August 21, 2018

Volunteers Needed for United Way Day of Action Sept. 14

UMW is looking for a team of volunteers to participate in United Way’s Day of Action on Friday, September 14th.

We need faculty and staff to represent UMW. Please volunteer for a half-day or full-day project by registering at the following link:

Please contact the Center for Community Engagement with any questions at or 540-654-5643.

Ben Kisila and Students Publish Two Articles

Dr. Ben Odhiambo Kisila,  associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, along with his UMW undergraduate research students, had two research papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

“Analysis of spatial distribution of trace metals, PCB, and PAH and their potential impact on human health in Virginian Counties and independent cities, USA,” was published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

“Sediment and Phosphorous Fluxes Analysis in Aquia Creek, a Sub-watershed of the Chesapeake Bay Basin, VA, USA,” was published in the journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution.

Whalen Presents Research on Computer-Generated Narrative

In August 2018, Zach Whalen, associate professor of English and director of the minor in digital studies, traveled to Montreal to participate in the annual conference of the Electronic Literature Organization. At the conference, Whalen presented research on using computational text-analysis to study and interpret the work of a community of practitioners who use code to generate novels every November in an event called National Novel Generation Month (NaNoGenMo).

Whalen also performed a reading of his own NaNoGenMo 2017 book titled The Several Houses of Brian, Spencer, Liam, Victoria, Brayden, Vincent, and Alex, an 800-page long “children’s book”


Fontem and Student’s Research Paper Accepted for Publication

Bellah Fontem, assistant professor in the College of Business, and business student Jeremiah Smith, had a paper accepted for publication by the European Journal of Operational Research. The paper is titled “Analysis of a Chance-Constrained New Product Risk Model with Multiple Customer Classes.”

New Fall Fitness Programs and Gym Hours

A new semester is upon us and your health and well-being should remain a priority. After all, we perform better when we’re filling our own cup first. Campus Recreation is here to support you in your fitness goals, so take a look at the opportunities available to you this fall:

New Hours for recreational spaces in the Fitness Center & Goolrick Hall (effective August 23)

  • Monday-Thursday: 6am-10:30pm
  • Friday: 6am-8pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11am-8pm

New Faculty/Staff Fitness Programs

Register to participate in one of our 7-week fitness groups for $30.

  • Early Bird Fitness (45 minute full-body strength & cardio training)
  • Lunchtime Yoga (50 minute relaxing yoga class on your lunch break)

Learn more about each class here and register here. Spots are limited!

Weekly drop-in Group Fitness classes

  • August 27-September 2 fitness classes are free to celebrate the beginning of the semester!
  • See the fall fitness schedule here.
  • There will be no fitness classes on Labor Day, September 3.
  • Beginning September 4, you must have purchased the 2018-19 Group Fitness Pass for $10 to attend classes on the drop-in fitness schedule.
  • Purchase your GF Pass here. (Log in by clicking the blue button and using your UMW credentials.)
  • If you find yourself wanting to attend a fitness class after the free week, there is a $5 drop-in rate option for those who have not purchased the $10 annual fitness pass.

Intramural Sports

  • Registration for intramural soccer and basketball closes on September 5. Purchase your 2018-19 Intramural Pass for $10 and get a team together to compete against other Eagles!

We hope to see you around!

Milton Kline Paints UMW Masterpiece

Three became park rangers. Two became college professors. There was an artist and a geneticist, a veterinarian and a pharmacist. There were teachers and a tradeswoman, valedictorians and Fulbright scholars. Milton Kline can tell you a story about each of them. He can tell you what their parents did and who they married, the early […]

Paino Charges UMW to Get Involved, Change Lives

President Troy Paino reminded faculty and staff of the power of a liberal arts education and its ability to shape the world for good at a critical time in our nation’s history during his annual kick-off to the upcoming academic year. “We’ve increasingly seen education through a vocational lens. We believe the important thing we […]

One-Stop-Shop AV Services for Students/Faculty/Staff

This semester, the SAE Sound Crew has been absorbed into the Events AV Office to create a one-stop-shop for all audio needs on campus. As part of this change, the Events EV Office will now support audio for all faculty, staff, student clubs and SAE-sponsored events regardless of venue. Audio services include PA systems, live music support and music playback. Visual services include movies, basic lighting, PowerPoint, video and skype needs.

“We wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all AV needs on campus,” said Mark Simpkins, Assistant Director of Events AV. “We felt that this change would provide a consistent level of professionalism for all events. It also helps the student staff develop and grow in the AV field as they are mentored by Events AV staff.”

To submit an audio request, please visit Requests must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days before the event to ensure availability of staff and equipment. Last minute requests (within less than 48 hours) may be turned down.

Contact the Events AV Office at 540-654-1199 or for further information.

Faculty Participation in Honor Convocation: Friday, August 24

In our annual celebration of honor, UMW’s Honor Convocation will take place on Friday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center.  New students will recite and sign the university’s honor pledge, signifying their promise to uphold UMW’s ethical code.  Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend and are reminded to please wear UMW regalia and arrive no later than 4:10 p.m.  Robing will be held in Goolrick Gym.

Nominate Your Co-Workers for University Recognition Awards

As we do each fall, it is now time to recognize our co-workers for their exceptional service to the University by nominating them for staff awards.

What: Hurley Presidential Commendation
Coleman Memorial Service Award
Atkins Staff Awards (Presented by the SAC)

When:  Nominations close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018

Awards will be presented at the Fall Luncheon (October 16 – 11 a.m.)

How: See University Recognition Awards for nomination criteria and the nomination form.