Get the Picture

Campus Drive became Campus Walk in 1986, so this snowy photo was probably shot between 1986 and 1990. We’d like to learn the name of this student. If you can help us identify him, please leave a comment below.                     Give It Your Best Shot! Betty Bartz Bradford ’54 of Downingtown, Pa., “almost fell off the chair” when she spotted herself in the last issue of University of Mary Washington Magazine. “When I saw that picture, I just got so excited,” said Bradford (shown standing), who grew up on Long Island and came to Mary Washington from a two-year school in Pennsylvania. She and the friend and fellow transfer student pictured with her, Patricia Shipley Hook ’54, who passed away in 2010, looked busy enough inside the school’s broadcasting studio. But Bradford couldn’t remember why they had been there. They were speech and dramatic arts majors, so maybe it had been required for one of … [Read more...]

Books by Faculty

Apology: A Novel By Assistant Professor of English Jon M. Pineda When 9-year-old Tom Serafino’s twin sister suffers a debilitating brain injury, a police investigation implicates his playmate Mario’s uncle, an immigrant transient worker known as Shoe. Innocent of the crime but burdened by his own childhood tragedy, Shoe takes the blame for what is in fact an accident caused by his young nephew, ensuring Mario’s chance at a future publicly unscarred. Library Journal gave Apology a starred review, calling it a “hauntingly poetic first novel about mistakes, love, and sacrifice. …Reminiscent of Alessandro Baricco’s SILK, this novel will appeal to lovers of literary fiction.” Milkweed Editions, June 2013 The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government By Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen J. Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter, and Roland Schatz This student resource explores the evolving news coverage of the American government and … [Read more...]

Books by Alumni

Vectors: J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Years Before the Bomb By Kelly Cherry ’61 In her ninth chapbook – a precursor to a full-length book in progress – Cherry, former Virginia poet laureate, depicts the life of the physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb, from childhood to his time as director of the Manhattan Project. Parallel Press of University of Wisconsin Libraries, December 2012   The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off By Mason Donovan ’91 and Mark Kaplan The authors share their views on how to create a diverse workplace that includes those with cultural, racial, and other differences, and why doing so is a wise business move that leads to innovative collaboration and stronger relationships with clients. Bibliomotion, May 2013   Reveal Your Detroit: An Intimate Look at a Great American City By Bradford Frost ’05 The Detroit Institute of Arts and dozens of Detroit community organizations … [Read more...]

Doug Gately

Doug Gately’s fingers glide over the keys of the baby grand crammed into a corner of his Pollard Hall office. After years of training, UMW’s director of jazz studies makes playing music seem simple. But there’s nothing easy about juggling a saxophone, two clarinets, and three flutes, like he did when he played with Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable tour. At such high-caliber events, Gately has to be flawless, but in the classroom, he asks students to be persistent, not perfect. He had to work hard, too, practicing as many as seven hours a day at Berklee College of Music, where he studied classical music under the late master woodwind player Joe Viola. Berklee has produced more than 200 Grammy Award winners, among them Branford Marsalis, Bruce Hornsby, and Diana Krall. “They were blowing up a storm,” the New York native said of the students who came from across the globe to the esteemed Boston college. “I’m just a kid from a rural high school.” He caught up quickly, though, and a … [Read more...]

Lacrosse Coach Sticks Close to Home

Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, MBA ’12 is back on campus. Moore, a lacrosse player who received All-America status her senior year at the University of Mary Washington, signed on this summer as head women’s lacrosse coach. She already had made a name for herself at UMW, both on and off the field. When she graduated in 2008, Moore was Mary Washington’s career points leader (303) and its record-holder for points and assists both in a single season and in a single game, breaking the NCAA Division III points-per-game record with 7.94. She was a two-time All-CAC and All-Region selection and helped UMW to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business, Moore spent two seasons on the flip side of UMW women’s lacrosse. As Eagles assistant coach, she led teams to NCAA appearances in 2009 and 2010. “We are very pleased to welcome Caitlin Moore home to Mary Washington,” said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. He praised her performance in … [Read more...]

Meant to Be

A Mary Washington Love Story

After what he’d seen in the South Pacific, Elmer Morris Jr. ’50 was ready to get back to college. But the school where he’d started was full. So he enrolled at his mother’s alma mater, near his hometown. Just for a few classes. Just until he could get back to Williamsburg. Enter Marceline Weatherly ’50. Drum Major. May Queen. Class President. Daughter Sent to an All-Girls School to NOT Meet a Boy. Unbeknownst to her parents, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia would welcome men, including Elmer Morris, in 1946, the year Marcy arrived, more than two decades before going officially co-ed. Who could have guessed an agreement to admit World War II veterans would change everything for a 17-year-old beauty from South Carolina and a sailor lucky to be alive? Or that their love for each other – and for the magical place that brought them together – would still be unfolding today? “Joined at the hip,” Marcy said, reflecting on her 67-year romance with the man she … [Read more...]

Winter Means Great Lives at UMW

The Chappell Lecture Series: Great Lives begins its 11th season in January 2014 with a lecture on one of America’s most vilified figures, assassin John Wilkes Booth. Washington, D.C., attorney and writer David O. Stewart, author of the recent historical novel The Lincoln Deception, is the speaker. The remaining 17 lectures cover a wide range of figures, from Spartacus and Augustus to Bob Dylan and Jim Henson. Among the speakers are two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers, David Garrow (Martin Luther King Jr.) and Debby Applegate (Henry Ward Beecher). The final program features Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who will discuss her famous parents, based on her family memoir, Under a Wing. Jan. 16 John Wilkes Booth by attorney David O. Stewart: The Lincoln Deception Jan. 28 Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones: Jim Henson: The Biography  Feb. 4 Martin Luther King Jr. by David Garrow of University of Pittsburgh Law School: Bearing the Cross: Martin … [Read more...]

Family Weekend: BINGO!

More than 1,300 visitors came to campus for UMW’s 40th Family Weekend in late September. They enjoyed such events as a chemistry magic show, the annual 5K run, guided campus tours about Civil War history, a cookout, and more. A UMW family favorite was “Bingo in the ’Burg,” a game sponsored by UMW and the city of Fredericksburg to help families better get to know students’ second home. Moms, dads, and siblings visited downtown businesses, where they collected stickers to fill bingo cards. A win meant a 10 percent discount at participating stores. UMW guests enjoyed the game, and it was rewarding to Fredericksburg business owners and officials to see so many students and their families downtown. “It was a synergy of efforts that makes sense on a lot of levels,” said Julie Perry, Visitor Center manager. “And frankly, it was just plain fun.” … [Read more...]

UMW Board Welcomes Members

In late October, the Virginia Governor’s Office announced the appointment of three new members to the Board of Visitors. Tabitha Edinger Geary ’92, Kenneth Lopez ’92, and Lisa Taylor ’85 will serve four-year terms, which expire June 30, 2017. They succeed Daniel K. Steen ’84, Mary J. Berry, and the Honorable Pamela J. White ’74, whose terms have ended. White, departing rector of the UMW Board of Visitors, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve her alma mater. She added, “I am particularly proud to have played a role in naming and supporting Rick Hurley as UMW’s ninth president.” White also applauded the contributions of Berry and Steen, whom she succeeded as rector.   Tabitha Geary, Richmond Geary is vice president of marketing strategy and analytics for SapientNitro, an integrated marketing and technology services firm based in Boston. Her career in marketing and consulting has spanned 20 years, including four years as co-founder and managing partner of … [Read more...]

Leading for the Arts

UMW President Richard V. Hurley and Tiffany Kelly, director and owner of Dance Trance Fredericksburg, danced a rumba for arts education in August. Hurley and eight other area leaders partnered with professionals from Fredericksburg’s Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio for the fundraising event Dancing With the Fredericksburg Stars. Community leaders prepared for weeks for the inaugural event in Dodd Auditorium. Their polished, crowd-pleasing performances raised more than $65,000 to endow the UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theater, or dance. … [Read more...]