October 27, 2020

Feeling Alone? Phone a Mary Washington Friend

A Mary Washington student using a hall telephone in 1965.

A Mary Washington student using a hall telephone in 1965

The Alumni Relations Team has reached out to alumni who may be feeling isolated due to social distancing with the following letter.

Mary Washington Alumni,

It seems that each day we are waking up to a world of uncertainty as the impact of the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) spreads across the globe. Millions of people are being encouraged to distance themselves from others, creating a prolonged period of isolation.

Humans are social beings, and isolation can be extremely difficult with potential health implications. As UMW President Troy D. Paino recently said, “Mary Washington stands for so much—education, empowerment, integrity, caring, and compassion. But most of all, people. At Mary Washington, it’s always about people.”

In an effort to support our alumni, students, and community, the Alumni Relations team is excited to launch the “Phone a Mary Washington Friend” program. During program hours, anyone feeling isolated from the world and craving some human interaction may call to speak with a caring and friendly member of the UMW team.

Phone A Mary Washington Friend
10am-8pm (Eastern)
Monday through Saturday
(540) 654-1173

Tell us about your favorite professors or places on campus, the friends you met, and the career path you took. Or, share your ideas of what we can do in the future. While right now it might feel like it, no one in our community is alone. Someone who is happy to connect is just a phone call away.

Together, we will get through this challenging time and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like further information. We appreciate your support as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

 

Sincerely,

The Alumni Relations Team

Reunion Weekend 2019, May 31-June 2

Each year the Office of Alumni Relations hosts Reunion Weekend on the Mary Washington campus. Over 800 alumni and guests are expected to come back to campus and participate in dozens of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. While alumni from all classes are welcome at Reunion Weekend, classes ending in fours and nines from 1949 to 2009 are invited back to campus this year to celebrate their milestone reunions. This very special Reunion Weekend will be held May 30 – June 2, 2019.

We would like to extend the invitation for the entire campus community to participate in the various events throughout the weekend in order to connect with former students. The Reunion Weekend schedule is listed online at http://alumni.umw.edu/reunionweekend. Online pre-registration is closed, but you may register in person on campus! Walk-Up Registration will be located in the lobby of the University Center and will be open from 8am-5pm on Friday and again from 7:30am-3pm on Saturday. If you are interested in seeing who is currently signed up to attend, visit the registration page and click “Attendee List.” Click the column header labeled “Preferred Class Year” to sort the list by class year.

We hope to see you there!

 

Reunion Weekend 2015

Each year the Office of Alumni Relations hosts Reunion Weekend on the Fredericksburg campus. Nearly 800 alumni and guests are expected to come back to campus and participate in dozens of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. This year, the classes ending in fives and zeroes are invited back to campus May 29-31 to celebrate their reunions.  Current faculty and staff are invited to participate in the various events throughout the weekend  and have the opportunity to connect with UMW alumni.

The Reunion Weekend schedule is listed online at http://alumni.umw.edu/reunionweekend.  Alumni Relations will waive the Saturday picnic lunch fee for current faculty and staff who wish to attend.  Email alumni@umw.edu with your name and guests names by May 22 for nametag and catering purposes.

If you are interested in seeing who is currently signed up to attend, visit the registration page (http://alumni.umw.edu/reunionweekend2015) and click “Attendee List.” Click the column header labeled “Preferred Class Year” to sort the list by class year.

Etiquette Dinner with President Hurley Next Week

President Richard V. Hurley and his wife, Rose Hurley, will join students at an etiquette dinner on Wednesday, April 4. The dinner, sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations, will give students the opportunity to enjoy a six-course meal and discuss dining and professional etiquette.

Several alumni, including Mary E. White ’99, Lloyd Backstrom ’61, Chris Fines ’99 and Barbara Williams ’95, plan to attend the dinner.

Students who would like to attend need to register through the Office of Career Services. More information is available at http://academics.umw.edu/careerservices/2012/03/27/etiquette-dinner-with-president-hurley/.

Mark Thaden Presents at Conferences

Mark Thaden, director of alumni relations, presented at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III conference in Atlanta from Feb. 19 to 22. Thaden’s talk focused on small shop alumni relations.

On Monday, March 26, he will present “Cost Effective Strategies for Reaching out to Alumni: Alumni Relations on a Shoe String” at the Institute of International Education’s Finnish Higher Education Experts USA Study Tour in Washington, D.C.

Legal Eagle Alumni Career Panel

Lawyers, a corporate VP, a policy maker, a current law school student, and more will share their stories and answer questions at the Legal Eagle Alumni Career Panel this Thursday, November 10. The panel session, sponsored by Career Services and Alumni Relations, will begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411.

Panelists will include Daniel Steen ’84, Rector of the UMW Board of Visitors; The Honorable J. Martin Bass, Judge in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia; and Caitlin Robb Kelly ’06, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond. Also, Heather Mullins Crislip ’95, Special Assistant for Policy Programs at The Miller Center at The University of Virginia; Mark Graybeal ’05, Associate with Pesner, Kawamoto, Conway PLC; Anna Markham Sanders ’02, Former Associate at Dow Lohnes PLLC; Chris Winslow ’01, Attorney at Law at the Law Office of Christopher M. Winslow, PLLC; and Brian Wall, Assistant Dean for Admission at Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary will participate.

Jay Sinha ’07, Juris Doctor Candidate at Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, will moderate the panel.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134525716653292 or contact (540) 654-1022.

Director of National Alumni Engagement Named

Torre Meringolo, Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, has announced a reorganization of Alumni Relations that is in line with feedback received at regional alumni events across the country and supportive of a key recommendation of the UMW Strategic Plan to “actively recruit alumni to participate in . . . the life of the University, and maintaining a strong, active relationship with the alumni as invested and on-going partners in the institution’s identity and future.”
The position of Director of National Alumni Engagement has been created following the model found in other leading universities and colleges. The primary purpose of this position will be to develop local alumni networks in regions of the country with large UMW alumni populations. Core groups of alumni volunteers will be identified in these areas in order to build a strong, national network. The impact of the initiative will be multiplied by this volunteer network as new opportunities for alumni engagement are identified in areas such as admissions, career services, and fund raising.
Cindy Snyder has agreed to serve as the University’s first Director of National Alumni Engagement. She brings to this position a deep appreciation and knowledge of the UMW alumni community. A national search will be commenced early in the new year for a new Director of Alumni Relations, and Cindy will remain in her current position until the search process is complete.
Additionally, in order to gain greater organizational efficiencies and support for the totality of alumni responsibilities, both positions will report to Ken Steen, Associate Vice President for Advancement.