October 21, 2017

Show your UMW Spirit Tomorrow!

Don your most spirited UMW gear, and join D.C.’s Channel 5 in front of the U.C. to cheer on Mary Washington! The D.C. TV station broadcasts live from 7 to 11 a.m. to showcase UMW for the College Tour series. Stop by throughout the morning to show your support, especially during these times:

7:05 __Introduction of the UMW campus

7:45__Top of U.C.: Chef Will describes UMW’s dining options

8:05__ Spotlight on Art and Equestrian program

8:30 __Five Must See Campus Spots: a pre-taped segment highlighting Brompton, the James Farmer statue, Palmieri Plaza, University Center and the Convergence Center

__Lee Bessette talks about Convergence Center’s technology and multi-media offerings, DTLT, Domain of One’s Own

8:45__President Paino talks about what makes UMW great

9:00 __Lots of Spirit: sports teams, clubs, student associations, Sammy, cheerleaders and dance team

9:15 __Michael Spencer talks about UMW’s unique Historic Preservation program

9:30 __Extra Credit Trivia Contest: Devils versus Goats

10:00__Lots of Spirit: sports teams, clubs, student associations, Sammy, cheerleaders and dance team

10:05__Campus Hero: longtime Campus Dining employee and Special Olympics athlete Grace Anne Braxton

10:30__UMW’s Department of Theatre sings Suddenly Seymour from upcoming production, Little Shop of Horrors

10:50__Homecoming Game Preview: Athletic Director Ken Tyler talks about UMW’s Division III athletic teams and previews the upcoming Homecoming games.

Employee Recognition Award Winners Honored

Congratulations to the University Recognition Award winners who were announced at Tuesday’s Employee Luncheon.

Rita Dunston received the Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation Award. Nominees were Christina Eggenberger, Heidi Hunter-Goldsworthy, Marty Morrison, Clint Often and Sabrina Johnson.


The intent of this award is to honor Mr. and Mrs. Hurley, who have consistently demonstrated a desire to recognize and reward outstanding service of University employees, and who have led by example in their work at Mary Washington.

Charlotte Corbett-Parker received the Charles Coleman Memorial Service Award. Nominees were Cindy Toomey, Cindy Fitch, Jane Cariker, Doug Noble and Virginia Irvin.


Charles Coleman was an employee of 29 years who demonstrated pride, dedication and loyalty throughout his many years of service. This award was established in honor of his memory and exemplary service.

Cindy Toomey, Michael Morley
 and Melissa Yakabouski were selected as this year’s Larry Atkins Award winners. Other nominees were Marta Smith, DiShante Fryer, Martha Link, David Dean, Tracey Funtanilla, Caitlin DeMarco, Tameka Brown, Ronald McKiver, Ann Witkowski, Amanda Rutstein and Dan Quann.

The Larry Atkins award recognizes UMW employees who are unsung heroes in our offices, lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task, and set a positive example for others.



COAR’s Annual Pumpkin Palooza

You’re invited to bring your children, nieces/nephews, and/or grandchildren to COAR’s annual Pumpkin Palooza on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. There will be themed games and crafts being held on Ball Circle, as well as trick-or-treating across campus. Come in costume and enjoy an autumn afternoon! Our own students will be running the event and volunteering in many capacities- they would love to interact with you and your children there. Please email coarumw@gmail.com with any questions!  

Event is cancelled in the case of significant rain.


SAVE THE DATE for the Spring Forward Festival on the Brompton Lawn: Sunday, April 8th, noon-4pm 

Is this something you’d be able to do? Let me know- 

Thank you so much! 


Libby Simmons ‘17

Graduate Assistant for Service

Center for Honor, Leadership, & Service

(540) 654 – 5643



Ten for Ten: Another Win for Student-Athletes

Oct. 10 marked the end of the second annual Ten for Ten Challenge for student-athletes. Each year, the student-athletes learn about the importance of giving back to their programs and supporting the Eagle Club with a suggested $10 gift. This year featured a new “spotlight series” throughout the 10-day challenge, which highlighted the stories behind one current student and two young alumni who have given back to UMW Athletics.

Within the past two years, 337 individual student-athletes have made gifts through Ten for Ten – making them the largest group of students who give back to UMW. In the words of Softball Captain Kara Deppe ’19, “the money donated to our athletic programs is so helpful and very much appreciated by all of us!”

UMW Celebrates the National Day on Writing, Oct. 20

The University of Mary Washington Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Simpson Library, and the Writing Center are collaborating to observe on campus the National Day on Writing on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Combs’ Third Floor ELC Common area, the library, and the Hurley Convergence Center.

The UMW National Day on Writing activities include participating in the national #WhyIWrite Twitter hashtag (planned to be displayed on the Hurley Convergence Center digital screen), post-it note responses to Why I Write, writing six-word stories, and more. Participants visiting one of the on-campus locations will be eligible for prizes. All faculty and students are urged to participate and to share the news of the event.

The National ​Day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English. Each year, Oct. 20 is designated as a day to “celebrate the importance, joy, and evolution of writing.” The #WhyIWrite tweetup is one of the many events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. Last year there were more than 60,000 tweets using #WhyIWrite.

In addition to on-campus activities, UMW will celebrate the National Day on Writing with a Twitter campaign highlighting faculty, student and alumni authors.

UMW faculty, staff and students who have written a work of any kind are encourage to tweet why they write with:

  • A link to their work
  • #WhyIWrite
  • @UMaryWash (so it can be retweeted)

If you have any questions about the event, contact Brenta Blevins (sblevin2@umw.edu), Gwendolyn Hale (ghale@umw.edu), or James Pape (jpape@umw.edu).


Giant Food Nutritionist to Make October and November Visits

On Oct. 24, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Lee Hall 412, come hear Giant Food nutritionist Lindsay Pugliese give tidbits on “Eating Healthy on a Budget.” Then on Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. until noon in Lee Hall 412, Lindsay will speak about “Nutrition for Fitness Lovers.”

Lindsay always has a food tasting, coupons or a goodie to reward her audience.

Don’t forget about your 5% discount at Eagle Village Giant when you show your EagleOne card.

SAC News

Larry Atkins Award Winners!  Congratulations to Cindy Toomey, Michael Morley & Melissa Yakabouski for being selected as this year’s Larry Akins Award winners!  A big shout-out also to all our other nominees: Marta Smith, DiShante Fryer, Martha Link, David Dean, Tracey Funtanilla, Caitlin DeMarco, Tameka Brown, Ronald McKiver, Ann Witkowski, Amanda Rutstein and Dan Quann!

SAC Nominations – Did you nominate yourself or a co-worker to serve on SAC next year?  If not, no worries — you can nominate at this link – http://umw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6EjYeGyrjTy7BE9

Bake Off Winners!  Thank you to all those who showed up to our Bake Off on the 16th!  The winners were: Maie Makin (1st Place – Pie), Jay Sullivan (1st Place – Cookies), Jean Elliott & Brian Ogle (2nd Place tie – Cookies), Jose Veloz (1st Place – Cake), Linda Falden (2nd Place – Cake), and Julie Pugliese (3rd Place – Cake).

Open Enrollment New Tuition Program Ends October 21st – Open Enrollment for Tuition Reimbursement under our new policy is October 1-21, 2017,  for courses taken January-June 2018.  The complete policy and procedures will be officially posted shortly, but to give you a head start, here are important and key provisions to have in mind.  You may contact Jennifer Cooper at jcooper4@umw.edu with any questions.  For more information, go to: http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/09/27/open-enrollment-new-tuition-reimbursement-program/

November 17th Blood Drive – The UMW Red Cross Student Organization welcomes faculty and staff donors at our monthly blood drives on the Fredericksburg campus! This upcoming drive is the LAST chance to donate in the fall semester!  The drive will take place on November 17th at the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium Date from 11am-5pm.  Sign up online to donate at redcrossblood.org/give, search zip code 22401, and select the UMW drive. Walk-ins are welcome but please be aware that appointments take priority and we’ve had almost completely full appointment lists this semester!

Please email umw.redcrossclub@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

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 appreciation.


Jepson Science Center Construction Parking Changes

The following is a message from the Office of Parking Management:

On Monday, Oct. 16, construction is scheduled to begin on the Jepson Science Center and addition. Throughout the project, estimated to take two years, traffic and parking in the Jepson lot will be affected and relocated as follows:

  • The work zone, which includes Jepson’s parking lot, will be surrounded in construction fencing, eliminating access to 41 faculty and staff parking spaces.
  • The roadway from College Avenue to the Simpson Library lot will remain open.
  • Handicap spaces in the Jepson lot will still be available.
  • The 41 eliminated Jepson spaces will be relocated to the top deck of the Alvey parking deck. Please see the attached diagram for parking space designations. alvey-deck-with-changes
  • Levels 1-3 of the Alvey Deck will remain open for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Reserved parking will be marked and enforced on the top level only.

Questions may be directed to the Parking Management Office at 540-654-1129, or jelliot3@umw.edu.

Executive-in-Residence Roberta MacDonald ’72 to Speak Oct. 19

Roberta MacDonald ’72, senior vice president of marketing for Cabot Creamery Cooperative, will serve as the 2017-18 Executive-in-Residence. MacDonald will speak in the HCC Digital Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All sessions are free and open to all.


Roberta has nearly 40 years of consumer product marketing experience, the last 28 of which she has spent as senior  vice president of marketing for Cabot Creamery Cooperative. She has helped turn the small, farm family-owned dairy cooperative into a national player through creative, award-winning and occasionally over-the-top campaigns.

Roberta previously served as Vermont’s first marketing director, a position created for her by former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin in 1984. She has been recognized with many awards for design, promotions and high-impact public relations programs, including the highest individual award by B Corps. Prior to moving to Vermont, Roberta provided marketing consulting and/or staff services for the San Francisco Opera, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, American Express, Information Industry Association, NYU, CBS and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Roberta is a long-time champion of the co-op movement and speaks frequently about how Cabot rewards volunteers for an indelible brand connection with its farmers’ values. In her free time, she volunteers for hospice services in Burlington, Vermont.

The Executive-in-Residence program is coordinated through the UMW College of Business. Since its establishment in 1989, the primary purpose of the University of Mary Washington Executive-in-Residence program has been to provide UMW students with the opportunity to interact with well-known and established leaders in the corporate world and to enhance students’ knowledge of the free enterprise system. In addition, the program encourages the involvement of local business leaders in the life of the University.

Guest Speaker Tola Murphy-Baran, Oct. 19

October 19: College of Business Presents Tola Murphy-Baran, who will present “If I Hear ‘Pardon My French’ One More Time…Perspectives from the NFL’s First Female Senior Executive.”
6:00pm | Woodard 202
FREE and open to all

Join us for a very special guest speaker on Thursday, October 19. Tola Murphy-Baran will be speak at UMW about women in sports and breaking the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry. Tola was the first senior executive hired by the NFL and spent nearly 10 years there before moving on to other senior executive positions in sports and technology. She is a business builder and a brand builder, having launched and managed multiple highly profitable new businesses in sports and entertainment, each leveraging new media distribution technologies.