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:  sorlando@umw.edu x1361, or Beth Hunsinger: ehunsing@umw.edu 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!

UMW Names Billingsley Associate Vice President of University Relations

Torre Meringolo, vice president for advancement and university relations, announced that Anna Billingsley has been named associate vice president for university relations.

An administrator at UMW since 2004, Anna Billingsley previously oversaw the university’s editorial and design staff and edited University of Mary Washington Magazine. Since July 2011, she served as interim AVP during which time she successfully guided the university’s launch of its new branding campaign.  Prior to her arrival at Mary Washington, Billingsley was editor of the University of Richmond alumni magazine. She also  taught journalism at Mary Washington and Richmond. She previously held positions as a reporter and editor at several Virginia newspapers, including The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, the Richmond News Leader and Richmond Times -Dispatch, and The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. She also worked for the Associated Press.

Billingsley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University.

UMW Staff Volunteer at Day of Caring

Two teams of University of Mary Washington staff traded in their desks and computers for paint brushes and shovels as volunteers at the Day of Caring on Thursday, September 15.

A total of 28 volunteers, 16 from Student Affairs and 12 from Advancement and University Relations, spent the morning cleaning, painting and landscaping for local agencies.

The team from Student Affairs volunteered at Thurman Brisben Center and Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services while the team from Advancement and University Relations volunteered at the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services Council.

This is the second year that a group from Mary Washington has volunteered with the Day of Caring, a project of Rappahannock United Way.