$1 Million Gift Kindles Amphitheater Restoration

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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 amphitheater. For more than a century, the "open air" amphitheater 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 amphitheater 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 amphitheater 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...]

UMW Students Experience Philanthropy Up Close and Personal

Philanthropy Class

“Philanthropy can bring more joy than anything else in your lifetime,” Doris Buffett said when she spoke to the Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector class on November 3. She advised UMW students that a good philanthropist must have kindness, collaboration, and common sense. UMW is one of 30 institutions across the country to participate in a special project through the Learning by Giving Foundation. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., the Learning by Giving Foundation has awarded UMW $10,000 to support the class project. Under the direction of Professor Robert Rycroft, the students have formed a special foundation to evaluate grant proposals from local nonprofit organizations. Students will announce the award decisions in early December. Buffett said she hopes classes like this will educate students about the joys and the pitfalls of philanthropy. “We believe in putting money where it counts,” said Buffet. “That is helping to empower people.” The University recorded … [Read more...]

Charles Reed Jr. Thanks Donors for Opportunities

Charles Reed Jr.

  Charles Reed Jr. '11 said scholarships, including the Class of 1942 James Harvey Dodd Scholarship and the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership, enabled him to be active in the campus community while pursuing his major in business administration. He offered his appreciation to alumni, parents, and friends during UMW's annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Despite devotion to his studies and his enthusiastic participation in numerous committee and student leadership activities, he nearly missed his own graduation. He was riding the PBS “American Experience” bus from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans. President Hurley led a special ceremony for Charles when the bus stopped at Mary Washington the following day. … [Read more...]