July 1, 2022

It’s Official: O’Donnell Named Provost

To all faculty and staff:

I am writing to share the news that I have asked Tim O’Donnell to continue serving as our provost and chief academic officer and am removing “interim” from his title. He has done an excellent job in this role over the past year, knows where we are going and what it will take, and offers us a steady and committed hand as we move forward to confront the significant demographic and financial challenges before us.

I know that last year I indicated we would do a national search for a new provost, and the last thing I want to do is undermine your trust in me or my leadership.  I hope that each of you understand and can respect, however, that circumstances change. Tim’s excellent leadership of Academic Affairs and Admissions over the past year and the need for continuity and stability of leadership in both of these areas, as well as on my Cabinet, convinced me that a national search would not be what is in the best interests of the institution.

As an institution, we must continue our focus on the recruitment and retention of students, be prudent in our allocation of resources, work within the bounds of Virginia higher education, and continue moving forward in the strategic direction endorsed by our Board of Visitors. Importantly, Tim understands the limits and possibilities of our present position, is a critical part of my leadership team, and is committed to our students, our employees, and our mission. We have much to accomplish in the coming months and I am grateful that he is willing to continue serving UMW in this capacity. We have come through a very difficult period these past couple of years and there are many challenges ahead.  And yet I could not be more optimistic about our future, so long as we continue our momentum and work together for the success of our University.

Troy D. Paino, JD, PhD


President Paino Pens Op-Ed in ‘The Free Lance-Star’

UMW President Troy D. Paino

UMW President Troy D. Paino

UMW President Troy Paino wrote an op-ed, which ran in The Free Lance-Star as “Commentary: First check is no measure of a successful college education.” Paino wrote: Earlier this month, the University of Mary Washington welcomed back over 1,300 alumni during reunion weekend. It was a huge event—our largest reunion to date, and three times the typical size since we haven’t held the annual tradition since 2019. Our alumni came from as far away as France and Hong Kong to be here for this joyous occasion, and each one has a Mary Washington story. Read more.

Al-Tikriti Presents Ottoman History Research at Istanbul Conference

Al-Tikriti joins the panel

Al-Tikriti, far right, joins the panel

Professor of Middle East History Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper entitled “All My Children – Assessing the Ego Documents of Bayezid II’s (d. 1512) Family” on Wednesday, June 15. Following a brief statement in Turkish, Prof. Al-Tikriti continued in English, surveying the available “Ego-Documents” covering the family of the Ottoman Empire’s 8th ruler, Bayezid II. This presentation was offered as part of the “Ottoman Ego Documents/Ben-Anlatıları” Symposium hosted by a number of public and private Turkish institutions, including Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi, TÜBİTAK, İSTEV, Eyüpsultan Municipality and Tuzla Municipality. The conference, which took place on June 15 to 17, after twice being postponed due to the recent pandemic, was held in a hybrid format and included a number of scholars presenting remotely from Europe, as well as an in-person keynote address by Harvard University’s Cemal Kafadar.

In the course of his presentation, Prof. Al-Tikriti advocated for use of the term “family corpus” of ego-documents, while clarifying that such documents are specific forms of “life writing,” as nearly all surviving 16th-century Ottoman documents are in effect public statements, as opposed to private musings.

The symposium website includes further information, and the complete symposium program. Prof. Al-Tikriti would like to especially thank the UMW Finance Department for facilitating such conference travel right before the end of the current fiscal year.

Gately Performs at Riverside Center and More

Department of Music Senior Lecturer Doug Gately

Department of Music Senior Lecturer Doug Gately

Doug Gately performed in the musical Nunsense starring Sally Struthers, June 3 to 12, at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Stafford, Virginia. Alto sax, clarinet and flute were the required instruments.

As an artist/clinician, Gately also adjudicated and rated band performances for Music in the Parks/Busch Gardens on June 3 and for Kings Dominion on May 13, 14 and 20. During this spring semester, Doug was also selected to adjudicate bands on Feb. 26 at the George Mason Jazz Festival, along with Jim Carroll in Jazz Studies at George Mason and Shenandoah University Director of Jazz Studies Matthew Niess.

Davidson Shares Opinion on European Security With ‘National Interest’

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson penned an article in The National Interest entitled “European Strategic Autonomy Is Dead. The war has increased the stakes and made apparent the risk involved in forming an alternative to NATO.” Davidson wrote: “On the eve of NATO’s Madrid Summit, one fact of European security has become increasingly clear: NATO is the only feasible guarantor of the security of European states and, thus, the European Union’s (EU) objective of achieving strategic autonomy is unlikely to become a reality anytime soon.” Read more.

Davidson also spoke to Formiche for an article entitled EU strategic autonomy died at the NATO summit.””I think the United States should return to the total troops deployed in Europe in 2021, but I see the advantage of having more US troops deployed in the countries of the eastern flank,” said Davidson, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of America’s Entangling Alliances (Georgetown University Press). Read more.

Bales and Harris Key to Horatio Alger Convention

Jack Bales, UMW reference and humanities librarian emeritus, hosted the Horatio Alger Society Convention in Fredericksburg for the second consecutive year, and Scott H. Harris, executive director of UMW Museums, spoke at the event. The conference included the presentation of an award to a local high school student. The event was featured in “Horatio Alger Society Gathers in Fredericksburg, Honors Local Student” in The Free Lance-Star. Read more.

Farnsworth Probes 7th District Race in ‘Washington Post’

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth spoke to The Washington Post for an article entitled “Virginia voters to pick GOP nominees in races that will shape midterms.” In the competitive six-way 7th District race, three candidates have broken out as top contenders who each represent an opportunity for Republicans, Farnsworth told the Post. Read more.

Farnsworth also shared his political expertise with a variety of other media outlets.

Upcoming Opportunities for Connecting With Students

The Office of Student Activities & Engagement would like to announce several different ways for your department to connect with students at the start of the fall semester:

  • The Eagle Resource Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 17 (first-year move-in day), from noon  to 3 p.m., in the Chandler Ballroom. This fair is an opportunity for groups from on and off campus to interact with new students and their families. Please register for this event.
  • Club Carnival will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., on Ball Circle. Club Carnival is similar to the Eagle Resource Fair but on a much larger scale, and it’s an opportunity to interact with many more students. Please register for Club Carnival. 
  • A Student Employment Fair will take place on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the University Center Living Rooms. If your department has open student staff positions you’re looking to fill, you’re invited to host a table at the event for students who are looking to work on campus. Please register for this event. 
  • We are currently compiling a list of events that are open to all students to include in the Eagle Takeoff schedule for the first six weeks of the semester. If your department is hosting an event that can be included in this schedule, please submit it.

Questions about any of these events or initiatives? Feel free to email Sandrine at ssutphin@umw.edu.

University Staff Council 2022 Election Results

Thank you to all who participated in the campus-wide nomination and election process for the University Staff Council committees this year. The 2022 University Staff Council election results are in!

Budget Advisory Committee staff representatives:

  • Arin Doerfler
  • Kim McManus-Carini
  • Ryan Snellings

James Farmer Multicultural Center Advisory Committee staff representative:

  • Alicia Tisdale

USC and UFC are happy to continue with this staff representation on these two faculty committees!

We also want to welcome the following new and returning members for three-year terms on the University Staff Council.

Classified Staff representatives:

  • Kim McManus-Carini
  • Melinda Albrycht
  • Michelle Pickham
  • Maureen Aylward
  • Megan Williams
  • Takera Zajac

Wage Staff representative:

  • Tracey Funtanilla

Thank you to all who participated in selecting members who will serve all UMW staff! We are grateful to those who have served on the USC in the past years and hope that they will continue to share their time, experience and voice with us and the UMW community. All USC meetings are open to the campus community, so if you would like to participate, please contact one of the USC representatives for an invitation with the meeting link or use our Contact Us form on the USC website. There is an option to submit your question or comment anonymously.

Want to know more about the USC or its members? Visit the University Staff Council website!

Fiscal Year End System Downtime

Fiscal year end is approaching! That means fiscal year end processing and system downtime. Please mark your calendars.

  • Banner will be down from 3 p.m. Thursday, June 30, until noon Friday, July 1. This downtime will impact the Banner production environment, including Banner Self-Service functionality and Report Central.
  • Cashnet and Nelnet/EaglePAY will go offline Wednesday, June 29, at 5 p.m.
  • Processes using the JAMS job scheduler that exchange data with Banner will go offline Wednesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m.

All systems are expected to be back up and online by noon Friday, July 1. For additional information on deadlines, refer to the End of Year Calendar.

Finance will make every effort to have the systems restored as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience.

Please contact Training, Evaluation and System Support at tess@umw.edu with questions.