February 5, 2023

UMW Leaders Honored at Annual Eagle Awards Ceremony

University of Mary Washington senior Erin Shaw was presented with the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards ceremony honoring more than a dozen outstanding campus leaders in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom on Thursday night. Cedric Rucker, associate vice president and dean of Student Life, presented the $6,700 award to Shaw to […]

UMW’s ASPIRE Values Promoted at AAC&U Conference

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker at AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh.

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker at AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh.

Vice President for Equity and Access Sabrina Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair, and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker presented a poster session on UMW’s ASPIRE community values, The Value of Community Values, at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 29.

 

UMW Dean of Student Life Named ‘Living Legacy’

University of Mary Washington Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker was awarded the Richmond Public Schools (RPS) Living Legacy distinction Friday, April 29. He was recognized as an inspirational leader who exemplifies an extraordinary life.

C. Rucker

Cedric Rucker

Rucker was honored along with a handful of other alumni of Richmond Public Schools (RPS), including former NFL linebacker Willie Lanier and retired Virginia Senator Henry L. Marsh. All the recipients were described as “giants” in their fields.

“RPS prepared us to work hard, and to imagine a world anew,” said Rucker, reflecting on his journey within the Richmond Public School system, and specifically his alma mater, John Marshall High School.

He cited his parents and his grandparents as inspirational foundations, and he pointed to UMW alumni in the audience as “innovative leaders” whom he leaves as his legacy.

“We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,” he added, “and we have a responsibility to uplift the next generation.”

Known for his infectious laugh and brightly-colored bow tie collection, Rucker ’81 has spent more than three decades at Mary Washington. He started out as the school’s first residential African-American male student.  After earning his masters at U.Va., and filling a brief stint there as assistant dean of admissions, he returned to UMW. He is a highly visible and beloved administrator, as well as teacher of sociology classes.

The annual Living Legacy program, now in its fifth year, is presented by the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that partners with the school district to improve student learning and achievement in preparation for success in college, career and community.

For more information about the award, visit http://rpseducationfoundation.org/.

Celebrate Dean Rucker in Richmond

Please join us in congratulating Dean Cedric Rucker on the eve of being awarded the Richmond Public Schools (RPS) Living Legend Distinction.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Servers Needed

Campus Dining is hosting our first Thanksgiving Dinner in the new University Center between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.  We expect upwards of 1,500 guests and could really use some help serving!  Plus, students enjoy seeing their professors and administrators “behind the line”!  We are seeking about six volunteers per one hour shift.  Shifts begin at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or call 540-654-2169.  Your help is really appreciated!