October 14, 2019

Family Weekend 2019

Family Weekend 2019 will be taking place this weekend, October 4-6th. This annual fall weekend at the University of Mary Washington brings family members and friends to campus to experience a slice of student life. A wide variety of events are happening and a complimentary trolley extends your visit to downtown Fredericksburg. Enjoy events throughout the weekend including Rocktoberfest, multiple athletic games, UMW Study Abroad Fair, and tours of Brompton, the historic home of the UMW President and Mrs. Paino.

More information can be found on the Family Weekend website, available here. A detailed schedule is below. We hope that you’ll help to welcome all of our UMW families to campus!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 4

Open Class Sessions

8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. | Various Academic Buildings
Join your student for a class and get a taste of academic life at UMW.  Students need to please make arrangements with the professor in advance.


6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Ball Circle
This free outdoor concert will include live music, food, a beer garden, and fun games!

Capitol Steps

7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium
Always a big draw, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.  Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-stafford-rotary-capitol-steps-tickets-68830579115.

Saturday, October 5

Tour of Brompton, Home of the UMW President

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. | 704 Sunken Road
Described as one of America’s most historic houses, Brompton is famous for being at the center of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. The home now serves as the official residence of the University president. Please access the house via the walkway on Hanover Street, across from the Jepson Alumni Executive Center (1119 Hanover Street).

Virginia Politics 2019

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. | Monroe 346
A rundown of the latest in Virginia politics, presented by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and international affairs, and author of six books on the presidency, mass media, and public opinion.

Chocolate Chomp Challenge

10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. | Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium & Training Lab 130
Learn about Chomp and other fun math games!  Chomp was developed by mathematician and economist, David Gale, and is played by calculating moves that involve eating a chocolate bar!

College of Business Alumni Panel

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Woodard Hall, Room 202
This event invites back College of Business alumni from varying classes and majors to discuss their career paths, as well as give advice to students for while they’re in college, after they graduate, and how they can break into their industries.

Campus Civil War Walking Tours

11:00 a.m. | Ball Circle
The UMW Historic Preservation Club will host half-hour student-led tours of the Civil War sites on campus.  Tours will start at the Civil War Tours table on Ball Circle and run every 30 minutes, with the last tour at 2:00 p.m.  Please visit the table for sign-up before the tour.  Space is limited and there is a $5 charge.  Table rain location will be in Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby.

Family Fun

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Ball Circle
Join in the family fun – giant games will be available or just relax in one of our Adirondack chairs!   In case of inclement weather, outdoor games will not be available.

Legacy Lunch

12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. | Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Grand Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Office of Alumni Relations invites UMW alumni, students, and families with historic UMW legacy connections (grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.) to celebrate their shared experiences while enjoying a complimentary lunch. Update: The Legacy Lunch is currently full.  If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please call (540) 654-1011. 

Chemistry *Magic* Show

First Show: 1:00 p.m.;  Second Show: 2:00 p.m. | Jepson Science Center, Room 100
Student members of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry invite you to come and see awe-inspiring and wonder-filled chemistry demonstrations in UMW’s newly expanded and renovated Jepson Science Center.

UMW Education Study Abroad Fair

Education Abroad Fair

10 a.m.-1 p.m.University Center, Chandler Ballroom
A launch pad for your adventures abroad, the Education Abroad Fair is the perfect venue for students and families to meet with UMW Faculty-Led Program directors, representatives from UMW Approved Education Abroad Programs, Peer Advisors, Study Abroad Alumni, and Center for International Education staff to explore study abroad, volunteer, research, and internship opportunities all over the world. Come dream, explore options, and define goals for your abroad experience.

30th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival

11 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 block of Charles Street, downtown Fredericksburg
Featuring traditional music, dancing, arts, crafts, and foods of Wales. The trolley will provide transportation between Double Drive and the festival.  Although admission is free to students and families, donations are welcomed.  Learn more at jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.

Balfour – Class Ring sale

11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2nd Floor, University Center
On both Friday and Saturday, Balfour will be on campus showcasing class rings for purchase.  For a preview, visit https://www.balfour.com/umw.

Sunday, October 6

Time on Your Own

Visit downtown Fredericksburg, have breakfast, go shopping, or just hang out with family members. Enjoy the day as you wrap up Family Weekend!

UMW Art Galleries

Visit the exhibitions at the University of Mary Washington Galleries, open Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Learn more at: www.umwgalleries.orgFree admission.

UMW Athletics

Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Rugby, and more UMW games are taking place this weekend!  Visit https://www.umweagles.com/landing/index for the latest game times and opponents!

Simpson Library

Feel free to stop by UMW’s library for a demonstration of our 3D printers, library tours, free books for all, and kid-friendly activities.  Library Hours – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – midnight.

UMW Museums

Museum admission is free to students and families during Family Weekend.

  • Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday
224 Washington St., Falmouth, Va. 22405
Learn more at garimelchers.umw.edu.

  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

908 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The James Monroe Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Learn more at jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.

UMW Bookstore – Barnes & Noble

Download the My College Bookstore App for a 20% OFF UMW APPAREL ITEM COUPON along with additional exclusive offers.  To download, visit www.appbnc.com
*Exclusions may apply. Must download app to claim offer. See offer in app for details.

Downtown Fredericksburg

Live music, antique shops, ghost tours, fantastic dining – check out everything that’s happening this weekend at https://www.visitfred.com/events/

Sandrine Sutphin: Join the Club

Sandrine Sutphin, director of Student Activities and Engagement, and her staff support huge campus-wide events like yesterday's Club Carnival, as well as Orientation, Family Weekend and Homecoming. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Sandrine Sutphin, director of Student Activities and Engagement, and her staff support huge campus-wide events like yesterday’s Club Carnival, as well as Orientation, Family Weekend and Homecoming. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

The carnival came to UMW yesterday – Club Carnival, that is. Rather than rides and fried treats on sticks, this beloved Mary Washington tradition is about forming connections. Hundreds of students congregated on Ball Circle, finding new friends to share their passions. From organizations that encourage community and civic engagement, to clubs for Quidditch and Japanese anime fans – with more than 150 groups seeking new members – there was something for every Eagle.

In the center of it all was Sandrine Sutphin, who has run the event since she came to the University three years ago. “After graduate school, I spent four years at large research institutions, so I wanted to gain experience at a smaller school. Coming to UMW was a great opportunity.”

Indeed. As director of Student Activities and Engagement, Sutphin and her team support Mary Washington clubs and organizations, manage the MyUMW student engagement software and support huge campus-wide events like Orientation, Family Weekend and Homecoming.

As an undergraduate, Sutphin personally experienced the impact that belonging to a club can have on a student. At JMU, she served as a weekend designated driver, an orientation guide and peer advisor, and as a member of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity. But it was her participation in Outriggers that gave her a taste of her future career.

“Our club’s motto was ‘peers helping peers help themselves,’ ” said Sutphin, who facilitated ice breakers, team builders and reflection sessions to assist other campus organizations. “My involvement in that group influenced my decision to become a student affairs professional.”


As director of Student Activities and Engagement, Sandrine Sutphin and her team support UMW clubs and organizations. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

As director of Student Activities and Engagement, Sandrine Sutphin and her team support UMW clubs and organizations. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Q: Why does participating in clubs and organizations enhance the college experience?
A: There’s a lot of research around the benefits of involvement and how it can positively impact your success in college and beyond. On the surface, it helps you meet new people, make friends and feel more connected. Beyond that, there are many skills that can be gained, particularly if you take on leadership positions. Organization, communication, team building, critical thinking, gaining multicultural awareness – these competencies support career preparedness.

Q: Anything new at this year’s Club Carnival?
A: We announced next week’s auditions to become UMW’s mascot, Sammy D. Eagle, who’s getting a new look that will be revealed at Homecoming.

Q: Any clubs or activities unique to Mary Washington?
A: The Geek Alliance, which includes the Video Game Club, UMW Whovians, League of Legends Club and Western Animation Club.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Developing relationships with students and helping them work through group dynamic challenges.

Q: The most challenging?
A: Remembering how much is out of my control.

Q: How do you enjoy your free time?
A: Having fun with my husband and 2-year-old son. Lately we’ve been focused on preparing to become a family of four this winter!

Q: What is your motto?
A: Most days: “Everything happens for a reason.” When I’m feeling sassy: “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”


Last Call to Submit Events to the Family Weekend Schedule!

Family Weekend 2019 will take place Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6. We will be accepting submissions for events you would like to have included on the schedule through Monday, September 2.

Please submit your events here.

Questions pertaining to Family Weekend can be directed to Sandrine Sutphin at ssutphin@umw.edu.

DMV Connect Returning to Campus

Staff from the DMV will be coming to campus on Monday, September 16 from 10am-3pm in the University Center Colonnade Room. Why go to the DMV off campus and wait in line when you can get everything done on campus without the wait?

DMV Connect offers:

  • Drivers’ licenses
  • Identification cards (adult & child)
  • Disabled parking placards
  • Vehicle titles
  • Address changes
  • and more!

Submit Your Events to the Eagle Takeoff Schedule

Eagle Takeoff is the new “Welcome Week,” but instead of just one week, it’s the full schedule of everything going on around campus the first seven weeks of the fall semester. From the Student Resource & Wellness Fair on Move-in Day, to Family Weekend the first weekend in October, we want to include all events that are open to all students.

Eagle Takeoff helps students get involved on campus and get to know all the different resources available to them. We hope that you’ll consider including your department’s events in this year’s schedule!

Submit your events to the Eagle Takeoff schedule here.

Email Sandrine Sutphin at ssutphin@umw.edu if you have any questions.



Registration for the Student Resource & Wellness Fair is now open

Student Activities & Engagement will be hosting its annual Student Resource & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, August 21st from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (right after freshman move-in) in the Chandler Ballroom. If you would like to promote your department to our incoming first-year and transfer students and their families, this would be the perfect event to do so!

You can register here and the deadline for to register is August 1st.

Submit your events to the Family Weekend 2019 schedule

UMW Family Weekend 2019 will take place on Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6. Departments and student groups are invited to submit their events to be included in the Family Weekend schedule by completing this form.

Please submit your events by Friday, September 6.

Questions can be directed to sae@umw.edu.

Club Carnival Registration Now Open

Departments are invited to register for Fall Club Carnival, which will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 5-7pm on Ball Circle. Students are encouraged to attend Club Carnival to learn how to get involved and it’s a great way for clubs and departments to interact with and recruit students.

Please complete this registration form by Friday, August 16. You will be provided a table and you will be notified in advance of your table number.

Please email sae@umw.edu with questions.

Eagle Award Nominations will be open until March 18

Nominations for Eagle Awards are now open! This ceremony highlights students, student organizations, staff, and faculty who have provided leadership and contributed outstanding service through involvement in activities and organizations. The Eagle Awards are an opportunity for the University community to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and greater community.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 6pm in the Chandler Ballroom. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered and everyone is invited to attend!

Learn more about the 2019 Eagle Awards ceremony and description of the awards here.

We hope that you’ll consider nominating any outstanding students, organizations, or faculty/staff. The nomination form can be found here. If that link does not work, copy and paste the following link into your browser: www.bit.ly/EagleAwards2019

Nominations will be open until 5pm on Monday, March 18.

Thank you in advance for helping us recognize our outstanding student leaders!

DMV Connect — Bringing the DMV to You on Monday, April 15!

Staff from the DMV will be coming to campus on Monday, April 15 from 10am-3pm in the University Center Colonnade Room. Why go to the DMV off-campus and wait in line when you can get everything done on campus?

DMV Connect offers:

  • Drivers’ licenses
  • Identification cards (adult & child)
  • Disabled parking placards
  • Vehicle titles
  • Address changes
  • and more!