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FALL 2013

PRESIDENT’S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER President’s Message Dear UMW Neighbors, As you may have noticed, we have several exciting projects underway on the Fredericksburg campus that will enhance the UMW experience for our students and benefit the community. While some of these will cause temporary disruptions to traffic flow, they ultimately will provide many dividends. Most apparent, in the middle of campus along College Avenue, we have removed the outdated Chandler Hall academic building. On this site will be constructed a beautiful new campus center and dining facility. The building will have entrances from Ball Circle on the campus side and College Avenue on the neighborhood side, presenting a welcoming face to the community for events and functions. It is anticipated that the center will be completed by fall 2015. We are rapidly completing our new Information Technology Convergence Center, a large academic building adjacent to Simpson Library. This facility will open in the fall of 2014 and will give students in all academic disciplines incredible new learning spaces and a rich array of instructional technology resources. Other projects include a new parking lot on Thornton Street, which will provide additional parking and replace spaces formerly adjacent to Chandler Hall. And, beginning this fall, we will embark on a renovation and expansion project to convert Woodard Campus Center for use by the University’s College of Business. Mercer Hall will be renovated to accommodate the Department of Psychology. Hopefully you have also watched the continual progress by the UMW Foundation within the Eagle Village complex across U.S. 1. The beautiful new Hyatt Place Hotel will be completed in the fall. Major upgrades are transforming the appearance of retail establishments near the front of the property, and many exciting new businesses are moving into Eagle Village. These all bode well for the city’s economic vitality. Thank you for your continued support of the University of Mary Washington. We are fortunate to be located in such a wonderful place as Fredericksburg. Please join us often for events and activities on our campus. Best regards,

Richard V. Hurley President

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Academic Calendar Fall 2013 Thursday, Aug. 22

Residence halls open

Friday, Aug. 23

Freshman move-in and orientation

Monday, Aug. 26

Fall classes begin

Saturday, Oct. 12

Fall break begins

Wednesday, Oct. 16 Fall break ends and classes resume Wednesday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving break begins Monday, Dec. 2

Thanksgiving break ends and classes resume

Monday, Dec. 9

Final exams begin

Saturday, Dec. 14

Residence halls close

The University of Mary Washington will host events on Ball Circle throughout the fall semester. Here is a tentative schedule: Meet the Leaders BBQ, 4-6 p.m.

Bring your children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren to our afternoon of harvest and Halloween crafts, games, and campus trick-or- treat. The event is free. Please visit, or call 540/654-1802, for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 Club Carnival, 4-6 p.m.

Relay for Life’s Fight Back 5K | Nov. 9

Friday, Aug. 30

Be A Kid Night, 7-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Drive In Movie, dusk

Friday, Oct. 25

UMW’s Relay for Life Committee is hosting its third annual Fight Back 5K. The course will run through the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. For more information contact

Homecoming Carnival, 3-6 p.m.

Sept. 20-22 Parents and families of UMW students are invited to visit the campus from Friday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 22, for Family Weekend. The weekend’s events include the annual Education Abroad Fair and a cookout and club showcase on Ball Circle. Check out all of the activities at


Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) is a student-run volunteer office that presents community programs and coordinates volunteer opportunities. UMW students volunteer through COAR at local agencies such as the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and the SPCA. They tutor children at local community centers, mentor teenagers in area middle schools, and visit the elderly in senior homes. Last year, UMW students volunteered 16,500 hours through these programs. In 2012, Independent Sector estimated the value of an hour of volunteer service to be $22.14. In the 2012-2013 school year, COAR’s economic impact on the local Fredericksburg community totaled $365,310. If you would like to learn more about COAR, please visit the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service website at

Pumpkin Palooza | Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.

Ball Circle Events

Monday, Aug. 26

Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) Events

Head Start Gift Box Drive | Nov. 1-30 COAR will collect donations of gloves, hats, scarves, and toys for preschool children. The items collected will be packaged into shoeboxes and donated to local Head Start programs. Please do not include food, religious, or war-related items. Donations can be dropped off at Seacobeck Hall, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Direct questions to, or call 540/654-1802.

Homecoming Oct. 25-26

Students and alumni will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Oct. 25-26 with sporting events and an indoor concert Saturday evening. The Alumni Association will host events at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center throughout the weekend to include a morning networking reception and the Class of 2008 five-year reunion. Visit for details.

Be a Patron of the Arts at UMW

Find your inner artist through the visual and performing arts opportunities at the University of Mary Washington. Tour an art gallery, purchase tickets to a theater performance, or enjoy a choral or concert band performance on the Fredericksburg campus. Visit the Arts for the Community website at for an updated schedule and information on how you can support the arts at UMW.

Fall 2013 Exhibitions in the UMW Galleries The UMW Galleries are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. during exhibitions. Admission is free to the public. Please visit, or call 540/654-1013 for more information. Ridderhof Martin Gallery | Sept. 5 – Oct. 6

Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists Opening Reception: Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m. duPont Gallery | Sept. 5 – Oct. 6 UMW Art Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception: Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m. Red Marionette by Veronica Jaeger, oil on canvas, is part of the upcoming exhibit Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists.

Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries | Oct. 24 – Dec. 2 Anarchistic Abstraction Opening Reception: Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m.

Fall 2013 Theatre Productions duPont Hall, Klein Theatre University of Mary Washington Box Office: 540/654-1111 The Miss Firecracker Contest, by Beth Henley

Sept. 19-21 and 26-28 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 22, 28, and 29 at 2 p.m. AfterWords discussions following matinee performances on Sept. 22 and 28 $12 public, $10 students, senior citizens, alumni, and military, $8 groups, $5 UMW ID Nothing reigns supreme in the steamy South like a good old-fashioned beauty pageant on the Fourth of July! Hot to claim the royal title of Miss Firecracker, Carnelle is eager to seize her best (and possibly last) chance at salvaging her somewhat tarnished reputation as Miss Hot Tamale of Brookhaven, Miss. With the aid of Popeye the seamstress and the encouragement of her cousins and erstwhile paramour, Carnelle can all but taste the queenly prize. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley, The Miss Firecracker Contest is a slice of Southern life rich with laughter, tender moments, and eternal hope.

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continued from page 3 Spring Awakening, based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Nov. 7-9, 13-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 2 p.m. AfterWords discussions following matinee performances on Nov. 10 and 16 $24 public, $20 students, senior citizens, alumni, and military, $16 groups, $10 UMW ID Teens grapple with their changing bodies and developing minds under the reproachful eyes of disapproving parents in this fearless musical based on Frank Wedekind’s powerful and exhilarating 19th-century play that was banned for decades in Germany. The winner of eight Tony Awards, Spring Awakening took the world by storm in 2006 and redefined musical theater with its electrifying indie-rock and folk-infused score that exudes love, grief, skepticism, and sexuality.

Fall 2013 Concerts All concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visit, or call 540/654-1012 to learn more.

Concert Band and Jazz Band Combined Concert

Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

UMW Philharmonic: Masterworks

UMW Holiday Choir Concert

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall Tickets available at Call 540/654-1324 for more information.

Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Third Annual Electro Acoustic Barn Dance

Thursday, Nov. 7-Saturday, Nov. 9, time TBD Room 304, Pollard Hall

UMW Philharmonic Pops

Thursday, Dec. 5-Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall Tickets available at Call 540/654-1324 for more information.

James Monroe Museum 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 540/654-1043

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in historic downtown Fredericksburg holds the country’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5/adult and $1/child. Visit the museum during its regular business hours or take advantage of the following fall museum events:

Deck the Halls

24th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival

Saturday, Dec. 7 Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall at UMW, 9:30 a.m.–noon

Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon-5 p.m. 900 block of Charles Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 This popular street festival honors the Welsh ancestry of James Monroe through his mother, Elizabeth Jones, with traditional music, dancing, arts, and crafts. Suggested donation is $5/adult or $1/child.

Jan Williams, owner of Jan Williams Florals, will show how to create holiday decorations from native plants. Admission is $25 per person or $20 for Friends of the James Monroe Museum. Please call 540/654-1043 by Wednesday, Dec. 4, to purchase your ticket.

James Monroe: Life and Legacy Symposium

A Monroe Christmas

Friday, Oct. 18-Saturday, Oct. 19 This free public program features lectures from an array of scholars covering political and cultural themes of Monroe’s life. For a detailed schedule of lectures, please visit the James Monroe Museum website.


Saturday, Dec. 7 James Monroe Museum, 4-6 p.m. Enjoy a holiday open house, featuring period decorations, music, and refreshments. Free to the public.

Come Cheer the Hometown Team

The University of Mary Washington boasts one of the best NCAA Division III athletic programs in the nation. The caliber of competition is top-notch, and UMW teams are often ranked among the best in the country. We invite you to catch the excitement of Eagles athletics – come out and see what you’ve been missing. Here is the fall home schedule for UMW athletic contests:

MEN’S SOCCER AUGUST 30 Randolph College SEPTEMBER 7 North Carolina Wesleyan College 8 Virginia Wesleyan College 14 Kean University 18 Gettysburg College 25 Dickinson College OCTOBER 5 Marymount University 9 Salisbury University 16 Christopher Newport University 26 Frostburg State University FIELD HOCKEY SEPTEMBER 5 Washington and Lee University 10 Randolph-Macon College 17 Bridgewater College OCTOBER 19 Salisbury University 26 Frostburg State University 30 Christopher Newport University WOMEN’S SOCCER SEPTEMBER 7 Emory and Henry College 8 Washington and Lee University 11 Messiah College 15 Methodist University 24 Randolph-Macon College OCTOBER 2 Catholic University 5 Salisbury University 12 York College of Pennsylvania 15 Marymount University 23 Christopher Newport University 26 Frostburg State University

2:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 4 p.m.

12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 4 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 1 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL AUGUST 30 Randolph College Meredith College 31 Johnson and Wales University Virginia Wesleyan College SEPTEMBER 4 Randolph-Macon College 14 Methodist University 21 Hood College 24 North Carolina Wesleyan College 27 Catholic University Whittier College 28 Messiah College OCTOBER 2 York College of Pennsylvania 12 Bridgewater College Juniata College 16 Southern Virginia University 19 St. Mary’s College of Maryland 24 Washington and Lee University 25 Marymount University

5 p.m. 7 p.m. Noon 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. Noon 7 p.m. 10 a.m. Noon 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS SEPTEMBER 14-15 Kickoff Classic 28-30 ITA Regional


WOMEN’S TENNIS SEPTEMBER 14-15 Kickoff Classic 21-23 ITA Regional




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If you have questions or comments, please contact the Office of the President by calling 540/654 -1301.

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