October 23, 2016

UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 24

The University of Mary Washington will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

debate_newshpIndependent candidate Gail Parker will join Democratic challenger Matt Rowe and incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Wittman. The 1st District includes more than 15 counties and includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and the city of Fredericksburg. The event is free and open to the public.

Wittman, a resident of Montross, has held the seat since 2007. He co-chairs the House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the House of Delegates for the Northern Neck.

Rowe serves on the town council in Bowling Green. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. He works in Stafford County as a G.I.S. analyst.

Parker has a graduate degree in business administration and is a certified Information System Security Professional.

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program and serve as a panelist. The other panelists will be Ted Schubel, news director of News Talk 1230/WFVA and WBQB radio, and Jim Toler, editorial page editor of The Free Lance-Star.

The event is sponsored by UMW’s College Republicans, Young Democrats and the Legislative Action Committee of the Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Free Lance–Star.

For more information about the debate, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu. Additional information on each candidate can be found on their websites: www.robwittman.comwww.mattrowe.org and http://gailparker.us/

Reception for Shelley Keith

University Relations is sad to announce the departure of Digital Communications Director Shelley Keith, who has been at UMW since 2013.

shelleyWe will bid her farewell at a campus-wide reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The reception will be in the cool and creative University Relations suite on the third floor of Eagle Village. Please come and see our offices, enjoy refreshments and wish Shelley well on her next venture.

On Nov. 1, Shelley will join Modern Tribe, a (mostly WordPress) development agency, as a strategist. In making the move to what Shelley believes are greener digital pastures, she will work with a team that supports a number of higher ed clients. And most important: She will remain in Fredericksburg and continue to purchase coffee and quiche at Blackstone.

We applaud Shelley for all her accomplishments at UMW. After initially evaluating the culture, resources and goals of the university, she then plunged into a much-needed formal content strategy initiative. During the process, the internally hosted umw.edu was fading and faltering. She oversaw the mammoth migration to an external server, and she began developing new user-tested messaging, site architecture and governance. The outcome of all of her efforts is evident in the first phases of the new site, which have been launching gradually since last August. Shelley’s lasting legacy to UMW is the sound of her voice on a series of training tapes expertly developed for site users throughout the university.




SAC News and Larry Atkins Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 SAC Larry Atkins Award Winners!

Barbara Scott              Visitor Center Attendant, Belmont
Julia Coates                 Office Manager, Historic Preservation
John Wiltenmuth         Associate VP for Facilities Services


Congratulations to all of our Larry Atkins Award Nominees. Visit our website sac.umwblogs.org to read all of the nominations.

Cartland Berge             HCC Building Manager
Susie Kuliasha              Office Manager, English, Linguistics and Communication
Rose Maddox               Employer Relations and Operations Manager, Ctr for Prof Dev
Sharon Neville              Senior Supervisor, Housekeeping
Michelle Pickham        Buyer Specialist
Amanda Rutstein         ITCC Office Manager
Nicole St. John             Library Assistant, Stafford
Leah Tams                    Program Associate, Technology and Teaching Innovation

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and positive attitude. We couldn’t do it without you!


You should have received an email on Oct. 18 from Staff Advisory Council with Staff Advisory Council Nominations as the subject. Click on the Take the survey link in your email, and you will be able to nominate yourself or a colleague. Visit SAC’s website for more information about the council and for a list of current members. Voting will take place on election day, Nov. 8.

Please make sure your area is represented!


SAC is collecting non-perishable food items through Friday, Dec.16.   Donations will benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. If you’re interested in having a donation collection box in your area, please contact SAC Activities.

100% of SAC’s One Can Hope donations collected between Nov. 6-11 will benefit our Student Athletes’ STOP Hunger Now Food Drive.


To nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to eenominations@umw.edu with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.


Your input and suggestions are important to us! Share your thoughts and ideas with S.A.C. by completing the suggestions form on our website. Let us know what’s on your mind. What can we do to help make UMW a great place to work?


Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Stafford campus at 1 p.m. Anand Rao will be our guest speaker. Dr Rao is Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and Chairman of the University Faculty Council.

Thursday, Nov. 17, in Lee Hall 412 at 1 p.m. Our speaker is Kevin Bartram, UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Director. Come find out about the exciting things going on in the Music Department this year.

Meetings are open to all UMW staff members.

Keep up to date with your Staff Advisory Council by visiting our website sac.umwblogs.org

UMW Executive-in-Residence, Kyle Ragsdale, Chief Marketing Officer for Billy Casper Golf, on Campus Oct. 20

The 2016 UMW Executive-in-Residence, Kyle Ragsdale, will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 20. Ragsdale will speak in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center at 9:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Ragsdale is the Chief Marketing Officer of Billy Casper Golf (BCG), the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts. He is also the Managing Director of Buffalo.Agency, BCG’s wholly owned full service marketing firm focused on golf, sport and lifestyle brands. During his tenure at BCG, he and his team have built an industry leading dynamic marketing platform enabling a scaled data driven marketing approach responsible for nearly 3 percent of golf played in the United States.

Prior to BCG, Ragsdale served as the top revenue and finance officer at Vox Media, publisher of SB Nation, The Verge, Vox.com, Curbed, Racked, ReCode, Polygon and others.

Prior to Vox, Kyle was Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Georgetown where he was recognized as one of the top marketers in college athletics. Kyle is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown where he teaches Sports Marketing in the Master of Sports Management program.

Since its establishment in 1989, the primary purpose of the University of Mary Washington Executive-in-Residence program has been to provide UMW students the opportunity to interact with well-known and established leaders in the corporate world and to enhance students’ knowledge of the free enterprise system. In addition, the program encourages the involvement of local business leaders in the life of the University.

Student-Athletes Give Back Ten for Ten

The popular NCAA commercial that states, “There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes and just about all of us will be going pro in something other than sports,” is a snapshot of the uplifting yet bittersweet truth. Most student-athletes at Mary Washington have just four years to compete for NCAA Championships before the biggest game day on their schedule: graduation. And while those four years often seem to come and go in a blink of an eye, the student-athlete experience instills character traits and values which last a lifetime.

It is for that very reason Mary Washington student-athletes took on the Ten for Ten Challenge this fall, a peer-led effort to secure donations of $10 from UMW’s student-athletes, in hopes of teams achieving 100 percent participation by Oct. 10The goal of the new initiative was to educate current Eagles on the power of philanthropic giving, honor the many transformative Eagle Club gifts in recent years, and build on a foundation of generosity so that future Eagles will also have a life-changing experience at Mary Washington.

As one of the first student-athletes to go Ten for Ten, junior basketball player Kendall Parker stated, “[Eagle Club] donations, small or large, make a great impact on every student-athlete’s life whether they realize it or not. It is important that my teammates donate as well because if it weren’t for the Eagle Club [members], we would not have all of the resources that we use on a daily basis. Donations play a huge role in our process of winning a CAC Championship and beyond.”

Parker’s call to her peers was heard and, for the first time ever, more than half of the student-athlete population – 277 to be exact – made gifts to support their programs. Eleven teams had 100 percent Ten for Ten giving participation, and 20 out of 22 varsity sport programs participated in all. In addition, two of the four team sport programs also participated. 

“I’m really proud of our student-athletes for rising up and showing tremendous leadership with the Ten for Ten Challenge,” said Ken Tyler, Director of Athletics. “They have demonstrated their commitment to UMW Athletics and have helped sustain a legacy of excellence. Now, I’m excited to watch our alumni, families, and friends help the Eagles soar even higher!”

UMW’s student-athletes are now challenging alumni and friends to follow their lead!

  Make your gift to the Eagle Club today.

Staff Advisory Council News

Fall Employee Luncheon and Awards

Our annual Fall employee luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom. Join your co-workers and friends for lunch, fun and fellowship. Charles Coleman and Larry Atkins award winners will be announced. Everyone will have a chance to win prizes. Bring your EagleOne ID card to enter the luncheon and be entered to win a gift card. We look forward to seeing you there!


Food Drive
SAC is collecting non-perishable food items through Friday, Dec. 16.  Donations will benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, except for donations collected between Nov. 6-11.  Those donations will benefit the Student Athletes’ STOP Hunger Now Food Drive.  If you’re interested in having a donation collection box in your area, please contact SAC Activities.


Community Engagement Forum
Your input is valuable! Forum Notes have been posted. Please take a moment to review the notes and leave comments. The engagement committee will follow up with the Cabinet within the next few weeks to share insight and perspective from the forums.


Excellent Eagle Employee
To nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to eenominations@umw.edu with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.


Thoughts, Ideas, Suggestions and  Feedback
Your input and suggestions are important to us! Share your thoughts and ideas with SAC by completing the suggestions form on our website. Let us know what’s on your mind. What can we do to help make UMW a great place to work?


Upcoming Meeting

SAC’s next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Stafford campus at 1 p.m.  Meetings are open to any member of the UMW community who’d like to attend.  Dr. Anand Rao will be our guest speaker.  Dr Rao is Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and Chairman of the University Faculty Council.

Business Services eUpdate, October 2016

UMW Faculty and staff: enjoy 20% off one regularly priced UMW gift or apparel item! Sales are on:

  • October 17, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • October 18, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.; 1:45 – 6 p.m.

The Bookstore will be closed from 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. for the Employee Luncheon.

UMW Book Club

The UMW Book Club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, in the Bookstore. The group will be discussing Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown. For more information, contact Margaret Mock at mmock@umw.edu or x1017.

Textbook Adoptions & Scholarship Opportunity

Textbook adoptions for Spring 2017 are due October 14.

Departments with 100% on-time adoptions are eligible to win up to $2,500.00 in Pepsi Scholarship funds for students’ course materials.

Upcoming Author Signings

On October 13, UMW’s own Warren Rochelle will be signing copies of his new supernatural novel The Werewolf and His Boy in Combs 139 at 5 p.m.

Alan Michael Parker will be signing copies of his collection of poems titled “Long Division” on October 26 beginning at 6 p.m. at 1201 William St.

New Social Media

Follow @umw_bookstore on Snapchat and Instagram! Check out the store’s new student-run pages for pictures of apparel, snacks, or fellow students at work.

New Employee

Please welcome Justin Carrico, the newest member of the Bookstore Team! Justin is the new Operations Manager. He can be reached at jcarrico@umw.edu, or x1767.

Procurement Services

UMW Supplier Expo…Save the Date


The University of Mary Washington Office of Procurement Services invites you to save the date for our second annual UMW Supplier Expo on March 8, 2017.

This will be a great opportunity for UMW Department Buyers to meet and network with vendors, learn about new products or services, and view product demonstrations. The event will be co-hosted by the City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare.

Contract Activity

Procurement activity underway:

  • Pest Control Services: joint RFP with the City of Fredericksburg
  • Surplus of Annex B: up for public auction, closing date of 10/17
  • Recruitment Services for International Students: RFP in progress
  • Unarmed Security Services: RFP evaluation in progress
  • Copy/Mail Services: RFP evaluation in progress
  • Campus Janitorial Services: RFP evaluation in progress
  • Energy Services Company for campus projects: selection process underway

Procurement Forum Slideshow

The Procurement Services Open Forum Presentation is available online for all of those who were not able to attend our event, or for those who did attend and want to revisit our slideshow.

Thank you to everyone that made our 2nd annual Procurement Forum a success.

Post Office

Did You Know…

The UMW Post Office ships both business and personal packages with UPS and USPS. The PO will shop the best rate and provide shipping options according to price and date.


Attention New Employees


Sign up for direct deposit automatic payroll deductions. Get one free lunch per month in Campus Center with a minimum deduction of $10 per pay period. Simply fill out the online payroll deduction form, or contact the EagleOne office at x1005 for information and assistance. This is not just for new employees–any employee is eligible!

Domino’s is back!

Domino’s on Princess Anne Street is once again accepting EagleOne as a payment option.

Parking Management

Lot Reservation

On Friday, October 21, the Jepson Lot is reserved for the Digital Identity Panel. The lot will be closed for faculty and staff for that day only.

Savannah Powers Named Wagner Wealth Management September Student-Athlete of the Month

Once again this year, Wagner Wealth Management of Davenport & Company LLC. will sponsor the monthly UMW Student-Athlete of the Month. The September winner is freshman volleyball standout Savannah Powers.

Powers has helped the Eagles to an 18-1 start to the season, and recently was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. The Fairfax, Va., product is averaging 2.81 kills per game as well as 2.03 digs per game.

Powers recorded a career-high 21 kills and 11 digs in a win over Heidelberg, and added 13 in the season-opening win over 24th ranked Randolph-Macon. She posted 16 kills in a win over Haverford, and has recorded three double-doubles in kills and digs.

UMW Wagner Wealth Management Athletes of the Month

Powers is pictured here with Aric Wagner, senior vice president, investments, of Davenport & Company LLC.

Powers is pictured here with Aric Wagner, senior vice president, investments, of Davenport & Company LLC.

September – Savannah Powers (volleyball)


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Private Fitness Class Registration Now Open

Hello Faculty and Staff!

If you’re interested in a private fitness experience with your peers, beginning a workout routine, starting a regular yoga practice, getting personal attention from a fitness professional, or taking your fitness to the next level, then check out Fitness Fusion and Custom Yoga, two of Campus Recreation’s exciting Small Group Training programs.

These programs are ones in which you would either work with a personal trainer (Fitness Fusion) or a yoga instructor (Custom Yoga) to improve your workout routines, yoga practices and fitness levels based on your skills and goals in groups of 5 or less. It is open to all levels of fitness!

Fitness Fusion: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1 p.m. in Goolrick Studio 5

Custom Yoga: Mondays and Wednesdays 12-12:45 p.m. in Goolrick Studio 5

Dates: 5-Week Session (Oct. 24-Dec. 2)

Cost: $130 for UMW Affiliates / $150 for Secondary Cardholders & Alumni +1’s

For more information and to register, check out the Small Group Training page on the Campus Recreation website.

We hope to see you in the Fitness Center!

Campus Recreation

UMW Scholarship Recipients Display Artwork

Artwork by University of Mary Washington studio art scholarship recipients is on exhibit at Gallery VC at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, located at 706 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display until Oct. 30.

Gallery VC was created through a partnership between UMW and the Fredericksburg Visitor Center coordinated by UMW Gallery Specialist Rosemary Jesionowski and Visitor Center Manager Julie Perry. The exhibition features student painting, serigraphy, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Gallery VC was begun by the late Professor of Art History JeanAnn Dabb about 10 years ago.

Among the students exhibiting their work are Lauren Rauch, Lily Radolinski, Elisa Pritchard, Zachary Norrbom, Nicole Starkey, May Townley, Gabrielle Gatzke, Rachel Harkrader, Dominique Giles, Olivia Gallagher and Sarah Eells.