December 1, 2022

Join UMW Men’s Soccer Semifinals Watch Party, Dec. 1

UMW soccer player Diego Guzman shows the crowd some love during the UMW men’s soccer game against Ohio Wesleyan. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

UMW soccer player Diego Guzman shows the crowd some love during the UMW men’s soccer game against Ohio Wesleyan. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

We are excited to continue cheering on our men’s soccer team as they advance to the semifinals in the NCAA tournament. The next game is Thursday, Dec. 1, against Williams in Salem, Virginia, and we want to invite you to join on-campus and online.

An on-campus watch party will be held in the Underground, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m., with a limited number of complimentary T-shirts available to the first fans.

Kick-off is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the game also available to watch online. The men’s soccer finals will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Salem.

Get Dirty… Go Wash!

For Eagles’ Gadsoni Abel, Soccer and Service Go Hand in Hand

Senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel brings optimism and perseverance to the Eagles men’s soccer team.

Senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel brings optimism and perseverance to the Eagles men’s soccer team.

When the UMW men’s soccer team takes the field for the NCAA Division III Final Four game today – Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 – senior midfielder Gadsoni Abel knows fans will see something special.

The Mary Washington players understand exactly what Coach Jason Kilby wants from them, Abel said, and what they want from one another.

“There’s no better feeling than having the coach’s vision carried out and the team’s vision carried out,” he said. “We get it. Now let’s have fun with it.”

That optimistic spirit has seen Gadsoni through a lifetime of perseverance – beginning with boyhood days playing soccer in a Tanzanian refugee camp where his family lived after fleeing ethnic strife in their native Burundi. Read more.

#GivingTuesday Donors #MakeItPossible!

Giving Tuesday logo461 members of the Mary Washington community helped #MakeItPossible for current UMW students to continue to succeed on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29. The support totaled more than $171,000 for students, faculty and programs. Gifts to the University go to work immediately, making the Mary Washington experience possible for thousands of Eagles. Private support is essential to Mary Washington and allows us to provide students with a top-notch liberal arts and sciences education.

It’s not too late to make an impact on the future of UMW students. Give now.

From Holland to Falmouth, Donated Melchers Painting Comes to Belmont

The Crimson Rambler

The Crimson Rambler

Christmas came early to Gari Melchers Home and Studio this year, in the form of an anonymous donation of a significant painting. Gari Melchers painted The Crimson Rambler at his residence in Holland sometime around 1910 to 1915.

After Melchers sold the painting in 1919, it was owned by several individuals before its acquisition by the anonymous donor. In the coming weeks, the painting will go on exhibit with other examples of Gari Melchers’ work, helping better define and interpret the artist’s own stylistic journey.

The Crimson Rambler is a vivid example of the Impressionist style the artist adopted in the latter stage of his career. The vibrant floral arbor, which gives the work its title, frames a background view that includes a small statue. To Belmont visitors during the Melchers era, or to museumgoers today, the cherubic boy—known as a putto in classical artistic vernacular—might seem familiar. The original figure, carved in wood, was displayed out of doors at the home of Gari and Corinne Melchers in Egmond aan der Hoef, Holland, and later on the lawn of Belmont after the couple purchased the estate in 1916. Generous support from the Garden Club of Virginia allowed a bronze copy of the statue to be outside while the wooden original resides in Belmont’s sunroom. Read a related blog post.

 

Unwind With Free Campus Rec Classes, Dec. 5 to 9

Join CREC during finals with free fitness classes aimed to destress during the last week of the semester!

Monday, Dec. 5
4 to 4:45 p.m., Unwinding Yoga with Bill, Studio 5
6 to 6:45 p.m., Strength with April, Studio 4

Tuesday, Dec. 6
5 to 5:45 p.m., Stretch with April, Studio 5
6 to 6:45 p.m., Party Songs Power Cycle with Mariana, Cycle Studio

Wednesday, Dec. 7
5 to 5:45 p.m., Barre with April, Studio 5

Thursday, Dec. 8
5 to 5:45 p.m., Power Flow Yoga with Melody, Studio 4
6 to 6:45 p.m., Meditative Yoga with Sofia, Studio 4
6 to 6:45 p.m., Cycle with Allison, Cycle Studio

Friday, Dec. 9
5 to 6 p.m., Fitness Happy Hour With Kevin, Studio 4

‘With Love From Mary Wash’ Banner Recognizes UVA Tragedy

The University of Virginia tragedy continues to reverberate across the state and through the lives of so many at Mary Washington who have affiliations and personal relationships with students and colleagues at UVA. In recognition of our empathy and sympathy for UVA and thanks to the initiative of our friends in Student Involvement and University Relations, we have created a large banner supporting UVA “with love from Mary Wash” which is currently in the Cedric Rucker University Center living room.

Please stop by the CRUC and add your signature and a short comment of support. The banner will be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Popular Great Lives Lecture Series Marks 20th Season

Technology pioneer Gladys West is the subject of the Feb. 2, 2023, Great Lives lecture.

Technology pioneer Gladys West is the subject of the Feb. 2, 2023, Great Lives lecture.

Anne Frank, Bruce Springsteen and Virginia-born technology pioneer Gladys West are among the intriguing figures featured in the 20th anniversary year of the William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series at the University of Mary Washington.

The popular biography series will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 through March 28, 2023, at Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall. All lectures are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture about Gladys West, set for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, will be of particular interest in the Fredericksburg area, said series director and namesake William Crawley, distinguished professor emeritus of history.

“A true ‘hidden figure,’ Dr. West fashioned a remarkable career that took her from a poor tobacco farm in southern Virginia to become a mathematician whose work in the 1940s and ’50s contributed significantly to the development of GPS,” Crawley said.

Beyond the Classroom Endowment Ramps Up Student Research

Senior Madeline Killian, seen here on a previous study-abroad trip to Spain, received funds from UMW’s Beyond the Classroom Endowment to travel to Madrid this winter to conduct research on Spain’s first civic organization for women.

Senior Madeline Killian, seen here on a previous study-abroad trip to Spain, received funds from UMW’s Beyond the Classroom Endowment to travel to Madrid this winter to conduct research on Spain’s first civic organization for women.

Senior Madeline Killian isn’t just hitting the books to study female scientists in 18th century Spain. In December she will travel to Madrid to delve into discoveries made by Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito, the country’s first civic organization for women.

“They conducted groundbreaking medical experiments to improve infant health, and the group still exists today,” Madeline says. A physics and Spanish major at the University of Mary Washington, she plans to write her thesis on the topic.

This unique opportunity to explore Spain’s national archives and historical sites – and many other high-impact learning experiences for students – were made possible by UMW’s Beyond the Classroom Endowment (BTC). Established two years ago, the initiative supports student experiential learning, including independent research, internships, travel to academic conferences, and study abroad. Read more.

UMW Economic Development Honors Businesswoman, Marine Corps Veteran

UMW Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year Sharon Kelley (second from left) is pictured with 2022 Virginia Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year Tyrone Logan, Stafford County Economic Development Authority Chair Joel Griffin, and UMW Small Business Development Center consultant Angela Kelley.

UMW Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year Sharon Kelley (second from left) is pictured with 2022 Virginia Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year Tyrone Logan, Stafford County Economic Development Authority Chair Joel Griffin, and UMW Small Business Development Center consultant Angela Kelley.

The University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development has presented its annual Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year award to Dr. Sharon Kelley, owner of P Cubed Consulting LLC.

Kelley, a Stafford County resident, formed her defense contracting company in 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps. It specializes in cybersecurity and logistics management.

Besides running her successful business, Kelley gives back to veterans by conducting workshops on entering the civilian workforce and mentoring veterans with mental and financial crises. She also helps other small business owners develop business structures and identify resources.

In the community, she helps young people learn trade and technical skills and understand entrepreneurship. She’s active with the Cinderella Experience, aiding young women to choose outfits and accessories for special events. Read more.

Stephanie Lyles Receives Metzger Award at UMW’s Women’s Leadership Colloquium

Stephanie Lyles, director of marketing outreach at Topside Federal Credit Union, received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Award for the success she’s achieved in her professional life and the integrity she’s shown along the way.

Stephanie Lyles, director of marketing outreach at Topside Federal Credit Union, received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Award for the success she’s achieved in her professional life and the integrity she’s shown along the way.

Stephanie Lyles of Topside Federal Credit Union received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award at the Women’s Leadership Colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. The recognition goes each year to a woman who’s established herself as a leader in her chosen field, and shown personal and professional integrity along the way.

The 28th annual daylong colloquium, held each November, unfolded in a room filled with energy – and some of the Fredericksburg region’s most inspiring and motivated women – at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus. Nationally recognized best-selling author Fran Hauser, a startup investor and women’s empowerment speaker, delivered the keynote. The colloquium also included collaborative break-out sessions led by regional business leaders, networking and a “wine-down” hour with door prizes.

“After a two-year delay, to be back in-person for this event and to have the interest and attendance reminds us of the importance of empowering our career-minded women,” said UMW Associate Provost of Career & Workforce and colloquium co-chair Kimberly Young.

The 23rd Metzger award winner since 1999, Lyles is director of marketing outreach at Topside Federal Credit Union, where she also has worked in community relations and business development. Before that, she started The Real Estate Book of Fredericksburg, a color, digest-sized magazine of homes for sale that she ran for 17 years. Read more.