March 24, 2023

Business Services Spring 2023 eUpdate

Business Services


In-store and Website Promotions

On April 4, show your email confirmation receipt for your donation on Giving Day and receive 10% off in-store on UMW Apparel and Gifts!
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  • Now through March 31:
    • 700 ml LifeWater 2 for $4
    • Manga Madness: Buy 2, get 3rd free
  • Now through April 29:
    • 50% off clearance items
    • 25% off select speakers and headphones
    • Burt’s Bees: $0.99
  • Now through-April 30:
    • Pepsi 20 oz: 2 for $3
  • Now through May 1: Logo folders 3 for $6

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Apparel/Spirit Shop Website Only Promotions

  • March 12-13: 10% off sitewide
  • March 15-16: Free shipping on orders over $75
  • March 18-19: 15% off sitewide
  • March 27: Free shipping on orders over $29

Visit the bookstore website to see all the apparel options.

UMW Dining

Text: Let your voice be heard

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Help us help you! Take our Customer Satisfaction Survey from March 20 through March 31. Look for your e-mail invitation to take the survey on March 20.





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Each semester we fortify students for exam week with a free meal at the top of the CRUC. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event April 20 from 9:15 – 10:30 p.m. Volunteers eat for free! To join the fun, contact




Upcoming Meal Events at the Top of the CRUC

  • Globowl Dinners: Let your taste buds explores cuisines from around the globe every other Wednesday:  March 22, April 5, and April 19, 5-7 p.m. Cost: regular price for dinner plus $6
  • Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday, March 22
  • Islamic Cultural Heritage Dinner: Tuesday April 4 from 5-8 p.m.. Cost: 1 meal swipe, $13 flex, or $15 plus tax for credit or EagleOne


Off-Campus Merchant Partners

EagleOne cards are accepted at Patriot Subs, located in Eagle Village, and the Sheetz on Carl D. Silver Parkway. For questions about the Off-Campus Merchant Program, contact the EagleOne Card Center at

New Card Designs

Beginning Fall of 2022, new students entering UMW received EagleOne campus ID cards with a redesigned back. The EagleOne Card Center coordinated with the Talley Center to include crisis help numbers. The back of the card also now lists a legal name because the front of the card defaults to the preferred first name on record with the University.

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Parking Management

Parking Lot Reservations

To reserve parking on campus for events and guests of the University please use the Parking Reservations Form. Requests must submitted at least 5 business days in advance of the needed reservation date.

To see an upcoming list of reservations of 10 or more spaces by date, please visit the Parking Lot Reservations Calendar.

Post Office


Did you know? The University Post Office accepts departmental FOAPs for the purchase of postage and supplies, eliminating the need for the reimbursement process when personal funds are used.

The UMW Post Office is conveniently located in Woodard Hall.

Preferred Lodging

Contract Updates

The University now has two preferred lodging options: Country Inn & Suites, and Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington. For rooms that will paid for with University funds, be sure to follow the direct bill procedures listed on the Accounts Payable website. For detailed information about how to book, visit the preferred lodging guide. Please note that Hyatt Place Direct Billed rooms should now be booked directly with the Director of Sales Tami Gonzales, rather than through the website.

Questions? Please contact the Contract Administrator Lauren McDonald.

What Our ASPIRE Values Require of Us

The following message is from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Hello UMW Family,

I hope that your start to the spring semester has been strong and prosperous. As we have recently ushered in a new year I, like many of you, have been thinking about all of the good things that the previous year had in store for you. For me, this is very easy. I am grateful to have joined our campus community which is grounded in our ASPIRE community values that guide us in our daily lives. To be an Eagle means that we are Accountable for all of our actions. It means that we are always seeking the pursuit of Scholarship. In all that we do, we maintain the highest levels of Personal and Institutional Integrity. We work every day to foster a climate of Inclusive Excellence for everyone. Each one of us takes care to exercise Respect and Civility through our words and actions. And, we are Engaged in the upbuilding of the communities to which we belong.

Our community values are our philosophy as much as it is a call to action. We ASPIRE to do our part to make the world a better, more just, and inclusive place for each other. Now more than ever the time is right to be a beacon of hope in times of despair. Just consider some of the realities that we are facing.

Antisemitic actions, as well as subsequent harmful, hurtful, and unacceptable rhetoric, have been on the rise within our nation. It’s even made its way to an anonymous social media platform within our city. This goes against every principle of our community values and is wrong and reprehensible. Yet I have also learned of ASPIRE values being displayed on this platform through countering words of hate with ones of outrage for such behaviors and support for those impacted. That is what ASPIRE requires us to do in standing up against anything that is to the contrary and in so doing, transforming our world, one action at a time.

As a new year dawns, many of us also set new goals for ourselves. My goal is to support the initiative launched by the Vice President of our Student Government Association, Ms. Jaylyn Long, in celebrating and recommitting ourselves to our values through our first ASPIRE Week occurring April 10th-15th, 2023. In the weeks ahead, we will share more details about how our campus will celebrate each day of the acronym as planned by the members of the ASPIRE Week committee. We look forward to you joining us and hope it becomes an annual tradition.

So as the semester continues, I hope that you will endeavor to continue to uphold our values in all that you do. Our collective action has the power to make our world a better place.


Dr. Shavonne ShorterAssociate Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

New Group Fitness Class Schedule

For the schedule for UMW Fitness Classes for spring 2023, please visit the Campus Recreation website. Come try out our new classes!

The Gwen Hale Resource Center Needs Your Help!

GHRC Clothing Drive

The Gwen Hale Resource Center is serving record numbers of students, thanks to support from across the University. (We have had over 500 visits to the Center this academic year!)

We are running low on a variety of important supplies and would like your help, if you’re able to give it. Here is a list (we update it periodically) of our most needed food and toiletry items.

And we need clothes! If you can spare some (clean, gently used) pants, jeans, professional clothes (especially those traditionally worn by women), warm weather clothes – we would be so grateful!

Donations of food, toiletries and clothing can be dropped off either at the Hale Center (Floor “A” in Lee Hall, using the elevator closest to Monroe) or at the Center for Community Engagement (Suite 320 in the CRUC).

If you’d rather give time than stuff – boy would we love to have you! We regularly need help organizing the Center, staffing Food Bank pop-up markets (twice a month), picking up donations from Giant – and many other possibilities. Just contact us at either or

Please don’t forget that the GHRC is here for any member of the UMW community: please spread the word freely (our hours are Mon-Tues-Fri 1-6 p.m.), and feel welcomed to come and get whatever you may need, as well.

Thanks again for your consistent support of the Gwen Hale Resource Center. Our students truly need and appreciate it.

Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill, March 7, 9:45 a.m.

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be held March 6-10. The Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill will take place on Tuesday, March 7, at 9:45 a.m. Emergency Management and Safety will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System, which includes UMW Alerts, desktop alerts, Area Warning System, and the digital screens across campus. The test is being held to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies. For more information about tornado preparedness, please visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Topic by Day


Watch vs Warning




Severe Thunderstorms (Hail, Lightning, and Wind)


Flash Flooding


Outdoor Weather Safety

For more information about weather awareness, visit Virginia Severe Weather Awareness Week 2023.

For questions about the event, please contact Christopher Cash at

Dining’s ‘Amazing Grace Day’ Honors Braxton, March 7

To thank everyone for their support and encouragement, Grace Anne Braxton, longtime UMW Dining employee, Panera cashier and Special Olympian, wanted to create a menu for the Top of the CRUC and personally thank everyone. That idea is a perfect example of Grace’s spirit and heart. With that, we thought we would expand on her idea. Tuesday, March 7, will be Amazing Grace Day! She is an inspiration in many ways, so we wanted to take that time to thank Grace! Please join us on March 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Amazing Grace Day at the Top of the CRUC. Chef’s Fare and the Campus Grill will feature entrees hand-picked by Grace.

Register for the 2023 Social Justice & Leadership Summit, March 11

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, the James Farmer Multicultural Center will host its seventh annual Social Justice and Leadership Summit, beginning at 9 a.m., inside the Hurley Convergence Center in the Digital Auditorium. The purpose of the summit is to create a valuable and meaningful opportunity for college and high school students to enhance their awareness of social justice issues and learn about strategies and resources to effectively address and respond to them. Additionally, this summit will provide attendees with an opportunity to build coalitions across cultural barriers, strengthen advocacy, and support the promotion of an equal, equitable campus culture and climate in U.S. society. This year’s theme for the summit is “If Not Us, Then Who?” A free breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There will be dynamic keynote speakers and leaders, as well as free T-shirts and stickers given to attendees.

Register for the event.

Health and Wellness Fair, March 14

University Dining/Sodexo at the University of Mary Washington is hosting its annual Health and Wellness Fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Cedric Rucker University Center.

The fair, which has been held since 2010, will include more than 40 exhibitors offering information, demonstrations, and free samples of products and services that promote all facets of good health and wellness. There will also be drawings for lots of valuable door prizes, including a $100 Visa Card!

The Health and Wellness Fair is free and open to the entire Fredericksburg community. Free parking is available on College Avenue or in the Alvey Parking Garage, located on Alvey Drive just off Route 1.

“We see good, nutritious food as an essential part of wellness, and we believe we should support and promote all aspects of wellness for the betterment of our campus and Fredericksburg communities,” University Dining Marketing Manager Rose Benedict said.

For more information, contact Rose Benedict, University Dining Marketing Manager, at, or call 540-654-2169.


Women’s Leadership Colloquium March Coffee Talk, March 14

The Women’s Leadership Colloquium March Coffee Talk will take place Tuesday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., in person, at the Jepson Alumni and Executive Center’s Kalnen Inn Living Room, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg. Street parking is available on Hanover. Register for the event.

This month’s Coffee Talk topic is The Power of Rest, led by Kimberly Young.

We often plan our days, our projects, or strategic initiatives very carefully with timelines and activities. But how often do we pencil rest into that plan?

An interesting fact is that physiologically, our bodies cannot repair without rest. Despite this fact, we often ignore our need to recharge and push past our breaking point to get to the next accomplishment. In this talk, we will explore the power of planning rest and the downside of ignoring our need for rest.

Note: This session is being led by someone who recently failed to acknowledge the warning signs and can share lessons learned and strategies for bouncing back.

Kimberly Young is associate provost for Career and Workforce at the University of Mary Washington.

She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, leadership development and consulting in multiple sectors including education, health care, hospitality, and the arts. She is a facilitator and a strategic thinker who cares deeply about equipping organizations with the tools to achieve their goals.

During her time at Ernst & Young, Kimberly led and supported projects in process improvement, change management, strategic communications, and organization design. She managed large scale change projects in conjunction with new enterprise resource planning system implementations and implemented new organizational structures to support the evolving needs of her clients.

Kimberly has worked with leaders in classroom-based and experiential learning in the United States, Canada, China, and Malaysia. Ms. Young was the founding director of the Bloch Executive Education Center at the University of Missouri—Kansas City where she oversaw the Executive MBA, international programs, and custom corporate education. Through her work over the years, her client list includes companies such as Coca Cola Company, Garmin, Eli Lily, H&R Block, 3M Corporation, and Cerner Corporation.

She earned her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and earned both an MBA and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University. Kimberly is an active member of the Region 6 Growth Opportunity Virginia Council, the Mary Washington Healthcare Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation.

For more information and to register, visit us online.

Mary Talks to Feature Julius Esunge and ‘The Ubiquitous Pi,’ March 15

The next Mary Talk will feature Julius Esunge, professor and chair of mathematics. His presentation, “The Ubiquitous Pi,” will explore how, where and why pi shows up and why it’s so important. The talk will take place on Wednesday, March 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., online via Zoom. Register to attend.