September 3, 2015

R.A.D. Class Offered to UMW Women

The following message is from the UMW Police Department:

The University of Mary Washington’s Police Department is offering the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women class to female UMW students, faculty, and staff, over the course of three nights – Monday, Sept. 14, Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, from 6-9 p.m., located each night in Dance Room #5, Goolrick Hall on the pool level.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women is founded on four basic principles: Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction, Risk Recognition, and Risk Avoidance. These principles are the basis for 90 percent of self-defense education.

The R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program is a self-defense class designed for women of all ages and taught by men and women to teach methods to defend against potential attacks and educate women about risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance. The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense instructional objective is “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”

R.A.D. Basic is a three-day course (3 hours per day) offered to female faculty/staff/students of the UMW community FREE of charge. This class will be taught by Sgt. Bobby Somers, who is a certified R.A.D. Instructor and Advanced R.A.D. Systems Instructor. Sgt. Somers serves as a Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor and is a former U.S. Army Special Operations Self-Defense and Survival Specialist.  Sgt. Somers is currently a patrol sergeant and field training officer with the UMW Police Department.  Sgt. Somers will be assisted by Officer Tegan Lewis. Officer Lewis is also a certified R.A.D instructor and Advanced R.A.D Systems instructor. Officer Lewis is currently a patrol officer with the UMW Police Department and was a former U.S. Army Military Police officer.

The class dates are Sept. 14, 15 and 18, 2015. YOU MUST ATTEND ALL THREE!

If you’re interested in taking this self-defense course, please contact Sgt. Bobby Somers by email at to register.  Spaces are limited!

University Police

University of Mary Washington (Brent  House)

Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300





Aminrazavi Publishes Article in Handbook on Religious Tolerance

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of philosophy and religion, published the article “Religious Tolerance” in The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (279-287), edited by Graham Oppy and released April 2015.

Responsible Use of Social Media

The following message is from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

Social media is a powerful tool. It has the ability to bring us together, and it has the ability to tear us apart. As we return to campus for the 2015-16 academic year, let’s strive to make this year one of the best. That means using social media responsibly and treating each other with respect.

Not only does our Statement of Community Values condemn harassment of others, either face-to-face or online, Virginia law says it is a criminal offense to use computers and computer networks to harass another person (Va. Code §18.2-152.7:1). Plus, for UMW students, there is the Code of Conduct, which prohibits harassment, threats or intimidation directed toward any individual or group of individuals.

UMW considers any allegation of threatening or harassing communication to be very serious and will take all steps possible to hold offenders accountable. If you are subjected to threatening or harassing communication, be sure to:

  • Preserve evidence of the offending conduct, including printing or taking snapshots of statements made on ephemeral sites.
  • Go to campus police, who have the ability to subpoena records from internet service providers and application developers.
  • In addition, file a report with UMW’s Director of Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility or to my office.
  • Consider whether offending conduct made online violates the rules of engagement established by site and application developers and make a report to those entities as well.
  • Remember that if it is not possible to preserve evidence of the harassing or threatening conduct, reports should still be made, even though it will be harder to hold offenders accountable. UMW will provide support and resources.

In an effort to increase awareness of the issues related to the use and misuse of social media, the University is focusing throughout the academic year on civility and honor. To kick things off, this office is sponsoring a forum entitled “Anonymous Speech in the Age of Social Media: A debate about anonymous postings on social media and apps such as Yik Yak” to be held Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411.

We encourage all students to be as respectable as possible and to attend the upcoming forum. Before posting or sending any message, stop and think about the impact it may have on others in our community.

Dr. Leah Cox

Special Assistant to the President, for Diversity and Inclusion 540-654-2119


Closure of Battle Athletic Complex Track, Aug. 31 through April 2016

The following message is from Facilities Services:

Construction for track improvements at the Battleground Athletic Complex will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, and is projected to continue through the end of April 2016.  The work will require closing the existing track and infield.  Construction barrier fencing will be in place around the existing track and the general contractor’s trailer, located between the jogging path and the parking lot at the west corner of the Physical Plant.  The gravel jogging path will remain open and available for continued use throughout project construction. All daily users of the jogging path should be attentive while construction activity is ongoing. We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions, please contact Rob Johnston, assistant director of Capital Outlay, at 654-1299.

TIAA CREF Offers Individual Counseling, Friday, Sept. 11

Our TIAA-CREF Representative will be in George Washington Hall, Room 106 on Friday, Sept. 1 for individual counseling sessions.

This is a free session to discuss  your account -ORP 401 or a 403(b)- or your personal financial situation with a Financial Consultant. A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and what to do.  RSVP as soon as you can at or call 1-800-732-8353.

Majors, Minors, and Areas of Study

Welcome to a brand new year! I hope your semester is starting off beautifully.

You may have noticed the new website launched a little more than a week ago. While several things changed with this new version, I would like to bring your attention to the majors, minors, and areas of study site at We’ve worked all summer to build a consistent, centralized, prospective student friendly space for our academic offering information. Now that we have established a solid baseline from which to move forward, we are very much looking forward to working with faculty to polish this very important work in progress.

Where did this information come from?

Source material was compiled from department and program websites, print materials, admissions content and the academic catalog.

What do I do if something is inaccurate?

Please communicate that to us. You can submit details to us at

Why is my major/minor missing?

All of the pages are in development, we simply ran out of time before the launch. Everything will be represented as soon as possible. To expedite the process (and give you an opportunity to help shape the message) I encourage you to submit answers to the questions at

Can I submit supplemental information or ideas for further development?

Absolutely. There is an “other” field on Feel free to include anything you feel is relevant.

I appreciate your support as we work to answer the question, for every academic offering, “Why study X at UMW?”

Recent Dining Disruptions and Affected Meal Plans

The following message, from the Office of Student Affairs, went to students earlier today. However, we realize many faculty and staff members have also been affected.

To the University Community:

This morning around 11 a.m., the fire alarm in the new University Center sounded, and the building was evacuated. This was the third alarm this week in the University Center, and we appreciate that students and other visitors to the Center safely evacuated the building and will continue to do so when fire alarms sound there or anywhere else on campus. (See UMW’s fire safety procedures here.)

As for the building’s evacuations, we realize that student dining was interrupted. Understanding that some students used Flex in lieu of meal “swipes” and others lost a meal “swipe” when they had to abandon their meals, we are working on a plan to compensate those individuals affected. The compensation plan may take a couple of weeks to implement, but our hope is that the fire/smoke alarm issues will be resolved as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to or 540-654-1061.

Juliette Landphair, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

University of Mary Washington



University Directory Makeover

Many of you have found the new UMW directory and been excited by the increased functionality and flexibility. It’s great to be able to break out of the old and into something fresh.

This new tool has also triggered a great many questions. Answers to these questions have been compiled and are provided below:

Does this new directory replace the old employee directory search? Yes. All employee information is now stored in the new campus directory.

But the old employee list on our department site is now broken…yes, we know, and we’re sorry. It was unavoidable. If you’ll visit that page and use the “Report a problem” link at the bottom to let us know, we’ll clear that up for you. There are so many instances across roughly 30,000 pages on the old site that it’s essentially impossible for us to catch them all without your help.

My information is incorrect. How do I update it? Please complete the form at

I’m not in the directory at all. Please help! No problem. Just complete the form at and we’ll get you in asap, usually within 24 hours.

What about Meet the Faculty and Faculty Experts? Those two features have now been integrated into the new directory. They were separate, though highly intertwined, tools before. Now we’re working to provide a single point of management and distribution for all of that information. “Meet the Faculty” will eventually be phased out and replaced in all locations by information pulled from the new directory. We don’t expect to do that until around June 2016.

Are you keeping track of changes I make to my Meet the Faculty profile? Unfortunately, no. We’ve migrated most (if not all…we might have missed a few) profiles into the new system over the summer. If you’re making changes, you’ll need to submit them to us at so they can be reflected in the directory.

I don’t see course listings on the new directory pages. Will those be brought back? In short, not for a while, if at all. One of the primary reasons for this entire change is one of technology. We could not port the old directory tools over to the new site. As is done at many institutions, we will be adding a space on the new directory to encourage faculty to add their teaching focus areas rather than pulling (often incorrect) lists of courses out of Banner. For example, you can now have “Women in Renaissance Literature” rather than “LIT 304 XYZ Official Class Name.”

My site/blog RSS feed is gone! Truth. Based on your feedback, we’ll have it back online shortly, and will ask anyone with a feed they’d like displayed to submit that to us.

Can I update my own profile? Not yet. We will eventually open the system to users, but it will likely be something we do summer 2016. In the meantime, we’re processing most requests within 24 hours.

What other directory features are you launching? The new directory already contains a great deal more information than the old one. We’re now able to include social media profiles, links to lists of employees in departments and buildings, maps to locations, recent articles from both UMW News and Eagle Eye, and more. We’re implementing a keyword search and tag system to tie people together by things like task/job focus (think a list of admissions counselors across departments or all faculty who teach FSEM courses), areas of expertise, committee service, awards, professional organizations…the possibilities are endless. We can then pull those managed lists into any part of the website.

I have an idea for a feature/use for this tool. Whom do I tell? Email it to We’ve already had several great ideas submitted and are working to plan for their implementation.

Thanks for your suggestions and your patience as we work diligently to improved

Faculty and Staff Lottery Lunches at Brompton

The following message is from the Office of University Events and Conferencing:  

This is the sixth year for Faculty and Staff Lottery Lunches with President and Mrs. Hurley. All UMW Employees are eligible to enter the lottery. If you are chosen, you will be invited to attend a very special lunch with President and Mrs. Hurley at their historic home, Brompton. We are currently holding a lottery for three lunch dates in fall 2015. You can now apply online and eight randomly-chosen winners will receive an email invitation for one of the lunches. Go to  to enter.

Parking Message and Guidance

The following message is from Parking Management:

Greetings to the UMW Campus Community:

As we begin the 2015-2016 academic year, the office of Parking Management extends a warm welcome to faculty, staff and students. We wish to share some basic rules of the road for a smooth opening of the school year. The Parking Management Office is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient use of parking resources. As an added safety measure, UMW Campus Police provide escort services beyond the daylight hours. Please call 540-654-1025 to request service.    

NEW: This year, Emergency Management partnered with UMW Police and Student Affairs to provide an additional safety tool for the UMW Community.

The Rave Guardian mobile phone app enhances safety on campus through real-time interactive features that create a virtual safety network of friends, family, and Campus safety.

Under the umbrella of Business Services, our parking management team includes:

Robin Jones, Supervisor;

Mark Graziano and William Barnett

Parking on Campus

Vehicles parked on campus must display a valid decal or temporary dash pass and be parked in a lot that corresponds with the decal designation. Reserved spaces and restricted lots are enforced at all times. College Avenue parking is available for commuters, faculty and staff with appropriate decals as well as University visitors. The parking website offers guidance on seeking a “parking pass” for overnight/frequent campus guests.

Permits: Parking permit applications are available for eligible students and all faculty and staff through Self Service Banner

Parking Lot Designation: A listing of all lots and their designation may be found on the Parking website (includes guidelines for the UMW Parking Deck)

Note: Change for the 2015-16 academic year:

-Alvey Drive parking deck levels 1, 2, & 3 are now available to ALL UMW registered vehicles. Level 4 is Visitor parking only.

-Campus Center will have 2 parking areas that will be available for Handicap (with proper credentials appropriately displayed) parking only .

Eagle Landing Parking: Those residents of Eagle Landing who have purchased deck parking will receive RFID tags from the EL front desk. These students have 24/7 access to the enclosed deck parking on floors 3-5 of Eagle Landing. Eagle Landing guest spaces are for registered guests with guest passes available from UMW Parking Management, UMWPD, and the Eagle Landing Front Desk.

Note: EAGLE VILLAGE is private property and parking is for tenants and customers of Eagle Village businesses only. Towing in these locations is enforced.

Parking in nearby Commercial & Residential areas: Students and faculty/staff members are cautioned not to park their vehicles in nearby commercial parking lots or residential communities while on campus. The City of Fredericksburg and Commercial Businesses restrict parking to patrons or residents within designated city blocks. Violators are subject to fines and towing.

Construction Projects affecting parking at this time:

Sunken Road lot #13/Woodard Hall lot contains the ‘construction staging area’ for Mercer/Woodard renovations. This area is scheduled for re-opening the Spring Semester. Use caution in Back Drive area of campus while walking and driving, due to heavy construction equipment/traffic present.

The University Center opening this fall will release College Avenue construction spaces back to the UMW community.

Enforcement: To ensure the availability of safe parking and the efficient use of the parking resources, all parking regulations are enforced on a year round schedule, ‘Failure to Register’ enforcement will begin Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The university has been granted the authority under the Code of Virginia Sections 23-9.2:3, and 2.2-4800 to issue citations and collect fines.

The Student Parking Enforcement Program will resume in September.

Specific questions on lots, decals or enforcement may be directed to:

Robin Jones, Parking Management Supervisor, 540-654-1129  or

We wish you a successful academic year. 

Erma A. Baker

Assistant VP for Business Services & CPO

University of Mary Washington