February 20, 2019

UMW Chamber Music Festival at Belmont Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the UMW Department of Music are partnering to present a Chamber Music Festival on February 23 and 24 in the intimate setting of Gari Melchers’ Studio and the Pavilion at Belmont.

“The richly appointed interior of the famed American artist’s studio is an ideal setting to enjoy chamber music in the Old World tradition that Gari Melchers would have happily endorsed,” says Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron. “And the acoustics in this barrel-vaulted space are perfect!”

The Chamber Festival is presented each spring featuring student, faculty, and professional groups. Various musical styles and genres spanning the centuries are performed. The Music Department is committed to promoting contemporary works. Original compositions by students and faculty are also debuted.​

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, February 23 at 7 p.m. with performances by the UMW Chamber Music trio, Brass Quintet, Flute Quartet and Jazz Combo under the direction of Doug Gately. The program will feature music by such diverse composers as Handel, Loeillett, Telemann, Granados, Bach, Puccini, Arnold, Haydn and jazz standards and contemporary works incorporating Swing, Latin and Funk styles.

The February 24 Sunday afternoon offering, beginning at 2 p.m., presents the United States Air Force String Trio under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Bryce Bunner performing Beethoven’s String Trios. The UMW Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Gately, will perform a selection of jazz standards.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please make reservations beginning February 5 by emailing Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

Sign Up for Upcoming February Safe Zone Workshops

The UMW Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens. At the end of each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become a Safe Zone ally for our campus.

Safe Zone allies are individuals who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

We offer two types of general Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend these workshops, including adjunct faculty and part-time staff. The basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

For any interested faculty or staff, we are offering a basic training on Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 4:45 p.m. We are also offering an advanced training on Thursday, February 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for a training or if you have questions. If you would like more information about Safe Zone, please visit the website at bit.ly/UMWsafezone.

Are You a UMWFoodie?

Erin Wysong, UMW References and Sciences Librarian, became a UMWFoodie during it’s “grand opening” promotion and won an Amazon Fire 7 tablet! Campus Dining created this new text messaging group in January in order to provide UMW students, faculty and staff with timely and valuable information about dining services.

UMWFoodies will be the first to know about free food sampling events, dining discounts, special events, and changes to Campus Dining operational hours due to dangerous weather conditions.  Rose Benedict, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, will be the only person sending out messages via this new group, and she promises that messages will be limited to once or twice a week. The only exceptions to that would be when bad weather necessitated multiple changes in dining operational hours.

Did you know that Campus Dining gave out free food samples twice this month and that another sampling is scheduled for next week? UMWFoodies learn about these and other special events and offers!  To join simply text “UMWFoodies” to 82257, then reply “yes” to the confirmation text.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@UMW.edu.

Gorbachev Great Lives Lecture Rescheduled for Tonight

The Crawley Great Lives lecture on Mikhail Gorbachev, originally scheduled for January 29, has been rescheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 31. The talk will be given by William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. He is the author of the just-published Gorbachev: His Life and Times. His biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

This series is open to the public free of charge and no admission tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.  Each lecture concludes with an audience Q&A session with the speaker and a book-signing. For a list of the upcoming lectures, visit https://www.umw.edu/greatlives.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Film Screening, March 3

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a free film screening of the award-winning film, Loving Vincent (94 mins, 2017) on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.  The world’s first fully oil painted feature film brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Watch the trailer.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.

2019 Psi Chi UMW PowerCards on Sale

The 2019 Psi Chi UMW PowerCards are in and available for purchase.  These cards are available for just $5 each and offer discounts at great Fredericksburg businesses that you can use for the entire calendar year!

You get to save money and help support the great activities of the UMW chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

The discounts on this year’s PowerCard include 10% off at Greens & Grains, Metro Diner, and Skin + Touch Therapy Spa as well as 15% off at Soup and Taco, Soup and Taco II, Noodles & Company, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe (to name just some of the great deals).

You can purchase a PowerCard for yourself, your club, your team, your friend, your roommate, your neighbor, or anyone else. If you’re interested,  you can purchase a card from a Psi Chi officer or member.

If you don’t know who’s a member/officer, you can contact Mindy Erchull (merchull@umw.edu), their faculty advisor, and she’ll connect you with someone.  You can also contact the chapter directly at psichiumw@gmail.com.

Admitted Student Phone-a-thon: Volunteers Welcome

The Office of Financial Aid mailed more than 1,000 financial aid awards to admitted first year and transfer students in January. Join us as we personally reach out to students to confirm its receipt and remind them of important next steps toward enrollment.

5-7 p.m.
Monday, February 4
Wednesday, February 6
Thursday, February 7

• Calling from Lee Hall Fourth Floor – Admissions Operations Suite
• Pizza and drinks will be provided each evening.
• Contact Melissa Yakabouski at myak@umw.edu to volunteer.

Classics, Philosophy, Religion Hosts ‘Madness’ Lecture Series

The Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies continues a series of lectures called “Mysterium Hunanum Studies: Madness” during spring semester. This series explores a variety of ways of representing and understanding madness.  As an iteration of Mysterium Humanum Studies, the lectures dwell on topics of central importance to human existence that we ordinarily take for granted, and provides an opportunity to reflect on what we mean by the notion, and how the phenomenon has manifested itself across human history.

The sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 201 of Trinkle Hall.  See below for the list of upcoming lectures:

Feb. 5:   Unstable Minds, Unstable Beliefs: Heretics in Late Antiquity    Jennifer  Barry (Religious Studies)

Feb. 12:   Are Racists Crazy?    Sander Gilman (Emory University)

Feb. 19:  “The Flag of Imagination”: The Surrealists and artists on the schizophrenia spectrum    Julia DeLancey (Art History) 

Feb. 26:   Love as divine madness (Plato’s Phaedrus)   David  Ambuel (Philosophy) 

March 12Divine Madness:  Antinomian Sufis in Islamic Mysticism  Mehdi Aminrazavi (Religious Studies)

March 19:  Musical Interpretations of Love and Madness in the Persian Epic Leili o Majnun​       Theresa Steward (Music

March 26:  Descartes and the Madness Argument    August Gorman

April 2: Crazy Wisdom? Enlightened Iconoclasm in Tibet, Guru Sex Scandals in the West. Daniel Hirshberg (Religious Studies)

April 9:  Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability     Elizabeth Donaldson (English, New York Institute of Technology) 

April 16:  “They Called Me Crazy”:  The Mad Scientist Trope and Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge.   Leanna Giancarlo (Chemistry)

April 23:  An Existential Approach to Madness.   Craig Vasey (Philosophy)







UMW Students Win Math Competition

Makenzie Cowler and Riley Anderson

Makenzie Cowler, left, and Riley Anderson presented at AMA’s Undergraduate Poster Session.

UMW students Riley Anderson and Makenzie Clower, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jeb Collins, delivered outstanding performances at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore earlier this month.

Anderson and Clower won the Radical Dash, a group competition that asks participants to answer math questions through social media, taking home a year subscription to the mathematics software Maple and a textbook. The students also presented at the Mathematical Association of America’s Undergraduate Students Poster Session.

“This conference is a great opportunity for students to see the wider mathematical world, to meet other students from different universities and to hear talks about research done in the field,” Collins said.

Physics Professor Makes Quantum Leap to Prestigious Fellowship

Professor Hai Nguyen is participating in a  fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Hai Nguyen is participating in a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UMW Professor of Physics Hai Nguyen knew the odds were against him. Thousands of scientists – the best of the best from across the country – vie each year for fewer than 150 first-time fellowships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He estimated his chances of being chosen at .0001 percent; then the phone rang. The scholar who’d solved equation after equation on the way to a Ph.D. and post-doctoral work in atomic physics had gotten one wrong.

In September, Nguyen left his office in Jepson for an AAAS fellowship in Washington, D.C., as a science advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Instead of for students, he’s breaking complex concepts into digestible information for politicians and top-level executives who influence lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (Read more.)