July 28, 2014

Center for Deployment Psychology Training, Aug. 19

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Mary Washington will host the Center for Deployment Psychology on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 for an interactive training on the topic of increasing our level of awareness, service and collaboration between departments when working with veteran students. We would like to extend an invitation to all faculty, staff and community members who are interested in understanding the concerns, challenges, and experiences of veterans attending college. Although this training targets college counseling centers, all faculty and staff who interact and support our student veterans will benefit from the training.

Service members and veterans attending college often face unique clinical and cultural challenges. With focused education on the intersection of military and campus experiences, university and college mental health providers can offer improved care, with greater competency, to military-connected undergraduates.

Curriculum includes interactive, didactic, and workshop components that address multicultural understanding of service members and veterans, campus-specific challenges, deployment cycle stressors, outreach discussion and workshop, and an overview of evidence-based treatment of PTSD appropriate for counseling center work.

6.5 hours of continuing education credits are offered for licensed mental health and behavioral health providers attending the program for a fee of $25 to be paid at the door. Please follow the link below to register for this training:


Please direct any questions regarding the training to:
Daniel Nelson

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Location: Monroe 116
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nicole Surething, Ph.D.
Director, UMW CAPS

UMW Announces Recipient of Citizenship and Diversity Award

Cara Wimberley of Blacksburg, Virginia, has been named the 2014-2015 recipient of the University of Mary Washington’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership.

The annual award is given to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW. The student must maintain high academic standards, possess characteristics of leadership and make a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus.

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Cara Wimberley

As the award recipient, Wimberley will serve as an active spokesperson for diversity inclusion, a peer mentor to students and a voice for underrepresented populations.

“Cara recently spent a semester abroad at Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Jordan studying Arabic and taking other courses about Middle Eastern culture and history,” said Marion Sanford, director of multicultural affairs. “The experience opened her eyes to many global, social and political issues and further enhanced her leadership skills, as well as increased her understanding of different cultural environments.”

During her UMW career, the psychology major and linguistics and Middle Eastern studies minor served as secretary and vice president of People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities (PRISM) and participated in the Cross-Cultural BBQ, Arab Culture Night, Day of Silence and Multicultural Fair. Wimberley will be a peer mentor in the InterLink Mentor Program with the Center for International Education this year.

“Her studies at UMW and abroad have encouraged her to work toward causes that promote diversity, equality, social justice and cultural awareness,” Sanford said. “Cara’s UMW and study abroad experiences have taught her that being a leader means learning about diverse identities and cultures in order to best understand the richness of community.”

Wimberley plans to use the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership as an opportunity to address social justice and diversity issues that impact members of the UMW community and beyond. She aspires to continue these efforts after graduating.​

News from HR

To see upcoming professional development courses, visit the Human Resources What’s New page.

Farewell From Sally Scott

Dear UMW community,

As I wrap up my final week at the university I want to thank each of you for your kindness, collaboration, and support. It’s been a fast five years! I am taking on a new professional venture working with our national professional group, the Association on Higher Education and Disability. I will be remaining nearby in the Richmond area and hope to stay in touch.

Best wishes!


Show Fredericksburg that UMW Cares

On September 26, the United Way will be coordinating a one-day mobilization of volunteers from the business communities in the City of Fredericksburg and surrounding area– also known as the Day of Caring. Volunteers will be matched with non-profit organizations, social services, and schools to complete vital projects in the Greater Fredericksburg area.

Last year, volunteers from multiple divisions formed a team and took part in the Day of Caring and we served 3 different agencies – Hope House, Micah, and Hartwood Elementary School!

This year, I would like to invite all divisions at UMW to take part. Every employee is allotted 16 hours of service every year. Not only is this a way to encourage employees to use those hours but also to bond as a co-workers across the university.

If you are interested in volunteering for a full or half day, please fill out the registration form on OrgSync: https://orgsync.com/59560/forms/79478

Please register by August 12 at 5:30 p.m.!!

Minor Style Change Launched on the Website

On Monday, July 21, the web team launched the first of many upcoming theme changes to the .edu site designed to better align the website with the approved visual branding for the University.

An updated set of color palettes was rolled out sitewide. For the most part, the different palettes just affect the flag widgets. Other changes include changing the background color of the whole site, changing the margins between many of the sidebar features, and the removal of backgrounds, watermarks, and rounded edges on widgets.

Following is a map of the color schemes available through our Genesis -> Theme Settings area, and how they map to the palettes in the style guide:

  • University – Undergraduate Admissions palette
  • Admissions BLS – Graduate Admissions palette
  • Admissions Grad – Graduate Admissions palette
  • Admissions Undergrad – Undergraduate Admissions palette
  • College of Arts & Sciences – Undergraduate Admissions palette
  • College of Business – Graduate Admissions palette
  • College of Education – Graduate Admissions palette
  • Regional Engagement – Alumni palette
  • Giving network (regardless of “Color Scheme” selection) – Donor palette
  • Magazine network (regardless of “Color Scheme” selection) – Alumni palette

If you have any questions about this, or any other web initiatives, please email webmaster@umw.edu.

Virginia Governor Appoints UMW Board Member

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Carlos Del Toro of Stafford, Va., to the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors.

 Del Toro, known for his leadership and innovation, is founder, CEO and president of SBG Technology Solutions Inc.,

Carlos Del Toro

Carlos Del Toro

a Washington-based engineering services and consulting firm. Four years ago, he was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the Small Business Person of the Year in Region III, encompassing Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

A former naval officer and White House Fellow, Del Toro is a native of Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and earned advanced degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, George Washington University, and the Naval War College.

He is a director on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council on Small Business and past president of the board of the Capital Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Also, Del Toro serves as a director on the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Board of Directors and has served on numerous gubernatorial boards in Virginia.

Del Toro will fill the unexpired term of Tabitha Geary Tate, who has resigned from the Board. His term on the Mary Washington Board of Visitors will expire in 2017.

English Alum Nominated for Emmy

UMW Alumnus Alexander Cardia ’07 is among the nominees for the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Cardia is nominated in the category of Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction, he was nominated for his animation and design work on Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, produced by PBS. For a full list of nominees, visit: emmyonline.com/news_35th_nominations.




$1.5 Million Campaign Donor Meets CPR Faculty

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Joseph Romero, Angela Pitts, Richard J. Hayes Jr., Liane Houghtalin, and Craig Vasey discussed the classics during lunch at Brompton.

Members of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion faculty attended a luncheon at Brompton in early June to meet the man behind a $1.5 million campaign pledge. Richard “Rick” J. Hayes Jr., a practicing lawyer in mid-coastal Maine, recently informed UMW of his intent to bequeath $1.5 million for an endowed scholarship in support of Mary Washington students majoring in the classics.

“A college education should open your mind and teach you about some of the greatest thinkers in history, such as Aristotle and Plato. We don’t have to learn from just our experience – we can learn from their experiences as well,” says Rick. “I think a real education in classics and philosophy helps develop a well-rounded, intellectual person who can think and assemble information to be more effective in our complex world today.”

Rick is now “paying it forward” through his generous estate gift, which counts toward the Mary Washington First Campaign. In addition to financial assistance, the Richard J. Hayes Jr. Scholarship will also provide recipients with mentoring and support for success. Each recipient will be asked to sign the Richard J. Hayes Challenge to “pay forward” the benefits they receive through their scholarship by helping others when they are in a position to do so.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 30, 2014, donors have committed $30 million in gifts and pledges. Campaign contributions are actively being solicited for the three colleges, scholarships, the Fund for Mary Washington, program initiatives, and restoration of the amphitheater. The Mary Washington First Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit the campaign website for more information.

News from HR

Reminder: Friday, August 1, UMW is closed.

Meet our New Employees

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

Scott Jones joined the Dahlgren Campus as Dahlgren Campus Site Director on July 10.

Tyler Shifflett joined the Information Technology Department as a Desktop Support Specialist on July 10.

Kyra Whitehead joined College of Education as a Data Entry Specialist on July 8.