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...]

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...]

Heritage Newsletter


Read the latest Heritage Newsletter featuring stories of Mary Washington alumni who have made specific plans to support UMW students and programs. Learn helpful tips to aid in year-end giving. … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Groundbreaking, Naming, and Challenge


The University of Mary Washington recognized two long-time donors June 4, 2016, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the century-old amphitheatre on the Fredericksburg campus. The outdoor facility, slated for renovation, has been renamed the Heslep Amphitheatre, in honor of 1956 alumna Josephine McPherson Heslep and her husband, Donald, of Richmond. The Hesleps, who attended the ceremony with their family, have generously supported University initiatives, including a significant endowment for the UMW Philharmonic.  The couple’s latest gift of $1.25 million helped push contributions toward the $3 million fundraising goal. UMW recently received a challenge gift from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. If UMW secures NEW gifts totaling $125,000 for the amphitheatre, the Foundation will match with its own contribution of $125,000. Gifts to the amphitheatre challenge may be made at … [Read more...]

$1 Million Gift Kindles Amphitheatre Restoration


Thanks to a generous $1 million challenge gift from Robert S. and Alice Andrews Jepson ’64 of Savannah, Ga., the University of Mary Washington currently is making plans to save, restore, and enhance its historic amphitheatre. For more than a century, the "open air" amphitheatre has been a central part of the Mary Washington experience. Hidden in the grove behind Lee and Trinkle Halls, this campus landmark has been the venue of choice for numerous commencements, May Day celebrations, plays, concerts, and even weddings. Through the years, however, weather and time have not been kind, and the amphitheater has deteriorated considerably. Consultants recently examined the site, and they warn that the amphitheatre must be restored now or it could be lost forever. They estimate the restoration to cost $3 million. "Bob and I love Mary Washington, and my education means a lot to me," says Alice Jepson. "I feel the restoration of the amphitheatre is a worthwhile project and one that … [Read more...]

UMW Students Present Grant Checks

Philanthropy Class 2012

This year’s annual check presentation by the Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector class featured a new technological element to increase visibility and access. President of the Learning by Giving Foundation Alex Buffett Rozek spoke to Professor Robert Rycroft’s class, representatives of three local nonprofits who received grant awards, and guests including President Hurley and Doris Buffett. "UMW was the site of one of our first philanthropy class programs," Rozek said, "so it is appropriate that this is now the site of the first live broadcast through Google Hangout as we seek to expand philanthropy beyond classrooms and beyond traditional walls." Professor Rycroft opened the program, President Hurley commended the students for their work, and Rozek recognized the trailblazing work and philanthropic vision of his grandmother – Doris Buffett. A representative of Google and the Academic Director of the Learning by Giving Foundation also participated in the live … [Read more...]

A Day of Gratitude

Student Showcase

On a bright, spring day more than 200 donors and students gathered at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center for the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. (See highlights below.) If you have trouble viewing the video on your iPhone or iPad, please click here. Guests enjoyed a special Student Showcase in the Mayo Courtyard. The program featured speeches by UMW Foundation Chair Kathy Mehfoud '70, UMW President Richard V. Hurley, scholarship donor Art Steinberg, and former scholarship recipient Fiona Cobb '08. Keepsake photos of donors and recipients were taken in front of Kalnen Inn. Hosted by the Office of University Advancement, the annual event honored Scholarship donors and members of the Heritage and Washington Societies. … [Read more...]