August 12, 2022

Al-Tikriti Speaks at NYC’s LaGuardia Community College

New York City’s LaGuardia Community College hosted Associate Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti at a Nov. 2 career planning event titled “Between the World and Me.” Al-Tikriti, former vice president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders USA, spoke to LaGuardia student and faculty audiences twice in the day, joining panels that also featured Rashida Bumbray Shabazz, a curator and choreographer and the senior program manager at Open Society Foundations for the Arts Exchange, and Prof. Mark Kovic, associate program director for the occupational therapy doctorate program at Midwestern University and a practitioner with extensive service projects in Central America.

During the morning, the three panelists spoke about how their identities and intellectual trajectories shaped their careers and resulted in impactful ethical engagement in global affairs. This session aimed to connect the panelists’ work to current events, and highlight how the relationship between the global citizen and ethical action can help guide LaGuardia students in their personal lives and career paths.

After the morning panel, Dr. Al-Tikriti spoke about the importance of a humanities education for his humanitarian career in front of Prof. Ece Aykol’s comparative literature class.

In the afternoon panel, the same three participants moved from the theoretical to the more practical aspects of careers that place global engagement and experience at the center. Planned in conjunction with LaGuardia’s Office of Student Affairs and Center for Career and Professional Development, the two panels provided students insight and advice on course selection, career planning and ethical professional practices.

Wilson Publishes, Presents Paper on Rape Acknowledgment

Lwilsonaura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, has published a paper with colleagues from the University of Central Florida and Virginia Tech. Dr. Wilson, along with Drs. Newins and White, wrote a paper about how the way rape survivors conceptualize the incident impacts their functioning. This process is called rape acknowledgment. Up to this point, researchers have primarily focused on how the label the survivor uses to conceptualize the incident explains depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, without taking other factors into account. The findings of this more recent study suggest that the label matters in the context of the survivor’s beliefs about sexual victimization. The paper, “The impact of rape acknowledgment on survivor outcomes: The moderating effects of rape myth acceptance,” was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Wilson also presented the study with Dr. Newins at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in Chicago this month. They presented as part of a symposium they arranged including esteemed colleagues from Duke University School of Medicine, East Carolina University, and University of New Mexico.

Seasonal Jobs

The Fredericksburg Country Club has immediate openings for Holiday Servers and Experienced Bartenders (must be 21+). The positions are part time with flexible availability.

The Fredericksburg Country Club is located at 11031 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA  22408.

Call or email Tina :540-373-8781 or

Call for Women’s History Month Program Proposals

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit program proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration. Proposals are due by Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The deadline for open-class proposals is Friday, January 5, 2018. 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. Preference will be given to programs and events relating to the 2018 theme, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring the Courage of Women.” All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable. The program proposal form can be found at Please include as much information on the form as possible. Return forms and appropriate attachments to: Women’s History Month Planning Committee Attention: Marion Sanford James Farmer Multicultural Center University Center, Room 319 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Email at

Kwanzaa Celebration, Nov. 30

BSA and JFMC present Kwanzaa

BSA and JFMC present Kwanzaa

Don’t miss the Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in Chandler Ballroom of the University Center. Enjoy free food and live entertainment! The event is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Black Student Association




SAC News

Thanks for Voting!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to elect and vote for our new SAC members!  New members will be contacted and announced soon!

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.​

December SAC Meeting – Our December meeting will be held Tuesday 12/12 1-3PM in Lee Hall 412.  Tiffany Oldfield, Title IX Coordinator, will be our guest speaker.  SAC meeting are open for all to attend.  Hope to see you there!

Staff Evaluation in Careers Reminder – The deadlines for Performance Evaluations are fast approaching.

Due Dates:

  • Classified Performance Evaluations are due no later than December 5, 2017.  (Performance period being evaluated:  October 25, 2016 – October 24, 2017)
  • A/P Performance Evaluations are due no later than December 15, 2017.(Performance period being evaluated:  June 25, 2016 – June 24, 2017)

Confirm Payroll Record Info!  Please take a few moments before December 4, 2017 to verify and, if needed, update your mailing address and legal name as they appear in Human Resources and Payroll records. This information must  be correct for the University’s year-end Employer Reporting, your W-2 statements, and the commonwealth’s  Affordable Care Act reporting.  Errors may result in federal penalties for the University.

November 17th Blood Drive – The UMW Red Cross Student Organization welcomes faculty and staff donors at our monthly blood drives on the Fredericksburg campus! This upcoming drive is the LAST chance to donate in the fall semester!  The drive will take place on November 17th at the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium Date from 11am-5pm.  Walk-ins are welcome but please be aware that appointments take priority and we’ve had almost completely full appointment lists this semester!  Please email with any questions or comments.

Thanksgiving Time Off – Remember that UMW will be closed for the Thanksgiving Break at Wednesday November 22nd 12 Noon, Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th.   

Here Comes Santa Claus – Now’s the time to reserve your slot with Santa at Brompton Saturday December 9 from 1-4PM .  RSVP at

November Visit from Giant Food Nutritionist – Lindsay Pugliese, the in-store nutritionist at Giant grocery store, will be on campus on Thursday November 30rd from 11am to 12 noon (Lee Hall, Room 412) to speak about Nutrition for Fitness Lovers.  She will have a food tasting, coupons and recipes to give out to her audience!  Open to all UMW students & staff.  Also — Eagle Village Giant Food grocery store is offering a 5% discount to UMW staff and students. You must present your Eagle One ID card and it is valid at the Eagle Village location only.


Lorentzen Presents a Paper at the Victorians Institute Conference

Eric Lorentzen

Eric Lorentzen

Eric Lorentzen, Associate Professor of English, recently presented a paper, “Oliver Twist’s Recovery: Wordsworthian ‘Abundant Recompense’ or Freudian ‘Primal Scene?'” at the annual Victorians Institute conference in Greenville, South Carolina.

McAllister Presents at International Conference

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, delivered a paper titled “Were Gentlemen Poxed Abroad? English Grand Tourists and the Rhetoric of Disease” as part of Encounters with Difference: A Conference on Travel Writing and Gender, held at Freie Universität Berlin.

November Financial Literacy Sessions

The Office of Financial Aid will be offering two free Financial Literacy sessions to UMW students during November.  No registration is required. Please encourage students to attend!

Student Loans 101:

Thursday, November 9th, 4-5pm, UC, Colonnade Room

Dive into the world of student loans! How to apply, loan options, repayment plans, and how borrowing could affect your future finances

Credit Cards and Identity Theft:

Thursday, November 15th, 4-5pm, UC, Colonnade Room

 Personal credit: how to build and maintain a credit score, credit cards, and other types of credit


Larus Publishes Journal Article on U.S. China Policy

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and UMW alumnae Shirley Naa-kowaa Martey-Hargis published their article “U.S. President Obama’s China Policy: a Critical Assessment,” in the November 2017 issue of TEKA (Polish Commission of Political Science and International Affairs).