August 21, 2017

New Employee Safety Orientation Canceled for August

The New Employee Safety Orientation for August has been canceled. The next class will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

All new employees are required to attend Employee Safety Orientation Class. Some positions will require further training and certification with regard to job duties and functions. The class will be held at 9:00 am in Lee Hall, Rm 412 on the following dates:

  • 4th Wednesday in February
  • 4th Wednesday in April
  • 4th Wednesday in August (Cancelled for 2017)
  • 4th Wednesday in October

Please inform your supervisor of the next class after your employment begins so that you may attend. Please contact the Emergency Management & Safety Office at extension 2096 or (540) 654-2096 if additional information is needed.

Universal Design and Accessible Communication Workshop, Aug. 18

Colleagues, this Friday (August 18th) we have two programs that are open to the entire UMW community, including all UMW faculty and staff:

Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese

The first is a workshop on “Implicit Bias in the Academy” by Dr. Benjamin Reese, Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon in Chandler Ball Room C of the University Center.

In preparation for the program, Dr. Reese has requested that all participants take the Implicit Associations Test, and specifically the Race IAT and one other test of your choosing. The link to take a test is here:  scroll down to find the Race IAT.

Dr. Reese has also recommended the following readings:

Implicit Bias Review (pages 1-15)

Yes, You Can Measure White Privilege

Reframing Faculty Criticisms of Activism

Korey Singleton

Korey Singleton

On Friday afternoon, we will be joined by Korey Singleton, manager of the Assistive Technology Initiative at George Mason University, for a workshop on “Universal Design and Accessible Communication” (1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom).

Both of these programs support our efforts to ensure that equity, access, diversity and inclusion remain at the foundation of our academic mission, fulfilling our public university purpose to serve the educational aspirations of all of those in the UMW community.

-Nina Mikhalevsky



Campus Dining Offerings

Campus Dining is now serving meals at the Top of the UC.  Between August 17 and 22 the Monday through Friday service times are as follows: Breakfast, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday there will be brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. As of August 23, the Top of the UC will open for lunch at 11 a.m.

Qdoba, Jamba Juice & Li’l Joe’s on the second floor of the UC will be open on Sunday, August 20, from noon to 7 p.m.

Vocelli Pizza will open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20.

As of Monday, August 28, all Campus Dining locations will resume regular  operating hours. This will include Blackstone Coffee and the new pub-style restaurant in the Underground! For additional information contact Campus Dining at

Faculty Participation in Honor Convocation, Fri., Aug. 25

In our annual celebration of honor, UMW will hold Honor Convocation on Friday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center. New students will recite and sign the university’s honor pledge signifying their promise to uphold UMW’s ethical code. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend and are reminded to please wear UMW regalia and arrive no later than 4:10 p.m. Robing will be held in Goolrick Gym.

SAC News

August Staff Advisory Council Meeting – Our August SAC meeting will take place on Thursday August 17th from 1-3PM in Lee Hall 412.  You do not have to be a member to attend — all are welcome!

Rick Pearce to Retire – Vice President for Administration and Finance Rick Pearce will retire from the University, effective January 1, 2018. President Troy Paino made that announcement in an email to the UMW community on Thursday.   For more information, go to

Office of Disability Resources Workshop – The Office of Disability Resources is presenting a workshop on Universal Design and Accessible Communication for the UMW community. Korey Singleton, Assistive Technology Initiative Manager, George Mason University, widely recognized as an expert in the field, is the presenter. The presentation is in the University Center, Chandler Ballroom, on Aug. 18 and runs from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  This program explores the ways in which UMW Faculty and Staff could utilize the insights of Universal Design and new and emerging technologies to make our campus more inclusive and accessible. (Questions? Contact ODR, x1266;  or Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

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.

Annual Coleman & Hurley Award Nominations now Open – Nominations can now be submitted for University Recognition Awards.   We will continue our celebration of excellence with the announcement of this year’s nominees, their champions, and the award recipients at the fall staff luncheon event on October 17.  For more information on the awards, go to or contact Terri Arthur (

Move-In Crew Volunteers Needed!  Residence Life and Housing invites you to participate in one of the most exciting and memorable days of the year: Move-In Day!  Move-In Day for first year and transfer students is Wednesday August 23, 2017.  Move-In Day for returning students is Saturday, August 26, 2017. As Move-In Volunteers, you will welcome our new and returning students and their families, help unload cars, carry suitcases and boxes, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of students for the academic year.   For more information, go to

 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.


Hirshberg’s Book Reviewed for American Academy of Religion

Remembering the Lotus-Born, the recent monograph by Dan Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, was reviewed in Reading Religion for the American Academy of Religion.


Richards Speaks at North Carolina Writers Conference

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, was one of three invited members on a panel titled “Celebrating Allan Gurganus” at The North Carolina Writers Conference held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, July 28-29. The conference honored Gurganus, the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People, Plays Well with Others, The Practical Heart, and Local Souls, among other books. Richards has published on Gurganus’ Plays Well with Others, reviewed his Local Souls, and routinely taught his works in Southern literature and contemporary U.S. fiction courses.

Buster-Williams Gives Keynote

Kimberley Buster-Williams, vice president for enrollment management, gave the keynote address at Paskill, Stapleton and Lord’s summer conference. The conference was titled “The Making of a Super Recruiter: Making Good Recruiters Great.”

The conference, held July 20-21, 2017, in downtown Philadelphia, was designed to provide top Admission talent “next level training.” Led by PS&L consultants, participants were challenged to develop better internal communication skills, become more articulate representatives of their institution, hone their sales skills, and to move beyond the basics of Admissions 101. Participants were led through a series of workshops, utilizing small group breakout sessions.

The title of Buster-Williams’ address was “No Mud, No Lotus: Becoming a Super Recruiter.”

Schultz Hits the Water, Lands in National Geographic

During the week, Maria Schultz is assistant director for design services in UMW’s University Relations department. When she’s not working, though, her favorite place to be is on the water, with her dogs.

Maria Schultz

UMW’s Maria Schultz paddle-boarding with her dogs, Kona and Riley. Photo courtesy Melissa Colombo

Schultz lists paddle-camping and stand-up paddle-boarding with her two dogs, Kona and Riley, among her passions. “It’s really the perfect weekend,” she said.

Schultz maintains an Instagram account dedicated to this pastime and to her sporty canines, sponsored in part by Zuke’s, a Durango, Colorado-based company that makes dog treats. She posts accounts of her water adventures on a regular basis.

Schultz published a book last year titled Paddle Tails: Reflections on people and dogs who find balance on the water, along with UMW’s Lisa Chinn Marvashti. And in 2013, Schultz published How to SUP with your PUP: A guide to stand-up paddle-boarding with your dog.

Jen Sotolongo, a National Geographic writer, knew of Schultz from her work with Zuke’s, and decided to include her in a feature that showcases nine other athletes with their animal compadres. The National Geographic story shows Schultz on the Shenandoah River, one of her favorite spots. “The western bank is state park, so you can camp anywhere.”

“I’m known as the girl who paddles with her dogs,” she said. “Paddle-boarding is our thing.”

Visit to read more about Schultz’s adventures. And to follow her (and Kona and Riley) on Instagram, go to






Paying It Forward in 2017

The Office of University Advancement developed this infographic to provide a snapshot of philanthropy and engagement during fiscal year 2017. Thank you to everyone who made gifts in support of UMW’s mission!