October 22, 2014

Relay for Life 5K

Relay for Life’s Fight Back 5K will be held on Nov. 8, 2014.UMW relay for Life

UMW’s Relay for Life committee is hosting its annual Fight Back 5K. The course will run through campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. For registration details and additional information, please contact umwrelayforlife@gmail.com. Your participation will benefit UMW’s Relay for Life, and also counts as a CVC contribution. Just forward your email registration receipt to lizykows@umw.edu. Let’s support all of the UMW Relay for Life folks that work so hard for a cause that has very personal meaning for them.

Broadcast Email Change

In response to the most recent round of budget reductions, University Advancement is undergoing some personnel changes. Lori broadcastIzykowski will be moving to Annual Giving where she will supervise the Phonathon and young alumni programs, and Betty Sizemore will move into the position of division Office Manager previously held by Lori. Betty will also bring with her some of the responsibilities of her current position.

As a result of these changes, Lori will no longer send out university broadcast messages, which now will be handled exclusively by the Office of Media and Public Relations. As most of you are aware, requests for mass emails sent to the UMW community must adhere to the University Broadcast Email Policy and must have the approval of the executive cabinet member in the requestor’s division. Please send all approved broadcast messages to broadcast@umw.edu. This change is effective on October 27.

95 Express Lanes Opening in December

Open an E-ZPass® account and get one free week of travel

The 95 Express Lanes – 29 miles of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes – are expected to open this December. The new Express Lanes will provide drivers with a faster, more predictable trip on I-95 in Northern Virginia.

All drivers will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes.

If you open a new Virginia E-ZPass account, get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex and enter the promo code 95Express between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, 2014, the Express Lanes will give you one week of toll-free travel on the 95 Express Lanes in early 2015.

You can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select DMVs and Giant Food Stores, or at one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824.

Here’s how to register for your free travel:

  • Go to ezpassva.com and enter the promotional code 95Express when you get a new E-ZPass
  • If you purchased or plan to purchase an E-ZPass at a retail location you need to register your E-ZPass on the E-ZPass website to claim your toll-free week. Don’t forget to enter the promotional code 95Express when you register your E-ZPass
  • For complete promotion rules and details, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com/offer
  • Act quickly because the promotion is limited to the first 5,000 registrants. Certain restrictions apply

Also, throughout October, carpools that get a new E-ZPass Flex and post a photo of their carpool on the Commuter Connections Facebook page with the phrase #95carpoolcontest will be entered to win a $500 gas card for each member of their carpool. Check out the Facebook page for more information.

To learn more about the 95 Express Lanes – including the rules of the road and where you can get on and off – please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.

This article was contributed by Transurban, the operator of the Express Lanes.

U.S. Ambassador to Visit UMW

Rose Likins visits with students.

Rose Likins visits with students.

U.S. Ambassador and alumna Rose McCartney Likins will visit the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, October 21 to meet with international relations students. Likins graduated from Mary Washington as an international affairs major in 1981 and has served as ambassador to Peru and El Salvador. In 2005, she was UMW’s commencement speaker and the winner of the university’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.

For more information, contact jkramer@umw.edu.

Admissions Hosts Open House, Oct. 18

On Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, the University of Mary Washington will host an Admissions Open House. About 287 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for this event. Estimated guest count is 820 visitors.

Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck off of Route 1. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, Seacobeck Dining Hall, and residence hall/special interest tours in Randolph, Jepson, duPont, and Melchers. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus (especially between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and curious newcomers in the dining facilities. Help them know their presence is a pleasure by anticipating the crowds and responding warmly, especially in the dining hall where crowds will be heavy between noon and 2 p.m.

A special note to Seacobeck diners: please help! Ask visitors if they need assistance locating anything. Help them find a place to sit. Welcome them at your table if there’s room and talk to them about UMW. A kind word or deed shows the heart of our community. Faculty and staff will be involved in the Academic Showcase (9 a.m., Anderson Center) and Academic Spotlights (11 a.m., various locations), and student leaders will be panelists for an Inside Student Life session (12 noon, Lee 411). Thank you to all UMW partners who will spend part of their Saturday highlighting our community. An agenda is posted here: October 18, 2014 Open House agenda.

If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at (540) 654-2000 or email admit@umw.edu.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. You represent our brand, our mission, and our sense of the UMW family. One way to show your support is to tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day.

Other Open House dates for 2014-2015 are Feb. 16 and April 3. Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Office of Admissions

News from HR

October is Optional Retirement Participants Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment information.  Plan Providers will be on campus for individual counseling.  Appointments are required.

Fidelity individual counseling appointments for Oct. 20 in GW 106.

TIAA-CREF individual counseling appointments for Oct. 23 in GW 106.

The week of Oct. 19-25 is National Save for Retirement Week

It’s closer than you think!

During this campaign week, access tools and resources that are available to help you save for your future on the HR webpage under What’s New!

Impact of Same Sex Ruling on Commonwealth Health Benefits

Based on Virginia’s recent legal recognition of same-sex marriages, we want to provide you with information about the impact of that decision on health benefits. Please see Impact of Same Sex Ruling on Commonwealth Health Benefits for more information.

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: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

State Employee Discounts

A number of discounts are available through the Department of Human Resource Management: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.html

UMW Galleries to Host Two New Exhibitions

Quanta, by David Row, 2012.

Quanta, by David Row, 2012

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will exhibit American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Antediluvian by Mia Feuer in duPont Gallery. Both exhibitions open on Thursday, Oct. 23 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public. The exhibitions will run from Oct. 23 to Dec. 7.

American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio is an exhibition of 48 archival digital prints. Founded in 1936, the American Abstract Artists held its first show the next year at the Squibb Gallery in New York City. The organization fosters the understanding of abstract and non-objective art by organizing exhibitions, producing print portfolios and catalogs as well as providing a forum for discussion through symposia, panels, and the American Abstract Artists Journal. For the first time in its long history the AAA portfolio was printed digitally rather than using traditional forms of lithography or transferring image to plate, thereby engaging the rapidly changing technological field of the twenty-first century.

duPont Gallery will exhibit Antediluvian, an installation by Canadian artist, Mia Feuer (b. 1981). Feuer’s latest project was to be a temporary public sculpture located near Heritage Island in Washington, D.C. created as part of the 5×5 Public Art Festival, a large temporary public arts. Feuer’s envisioned project was a solar powered gas station that would have floated in the surrounding Anacostia River. However, the proposal was abruptly cancelled by community protestors due to environmental concerns.

The duPont Gallery will display the preliminary materials that went into this major project- drawings, maquettes, projections and recorded lectures on environmental issues held at the location of the original project in order to initiate a dialog about public art, questioning what an artwork’s commitment is to the public, the site, and to the artist. Mia Feuer will give a lecture at the closing ceremony of the exhibition.

Classical Association, Oct. 16-18

The University of Mary Washington will co-host the 94th anniversary meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the Southern Section, from Thursday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will be co-hosted alongside the National Latin Exam.

Friday’s afternoon presentations will take place on the UMW campus in Lee and Trinkle Halls, followed by a reception in the Trinkle Hall rotunda. Both events are free and open to the public.

The rest of the conference will be held at the Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center in Central Park and will feature presentations and papers on Greek history and culture by national classicists. UMW faculty members Olga R. Arans, JeanAnn Dabb, Liane Houghtalin, Joseph Romero and Angela Pitts and David Ambuel, current UMW student Julie Gavin and UMW alumna Katherine DeCecco are among those presenting work during the anniversary conference.

See http://camws.org/node/282 for more information.

UMW Libraries to Host Scholarly Communications Forum

Open AccessPlease join UMW’s librarians as they lead a discussion of issues in scholarly communications and open access publishing on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  The forum will take place in Room 412 of Lee Hall, and is open to all UMW faculty members. The event, held during Open Access Week, will kick off a series of three forums on these topics that will take place over the 2014-2015 academic year.

For more information on Scholarly Communications and Open Access, please visit:




Staff Advisory Council Nominations, Elections

S.A.C. Nominations Due Monday, Oct. 27

The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nomination for new members. Staff members can nominate themselves or others through Monday, Oct. 27. Please be sure to check your email for the nomination form. Paper nomination forms are available at the James Monroe Museum, Belmont, Facilities and Housekeeping.

Elections Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Monday, Nov. 17

Election Results Announced Thursday, Nov. 20