April 19, 2014

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Share Inspiring Senior Stories

Do you know of interesting or noteworthy students who are graduating this May? Has a student overcome a significant challenge or succeeded despite overwhelming odds? Has a student attained a remarkable achievement?

The Office of Media and Public Relations would like to hear about those students. We will share graduating senior story ideas with local and regional news media and will consider them for future story possibilities on the UMW website.

If you know of a student who has a unique story, please send a description of the student’s achievement and/or background to Marty Morrison at mmorris3@umw.edu or Brynn Boyer at bboyer@umw.edu.  Please include the student’s contact information, including cell phone number if available.

Please send your ideas by the end of business on Tuesday, April 22, so that suggestions can be passed on to the news media in a timely manner.

Admissions Open House – Friday, April 18, 2014

The following message is from the Office of Admissions: 

Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, 2014, the University of Mary Washington will host an Admissions Open House.  About 437 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for this event.  Estimated guest count is ~ 1250 visitors.

Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck off of Route 1. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, Seacobeck Dining Hall, Dodd Auditorium, and campus/residence hall tours in Alvey and Randolph.  Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus (especially between noon and 3:00) and curious newcomers in the dining facilities.  Help them know their presence is a pleasure by anticipating the crowds and responding warmly, especially in the dining hall where crowds will be heavy between noon and 2 p.m.  A special note to Seacobeck diners: please help!  Ask visitors if they need assistance locating anything. Help them find a place to sit. Welcome them at your table if there’s room and talk to them about UMW. A kind word or deed makes a HUGE impression.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. You represent 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 #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day.

You may be relieved to know that Open House is the last large-scale event of the 2013-2014 school year.  Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Office of Admissions





UMW Community,

This week, UMW became aware of a vulnerability in OpenSSL, which is encryption software used by approximately 66% of web servers worldwide.  This vulnerability is being referred to as “Heartbleed”.

As a precaution, we are asking that you change your UMW password.  Please visit password.umw.edu to change your password.  If you have any questions or need assistanc, please contact the UMW HelpDesk at 654-2255.

It is also recommended that you change passwords for other websites that you may visit frequently such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Instagram, etc.  A good list to start with can be found on the UMW ITSecurity Twitter post “Start changing your passwords!”. @UMWITSecurity

Lastly, please be on the lookout for emails in the coming weeks on the topic “Heartbleeder” that are asking or scaring you into clicking links.  They will likely be from email addresses you’ve never seen before with links that look strange.  Please forward these phishing emails to abuse@umw.edu so they can be properly addressed!  If there is any doubt, please forward the email.  Remember, UMW will NEVER ask your for your password!

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the UMW HelpDesk at 654-2255.

Ray Usler,  CISSP, CISM

Director of IT Security and ISO

University of Mary Washington





Celebrating NCAA Division III Week

UMW Colleagues,

Today we end our celebration of the NCAA Division III week. The University of Mary Washington plays in the Capital Athletic Conference and competes within the conference against Christopher Newport University, York College, Wesley College, Southern Virginia University, Frostburg State University, Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Penn State Harrisburg, and Salisbury University. Last year UMW was recognized as the top athletic program in the conference as we earned the Richard C. Cook All-Sports Trophy. Go Eagles! Our last featured student-athlete this week is Emily Atkinson, a junior lacrosse player. From Towson, Maryland, Emily is majoring in English:

“While reflecting on my decision to come to Mary
Washington, I found it difficult to pinpoint only a few reasons that make this
University so great; the question should be, rather, why wouldn’t you choose to
come to UMW? From the highly competitive classroom setting to the lacrosse
field, UMW has provided me with the resources to not only pursue my passions,
but it has equipped me with the tools to excel in them. With the help of
dedicated professors willing to accommodate my needs as a student-athlete, and
committed coaches who challenge my physical and mental strength every day, I
have learned that there is no such thing as being pleased with ‘satisfactory.’
Here at UMW, every day promises greatness. Whether it is in the classroom, on
the lacrosse field, or as a person in the community, UMW instills in all of its
students that hard work reaps the greatest rewards. Our nationally ranked
athletic teams, anticipated theatrical performances, and rigorous academic
courses speak volumes of the hard work of UMW students, just to name a few. In
the words of Maya Angelou, ‘Nothing will work unless you do.’ As a UMW student
and member of the women’s lacrosse team, I will continue to work hard, pursue
my passions to the fullest of my ability, and make our Eagle family proud.”

We hope you have learned a few things this week about UMW student-athletes, NCAA’s Division III, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, and the Capital Athletic Conference. Please thank YOUR student-athletes for representing the University of Mary Washington with integrity and honor in the classroom and in their chosen sport. They represent us well!


Lynne Richardson

Faculty Athletic Representative

Dean, College of Business

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Weekend Visits and Athletics Open House

The following message is from the Office of Admissions: 

Friday, April 11, the University of Mary Washington will host Celebrating Cultural Diversity Weekend, an overnight program for admitted students from underrepresented populations and their families.  UMW students will host up to 50 admitted student guests, taking them to class, touring campus, participating in planned activities, and sleeping in the residence halls. The event concludes with a community breakfast for hosts, faculty, and staff with these admitted students as the guests of honor. Alumnus Charles Reed ’11 will offer remarks at the breakfast as will Kevin Lopez ’14, President Hurley, and Dr. Leah Cox.

Sunday, April 13, Admissions and Athletics have partnered to host an Athletics Open House. About 150 prospective student-athletes and their families will visit. Please extend every courtesy and generous hospitality to these visitors. The Athletics Open House schedule includes events from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck.  The event will primarily take place in the Anderson Center with campus/residence hall tours between 11:30 and 12:30. Lunch will be served at the Battleground Athletic Complex.

Help us get #UMWCCDW trending on Instagram and Twitter Friday, and #UMWOpenHouse, #UMWEagleNation, and #EagleFamily trending on Instagram and Twitter Sunday. Tag @UMWAdmissions on both Instagram and Twitter and @UMWAthletics and @UMWEagleNation on Twitter.

It’s a great WEEKEND to be an Eagle! Help our guests know their presence is a pleasure. While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Thank you for helping to make a great impression on our visitors, and for exemplifying our brand, our mission and our UMW community!

Office of Admissions


Celebrating NCAA Division III Week

UMW Colleagues,

As we wind down NCAA’s DIII week, we thought you’d like to know that there is a ranking of schools in Division III, based on the cumulative athletic finishes in each sport. It’s called the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, and UMW’s Athletic Director Ken Tyler has the Department of Athletics on a “DRIVE FOR 25.” Our goal is to reach and maintain a top 25 ranking (out of 444 schools.) We were a very respectable #60 in 2012-13.

So why would a student-athlete want to continue his sport at UMW, playing for the love of the game and without scholarship money? Nate Hartt is a sophomore swimmer from Williamsburg, Va. Nate has declared International Relations as his major.

“When the time came in high school for me to decide  where to spend the next four years of my life, swimming was important to me but I had a hard time seeing myself continuing throughout college. Once my senior high school season was over, it became clear to me that I was not ready to give it up and get out of the water. I looked into UMW’s swim team, filled out my application last-minute, and I am so glad I did. If I could sit down with aseventeen-year-old version of myself and answer the question, ‘Why UMW?’,  would tell him that UMW will provide you with a coach that will further enhance your love for the sport. It will provide you with sensational professors who care about your academic achievement and take the time to help you and know you on a personal level. I will tell him that his teammates will help him,  encourage him, and push him to better himself both in and out of the water. Go

Thank you for your support of UMW Athletics!

Lynne Richardson

Faculty Athletic Representative

Dean, College of Business

Access to Woodard Campus Center Post Office

The following message is from Facilities Services:

Due the beginning of the renovation and construction involving the Woodard Campus Center, all student foot traffic to and from the Woodard Center post office via the exterior door is prohibited. The door will be maintained as an emergency egress door only. Access to individual post office boxes will be through the main entrance off Campus Walk.

For questions or more information, contact Sidney Lambiotte, capital outlay project manager, at slambiot@umw.edu.

Extended Stay and Summer Housing Information

The following message is from the Office of Residence Life:
Hall Closing and Extended stay is now available on the Residence Life website and summer housing information is now available at Summer Housing 2014 Information.

Students desiring to be in on-campus housing after the residence halls close in May or anytime during the summer should complete the online application there.  (A paper application version should not be used.)
Please e-mail extended stay and/or summer on-campus student housing questions to Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing and Operations, Kari Gent, at kstegel@umw.edu.