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University of Mary Washington

APRIL 2013

Announcements and information from the Academic Affairs area of the University plus a message from the incoming Provost.


Reflections on a year as Interim Provost

By Ian D. C. Newbould

Every year seems to go faster than the previous ones, and this year is no exception.  Indeed it is difficult to believe that I arrived here at Mary Washington more than a year ago. My year’s activities were pretty much laid out for me by a “shopping list” of matters needing attention that had been put together by President Hurley and his administration, and further developed during the President’s Cabinet’s June retreat and the Board of Visitors July retreat.  I was guaranteed a busy year!

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Greetings from Jonathan Levin — UMW’s Next Provost

Colleagues –

As the spring semester winds to a close, I’m happy to have the opportunity to use the Provost’s newsletter to offer a few thoughts regarding some of the ongoing debates about the state of higher education.  These are truly extraordinary times in higher ed.  Hardly a day goes by without a piece in the media about some new practice that promises to transform how we deliver a college education.

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General Faculty Meeting Set for Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

The University’s annual April General Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and will be held in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on the Fredericksburg campus, starting at 4:00 pm.  Along with the traditional motion for endorsement of the candidates for graduation and tributes to our Emeriti and Retiring Faculty, this year’s meeting will feature the announcement of the winner of the first Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award.

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Convergence Center Construction Continues to Stay on Target

Work on the Information and Technology Center has progressed steadily and, by mid-May, all the concrete walls and the roof for the building will have been poured (assuming no unforeseen weather interruptions).  As this recent photo shows, the construction site looks much different than it did just a couple of month’s ago.  The building is scheduled to go into full operation for the fall 2014 semester.

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Board of Visitors update

Mary Washington is fortunate to have a group of Trustees led by Rector White who are committed to the well-being of the university, and who dedicate so much of their time in our service.  During this last set of meetings on April 17-19, vigorous discussion and debate took place on several matters pertaining to every corner of the university.

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Report on External Grants – Activity, Results, and Procedures

Congratulations to  Ben LaBreche (Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication) who recently learned that he was awarded TWO separate fellowships in support of his project on Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton).  Also, Brian Rizzo (Department of Geography) landed a contract with the Law Library of Congress.  Read on to learn more about their achievements and to learn about the other eight faculty, staff members, and students who have submitted projects for external funding since the report that was in the February 2013 newsletter (the list of applicants appears on the next page).

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Photo Credit: Jeff McClurken