April 21, 2014

UMW Community Makes Blood Drives a Success

Giving blood at the Stafford campus is becoming second nature for the UMW community.

Since 2011, Kevin Caffrey, senior associate registrar, has worked with the American Red Cross to plan and host six blood drives at the Stafford campus, collecting a total of 108 pints of blood.

During the most recent drive on April 10, the Red Cross collected 18 pints.

“We had about 25 people show up to donate – including staff and faculty from Graduate Admissions, Student Accounts, the Writing Center, Facilities and Services, and the College of Business. We also had students from both the College of Education and College of Business stop by to donate, as well as members of the local community and family of staff,” said Caffrey. “Everyone needs blood and donors and supporters make all the difference.”

Stay tuned for details on the next drive.


Sustainability Tip of the Week

After what can only be described as a brutal, brutal winter, it’s nice to finally find ourselves walking into work on warm sunny mornings. With this lovely change of weather comes an opportunity to practice some sustainability at work. Namely—packing your lunch for work. How does packing your lunch help with sustainability? Well, I’m glad you asked so I will tell you.

By opting to bring your lunch from home as opposed to going out to buy something each day, you’ll cut down on the garbage that is generated from take-out containers, napkins, plastic cups, plastic spoons, plastic forks, the infamous plastic “sporks”—you name it. You’ll also reduce the amount of exhaust fumes that are generated from taking your car out for those short two mile drives back and forth to nearby restaurants and fast food places. Not only is driving short distances bad for the environment, it is also bad for your car. You’ll also be practicing economic sustainability as packing your lunch from home will almost always cost you less money than it does to buy your lunch from a restaurant. Moreover, you’ll have quality control over the ingredients that you use to prepare your lunch. Spring is a great time of year to prepare healthy, vibrant meals and snacks from fresh ingredients–spicy southwestern salsa and chips, roasted garlic hummus with pita bread, fresh fruit salad—the delicious possibilities are endless. With the time you’ll save from traveling off campus each afternoon, you’ll gain the opportunity to go for a walk, read a book, or talk with co-workers or students. Reduce waste, reduce pollution, save money, boost your health, cultivate new, meaningful, personal connections with people – all from bringing your lunch to work! Plus, it’s a great opportunity to pull out your He-Man or Strawberry Short Cake Lunchbox from the attic. And if you’re going to make a commitment to bring your lunch to work, remember to use reusable containers and cutlery, as well as a thermos or reusable water bottle.

The President’s Council on Sustainability plays a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to campus sustainability, and reports regularly to the President’s Cabinet outlining recommendations and the university’s progress in areas of sustainability. Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day and the PCS will be presenting a panel from 4 to 5 p.m. in Lee Hall 411, before moving to the Lee Hall Terrace from 5 to 6 p.m. Please stop by to learn more about the PCS and sustainability on campus as well as in your everyday lives.

Save the Date for Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Celebration - May 12, 2014.  Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

The Nature of Insight: An Evening with Gary Klein, May 12

FredTech May 12 eventFredTech and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce invite you to The Nature of Insight: An Evening with Gary Klein on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at The Silk Mill. Registration required by calling (540) 373-9400 or emailing sheri@fredericksburgchamber.org. Click the flyer to learn more.

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts New Members

The University of Mary Washington chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia, recently inducted 46 students into the chapter.  Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776 and has since upheld the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression, sponsoring activities to advance the study of the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The society invites the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities for membership.

The UMW chapter, Kappa of Virginia, selects its members based on rigorous scrutiny of students’ academic achievements as demonstrated through grade point averages.

New members of Kappa of Virginia include:

Benjamin Blalock

Kathleen E. Busch

Danielle P. DeSimone

Danielle C. DeVille

Emily M. Farnsworth

Shannan M. Feight

Elisa Fuhrken

Tabitha Glinski

Gabriella Graham

Elizabeth Green

Charlotte Hageman

Felicia Hamn

Claire Harrington

Elizabeth Henry

Phillip Hitt

Max Huemer

Alicia Izaguirre

Katherine Johnson

Eun-Mi Ju

Anna Kania*

Erin Keener

Celeste Kelly

Jared Kline

Katie Lebling

Catherine LeBouton

Emma Leheney

Daniel Lipscomb

Ellynn Loftus

Sarah R. Marzec

Paige H. R. McKinsey

Melissa Mittelman*

Jerome M. Mueller

Sidney A. Mullis

Emma C. Oestreicher

Leanna J. Papp

Lauren I. Pettengill

Robin R. Ramey

Jordan W. Reece

Hannah W. Riddle

Alexandra M. Ritter

Brittany Scites

Brittany Simmons

Kimberly Slater

Mollie E. Welty

Margaret Wilder

Kaylee L. Wilsher


Important Dates from HR

Be sure to mark your calendars.

April 18: Deadline  for University Recognition Awards nominations

April 23: Administrative Professional Day lunch is in the Faculty Staff Dining Hall 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  We will treat our Admin Professionals to a free lunch to say Thank You for all you do for UMW.

April 24: Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day

April 30: Deadline for choosing Hybrid Retirement option

May 1- 23: Open Enrollment for Healthcare. Look for information from DHRM at your home addresses and more UMW announcements

May 12: Employee Appreciation Day picnic is in Ball Circle 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Look for more details in the coming weeks.

May 12: .Summer Flex and Dress Schedule begins and ends on  August 11.

Want to Support Expanded VRE Service?

The National Association of Railroad Passengers is working to bring the enjoyable and affordable VRE trains to Fredericksburg JUST FOR YOU! If the VRE Board sees that there is enough support and demand for this, it just might happen! With more vocal support, permanent weekend and expanded weekday VRE service might become reality! Fill out the pledge below to show your support.

Click Here to fill out the pledge. It will take about 30 seconds. Questions? Please contact Maxime Devilliers at mdevilli@mail.umw.edu


Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Updates


We’ve been busy making plans to give you ways to connect between November events. Please join us for one of the following events or take a look at our new blog so that you may be inspired for a lifetime of leadership.

  • Join our team for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Email acordray@umw.edu or call (540) 654-1242.
  • Attend our Quarterly Networking Event on Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevenson Ridge. We’ll watch Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk on “Lean In” and discuss. The cost is $10 and includes spirits and appetizers. Click here to register.
  • Check out our new blog at umw.edu/lcpw with practical leadership topics.
  • Join our LinkedIn group to keep the conversations going.


The Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Team

Staff Advisory Council Updates

Doug Searcy

Doug Searcy and Baldwin

Faculty and Staff Mixer, April 24

The Staff Advisory Council invites you to join your University of Mary Washington colleagues for a faculty and staff mixer on April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunken Well Tavern.

The Eagle Has Landed

The eagle strikes again! This time, the eagle landed on Doug Searcy’s desk. Watch out, you could be next! Click here to find out more.

Larry Atkins Award

The deadline for nominations for the Larry Atkins Award is today at 5 p.m.! Please take a minute to give a shout out to your teammates who go above and beyond and set a positive example for the rest of us. Click here to access the form.

Fourteen Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon

Fourteen students have been inducted into the University of Mary Washington chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society:

Jonathan R. Blauvelt

Samuel G. Carolus-Hager

Michelle F. Craft

Christopher A. Dingus

William A. Etcho

Mattson C. Fields

Kimberly D. Hildebrand

Christopher A. Hunt

George A. Marché

Jerome M. Mueller

Emily P. Nykorchuk

Christina I. Panagopulos

Maureen E. Sunderland

Rachel E. Youmans

Melody Denhere, assistant professor of mathematics, and Liane Houghtalin, professor of classics, were inducted as faculty members of the society.