September 22, 2017

SAC News

Larry Atkins Award Nominations now Open – The SAC has opened nominations for the 2017 Larry Atkins Award.  S.A.C.’s Larry Atkins Award recognizes UMW employees who are the unsung heroes of our offices.  Employees can be honored by their teammates and co-workers with this award, and they’ll receive $100.

The S.A.C. chooses one wage, one classified, and one administrative professional faculty employee for the award.  Nominees lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile, and set a positive example for others.

You’ll find more information on the Larry Atkins page on the UMW website.  To nominate a colleague, complete the online nomination form by 5pm Friday, September 15th.  If you have questions, please contact Christy Pack.

Winners will be announced at the Fall Employee Luncheon, October 17th.

Staff Advisory Council September Meeting – The Staff Advisory Council September meeting will be held in the University Center Colonnade Room on the Thursday September 21st at 1PM.  All University staff  invited to attend and provide feedback on the strategic vision for UMW that President Paino presented at the assembly last month.  We will hold round-table style discussions beginning at 1:30 to gather feedback on each of the four key areas of the vision and the related action steps.  Our feedback will be shared with President Paino.  The vision will be achieved by concentrating on the four key areas/goals:

  • promoting the values of service and social justice
  • reconstituting the liberal arts for the digital age
  • immersing our students in applied, impactful learning experiences
  • creating a diverse and inclusive community as an essential requirement for academic excellence and academic success

Hope to see you there!

Faculty/Staff Welcome at Blood Drive this Friday!  The UMW Red Cross Student Organization would love to see more faculty and staff donors at our monthly drives, held in the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium. The first drive of the year is Friday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Club. Sign up online at redcrossblood.org/give with zip code 22401.  Please consider donating blood – you can’t live without it!  For tips on a successful donation, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/tips-successful-donation.html

Stafford County Schools at Stafford Campus –  This fall, the Stafford County Public School system began renting space at the Stafford Campus for their Alternative Education Program. The program will utilizes the first floor offices and classrooms in the Gates Hudson Building. Activity will mostly be during the day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. UMW staff, faculty and students should be aware that this may affect parking availability during these hours so please plan accordingly. Should you have any questions about the program, you may contact Kevin Caffrey, Stafford Campus Coordinator, kcaffrey@umw.edu.

University Book Club to meet September 20thThe University Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bookstore to discuss “A Man Called Ove,” a New York Times bestseller by Fredrik Backman. Members and visitors are welcome. Contact Margaret Mock, mmock@umw.edu, if you have questions.

September Safe Zone Workshops – The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens.  Safe Zone consists of people who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

Two types of Safe Zone workshops are offered for faculty and staff. The Basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The Advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.  Enrollment is currently being accepted for a Basic training session for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Advanced training is being offered on Monday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the training or if you have questions.

SAC Bake Off – Save the Date Monday October 16th for the SAC Bake Off!  More information coming soon!

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.