October 18, 2018

UMW to Host 1st Congressional District Debate Monday

The University of Mary Washington will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams will face off for the first time. UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth will moderate the event, which is […]

UMW Lands on Princeton Review’s Green College List

The University of Mary Washington has landed on a list of top “green colleges” in the nation for the fourth year in a row. The ranking appears in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their […]

Early Group Registration for Women’s Leadership Colloquium Ends Saturday

Groups of five or more have until Saturday, Oct. 20 to get a discounted registration fee for the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @UMW, set to take place Nov. 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fee for groups of five or more is $179 through Saturday. After that, individual registration is $199 through Oct. 31. Student tickets cost $30 each through Nov. 1. For more information, visit umw.edu/lcpw/colloquium.

Leadership expert Nicole Price will be the keynote speaker. Nicole is the owner of the leadership development company, Lively Paradox, specializing in combining accountability with empathy and compassion as a fundamental leadership strategy. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, her master’s degree in adult education from Park University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and management.

Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.

The daylong event, themed “The Empowered Woman,” fosters connections between professional women. It features a variety of enriching seminars to include: The Empowered Life, The Empowered Citizen, Financial Empowerment, Empowered Presence, Empowered through Purpose, and Empowered through Difference. Speakers include executive director of the Community Foundation for the Rappahannock River Region Teri McNally, Director of Finance and Human Resources of The George Washington Foundation Carter Fitch, strategic planning and organizational development expert Cara Parker, vice president of equity and access at UMW Sabrina Johnson, life coach and professional development consultant Jenna Cooley and vice president of administration and finance at UMW Lynne Richardson.

 

UMW Executive-in-Residence Program Welcomes Sean J. Stackley, October 18

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, L-3 Technologies VP for Advanced Programs and Technologies & Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), will serve as the 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence. Stackley will speak in the HCC Digital Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Stackley

Stackley

Sean Stackley spent four decades in public service, including a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy where he served at-sea in engineering and combat systems assignments, and subsequently as an Engineering Duty Officer performing design, construction, maintenance & modernization across all Navy Surface Combatant ship programs. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Navy’s LPD 17 Amphibious Ship major program manager.

He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2005-2008, assigned as Staff Lead for the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for formulating budget and legislative provisions and performing oversight of Navy, Marine Corps, Maritime Administration, and Transportation Command programs.

In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), responsible for the development, procurement, and life cycle support of Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, tactical vehicles, and weapon systems; and related acquisition strategy, contracting, program oversight, industrial base policy, and workforce development. From January to July, 2017, he served as Acting Secretary of the Navy to guide the DoN’s transition between Administrations; including oversight of financial, personnel, acquisition, material, and various policy matters. Separately, he was assigned by Secretary of Defense to lead the Congressionally-directed reorganization of the Defense Acquisition organization.

In January 2018, he assumed responsibilities as L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies.

Stackley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and M.S., Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, Legion of Merit, Navy League Leadership, Small Business Leadership, and various other Service Awards.

Srivastava Recalls Fulbright Specialist Assignment

Mukesh Srivastava, professor of management information systems and director of the Center for Business Research, writes about his experience as a Fulbright Specialist in Mauritius.

My mission in undertaking the Fulbright Specialist assignment in Mauritius as an expert attached to the University of Mauritius was to establish Intellectual Property Rights Policy framework at the University. I also strategically developed functions, processes and organizational structure in collaboration with six Colleges (called Faculties at UoM), Deans and Academic Staff, Director of Legal Affairs, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academia), Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Vice-Chancellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (International Trade Division), Tertiary Education Commission (Equivalent of SCHEV) and Mauritius Research Council (Research Funding Body). At the Onset, it appeared to be a challenging task, in the sense that I had not experienced  an opportunity like this before at any university or in my two prior Fulbright Specialist assignments in Tunis, Tunisia and Hanoi, Vietnam, where I developed curricula, delivered seminars and taught MBA level courses in information systems strategy.  The experience of having a critical organizational development process at the University of Mary Washington from 2009 to 2012 while the College of Business as an entity was being formed, was very useful to resolve competing interests and conflicts.

I met with a number of academic and clinical faculty/staff from various colleges, research centers, and reviewed Intellectual Property issues arising out of lopsided ownership of research, in general.  A very high quality of research is being produced in the innovation domain in various Colleges (Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Bioscience, Faculty of Communication, Information and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Law and Management) of the University of Mauritius.  In many instances, those innovative research and scholarship products could be meaningfully converted into Intellectual Property in the form of Patents, Design Rights, Trade-secrets and IP Assets. Of particular interest was learning about the absence of functions, processes and organizational structure for Management of Intellectual Property and Commercialization of Innovation.  Although, an Incubator had been established recently, and corporate commercialization center was in existence.

This scenario presented opportunities to formulate Intellectual Property Policy in consultation with the Legal Affairs regarding equitable ownership of IP Rights between the inventor(s) and the university based on inputs from various stakeholders of the university to strategically align the IP Management Policies with the national priorities for an innovation-driven future and knowledge economy.

During this assignment, I had the pleasure of discussing scope of IPR policy awareness in Africa and enforcement issues with Ambassador David Reimer at the US Embassy in Port Louis.  Indeed, it was a pleasant and stimulating discussion regarding the need for American innovation and intellectual property footprint in Africa.

One day, I found myself talking with a journalist from ‘Le Défi Quotidien’, who had gotten a wind of my work on IP and Technology Transfer at University of Mauritius through the US Embassy.  I presented my work at a great forum on Innovation-Driven Future: Intellectual Property Management in Knowledge Economy organized by the University of Mauritius.  Approximately 100 plus persons were attendance from ministries (trade, foreign affairs, technology and industry) US Embassy, Foreign Universities based in Mauritius, and of course Senior Administrators (Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academia), Deans, Faculty and other invitees from Tertiary Education Commission and Mauritius Research Council.  My talk was received greatly, and very positive comments were made.  A few days later, I was on Mauritius Board Casting Channel and Clips of my interview were broadcast.

Ongoing ties

Working as Fulbright Specialist has allowed me to interact with colleagues and students abroad.  Also, working in the US as an US academician has provided me opportunities to leverage my expertise and skills for engagement at a Global level and to create a high value impact.  As a result of my Fulbright Specialist engagement in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer field, I intend to conduct workshops on IP Management and Commercialization in Mauritius during December 2018, and the African Region in 2019.

 

Pop-Up Startup: Classics Major Opens LGBTQ+ Bookstore

Andy Unger would use his college years to lay the groundwork for the LGBTQ+ bookstore he longed to open. But buying inventory and finding a space in which to sell it – the classics major figured all that would have to wait until after he graduated. Except it didn’t. Unger is spending his senior year […]

Open Enrollment for Tuiton Reimbursement Oct. 1-22

Open Enrollment period for Tuition Reimbursement for courses starting January through June 2019 is begins Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 22. The policy applies to classified, wage, administrative professional faculty, and other non-faculty part time employees enrolled in a degree-seeking program at other accredited institutions of higher education.

Those eligible will be provided with tuition reimbursement up to a specified amount after completing the course and submitting of proof of grade. (Eligible employees must be continuously employed by the University for a minimum of one year prior to their application and job performance must be satisfactory.)

Participants must submit a Tuition Reimbursement Request form to Office of Human Resources during the open enrollment period of Oct. 1 to Oct. 22, 2018 for courses starting January through June 2019.

The complete policy and procedures are posted at https://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-forms/tuition-assistance/.  You may also contact Denise Frye (dfrye2@umw.edu) with any questions.

Academic and Administrative Fire Drills Begin Monday

The Fire Safety office plans to conduct fire drills in administrative and academic buildings beginning the week of October 5th.

The schedule is listed below, showing buildings, and which week they are tentatively scheduled. The exact date and time will not be posted.

Please review the UMW Administrative and Academic Building Fire Drill Guidelines so everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities.

The drills are in accordance with fire safety guidelines.

For questions, please contact Campus Fire Safety Officer Mike Muckinhaupt at mmuckinh@umw.edu or 654-2108.

Week of Oct 1 – Oct 5: Brent, Fairfax, Tyler, Hamlet, Alumni Center, Tennis Center, and Ridderhoff/Martin

Week of Oct 8 – Oct 12: Stafford N/S, Belmont, Jepson Science, Anderson/Goolrick/Fitness Center, HCC/Simpson

Week of Oct 15 – Oct 19: Pollard/Melchers/Dupont, Woodard, Lee, Trinkle, JMLO

Please note that not all buildings are scheduled during the Fall Semester. Buildings not listed will have their fire drills conducted during the Spring Semester.

ORPHE Open Enrollment begins October 1

October 1 begins Open Enrollment for employees who participate in the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (ORPHE).  During this period, which ends on October 31, ORPHE participants have an opportunity to change providers (DCP, Fidelity Investments and TIAA) and it will be effective on your January 16, 2019 pay.

You may refer to the ORPHE website at www.orphe.varetire.org for additional information or to register for a webinar.   You  may also contact Denise Frye at dfrye2@umw.edu with questions.

 

UMW ‘Read Out’ Event Shines Light on Banned Books

Kit Lewers ’19 was in third grade when her Georgia school district banned Harry Potter. Just like that, a series of blockbuster children’s books disappeared from the library shelves, leaving Lewers to wonder why something so beloved was off-limits. But it didn’t stop her from devouring stories. Or from growing up to become an English […]