March 31, 2015

Shiny New Search Bar and Faculty/Staff Site!

A new upgraded search bar and restyled toolbar were launched site-wide on Thursday, March 26. The search bar placement mimics the search bar that previously existed across much, but not all, of the website. The most significant change to the site is the removal of the search box in the homepage template “header” space. The new bar is consistent across the entire website and also serves to house audience-based navigation. Here are some before and after illustrations:

Homepage before the search bar upgrade: 

The homepage template before the update.

The homepage after the search bar update. Notice the restyled online toolbar.

The homepage after the search bar update. Notice the restyled online toolbar.

The webmail page before the search bar update.

The webmail page before the search bar update.

The webmail page after the update.

The webmail page after the update.

Faculty & Staff Gateway Launched

The IT move toward the end-of-life shut down of EagleNet (date not yet determined) because of aging, unsustainable systems presents an opportunity to produce a useful, comprehensive faculty and staff website. The original source material, the content of EagleNet, was expanded on and enhanced by feedback from the Web Advisory Council and the President’s Technology Advisory Council. The resulting site can now be seen at Users are asked to continue to provide feedback in an effort to improve the user experience.

Patrick Taitt Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Staff Advisory Council congratulates Patrick Taitt, IT Analyst / Developer with Enterprise Application Services, on his selection as the Excellent Eagle Employee for April.  In nominating Patrick, Rita Dunston said, “Patrick has been an asset to this department!  The Registrar’s Office contacts him often to assist with various tasks and he completes them in a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable of the data and takes the necessary time to ensure we understand the data. I appreciate his willingness to assist the Registrar’s Office. Job Well Done!”

Reminder: To nominate someone as an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to with “Excellent Eagle Employee” in the Subject Line.  In your email, state the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Be aware of the good work being done around you, and remind others, about this wonderful opportunity to recognize our co-workers.

Fundraiser for Faculty Member Gary Carper

Gary Carper, long-time adjunct faculty member to the music department, lost his home to a terrible fire on Sunday, March 22.

According to his eldest daughter, Gary and his wife Charleen lost everything, including decades of music and memorabilia from Gary’s long career as a professional musician.

A fundraiser has been set up at Funds will go towards providing the essentials of living, and later towards the clean-up, and either demolition or rebuilding of their home.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Here’s hoping we can pull together as a community and support Gary and his family during this difficult time.

Upcoming Cultural Events

Cultural Events for the Week of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3:

  • Monday, March 30:  Islamic Cultural Celebration Kick-Off, 4 p.m., Ball Circle (Rain Location: The Underground)
  • Monday March 30: CADL Discussion- ‘Beyond Marriage Equality: The GSM movement Today,’ 6 p.m., Monroe 112
  • Tuesday,  March 31: Islamic Art/Calligraphy with Arjuman Rizvi, 7:30 p.m., Melchers Hall Room 102
  • Wednesday, April 1: Film & Discussion- “Allah Made Me Funny, 6 p.m., Monroe 346
  • Thursday, April 2: Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker: Noor Tagouri, 6 p.m., Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall
  • Friday, April 3: UMW HOLI- Indian Festival of Colors, 5 p.m., Ball Circle


Parking Deck Designation Change

Beginning immediately, the University is issuing a change of use in the Alvey Drive parking deck.

  • Level #4 (top level) of the parking deck will be reserved for campus visitors only (there is no longer any Faculty/Staff parking on level #4).
  • Levels #1-3 will be available for all UMW registered vehicle (as is the status of the surface lots beyond the deck).

Deck painting and signage will be updated shortly to reflect these changes. Questions? Call (540) 654-1129 or email Robin Jones at


March is Procurement Month!

Governor McAuliffe has issued a proclamation to recognize March as Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia. Each year, March is set aside as a time to advocate the role of the public procurement profession, and acknowledge the professionals that make a difference in governmental efficiency and effectiveness each day.

Did you know…
1)  You can find all of UMW’s contract information at your fingertips with our Public Contracts Portal, powered by CobbleStone Systems!
2)  The UMW state credit card program spending exceeds $8 million annually.

Special thanks to members of UMW Procurement Services Team!

Assoc. of Student Veterans Sponsors Food Drive

The Association of Student Veterans is sponsoring a clothing and food drive for the homeless in our area from now until April 15.

Assoc of Student VeteransDrop off boxes are located in the Veterans Resource Center in Combs B24, in Lee Hall outside the Admissions Office, at Crumb and Get It in Central Park and the Honey-Baked Ham store in the Westwood Shopping Center.

For more information, contact ASV president Jeremy Hillberry at or treasurer Janet West at  Thank you for your support of the ASV.

UMW Surpasses Founders Day Challenge Goal


Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Torre Meringolo and President Richard V. Hurley

Thanks to support from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students – UMW met and surpassed the $107,000 goal for the Founders Day Challenge.

From February 1 to March 14, 2015, nearly 950 donors made gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington totaling $127,653.

Click here to learn more about Mary Washington’s history and the Founders Day Challenge.


Admissions Hosts Washington-Alvey Scholar Selection Weekend

On Friday, March 20, Admissions will host a banquet honoring finalists for the prestigious Washington and Alvey Scholarships. The Washington Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman who is a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Alvey Scholarship is awarded to an out-of-state student. Both scholarships require students be accepted to the University of Mary Washington Honors Program with preference given to National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. The Winners will receive awards for full tuition, room, board, and fees for up to four academic years. Two Washingtons and two Alveys will be awarded:

James D. Rodgers – Alvey Scholarship
Sally Watson Castle ’55 – Alvey Scholarship
Theresa Young Crawley ’77 and William B. Crawley – Washington Scholarship
William M. Anderson, Jr. – Washington Scholarship

Current Scholars Benjamin Hermerding and Claire Harrington will speak at the banquet. The finalists will interview with the selection Committees on Saturday, March 21.
Washington Committee:
Dr. Jeff McClurken, chair (Professor, History & American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost)
Dr. Mara Scanlon (Professor, English, Linguistics, and Communication)
Dr. Hilary Stebbins (Assistant Professor, Psychology)
Dr. Alan Griffith (Professor, Biology)
Patti Kemp, Alumni Association Board

Alvey Committee:
Carole Garmon, chair (Professor, Art & Art History)
Dr. Steve Hanna (Professor, Geography)
Dr. Venitta McCall (Professor, College of Education)
Dr. Woody Richardson (Associate Professor, College of Business)
Mike Charnoff, Alumni Association Board

The Scholar Finalists will also attend Saturday’s Destination UMW events, beginning with a breakfast hosted by Kelli Slunt, director of the Honors Program. These scholarships are the University’s most prestigious academic honor for an incoming student. There are 16 finalists in each category.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at (540) 654-2000 with any questions or to participate in an upcoming event.

Admissions Hosts Admitted Student Day: Destination UMW

Destination UMW is the premiere yield event for admitted students. This year, Admissions will host two Destination UMW events on Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, April 18.

On Saturday, March 21, the University of Mary Washington will host Destination UMW, a high-profile event welcoming admitted students to campus with the goal of yielding them for the 2015-2016 academic year. About 360 prospects and their families will visit, with a total guest count of approximately 900 people. Finalists for the prestigious Washington and Alvey Scholarships will be among the attendees.

The Destination UMW schedule includes events from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event features opportunities to learn about the University up-close and first-hand. Students will participate in an academic session with a professor (class or lab) and a student engagement activity with Dean Rucker and current student leaders. Two tracks will offer an opportunity to message differently to students who have already committed to attend UMW in the fall and those who are still deciding among their college options. More than half of the students registered have already paid their enrollment fee, so the goal will be to affirm their decision by sharing their first-year seminar and residence hall assignments. Others will be able to take these next steps the day of the event if they make their choice on site. The welcome session includes greetings from President Hurley, Student Government Association President Samantha Worman and alumnus Jay Sinha, highlighting outcomes of a successful UMW graduate.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in the George Washington (GW) lot and along Double Drive with overflow to the Parking Deck. Primary event locations are Dodd Auditorium, Lee Hall, Monroe Hall, Seacobeck Dining Hall and campus/residence hall tours. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers in Seacobeck. Help them know their presence is a pleasure by anticipating the crowds and responding warmly, especially in the dining hall where crowds will peak between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus should assume the role of host. Please extend every courtesy and generous hospitality to these visitors. Their impression and decision to attend UMW depends on how they feel while they are here, so thank you for your commitment to perpetuating our brand, our mission, and our sense of the UMW family. One way to show your support is to tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #DestinationUMW trending throughout the day.

Saturday is the first of two Destination UMW events this spring. The Office of Admissions appreciates your involvement in and support of these signature programs that shape the Class of 2019.

If you’d like to be involved in future Admissions events, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email