November 15, 2018

John McIntyre: Food for Thought

As the resident dining director at UMW, John McIntyre runs a tight ship – a tight, large ship with lots of moving parts. He attributes his discipline and leadership skills to his military service prior to joining UMW in 2011.

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Access Admissions Open House Saturday

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, the University of Mary Washington will host its Access UMW Admissions Open House. About 175 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The estimated guest count is 500 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in the Thornton Street lots, the George Washington Hall lot, the Jefferson Square lot, outbound Double Drive, and the parking deck off of Route 1. Primary event locations are the University Center, Dodd Auditorium, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is.

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @MaryWash. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day. If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

James Monroe Lecture: Dirty Nasty Politics in James Monroe’s America

Dr. Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history and American studies at Yale University, will give the 2018 Monroe Lecture called Dirty Nasty Politics in James Monroe’s America.

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.  in Monroe Hall, Room 116.

Dr. Freeman specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. Her new book, The Field of Blood: Congressional Violence in Antebellum America, explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the nature of American sectionalism, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the longstanding roots of the Civil War.

Her research on political combat provided background and inspiration for the song “Ten Duel Commandments” in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

The James Monroe Lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Freeman and a reception. If you are unable to attend, please check back the week of the lecture for a link to the livestream.

Join Weight Watchers at Work, Get a Free Best Self Box

Join colleagues on the road to a healthier lifestyle. UMW has a vibrant Weight Watchers at Work program that meets every Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Room 111 of the Hurley Convergence Center. It’s one of our great employee benefits.

A certified WW leader comes onto campus once a week, checks our weight, and inspires us to live healthier lifestyles. There couldn’t be a more convenient or collegial way to keep your weight in check. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

Attend the Weight Watchers Be Your Best Self event, and learn how the WW Freestyle program has helped your peers along their wellness journey.

If you purchase a Weight Watchers membership by Nov. 21, you’ll receive a free best self box, which is a $40 value. For details, check out the following:

Rao Attends Meeting of Nationwide Faculty Governance Leaders

On Oct. 27, Anand Rao, professor of communication, vice chair of the Mary Washington’s University Faculty Council and president of the Faculty Senate of Virginia, attended a meeting of faculty governance leaders from across the country.

Rao participated in creating a National Council of Faculty Senates at the Austin, Texas event.

The National Council of Faculty Senates will help ensure various faculty senates nationwide play a coordinated, decisive role in university faculty members’ shared governance with their university administrations.

The Texas Council of Faculty Senates organized the daylong organizational meeting that attracted the faculty members to Austin, where they discussed plans to develop mission and vision statements, a constitution, and bylaws. Faculty senates advise university administrations and boards of trustees or regents on all matters of policy and decision-making that affect the faculty.

“Most associations in the United States have not only a statewide or a regional presence but also a national one,” said Trevor Hale, a professor of operations management at Texas A&M University and a convener of the meeting. “Therefore, we asked ourselves why not move beyond the state level to a national one.”

In welcoming the faculty members to Austin, Jim Woosley, president of the Texas Council of Faculty Senates and a professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University, said that it was imperative that the voice of faculty members nationwide be well coordinated and presented in a meaningful and an effective way to university administrators and to broader audiences.

Attendees identified areas for immediate action. They included developing a database to support one another and to weigh in on evolving issues, creating a communication system with boards of regents or trustees, and identifying a medium for disseminating widely best practices in shared governance and in academic freedom.

Lynne Richardson Speaks at International Deans Conference

Lynne Richardson and Amy Hillman, dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, provided insights from their “Associate Dean’s Journeys” on November 5 at the AACSB International Associate Deans Conference in Phoenix. There were 250 attendees from 19 countries.

Head Start Gift Box Drive Nov. 12-Nov. 28

It’s almost time for COAR’s annual Head Start Gift Box Drive. Each year we ask students, faculty and staff to fill boxes full of necessities and toys for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

These are distributed to the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania schools.

To participate, come by the University Center and check out a gift box between Nov. 12 and Nov. 28 and return them by Nov. 29.

If you are unable to check out a box, donations of the following individual items would be appreciated as well:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Small toys
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons and markers
  • Small books

All of these items will need to fit inside a shoe box sized box. We appreciate your continued support for service at UMW.

Campus Blood Drive Nov. 16

The last campus blood drive of the year will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the HCC.

The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Mu Sigma.

Wear a flannel for #flannelfriday and you will be entered to win a $20 Chipotle gift card.

Sign up to donate at, zip code 22401, and select the UMW drive. Please email with any questions or comments.


Alec Mallmann: University Center of Attention

Would you rather: Eat a green or spotted banana?

For Alec Mallmann, UMW’s assistant director for Student Involvement and University Center (UC) coordinator, the answer is clear – green. The tart taste reminds him of a crisp Granny Smith apple.

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Phishing Emails Targeting Faculty and Staff

The IT Security Office has identified several phishing emails targeting UMW faculty and staff. These messages appear to come from our faculty and staff, but they are in fact forgeries, often using a variation of the person’s name. All of the forged emails are coming from Gmail accounts. They are not legitimate.

Subjects for these emails include “Follow Up” or “Following Up”, and the body has been something simple, like “Are you available?” These initial messages are innocuous by design, and are intended to initiate a dialog with you. At some point, a request for a credit card number, a wire transfer, or some other nefarious action will follow.

Our SPAM filters have been catching many of these messages, but some continue to get through for delivery. We ask that you be diligent and pay attention to the sending name and address of the emails you receive, and look for unusual variations on the name of the sender. If you are suspicious about the legitimacy of an email, do not respond. Please forward it to