February 5, 2023

Conversations With the President: Feb. 15, March 23

President Paino invites you to join him at a Conversations with the President session, offering an informal opportunity to share insights and engage in candid discussions that are aligned with our community values and in support of making University of Mary Washington the best it can be.  Occasionally, the sessions may focus on a particular issue facing us or may include other leaders who represent areas critical to institutional progress.

The following sessions will be offered this semester:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15       9:30-10:30 a.m., Virtual session
  • Thursday, March 23         1:30-2:30 p.m., In-person session in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center

UMW Night Market: Mary Wash’s First Student Vendor Fair

Student Activities and Engagement is hosting the first ever UMW Night Market. This event will be a student vendor fair with crafts, hand-made goods, and services provided by UMW students. There are still a few spots available to be a vendor, and we would like to invite faculty and staff to join! If you would like to be a vendor, please sign up via MyUMW. If not, we encourage you to attend and support our students. The event will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in the Chandler Ballroom in the Cedric Rucker University Center, and there will be free tote bags and snacks! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to llester@umw.edu.

The Gwen Hale Resource Center Needs Your Help!

GHRC Clothing Drive

The Gwen Hale Resource Center is serving record numbers of students, thanks to support from across the University. (We have had over 500 visits to the Center this academic year!)

We are running low on a variety of important supplies and would like your help, if you’re able to give it. Here is a list (we update it periodically) of our most needed food and toiletry items.

And we need clothes! If you can spare some (clean, gently used) pants, jeans, professional clothes (especially those traditionally worn by women), warm weather clothes – we would be so grateful!

Donations of food, toiletries and clothing can be dropped off either at the Hale Center (Floor “A” in Lee Hall, using the elevator closest to Monroe) or at the Center for Community Engagement (Suite 320 in the CRUC).

If you’d rather give time than stuff – boy would we love to have you! We regularly need help organizing the Center, staffing Food Bank pop-up markets (twice a month), picking up donations from Giant – and many other possibilities. Just contact us at either resource@umw.edu or lmartin@umw.edu.

Please don’t forget that the GHRC is here for any member of the UMW community: please spread the word freely (our hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 1-6 p.m.), and feel welcomed to come and get whatever you may need, as well.

Thanks again for your consistent support of the Gwen Hale Resource Center. Our students truly need and appreciate it.

ChatGPT Discussion, Feb. 8; RSVP by Feb. 3

The following message is from The Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support:

Please join us to learn how UMW colleagues are responding to Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically ChatGPT, this spring. The Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support will facilitate the hour-long discussion, beginning with a panel briefly sharing their current strategies. The panel will be followed by an open discussion with audience questions. Opportunities for continued resource sharing and conversations will be offered at the meeting’s conclusion.

ChatGPT: What is Happening at UMW?

Wednesday, February 8, 4 to 5 p.m.

Monroe 116

We are interested in hearing from colleagues with a range of approaches, from academic integrity statements to incorporation of AI use and evaluation in assignments. If you would like to join the session, either as an audience member or panelist, please complete the RSVP form by Friday, Feb. 3.

Atkins Award Nominations for ‘Unsung Heroes’ Due Feb. 3

Each year, through the presentation of the Larry Atkins Staff Awards, the University Staff Council recognizes UMW employees who provide exemplary service to the University and who are the unsung heroes of our offices. Larry Atkins was one of the first employees to receive the “We Couldn’t Do It Without You Award.”

The USC is now accepting nominations for the Atkins Award. Any administrative faculty, wage and/or classified employee may be nominated by any other member of the University community. Three UMW employees will be selected (one from each of the above classifications).

The deadline for submitting nominations for the awards is noon on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. The 2022-23 Atkins Award winners will be announced at a special event to take place later this spring.

See the list of all past award recipients.

For questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Sarah Appleby.

Safe Zone Spring Calendar of Events and Book Club Reminder for Feb. 22

Safe Zone is excited to announce the date for our most popular annual spring event. We will be hosting a faculty/staff book club on Wednesday, Feb, 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Red Dragon Brewery (1419 Princess Anne St). We will be reading “Detransition, Baby” by Torrey Peters, which has won multiple awards and is a National Bestseller. The first 12 people to sign up will receive a free book. If you would like to sign up for the book club or have questions, please email Laura Wilson. Registration is required to attend.

We will also be hosting an HIV testing and education event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the lobby of the Cedric Rucker University Center. Additionally, on Thursday, March 30, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., we will be making pronoun buttons in the lobby of the Cedric Rucker University Center in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to stop by both events and participate.

Have a wonderful day, Safe Zone committee

Rarely Seen President Theodore Roosevelt Portrait by Gari Melchers Included in New Smithsonian Exhibition

The 1908 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Gari Melchers appears next to a statue of a Tang Dynasty bodhisattva at the National Museum of Asian Art.

The 1908 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Gari Melchers appears next to a statue of a Tang Dynasty bodhisattva at the National Museum of Asian Art.

As part of the Freer Gallery’s centennial celebration, the portrait painted by American artist Gari Melchers of President Theodore Roosevelt is now on view at the National Museum of Asian Art’s exhibition, “Freer’s Global Network: Artists, Collectors and Dealers.” 

“Gari Melchers Home & Studio, which houses the largest collection of Melchers’ work in the world, is excited about Melchers’ work reaching audiences on a larger scale in Washington, D.C.,” says Executive Director of University of Mary Washington Museums Scott Harris. 

Related articles 

Why the U.S. Rejected—Then Embraced—a Detroit Industrialist’s Rare Collection of Asian Art, Smithsonian Magazine, December 16, 2022 

Painting a President, Gari Melchers Home and Studio blog post 

Theodore Roosevelt’s Portrait by Gari Melchers, White House History Quarterly 

Women’s Leadership Colloquium Coffee Talk, Feb. 14

The  next Women’s Leadership Colloquium Coffee Talk event will take place in-person on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 9 a.m., in the Jepson Alumni and Executive Center’s Kalnen Inn Living Room, 1119 Hanover St. Parking is available on Hanover Street. Please register to attend.

The February Coffee Talk will be led by Kaisha McCrea, who will discuss the topic of “Networking & Making it Work For You!” She will speak about tailoring your networking prowess to best fit your personality and communication style. Work smarter not harder!

McCrea, a Career & Leadership Coach and Consultant, is the owner of Growing Perspectives Career Consulting LLC, a SWaM certified business in Virginia. She has over 20 years working in Corporate America with assignments in Manufacturing, Sales, Continuous Improvement, Supply Chain and Consulting. She is a certified Career Transition Coach and trained in Change Management . She provides Coaching and Consulting to Early and Mid-Career Professionals, teams and organizations focused on transitions , professional growth, productivity, team building and leadership. She has a passion for supporting people and organizations to reach their goals and thrive!

Kaisha was recognized as a top 20 Coach in Richmond, VA for 2022 by Influence Digest +. She was recognized as the 2021 Member of the Year for Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce where she is the Chair of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee for 2023. She enjoys speaking to groups on topics related to careers, leadership and empowerment. She believes we all can be successful in our lives and careers!

She enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves history, music and travel! Kaisha is a Board member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce starting 2023 and member of International Coaching Federation (ICF), Metropolitan Business League , Two Twelve Referral group, Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Richmond chapter and Richmond Alumni chapter of NC A&T State University. She is a graduate of NC A&T State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware with an MBA. She is a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U. Kaisha currently resides in Midlothian VA with her husband and two sons and is active in her local church.

UMW’s Fall 2022 President’s and Dean’s Lists

The University of Mary Washington announces its fall 2022 President’s List and Dean’s List.

To be recognized on these lists a student must carry at least 12 graded credits of new coursework. Students who earn a grade-point average of 4.00 on all work taken for graded credit in a semester receive a spot on the President’s List. Students who earn a grade-point average of 3.50 to 3.99 on all work taken for graded credit in a semester are placed on the Dean’s List.

Decisions regarding inclusion on the lists are based on a student’s record as it stands at the official close of the semester grading period. A temporary grade (I or G) postpones consideration; however, once this grade is converted to a permanent letter grade, the student’s GPA is calculated and, if appropriate, a list notation will be made on the student’s permanent record.

We congratulate the students earning these honors this semester and hope you will share in recognizing their academic achievements @MaryWash. Read more.

Good, Peck Share UMW’s Answer to Teacher Shortage on ‘TownTalk’

Assistant Professor of Special Education Kevin Good and Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Kristina Peck talked to Ted Schubel on his WFVA radio show TownTalk.  Good and Peck addressed the teacher shortage and one solution – the STREAM Initiative. They’re focusing on creating a dynamic educational space for future teachers in Seacobeck Hall. Listen to the show.