September 24, 2022

Share a Cup of Coffee With the President

The next Coffee With the President session will take place on Oct. 3.

The next Coffee With the President session will take place on Oct. 3.

President Paino invites all faculty and staff to join him at a Coffee with the President session, offering an informal opportunity to share insights and engage in candid discussions that are aligned with our community values and in support of making University of Mary Washington the best it can be. Occasionally, the sessions may focus on a particular issue facing us or may include other leaders who represent areas critical to institutional progress.

The following in-person sessions will be offered this semester (locations TBD):

  • Monday, October 3                         3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5                  3-4 p.m. (Virtual option)
  • Monday, November 7                    10:30-11:30 a.m.

Gwen Hale Resource Center Receives $1,000 Grant

UMW employees, including President Paino, celebrate a gift to the Gwen Hale Resource Center.

UMW employees, including President Paino, celebrate a gift to the Gwen Hale Resource Center.

A host of UMW employees, including President Paino, gathered on the steps of the Cedric Rucker University Center on Thursday, Sept. 8, to pose with a giant check that celebrates a huge gift to the Gwen Hale Resource Center.  The check represents another $1,000 grant from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation to support the resource center!

UMW Presidential Address Ushers in the 2022-23 Academic Year

UMW President Troy Paino addresses faculty and staff before the start of the fall 2022 semester. Photo by Paige Shiplett.

UMW President Troy Paino addresses faculty and staff before the start of the fall 2022 semester. Photo by Paige Shiplett.

University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino kicked off the fall semester – and the 2022-23 academic year – Tuesday morning during an in-person address to faculty and staff.

“I haven’t been able to welcome you like this for a while,” Paino said from the stage in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

The start-of-the-semester assembly came after what Paino called a busy summer and a very successful legislative session in which the commonwealth made a historic investment in UMW. The president spoke of plans for the funding, the launch of a new strategic vision slated to be revealed this fall, the filling of key administrative roles and – most importantly – the importance of welcoming a strong and diverse incoming class. Read more or watch the YouTube video of the entire address.

UMW Welcomes More Than 1,000 New Students

UMW welcomed more than 1,000 new students for the fall 2022 semester.

UMW welcomed more than 1,000 new students for the fall 2022 semester.

The University of Mary Washington welcomes new and returning students back to campus this week for the fall 2022 semester, starting with move-in for new students on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and culminating in the campus tradition of Eagle Gathering on Sunday, Aug. 21. Fall classes start Monday, Aug. 22.

Enrollment of both first-year and transfer students is up this year, with more than 750 expected to begin their college career at Mary Washington and about 300 switching from other schools. The 2022 entering class is the most diverse, with nearly 37% of incoming students identifying as racially or ethnically diverse. Twenty-five or so will travel thousands of miles, from as far away as Australia, Bangladesh and Uganda, and most new students will live on campus, with 85% making their college home in UMW’s residence halls. More than 70 will join the University’s prestigious Honors Program, celebrating its 10th year.

For first-year students, the fall semester begins with a First-Year Seminar (FSEM), with topics ranging from the art and science of human caring to working on democracy, and many more interdisciplinary offerings. Learning opportunities extend beyond the classroom as first-year students live with their FSEM cohorts. From academic and career exploration to rigorous coursework and co-curricular involvement, first-year students are immersed in an academic community that builds the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary for success at UMW and beyond. This innovative core curriculum was recently recognized in the 2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Read more.

UMW Move-In Day Is No Sweat for Students, Parents

Kelly Paino, center, talks with, from left Ossie Furr, Brenston Furr Jr. and Brenston Furr Sr., during move-in day for daughter Jorja Furr, right. President Troy Paino, background, looks on. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Kelly Paino, center, talks with, from left Ossie Furr, Brenston Furr Jr. and Brenston Furr Sr., during move-in day for daughter Jorja Furr, right. President Troy Paino, background, looks on. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

By 9:15 Wednesday morning, resident advisor Max Steinbaum had already introduced himself a few dozen times, greeting the first-year students moving into Randolph Hall, their parents and a few wide-eyed younger siblings.

If a key lesson of college is efficiency, Max taught it by example on the University of Mary Washington’s first move-in morning – giving directions, answering questions and offering friendly encouragement as needed, all without breaking a sweat. Wednesday’s event was specifically for the more than 1,000 incoming students UMW welcomes this fall, including about 300 transfers; move-in for other students continues through the weekend.

Things went smoothly as carloads of families parked on the grass near the Randolph front door, unloaded bins and bags, then swept out of the way to make room for the next wave. Blue-shirted move-in helpers were there to lend muscle and knowhow.

President Troy Paino and wife Kelly greeted new Eagles, starting at Randolph and moving on to Westmoreland, Willard and Virginia halls.

It helped that August was on its best behavior, offering sunshine and 70s instead of the typical sweaty 90s. Read more.

UMW Awarded $250,000 for Fredericksburg Region Internships

 

UMW Bell Tower

UMW Bell Tower

The University of Mary Washington has received a $250,000 grant from SCHEV – the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia – to expand paid and credit-bearing student internships in collaboration with Virginia employers. The grant is part of the Fund for Excellence and Innovation, also known as the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership.

The grant will support a program director who will oversee the establishment and operation of the Rappahannock Work & Learn Collaborative (RWLC), serving the Fredericksburg area, the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula, said UMW Associate Provost for Career and Workforce Kimberly Young.

UMW and the RWLC will lead the effort to connect employers to students and increase the number of high-quality internships and other work-based learning opportunities in Go Virginia Region 6. Employers, community partners, K-12 school divisions and postsecondary institutions will advise the RWLC and serve as an employer network. Read more.

UMW Makes Princeton Review’s 2023 Best List

UMW's Lee Hall

UMW’s Lee Hall

The University of Mary Washington is among 16 Virginia colleges to make Princeton Review’s Best 388 Colleges: 2023 EditionRead more.

Mary Washington ElderStudy Encourages Lifelong Learning

As each August rolls around, University of Mary Washington students are getting ready for the new school year.

Mary Washington ElderStudy, now in its 30th year, kicks off its new season of exciting lectures, book discussions, gallery tours, performances and social engagements in August.

Mary Washington ElderStudy, now in its 30th year, kicks off its new season of exciting lectures, book discussions, gallery tours, performances and social engagements in August.

But they’re not the only ones heading back to class. Fredericksburg area seniors are gearing up for a new season of Mary Washington ElderStudy, or MWES. The lifelong learning program, celebrating its 30th year, offers exciting lectures, book discussions, gallery tours, performances, and social engagements to local retired or elder residents, including many Mary Washington alumni.

Lectures, now held in a hybrid format or on Zoom, are given by UMW faculty experts and accomplished outside speakers, covering a wide variety of topics: visual and performing arts, science and health, political science, business and economics, history, and much more.

“ElderStudy helps nourish one’s intellectual curiosity,” says Carolyn Eldred ’66, whose bachelor’s degree in psychology set her up for success in her career as a social science researcher.

She cites UMW President Troy Paino’s recent Mary Talk on the value of the liberal arts in a changing world. “I’m a firm believer in that kind of educational experience,” Carolyn says. “I’ve found that ElderStudy satisfies my hunger for continuing learning and exposes me to topics I might not have ever thought about. Learning can be an exciting, lifelong pursuit!”

Carolyn discovered MWES around the time of her 50th reunion at Mary Washington. A resident of the nearby Celebrate retirement community, which helps promote the program, she joined the curriculum and membership committees, helping curate each season’s activities, which are suggested by members.

This fall’s events include lectures on the history of education in colonial America, virtual reality, the issue of food waste, and the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House and the contributions UMW students made to the project. Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth will provide an overview of the midterm elections. Theatre and Dance Department Chair Gregg Stull will offer sneak peeks of UMW Theatre’s upcoming season, as well as a lecture on the life and work of Stephen Sondheim in Seacobeck Hall’s newly renovated Weatherly Wing.

Participants can also tour Fredericksburg landmarks and visit UMW’s art galleries. In addition, there are monthly wine and cheese hours and book discussions over Zoom, and an in-person holiday luncheon and social in December.

“I’ve learned information changes over time, so it’s important to have a strong knowledge base in many different areas, so you can keep up as you age,” says Ellen Brown ’69, who majored in physics but enjoyed taking courses in art, literature, and theatre as a Mary Washington student. “With ElderStudy, there’s no homework or tests – just wonderful opportunities for lifelong learning.”

Ellen first discovered the program from former colleagues at Dahlgren’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, where she worked as a physicist for many years. She now serves on MWES’s curriculum and administrative committees. “We also make donations to support UMW departments whose faculty members have volunteered their time and expertise.”

Janet Kimbrell ’72 majored in English at Mary Washington, also loading up on courses in history, psychology, and drama. When she slowed down her real estate business six years ago, becoming involved in MWES gave her the chance to revisit these topics.

“When you’re retired, you have time to choose what you’re doing with your day,” says Janet, who has enjoyed hearing UMW Professor of Art History Julia DeLancey discuss how the bubonic plague impacted Venetian art. With the move to Zoom, she says, MWES now engages outside experts, such as a recent guest lecturer in New York City who spoke about jazz music.

“It’s such a blessing to have ElderStudy in our community because it helps us keep our minds active as we get older,” she says. “And we’re so thankful to be supported by the University of Mary Washington.”

Visit the ElderStudy website to learn more, request information and register for membership. 

-Article written by Assistant Director of Advancement Communications Jill Graziano Laiacona ’04.

Dahlgren Campus Will Be Site of College Tech Challenge

UMW's Dahlgren campus

UMW’s Dahlgren campus

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) will host an artificial intelligence and machine learning development challenge next spring at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus. The Naval Sea Systems Command issued a release: Calling all creative game-savvy software innovators at colleges and universities across the nation! NSWCDD is looking for students to compete in its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Development Challenge – comprised of two phases, a white paper and an in-person event – in March 2023. Read more.

Eagles Take-off with Welcoming Events

Cedric Rucker University Center

Cedric Rucker University Center

Eagle Takeoff is also known as “Welcome Week” but instead of just one week, it’s the full schedule of everything going on around campus the first six weeks of the semester. From the Eagle Resource Fair on Move-in Day, to Family Weekend the first weekend in October, we want to include all events that are open to all students. Submit your event to MyUMW.

See the full Eagle Takeoff schedule and learn more about upcoming events.