June 24, 2017

Language Academy Partnership Offers New Path to UMW

Prospective students who require English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction prior to enrollment will now have a path to the University of Mary Washington, thanks to a new partnership with the International Language Academy of Washington, D.C. (ILA).

Beginning this fall, ILA will provide an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional program at both the University’s Fredericksburg campus and ILA’s campus in McLean, Virginia. In addition, ILA will provide an ESL Bridge program at UMW, pending approval from Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a federal entity that maintains current information on non-immigrant students.  The Bridge Program would allow students to directly transfer into Mary Washington upon completion of ILA’s Intensive English Program.

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The Bridge track will provide highly motivated ILA students the opportunity to concurrently attend UMW. Those students, nearing the end of their language program, will live on the Fredericksburg campus and will have the opportunity to take advantage of co-curricular offerings, academic support services and more.

“The joint program is a strong fit for our students,” said ILA Director Dana Saif. “Mary Washington offers a variety of academic programs that not only give students wide options from which to choose, but will also provide them with the resources they need to succeed. The academically focused curriculum ILA offers will be the basis for a smooth transition for students who are interested in either the Bridge or the Non-Bridge program.”

Under the program, prospective students will apply and will indicate the option they prefer.

“The ESL and Bridge programs are important new resources for prospective students who need to strengthen their English language skills, and for those students who are seeking to attend UMW, the Bridge program will provide a strong foundation for academic study and a smooth transition through the application process to becoming a successful UMW student,” said Acting Provost Nina Mikhalevsky.

For more information, visit UMW Admissions or the ILA Bridge program.

Faculty and Staff, It’s Time to Submit Calendar Items

Faculty and staff who want to submit calendar items for the upcoming academic year, please visit https://at.umw.edu/ and post your events.

 

 

Farnsworth Lectures at Virginia Boys State

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered a lecture titled “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys State of Virginia at Radford University on June 21. The week-long government education program brings together nearly 700 of Virginia’s top rising high school seniors in the social sciences.

SAC News

Orientation Parking Reminder – UMW is hosting new student Summer Orientation June 14th through June 28th. Orientation is an opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families to our campus. The UMW community support in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our campus guests is greatly appreciated. During this time, please be aware of parking rules. Specific information can be found at http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/06/12/orientation-parking-message-2/

Banner and System downtime for fiscal year end – Fiscal year end is approaching which brings system(s) down time to accommodate yearend processing. Please mark your calendar that Banner will be down from 2:00PM on Friday June 30th until noon on Saturday, July 1st. This impacts the Banner production environment, including SSB functionality and any system exchanging data with Banner. Please refer to the End of Year System Down Time site for additional detailed information including EalgePay, Admission Deposits etc. Finance will make every effort to have the systems restored as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience. Please contact tess@umw.edu with any questions.

Semi-monthly July Pay date – Please be advised that the pay date for the 6/10/17-6/24/17 semi-monthly pay period will be Monday, July 3rd. The 7/3 pay date may impact automatic transfer payments you have set up with your bank. Please make sure to review your personal situation for any needed adjustments. The Comptroller of Virginia establishes the pay dates for classified employees paid semi-monthly. Due to legislation enacted in 1994 the pay day for the final pay period in the 2nd quarter of the year (July 1 pay day) will always be the first work day of July. This is required for budgetary purposes as the Commonwealth’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. The 2017 calendar of scheduled pay dates for fulltime employees is found on the UMW website. http://adminfinance.umw.edu/payroll/files/2013/08/2017-Pay-Calendar.pdf. Please share with any employee who may not have immediate access to a computer. Contact the Payroll Office with any questions.

UMW FY 18 Salary Increase – Be sure to read through Sabrina Johnson’s 6/13 email regarding the UMW FY 18 Salary Increase. You can contact Paula Wilder, pwilder@umw.edu in the Office of Human Resources with any questions you may have.

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.

Al-Tikriti Speaks at Estoril Conference

On 31 May, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti was invited to speak on the topic of migration at the international Estoril Conference, which was held on 29-31 May at the Estoril Congress Center outside of Lisbon, Portugal. The panel abstract was as follows:

 

Prof. Al-Tikriti speaks on migration at the Estoril Conference“In times of migratory crises there is a higher risk of disrespecting human rights. This is particularly threatening for societies’ most vulnerable persons which include migrants, especially illegal migrants. In this context, one must recall the human rights that claim protection, namely in what regards especially vulnerable persons such as women and children.

What threats to the respect of human rights of illegal migrants may be at stake? Who are the actors in charge of enforcing such rights? How can global cooperation be enforced to tackle transnational criminal networks? Who is accountable for human rights violations under these circumstances? Are States bound to a duty to protect refugees even outside their own sovereign territory?”

The panel consisted of:

Eduardo Cabrita (Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister; Portugal)
Ashwani Kumar (Former Minister of Law and Justice; India)
Maria da Conceição (Founder, Maria Cristina Foundation; Bangladesh)
Nabil Al-Tikriti (Associate Professor University of Mary Washington, Vice-President of Médecins sans Frontières; USA)

Host
Arie Kacowicz
(Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Israel)

In his speech, Prof. Al-Tikriti argued that when the law itself is unjust, it is incumbent on those determined to protect human rights to take action. Leveraging his affiliation with MSF / Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Al-Tikriti helped arrange an MSF exhibit on refugees at the conference, and coordinated his speech with Michaël Neuman, Research Director at MSF’s CRASH office in Paris, France.  Other featured speakers in the course of the Estoril Conference included Madeline Albright, Edward Snowden, Bernard Kouchner, Nigel Farage, and several other notable figures.

The Estoril Conference Program: http://www.estorilconferences.com/en/content/schedule.

The Estoril Conference Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/EstorilConf.

Prof. Al-Tikriti’s Estoril Biography: http://www.estorilconferences.com/en/content/nabil-al-tikriti

Following the conference, in his capacity as MSF USA’s 2016-17 Vice President, Prof. Al-Tikriti participated in MSF’s Operational Center Brussels Gathering on 2-3 June, and the Operational Center Paris General Assembly on 10-11 June.

Arabelle Laws Arrington ’41 Scholarship opportunity for children of UMW Faculty and Staff – June 30, 2017 Deadline

Arabelle Laws Arrington ’41 Scholarship opportunity for children of faculty & staff – June 30 Deadline

Are you a student who is a child of a UMW employee inquiring to receive scholarship money? 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 within a teaching, administrative or classified position. Arabelle Arrington served as a member of the Board of Visitors from 1975-1983, 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 alumni, parents, faculty, and staff of the University to fund this opportunity. This scholarship is a 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) yearly along with the Online Scholar Manager application. 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.

Funds for the 2017-2018 aid year will be fully committed June 30, 2017, and no adjustments will be made after July 1, 2017.

This scholarship opportunity is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more details or to identify a potential candidate by emailing finaid@umw.edu or by telephone at 540-654-2468.

 

American Icons to Appear with UMW Philharmonic

World-renowned opera star Renee Fleming and beloved actor Henry Winkler will headline the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s 2017-18 season. The announcement was made at a special event for the Friends of the UMW Philharmonic on Saturday, June 17. “We’ve been trying to get Ms. Fleming for years, but her schedule has been too tight,” […]

SAC News

UMW FY 18 Salary Increase – Be sure to read through Sabrina Johnson’s 6/13 email regarding the UMW FY 18 Salary Increase.  You can contact Paula Wilder, pwilder@umw.edu  in the Office of Human Resources with any questions you may have.

Orientation Parking Reminder – UMW is hosting new student Summer Orientation June 14th through June 28th.  Orientation is an opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families to our campus.  The UMW community support in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our campus guests is greatly appreciated.  During this time, please be aware of parking rules.  Specific information can be found at http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/06/12/orientation-parking-message-2/

Final Reminder — Parking Decals to Expire July 1: While we’re on the subject of parking, here’s a final reminder that all Faculty/Staff decals will expire July 1, 2017. New decals are ready to be issued. Contact Parking Management at x1129 with your banner ID number to order decals, or order through Banner Self Service. Decals will be delivered to your office.

Long Farmer’s Market @ Stafford Campus – Interested in farm fresh products as well as a wide variety of other locally produced goods?  Then stop by the Stafford Campus this summer on Wednesdays from 3-6PM for the Long Farmer’s Market.  In addition to fresh produce, you will find meats, honey, baked goods, granola, ice cream, pickles, pizza, popcorn, salsa, coffee & tea, soaps & other personal care products, hot foods, and a more!  More information can be found here: https://www.virginia.org/listings/Shopping/LongFarmersMarket/

Campus Recreation Summer Group Fitness Classes – If you or your colleagues are looking for ways to be active during the summer, consider coming to the Fitness Center for FREE group fitness classes. These classes are ONLY for Faculty and Staff.   You also will have access to strength and cardio equipment, Goolrick pool, locker rooms, and the basketball courts.  Group fitness classes kicked off on May 22nd and are still going on. Just come by the Fitness Center with your EagleOne ID, check in at the front desk, and head to one of the beginner-friendly, but adaptable, classes. All equipment is provided. If attendance doesn’t increase, these classes will be CANCELLED! http://students.umw.edu/campusrec/be-active/group-fitness-classes/

 

Mondays: 12:15pm-1pm Pilates & Yoga with Kelly

Tuesdays: 12:15pm-1pm Strength with Brittanie; 5:30pm-6pm Cycle with Erin

Wednesdays: 12:15pm-1pm Cycle and Strength with Kelly; 5:30pm-6:15pm Pilates with Erin

Thursdays: 4:30pm-5pm Cycle with Brittanie

 

Summer Fire System Testing:  Campus Fire Safety will be conducting its semi-annual fire system testing this summer. Go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/05/18/summer-fire-system-testing-2/ for the full schedule.

 

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.

UMW Named Among Virginia’s Best Colleges for Business

The University of Mary Washington has been named among the top 10 business programs among Virginia colleges and universities by Zippia, a website dedicated to helping recent college graduates with their careers. UMW ranked sixth on the list. Zippia compared data on 38 institutions of higher learning in Virginia to determine which programs offer the […]

Sustainability Surplus at Procurement Services

Procurement Services is home to a large collection of surplus binders in all shapes and sizes. Due to a constant influx of bids and proposals for new contracts, we always have more binders than we need. Stop on by to see if we have something that fits your needs, or contact Pat Canciglia (x1237).

Help UMW stay green!