Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nellie Linn King ’92 Nellie Linn King ’92 has defended the accused for more than 15 years. The owner of The Law Offices of Nellie L. King in West Palm Beach, Fla., she handles cases involving allegations of drunk driving, domestic battery, aggravated felony, and murder. Lauded by colleagues for her leadership and volunteerism, she is president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The 2,000-member organization, known as “Liberty’s Last Champion,” promotes the administration, knowledge, and integrity of criminal defense. … [Read more...]

Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Service Award

Phyllis “Bee” Melillo Shanahan ’55 For years, Phyllis “Bee” Melillo Shanahan ’55 was UMW’s Long Island liaison. In New York, she represented her alma mater at college fairs, hosted receptions for accepted students, and helped with admissions recruitment. For her enduring commitment to promoting Mary Washington, Shanahan received this year’s Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Service Award, which recognizes alumni for the longevity, consistency, and breadth of their contributions. Shanahan has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She tirelessly gathered and submitted her classmates’ news for publication in University of Mary Washington Magazine, serving as Class Agent for a decade, from 1965 to 1975. She’s a longtime Reunion Weekend volunteer, along with her late husband, John, who was awarded “honorary alumnus” status for his enthusiasm and support of his wife’s service to her alma mater. During their 52-year marriage, the couple traveled extensively in … [Read more...]

Books by Faculty

Politics & Society in Contemporary China By Elizabeth Freund Larus, professor of political science and international affairs The text uses a detailed account of the modern history of China and the changes that have occurred throughout the past 60 years to put into context current Chinese politics and society. Published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, February 2012 … [Read more...]

Eagles Tennis, Lacrosse Shine in Spring Season

The University of Mary Washington made an impressive showing this season in tennis and women’s lacrosse. The UMW men’s and women’s tennis teams capped the spring 2012 athletics calendar by sending three players to compete in the NCAA Division III Individual Championships in Cary, N.C., in late May. Evan Charles ’15 and Donato Rizzolo ’15 advanced all the way to the national semifinals of the men’s doubles championship. Lindsay Raulston ’14 advanced to the women’s singles championship, falling in the first round. Charles and Rizzolo, who helped the Eagles get to their 13th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Championship and advance to the third round of the NCAA team competition, gained All-America status by defeating Kyle Gerber and John Healey of Case Western Reserve with a score of 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1). The freshman duo then avenged a regular-season loss to Mark Bloom and Patrick Lipscomb of the University of Redlands by winning a three-set decision over them in the … [Read more...]

“Mary Massacre” Takes UMW Ultimate All the Way

Mary Massacre, the UMW women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, competed nationally in May at the USA Ultimate Division III College Championships in Appleton, Wis., for the second year in a row. Joining some of the best D3 teams in the country, the team placed 11th after playing six games. “Ultimate is a team sport unlike any that I have ever played before,” said club president Emily Goldhammer ’13, who scored at least one point in each game they played at nationals. “Every person on the field has a role at every moment.” The tournament is made up of one day of pool play and one day of bracket play. On the first day of the tournament, Mary Massacre was seeded third in its pool at nationals and kept that seed by losing to the first and second seeded teams, Pacific Lutheran University and Carleton College, and beating the fourth seed, Hendrix College. They then played a crossover game against the second seed of a different pool, Grinnell College, and lost, leading them to play in the … [Read more...]

UMW Names Three 2012 Scholar-Athletes

University of Mary Washington's Megan DeSmit ’12, Marina Frano ’12, and Chris Marino ’12 were named 2012 Scholar-Athletes of the Year. DeSmit advanced to the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in March, gaining top-25 performances in three events, after receiving multiple all-conference honors at the CAC Championships in February. She holds four conference and school records. A biology major, DeSmit has made the President’s and Dean’s lists, and gained academic all-conference and all-America honors each year. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Beta Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. For the past two years, Frano has advanced to the regional and zone equestrian championships, performing as one of the program’s top riders. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Chi Beta Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa, she is on the President’s and Dean’s lists. Frano also has taken on multiple volunteer roles, including … [Read more...]

Pure Pleasure

Surely Ruby Lee Norris ’36 is smiling down on you for publishing the lovely piece about her in the Spring 2012 edition of University of Mary Washington Magazine [Remembering Ruby Lee Norris]. Ruby Lee and I became email friends because of our many connections in Middlesex County, Va. My family had a summer home there on the Rappahannock River, and my first teaching job was in the nearby, ancient town of Urbanna. Ruby Lee lived not far away. Please convey to the magazine staff my great pleasure in reading the feature article [Beat Chick], also in the spring issue. It was as good as any profile I have read in The New Yorker. Congratulations! … [Read more...]

“Fabulous Magazine”

This is how intriguing your spring edition was: I walked into the house from the mailbox with it, plopped down on the couch, and read it immediately. Your cover story on Hettie Cohen Jones ’55 was well-researched and compellingly written. I dropped everything to read it. Congratulations on a magazine that was good from cover to cover. … [Read more...]

Get the Scoop on Socially Responsible Business

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield sold their first scoop of ice cream from a renovated Vermont gas station in 1978. Today, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. is a multimillion-dollar enterprise – and its co-founders look slightly different than they did in the picture that graced labels through the late 1990s. What’s remained constant is Cohen and Greenfield’s commitment to being socially responsible. At the November Fredericksburg Forum, the duo will present An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy. The bespectacled entrepreneurs will tell how two “real guys” who once sold homemade ice cream from Ben’s VW Squareback built not only a sweet business but also a mechanism for social change. As Cohen and Greenfield kept up with the times – packaging their product in pint-sized containers, developing an Internet presence, and marketing internationally – so did their flavors. Favorites like Fresh Georgia Peach and Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

Serious About Sustainability

  This spring, UMW recycled 38 pounds of materials for every person on campus in eight weeks, the equivalent of more than 200,000 pounds of materials kept out of landfills. That meant UMW finished first in Virginia and 18th overall in the annual RecycleMania competition, which included 338 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. RecycleMania promotes waste reduction in campus communities. … [Read more...]