October 4, 2023

Bowen Publishes Article on American Oil Colony in Aruba

An abandoned home in the Colony.

An abandoned home in the Colony.

After first discovering the remnants of the American oil colony on Aruba in the 1980s, Dawn Bowen has finally published an article in the Journal of Cultural Geography on the creation of this place and the lived experiences of children who made the colony their home.

UMW Welcomes New Director of Financial Aid

Tim Saulnier joined UMW on Aug. 27 as the new director of financial aid. Tim comes from the University of Lynchburg, where he spent several years in the same role. 

There, Tim worked to provide student-centered services and to actively build collaborative relationships across campus. He was instrumental in enhancing departmental operations while maintaining best practices in the area of financial aid.

Prior to Lynchburg, he spent six years in financial aid at UNC Charlotte. He is currently working on his dissertation focused on second-year retention.


New MyTime Minute Post on the Payroll Website

Wait a minute!

A new MyTime Minute post is available on the Payroll website at http://adminfinance.umw.edu/payroll/mytime-minute/.

This Week’s Topic:  What can the Accruals Tab tell me?

Subscribe to the MyTime Minute to receive email notifications when a new MyTime Minute is published.

For more information or questions related to MyTime Minute, please contact payroll@umw.edu.

If you are experiencing a technical issue with MyTime, please contact the IT Help Desk at 540-654-2255.

Buster-Williams Published in College & University Journal

Kimberley Buster-Williams, vice president for enrollment management, had an article featured in College & University’s fall edition (Vol. 93, Issue 3). The article was titled “The Caterpillar Way: Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value and Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education.” College & University is AACRAO’s educational policy and research journal focusing on emerging concerns, new techniques, and technology in higher education. It is published four times a year.



New Campus Dining Features Include Sushi, Paper Straws

Campus Dining has several new features for Fall 2018.  Hissho Sushi opened at the Eagle’s Nest this week to rave reviews.  They make sushi fresh each day, package it and put it in the Market for guests to “grab & go”.  Their menu features over two dozen items, from California Rolls to Seaweed Salads and Crunchy Shrimp Rolls.  Sushi is available Monday-Thursday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Underground underwent a transformation this summer and is now the Underground Cafe.  UMW students took on the role of managing the eatery and came up with a new menu and new serving hours.  The new menu includes chicken nuggets with a variety of sauce options, jalapeno poppers, deli sandwiches, entree salads and soups.  The Underground Cafe is now open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so members of the faculty and staff can stop in for lunch.  It is also open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays.

Sustainability is a high priority with Campus Dining, so they are offering a special “Choose To Reuse” mug promotion.  When you bring this mug to Li’l Joe’s, Qdoba, Vocelli, or the Nest Market you’ll get fifty cents off the price of a fountain beverage, regular 12 oz. coffee or hot tea.  The mugs are available for purchase from cashiers at the Top of the UC.  They are regularly priced at $5, but are available now through September 6 for just $2 and include a coupon for a free 12 oz. Starbucks regular coffee at Li’l Joe’s, which is located on the second floor of the University Center.  Li’l Joe’s also has a new menu that includes the full line of Starbucks coffees and fresh-baked bagels with spreads and schmears.

One other sustainability initiative includes the removal of plastic straws from self-serve areas.  They are being replaced with paper straws wherever possible.  Plastic straws will still be available upon request or when purchasing thick beverages, like Jamba Juice smoothies.

For additional information about any Campus Dining options contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2165 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

Savings Stack Up at University Bookstore

What students may not know when they stack their selections onto one of six busy checkout counters at the UMW Bookstore this week is that a cadre of staff has worked months to keep prices as low as possible even as the costs of college—and textbooks especially—soar. “It starts in April when book adoptions for […]

UMW Graduate Chosen to Attend Presidential Sites Summit

UMW alumna Holly Irwin of Herndon will mingle with presidential descendants, historians and former White House staff at this week’s Presidential Sites Summit in Washington, D.C. She is among 15 college students and recent graduates awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious national conference gathering to share ideas and celebrate the White House and its […]

Moving In On a Dream

Valerie Ebenki ’22 applied to seven colleges and toured four. She got into all of them, and might have gone anywhere. Yet on a sticky summer morning this week, Ebenki stood on the sidewalk outside Randolph Hall, belongings piled as high as her shoulders. Nearby by was her mother, Elenour, and best friend, Lydia Fozo, […]

Forbes Ranks UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized by Forbes as one of 2018 America’s Top Colleges. UMW is ranked seventh among Virginia public schools and 205 overall among the 650 four-year colleges and universities that the publication considers the nation’s best. Mary Washington is listed as 64th of the nation’s public colleges and 42nd […]

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!