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Jepson Science Center construction update

The following message is from Facilities Services: 

Between Monday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Virginia Steel Erectors will be removing the crane from the Jepson project site. This work will create increased traffic volume in the Anderson Center parking lot as several flatbed trailers will remove pieces of the crane. Traffic impact to College Avenue is expected to be minimal as the trailers depart to Route 1.

If you have questions, please contact UMW Project Manager Les Johnson at 540-654-2100.

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

UMW seeks to reflect diversity of abilities in our faculty and staff.  Please take a minute to answer ONE question telling us if you have or ever had a disability.  Completing this form is VOLUNTARY, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. By law, your answer will not be used against you in any way.

Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required by the federal government to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years, and are encouraged to gather this information more often.  You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

Thank you for taking a moment to complete your information.

We strive for all members of our community to have equitable access to opportunities for participation and the resources for success.  If you have any questions or concerns about disability related workplace issues please contact the AAEEO Officer at sjohnson@umw.edu or call the Office of Human Resources at 540 654-1214.  Information about workplace accommodations is available for your review. 

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Paid Parental Leave and Child Care Options

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam

June 26, 2018

Dear State Employees:

In the approximately six months that I have served as your Governor, I have been impressed by your dedication as public servants of the Commonwealth.  You are the backbone of state government and work hard to keep Virginia strong.

Earlier today, I issued two Executive Orders to provide support for state employees both at work and at home.  These initiatives address paid parental leave, and early child care and education.

Our new paid parental leave policy (Executive Order Number Twelve) authorizes paid parental leave for employees of executive branch state agencies.  The new benefit provides up to eight weeks of paid parental leave to enable employees to care for and bond with a newborn, or for a child under the age of eighteen (18) newly-placed for adoption, foster or custodial care.   The paid leave may be used in combination with other leave benefits and will apply to both parents if both are eligible state employees.

Research shows that paid time-off to bond with our children provides benefits for the children, their parents, and the parents’ employers. Introducing a new child into a family is a time of great joy, but can also be stressful.  We are hoping to alleviate some of that stress.

You can find more details on this new policy on the Department of Human Resource Management’s website at www.dhrm.virginia.gov.

Executive Order Number Thirteen sets up an Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care to study early child care and learning options for state employees.  The advisory commission will study the feasibility of providing evidence-based early care and learning programs for young children of state employees working on or around Capitol Square in Richmond.  It will also explore the creation of similar programs for state workers in other parts of the Commonwealth, will evaluate benefits offered related to supporting the early care and learning of employees’ children, and will provide recommendations on policies that will help the Commonwealth attract and retain talented state employees with young children.

I believe these actions are the right thing to do, and they recognize the diverse make-up of today’s families.

Thank you for all you do for this great Commonwealth.


Governor Ralph Northam


Construction Activity – Jepson Science Center

The following message is from Facilities Services: 

Beginning at 3:30 a.m., Friday, June 29, significant  construction activity will take place in and around the Jepson Science Center, affecting traffic along College Avenue and access to the parking lot between Simpson Library and duPont Hall. 

Donley’s construction company will place more than 200 cubic yards of concrete for the third floor addition, which is expected to take most of the day. Concrete trucks will be traveling on College Avenue, the Anderson Center parking lot, and the north Jepson access road. Please obey flagger directions. 

That same day, the south access road to the parking lot behind Simpson will be paved. This work will close one lane at a time, with the intent of paving both travel lanes that day. Please be aware of and obey directions from the flaggers. The paving is a weather dependent activity. 

Please contact Les Johnson, capital outlay project manager, at 654-2100, with questions.



Finalists for Director of Financial Aid Position

The following message is from the Office of Enrollment Management:  

The finalists for the position of Director of Financial Aid will be on the Fredericksburg campus, Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3. 

On behalf of the search committee, I invite the University Community to attend an open talk by each of the finalists on “How colleges can strengthen their financial aid award programs to improve student outcomes.”  

Candidate Open Forum schedule:

July 2 – Joan Weaver, from 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. in Lee Hall. Room 411

July 2 – Tim Saulnier, from  2:45 to 3:10 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411

July 3 – Aaron Whitacre, from 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 


–Kimberley Buster-Williams, Ed.S.

   Vice President for Enrollment Management


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