September 19, 2017

Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Aix-en-Provence, France

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture “The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face” as part of the fall lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Eagle Awards Selection Committee

The Center for Honor, Leadership, & Service cordially invites you to serve on the 2016-2017 UMW Eagle Awards Selection Committee.

UMW annually recognizes outstanding student leaders, clubs and organizations, and programs that have made a significant contribution to the campus and greater communities.  Recipients for these awards are nominated by faculty, staff and students and will be selected by a committee made up of people from these same groups. CHLS is requesting the help of faculty and staff to sit as a member of the selection committee.

Responsibilities are limited to reviewing and voting on the nomination packages and submitting your selections by the deadline, which will be decided at a later time.  Nominations are open until April 5, 2017, and the committee can review nominations and submit their rankings either via e-mail or by stopping in to the CHLS office.  If you are interested in serving on the selection committee or would like further information, please contact Marissa DiMeo at as soon as possible.

The Eagle Awards will be presented at the Eagle Awards Ceremony on April 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom and you would be an honored guest. You can review the awards themselves at the link below

Staff Advisory Council News

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FLSA and MyTime Information

  • Classified and A/P employees who are reclassified as non-exempt  will punch starting Nov. 25.
  • Exempt employees (classified and A/P Faculty) begin the 80-hour schedule period/2-week work period on Nov. 28.
  • AP Faculty (exempt and non-exempt) record all leave taken in quarter-hour increments starting Nov. 25.

MyTime FLSA Training Registration is now available.  Visit the HR website for information or to ask a question on how changes may impact you.


Faculty/Staff Dining. Let’s do lunch! The Faculty/Staff Dining Room is open in the University Center Chandler Ballroom Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The regular lunch cost is $6 for faculty and staff.

Let’s do our part to promote faculty and staff camaraderie and foster the sense of community that is such an important attribute of Mary Washington.

Food Drive. SAC will continue collecting non-perishable food items through Friday, Dec. 16.   SAC contributed 40 pounds of food last week! Thanks for your generosity!

Excellent Eagle Employee. To nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.

Thoughts, Ideas, Suggestions and Feedback.
Your input and suggestions are important to us! Share your thoughts and ideas with S.A.C. by completing the suggestions form on our website. Let us know what’s on your mind. What can we do to help make UMW a great place to work?

Upcoming meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, in Lee Hall 412 at 1 p.m. Our speaker is Kevin Bartram, UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Director.   Come find out about the exciting things going on in the Music Department this year. Meetings are open to all UMW staff members.

For more SAC news visit our website and check your email for our monthly newsletter.


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Brewer Plays Role at Folger Theatre

Cate Brewer, lecturer in Theatre & Dance, played the role of Mrs. Jennings in the two-week extension for Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre.  The production was directed by Eric Tucker and received critical acclaim in both its original iteration with Bedlam Theatre Company in NYC and at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Belmont hosts “Home for the Holiday”

Belmont, the historic home of artist Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne, will be spruced up for the holidays with seasonal decorations on display November 25 through December 30. [Read more…]

Keith Lands Key Role in HighEdWeb

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association this month tapped UMW Director of Digital Communications Shelley Keith as co-chair of its membership committee. In her new role, Keith, an avid advocate for positive technology user experience, will head the group’s technical side.

HighEdWeb brings Web experts and like0minded professionals together to map the future of digital communications and services in the country’s colleges and universities, and to advance the people, technologies and standards behind it. The group hosts regional events across the U.S. and an annual international conference.

The membership committee is charged with implementing and expanding ideas to benefit affiliates, developing a research- and feedback-driven vision for the program, leading discussions at national conferences, and representing members to the Board of Directors.

“The HighEdWeb community is amazing – unlike any other profession or professional organization,” said Keith. “The goal of the membership committee is to reflect the extraordinary nature of the members of this association. It’s an honor to have been chosen to support this initiative.”

Before coming to UMW, Keith managed Web communications and marketing at Southern Arkansas University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She holds a master’s degree in information quality from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

In addition to more than 20 years of Web experience and more than 10 in higher education, Keith has worked with HighEdWeb since 2007, serving as conference track chair and special event chair, and in vendor support. A frequent presenter, she has chaired three HighEdWeb regional conferences and served as communications manager for the group’s Regional Conference Committee. She also is a 2013 graduate of the HighEdWeb Leadership Academy.

Read more in Link, the Journal of Higher Ed Web Professionals.

Main Course

Summer session feeds students’ passion for writing

Deep Secrets

Lauren McMillan ’08 leads students on a revealing archaeological dig.

High Flyer

Aerospace leader lands top job at Rolls-Royce.

Mental Notes

UMW senior Becky Brown has been baring her soul onstage for what seems like forever – through the strings of her harp. A recent piece she created put that honesty to the test.

“A lot of the subject matter turned out to be very personal,” Brown blogged about her electroacoustic composition, Hold Still. “Opening up to a room full of strangers is daunting.”