September was a whirlwind of events at the University of Mary Washington. On Thursday, September 20, the Board of Visitors arrived at the university to begin their annual September meeting with the Convergence Center Groundbreaking ceremony. The next day, Friday, September 21, the university held two more ceremonies: a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eagle Village Hyatt Place Hotel and a re-dedication for the Mason and Randolph residence hall complex.
The weekend also featured an event-filled Family Weekend at UMW, and we welcomed more than 800 parents and families to the Fredericksburg campus for academic open houses, faculty lectures, and a cookout on Ball Circle. In addition, my wife, Rose, and I greeted more than 400 students and family members who visited our historic home, Brompton, during Family Weekend.
UMW finished September by hosting the annual Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday, September 29 on the Fredericksburg campus. I am grateful to all of the students and community members who came out Saturday morning to support Alzheimer’s research and treatment and to make a difference.
Also the same day, UMW student-athletes and staff welcomed youth from Boys and Girls Clubs across Virginia to a College Day Experience event sponsored by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. Activities provided role models for the youth and encouraged them to prepare for college.