October 15, 2019

Celebrating a New Chapter in a Great Life

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW, including director of news and media relations. For the past nine years, she has worked part-time in the bookstore. She retires at the end of June.

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW, including director of news and media relations. For the past nine years, she has worked part-time in the bookstore. She retires at the end of June.

For more than three decades, Margaret Mock has been one of the University of Mary Washington’s central characters. At the end of this month, she’s closing the book and heading into a happily-ever-after retirement.

We want to celebrate Margaret, the UMW Bookstore’s trade book specialist, and give her a warm send-off. Please check out her reception, to be held in The Bookstore at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19.

Previously a key staff member in the University Relations office, Margaret has worked in The Bookstore for the past nine years. She has become a fixture at Great Lives lectures and other book-signings around campus and around town. She has led the UMW Book Club, and she has been involved in literary collaborations with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

We wish her well as she begins a new chapter.

Banned Books Read Out Sept. 26-27

In honor of this year’s Banned Books Week (September 23-29), a Read Out will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 27, on Campus Walk, in front of Lee Hall, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  Faculty, administrators, and students will read from selected banned books.  The event, which is sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication, Simpson Library, and the University Bookstore, is free and open to the public.  Rain location is the University Center.  A special exhibition of banned books will be on display in the lobby area of Simpson Library throughout the week.

Margaret Mock: Buy the Book

Margaret Mock knew she wanted to end up at the University of Mary Washington when she arrived in Fredericksburg 50 years ago this month. She was a young mother, living in Marye’s Heights and pushing a baby stroller around the nearby campus.

“One day,” she told her friend, “I’m going to work here.”

She did – the first time from 1976 to 1979 as a part-time administrative assistant and coordinator of guides at Gari Melchers Home and Studio. In the fall of 1987, she landed a full-time role in what was then UMW’s two-person public information office with Ron Singleton, now emeritus vice president for University Relations.

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW since 1976, including director of news and media relations. Today, she works part-time in the bookstore.

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW since 1976, including director of news and media relations. Today, she’s the trade book specialist at the bookstore.

Mock worked her way to director of news and media relations. When she retired in 2006, she never really left. For the next several years, she worked on the university’s centennial celebration part-time.

Today, you can find her at least three mornings a week in the university bookstore, where she works as the trade book specialist. Mock also runs a book club on campus, so if you want in, be sure to stop by and ask her about it.

Q: What drew you to the field of education?
A: When I was a little girl, I played school all the time. I loved school. One of my teachers caught me after school in fourth grade writing on the blackboard.

Q: Did you ever make it to be a teacher?
A: I taught history for seven years at Stafford High School.

Q: Of your roles at UMW, what’s been your favorite?
A: I liked all of them. Even though it was very hectic in news and information, it was enjoyable. I learned a lot. One of the advantages of working for a college or university is the educational opportunities. My favorite thing, in all the world, is taking classes. I took several at UMW to help me acquire the skills that could help me in my job.

Q: What do you like best about your job in the bookstore?
A: I like going to events. I like book signings and meeting authors. The trade book section is a small but important part of the bookstore’s overall operation. We are the community outreach, coordinating events when departments bring in authors.

Q: How do you think the bookstore contributes overall to the university?
A: Obviously, people can order books online. But there can be problems with that. It doesn’t come, or it doesn’t come in time. We will stock the books the professors tell us they’re going to be using. They will be here. It’s also a social hub. Students love to come in and get their Mary Washington gear. I can’t imagine a campus without a bookstore.

Mock also runs a campus book club, which meets four times a year.

Mock also runs a campus book club, which meets four times a year.

Q: What’s the title of the best book you’ve ever read?
A: That’s tough. There are so many good ones. We’ve read lots and lots of good books in our book club. Jefferson’s Daughters. Before We Were Yours. Hidden Figures. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at UMW?
A: I spend a lot of time with my three grandsons, ages 16, 10 and 9. I co-chair the heritage committee at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Right now, I’m really involved in the archives there.

Q: Do you have a mantra you live by?
A: I’ve always been an early riser. I do obviously like to work. My mantra is, “Get up and get out.” As long as I’m healthy, as long as I have the energy, I just don’t see any reason not to.

Banned Book Week

In recognition of Banned Books Week,. the University Bookstore will sponsor readings from banned books by professors from the English, Linguistics and Communication Department. Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. Stop by Campus Walk in front of Lee Hall between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 28, to hear excerpts from classics that have been banned or challenged. Copies of banned books will be available for purchase. Read your own banned book!

University Book Club to Meet Sept. 20

The University Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bookstore to discuss “A Man Called Ove,” a New York Times bestseller by Fredrik Backman. Members and visitors are welcome. Contact Margaret Mock, mmock@umw.edu, if you have questions.

UMW Book Club to Meet Aug. 16

The UMW Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Bookstore. The book selection this month is any title by Carrie Fisher.  Both club members and visitors are welcome.  Contact Margaret Mock at ext. 1017 with questions.

UMW Book Club to Meet Feb. 15

The next meeting of the UMW Book Club will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2017, in Lee Hall, Room 414. The group will be reading The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer. UMW Book Club members qualify for a discounted price on books purchased from the University Bookstore. For pricing information, contact Margaret Mock at mmock@umw.edu or x1017.

Book Club to Meet March 16

The UMW Book Club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, to discuss Kristen Green’s “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.” Ms. Green is a UMW alumna whose book about the school integration battle in Farmville, Va., was published in 2015.  The book has been selected as the common read for first-year students next fall, and copies are available in the University Bookstore. The Book Club meeting is open to all interested UMW persons. For more information, contact Margaret Mock in the Bookstore, ext. 1017, or at mmock@umw.edu.

UMW Book Club Meeting, Nov. 18

The UMW Book Club will meet in the Bookstore from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.  The book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot.   Both clulb members and visitors are welcome. Contact Margaret Mock at 540/654-1017 with questions.

 

Your Fifth Year: How College Graduates Can Discover and Live Their Dreams

Your-Fifth-Year-by-Bob-AzzaritoRobert Azzarito, director of the Campus Christian Community, will sign copies of his recently published book on Wednesday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Bookstore, Lee Hall. Titled Your Fifth Year: How College Graduates Can Discover and Live Their Dreams, the book offers advice on post-graduation options. For more information contact the Bookstore at 654-1017.