On Campus

Great Lives Lives!

The Chappell Lecture Series, Great Lives, will feature subjects as diverse as Confucius, Al Capone, and Shirley Temple, from January through April 2015. All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall. Admission is free. Jan. 15:  Alfred Hitchcock, by Thomas Leitch, co-editor of A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock Jan. 20:  The Explorers, by Martin Dugard, author of The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success Jan. 22:  Mathew Brady, by Robert Wilson, author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation Jan. 27:  John F. Kennedy, by Larry Sabato, author of The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy Feb. 3:  Duke Ellington, by John Hasse, author of Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington Feb. 5:  Robert Ripley, by Neal Thompson, author of A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley Feb. 10:  Winnie … [Read more...]

Arts on Campus

A selection of upcoming shows and exhibits at UMW UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts at 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium 540/654-1324 philharmonic.umw.edu Holiday Pops: Home for the Holidays Dec. 4 and 5 Celebrity Series Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project March 14, 2015 Classical Dance Party: The Richmond Ballet April 24, 2015   Ridderhof Martin Gallery umwgalleries.org 540/654-1013 J.W. Fike: Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent Jan. 15-March 1, 2015 Lily Cox-Richard: The Stand A series of compellingly beautiful and ghostly plasters March 18-May 3, 2015               UMW Theatre 540/654-1111 cas.umw.edu/theatre Sing-Along Sound of Music 2 and 7 p.m., Dodd Auditorium Dec. 6 The Drunken City by Adam Bock Klein Theatre Feb. 12-22, 2015 Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde Klein Theatre April 9-19, 2015 … [Read more...]

Film Exec Advises “Change and Innovate”

NBC Universal executive Daniel Wolfe ’84 came from California to spend two fall days on campus as the University of Mary Washington’s 2014-15 executive-in-residence. In October, Wolfe spoke with students and community leaders about the business of moviemaking, a subject he knows well. As executive vice president of NBC Universal’s Worldwide Creative Operations, he oversees a staff of more than 100 who provide marketing support for Universal productions. At UMW, he urged audience members to be innovative in their businesses and careers. “Maintaining the status quo is not a strategy,” he said. Businesses can either hold onto their success model until it becomes irrelevant or continuously look to change and innovate. “The biggest thing is: Are we listening to our consumer? The ability to ask questions, the ability to let your guard down and say ‘let me ask what would be a better way to do this’ is so important for any business and for any individual to keep growing,” Wolfe … [Read more...]

Former Rector Honored

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela J. White ’74 has been named Maryland’s Robert M. Bell Judge of the Year for 2014. The award is given by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, which recognizes people and programs that help Marylanders gain access to courts or obtain legal representation in civil matters. According to a commission press release, White “has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving access to justice for all Marylanders.” As president of the Maryland State Bar Association, White “exercised extraordinary leadership” to support rule changes governing attorneys’ pro bono work, the release said. She has overseen the court’s Civil Alternative Dispute Resolution Program since 2009, has served as the pro bono committee liaison for the Circuit Court bench for the past six years, and remains actively engaged on the local pro bono committee. White is a former member and rector of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors. … [Read more...]