December 8, 2019

Farmer Legacy 2020: A Centennial Celebration and Commitment to Action, Jan. 13 at 3PM

You are cordially invited to a 100th birthday celebration for the late Dr. James Farmer with Representative John Lewis, honorary chair of FARMER LEGACY 2020: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND COMMITMENT TO ACTION.

Monday, January 13, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Chandler Ballroom, University Center
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia


Cooperman Discusses Women’s Republican PAC Involvement in Primary Race

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman was interviewed for an article in the Sunflower State Journal on a Women’s Republican PAC’s decision to get involved in a primary race between two female GOP candidates.

“It’s highly significant,” said Cooperman. “What is unusual about this move is that it came so early and it came in a race with other Republican women. That to me is the most noteworthy thing.” Read more. 

Grothe’s Co-authored Study Results Published in Scientific Journals

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Pamela Grothe

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Pamela Grothe

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science Pamela Grothe has had the results of a study she co-authored published in several scientific journals and websites, as well as Forbes. According to the study, originally published in Geophysical Research Letters, El Niño swings have intensified to 25% stronger in the Industrial Age. Grothe performed the study under Kim Cobb, principal investigator and professor in Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. As the study’s first author, Grothe compared temperature-dependent chemical deposits on coral that was recently extracted to that of older coral records showing relevant sea surface temperatures from the past 7,000 years. Then, with the assistance of Georgia Tech collaborators and other partner research institutions, she identified patterns in the El Niño Southern Oscillation, swings of heating and cooling equatorial Pacific waters that cause El Niños and La Niñas to form every few years.

New and Strange Climate Pattern Includes More Violent El Nino Swings (SciTechDaily)

Pacific Ocean temperature swings violently in industrial age: Study (The Tribune, India; Daily Excelsior)

El Nino seeing extreme swings in the industrial age (Space Daily)

Has El Nino Become More Intense In The Industrial Age? (Forbes)


Important Action Item: Verify Name/Address for HR and Payroll by Dec. 6

Dear Colleagues,

It’s that time again! Please take a few moments before December 6, 2019 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.

Review your name and address by logging into Payline and selecting “Pay History” to check your pay stub; your Employee ID Number will be the numbers on your health insurance card.  If you don’t have our health insurance you may contact Payroll X1180 or HR X1210 for your Employee ID Number (please note numbers will not be emailed) or full time employees may login to EmployeeDirect and click on “My Employment Profile” then “Personal.”

If an update is needed, please make the update in Payline by completing the following steps:

1.      Click “Employee Profile”

2.      Click “Request Profile Change”

3.      Enter the changes needed

4.      Select “Accept” at the bottom of the screen

5.      Log out


If you are unable to complete the update in Payline, please forward your change of address to Gayle Robinson in Human Resources at

Please ensure your name in Payline matches your name as it appears on your social security card. The HR and Payroll systems must reflect the legal name as shown on your social security card.

If your name in Payline does not match your social security card, please contact Gayle Robinson at

Again, please enter or submit all updates on or before Friday, December 6, 2019 to ensure the address is updated for year-end processing.

Thank you.

Please Contact Denise Frye, Benefits Administrator, at with questions.


Larus Comments on Hong Kong Protests and Taiwan Election

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus spoke to the South China Morning Post in an article on how the Hong Kong protests are impacting the Taiwanese elections. Larus said “that in most polls Tsai had a significant lead over Han, bolstered by young voters who supported the Hong Kong protesters. ‘The Tsai camp clearly has momentum, while Han appears to be stuck looking for the right message, which is much too late in the campaign cycle,’ she said.” Read more.


Holiday Gathering, Dec. 13

Dr. Troy Paino and Kelly Paino cordially invite you to a Holiday Gathering
December 13, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Executive Center

Brompton will be open.

RSVP by December 10, 2019
Attire is business casual.

Lee Presents at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics.

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented her research at the 2019 meeting of the American Anthropological Association and the Canadian Anthropology Society in Vancouver. Her paper was “Migrants as Language Experts and Subtitles as Listening Subject in South Korean Television” and was part of the panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates.” The paper investigated the way Korean ethnonationalism was enabled in entertainment media through the use of unconventional subtitling practices for migrant speech.

All UMW Assembly, Jan. 14

Dear UMW Faculty and Staff,

President Paino invites all UMW faculty and staff to attend the All UMW Assembly on Tuesday, January 14 at 4 p.m. in Chandler Ballroom in the University Center. If you are unable to attend the assembly, please note that it will be recorded and made available on the UMW website.

Office of the President


Fill a Holiday Box for Those in Need

Holiday boxes are now available to departments that wish to fill them with non-perishable food items, as well as personal hygiene and toiletry products, for local residents in need. Give your boxes some festive flair by decorating it with your colleagues! Please leave the top of box uncovered. Employees may pick up their box from the Office of Events & Conferencing in George Washington Hall, Room 307. Please return filled boxes to the Rappahannock Grand Ballroom in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center on either Wednesday, December 11 or Thursday, December 12. Decorated boxes will be displayed under the tree at the Holiday Party. Please indicate your department on the boxes. This year’s donations will be given to Micah Ecumenical Ministries before the holiday break. Please direct any inquiries to Marissa DiMeo at ext. 1087 or

Hamon Contributes to Government Simulation on Future of Southeast Asia

Adjunct Instructor David Hamon

David Hamon, Adjunct Instructor in the Political Science & International Affairs Department, was a major contributor to a high-level U.S. Government simulation held in Washington D.C. in mid-November on the future political, social, and resiliency of the Southeast Asia region. The simulation focused around the Mekong river and the many actors/organizations involved in the viability of ecosystem.