August 13, 2021
Dear UMW Neighbor,
Greetings from the University of Mary Washington! The past year or more has been one of great challenges and I am truly inspired by the resilience, perseverance, and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff in support of our university community. With nearly 90% of our UMW community fully vaccinated or in the process of being vaccinated, we are eager to welcome all of them back to campus in person this semester!
We anticipate a return to many of the wonderful and engaging activities and events on campus this semester, and I encourage you to explore more of the details on this page. In addition, I wanted to highlight a few items.
We have launched a new university brand, “Matter,” which reminds us that, every member of the UMW community matters, just as the University as a whole matters to the world. UMW continues to be ranked nationally, lauded for its outstanding academics and reasonable prices. And, a former student-athlete and a former UMW swimming coach qualified for Team USA in the Paralympics in Tokyo this summer.
As you visit campus, you’ll notice the extensive renovation work to repair/replace aging underground steam/water systems and components of this project will continue into the fall. The renovated Virginia Hall, originally built in 1915 and named after the Commonwealth, will welcome residential students this month. And, Seacobeck Hall, which served as the campus dining hall for more than 80 years, will become the new home of the College of Education in January 2022.
We look forward to once again offering a wide array of campus events and offerings and celebrating the return to a more vibrant, engaged community.
Troy D. Paino, J.D., Ph.D.
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