July 21, 2017

SAC News

Parking Decal Expiration – This is a reminder that the old parking decals for Faculty/Staff expire on July 1st. Please make sure to request your new parking decal before July 1st to avoid getting ticketed while parking on campus. If you have any questions, contact Parking Management: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/parking/

Banner and System downtime for fiscal year end - Fiscal year end is approaching which brings system(s) down time to accommodate year end processing.  Please mark your calendar that Banner will be down from 2:00PM on Friday June 30th until noon on Saturday, July 1st.  This impacts the Banner production environment, including SSB functionality and any system exchanging data with Banner.  Please refer to the End of Year System Down Time site for additional detailed information including EalgePay, Admission Deposits etc.  Finance will make every effort to have the systems restored as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience. Please contact tess@umw.edu with any questions.

Semi-monthly July Pay date  – Please be advised that the pay date for the 6/10/17-6/24/17 semi-monthly pay period will be Monday, July 3rd.  The 7/3 pay date may impact automatic transfer payments you have set up with your bank.  Please make sure to review your personal situation for any needed adjustments.  The Comptroller of Virginia establishes the pay dates for classified employees paid semi-monthly.  Due to legislation enacted in 1994 the pay day for the final pay period in the 2nd quarter of the year (July 1 pay day) will always be the first work day of July.  This is required for budgetary purposes as the Commonwealth’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.  The 2017 calendar of scheduled pay dates for fulltime employees is found on the UMW website. http://adminfinance.umw.edu/payroll/files/2013/08/2017-Pay-Calendar.pdf.   Please share with any employee who may not have immediate access to a computer. Contact the Payroll Office with any questions.

UMW FY 18 Salary Increase – Be sure to read through Sabrina Johnson’s 6/13 email regarding the UMW FY 18 Salary Increase.  You can contact Paula Wilder, pwilder@umw.edu  in the Office of Human Resources with any questions you may have.

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Language Academy Partnership Offers New Path to UMW

Prospective students who require English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction prior to enrollment will now have a path to the University of Mary Washington, thanks to a new partnership with the International Language Academy of Washington, D.C. (ILA).

Beginning this fall, ILA will provide an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional program at both the University’s Fredericksburg campus and ILA’s campus in McLean, Virginia. In addition, ILA will provide an ESL Bridge program at UMW, pending approval from Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a federal entity that maintains current information on non-immigrant students.  The Bridge Program would allow students to directly transfer into Mary Washington upon completion of ILA’s Intensive English Program.


The Bridge track will provide highly motivated ILA students the opportunity to concurrently attend UMW. Those students, nearing the end of their language program, will live on the Fredericksburg campus and will have the opportunity to take advantage of co-curricular offerings, academic support services and more.

“The joint program is a strong fit for our students,” said ILA Director Dana Saif. “Mary Washington offers a variety of academic programs that not only give students wide options from which to choose, but will also provide them with the resources they need to succeed. The academically focused curriculum ILA offers will be the basis for a smooth transition for students who are interested in either the Bridge or the Non-Bridge program.”

Under the program, prospective students will apply and will indicate the option they prefer.

“The ESL and Bridge programs are important new resources for prospective students who need to strengthen their English language skills, and for those students who are seeking to attend UMW, the Bridge program will provide a strong foundation for academic study and a smooth transition through the application process to becoming a successful UMW student,” said Acting Provost Nina Mikhalevsky.

For more information, visit UMW Admissions or the ILA Bridge program.

Calling All Authors: Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of the Center for the Book at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, seeks applications for the 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, which will be held in Charlottesville and Albemarle counties from Wednesday, March 21, through Sunday, March 25, 2018.  [Read more…]

Harris Talks Monroe on C-SPAN

A presentation by James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library Director Scott Harris is scheduled to air on C-SPAN3 on Saturday, June 10, at 5:15 p.m., and on Sunday, June 11, at 6:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. [Read more…]

Walking Challenge June 12 – July 14

Mary Wash Moves!

UMW Staff & Faculty Walking Challenge Brought to you by UMW Campus Recreation and UMW Human Resources.

Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps this summer with your UMW colleagues.

How It Works: ◾Dates: June 12 – July 14 ◾Teams: Each team is created randomly and you will be given a wristband in your team color to show off your team spirit! There are six teams. ◾How to win: Log your steps walked in the official tracking document . The team color with the most steps by the end of the challenge wins! ◾Campus walking maps with step estimates will be provided on this web page soon.

Sign up here.

◾Prize: Each person on the winning team will receive 1 free personal training assessment through UMW Campus Recreation. ◾Winning team members must register for their personal training session by July 30.


Social Media Campaign to Trace Monroe’s 1817 Tour

In March of 1817, James Monroe began his first term as the fifth president of the United States with a sense of reverence and purpose.

Attaining the nation’s highest office was the logical culmination of his 50-year career in public service. The new president soon took to the road, ostensibly to inspect military installations in the northern region of the country. Covering more than 2,000 miles in seven states in 15 weeks, Monroe’s successful tour inspired the phrase that would describe his administration: the Era of Good Feelings.

Two hundred years later, The James Monroe Museum kicks off a new social media campaign in celebration of the bicentennial of Monroe’s presidency and his 1817 tour of the northern states. The three-part initiative marks the launch of the new Twitter username @PresMonroe. The social media campaign features three major themes designated by three different hashtags. Tweets featuring #JMo1stTerm will concentrate on the beginning of Monroe’s presidency (1817-1821), including issues of focus as represented by his first inaugural address, cabinet appointments, and purpose for and speeches from his presidential tours. This portion of the campaign features a secondary hashtag, #JMoInaugural, which will highlight excerpts from his inaugural address.

The 1817 Tour of the Northern States will come to life through tweets from the road from President Monroe using #JMo1817Tour. The messages will trace the trail of the tour and highlight cities and towns Monroe stopped in, as well as the receptions he received, the activities he engaged in and excerpts from speeches along the way. It will also feature selections from newspaper articles about the tour.

The campaign includes a modern-day element, as well, through the use of #MonroeUSA, which will feature fun facts and stories about places named after James Monroe, with a focus on cities, counties and towns he visited on his tours.

All three hashtags, plus the occasional use of #PresMonroe will appear in tweets on the new @PresMonroe account and help distinguish its different themes.

The existing @JMonroeMuseum account will still be used to disperse Monroe history and Museum information, as usual.

To learn more, contact The James Monroe Museum at 540-654-1043.

The James Monroe Museum is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington.

UMW Meets Challenge for Amphitheatre Restoration

One year after kicking off the Amphitheatre challenge, the University of Mary Washington has successfully met the criteria to receive a $125,000 challenge grant from the Richmond-based Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. During that timeframe, the number of UMW donors making gifts to restore the century-old Amphitheatre nearly tripled.

“This cherished landmark is important to generations of Mary Washington alumni and members of the local community,” said President Troy D. Paino. “The excitement created by the challenge encouraged donor participation and helped UMW reach the $125,000 threshold to receive the matching grant. All in all, these new gifts move UMW closer to the $3 million project goal to preserve the Amphitheatre’s legacy here at Mary Washington.”


Since July 1, 2011, UMW has raised $2.75 million to fund the restoration project, including lead gifts from Donald B. and Josephine McPherson Heslep ’56; Robert S., Jr., and Alice Andrews Jepson ’64; and Elmer Morris Jr. ’50 and Marceline Weatherly Morris ’50.

UMW is partnering with Glavé & Holmes Architecture of Richmond, Virginia, to accomplish restoration goals: return the Amphitheatre to its historical glory, increase accessibility, upgrade infrastructure, enhance flexibility, add restroom facilities and sustain the park-like setting.

Site preparation for the restoration is expected to begin in July. A dedication ceremony is planned to coincide with Reunion Weekend in June 2018. Visit http://giving.umw.edu/amphitheatre to make a gift or to view plans for the Amphitheatre restoration.

For more information, contact Donna Raab, executive director of advancement campaign initiatives, at draab@umw.edu or 540-654-2059.




UMW’s 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser Soars to New Heights

UMW Athletics fundraising arm, the Eagle Club, grossed nearly $56,000 Saturday evening at the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala. Proceeds help the department to strengthen support services and maximize opportunities for the 500+ student-athletes at the University. The event included a silent and live auction, testimonies from the 2017 male and female athletes of the year, the premier of the Eagle Club’s new video, and dinner followed by President Paino’s keynote address.

Sponsors included the presenting sponsor: Sodexo Dining Services and three supporting sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, and Union Bank & Trust.

Director of Athletics Ken Tyler said, “Our fourth annual Gala this past Saturday night was a great success! We’ve heard lots of positive feedback from the attendees, and it’s shaping up to be our most productive event yet in terms of generating resources for our student-athletes. “

Director of Athletic Development Philip Pierce began the evening by introducing the 13 student-athletes who worked the event and then challenged the crowd to embrace competition and win at least one auction item. Only 10 auction items, out of 101, went unsold.



The top five silent auction packages included “Road Trip with UMW Team of Choice”, “Getaway to The Greenbrier”, “Raspberry Golf Trail to Four Courses”, “YMCA One-Year Family Membership”, “Two nights in Historic Charleston”, and “Spotsylvania Towne Center’s Basket Bundle”.

Big winners included Dr. Porter and Linda Blakemore ’84, Curry and Irene Roberts ’86, Ron and Nancy Rosner, Dr. Steve Hampton, David and Anne Pierce, and Betsy Southern. Hampton, a long-time professor and UMW’s Chief of Police Michael Hall won the wine and spirits raffles respectively.

The live auction grand finale raised nearly $10,000 alone. Live auction items included a week-long stay at a beach house in Southern Shores, North Carolina; two tickets to the 2017 Redskins vs. Cowboys game in a luxury box suite; a two-night stay at Mount Snow, Vermont; two days at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina; a San Francisco & Sonoma Wine Getaway; an 8-week-old puppy from the Fredericksburg Regional SPCA; and an airplane tour or rlight lesson over Fredericksburg.

UMW Athletics and the Eagle Club would like to thank our sponsors, those who donated auction items, those who attended the event, and all of our supporters who continue to champion Mary Washington student-athletes!



UMW Names College of Education Dean

President Paino and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter S. Kelly, Ph.D. as the Dean of the College of Education, effective July 25. In this position, Dr. Kelly will be responsible for providing leadership in defining the College of Education’s strategic priorities and for recruiting and retaining a diverse and highly qualified student body and faculty. In addition, he is charged with continuing the current growth of the College across its undergraduate and graduate program and successfully leading the College through its next accreditation cycle, scheduled for fall of 2019.

Dr. Kelly is currently Interim Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences and Education, Truman State University. Possessing substantial experience with state and national accreditation and with program assessment, he successfully led Truman’s Masters in Education program through CAEP accreditation efforts as early adopters of the new standards and processes. Dr. Kelly also has served on five national accreditation teams.

The primary focus of Dr. Kelly’s teaching and research is in special education, with a particular interest in the development of professional development partnerships with local schools. He co-authored two successful grant projects to support this work, and it has yielded numerous state, national, and international presentations. To better prepare teachers to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse student body, Dr. Kelly led the development of several programs, including an interdisciplinary disability studies minor, a collaborative learning experience with pre-service teachers from Harris-Stowe State University (HBCU), and an ESOL certification program. In addition, he was a co-author and project director of the Praxis Program, a personnel preparation project funded by the Missouri Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Kelly currently serves as chair of the Missouri Council for Education Deans, and he serves on Missouri’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) leadership team, which is responsible for the development, approval, and implementation of a new state system for evaluating teacher preparation programs in Missouri.

He received a B.S. in education and his M.S. and Ph.D., both in behavior disorders, from the University of Kansas.

Originally founded in 1908 as a teacher education institution known as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, the University of Mary Washington is now a thriving coed liberal arts university with three colleges. The College of Education, established in 2010, enrolls more than 500 students and offers five accelerated five-year undergraduate/graduate initial licensure teacher education programs (M.ED and M.S.) as well as a post-baccalaureate M.ED.


Nina Mikhalevsky, Ph.D.

Acting Provost


SAC News

Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation: New Student Orientation is coming up in June and volunteers are needed for assistance with answering questions and parking and directing students and their guests to the right locations. Last year New Student Orientation was a great success because of the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered! If you’re interested in helping, please complete this online form by Sunday, May 28. Within a week of completing the online form, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for specific shifts. If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact Brittanie Haas at bhaas@umw.edu or JoAnna Raucci at jraucci@umw.edu.

Parking Decals to Expire July 1st: All Faculty/Staff decals will expire July 1, 2017. New decals are ready to be issued. Contact Parking Management at x1129 with your banner ID number to order decals, or order through Banner Self Service. Decals will be delivered to your office.

Upcoming Summer Construction Projects: Please be aware of upcoming summer construction projects on campus. For detailed information, go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/05/11/upcoming-summer-construction-projects/.

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and find other information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.