November 28, 2014

An Invitation to a Holiday Gathering

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

Important Help Desk Tip For Thanksgiving Break

The Help Desk will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, so here is one important tip that could save you a lot of trouble if you forget your password: set up your security questions so you can reset your UMW password yourself!

This past summer, we added a new service called self-service password reset.  By setting up your security questions, if you forget your UMW password you can reset it by answering the questions instead of contacting Help Desk staff. You only need to set up your security questions once, so if you previously set up your security questions, you don’t need to do it again.   If your have not, are unsure, or want to change your questions, here are the steps:


  1. Before you start, you need to know your current NetID and password.  If you don’t know this, you must contact the Help Desk for assistance (540-654-2255 or visit us in ITCC Room 112).
  2. Go to and click the “Manage Your Security Questions” link.
  3. In the login box that pops up, enter your current UMW NetID and Password.
  4. On the Password Registration page, click the “Next” button.
  5. Enter you current password and click “Next.”
  6. Answer at least five of the questions presented and click “Register.” (NOTE: it is always better to choose questions that many others don’t already know the answer to.) A confirmation screen will appear when registration is complete.

Once you have your security questions set up, you can then use them to reset your password when needed:


  1. Go to and click the “Forgot Your UMW Password?” link
  2. Answer all three of the questions presented to you and click “Next.”
  3. On the Password Reset page, enter a new password twice, then click “Next” to complete the process.
    • NOTE:  You must follow these password complexity rules for your new password:
      • At least 8 characters including one upper case, one lower case, and one numeral
      • You cannot use these symbols:  @  %   *
      • The password cannot contain your NetID
      • The password cannot contain part of your full name that exceeds two consecutive characters
      • You cannot reuse any of your last 24 passwords

If you need assistance with this process, contact the Help Desk during our regular business hours:

Call us:  540-654-2255
Stop by:  IT Convergence Center – Room 112

The Help Desk will operate the following hours this week:

Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday:  CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break – (a long time to be without access if you don’t set up your security questions!)

Regular hours resume on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

I wish you a safe and enjoyable break,

Jerry Slezak
IT Support Services

UMW Honors Longtime Supporters


Julie Baxter, Paul Dresser Jr., BOV Rector Holly Tace Cuellar ’89, and President Richard Hurley unveil the new plaque for the President’s Box inside the Anderson Center.

UMW honored two members of the Mary Washington community during a dedication ceremony for the President’s Box held Nov. 15, 2014, at the Anderson Center. Paul A. Dresser Jr. and his wife Julie W. Baxter of Williamsburg, Virginia, were recognized for inspiring, supporting, and advancing UMW students and programs through service and giving.

Paul’s involvement with Mary Washington began in the early 1990s as the parent of an enrolled student. He served on the Mary Washington Board of Visitors from 1992 to 2000, including two years as Vice Rector and four years as Rector. He then served on the UMW Foundation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2014, leading as Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

In addition to his dedicated work on the BOV and the UMW Foundation Board, Paul and his family are supporters of the Fund for Mary Washington, members of the UMW Heritage Society, and donors to multiple Dresser family scholarships.

In support of the Mary Washington First Campaign, Paul recently endowed the Julie Baxter Scholarship for BSN Completion and also specified the amount of his estate pledge to enhance endowment levels of other Dresser scholarships.

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Amanda Dresser Gada ’95 and her family prepare for the dedication ceremony in honor of Paul Dresser and Julie Baxter.

More than 40 guests attended the ceremony at the Anderson Center, including Amanda Dresser Gada ’95, Director of UMW Athletics Ken Tyler, and representatives of UMW’s Board of Visitors, Foundation Board, and Alumni Board.

A dedication plaque bearing Paul and Julie’s names will be placed inside the President’s Box. Donors who make significant Campaign gifts to create and enhance UMW program or scholarship endowments may be eligible for future naming opportunities.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of October 31, 2014, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $32 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016.

Visit or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

Sallie Washington Braxton Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Sallie Washington Braxton, Associate Dean of Advising Services for the College of Business, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of December. A parking spot of her choosing has been reserved for her through the end of the month.

Here is what a coworker said about her:

Sallie came to the Fredericksburg campus (for the second time) in the fall of 2012 to serve as the professional advisor for ALL business students.  She did an awesome job for two years and then, when Janet Cropp retired this summer and her position was frozen, we asked Sallie to take on advising the graduate students (and remaining BPS students) as well.  Janet’s position was eliminated about two months ago and Sallie continues to advise ALL business students.  Her workload is ridiculous, but as a team player, she has cheerfully and faithfully done a terrific job.

She is most deserving of being named an Excellent Eagle Employee.

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan ( with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, job title, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized. Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

You may now also go to the Staff Advisory Council’s site and click on the Excellent Eagle tab to make a nomination:

Staff Advisory Council Updates, Election Results

Willy Nilly Chili Cook-Off, Dec. 16:

The Staff Advisory Council announces the 2015 Willy Nilly Chili Cook-Off: A UMW FUN-raiser

Dress warmly, grab a hot chocolate, and most importantly, bring your favorite chili and sample your colleagues’ creations!

The S.A.C. will provide the judges and accessories (bowls, spoons, etc).

Dec. 16, 2014
Noon – 2 p.m.
Eagle’s Nest Deck

Sign up for the Chili Cook-off by logging into our SharePoint page:

Food and Clothing Drive Update:

The S.A.C.’s Food and Clothing Drives are underway! So far, we’ve had nine boxes/bags of food picked up by Feed Fred and donated four boxes of winter clothes to area shelters.

The dates for both drives are Nov. 3 – Nov. 21 and Dec. 1 – Dec. 18.

Donation Locations:

  • Stafford Campus –South lobby
  • COAR/SAE Offices
  • Trinkle – Education Suite
  • Lee Lobby -2nd floor, Student Services
  • Lee 3rd and 4th floors, Admissions
  • Academic Departments (BLS, Music, etc.)
  • Facilities Lobby
  • Foundation – Eagle Village
  • Fairfax House – HR
  • JAEC – lobby
  • Mayre House, lobby

Welcome to the Newest  S.A.C. Members:

Edward Gray
Michael Morley
Laura Needham
Connie Souza
Rhonda Stills
Charles Tate
Ray Usler
Paula Zero

News from Human Resources

Recognition Programs

If you have questions on any of these programs please contact Jennifer Cooper at x1046 or

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

For more information go to:

Meet our New Employee

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

Patricia Williamson joined Student Health Center as a Staff Nurse on Nov. 17.

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:

State Employee Discounts

A number of discounts are available through the Department of Human Resource Management:

Pam-LoweryMS 2014 Volunteer for the Year Award

Congratulations to Pam Lowery, Human Resources, who received the Volunteer for the Year Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central & Virginia Chapter on Nov. 13, 2014. Once again, Pam will be in charge of the Walk MS Event to be held on April 25, 2015 at James Monroe High School.




FREE SHIPPING for Black Friday through Cyber Monday

black-friday-cyber-monday-free-shippingGetting ready to do some holiday shopping?  Get free shipping on orders placed on Black Friday through Cyber Monday! Go to to place your order.

Summer 2015 Conferences, Workshops, Camps, Special Meeting Plans

As we continue preparing for summer 2015, we remind all UMW offices and individuals who have not already done so to make contact with our office regarding planned camps, conferences, workshops, meetings, etc. outside of regular summer school classes which will involve usage of any UMW facility during the dates of May 11 – Aug. 10, 2015.

Please email the Office of Conferences and Scheduling at with information regarding your intended use to include date(s). We will begin working with you immediately to secure meeting space, multimedia services, lodging and any other needs you may have.

To ensure you are not disappointed, we have extended the deadline to notify this office to Nov. 25, 2014.

UMW Redskins Fans!

Redskins fans – this Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) fundraiser is for you!

DMV is again pleased to announce the Department of Motor Vehicles Washington Redskins autographed souvenir license plate auction. This year, DMV is auctioning off four personalized souvenir license plates individually signed by Morgan Moses, Jordan Reed, Santana Moss and Brian Orakpo. Keep in mind that there is only one plate for each of the four players so give it your best bid!

Here’s how it works:
• Go to
• Now through Dec. 5, 2014 at noon., submit your bid(s) on the plate(s) you’d like to have.
• Check back often, as you may get outbid. The highest bid is displayed on the screen.
• Whoever has the highest bid at noon on Dec. 5, 2014, wins the autographed license plate.

That’s it!

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond which was selected by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

Before placing your bid, there are a few more things you need to know:

• Auction is open to State Employees only.
• Auction winners will be notified by close of business on Dec. 5, 2014. Winners will then be instructed on how and where to send donations.
• Donations must be received at DMV headquarters no later than Dec. 10, 2014 at 4 p.m.
• Winners will be sent their autographed license plate once their donation is received.
• Souvenir license plates are not for use on vehicles. They are for display only.

Happy bidding!

Karen Grim
Department of Motor Vehicles

Winter Preparedness Week, Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Get ready for winter during Virginia’s Winter Preparedness Week, Nov. 30-Dec. 6. winter-prep-week-banner-update-2014

Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many people had power outages. It’s so important to be winter-ready that the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Preparedness Week.

No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is always possible. With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season, there could be a wetter than normal winter. And El Nino winters can be snowier if atmospheric conditions are right …just like the winter of 2009-10.

Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be ready, take these steps:

Get a kit.  Basic emergency supplies include:

  • Three days’ food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it
  • Three days’ water (a gallon per person per day)
  • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
  • For businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
  • A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices

Make a plan. Everyone needs an emergency plan:

  • Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
  • Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
  • Get an emergency plan worksheet at

Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:

  • Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
  • Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
  • Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
  • Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking 

Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone®and Android™features:

  • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
  • Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
  • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
  • Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more