February 17, 2018

How to Find Out About UMW Closings and Delays During Inclement Weather

The following message is from the Office of Administration and Finance:

As we begin a new semester, please be aware of the potential for inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. If weather conditions dictate a change in the University’s schedule, you can find the latest information in the following ways:

If you would like to receive notifications via the UMW Alert system and have not registered, we urge you to visit https://www.getrave.com/login/umw. Click on the “Register” tab in the far right-hand corner. After you submit your information, you will receive a message from Christopher Cash in Emergency Management and Safety inviting you to create an account. Once the account is created, please log in to the site and follow the instructions to customize how and in what order you prefer to receive the emergency notices. Please make sure to save your changes.

If you already have registered and want to make updates to your account, please log in to the site at https://www.getrave.com/login/umw and follow the instructions.

Every effort will be made to post an inclement weather announcement by 6 a.m. on the day of closing or delayed opening. A decision about evening class changes will be made by 3 p.m. on the day in question. Students, faculty, and staff are urged to check these communication outlets periodically for up-to-date information. When the weather conditions permit return to normal operations following a closure or delay, that information will be disseminated as stated above.

The University draws from a wide area and we realize that conditions in some areas may pose greater safety hazards. If you feel that travel to UMW presents a danger to you, we recommend you contact your supervisor (for UMW employees) or your professors (for students) to let them know you are unable to attend class and make arrangements to make up the missed material.

For questions about the inclement weather procedures, please contact Lynne Richardson, interim vice president of Administration and Finance at lrichar2@umw.edu.

Don’t Miss UMW’s MLK Day Celebration

Here’s what’s on tap for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at UMW:

MLK Jr. Kids Day, which takes place Sunday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Fredericksburg’s James Monroe High School, features games, activities and crafts, and is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Partnership for Academic Excellence.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Discussion & Documentary takes place Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the University Center’s Colonnade Room.

Keynote Speaker April Ryan: White House Correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan will deliver the keynote address during UMW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Ryan will present her talk on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

MLK Jr. Day of Service, set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom, offers opportunities for students to give back to the community in honor of Dr. King, through service projects donated to Fredericksburg-area agencies. A discussion about servant leadership and social change, along with continental breakfast and lunch, are included.

All MLK Day events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for some events and is available online at MyUMW. For more information, contact the JFMC at 540-654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com.

Personal Mileage Rate Increase for 2018

Effective 1/1/18, the reimbursement rate for personal vehicle mileage has changed to $.545/mile for average daily mileage of 200 or less. 

 The Travel Expense Reimbursement Form has been updated to include this information, and can be found at the following link:  http://adminfinance.umw.edu/ap/travel/travel-expense-reimbursement-form/.

 The Personal Vehicle Mileage webpage on the Accounts Payable site has also been updated with this information:  http://adminfinance.umw.edu/ap/travel/personal-vehicle-mileage/ .

 Please contact the Accounts Payable department at payables@umw.edu if you have any questions regarding this change.

Weight Watchers@Work Needs You

In the new year, consider this: You may need Weight Watchers. And Weight Watchers definitely needs you!

As one of its greatest employee benefits, UMW has offered Weight Watchers @ Work. 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 and to stick to your resolutions. An added bonus is that the state reimburses full-time employees for part of the cost.

Weight Watchers @ Work is a win-win. However, in order for this benefit to continue, we NEED YOU! The program will be eliminated if we do not keep the numbers of attendees up. So resolve in 2018 to keep UMW from losing Weight Watchers – and you can lose weight in the process!

Nutritionist to talk about Mindful Eating

Are you a mindful or mindless eater?  Come learn some tips and tricks from Lindsay Pugliese, MS, RD, LDN from Giant Food on January 23 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am in Lee Hall 412 as she presents Mindful Eating.
Lindsay will be back on February 21 from 10:00am – 11:00am in Lee Hall 412 to speak on Meal Prep 101.  She will have ideas on how to design your meals for the week, batch cook and more.
As always, Lindsay will have coupons, recipes, and samples to share.
These events are open to staff AND students.
Don’t forget to show your Eagle One ID card when you shop at Eagle Village Giant Food to save 5%.

VMFA Offers Free Admission to Terracotta Army Exhibit


Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe 

November 28, 2017

Dear State Employees: 

I am pleased to announce that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer state employees free admission to Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, a highly anticipated exhibition that opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on November 18, 2017.

This outstanding exhibition is a must see for everyone. 

VMFA’s special offer ensures that you and your families have an opportunity to see this story of the First Emperor’s profound influence on Chinese history, art, and culture. Ten life-size terracotta figures, including warriors and a cavalry horse, will be featured in the exhibition, which will be on display until March 11, 2018.  

Admission to VMFA’s permanent collection is free every day of the year; some special exhibitions, such as Terracotta Army, require a fee. To claim your free ticket (one per employee) to Terracotta Army, present your employee identification card at VMFA’s Visitor Services desk. Family members will get half off exhibition tickets, or $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for children.  

As part of this special offer, you also can present your ID card for discounts on dining and shopping at VMFA: a 20 percent discount on purchases in Best Café and the VMFA Shop, and a 10 percent discount at Amuse restaurant until March 11, 2018. The discount also applies to family members. 

Terracotta Army will showcase 130 works of art, drawn from the collections of 14 art museums and archaeological institutes across the Shaanxi Province in China. The exhibition will tell how the Qin state developed into an empire under Ying Zheng (259–210 BC), who unified China and declared himself Qin Shihuang, or the First Emperor of Qin. His quest for immortality began soon after he became the king of Qin in 246 BC. 

The terracotta figures to be on view belong to an underground army of life-size sculptures created by order of the First Emperor to accompany him to the afterlife. The terracotta army was not discovered until 1974, when farmers found pottery shards and bronze arrows while digging a well. Subsequent excavations led to the astonishing discovery of an estimated 8,000 terracotta figures buried in three pits east of the First Emperor’s tomb mound. 

An interactive exhibition in VMFA’s Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, Dig It! complements the Terracotta Army exhibition and offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the field of archaeology through the use of augmented reality. Focusing on discovery, excavation, and lab study, Dig It! encourages visitors to uncover objects in VMFA’s permanent collection through a virtual dig and learn more about their date, function, and how archaeology contributes to the study of objects from ancient China. Dig It! is free and open to the public until July 2018. 

Regular ticket prices for Terracotta Army are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $10 for college students and children ages 7–17. Tickets are free for VMFA members and children ages 6 and younger. Visitors can reserve tickets by phone at (804) 340-1405. 

More information about Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China is available at https://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/terracotta-army-legacy-first-emperor-china/ 

I hope you are able to attend this amazing exhibit. 


Governor Terry McAuliffe





Eagle Awards Committee Members Needed

The Center for Honor, Leadership, & Service cordially invites you to serve on the 2017-2018 UMW Eagle Awards Selection Committee.

UMW annually recognizes outstanding student leaders, clubs and organizations, and programs that have made a significant contribution to the campus and outlying communities.  Recipients for these awards are nominated by faculty, staff, and students and will be selected by a committee made up of people from these same groups. CHLS is requesting the help of faculty and staff to sit as a member of the selection committee.

Nominations are open until March 23, 2018, and members of the selection committee will review nominations and submit their rankings via a Google Docs link.  If you are interested in serving on the selection committee or would like further information, please contact Marissa DiMeo at mdimeo@umw.edu as soon as possible.

The Eagle Awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 19, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom and you would be an honored guest. You can review the awards themselves at the link below http://students.umw.edu/chls/leadership/leadership-awards/individual-awards/.

REMINDER – Staff Evaulations in Careers

From the Office of Human Resources. Please contact Terri Arthur, Employee Relations Manager at tlockhar@umw.edu for assistance.


The deadlines for Performance Evaluations are fast approaching.   See below for the due dates and additional Open Lab opportunities.  

Due Dates:

  • Classified Performance Evaluations are due no later than December 5, 2017.

Performance period being evaluated:  October 25, 2016 – October 24, 2017

  • A/P Performance Evaluations are due no later than December 15, 2017.

Performance period being evaluated:  June 25, 2016 – June 24, 2017


Upcoming opportunities for assistance:


Type Date Time Location
HR Open November 13th 3:00 – 5:00 GW – Room 215
Open Lab November 15th 9:00 – 11:00 HCC – Room 130
Open Labe November 17th 9:00 – 11:00 HCC – Room 130
HR Open November 21st 2:00 – 4:00 GW – Room 215
HR Open November 28th 9:00 – 11:00 GW – Room 215
Open Lab November 28th 2:00 – 4:00 HCC – Room 130
HR Open November 29th 1:00 – 3:00 GW – Room 215



Follow up to UMW Parking Changes

 UMW Faculty, Staff and Students, 

This message is a follow up to last week’s email that explained WHY changes will be occurring to UMW’s parking, effective January 2018. Today’s message addresses HOW we plan to address the proposed changes by the City of Fredericksburg.   

Studies were done by our parking professionals earlier this fall to determine parking lot usage. There are numerous spaces generally available in the William Street lot and in the Alvey parking deck. Additionally, we have capacity in the Battleground lot (by the soccer field) and on Hanover Street (which is outside the planned ‘resident only’ parking restrictions in College Heights). There are also a limited number of spaces in the Eagle Landing parking deck (this deck requires a fob to enter).   

We plan to open the Sunken Road gate and run a shuttle for two hours in the mornings and afternoons (times TBD based on needs) from the Alvey parking deck and Battleground lot down College Avenue, making three stops (behind GW, at the UC, and at duPont). There will be no cost to anyone to ride the shuttle.   

Additionally, we are in conversations with the Fredericksburg Bus System about adding other routes to assist us.   

Many faculty, staff, and students have reached out to the Mayor and City Council members to express their concerns about the new parking regulations. President Paino continues to work with the City Manager on a compromise. We are hopeful that not all of the regulations will be enacted, but are making plans in case no compromise is reached.   

Check out the Parking Management website for updates. If you have questions, please contact Lynne Richardson, Chair of the Task Force, at lrichar2@umw.edu

Thank you for your patience. 

Your Parking Task Force






UMW Admissions Open House, Saturday, Nov. 11

The following message is from the Office of Admissions:

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the University of Mary Washington will host an Admissions Open House. About 200 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. for this event. Estimated guest count is 600 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here.  Visitor parking has been reserved in the Alvey parking deck off of Route 1 and on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, 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!  Visitors shared the following about what they enjoyed the most during their recent visits to campus:

  • “Everybody was very welcoming and this was an amazing experience!”
  • “I really enjoyed meeting all the faculty.  Everyone was super nice, helpful, and fun to talk to!”
  • “Perfect size.  Nice people.  All around great visit!”

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!