August 25, 2019

Announcing Giving Day 2020

Announcing Giving Day 2020

Save the date: Mary Washington’s 4th Annual Giving Day will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020. Mary Wash Giving Day, also known as #MaryWashDay, is a 24-hour online event in which alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of UMW come together to make gifts to areas across the University. It’s an opportunity for you to raise funds to support departmental priorities.

Sign-up for #MaryWashDay 2020 is now open!

If your department or campus organization would like to participate in Mary Wash Giving Day 2020, please fill out this short form by September 3.  We will hold an initial mandatory meeting for all participating groups on Thursday, September 26. In an attempt to accommodate differing schedules, we will offer this meeting at two different times: 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., both in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.

During this kickoff meeting, we will go over all of the new guidelines for Giving Day 2020 and distribute the Giving Day 2020 informational packet. In an effort to streamline, this packet will contain all of the guidelines, due dates, and information needed to make Giving Day 2020 a success. After this initial meeting, other optional workshops will be held throughout the year to help participants prepare for the big day.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Shelby Orlando: x1361, or Beth Hunsinger: x2068.

We are excited to work with everyone who will be participating in #MaryWashDay 2020!

UMW Supporters Make It Happen

The final results are in for fiscal year 2019. All together 7,358 UMW alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, students, and businesses made a grand total of $9.4 million in gifts and pledges.

But, that’s not all. See this infographic from the Office of Advancement for more amazing facts about philanthropy and engagement from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. THANK YOU for your continued support!

Vote Fredericksburg “Best Small Town” in Southern Living Magazine

Southern Living has announced its nominations for the “South’s Best 2020,” and Fredericksburg, Virginia, is up for “Best Small Town.” Williamsburg and Fredericksburg were the only Virginia locations nominated for Best Small Town. Beaufort, North Carolina, was voted Southern Living’s Best of the South in 2019.

Cast your vote and share your hometown passion for Fredericksburg by visiting Vote now!  #SouthsBest #SouthernLiving

Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW: Gatsby at the Library

The Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW’s next networking event will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The Central Rappahannock Regional Library Administrative Center.

Gatsby at the Library

Muddle, stir and shake! Step into a Gatsby cocktail party. Suzi Anker from Anker Mobile Bartending will masterfully create three different Gatsby-era cocktails for guests to taste. Anker has tended bars in six different states across the country, from Denali, Alaska to Boston, Massachusetts. Cocktails will be paired with tasty bites from Italian Station in downtown Fredericksburg.

We hope to see you there. It’s bound to be the bee’s knees!

Cost per person: $15. Includes cocktail tasting and paired bites.

Register Today

All UMW Assembly, Friday, August 16

Dear UMW Faculty and Staff,

President Paino invites all UMW faculty and staff to attend the All UMW Assembly on Friday, Aug. 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall. If you are unable to attend the assembly, please note that it will be recorded and made available on the UMW website.

Office of the President

New UMW MBA Program to Launch this Fall

The UMW MBA program will begin a new format starting in Fall 2019. Recently, SCHEV approved the implementation of the 36 credit MBA program. The design of the MBA includes foundation business courses at the graduate level and eliminates the previous undergraduate business prerequisite course requirements.  MBA applicants who have five or more years of progressive, professional work experience or possess a regionally accredited, advanced degree may apply to have their GMAT or GRE waived.  For information on the new MBA program please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at ext. 8000 or email Click here for full program information.



Join Us to Celebrate Beate Jensen’s Retirement Aug. 7

Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Beate Jensen, the cultural resources manager for Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont on August 7 from 5-7 p.m. She retires after 20 years with the University of Mary Washington.

Beate recently received the Annual Historic Preservation Award by the Stafford County Historical Commission for her exemplary efforts to restore, safeguard and interpret the grounds at Gari Melchers Home and Studio. Joanna Catron, assistant director and curator of GMHS, read the following tribute to her colleague at an awards presentation before the Board of Supervisors:

If today the storied structures and grounds that comprise the 18th-century property known as Belmont are perceived as unusually authentic, well-maintained and a delight to the senses, it is due in large part to the expert care and dedication given to it for the last 20 years by Cultural Resource Manager Beate Jensen and the staff who serve under her direction. From the first, it has been Ms. Jensen’s ambition to provide a faithful representation of the 27-acre site coinciding with the period of Gari and Corinne Melchers’ residence there for the edification and enjoyment of visitors and future generations. Under her stewardship, and in partnership with the Garden Club of Virginia and other organizations, public and private, Beate has safeguarded the historic integrity of the property, developed and implemented a prioritized plan for practical and appropriate restoration where needed, and provided engaging educational and interpretive experiences. 

Beate Jensen, cultural resource manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

Beate Jensen, cultural resource manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

Beate extensively researched the history of the property and its site design for restoration and improvements to the historic smokehouse, horse stable and cow barn; to gates, fences, stone walls, piers, stairs and walkways; to garden ornaments and other man-made features; and to historic planting beds, roses and trees. She also supervises a maintenance program of tree pruning, feeding and disease prevention, and created a wildlife habitat.  She oversaw design and installation of outdoor lighting, new roofs for dependencies and upgrades to lightning protection of buildings and historic trees.

With the assistance of student interns and university colleagues, Beate began a long-term effort to catalog and map all natural and man-made grounds collections at Belmont. She authored the first comprehensive history of the 1790 house and a guide to dinosaur prints on the property, and has been an advocate for African American history in Stafford County through preservation and interpretation of the Fannie Roots House.  She is a frequent speaker on historic gardens and preservation matters and regularly represents Gari Melchers Home and Studio at professional conferences.


UMW’s Eagle Village Welcomes AT&T Mobility, Patriot Subs

AT&T Mobility and Patriot Subs to open in UMW’s Eagle Village. Photo by Norm Shafer.

AT&T Mobility and Patriot Subs to open in UMW’s Eagle Village. Photo by Norm Shafer.

The University of Mary Washington Foundation has announced that UMW’s Eagle Village will welcome two new businesses.

Wireless communication services giant AT&T Mobility and made-to-order sandwich shop Patriot Subs will arrive soon on the ground floor of the office building at the residential and retail mixed-use Eagle Village development. Patriot Subs leased the 1,500 square-foot space that had housed Quiznos and plans to open in September. AT&T Mobility, which will move into the 3,400-square-foot front-corner space previously occupied by Pancho Villa, is slated to open early next year. Read more.


Interstate 95 Corridor Improvement Plan Survey

For many years, the Fredericksburg region has been plagued with gridlock and congestion. To help ease the congestion in our region, we need you, your colleagues, your customers, and your friends to take this survey.

According to officials from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the survey results are the most important input to the study.

If you’d like more information about transportation issues or solutions, please contact Kyle Allwine, Director of Governmental Affairs, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 

Join us for our Fred Chats!

Join us for our first Fred Chat!

The Center for Community Engagement will be hosting the first of many “Fred Chats” on Tuesday August 13th in the Colonnade Room of the UC from noon to 1 p.m. This Brown Bag talk will provide a detailed discussion about the region we live in and some key issues in our broader Fredericksburg community. Speakers Linda Milsaps and Kate Gibson will be joining us from the George Washington Regional Commission. The George Washington Regional Commission is the “planning district commission” established by the General Assembly for the region comprising the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Please join us with your lunch and your questions and ideas!