December 14, 2018

Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Jumps In Early For Governor’s Race (WAMU 88.5)

Democrats struggle with an identity crisis (The Globe and Mail)

Richardson: He Said, She Said (The Free Lance-Star)

Inclusiveness and Safety During Holidays

The following message is from the Office of Human Resources:  

Dear Colleagues, 

During the fall and winter months, a number of cultural and religious days of significance are observed. It is a time of celebration and an opportunity to honor the rich and diverse cultures that are ever present in our workplace and the communities we serve. With this in mind, please be mindful of inclusiveness and safety in your workplace decorations.   

In addition, we would like to take this time to remind you that some people have severe allergic reactions to strong fragrances/scents. Please be mindful of your co-workers and customers when using spray air fresheners, plug in air fresheners, oil diffusers, or any other fragrances.   

Best wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season. 

Your HR Team


Professors Share: The Moment That Changed the Way I Teach (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Women donors and PACs fueled political funding for Democratic women candidates in 2018—but they left GOP women behind (

The ‘great dying’: rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever, report says (The

Reminder: Every Department Has the Opportunity to Help Those in Need & to Be Creative!

Time is running out. Please send a representative from your office to the Office of Events & Conferencing on the third floor of George Washington Hall — GW 307. Pick up a 3-foot long holiday stocking, take it back to your work area, and accomplish two things:

  1. Help those in need. Collect non-perishable food items, as well as personal hygiene and toiletry products, for Micah Ecumenical Ministries to distribute to local individuals and families in need.
  2. Show your creative flair. Gather your team mates and decorate your office’s stocking in a distinctive way. The stockings will be part of the décor for our Dec. 14 holiday gathering.

Decorated and stuffed stockings need to be dropped off on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Grand Ballroom, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Please direct any inquiries to Marissa DiMeo at ext. 1087 or

Holiday and MyTime Signoff

The following message is from the Payroll Office:  

MyTime Supervisors and Employees, 

Winter break is rapidly approaching. In order for Payroll to meet the Commonwealth of Virginia processing deadlines and to ensure employees are paid as scheduled, it is imperative for timecards to be error free, complete and approved by the deadlines below. 

If the employee has completed working and will not work over break, we strongly encourage employees and supervisors to approve the timecards for the pay period(s) prior to leaving for break.  Reminder: when approving in advance, select Current Pay Period.  

Semi-monthly Employees (classified, A/P faculty, etc.)

Pay Period 11/25-12/9, approval due no later than NOON on 12/11/18

Pay Period 12/10-12/25, approval due no later than NOON on 1/2/19

Bi-weekly Employees (wage, student, AI, GA etc.)

Pay Period 11/26-12/9, approval due no later than NOON on 12/10/18

Pay Period 12/10-12/23, approval due no later than NOON on 12/24/18

Supervisors, it is critical that you review the timecard for any exceptions, including missing punches and resolve these prior to your employee leaving for winter break.  Incomplete or unapproved timecards prevent the entire Payroll from being completed. Please take care when editing punches as MyTime defaults to “am”. 

Manager Delegation

Supervisors that are unavailable to approve timecards or time-off requests may Delegate their approval to another MyTime supervisor. Supervisors receiving the delegation must accept the request in MyTime before they will have access. Please use the MyTime Supervisor Manual to view the instructions. 

Time-off Requests

Many employees and supervisors will use leave prior to and/or after break. Please ensure leave requests are processed and approved prior to timecard approval deadlines.

Estimated Leave Loss for Classified Employees

The new leave year begins on 1/10/19. Maximum carry over limits are applied to annual leave balances. Classified employees can determine if they may lose leave by viewing their leave balances on their timecard or their supervisor may run an Accrual Detail report. The attached document shows how an employee may determine their estimated leave loss. The MyTime Supervisor Manual explains how a supervisor may run the report.  

Please contact the Payroll Office at with any questions. 

Thank you.