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So many people have expressed condolences, the family has moved the memorial service in celebration of Scott Houk’s life to Mountain View High School, 2135 Mountain View Road in Stafford. The service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 4 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend in casual attire. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Scott’s name to the Mountain View High School Drama Department, 2135 Mountain View Road, Stafford, VA 22556.
Scott Thomas Houk passed away the evening of Monday, March 23, 2015, in Fredericksburg, VA. Scott was born on December 27, 1993. He was 21. He graduated from Mountain View High School in 2012 and was currently a junior at The University of Mary Washington. He was a talented actor, a witty improvisational comedian, an expert on all things Spiderman, and a gamer who spent many hours engaged in the craft. He will be greatly missed by his parents John and Tammy, his brother Robbie, his sister Sarah, his grandparents John and Helen Mooney, his uncle Chris and his aunt Lea Ann Eanes, his cousins Brian and Brandon Eanes, his cat Rascal, new puppy Maddy, and countless friends and fans. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sara Deeds Mooney, who named him before she passed, and his paternal grandparents John and Mary Louise Houk.
Faculty and Staff decals expire – July 1, 2015
Contractors/Vendors decals expire – July 31, 2015
UMW employees may re-register all current vehicles through the Eaglenet Portal beginning Monday March 2 – June 30, 2015. Contractors will have until July 30, 2015 to re-register.
Note: If a decal was requested and received after January 6, 2015, it is the new decal (oval shape) and is valid thru July 1, 2017. Once a new decal has been issued for a vehicle, the old decal will be invalid.
To request a decal through Eaglenet, follow these steps: Click on Banner Self Service, Select Personal Information, and then click on Parking Management System.
Any group needing assistance should contact Robin Jones, (540) 654-1129.
To the campus community:
I am pleased to announce that pending further review, the College of Education will continue to admit new students to the music and art tracks of the five-year PreK-12 pathway. The prior decision to suspend new admissions to these tracks was based on their low enrollments. As previously indicated, we will continue to discuss the long-term future of these tracks, engaging faculty and administrative staff from both the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences in those discussions. We also welcome the voices of students and alumni. In the meantime, we are continuing to admit new students into these tracks, including those who applied to begin this year. We remain committed to ensuring that all students admitted to these tracks receive appropriate opportunities to complete all required coursework, even should we eventually decide to suspend or close these tracks.
To clarify any confusion or misinformation, the previously announced suspension would have had no impact on majors and other general education and elective offerings in the College of Arts and Science’s Music or Art and Art History. These CAS programs are not and have not been under review.
I want to thank the deans of the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, the chairs of the relevant departments in these colleges, and the many students, faculty, staff, and alums who have expressed their support for these programs. I anticipate that discussion about the future of these programs will continue into the next academic year.
Jonathan Levin Provost
The following message is from the Office of Admissions:
On Saturday, March 21st, the University of Mary Washington will host Destination UMW, a high-profile event welcoming admitted students to campus with the goal of yielding them for the 2015-2016 academic year. About 360 prospects and their families will visit, plus their families so total guest count will be about 900 people. Finalists for the prestigious Washington and Alvey Scholarships will be among the attendees.
The Destination UMW schedule includes events from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitor parking has been reserved in the George Washington (GW) lot as well as along Double Drive with overflow to the Parking Deck. Primary event locations are Dodd Auditorium, Lee Hall, Monroe Hall, Seacobeck Dining Hall, and campus/residence hall tours. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers in Seacobeck. Help them know their presence is a pleasure by anticipating the crowds and responding warmly, especially in the dining hall where crowds will peak between noon and 2 p.m.
A sample agenda is posted here<http://admissions.umw.edu/youarein/files/2014/02/Destination-March-21-2015-Track-Two.pdf>. If you’d like to be involved in future Admissions events, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus should assume the role of host. Please extend every courtesy and generous hospitality to these visitors. Their impression and decision to attend UMW depends on how they feel while they are here, so thank you for your commitment to perpetuating our brand, our mission, and our sense of the UMW family. One way to show your support is to tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #DestinationUMW trending throughout the day.
Saturday is the first of two Destination UMW events this spring. The 2nd event is April 18th. The Office of Admissions appreciates your involvement in and support of these signature programs that shape the Class of 2019.
I would like to provide additional information related to the email I sent yesterday.
At an off-campus party at the close of the fall 2014 semester, several members of the UMW men’s rugby club engaged in a chant that contained sexually explicit, derogatory, and violent language. Some students have now been exposed to those offensive and lurid lyrics due to posting by others on social media.
No student on this campus should feel unsafe, ostracized, or threatened. Understanding that the offensive chant is antithetical to UMW values, and will not be tolerated, the University pursued action against the men’s rugby club. At the beginning of the current semester, sanctions were imposed on the rugby club for willful violations of UMW’s code of conduct for club sports.
After an appeal by the accused, the disciplinary process concluded on March 18 with this ruling: All rugby club activities have been suspended indefinitely. Further, each member of the men’s rugby club is required to participate in education and training sessions regarding sexual assault and violence. UMW’s Statement of Community Values informed the process and response to this situation.
As I stated yesterday, the University will not stand for such behavior. It not only violates our community values, it is not how members of this collegial campus live, and it is not reflective of the Mary Washington we all know and love.
University policies prohibit discrimination, harassment, threats, and derogatory statements of any form. We pride ourselves on being a diverse, accepting, caring community, and we must live up to that ideal.
I urge anyone on campus who feels unsafe, ostracized or threatened to immediately contact campus police or Dr. Leah Cox, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. She may be reached at email@example.com or 540-654-2119.
Richard V. Hurley
Our Statement of Community Values is a powerful document. It embodies the principles and ideals toward which we all strive. More than 107 years in development, these values have become a part of the fabric of the Mary Washington experience, and they are at the core of what contributes to that special, intangible feeling people get when they become a part of this university.
I write today to encourage the university community to continue efforts to uphold these values and to end sexual assault, violence against women, and other forms of discrimination and harassment that prevail in our society. There is no room at the University of Mary Washington for such behavior. Gone are the days of accepting the status quo and continuing inappropriate actions cloaked in the auspice of tradition or business as usual.
Achievement of excellence doesn’t come without struggle; and even at Mary Washington, we have moments of pause to reevaluate and assess our own actions and to support a higher level of accountability. Sadly, I am aware of recent situations in which our own students (groups and individuals) have engaged in behaviors that I find repugnant and highly offensive to members of our community. While I am disheartened by the poor choices of some, I am renewed with the fervor to take action to ensure accountability that will help to bring about change in our culture. I have worked directly with our administrative team to enforce our policies and, more importantly, to uphold our community values. While the outcomes may be painful for some, the message to all is clear: At UMW, we have a right and responsibility to take appropriate action to address unacceptable behaviors.
I believe it’s in these moments of struggle, even within our own family, that we are able to gain a greater clarity of our values and what we believe is important. As many of you are aware I have directed a task force to deal with many of these issues directly. I am pleased with the group’s progress and look forward to its recommendations. We will continue to systematically approach these issues and create processes that instill confidence and direction within our community.
Ultimately, though, much of this comes down to individual choices. I will continue to lead the way and encourage each member of the Mary Washington community to make a difference by standing up against injustice and to holding true to the values we believe are vital to a healthy community.
Richard V. Hurley
Beginning immediately, the University is issuing a change of use in the Alvey Drive Deck. The top level of the parking deck will be reserved for campus visitors only, while levels 1-3 will be available for any UMW decal (as is the status of the other surface lots beyond the deck).
Deck painting and signage will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.
If you have any questions, please contact Parking Management at (540) 654-1129.
March is Procurement Month !
Governor McAuliffe has issued the 2015 proclamation to recognize March as Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia. Each year, March is set aside as a time to advocate the role of the public procurement profession, and acknowledge the professionals that make a difference in governmental efficiency and effectiveness each day. Procurement professionals purchase and manage materials in a way that is responsible, ethical, and cost-effective, handling a variety of duties from contracting the best services and suppliers, managing materials, and engaging with community, be it here on campus or with local vendors.
Did you know…
In FY14, our UMW Procurement Services team delivered direct savings of $238,788 to the University.
UMW discretionary spend with small, women, and minority-owned business met the 40% statewide goal.
Special thanks to members of UMW Procurement Services Team!
The Legal Resources plan provides 100% coverage for you, your spouse and dependents for the most often needed legal services, protecting you and your family from the high cost of legal fees.
Open Enrollment ends March 23, 2015. See the legal resources flyer for additional information at