November 27, 2015

Presidential Search Advisory Committee Discusses Candidates

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in a closed meeting to discuss prospective candidates for the presidency. The committee remained in closed meeting until shortly after 11 p.m., when it reentered open meeting.  The committee then briefly discussed the next steps in the search process, including the format for interviews that will be held at an undisclosed time and location, as permitted by Virginia law.

Kwanzaa, Dec. 3

UMW’s Kwanzaa event, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and co-sponsored by the Black Student Association, will begin Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room in Seacobeck Hall. Come enjoy live entertainment and delicious food. This event is free and open to the public.


Kwanzaa Program

Kwanzaa Program

Here Comes Santa Claus, Dec. 12


President and Mrs. Hurley invite your family



2-4 p.m.



R.S.V.P. at by Wednesday, December 9

Campaign Update

UMWHeritage15_FINAL_Page_1All gifts and pledges count toward the $50 million Mary Washington First Campaign goal. Click here to read the latest Heritage Newsletter featuring a scholarship donor from the class of 1962.

As of Nov. 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed nearly $43 million in gifts and pledges. Visit or call 540-654-2059 for more information.


Staff Advisory Council 2015 Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the election of our new Staff Advisory Council (S.A.C.) members. We are pleased to announce that the following individuals have been elected to serve on the council from January 2016 through December 2018:

Administrative Faculty
Kevin Caffrey
Christopher Carl
Christy Pack

Classified Employees
Sarah Carroll
Kim Lawson
Michelle Miller
Pam Verbeck

Wage Employees
Robert Louzek

The S.A.C. represents the interests of wage, classified, and administrative professional employees throughout the University of Mary Washington. We wish to thank all of our new members who have agreed to take up the challenge to represent you as a member of the S.A.C.

If you’re not aware, our meetings are always open. This means that any employee can attend all of the meetings, provide their opinions, listen to our guest speakers and be an advocate for our staff. Essentially, individuals can participate just as an elected member; however, only elected members can participate in any official voting that may take place.

For more information about the S.A.C., please go to

Elections Committee Staff Advisory Council

FitBit Flex Challenge from Human Resources

Want to win a Fitbit Flex wireless wrist band? For the month of November, keep track of every workout (fitness center/gym, walking, running, etc.) that you do here on your Lunch Break (days off, weekends, Thanksgiving break days do NOT count).

Need exercise ideas? Visit:

Log your total number of lunchtime workouts  by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30. The employee with the most workouts will win a Fitbit Flex! In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1. (Note: The Fitbit Flex is taxable and valued at $79.99).

Be on the lookout for another challenge in early 2016 to win another Fitbit Flex wireless wrist band!
Any questions contact or

Bauson and Guest Flutist to Host Concert, Nov. 14

Grace Bauson, faculty harpist and adjunct instructor of music, will present a free concert with guest flutist Elizabeth Robinson at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Pollard Recital Hall in Room 304. Robinson and Bauson will explore the expanding soundscapes of music for flute and harp in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Robinson currently performs as the third flute/piccolo of the Topeka Symphony, and the piccolo in the Salina Symphony and is winner of the 2012 National Flute Association Graduate Research Competition. Her dissertation Voice, Itinerant, and Air: “The Solo Flute Works of Toru Takemitsu,” was presented at the 2012 NFA Convention.

Bauson has performed as faculty with the American Youth Harp Ensemble in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center. She has been a featured soloist at the Chautauqua Music Festival, with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Ball State University Graduate Concerto Competition and in chamber music series in the United States and Canada. She has taught at various universities, including James Madison University, Southern Virginia University, the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program and the University of Mary Washington. One of Bauson’s performances at Washington and Lee University can be viewed here.

The program will also include pieces by flutist-composer Lowell Liebermann and Pulitzer prize winner Zhou Long, among other works. For more information, call 540.654.1012.

Campus Dining to Host Thanksgiving Buffet, Nov. 19

Campus Dining will host a Thanksgiving lunch buffet for members of the UMW faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch will be $7 for faculty and staff and $8.90 plus tax for guests.

Please Note: Cash is the only form of payment that can be accepted at the Ballroom. If you wish to pay with EagleOne, Flex, or Credit Card you must purchase a lunch ticket from a University Center fourth floor cashier. For your convenience, Campus Dining will pre-sell lunch tickets at the fourth floor cashier stations beginning Monday, Nov. 16 and continuing through the end of lunch service on Nov. 19. For additional information, contact Rose Benedict at .

COAR’s Annual Head Start Gift Box Drive

The holidays are coming, which means it’s time for COAR’s annual gift box drive! Each year we ask students, faculty, and staff to fill boxes for children 3-5 years old for the government-funded Head Start Program. Some of the items we will be collecting this year include hats, gloves, scarves, small toys, crayons, markers and small books.

COAR is happy to drop off boxes for faculty and staff who are interested in helping this cause. Please email us and let us know where to drop them off at We will also be accepting donations to fill the boxes and are happy to pick them up from faculty and staff. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you, and we hope that you will help out in the Head Start Gift Box Drive!

UMW Featured on WV Public Radio and Festival

Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music and Austin O’Rourke, junior music major, had their music broadcasted on West Virginia Public Radio at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The songs played on the station included Snyder’s piece, titled “Facets of Love Mvt. 1 ‘Our house on the hill.’” The song was accompanied by alumnae Becky Brown ’15 on harp and Soprano Paige Naylor ‘14. O’Rourke’s song, titled “Hazel Colored Nebula”  was accompanied by Doug Gately, director of jazz studies, on the piano, Brown on the harp and alum Justin Carrico ’15 on bass guitar.

Snyder and O’Rourke had previously performed at the West Fork New Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. A piece by Brown, called “Hold Still,” was also performed at the festival.

Other UMW musicians who performed at West Fork included Michael Morley, office manager of the UMW Music Department, on the oboe, Stephen Hennessey ’15 on guitar and electric guitar, senior Mary Paige Rodgers on electric guitar and banjo and junior Michael Prime on the euphonium. A complete list of the songs and compositions can be found here.

Snyder and O’Rourke’s songs were two out of four songs recorded at the festival that were chosen by WV Public Radio to air. The other two songs were “Deep Blue” by Mark Phillips, composer at Ohio State University and “Escape to Paradise” by Christian L. Thomas.

The radio station can be accessed here: