March 27, 2017

Health & Wellness Fair March 28

Mark Your Calendar for the Health & Wellness Fair!

On Tuesday, March 28, Campus Dining by Sodexo and the Office of Human Resources are sponsoring a special two-part Health & Wellness Fair in Chandler Ballroom at the University Center.

Part 1: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Showcase for UMW Employees. Meet with representatives from our retirement vendors, all of our health & dental insurance companies, Weight Watchers, Commonhealth, NSWC Federal Credit Union, PNC and Virginia Credit Union.
Vendors will have giveaways and a grand door prize.

Part 2: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the entire UMW community. Exhibits, freebies and demonstrations offered from providers of products and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Over 40 providers of health and wellness products and services are participating in the fair and everything is free! Exhibitors include Mary Washington Health Care, Anthem BCBS, Kaiser, Aetna and Delta Dental, Weight Watchers, Ultimate Family Wellness, Massage Therapy Center fitness centers, support groups, and many more! Fair highlights will include:
• Shoulder & Neck Massages
• Blood Pressure Checks
• Martial Arts, Creative Movement, Ballroom Dancing and Belly Dancing Demonstrations
• Body Fat Measurements
• Peak Flow Breathing Checks for Asthma
• Snack Samples from PepsiCo and General Mills and other Freebies!
• Numerous Prize Drawings!

Dr. Wilder Announces Retirement

Last week, Dr. Marty Wilder, Chief of Staff, formally notified me of his intention to retire effective Sept. 1, 2017. While Marty’s pending retirement will be a great loss to UMW generally and me particularly, we are grateful for all he has done for the University during his many years of dedicated and excellent service. His retirement is well deserved, and I offer my sincere thanks for all of Marty’s work at UMW, serving for more than 30 years in the areas of admissions, financial aid, student services, and for the past seven years as Chief of Staff.

 

Troy Paino

President

Eagle Award Nominations – Deadline March 24

The deadline for 2017 UMW Eagle Award nominations is fast approaching!  Please submit all nominations by Friday, March 24.

The Eagle Awards highlight students, student organizations and faculty/staff who have provided leadership and contributed outstanding service through involvement in activities and organizations. The Eagle Awards are an opportunity for the University community to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and greater community.

Any member of the student body, faculty and staff can nominate deserving students or organizations.

You can review and complete all nomination forms in OrgSync through the CHLS portal: https://orgsync.com/59560/forms

Award winners, as well as nominees, will be recognized at the Eagle Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All are welcomed to attend and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please direct questions about the nomination process to Marissa DiMeo, Student Events Coordinator for CHLS, at mdimeo@umw.edu or ext. 5643.

History Department to Host Speaker, Quantico’s Ed Erickson

The UMW History Department will host a guest speaker on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Monroe 346.  Ed Erickson of Quantico’s Marine Corps University will give a presentation titled “World War I Relocations in Anatolia.”

SAC News

#MaryWashDay Makes History!  Mary Wash Giving Day marked the largest single-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. In just 24 hours, 1,112 donors made gifts to areas across the University totaling $194,870. Held on the 109th anniversary of UMW’s founding, #MaryWashDay was promoted across social media as “a chance to put your Mary Washington pride into action by giving back to University programs and students.”

Health & Wellness Fair & Information Session:  On Tuesday, March 28, Campus Dining by Sodexo and the Office of Human Resources are sponsoring a special two-part Health & Wellness Fair in Chandler Ballroom at the University Center.  Part 1: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Showcase for UMW Employees. Meet with representatives from our retirement vendors, all of our health & dental insurance companies, Weight Watchers, Commonhealth, NSWC Federal Credit Union, PNC and Virginia Credit Union.  Vendors will have giveaways and a grand door prize.  Part 2: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the entire UMW community. Exhibits, freebies and demonstrations offered from providers of products and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.  Additionally, on Wednesday, March 29, there will be a Health & Wellness Info Session at the Stafford Campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in University Hall.  For staff, faculty and students at the Stafford Campus, this is a great opportunity to learn about the health and wellness resources available at UMW.

Multicultural Fair Volunteers Needed:  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Multicultural Fair taking place on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can contribute in a multitude of ways by helping with set-up/take-down, serving as an MC for stage performances, helping to hand out programs and helping to keep our campus clean during the Fair.  Visit their website http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/fair/volunteering/ to complete the form and let us know you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email JoAnna Raucci at jraucci@umw.edu or call the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.

April SAC Meeting:  Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 20, at the Stafford Campus South Building Room 208 at 1 p.m. You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C. to attend – all are welcome!

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!

 

World Language Day at UMW March 25

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is proud to celebrate its sixth annual World Language Day on its Fredericksburg campus on Saturday, March 25, 2017. This year’s motto for the event is “Language as the Road Map to Culture.” World Language Day aims to promote the learning of world languages and make them visible to the community.

The event is expected to welcome about 150 high school students and their teachers from across Virginia. The day will be filled with fun activities and competitions centered on world languages, such as spelling bees, poetry recitations, speeches and video screenings.

#MaryWashDay Makes History

The UMW community came together in a big way on March 14, 2017. Mary Wash Giving Day marked the largest single-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. In just 24 hours, 1,112 donors made gifts to areas across the University totaling $194,870.*

final-result-screenshot-for-instagramHeld on the 109th anniversary of UMW’s founding, #MaryWashDay was promoted across social media as “a chance to put your Mary Washington pride into action by giving back to University programs and students.”

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University stepped up in force, exceeding the original goal of 654 donors before 5 p.m. The stretch goal of 1,000 donors was met before 10 p.m., unlocking a spontaneous $5,000 challenge match from an anonymous alumna. More than 30 Mary Washington alumni, parents, faculty and friends sponsored nearly $50,000 in challenge matches throughout the day, doubling the impact of donors’ gifts.

“The Mary Washington community near and far came together to give back in a big way,” President Troy Paino said in a video message to donors. “Thanks to your generosity, we’ll be able to strengthen our tradition of excellence and meet students’ needs.”

Watch the #MaryWashDay video now!

SAC News

Chili Cook-Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off) Winners!  Congratulations to all the Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Bake-Off winners!  For Chili, first place went to Arin Doerfler, second place went to James DeLoatch and third place went to Linda Falden. Linda Falden took first place in the Cornbread Bake-Off with Alicia Osborne coming in second and Jay Sullivan coming in third. Thank you to all our other chefs as well: Julie Smith, Angela Brau, Vickie Chapman, Jill Ellington, Rick Pearce, Paul Messplay, Linda Thornton, Amy O’Reilly, Angela Lilly, Jean Elliot, April Peterson and Charles Tate. We had a great turn out!  There’s a few pictures from the event on our Twitter page.  Be sure to check it out and tweet us your own if you have them. Finally, a big thank you to all the SAC members and all other UMW staff who assisted with the event – we couldn’t have done it without you!

March SAC Meeting:  Our March meeting will be March 16 in Lee Hall 412 at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.  You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C. to attend – all are welcome!

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open: Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21.  More information on classes is available on the Campus Recreation websitePlease contact Brittanie Haas at bhaas@umw.edu with questions.

Multicultural Fair Volunteers Needed:  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Multicultural Fair taking place on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can contribute in a multitude of ways by helping with set-up/take-down, serving as an MC for stage performances, helping to hand out programs and helping to keep our campus clean during the Fair.  Visit their website http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/fair/volunteering/ to complete the form and let us know you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email Ms. JoAnna Raucci at jraucci@umw.edu or call the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.

 #1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

 

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!

Comic Cuisines Chefs’ Fare Competition

Campus Dining Services and Sodexo are hosting the annual Chefs’ Fare competition on Wednesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Top of the UC. This year, chefs from Shenandoah University, Marymount University and Emory & Henry College will be competing with our UMW chefs to see who can present a dish that tastes the best and that also represents a comic book super hero or villain.

Our culinary team is taking on the personas of some of Batman’s most notorious villains: The Riddler, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. Everyone attending the Fare will be able to taste all of the entries and vote for their favorite team. The team with the most votes will win our competition.

Please join us at the Top of the UC for some great food and great fun. You can even get your photo taken with the Batman super villain standees! The cost for faculty and staff is just $6. Other guests will pay $11.80 plus tax. Doors open at 5 p.m. (Please note: The Top of the UC will be closed between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to prepare for the Fare). For additional information, contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu.

Students Plant Trees with Guatemalan Students

This past spring break, 16 UMW students traveled to Guatemala to learn about agroecology and community development. Students spent several days with elementary school children from two different villages who came to participate in Community Cloud Forest Conservation’s Kids & Birds program. They planted trees with the children, looked for and identified migratory birds, and located tadpoles and other aquatic creatures in the Mestila River.

In addition, all students learned about improving agricultural practices, included the composting of humanure, planting traditional Q’eqchi’ Maya crops that are highly nutritious, and several soil conservation techniques.

While in Guatemala, UMW students took photographs and video for three film projects (Kids & Birds, Reforestation, and the Agroecology Center) that they will complete in the next few weeks. The purpose of the videos is to raise awareness and raise funds for the work being done by Community Cloud Forest Conservation.