November 24, 2017

Dave Fleming: Move-In Magic

The first of a weekly series of candid Q&A’s with the people who make Mary Washington shine.

This time of year, papers pile up on Dave Fleming’s desk. His inbox takes on a life of its own. Even his pulse starts to rev up a little. That’s because, for Fleming, UMW’s assistant dean for residence life and housing, Move-In Day (which took place yesterday, with hundreds of new students settling in to residence halls across campus) might just be the best day … ever. And, after helping students haul fridges and fans, mirrors and movie collections into their new college digs for the past 16 years, he’s seen it all. Or has he?

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Dave Fleming on move-in day.

Q: What’s the most memorable item you’ve ever seen a student bring to campus?

A full-size arcade game – Mission Command, I believe.

Q: What are the three words that best describe the spirit of Move-In Day?

Frenetic (it’s controlled chaos), inviting, hopeful

Q: Including this year’s, how many college move-in days have you been involved in?

16! Two as an RA, two as a graduate student and the rest as a professional.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge – and reward – of managing the daily life of thousands of college students?

Challenge: Each student comes to campus with individual needs. How their identities mesh with the community is complex. We rely on our student staff to have a finger on the pulse of their floors and communicate to us what they learn.

Reward: Witnessing the way one conversation, resolution or quick response can affect a student. I often say to RAs that if we made a positive impact on one person, it was worth our time and investment.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

Two days in Residence Life and Housing are never the same. I’m a problem solver, and there are always opportunities to examine a problem and develop solutions. Making a positive impact on students is the icing on the cake.

Q: Why is UMW Move-In Day one of your favorite days of the year?

It’s the range of emotions during the day, the anticipation and excitement in the air. Students are excited and nervous for a new beginning, while their families reflect on the work they’ve done to get their student to this point. I often see the last hug before Mom and Dad leave campus. It’s a heartfelt moment that I’m honored to witness.

Q: What’s special about move-in at Mary Washington?

Move-In Day at UMW embodies the spirit of being part of the Eagle Family. Upper-class students, faculty, staff and administrators join in welcoming new students and their families. A highlight is seeing President and Mrs. Paino in Move-In T-shirts, greeting new students and accepting selfie requests. It really speaks volumes about the kind of university Mary Wash is.

Calling All Authors: Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of the Center for the Book at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, seeks applications for the 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, which will be held in Charlottesville and Albemarle counties from Wednesday, March 21, through Sunday, March 25, 2018.  [Read more…]

Harris Talks Monroe on C-SPAN

A presentation by James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library Director Scott Harris is scheduled to air on C-SPAN3 on Saturday, June 10, at 5:15 p.m., and on Sunday, June 11, at 6:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. [Read more…]

Summer Fire System Testing

Campus Fire Safety will be conducting its semi-annual fire system testing this summer. The full schedule is available below.

If you have conflicts with the schedule, please contact Briant Atkins, campus fire safety officer, at 540-654-2108 or calendar for summer fire system testing

Calendar for june summer fire system testing




Rycroft Publishes Economics Book

UMW Professor of Economics Robert Rycroft’s edited book The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty was recently published and will soon be available through Amazon. The text asks the question: What is the “American Dream.” The author’s answer might surprise you.

Networking and a Movie on Jan. 26

Join the University of Mary Washington’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Team for a networking event on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

Participants will meet at the Park Lane Tavern of Fredericksburg at Spotsylvania Towne Centre at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers, a cash bar and plenty of networking. Then head over to Paragon Village 12 to purchase tickets to Hidden Figures. This film tells the incredible story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, all brilliant African-American women who crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. The trio, who worked at NASA, was the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The historic achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

The cost for networking is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Participants may purchase movie tickets individually on-site. Pre-register at

For more information about the Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Team, visit

Museums Offer Free Holiday Admission

While you are unwinding during the holiday break, bring the whole family for a visit to the James Monroe Museum and to Gari Melchers Home and Studio!

belmont-home-for-the-holidays-2Both sites are extending free admission to include the immediate family members of current University of Mary Washington faculty and staff during the break, from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit this wonderful pair of cultural resources administered by UMW.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The James Monroe Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, but will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission for current faculty, staff and students is free throughout the year at both sites, so we hope to see you often! For more information please visit us online at and

Gifts by Credit Card Now Require Security Code

UMW Advancement has received notification from our third-party credit-card processing company that our online giving site now requires donors to enter their three- or four-digit security codes for all credit card gifts. These industry-wide enhancements regarding Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards help ensure that information is accepted and processed in a secure environment.

UMW was notified that this change is effective immediately for all online gifts. The revised giving site now includes specific instructions and diagrams to show donors that the three-digit security code is found on the back of all credit cards, EXCEPT for American Express. For American Express, the four-digit security code is found on the front of the credit card. (

Effective Jan. 31, 2017, all UMW printed gift cards will need to have a space for donors to write out the security code if they are making gifts by credit card. Advancement will NOT be able to process credit card gifts without this information. When possible, an attempt will be made to contact donors by phone, but that is not always successful. Considering that the number of credit card gifts is rising every day, this is not practical or feasible on a large-scale basis.

Advancement is currently in the process of redesigning and reprinting all gift cards and gift envelopes that are distributed directly by our office. However, there are numerous organizations and offices across campus that also print and distribute gift cards/envelopes.

We are asking you to please look at all gift cards/envelopes that you currently have in stock or plan to distribute in the near future. If you expect any gifts to be sent in on these cards after Jan. 31, 2017, these cards/envelopes will need to be redesigned and reprinted now.

To ensure compliance with data security standards and good gift processing practices, please send all revised gift cards/envelopes to Donna Raab at or call 540-654-2059 for review before printing. This review process is essential now, and going forward, to maintain PCI compliance and to promote consistency for all our donors.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please let us know if you have questions.

Ken Steen

Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

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