February 20, 2017

2017 UMW Shred Event

UMW Shred Event 2017

UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

A Facilities Services Work Request must be submitted by Feb. 23, 4 p.m. The work request must include material amounts (estimated number of boxes or bags), location and name of person on site to verify the correct materials.  An RM-3 Records Destruction form (voided copy) must be taped to materials.

Monroe, Paino Hold Presidents Day Press Conference

UMW President Troy Paino and James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, will share the stage on Monday, Feb. 20, for a one-of-a-kind Presidents Day press conference focused on the themes of leadership and civic responsibility.

The session, featuring historical re-enactor James “Jay” G. Harrison III as Monroe, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116, on the Fredericksburg campus. The event will be live-streamed and is accessible via this link, 15 minutes prior to the event. https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umwevents/portal.htm?eventId=343882&streamType=video.

James Monroe was inaugurated for his first term on March 4, 1817. President Paino will be inaugurated as UMW’s 10th president on April 21, 2017.

“In celebration of Presidents Day, the James Monroe Museum is presenting a unique opportunity to have a discussion with both presidents on the cusp of their presidencies, looking forward to the path of leadership before them,” said Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum.

Harris noted striking similarities between the two leaders. Both stress the importance of having an educated and civic-minded citizenry in order to have a healthy democracy and a bright future for the nation.

Speaking at Washington College in Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, 1817, Monroe said, “In providing for the prosperity and happiness of a country, a careful attention to literary institutions, and the education of youth ought ever to occupy a high place. To the youth we must look with an eye of deep interest – they are the hope of our country.”

Monroe’s thoughts seem to have been reflected in Paino’s address when he was introduced to the UMW community on Feb. 19, 2016: “What we really are about here at Mary Washington and what really attracted me was that we produce young people who have a servant’s heart, who become passionate about something and want to improve the world, who want to be fully engaged in their communities, and want to advance our democracy in a positive way, and to me that’s why I do this work.”

The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the James Monroe Museum at 540-654-1043.

Green Zone Training Initiative

A “Green Zone” is a location recognized by veterans as a safe place. Student veterans and service members are a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age, race/ethnicity, gender, and backgrounds.  Please join UMW Green Zone volunteers in the Magnolia Room of the University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for veterans awareness training. The session will begin with a panel of student veterans providing their perspective on transitioning from the military to a college campus, and will then be followed by an open discussion on working with student veterans and service members to assist them with the transition to student life

As of this past spring, Virginia ranked fourth in states with the most active duty and reserve members of the military. It’s imperative that UMW staff and faculty educate themselves about working with student veterans and service members.

*Please feel free to bring your lunch to this training session.  We believe attendance may be high for this training session.  Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Kevin Caffrey (kcaffrey@umw.edu).

SAC News

Coffee with the President: President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” next Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

UMW Shred Event 2017: UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off)! SAVE THE DATE!  Support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday March 9th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM in the Chandler Ballroom!  Would you like to enter the contest?   Then visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-chili-cook-off-entry-form/ to submit your name & contact information.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women.  During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap—since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

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) 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.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members.  If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!

 

Admissions Open House Feb. 20

On Monday, February 20, 2017, University of Mary Washington will host an Admissions Open House.  Approximately 275 prospective students (typically high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores, as well as transfers) and their families will visit and tour campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The estimated guest count is 750 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here.  Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck off of Route 1 and on Double Drive.  Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, the University Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is!  Visitors shared the following about what they enjoyed the most during their recent visits to campus:

  • “Getting an in depth view and understanding of UMW.”
  • “The beautiful campus!”
  • “I really enjoyed meeting all the faculty.  Everyone was super nice, helpful, and fun to talk to!”
  • “The campus tour was wonderful and helped me make my decision about the school!”
  • “Everybody was very welcoming and this was an amazing experience!”
  • “The ability to connect face to face with staff and current students.”
  •  “Perfect size.  Nice people.  All around great visit!”

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day.  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.

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Office of Admissions

540/654-2000

admit@umw.edu

 

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day March 14

The University of Mary Washington will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14. This date is significant in the University’s history, as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women.

During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap—since funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget. Private support from the Mary Washington community is essential to providing an outstanding liberal arts education for UMW’s 4,000 students.

Of UMW’s 38,000 alumni, nearly one-third are graduates of the last decade, and their participation in giving is key to sustaining and strengthening the University’s tradition of excellence. One objective of Mary Wash Giving Day is to inspire these young Eagles to give back to the University, continuing a longstanding alumni tradition of paying it forward to the next generation of students.

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The University has set a Giving Day goal of 654 donors (a nod to the prefix of all phone numbers on the Fredericksburg campus). Each individual’s participation, not the amount of their gift, matters most. Donors will be able to make online gifts in support of one or several areas of the University. These eight areas of support will be highlighted:

  • Fund for Mary Washington (the University’s largest source of unrestricted support)
  • Athletics
  • Amphitheatre Challenge
  • Arts & Culture
  • Scholarships
  • President’s Impact Fund
  • Colleges and Libraries
  • Senior Class Gift (the Class of 2017’s legacy gift to the University).

At mwgivingday.com, donors will be able to keep track of the day’s progress via a dynamic leaderboard, share their donations on social media and send emails and text messages encouraging friends to give. Alumni and other passionate Mary Washington supporters who would like to serve as #MaryWashDay social media ambassadors can download profile and cover images on the Social Media page of the site. More information about the day can be found on the FAQs page.

Eric Shaw Named Student-Athlete of the Month

Junior men’s basketball standout Eric Shaw has been named as the UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athlete of the Month for January.

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Eric Shaw with Aric Wagner, senior vice president, investments, of Davenport & Company LLC

 

After scoring a career high 33 points on New Year’s Eve, Shaw blistered through January, scoring 29 points against Penn State Harrisburg, and adding 25 against third-ranked Christopher Newport. He averaged 15.9 PPG in the month.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month

September – Savannah Powers (volleyball)
October – Jacob Burke (men’s soccer)
November – Emma Olson (volleyball)
December – Brianne Comden (women’s basketball)
January – Eric Shaw (men’s basketball)

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For more than 150 years, Davenport & Company has been a trusted financial advisor to generation of families. Managing Director of Investments Aric Wagner can help you with a range of investment services including: stocks and bonds, financial planning, investment management, insurance and more. Call Aric today to set up a complimentary consultation, (540) 373-1863 or awagner@investdavenport.com

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Ultimate Subaru Spotlight: Stephen Davies

Each month, a UMW Athletics Faculty Liaison will be featured in the Ultimate Subaru Spotlight. The faculty liaison program partners a UMW faculty member with every UMW intercollegiate athletic team to strengthen support networks and increase resources for student-athlete success. Ultimate Subaru is committed to the growth and education of UMW Eagles, their hometown team and strives to foster the same values of community as the UMW Faculty Liaison program. Faculty Liaisons will serve as mentors and role models to student-athletes while being involved in team activities. For more information about the program contact Faculty Athletic Representative Lynne Richardson.

Faculty Liaison Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Faculty Liaison’s Name:  Stephen Davies

Sport:  Women’s Basketball

Years at UMW: 10!

Position/Title: Associate Professor of Computer Science

What was your favorite sport growing up? Briefly describe your favorite memory playing or watching it. 

I actually played some basketball myself, since I was fairly tall. I really really sucked at anything involving handling the ball, though – I got super nervous as soon as I had it in my hands, and my turnover percentage was near 100%. My teammates very quickly learned never to pass the ball to me under any circumstances. I was good at defense, though, since I worked hard at it and seemed to care more about it than most other players.

True story: In the practice before the CAC Championship a couple years ago, Coach Applebury had me play some defense against Breezi Comden, Taylor Barton and the other post players. I naively thought I might get a block or two, or at least get a couple of people to change their shots. Instead, they scored 17 times out of 17. I have it on tape somewhere!

Where is your favorite place around town to get a bite to eat? Gotta say I love Miso!

If you could pick one superpower to have, what would it be and why? Invisibility, so I could sneak in and spy on Marymount’s game plans before the big game.

Other than the sport you partnered with, what is your next favorite sport and why?

Any women’s sport. Growing up, like most Americans I was brainwashed somehow into thinking that it was cool to root for men’s sports and lame to root for women’s. The thought process (such as it was) went like this: if the men’s team in any sport played against the women’s team head-to-head, the men’s team would of course win. Therefore (?) one should follow men’s teams, because they were better.

I changed my mind about all of this when I came to UMW and started following Lady Eagles hoops. Now if you want macho, one-on-one athleticism and power dunks, by all means watch the NBA. But the grace, heart, discipline, teamwork, coordination and utterly selfless play of the women’s game takes your breath away. Women have different physical strengths than men, and so the game revolves around different things. To me, it turns out to be more complex and interesting. It is an absolutely beautiful game to watch.

Since then, I’ve noticed this about nearly all women’s sports. Watching Team USA win the World Cup was a blast, as was the gymnastics in the latest Olympics. Ditto softball, volleyball, you name it. It’s the pride and enthusiasm that you see on almost every player’s face: a pure love of the game. It’s dedication to the fundamentals, and a deep study of the strategy, perhaps to compensate for less explosive physical gifts than men. It’s a fierce devotion to their teammates, with almost zero ego. And the depths of emotion – both the highs and lows – are so poignant they’ll make you cry. Those who write off women’s sports are missing more than they’ll ever know.

If you were a Head Coach and could pick three words to motivate your team and hang in their locker room, which words would you choose? Pride. Discipline. Team.

What does a great leader look like to you? A combination of Coach Applebury and point guard Megan Green. Someone with an inspiring vision that others can understand and latch onto; someone with a heart and passion that’s uncontainable; and someone who deeply and genuinely cares about the people they lead becoming their very best. A great leader doesn’t make it about herself; she makes it about those she leads.

What is a must read for UMW Student-Athletes? The Bible.

What is the best advice you have ever heard given to a college graduate? Figure out who you were meant to be, and be that person. Odds are, this will include things that don’t necessarily impress your friends. But don’t waste years of your life trying to be someone you think others want you to be. Even if you succeed, it won’t be worth it.

Finally, if you were hanging out on Ball Circle picking the brains of four professional/famous athletes (living or deceased), who would they be? Terrell Davis, Carli Lloyd, Tony LaRussa, Mia Hamm.

Ultimate Subaru, celebrating 10 years of service to the Fredericksburg community, is proud to be a supporter of UMW athletics. Call Ultimate Subaru today at (540) 898-6200 or come on in and visit us at 5160 Jefferson Davis Highway, near Four Mile Fork. Find us online at www.driveultimatesubaru.com.

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Qdoba’s Grace Anne Braxton Wins Awards

Grace Anne Braxton, who works as a dining room attendant at Qdoba in the University Center, has won Sodexo’s local, district and regional awards for helping to give guests an outstanding customer experience.

Grace Anne BraxtonGrace Anne’s recognition also came in part due to the wonderful tribute she received from UMW’s basketball team and the excellent article written about her by Esther Salguero in the Blue & Gray Press. She was also recently featured in an article on Fredericksburg Patch.Com (see link below). Please join us in congratulating Grace Anne on receiving this well-earned recognition. Campus Dining and Sodexo are extremely grateful to have Grace Anne as a member of our team. She is warm, kind, thoughtful, hard-working and an overall exceptional human being.

 

http://patch.com/virginia/fredericksburg/university-mary-washington-dining-room-attendant-wins-sodexo-customer

 

SAC News

February Excellent Eagle Employee: Congratulations to Evelyn Torres for being selected as the Excellent Eagle for February!  As one of her co-workers explains: “Evelyn demonstrates a genuine interest in the success of the entire UMW community. She provides patient and consistent guidance to students, in order for them to successfully graduate. She solves problems, trains co-workers and assists her department with the same patience and guidance. Evelyn is upbeat, friendly and projects a very positive and welcoming demeanor, all great qualities and demonstrative of an Excellent Eagle Employee!” 

Wow! Congratulations, Evelyn!

You can 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.

February SAC Meeting:  Our February meeting will be held next week on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412.  You do not have to be a member of the SAC to attend!  Attending is a great opportunity to not only meet with other UMW employees but also to observe and discuss important issues on campus.  Dr. William Crawley and Brian Jay Jones of the Great Lives Series will be the February guest speakers.

Safe Zone Training:  The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all its members. There will be two basic training sessions for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.  An advanced training will be offered on Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for one of the training sessions or if you have questions.

Black History Month: Colors of Africa will raise awareness and highlight Caribbean, African and traditionally African American culture through music, dance and food! Sponsored by the African Student Union, Brothers of a  New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity and Women of Color, this event is free and will take place of the University Center in the Chandler Ballroom at 6 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 10.

Coffee with the President: President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium. Stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) 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.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members.  If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!