May 26, 2024

Eagle Award Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 UMW Eagle Awards!

The Eagle Awards highlight students, student clubs and faculty/staff who have provided leadership and contributed outstanding service through involvement in activities and organizations. The Eagle Awards are an opportunity for the University community to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and greater community.

Any member of the student body, faculty, and staff can nominate deserving students or organizations.  Example of some awards given are the Grace Mann Launch Award, the Prince Woodard Outstanding Leader Award and the Alex Naden Award.

Individuals may not nominate themselves; however, they can nominate an organization they are in. Only students can nominate a faculty or staff member for the Giving Tree Award.

You can review and complete all nomination forms in OrgSync through the CHLS portal:

Award winners, as well as nominees, will be recognized at the Eagle Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All are welcomed to attend.

Please direct questions about the nomination process to Marissa DiMeo, Student Events Coordinator for CHLS, at or ext. 5643.

Mathur Contributes Essay to Shakespeare Collection

Maya Mathur, Associate Professor of English and Associate Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, recently had her essay “‘I Know Thee Not, Old Man’: Using Film and Television to Teach 1 and 2 Henry IV” published in the Modern Language Association Series Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History Plays, edited by Laurie Ellinghausen.

Hirshberg Receives Asian Studies Award

Dan Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded Honorable Mention for his first monograph, Remembering the Lotus-Born: Padmasambhava in the History of Tibet’s Golden Age (Wisdom Publications, 2016)from the Association for Asian Studies.

The E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize, offered annually, honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across discipline and country of specialization for a book on Inner Asia published during the preceding year. There is only one prize, and occasionally one Honorable Mention, awarded each year.

Founded in 1941 and now with over 7000 members world-wide, the Association for Asian Studies is the largest scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional organization of its kind. It is also a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Bowen Publishes on Young Women’s Empowerment

Professor of Geography Dawn Bowen has co-authored an article, “Education, Leadership, and Conservation: Empowering Young Q’eqchi’ Women in Guatemala,” with Amy Leap Miller, UMW ’12, which has just been published in the International Journal of Educational Development. This paper marks the culmination of many years of field work in Guatemala with young women who participate in Community Cloud Forest Conservation’s Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program. Young women earn small scholarships that enable them to continue in school beyond grade 6 by learning about sustainable agricultural practices, income generation, and farm management, as well as nutrition, health, and human rights. This article is the first scholarly assessment of the program and its role in promoting female empowerment.

Staff Advisory Council News

Staff Advisory Council Kicks off a New Year!  It’s January 2018 and that means that SAC is ready for a new year of promoting collaboration and communication throughout the University.  The SAC is “an elected body of classified, wage, and administrative staff whose purpose is to promote collaboration and ensure open communication channels throughout all levels of the University. The council provides an avenue for employee input and feedback and a means of participating in the design, development, and implementation of University programs, projects, and services. It also strengthens employee awareness of critical issues and provides a valuable perspective for the University community and administration on matters of significant concern to wage, classified, and administrative staff.”  To learn more about the SAC and its members, please go to   

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

On-Site Retirement Advising with TIAA – Due to an overwhelming response, there will be two more days of onsite retirement advising with TIAA.  You can register for one of the sessions at for January 30 or February 1.  Please note slots fill fast.  Next visit will be in March and April.

On-Site 457 Deferred Compensation, Hybrid and DCP (ORPHE) – A specialist will be on campus several days in 2018 to provide one-on-one consultations to help employees gain awareness of benefits of the defined contribution plans.  For more information and to register, go to

Parking Management Information – Be sure to review last week’s message from Parking Management.  To learn about Rave Guardian, permits, Eagle Landing parking, and more, go to


Careers-Student Module Adopted

Over the past several months the Office of Financial Aid has worked with Human Resources and PeopleAdmin to set up the Careers-Student Module. This set up included departments completing job descriptions to be used in building the position description library. Careers will now house all of the job advertisements for the University. This will be the central location for all applications submitted no matter what position a person is applying to.

There were a few reasons that Student Employment decided to move the application process to the Careers module. First, this will allow the departments that are hiring to have access to view who applies for the positions in real-time. Student Employment will no longer have to forward applications to departments. This will assist in being more transparent and ensuring that each application is seen by the hiring department. The move to Careers will also allow for a paperless process.

The application process in Careers will also serve as continued preparation for students as they graduate from UMW and begin to apply for jobs. This will give them the experience of completing a job application and finding jobs that correlate to their skill set. In an effort to help students map their academic pursuits to jobs on campus, departments are able to customize their job requirements and the additional information they are asking applicants for—cover letters, references, licensures, etc.

The Office of Financial Aid has had two training sessions so far for Careers and another is planned for Thursday, January 25 in the Hurley Convergence Center Training Lab 130 from 2-3pm. We look forward to working together to make this a great transition!

Rogol Named to Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

Ian Rogol, head athletic trainer at the University of Mary Washington, has been elected into the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (VATA) Hall of Fame. The award, presented earlier this month, recognizes VATA members for exemplary service and dedication to the athletic training profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Personal Mileage Rate Increase for 2018

Effective 1/1/18, the reimbursement rate for personal vehicle mileage has changed to $.545/mile for average daily mileage of 200 or less. 

 The Travel Expense Reimbursement Form has been updated to include this information, and can be found at the following link:

 The Personal Vehicle Mileage webpage on the Accounts Payable site has also been updated with this information: .

 Please contact the Accounts Payable department at if you have any questions regarding this change.

Fire Alarm Testing to Take Place during Winter Break

Emergency Management and Safety would like to announce the schedule for Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection that will be conducted through the Winter Break. Below is the list of dates and locations testing will take place:

Dec. 18-19 – Eagle Village
Dec. 20-21 – UMW Apartments
Dec. 26 – Randolph, Mason, and Link
Dec. 27 – DuPont, Pollard, Melchers, and Ridderhof-Martin
Dec. 28 – Combs, George Washington, Lee, and Alumni Center
Dec. 29 – University Center, Westmoreland, Heating Plant, and HCC
Jan. 2 – Ball, Custis, Madison, Jepson
Jan. 3 – Tennis Center, 1201 Williams St., 1004 College Ave., JMLO and Marye
Jan. 4 – Anderson, Goolrick, Fitness Center, and Parking Deck
Jan. 5 – Virginia, Jefferson, South, and Framar
Jan. 8 – Willard, Tyler, Hamlet, Fairfax, and Brent
Jan. 9 – CGPS 1 & 2, and Brompton
Jan. 10 – Alvey, Arrington, Trinkle, and Belmont
Jan. 11 – Dahlgren, Simpson, and Bushnell
Jan. 12 – Mercer, Woodard, and Monroe
Jan. 15 – Marshall and Russell
Jan. 16 – Makeup Day

Please note that this schedule may change with little notice. Any questions can be directed to the Fire Safety Officer, Mike Muckinhaupt, at x2108.


Chiang Publishes Article in AEJM, Presents at MCA

Professor of Mathematics Yuan-Jen Chiang published a research article, Equivariant exponentially harmonic maps between manifolds with metrics of signature in the Asian-European Journal of Mathematics.

She also presented a research paper, Leaf-wise harmonic maps of manifolds with 2-dimensional foliations at the 2nd Mathematical Congress of the Americas, which occurs every four years, in Montreal, Canada.