December 14, 2018

Leave Share Donations Needed

The following message is sent to classified employees and A/P faculty from the Office of Human Resources.


A University employee has requested leave share donations due to the documented illness of a family member. Your consideration is appreciated. Classified employees may donate only annual leave in eight (8) hour increments (ex., 8,16,32… hours). A/P faculty may donate annual and sick leave in increments of full days (1,2,3 …days).

To donate leave:

Please fill out the attached form to authorize our Payroll Office to withdraw leave from your leave balance(s). Leave Share Donor Form Forms should be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources at for processing. In the interest of privacy, names of recipients are not shared. Leave is given to recipient(s) on an as needed basis per pay period for the duration of the recipient(s)’ leave without pay status.

Thank you.

VMFA Offers Free Admission to State Employees to New Congo Masks Exhibit

Virginia Department of Human Resource Management

November 9, 2018

Dear State Employees:

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that state employees, preschool and K-12 teachers (public and private) and active duty military members in Virginia can receive free admission to Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa, a special exhibition at the VMFA on display from November 10, 2018, to February 24, 2019. Admission to VMFA’s permanent collection is free 365 days of the year, but some special exhibitions, such as Congo Masks, are ticketed.

This world-class collection of Congolese art features more than 130 rare and unique masks dating from the 17th to 20th centuries, with more than a dozen masks showcased in their complete ceremonial ensembles. The spectacular works of art in the exhibition represent not only the artisans and performers who created these masks and brought them to life, but also the various communities, belief systems and natural resources involved in their creation.

The exhibition is curated by Marc Leo Felix, founder and director of the Congo Basin Art History Research Center in Brussels, Belgium. With Congo Masks, many renowned objects from his and other important collections will be on display for the first time in the United States. Featured alongside the masks are original field photographs and film footage of the masks being worn and performed in ceremonies or rituals, as well as audio recordings and a selection of Congolese musical instruments. The vast majority of masks are used to dance to music that is performed by visible and invisible instruments, and represent the creative expression of more than 40 different Congolese cultural groups.

To claim your free ticket, please present your military, state, or teacher identification card at VMFA’s Visitor Services desk. You can also purchase an individual membership to the museum for $50. Regular ticket prices for Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for college students and children ages 7–17. You can reserve tickets by phone at 804.340.1405.

Whether you are near or far from Richmond, we hope you will visit the VMFA soon. The museum is open 365 days a year and is a wonderful place to visit on your own, with friends or family.



Virginia Department of Human Resource Management


Women’s History Month Program Proposals Due Dec. 3

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit program proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration. Proposals are due by Monday, December 3, 2018.  The deadline for open-class proposals is Friday, January 6, 2019. The sponsor(s) will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar, as well as in print and electronic publications. Preference will be given to programs and events relating to the 2019 theme, “Visionary Women:  Agents of Change and Justice.”  All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable.

The program proposal form can be found at  Please include as much information on the form as possible.

Return forms and appropriate attachments to:

Women’s History Month Planning Committee
Attention: JoAnna Raucci
James Farmer Multicultural Center
University Center, Room 319
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA  22401

Email at


Phishing Emails Targeting Faculty and Staff

The IT Security Office has identified several phishing emails targeting UMW faculty and staff. These messages appear to come from our faculty and staff, but they are in fact forgeries, often using a variation of the person’s name. All of the forged emails are coming from Gmail accounts. They are not legitimate.

Subjects for these emails include “Follow Up” or “Following Up”, and the body has been something simple, like “Are you available?” These initial messages are innocuous by design, and are intended to initiate a dialog with you. At some point, a request for a credit card number, a wire transfer, or some other nefarious action will follow.

Our SPAM filters have been catching many of these messages, but some continue to get through for delivery. We ask that you be diligent and pay attention to the sending name and address of the emails you receive, and look for unusual variations on the name of the sender. If you are suspicious about the legitimacy of an email, do not respond. Please forward it to

Office Sustainability Tip of the Week

Thanksgiving is only three weeks away, so we’d like to remind all staff and faculty to remember to shut off lights, computers, monitors, printers, copiers, etc. before you leave your offices when the Thanksgiving break officially begins on Wednesday, Nov. 21.   Also unplug items in your office such as coffee makers, microwaves, radios, etc. since these small appliances often waste energy when plugged in and not in use.

As you begin to think about your Thanksgiving plans, here’s a great article we found online about how you can have a “greener” Thanksgiving.  Some good tips include:

  • Purchasing only as much food as you need
  • Choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled
  • Buying locally grown food to support the local economy
  • Choosing organic food since it is produced without antibiotics and artificial hormones
  • Consider staying home vs. traveling.  If you do choose to travel, the article provides great advice on how to use less fuel and lower your emissions when making that long road trip.

We know you may not be thinking about holiday shopping yet, but Saturday, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday.  Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to support their local economy by patronizing brick and mortar businesses in your community.  Consider if items you plan on buying this holiday season can be purchased from locally owned “mom & pop” stores.

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and safe holiday season!

Kevin Caffrey is the Senior Associate Registrar at UMW and serves as Staff Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability.  Formed in the fall of 2009, the PCS consists of faculty, staff, and students and reports both to the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Provost, serving a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to campus sustainability.  Their next meeting is Monday November 5th at 4:30PM in HCC 307.  Meetings generally last one hour and are open to employees, students, and the public. 

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

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

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.

2018-2019 Holiday Calendar and Important Dates

TO:                All UMW Employees

FROM:          Beth Williams, Executive Director for Human Resources

DATE:           October 9, 2018

RE:                2018-2019 Holiday Calendar and Important Dates (*)

The 2018 Fall and 2019 Holiday Calendar is provided below. Included are hours of leave granted by the governor and other state holidays. President Paino has awarded recognition leave for your continued contributions and dedication to the University. If you have questions regarding this schedule, please contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 1214. (* indicates important non-holiday dates)

Noon, Wednesday, November 21, 2018                     Thanksgiving Holiday 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018                                         

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 thru

Tuesday, January 1, 2019                                              Winter Holiday 2018 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019*                                    University Reopens 2019 

Monday, January 21, 2019                                          Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, March 8, 2019                                                  Spring Break   

Monday, May 13, 2019                                               Employee Appreciation Day Holiday  

Monday, May 27, 2019                                                Memorial Day 

Thursday, July 4, 2019                                                 Independence Day  

Monday, September 2, 2019                                     Labor Day

Noon, Wednesday, November 27, 2019                  Thanksgiving Holiday 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019 thru

Thursday, January 2, 2020                                          Winter Holiday 2019  

Friday, January 3, 2020*                                             University Reopens 2020


Faculty/Staff Lunch Series: Talking with a Survivor

Join UMW Office of Title IX and Center for Prevention & Education on Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon in the Magnolia Room in the UC for an informal presentation and Q&A session on how to sensitively and effectively talk with a survivor of gender-based violence about their experience. Learn how to be a good ally. Presented by RCASA – Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault.

Please grab lunch in the dining hall or bring your own into the faculty/staff dining room.