April 25, 2019

Summer Gym Hours and Fitness Programs Announced

Summer Fitness Programs

This summer, Campus Recreation is offering fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees: Total Body Workout and Lunchtime Yoga.

Each fitness program is 5 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 5-week session. That’s 10 workouts! Can’t make a few of them? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 10 workouts. Some workouts are better than no workouts! Session 1 is May 20 – June 21. No class on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day.

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.

Total Body Workout: Heat up your summer with two cardio-based total body workouts each week, led by a certified personal trainer. These workouts will use your body and circuit training to help you stay active.

Registration is open now! 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 MAKE SURE “SUMMER 2019” IS SELECTED UNDER THE SEMESTER FILTER. Note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.


Summer Gym Hours

The following gym hours apply to all recreational spaces in Goolrick Hall and the Fitness Center. Want instant updates? Follow Campus Recreation on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

End of Semester Hours
Closing at 5pm on Friday, May 3 (End of Semester)
Closed Saturday, May 4 – Monday, May 13 for Graduation Week and UMW Employee Appreciation Day

Summer Session 1 Facility Hours
Effective Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, June 23
Monday – Friday: 11:30am-2pm, 4pm-8pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
We will be closed Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day.

Annual Appreciation Lunch for Administrative Support Professionals, Friday, April 26

The following message is from the Office of Human Resources. 

For All Administrative Support Professionals and their Supervisors:  

The Annual Appreciation lunch for our Administrative Support Professionals will be on Friday, April 26, this year.

We would like to recognize the exceptional work and dedication that our administrative support professionals — administrative assistants, office managers, general administrative coordinators 1 or 2,  and administrative office specialists —  give daily. The University will provide a complimentary lunch for our administrative support professionals, on Friday, April 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Dining Room of the University Center (on the pizza and pasta side of the dining room).  We look forward to celebrating these valued members of the UMW team. When you arrive, please sign the attendance form at the cashier’s desk.

Please RSVP for the luncheon to: Terri Arthur – tlockhar@umw.edu.

Again this year, we hope that our administrative support professionals are able to take advantage of the professional development and networking opportunity at Germanna—it is a one-day Administrative Professionals Seminar, sponsored by Germanna Community College, Center for Workforce & Community Education on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Many of our administrative support professionals have attended for the last seven years and continue to rave about the experience!  Please see the link to registration information on the conference and how to register. Any questions about the training please contact Susan Brown at 540-891-3095 or by email at sbrown@germanna.edu. Apply the promo code ‘APS10’ to receive a $10 discount off the registration fee.


Volunteers Needed for Exam Cram Breakfast

Campus Dining will be hosting “Exam Cram,” a free late-night breakfast for all UMW students on Monday, April 29th from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Over 700 students are expected to attend and volunteer servers are greatly needed. The event is very casual and lots of fun. Volunteers get free breakfast, too!

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:45 p.m. and serve until about 11 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169.

New Policy: Administrative Cancellation of Enrollment for Non-Payment

The University of Mary Washington is implementing a new payment policy effective Fall 2019 that will potentially affect whether a student will remain enrolled in classes. Specifically, the new policy will cancel a student’s registration in classes for non-payment or failure to provide an approved payment plan. A campus awareness campaign will launch this month which is designed to inform students and their families, and provide resources to answer their questions. The campaign “Made your schedule… keep your schedule” will include email messages, yard signs, and more.
Please visit www.umw.edu/keepyourschedule for more details, including important dates everyone needs to be aware of.

Dispose of Old and Unused Medications with Drug Take Back Program on April 27

UMW Police are hosting a Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 27. Bring your old or unused medications to a safe environmental disposal at the Bell Tower between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sharpes containers will not be accepted. For more information, please contact Lt/Inv Brad Sullivan of the University Police at (540) 654-1025.  Flyer

Office Sustainability Tip of the Week

Have you ever thought about if the coffee pods you may use in the office are compostable?  Many of them are not and therefore wind up creating massive amounts of plastic waste each year. Last year, enough k-cups were sold that if they were placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times  — that is a lot of plastic waste! (Source: https://tinyurl.com/y9vd8g99). The President’s Council on Sustainability recently spoke with representatives from Tayst Coffee Company which offers 100% compostable coffee pods that can be delivered right to your office.  You can also use them at home as well. If the amount of plastic waste generated by non-recyclable or non-compostable coffee pods is something that weighs on your mind, we recommend checking out Tayst or looking into other companies that may offer coffee pods that can be recycled or composted.


2019 Health and Flexible Spending Open Enrollment May 1-15

Open Enrollment will be May 1 – 15, 2019. This is the time of year to make decisions about your health and flexible spending accounts (FSA).  You may waive or enroll or change plans, add or remove family members for your health insurance. Remember participation in a FSA requires annual enrollment.  Great News!  EmployeeDirect will be available this year for your requests.  Expect to receive an email later this month and communications will be mailed to your home address.  


Anthem’s COVA Care and COVA HDHP Plan Members Only

Effective July 1, 2019, pharmacy benefits for the COVA Care and COVA HDHP plans will be managed by Anthem Pharmacy, delivered by IngenioRx

New ID cards will be mailed to ALL COVA Care and COVA participants in the month of April for the purpose of ensuring that the Anthem pharmacy system is ready to process their prescription drug claims starting on July 1.

Participants are encouraged to use the interim cards immediately.  However, if you happen to use your current card, your claims will still process as usual through June 30, 2019. The new April ID card is identical to your current card except that it reflects Anthem-specific pharmacy information that will allow the pharmacy to test the Anthem system in advance of the July 1 change. A new Anthem Pharmacy telephone number will also be included on the card.

In mid-June, new ID cards will be issued again for COVA Care and COVA HDHP participants for the start of the new plan year on July 1. These will reflect any changes made during Open Enrollment, but all participants, regardless of Open Enrollment activity, will receive new cards.  Once participants begin using their new July 1 cards, all previous cards may be destroyed.

Participants currently using mail service or the specialty pharmacy will be contacted directly with information about transitioning their claims to IngenioRx.

Participants may contact Anthem Member Services at 1-800-552-2682 if they have questions.



Reunion Weekend 2019, May 31-June 2

Make plans now to reconnect with your classmates and the campus you love. We would love to see you back on campus!  

Online registration is open! Click here.

Reunion Weekend 2019 will especially celebrate class years ending in 4 and 9, as they have milestone reunions this year. But as always, ALL alumni, family, and friends are invited and encouraged to join in this memorable weekend.

Alumni, visit your old stomping grounds on a campus tour…Get back into the classroom for an Alumni College class taught by a UMW professor…Meet President Troy Paino…Reconnect with friends at class-specific gatherings at favorite haunts…and join us for Reunion Weekend signature events like the Reunion Picnic on Ball Circle, the Virginia Wine and Beer Tasting, and the All-Class Party at the University Center. The weekend will be full of events, activities, and making new memories.

Reunite. Reconnect. Rediscover.

Admissions open house this Friday

The following message is from the Office of Admissions.

To the UMW Community:

On Friday, April 19, 2019, the University of Mary Washington will host its UMW Admissions Open House. About 300 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The estimated guest count is over 900 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in parking deck level 4 off of Route 1, along College Avenue, general visitor parking spaces on Double Drive, and Admissions visitor parking spaces on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, the University Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is.

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @MaryWash. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day. If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email admit@umw.edu.

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!


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