September 25, 2023

Staff Advisory Council News


The Staff Advisory Council is now accepting nominations for the Larry Atkins Award.  Larry was one of the first employees to receive the S.A.C. “We Couldn’t Do it Without You Award.” That award was renamed in his honor.

Larry Atkins Award winners:

  • lend a helping hand to their teammates
  • go above and beyond in each and every task while wearing a smile
  • set a positive example for other UMW employees

S.A.C. chooses 3 winners – 1 wage employee, 1 classified employee, and 1 administrative faculty employee.  All UMW employees are eligible to nominate and to be nominated for one of the three awards.

All nominations must be received by 5pm Monday, September 12th.  Winners will be announced by S.A.C. at the Fall Employee gathering, and winners will receive $100.

To nominate someone, use the following link and complete the form. Larry Atkins Award nomination form

If you have questions please contact John Symonds or Pam Lowery at

The Summer Fitness Challenge continues through this Saturday, Aug. 20.  Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council are promoting and encouraging UMW employees to participate, get fit, and have fun! Final entries must be submitted by 8 a.m. on Aug. 24 on the FitBit Challenge Form.

The UMW Staff Advisory Council partnered with the Spotsylvania County School District and the Courthouse Academy for Special Needs for this year’s Back to School Supply Drive to support kids in need. School Supply Drives help provide supplies that students need in order to succeed in school. These supplies go a long way for kids who need them the most. The SAC will be collecting school supply donations until Sept. 2.

Click here to access a flyer for drop box locations to post in your area to raise awareness and get colleagues involved.

Please don’t forget to nominate your co-workers, supervisor, or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized. 

SAC’s next meeting is today, Thursday, Aug. 18, in Lee Hall, Room 412, at 1 p.m.  Sabrina Johnson is our guest speaker.  Meetings are open to anyone who’d like to attend.