August 24, 2019

Battleground Parking Lot Construction

The construction of the expanded parking lot is projected to finish in October. Currently the parking area in front of the Physical Plant is closed. Staff and visitors to the Physical Plant may park in the east (loading dock side) parking lot and enter the building via the back lot during business hours. Athletics access to the locker room and physical therapy area is around the west side of the building around the construction fence, up the jogging trail from Softball. Until the project is complete week-day parking by students and coaches will be at the north end of the soccer fields, closest to Hanover Street. Contact Rob Johnston at if you have questions.

Last Call to Submit Events to the Family Weekend Schedule!

Family Weekend 2019 will take place Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6. We will be accepting submissions for events you would like to have included on the schedule through Monday, September 2.

Please submit your events here.

Questions pertaining to Family Weekend can be directed to Sandrine Sutphin at

Faculty Participation in Honor Convocation: Friday, August 23

In our annual celebration of honor, UMW’s Honor Convocation will take place on Friday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center. New students will recite and sign the University’s honor pledge, signifying their promise to uphold UMW’s ethical code. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend and are reminded to please wear UMW regalia and arrive no later than 4:10 p.m. Robing will be held in Goolrick Gym.

Quit and Stay Quit Mondays

Want to quit smoking? The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Quit & Stay Quit Monday (QSQM) are partnering on a 12-week “Quit & Stay Quit Monday” promotion campaign for employees.

UMW will be participating in the campaign. The Campaign kicks off on Monday, August 19th!  For more information, see Join the Mondays quitter movement!

The goals of the campaign are to:

  • Encourage smokers to quit, by using motivational messaging and resources; and
  • Increase awareness and use of the Virginia state quitline, Quit Now Virginia (Quit Now Virginia – 1-800-QUIT-NOW / 1-800-784-8669;

Resources to help you quit smoking:

  • Quit and Stay Quit Mondays – Check In
  • Quit Now Virginia (Quit Now Virginia – 1-800-QUIT-NOW / 1-800-784-8669;
  • Employee Assistance Programs – contact HR for additional information
  • Your personal Health Insurance – check with your health plan for programs and smoking cessation products to help you quit smoking

Informational Videos

University Recognition Award Nominations are Open!

Good afternoon!

Each fall, through the presentation of 3 awards, the University of Mary Washington recognizes employees who have been nominated by other members of the University Community for providing exemplary service to the University and making a positive contribution to the work environment.  Nominations are now open and the details are outlined below; please take the time to nominate a colleague who deserves to be recognized and celebrated!

What: Hurley Presidential Commendation,

Coleman Memorial Service Award,

Larry Atkins Staff Awards

When: Nominations are open, and close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Awards will be presented at the Fall Luncheon 

How: See University Recognition Awards for nomination criteria and the nomination form.

Questions:  Contact Terri Arthur ( about the Hurley and Coleman awards; contact Charles Tate ( about the Larry Atkins Awards.


Important message regarding use of AirBnB

The following message is from the Office of Administration and Finance.

On July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Accounts edited travel regulations and now specifically prohibits reimbursement for the use of an Airbnb for Commonwealth business travel. The Department of Accounts states that safety of travelers is a concern. According to the Department of Risk Management, Airbnb’s have a significantly higher risk than staying at a commercial hotel. At this time the University will not reimburse employees for lodging at an Airbnb during business travel, regardless of the funding source.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Smith at 654-1614, or Paul Messplay at 654-1410.

Apply for Leadership UMW Class of 2020!

To:  All  Full Time Faculty and Staff 

Applications are being accepted for Leadership UMW 2019-20, now through September 3!

We invite you to apply for this professional development program which has graduated over 80 UMW faculty and staff members in the past five years.  Those who commit to this program will have the opportunity to:

  • Assess and build leadership capacity with a cohort of faculty and staff from across the university
  • Develop a greater understanding of yourself and others through multi-rater feedback, self-assessments, group interaction and mentorship relations
  • Learn strategies to motivate and improve individual and team performance
  • Create individual development plans, and
  • Learn more about the inner workings of UMW as an academic institution and as a business.

Commitment and Attendance:

Requirements of the Leadership UMW are:

  • One half-day assessment / feedback session
  • Two full-day leadership workshops
  • Monthly mentor meetings
  • Assigned readings, and
  • Group projects or other leadership activities.

Information about  the curriculum, participants, mentors, and more can be found here. 

The application form is available and due September 3, 2019.

For questions about the application process or the program  you may contact any member of the Leadership UMW Team:  Beth Williams at,  Terri Arthur at, and  Debra Wander at



Onsite Financial Advising with TIAA, ICMA-RC, and VALIC

On- Site Retirement Advising

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a Financial Advisor can help you create a plan to achieve your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan.

Register for a session with TIAA at

September 26:      9:00 am -4:00 pm            George Washington Hall, Rm 215B

September 27:      9:00am – 4:00 pm            George Washington Hall, Rm 215B

Register for a session with ICMA-RC at

(ICMA-RC is the provider for our 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Hybrid Retirement Plan and one of our ORPHE Providers.  Individual sessions are available monthly)

Register for a session with VALIC on Tuesday, August 13

Registration Now Open For Fall Fitness Programs

Looking for some ways to stay moving this fall? Campus Rec has something for you!

Faculty/Staff Private Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

That’s right – UMW employees can sign up for Monday/Friday Lunchtime Yoga or Wednesday Yogalates classes with the comfort of knowing you are accompanied only by other UMW employees. These classes are scheduled during the traditional lunch time hour in hopes that many will be able to step away from the office and take advantage of a little brain break. Did you know that just ten minutes of light exercise can boost your mood, productivity, focus, and creativity?

To learn more about faculty/staff fitness programs, visit

The Fall 2019 Group Fitness Schedule is Live

Consider taking one of the regular Group Fitness Classes this semester. It’s only $10 for the year to attend unlimited classes starting September 2.

To learn more about the fall group fitness schedule, visit

The Free Week of Fitness Is Coming Up Soon

Not sure if these classes are something you’re ready to spend your hard-earned money on? That’s okay! There will be a free week from August 26-September 1.


If you have questions, please email Brittanie Naff at or giver her a call at extension 1187.

Top of the UC Reopening August 12

The Top of the UC will reopen on Monday, August 12th with a modified schedule.  Serving hours for the week of August 12 through August 18 will be as follows:

Monday through Friday

*Breakfast:    7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

*Lunch:          11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Dinner:         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Lunch:           11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner:          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Serving hours will be expanded as new and returning students arrive on campus. Please contact Campus Dining at or visit the Campus Dining website at for schedule updates or other dining information.