September 22, 2017

Stafford County Schools Use of Stafford Campus

The following message is from the Office of the Provost: 

Effective September 5, the Stafford County Public School system will be renting space at the Stafford Campus for their Alternative Education Program. The program will be using the first floor offices and classrooms in the Gates Hudson Building. Activity will mostly be during the day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. UMW staff, faculty and students should be aware that this may affect parking availability during these hours so please plan accordingly. Should you have any questions about the program, you may contact Kevin Caffrey, Stafford Campus Coordinator, kcaffrey@umw.edu.

 

Banned Book Week

In recognition of Banned Books Week,. the University Bookstore will sponsor readings from banned books by professors from the English, Linguistics and Communication Department. Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and from classrooms. Stop by Campus Walk in front of Lee Hall between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 28, to hear excerpts from classics that have been banned or challenged. Copies of banned books will be available for purchase. Read your own banned book!

University Book Club to Meet Sept. 20

The University Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bookstore to discuss “A Man Called Ove,” a New York Times bestseller by Fredrik Backman. Members and visitors are welcome. Contact Margaret Mock, mmock@umw.edu, if you have questions.

Message from President Paino about DACA Decision

To the UMW Community:

The announcement yesterday by the Department of Justice to phase out, over six months, the Executive Order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program was truly disappointing.  DACA’s temporary authorization to work or to attend college for those brought to the United States as children provided many people with a legal path to school, employment, and economic and social success. While there is much we still don’t know about the details of this plan or how it will play out, the leadership of the University of Mary Washington is deeply concerned about the young people registered for this program, including a number of our own students. 

These students are members of our community, and we want them to be able to finish their education at UMW.  Mary Washington thrives because of the many voices and experiences within our community, and we are committed to providing the opportunity of a college education to all of our students.  Societies succeed best when all have access to education and talented people have opportunities to contribute.

We have reached out individually to these students on our campus to reassure them that we will do whatever we can to support them. We stand with these students and we will work with the Attorney General’s Office in Virginia to help them. We encourage Virginia’s Congressional delegation to work to enable an alternative solution to DACA with its protections of our students and their families.

Along with my senior leadership team, I will continue to monitor the situation and support our DACA students in the months to come. 

Troy D. Paino, J.D., Ph.D.
President

 

Speaking Center is Open, Sept. 5-8

Want to schedule an appointment at the Speaking Center? For the week of 9/5-9/8 only, please email spkc@umw.edu or call 540-654-5653 to set up your appointment! Check out our website at umwspkc.org for a detailed list of all of the Speaking Center services.

Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

This message is from UMW’s Office of IT Security

All,

When a tragedy strikes, cyber criminals typically set up fraudulent donation sites, and online scammers look to prey on people who want to help.

This week, scammers have been using Hurricane Harvey-themed messages to trick people into opening phishing emails and links on social media sites. This, in turn, can not only con victims out of money, but lead to stolen login information and devices infected with malware. Please be vigilant about exercising caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if they appear to originate from a trusted source.

Always be mindful when opening any email attachment or clicking on a link. Think before you click! I have included below some tips from Homeland Security’s National Cyber Awareness System.

If you ever have a question about an email you receive, forward it to abuse@umw.edu or contact the IT Help Desk.

Thank you,

Ray Usler,  CISSP, CISM

Director of IT Security and ISO

University of Mary Washington

rusler@umw.edu

540-654-2152

  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
  • Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments.
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
  • Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.

 

 

A message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear UMW Community:

As we start a new academic year, we are delighted to welcome new students, faculty, and staff members to Mary Washington and to our community values of intellectual inquiry, civic engagement, inclusion, and mutual respect.

We also begin this academic year feeling the ripple effects of Charlottesville and the imperative to strengthen Mary Washington’s commitment to education and opportunity for all people. As President Paino expressed to the community on August 17, UMW must “connect the values of a liberal arts education to the world we’re going to serve.” As one of four major goals of the institutional strategic vision, An Investment of Hope, President Paino proposed a commitment to a diverse and inclusive community as an essential requirement for academic excellence and intellectual growth.

Of course, campus safety goes alongside our drive for access and equity. In order to support our educational mission, we have a responsibility to watch out for one another. Attached please find our message about safety: How to Stay Safe and Feel Safe at Mary Washington. safe-at-umw These posters will appear around campus over the following days and weeks.

As always, we encourage you to report any concern to the UMW Police at 540-654-1025 or 540-654-4444.

Have a wonderful semester. Sincerely,

 

Juliette Landphair, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

University of Mary Washington

540-654-1062

Jlandpha@umw.edu

 

September Safe Zone Workshops

The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens.

Safe Zone consists of people who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

We offer two types of Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. The Basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The Advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

We are currently accepting enrollment for a Basic training session for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. We are offering an Advanced training on Monday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the training or if you have questions.

New in Campus Rec This Year

As the university continues to prioritize wellness, the Department of Campus Recreation is adapting to serve the requests of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our programs and services are evolving, so please take a minute to read about what is happening in Campus Rec this year.
 
Fitness & Wellness
Fitness Center: The facility is currently operating on Fall 2017 hours! See hours & a virtual tour here.
Group Fitness: Check out our 37 class group fitness schedule for free from August 28th-September 3rd. Beginning September 4th, a $10 pass will provide you unlimited access to the full schedule for the entire school year. See the fitness schedule here & purchase your $10 group fitness pass here
Personal Training: Looking for a trainer? See policies, prices, and register here
Private Fitness: Registration for Faculty/Staff Yoga and Eagle Fit is open! Read more and sign up here.
Courses: Registration is now open for the Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Course and free Personal Training Prep Course! Read more and register here.
 
Aquatics
Rec Swim Pool Hours: Fall 2017 hours begin Monday, August 28th. See tentative fall hours here
Swim Lessons: Learn to swim or improve your swim skills with Campus Rec! Registration for private and group lessons is now open.
**Faculty and staff: Please click “Log In” and use your UMW NetID and password to sign in. When registering children, please add them as dependents on your profile.
 
Sports
Intramurals: Purchase a $10 intramural pass and have the ability to play unlimited sports all school year long. Registration is now open for Eagle Dodge, Soccer, and Beach Volleyball. Make a team and sign up!
Student jobs: Become an intramural official! No experience is necessary. If interested, please attend the IM Soccer Officials Clinic on September 5th or 6th, 4-6pm, in HCC 307.
Sport Clubs: Students looking to join a sport club should attend Club Carnival on Ball Circle on August 30th from 5-7pm and/or contact a club officer. Contact information can be found here
 
Outdoors
Trips: Our first trip this year is a Sunrise Hike! Register here.
Rentals: Need outdoor equipment for your own adventure? See rentable items here!
Trip Leader Opportunity: Do you love the outdoors, want to go on trips at a discounted rate, and want to add more leadership experience to your resume? Be a trip leader! Attend the interest meeting on September 1st from 5-7pm in HCC 307.
 
Services
Showers: Goolrick Hall has showers in the men’s, women’s, and gender neutral/family locker rooms that all Eagles are welcome to use during operating hours.
Lockers: There are many different lockers available in the Fitness Center and Goolrick to store belongings in. Any small or medium size lockers are free to use, just bring a lock! Full-size lockers can be rented at the Fitness Center front desk. Items left in full-size lockers over the summer can be picked up in Fitness Center until September 6th, then they will be brought to Brent House.
Towels: Learn more about our new towel service here.  
 
Read more, register, or contact us!
Registration site: campusrec.umw.edu
**When using this registration site, students, faculty, and staff are asked to “Log In” with their UMW NetID and password.
Snapchat & Instagram: @umwcampusrec 

UMW Athletics Teams with Rivals to Move Game Programs to Digital Format

Long-time Capital Athletic Conference rivals University of Mary Washington, Salisbury University, and St. Mary’s College have jointly agreed to move production of game programs for most sports to a digital format beginning in the fall 2017 seasons. The joint effort, in addition to saving an immense amount of paper throughout the school year, will also save the institutions thousands of dollars in printing costs each year.

Game programs, which typically are given out at each home contest, provide rosters, schedules, and game notes for each event. That information, as well as much more, is now found online at any given school’s athletic website. UMW programs will be available prior to each contest at http://www.umweagles.com/programs.

“Converting our media content to digital format will enable us to promote our teams and student-athletes in a more efficient manner and will provide some cost-savings to our department”, said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. “Our different social media platforms will provide greater flexibility and will enhance the experience for student-athletes and fans. “

“Digital programs”, which have been adopted at most NCAA Division III Championships in lieu of hard copies, can include links to more in depth information found online.

Larger schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin have eliminated printing media guides, instead providing the information to the media and fans digitally online. Major League Baseball has also ceased printing their traditional preseason guides in print format, instead offering the publications to the media online.

“We feel this is a good time to not only provide our fans with a greater in game experience by providing a much greater source of information than a fold over piece of paper can, but also do our part to save the environment and cut an unnecessary cost by moving to the digital world”, said UMW Assistant Athletic Director Clint Often. “We will open a new era for our fans to access unlimited information at their fingertips while they are watching our events.”

Digital programs will be available from both schools on their athletic websites, and will be accessible through social media such as Twitter and Facebook. They will include hyperlinks to both opponents’ schedules, results, box scores, player profiles, and game summaries.