August 12, 2022

Greetings from your Chief Diversity Officer

Hello UMW Family,

I hope this message finds you thriving as you navigate the second part of this semester. It is hard to believe that nearly three months on the job have quickly flown by. It has been my pleasure to meet many of you at events to celebrate heritage months, in committee meetings, via email, or just walking around campus. If we have not yet had the chance to meet, please do not worry, there are upcoming opportunities.

One such occasion is through a listening session that I will be holding on Zoom. I invite you to come to this session so that I can learn more about you and your thoughts about how we can make UMW the most equitable and inclusive campus around. While the listening session will not be recorded to allow for open conversation, this will be the first of many future recurring sessions.

Please join me:

April 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Advance registration is at

Another opportunity for us to connect will be at a campus-wide training open to the entire UMW community titled “What is Social Justice?” This, too, will take place via Zoom. In this training, we will learn what social justice is and the steps we can take to promote our commitments to social justice, no matter what our role is here at UMW. This training will be recorded and shared with the campus community. Please sign up for this training session:

April 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Advance registration is at

Additionally, I would like to share with you the ways in which I have been spending my time. To gain more insights into some of the DEI work taking place on campus, please take a look at the report I gave at the most recent Board of Visitors meeting. (My report is at the beginning.)

In conclusion, I ask that you continue to be an engaged citizen in our campus, local, and national community. It is unfortunately very easy to find numerous examples of discrimination and hatred that are impacting so many of us as well as our brethren. It takes the actions of all of us to truly change our world. I am so happy to be a part of a community where we ASPIRE to do just that.

I hope to see you soon,

Shavonne Shorter, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Reception for retired professors of Political Science and International Affairs

Dear members of the UMW community,

The Department of Political Science and International Affairs invites you to a reception honoring two Professors Emeriti from our department – Jack Kramer and Liz Larus – on Wednesday, April 6 in Lee 411, from 5 to 6 p.m. Both retired faculty members will be in attendance for this reception.

Dr. Kramer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Larus, Professor of Political Science, enjoyed long tenures at UMW – 50 and 24 years, respectively. Each has left an indelible mark on our department and its students, and we invite you to come by to celebrate their service and to share your good wishes for them in retirement

Rosalyn Cooperman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science & International Affairs


Cardinal goes live on Monday

As previously announced, Cardinal Human Capital Management (Cardinal HCM) is the Commonwealth’s new system for human resources, health benefits, and payroll processing. Cardinal HCM’s Employee Self Service (ESS) replaces Payline and Employee Direct. The new system goes live Monday, April 4.

ESS can be used to access your pay stubs, your W2, direct deposit information and to enroll in benefits. In order to access ESS, you must register and activate your account and establish multi-factor authentication. Instructions can be found on the Payroll website. From that page, click on the Cardinal System Access Guide.

You’ll need your 11-digit employee ID when you register. The employee ID number was provided to you in an email earlier today from The Cardinal Project ( Be sure to check your Junk, Spam and Other folders for the email.

You will receive another email from The Cardinal Project team on Monday when the system is ready for you to use. Until you receive that email, you will not be able to register.

Please be aware that UMW will continue using MyTime to record hours worked and leave taken. UMW employees will not enter timecard data into Cardinal HCM.

Feel free to email if you have any questions.

UMW Cardinal HCM Team

Upcoming Opportunities for Community Engagement

Happy Spring, everyone!

We wanted to send you some upcoming opportunities to work in and with the community. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions – please let us know.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Sat. April 2

In Person @ UMW Outdoor Amphitheater. April 2nd Doors Open at 7 p.m. – Films 8-10 p.m. This festival is one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America and Friends of the Rappahannock is excited to bring it to our community. Learn more here.

Recovery Ally Training: Tues. April 12th

Eagles in Recovery is very happy to offer a Recovery Ally Training on Tuesday April 12th between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The training will be presented virtually by Tom Bannard, Project Coordinator for the Rams in Recovery program at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-facilitated with Jiamie Pyles, the Peer Recovery Support Specialist for UMW’s collegiate recovery program, Eagles in Recovery. Tom developed this training at VCU for faculty, staff, and students who would like to be recovery allies, and the training has been made available to students as well. Register here.

All the best to you –

Leslie Martin
Faculty Director, Center for Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Sociology

UMW Summer Enrichment Program

Greetings UMW faculty and staff!

We are excited to announce the UMW Summer Enrichment Program has returned and will run from July 10 -16, 2022. If you know a motivated student currently in 9th-11th grade – your own high schooler, friend of the family, niece/nephew, or the cool kid two houses down the street – encourage them to check out SEP 2022!

SEP is a one-week residential program designed to immerse campers in student life at UMW and provide unique academic and social engagement opportunities. Campers will take three (or two in special instances) classes lead by UMW faculty, experience residence hall life in Willard Hall, engage in a variety of enrichment activities and explore the Fredericksburg community.

Check out the website for more details on classes, FAQs, and the application.  

Diverse course offerings for 2022 include:

  • Adventures in Mapping! — Dr. Steve Hanna and Dr. Jackie Gallagher 
  • An Introduction to Cybersecurity* – Dr. Andrew Marshall and Dr. Xin-Wen Wu
  • Audio Technology and Production – Dr. Michael Bratt
  • Building Time: Investigating the History in your Everyday Environment – Dr. Christine Henry
  • Computational Physics for Newbs – Dr. Desmond Villalba 
  • Experiencing Business – Dr. Lance Gentry 
  • Kitchen Chemistry: The Science Behind the Food We Eat – Dr. Kelli Slunt
  • Secret Languages – Dr. Gonzalo Campos-Dintrans
  • The Realities of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – Dr. Brenta Blevins
  • Visualizing DNA and Proteins in Augmented Reality – Dr. Swati Agrawal

We are pleased to announce two specially focused programs within SEP 2022:

  1. *Thanks to a grant from Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) NoVa Node, the Introduction to Cybersecurity course is expanded to two instructional periods. Campers specifically interested in cybersecurity who take the class can receive a significant tuition discount. More information can be found on the SEP website.
  2. The UMW College of Education has integrated its Teachers for Tomorrow (TfT) Summer Institute with SEP, creating a special opportunity for high schoolers currently in TfT programs. Students in this program will participate in a variety of workshops focusing in the morning on teaching and participating in enrichment activities and one SEP course in the afternoons. Information about the TfT Summer Institute can also be found on the SEP website.   

The advertised tuition for the program is $950, which covers all instructional costs, room and board, and activity fees. Dependents of UMW faculty, staff, and alumni will receive a $50 discount, reducing the tuition to $900. 

You may contact Co-Directors Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Young and Mr. Michael Stebar at for more information. 

Dr. Keith E. Mellinger, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

Eagle Awards, April 14 at 6 p.m.

The Eagle Awards Ceremony, planned in collaboration between the Office of Student Activities & Engagement, the Center for Community Engagement, and the James Farmer Multicultural Center, will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the University Center Chandler Ballroom. For more information on the specific awards, click here.

The University of Mary Washington Eagle Awards highlights students, student organizations, staff, and faculty who have provided leadership and contributed outstanding service through involvement in activities and organizations. The Eagle Awards are an opportunity for the University community to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and greater community.

Save the date for David Cain memorial, April 14

Dear members of the UMW community,

There will be a celebration of the life of David Cain, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion at UMW, on Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the HCC Garden (tiered lower section; rain location: James Farmer Hall rotunda).

Dr. Cain, who passed away last summer, taught for 44 years at Mary Washington, before retiring in 2014. His colleagues and former students will remember his passionate delivery of class lectures, including those for his signature course on Good and Evil, as well as his love of theater, literature, and photography. He was internationally known for his work on Søren Kierkegaard, publishing the book, An Evocation of Kierkegaard.

The celebration is open to anyone wishing to honor Dr. Cain’s life and contributions to Mary Washington. If you have any questions about the celebration, or any photographs or memories that you would like to share at the event, please contact Joe Romero, Chair of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion.

Pi Mu Epsilon inducts new members for spring 2022

The following students have been inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society, for spring 2022.

 Marianne N. Beaulieu

 Amya R. Bland

 Kayla M. Kippes

 Jermaine L. Mason

 Sabrina K. Mikeal

 Catherine T. Nguyen

 Matthew E. O’Cadiz

 Kolby A. Register

 Madeline M. Slunt

 Kalista A. Soto

Abigail G. Swanson


Save the Date for the Celebration of Dr. Gwen Hale’s Life, April 6, 4 p.m.

From UMW Academic Affairs and Student Affairs:


Dear UMW Community:

Please mark your calendars for a campus celebration of the life of Dr. Gwen Hale, Director of the UMW Writing Center from 2011 until her death from cancer in October 2021. The celebration will take place on Wednesday April 6 starting at 4:00 p.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

Many of us at Mary Washington deeply admired Dr. Hale for her generous and empathetic spirit. In addition to teaching and mentoring dozens of students, she helped launch UMW’s First in Family initiative and the Eagle Resource Closet. Dr. Hale also won Student Activities and Engagement’s Giving Tree Award for a faculty or staff member who demonstrates tremendous care and support for students.

The celebration is open to anyone wishing to celebrate Dr. Hale’s significant imprint on our university. If you have any questions about the celebration, please email Dr. Wes Hillyard at If you have any photographs or other mementos of Dr. Hale that might be included in the celebration, please share them with Heather Guhl, Academic Support Centers Manager, by March 24..

A Celebration for Ken Steen

Join friends and coworkers to celebrate and toast the life of Ken Steen

Sunday, March 27, 2022

2-3:00 p.m.

Jepson Alumni Executive Center

1119 Hanover Street

Fredericksburg, VA  22401

Please reply by March 23 to or 540-654-2059.


Ken’s complete obituary can be read at