February 1, 2023

Alumni Gifts Focus on Gathering and Collaboration Spaces in Seacobeck Hall

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The Morrises and their family and friends, members of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board, UMW faculty and staff, and others listen as President Paino shared the Morrises’ story. Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography.

The University of Mary Washington paid tribute last month to a trio of alums who graduated in the Class of 1950 and gave their alma mater generous gifts to name spaces in Seacobeck Hall. Now home to UMW’s College of Education and Office of Disability Resources, the 1930s era building was recently renovated, providing more gathering places for the campus community.

The Weatherly Wing represents college sweethearts Marceline “Marcy” Weatherly Morris and Elmer “Juney” Morris Jr., now married 72 years. Named in honor of Marcy’s late parents, William Rupert and Lavon Gardner Weatherly, the 150-seat auditorium is already being used for meetings, lectures, recitals and other special events.

The Morrises, part of a Mary Washington legacy family that spans five generations, were visibly moved as a series of speakers thanked the couple for their lifelong dedication to their alma mater.

“You embody so much of what we try to impart onto our students,” President Troy Paino said. “Your generous gifts help our students learn, grow and pursue their interests and passions, just as the two of you did while you were here at Mary Washington.” Read more.

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Dining Event, Dec. 5

Dining Volunteers Needed!

Holiday Volunteers Shannon Hauser, Jerry Slezak and Cartland Berge were very merry in their chef hats!

Very Merry Volunteer Servers

All members of UMW’s faculty and staff, and their friends and family members, are invited to join University Dining’s merry band of volunteer servers for one of the biggest dining events of the season: The free Exam Cram Ice Cream and Waffles event (9:30 to 10:30 pm on Monday, December 5th) at the Top of the Cedric Rucker University Center.

Get a group together from your office, bring members of your family (ages 12 and above), or just sign up as an individual.  No matter how you do it, you’re sure to have lots of fun, and the work is easy! Just put food on the plates of the excited and hungry students!  You’ll get free food, too!

Volunteers for each event are asked to work a 75-minute shift. To sign up, use this link to the Holiday Dining Volunteer form. Lots more information can be found on the form, but additional details are also available from Dining Marketing Manager and Concierge Rose Benedict, at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169. Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to kick back, have fun and share some wonderful food with the students!

Gupta Speaks on India-EU Trade Negotiations

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

After a nearly nine-year hiatus, India and the European Union resumed negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement earlier this year. Ahead of the October negotiations, The London Story, a Brussels-based, India-focused think tank invited Surupa Gupta, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, to participate in an online panel titled “India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy: Implications for Trade” to discuss India’s interests in the negotiations. Gupta discussed India’s trade interests, politics among its stakeholders in trade and the changes in circumstances that negotiators should be taking into account.

Vaccine Clinics in the University Center

Flu season is coming! The Student Health Center is collaborating with Giant Pharmacy to administer flu shots to everyone on campus.  They will be in the University Center Lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following days:

  • Wednesday, September 21st
  • Tuesday, October 18th
  • Thursday November 17th

On these dates, other vaccines will also be available, including the COVID vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna and  J&J) and non-flu vaccines such as Meningitis ACWY, Meningitis B, Tetanus and/or Pertussis, Shingles, Pneumonia vaccine.

Make sure you stay healthy this school year!  Come get your flu shot!

The clinics are open to students, faculty and staff with no appointment needed. Vaccines for flu, COVID, shingles and tetanus will be available, typically at no cost with most insurance. For more information call the Student Health Center at 540-654-1040 or contact Associate Director Rene Sanders at rsanders@umw.edu.

Larus Debates on Turkish News

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Pew Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College, debated Chinese officials on Turkey’s Turkuvaz Ahaber2 News. Dr. Larus indicated the U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as part of her Asia tour does not constitute a change in the U.S. ‘One China’ Policy. Professor Larus argued that Pelosi travelled to Asia to demonstrate support for democratic allies in the region, not to change the status quo on Taiwan.

Long-Awaited Reunion Brought Mary Washington Alums ‘Home’

Mary Washington graduates reunite at the first Reunion Weekend in three years.

Mary Washington graduates reunite at the first Reunion Weekend in three years.

Amber Tussing planned to reconnect with old friends at the University of Mary Washington’s Reunion Weekend, but she was surprised to meet just as many new ones.

“When you can make friends across multiple generations, you know you come from a shared experience,” said Tussing, a 2000 grad who bonded with members of the classes of 1972, 1990 and 2010. “This campus still feels like home after all these years.”

Those sentiments were echoed throughout the recent four-day event – the first of its kind in three years – which welcomed over 1,200 graduates of all ages back to UMW. Billed as the Mother of All Reunions, the celebration gave alums the unique opportunity to catch up with classmates who graduated before and after them, as well as those from other decades. Read more.

Giant Flu and Covid Immunization Clinic

Giant Pharmacy is offering a flu vaccine clinic in the University Center on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No appointment needed. No cost.

Business Services eUpdate


Bookstore Hours

RUSH Week (Aug 22nd – Aug 28th)
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 7 pm
Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am – 4 pm

Fall Operating Hours
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am – 4 pm

Check out our website for back-to-campus promotionshttps://umw.bncollege.com/shop/umw/home

Compostable Coffee Pods

The Green UMW working group is pleased to announce the availability of an alternative to plastic K-Cups®, right here on campus!

The UMW Bookstore offers Boyd’s Coffee compostable pods, which will work in most brewers that accept K-Cup® portion packs, excluding Keurig® 2.0 brewers. With a bio-based filter and a ring made of coffee chaff, Boyd’s pods provide a sustainable single-serve caffeine solution that supports UMW’s goal of reducing plastic waste.

Mix and match by purchasing individual pods, or order a single blend by the case. (When purchasing a case, please allow 5 business days between order and delivery to the Bookstore.)

Departmental and Faculty Staff discounts apply!

Price per case (80 pods per case):

  • 20% Departmental Discount: $68.78
  • 10% Fac/Staff Discount: $77.38

Please contact the University Bookstore for pricing on individual pods or to place an order for a case.

Your interest in and efforts towards reducing single use plastics in accordance with Executive Order 77 are appreciated. The switch to compostable pods will go a long way to reaching our collective goal!


The UMW Green Working Group
Holly, Kathy, and Melva

Questions about Executive Order 77 may be directed to GreenUMW@umw.edu.

Please contact the UMW Bookstore at sm8306@bncollege.com or x1017 with questions about ordering Boyd’s coffee pods.

Copy Center

Greener Than Yesterday…

Have you noticed anything different with your Copy Center jobs?

To reduce the volume of single use plastics, the Copy Center has made some changes in the packaging of copy jobs sent through inter-campus mail. Most jobs will arrive in reusable boxes or bags. Please help us on our mission to reduce plastic pollution by placing the reusable containers in the outgoing mail for return to the Copy Center, where it will be used to deliver future copy jobs.

Multi-Functional Devices: Greener Machines

Multi-functional devices (MFDs) are centrally located print, copy and scanning devices. The MFDs are a valuable resource, especially in light of current  supply chain and chip production issues that are affecting the availability of desktop printers. Their use also reduces plastic consumption and waste associated with desktop printers. If you need help finding and MFD near you, or would like assistance in using them, please contact the Copy Center at x1935. Instructions for use can also be found here.

Saving files as e-documents rather than printing is another great way to be kind to both the planet and departmental budgets!


Dining Tips

Welcome to our UMW Partners! We’ve put together some information to help you get the most from our dining program for the fall 2021 term. View the guide here. It includes:
  • Dining tips
  • Regular operating hours
  • Notes about the Top of the UC
  • Changes in retail dining shoppes



New Customer Service Form

The EagleOne Card Center is now open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., as well as Sunday, August 22, from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. for returning student move in. Appointments are no longer necessary. However, we can still assist you remotely if that is your preference! Use our customer support form to report an issue or contact us at x1005 or eaglelone@umw.edu.

Parking Management

Faculty/Staff Decals

2021 Faculty and Staff decals have been distributed to campus offices. If you have not received your decal, please visit the Parking Management portal (or login through Banner) to check your vehicle registration and request a parking decal.  Once your vehicle is registered in the portal, your decal will be delivered through campus mail.

Parking decals must be on vehicles by August 30, 2021.

For questions or assistance, please contact Parking Management at x1129 or jelliot3@umw.edu

Post Office

Postage Increase

The USPS has announced a price increase effective Aug 29, 2021. The cost of a first class stamp will be increasing from $.55 to $.58. Please go to https://faq.usps.com/s/article/2021-Postage-Price-Changes for a full list of changes.

As always, the UMW Post Office will have extra stamps on hand. Stop by to get your stamps before the price increases.

For questions, please contact the UMW Post Office at x1049.


Business Services eUpdate–Fall 2020

Business Services Logo

Business Services: Open for Business

In keeping with UMW’s Return to Campus Plan, all offices are exercising MMDC requirements: monitoring, masking, distancing, and cleaning. Services are available online as well as in person by appointment. Read on to see how Business Services is serving you.


Shop now for 25% off select merchandise!

The Bookstore is open during the following times, with a maximum capacity of 10 shoppers at a time:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The University Bookstore has an assortment of hand sanitizers and masks for sale. You can also shop the Bookstore website 24/7 for your course material and UMW spiritwear needs.

Branded UMW Face Mask

Copy Center

The Copy Center remains open during normal business hours. Patrons are encouraged to submit jobs online whenever possible and request delivery through campus mail. Due to space limitations inside the Copy Center admittance is only one person at a time, and only with an appointment. To make an appointment send an email to copies@umw.edu or call (540) 654-1935.


The EagleOne Card Center is open during regular business hours for in person visits by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through an online request form: https://adminfinance.umw.edu/eagleone/for-students/service-appointment/ or by calling x1005. EagleOne funds may be deposited online through Transact.

Off-Campus Merchants

Off-Campus merchant partners accept the EagleOne card as payment. Visit the EagleOne website to see the list of active partners.

Parking Management

Students, faculty, and staff may still order 2020/2021 decals through the Parking Management portal and receive their decals through Campus Mail. In person appointments can be scheduled by calling (540) 654-1129.

Post Office

The UMW Post Office will continue to deliver mail to one location per building. Contact the Post Office at (540) 654-1049 or email umwpo@umw.edu for information or questions regarding mail delivery. To visit the Post Office, follow the MMDC requirements and instructions on the website.

Temporary Price Increase

USPS has announced a temporary rate increase that will be in effect October 18, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Priority Mail will increase to $7.42; Parcel Ground will increase to $7.32 and Priority Express will increase to $24.25. Please plan accordingly for these changes. As always, the UMW PO staff will rate shop for you and give you the best options when sending out any mail. Questions? Please call (540) 654-1049 or email at umwpo@umw.edu.

Banner maintenance this week

Banner Downtime: 

Starts: 6:00 PM, Friday, 10/9

Ends: 6:00 AM, Saturday, 10/10

Impact To You: Banner SSB (Self-Service Banner for students, faculty, and staff), Banner 9 (for administrators) and Reporting (for administrators) will be unavailable during this time while scheduled maintenance is performed. This means that actions like registration and student payments through Banner via EaglePay must wait until the maintenance is complete and the system is returned to active status.

Updates: If needed, updates will be posted to our UMW System Status page http://status.umw.edu and our Twitter account https://twitter.com/umwIT

Thanks for your patience as this work is completed. Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.


Phone: 540-654-2255

In Person: HCC Room 112 (by appointment only)

Email: helpdesk@umw.edu

Website: technology.umw.edu/helpdesk