December 6, 2023

Alumni and Faculty/Staff Trivia Night Planned

Join us for the first Alumni and Faculty/Staff Trivia Night at The Underground on March 20th at 7:00 p.m.  We will gather to celebrate an exciting Mary Wash Giving Day, but also to build community and enjoy some food and a first round of drinks, compliments of the UMW Alumni Association.  We encourage guests to register fast, as space is limited.

This is a great chance to unwind, connect with the alumni and each other and have fun. You can come with your 3-4 person team already determined, or find your team of trivia brain-busters that night at The Underground. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Come ready to have a great time, share some memories and celebrate Mary Wash.

While the event is free to attend, registration is required to help with planning. Please use the link below to sign up. Click on “Registration” and make sure to select the box marked Fredericksburg.

Anand Rao to Give ‘Mary Talk’ Sept. 13

Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. for the first Mary Talk of the 2017-18 academic year! Mary Talks are lectures and insightful discussions with Mary Washington’s outstanding faculty and administrators; this year’s series kicks off with Anand Rao, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Speaking Intensive Program at UMW, presenting Moving Your Audience: Techniques for Persuasive Speaking.

If you feel like your audiences are more resistant and jaded than ever before, you are not alone. Audience members have been inundated with sales pitches, advertisements, and persuasive appeals for years, and they can see through the typical smoke and mirrors. Dr. Rao will share insights into what motivates contemporary audiences and techniques on how to engage an audience and inspire them to take action.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a question and answer session and a dessert reception to follow the talk. Although this event is free to attend, your registration is kindly requested. Please visit to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you will be attending the Mary Talk on September 13, plan to come a bit early and enjoy a wide array of international culinary delights at the Global Café Dinner! This annual culinary event is sponsored by Campus Dining and the Center for International Education to help promote the study abroad programs while offering foods from nearly every corner of the world. The menu will include dishes from Argentina, Spain, Morocco, China, India, Ukraine, England, France, Italy and more!  Alumni and those attending the Mary Talk may purchase dinner for the discounted price of $11, tax included!  Dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. at the “Top of the UC,” located on the fourth floor of the University Center (former location of Chandler Hall). To make reservations, contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or e-mail Campus Dining at