June 20, 2024

UMW Music Well Represented at Root Signals Electronic Music Festival

Facets of Love JUThe University of Mary Washington was represented by Department of Music faculty, students and alumni at the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida. Root Signals is sponsored by the Division of Music at Jacksonville University, and the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University and featured guest percussionist Tony Steve for the three-day festival of electronic music and media art.

Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his song cycle Facets of Love to close the festival on Saturday, September 12th. The performance featured Paige Naylor ’14: soprano, Becky Brown ’15: harp, Mark Snyder ’97: guitar, piano, synthesizer & electronics. The poems for Facets of Love were penned by Jeanine Casler, a faculty fellow at Hobart, Northwestern’s Women’s Residential College and the video was created by Anna Weisling, the Music Technology Specialist at The Juilliard School in New York. The first movement can be viewed below:

Junior Music major Austin O’Rourke performed his composition Hazel Colored Nebula during the Emerging Composers Concert on Thursday night, September 10th. His performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:


Becky Brown (UMW Music graduate 2015) performed her multimedia self-portrait composed during her spring 2015 independent study, Hold Still for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter on the Saturday September 12th afternoon concert. Her performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:

Stephen Hennessey (UMW Music graduate 2014) performed his work for processed guitar and electronics composed during his spring 2014 independent study, Ausgang during the Emerging Composers Concert. His performance of this piece on September 9,2014 can be heard below:

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Speaking from the Heart

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Coloring Outside the Lines

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Coloring Outside the Lines

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Entrepreneur Kenneth J. Lopez Addresses Master’s Candidates

CEO Kenneth J. Lopez ’92 urged graduates to consider entrepreneurial careers during his address at the University of Mary Washington graduate commencement Friday, May 9. “With this degree you’ve earned, entrepreneurship is in your grasp, and whether you see this germ within you, in that person you ride to work with, in a member of your family, with your lover or in your students all that has to be done is to grab this opportunity,” said Lopez, who is founder of the Alexandria-based A2L Consulting. In addition, he is a member of the UMW Board of Visitors. Ken Lopez encourages master's degree graduates to consider entrepreneurships. Lopez addressed more than 1,000 graduates, family members, friends and faculty, gathered in the William M. Anderson Center. A total of 213 graduate degrees were awarded, including 99 Master of Education degrees, 62 Master of Business Administration degrees, 40 Master of Science in Elementary Education degrees and 12 Master of Science in Management Information Systems degrees. Five graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program. After receiving a law degree from the Widener University School of Law, Lopez discovered that he had an unfulfilled creative passion for computer graphics. In 1995, he decided to combine his passion with his education after realizing that computer animation was just starting to be used in litigation. During his entrepreneurial adventure, he discovered some important lessons that he shared. A graduate celebrates with a hug. “Your network is bigger than you think it is, and you are going to need it more than ever in this economic climate. All you have to do is not be afraid to talk to people and ask for help,” he said. “It really is that simple.” Today, Lopez’s company is a leading provider of jury consulting, litigation graphics and courtroom support to all of the nation’s largest law firms. A2L Consulting was recently voted Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm in D.C. by the readers of Legal Times and, on a national level, a Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm by the National Law Journal. Graduate Graduation 4 (1) The father of triplets, Lopez serves on the advisory board of UMW’s College of Business and on the Dean’s National Advisory Council at Widener. He was UMW’s Junior Executive-in-Residence in 2008 and is a frequent guest speaker for classes and student organizations. “We, all of us here today, we are now your network. It already is bigger than you thought it was,” said Lopez. “Grab a hold of it, start something new – the table is set for you and the plates are just begging to be filled.” Rebecca Rubin, founder, president and CEO of environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.

Finally, the Right Fit

Mollie Welty's UMW journey, which started in 1989, came full circle at Commencement.

UMW Student Wins Virginia Psychological Association Award

University of Mary Washington senior Leanna Papp has been named the winner of the Frederick B. Rowe Award for an outstanding paper at the Virginia Psychological Association conference. Leanna Papp '14 (right) worked with Professor Mindy Erchull (left) on her award-winning paper. Papp received the award for her paper “Looking Over Her Shoulder: Women’s Justifying Beliefs and Experiences of Objectification Predict Fear of Rape and Rape Avoidance Tactics.” The work serves as her psychology honors thesis and her women’s and gender studies capstone project with Associate Professor of Psychology Mindy Erchull. The paper explores the effects of the history of rape and attempted rape, sexual objectification, and justifying beliefs on the fear of rape and rape-avoidant behaviors of women. The results suggest that women’s fear of rape is often more contingent on more subtle factors than obvious trauma, and that rape avoidance behavior may be a more complicated construct than originally hypothesized. In 2013, Papp received an undergraduate research grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, to begin her project. “The fact that Leanna sought off-campus grant funding for this project is indicative of her drive and determination to see this project through,” Erchull said. “I look forward to working with her in the coming months to revise her thesis for publication.” A psychology and women’s and gender studies double major, Papp is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi and Mortar Board. She has worked as a writing tutor for the past three years and as a research assistant/lab aide for the Department of History and American Studies since her junior year. She is a founding member of the campus feminist club, and has served as its president.

Legal Eagles

Competing with the UMW Mock Trial Team equips Colin Spangler '14 for a career in law.

UMW Student Receives Scholarship to Study in China

University of Mary Washington senior Shirley Naa-kowaa Martey’s quest to become fully fluent in the Chinese language will soon become a reality. The political science major is the recipient of the Chinese Critical Language Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Shortly after her graduation this May, Martey will travel to China for nine weeks to immerse herself in the country’s culture and language. “This scholarship means an opportunity to move toward my goal of attaining proficiency in Mandarin [Chinese] in an immersive environment,” said Martey, who added that she has searched for ways to learn Chinese language and culture beyond her classes at UMW.  “I want any opinion that I contribute to be one that people take seriously, and the scholarship puts me on that path.” Shirely Naa-kowaa Martey spent eight weeks in Taiwan in 2013. Shortly after graduation in May, she will travel to China. This is not the first travel abroad experience for Martey, who spent eight weeks at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan as a recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). “While I was in Taiwan, my post-graduation plans changed from going straight to grad school to focusing on becoming fluent,” Martey said. “I don’t want to be that fresh-faced student who reads books about China, has some language classes, and thinks she is qualified to talk about China in a graduate school or a professional setting. That’s not credible.” Martey, who describes herself as Ghanaian American, hopes to teach English in Taiwan and eventually seek her master’s and doctoral degrees. “Martey’s is precisely the type of prestigious academic achievement of which the UMW community should be proud,” said Jack Kramer, chair and distinguished professor of political science and international affairs. “It says a lot about the quality of our students and the education they receive here.”