December 22, 2014

Governor’s Budget Highlights

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

Dear Colleagues,

Governor McAuliffe released his proposed amendments to the 2014-16 Biennial Budget yesterday.  I have attached a summary of items that impact UMW and statewide higher education. Gov budget highlights-12_17_14 Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this information.

Best wishes for the holidays and our winter break.

Richard R. Pearce

Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO

University of Mary Washington

1301 College Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA  22401

(540) 654-1020

(540) 654-1162 (fax)

Website Migration Complete

The following message is from the Office of Digital Communications:

I’m pleased to report the site migration was successfully completed with only 56 seconds of total downtime. At this point, we believe there was no loss of form data associated with the migration.

We have reinstated logins for all users.

If you have questions about the migration or discover issues as you are working on your site, please submit them to

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Shelley Keith

Director of Digital Communications


Important Help Desk Tip for Winter Break

Hello all,

The Help Desk will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 19 and reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, January 5th.  Here is one important tip that could save you a lot of trouble if you forget your password during the break: if you have not already done so, set up your security questions so you can reset your UMW password yourself!

This past summer, we added a new service called self-service password reset.  By setting up your security questions, if you forget your UMW password you can reset it by answering the questions instead of contacting Help Desk staff. You only need to set up your security questions once, so if you previously set up your security questions, you don’t need to do it again.   If your have not, are unsure, or want to change your questions, here are the steps:


  1. Before you start, you need to know your current NetID and password.  If you don’t know this, you must contact the Help Desk for assistance (540-654-2255 or visit us in ITCC Room 112).
  2. Go to and click the “Manage Your Security Questions” link.
  3. In the login box that pops up, enter your current UMW NetID and Password.
  4. On the Password Registration page, click the “Next” button.
  5. Enter you current password and click “Next.”
  6. Answer at least five of the questions presented and click “Register.” (NOTE: it is always better to choose questions that many others don’t already know the answer to.) A confirmation screen will appear when registration is complete.

Once you have your security questions set up, you can then use them to reset your password when needed:


  1. Go to and click the “Forgot Your UMW Password?” link
  2. Answer all three of the questions presented to you and click “Next.”
  3. On the Password Reset page, enter a new password twice, then click “Next” to complete the process.
    • NOTE:  You must follow these password complexity rules for your new password:
      • At least 8 characters including one upper case, one lower case, and one numeral
      • You cannot use these symbols:  @  %   *
      • The password cannot contain your NetID
      • The password cannot contain part of your full name that exceeds two consecutive characters
      • You cannot reuse any of your last 24 passwords

If you need assistance with this process, contact the Help Desk during our regular business hours, daily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM through Friday, December 19.

Call us:  540-654-2255

Stop by:  IT Convergence Center – Room 112

The IT Support Services staff wishes you a safe and enjoyable break!

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Jerry Slezak

Director, IT Support Services

University of Mary Washington

540-654-2118  -  ITCC Room 112


Safe Zone Training, January 8-9

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

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to provide campus initiatives that will create a safe and welcoming community for all UMW constituents. Beginning in 2015, we will offer workshops for faculty, staff and students designed to help them become more sensitive and informed allies for the LGBT community.

Safe Zone training is designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ community, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members.

Safe Zone consists of people who:

  • Will be understanding, supportive and trustworthy if LGBTQ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  • Will not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions but will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  • Will have received training and can provide information regarding on or off campus resources

Training will take place on January 8th or 9th from 9 a.m. to noon.

To register you will need to sign up following the instructions below.

To Enroll:

Go to

  • In search box – type – UMW, Safe,
  • Choose the Safe Zone Course
  • Select the desired section (Date of Course)
  • Select the Enroll button

Tips for using the system

  • The site works best with Firefox than it does with Internet Explorer
  • If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure that the site is listed as a Trusted Site (Tools > Internet Options).
  • For all browsers, make sure that pop-ups are allowed for this site.

Each session is limited to 15 individuals.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be offered the opportunity to sign a pledge agreeing to advance the Safe Zone mission and receive a Safe Zone sticker to place in their workplace or where they live on campus.

If you are not able to attend this training session we will offer additional training sessions this spring.

Please feel free to contact me if you have a desire for a specific training for your department, office or unit.

We look forward to your participation.


Leah Cox, PhD.

Special Asst. for Diversity and Inclusion,

Title IX Coordinator, JFS Director


Message From Parking Management

The following message is from Parking Management:  

Due to the possibility of inclement weather during Winter Break, ALL vehiclesthat are left unattended during the break, or overnight on campus during the break, should be parked in the William Street lot or levels 1-3 of the Alvey Drive deck and, for Eagle Landing residents, levels 3 and 4  of the Eagle Landing deck.

Please move your vehicle to the above mentioned areas prior to your campus departure. In the event of inclement weather, all other lots/areas will need to be clear of vehicles.

Those remaining on campus with their vehicles should follow any other weather related email instructions.

In the event of a Snow Emergency Declaration, all other lots/areas will need to be clear of vehicles.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Please contact the Parking Management office at (540) 654-1129 with any questions.


Website Migration, Dec. 11-18

A reminder site that administrators will not be able to log in and make changes to the website from Dec. 11-18 due to website migration during that period. Also, please do not submit articles to EagleEye during this period because the content could be inadvertently deleted.

The website migration should resolve the intermittent website outages that have been prevalent this semester. We will notify the UMW community once the website migration is complete and site administrators are able to log in.

If you have any questions, contact Shelley Keith, director of digital communications at or 504/654-2266.

Please Complete Library Survey

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is conducting a survey to inform their strategic planning efforts. CRRL is an important partner for the university, and we are exploring ways the UMW Libraries can work with them to provide services to the campus and to the community. If you live in the area served by CRRL, please take a few minutes to complete the survey:


Rosemary Arneson
University Librarian

Claudia Emerson Services Set, Fund Established

Funeral Arrangements for Griffin Burke

The following message is from the Office for Student Affairs:

Funeral services for Griffin C. Burke will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 10725 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, Va.  A reception will follow at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center at 1119 Hanover St., located across from the Battleground Athletic Complex.

Griffin died on Saturday, Dec. 6. He was a junior business administration major and member of the UMW lacrosse team.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Griffin to Woodberry Forest School, 402 Woodberry Station, Woodberry Forest, Va. 22989, or to the University of Mary Washington Men’s Lacrosse Team, c/o UMW Foundation, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401. Found & Sons Funeral Home in Spotsylvania is handling funeral arrangements.


Virginia Council of Presidents Statement on Sexual Violence

The following message about sexual violence has been issued today by the Virginia Council of Presidents: 


Recent news stories in the Commonwealth and around the country regarding the issue of sexual violence and its impact on students at colleges and universities have continued to shine a spotlight on this critical issue in higher education and our nation.  As the presidents of Virginia’s public colleges and universities, we want to assure the public and members of our college and university communities that we are committed to addressing this issue collectively, and on each of our respective campuses. In addition, we commit to involving students, faculty and staff in identifying concrete ways in which to confront the problem of sexual violence on our campuses.  Sexual violence has no place in higher education, and we are determined to focus increased attention on awareness, prevention, enforcement, and support services for survivors. Our goal is to advance learning and working environments that support individuals who report sexual violence and hold accountable those who are responsible for sexual misconduct of any kind.   While this issue is international in scope and reaches far beyond higher education, we believe that as educators we can and must play a leadership role in addressing the problem by working with all of our constituencies.  The Commonwealth has already taken an active, coordinated leadership role through Governor McAuliffe’s establishment of the Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, and we pledge to continue to work with the task force to review and strengthen policies, procedures and training in a manner that is consistent with the latest legal guidance and with evolving best practices nationally.  We are dedicating increased resources and efforts to provide needed leadership in this arena.  Student safety is a priority for all of us, and together we can learn from and with each other as we address this complex challenge.  Sexual violence has no place in our communities, and as stewards of the public trust we will seek to make real and lasting progress by using all of the resources at our disposal to address it.