December 19, 2014

CVC — Payroll Deduction Deadline

Today is the last day to make your CVC pledge online (through EmployeeDirect for a gift by payroll deductions.  (Gifts by credit card can be still be made through Dec. 31 for 2014 taxes.)  Please post or forward this message as appropriate.

Simply go to and click on the blue Give Now Button.

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Follow the steps on screen and you will be finished in less than five minutes and enjoy the wonderful feeling of giving to others.

No waiting in line to check out and no crowded mall parking lots!  CVC makes giving easy.

Paper pledges will still be accepted after today.

Thanks for giving.

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Chili Cook-off Rescheduled

Due to a lack of entries, the Staff Advisory Council’s Willy Nilly Chili Cook-Off scheduled for Dec. 16 is being rescheduled.

Stay tuned for a new date in March.

UMW Receives Supply Chain Management Award

IT-Procurement Award

Manager of the the IT Business Office Samantha Bergeron (second from left) and Assistant Vice President of Business Services Erma Baker (second from right) accepted the award on UMW’s behalf. They are pictured with Secretary of Administration Nancy Rodriguez (far left) and Director of The Division of Purchases and Supply Bob Gleason (far right).

The University of Mary Washington recently received the Supply Chain Management award at a statewide procurement forum.

The award, given by the Virginia Department of General Services/Division of Purchases and Supply, was one of several new awards given to honor excellence in the field of procurement.

“This award reflects institutional collaboration and ongoing teamwork relative to IT/Purchasing Standards,” said Erma Baker, assistant vice president of Business Services and chief procurement officer.

The IT and Procurement  team members who are involved in the project workflow process include:  Deborah Hovey, Ray Usler, Jerry Slezak, Michelle Benson, Suzan Mastin, Edward Gray,  Samantha Bergeron, Michelle Miller,  Melva Kishpaugh, Erma Baker and Hall Cheshire.



James Monroe Museum Affiliates Attend Workshop

JMM Staff & Former Bowleys 12.5.14University of Mary Washington students and alumni with connections to the James Monroe Museum had an impromptu reunion at a recent Virginia Association of Museums workshop on event planning held at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

Theresa Cramer and Gabrielle Lindemann are the current Bowley Scholars at the James Monroe Museum. They were joined at the workshop by former Bowley Scholars Bill Backus, Historical Interpreter, Prince William County Historic Preservation Division; Christine Clements, Curatorial Assistant, Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail; and Candice Roland, Library Clerk, Virginia Historical Society. Former Monroe Museum student aide Sarah Palenik, who is now Membership and Office Manager for the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, also took part in the workshop.

The Lt. Gen. Albert J. Bowley Scholarship funds academic-year and summer internships at the museum, giving students hands-on experience in artifact collections management, education, and public programs. Student aides work as paid museum guides.

James Monroe Museum Director Scott Harris, who attended the workshop along with Membership and Special Events Coordinator Adele Uphaus-Conner, was very pleased by the participation of students and alumni who worked at the museum.

“The James Monroe Museum is proud to support UMW’s educational mission through internships and student employment,” said Harris. “The University’s majors in historic preservation and history, and the interdisciplinary museum studies minor, provide excellent academic training. When a superior course of study is augmented by practical experience, graduates are better prepared to enter the workforce.”

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington. Founded in 1927, it is the nation’s largest repository of artifacts and documents related to the fifth President of the United States. For hours of operation, directions, and other information, call (540) 654-1043, or visit

TIAA CREF Individual Counseling, Dec. 17

Sign up today for an individual counseling session with our TIAA CREF Representative on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Register at or call 1-800-732-5353.  For additional information, visit:

Holiday Gathering, Dec. 12

Holiday Gathering -- Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Brompton will be open. RSVP by Dec. 10, 2014 to The UMW community is invited to the annual Holiday Gathering on Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.

Happy Holidays from UMW Athletics

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Happy Holidays from UMW Athletics!

We hope you have a much deserved, restoring Winter Break! Don’t forget your Eagles are still in action and would love to see some of our local  faculty and staff at these conference basketball games over break:

Jan. 3 vs. Marymount – Stafford County Schools Night sponsored by Home Team Grill – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Jan. 7 vs. Salisbury – Spotsylvania County Schools Night sponsored by Home Team Grill – 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Jan. 10 vs. Wesley – Fredericksburg City Schools Night sponsored by Home Team Grill – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

*All Elem, Mid, and High School students (and staff) will receive two free tickets to their game night w/ school ID

Redeem coupon at Fink's Jewelers behind the mall and across from BRAVO!

Redeem coupon at Fink’s Jewelers behind the mall and across from BRAVO!

And have a very Happy New Year!

Here is a gift for you from one of our partners! Print coupon to redeem at Finks!

UMW Students Receive Innovation Award

University of Mary Washington students Maria Morran and Sam Fortier recently received Marstel-Day’s Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Award. [caption id="attachment_116731" align="alignleft" width="300"]UMW students Sam Fortier and Maria Morran. Photo by Steve Canning Photography. UMW students Sam Fortier and Maria Morran. Photo by Steve Canning Photography.[/caption] Marstel-Day, an international environmental consulting firm, presented each student with a $2,500 cash award at the firm’s annual “Green Gala.” Each student will work on an environmental project with the guidance of an advisor from Marstel-Day and will present their findings in August 2015. Morran, a junior geography major, will study the elimination of plastics in the ocean gyres, swirls of ocean currents caused by global winds. Fortier, a junior business administration and sustainable development major, will investigate eliminating plastics from the economy as a whole. “Maria and Sam’s projects stood out,” said Rebecca Rubin, president and CEO of Marstel-Day. “They are truly innovative, ambitious and address some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges, namely the hazards of plastics to our species, and polluting our lands and water. Maria and Sam represent the creativity of their generation and show us that the next generation is taking its environmental stewardship seriously.” The awards were presented by Rubin; Jonathan Levin, provost at UMW; and Richard Finkelstein, dean of UMW’s College of Arts and Sciences. “The University of Mary Washington is very proud that its students are working to build a better future for all of us and that they envision a resilient, green environment at its center,” said Finkelstein. He leads the development of the Climate, Environment and Readiness (CLEAR) Plan for Fredericksburg and the neighboring four counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline.

UMW Bookstore Winter Holiday Sale

BookstoreDecember 8- 12, 2014

20% off all regularly priced and discounted UMW clothing and insignia items, some exceptions may apply. In-store only.


S.A.C. Chili Cook-Off, Dec. 16

Join the Staff Advisory Council for their Willy Nilly Chili Cook-Off on Dec. 16 at noon in the Eagles Nest covered deck. Sign up to enter your chili at: