June 26, 2019

UMW Names Inaugural Director of Center for Career and Professional Development

Paul Binkley was recently named the inaugural director of UMW’s Center for Career and Professional Development.

University of Mary Washington announces the fulfillment of one of its key strategic goals with the selection of the first executive director for its Center for Career and Professional Development. Paul Binkley, whose employment will begin June 25, has more than 20 years experience in the fields of career services, student affairs, international development and higher education management.

He comes to UMW from the Homewood Career Center at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he served as director of the Student Career Development Team. In that role, he managed a staff of career coaches who implemented an industry-based service model that included group, one-on-one and class-based services to all Homewood undergraduate and graduate students, and young alumni.

Binkley will work with similar constituents at Mary Washington. His arrival at UMW solidifies the University’s commitment to meeting statewide workforce needs as well as its conviction that a liberal arts education is the essence of career and life readiness.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with Dr. Binkley on bringing to life a vision that makes preparation for the transition from college to career and life after Mary Washington a central aspect of the student experience,” said Tim O’Donnell, associate provost for academic engagement and student success.

Prior to his job at JHU, Binkley worked in Monrovia, Liberia, for more than three years, first as an education officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and then as the resident director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

Before his tenure in Africa, Binkley spent 13 years working in career development at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the Elliott School of International Affairs. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Barbados, Iraq, Tajikistan and several other countries in Europe and Africa.

Recognized for his significant knowledge and expertise in the area of federal careers, Binkley teamed with Katherine Troutman, a noted federal careers expert, to author the book Students’ Federal Career Guide — How Students, Student Vets, and Recent Grads Land a Federal Job, now in its third edition. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Kentucky and a certificate in Human Performance Improvement. Originally from central Minnesota, Binkley is a certified MBTI facilitator, and a Board Certified Coach.

Itzhak Perlman Opens UMW Philharmonic’s 2019-20 Season

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to perform with the UMW Philharmonic on Oct. 26. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to perform with the UMW Philharmonic on Oct. 26. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman kicks off the UMW Philharmonic’s 49th season this fall. Concerts continue through the spring with an appearance by Mary Washington’s new artist-in-residence, as well as a tribute to American icon Norman Rockwell and an actor-led celebration of national treasures from Abraham Lincoln to America’s pastime. The series runs October through April in Dodd Auditorium.

The first artist to return to campus in the 15 years of UMW’s Celebrity Concert Series, Perlman will join the Philharmonic to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on Saturday, October 26. The program also includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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Department of Human Resources Management Health Benefits E-News

Department of Human Resource Management
Office of Health Benefits

2019 Health Plan ID Cards Will Be Mailed to Participants This Month

New health plan identification (ID) cards for COVA Care, COVA HDHP, COVA HealthAware and the Optima Health Vantage HMO are being mailed to participants beginning the week of June 10. Here are important things to know about the new ID cards:

All Health Plans: Members must use their new health plan ID card beginning July 1 to receive benefits, and destroy all other cards. Benefits will not process unless the new card is used.

COVA Care and COVA HDHP: ID cards will be mailed the week of June 17.

  • As part of a system enhancement, there will be a different prefix for the Member Identification Number displayed on the card. The new prefix will be FVI for employees, non-Medicare retiree group members and Extended Coverage (COBRA) participants. It is currently YTX.
  • Members should destroy all previous ID cards, including the card received in April 2019.
  • ID cards are provided in different sets based on membership. Those with single membership will receive only one ID card, while participants enrolled in Plus One and Family membership will receive a set of two cards. Members will need to contact Anthem directly to order additional cards.

COVA HealthAware: ID cards will be mailed the week of June 10.

  • Aetna will send a welcome letter to members along with their new ID card, which can be used for medical, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage. Contact information for each administrator is on the back of the card.
  • Members will need to update new plan administrator information with their providers for dental coverage (Delta Dental) and prescription drug coverage (Anthem Pharmacy delivered through IngenioRx.)
  • Aetna will continue to administer the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) as it does today.

Optima Health Vantage HMO: ID cards will be mailed the week of June 10.

  • There is a unique Optima Health member ID number on the card.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 pricing is noted. Visiting a Tier 1 provider will result in lower copayments on physician and specialist visits.
  • Out-of-area dependents will receive a separate card that lists the Private Healthcare System (PHCS) as in-network.

Health and Wellness Programs

As communicated in the 2019 Spotlight newsletter, state health plans will administer the health and wellness programs starting July 1. COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP members currently enrolled in the ActiveHealth Healthy Insights, Healthy Beginnings and Healthy Lifestyle programs will be receiving a transition letter from their plan administrator (Anthem or Aetna). The letter will have information on how to engage with their new coaching team and, if applicable, how to maintain their health plan incentive.

Premium Reward

To earn a Reward AFTER July 1, 2019:

  • Complete a health assessment by the 15th of any month, and you will receive a reward in six to eight weeks.
  • Health Assessments completed between May 16, 2019, and June 30, 2019, should be submitted to ActiveHealth

Visit www.myactivehealth.com/cova  to complete or update your online health assessment

  • Beginning July 1, 2019, visit the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware plan website to complete your online health assessment.

New employees and/or spouses added during Open Enrollment to COVA Care or COVA HealthAware may have to wait until July 1, 2019 to complete a Health Assessment, starting July 1, 2019, will be administered by the member’s health plan.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services Can Assist Employees

In the wake of the Virginia Beach tragedy, remember that each individual health plan has an EAP to help enrolled members with workplace or personal issues. To contact the EAP:

COVA Care and COVA HDHP: 855-223-9277 or www.AnthemEAP.com (Company Name: Commonwealth of Virginia)

COVA HealthAware: 888-238-6232 or www.mylifevalues.com (Password: COVA)

Kaiser Permanente HMO: 866-517-7042 or www.achievesolutions.net/kaiser

Optima Health Vantage HMO: 866-846-2682 or www.optimahealth.com/cova

Managerial assistance also is available for Critical Incident Responses to address traumatic incidents, natural disasters and workplace issues. Anthem EAP is the primary provider for these services to agencies impacted by this tragedy and other emergency or workplace situations. Contact Anthem EAP at 1-855-223-9277 at any time to discuss or arrange these services.

Weight Watchers Reimagined Workshops Thursdays in HCC – Special June Promo

WW_InsidersBox_Promo_June 2019 – University of Mary Washington – Flyer

Attend a Weight Watchers Workshop at the University of Mary Washington.

The group meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center – HCC Room 111

The Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to partner with WW to bring employees enrolled in a state health plan discounted WW pricing and 50% reimbursement. Spouses and dependents are eligible for discounted pricing only. Purchase a Weight Watchers Reimagined membership plan between June 17 and July 26 and get a FREE WW Insider’s Box, with over $100 value in special offers and products. After signing up, redeem your WW Insider’s Box at ww.com/atworkgift by 8/9/19.

To sign up for WW today or learn more, visit wellness.weightwatchers.com and enter Employer ID: 63569.

For more information about the WW Workshop, please contact Julie Coates at jcoates@umw.edu.

Governor Announces UMW Board of Visitors Appointments

The Virginia Governor’s Office recently announced the appointment of higher education policy expert Deborah Santiago ’90 to the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors. In addition, Heather Mullins Crislip ’95 and Rhonda VanLowe have been reappointed to second terms on the board. The appointees will serve four-year terms, which expire June 30, 2023. Santiago succeeds Davis Rennolds ’06, whose term expires June 30.

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5th Annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament

UMW Athletics is excited to announce the 5th Annual Eagle Club Golf Tournament. New this year, UMW President Troy Paino will play in the tournament!

This tournament raises money for the Eagle Club–the fundraising arm of UMW Athletics. Its mission is to maximize opportunities and strengthen support services for Mary Washington’s student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Join us as we golf to raise funds for this important organization.

Friday, June 21
Augustine Golf Club
76 Monument Drive
Stafford, Virginia 22554

For the fifth consecutive year, the tournament will be hosted by Augustine Golf Club, home of UMW Golf.

Your participation in the tournament includes the following:

  • Coffee, donuts, and morning libations
  • Range balls
  • 18 holes of golf
  • Two drinks on the course
  • Post-tournament lunch
  • Great prizes and more!

Golfers may sign up individually, in a pair, or as an entire foursome. Cost to attend is $125 for an individual golfer, $400 as a foursome registering before June 1, or $450 as a foursome registering after June 1. Also new this year, the athletic program that refers the most golfers will receive 10% of the tournament proceeds! When you register, please note which team referred you to this event.

Registration will remain available until June 18 or until the event sells out. For more tournament details, click here, or visit the registration page. If you haven’t already registered, do so today!

We hope you will join us, and as always…Go Eagles!

Celebrating a New Chapter in a Great Life

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW, including director of news and media relations. For the past nine years, she has worked part-time in the bookstore. She retires at the end of June.

Margaret Mock has held many roles at UMW, including director of news and media relations. For the past nine years, she has worked part-time in the bookstore. She retires at the end of June.

For more than three decades, Margaret Mock has been one of the University of Mary Washington’s central characters. At the end of this month, she’s closing the book and heading into a happily-ever-after retirement.

We want to celebrate Margaret, the UMW Bookstore’s trade book specialist, and give her a warm send-off. Please check out her reception, to be held in The Bookstore at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19.

Previously a key staff member in the University Relations office, Margaret has worked in The Bookstore for the past nine years. She has become a fixture at Great Lives lectures and other book-signings around campus and around town. She has led the UMW Book Club, and she has been involved in literary collaborations with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

We wish her well as she begins a new chapter.

Questers 1944 Visits UMW Historic Preservation Department

The local Questers 1944 chapter presented a generous donation to the Department of Historic Preservation. Professors Andréa Livi Smith and Christine Henry accepted the donation on behalf of the department.

The local Questers 1944 chapter presented a generous donation to the Department of Historic Preservation. Professors Andréa Livi Smith and Christine Henry accepted the donation on behalf of the department.

The Questers 1944 local chapter visited UMW on Wednesday, June 12 to make a donation to the Department of Historic Preservation. Questers members were given a tour of the HISP facilities and current projects before taking a trolley tour of downtown Fredericksburg.

Since 2010, Questers have supported UMW’s Historic Preservation Department and provided funds for equipment needed for preservation. Thanks to the group’s generous donations, the department has purchased mat cutters for museum exhibits, measuring poles, digital cameras and tents for use on archaeological digs to protect students from the elements.

The local Questers 1944 chapter visited UMW's Department of Historic Preservation this week. Here, two members of the group examine a Civil War ordnance that was found by UMW HISP students at Sherwood Forest plantation.

The local Questers 1944 chapter visited UMW’s Department of Historic Preservation this week. Here, two members of the group examine a Civil War ordnance that was found by UMW HISP students at Sherwood Forest plantation.

According to the group’s website, “With a strong desire to see that the best of American heritage is preserved for future generations, Questers seek to educate by research and study of antiques and to donate funds to the preservation and restoration of artifacts, existing memorials, historic buildings, landmarks and educational purposes.” To learn more about the Questers, visit https://www.questers1944.org.

The HISP Department thanks the Questers for their continued generous donations!

UMW Center for Economic Development Client Wins Award

UMW’s Center for Economic Development announced that one of its clients has earned a prestigious award for a small business. Amruta Inc., a Fredericksburg data analytics company led by Beju Rao, has received a Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund award for $50,000.

The state’s news release described the project that earned the company the award as a “Self-learning system for e-discovery, among large text corpus data sets to improve compliance, forensics and customer service, using machine learning.”

The CRCF program helps promote technological and economic advancement in Virginia by investing in the research, development and commercialization of technologies at early stages in the process, when funding is a key component to success. “The program rewards innovation efforts in a tangible way, and recognizes the incredible promise of these transformative projects that have real potential to generate significant economic and social benefits for the Commonwealth,” said Ed Albrigo, president and CEO at the Center for Innovative Technology.

Brian Baker, executive director for UMW’s Center for Economic Development applauded Amruta Inc., noting that these awards are typically reserved for Research I-designated universities. 

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UMW Orientation Welcomes First-Year Students

This week, the University of Mary Washington begins welcoming its newest Eagles during First-Year Student Orientation for the 2019-20 school year. The two-day session is the first of six scheduled throughout the month for nearly 1,000 incoming students, both freshmen and transfers.

Upcoming undergraduates will dine at the Top of the UC, tour residence halls, join spirit-building activities and learn about all the excitement their upcoming Mary Washington experience holds in store. Along with their parents and guardians, they’ll take part in information sessions and workshops designed to connect them to the campus community and put them on track toward a successful journey through college.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our newest Eagles and introduce them to the incredible resources and outstanding opportunities our campus has to offer,” said Coordinator for New Student Programs Britni Greenleaf. “We are so honored that they chose to become part of the University of Mary Washington family.”

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