October 25, 2021

UMW Galleries Upcoming Exhibitions

Where Earth Meets Sky: Reflections on Nature from UMW’s Permanent CollectionRidderhof Martin Gallery
Where Earth Meets Sky: Reflections on Nature from UMW’s Permanent Collection
October 28–December 5, 2021
Tuesday-Friday: 10-4, Saturday-Sunday: 1-4
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 28, 5-7 p.m.
www.umwgalleries.org

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is pleased to present Where Earth Meets Sky: Reflections on Nature from UMW’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition features landscape scenes in a variety of media, including works by Chase Chen, Brett Livingstone-Strong, and Herb Jackson. Created by UMW Interns Andrew Elliott, Carolyn Riley, Madeline Williams, Meredith Glasco, and Sophia Maldonado, this show aims to provide a space for the viewer to contemplate their relationship with nature. These seniors from the Department of Art History and Department of Historic Preservation hope to engage the UMW and larger Fredericksburg communities with these works, reminding viewers of the power of nature and the importance of creating experiences within it.

Dan FinneganduPont Gallery
Dan Finnegan–Potter
October 28–December 5, 2021
Tuesday-Friday: 10-4, Saturday-Sunday: 1-4
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 28, 5-7 p.m.
www.umwgalleries.org

UMW Galleries is pleased to present Dan Finnegan–Potter, a solo exhibition by the celebrated local artist, in duPont Gallery from October 28 through December 5. This exciting show documents Dan’s 40 years as a potter in Fredericksburg Virginia, featuring pottery and sculpture from throughout this time period. While Finnegan has lived and worked in Fredericksburg since 1980, this is the first retrospective exhibition of his work at the University of Mary Washington. Several events will coincide with the show, including a reception on October 28th from 5-7 p.m., and a lecture by the artist on October 29th at 12 noon in the Hurley Convergence Center and via Zoom (check www.umwgalleries.org for the link).

UMW Galleries is free and open to the public. Check www.umwgalleries.org for updates regarding pandemic related policies and/or changes to our schedule. Please contact the galleries in advance if you plan to visit with a group. While our mission is to bring excellent artwork to the community, the safety and health of our patrons, staff and students is our top priority.

 

 

Halloween Fun Run!

Join Campus Rec for a Halloween Fun Run on October 30th at 2 pm. Start at the Bell Tower and finish at the Fitness Center. Win prizes for the first 3 to finish the run and for best costume! Costumes are encouraged!Join Campus Rec for a Halloween Fun Run on October 30th at 2 pm. Start at the Bell Tower and finish at the Fitness Center. Win prizes for the first 3 to finish the run and for best costume! Costumes are encouraged!

UMW Continues National Political Science Winning Streak

Sixty footnotes, 22 sources, 19 pages, one prize-winning paper.

Recent UMW graduate Dillon Schweers ’21 won in the ‘best undergraduate paper’ category of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society’s national student writing contest. Mary Washington students have outperformed most other schools in this competition for decades.

Recent UMW graduate Dillon Schweers ’21 won in the ‘best undergraduate paper’ category of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society’s national student writing contest. Mary Washington students have outperformed most other schools in this competition for decades.

For its author, recent University of Mary Washington graduate Dillon Schweers ’21, it was quite the process – determining an area of interest, digging in to narrow the scope, poring through research, and writing and rewriting drafts.

The workload was worth it, said Schweers, a political science major now in his first year at William & Mary Law School.

“It’s about sharpening your writing skills,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what employers and grad programs are looking for.”

His piece, “Violence Against Journalists in Mexico,” was named best undergraduate paper in this year’s Pi Sigma Alpha national writing contest. It’s the latest in a string of victories for Mary Washington students, who have claimed first-place or runner-up spots in the competition 11 times in the past two and a half decades, outperforming nearly every other four-year school in the country.

“The success of our political science majors, year after year, proves just how much they excel,” said Professor Stephen Farnsworth, advisor for Schweers’ award-winning project. “UMW students regularly defeat those studying at the nation’s most famous universities.” Read more.

Tears, Applause and Song Greet Freedom Rides Marker

The old bus terminal – with its segregated restrooms and waiting areas – is no longer there.

Posing with the historical marker, from left to right, James Farmer Multicultural Center Associate Director JoAnna Raucci and Director Marion Sanford, Freedom Rider Dion Diamond and Assistant Director Christopher Williams. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Posing with the historical marker, from left to right, James Farmer Multicultural Center Associate Director JoAnna Raucci and Director Marion Sanford, Freedom Rider Dion Diamond and Assistant Director Christopher Williams. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

In its place, a permanent historical marker to commemorate the first stop on the 1961 Freedom Rides was unveiled yesterday afternoon, the result of efforts by University of Mary Washington staff, faculty and students, in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg. Sixty years after the history-making journey – in the presence of an original Freedom Rider and a vintage 1960s bus transported from a Roanoke museum – a diverse crowd mingled at the site and intertwined their voices as they sang “stayed on freedom,” many with tears in their eyes.

The project was spearheaded by Christopher Williams, a friend and mentee of Dr. James L. Farmer Jr., who organized the Freedom Rides to desegregate interstate travel. Farmer later taught at Mary Washington, where Williams is now the assistant director of UMW’s James Farmer Multicultural Center, dedicated to honoring the late civil rights icon’s legacy.

The nearly two-year process culminated on May 4 of this year when the state Department of Historic Resources approved the marker, and a smaller gathering honored the Freedom Rides’ 60th anniversary with the posting of a temporary marker.

To a crowd of more than 100 yesterday, Freedom Rider Dion Diamond, 80, said, “I wasn’t on that bus that came through Fredericksburg.”  A sophomore at Howard University when the sit-ins and Freedom Rides began, he said he just couldn’t stay away from the movement. Read more.

Virginia Schools Receive Largely Positive Marks for COVID Response

A new University of Mary Washington statewide survey revealed that Virginia’s local school districts have generally handled the COVID-19 crisis effectively. Photo by Caleb Oquendo from Pexels.

A new University of Mary Washington statewide survey revealed that Virginia’s local school districts have generally handled the COVID-19 crisis effectively. Photo by Caleb Oquendo from Pexels.

Virginia’s local school districts have generally handled the COVID-19 crisis effectively, a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey reveals.

Asked to rate COVID policies in their local school districts on an A-to-F scale, where A is excellent, C is adequate and F signifies a failure, 12 percent of respondents gave their local districts an A, 22 percent said B, and 27 percent favored a C grade. Only 11 percent offered an F grade, while 11 percent said their local district deserved a D grade for its COVID policies. The rest were undecided.

The 1,000-person poll of Virginia adults was conducted for UMW by Research America Inc. from Sept. 7 to 13.

“For weeks we have been seeing and reading in the news about parents angrily protesting local COVID policies,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “This survey demonstrates that those loud voices are very unrepresentative ones.” Read more.

Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Close Contest, UMW Survey Shows

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington statewide survey shows. The poll, conducted by Research America Inc. Sept. 7-13, included 1,000 Virginia adults. Of those, 885 were registered voters and 528 were likely voters.

Among likely voters, 48 percent favored Youngkin and 43 percent backed McAuliffe.

Liberation Party candidate Princess Blanding received the support of 2 percent of likely voters, with others undecided.

Among registered voters in the survey, McAuliffe had the support of 46 percent, compared to 41 percent for Youngkin. In the entire survey, 43 percent backed McAuliffe compared to 38 percent favoring Youngkin. Blanding received the support of 2 percent of registered voters and among all respondents.

The differences between the two major party candidates among all adults, among registered voters, and among likely voters are all within the margins of error, meaning neither candidate has a clear lead.

“To borrow from Mark Twain, the reports of the end of Virginia’s status as a swing state are greatly exaggerated,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “The large number of undecided voters at this stage demonstrates that either major party candidate can become the next governor of Virginia.” Read more.

October is Disability Awareness Month

UMW is celebrating Disability Awareness Month during the month of October. There are a number of exciting events in store for our students, staff, and faculty! Please review the flyer or check out ODR’s website to see What’s Happening!

Students Make a Difference Through ‘Into the Streets’

From left to right, Aniya Stewart, Kaylee Deardorff and Cassidy Richardson assemble lunches for Micah Ecumenical Ministries. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

From left to right, Aniya Stewart, Kaylee Deardorff and Cassidy Richardson assemble lunches for Micah Ecumenical Ministries. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

On a balmy September morning, a group of University of Mary Washington students gathered on Ball Circle. Donning shirts emblazoned with a quote from author James Baldwin – “The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in” – they were ready to make a difference.

“It’s still important to volunteer and serve people in need, even in a pandemic,” said senior Elizabeth Lopez, who was among the 100-plus students who participated in Saturday’s Into the Streets. Hosted by Community Outreach and Resources, or COAR, the annual tradition provides an array of service projects, including weeding gardens, picking up trash and organizing the Eagle Resource Closet for students in need. A group also used chalk to adorn Campus Walk with inspirational messages promoting UMW’s spirit of service.

“Mary Washington students returned to campus with such a renewed sense of commitment to serve those in our broader Fredericksburg community,” said Sarah Dewees, associate director of UMW’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Read more. 

Psychology Alum Shares Renowned Gift

Rachael Wonderlin ’11, a renowned dementia care consultant and author, returns to UMW as the 2021 Psychology Graduate-in-Residence.

Rachael Wonderlin ’11, a renowned dementia care consultant and author, returns to UMW as the 2021 Psychology Graduate-in-Residence.

Rachael Wonderlin ’11 spent hours as a teen volunteering at a skilled nursing facility. One day, a friend remarked she had a gift for working with older adults.

“I didn’t realize at the time that this was a skill,” said Wonderlin, who channeled her talents into a psychology degree from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s in gerontology.

Now a renowned dementia care consultant and author who has taught her trademarked technique to senior living communities worldwide, Wonderlin has been named the UMW Department of Psychology’s 2021 graduate-in-residence. Last Thursday, she presented a free, public lecture entitled “Everything You Need to Know About Dementia Caregiving Communication” in the Hurley Convergence Center at 4 p.m. Read more.

Campus Rec Round-Up

Join Outdoor Rec for Apple Picking! Hartford Orchard, October 16th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students can enjoy a day of delicious apple picking! The event is NO COST but bring spending money to purchase apples and other goodies! 15 person limit and Transportation is provided! Apples are $10 per peck or $20 per half bushel. Register at campusrec.umw.edu.

 

 

 

 

Registration is now open for IM Basketball! Begins October 3rd until October 26th. Three games per week with a minimum of four players per team. All players receive a Freddy's Promo Card! The winning team receives an Intramural Champion Shirt! Register at campusrec.umw.edu

Registration is now open for IM Basketball! Begins October 3rd until October 26th. Three games per week with a minimum of four players per team. All players receive a Freddy’s Promo Card! The winning team receives an Intramural Champion Shirt! Register at campusrec.umw.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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