July 18, 2018

Retirement Reception for Charlotte Corbett-Parker, July 20

As you may know, Charlotte Corbett-Parker is retiring from UMW at the end of July after 28+ years of service. We will be holding a reception for Charlotte on Friday, July 20, from 3-5pm in the Underground (Lee Hall). Please plan to attend if you are able. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please bring a card with a note for Charlotte as we will be collecting cards for her at the party.

Please direct any questions to Wes Hillyard (rhill5ch@umw.edu). We hope to see you there!

Eagle Landing Park Deck Levels 3, 4 and 5 Closed July 14, 15 for Cleaning

Eagle Landing Parking Deck Levels 3, 4, and 5 (student parking) will be closed on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, for cleaning. Questions or concerns may directed to Jean Elliott in Parking Management at 540-654-1129 or jelliot3@umw.edu. Thank you for your patience.

Videos, Volunteers Needed for UMW Common Read/Experience

The UMW Common Read/Experience is one of the first opportunities to engage the incoming first-year students with classmates, upper-class students, faculty and staff in a shared intellectual experience, which can promote critical exchange of ideas and create a sense of community.

UMW has selected Dear Evan Hansen text and accompanying soundtrack as the UMW Common Experience for 2018-2019 academic year. Featuring a high school student with a social anxiety disorder who struggles to make social connections, Dear Evan Hansen is a 2015 stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book written by Steven Levenson. The musical premiered in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and opened on Broadway in 2016. Dear Evan Hansen’s original Broadway cast recording entered the Billboard 200 at number eight in February 2017.

We are hoping that you will join the discussion on the morning of August 24th from 9-11 am.  First-year students from the same FSEM course will discuss the book with one or two faculty, staff, administrators, or upper class students.  We will provide questions and supporting information in advance to help guide the discussions.  We hope that you will join in welcoming the first-year students and participating in the Common Experience event that will kick off their academic experiences at UMW.   If you would like to volunteer to co-facilitate a discussion group, please indicate your interest on the following google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dpPN3gDNSfRPv5sdNrZIRhuMcZobG-jSP23QJ49rINQ/edit?ts=5ad8aae3.  If you have any questions about the discussions, please contact Kelli Slunt, kslunt@umw.edu.

We would also would like to create a video of UMW community members singing “You Will be Found” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack.  Piano accompaniment for your recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfaBzHd5QA.  A copy of the sheet music can be found at https://dearevanhansen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/You_Will_Be_Found_Vocals.pdf.   We still need video footage to make this project a reality.  We are going for the virtual choir effect and individuals or groups can submit either the complete piece or excerpts from the song.  If you are interested in providing footage, please contact Anand Rao, arao@umw.edu.

Thank you in advance for your support of the 2018-19 UMW Common Experience.

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has once again been recognized among the nation’s best colleges by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019.

This is the ninth consecutive year UMW has received the distinction from the prestigious publication, the nation’s top-selling college guidebook. Mary Washington is among public and private institutions recognized for delivering outstanding academics and the most reasonable prices.

The 2019 edition, the publication’s 35th annual issue, features more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges and universities in the country. The listing was based on questionnaires sent to administrators and a cross-section of students. Read more.

Pay Date for Full-time Employees is July 2

Attention full-time employees:

The pay date for the 6/10/18-6/24/18 semi-monthly pay period is July 2, 2018, not June 29th. Due to fiscal year end, the pay date is the first business day of July. If you have any automated payments established with your bank (mortgage, credit card, etc.), please review their transmittal dates to ensure you have sufficient funds.

The full-time pay dates are established by the Virginia Department of Accounts Payroll Operations.  The Pay Calendar for Full-time Employees 2018 is posted on the UMW Payroll website.

You may contact Payroll@UMW.edu with any questions you have regarding this notification.

Melissa Jones: Oriented For Success

This might just be Melissa Jones’ favorite time of year. For two frenetic weeks, the assistant dean of student involvement will help welcome nearly 1,000 incoming students to campus for a 24-hour introduction to college life at the University of Mary Washington.

The first group arrived on Tuesday. The final group of first-year students will leave June 27. The goal of Jones and her team is to ensure the experience they get brings them back on move-in day — and keeps them coming back all four years.

Assistant Dean of Student Involvement Melissa Jones thrives on her role helping new college students find their way.

Assistant Dean of Student Involvement Melissa Jones thrives in her role helping new college students find their way.

“It’s our job to see the potential in every student we come across,” Jones said. “Every student at Mary Washington needs someone who believes in them. That’s us, out of the gate.”

Orientation takes a year of planning. By the time incoming students arrive, Jones has moved onto campus for the duration. It’s that consuming. It’s also that important.

“Orientation helps form a deeper and stronger connection to the university,” said Jones, who in addition to overseeing the program supervises the offices of Campus Recreation, the James Farmer Multicultural Center and Student Activities and Engagement.

The experience can also mean the difference between a student deciding to make UMW home or going elsewhere. That’s why, Jones said, “we put our best foot forward.”

Q: How did you choose the field of education?
A: I was going to go to law school. Halfway through the Law School Admission Test, I looked around and thought, “I don’t want to spend the next three years with these people.” I took the GRE two weeks later. I was fighting the education bug.

Q: What is the goal of Orientation
A: Students are coming from the K-12 experience where they had their friends and they knew what to expect. Now they’re trying to find their footing. One of our main purposes is to create for them a community with each other and the institution.

Q: What message do you want incoming students to take away from Orientation?
A: This is the place where you can be found. You can show up here and be your authentic self and you will be found.

Q: Any interesting activities or events scheduled for Orientation?
A: There’s UMW Live, skits and plays written for students and by students that cover a range of topics, from housing and financial aid to academic services and making good choices. Students hear it differently when it comes from other students. It’s more meaningful. There are video games, golf cart tours, adult coloring if you need something lower key. There’s Bingo in the Underground and a big game of Four Square outside the UC. We have pizza at 10 p.m. That’s college.

Q: Anything you’d like faculty and staff to keep in mind during Orientation?
A: We encourage everybody to be patient and welcoming. One of the best things about this community is how welcoming it is. Keep up the good work you’re doing. And let us know if there’s a need not being met.

Q: What are some of the more unusual questions people ask during Orientation?
A: We have some students who ask where they can go to find a party. Parents and guests ask us if we’re going to do bed checks and things like that. No, we’re not.

Q: Any favorite quotes you try to live by?
A: “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” It’s from a James Taylor song. There is joy in every single moment. Try not to forget that. Try not to let anyone steal your joy.

Lynne Richardson Named Distinguished Woman in Business Education

Lynne Richardson, vice president for administration and finance, has been named the 2018 Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education.

The award was established in 2016 by the Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group, a peer group for women administrators in business schools; it recognizes female thought leaders whose leadership, research, and educational initiatives have made a difference for women in business education. Past winners include Susan McTiernan (2017), as well as the award’s namesake, Pat Flynn (2016).

Volunteers Still Needed for Orientation

The New Student Orientation Planning Committee would like to announce a few opportunities for faculty and staff to welcome new students and their guests to campus during the upcoming New Student Orientation (June 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27). Last year, Orientation was a great success because of the support from all the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered.

We are requesting support again this year from UMW faculty and staff in welcoming our new Eagles as they experience UMW throughout the day. There are multiple areas that people can get involved. A few available opportunities to volunteer are still available. If you are interested, please sign up for your available time slots on the SignUp Genius – Orientation Volunteers 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu or x2179). Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation.

Elizabeth Larus Comments in CNBC, Financial Times

Political Science Professor Elizabeth Freund Larus was recently interviewed in national media concerning U.S.-Taiwan relations. View her CNBC interview at Academic says the U.S. is taking a low-key approach to Taiwan ties.   To read her interview in the Financial Times, go to U.S. opens new $255m de facto embassy in Taiwan.

Orientation Parking Restrictions, June 13 to 27

The following message is from the Office of Parking Management:

Greetings Campus Community,

UMW will welcome all incoming first-year and transfer students, and their families, to campus for Summer Orientation June 13 through 27, 2018.

Orientation is a mandatory experience committed to making students and their families feel welcomed, involved and connected to the University. Your support in this mission is greatly appreciated.

During Orientation, the following parking lot reservations will apply:

Orientation student and guest parking only:

June 13, 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26, 2018.

· GW lot
· Inbound/OutboundDouble Drive
· Jefferson Square
· Randolph/Mason
· Russell/Marshall
· Thornton Lot

Reserved lot signs will be in place beginning June 12, 2018.
Throughout the Orientation event, faculty and staff may park in the following lots:

· Battleground lot located off Hanover Street
· UMW Campus side of College Avenue
· William Street commuter lot located on the corner of William Street and Sunken Road
· Alvey parking deck located off Route 1

NOTE: Accessible parking spaces remain available to those who are eligible to use them.

Contact Jean Elliott in the Office of Parking Management at 540-654-1129 or jelliot3@umw.edu with questions.

Thank you for your support throughout Summer Orientation 2018!