June 21, 2018

New Students Come Home to UMW

They could hear it before they could see it. Music blasting from speakers on the steps of George Washington Hall, a vast, red-brick building with soaring ionic columns. They carried with them book bags and blue folders and wore on their faces the hopeful, uncertain expression of teenagers teetering on the brink of something new […]

Volunteers and Video Submissions Needed for Common Experience

We’re looking for volunteers and video submissions for UMW’s 2018-2019 Common Experience, Dear Evan Hansen and the accompanying soundtrack.

The Common Experience is one of the first opportunities to engage incoming students with the rest of the UMW community;  this shared intellectual experience can promote critical exchange of ideas and create a sense of community, and we’re looking for volunteers.

We hope you will join the discussion from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on August 24.  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.

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.

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.

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

Liane Houghtalin Elected President of the Classical Association of Virginia

Liane Houghtalin, Professor of Classics, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Classical Association of Virginia at its annual spring meeting on May 5. Professor Houghtalin has served in various offices of the organization, including as its treasurer and as its vice president, since 1998.

The Classical Association of Virginia holds two meetings each year; offers awards for professional development and teaching, scholarships, and annual competitions for high school students of Latin; and acts as the liaison for classical languages in Virginia with other professional organizations.

The spring 2018 meeting was held at Mary Washington and was notable for the active participation of Mary Washington faculty and alumni. Angela Pitts, Professor of Classics at Mary Washington, spoke on the sounds of war in the Iliad.  One alumnus, Mark Keith (National Latin Exam and Riverbend High School), presided over the meeting as the outgoing president; and another alumna, Susann Lusnia (Tulane University) returned to Fredericksburg to deliver a talk on reading images of violence in Roman art.

Important Facilities Work Management System Announcement

With the recent update to Banner 9, the current work request and tracking system used by Facilities Services will no longer be supported. Facilities Services will transition to a new Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS), “SchoolDude”, that will provide improved workflow and features for integration of preventive maintenance and asset tracking. SchoolDude has been running in a test mode since April of this year and is functioning well.

Effective Monday, July 2, 2018 all UMW community members will use SchoolDude to submit maintenance work requests.  The main campus work order system will be the “My School Building” application within SchoolDude.  Each faculty member, staff, and student will have access as a ‘Requestor’ and will use Self Service Banner/Gateway for access to submit work requests. This process is implemented with the active directory, so all UMW community members will use current Banner/UMW log-ins. System access paths to the old work request system will be the same paths to the new work request system, and there is no new password to remember.

For assistance, or comments, please contact Robin Jones at rjones@umw.edu or  540-654-2094.

Your feedback is very valuable to us, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience during this transition.




Arts-Fused STEM Equals Student Success

It started as a standard third-grade science lesson – how the tilt of the Earth causes the seasons to change. Now a group of future educators looked over a Greek play that gave a wholly different version of how summer turns to fall. Under the direction of a UMW theatre professional, they acted out the […]

Arts-Fused STEM Equals Student Success

It started as a standard third-grade science lesson – how the tilt of the Earth causes the seasons to change. Now a group of future educators looked over a Greek play that gave a wholly different version of how summer turns to fall. Under the direction of a UMW theatre professional, they acted out the […]

Giant Food Nutritionist to Talk About Mood-Boosting Food

Come hear Giant Food Nutritionist Lindsay Pugliese talk about mood-boosting foods from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15  a.m. Tuesday, July 17 in Lee Hall 412.

Lindsay always brings coupons and food samples to share after her presentation.  This event is open to all students and staff.

Mood Boosting Foods: A Guide to How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood, includes information about foods that will give you more energy, boost your mood and improve your mental well-being.


UMW Seeking Wellness Champions

This past year, the President’s Council on Wellness worked to identify ways to improve student and employee well-being.  We know well-being is closely linked to happiness and job satisfaction. Specifically, employees with high levels of physical and emotional well-being are shown to be more productive and positive while experiencing lower stress levels and fewer missed days of work.

Beginning Fall 2018, The President’s Council on Wellness will launch the UMW Wellness Champion program. Currently, we are looking for one employee per area to serve as a Wellness Champion.

This person’s role will be:

  • Communication of wellness related information within their areas
  • Providing feedback to President’s Council on Wellness


  • 2 Wellness Champion meetings per semester
  • Two representatives from this group will attend the monthly council meeting

Top Wellness Champion candidates are:

  • Passionate – Employees who aspire to be champions and have enthusiasm for enhancing the culture of health at their workplace.
  • Social skills – Employees who naturally make connections with and show compassion for their co-workers. Champions should be easy to approach, have strong communication and leadership skills, and be looked up to by their co-workers.
  • Role model qualities – Employees who express a personal interest in healthy lifestyles, regardless of their current health status, can be excellent advocates for healthy behavior change.

Are you interested or know someone who would be great?

Please fill out this quick 3 question form:  https://goo.gl/forms/esU6mgv6CS156vSh2

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Gately Featured in SBO magazine

Doug Gately, director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble, was highlighted in the May issue of “SBO” (School, Band, & Orchestra) magazine for his educational work as an adjudicator and clinician at the 2018 Festivals of Music, Virginia Beach. The event was held April 27 and 28 at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center at Norfolk State University. The article can be found at http://sbomagazine.com/featured/6178-festivals-of-music-virginia-beach-2018.html and http://digitaleditiononline.com/publication/index.php?i=496795&m=&l=&p=1&pre=&ver=html5#{%22page%22:0,%22issue_id%22:496795}