May 28, 2016

Join Weight Watchers @ Work!

weight-watchers-diet-work-200X200For a hearty helping of motivation, join Weight Watchers @ Work!

OPEN HOUSE (just in time for swimsuit season!): June 9, 12:15 p.m., Hurley Convergence Center, Room 111

Stop by and get inspiration – and free gifts. Meet and hear from your colleagues who participate in this innovative program that brings a dynamic Weight Watchers leader to campus each week.* Walk away not only with the resolve and tools to lose weight, but also with a Year Round Fresh cookbook, a water bottle and a tote bag.

*Full-time employees get partial reimbursement for the cost of the program.


Congratulations to Erika Spivey! Erika is SAC’s Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of June.  Below is what Hilary Kanter had to say about Erika.

Erika is the Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations in the University Relations office. She is a true powerhouse, handling a vast array of projects with the highest levels of competence, panache, and grace, no matter what roadblocks might come at her.  She’s a consummate professional, a wonderful teacher, and a true inspiration.  If you want to get something done, make sure Erika is involved!

Congratulations Erika!

To nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.


The Staff Advisory Council Newsletter should have hit your inbox yesterday. Check it out for all of the latest Staff Advisory news and information!
First Year Orientation sessions begin June 16. We’re expecting more than 900 students to attend orientation with their families and guests between June 16 and June 29. The Orientation Team is looking for volunteers to greet students and their families, and to provide directions and other assistance.

Sign up to help today using Sign Up Genius


Come out and spend time with co-workers, meet new people, put a face with a name, network, relax after Orientation and just have fun! SAC is hosting a faculty/staff mixer at Home Team Grill on Wednesday, June 29, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. SAC will have door prizes and giveaways.


SAC’s next meeting is Thursday, July 21, at the Stafford campus. Meetings are open to anyone who’d like to attend.

Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation, June 16-29

New Student Orientation will occur June 16 – 29, 2016.  UMW faculty and staff have played a key role in supporting New Student Orientation by serving as volunteers. Volunteers are needed for greeting students and their guests, providing information, serving as directional guides and other tasks.  The participation of UMW faculty and staff members outside of the Orientation staff is vital to conveying the campus culture at UMW.

Please help support New Student Orientation and sign-up based on your availability. Click on the link below to review the volunteer assignments. Please contact Greta Franklin at, if you have additional questions. Thank you.

Allwine Named 2016 Leadership Fredericksburg President

Kyle Allwine, assistant director of graduate admissions at UMW, graduated from Leadership Fredericksburg and has been named the 2016 Class President. For the full announcement, see page 6 of the Chamber’s May/June 2016 issue:

UMW Hosts Third Annual Athletics Gala

The University of Mary Washington athletic department hosted the 3rd Annual UMW Athletics Gala on May 19, 2016, at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Proceeds will help maximize opportunities and support services for Mary Washington student-athletes.

d5nt0t4fqn18xju2The event featured special guest speaker World Series Champion Kansas City Royals Assistant General Manager and UMW Hall of Famer, Jin Wong ’97. A business administration major and former All-American center fielder for Mary Washington, Wong steadily climbed Major League Baseball’s corporate ladder following graduation and is a perfect example of UMW Athletics’ mission for student-athlete excellence.

Also in attendance for the third annual event was outgoing UMW President Richard Hurley, who was presented with gifts, a cake for his birthday, and was regaled with “Happy Birthday” from the audience.

Live auction items included a luxury suite to this season’s Washington/Dallas football game, trips to San Francisco and Sonoma, the Broadmoor in Colorado, a golf getaway to Pinehurst, and a puppy from the Fredericksburg SPCA. The numerous silent auction items included spirit gear, autographed items, golf trips, and other experiences.

“What a great night to be an Eagle”, said Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. “From celebrating President Hurley’s birthday in one of his last public events before retiring, to Jin Wong’s terrific message about lessons he learned as a UMW student-athlete, the Gala was a huge success. We’re so grateful to our donors and friends for supporting our student-athletes in such a substantial and positive way.”

UMW Galleries Hosting Art Auction and Gala, June 2

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host an Art Auction and Gala featuring works by local and regional artists Thursday, June 2.

Benefiting the UMW Galleries, the auction will include works by UMW faculty. The event will take place in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery on the Fredericksburg Campus from 7-10 p.m.Tickets are $50 each and include entrance and light refreshments. A free preview reception will take place Thursday, May 26, from 5-7 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call the UMW Galleries at 540-654-1013.

Virtual Postcard

Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 3-5

Each year the Office of Alumni Relations hosts Reunion Weekend on the Mary Washington campus. Nearly 800 alumni and guests are expected to come back to campus and participate in dozens of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. While alumni from all classes are welcome at Reunion Weekend, classes ending in ones and sixes from 1956–2006 are invited back to campus this year to celebrate their milestone reunions. This very special Reunion Weekend will be held June 3-5, 2016.

We would like to extend the invitation for the entire campus community to participate in the various events throughout the weekend in order to connect with former students.  The Reunion Weekend schedule and registration link is listed online at Registration closes on May 30.  If you are interested in seeing who is currently signed up to attend, visit the registration page and click “Attendee List.”  Click the column header labeled “Preferred Class Year” to sort the list by class year.


We hope to see you there!


Best regards,
Mark Thaden ’02

Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Seeking Parent Feedback on the Admissions Process

Have you just survived the College admission process this year with your soon-to-be high school graduate? The Office of Admissions invites you to join a candid conversation about your recent personal experiences in this process.

  • Everything is on the table for discussion:
  • Recruitment brochures
  • Campus visit (info sessions, tours, open house, admitted student events)
  • Off campus activities hosted by other universities
  • Admission communication with your student (from email to the decision letter)
  • Parent specific communication
  • Faculty, student, alumni interaction

What stood out to you (or your child) positively or negatively?  What did you like or not like about the process?  What do you wish you knew then that you know now?  What great ideas should UMW consider implementing?

Join Melissa Yakabouski, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for lunch on Wednesday, June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lee Hall for a conversation about the good, the bad, and the so-so.  Gather your thoughts and perceptions about UMW and other schools your child was considering. RSVP no later than June 6 at or  Unable to attend but have something to share, please email Melissa to schedule time to speak about your specific takeaways.

We look forward to hearing from you!





Staff Advisory Council News


SAC is planning another faculty staff mixer on Wednesday, June 29. Mark your calendars. Details coming soon!



First Year Orientation sessions begin Thursday, June 16. UMW is expecting over 900 students to attend orientation with their families and guests between Thursday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 29. The Orientation Team is looking for volunteers to greet students and their families, and to provide directions and other assistance.

Sign up to help using Sign Up Genius at



Don’t forget to nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award.  The person you nominate doesn’t have to work in your department.  You can nominate anyone who’s doing an excellent job.  If you see someone doing an excellent job, nominate them!

An Excellent Eagle Employee is chosen each month. The winner receives recognition kudos and convenient reserved parking for the month.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.