Basketball Teams End Successful Seasons

UMW men’s and women’s basketball each won first-round games in this year’s Capital Athletic Conference tournament. UMW men had six players score in double figures to defeat Frostburg State University, 82-78. Eric Shaw ’18 scored 20 points, with seven rebounds and six assists. A.J. Robinson ’20, Khiorie Stewart ’19, Drew Johnson ’21, Jacob Williams ’19, and Johnnie Cronin ’19 also fueled the victory. They ended at 19-9, their best season since 2013-2014. Shaw was named men’s first-team all-CAC for the second year. Johnson was named men’s rookie of the year for the CAC. Against Salisbury in the CAC first round, the UMW women prevailed 50-42, with 11 of those points from Tory Martin ’21 and 10 from Megan Comer ’19. Jordan Pamlanye ’19 grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kendall Parker ’18, Claire Mocarski ’21, and Emily Thompson ’20 also contributed. The Eagles ended their 14th consecutive winning season with a 14-13 record. … [Read more...]

Athletic Hall of Fame Gets New Members

Three athletes who earned All-American status in their sports were inducted into UMW’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Also inducted was the 2006-2007 women’s basketball team, which took its 31-3 record to the NCAA Division III Final Four. Individual inductees were: Debbie Bruen Flores ’07, who led the UMW women’s basketball team to three NCAA tournament appearances, including the trip to the Final Four in 2007. Kevin Foeman ’06, a pitcher who led UMW baseball to three NCAA Tournament appearances. He holds Mary Washington career records for wins, strikeouts, and complete games. Dale Parker ’07, the first UMW swimmer to gain an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. He was the CAC Swimmer of the Year in 2005 and 2007. … [Read more...]

Athletics Gala Planned

Christy Copper ’91, a highly decorated tennis player and UMW athletics philanthropist, will give the keynote address at the fifth annual UMW Athletics Gala. The event is at 6 p.m. May 17 in Chandler Ballroom at the University Center. For tickets, go to or contact Philip Pierce at 540-654-1153 or … [Read more...]

Rogol Honored

Head athletic trainer Ian Rogol has been named to the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association 2018 Hall of Fame for his dedication and service to the organization and to student athletes. … [Read more...]

Top Job: Equity, Access, and Diversity

Building on a key priority of his administration, President Troy Paino has named Sabrina Johnson to the new Cabinet-level position of vice president for equity and access. She also is the university’s chief diversity officer. Creating a more diverse and inclusive university community is one of the university’s top priorities. Others are promoting a culture of service and community, reimagining the liberal arts for the digital age, and immersing students in applied and impactful learning experiences. “Sabrina Johnson will provide leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion as essential components of the university’s mission,” Paino said in announcing the appointment. “We look forward to having her help define UMW’s commitment to developing and sustaining an equitable, inclusive, and supportive working and learning environment for all.” In her new role, Johnson provides strategic and visible leadership for these initiatives. She has been at Mary Washington for more than two … [Read more...]

Mellinger Is Dean of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Mathematics Keith Mellinger has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after serving as interim dean since last June. In 2013, Mellinger was appointed director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, a critical component of the university’s reaccreditation efforts. He also was key to the development and success of the university’s First-Year Experience. Mellinger was chair of the Department of Mathematics for six years. In 2008, he was recognized with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award. He’s also an avid musician, active in the local music scene. In announcing Mellinger’s appointment as dean, Provost Nina Mikhalevsky wrote that he “brings the necessary experience, skills, knowledge, and genuine commitment to our students and faculty, to provide the kind of leadership of the College of Arts and Sciences that will enable us to address our current challenges, strengthen and enhance our academic programs, and ensure … [Read more...]

Waple Professors honored

Six UMW faculty members have been named Waple Professors, recognizing their contributions to the university and earning research funding for two years. The award is named for Shirley Van Epps Waple ’52 and honors excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. The recipients of the 2018-2020 Waple Professorships are: … [Read more...]

Geographer Named Fellow for Work in Critical Cartography

Professor of Geography Stephen Hanna has been chosen as an inaugural fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The lifetime fellowship honors geographers who have made significant contributions to the discipline and can serve as a body of advisers for the AAG and mentors for early and mid-career faculty. Hanna is noted for his work in critical cartography, drawing attention to the ways a map’s meaning changes through use. His research on tourism has changed the way slavery is interpreted for tourists who visit Virginia’s plantation museums. The AAG also has appointed Hanna to a four-year term as cartography editor for its three journals, Annals, Professional Geographer, and GeoHumanities. … [Read more...]

Pineda Debuts Novel at UMW

Assistant Professor of English Jon Pineda gave the Mary Washington community the first look at his new novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, before embarking on a multistate book tour. Pineda promoted the book at a UMW event March 20, the day it was released by MacMillan Publishing imprint Farar, Straus, and Giroux. Let’s No One Get Hurt is Pineda’s sixth novel. A collection of his poems, Little Anodynes, won the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. … [Read more...]

Prof Explores Twitter Presidency

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science, will sign his newly released Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management From Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump at UMW Reunion Weekend, June 1-3. The book delves into the difficulty presidents have in controlling their messages despite a seemingly endless array of new media outlets and the advantages of the office. The book also looks at the media strategies of candidates during the 2016 presidential campaign. … [Read more...]