September 19, 2017

Why Mental Health Is A Feminist Issue (

Rappahannock Regional Library, Park Service team up for lecture series on Reconstruction (The Free Lance-Star)

Richardson: There’s a right way to talk with people (The Free Lance-Star)

Message from President Paino about DACA Decision

To the UMW Community:

The announcement yesterday by the Department of Justice to phase out, over six months, the Executive Order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program was truly disappointing.  DACA’s temporary authorization to work or to attend college for those brought to the United States as children provided many people with a legal path to school, employment, and economic and social success. While there is much we still don’t know about the details of this plan or how it will play out, the leadership of the University of Mary Washington is deeply concerned about the young people registered for this program, including a number of our own students. 

These students are members of our community, and we want them to be able to finish their education at UMW.  Mary Washington thrives because of the many voices and experiences within our community, and we are committed to providing the opportunity of a college education to all of our students.  Societies succeed best when all have access to education and talented people have opportunities to contribute.

We have reached out individually to these students on our campus to reassure them that we will do whatever we can to support them. We stand with these students and we will work with the Attorney General’s Office in Virginia to help them. We encourage Virginia’s Congressional delegation to work to enable an alternative solution to DACA with its protections of our students and their families.

Along with my senior leadership team, I will continue to monitor the situation and support our DACA students in the months to come. 

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


Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

This message is from UMW’s Office of IT Security


When a tragedy strikes, cyber criminals typically set up fraudulent donation sites, and online scammers look to prey on people who want to help.

This week, scammers have been using Hurricane Harvey-themed messages to trick people into opening phishing emails and links on social media sites. This, in turn, can not only con victims out of money, but lead to stolen login information and devices infected with malware. Please be vigilant about exercising caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if they appear to originate from a trusted source.

Always be mindful when opening any email attachment or clicking on a link. Think before you click! I have included below some tips from Homeland Security’s National Cyber Awareness System.

If you ever have a question about an email you receive, forward it to or contact the IT Help Desk.

Thank you,

Ray Usler,  CISSP, CISM

Director of IT Security and ISO

University of Mary Washington


  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
  • Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments.
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
  • Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.



The future of higher ed in the region (The Free Lance-Star)

Far From Dixie, Outcry Grows Over a Wider Array of Monuments (New York Times)

Heritage tourism sites in Fredericksburg area ponder their future (The Free Lance-Star)

Richardson: If there’s an issue to address, do it! (The Free Lance-Star)

Fredericksburg slave auction block has history of controversy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)