October 30, 2014

Taste of Asia, Nov. 1

Join the Asian Student Association on Saturday, Nov 1 at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Center for Taste of Asia, an annual celebration of Asian culture. This popular event provides both entertainment and eduction, as Asian culture and lifestyle are presented through a fashion show, dance performances and an array of ethnic foods.

Cost: $3 for UMW students, faculty, and staff; $5 for the general public; or three canned food items.

UMW Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Now

UMW Basketball returns to the Anderson Center Nov. 15! Season Tickets are now on sale at www.UMWEagles.com

UMW to Add Men’s Golf in 2016

The University of Mary Washington will add men’s golf as a varsity athletic program beginning in fall 2016.   Augustine Golf Club Course Rod Wood, former men’s basketball coach and current Director of Athletic Facilities, will serve as the program’s head coach. Augustine Golf Club in Stafford County will be the home course for the Eagles and Raspberry Golf Management will become the newest partner of UMW Athletics. “UMW is in a prime location for golf,” said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. “We’re very pleased to add men’s golf to our varsity athletic program and look forward to the many benefits it will bring to our athletic department, the university, and our community. Rod Wood is a proven coach and recruiter with a great deal of experience and connections in the sport of golf, and he will be an excellent leader for our program.” The school will spend the next year and a half recruiting talented student-athletes and planning for the first tee shot in August 2016. The program will be immediately eligible for CAC and NCAA championships. “It’s exciting to start a program from scratch,” said Wood. “Golf has always been a passion of mine, and I look forward to working with the students we plan to recruit.” Wood’s first coaching job was with the golf team at Robert E. Lee High School, where he coached PGA Tour Professional Kris Blanks. The University is also looking to add women’s golf in either the fall of 2016 or 2017.

Belmont to Open Historic House

Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio at Belmont will open the historic Fannie Roots House to the public for the first time on Sunday, November 9.   Fannie Roots House Dating back to the 1880s, the house is a rare example of a post-civil war workman’s cottage. A presentation on the history of the house and restoration work will begin in the Studio Pavilion at 2 p.m. before tours of the house. The event is free and open to the public. In 1912, the building was purchased by Willie Roots, an African-American laborer who did occasional work for Gari Melchers.  Roots’ daughter Fannie, a well-known citizen of Stafford County and a civil rights activist, was born in the house and lived there her entire life. The building did not have running water, so Fannie relied on an outhouse and well. There was electricity for phone and lights, but she used a wood stove for heating and an oil stove for cooking. Restoration on the house began in 2008 when Belmont became the steward of the property. With support from private citizens, businesses and volunteers, the house is receiving a new roof and a rebuilt kitchen chimney, among other restorations. Work was made possible with grants from the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation, the Duff McDuff Green Jr.  Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and the Marietta M. and Samuel T. Morgan, Jr. Foundation. The house still requires pest control, landscaping and other projects. For more information on the restoration project, contact Beate Ankjær-Jensen, Site Preservation Manager, at (540) 654-1839.

OrgSync Training Agenda

This is your chance to learn everything you need to know about using OrgSync! Please bring a laptop to the training session you attend.

OrgSync training sessions will be held on October 30 & November 7

OrgSync training sessions will be held on October 30 & November 7

Homecoming Events, Oct. 23-25

All UMW faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in and enjoy the events as we celebrate Homecoming and welcome back our alumni to campus. View the schedule below and online at http://students.umw.edu/studentactivities/umw-homecoming/.

Thursday, October 23

8 p.m. LipSync Dodd Auditorium Class Council Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 24

5-8 p.m. Homecoming Carnival Ball Circle SGA
6:30 p.m. Bonfire Jefferson Square ARH
9 p.m. – midnight PRISM Prom Fac/Staff Dining Room PRISM

Saturday, October 25

11:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Tailgate Battleground
11:30 a.m .-4:30 p.m. Alumni Tailgate Battleground $5 advance registration includes tailgate fare and 3 drink tickets for guests 21 and up. Registration is online.
1 p.m. Women’s Soccerv. Penn State-Harrisburg Battleground
1 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Penn State-Harrisburg Anderson Center
3:30 p.m. Men’s Soccerv. Wesley Battleground
5 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Va. Wesleyan Anderson Center
6 p.m. Class of 2009 reunion J Brian’s 5-year class reunion – register here.

Sunday, October 25

10 a.m. Campus Cleanup – Meet at Bell Tower

News from HR

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

For more information go to: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

 The week of Oct. 19-25 is National Save for Retirement Week

It’s closer than you think!

During this campaign week, access tools and resources that are available to help you save for your future on the HR webpage under what’s New!

Free Flu Shots

Free flu shots are available again this year at pharmacies participating in your health plan’s network – COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware. Additional 2014-2015 Flu Shot information is located at:http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

State Employee Discounts

A number of discounts are available through the Department of Human Resource Management: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.html.

Meet our New Employees

Please join us in extending a warm UMW welcome to our newest employees.

Bill Gill joined the University Police Department as a Police Lieutenant on Oct. 10.

Rachel McDonald joined the Procurement Services Department as a Customer Service Advocate on Oct. 22.

Relay for Life 5K

Relay for Life’s Fight Back 5K will be held on Nov. 8, 2014.UMW relay for Life

UMW’s Relay for Life committee is hosting its annual Fight Back 5K. The course will run through campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. For registration details and additional information, please contact umwrelayforlife@gmail.com. Your participation will benefit UMW’s Relay for Life, and also counts as a CVC contribution. Just forward your email registration receipt to lizykows@umw.edu. Let’s support all of the UMW Relay for Life folks that work so hard for a cause that has very personal meaning for them.

Broadcast Email Change

In response to the most recent round of budget reductions, University Advancement is undergoing some personnel changes. Lori broadcastIzykowski will be moving to Annual Giving where she will supervise the Phonathon and young alumni programs, and Betty Sizemore will move into the position of division Office Manager previously held by Lori. Betty will also bring with her some of the responsibilities of her current position.

As a result of these changes, Lori will no longer send out university broadcast messages, which now will be handled exclusively by the Office of Media and Public Relations. As most of you are aware, requests for mass emails sent to the UMW community must adhere to the University Broadcast Email Policy and must have the approval of the executive cabinet member in the requestor’s division. Please send all approved broadcast messages to broadcast@umw.edu. This change is effective on October 27.

UMW to Host Ghost Walk, Oct. 24-25

The University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Club will host the 30th annual Ghost Walk on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. The haunted tours of downtown Fredericksburg will leave every 15 minutes from the James Monroe Museum at 908 Charles St. The tours run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday IMG_0018and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The hour long tours stop at about a dozen sites throughout historic Fredericksburg, including the Masonic Cemetery, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and Kenmore Plantation. Members of the Historic Preservation Club and other UMW students act out stories based on the book “The Ghosts of Fredericksburg and Other Environs” by L.B. Taylor Jr. Reservations are highly recommended for groups over 8 and can be made in advance by email at umwghostwalk@gmail.com, or tickets can be purchased the night of the tour at Market Square. The cost is $6 for adults; $4 for UMW students, UMW staff, and military; $3 for children ages 6-12; free for children age 5 and under. For more information or to register, call the Historic Preservation Club at (540) 654-1315.