August 16, 2017

A message from the President

Dear colleagues,

Like you, I have followed the weekend’s news from Charlottesville with a mix of sorrow and anger. Add my voice to the chorus of those from around the country who have denounced the hatred, bigotry, racism, and senseless acts of violence visited upon Charlottesville.

The acts of these white supremacists remind us of the important work we must continue to do to build and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus community. Our country needs us to succeed in this work now more than ever. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our academic mission and public purpose to build a culture of broadly-based civic engagement.

Please join me at the all-university assembly in Dodd Auditorium on Thursday at 10 a.m. so we can discuss UMW’s vision on how we are going to do this important work with determination and courage at a critical time in our nation’s history.


Troy D. Paino



Programs on Implicit Bias and Assessable Communication Friday August 18

To all UMW faculty and staff: 

Colleagues, this Friday (August 18th) we have two programs that are open to the entire UMW community, including all UMW faculty and staff:  

The first is a workshop on “Implicit Bias in the Academy” by Dr. Benjamin Reese, Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University. The program runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Chandler Ball Room C of the University Center.  

In preparation for the program, Dr. Reese has requested that all participants take the Implicit Associations Test, and specifically the Race IAT and one other test of your choosing. The link to take a test is here:  scroll down to find the Race IAT. 

Dr. Reese has also recommended the following readings: 

Implicit Bias Review (pages 1-15) 

Yes, You Can Measure White Privilege 

Reframing Faculty Criticisms of Activism 

On Friday afternoon, we will be joined by Korey Singleton, manager of the Assistive Technology Initiative at George Mason University, for a workshop on “Universal Design and Accessible Communication” (1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom).   

Both of these programs support our efforts to ensure that equity, access, diversity and inclusion remain at the foundation of our academic mission, fulfilling our public university purpose to serve the educational aspirations of all of those in the UMW community.   


Nina Mikhalevsky


University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA 22401



Annual Coleman and Hurley Award Nominations

For more information contact Terri Arthur at

It is that time of year again for your nominations to be submitted for three of our University Recognition Awards. 

We will continue our celebration of excellence with the announcement of this year’s nominees, their champions, and the award recipients at the fall staff luncheon event on October 17. 

  • Charles Coleman Memorial Service Award: (supervisor nominations only): Charles Coleman was an employee of 29 years who demonstrated pride, dedication, and loyalty throughout his many years of service. This award was established in honor of his memory and exemplary service.  All classified and hourly employees with at least 5 years of continuous employment are eligible for the award.  Nomination submission should be submitted by:  Noon, September 5, 2017
  • Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation: (nominate a colleague):  The intent of this award is to honor Mr. and Mrs. Hurley, who have consistently demonstrated a desire to recognize and reward outstanding service of University employees, and who have led by example in their work at Mary Washington.  The benefactors of the award, Elmer and Marceline Weatherly Morris, Class of 1950, hope this commendation will serve as a permanent reminder of the appreciation that the Mary Washington community feels for the Harleys’ service and desire for it to be a source of inspiration for future members of the University’s staff to serve the institution in the dedicated manner epitomized by the Harleys.  UMW employees, with preference for an administrative/professional faculty member are eligible for the award.  Nomination submission should be submitted by:  Noon, September 5, 2017.


Please visit the University Recognition Awards webpage for award selection criteria, nomination procedures, and the online nomination form for each award above.

Don’t forget to save the date for the Employee Fall Luncheon scheduled for October 17, 2017 (more information to follow)!

Universal Design and Accessible Communication Workshop, Aug. 18

The following message is from the Office of Disability Resources: 

Continuing with our focus on accessibility, the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) will hold a workshop on Universal Design and Accessible Communication for the UMW community. The session will be presented by Korey Singleton, Assistive Technology Initiative Manager at George Mason University, who is widely recognized as an expert in the field. The presentation will be held in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom on Friday, Aug.18, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. This program explores the ways in which UMW faculty and staff could utilize the insights of Universal Design and new and emerging technologies to make our campus more inclusive and accessible.  

For questions, contact the ODR at 654-1266 or,  or Tim O’Donnell 654-1252 or 

-Sandra C. Fritton, Ph.D

Director, Disability Resources


Faculty Participation in Honor Convocation, Fri., Aug. 25

In our annual celebration of honor, UMW will hold Honor Convocation on Friday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center. New students will recite and sign the university’s honor pledge signifying their promise to uphold UMW’s ethical code. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend and are reminded to please wear regalia and arrive no later than 4:10 p.m. Robing will be held in Goolrick Gym.

Partial Sidewalk Closure along College Avenue

The following message is from Facilities Services: 

A portion of sidewalk along College Avenue will be closed to pedestrian traffic between Dandridge and Payne streets beginning Wednesday, August 9, and will remain closed for approximately two weeks. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted across College Avenue via existing crosswalks during this time. The sidewalk closure is required to permit the entrance construction to the new parking lot in the vicinity of Custis Hall.   

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. For questions, please contact John Wiltenmuth, associate vice president for Facilities Services at or 540-654-2080.



Fall Employee Luncheon is Oct. 17

Mark your calendars for the Fall Employee Luncheon! It will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Chandler Ballroom. More details to come.

Campus Dining Temporary Closing

Campus Dining at the Top of the UC will close as of 10 a.m. on Friday, July 28, and will re-open in mid-August. Please check UMWDining on Facebook for updates, or contact Rose Benedict at for additional information.

Bookstore’s Flatbed Cart is Still Missing

The flatbed cart belonging to the University Bookstore was loaned out last month and has not found its way home.  It seems likely that it was set aside and forgotten about. We would be grateful if you would please look around in your building, store room, and closets and let us know if it turns up. It was made in a shop class at MWC way back before we can remember. It has a metal handle, a wooden flatbed, approx. 3’x5′ and very squeaky wheels. UMW Bookstore is written across it. Thank you!

University Updates

The following message is from the Office of Administration and Finance: 

A number of administrative offices in George Washington Hall recently have relocated within the building. When sending mail or visiting offices, be sure to consult the directory on the first floor of GW or the online directory — — for current locations.

Second, over the last year, Fredericksburg City’s Parking Task Force conducted a Parking Study of the downtown and University areas. As a result of the study, a number of parking changes have been recommended to City Council. Most relevant for the UMW community is that the “No UMW Student” signs would be removed, but the resident-only parking areas in College Heights and College Terrace would be expanded significantly.  In addition, at least some portion of College Avenue may be converted to 2-hour parking. If these proposals are approved by Council, first implementation steps will likely occur in January 2018.

While these changes are still evolving, given the implications for students, staff, and faculty, as well as for our Fredericksburg campus events, we wanted to let the UMW community know as soon as possible.  UMW is establishing a committee to develop a plan for maximizing the effective use of existing on-campus parking resources, and to coordinate parking solutions with the City of Fredericksburg. 

We will keep the UMW community updated as this process continues to develop.

Richard Pearce
Vice President for Administration and Finance