September 1, 2015

UMW Galleries Present New Exhibitions

The UMW Galleries will host two exhibitions to kick off the Fall 2015 semester. The Ridderhof Martin Gallery features “Breath That Fades Away,” an exhibition of new work by Joseph DiBella, Distinguished Professor of Art. In duPont Gallery, artist Jarod Charzweski has created an installation entitled, “Rat’s Nest,” constructed from donations of cable and wires made over the summer.

About the artists:

Joseph DiBella has served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 to 1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988. Instrumental in the establishment of the gallery program and Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington, he was Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988 and Interim Director in 1989 and 1997-98. From 1994 to 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. He has a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues. The UMW Galleries are honored to exhibit his work.

Jarod Charzewski’s large scale installations are created from collections of everyday items from the community. The accumulations have included varied materials, such as buoys and denim jeans, and now cables. These installations make evident the desire and pleasure we have in collection that then manifests into compulsion. Charzewski holds a BFA in sculpture from the University of Manitoba, Winnepeg, Canada, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

UMW to Host Historic Concert

Legendary Three Tenors Singer Performs with Philharmonic

The UMW Philharmonic and Music Director Dr. Kevin Bartram announced that legendary tenor José Carreras has agreed to perform a rare concert with the orchestra on Saturday, October 17 in the William M. Anderson Center.

José Carreras is best-known for his record-breaking appearances with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in the Three Tenors. Now, for the first time in nearly a decade, and for the ONLY time tin 2015, this international superstar makes his triumphant return to America-at UMW!
Carreras is coming directly from Europe for this single performance. “I am thrilled to come to Fredericksburg for the first time and perform in this unmatched atmosphere,” Carreras said. “The program will contain great music from opera, operetta, musical, and song in an evening to remember!”

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling (540)654-1324.

Accepting Larry Atkins Award Nominations

Friday, Sept. 11 is the last day for nominations for the Larry Atkins award.  We have a few, but we want to make sure we have all of the deserving employees nominated and recognized.

True to the award’s former name, “We Couldn’t Do it Without” them!

Please ask an S.A.C. member if you have questions, or contact John Symonds at

Last Call for Back-to-School Donations

Please gather your donations for the Staff Advisory Council’s Back-to-School drive and bring them to a S.A.C. member or to the collection boxes in your departments by TUESDAY, Sept. 1.  Our donations are being used in the Stafford county school system this year.

We appreciate all you have done to help the less fortunate students in our schools.

Alumna Donates Farm to Benefit Scholarship

Not all gifts to the Mary Washington First Campaign come in the form of cash or checks. Donors also make gifts of personal property, life insurance, real estate and other assets.

102_9896Recently an alumna from the Class of 1963 made a generous donation of 66 acres located near Lynchburg, Virginia. The property is a tree farm with open fields for hay or other cover crops. There is also plenty of space for growing herbs, flowers or vegetables. The family home has undergone recent renovations, and the property is currently listed for sale. Proceeds from the sale will be added to an endowed scholarship to benefit deserving University of Mary Washington students. Click here to learn more about the property.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011. As of Aug. 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and businesses have committed $40.5 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

UMW Athletics’ Third Annual Eagle Nation Day, Sept. 12

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department will host the third annual Eagle Nation Day on Saturday, Sept. 12. The free family-fun event is held at UMW’s Battleground Athletic Complex off Hanover Street and designed to be a place where local children can meet and play games with college athletes while enjoying many other exciting activities. This year’s theme is Healthy Habits, Happy Kids.

“We want to emphasize how important it is to take care of your body even at a young age and to get outside, play and be active,” said Philip Pierce, the Director of Athletic Development and Promotions.

Giant inflatables, interactive exhibits, play spaces, arts and crafts, horse and pony rides are just a few of the free attractions that create a carnival-like atmosphere. Each year the event has grown in popularity, becoming a community outreach opportunity for local partners.

“This is a way that UMW Athletics can give back to the community that has lifted up our student-athletes and a great opportunity for our sport teams to inspire hundreds of children right here in our backyard,” said Pierce.

Also making appearances are local beloved mascots Buzzy the Bee (B101.5), Seymour the Dinosaur (CMOR), Pouches the Kangaroo (FredParent), and Sammy D. Eagle (UMW).

“We really want to connect with the community, and to have Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford residents look at UMW as their hometown college team,” said Ken Tyler, Director of Athletics.

Tyler will make his annual Eagle Nation Address to the crowd at 10:30 a.m., recognize all local Special Olympic Athletes in attendance, followed by a group photo opportunity for the children with UMW Eagles Student Athletes.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. and activities will not wind down until noon as the Women’s Soccer team warms up for their 12:30 p.m. match vs. Coast Guard. The event is co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Field House, B101.5, Children’s Museum of Richmond-Fredericksburg, and Fredericksburg Parent and Family. For more information call (540) 654-1153.

Join UMW’s Alzheimer’s Walk Team

Lindsey Elliot, field hockey coach, and Susan Knick, director of scheduling and events, are spearheading a University-wide Alzheimer’s walk team with the hope that everyone campus wide will work to combine efforts into a single team effort so that the University really stands out as a major fundraiser and supporter of the fight to end Alzheimer’s.  The University’s team name is Eagles Walk United.  Our team is posted on the website and is available for anyone wishing to donate and/or join the team!

Each year, UMW hosts the annual walk on campus.  This year is no exception and we will be the host site on Saturday, September 26.   This enables our students/staff/faculty wishing to walk, to volunteer time, or simply stop by to enjoy the festivities to do so right on campus without having to find transportation to another site.

Anything you can do to help promote awareness of the walk and our fundraising work is of great appreciation!

UMW, AT&T Focus on Driving Dangers

The UMW community will be able to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The University has teamed up with AT&T and DRIVE SMART Virginia to bring the “It Can Wait” virtual reality driving simulator to Ball Circle on the Fredericksburg campus. The simulator will be set up in front of the new University Center between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. To find out more, go to

Tuition Waiver Program

While preparing for the upcoming school year, you should be reminded of the excellent opportunity to continue your education through the University of Mary Washington’s Tuition Waiver Program. Qualified Faculty and Staff are eligible to receive up to 16 credit hours of in-state tuition per year for University of Mary Washington Graduate or Undergraduate courses (as either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student). Other courses may be available for tuition waiver as well.

For more detailed information on the UMW Tuition Waiver Policy please see:$file/E.3.9.2-Tuition%20Waiver%20Policy.pdf

To find out more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs of study and the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 540-654-2000 or by email at

Also, feel free to “tell a friend” about our upcoming Open House dates:

  • Saturday, September 26th
  • Saturday, October 17th

2014-15 Evaluations and 2015-16 EWP’s

From the Office of Human Resources.   Feel free to contact Terri Arthur at or Jennifer Cooper at for assistance.

The 2014-2015 Classified Employee Evaluation period runs from August 10 to October 24, 2015.   The 2015-2016 Classified Employee Performance Management Cycle begins October 25, 2015.

Performance Evaluations and 2015-2016 Employee Work Profiles (EWP/Position Description) are due to the Office of Human Resources no later than October 23, 2015.

With the migration to the new Careers system, we made several changes and improvements to streamline and enhance Classified Employees work planning and performance evaluation.  Please refer to the Classified Employees Performance website for Information, forms and guidance on completing the Employee Work Profile and Performance Evaluation.

Beginning with this performance cycle we are using two new forms; a new Employee Work Profile form and a new Evaluation Form.

Changes to the Employee Work Profile (EWP)

  • The Employee Work Profile (Position Description) will be completed in the new Careers.
  • Special assignments will be incorporated within the Measures of the Core Responsibilities instead of listed in a separate section of the EWP.
  • Employee Development will be incorporated within the Measures of the Core Responsibilities on the EWP instead of listed in a separate section of the evaluation form.
  • The Confidentiality Statement is now included in the EWP instead of the Performance Evaluation Form.
  • New Performance Factor:  Executive Order 20 – If the employee has procurement responsibility, are procurement personnel, or are end users with a purchasing charge card they must be evaluated on small business purchasing goals as part of their performance evaluation.  The new performance factor described below will be included on the Work Profile. If applicable, you will evaluate Classified Employees accordingly when completing the 2015 – 2016 Performance Evaluation:

Diversity commitment also encompasses efforts to support supplier diversity through selection of certified small, woman-owned and minority owned firms for university business, if supplier selection is a job responsibility. 

Changes to the Performance Evaluation Form

  • Employee Self-Assessment has been added to the overall Performance Evaluation Form instead of a separate document
  • The Confidentiality Statement is now included in the EWP instead of the Performance Evaluation Form.
  • Employee Development will be incorporated within the Measures of the Core Responsibilities on the EWP instead of listed in a separate section of the evaluation form. 


Classified Employees Performance Evaluations and 2015-2016 Employee Work Profiles (Position Description) are due to the Office of Human Resources no later than October 23, 2015.

Training and Guidance

  • Please refer to the Classified Employees Performance website for Information, forms and guidance on completing the new Employee Work Profile and Performance Evaluation.
  • Supervisor Training on the evaluation and planning processes will be held in conjunction with the Careers Training:


Thursday, August 27                       12:30pm- 3:00pm             ITCC 130                                                               Wednesday, September 23         1:00pm -3:30pm               ITCC 130

Monday, September 28                                9:00am – 11:30am             ITCC 130

Thursday, October 15                     1:00pm – 3:30pm              ITCC 130

Each supervisor training session listed above will be followed by an optional bonus session on Tips and Tools for Performance Management (conduct, coaching, discipline, recognition, etc.).


Sabrina C. Johnson

Associate Vice President for Human Resources and AAEE0

1301 College Avenue

Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401

Phone: ( 540) 654 1214