November 27, 2022

UMW Admissions Announces Scholarships, Fall Open Houses

Last month, UMW landed on two national college rankings, 'Washington Monthly' and 'The Princeton Review.'

Students rush past Lee Hall on Campus Walk.

The University of Mary Washington has expanded scholarship opportunities this fall, with awards for first-year and transfer students, whether they choose to submit test scores or take advantage of UMW’s test-optional alternative.

“Our merit program is just one way Mary Washington is able to lower out-of-pocket costs for enrolling students,” said Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski. “Dollar for dollar, UMW continues to reward academic excellence and meet the financial needs of students and their families, with nearly $40 million awarded in 2022.”

Students are automatically considered for merit awards based on the information included in their application. Merit scholarships are awarded at the point of admission, and students receive notice within their official offer letter and packet.

First-year scholarships are available for degree-seeking applicants and range from the full-ride Washington Scholars for in-state students and Alvey Scholars for out-of-state students to subject-specific scholarships and merit awards. Read more.

Summer Snapshot: Study Abroad Is Back at UMW

 

‘UMW in Spain’ and other study abroad programs return this year at University of Mary Washington. In this photo, from left to right, Center for International Education Director Jose Sainz poses with UMW students Jessica Oberlies, Madeline Killian, Julia May and Gwen Harrison during the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Photo courtesy of Jose Sainz.

‘UMW in Spain’ and other study abroad programs return this year at University of Mary Washington. In this photo, from left to right, Center for International Education Director Jose Sainz poses with UMW students Jessica Oberlies, Madeline Killian, Julia May and Gwen Harrison during the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Photo courtesy of Jose Sainz.

Pictures from University of Mary Washington summer study abroad programs say a thousand words, but in honor of this weekend’s Education Abroad Fair we asked students to use just one word to sum up their recent overseas experiences.

“Enriching,” senior Julia May said of her time in Bilbao, Spain, where she took a food culture class, toured one of the country’s oldest wineries and visited a Spanish civil war museum devoted to the theme of peace.

Launched in 2002, UMW in Spain is one of Mary Washington’s three longest-running faculty-led study abroad programs – including UMW in France and UMW in Paris – all back this summer, after the pandemic put them on pause for two years. UMW students can learn about upcoming opportunities to study, research, intern or volunteer overseas at the fair, presented by the Center for International Education. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

The most recent study-abroad adventurers shared their thoughts, summing up the sights and tastes, people and traditions, landmarks and languages in just a few syllables. Read more.

UMW Police Department Reaccredited; Chief Hall Recognized

UMW Police Lt. Bill Gill and Chief Michael Hall receive the certificate of accreditation at a recent ceremony. At left is Jackson Miller, director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and at right is Robert Mosier, Virginia secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

UMW Police Lt. Bill Gill and Chief Michael Hall receive the certificate of accreditation at a recent ceremony. At left is Jackson Miller, director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and at right is Robert Mosier, Virginia secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

The University of Mary Washington Police Department was recently recognized for its overall professionalism and for the notable work of its leader, Chief Michael Hall.

This month the department was reaccredited for four more years by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC), which assesses agency operations for efficiency and effectiveness.

And Hall, the University’s chief law enforcement officer, has been named to the executive board of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA). That’s the organization of police and public safety agencies primarily responsible for the safety and security of Virginia colleges and universities.

Accreditation is a labor-intensive undertaking that considers a department’s administration, operations, personnel, and training. Independent auditors consider departments’ adherence to about 190 standards recognized as best practices. Read more.

UMW’s Into the Streets Service Project Helps Local Community

More than 70 University of Mary Washington students shared their volunteer spirit with the Fredericksburg area community on Saturday, Sept. 24, for Into the Streets. The autumn tradition is hosted by UMW’s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR), which supports and promotes community engagement, volunteerism and service among students.

“For a few hours on a Saturday, they have a chance to get out of their residence hall room and make a positive difference,” said Center for Community Engagement Director Sarah Dewees. “Into the Streets is a great way for UMW students to volunteer with nonprofit organizations that serve Fredericksburg and learn more about our community.”

Groups big and small set out to do lawn and garden work – planting, weeding, harvesting, mulching, shrub-trimming – for the Fredericksburg Area Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Lafayette Upper Elementary School, Downtown Greens and Tree Fredericksburg. They also cleaned up trash throughout the city and along the Rappahannock River. In total, the project helped 12 organizations and resulted in 216 service hours.

“It’s a great way to get involved with the City of Fredericksburg and give back to the community we call home during the school year,” said Nathan Francis, a junior and COAR staff member who’s majoring in political science and philosophy. Read more.

Center for Leadership and Media Studies Survey Results Make Headlines

Facilitated by Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, the 2022 annual statewide survey from the Center for Leadership and Media Studies is out. The 1,000-person poll of Virginia, conducted by Research America Inc. Sept. 6-12, contains a margin of error of plus/minus 3.1 percentage points. The results produced three news releases sharing the reflections and predictions.

Sept. 22: Virginia Public Schools Make the Grade in New Statewide Survey

Sept. 27: Voters Motivated in Midterm Elections According to New Statewide Survey

Sept. 28: Statewide Poll for Center for Leadership and Media Studies Posits Possible 2024 Senate Matchup

National Society of Collegiate Scholars Welcomes New Members

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) welcomed new student members at an induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This event marked the society’s first in-person induction ceremony for new members since the start of the pandemic. NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes first- and second-year students who excel academically. Students must hold a minimum GPA of 3.4 to be offered membership. Learn more on the NSCS national website.

UMW Joins Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News Rankings

University of Mary Washington received top rankings in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. Photo by Norm Shafer.

University of Mary Washington received top rankings in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. Photo by Norm Shafer.

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the nation’s top schools by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2023 “Best Colleges” list today. UMW ranked 11th among public liberal arts colleges and 149th among national liberal arts colleges, public and private.

This year’s U.S. News ranking marks a change in UMW’s Carnegie Classification category. Previously, UMW earned top marks as a public regional university, but with a longstanding mission to support – and record of excellence in – the public liberal arts and sciences, the University asked to be recategorized. In this edition, UMW joins public liberal arts peers, including the nation’s military academies, which perennially top the list.

Now in its 38th year, the U.S. News rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. Read more.

Mary Washington Introduces 24/7 Counseling Support for Students

UMW now offers 24/7 mental health counseling services.

UMW now offers 24/7 mental health counseling services.

Starting Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, UMW students seeking counseling services have access to such resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with on-campus options at the Talley Center for Counseling Services during business hours and after hours and weekend crisis stabilization and support available through ProtoCall.

As always, students can call the Talley Center first and speak with a clinician. After hours, by calling the same number for the Talley Center, they will be directed to ProtoCall, a telephonic behavioral health service staffed by trained clinicians.

“Understanding that students often feel distress after 5 p.m. when the Talley Center is closed, we sought ways in which students could receive clinical attention,” explained Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Juliette Landphair. “Students’ well-being affects everything they do, including their academic pursuits. This service complements our current resources as well as the new national hotline for mental health crisis, 988.” Read more.

UMW Gets it Right With ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

UMW juniors Nathaniel Huff (left) and Seth Drenning ’24 star in ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’ Photo by Geoff Greene.

UMW Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with a show that has college students performing a play about college students performing a play.

The descriptor might be redundant, but the outcome is riveting, said Department of Theatre and Dance Chair Gregg Stull.

The Play That Goes Wrong is the story of a cast of wannabe stars committed to pulling off their opening-night presentation of Murder at Haversham Manor despite boundless blunders and missteps. Packed with comedic elements and technical touches, this play within a play stretches the talents of UMW students who act like actors in a murder mystery gone awry. The show – onstage in Klein Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 2 – kicks off a season specifically designed to coax theatregoers into continuing to return to in-person performances.

“The very nature of this play is so different from what people expect from theatre,” said senior computer science and theatre major Ethan Pearson, who’s cast as Chris. “The dominoes keep falling to make things worse and worse, and you just can’t wait to see what fails next.” Read more.

Banned Books Week Read Out Event Illuminates

UMW President Troy Paino reads from 'Slaughterhouse-Five' during the recent Banned Books Week Read Out event.

UMW President Troy Paino reads from ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ during the recent Banned Books Week Read Out event.

In recognition of the annual American Library Association’s Banned Books Week (September 18-24), a Read Out was held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, on Campus Walk, in front of Lee Hall, and near Katora and the Hurley Convergence Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. President Paino and other administrators, faculty, staff, and students read from selected banned and challenged books in a free, public event sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics, Simpson Library and Katora. Simpson Library’s special collections will have an exhibit of rare banned books. The lobby area of Simpson Library has a special display related to banned books throughout the week.