During the fall and winter months, a number of cultural and religious days of significance are observed. While it is a time of celebration, it is also a time to be mindful and respectful of the rich and diverse cultures that are ever present in our workplace and the communities we serve. To learn more about these guidelines click here.
Find information on discounts you receive as a state employee:http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.html.
Congratulations to our service award recipients for the month of December. Please click the link below for the list.
Special prices for UMW employees to see Disney on Ice.
Congratulations to Doug Noble, director of Dodd Auditorium, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of December. A parking spot of his choosing has been reserved for him through the end of the month.
Here is what two of his co-workers said about him:
“I would like to nominate Doug because he is one of the most dedicated and hardest workers I have had the pleasure of working with. He goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day to ensure that all events in Dodd Auditorium are run smoothly and efficiently and that all patrons have enjoyable experiences. With his radiantly happy outlook, he brings joy to the workplace in all departments he oversees, which also includes the Events AV Office and the Office of Webcasting and Video Production.”
“I would like to nominate Doug Noble as Eagle Employee of the month. Doug is the director of Dodd Auditorium. I would like to nominate him because he works tirelessly in one of the most important venues on campus. He is always cheerful, but takes his position very seriously to make sure the University is represented in an excellent fashion. He also is the director of Events AV as well as The Office of Webcasting and Video Production.”
To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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).
CVC 2013 is quickly coming to a close. With all that goes on at this time of year, it is very possible that you have planned to pledge and just not gotten around to it yet. If you need any information with regard to pledging for this year’s campaign, contact your ambassador or me and we will get you the information you need. Here is one more charity spotlight:
Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc.
Like the 1.7 million Americans who are affected by brain injury each year, this client sustained a brain injury that affects him physically and cognitively. “I had trouble speaking,” he says. “I had to talk completely slowly. I had to keep reminding myself how to talk slowly.”
This client currently lives with his mother, and it is his dream to live on his own. The client became aware of Crossroads only recently even though he sustained his brain injury as a small child. He had been struggling most of his life with the effects of his injury. Now, with the help of his case manager, he has been setting his own goals and moving toward the independence he desires. Together, the client and Crossroads have worked on life skills such as cooking, using assistive technology, managing money, housekeeping, and taking medications accurately.
The client is now enrolled in classes to obtain his GED. He enjoys frequent trips to the library to borrow books and use the computer. He likes being able to take care of himself, but he doesn’t know where he will be in five years. “Probably driving,” he says. “That’s one of my goals is to learn to drive, and probably living on my own.”
Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery will continue to partner, support and guide the client as he works at increasing his independence. “They are doing a great job!” he says.
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Please remember these deadlines that are quickly approaching:
Dec. 18 – Last day to submit EDIRECT PAYROLL DEDUCTION ENTRIES.
Jan. 18 – Last day to submit EDIRECT CREDIT CARD ENTRIES
Dec. 31 (midnight) – Last day to submit EDIRECT Credit Card Gifts for credit to 2013 tax returns.
Thank you all for your support and participation in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Because of your donations, good things can continue to happen for those in need.
Please join us in extending a warm UMW welcome to our newest employees:
Gordon Kilby joined the Dahlgren Campus as a Dahlgren Campus IT/AV Support Technician on Nov. 25.
Maria Rowe joined the Admissions Department as a Recruitment Process Specialist on Nov. 22.
Andrea Correa joined the Facilities Services-Housekeeping Department as a Housekeeping Worker on Nov. 25.
As a correction to last week’s list, we welcome Sarah Carroll to the Finance Department as a Training, Evaluation, and System Support Assistant Manager.
We’ve helped to feed Fred another week! The Feed Fred representative left with 5 boxes, several bags, and two cases of Ensure (what a great idea) on Friday, Nov. 22.
I don’t know why I am still amazed at the generosity that pours out at each campaign, because UMW employees come through again and again, without fail.
Our One Can Hope campaign has definitely turned into a more-than-one can/bag/box of hope, and it really touches me to know that UMW has done its part to help prevent our area adults and children from being hungry week after week. And even though slightly more labor-intensive, our new campaign format — donations going out every Friday — has helped Feed Fred tremendously with their efforts in feeding our area’s homeless and hungry individuals and families.
Thank you all again for your commitment and continuing work in this important undertaking.
Read the latest issue of the Heritage newsletter featuring stories about alumni and faculty, including Nanalou West Sauder ’56, Robert Lynn ’08, and John H. and Joanna L. Reynolds. This publication is mailed to alumni, parents, and friends of the University who have already made plans to include Mary Washington in their estates, as well as to those who may be considering giving options to support UMW students and programs.
The Faculty and Staff Dining Room will be open and serving lunch on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25 and 26. The Wholly Habaneros Food Truck and EagleExpress Food Cart will not be open on Monday or Tuesday. All dining services will resume regular operations on Monday, Dec. 2.
Our Holiday Lunch for Faculty and Staff will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 4 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for faculty and staff and $8.35 plus tax for guests. The Holiday Dinner for students will be served that same evening in all the dining rooms at Seacobeck between 5 and 8 p.m. Members of the faculty and staff are welcome to join us at a cost of $6. The dinner cost for guests is $11.40 plus tax. Menus for the lunch and dinner will be on the dining website Dec. 2 at www.umwdining.com. For additional information, contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.
Fill a box for this year’s annual Head Start Gift Box Drive, and help make sure every 3 to 5-year-old child in local Head Start programs has what they need to get through the winter with a smile on his or her face.
Here’s what you can do:
Pick up a box at the Nest, Underground, or COAR Office
Fill it with: a hat, gloves, scarves, small toys, toothpaste and toothbrush, book, markers/crayons, and coloring book.
Return the box to the COAR office in the basement of Seacobeck by Dec. 2!
The presents you donate will be delivered to the children at the beginning of December!