October 19, 2018

COB Alumni Awards Event Thursday

The College of Business will host its Alumni Awards event tomorrow in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom. Networking and food stations open at 6 pm. The awards program starts at 7. Awards include the Distinguished Business Alumni Award, the Outstanding Business Young Alumni Award and the Business Hall of Fame Award. Read more online at: https://business.umw.edu/alumni/alumniawards/.

Tuition Reimbursement Program Open Enrollment Deadline, Oct. 22

 The following message is from the Office of Human Resources. 

Dear Colleagues: 

Open Enrollment for Tuition Reimbursement under our policy for courses starting January – June 2019 is October 1-22, 2018. The complete policy and procedures are posted online but here are important and key provisions to have in mind. You may contact Denise Frye at dfrye2@umw.edu with any questions. 

Program Purpose:

Eligible employees enrolled in a degree seeking program at other accredited institutions of higher education will be provided with tuition reimbursement up to a specified amount for courses after completion of the course and submission of proof of grade.   


This policy applies to classified, wage, administrative professional faculty, and other non-faculty part-time employees. Graduate Assistants who are required to be enrolled in UMW graduate programs are not eligible for this program. Eligible employees must be continuously employed by the University for a minimum of one year prior to their application for reimbursement, and job performance must be satisfactory or at the “contributor” level. Tuition up to the approved amount will be reimbursed upon receipt of proof of completion of approved courses. Employees who receive tuition reimbursement must remain employed at the University of Mary Washington during the term of the courses taken and for one year after receipt of tuition reimbursement for those courses(s) or be subject to terms for repayment as described in the written agreement.  

Important Information to Know:

·     The open enrollment period for courses taken July 2018 to December 2018 was April 1 to 23, 2018. 

·     The program’s funding will be limited to $50,000 per calendar year; $25,000 will be budgeted for each period January to June and July to December.

·     Each eligible employee may receive up to $2,500 in assistance each period. The amount of assistance will vary depending on the number of requests and the available funds for that period i.e. where $25,000 is available, 20 requests may each be awarded $1,250.

·     A Tuition Reimbursement Request Form is required to be submitted to Human Resources during open enrollment for courses starting January 2019 – June 2019.

·     The Finance office will notify the employee that the Tuition Reimbursement Request Form has been approved within two weeks of the open enrollment timeframe closing and request the following:

           a) Proof of enrollment in a degree granting program

           b) Schedule of the institution’s fees 

           c) Proof of payment (payment may not have been made as of 10/21, this can be submitted later) 

The assistance awarded will then be reimbursed to the employee upon submission of evidence of course completion with a minimum grade of “C” or “PASS” if a Pass/Fail course. Submission of grade must be within 30 days of semester’s end. The employee will receive reimbursement within 10 business days of grade submission to the Finance Office. 










Professor Emeritus James F. Gaines to Sign New Book

Beyond the Covenant and Other Stories

Please join us for a book signing with author and professor emeritus, James F. Gaines, on Thursday, October 24, 3-5 p.m. in the University Bookstore, 306 Lee Hall.  His new book is titled, “Beyond the Covenant and Other Stories.”

Financial Planner Chris Fines ’99 Returns to Talk Saving, Investing, Oct. 23

Join us as financial planning professional and alumnus Chris Fines ’99 discusses the importance of saving for retirement and other financial goals.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Lee Hall Room 411.

Announcement of Faculty Athletic Representative

The following message is from the Office of the President.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Mathews, Professor of Religion, as our new NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. In this NCAA-mandated position appointed by President Paino, Dr. Mathews will serve as a liaison between the athletics department and the faculty. This role includes bringing faculty/academic concerns to the athletics department; providing faculty with updates and information about the athletics program; and working with faculty, the University Faculty Council (UFC), deans, the provost, the athletic director, coaches, and other constituencies. The goal is to address concerns about and develop ways to support UMW’s student athletes and maintain a high quality, Division III athletics program.

As the Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Mathews will work “to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletic activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among student-athletes and athletics staff.”

Professor Mathews has served in a number of roles at UMW, including chair of both the College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee and the University Curriculum Committee. She was also elected as an at-large member of the UFC and served on the Diversity Leadership Council, as well as the Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Committee. A graduate of the College of William and Mary who earned her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia, she started teaching at UMW in fall 2000 and has been a full-time member of the faculty since 2006. Prior to coming to UMW, Professor Mathews worked on Capitol Hill for nearly 10 years as a legislative assistant and legislative director in both the Senate and the House.

Troy D. Paino, J.D., Ph.D.


Diane Hatch and Bill Pinschmidt

Dear Colleagues, I am sorry to report on the passing of two former UMW faculty:

Dr. Diane Hatch, Professor Emerita of Classics, passed away on Saturday morning, October 13, she was 76.  Dr. Hatch began teaching Latin and Classics at Mary Washington College in 1966. Her undergraduate degree was from Sweet Briar College and she received her M.A. and her Ph.D from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  With Dr. Elizabeth Clark, Diane co-edited The Golden Bough, The Oaken Cross: the Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba.  She and Dr. Clark were founding members of UMW’s current Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.  Dr. Diane Hatch retired from UMW in 2000 after over 30 years of dedicated teaching and service to the University.  For further information, please contact the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion  https://cas.umw.edu/clpr/.

Dr. William “Bill” Pinschmidt passed away on Sunday, October 7th, he was 91.  He received his master’s degree from Ohio State and his Ph.D from Duke University. Dr. Pinschmidt came to Mary Washington College in 1968 as a full time faculty member in the biology department and retired in 1989. After his retirement, Bill Pinschmidt occasionally taught as an adjunct in biology.  In 1998, Bill was pre-deceased by first wife, Dr. Mary Pinschmidt, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences, who had an outstanding career at Mary Washington, and after whom the Mary Pinschmidt  Award is named. The Mary Pinschmidt award is given at Commencement to the faculty member whom the senior class will remember as “the faculty member who had the greatest impact on their lives.”  Bill Pinschmidt is survived by his wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter. The family requests donations be made to the William C. Pinschmidt, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Mary Washington, Office of University Advancement.

Nina Mikhalevsky
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Volunteers Needed for Annual COAR Pumpkin Palooza

COAR will be hosting its annual Fall event, Pumpkin Palooza, on Sunday, Oct. 28. It will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. throughout campus, and there will be crafts, games, and trick-or-treating for families from the Fredericksburg community.

We are in need of volunteers to help with set up, craft tables, games, guiding trick-or-treat tours, and clean up after the event. If you are interested, you can register using the following link on myUMW: https://orgsync.com/59896/events/2380322/occurrences/5671942

Additionally, UMW clubs and teams are invited to host trick-or-treat tables as a part of the event. If you are interested in hosting a table, you will be responsible for purchasing decorations and decorating the table, and for having representatives from your group be at the table for the entirety of the event.

COAR will provide enough candy for 2 pieces per child, but you are welcome to purchase more candy if your group would like to give away additional pieces. The link for groups to sign up is: https://orgsync.com/59896/forms/339319

We highly encourage students to dress up in costume, but we ask that costumes and decorations are appropriate for families with young children.



Join Weight Watchers at Work, Get a Free Best Self Box

Join colleagues on the road to a healthier lifestyle. UMW has a vibrant Weight Watchers at Work program that meets every Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Room 111 of the Hurley Convergence Center. It’s one of our great employee benefits.

A certified WW leader comes onto campus once a week, checks our weight, and inspires us to live healthier lifestyles. There couldn’t be a more convenient or collegial way to keep your weight in check. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

Attend the Weight Watchers Be Your Best Self event, and learn how the WW Freestyle program has helped your peers along their wellness journey.

If you purchase a Weight Watchers membership, you’ll receive a free best self box, which is a $40 value. For details, check out the following: http://eagleeye.umw.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Be-Your-Best-Self-Event-Oct-15-Nov-2-MP-1.docx

Graduates of the Last Decade Homecoming Challenge

Which class will lead the challenge?

Are you a UMW graduate of the last decade (classes of 2009 to 2018)? Do you love Mary Washington?  Have a favorite faculty or staff member that greatly impacted your time here?

On October 1, 2018 the Homecoming Challenge, a friendly competition between the classes of 2009-2018 kicked off and is raising support for all areas of UMW.  The challenge will run through Friday, Oct. 19 at midnight.

Your participation (not the amount you give) matters most.

Each class has a goal of 30 donors. You can track your class’s progress in real time on our custom platform and encourage your classmates to participate. The top class will win bragging rights and a day dedicated to their greatness on the UMW Alumni social media accounts. Check out additional perks, including how you can send a candygram to your favorite faculty or staff member who had an impact on you, at fund.umw.edu/g/hocochallenge.


Richardson to Return as Dean of COB, Messplay to Assume Role as VP for Administration and Finance and CFO

As of January 1, Dr. Lynne Richardson will be returning to her role as Dean of the College of Business. Richardson has served as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer over the last year. Her first love, however, is the College of Business, which she has worked to build since her arrival seven years ago, setting the stage for the recent successful site visit by the AACSB accreditation team.

With Dr. Richardson’s return to her academic role, on January 1, Mr. Paul Messplay, our current Director of Budget, will step into the role of Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

He has worked at UMW in budgeting for 11 years, and came to us after serving in positions at VCU, Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, and Virginia’s Department of Planning and Budget, and he is well-known and respected in the Commonwealth and on our campus. Mr. Messplay has a Master of Public Administration (Financial Management) from VCU.

He has been deeply involved in institutional conversations about our financial position, in state conversations about funding for higher education, and in Board of Visitors conversations about our revenue opportunities and cost drivers.