July 21, 2017

Foss Presents Paper at British Women Writers Conference

On June 23, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper titled “Ann Yearsley, Earl Goodwin, and the Politics of Romantic Discontent” at the 25th meeting of the British Women Writers Conference, held this year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

There is a dearth of substantial critical studies of Earl Goodwin in general, and while the few out there have helpfully illuminated the play’s representation of the historical plight of women and the poor during Anglo-Saxon times, as well as its application to their predicaments in England and France during the end of the 18th century, this important tack has left unexplored the ways in which Yearsley also is clarifying and extending her anger and frustration about the class- and gender-based discrimination she experienced firsthand in the fallout with her mentor Hannah More over the profits from her first book.

Foss’ paper fills this gap, explicating the many ways in which Earl Goodwin represents, on one level, her ongoing response to the defamation she suffered in the wake of More’s public campaign to ruin her reputation. The paper also encourages a re-visioning of the overtly personal rejoinders to More as already reflective of her discontent with economic, political and social injustice. That is, documenting the inextricability of the play’s explicit social and political critiques with Yearsley’s ongoing response to the More fiasco in fact reinforces the extent to which her more familiar initial reactions are as fundamentally politically as they are personally motivated.


UMW Book Club to Meet Aug. 16

The UMW Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Bookstore. The book selection this month is any title by Carrie Fisher.  Both club members and visitors are welcome.  Contact Margaret Mock at ext. 1017 with questions.

Important Notice about Willard Hall

Earlier this summer, a steam line underneath Willard Hall ruptured, resulting in significant damage to the building. The damage from the rupture was extensive enough that the residence hall had to be closed immediately. That situation has accelerated the University’s move to take Willard, one of two original buildings on campus, offline for construction, originally slated to begin a year from now.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing is in the process of accommodating those students who were assigned to live in Willard Hall in the upcoming academic year. The majority will be housed in Bushnell Hall, which had been slated for closure in the 2017-2018 session in order to allow for some minor renovations and upgrades. The UMW facilities staff has shifted its priorities and is making necessary enhancements to provide space in Bushnell for students displaced from Willard. In addition, some other available rooms in Virginia Hall and elsewhere on campus will provide additional spaces for intended Willard residents.


Fiske Guide, USA Today Name UMW Among the Best

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the nation’s best colleges by two major publications, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and USA Today. For the eighth consecutive year, the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges recognized UMW as a “best buy.” Mary Washington is among 21 public and 26 private institutions recognized for delivering […]

Room for rent in downtown Fredericksburg

Looking for a young professional or a college student to share house in downtown Fredericksburg. I have a 10 year old son who resides in the house with me. Must be responsible with rent and respectful towards house rules. Freshly painted bedroom, one shared bathroom, shared kitchen, washer/dryer, A/C, and plenty of street parking. Great location, walkable to downtown Fredericksburg.  Easy access to I-95, Route 1, the train station, Quantico, UMW, and Dahlgren.

Rent is $750 a month which includes (gas, electric, water/sewage, trash removal, and internet). One month security deposit is needed.  No smoking and no pets.  Available August 15th.

Please contact me if interested or would like a tour.  Phone is 703-881-2839 and email is birdiejennings@yahoo.com.

Free Admission to Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition for State Employees

The following is a message from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe:


June 29, 2017



Dear State Employees,

I am pleased to announce that Commonwealth of Virginia state employees can receive free admission to Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, the acclaimed exhibition on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts until August 27, 2017.

Yves Saint Laurent showcases how our exceptional state art museum continues to develop and offer outstanding exhibitions that allow us to learn about different styles of art and cultures.  I don’t want any of you to miss this amazing opportunity.


Drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Paris-based Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and other private collections, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style offers an intimate and comprehensive look at the lifetime achievement of Saint Laurent, one of history’s most radical and influential fashion designers. The VMFA exhibition recreates the fast-paced sights and sounds of the fashion runway.


As we look to the extended July 4th holiday and beyond, VMFA invites employees across Virginia to come visit as part of their summer activities.  While admission to VMFA’s permanent collection is free every day of the year, some special exhibitions, such as Yves Saint Laurent, require a fee. To claim your free ticket to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, present your employee identification card at the Visitor Services desk in the VMFA lobby. Your family members can purchase tickets at a 20 percent discount. Regular ticket prices are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for college students and children ages 7-17. Tickets are free for VMFA members and children ages 6 and younger.


As part of this special offer, you can present your employee identification card for a 10 percent discount on purchases in Best Café, Amuse restaurant, and the VMFA Shop until August 27, 2017.


The VMFA is a cultural icon in our Commonwealth, and we want to give you the option to experience this spectacular Yves Saint Laurent exhibition and take advantage of the other amazing works of art in the museum.


I hope you will visit VMFA soon.



Governor Terry McAuliffe




About Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

Featuring 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments–some never shown publicly before–this exhibition reveals Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, as well as his working process, and the sources of his design inspiration. VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition, which has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Paris-based Foundation.


For additional information about Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style click here                                            


Rabson Publishes Translation of Book about Okinawan Wives

Author Etsuko Takushi Crissey of Okinawa’s G.I. Brides: Their Lives in America (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) traveled throughout the United States conducting interviews and a questionnaire survey of the many Okinawan wives of former American servicemen. With 30,000 U.S. forces still stationed in Okinawa, about 200 marry women there every year. Her interviews of women who have come here from the late 1940s to the present include first-person accounts of their many hardships as soldiers’ wives, immigrants, and members of a racial minority, and how most managed to overcome them and lead fulfilling lives here.

Gately Performs with the National Symphony Orchestra

Doug Gately performed with a parade of superstars on July 4 with the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert,  A Capital Fourth, was televised live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

SAC News

Parking Decal Expiration – This is a reminder that the old parking decals for Faculty/Staff expire on July 1st. Please make sure to request your new parking decal before July 1st to avoid getting ticketed while parking on campus. If you have any questions, contact Parking Management: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/parking/

Banner and System downtime for fiscal year end - Fiscal year end is approaching which brings system(s) down time to accommodate year end 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.

Richardson, Marsh and Graefe-Anderson Publish Paper

Woody Richardson, John Marsh and Rachel Graefe-Anderson have published “AB InBev’s Offer for SABMiller (A): Pricey or Practical?” in Business Case Journal.