October 1, 2023

Global Cafe 2023, Oct. 3

Global Cafe 2023October 3rd, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM | Top of the CRUCThe Center for International Education and University Dining invites you to join us at Global Cafe on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at the top of the CRUC from 5 – 8 PM. Come and taste foods from around the world! From 5 – 7 PM you will be able to visit information tables about study abroad opportunities at UMW and receive stamps on your “passport” to be entered into a raffle.

Zen Enso Circle Painting, Oct. 4

Dear colleagues,

I invite you and your students to the events below. Please consider announcing these events to your students.

The Leidecker Center for Asian Studies invites you to participate in its annual “Gardens for Peace” event, as participating Japanese Zen Gardens throughout North America sponsor events to honor the UN’s International Day of Peace (Sept. 21).

Join us for the following events, all of which will take place in the UMW Zen Garden behind James Farmer Hall (weather permitting):

Wed. Sept. 20, noon: Community Zen Garden Clean Up, when we prepare the Zen Garden for raking Toshiko Tanaka’s peace design. Ms. Tanaka is an artist, peace activist and survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She created patterns that represent her desire for world peace.

Wed. 9/27 at noon: Guided Walking Meditation in the Garden

Wed. 10/4 at noon: Brief meditation and Zen Ensō Circle Painting


Angela Pitts

Professor of Classics

Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies

Director of Contemplative Studies

Family Weekend 2023, Oct. 6 to 8

The annual fall weekend event at the University of Mary Washington is back, and brings family members and friends to campus to experience a slice of student life. A variety of events are happening, and a complimentary trolley extends your visit to downtown Fredericksburg.

Please visit our full schedule of events for information on everything happening around campus and the Fredericksburg area from October 6-8! You may also contact me at agauch@umw.edu if you have any other questions.

Dining Offering $100 Visa Card Survey Incentive Through Oct. 7

University Dining is anxious to get your feedback on their dining services in the Restaurants at the Top of the CRUC and in their Panera Cafe, so they are offering a $100 Visa card to the winner of the prize drawing, which will be held at the conclusion of the survey.

The survey is open to all members of the University faculty and staff through October 7th.  The information being  gathered is for informational purposes only. The dining team will use your responses to help guide their training, menu planning, and overall programing. No one will try to sell you anything, and your contact information will not be shared with any other group or business.

This is your chance to let your voice be heard! The survey takes about ten minutes to complete, and your responses will definitely assist the Dining team as they plan for the future. To access the survey, simply use this Survey Link, or click on the QR code below.  For additional information contact Rose Benedict, 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@umw.edu.



Women’s Leadership Coffee Talk, Oct. 10

The October Women’s Leadership Coffee Talk, Entrepreneurial Mindset, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center’s Kalnen Inn Living Room at 1119 Hanover St. Register for the Coffee Talk.

Join us at October’s Coffee Talk as we delve into the empowering world of the Entrepreneurial Mindset. If you agree with the statement “Failure is Success in Progress” then you might have an entrepreneurial mindset! Explore the common traits of entrepreneurs and how you can cultivate continued opportunities that will set you up for business success. October’s Coffee Talk will be led by April Peterson, Co-Owner and General Manager of River Rock Outfitter, a specialty outdoor store in Downtown Fredericksburg.

She fell in love with Fredericksburg when her husband was first stationed here with the Marine Corps in 2001. April earned a Masters of Art degree in Public History and worked in various historical societies and museums around the country – from Florida to Washington State.  In 2008, they moved back to Virginia and April started working for the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment specializing in strategic communications, legislative affairs, and program management. She considers working with wounded warriors and their families to be the most rewarding experience of her career.

In November 2014, April and her husband opened River Rock Outfitter. April manages the company full-time bringing with her the many lessons learned building and managing programs. Of particular interest is community development. From the moment the shop opened, April started volunteering with Fredericksburg, Virginia Main Street. She was elected to the Main Street Board in January 2016 and served as the President from 2019-2020. She continues to volunteer with Main Street and other local nonprofits currently serving on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Rappahannock and the Kathmandu, Nepal Sister City.

In her spare time she works on her podcast the Business of Adventure, loves to paddle on the Rappahannock River, and hangs out with her three English Mastiffs.

Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, Oct. 17

UMW Faculty and Staff,

You’re invited to the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cedric Rucker University Center, Chandler Ballroom. Join us for a delicious lunch menu, award announcements, and raffle prizes. Please complete the response form by Friday, October 13, if you will attend.

Menu: Kansas City BBQ ribs, portobello burgers, pulled chicken, creamy coleslaw, orzo pasta salad, Southern potato salad, seasonal fresh fruit salad, grilled vegetable salad, baked mac and cheese, deviled eggs, assorted pies and cakes, sweet iced tea, lemonade, iced water.

There will also be raffle prizes, and the following awards will be announced: Larry R. Atkins Award, Charles Coleman Service Award, Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation.

In addition, staff and faculty photos will be offered on both Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, courtesy of University Communications. Stop by the Woodard Patio the afternoon of Oct. 17 or morning of Oct. 18 for a new portrait. Photos will be outside with a natural backdrop, weather permitting. Learn more.

CPE Clothesline Project on Alvey Green Oct. 19

The following message is from the Center for Prevention and Education (CPE):

Content Warning: This story contains mentions of sexual assault, domestic violence, and abuse.

The Center for Prevention and Education (CPE) is hosting the Clothesline Project on Thursday, October 10, between 11 am-3 pm on Alvey Green. The Clothesline Project is an interactive visual exhibit created to bring awareness to the issue of sex-and-gender-based violence, and the t-shirts are the stories of those experiences. Each shirt is made by a survivor of violence or by someone who has lost someone to violence. Because our goal is to break the silence of violence, we do not censor the shirts. Instead, we honor the individuals who created shirts with us, RCASA (local rape crisis agency) and Empowerhouse (local domestic violence agency).

It is not a display that we want fellow Eagles to visit without context. Therefore, we share this message as a content warning for our community. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence and abuse, to honor a survivor’s strength, and to provide another avenue for them to break the silence that often surrounds their experience. We support and encourage survivors in their healing process. Please visit UMW’s Not Alone resource page which is a comprehensive guide for UMW survivors. There you can find access to confidential resources like the Talley Center for Counseling Services, RCASA, and Empowerhouse, along with other resources. If you want to report, consider using the UMW Concerned Report form or contact the Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA Coordinator (tix@umw.edu). If you want to contact law enforcement, consider reaching out to University Police. Lastly, if you are unsure about the next step, that is okay too. You can reach out to the Center for Prevention and Education Director, Ms. Marissa Miller (prevention@umw.edu).

Additional questions about this event can be directed to Ms. Miller. If looking to get involved with the Center for Prevention and Education, consider becoming a TEAL Peer Educator or attending upcoming events.

Vendors Wanted for Harvest Festival and Farmers’ Market, Oct.19

University Dining is hosting their second annual Harvest Festival and Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Oct. 19, on Campus Walk and Palmieri Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Last year’s festival was a huge success, and most of those vendors, along with a few new ones, will be participating this year, including:

  • Poppin’ Jon’s Kettle Corn
  •  C & T Produce
  •  Better4You Juices
  • Biscuit Batch
  • Fika Studios

However, there is still room for a few more . . .

  •    Food Vendors
  •    Crafters, Artists & Artisans
  •    Service Organizations
  •    Interest Clubs
  •    University Departments
  •    Anyone who wants to sell or promote goods, services or activities!

Except for a few space limitations, there is a place for everyone at the Harvest Festival and Farmers’ Market! Rain location is the 2nd floor lobby of the CRUC. If you would like to participate, please use the Harvest Festival Registration link or QR code to register.  Registration closes on Tuesday, October 3rd. For further information, contact Rose Benedict, rbenedic@UMW.edu, 540-654-2169.

Career Week Events, Oct. 19 to 27

Digital Career Week Flyer CAREER WEEK ’23

Earn Eagle Engagement Points all week!

October 19: Mock Interview Sessions

9am-3pm, Hyatt Place Fredericksburg

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with UMW, is hosting a Workforce NOW Mock Interview Day so you can practice your face-to-face interview skills with local professionals.

October 23: Career Fair Info Table

11am-1pm, CRUC Lobby

Learn about the fair and register to attend.

Drop-In: Revitalize Your Resume

10am-3pm, Center for Career & Professional Development, CRUC Suite 206

Create or enhance your resume – just in time for the fair.

Lunch & Learn: Handshake & Big Interview

Noon-12:45pm, Virtual via Zoom

Virtual networking can feel intimidating, grab your lunch, watch a demo and get your questions answered about connecting on Handshake and utilizing Big Interview.

October 24:

From Here to Career 11am-2pm, Gourley Living Room, CRUC Are you ready to make meaningful connections at Thursday ’ s fair? Visit themed tables and learn how to guarantee a great first impression.

October 25:

Professional Headshots 1pm-4pm, Colonnade Room, CRUC Ready for your close-up? Get your professional headshot taken for free. This event is co-sponsored by UMW Alumni Engagement.

Drop-In: Revitalize Your Resume 10am-3pm, Center for Career & Professional Development, CRUC Suite 206 Here’s your last chance to polish up your resume before connecting with employers.

October 26: Career Fair 10am-2pm, Chandler Ballroom, CRUC

The main event! Visit with employers who want to fill full-time & internship positions and learn more about various career fields.


October 27: Follow-Up 11am-1pm, CRUC Lobby Learn how to make a lasting impression on employers. Gather tips from our team and nail the follow-up!



Upcoming Vaccine Clinic, Oct. 26

The Student Health Center is collaborating with Giant Pharmacy to offer on-campus vaccine clinics this fall. The clinics are open to students, faculty, and staff with no appointment needed. Vaccines for flu, COVID, shingles, meningitis, pneumonia and tetanus will be available, typically at no cost with most insurance. For more information call the Student Health Center at 540-654-1040 or contact Associate Director Rene Sanders at rsanders@umw.edu. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 26, or Wednesday, Nov. 15. The vaccine clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each date in the Cedric Rucker University Center.