December 5, 2022

Participate in the Search for New College of Business Dean

The College of Business is in the initial stages of the search process for a new dean and  asking for the UMW Community’s input as they begin this important process. Please participate in the survey.

Thank you for your assistance.

Search Committee co-chairs:
Chris Garcia, Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods, College of Business
Rita Dunston, University Registrar

Racial Justice Book Club Interest Survey

Hello Colleagues!

Over the past several semesters, an evolving group of faculty and staff have gathered a few times a semester to discuss a book we all agree to read. We talk informally about the reading, and about how it relates to the work we do together here at UMW. We have read Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist, McGhee’s The Sum of Us and Wilkerson’s Caste.

We are hoping to reconvene in the spring semester, and we invite any interested folks to join us! Let us know you’re interested by completing this short google form. Please respond by Friday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., so we can begin to plan for spring.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Martin or Shavonne Shorter.

Faculty Needed for Alumni College During Reunion Weekend

Plans for Reunion Weekend 2023 are well underway. Classes ending in 3 and 8 will be celebrating their reunions on campus June 1-4, 2023. An integral part of the weekend are Alumni College lectures by UMW faculty. Lectures are an hour long and span all topics and disciplines. The alumni engagement office invites all faculty who are interested in presenting during Reunion Weekend to contact Mark Thaden at or ext. 2160 by December 14 to discuss further. Thank you in advance!

Women’s Leadership Colloquium Coffee Talk, Dec. 13

December’s Women’s Leadership Colloquium Coffee Talk will be held in person on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Jepson Alumni and Executive Center Board Room, 1119 Hanover St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Parking is available on Hanover Street. The Coffee Talk will be led by Janel Donohue, President, Rappahannock United Way, discussing Celebrating Your Excellence! What better way to end the year than with an empowering conversation that will leave you feeling ready to take on anything in 2023. Your excellence is a powerful tool you can utilize to have the best year yet. Register for the event.

Fitness Center Announces Thanksgiving Hours

The Fitness Center will operate on modified hours for Thanksgiving Break! The Center will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Policy Update Notice: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has updated Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave . Effective January 10, 2023, Policy 4.20 changes the 12-month measurement period from a fixed 12-month period to a rolling 12-month period.

What’s the Difference?

Fixed 12-month period (Current):

Currently, the FMLA calendar is based on the DHRM leave year: January 10 – January 9, and eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks (480 work hours) of FMLA leave during that period.  When FMLA leave is requested, the amount of available leave is determined based on how many hours of FMLA leave the employee has taken since the start of the leave year (Jan. 10).

Rolling 12-month period (effective January 10, 2023):

Eligible employees will still have 12 workweeks of FMLA leave available within a 12-month period, however, the calculation method we use to determine available leave will change.  In order to determine the number of FMLA hours available to an employee, we will look back at the 12 months immediately prior to the requested period of FMLA leave.  We will calculate the amount of FMLA taken during those previous 12-months and determine the amount of remaining FMLA available for the current request. Each time an employee uses FMLA, the remaining unused balance of the 480 work hours is adjusted.

First-Year Transition:

·         During the first year of this policy change (1/10/23 – 1/9/24)  we will use the 12-month measurement method that is the most beneficial to the employee.  The transition will take place in such a way that employees retain the full benefit of their leave entitlement.

·         Employees who are on an approved FMLA leave during the current Leave Year (prior to January 10, 2023) will continue to be in a certified and approved status through the end of the FMLA event. For these employees, there is no need for any action to be taken until the time already approved leave has ended, or additional FMLA is requested by the employee.

·         Employees who have not used FMLA in the prior 12-month period are eligible for the 480 FMLA hours, or the prorated number of hours corresponding to the percentage of hours they normally are scheduled to work.

Please refer to DHRM Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave for additional information about FMLA, such as eligibility and medical certification requirements.

Please contact Denise Frye ( or Janet Hudgins ( if you have questions.


Beth Williams
Executive Director for Human Resources
540 654-1294

Police & Public Safety Moves to South Hall

UMW Police & Public Safety Offices is moving to South Hall. This relocation will allow for inspection and repairs in the current headquarters of Brent House, addressing water damage in the basement and ongoing issues with the roof, gutters and windows.

Until the move is complete, UMW Police & Public Safety services can still be accessed in Brent House. The on-campus emergency number 540-654-4444, off-campus emergency number 911, and non-emergency number 540-654-1025 remain the same. UMW’s police station will continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Public safety services and police response will continue uninterrupted during the move, and all campus community and public access will be via South Hall when the move is complete. We will update the campus community on the date of the move.

Accessible parking will be available in Lot 26 in front of South Hall, and anyone needing to access the building without steps can call the non-emergency number 540-654-1025 for service. Lot 26 will be reconfigured primarily as police parking, with some faculty and staff spaces. Faculty and staff parking will then be available in the spaces surrounding Brent House as well as existing parking around Jefferson Square. Please note that this parking reconfiguration also takes effect with the move.

This temporary relocation is a first step as the University considers options for a long-term solution. Brent House will be closed to the public and campus community following the move.

Contact Chief of Police Michael Hall with questions at or call the non-emergency number 540-654-1025 for general information.

Help Support an FSEM and Local Animal Rescue!

UMW student Jarrod tables at the Cedric Rucker University Center.Are you interested in supporting a group of FSEM students and/or Squishy Face Crew, a fostered based animal rescue in Fredericksburg, VA? Students in Jennifer Cirbus’s FSEM “Our Everyday Lives: Interactions Between Human and Animals” are hosting an Angel Tree on campus for faculty, staff, and students to make a donation. Students are volunteering with SFC in order to fulfill their class required community service hours and decided on helping this rescue with donations.

Interested in contributing to the cause? You can find the Angel Tree housed in the Center for Community Engagement, located on the 3rd floor of the CRUC. Additionally, the students will be tabling Monday-Friday, Noon -2 PM on the 2nd floor of the CRUC. Stop by to select an ornament for the cat or dog pictured (that has some donation ideas written on the back) and drop off the donation by Friday, December 2nd.

Donations can be dropped off during the Monday-Friday tabling times in the CRUC or at the Academic Services window in Lee Hall during the 8:00-5:00 PM operation hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cirbus at


Virginia Clean Cities’ Sarah Stalcup-Jones to Speak at November PCS Meeting

vccThe next meeting of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) will be on Friday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Sarah Stalcup-Jones, Research and Heavy Duty Vehicle Programs Manager for Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). Sarah will be sharing an overview of VCC as well as her work on UMW’s fleet assessment projects and Drive Clean Rural. PCS meetings are held each month of the fall and spring semester and are open to employees, students and the public. Please consider attending and sharing this information with other members of the UMW and Fredericksburg community. To attend on the 18th, go to

In other news, have you checked out umwsustainability on Instagram? Connect with them to get involved by going to Be sure to follow them and help take UMW toward a greener future!

Sharing Sad News About a UMW Student

Dear members of the UMW community:

With deep sadness, I write to let you know that we have learned about the death of one of our students, Jessica Gentry, who passed away recently from medical complications after an illness. Jessica was a nurse, dedicated to the profession that worked to save her and one in which she showed great promise.

Jessica was in her final semester of the Nursing (BSN) Program at Mary Washington. She took most of her classes online, and in addition to pursuing her passion, she was mom to a six-year-old son. We know she will be dearly missed by friends and family, and we are sharing these details with you by permission of the family.

A service for Jessica will take place this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at Preddy Funeral Home, 301 S Main St, Gordonsville, VA 22942, with more information available on their website soon.

This news of the untimely death of a member of the campus community comes just after the tragic news and loss of life at our peer institution, the University of Virginia. Our hearts are already heavy, and even so, the Mary Washington community has extended care and concern, supporting classmates across the state and reaching out to colleagues any way we can. Please reach out if you need support too.

The staff members at the Talley Center for Counseling Services are here for any student who may need immediate support this week. Please call (540) 654-1053 to schedule an appointment or connect with after-hours services. Visit the Talley Center website for additional resources. For faculty and staff, information about the Employee Assistance Program, which is available at no cost, may be accessed through the Human Resources website.

We extend our sympathies and support to the University of Virginia and all who have been impacted by the tragedy this week. We also mourn the passing of a member of our campus community. These students have been taken from the world too soon, and we will miss them.


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