Links in a Chain


Since graduating in 1961, Peggy Howard Hodgkins of Wilton, Maine, proudly has supported her alma mater. This support has come in many forms, including volunteer service as a class agent and through regular gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington. Peggy credits her enduring love and respect for Mary Washington to the teaching and practice of the traditional Honor Code. “The Honor Code was the base of my experience,” she says. “It was wonderful to live with and be surrounded by people you absolutely trust, and I think it is empowering to be able to carry that honor out into the world as a harbinger of success in business, marriage and one’s personal life.” Peggy came to Mary Washington after attending high school in New York. She majored in home economics/nutrition and enjoyed social activities with her classmates. “It was four idyllic years of education and living with trust and values on a beautiful campus with gorgeous architecture and trees,” she says. “I could have studied more, … [Read more...]

Trees in Poor Locations

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Defective or Diseased Trees

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Spring 2017 Heritage Newsletter


Learn about the lives and careers of Mary Washington alumni: Helen Davenport Smith 1919, Elizabeth Fischer Gore '49, Joyce Lee Smith '58, Phyllis Quinn '77, and Paola Maldonado-Torres '13. See how their Mary Washington experiences impacted their lives, and how they have committed to paying it forward. Click here to read the spring edition of this 6-page newsletter from the University of Mary Washington. … [Read more...]

Mary Wash Giving Day Update


Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s first 24-hour giving day, was the largest one-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. Held March 14, 2017, the celebration coincided with the 109th anniversary of the University’s founding. Snowy roads forced the closure of campus and cancellation of Giving Day events, but donors still turned out in force online to make the day a huge success. Final Giving Day results are as follows: 1,218 gifts to areas across the University, including the Fund for Mary Washington, arts and cultural programs, athletics, academic departments, the Amphitheatre restoration, and scholarships 1,090 unique donors (counting each donor once, even if they made more than one gift), -- of that number, 678 were UMW alumni $217,255 in gifts and gift commitments, including $80,655 for the Fund for Mary Washington … [Read more...]

March 14 is Mary Wash Giving Day


 The University of Mary Washington will hold its first giving day on March 14, 2017. This date is significant in the University’s history, as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap—since funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget. Private support from the Mary Washington community is essential to providing an outstanding liberal arts education for UMW’s 4,000 students. Of UMW’s 38,000 alumni, nearly one-third are graduates of the last decade, and their participation in giving is key to sustaining and strengthening the University’s tradition of excellence. One objective of Mary Wash Giving Day is to inspire these young Eagles to give back to the … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Gift Honors Family Legacy


In 1948, Louise Garnett Goodwin '30 ran for Fredericksburg City Council in an attempt to become the first woman to hold elected office. She did not win, but today her daughter – Mary Katherine Greenlaw ’61 – has the distinction of being the first woman elected mayor of Fredericksburg. Recently, Mary Katherine honored her mother's memory by making a $10,000 gift to the UMW Amphitheatre Challenge. “Mother passed away in 1997, but as we continue to read her diaries and go through her scrapbooks, we're learning just how much Mary Washington meant to her,” says Mary Katherine. Louise attended college through a Kiwanis Club scholarship and majored in chemistry and physical education. She was involved in numerous activities, including field hockey, basketball, soccer, and dance. In 1928, she served in the May Court during the ceremonial crowning of the May Queen. After graduating, Louise went on to teach Latin and coach girl’s basketball at Fredericksburg High School and later in the … [Read more...]



Join Troy and Kelly Paino as they travel to the Riveras and Islands  of France, Italy, and Spain with Mary Washington Alumni on the Road in October 2017. Click here to read more about this exciting trip and to pre-register to hold your space aboard the five-star, small ship M.S. Le Lyrial.   … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday UPDATE


    We did it! Thanks to the generosity of our community and the collaboration of alumni social media ambassadors, we exceeded our goal of 200 donors on Giving Tuesday. This global day dedicated to philanthropy is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which fell on November 29 this year. UMW received 228 gifts from 224 donors in 21 states and two countries on Giving Tuesday, including: 47 young alumni (graduates of the last decade) 31 Reunion alumni (class years ending in 2 and 7) 50 parents of current UMW students 11 faculty and staff Donors gave a total of $45,550; and $22,143 of that was in unrestricted giving to the Fund for Mary Washington. Of the 224 donors, 164 designated their gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington—a great show of support for the University’s mission and leadership. Sixty donors gave to other UMW causes, including academic departments, athletic teams, scholarships, the Amphitheatre restoration, and more. We sincerely … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Update

Bird's Eye

Thanks to hundreds of gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, UMW met the one-year Amphitheatre Challenge to qualify for a $125,000 matching grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. As of May 22, 2017, UMW has received a total of $2.75 million in gifts and pledges toward the capital project’s $3 million goal.   … [Read more...]