March 3, 2024

Mike Breitenbach: Behind the Screens

Mike Breitenbach insists there’s no magic or mystery to what he does here at UMW. Or that his behind-the-screens job as director of web communications makes him a wizard.

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Meet Santa at Brompton, Dec. 8

President Paino and Kelly Paino invite your family to visit with Santa Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Brompton, 704 Sunken Rd., Fredericksburg.

To reserve a time with Santa, please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 5, at

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:

Head Start Gift Box Drive Through 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 through 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.


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.

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

Jewish Cultural Celebration Events Nov. 5-9

The Jewish Cultural Celebration will be held Nov. 5-9 and will feature traditional Jewish food, a movie night and speakers.

For a complete list of events, visit

Dr. Mark Naison, professor of history and African American studies at Fordham University, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411.

Naison is the author of seven books and more than 300 articles on African American politics, labor history, popular culture, and education policy. A member of the Congress of Racial Equality and Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, his first book, Communists in Harlem in the Depression, published in 1983, is still in print and is used in graduate courses around the nation.

Dr. Naison is the founder of the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP), one of the largest community-based oral history projects in the nation, and has brought his research into more than 30 Bronx schools, Bronx-based cultural organizations, and NGO’s. In recent years, the BAAHP’s research has led to granting landmark status to several streets with historic significance, as well as the founding of a cultural center honoring the Bronx’s musical heritage. A co-founder of the Bronx Berlin Youth exchange, Dr. Naison has published articles about Bronx music and Bronx culture in German, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese as well as English, and given talks about these subjects in Germany, Spain, and Italy. He recently published a novel, Pure Bronx, co-written with his former student Melissa Castillo-Garsow, and a book of essays on educational policy and Bronx history, Badass Teachers Unite. His seventh book is Before the Fires, An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s.