A letter from the President

January 5, 2022

Dear UMW Neighbor,

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we welcome our UMW students, faculty and staff back to campus in person this semester. The heart of UMW is its people – the rich, vibrant campus atmosphere and immersive learning experiences are like no other. And, it’s no surprise that UMW continues to be recognized among the nation’s top schools by publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

We look forward to supporting our students through athletic events, theatre productions, musical performances, art exhibits, multicultural events, and more while we continue to stay focused on mitigating public health risks for our campus and local community. UMW faculty, staff and students have risen to the occasion and, with much resolve, have achieved a collective vaccination rate near 95%.

We are pleased to announce that the annual Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series, a free, public, annual program exploring the diverse lives and achievements of extraordinary people returns this semester. We encourage you to find out more information, including current COVID-19 conditions, about this program and other events via the links in this newsletter.

We also have several major construction projects on campus. Seacobeck Hall is in the final renovation stage and will be home to the College of Education and the Office of Disability Resources starting this month. Construction traffic continues along Alvey Drive off of Emancipation Highway as a result of the demolition of Alvey Hall residence hall. Site improvements including lighting and landscaping should be completed later this spring. And, an underground utilities project involving water and steam improvements continues throughout campus with much of the remaining work to begin in earnest after commencement in May.

We look forward to joining you in supporting our students this semester. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year and a wonderful spring!

Troy D. Paino, J.D., Ph.D.

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