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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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...]

Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Alumna Donates Farm to Benefit Scholarship

Not all gifts to the Mary Washington First Campaign come in the form of cash or checks. Donors also make gifts of personal property, life insurance, real estate, and other assets. Recently an alumna from the Class of 1963 made a generous donation of sixty-six acres located near Lynchburg, Va. The property is a tree farm with open fields for hay or other cover crops, and plenty of space for growing herbs, flowers, or vegetables. The family home has undergone recent renovations, and the property currently is listed for sale. Proceeds from the sale will be added to an endowed scholarship to benefit deserving Mary Washington students. **************************************************************** Listing Information This little piece of paradise in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains could provide someone an opportunity to get away from the rat race. You’ll love living on 66-plus acres in this modernized and cozy cape-cod style home, featuring an open kitchen, sun porch, … [Read more...]

UMW Honors Longtime Supporters


UMW honored two members of the Mary Washington community during a dedication ceremony for the President’s Box held November 15, 2014, at the Anderson Center. Paul A. Dresser Jr. and his wife Julie W. Baxter of Williamsburg, Va., were recognized for inspiring, supporting, and advancing UMW students and programs through service and giving. Paul’s involvement with Mary Washington began in the early 1990s as the parent of an enrolled student. He served on the Mary Washington Board of Visitors from 1992 to 2000, including two years as Vice Rector and four years as Rector. He then served on the UMW Foundation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2014, leading as Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee. In addition to his dedicated work on the BOV and the UMW Foundation Board, Paul and his family are supporters of the Fund for Mary Washington, members of the UMW Heritage Society, and donors to multiple Dresser family scholarships. In support of the Mary Washington … [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...]