Notable and Quotable

Professor to Take Air Force Academy Post

Professor of Psychology Christopher Kilmartin has been chosen to serve a one-year post as distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Beginning in July, Kilmartin will teach courses on violence prevention and gender studies in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. He also will consult with Air Force Academy sexual assault prevention personnel to help improve school programming. Kilmartin, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an internationally recognized expert on gender and on violence prevention. He held a three-year consultation with the U.S. Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum and worked with the Army on similar topics. The author of books including The Masculine Self and The Pain Behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression, Kilmartin holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. … [Read more...]

Poet Earns NEA Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Allison Seay ’02 a 2013 Literature Fellowship in poetry. The $25,000 NEA grant will allow her to work on a second collection. Her first book of poetry, To See the Queen, is scheduled for publication this spring. Seay, who received the UMW 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, was acting UMW Arrington Poet-in- Residence last spring and taught advanced poetry and creative writing. She was awarded the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and two fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Virginia native is contributing editor for The Hollins Critic. She has been a visiting professor at Lynchburg College, assistant director of the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and associate editor of The Greensboro Review. She received a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in … [Read more...]

Entrepreneur Honored for Startup

Christine Goodwin ’96 wanted every child’s school to be up-to-date, so she started WishStars, an online social fundraising and sourcing platform that connects classrooms with donors. For her efforts, the Virginia-based Center for Innovative Technology named her among its top 50 entrepreneurs. The startup company’s mission, as stated on its website, is simple: To connect educators, families, and donors, simplify the process for fulfilling needs, and transform every K-12 classroom into an incubator for big ideas. Goodwin, a mother of two and a full-time system and software engineer, was inundated with school fundraisers and classroom requests for donations. She knew other parents must also be overwhelmed with selling overpriced cookie dough or remembering to pick up glue sticks for the classroom. She wanted a better way for schools, parents, and communities to connect and support one another. Inspired by existing social networking platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and … [Read more...]

Professor a “Super CPA”

For the second time in three years, R. Leigh Frackelton, UMW College of Business professor, was recognized as a “Super CPA” educator by his peers in Virginia. Each year, Virginia Business Magazine and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants recognize the state’s top CPAs for important contributions to the profession and the Commonwealth. All Virginia CPAs receive electronic ballots on which they identify the peers they deem to be the best in select areas of their profession. Frackelton, an attorney and certified public accountant, was one of nine educators selected. Frackelton’s areas of expertise include federal income tax, accounting, and business law. He holds a J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He is a member of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the Virginia State Bar. … [Read more...]

Alumna Honored for Work With Brain Injuries

Patricia Goodall ’74 received the Corbett Reedy Award for Excellence from the Virginia Rehabilitation Association in October. She manages the Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. During her 30 years in the field of disability and brain injury services, Goodall has advocated for innovative and quality outreach programs, developed educational and training materials, and presented and published extensively in the areas of brain injury, supported employment, case management, substance abuse, and vocational rehabilitation. Goodall has been project director for Virginia’s U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Traumatic Brain Injury Act grants since 1998. After receiving a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Mary Washington, Goodall earned a master’s of education in counseling from U.Va. and an educational specialist degree − a terminal degree in her field − from the College of William … [Read more...]