May 23, 2024

Kayla Hill Named Excellent Eagle for April 2022

Congratulations to Kayla Hill for being recognized as USC’s Excellent Eagle for the month of April!

Maxxx Dennis nominated Kayla for this recognition in acknowledgement of her hard work helping so much of our campus community through the recent Kronos outage. We sincerely appreciate Kayla’s knowledge and assistance. Please join us in congratulating Kayla on this well-deserved recognition!

Do you have a co-worker you’d like to nominate for this award? It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee Nomination Form on our website. Recipients receive a month-long reserved parking space in the lot of their choosing.

Leslie Petrey Named Excellent Eagle for March 2022

Congratulations to Leslie Petrey! Leslie is USC’s Excellent Eagle for the month of March.

Maxxx Dennis nominated Leslie for this recognition, noting her amazing hard work during the Kronos outage. So many folks across campus are hugely appreciative of Leslie’s knowledge, dedication, and assistance. Please join us in congratulating Leslie on this well-deserved recognition.

Do you have a co-worker you’d like to nominate for this award? It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee Nomination Form on our website. Recipients receive a month-long reserved parking space in the lot of their choosing.

Snyder Performs at SEAMUS National Conference, Appointed to Board

Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s Facets of Love was presented at the 2016 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUSNational Conference on Feb. 11 at Georgia Southern University. Accompanying him were UMW alums harpist Becky Brown ’15 and soprano Paige Naylor ’14.

Dr. Snyder was also appointed to the SEAMUS board as the new Conference Recruitment Coordinator. He will identify locations of future conferences and act as a liaison between the board and potential conference hosts as they develop their proposals. SEAMUS President Scott Miller said he selected Dr. Snyder for the position based on his many years of experience successfully hosting national conferences, his strong network of professional connections with so many SEAMUS members, and especially his enthusiastic attitude towards the organization and discipline as a whole. “I am certain that Mark is going to be tremendously successful at this position,” said Miller.

Two of Snyder’s students also had performances this year. Becky Brown’s Hold Still, a multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper and Arduino on paper and video in Max/MSP/Jitter and original poetry from the composer was featured on the opening concert:

Stephen Hennessey’s Sorrow’s Weep Not, an abstract song: a sentimental statement for severe want of words for processed guitar & oboe featuring Staff Advisory Council President and Music Department Office Manager Michael Morley on Oboe and the composer on guitar:

Michael Morley Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Michael Morley, office manager in the department of music and manager of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, who has been selected as an Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of August. A parking spot of his choosing has been reserved for him until the end of the month.

Here is what one of his co-workers said about him:

“Michael is the department’s ‘go to’ guy. He wears many hats and does so cheerfully, efficiently, and effectively. Michael continually displays a positive, can-do attitude. Never one to say no, he just digs in and finds a way to make things happen. He’s outstanding in all of his regular job requirements and never hesitates to lend assistance in situations that fall outside of his job description.

Michael is often the first impression students, parents and community members have of the music department. More than once I’ve been in the office while Michael is fielding a call from community members inquiring about an upcoming concert. He is knowledgeable, patient, and generous with the attention he gives each caller.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan ( with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject Line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

UMW Music Students and Professors Showcased; Mark Snyder to Perform in Richmond

Last weekend, students from the Electronic Music class at Mary Washington helped with tech at the First Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art. UMW students Rebecca Brown, Paul Espino, Malcolm Moore, Paige Naylor, Joshua Roberts,  Mary Thompson  and Meredith Wylegala all had their works performed during the festival.

Electroacoustic Barn Dance performers at UMW

Doug Gately, senior lecturer and director of the Jazz Ensemble, and Michael Morley, orchestra manager, also performed. The festival featured composers from 32 colleges and universities across the country. Mark Snyder, director of the festival and assistant professor of music, premiered his piece Angriest Tangerine for processed double bass, electronics and video.

Snyder will perform at the eleventh annual Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at the University of Richmond this weekend. He will perform on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit