including oversight of financial, personnel, acquisition, material, and various policy matters. Separately, he was assigned by Secretary of Defense to lead the Congressionally-directed reorganization of the Defense Acquisition organization.

In January 2018, he assumed responsibilities as L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies.

Stackley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and M.S., Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, Legion of Merit, Navy League Leadership, Small Business Leadership, and various other Service Awards.

Ten for Ten Challenge Returns

October 1 marked the start of UMW’s third annual Ten for Ten Challenge, in which student-athletes give back to support their teams. The primary goal is to teach current Eagles about the athletic department’s booster club, the Eagle Club, and how donors continue to enhance the UMW student-athlete experience. Ten for Ten’s secondary goal is for each student-athlete to contribute $10, as we shoot for 100% participation within each team and pay it forward for the next generation.

This year, the Ten for Ten Spotlight Stories will feature four outstanding members of the Mary Wash community. To read about them, visit www.umweagles.com.

To donate in the Ten for Ten Challenge, visit fund.umw.edu/g/tenforten.