Archive for January, 2012

Research Plan

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I am handling most of the alumni portion of our project. I will be interviewing alumni as well and looking through the alumni magazines. For the interviews, I do not yet have people to interview as I am waiting for a response on who to contact that went to school here in the 1960’s. I talked to Carolyn Parsons, Special Collections Librarian, and she said that she may know of one alum who graduated in the late 1960’s and who was very involved in the school when she went here. That particular alum is also thinking about writing a book about her experience at Mary Washington, so I think she will be particularly excited about helping with the project. I have emailed Mrs. Parsons about the getting the contact information for this lady.

As for questions that I am going to ask, I would like to focus on what the experience was like for her. I want to understand what it was like going to classes, what school policies stuck out to her, what were the popular majors, if she has any interesting stories, and what the trends were like (both fashion, things people said a lot, and any other trends that may have taken place). I am going to compile a list of about fifteen or twenty different questions. I would like to interview more than one person, but I would like to ask them all the same questions as I feel like that is the best way to get a true feel for what life was like at Mary Washington College in the 1960’s. I plan on voice recording the interviews as well as taking notes on the things that I think particularly stand out. I would also like to videotape at least one, given that the Alumni is alright with that.

I am also doing the Alumni Magazines which is going to be a pretty big job. I am going to be looking not only at the alum magazines from the 1960’s but all of the ones thereafter because there can be articles or other excerpts about alumni from the 1960’s.

Who is doing what in our project?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

This is the plan:


Sara – Bullet Articles
Rebecca – Course Catalogs / Aubade
Kendall – Photographs / Student Handbooks

Brenda – Academic Department and Faculty Files / scrapbooks / President files
Sam – Alum Interviews / Alum magazines
We also may want to talk to the historic pres people, look into yearbooks, and talk about campus traditions and events in the 60’s.

About me!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

My name is Samantha and I am a Political Science Major.  When I am not at UMW, I live with my family in Manassas, but I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I moved to America about three and a half years ago, and feel as though I do not have as good an understanding of American History as I would like.  I have taken advantage of my time at UMW to catch up on all of the History that I did not learn in elementary/high school and that is why I am excited about this class!

This is a picture of my boyfriend, Vernon and I on top of a mountain, almost 8000 feet above sea level, In the beautiful Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta.  One of my favorite memories. Taken by someone who happened to be walking past on August 12, 2011.

Hello world!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

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