February 20, 2019

Upcoming Conference on Campus

Please join the Office of Title IX and the Center for Prevention and Education for a free, one-day, on-campus conference on Thursday, March 14 in Chandler Ballroom. Evolving Practices: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses offers a wide range of perspectives, including non-profit professionals, academics, student conduct professionals and more on the multifaceted nature of sexual and gender-based violence at the university level.

This conference is best suited for professionals working directly with college-aged students including law enforcement, student conduct, victim advocates, counselors, academics and other interested parties.  Students are welcome to attend!  While this conference is free, pre registration is required.

UMW Chamber Music Festival at Belmont Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the UMW Department of Music are partnering to present a Chamber Music Festival on February 23 and 24 in the intimate setting of Gari Melchers’ Studio and the Pavilion at Belmont.

“The richly appointed interior of the famed American artist’s studio is an ideal setting to enjoy chamber music in the Old World tradition that Gari Melchers would have happily endorsed,” says Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron. “And the acoustics in this barrel-vaulted space are perfect!”

The Chamber Festival is presented each spring featuring student, faculty, and professional groups. Various musical styles and genres spanning the centuries are performed. The Music Department is committed to promoting contemporary works. Original compositions by students and faculty are also debuted.​

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, February 23 at 7 p.m. with performances by the UMW Chamber Music trio, Brass Quintet, Flute Quartet and Jazz Combo under the direction of Doug Gately. The program will feature music by such diverse composers as Handel, Loeillett, Telemann, Granados, Bach, Puccini, Arnold, Haydn and jazz standards and contemporary works incorporating Swing, Latin and Funk styles.

The February 24 Sunday afternoon offering, beginning at 2 p.m., presents the United States Air Force String Trio under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Bryce Bunner performing Beethoven’s String Trios. The UMW Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Gately, will perform a selection of jazz standards.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please make reservations beginning February 5 by emailing Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

Sign Up for Upcoming February Safe Zone Workshops

The UMW 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. At the end of each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become a Safe Zone ally for our campus.

Safe Zone allies are individuals 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.

We offer two types of general Safe Zone workshops for faculty and staff. All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend these workshops, including adjunct faculty and part-time 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.

For any interested faculty or staff, we are offering a basic training on Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 4:45 p.m. We are also offering an advanced training on Thursday, February 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited. Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu to register for a training or if you have questions. If you would like more information about Safe Zone, please visit the website at bit.ly/UMWsafezone.

Are You a UMWFoodie?

Erin Wysong, UMW References and Sciences Librarian, became a UMWFoodie during it’s “grand opening” promotion and won an Amazon Fire 7 tablet! Campus Dining created this new text messaging group in January in order to provide UMW students, faculty and staff with timely and valuable information about dining services.

UMWFoodies will be the first to know about free food sampling events, dining discounts, special events, and changes to Campus Dining operational hours due to dangerous weather conditions.  Rose Benedict, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, will be the only person sending out messages via this new group, and she promises that messages will be limited to once or twice a week. The only exceptions to that would be when bad weather necessitated multiple changes in dining operational hours.

Did you know that Campus Dining gave out free food samples twice this month and that another sampling is scheduled for next week? UMWFoodies learn about these and other special events and offers!  To join simply text “UMWFoodies” to 82257, then reply “yes” to the confirmation text.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@UMW.edu.

Admitted Student Phone-a-thon: Volunteers Welcome

The Office of Financial Aid mailed more than 1,000 financial aid awards to admitted first year and transfer students in January. Join us as we personally reach out to students to confirm its receipt and remind them of important next steps toward enrollment.

5-7 p.m.
Monday, February 4
Wednesday, February 6
Thursday, February 7

• Calling from Lee Hall Fourth Floor – Admissions Operations Suite
• Pizza and drinks will be provided each evening.
• Contact Melissa Yakabouski at myak@umw.edu to volunteer.

Larus Publishes Commentary in Asia Dialogue

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, published her commentary “Xi Jinping Message to Compatriots in Taiwan signals change in policy,” in Asia Dialogue, the online magazine of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute. In her article, Larus claims that the commemorative speech does not constitute a sea change in China’s policy toward Taiwan, but does push the envelope in cross-Strait relations. Read the entire the article here: http://theasiadialogue.com/2019/01/24/xi-jinpings-message-to-compatriots-in-taiwan-signals-change-in-taiwan-policy/

Nabil Al-Tikriti Presents UMW at Education USA Office in Baku

On Dec. 22, 2018, Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti presented the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate and graduate admissions possibilities to a group of potential applicants at the Education USA office in Baku, Azerbaijan. Al-Tikriti is currently conducting historical research and advice as a Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan, for the 2018-19 academic year.

New Mediterranean Menu at Underground Cafe

This week the Underground Cafe rolled out a new Mediterranean menu featuring “Build Your Own” entrees with Beef, Chicken, Veggie or Falafel Kabobs along with a wide array of salads, appetizers and sides.  The menu will still include Red Pepper Gouda Soup on Wednesdays, as well as fruit and yogurt smoothies and assorted desserts daily.  Blackstone coffee has now been added to the menu, and beer on tap is available after 5 p.m.

Campus Dining invites UMW faculty, staff, and students to stop in for some free samples of the new Mediterranean dishes between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7th.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.

Al-Tikriti Speaks at MESA Book Prize Panel

Associate Professor of Middle East History Nabil Al-Tikriti spoke about the selection process, and introduced two of the five book award winners for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Book Prize panel, entitled: Celebrating Scholarship: MESA Book Award Winners Discuss Their Work.”

The book prize committee was chaired by Prof. Heather Sharkey of the University of Pennsylvania, while other committee members included Profs. Laleh Khalili of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Yaseen Noorani of the University of Arizona, and Nancy Stockdale of the University of North Texas. The competition logistics were managed by Sara Palmer of MESA.

For this competition, each committee member received roughly 127 books in April-May of 2018, and took charge of nominating 3-4 texts out of 25 books assigned to them by mid-June. In the second round, all committee members evaluated for final prize consideration the resulting 20 or so texts, by mid-August.

As the MESA website explains further, the following scholars received commendations and/or prizes:

Fatima Mernissi Book Award Winner: Attiya Ahmad, George Washington University: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait. Duke University Press, 2017

Nikki Keddie Book Award Co-winner, Orit Bashkin, The University of Chicago: Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel. Stanford University Press, 2017

Nikki Keddie Book Award Co-winner, Kevan Harris, University of California, Los Angeles:  A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran
University of California Press, 2017

Albert Hourani Book Award Winner, Alireza Doostdar, The University of Chicago: The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny, Princeton University Press, 2018.

Albert Hourani Book Award Honorable Mention, J.R. Osborn, Georgetown University: Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design. Harvard University Press, 2017.



Spring Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

Registration is now open for the 3 fitness programs available to UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness, Lunch Bunch, and Lunchtime Yoga.

FREE WEEK = JANUARY 14-18, 2019.
Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6-week program that will begin on January 21/22!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session.

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate strength and cardio training for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15-12 p.m.
Lunch Bunch is a low impact, total body fitness class for faculty and staff that will get the blood flowing, but not so much that you’re in need of a shower. It’s the perfect mid-day movement to help you feel successful and able to return to work in a jiffy.

Lunchtime Yoga
Mondays & Fridays, 12-12:50 p.m.
This lunchtime yoga class is designed to give faculty and staff headspace during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.

Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Session 1 – $30
January 14-18 = Free Week!
January 21-March 1 = Session 1
Registration open now!

Session 2 – $30
March 11-15 = Free Week!
March 18-April 26 = Session 2

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Additionally, please make sure the “Spring 2019” semester is selected on the left menu to see the spring offerings. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.