January 23, 2020

DMV Connect Spring Dates

Upcoming DMV Connect:
Staff from the DMV will be coming to campus on Saturday, February 1 from 8am-12pm in the UC Colonnade Room. They’ll be offering many of the services available at the DMV without the wait! Additional upcoming DMV Connect dates include Thursday, February 20 and Monday, April 13, both from 10am-3pm in the UC Colonnade Room.

DMV Connect services include:

  • Drivers’ licenses — reminder, an upgrade to the REAL ID Drivers’ License will be required to fly domestic starting 10/1/2020
  • Identification cards (adult & child)
  • Disabled parking placards
  • Vehicle titles
  • Address changes
  • and more!

Admitted Student Phone-a-thon: Volunteers Welcome

The Office of Financial Aid mailed more than 1,000 financial aid awards to admitted first year and transfer students this month. Please join us as we personally reach out to students to confirm its receipt and remind them of the next steps toward enrollment. This is an important outreach effort that will help with the success of the university’s enrollment goal for Fall 2020.

5-7 PM
Monday, January 27th
Tuesday, January 28th
Thursday, January 30th

  • Calling from Lee Hall Fourth Floor – Admissions Operations Suite
  • Pizza and drinks will be provided each evening.
  • Contact Melissa Yakabouski at myak@umw.edu to volunteer.

PCOW Welcome Back and The New Wash Post

The President’s Council on Wellness (PCOW) would like to welcome everyone back from Winter Break and to the first week of classes at UMW. What does this New Year hold for you and what choices are you making to living well? Share it with us on our Facebook page: UMW Wellness or Instagram: umw_wellness.

New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” Alex Morritt

The January/February edition of our PCOW newsletter called the Wash Post is being put across campus on bulletin boards and in campus bathrooms. This bimonthly theme of the Wash Post is “Winter is Here.” How can we cope with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), embrace more HYGGE (quality of coziness), and getting optimal amount of sleep? For fun facts, strategies, and tips, check out the Wellness Website for the Wash Post, Volume 12.

SAC Collecting Supplies for Hugh Mercer Elementary

The Staff Advisory Council is collecting supplies to restock Hugh Mercer Elementary School in Fredericksburg City!

We are looking to collect:

  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • White Copy Paper
  • Expo Markers

Drop off for Supplies:  Lee Hall, Student Services Center 2nd Floor, Cashier and/or Student Account Windows

Running the collection: now through Jan 31st.

Walking Wednesdays

Walking Wednesdays

Join the President’s Council on Wellness and the UMW community for active socializing each Wednesday at 12:30pm. The meeting location will alternate between the front of Lee Hall and the front of the Jepson Science Center (see below for January’s schedule). Walks will last 30-45 minutes, but feel free to break off at any time. We will have a special guest walker the first Wednesday of each month, stay tuned for these announcements.

Faculty/Staff who participate in a minimum of eight Walking Wednesdays will be entered into a raffle to be drawn April 24th.  You could have the chance to win a free movie ticket, a yoga mat, or a free pass for an employee fitness program.

Follow us on Facebook (UMW Wellness) for updated information.

January 22: Meet at the Jepson Science Center at 12:30pm

January 29: Meet at Lee Hall at 12:30pm


Upcoming Mindfulness & Fitness Opportunities

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

Mondays *The day is different than previous semesters!
6pm-7:30pm, February 10 – March 30 (Excluding Spring Break on March 2)
Leidecker Center B-39, Trinkle Hall
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on our registration site under “Courses”.

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is $15 and participants who attend six or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindful meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.


Employee Fitness Classes

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 workouts are better than no workouts!

Group Strength Training *Our newest addition!
Group Strength Training is a circuit-based workout group led by an NSCA certified personal trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. This training program will work through strength movements to improve function and mobility. Your trainer will provide the group with great attention to detail on form and technique. You can expect to perform full body movements on the mat, TRX straps, and using dumbbells. This class requires 4 registrations in order to run.
$25 per 5-week session
Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm
UMW Fitness Center Strength Floor

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. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.
$30 per 5-week session
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

Yogalates is a fusion class of a yoga practice with Pilates moves. Enjoy a low impact flexibility and core strengthening workout where you will feel challenged, but not leave drenched in sweat. These weekly workouts will stretch and strengthen your body to help you stay active during the work week.
$15 per 5-week session
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

FREE WEEKS: Try any of the classes above for free from January 13-19 & March 9-15!

Spring 2020 Session 1
January 27 – February 28

Spring 2020 Session 2
March 16 – April 17

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

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Call For ‘Wellness Passport’ Event Submissions

The President’s Council on Wellness (PCOW) is reaching out to share exciting and important updates related to the Wellness Passport this semester. We encourage you to reach out to us at wellness@umw.edu with questions or concerns as this is a work in progress. Also, please feel free to pass along this information to colleagues who may be interested.

Learn more about the Passport
Are you curious, “What is the wellness passport? What does it mean to be a passport event?” See the UMW Wellness Passport PDF for an easy to share document.

Get your events ‘Passported’
If your department is interested in submitting your events to be a part of the Wellness Passport initiative, please see the deadlines below and submit to the submission form.

  • Events happening prior to spring break, please submit by January 24.
  • Events happening post spring break, please submit by February 14.

What will happen at a ‘Wellness Passported’ event?
As a Passported event, PCOW will provide you with:

  • A Printed Flyer or Powerpoint Slide (you can choose your preference in the form)
  • Passport Stickers (delivered within a week of the event)
  • Paper Forms for tracking participation and learning

Please follow @UMW_Wellness on Facebook and Instagram, tag us in your passport event posts, and message us any event images so we can help share it as your event is approaching!

For your reference, here are UMW’s six Dimensions of Wellness:

Physical: Taking care of one’s body by partaking in healthy practices such as exercise, a nutritious diet, and getting adequate sleep. Acknowledging the importance of one’s physical surroundings and taking an active role in sustaining it.

Mental: Combining the elements of emotional well-being and intellectual curiosity, mental wellness includes being attentive to one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; positive or negative. Having the ability to approach life optimistically and with resiliency despite life’s inevitable disappointments. Seeking out ways to expand one’s knowledge and skills.

Social: Fostering a sense of connection and belonging with others. Involves using good communication skills, respecting oneself and others, and creating and maintaining a well-developed support system.

Spiritual: Taking steps to identify one’s values and beliefs in order to expand one’s sense of purpose and to find meaning in their life. Keeping an open mind and demonstrating tolerance towards others.

Financial: Striving to live a life within one’s means and taking steps to ensure one’s finances are prepared to support them in both the short and long term.

Occupational: Finding purpose and fulfillment in one’s professional journey while working to maintain balance between personal and work-life.

Preferred Hotel Contract Information Session

UMW now has preferred lodging contracts with three hotels: Hyatt Place, Country Inn & Suites, and Residence Inn. To assist the community with navigating the varying rates and booking procedures, UMW Business Services will host an information session explaining the different procedures and answering questions. The session will be held January 10, 2020, at 3 p.m. in Lee 412. This is an open meeting, so all faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Information for visitors about making reservations can be found on the Business Services website. There is also a user guide specifically for faculty and staff that contains more detailed procedures, including booking links and codes for UMW billed rooms. Contact contract administrator Lauren McDonald, x1576, for the guide. Detailed contract information can also be found on Cobblestone.


Film Screening: Eating Up Easter

Film Screening: Eating Up Easter
Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m.

Eating Up Easter follows a modern indigenous community transforming under the globalizing effects of tourism. Previous films have often sensationalized the “mysteries” of Easter Island’s past, a remote Pacific Island known for its massive stone statues. In contrast, this documentary by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu provides an intimate look into the passion and creativity his people are harnessing to face the consequences of their rapidly developing island.

Free admission. Pavilion at GMHS,  Snow date Feb. 2
Contact: Michelle Crow-Dolby at mdolby@umw.edu  or 540 654-1851

Thank You & Goodbye After 25 Years!

Just a brief note of appreciation to colleagues, co-workers, and friends with whom I’ve worked over the past twenty-five years at MWC/UMW. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the Facilities Services Holiday Breakfast and the kind words shared. Best wishes – look for me on the trail!