A portrait of Nelson Mandela hung on the wall of Donald Rallis’s office for most of his 23 years at Mary Washington. In and of itself, this fact does not distinguish Donald from academics across the world. Mandela’s name and face were symbols the anti-apartheid movement that galvanized college campuses in the late 1970s and 1980s and many faculty and students have embraced his face and name as a symbols of freedom and justice. Yet, Donald’s choice of office decoration represents aspects of his character and accomplishments that deserve notice as we mark his retirement after 23 years as a teacher, mentor, and colleague. Continue reading »
As educators, we can live for months off a few words of thanks from an appreciative student. In the long, dry spells in between, it’s all grit, caffeine, and red wine (depending on the circumstances). When UMW asked me to write a few words in honor of Donald at his retirement, I realized that I may have been remiss in formally thanking him, until now, for his profound influence on me – first as a former student at Mary Washington and now as a friend and fellow geographer. It is not an exaggeration to say I wouldn’t be who I am today without Donald’s qualities as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Continue reading »
The Geography Department is pleased to invite geography majors to apply for research and travel grants funded by the Rountree Endowment for Geography.* This Endowment was created specifically to support geography majors engaged in independent research projects and/or study abroad programs.
During the 2013-2014 Academic Year, the department may fund as many as 3 grants totaling $1800. The maximum grant award will be $1000. Funds will not be available before February 2014 and will only be granted as reimbursements for project-related expenses.
Eligibility for 50th Anniversary Endowment grants is limited to geography majors who are enrolled in UMW courses during the 2013-2014 academic year or who are enrolled in a study abroad program approved through UMW’s Center for International Education.
To apply for a grant please work with your academic advisor or another member of the geography faculty to fill out the Rountree_Grant_application_form. You will also need at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (Recommendation Form). Applications will be evaluated by the Geography faculty and decisions will be based on the quality of the proposal and the applicant’s record of achievement. The department maintains the right not to award any funds and re-issue a call for proposals at a later date.
All applications are due by Wednesday, December 11th at 5:00pm. Please submit applications by e-mail to Dr. Stephen Hanna (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Jeff W. Rountree (UMW 1991), CEO of the UMW Foundation and president of Eagle Property Holdings LLC, and his wife, Lisa, gave the initial gift that established the endowment in 2009. Since then dozens of other geography alumni have made generous contributions.
Maps and cartograms visualizing the 2013 Gubernatorial election in Virginia will be posted soon.
Also, a longer piece co-written by Stephen Hanna and Stephen Farnsworth on mapping the 2012 election results can be found here.