January 20, 2019

Schultz, Marvashti Present at State Conference

Maria Schultz and Lisa Marvashti

Maria Schultz and Lisa Marvashti

The Office of University Relations’ Assistant Director of Design Services Maria Schultz and Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations Lisa Chinn Marvashti presented at the College Communicators Association’s annual conference in Richmond on Friday, Feb. 2. Their presentation – Take Stock … and Ditch It, How to Achieve Authenticity in Campus Photos – covered the process of creating a complete branded marketing campaign that featured real UMW students in polished, yet genuine, photography accompanied by text that told each individual’s Mary Washington story.

UMW University Relations Staff Wins Circle of Excellence Awards

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, has just announced its annual Circle of Excellence awards, and the University of Mary Washington won in two categories.

The University Relations office won a Gold Award for their series of 2015 UMW Branded Photos. The judges included the following comments along with the award notification: “A solid series of images to promote the brand of UMW. The images were executed in a clean and consistent style utilizing ambient light and a degree of strobe so not to be overly lit. The composition images made for nice areas to drop type in and worked well in a variety of crops. You could tell the subjects enjoyed themselves through the shoot, which only enhanced this branding effort.”

The University Relations office also won a bronze medal for Promotional Publications (Digital) for their Presidential Leadership Statement.

Congratulations to the staff!


Grymala Presents Four Times in Five Days

Curtiss Grymala at WordCamp Detroit 2012Curtiss Grymala, the University Webmaster, attended and presented at two conferences in the past week. He started by heading out to Detroit, MI for WordCamp Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 6, where he presented a 45-minute session explaining the WordPress Multi-Network concept used on the UMW website.

After that, he traveled to Milwaukee, WI, where he attended the national HighEdWeb conference. At HighEdWeb 2012, he presented the same WordPress Multi-Network talk on Monday, Oct. 8; he helped lead a 45-minute panel discussion on using WordPress as a Web content management system with colleagues from Maryville University and Allegheny University on Tuesday, Oct. 9; and he led a three-and-a-half hour workshop teaching attendees how to develop their own WordPress plugins on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Over the past 12 months, Grymala has attended a total of 13 different conferences (two of which were online, or virtual, conferences). He presented at 11 of those events, and led a total of 15 separate presentations, workshops and organized discussions.