April 14, 2021

Scott Jones Hired as Dahlgren Campus Director

Scott Jones

Scott Jones
Campus Director
UMW Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research

Please welcome Scott Jones, Campus Director of the UMW Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research. Scott joined the university’s staff last week after a highly successful 30-year career in the defense industry, 28 of which were with BAE Systems’ Dahlgren site. Most recently, he managed a major program for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and BAE Systems, developing and operating multiple mobile criminal forensics laboratories in Iraq and Afghanistan with responsibility for more than 300 scientists, technicians and support staff. He brings well-established relationships with the region’s military and civilian communities, a respected history of successful leadership and accomplishment, and the energy that will enhance the Dahlgren Campus’ multi-faceted contributions to the Navy, King George County and the university.

Scott is a 1984 Mary Washington graduate, son of Jane Johnson Jones ‘55 and married 30 years next month to Mary Chidester Jones ‘81.  Scott and Mary have raised their family in King George where Mary is a King George Elementary School teacher, their son Luke is a rising senior at JMU, and their daughter Jesse is a rising senior at KGHS. He also has contributed his time and talents serving on the Executive Committee for the King George Relay for Life, and leading Relay fundraisers such as the Relay Bridge Ride, a motorcycle tour through the local countryside mapped to cross as many bridges as possible, with pledged donations for each bridge. The 2013 Relay Bridge Ride tallied 74 bridges in 5 hours, and raised over $8,000 for Relay.

Scott’s relationships, perspective and experience will contribute to his success and the continued accomplishments of the Dahlgren Campus. Please welcome him as he meets and gets to know so many of you that will work with and support his efforts. You can contact Scott at extension 4031 or sjones24@umw.edu, and of course, you’re always welcome to visit him at the UMW Dahlgren Campus.

UMW Students and Faculty Collaborate with Dahlgren Researchers

Eight University of Mary Washington students have received hands-on guidance this semester from mentors at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren. The students shared the results of their undergraduate research projects during poster presentations on Wednesday, April 30 at UMW’s Dahlgren campus. UMW professors Debra Hydorn, Melody Denhere and Stephen Davies collaborated with the students and mentors on four projects:
  • Statistical modeling and analysis of counts in time – using social network data, students Kim Hildebrand and Candice Benshaw analyzed the number of Twitter messages sent within a county in the U.S. during a given hour.
  • Simulation of a social network graph – students Cody Reibsome and Benjamin Blalock established a model of the collection of individuals that a member follows and the collection of individuals who are followers on Twitter.
  • String edit distance for micro-blogging text – in order to follow trends on Twitter there is a need to be able to account for misspellings. Students Jonathan Blauvelt and Anthony Bell used a distance measure to determine the similarity of tweets.
  • Citation prediction and analysis – students William Etcho and Josiah Neuberger explored methodologies for predicting the number of citations a paper or patent receives or for identifying emerging technologies.
For more information about the projects, contact Hydorn at dhydorn@umw.edu.

Virginia Living Magazine Names UMW Among Most Innovative Schools

The University of Mary Washington has been selected as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top schools of 2013 by Virginia Living, the most widely read lifestyle magazine in the state. UMW is listed among 150 of Virginia’s most innovative educational programs in the magazine’s State of Education supplement in the October issue. BADGE_final_VaLivingThe list recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in five categories, including arts and humanities, science, math, and technology, co-ops and partnerships, athletics, and capital improvements. UMW appears in the science, math and technology category for its Domain of One’s Own initiative, the capital improvements category for the new Information and Technology Convergence center, and the co-ops and partnerships category for its partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. UMW’s Domain of One’s Own project is unprecedented in higher education. Starting this fall, the university provides each incoming student with the opportunity to claim his or her own personal web domain name and web hosting account. Under the guidance of UMW’s Department of Division of Learning and Technologies, students are able to define and control their online presence, managing coursework, developing e-portfolios and setting up databases that remain with them long after they graduate. UMW successfully piloted the program during the 2012-13 academic year, offering it to 400 students and faculty. Other institutions have taken an interest and are planning to emulate the project. The Convergence Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. One of the biggest construction projects at UMW is a $39 million Information & Technology Convergence Center, which will serve as an “academic commons” building. The center will be a place where technology, information and teaching resources merge in a modern, energetic and vibrant environment. The four-story building, expected to open by fall 2014, will connect to Simpson Library and will contain a data center, classrooms, offices, a digital theater, media labs, a café and countless collaboration areas. UMW and the Naval Surface Warfare Center have had a long, rich history of working together, starting in World War II and continuing through the present day. Among other initiatives, NSWC provides the Fredericksburg campus with a high-resonance nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is used cooperatively by the chemistry department and NSWC scientists. In addition, the Navy facility sponsors internships to computer science students, and supports STEM teacher training at UMW. UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research, opened in 2012, serves as an educational off-site location for NSWC and other base commands. The magazine will be available in bookstores on Friday, Sept. 6. More information about the State of Education list is available at http://www.virginialiving.com/.

UMW Hosts National Security Lectures

The University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research will host its third series of lectures this spring on global events and their impact on U.S. national security. The lecture series is a joint effort of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council (MAC), the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) and UMW. The lectures provide the Department of Defense and industry representatives with current data on global events that challenge national security. The sessions also will be broadcast to the Stafford Technology and Research (STAR) Center at Quantico as well as the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the lecture series began with a discussion on “The Global Economics of Water” by Jacqueline Gallagher, associate professor of geography. On Tuesday, March 19, John Kramer, distinguished professor of political science, will discuss “Superpower Competition in Post-Soviet Central Asia: The ‘Great Game’ Redux.” Other lectures will include Cynthia Watson, professor of strategy at the National Defense University, who will present “China’s Growing Shadow in the Global Arena” on Tuesday, April 16, and Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science, who will present “Political Islam and the Arab Spring” on Thursday, May 30. All lectures in the series will be held at University Hall from 8 to 10 a.m., except Cynthia Watson’s lecture that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., are free and open to the public. Registration for the lectures is requested as space is limited. For more information or to register, visit http://dahlgren.umw.edu/.

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News release prepared by: Sarah Tagg

Rep. Rob Wittman to Speak at Dahlgren Campus, 10/10

Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District will speak at UMW’s Dahlgren campus as part of the National Security Lecture Series. Wittman will present his lecture, “Sequestration and the Federal Budget – Implications for the Department of Defense and National Security,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

First elected in 2007, Wittman is running for reelection this November against Democrat Adam Cook. Wittman will return to UMW on Monday, Oct. 29 for a debate at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

The National Security Lecture Series, first held in April 2012, is a collaborative effort that includes UMW’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council. All lectures in the four-part series will begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking and end at 10:30 a.m. at UMW’s Dahlgren campus in University Hall, Room 110.

The lecture series began on Wednesday, Oct. 3 with Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Affairs John M. Kramer’s lecture “Russian Foreign Policy: Strategic Challenges for the United States.”

Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science and international affairs, will present his lecture, “The Syria Crisis: Personal, National and Regional Insecurity,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The lecture series will conclude with Professor of Political Science Stephen J. Farnsworth’s lecture “The 2012 Presidential Election: The Media, Public Opinion and International Issues.”  Farnsworth also is the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at UMW.

While there is no cost to attend the lectures, registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit http://dahlgren.umw.edu/upcoming-events/national-security-lecture-series/.

National Security Lecture Series at Dahlgren

The University of Mary Washington Department of Political Science and International Affairs, in collaboration with the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, is pleased to announce the continuation of the National Security Lecture Series held at the university’s Dahlgren campus.

Jack Kramer, who lectured last spring, will kick off the series and focus on Russian foreign policy.  Ranjit Singh, who also lectured last spring, will follow up his Arab Spring presentation by providing participants with additional insights into the Syria crisis.  Congressman Rob Wittman will overview the ways in which sequestration will impact the federal budget, the resulting impact on our nation’s defense and national security implications.  Finally, Stephen Farnsworth, who directs the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will focus on the 2012 campaign and election, paying special attention to national security issues.

The programs start at 8 a.m. with registration, refreshments and networking followed by the lecture starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m.  The lectures will include time for each speaker’s presentation along with opportunities for questions and answers.  While there is no cost to attend, we ask that you register for each lecture at http://dahlgren.umw.edu/.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: “Russian Foreign Policy: Strategic Challenges for the United States” by Jack Kramer, distinguished professor of political science and international affairs

Wednesday, Oct. 10: “Sequestration and the Federal Budget – Implications for the Department of Defense and National Security” by Rep. Rob Wittman

Tuesday, Oct. 30: “The Syria Crisis: Personal, National and Regional Insecurity” by Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science

Wednesday, Nov. 14: “The 2012 Presidential Election: The Media, Public Opinion and International Issues” by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies

History Exhibit Opens at Dahlgren Campus

(Copyright Patrick Ross Photography, 2012)

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation will present a permanent exhibit highlighting the King George County Navy base starting Wednesday, July 25 at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren campus.

The opening reception for the exhibit will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, followed by a forum discussion at 5 p.m. and tours at 6 p.m. The reception and program are free and open to the public. Registration is requested at dahlgren.umw.edu.

The exhibition will focus on the role of women at Dahlgren. Several of the women featured in the exhibit will participate in the forum discussion, along with leaders from UMW and the naval base.

For more information about the exhibit or the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, visit www.dahlgrenmuseum.org or call (540) 413-1031.

Dedication Ceremony for Dahlgren Tomorrow

UMW will dedicate its Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 17. Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates and 28th District Delegate William J. Howell will be the featured speaker. The dedication ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Dahlgren campus and is open to the public.

Along with Del. Howell, special guests will include representatives from the Virginia General Assembly, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration, the 1st Congressional District of Virginia, the King George County Board of Supervisors and the Naval Support Facility plan to attend the ceremony.

An article about the dedication was on the front page of the metro section of The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday, Feb. 16.

For more information or to RSVP for the dedication ceremony, contact the UMW Office of Events and Conferencing at RSVP@umw.edu.

Read the full news release from Feb. 2 to learn more about the Dahlgren facilities.

UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Now Open

The Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research officially opened on Tuesday, January 3. The university’s third campus is designed to support the advanced educational needs of the professionals on and near the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren.

Located just outside NSF Dahlgren in King George County, the 27-acre campus was under construction since the summer of 2010. The Dahlgren Center will serve as an anchor for the development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy base, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.

The Dahlgren campus will centralize the graduate science and engineering programs currently offered by state institutions on the Naval base and will provide the site for additional educational offerings and workforce training as well as research initiatives. In addition, the facilities will be available for lease for public and private educational and professional events.

Starting this month, academic programs will be available to individuals with access to NSF Dahlgren as well as the general population and employees of local contractors, government agencies and schools.

Four state universities initially will offer Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program graduate courses on the university’s campus – George Mason, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech along with the Naval Postgraduate School. Germanna and Rappahannock community colleges, along with the Naval War College, are expected to offer courses in 2012. Depending on demand, graduate and undergraduate programs in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and other related fields will be offered. Workforce development programs and educational services will be offered on an as-needed basis.

For more information about the Dahlgren campus, read the December 16 press release.


UMW Dahlgren Campus Sponsors Days of Caring Team

The UMW Dahlgren campus, in support of the Rappahannock United Way’s second annual King George Days of Caring, invites you to join Team UMW Dahlgren as a volunteer on Thursday, October 20. You’ll join other UMW volunteers who will invest their time and energy to assist a Rappahannock United Way member agency complete a project that is valuable to the agency and meaningful to the agency’s clients.  Classified staff, with supervisor approval, may take one day (8 hours) of paid School Assistance and Volunteer Leave. Administrative/Professional Faculty, with supervisor approval, may take one day (8 hours) of Leave to Provide Community Service.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Mark Safferstone, executive director of UMW’s Dahlgren campus at msaffers@umw.edu or (540) 286-8013.  Volunteers will be accepted on a first-come basis until 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 13th and Team UMW Dahlgren will be limited to a maximum of 10 team members.

Go to http://umweagleeye.wpengine.com/2011/09/15/umw-staff-volunteer-at-day-of-caring/ for the recent EagleEye article and photos of UMW’s participation in this year’s Days of Caring on September 15th.

For more information, go to the United Way’s website – http://www.rappahannockunitedway.org/daysofcaring.html.