October 24, 2014

Homecoming Events, Oct. 23-25

All UMW faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in and enjoy the events as we celebrate Homecoming and welcome back our alumni to campus. View the schedule below and online at http://students.umw.edu/studentactivities/umw-homecoming/.

Thursday, October 23

8 p.m. LipSync Dodd Auditorium Class Council Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 24

5-8 p.m. Homecoming Carnival Ball Circle SGA
6:30 p.m. Bonfire Jefferson Square ARH
9 p.m. – midnight PRISM Prom Fac/Staff Dining Room PRISM

Saturday, October 25

11:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Tailgate Battleground
11:30 a.m .-4:30 p.m. Alumni Tailgate Battleground $5 advance registration includes tailgate fare and 3 drink tickets for guests 21 and up. Registration is online.
1 p.m. Women’s Soccerv. Penn State-Harrisburg Battleground
1 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Penn State-Harrisburg Anderson Center
3:30 p.m. Men’s Soccerv. Wesley Battleground
5 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Va. Wesleyan Anderson Center
6 p.m. Class of 2009 reunion J Brian’s 5-year class reunion – register here.

Sunday, October 25

10 a.m. Campus Cleanup – Meet at Bell Tower

UMW Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Now

UMW Basketball returns to the Anderson Center Nov. 15! Season Tickets are now on sale at www.UMWEagles.com

News from HR

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

For more information go to: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

 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!

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.

Meet our New Employees

Please join us in extending a warm UMW welcome to our newest employees.

Bill Gill joined the University Police Department as a Police Lieutenant on Oct. 10.

Rachel McDonald joined the Procurement Services Department as a Customer Service Advocate on Oct. 22.

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.

UMW to Host Ghost Walk, Oct. 24-25

The University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Club will host the 30th annual Ghost Walk on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. The haunted tours of downtown Fredericksburg will leave every 15 minutes from the James Monroe Museum at 908 Charles St. The tours run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday IMG_0018and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The hour long tours stop at about a dozen sites throughout historic Fredericksburg, including the Masonic Cemetery, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and Kenmore Plantation. Members of the Historic Preservation Club and other UMW students act out stories based on the book “The Ghosts of Fredericksburg and Other Environs” by L.B. Taylor Jr. Reservations are highly recommended for groups over 8 and can be made in advance by email at umwghostwalk@gmail.com, or tickets can be purchased the night of the tour at Market Square. The cost is $6 for adults; $4 for UMW students, UMW staff, and military; $3 for children ages 6-12; free for children age 5 and under. For more information or to register, call the Historic Preservation Club at (540) 654-1315.

UMW to Host British National Debate Team, Oct. 23

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team will host the British National Team for a public debate on Thursday, October 23. The debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116. The event is free and open to the public, and audience participation is welcomed.   Tom Pacheco and Mariah Young The topic for the debate will be “This House regrets the rise of the Tea Party.” UMW will be represented by Mariah Young (’15, Chesapeake) and Thomas Pacheco (’14, Baltimore), who will debate British National Team members Kate Brooks and Alice Coombs Huntley. The British debaters will affirm the resolution, while the UMW debaters will negate. The event is part of the 2014 British Debate Tour sponsored by the National Communication Association and the Committee on International Discussion and Debate. The University of Mary Washington was one of the host institutions selected to participate in the eight week fall tour. Other hosts include George Washington University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University. The debate will be the third one sponsored by UMW this semester, following an intercollegiate tournament and an additional public debate. The team also has completed tournament competitions in Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and Washington, D.C. After this week’s debate, the UMW Debate Team will wrap up competition for the fall semester with tournaments at Liberty University and Wake Forest University. Additionally, the team will be sponsoring another public debate in late November. For more information on the debate, please contact Adrienne Brovero, Director of Debate, at adri.debate@gmail.com or (540) 654-2128.

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.

University Jazz Ensemble to Perform Benefit Concert, Nov. 8

The University of Mary Washington Jazz Ensemble will perform a charity concert to raise money for UMW music scholarships, as well as for Rappahannock Legal Services, a local nonprofit that works to bring civil legal aid to low-income individuals. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, and tickets cost $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. The proceeds are split between the UMW Jazz Ensemble and Rappahannock Legal Services. The students of the UMW Jazz Ensemble will play jazz standards, followed by an informal “jam session,” in which any musicians in attendance are invited to join the Jazz Ensemble. President Rick Hurley will be conducting the performance. “It’s always great to present some music and educate the students to the different styles of playing,” Doug Gately, director of the Jazz Ensemble said. “But probably more important, this event is to help the legal services in the Fredericksburg area for folks who do not have access to legal aid, and, two, it is to help the students to raise money for scholarships.” The University is hosting the event along with the Fredericksburg Bar Association.

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.