June 25, 2024

Staff Advisory Council Updates

The Staff Advisory Council had their first Faculty and Staff mixer at Home Team Grill Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The Staff Advisory Council had their first Faculty and Staff mixer at Home Team Grill Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Faculty and Staff Mixer:

The Staff Advisory Council sponsored their first-ever faculty and staff mixer at the Home Team Grill on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with more than 50 faculty, staff and students mingling and enjoying wings and drinks.

“What a great opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues from varied departments within the University community, in such a casual setting…from the Hurley’s, to faculty, administrators, classified employees and a representative array of students,” said Cedric Rucker, associate vice president and dean of student life.

Stay tuned for details on the next mixer.


The S.A.C. met last week and heard from President Richard Hurley on the latest happenings at UMW. Check out the full meeting minutes below. The next meeting is March 20 in Lee Hall, Room 412. All meetings are open to the greater UMW community.

S A C minutes 2014-02-20 general meeting (PDF)

ugly-eagleThe Eagle Has Landed:

Monday, March 3 is the last day to send your name ideas for the Eagle Has Landed initiative.

Excellent Eagle Nominations:

You can now submit your Excellent Eagle Employee nominations via our website.

S.A.C. Email Address:

Send your questions, concerns, ideas to the Staff Advisory Council via our new email address: umwsac@umw.edu.

The Eagle Has Landed

Name the eagle, get a free lunch!

Name the eagle, get a free lunch!

The S.A.C. Activities Committee is launching a new campaign called “The Eagle Has Landed” as part of the S.A.C.’s Eagle Community initiative designed to bring the UMW community closer.

This eagle will land at various work spaces across the UMW campuses, giving its prey different options to rid themselves of its beauty. The lucky “landee” then has the authority to decide the eagle’s next landing spot. Everyone is encouraged to help beautify the eagle along the way, adding enhancements and improving its overall appearance.

But before the campaign begins, our eagle needs a proper name.

Therefore a UMW-wide Name the Eagle contest is now officially open and will run through February. Whoever comes up with the best name for our landing eagle will be featured in the Eagle Eye, and will win a free Seacobeck lunch.

Send your name ideas to Priscilla Sullivan at psulliva@umw.edu.

UMW Shows Support in Emergency School Drive

Undoubtedly, everyone has seen the disturbing photos of the devastating fire that destroyed Colonial Beach’s former school building, displacing nearly 300 children and staff due to the proximity of their current facility to the now-ruined building. The burned building was used as a storage facility, and housed much of the school’s paper products and supplies.

School supplies were not the only casualties, however.  The athletic equipment kept in the gymnasium, although saved from fire, was stored alongside hazard materials from the science lab and are virtually non-accessible anytime soon. So, in addition to school and clerical supplies, the elementary school is in desperate need of any type of athletic equipment – jump ropes, basketballs, soccer balls – anything the children can use to stay active and healthy while inside during the winter months.

True to form, UMW employees have expressed their willingness to help. After receiving several calls Monday morning, Priscilla Sullivan, the Staff Advisory Council’s Activities Committee Chairperson, has announced an immediate School/Office Supply Drive to help the children and staff of Colonial Beach Elementary School in the wake of this consuming structure fire. Donation locations will remain the same, with the addition of Human Resources, in Fairfax House. The locations are:

Human Resources – Fairfax House
Jepson Alumni Executive Center
Lee Hall
Marye House
Eagle Village – 4th floor
GW – 3rd floor
Trinkle Hall – 2nd floor
Stafford Campus – North & South
Facilities – lobby

Any questions about donations to Colonial Beach Elementary School should be directed to Priscilla Sullivan, psulliva@umw.edu. CBES has supplied Sullivan with a detailed list of needed items. If you would like a copy, please email her your request.

One Can Hope Campaign Continues to Support Feed Fred

We’ve helped to feed Fred another week! The Feed Fred representative left with 5 boxes, several bags, and two cases of Ensure (what a great idea) on Friday, Nov. 22.

I don’t know why I am still amazed at the generosity that pours out at each campaign, because UMW employees come through again and again, without fail.

Our One Can Hope campaign has definitely turned into a more-than-one can/bag/box of hope, and it really touches me to know that UMW has done its part to help prevent our area adults and children from being hungry week after week.  And even though slightly more labor-intensive, our new campaign format — donations going out every Friday — has helped Feed Fred tremendously with their efforts in feeding our area’s homeless and hungry individuals and families.

Thank you all again for your commitment and continuing work in this important undertaking.