October 14, 2019

Chiang Published Article and Presented at JIMAMSVMS

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Math, had a research article “Exponentially Harmonic Maps between Surfaces” published in Analysis and Mathematical Physics. She presented this publication at the Joint International Meeting of American Math Society and Vietnam Math Society.

Professor of Mathematics Yuan Jen Chiang

Professor of Mathematics Yuan Jen Chiang

Barrenechea Lectures on Silko at Eastern New Mexico University

Professor Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently delivered a Skype lecture at Eastern New Mexico University. Titled “Leslie Marmon Silko’s Council Book: Hemispheric Forces in Almanac of the Dead,” it discussed the inter-artistic and inter-American dimensions of an encyclopedic novel by a Laguna Pueblo author.

Stefanie Lucas-Waverly: Break the Cycle

Title IX Coordinator Stefanie Lucas-Waverly in front of Fairfax House. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Title IX Coordinator Stefanie Lucas-Waverly in front of Fairfax House. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

The Center for Prevention and Education (CPE) has rolled out a collection of events this October to promote National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Among them is Break the Cycle, a spin class co-hosted by Campus Recreation.

Though she’s an avid cyclist herself, Title IX Coordinator Stefanie Lucas-Waverly’s mission at UMW goes beyond exercise. Events like this highlight the importance of healthy relationships and preventing partner abuse. According to BreaktheCycle.org, nearly three out of every four Americans know someone who has experienced domestic violence.

The Violence Against Women Act has made great strides since it passed 25 years ago, but there’s always work to be done. The $300,000 grant Mary Washington received from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women in 2016 has helped tremendously, Lucas-Waverly said, leading to CPE’s launch and more resources for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including the You are Not Alone guide and a coordinated community response team.

“The grant also enabled us to hire Jaime Opanashuk, who works in the Talley Center,” said Lucas-Waverly. UMW’s confidential victims advocate and case manager, Opanashuk is a bridge between those who have experienced sexual assault, misconduct and domestic violence and their decision to seek counseling, legal advice or other options.

As for Lucas-Waverly, her student affairs background and passion for equal access to education primed her for her position, which monitors the University’s compliance with Title IX, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. She also ensures that all employees receive proper education and training and that UMW adheres to protocol when addressing a complaint.

“Our office serves all members of the Mary Washington community – faculty, staff and students,” said Lucas-Waverly. “We’re here to help and make sure you know you are not alone.”


Q: What brought you to UMW?
A: I’m originally from California and have slowly made my way east. My partner and I moved to Fredericksburg from Chicago two years ago, and it was excellent timing that the Title IX investigator position was open. I became the Title IX coordinator this past March.

Q: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What activities are planned?
A: We’ve partnered with Safe Zone, Campus Recreation, the Office of Disability Resources and several off-campus organizations like Empowerhouse and Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault to create events that promote healthy relationships. These include Pizza and Consent, an LGBTQ+ friendly interactive workshop, and Let’s Talk, a discussion about the risk factors faced by students with disabilities – who are almost twice as likely to experience sexual or domestic violence – and prevention. Learn more.

Q: Tell us about Step Up! and how we can get involved.
A: It’s an award-winning bystander intervention program that we launched at UMW in 2018. It covers all sorts of problematic situations, such as alcohol abuse, hazing, depression, discrimination, sexual assault, eating disorders and academic misconduct. Learn more.

Q: The work you do sounds emotionally taxing. How do you cope with it?
A: My partner and I love hiking and taking our dog on long walks. I’m also very invested in my yoga practice and love to cycle.


Fall Break Dining

Campus retail eateries will close for the Fall Break on Friday, October 11 as follows:

Bodacious Burgers – 2 p.m.

Hissho Sushi & the Simply To Go Market – 3 p.m.

Vocelli Pizza & Katora Cafe – 4 p.m.

The Top of the UC will close at its regular time of 7 p.m. on Friday, October 11, but it will be open for lunch and dinner service during the Fall Break according to the following schedule:

October 12 through October 14

Lunch:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dinner:  5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

October 15

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dinner:  5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Vocelli Pizza will open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

Katora Cafe will be open on Tuesday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. only.

All dining locations will resume their regular hours on Wednesday, October 16.  For further information contact Campus Dining at 540-654-2165 or Dining@umw.edu.

Larus Participates in China-Taiwan Roundtable

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the Roundtable “Current Events in Cross-Strait Relations” at the 2019 Meeting of the American Association of Chinese Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, October 4-5. Professor Larus commented on cross-Strait relations as a factor in Taiwan’s 2020 elections.

Farnsworth and Engel ’20 Publish Column in Richmond Times-Dispatch

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Jeremy Engel ’20, a senior political science major and a research associate at the Center, recently published an opinion column in The Richmond Times-Dispatch entitled “Northam’s Political Troubles Take a Backseat.”

Read more.

Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Suburban Richmond race becomes first to top $1 million in TV ads (Virginia Mercury; WHSV)

Loudest voices were wrong about Northam’s effectiveness post-yearbook controversy (Virginia Mercury)

After blackface scandal, Va. governor has hung on – and is making amends (The Christian Science Monitor)

Va. Republicans target freshman Democrats in hopes of keeping House majority (The Washington Post)

Impeachment Probe Fight Heats Up (CTV News Channel)

Herring supports legalizing recreational marijuana (Loudoun Times; WTVR; WSET)




Moon Receives Annual Brenman Archaelogy in Alexandria Award

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon was announced as one of the recipients of the annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The awards, named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, were presented by Mayor Wilson on Wednesday, October 2 at the Alexandria City Council meeting.

For the past few years, Moon has volunteered as a historical researcher as part of the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee to provide an integrated narrative of a city park, which was the site of a Union fort and an African American neighborhood from the late 1860s through the 1960s. The city government had appointed Moon and others on the committee to work on this project. Most of the committee members were representatives from the local community, but Moon was brought on as both a city resident and a professional historian.


Harris Speaks About James Monroe at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

UMW Museums Executive Director Scott Harris spoke about James Monroe at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on October 1. In addition to surveying Monroe’s public service career, Harris paid particular attention to the president’s visit to Nashville during his 1819 tour of the southern states, which included a stay at The Hermitage. The Museum’s traveling exhibit on the tour, “Your Obedient Servant,” spent most of the last month there and was much enjoyed by visitors.

Help Shape UMW’s Future By Sharing Your Voice

Mindpower (www.mindpowerinc.com) of Atlanta, the branding partner selected by the University of Mary Washington, will be returning to campus Oct. 23 and 24. Please join one of our two open forums for faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 23, at 4-5 p.m. in the University Center’s Magnolia Room, or on Thursday, October 24, at 9-10 a.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium. Your opinion and willingness to share your input is all that is required. The qualitative research will inform a comprehensive survey that will be sent to the entire campus and every constituent for whom we have current contact information. After the research phase in the fall/winter, Mindpower will work diligently through the spring and summer to develop a creative concept for UMW. Our goal is to launch the new brand in the fall of 2020.

Please join us in shaping the way UMW is presented, framing the stories we tell, and giving our message a fresh and compelling narrative. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the process, please contact Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling ’89 (lbowling@umw.edu) or Director of University Marketing Malcolm Holmes (mholmes3@umw.edu).



Health Benefits Premium Holiday

Dear State Employees:

I announced in May that all eligible state employees will pay no health benefits premium for the month of October! For most employees, these premium holidays will occur on October 16 and November 1, and there will be no employee premium contribution deducted from your pay on those dates. For some employees, the premium holiday will occur in the October time frame, depending on your agency’s payroll system.

Participants at all membership levels in the COVA Care, COVA HDHP, COVA HealthAware, Kaiser Permanente HMO and Optima Vantage HMO plans are eligible. Because of the requirement in the Code of Virginia that TRICARE supplement participants pay the full cost of their coverage, the premium holiday will not apply to those members.

If you have any questions, please contact your agency Benefits Administrator.

Happy Premium Holiday!

Governor Ralph S. Northam