October 2, 2023

UMW Students Receive Awards of Excellence

University of Mary Washington students were honored for outstanding achievements at recent awards programs.

Jennifer A. Crystle received the UMW Alumni Award for demonstrating an outstanding combination of academic excellence, leadership and service to the university and Departmental Honors in English.

Kandra V. Selby received the Fredericksburg Kiwanis Award.

Ryan J. Hayes received the Alumni Association Bachelor of Liberal Studies Distinguished Graduate Award for academic excellence and citizenship, the Ann Elizabeth Fitschen Memorial Political Science Award and Departmental Honors in Political Science.

Kate Miceli received the Clara Boyd Wheeler Award for a graduating senior who exemplifies grace, a spirit of service and the ability to change lives.

Casey Dodrill received the Elizabeth M. Baumgarten Leadership Award for outstanding service to the university and community.

Lisa Charney was named Female Athlete of the Year.


Department Awards

            Cheryl J. Elliott, Ann Elizabeth Collins Award;

The graduates were among 1275 honored in ceremonies May 10-11.

Hannah E. Ridenour, Art History Award for Outstanding Research and Departmental Honors in Art History;

Rachael Juhan, Melchers Gray Purchase Award;

Michael A. Carlo, William A. Castle Award for the Outstanding Biology Major and Departmental Honors in Biology;

Patrick R. Marek, Outstanding Senior in Business Administration Award and Departmental Honors in Economics;

James K. Snyder, Outstanding Senior in Professional Studies Award;

Alexandra M. Wolfson, Patricia L. Metzger Award;

Allison M. Leninger, American Institute of Chemists Award;

Mae A. Carpenter, American Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Major;

Hallie Deanna Midorin Feingold, Laura V. Sumner Award in Classics, Outstanding Graduate in Classics and Departmental Honors in Classics;

Devin S. LaMoy, Outstanding Graduate in Greek;

Katherine L. Casey, Outstanding Graduate in Religion and Departmental Honors in Religion;

Joseph S. Langenberg-Mason, Barbara Leigh Gregg Prize in Greek and Departmental Honors in Classics;

Nicole L. Cochran, Henry W. Hewetson Economics Award and Departmental Honors in Economics;

Ana R. Bice, Harold Thompson Straw Award in Geography;

Katherine S. Gibson, Grace Wadsworth Award in Historic Preservation;

Leslie A. Bird, Historic Preservation Achievement Award;

Alexandra U. Crowder, Governor Alexander Spotswood Award in Historic Archaeology;

Susanna R. Parmelee, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. Award in Honor of Prince B. Woodard;

Carly K. Boucher, Phi Alpha Theta Award for Highest GPA in History and Departmental Honors in History;

Samantha M. Corron, Glen R. Thomas Award for Highest GPA in American Studies;

Jeremy S. Thompson, Willie Lee Rose Award for Academic Excellence in History and American Studies;

Kathryn E. Dillinger, Oscar Schultz Award in Mathematics and Departmental Honors in Mathematics;

Chelsea A. Thomas, Anne and Sidney Hamer Music Award;

Katherine E. Preseren, Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award in Music;

Zachary C. Fichter, Outstanding Senior Award in Music;

Darren M. Getts, Physics Faculty Award and Departmental Honors in Physics;

William S. Kyle, Ann Elizabeth Fitschen Memorial Political Science Award and Departmental Honors in International Affairs;

Courtney Lynn, Outstanding Senior Psychology Major Award and Departmental Honors in Psychology;

Bess B. Ten Eyck, Robert E. Ingham Award in Theatre and Departmental Honors in Theatre;

Tracy A. Frelk, Ruby York Weinbrecht Award for Outstanding Senior Library Assistant.

Graduate Business Awards

            Balvant P. Arora, Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student Award;

Wallace E. Burrus, Outstanding Master of Science in Management Information Systems Student Award;

Erin M. Brooks, Outstanding Master of Business Administration- Master of Science in Management Information Systems Student Award.


Graduate Education Awards

            Michaela D. Sands, Barbara Bishop Mann ’66 Virginia Educator Award;

Nina Passmore and Sarah Duffy, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Virginia Scholars Awards;

Dana Cazen, Outstanding Master of Education Student Award.


Departmental Honors

            Maria K. Galuszka, Anne R. Grasselli, Sierra D. Martin and Chelsea L. Neal, Departmental Honors in Art History;

Ryan S. Green, Abigail A. Kimmitt and Margaret F. Walker, Departmental Honors in Biology;

Robert F. Higgins, Departmental Honors in Chemistry;

Bethany M. Akers, Kevin M. Cherniawski, Osatohanmwen I. Guobadia and Jessica N. White, Departmental Honors in Computer Science;

Laura A. Dick and Christopher M. Rieve, Departmental Honors in Economics;

Rita E. Daniel, Kathleen D. Nelson and Amanda K. Wikle, Departmental Honors in English;

Elyse V. Clark, Departmental Honors in Environmental Science;

Amanda L. Parker, Departmental Honors in Geology;

Kaitlin C. Smart, Ryan C. Thompson, Rachel E. Underwood, Matthew I. Winstanley and Susi W. Woofter, Departmental Honors in German;

Anna K. Holman, Mary E. Moody and Brooke N. Parker, Departmental Honors in History;

Kelly M. Brown and Peter H. Slattery, Departmental Honors in Mathematics;

Erin M. Hill, Departmental Honors in Political Science;

Kristin A. Lamb and Paola A. Maldonado-Torres, Departmental Honors in Religion;

Ylbania Diloné Johnson, Paige E. Kaufman and Carley A. McCready, Departmental Honors in Spanish;

Mattson C. Fields, Departmental Honors in Studio Art.

Educator and Author to Deliver 2013 Commencement Addresses, May 10-11

The University of Mary Washington has announced its graduate and undergraduate speakers for the 2013 commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Dr. William “Bill” Cleveland Bosher Jr., public policy expert and former Virginia superintendent of education, will be the guest speaker for the graduate address on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. Steve Pemberton,

William “Bill” Cleveland Bosher will be the guest speaker during UMW’s graduate commencement ceremony. Photo courtesy of VCU.

business executive, motivational speaker and noted author, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.

Bill Bosher

Bosher has been a teacher, principal, state director, local superintendent of two districts with more than 35,000 students and the superintendent of public instruction for the commonwealth of Virginia. He currently serves as distinguished professor of public policy and education at Virginia Commonwealth University and executive director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a legislative entity focused on research, training and policy analysis.

Named the arts administrator of the year by the Kennedy Center, Bosher is the only superintendent in Virginia to be named twice as the Superintendent of the Year. He has served as a consultant in more than 35 states and a dozen foreign countries on topics related to educational law and finance, policy analysis, standards development, school evaluations and human relations.

The co-author of “Law and Education: Contemporary Issues and Court Decisions” and “The School Law Handbook, What Every Leader Needs to Know,” Bosher is the board chairman of Edvantia, a research and evaluation nonprofit, and is a fellow of SchoolNet and the Urban Health Initiative.

Steve Pemberton

Pemberton has served as divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens since 2011, after more than five years in diversity and inclusion at Monster.com and a decade in admissions at Boston College.

Steve Pemberton, divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens, will be the guest speaker during UMW’s undergraduate commencement ceremony.

His speeches are inspirational testament to the power of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Pemberton has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He has served on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Home for Little Wanderers and the National TRIO Alumni Association. His memoir, “A Chance in the World: an Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home,” chronicles his difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family.

In 2006, Fortune named him one of “the top 20 chief diversity officers in corporate America.” In 2007, Pemberton was called to Capitol Hill to provide testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting, and in 2008 he was named by Savoy as one of “the top 100 most influential African Americans in corporate America.” Pemberton, who lives in the Chicago area, presented UMW’s Martin Luther King Jr., keynote lecture in 2013.

This Weekend Marks UMW’s 101st Commencement

Chad Murphy was awarded the Mary Pinschmidt Award during the 2011 Commencement ceremony

For more than 1,000 University of Mary Washington students, this weekend marks the culmination of countless classes and years of hard work, and the transition to life as alumni.

The 101st undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12 beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. The ceremony will feature historian and economist Neil Howe’s address and the presentation of the university’s top honors and awards. The senior convocation ceremony on Friday, May 11 will celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class with a keynote speaker and senior awards.

Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of SnagAJob.com, will deliver the address during the commencement ceremony for graduate students on Friday, May 11. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center, followed by a reception in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.

For more information, visit http://www.umw.edu/commencement.

Entrepreneur Shawn Boyer and Historian Neil Howe to Deliver Commencement Addresses

Shawn Boyer (left) and Neil Howe will deliver addresses during the 2012 commencement exercises

On Tuesday, March 20, the University of Mary Washington announced its undergraduate and graduate commencement speakers for the 2012 ceremonies. Shawn Boyer, founder and chief executive officer of SnagAJob.com, will deliver the graduate address on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center; and historian, economist and best-selling author Neil Howe will be guest speaker at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.


Shawn Boyer

Boyer founded SnagAJob.com, the nation’s largest online community of hourly workers with more than 28 million members, in 1999. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., SnagAJob.com has been named one of the 10 Best Small Companies to Work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute.

In 2008, President George W. Bush recognized Boyer as the National Small Business Person of the Year, a distinction given by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Boyer, author of “Help Wanted & Help Found: The Insiders’ Guide to Recruiting & Hiring Hourly Workers,” was named Virginia’s Business Person of the Year in 2009. His insights on the hourly workforce have appeared in media such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Good Morning America and CNN, as well as daily newspapers throughout the nation.

Prior to founding SnagAJob.com, Boyer was a transactional attorney with the law firm of Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin, LLP).  He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Washington and Lee School of Law, and he received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including The Richmond Forum, Sports Backers, Comfort Zone Camp, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the George C. Marshall Foundation.

Neil Howe

Howe, a founding partner of LifeCourse Associates consulting firm, has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today’s generations. A recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy and migration, he is senior advisor to the Concord Coalition and senior associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Howe has coauthored best-selling books about generations with historian William Strauss, including “Generations,” “13th Gen,” “The Fourth Turning” and “Millennials Rising,” which are used widely by businesses, colleges, government agencies and political leaders. Howe and Strauss originally coined the term “Millennial Generation” and their work “13th Gen” remains the best-selling nonfiction book ever written about Generation X.

Howe’s articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Demographics, USA Weekend and other national publications. He has drafted several Social Security reform plans and testified on entitlements numerous times before Congress. In addition, Howe has written extensively about budget policy and aging and on attitudes toward economic growth, social progress and stewardship. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduate degrees in economics from Yale University.

Freedom Riders to Deliver Commencement Addresses

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will deliver the address at the University of Mary Washington’s 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. The university’s graduate commencement will be held Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium with U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) as guest speaker.

Both Filner and Lewis were among the 1961 Freedom Riders who successfully challenged segregated interstate bus transportation in the South. The commencement addresses will conclude the university’s semester-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides led by the late civil rights activist James Farmer.