October 2, 2023

Homecoming Events, Oct. 23-25

All UMW faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in and enjoy the events as we celebrate Homecoming and welcome back our alumni to campus. View the schedule below and online at http://students.umw.edu/studentactivities/umw-homecoming/.

Thursday, October 23

8 p.m. LipSync Dodd Auditorium Class Council Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 24

5-8 p.m. Homecoming Carnival Ball Circle SGA
6:30 p.m. Bonfire Jefferson Square ARH
9 p.m. – midnight PRISM Prom Fac/Staff Dining Room PRISM

Saturday, October 25

11:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Tailgate Battleground
11:30 a.m .-4:30 p.m. Alumni Tailgate Battleground $5 advance registration includes tailgate fare and 3 drink tickets for guests 21 and up. Registration is online.
1 p.m. Women’s Soccerv. Penn State-Harrisburg Battleground
1 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Penn State-Harrisburg Anderson Center
3:30 p.m. Men’s Soccerv. Wesley Battleground
5 p.m. Women’s Volleyballv. Va. Wesleyan Anderson Center
6 p.m. Class of 2009 reunion J Brian’s 5-year class reunion – register here.

Sunday, October 25

10 a.m. Campus Cleanup – Meet at Bell Tower

New Director of Student Activities & Engagement

Ethan Feuer joined the Division of Student Affairs on June 25 as the new director of student activities and engagement.  The former director, Joe Mollo, retired from the position in June.

Ethan comes most recently from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he served as the student activities coordinator for the MIT Energy Initiative.

He received his master of arts in higher education from the University of Michigan, and his bachelor of arts in history with a minor in education from Brandeis University.

Please join us in welcoming Ethan to the UMW community.

New Assistant Dean for Student Involvement

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

On June 10, Melissa L. Jones began her tenure with UMW as assistant dean for student involvement. Jones will have oversight for the Orientation program and will supervise the offices of Campus Recreation, James Farmer Multicultural Center, and Student Activities and Engagement.

Jones was formerly with Virginia Commonwealth University in various positions including associate director of residence education and associate director with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.  She received her master of education in counseling psychology with an emphasis in college student personnel administration from James Madison University and her master of education in social foundations of education and bachelor of arts in history, English, with a minor in African-American studies from the University of Virginia.

The Assistant Dean’s office is currently located in the Student Activities and Engagement suite in Seacobeck Hall. Those offices will move to the new University Center once it opens in 2015.

Please join the Division of Student Affairs in welcoming Melissa to the UMW community.

Hall Named Police Chief

The Student Affairs Division is pleased to announce the selection of Lt. Mike Hall as Chief of Police. Mike has been acting chief since the departure of former chief Eddie Perry earlier this year.

Mike has been in law enforcement for over 30 years and has served in multiple capacities with various municipalities. He has been at UMW for almost five years and rose through the ranks from officer to sergeant to lieutenant. During this time he has served as a strong, consistent leader in the Police Department and across campus.

Mike is looking forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact on the University as Chief of Police.  I am sure you will join Student Affairs in offering him our congratulations and best wishes in his new position.

UMW Cares Wins “Prevention” Award at NASPA

UMW Cares won the “Prevention” category award at the NASPA Campus Safety Knowledge Community meeting in March. NASPA is the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.  The award – an engraved plaque – was presented to Doug Searcy at the annual conference in Baltimore, Md. Congratulations to the UMW Cares Team for this recognition and ongoing service to the UMW community.

Want to Support Expanded VRE Service?

The National Association of Railroad Passengers is working to bring the enjoyable and affordable VRE trains to Fredericksburg JUST FOR YOU! If the VRE Board sees that there is enough support and demand for this, it just might happen! With more vocal support, permanent weekend and expanded weekday VRE service might become reality! Fill out the pledge below to show your support.

Click Here to fill out the pledge. It will take about 30 seconds. Questions? Please contact Maxime Devilliers at mdevilli@mail.umw.edu


Searcy Selected for SACSA Leadership Position

During SACSA’s 64th Annual Conference in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 2 to 4, Dr. Doug Searcy was selected to lead SACSA’s non-conference programming. Searcy will be able to shape the organization’s emphases and direction on issues critical to the future of student affairs. The Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)  is a regional organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for practitioners, educators, and students engaged in the student affairs profession.


Searcy and Rettinger Present at SACSA Conference

Dr. Doug Searcy, vice president for Student Affairs, and Dr. David Rettinger, executive director of the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service, presented a program on UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 2 to 4.

The presentation focused on sharing strengths of the center program and its development of best practices that seek to raise the bar for industry standards in developing similar programs that create a seamless experience between curricular and co-curricular components of the University.

Searcy also facilitated a senior-level panel on campus collaboration as a tool to address student needs and support student learning, and served on a panel to discuss threat assessment and behavioral intervention teams and the models for implementing and successfully maintaining these teams that are now critical for supporting student success and persistence to graduation.

NYC Bus Trip

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Student Affairs staff members will host a bus trip to New York City.  A 55-passenger coach bus has been contracted to NYC for a day trip. The cost is $40 per person. The event will be “self-funded” and no state funds will expended.  Space is limited, so please call now to reserve a place on the bus.

The bus will depart UMW from the George Washington parking lot at 4 a.m. for the trip north. Participants will be dropped off close to Times Square, NYC, around 10 a.m. and will have time to enjoy all that New York City has to offer in the winter. Take in a Broadway show, ice skate in Central Park, tour any of the world-renowned museums, shop at famous Macy’s on 34th St., and view the decorated windows along 5th Ave.  The bus will depart for UMW from Rockefeller Center at 11:30 p.m.

If you are interested in the New York City bus trip, please contact Dei Bayer (dbayer@umw.edu; 540/654-1053).

Tuesday Walk/Run Offered

Faculty and Staff Walk/Run Group

Campus Recreation and Residence Life invite staff and faculty to a weekly run/walk on Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m.  We welcome all paces!

Our route is 1.66 miles from campus down the Sunken Road and back again. There are two junctures along the route for those of you who can’t commit to the whole time (.66 mile route and .75 mile route). Meet us in front of Lee Hall at noon on Tuesday for some exercise and a little down time between the stress of meetings and classes!  Route map is below. Questions? Contact Dan Gardner (dgardner@umw.edu) or Margot Jebb (mjebb@umw.edu).

Map of Fac/Staff Walk/Run

Map of Fac/Staff Walk/Run