February 23, 2017

UMW Pedagogy Chat on Twitter

Please join UMW faculty from across the university in a Twitter chat at #teachUMW. We will meet online weekly for the rest of the spring semester on Wednesdays from noon until 1 p.m., beginning on March 1. If you are unavailable at that time, you can still visit the hashtag and interact with posts at other times. We will discuss topics related to digital pedagogy and general best practices for UMW students, based on faculty experience and research.

Interested students may wish to join to provide their experience as well; please share as appropriate. Please contact Janine Davis if you have questions, need help with Twitter or would like to serve as a guest host for future weekly chats.

SAC News

Coffee with the President: Thursday, Feb. 23, in the HCC Digital Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., President Paino will be hosting the first of several “Coffee with the President” informal gatherings. It is planned to be laid back, so come and go as you please. Come to share your thoughts, feelings and concerns about the University with the President. The next one will be held on March 21 in the University Center Maple Room.

Great Lives Lecture Series: Last week, William Crawley gave a presentation at our February S.A.C. meeting about the history of the Great Lives Lecture Series. The Spring 2017 Great Lives Lectures Series schedule is available at http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/. This series is open to the public free of charge. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Each lecture concludes with an audience Q&A session with the speaker and a book signing. Please remember that our monthly S.A.C. meetings are open to all UMW staff.

March SAC Meeting: Our guest speaker for our next meeting on March 16 will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.

UMW Shred Event 2017: UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off)! Support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom! Would you like to enter the contest? Visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-chili-cook-off-entry-form/ to submit your name and contact information.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap, since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

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) 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.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!

Arabelle Laws Arrington ’41 Scholarship Opportunity for Children of UMW Faculty & Staff

The Arabelle Laws Arrington Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for UMW students who are the children of full-time faculty and staff who have been employed with UMW for at least 5 years in a teaching, administrative or classified position.

Arabelle Arrington graduated in 1941 from Mary Washington College. She served as a member of the Board of Visitors from 1975 to 1983, was a member of the Alumni Association, and served as president of the Foundation Board of Directors. Mrs. Arrington left a generous fund from her estate, along with donations from UMW alumni, parents, faculty, and staff, to finance this opportunity. This Scholarship is awarded annually.

To be initially eligible for the benefit, the student must meet the University`s admissions requirements, must be accepted as a degree-seeking student, be a dependent student, be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) and maintain good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better). Students must demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) each year. The award is renewable and can vary in amount each year based on the students’ financial need and eligibility for other financial aid awards. 

The award could cover up to the total cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees, however, room, board, books, and other college expenses or additional fees are not covered by this scholarship.  This scholarship does not apply to the enrollment of faculty or spouses of staff members, non-degree-seeking students, part-time students (fewer than 12 credit hours), or summer session enrollment.

This scholarship opportunity is administered by the Financial Aid office. For a specific definition of a dependent student, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. For more details email finaid@umw.edu or call 540-654-2468.



UMW Named Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

The University of Mary Washington has been named one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright scholars, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Last spring, four UMW students and alumni were selected to travel, teach and explore new cultures thanks to prestigious Fulbright grants. The awards highlight the best results in the University’s history […]

Presidents Share Similar Philosophies

They were born two centuries apart, but a press conference held, appropriately, on Presidents Day proved that the nation’s fifth president and the University of Mary Washington’s 10th president have similar ideas about education, democracy and civil responsibility. James Monroe, portrayed by historical re-enactor Jay Harrison, and University President Troy Paino shared the stage in […]

Subramanian Publishes Story in Men’s Health Magazine

Sushma Subramanian, Assistant Professor of English and the primary journalist in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, has published a story, “Unlock the Gut-Shrinking Secrets of Gastrophysics: How one meal can change everything you think you know about eating—and overeating,” in the March issue of Men’s Health, on stands now. The story profiles a pop-up restaurant in London called Kitchen Theory, which has built its menu around the scientific discoveries of a University of Oxford researcher named Charles Spence who studies how the senses interact while eating.

Rafferty Publishes Essay Series on U.S. Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had “The Imagineer Considers Tomorrow (#45.1)” recently published in the new issue of Waxwing. It joins four other essays published back in October and was commissioned by the editors in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Presidents Day Press Conference

UMW President Troy Paino and James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, will share the stage on Monday, Feb. 20, for a one-of-a-kind Presidents Day press conference focused on the themes of leadership and civic responsibility.

The session, featuring historical re-enactor James “Jay” G. Harrison III as Monroe, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116, on the Fredericksburg campus. The event will be live-streamed and is accessible via this link, 15 minutes prior to the event. https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umwevents/portal.htm?eventId=343882&streamType=video.

James Monroe was inaugurated for his first term on March 4, 1817. President Paino will be inaugurated as UMW’s 10th president on April 21, 2017.

“In celebration of Presidents Day, the James Monroe Museum is presenting a unique opportunity to have a discussion with both presidents on the cusp of their presidencies, looking forward to the path of leadership before them,” said Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum.

Harris noted striking similarities between the two leaders. Both stress the importance of having an educated and civic-minded citizenry in order to have a healthy democracy and a bright future for the nation.

Speaking at Washington College in Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, 1817, Monroe said, “In providing for the prosperity and happiness of a country, a careful attention to literary institutions, and the education of youth ought ever to occupy a high place. To the youth we must look with an eye of deep interest – they are the hope of our country.”

Monroe’s thoughts seem to have been reflected in Paino’s address when he was introduced to the UMW community on Feb. 19, 2016: “What we really are about here at Mary Washington and what really attracted me was that we produce young people who have a servant’s heart, who become passionate about something and want to improve the world, who want to be fully engaged in their communities, and want to advance our democracy in a positive way, and to me that’s why I do this work.”

The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the James Monroe Museum at 540-654-1043.

James Monroe Museum Collection Available Online

More than 70 artifacts from the James Monroe Museum now can be viewed online, thanks to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the Fredericksburg museum. This new virtual collection displays historically significant artifacts illustrating the life and times of James Monroe in just a few clicks at https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/the-james-monroe-museum. The display is part […]

Coffee with President Paino, Feb. 23

President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.