December 18, 2017

All UMW Assembly Set for Jan. 17

President Paino invites all UMW faculty and staff to attend the All UMW Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.  If you are unable to attend the assembly, please note that it will be recorded and made available on the UMW website.  Thank you.



UMW, Growth4VA Spotlight Forbes-Recognized Entrepreneurs

One thousand, two hundred and sixty-two. Robert Davis and Abbas Haider have a vivid recollection of that figure. It’s the number of bulletproof undershirts included in their first big order for Aspetto, the business started by the 2012 University of Mary Washington graduates. Read more.

Free Admission to Cultural Resources

While you are unwinding during the holiday break, bring the whole family for a visit to The James Monroe Museum, and to the Gari Melchers Home and Studio! Both sites are extending free admission to include the immediate family members of current faculty and staff during the break from December 16-January 2. All faculty and staff also receive a 20% discount in the stores at both sites year round! We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit these wonderful cultural resources administered by UMW. Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open daily from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The James Monroe Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sundays, but will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission for current faculty, staff, and students is free throughout the year at both sites, so we hope to see you often!

SAC News

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 appreci ation.​

SAC Fall Drive – The Staff Advisory Council is collecting items up until Friday, December 15 to help our community’s homeless population. For more information on what is needed, please contact Dr. April Brecht, PhD,

December SAC Meeting – Our December meeting was held Tuesday. Dec/ 12. Tiffany Oldfield, Title IX Coordinator shared a Q&A session regarding the Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence.  Also, Anand Rao and Cedric Rucker discussed UMW’s Community Values.

Workplace Celebration Guidelines – HR advises that during the fall and winter months when a number of cultural and religious days of significance are observed, remember to be respectful of the rich and diverse cultures that are ever present in our workplace and the communities we serve.   Please be mindful of inclusiveness and safety in your workplace holiday activities.

Holiday University Closing – Reminder that UMW will be closed Monday December 18th through Tuesday January 2nd.  The University will officially reopen on Wednesday January 3rd.

Weight Watchers@Work Needs You

As we approach a new year, consider this: You may need Weight Watchers.  And Weight Watchers definitely needs you!

As one of its greatest employee benefits, UMW has offered Weight Watchers @ Work. A certified WW leader comes onto campus once a week, checks our weight, and inspires us to live healthier lifestyles. There couldn’t be a more convenient or collegial way to keep your weight in check and to stick to your resolutions. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

Weight Watchers @ Work is a win-win. However, in order for this benefit to continue, we NEED YOU! The program will be eliminated if we do not keep the numbers of attendees up. So resolve in 2018 to keep UMW from losing Weight Watchers – and you can lose weight in the process!


Campus Dining Serves Holiday Feast

Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together.

Food and togetherness were definitely the themes Wednesday evening when Dining at the UC featured its annual holiday meal with all the trimmings. Faculty, staff, and administrators donned aprons and chef’s hats to dish out scalloped potatoes, beef, yams, ham, corn pudding, and all the other special treats on the festive menu.

Regional Conference Puts UMW Geography on the Map

UMW’s Department of Geography received high marks at the annual Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) conference. The event, held last month in Starkville, Mississippi, showcases research from across the region. [Read more…]

Steer Students to Stress-Free Zone

Balloon_HPThe Office of Student Affairs and Engagement will host the Stress Free Zone next Monday, Dec. 11, through Wednesday, Dec. 13, from noon to 3 p.m., throughout the University Center. The event, held during exam week for stress-weary students, is packed with snacks, massages, games, balloons and more, including the all-time student favorite – those lovable therapy dogs. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share event details with students.


Fredericksburg City Schools Night, Dec. 9

Do you have children attending a Fredericksburg City School?

Do you have a friend who works for Fredericksburg City Schools?

You won’t want to miss Fredericksburg City Schools Night presented by Home Team Grill.

Fredericksburg City Schools Night

FREE ADMISSION for Fredericksburg students and employees!

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 9, for a UMW Basketball doubleheader against Salisbury at Rosner Arena!

Fun halftime contests and free giveaways for fans!

Women’s Tipoff  1 p.m.  –   Men’s Tipoff 3 p.m.

UMW Basketball Tickets

$20 Vocelli Pizza VIP Courtside Seats

$10 Arena Chair Seats (behind team benches)

$5 General Admission Bench Seating

And don’t forget! FREE Admission for UMW Faculty, Staff and Students (must have Eagle One ID)

For schedules, scores and more, visit

Eric Shaw Named Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month

Senior men’s basketball forward Eric Shaw has been named the UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for November.

Eric Shaw Named Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for November

Eric Shaw Named Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for November

Shaw led UMW to the Hyatt Place Tipoff Tournament championship by gaining tournament MVP honors after wins over Randolph College and Denison University. In the championship win over the Big Red, Shaw became the 20th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.

He gained all-tournament honors the next weekend at the Doubletree Hotels Tournament at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. The Eagles have a 5-1 season start, with their CAC opener win Wednesday over St. Mary’s College.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month

September – Jessica Cavolt (field hockey)
October – Matt Spencer (men’s soccer)
November – Eric Shaw (men’s basketball)

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