February 23, 2017

SAC News

Coffee with the President: Thursday, Feb. 23, in the HCC Digital Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., President Paino will be hosting the first of several “Coffee with the President” informal gatherings. It is planned to be laid back, so come and go as you please. Come to share your thoughts, feelings and concerns about the University with the President. The next one will be held on March 21 in the University Center Maple Room.

Great Lives Lecture Series: Last week, William Crawley gave a presentation at our February S.A.C. meeting about the history of the Great Lives Lecture Series. The Spring 2017 Great Lives Lectures Series schedule is available at http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/. This series is open to the public free of charge. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Each lecture concludes with an audience Q&A session with the speaker and a book signing. Please remember that our monthly S.A.C. meetings are open to all UMW staff.

March SAC Meeting: Our guest speaker for our next meeting on March 16 will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.

UMW Shred Event 2017: UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off)! Support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom! Would you like to enter the contest? Visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-chili-cook-off-entry-form/ to submit your name and contact information.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap, since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

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) 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.!

Caffrey Returns to Songwriters’ Showcase

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey will be featured as part of the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase at LibertyTown Arts on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. The Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase is a monthly concert series featuring original acoustic music. Caffrey first performed at the Showcase in January 2014. He returns this month to premiere new songs form his forthcoming CD, downshifter.  Admission is $10; $5 for children and students. LibertyTown Arts is located on 916 Liberty St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

Green Zone Training Initiative

A “Green Zone” is a location recognized by veterans as a safe place. Student veterans and service members are a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age, race/ethnicity, gender, and backgrounds.  Please join UMW Green Zone volunteers in the Magnolia Room of the University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for veterans awareness training. The session will begin with a panel of student veterans providing their perspective on transitioning from the military to a college campus, and will then be followed by an open discussion on working with student veterans and service members to assist them with the transition to student life

As of this past spring, Virginia ranked fourth in states with the most active duty and reserve members of the military. It’s imperative that UMW staff and faculty educate themselves about working with student veterans and service members.

*Please feel free to bring your lunch to this training session.  We believe attendance may be high for this training session.  Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Kevin Caffrey (kcaffrey@umw.edu).

SAC News

Coffee with the President: President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” next Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

UMW Shred Event 2017: UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off)! SAVE THE DATE!  Support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday March 9th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM in the Chandler Ballroom!  Would you like to enter the contest?   Then visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-chili-cook-off-entry-form/ to submit your name & contact information.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women.  During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap—since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

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) 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.!

 

SAC News

February Excellent Eagle Employee: Congratulations to Evelyn Torres for being selected as the Excellent Eagle for February!  As one of her co-workers explains: “Evelyn demonstrates a genuine interest in the success of the entire UMW community. She provides patient and consistent guidance to students, in order for them to successfully graduate. She solves problems, trains co-workers and assists her department with the same patience and guidance. Evelyn is upbeat, friendly and projects a very positive and welcoming demeanor, all great qualities and demonstrative of an Excellent Eagle Employee!” 

Wow! Congratulations, Evelyn!

You can 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.

February SAC Meeting:  Our February meeting will be held next week on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412.  You do not have to be a member of the SAC to attend!  Attending is a great opportunity to not only meet with other UMW employees but also to observe and discuss important issues on campus.  Dr. William Crawley and Brian Jay Jones of the Great Lives Series will be the February guest speakers.

Safe Zone Training:  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 its members. There will be two basic training sessions for any interested faculty or staff member on Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.  An advanced training will be offered on Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for one of the training sessions or if you have questions.

Black History Month: Colors of Africa will raise awareness and highlight Caribbean, African and traditionally African American culture through music, dance and food! Sponsored by the African Student Union, Brothers of a  New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity and Women of Color, this event is free and will take place of the University Center in the Chandler Ballroom at 6 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 10.

Coffee with the President: President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium. Stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) 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.!

SAC News

February SAC Meeting: Remember, you do not have to be a member of the Staff Advisory Council to attend a meeting!  Our February meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 412.  This is a great opportunity to not only meet with other UMW employees but also to observe and discuss important issues on campus. Dr. William Crawley and Brian Jay Jones of the Great Lives Series will be the February guest speaker.

SAC Twitter Account: We are about to become much more active on social media than we’ve been in the past, so please follow us on Twitter @UMW_S.A.C. for important SAC and UMW news throughout the year.

Coffee with the President: President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium. Stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

Excellent Eagle Employee Program:   Take this opportunity to nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award!  Simply 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) 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 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.

Green Zone Training Initiative

A “Green Zone” is a location recognized by veterans as a safe place. Student veterans and service members are a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age, race/ethnicity, gender, and backgrounds.  Please join UMW Green Zone volunteers in the Magnolia Room of the University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for an open discussion on working with student veterans and service members and assisting them with the transition to student life.  At 12:45, we will turn the discussion over to a panel of student veterans for their perspective on transitioning from the military to a college campus.

As of this past spring, Virginia ranked fourth in states with the most active duty and reserve members of the military. It’s imperative that UMW staff and faculty educate themselves about working with student veterans and service members.

*Please feel free to bring your lunch to this training session.

Registrar’s Office Presents at AACRAO Annual Meeting

Rita Dunston and Kevin Caffrey, Registrar’s Office, presented at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Annual Meeting. The presentation titled Social? We Can Be Social! discussed how to utilize social media to not only change the reputation of your office on campus but to also disseminate information to students in a “new” way. AACRAO’s mission is “to provide professional development, guidelines and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, information technology and student services.”

Save Energy! Stickers Available

Perhaps you’ve noticed one in the communal office kitchen.  Maybe you’ve noticed one in the copy room.  Have you noticed one in a classroom where you teach?  Hopefully this week students began to notice them when returning to their residence halls.

Wherever you may be on campus, there will always be an opportunity to make an effort to save energy and reduce waste.  The President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS), with the approval of the Vice President for Administration & Finance as well as the Director of Safety and Police Chief Hall, recently had Save Energy! Turn Off Lights After Use stickers created in a concerted effort to decrease the amount of wasted energy on campus when lights are kept on in unoccupied areas.

If you know of an area that you think may benefit from having one of these stickers, please contact Kevin Caffrey (kcaffrey@umw.edu).  As a campus community committed to creating a sustainable future, we must all do our part to save energy and reduce waste.

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 http://sac.umwblogs.org/

Elections Committee Staff Advisory Council