February 23, 2017

Rafferty Publishes Essay Series on U.S. Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had “The Imagineer Considers Tomorrow (#45.1)” recently published in the new issue of Waxwing. It joins four other essays published back in October and was commissioned by the editors in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Konieczny Publishes in Combinatorica

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, Automorphism groups of circulant digraphs with applications to semigroup theory, published in the journal Combinatorica.

2017 UMW Shred Event

UMW Shred Event 2017

UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

A Facilities Services Work Request must be submitted by Feb. 23, 4 p.m. The work request must include material amounts (estimated number of boxes or bags), location and name of person on site to verify the correct materials.  An RM-3 Records Destruction form (voided copy) must be taped to materials.

Bartram Finishes Term as CODA President

Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, recently completed a two-year term as president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, or CODA. CODA is the world’s largest association of college orchestra directors, with members from 40 states and 12 countries in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

bartramDuring Bartram’s tenure, CODA’s membership increased by 20%, and the organization expanded internationally with cultural and podium exchanges (Bartram traveled last year to Argentina). Its annual national conference increased in attendance, as well. Bartram formed a major research alliance with the Library of Congress called “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures.” He presented his initial findings on the project, with some 12 major discoveries, to the conference last weekend.

Bartram’s successor, Kory Katseanes from Brigham Young University, recognized him and led a standing ovation during the national conference in Washington, D.C., last weekend. The conference, organized by Bartram, featured performances by the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony (and a private session with Maestro Eschenbach), a private tour of musical treasures at the Library of Congress and a performance by the United States Air Force Orchestra.

Bartram ascended into the national spotlight four years ago with his election as national vice president. He led an effort to write a strategic plan and create a new website, which he has managed. In addition, he created a new financial system, a world-class online library of resources and a new business plan.

Bartram is now immediate past-president of the organization, and will help guide the new leadership into the future.

Gentry Presents Research to Chamber of Commerce

Lance Gentry,  associate professor in the College of Business, presented research on telework trends and public policy implications to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and helped lead a workshop on potential public policy improvements on Feb. 9, 2017.

Wilson and Students Publish Paper on Sexual Violence

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, has published a paper with recent graduates of the University of Mary Washington. During their senior year, Hannah Walker, Jennifer Freud, Robyn Ellis and Shawn Fraine completed a large-scale project on sexual violence under Wilson’s guidance. The paper, “The Prevalence of Sexual Revictimization: A Meta-Analytic Review,” was recently published in a top tier peer-reviewed trauma journal called Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Robyn Ellis and Shawn Fraine also co-presented the study with Wilson at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in Dallas in November. The primary research question for the project was: What percentage of child sexual abuse survivors experience sexual violence again later in life? This phenomenon is called sexual revictimization. During the study, the students read almost 1,500 research articles about child sexual abuse. They then used a review process that narrowed it down to 80 relevant studies and used a statistical approach called meta-analysis. The results showed that almost half of child sexual abuse survivors are sexually victimized again in the future. These results confirm the high risk of sexual revictimization among child sexual abuse survivors and highlight the importance of increased awareness about this issue in society.

Barry Publishes Article on Exile in Early Christianity

Jennifer Barry, Assistant Professor of Religion, has published an article titled “Receptions of Exile: Athanasius of Alexandria’s legacy,” in the collected volume Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity edited by Julia Hillner, Joerg Ulrich and Jakob Engberg. This article is the result of a pre-arranged collaborative project held at the International Patristic Society Conference held at Oxford University, U.K. (July 2015). Barry’s contribution stems from her larger work on clerical exile in late antiquity.

Chapter abstract:

This chapter examines how the stories of Athanasius of Alexandria’s many exiles became a popular literary schema that circulated within pro-Nicene Christian literature during the late fourth and early fifth centuries. I argue that Athanasius’s identity as a triumphant exile quickly became the standard by which subsequent episcopal exiles were measured. Indeed, by the time the Johanite controversy of the fifth century takes shape in and around Constantinople, Athanasius the exile is invoked to bolster support for John Chrysostom’s tarnished reputation as a failed exile. John’s earliest biographers, Ps.-Martyrius and Palladius of Helenopolis, insist that those who question their hero’s orthodoxy are no better than those heretical enemies of the great Athanasius.

Safe Zone Training

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 its members.

Safe Zone consists of people who:

  1. Will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Will not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Will 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 geared toward faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.

We are currently accepting enrollment for two Basic training sessions for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. We are also offering an Advanced training on Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for one of the trainings or if you have questions.

Rochelle Reviews Latest Novel by Fred Chappell

Warren Rochelle, Professor of English, recently reviewed Fred Chappell’s latest novel, A Shadow All of Light, for the North Carolina Literary Review. That review, titled “Light and Dark, Dark, and Light,” appears in NCLR Online 26 (2017): 62-63.

Green Zone Training Initiative

A “Green Zone” is a location recognized by veterans as a safe place. Student veterans and service members are a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age, race/ethnicity, gender, and backgrounds.  Please join UMW Green Zone volunteers in the Magnolia Room of the University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for an open discussion on working with student veterans and service members and assisting them with the transition to student life.  At 12:45, we will turn the discussion over to a panel of student veterans for their perspective on transitioning from the military to a college campus.

As of this past spring, Virginia ranked fourth in states with the most active duty and reserve members of the military. It’s imperative that UMW staff and faculty educate themselves about working with student veterans and service members.

*Please feel free to bring your lunch to this training session.