November 29, 2022

Message About UVA and Campus Resource Reminders

Dear UMW Community,

We write to you with tragic news from our peer institution and system sibling school, University of Virginia (UVA), which experienced a shooting last night on Grounds. UVA remains under a shelter in place this morning, following the events in the evening.

Our hearts go out to the many individuals impacted, particularly the families and friends who have lost loved ones. UVA has reported three deaths and two additional victims injured.

Our UMW campuses in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Dahlgren are not immediately within the vicinity of the incident or directly affected. Our classes are in session today, Nov. 14, and campus is under normal operations. However, we know that you may want to help your peers and colleagues, and you might seek additional resources and information.

Campus safety remains a top priority. UMW has an extensive and robust threat assessment and violence prevention process that assists the University in identifying threats to our campus community and in responding to those threats. It takes a community approach. We encourage you to share information when concerns arise. If you see or experience anything of concern, no matter how seemingly insignificant, report it via the online reporting system or by calling UMW Police at 540-654-1025 (non-emergency) or 540-654-4444 (emergency).

For additional community resources, please visit the Talley Center resources page. UMW’s Talley Center for Counseling Services can be reached at 540-654-1053. After-hours services are available too. UMW employees also have access to around the clock support via the employee assistance program. To learn more and access these services, visit the Employee Assistance Program information.

Take care,

Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette LandphairChief of Police Michael Hall

Call for Women’s History Month Celebration Proposals, Due Dec. 5

Dark grey background with deep pink text that says “Women’s History Month”

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration calendar of events. The theme for the March 2023 Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women: Telling Our Stories.”

Proposals are due by Monday, December 5, 2022.  The sponsor(s) will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar, as well as in print and electronic publications. All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable.

Complete the 2023 Women’s History Month Program Proposal now.

Fitness Center Announces Thanksgiving Hours

The Fitness Center will operate on modified hours for Thanksgiving Break! The Center will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

Policy Update Notice: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has updated Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave . Effective January 10, 2023, Policy 4.20 changes the 12-month measurement period from a fixed 12-month period to a rolling 12-month period.

What’s the Difference?

Fixed 12-month period (Current):

Currently, the FMLA calendar is based on the DHRM leave year: January 10 – January 9, and eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks (480 work hours) of FMLA leave during that period.  When FMLA leave is requested, the amount of available leave is determined based on how many hours of FMLA leave the employee has taken since the start of the leave year (Jan. 10).

Rolling 12-month period (effective January 10, 2023):

Eligible employees will still have 12 workweeks of FMLA leave available within a 12-month period, however, the calculation method we use to determine available leave will change.  In order to determine the number of FMLA hours available to an employee, we will look back at the 12 months immediately prior to the requested period of FMLA leave.  We will calculate the amount of FMLA taken during those previous 12-months and determine the amount of remaining FMLA available for the current request. Each time an employee uses FMLA, the remaining unused balance of the 480 work hours is adjusted.

First-Year Transition:

·         During the first year of this policy change (1/10/23 – 1/9/24)  we will use the 12-month measurement method that is the most beneficial to the employee.  The transition will take place in such a way that employees retain the full benefit of their leave entitlement.

·         Employees who are on an approved FMLA leave during the current Leave Year (prior to January 10, 2023) will continue to be in a certified and approved status through the end of the FMLA event. For these employees, there is no need for any action to be taken until the time already approved leave has ended, or additional FMLA is requested by the employee.

·         Employees who have not used FMLA in the prior 12-month period are eligible for the 480 FMLA hours, or the prorated number of hours corresponding to the percentage of hours they normally are scheduled to work.

Please refer to DHRM Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave for additional information about FMLA, such as eligibility and medical certification requirements.

Please contact Denise Frye (Dfrye2@umw.edu) or Janet Hudgins (jhudgins@umw.edu) if you have questions.

Thanks,

Beth Williams
Executive Director for Human Resources
540 654-1294
bwilli22@umw.edu

Police & Public Safety Moves to South Hall

UMW Police & Public Safety Offices is moving to South Hall. This relocation will allow for inspection and repairs in the current headquarters of Brent House, addressing water damage in the basement and ongoing issues with the roof, gutters and windows.

Until the move is complete, UMW Police & Public Safety services can still be accessed in Brent House. The on-campus emergency number 540-654-4444, off-campus emergency number 911, and non-emergency number 540-654-1025 remain the same. UMW’s police station will continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Public safety services and police response will continue uninterrupted during the move, and all campus community and public access will be via South Hall when the move is complete. We will update the campus community on the date of the move.

Accessible parking will be available in Lot 26 in front of South Hall, and anyone needing to access the building without steps can call the non-emergency number 540-654-1025 for service. Lot 26 will be reconfigured primarily as police parking, with some faculty and staff spaces. Faculty and staff parking will then be available in the spaces surrounding Brent House as well as existing parking around Jefferson Square. Please note that this parking reconfiguration also takes effect with the move.

This temporary relocation is a first step as the University considers options for a long-term solution. Brent House will be closed to the public and campus community following the move.

Contact Chief of Police Michael Hall with questions at mhall2@umw.edu or call the non-emergency number 540-654-1025 for general information.

Help Support an FSEM and Local Animal Rescue!

UMW student Jarrod tables at the Cedric Rucker University Center.Are you interested in supporting a group of FSEM students and/or Squishy Face Crew, a fostered based animal rescue in Fredericksburg, VA? Students in Jennifer Cirbus’s FSEM “Our Everyday Lives: Interactions Between Human and Animals” are hosting an Angel Tree on campus for faculty, staff, and students to make a donation. Students are volunteering with SFC in order to fulfill their class required community service hours and decided on helping this rescue with donations.

Interested in contributing to the cause? You can find the Angel Tree housed in the Center for Community Engagement, located on the 3rd floor of the CRUC. Additionally, the students will be tabling Monday-Friday, Noon -2 PM on the 2nd floor of the CRUC. Stop by to select an ornament for the cat or dog pictured (that has some donation ideas written on the back) and drop off the donation by Friday, December 2nd.

Donations can be dropped off during the Monday-Friday tabling times in the CRUC or at the Academic Services window in Lee Hall during the 8:00-5:00 PM operation hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cirbus at jcirbus@umw.edu.

 

Virginia Clean Cities’ Sarah Stalcup-Jones to Speak at November PCS Meeting

vccThe next meeting of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) will be on Friday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Sarah Stalcup-Jones, Research and Heavy Duty Vehicle Programs Manager for Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). Sarah will be sharing an overview of VCC as well as her work on UMW’s fleet assessment projects and Drive Clean Rural. PCS meetings are held each month of the fall and spring semester and are open to employees, students and the public. Please consider attending and sharing this information with other members of the UMW and Fredericksburg community. To attend on the 18th, go to https://umw-sso.zoom.us/j/81635523370.

In other news, have you checked out umwsustainability on Instagram? Connect with them to get involved by going to linktr.ee/UMWSustainability. Be sure to follow them and help take UMW toward a greener future!

Singh Pens Essay for Magazine’s Inaugural Issue

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Ranjit Singh’s essay “Enter the Coyote” appeared in the inaugural issue of the online Pie and Chai Magazine, which focuses on local issues that resonate elsewhere. The essay considers the impact of coyotes on Potomac Creek, where Dr. Singh was raised. Dr. Singh teaches a seminar on politics and the environment, and researches and writes on local environmental issues from time to time.  Read the essay.

Foss Presents at The Victorians Institute’s Golden Jubilee Conference

Foss’s Conference Badge

Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper entitled “‘We are the zanies of sorrow’: Oscar Wilde’s Post-Prison Relationship to Disability” on Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Victorians Institute’s Golden Jubilee Conference in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  In conjunction with the conference theme, Anniversaries and Auguries, Foss’s paper marked the 125th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s release from Reading Gaol upon serving a two-year sentence for crimes of “gross indecency” by exploring Wilde’s relationship to disability in the few years remaining to him.  Most paint this period as merely the pathetic pageant of a broken man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief.  What often becomes lost in such a narrative, though, is the extent to which the physical debilitation and psychological distress he endured in prison moved him to reciprocal pity and responsive action in the name of those who have experienced similar difficulties.  Instead of simply wallowing in his own suffering, Wilde demanded justice for vulnerable bodies/minds that places like Reading rendered at risk. Indeed, in all three of the only texts he published after his incarceration (two published letters to the Daily Chronicle on prison reform and in his powerful poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol), Wilde shows himself to be a voice who calls to us from out of the depths of self-reflection to learn with him important lessons about love and kindness, justice and equality.

Kim’s Paper Published in New Park Dae Sung Book

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim

Assistant Professor of Art History Suzie Kim received $25,000 from Korea Foundation this year and presented a paper on “Visualizing the Ideal Relationship between Animals and Humans: Zoomorphic and Anthropomorphic Images” at Korea Institute, Harvard University, on Oct. 28, 2022. See details on the symposium.

Kim’s paper is included in the book, Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimaginedpublished last week, and she will curate the Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined exhibition at UMW Galleries in fall 2023. The traveling exhibit, featured in a recent Forbes article, opened at Korea Institute, Harvard University and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College this fall.