July 24, 2016

Staff Advisory Council News

STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL NEWS

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
UMW’s SAC has coordinated with Spotsylvania County Schools and their Stuff the Bus School Supplies Drive this year. We will be collecting school supplies on campus from now through mid-August. Not sure which school supplies to donate? Spotsylvania Schools Supply Lists are on the web. Please fill the donation boxes in your area. Your donations are appreciated!

LARRY ATKINS AWARD
SAC will soon begin accepting nominations for the Larry Atkins Award. Get your nominations ready! Larry Atkins Award winners lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile, and set a positive example for other UMW employees. SAC chooses three winners – one wage employee, one classified employee, and one administrative faculty employee. Winners will be announced at the University’s awards ceremony in the fall. Look for more information via email soon.

FITBIT CHALLENGE RETURNS
Get your walking shoes and workout gear ready! Another FitBit Challenge is coming your way!

The FitBit Challenge begins Sunday, July 24, and ends Saturday, Aug. 20. Walk, run, swim, bike or participate in whatever exercise you like. Each week you need to submit the number of times you work out to be eligible for the weekly prize. Employees who submit their workouts by 8 a.m. Aug. 22 will be eligible for the grand prize. For more information visit the HR website.


UMW DAY OF ACTION
The UMW Center for Honor, Leadership and Service is spearheading the effort to get together a UMW team for the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action, Friday, Sept. 23. Sign up to be part of an amazing one-day volunteer event that will change our community! Hundreds of volunteers from local businesses will come together to take on projects around the Fredericksburg region. Volunteers will be matched with nonprofit organizations throughout the community to help complete vital projects. Don’t forget – you may be able to use part of your 16 hours of Community Service leave to participate in this event! For more information about the Day of Action, go to the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action website. Click HERE to register to be part of the UMW team for the Day of Action. The deadline to register to be a Day of Action volunteer is Aug. 10. For more information, contact Christina Eggenberger at the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service.
 

FLSA CHANGES AND YOU
More information about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes are coming your way soon. HR will be hosting open sessions to discuss the changes and answer your questions.


SAC MEETINGS
SAC’s next meeting is TODAY, Thursday, July 21, at the Stafford campus. Paul Messplay, Executive Director of Budget and Financial Analysis, will present the 2016-17 operating budget, discuss new fiscal year project and changes, and field questions.  Meetings are open to any UMW faculty or staff member who’d like to attend.  For more information visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/


EXCELLENT EAGLE EMPLOYEE
Don’t forget to nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. To recognize someone for excellent work simply send an email to eenominations@umw.edu 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.


CONTACT THE SAC!
Click here to submit ideas, comments, questions, suggestions, or issues you’d like SAC to address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please put “Anonymous” for the name and leave out the email address.

Building Coordinators Announced

To:  Members of the UMW Community
From:  Richard Pearce, Vice President for Administration & Finance

Building management is an integral part of campus safety and maintenance. Effective immediately, I am pleased to announce that we have selected employees who will take on the responsibility as Building Coordinators for designated buildings at the University.

Building Coordinators will:

  • Assist with coordinating safety and building related issues between service departments and the occupants of the building;
  • Serve as additional eyes and ears for the service department; and
  • Be the primary point of contact when concerns involve the entire building

The main duties of the Building Coordinators include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reporting general building safety and security concerns to the appropriate service department (i.e. elevator malfunctions, ramp blockage, automatic doors closed, etc.);
  2. Assisting with disseminating information to building occupants;
  3. Assisting with building evacuations and training;
  4. Performing regular visual inspections of the building and reporting any deficiencies to the appropriate service department.  Annual inspections with Service Department personnel may also be requested of the Building Coordinator; and
  5. Facilitating building emergency plans.

Building Coordinators are not intended to eliminate direct contact between service departments and building occupants. For the most part, Building Coordinators act as the primary point of contact when concerns involve the entire building.

Please take a moment to review the list indicating the coordinator assigned to your building:

Brent House:  Pamela Carter
Combs Hall: Julia Coates
Pollard & Melchers Halls: Michael Morley
Dupont Hall: Jon Reynolds
Eagle Village: Monique SanPietro
Fairfax & Tyler Houses: TBD
George Washington Hall: Pamela Taggert
Jepson Science Center: Wilma Willard
Lee Hall: Janice White-Wormley
Mansion & Economics: Rosemary Staggs
Marye House: Dena Gray
Mercer Hall: Jean Bennett
Monroe Hall:  Lisa Patton
Physical Plant:  Mollie Moore
Stafford Campus:  Kevin Caffre
Trinkle Hall:  Cindy Toomey
Woodard Hall:  Lucy Quann
Fitness Center:  Rodrick “Rod” Wood
Dahlgren:  Scott Jones
Hurley Convergence Center:  Cartland Berge
University Center:  Alec Mallmann

I would like to thank in advance all the BCs for their willingness to take on this additional task and ask the UMW community to please offer your support and assistance to these individuals as they work to enhance the safety and security in our buildings.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Rick,

Summer 2016 FitBit Challenge

Human Resources, in conjunction with the SAC, is offering a FitBit Challenge to all employees.  The challenge will run from July 24 through Aug. 20.  For more details visit our page: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/summer-2016-activity-tracker/

The Office of Events and Human Resources have challenged each other to see which department can exercise the most. We encourage you to find a co-worker or another department and have a little friendly competition with each other!

Any questions? Contact Jennifer Cooper at jcooper4@umw.edu

Center for Economic Development Releases 2016 Business Guide

The University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development Business Reference Guide was first compiled in 2006 as a business intelligence tool for small companies in Virginia. Since inception it has more than doubled in size and has become a staple for business clients and professionals both locally and statewide. The Guide systematizes internet resources in a hierarchical taxonomy for quick access. Users will find three new business categories in the 2016 edition that include resources for veterans, rural communities and international engagement business themes.

The Business Reference Guide is a living document that is updated annually and provides representatives from business, education and government with quick access to information. Users are invited to submit new resources and categories that support the health and vitality of Virginia businesses.

The University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development collaborates with business, government, education, and private parties to promote personal, professional and economic growth by advancing knowledge through entrepreneurship, small business development, innovation and competitiveness, research and analysis, and outreach and engagement.

http://economicdevelopment.umw.edu/files/2016/07/2016-Business-Reference-Guide.pdf

 

SAC News

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
UMW’s SAC is coordinating with a local school again this year to provide needed school supplies.   Please fill the donation boxes in your area! Your donations are appreciated!


FIT BIT CHALLENGE RETURNS
Get your walking shoes and workout gear ready! Another FitBit Challenge is coming your way!

The FitBit Challenge begins Sunday, July 24, and ends Saturday, Aug. 20. Walk, run, swim, bike or participate in whatever exercise you like. Each week you need to submit the number of times you work out to be eligible for the weekly prize. Employees who submit their workouts by 8 a.m. Aug. 22 will be eligible for the grand prize. For more information visit the HR website.


UMW DAY OF ACTION
The UMW Center for Honor, Leadership and Service is spearheading the effort to get together a UMW team for the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action, Friday, Sept. 23. Sign up to be part of an amazing one-day volunteer event that will change our community! Hundreds of volunteers from local businesses will come together to take on projects around the Fredericksburg region. Volunteers will be matched with nonprofit organizations throughout the community to help complete vital projects. Don’t forget – you may be able to use part of your 16 hours of Community Service leave to participate in this event! For more information about the Day of Action, go to the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action website. Click HERE to register to be part of the UMW team for the Day of Action. The deadline to register to be a Day of Action volunteer is Aug. 10. For more information, contact Christina Eggenberger at the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service.


FLSA CHANGES AND YOU
Look for information about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes. HR will be hosting open sessions to discuss the changes and answer your questions.


SAC MEETINGS
SAC’s next meeting is Thursday, July 21, at the Stafford campus. Paul Messplay, Executive Director of Budget and Financial Analysis will present the 2016-17 operating budget, discuss new fiscal year project and changes, and field questions.  Meetings are open to any UMW faculty or staff member who’d like to attend.  For more information visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/


EXCELLENT EAGLE EMPLOYEE
Don’t forget to nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. To recognize someone for excellent work simply send an email to eenominations@umw.edu 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.


CONTACT THE SAC!
Click here to submit ideas, comments, questions, suggestions, or issues you’d like SAC to address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please put “Anonymous” for the name and leave out the email address.

Fitbit Challenge and Other SAC News

STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL NEWS

SAC MIXER
Thanks to all who were at Home Team Grill for the mixer last week! Your SAC members hope you had a great time.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
UMW’s SAC is coordinating with a local school again this year to provide much-needed school supplies. Collection boxes will be available soon. Get ready!

FITBIT CHALLENGE RETURNS
Get your walking shoes and workout gear ready! Another Fitbit Challenge is coming soon. Stay tuned for details from HR and SAC!

UMW DAY OF ACTION
The UMW Center for Honor, Leadership and Service is spearheading the effort to get together a UMW team for the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action, Friday, Sept. 23. Sign up to be part of an amazing one-day volunteer event that will change our community! Hundreds of volunteers from local businesses will come together to take on projects around the Fredericksburg region. Volunteers will be matched with nonprofit organizations throughout the community to help complete vital projects. Don’t forget – you may be able to use part of your 16 hours of Community Service leave to participate in this event! For more information about the Day of Action, go to the Rappahannock United Way Day of Action website. Click HERE to register to be part of the UMW team for the Day of Action. The deadline to register to be a Day of Action volunteer is Aug. 10. For more information, contact Christina Eggenberger at the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service.

FLSA CHANGES AND YOU
Look for information about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) changes. HR will be hosting open sessions to discuss the changes and answer your questions.

SAC MEETINGS
SAC’s next meeting is Thursday, July 21, at the Stafford campus. Paul Messplay, Executive Director of Budget and Financial Analysis will present the 2016-17 operating budget, discuss new fiscal year project and changes, and field questions.  Meetings are open to any UMW faculty or staff member who’d like to attend.  For more information, visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/

EXCELLENT EAGLE EMPLOYEE
Don’t forget to nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. To recognize someone for excellent work, simply send an email to eenominations@umw.edu 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.

CONTACT THE SAC!
Click here to submit ideas, comments, questions, suggestions or issues you’d like SAC to address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please put “Anonymous” for the name and leave out the email address.

Greetings from President Paino

Dear Colleagues, 

I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend.  My family and I arrived in Fredericksburg a couple of weeks ago and have been busy getting settled into Brompton (much work still to do) and our new lives in Virginia.  We are all very excited to be members of the University of Mary Washington community, and I will be spending time this summer getting around campus to get to meet as many of you as possible.  In time you will also get to know my wife, Kelly, daughters, Sophia and Chloe, and dog, Oscar.  Kelly is an educator as well and is a strong advocate for the importance of early childhood education.  Sophia is a sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chloe will be a junior at James Monroe High School.  Oscar is busy getting to know his new digs, exploring the expansive lawn at Brompton, and putting the fear of God into a few squirrels.   

I explored the opportunity to come to Mary Washington because of what I knew about UMW’s mission, tradition, and location, but I decided to come here because of what I discovered about this place during the presidential search process.  It is truly special–with a strong sense of community, outstanding faculty, staff, administrators, and students, and devoted alumni.  UMW has a unique opportunity to become a national model for the growing power and relevance of a public liberal arts education in an increasingly pluralistic republic.  The current state of national and world affairs reminds us of the importance of what we do, and UMW is here to remind our state and national leaders that you cannot have a true democracy without a liberally educated citizenry. 

I am energized by the work ahead and am thrilled that I will get to do it alongside each of you.  If you see me on campus, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself to me.  It will take a while to get to know you all, but I genuinely look forward to it. 

Sincerely, 

Troy      

 

 

We Can Help West Virginia Flood Victims

To the UMW Community:

As you have probably seen in the news, our neighbors in West Virginia have been affected in horrific ways by devastating floods<http://www.wearewvproud.com/category/315538/pray-for-west-virginia-flood-disaster-2016> over the past week.  For at least one of our UMW colleagues, the impact has been personal. Angela Lilly, director of Training, Evaluation and System Support (TESS), is from the affected area. As she put it, “my friends, family and community of 30 years have lost everything they owned. And they are the fortunate ones, as sadly the death toll continues to rise.”

floodOver the next week, Angie will be making several trips back to her home in southern West Virginia to work and offer assistance. If anyone would like to make a donation towards the cleanup and restoration, she has indicated a willingness to coordinate those efforts. If you would like to help in some way, please email Angie at alilly2@umw.edu<mailto:alilly2@umw.edu>.

There are also numerous donation sites. We recommend this one through the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate.  If you would like to donate to one of the hardest hit areas, you can designate your donation to WV Flood Victims-Greenbrier County.

Angie extends sincere gratitude for support from the campus community during this time of heartache and loss.

 

Particles of Change

Cancer may be up against some of the brightest minds in the University of Mary Washington’s physics department. That, and a collection of nanoparticles smaller than the human eye can see.

physicsPhysics Chair Hai Nguyen and rising senior physics and mathematics double major Pengcheng Zhang are crafting a project that could lead to groundbreaking cancer research.

This cutting-edge venture is nothing uncommon for the intimate group of students and faculty who make up the physics department, according to Nguyen. Driven, determined, communal and curious, students and faculty work on projects ranging from internships with NASA, giving presentations for adults and school-age children and testing the slowing of light with a full board of lasers.

Their nanoparticle experiment, which has been in the works for close to a year, uses a specific laser light to test whether nanoparticles could enter the human body at certain temperatures without damaging the body itself. Research using the type of laser light, measuring a wavelength of 915 nanometers, has begun only as recently as 2011 in the scientific community, according to Zhang.

Results have yet to be documented of this laser’s effects on nanoparticles or how it could act in the body, particularly as some nanoparticles may have been found to attach to cancer cells.

Zhang and Nguyen, who meet a few hours a week to work on the project, aim to be among the first to document these results.

Though their experiment is no small feat, the particles they work with might be better seen under a microscope. According to Nguyen, fellow UMW physics assistant professor Josephus Ferguson and collaborators from Virginia Commonwealth University, their collection of nanoparticles measure approximately 32.5 nanometers. These particles are so small that if you lay them in your hand, they could slide through your skin into your body.

Working to challenge his students and give them a meaningful experience with potential real-world change, Nguyen kick-starts projects that also challenge and inspire him.

“What I want from my students is to have true ownership of what they do,” Nguyen said. “They take on [this project] and say that it’s theirs.”

Their goal is to record and publish their results in the hope that researchers who specialize in cancer treatment can pick up the experiment where they left off.

So far, the experiment and specialized equipment have cost $30,000 with funding and equipment from organizations like the University of Paris, Kansas State University and financial support from UMW’s Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Even still, Zhang has looked to offset the costs of the project by making tools at UMW they could not get anywhere else. Using a 3D printer and his skills in mathematics to create the exact dimensions, he designed an optical fiber adaptor.

Zhang has spent weekends and summers on the project, rushing from math classes across campus to reach the lab. He also presented the experiment for UMW’s Student Research and Creativity Symposium this year and last year and is doing two additional independent studies with the physics and math departments.

The possible real-world impact of the nanoparticle experiment has driven him to keep researching.

“This could be something that is very personal to everyone,” Zhang said of the experiment that has sparked interest across the chemistry and biology departments.

Physics has given him the chance to set down the textbook and take on projects that are both potentially risky and potentially rewarding.

“Physics is not as scary as you might think,” Zhang said, who plans to pursue a graduate program in mathematical physics. “It requires a logical mind and some persistence, but nothing more. Physics give you more curiosity, but more importantly, it gives you the ability to explore your curiosity.”

Alum Wins World Ultimate Championships as Part of USA Team

UMW alumna Jenny Fey ’07 was named to the USA USA Ultimate Women’s Team and competed this June to help the team sweep the World Ultimate Championships. Read the full story at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/06/25/usa-ultimate-shows-how-great-america-already-is-by-sweeping-frisbee-world-titles/.