December 6, 2023

Women’s Ultimate Team Embodies Club Sport Spirit

On a warm evening in mid-May, 18 dedicated athletes showed up at the University of Mary Washington’s recreational field to spin, leap and fly. Their academic year was already over, but several members of the Mary Washington women’s Ultimate Frisbee team came here after working all day. Others returned just to fit in these last few practices before heading to the airport. Their destination? The D-III College Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was the team’s first trip to nationals since 2019, after two pandemic-constrained seasons filled with masked practices and intermittent competition. But this season was different. These Mary Washington women seemed almost unstoppable, with a spirited mix of rookies and veterans, and an amazing class of seniors. They taught and encouraged one another, creating a chemistry that made their defense a wall and their offense just plain scary. The team won every game in its conference tournament to seal the nationals bid. Read more.

Tradition Reinvention: Iconic UMW Events Go Virtual

Online trivia, virtual dance parties and outdoor fitness classes are in this fall. High fives, handshakes and hugs are out, at least for now. Activities and engagement are as much a part of college life as academics. That’s why staff and student volunteers at the University of Mary Washington have worked tirelessly this summer to […]

Student Leadership Symposium Call for Proposals

The Student Leadership Committee is putting out a call for proposals for the 2020 Leadership Symposium. This symposium will target current and future club leaders and will aim to share both basic and intermediate leadership concepts.

Topic examples include:

      • Recruitment & Retention
      • Conflict Competency
      • Leadership and Wellness
      • Leadership Transitions
      • Any relevant topic will be considered.

The symposium will be held on Sunday, January 26 between 1-5 p.m. in the University Center. If you are interested, please complete the form below. Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted and the final schedule will be completed by Thursday, November 14th.


President’s Council on Wellness: Accomplishments, Goals and Plans for the Year

A huge thanks to the members of The President’s Council on Wellness who accomplished a great deal last year!  

Here are the highlights of the accomplishments:





  • Secured budget for extended early morning and evening hours at the fitness center
  • Improved safety and security of Goolrick Hall through staffing, locking and alarming doors.
  • Communicated with facilities to address mold issues
  • Increased appointment hours at Talley Center and Health Center to include 12-1pm

Faculty/Staff Projects

  • Collaborated with Human Resources to incorporate wellness into Supervisor Training
  • Created a new session at new Employee Orientation focusing on employee wellness.

2019-2020 goals include:

  • Enhancing Preventative and Coping Resources for Mental Wellbeing
  • Engaging and Educating the UMW community
  • Creating a culture where wellness is understood and encouraged

If you or your colleagues are interested in learning more or serving on the President’s Council on Wellness, please email or attend our open meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 8:30am in the UC Colonnade Room.

Kelly Shannon: On the Move

Director of Campus Recreation Kelly Shannon expected to find career fulfillment at UMW. But when her young son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016, she realized she’d found much more.

Kelly Shannon, Director of Campus Recreation

Kelly Shannon, Director of Campus Recreation

“There was an outpouring of love and support. No one hesitated to check on me,” Shannon said. “Two years in and people are still following his journey and checking in with us.”

(To read updates, visit Graeme’s Warrior Page on Facebook.)

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Campus Rec, Dept. of Art & Art History Collaborate on Mural

Director of Campus Recreation Kelly Shannon wanted to do something in the Cycle Studio to make it more fun and inviting, and Erin Hill, a graduate assistant for Campus Recreation, proposed reaching out to UMW art students to paint the mural. Campus Rec reached out to the Department of Art and Art History and Chris Musina, Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing. Musina collaborated with the Campus Rec department, coordinated by Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness in Campus Recreation Brittanie Haas and his summer session of ARTS 105 Design Principles students to realize the mural.

Student Taylor Springer works on mural in Cycle Studio

Student Taylor Springer works on mural in Cycle Studio

Campus Recreation and Professor Musina spoke about ideas, quotes, look and images, and Musina then took that information back to his class and set about a project. In deciding to work specifically with his ARTS 105 students, Musina thought about how a project like this could apply key principles of art and design, while also giving the students a personal connection to a building on campus. The summer session of ARTS 105 was mostly STP students, and Musina thought it would be an exciting and powerful way to connect these students to the place they would be spending the next four years. The students spent a week drawing, planning and painting the mural that now covers the walls in the Cycle Studio. The mural, in bold color, contains inspirational quotes, buildings around campus and Fredericksburg, Sammy the Eagle, and other design elements.

Campus Recreation and the Department of Art and Art History invite you to stop by and view the amazing work of a group of talented UMW students.

Students involved: Aminah Abdullahi, Djius Bundick, Morgan DeMaria, Jason Fields, Mariah Howell, Krista Kendrick, Jenifer Kramer, Andy Lin, Ramon Owens, Alex Oylear, Andrew Savino, Keshyra Smith, Angela Sokpolie, Taylor Springer, and Ali Wylde-Gladbach.

NEW! Summer Campus Recreation Offerings

We are excited to be able to offer increased hours as well as specialty programming this summer.

May Facility Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday- 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday- 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4.p.m.-7.p.m.
Saturday- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday- 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
We will be closed on the following days in May:
May 7
May 8
May 28
May 29
May 30


Students Shared the Love at Partner Yoga

This past Sunday was the University’s first Partner Yoga class. The event was scheduled for a smaller room, but due to popularity, was moved to the Ballroom.


The class was put on by the Department of Campus Recreation.  Participants could register in advance, or drop by to the University Center with a friend or significant other for an opportunity to do something different in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

We’re looking forward to offering more specialty programs for the UMW community.  Coming up we have Skateboarding Workshops, Slacklining in March and  Stand Up Paddleboard YOGA in April!

Eagle Wellness & Fitness Program

Below is a registration link for the new Eagle Fitness & Wellness Program.

  • This program has been designed for Faculty/Staff and their secondary card holders.
  • This program is FREE!
  • It is limited to the first 20 registrants.
  • The program will be led by a CERTIFIED personal trainer.
  • It is geared toward beginner/intermediate exercisers, as well as anyone not currently exercising.  (All levels are welcome!)
  • It will include an initial 30-minute consultation, exercise sessions led by the personal trainer, health and fitness information emailed weekly and progress measurement.

Class meets at The Fitness Center, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for 5 weeks starting on Jan. 25.

Dates: Monday, Jan. 25 – Wednesday, Feb. 24

Please complete the following brief registration form:

Campus Recreation Survey for Faculty and Staff

Campus Recreation wants to hear from our Faculty and Staff.  Your feedback is important to us!

We have created a brief 5 question survey that will assist us in serving the Faculty and Staff at UMW better.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and encourage your colleagues to do the same!