May 28, 2017

Reunion Weekend is June 2-4

Each year the Office of Alumni Relations hosts Reunion Weekend on the Mary Washington campus. Nearly 800 alumni and guests are expected to come back to campus and participate in dozens of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. While alumni from all classes are welcome at Reunion Weekend, classes ending in twos and sevens from 1947–2007 are invited back to campus this year to celebrate their milestone reunions. This very special Reunion Weekend will be held June 2-4, 2017.

We would like to extend the invitation for the entire campus community to participate in the various events throughout the weekend in order to connect with former students.  The Reunion Weekend schedule and registration link is listed online at http://alumni.umw.edu/reunionweekend. Registration closes on May 29.  If you are interested in seeing who is currently signed up to attend, visit the registration page and click “Attendee List.”  Click the column header labeled “Preferred Class Year” to sort the list by class year.

We hope to see you there!

UMW Chief of Staff Honored for Admissions Ethics

Martin A. Wilder Jr., chief of staff at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). Wilder received the John A. “Jack” Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admissions for his achievements in promoting high ethical standards and integrity, and ensuring equity in access to higher education.

Since coming to work at Mary Washington in 1979, Wilder has spent decades in the college admissions profession, holding vice presidential positions in enrollment and communications, enrollment management, admissions and financial aid, and serving as associate dean of admissions. He’s filled the role of chief of staff under UMW presidents Richard V. Hurley and Troy D. Paino.

“He was the one who, for so many years, folks would turn to for advice when encountering difficult situations in the admissions process,” said PCACAC Past Presidents’ Committee Chair Mike Carter, director of college counseling at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School. “The people Marty mentored and guided now represent some of the top voices for ethical college admissions not only in our region, but nationally.”

The Blackburn Award illustrates PCACAC’s mission of supporting and advancing college admissions professionals as they guide their institutions, students and families in an ethical manner. Named for the late John A. “Jack” Blackburn, longtime University of Virginia dean of admissions, the award was established in 2010 to recognize those who exemplify Blackburn’s commitment to ethics, integrity and the promotion of equity in the college admissions process.

The honor is particularly poignant for Wilder, who considered Blackburn a close friend and colleague, and also a role model who represented the University of Virginia, where Wilder earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at U.Va.

He was “a terrific guy,” Wilder said of Blackburn, “just a wonderful, wonderful person.”

For being such a competitive business, college admissions employs some incredibly collegial professionals, said Wilder, who served as PCACAC’s president from 1989 to 1990, during the association’s 25th year. He also received its 1993 Richard L. Apperson Award for extraordinary service to students and the college counseling profession.

“Even though we may be competing for students,” Wilder said, “we’re also very much attuned to the whole idea of what this is about – a student-centered process.”

During his tenure as PCACAC’s president, Carter said, Wilder “helped propel our association to be one of the strongest affiliates of our national organization” – the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

UMW Coordinator of Community Events Ali Hieber presented Wilder with the Blackburn Award at PCACAC’s 52nd annual conference in Williamsburg on Sunday, April 23. “In his numerous roles throughout his career,” Hieber said, “Marty has demonstrated the highest commitment to our professional standards through tremendous sustained active involvement in both PCACAC and NACAC.”

In addition to student recruitment, admissions and enrollment functions at Mary Washington, Wilder, who has announced his September retirement, has provided leadership in external relations, communications, marketing and student services.

“It’s very humbling and a wonderful honor,” he said of receiving the Blackburn Award. “Jack is someone I respected and loved as a colleague and friend for so many years.”

Sheckels Receives Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award

Marie Sheckels, professor of education and interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington, was named the recipient of the 2017 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award at a general faculty meeting on Wednesday, April 26.

Established in honor of Shirley Van Epps Waple, a 1952 graduate of the University, the nomination-based award recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly or creative area of expertise. The winner must have been a full-time faculty member for at least seven years.

During her more than 35 years of service to the University, Sheckels has risen from lecturer to the rank of professor. She has assumed a variety of leadership roles, serving as Department Chair on two different occasions, Elementary Education Program Director, Secondary Mathematics Program Director and Graduate Coordinator for Elementary Education.

Sheckels “has proven to be a consummate leader, scholar, educator and colleague whose service, scholarship and teaching has served as a model for other faculty,” said Teresa Coffman, chair of the University committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards and Professor of Education.

Sheckels has co-led, authored and conducted primary research in 28 internal and external grants-to-date. She has been responsible for organizing, co-authoring, managing and leading 21 external grants that have exceeded $1 million in total monies received for the University, as well as seven internally funded grants that have totaled almost $80,000.

Sheckels received her doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in mathematics from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Mary’s College.

A member of the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,  Sheckels is an expert in mathematics education. She and her colleagues have received grants from the National Science Foundation, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

 

2017 Health & Flexible Benefits Open Enrollment May 1-15

It’s time for Open Enrollment!  This is your opportunity each year to make changes to your health care or flexible spending accounts (FSAs).  Have no health plan coverage changes and not enrolling in an FSA? Nothing is required.

Make your decisions with care. See the Spotlight newsletter for more information.

EmployeeDirect for health benefits is under construction, so you must submit an Enrollment Form for Employees to your Benefits Administrator this year for enrollment or changes.  Instructions are in Spotlight.   Remember, the deadline to enroll or make changes is the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

You can view an enrollment form and other Open Enrollment materials on the DHRM website at www.dhrm.virginia.gov

Questions?  Contact your Benefits Administrator or send an email to openenrollment@dhrm.virginia.gov

SAC News

Virginia Public Service Week: SAC’s Virginia Public Service Week event is next week!  Sign up now for volleyball. No need to sign up for Giant Jenga, Giant connect 4, or Cornhole. Just show up Tuesday, May 9, anytime between 11:30 and 1 and join the fun!  Fitness Center demos are at 11:30 (Yoga for the Office), noon (Bands & Bodyweight), 12:30 (Cycling)  http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-virginia-public-service-week-event-sign-up/

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale The UMW Bookstore will be offering 15% off  a single apparel, insignia, or gift item the week of finals (May 1-6).

2017 Health & Flexible Benefits Open Enrollment May 1-15 Open Enrollment is your opportunity each year to make changes to your health care or flexible spending accounts (FSAs).   EmployeeDirect for health benefits is under construction, so you must submit an Enrollment Form for Employees to your Benefits Administrator this year for enrollment or changes.  Instructions are in Spotlight.   Remember, the deadline to enroll or make changes is the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017.

You can view an enrollment form and other Open Enrollment materials on the DHRM website at www.dhrm.virginia.gov.  If you have any questions, contact your Benefits Administrator or send an email to openenrollment@dhrm.virginia.gov

Focus on Your Future Workshop May 10th MetLife will be in Lee Hall, Room 412, on May 10 for a workshop called “Focus on your Future.” This workshop will aid in starting or planning for a comfortable retirement. For additional information, please contact Geoffrey Marsh at gmarsh@financialguide.com

Summer Kickball League for Faculty & Staff!  Games will begin the week of May 22. All games will be held from noon until 12:45 p.m. on Ball Circle. Each team will play a minimum of one game per week for four weeks and have a minimum of eight players. Sign up as an individual, or note teammate requests on the registration form. The $10 individual registration fee can be paid online or in person at the Fitness Center.  Register here before May 8 and let’s have a fun Summer Kickball League!

 

May S.A.C. Meeting:  Our May meeting will be held Thursday, May 18th in Lee Hall Room 412.  We will have two guest speakers this month — Dr. Sandra Fritton, Director of Disability Resources, will give an overview of Disability Resources and students with disabilities at UMW, and Rick Pearce, VP for Admin & Finance, will present the latest budget opportunity.  There will also be opportunity for discussion and any questions you may have for either speaker. You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C to attend monthly meetings – all are welcome!

 

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 all of the 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.

 

 

 

The New Guy Talks Sports

An Elegant Evening for a Meaningful Mission

The University of Mary Washington athletic department will host the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala & Auction on May 20, 2017, in Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All proceeds support UMW student-athletes.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Troy D. Paino, Mary Washington’s 10th president. A passionate sports fan, Dr. Paino has written extensively on the history of American sports and is frequently in the stands cheering on the Eagles!

Not only will the 4th Annual Gala be held in a new ballroom and feature our new UMW President, guests this year will hear a few senior student-athletes share their inspiring testimonials.

UMW Athletics would like to thank the 4th Annual Gala sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: University Dining Services by Sodexo

Supporting Sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, Union Bank & Trust

The Gala will commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction bidding. The dinner and program will follow at 7 p.m. and an exciting live auction will cap the night just before 9:30 p.m.

Sneak Peek: Live Auction

  • FedEx Fantasy – Catch a Washington Redskins game from a luxury box suite
  • Grand Summit Getaway – Two nights on Mount Snow Vermont with lift tickets
  • Island Beachfront Break – Two nights on the 11-acre oasis, Hilton Head Sonesta Resort
  • Much more to come!

 

For more information, or questions regarding sponsorship of the Gala or to donate an auction item or vacation package, please contact Philip Pierce, Director of Athletic Development, at 540-654-1153, or ppierce@umw.edu.

Silent Auction categories include:

  • UMW Eagle Pride
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion, Beauty and Wellness
  • Home and Family
  • Autographed Items
  • Food and Wine
  • Sports
  • Travel Getaways

There are a limited number of tickets for the event. Individual seats cost $130, and a table of 10n costs $1,000. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.

*UMW asks that all guests are at least 21 years of age & not current UMW student-athletes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND ORDER TICKETS: DISCOUNTED TABLES OF TEN STILL AVAILABLE!

SAC News

April S.A.C. Meeting:  Our April meeting is this Thursday, April 20, at the Stafford Campus South Building, Room 208 at 1 p.m. Bill Brooks will be this month’s speaker and will discuss mindfulness. All are welcome!

Earth Day Celebration!  The President’s Council on Sustainability’s Earth Day 2017 Celebration is this Thursday April 20 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Ball Circle.  Stop by to enjoy a sustainable cookout, baked goods and farmer’s market vendors!  Clubs and local environmental groups will be on hand as well.

2017 Administrative Professionals Day Appreciation Lunch: To recognize the exceptional work and dedication that our administrative support professionals provide on a daily basis, UMW will provide a complimentary lunch for administrative support professionals on Thursday, April 27, from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Dining Room of the University Center.

Virginia Public Service Week: SAC has volunteered to organize events for one day during Virginia Public Service Week, May 7 – 13. SAC has partnered with Campus Recreation and has events planned in Goolrick on May 9.

Summer Kickball League for Faculty & Staff!  Games will begin the week of May 22. All games will be held from noon until 12:45 p.m. on Ball Circle. Each team will play a minimum of one game per week for four weeks and have a minimum of eight players. Sign up as an individual, or note teammate requests on the registration form. The $10 individual registration fee can be paid online or in person at the Fitness Center.  Register here before May 8 and let’s have a fun Summer Kickball League!

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 all of the 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.!

Swim Lessons at Campus Recreation

Summer is quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time to hit the beach or the pool! Don’t get caught on the side because you don’t know how to swim or you’re not comfortable in the water. Come on over to Campus Recreation and let us help you take the first dive of the summer! From May 1 through May 12, on Mondays through Fridays, we will offer swim classes for people of all ages and of all skill levels that is affordable and fun. Registration and details can be found on the UMW Campus Recreation website. Hope to see you there!

http://students.umw.edu/campusrec/be-active/swim-lessons/

2017 Administrative Professionals Day

For All Administrative Support Professionals and their Supervisors:

Again this year,  we hope that our administrative support professionals are able to take advantage of this professional development and networking opportunity- the one day Administrative Professionals’ Seminar, sponsored by Germanna Community College, Center for Workforce & Community Education on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  Many of our administrative support professionals have attended for the last five years and continue to  rave about the experience!  Please see the information at the bottom of this email for information on the conference and how to register through Germanna.  Any questions about the training please contact Germanna at (540) 891-3012.

And don’t forget our annual appreciation lunch…

We would also like to recognize the exceptional work and dedication that our administrative support professionals give daily. The University will provide a complimentary lunch for our administrative support professionals on Thursday, April 27, from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Dining Room of the University Center (on the pizza and pasta side of the dining room).  We look forward to celebrating these valued members of the UMW team.

A Look Back at #MaryWashDay

Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s first 24-hour giving day, was the largest one-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. Held March 14, 2017, the celebration coincided with the 109th anniversary of the University’s founding. Snowy roads forced the closure of campus and cancellation of Giving Day events, but donors still turned out in force online to make the day a huge success.

Final Giving Day results are as follows:

·         1,218 gifts to areas across the University, including the Fund for Mary Washington, arts and cultural programs, athletics, academic departments, the Amphitheatre restoration, and scholarships

·         1,090 unique donors (counting each donor once, even if they made more than one gift), including 678 alumni (31 of whom are also faculty or staff members), and 58 current and former faculty and staff members.

·         $217,255 in gifts and gift commitments, including $80,655 for the Fund for Mary Washington

As we mark one month since this historic day of philanthropy, gifts are already at work strengthening the Mary Washington experience for students. This snapshot from the Office of Annual Giving provides additional highlights of the day: