April 24, 2014

Help Improve EagleEye

surveyWe’d like to update and improve EagleEye and we need your help. Can you please take five minutes and complete our survey to let us know your thoughts by April 24? Click here to take the survey.

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.

Web Updates and Changes

The UMW Digital Communications team has been hard at work over the past year to bring the UMW website up to speed and to foster an effective and engaging web presence. Although a large number of the changes have been behind the scenes, several updates are immediately noticeable to users.

The new mobile responsive theme provides all of the tools currently available on the website in an easy-to-use format.

The new mobile responsive theme provides all of the tools currently available on the website in an easy-to-use format.

Most recently, the office unveiled a new mobile responsive interface for users nearly six months ahead of schedule. The change allows users on mobile devices to find information quickly and easily and to have a consistent web experience across platforms. The new mobile responsive theme provides all of the tools currently available on the website in an easier-to-use format.

The web team also made strategic updates to the homepage. After eight months of collecting user data and several anecdotal conversations with users across campus and the Web Advisory Council, the team removed the “helpful links” interface to bring the more useful “Online Tools” bar out into the open.

Now, icons to university-related web tools such as EagleNet and Banner are located across the top of each page of the website for easy access.

(Photo of the new toolbar)

The team will evaluate user behaviors on this new display to determine down the road if anything needs to be removed or replaced with something more valuable to users.

The web team also recently implemented a tool that will provide specific reports on spelling errors, broken links, accessibility issues, user behaviors, and search engine optimization opportunities to site managers across campus. The team has already started receiving basic reports, and will be working to configure, customize, and hone the tool over time.

Now, links to commonly used tools are easier to find on the homepage.

Now, links to commonly used tools are easier to find on the homepage.

All of the changes and updates are in line with the initial two-year plan for the web, and are part of an overall strategy to improve the user experience and empower content managers to create meaningful content.

If you have questions or feedback, please contact Shelley Keith, director of digital communications, and Curtiss Grymala, university webmaster, at webmaster@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.

Multicultural Fair, April 12

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fredericksburg campus rain or shine.

The Multicultural Fair is one of the largest, most anticipated events hosted at the University of Mary Washington and has entertained thousands of UMW and Fredericksburg community members for nearly 25 years. This year, the fair will feature over 30 diverse  performances, over 50 multicultural vendors, delicious ethnic and festival  foods and children’s activities. For additional information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044540-654-1044, or go to http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/multicultural-fair/.

Be the First to Know with UMW Alerts

Be the first to know about emergencies on the UMW campus. UMW is developing a new emergency alert system. The name, UMW ALERT, will remain the same, but the new system will provide a higher level of service to the UMW community.

In the coming weeks, the Office of Emergency Management and Safety will send you an email with step-by-step instructions on creating an account in UMW Alert.

Why register?

  • Be among the first to learn about an emergency. 

Notification systems often see a surge in registrations during a crisis from people who missed the first emergency messages.

  • Customize your alerts.

Registering for UMW Alert allows you to add additional contact information –cell, text, personal email– and customize your alert priorities.

  • This is a new system. You must create a new account before logging in.

Please sign up and update your profile when you are contacted.

For more information, please contact Chris Cash in Emergency Management and Safety at ccash@umw.edu.