February 1, 2023

Alumni Gifts Focus on Gathering and Collaboration Spaces in Seacobeck Hall

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The University of Mary Washington paid tribute last month to a trio of alums who graduated in the Class of 1950 and gave their alma mater generous gifts to name spaces in Seacobeck Hall. Now home to UMW’s College of Education and Office of Disability Resources, the 1930s era building was recently renovated, providing more gathering places for the campus community.

The Weatherly Wing represents college sweethearts Marceline “Marcy” Weatherly Morris and Elmer “Juney” Morris Jr., now married 72 years. Named in honor of Marcy’s late parents, William Rupert and Lavon Gardner Weatherly, the 150-seat auditorium is already being used for meetings, lectures, recitals and other special events.

The Morrises, part of a Mary Washington legacy family that spans five generations, were visibly moved as a series of speakers thanked the couple for their lifelong dedication to their alma mater.

“You embody so much of what we try to impart onto our students,” President Troy Paino said. “Your generous gifts help our students learn, grow and pursue their interests and passions, just as the two of you did while you were here at Mary Washington.” Read more.

Field Trip Gets Elementary School Students Excited About STEM

Battlefield Elementary School student Aidan Muller reacts to a chemistry experiment during a recent field trip to the University of Mary Washington. The experience, a collaboration between UMW and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, had students from 16 Spotsylvania schools crossing campus for lessons in STEM subjects. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Battlefield Elementary School student Aidan Muller reacts to a chemistry experiment during a recent field trip to the University of Mary Washington. The experience, a collaboration between UMW and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, had students from 16 Spotsylvania schools crossing campus for lessons in STEM subjects. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Elephant toothpaste. The giant glob of sudsy foam created in a classroom experiment gave Battlefield Elementary School student Aidan Muller a thought: “Chemistry is cool!”

The whimsical tooth wash – hydrogen peroxide mixed with dish soap and a healthy dose of imagination – was part of a fall field trip designed to get students excited about STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and educators comfortable with teaching them. Third- through fifth-graders in Spotsylvania County Public Schools’ Rising Scholars program swept through the University of Mary Washington, soaking up lessons on aquatic plants and outer space, and having up-close encounters with robots.

“It’s a unique opportunity for these students to learn about real-world solutions being developed by scientists,” said Michael Clark, director of academic engagement for the Chief Technology Office of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, which brought the robots to UMW’s Fredericksburg campus.

The base partnered with Mary Washington’s College of Education, and departments of biology, chemistry and physics, to host the elementary-school entourage – from 16 public schools – on an exploration of topics, from kinetics to cosmology, and how the arts and humanities can tie them together. Read more.

Scholarship Recipient Preserves and Interprets the Past

James Marshall ’23 volunteers for the National Park Service.

James Marshall ’23 volunteers for the National Park Service.

With a major in historic preservation, James Marshall ’23 applies his knowledge and skills to bring history alive for others. In between architecture classes and building forensics labs, you can find him volunteering at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

James says he has loved history as long as he can remember. “I grew up in Marlowe, West Virginia, so my parents regularly took me to parks and battlefields, including Antietam.”

In high school, James took dual-credit courses to complete training as an electrician, yet he wanted to find a way to honor his love of history. One day, he found a YouTube video featuring UMW Associate Professor of Historic Preservation Michael Spencer ’03. That led to a 125-mile drive to Fredericksburg to meet the professor and to tour campus.

Read more of this story and find other UMW articles in the Fall 2022 Planning Matters newsletter.

UMW Workshop Shares Makerspace Magic With Stafford Educators

UMW College of Education Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Kristina Peck leads a session during last month’s makerspace workshop. Hosted by UMW, the event was designed to help educators from Stafford County Public Schools delve deeper into the value of hands-on makerspace areas for aspiring teachers. Photo by Brolin Creative.

UMW College of Education Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Kristina Peck leads a session during last month’s makerspace workshop. Hosted by UMW, the event was designed to help educators from Stafford County Public Schools delve deeper into the value of hands-on makerspace areas for aspiring teachers. Photo by Brolin Creative.

The University of Mary Washington’s College of Education (COE) hosted a hands-on field trip last month for Stafford County Public School teachers, who left with plenty of lessons to take back to their classrooms.

The main goal of the day was helping educators discover new, innovative resources to implement into their academic toolkit. Each one had an opportunity to experience the COE makerspace, a technology- and tool-filled area open to Mary Washington students and local educators.

“Makerspaces are designed to give students real-life, modern skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while also allowing them to think critically with innovative problem solving and creativity. With the evolution of our technological age, giving students access to these skills has never been more important,” said UMW College of Education Dean Pete Kelly. “The University’s partnership with Stafford County Public Schools gives our local educators the best resources to confidently implement makerspaces into their schools.”

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.