The UMW Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 414. The book to be discussed is A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, the story of a 5-year-old Indian boy who becomes separated from his small village family and ends up on the streets of Calcutta. It is the subject of the current movie “Lion.” If you would like to purchase a copy of the book at the Book Club discount, please contact Margaret Mock at ext. 1017 or email@example.com.
Last week, Dr. Marty Wilder, Chief of Staff, formally notified me of his intention to retire effective Sept. 1, 2017. While Marty’s pending retirement will be a great loss to UMW generally and me particularly, we are grateful for all he has done for the University during his many years of dedicated and excellent service. His retirement is well deserved, and I offer my sincere thanks for all of Marty’s work at UMW, serving for more than 30 years in the areas of admissions, financial aid, student services, and for the past seven years as Chief of Staff.
The UMW History Department will host a guest speaker on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Monroe 346. Ed Erickson of Quantico’s Marine Corps University will give a presentation titled “World War I Relocations in Anatolia.”
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of an opinion column on early news coverage of President Trump that appeared on the “Monkey Cage” blog of the Washington Post.
#MaryWashDay Makes History! Mary Wash Giving Day marked the largest single-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. In just 24 hours, 1,112 donors made gifts to areas across the University totaling $194,870. Held on the 109th anniversary of UMW’s founding, #MaryWashDay was promoted across social media as “a chance to put your Mary Washington pride into action by giving back to University programs and students.”
Health & Wellness Fair & Information Session: On Tuesday, March 28, Campus Dining by Sodexo and the Office of Human Resources are sponsoring a special two-part Health & Wellness Fair in Chandler Ballroom at the University Center. Part 1: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Showcase for UMW Employees. Meet with representatives from our retirement vendors, all of our health & dental insurance companies, Weight Watchers, Commonhealth, NSWC Federal Credit Union, PNC and Virginia Credit Union. Vendors will have giveaways and a grand door prize. Part 2: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the entire UMW community. Exhibits, freebies and demonstrations offered from providers of products and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Additionally, on Wednesday, March 29, there will be a Health & Wellness Info Session at the Stafford Campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in University Hall. For staff, faculty and students at the Stafford Campus, this is a great opportunity to learn about the health and wellness resources available at UMW.
Multicultural Fair Volunteers Needed: The James Farmer Multicultural Center is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Multicultural Fair taking place on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can contribute in a multitude of ways by helping with set-up/take-down, serving as an MC for stage performances, helping to hand out programs and helping to keep our campus clean during the Fair. Visit their website http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/fair/volunteering/ to complete the form and let us know you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email JoAnna Raucci at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.
April SAC Meeting: Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 20, at the Stafford Campus South Building Room 208 at 1 p.m. You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C. to attend – all are welcome!
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.
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.!
On Wednesday, March 1, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a 45-minute lecture as part of the Disability and the Emotions Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
His talk, “‘For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts’: Dis/enabling Narratives and the Affect of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Birthday of the Infanta,’” Foss argued that Wilde’s fairy tale about the death of a performing dwarf at the Spanish court may appear mired in damaging stereotype and maudlin melodrama, but it nonetheless suggests more progressive emotionally based possibilities for sympathy, acceptance and even identification rather than paternalistic pity. Wilde’s text invites readers to recognize its seemingly simultaneous manipulation of the narrative toward a reliance upon and a critique of the consumption of pain necessary to the workings of the affect of pity. It further forces readers to acknowledge their own complicity in this pity and pain, ultimately revealing crucial complexities inherent in such emotional responses to disability.