October 27, 2020

Campus Dining Update

The Top of the UC and all campus retail dining locations are now open to all members of the UMW faculty and staff. Some things have changed in order to ensure safe social distancing. To make more room at the Eagle’s Nest, Hissho Sushi has moved to the Underground at Lee Hall. All food service is now “take-out” only, and pathways with floor decals indicating where to stand for safe social distancing are in place at each restaurant.

The new campus Grubhub app can be used to order food ahead so it’s ready for pick-up when you arrive. Top of the UC menu items are available on Grubhub, too. However, those food orders need to be placed by 7 p.m. the day prior to pick-up. (Please disregard the prompt that says your order will be ready in 3 minutes! Grubhub is unable to remove that embedded prompt.) Top of the UC orders may be picked up on the first floor of the University Center near the Chandler Ballroom.

Even though there is currently no “dine in” option, there will still be several festive meals offered at the Top of the UC in the coming weeks.

October 19 – Rainbow Cake & Sherbet at dinner to honor GSMA week

October 20 – Oktoberfest Dinner with Sauerbraten, Brats, Latkes and Pork Schnitzel to celebrate the season.

October 23 – Kick-Off for the Stop Hunger Food Drive

October 28 – Asian Cultural Heritage Lunch to honor UMW’s Asian Cultural Celebration week

October 29 – Pumpkin Carving contest winners announced and free hot cider and caramel apples served outside the University Center

November 5 – Jewish Heritage Dinner to honor UMW’s Jewish Cultural Celebration week.

There will also be several free “pop up” events from time to time, like the coffee bar and cake pops that were served in late September. Those who join the Campus Dining UMWFoodies group will get text messages when these events “pop up”! To join the group text UMWFoodies (followed by a space) to 82257.

For further information or questions about Campus Dining services or events, contact Dining@UMW.edu, call 540-654-2169, or visit the Campus Dining website at UMW.SodexoMyWay.com.

Invitation for James Farmer Multicultural Center Updates

UMW Faculty and Staff:

The James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) invites you to join an email list to receive weekly updates about events this year, which are continuing to be held in a virtual format. You can participate in events that interest you, share information about events with your students, or contact the JFMC to co-sponsor one of the cultural or social justice programs that aligns with your class syllabus or personal interests. It is always appreciated when you invite students to attend events as part of your class activities!

The JFMC strives to facilitate students’ learning and personal development, including that of underrepresented groups, by increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of diversity issues (i.e., cultural, ethnic, intellectual, and social) that frame both the individual and the community. The Center creates educational environments that broaden one’s understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The JFMC also provides programs and services and activities to increase the awareness of Dr. James Farmer’s legacy and contributions to society.

More than 11 cultural celebrations are sponsored and various social justice initiatives (e.g., Social Justice Teach-Ins, Human Rights Film Series, and the Social Justice and Leadership Summit) are hosted throughout the year. For more information about the JFMC, visit the Center’s website.

Please fill out this Google form if you would like to be added to the list for a weekly email that will include information about upcoming events, as well as flyers and promotional materials for you to distribute to your students. If you opt in now and want to be taken off the email list later, just contact the JFMC at umwjfmc@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of the ASPIRE-aligned work of the JFMC!


Best regards,

Dr. Melissa Wells, Chair, JFMC Faculty Advisory Council

Dr. Marion Sanford, Director of the James Famer Multicultural Center


Fall Flu Shot Dates

Protect Yourself and Everyone Else.
Flu Shots will be held at the Anderson Center Concourse, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

October 21
November 10

No appointment is needed. No cost with most insurance.

Sponsored by Giant Pharmacy and the University of Mary Washington.

Lunchtime Yoga Registration Open Now!

Campus Recreation offers fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees. Each fitness program is 5 weeks long. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 5 weeks. Just remember: some scheduled movement in your day is better than no movement!

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong.
$30 for a 5-week session
Meets twice a week: Mondays & Fridays from 12:00-12:50pm
Zoom (Link provided after registration) 

Fall 2020 Session 2
October 19 – November 20

You can register and pay online. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

Virtual Mini Supplier Expo, Oct. 21

TSRC to be inaugural contractor spotlighted at Procurement Services' Virtual (Mini) Supplier Expo.

Procurement Services announces its first Virtual Mini Supplier Expo, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. The Supply Room Companies will be the inaugural contractor spotlighted at the first Mini Virtual Expo events, which will be held more frequently by Procurement Services, replacing the single larger event typically planned each year. All are invited to participate. Contact Procure@umw.edu with questions.


Topic: Procurement Services Virtual Supplier Expo with TSRC

Time: Oct 21, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 817 5862 2361

Passcode: 104381


Business Services eUpdate–Fall 2020

Business Services Logo

Business Services: Open for Business

In keeping with UMW’s Return to Campus Plan, all offices are exercising MMDC requirements: monitoring, masking, distancing, and cleaning. Services are available online as well as in person by appointment. Read on to see how Business Services is serving you.


Shop now for 25% off select merchandise!

The Bookstore is open during the following times, with a maximum capacity of 10 shoppers at a time:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The University Bookstore has an assortment of hand sanitizers and masks for sale. You can also shop the Bookstore website 24/7 for your course material and UMW spiritwear needs.

Branded UMW Face Mask

Copy Center

The Copy Center remains open during normal business hours. Patrons are encouraged to submit jobs online whenever possible and request delivery through campus mail. Due to space limitations inside the Copy Center admittance is only one person at a time, and only with an appointment. To make an appointment send an email to copies@umw.edu or call (540) 654-1935.


The EagleOne Card Center is open during regular business hours for in person visits by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through an online request form: https://adminfinance.umw.edu/eagleone/for-students/service-appointment/ or by calling x1005. EagleOne funds may be deposited online through Transact.

Off-Campus Merchants

Off-Campus merchant partners accept the EagleOne card as payment. Visit the EagleOne website to see the list of active partners.

Parking Management

Students, faculty, and staff may still order 2020/2021 decals through the Parking Management portal and receive their decals through Campus Mail. In person appointments can be scheduled by calling (540) 654-1129.

Post Office

The UMW Post Office will continue to deliver mail to one location per building. Contact the Post Office at (540) 654-1049 or email umwpo@umw.edu for information or questions regarding mail delivery. To visit the Post Office, follow the MMDC requirements and instructions on the website.

Temporary Price Increase

USPS has announced a temporary rate increase that will be in effect October 18, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Priority Mail will increase to $7.42; Parcel Ground will increase to $7.32 and Priority Express will increase to $24.25. Please plan accordingly for these changes. As always, the UMW PO staff will rate shop for you and give you the best options when sending out any mail. Questions? Please call (540) 654-1049 or email at umwpo@umw.edu.

Important Phishing Alert – “IT HelpDesk (via Google Drive)”

A message from the IT Help Desk.

UMW Faculty and Staff,

Several faculty and staff have received emails from the sender “IT HelpDesk (via Google Drive)”

These are fraudulent phishing emails and should be deleted.

If you opened one of these emails and clicked on the link/document, you should contact the UMW Help Desk for assistance at helpdesk@umw.edu or 540-654-2255.

Here are some tips that will help protect you from phishing emails:

  • Beware of emails asking you to confirm, check, review, or provide information using an attachment; it may be a malware attachment. If you do not know the sender or were not expecting an email from the sender, do not trust the attachment.
  • Be suspicious of emails that create a sense of urgency. They often claim you will lose access to your account if you don’t click on a link and enter your NetID and password. Emails like this are trying to steal your account credentials. No legitimate organization will send you an email that tries to frighten you into clicking a link.
  • Beware of emails that appear to come from a trusted source, but the sender’s email address is not a UMW account, or it is the email address belongs to a person you don’t recognize, and you can’t verify their legitimacy. Always check the sender’s email address, not just their name, to make sure the address legitimate.
  • Be suspicious of emails that are poorly written and contain grammatical or spelling mistakes.


Mike Townes
Director of Information Technology Security/ISO
University of Mary Washington
(540) 654-2152

UMW Campus Police Community Advisory Panel Survey to Come

Today or tomorrow, faculty and staff will receive an email from the UMW Campus Police Community Advisory Panel (CAP). President Paino established CAP as an independent panel to examine the role of UMW Campus Police in our community in light of the current events in Fredericksburg and around the country.CAP will propose recommendations to President Paino for reforms, if warranted, to UMW Campus Police policies, procedures and practices to ensure that on-campus policing aligns with UMW’s Statement of Community Values (ASPIRE). As part of its inquiry, CAP commissioned surveys for the UMW community.

Campus community voices are vital to CAP’s examination of the role of the UMW Campus Police in our community. The survey is an expansion of similar surveys conducted about the UMW Campus Police in 2010 and 2015. Whether you are new to campus or are a long-standing member of the UMW community, please complete the survey. Your responses will help to shape the future of policing.

The survey takes fewer than fifteen minutes to complete, and the responses are completely confidential. Reports to CAP will be aggregate data only. Summary results will be shared with the UMW community later this fall.

Campus Police Community Advisory Board

UMW-themed Zoom Backgrounds Available

Show your Mary Washington spirit by choosing one of several UMW-themed backgrounds custom-designed for UMW for your next Zoom meeting. Find all the options online.

What do I do if I hear of a COVID positive?

What do you do if you hear a student/employee is positive or a confirmed close contact?

From time to time, we may hear of or interact with students or employees who reveal that they are positive or are a close contact to a confirmed positive. Here’s what we should do as staff and faculty:

  1. Stay calm. If MMDC is followed and our classrooms maintain the established 64 square feet social distancing requirements, the risk has been minimized and members of the UMW community would not be considered close contacts.
  2. Self-report. If you are alerted by a student or employee that they have tested positive, encourage them to self-report.
  3. Email Dave and copy Safety Mike. If you become aware that a member of the UMW community has tested positive, email Dave Fleming – COVID-19 Monitoring and Tracing Coordinator – (dflemin3@umw.edu) and CC Mike Muckinhaupt – Director of Emergency Management and Safety – (mmuckinh@umw.edu).
  4. Let UMW processes take over. UMW contact tracing efforts, in concert with the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD), will immediately assess the situation and make determinations about next steps, including notifying students, faculty and staff who may have been close contacts. Generally, because of MMDC and our classroom configurations, students and faculty in classes will not be close contacts.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Jeff McClurken and Tim O’Donnell
COVID-19 Co-coordinators