2018 Donor Appreciation Publications

2018 Heritage and Washington Society Listing   2018 Scholarship Honor Roll … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Update – April 2018

The first Amphitheatre located in the grove on the Mary Washington campus was built around 1913. At that time, it was a simple wooden structure with wooden benches. A major reconstruction was begun in the 1920s, and the new “open-air theatre” was dedicated May 11, 1923. Through the years, the facility was enlarged to enhance seating, and the stage was rebuilt with Greek columns at the sides and rear. The Amphitheatre was utilized for May Day celebrations, commencements, and other events for students and the community. During the Mary Washington First Campaign, donors saw the need and answered the call to restore this cherished landmark by contributing nearly $3 million to support the 2018 restoration. A dedication ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on June 2, 2018, during Reunion Weekend. If you have not yet registered, please click here to do so now. At this time, UMW still needs $54,500 to meet the $3-million project goal for the Amphitheatre Restoration. … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Construction Update – March 2018

 UMW still needs $71,000 to meet the $3-million project goal for the Amphitheatre Restoration. Names of donors contributing $10,000 and more will be listed on a donor wall near the top of the Amphitheatre. The LAST DAY to make a qualifying gift and/or pledge to have your name on the donor wall is APRIL 5, 2018. Contact the Office of Advancement at 540-654-2059 or make a gift online. Construction is proceeding on time. A dedication ceremony is planned for Saturday, June 2, 2018. See additional photos below taken on March 14, 2018, by UMW Assistant Director of Capital Outlay Rob Johnston.   This view is looking north toward the stage. Workers continue to restore the vital elements of the stage.   This view is looking northwest down the Amphitheatre steps and toward the stage. You can see old and new benches in place. New backrests will be added next. This view shows an accessible approach at the top of the Amphitheatre. Recognition for donors … [Read more...]

Timeless Advice: You can if you will …

Dean of Women Nina Bushnell is infamous among Mary Washington alumni for enforcing strict dinner etiquette, approving students’ dates, and upholding rigid decorum in all things. Many alumni laughingly tell stories of wearing rolled-up pants underneath a raincoat or crawling out between tables to escape a formal dinner in Seacobeck. For Virginia Colwell Read ’49, it was an orientation speech by “Mrs. B” that stayed with her to become a staple in her life lessons. Dean Bushnell’s advice during freshmen orientation in the fall of 1945 was, “You can if you will – but you won’t, or will you?” At a point in history when there were few, if any, women architects, engineers, bankers, doctors, lawyers, business entrepreneurs, or economists, this advice came to mean a lot to Virginia as she discovered something very important and life-changing. “Professors at Mary Washington actually encouraged us to use our expanding intellect,” she says. “They didn’t treat us as subservient … [Read more...]

Timeless Advice: You can if you will …

An alumna from the Class of 1949 is sponsoring the Virginia Colwell Read 1908 Challenge to inspire donors to make 1,908 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day. Mary Washington was founded in 1908, and the 1908 Society recognizes alumni whose classes already have celebrated 50th reunions. It is in that spirit that Virginia Colwell Read ’49 is challenging alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, students, and businesses to make a total of 1,908 gifts on March 20, 2018, to unlock her $5,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington. “I was brought up with the obligation to return what has been given to me so others will be blessed,” says Virginia. “My education was given to me and it is my hope, that by supporting UMW and this challenge, others will be able to share the advantages of an education.” Virginia credits Mary Washington professors and specific advice from Dean of Women Nina Bushnell for many of her career and life successes. Mrs. B’s advice during freshmen orientation in the fall … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Construction Update – February 2018

Construction is proceeding on time. A dedication ceremony is planned for Saturday, June 2, 2018. See photos below taken on February 20, 2018, by UMW Assistant Director of Capital Outlay Rob Johnston.     … [Read more...]

2017 Celebration of Giving

President Troy D. Paino and Kelly Paino welcomed UMW donors to the annual Celebration of Giving held November 30, 2017, at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Members of the Washington Society, Heritage Society, President's Council, and annual donors of $2,500 and more enjoyed hearing University updates from President Paino and current students. Guests then took to the dance floor following dancing exhibitions by Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio to nostalgic tunes provided by the Jeff Decker Band. Click here or on photos to see more scenes from the evening. (Once in Flickr, be sure to click page 2 to see all the fun dancing shots.)   … [Read more...]

Donors Celebrate Arts & Culture

On September 21, 2017, lead donors to UMW Arts and Culture programs enjoyed a private celebration at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. The annual event recognized Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, and businesses who made gifts of $1,000 and more during the 2016-2017 academic year to support programs showcasing music, museums, the fine arts, theatre, and special lectures. Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Keith Mellinger and UMW President Troy Paino talked about the importance of arts and culture in a liberal arts education, as well as the value of sharing events and exhibits within the local community. President Paino thanked donors and said private gifts are essential to preserve and enhance Arts & Culture programming. Following remarks, the galleries at Belmont were opened for private viewing. (Click on the photo at left or visit our online album to see more event photos.) The UMW Arts and Culture alliance includes the Crawley Great Lives … [Read more...]

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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