September 19, 2017

Weight Watchers to Hold Inspire Event Sept. 14

Come to the Hurley Convergence Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 if you’d like to find out about the Weight Watchers “Inspire” event! Details are below:

 

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SAC News

Message from President Paino on DACA – Go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/09/06/message-from-president-paino-about-daca-decision/ for Dr. Paino’s statement on the recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program news.

Beware of Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams – When a tragedy strikes, cyber criminals typically set up fraudulent donation sites, and online scammers look to prey on people who want to help.

This week, scammers have been using Hurricane Harvey-themed messages to trick people into opening phishing emails and links on social media sites. This, in turn, can not only con victims out of money, but lead to stolen login information and devices infected with malware. Please be vigilant about exercising caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if they appear to originate from a trusted source.  Always be mindful when opening any email attachment or clicking on a link. Think before you click! I have included below some tips from Homeland Security’s National Cyber Awareness System.

If you ever have a question about an email you receive, forward it to abuse@umw.edu or contact the IT Help Desk.

Larry Atkins Award Nominations now Open – The SAC has opened nominations for the 2017 Larry Atkins Award.  S.A.C.’s Larry Atkins Award recognizes UMW employees who are the unsung heroes of our offices.  Employees can be honored by their teammates and co-workers with this award, and they’ll receive $100.

The S.A.C. chooses one wage, one classified, and one administrative professional faculty employee for the award.  Nominees lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile, and set a positive example for others.

You’ll find more information on the Larry Atkins page on the UMW website.  To nominate a colleague, complete the online nomination form by 5pm Friday, September 15th.  If you have questions, please contact Christy Pack.

Winners will be announced at the Fall Employee Luncheon, Oct. 17.

Annual Coleman & Hurley Award Nominations now Open – Nominations can now be submitted for University Recognition Awards.   We will continue our celebration of excellence with the announcement of this year’s nominees, their champions, and the award recipients at the fall staff luncheon event on Oct. 17.  For more information on the awards, go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/08/14/annual-coleman-hurley-award-nominations/ or contact Terri Arthur (tlockhar@umw.edu).

September Safe Zone Workshops – The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens.  Safe Zone consists of people who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

Two types of Safe Zone workshops are offered for faculty and staff. The Basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The Advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.  Enrollment is currently being accepted for a Basic training session for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Advanced training is being offered on Monday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the training or if you have questions.

Save The Date!  UMW 1st Annual SAC Bake Off is Monday, Oct. 16. More information coming soon.

Excellent Eagle Employees!   Do you know an excellent employee?  Well then nominate them to be an Excellent Eagle!  You can nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award by completing the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. 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.

 

SAC News

Excellent Eagle Employees!  Congratulations to Marissa Miller (Office of Student Conduct & Responsibility) for being selected as our Excellent Eagle for August, and to Dishante Fryer (Academic Engagement & Student Success/James Farmer Scholars) for being selected as our Excellent Eagle for September!  You can nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award by completing the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

Weight Watchers at Work – If you’re interested in learning about Weight Watchers @ Work, stop  by any Thursday and check out UMW’s Weight Watchers@Work. They meet from 12:15 to 12:45 in Room 111 on the ground floor of the Hurley Convergence Center. For a recent story about some UMW Weight Watchers Success Stories, go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/08/24/weight-watchers-work/

September Safe Zone Workshops – The Safe Zone program offers workshops that are designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) issues to increase the safety and inclusion of all campus citizens.  Safe Zone consists of people who will:

  1. Be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if LGBTQ+ individuals need help, advice or just someone to talk to.
  2. Not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions and will address them in an educational and informative manner.
  3. Have received training and can provide information regarding on- or off-campus resources.

Two types of Safe Zone workshops are offered for faculty and staff. The Basic training focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. The Advanced training is for faculty and staff who have already completed the Basic training and covers more advanced topics, including bystander intervention.  Enrollment is currently being accepted for a Basic training session for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Advanced training is being offered on Monday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for the training or if you have questions.

Larry Atkins Award Nominations now Open – The SAC has opened nominations for the 2017 Larry Atkins Award.  S.A.C.’s Larry Atkins Award recognizes UMW employees who are the unsung heroes of our offices.  Employees can be honored by their teammates and co-workers with this award, and they’ll receive $100.

The S.A.C. chooses one wage, one classified, and one administrative professional faculty employee for the award.  Nominees lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile, and set a positive example for others.

You’ll find more information on the Larry Atkins page on the UMW website.  To nominate a colleague, complete the online nomination form by 5pm Friday, September 15th.  If you have questions, please contact Christy Pack.

Winners will be announced at the Fall Employee Luncheon, Oct. 17.

Annual Coleman & Hurley Award Nominations now Open – Nominations can now be submitted for University Recognition Awards.   We will continue our celebration of excellence with the announcement of this year’s nominees, their champions, and the award recipients at the fall staff luncheon event on Oct. 17.  For more information on the awards, go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/08/14/annual-coleman-hurley-award-nominations/ or contact Terri Arthur (tlockhar@umw.edu).

New in Campus Rec – Find out all that’s new with Campus Recreation this year by going to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/08/24/new-campus-rec-year/

SAC Bake Off – Save the Date Monday, Oct. 16, for the SAC Bake Off!  More information coming soon.

#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.

Swim Lesson Spots Still Available

Swim lessons are back at UMW and spots are still available! Space is limited and classes start soon, so sign up soon! To register follow this link: campusrec.umw.edu

Questions? Email us at umwcrec@umw.edu

Weight Watchers at Work

As employees at UMW, we are all incredibly busy creating opportunities for students and improving the University in whatever ways we can. Jon Reynolds and Taryn Snyder both work for UMW Theatre as the Director of Marketing and Audiences Services and the Assistant to the Chair, respectively. Jon graduated in 2007 with a degree in theatre and has been working in the theatre department for 10 years; Taryn graduated from UMW in 2015, also with a degree in theatre.

If you’ve passed them on campus lately, you’re seeing far less of them. Both have been phenomenally successful at Weight Watchers, shedding pounds and gaining new perspectives. Oh – and in the process, they’ve received reimbursements from our state health plan.

Here, Taryn and Jon step out of their comfort zones to talk about their drive to stay healthy (and happy) while at work.

Jon Reynolds, Taryn Snyder

Jon Reynolds and Taryn Snyder are having fun with Weight Watchers on campus.

Jon: We find ourselves VERY busy during the academic year, and it is sometimes difficult to remember to be healthy in that environment. But I have made a dedicated effort to attend the Weight Watchers@Work meetings every Thursday.

Taryn: I, too, am committed to those Thursday meetings. Jon and I try to walk consistently in the morning before the day starts. The walk allows us to discuss the pending day and things we want to accomplish, while also giving us the opportunity to exercise and unwind before the day gets crazy.

Jon: Both Taryn and I used to go through periods of time where we were working six  days a week rehearsing. But when we started our current jobs, it kind of hit us both hard that performing was the thing keeping us active. What we do now is two-fold, serving the academic department during the day, and the production program during the evenings. Not a lot of people realize how hard people work in the field of theatre. It is not easy!

Taryn: And when the idea of doing WW@Work came up, Jon challenged my preconceived notions, explaining that it is not just about losing weight anymore. Even more than that, I’ve personally come to learn that it’s about being your healthiest and happiest self. We’ve tried new foods and recipes, new workouts, etc. because the meetings encourage us to live “beyond the scale.” I think a big reason people are so anti-WW is because they think it’s dated and just counting calories. It’s so much more than that!

Jon: I agree, and I think that it is helpful – even essential – to have another individual or group to hold you accountable and push you to keep making healthy choices. Sometimes Taryn will say “We can go to Chipotle for lunch, but we have to walk after work.” In other words, we have to earn that lunch!

Taryn: Don’t get us wrong: If that conversation takes place, we almost always go to Chipotle – so, we are getting in a lot of afternoon walks!

 

Jon: We made a commitment to do Weight Watcher@Work, and we really do look forward to the meetings each week. It gives us a chance to step out of the office for a little bit. Plus, the other people there are fun to be around, and our group leader is EXTREMELY inspiring and tolerant of Taryn and me laughing and joking around.

 

Taryn: But we contribute to the conversation, and we’re always able to reel ourselves back in if we get off track. We have a good time!

 

Jon: I can honestly say that after more than a year of going to meetings and having Taryn hold me accountable, I am in way better shape than this time last year.

 

Taryn: I agree 100 percent! We push each other, and we both feel better about ourselves. The sense of community at the meetings is amazing.

 

 

Thinking you’d like to shed a few pounds and feel better about yourself? Come any Thursday and check out UMW’s Weight Watchers@Work. We meet from 12:15 to 12:45 in Room 111 on the ground floor of the Hurley Convergence Center. You’ll find out how much fun we have! We’ll tell you all you need to know – and there may be some freebies thrown in!

 

 

 

 

Annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament Slated for Family Weekend, Sept. 15

UMW Athletics is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament will return for Family Weekend 2017. The event will be held at Augustine Golf Club, home of UMW Golf!

The Eagle Club is the fundraising arm of UMW Athletics and its mission is to maximize opportunities and strengthen support services for Mary Washington’s student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Included in the $150 cost to play is a $50 “Flight Level” donation to the Eagle Club. The tournament will also provide range balls, free drinks on the course, a pre-tournament lunch and post-tournament dinner, great prizes and more! Golfers may sign up individually, with a pair, or an entire foursome.

Registration is now open and will stay open until September 8, 2017 or until the event sells out.

Click here for more details and to register today!

Contact Eagle Club Director Philip Pierce (540)654-1153 or ppierce@umw.edu with any questions or with interest to register with cash/check.

A message from the Director of Athletics, Ken Tyler:

The Eagle Club Golf Tournament is an opportunity to celebrate and support the University of Mary Washington’s tradition of athletic excellence. Whether you’re a scratch golfer, a weekend hacker, or you’ve never picked up a club, your support of this event will make an immediate impact on the success of our student athletes and the quality of our athletic programs. Our goal is to have all athletic programs across all eras represented. The event is more than just an opportunity to get together. We want you to reconnect with old teammates, visit old friends and make new ones, and meet the staff. But we do this with purpose: the golfing will be great, but we gather to support UMW student athletes.

We have a great tradition and great pride because of many present and past who have supported those who wear the navy and gray. Let’s keep it going. I look forward to seeing you show your commitment at the 3rd Annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament. Thank you!


Event Schedule

1:00 p.m. Check-In and Open Range (Lunch Provided)

1:45 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

2:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start

6:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards, Prizes

Limited to 120 Golfers. Reservations on a first come first serve basis.

UMW Athletics Welcomes Back Student Athletes with Annual Leadership Academy

The University of Mary Washington athletic department opened the 2017-18 year by inviting representatives of every varsity and club team back to campus to complete the department’s annual Leadership Academy. The three-day event promotes leadership among team leaders, and promotes bonding among the teams through a shared training.

The participants, using a shared reading of the book Great Teams by Don Yaeger, shared their interpretations of the text, explaining their “Why,” and went through team-building exercises based on the book.

The groups then aided in the development of a department-wide initiative called “The Eagle Way,” examining passion, grit, commitment, and integrity. The groups traveled to Challenge Discovery in Richmond for a physical challenge, and completed the academy with the annual river crossing of the Rappahannock by using the teamwork traits they developed.​ The Academy also completed a service project together, assembling nearly 1,500 back-to-school gifts for Smart Beginnings to distribute to local children entering kindergarten.

“Forty-one of our athletes came into the three-day Academy with little knowledge of the itinerary, moreover the other athletes, yet we challenged them to engage and learn from one another and push themselves outside of their comfort zones,” said UMW Director of Athletic Development Philip Pierce, who directed the event. “We have no doubt that each participant gained the tools and the confidence to be leaders of their peers and make a real difference in the culture of their programs.”

UFC, SAC, Student Leaders Unite Against Bigotry

The University Faculty Council, the Staff Advisory Council and UMW’s student leaders have adopted the following resolutions:

The University Faculty Council of the University of Mary Washington offers solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Virginia and with the citizens of Charlottesville in strongly condemning the bigotry, hatred, violence, and intimidation exhibited by supporters of the “Unite the Right” event.  Consistent with the values of the academy, we encourage responsible, civil, compassionate, and mutually respectful discourse on the difficult topics of race, identity, and history.  We utterly condemn the ideologies espoused by white supremacist, white nationalist, and Nazi groups, which stand for violence, intimidation, and the marginalization of members of our community.  We affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to the protection of respectful civil discourse.  We, too, “stand ready to defend those values against any who seek to undermine them.”

The Staff Advisory Council of the University of Mary Washington strongly condemns the hateful violence and acts of bigotry that occurred in Charlottesville during a “Unite the Right” event earlier this month.

The Staff Advisory Council stands in solidarity with our student leaders and the University Faculty Council condemning these acts of intimidation, bigotry, and hatred.  We support the First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceable assembly, however acts of violence and terrorism are not protected by this amendment.  We support and encourage respectful civil discussion of varied viewpoints, opinions, and differences.  The Staff Advisory Council is committed to UMW values and to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment of mutual respect for students, faculty, staff, and community of all backgrounds and identities.

We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of Heather Heyer and state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates whose lives were lost.  Our thoughts are also with the dozens who were injured, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community.

UMW United: We, as leaders of the student organizations at UMW, want to express our sorrow at the events of civil unrest and violence that broke out over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The past few days have seen us bear witness to a white supremacist rally marching through the University of Virginia’s campus, and propagandizing racism and hatred.

Here at the University of Mary Washington, our core principles of equal opportunity and diversity are not only practiced but celebrated. We, as a community, do not condone this behavior of discrimination or violence.

Additionally, our thoughts and prayers are with the dozens who were injured as well as the friends and families of Heather Heyer and state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates who lost their lives in the fight against bigotry and hatred.

If anyone on campus witnesses discriminatory behavior or injustice, do not hesitate to reach out and report them. Please utilize the following resources that are here to promote diversity and inclusion: James Farmer Multicultural Center, Title IX Office, Talley Center, UMW Police, and the Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee.

Together, we are one UMW. Together, we are UMW United.

Welcome, New Faculty Members

The following new faculty were introduced at the opening faculty meeting on Aug. 22:

Nicole W. Barnes, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Ph.D. earned at Georgia State University

Michael G. Benson, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, M.F.A. earned at the Pennsylvania State University

[Susanne] Brenta Blevins, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Ph.D. earned at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Michael A. Bratt, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Music, D.M.A. earned at the Cleveland Institute of Music

John D. Burrow, Lecturer, College of Business, D.M. earned at the University of Maryland University College

James B. Collins, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Ph.D. earned at North Carolina State University

Julia A. DeLancey, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Ph.D. earned at the University of St. Andrews

Alexandra M. Dunn, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Ph.D. earned at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Pamela R. Grothe, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. earned at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Chelsea K. Hampton, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Ph.D. earned at North Carolina State University

Christy K. Irish, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Ph.D. earned at George Mason University

Suzie Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Ph.D. earned at the University of Maryland

[James] Brooks Kuykendall, Professor, Department of Music, Ph.D. earned at Cornell University

Lauren K. McMillan, Assistant Professor, Department of Historic Preservation, Ph.D. earned at the University of Tennessee

Patrick R. Rich, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Science, Ph.D. earned at Kent State University

Kyle T. Schultz, Associate Professor, College of Education, Ph.D. earned at the University of Georgia

Melissa S. Wells, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Ph.D. earned at the University of South Carolina

Robert L. Wells, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Ph.D. earned at the University of Rochester

SAC News

SAC Unites with UFC and Student Leaders - The Staff Advisory Council of the University of Mary Washington strongly condemns the hateful violence and acts of bigotry that occurred in Charlottesville during a “Unite the Right” event earlier this month.  The Staff Advisory Council stands in solidarity with our student leaders and the University Faculty Council condemning these acts of intimidation, bigotry, and hatred.  We support the First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceable assembly, however acts of violence and terrorism are not protected by this amendment.  We support and encourage respectful civil discussion of varied viewpoints, opinions, and differences.  The Staff Advisory Council is committed to UMW values and to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment of mutual respect for students, faculty, staff, and community of all backgrounds and identities.

We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of Heather Heyer and state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates whose lives were lost.  Our thoughts are also with the dozens who were injured, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community.

UMW United Statement

UFC statement on “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville

Larry Atkins Award Nominations now Open – The SAC has opened nominations for the 2017 Larry Atkins Award.  SAC’s Larry Atkins Award recognizes UMW employees who are the unsung heroes of our offices.  Employees can be honored by their teammates and co-workers with this award, and they’ll receive $100.

The SAC chooses one wage, one classified, and one administrative professional faculty employee for the award.  Nominees lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile, and set a positive example for others.

You’ll find more information on the Larry Atkins page on the UMW website.  To nominate a colleague, complete the online nomination form by 5pm Friday, September 15th.  If you have questions, please contact Christy Pack.

Winners will be announced at the Fall Employee Luncheon, October 17th.

Annual Coleman & Hurley Award Nominations now Open – Nominations can now be submitted for University Recognition Awards.   We will continue our celebration of excellence with the announcement of this year’s nominees, their champions, and the award recipients at the fall staff luncheon event on October 17.  For more information on the awards, go to http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2017/08/14/annual-coleman-hurley-award-nominations/ or contact Terri Arthur (tlockhar@umw.edu).

SAC Bake Off – Save the Date Monday October 16th for the SAC Bake Off!  More information coming soon!

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.