June 21, 2018

Volunteers and Video Submissions Needed for Common Experience

We’re looking for volunteers and video submissions for UMW’s 2018-2019 Common Experience, Dear Evan Hansen and the accompanying soundtrack.

The Common Experience is one of the first opportunities to engage incoming students with the rest of the UMW community;  this shared intellectual experience can promote critical exchange of ideas and create a sense of community, and we’re looking for volunteers.

We hope you will join the discussion from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on August 24.  First-year students from the same FSEM course will discuss the book with one or two faculty, staff, administrators, or upper class students.  We will provide questions and supporting information in advance to help guide the discussions.

If you would like to volunteer to co-facilitate a discussion group, please indicate your interest on the following Google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dpPN3gDNSfRPv5sdNrZIRhuMcZobG-jSP23QJ49rINQ/edit?ts=5ad8aae3.  If you have any questions about the discussions, please contact Kelli Slunt, kslunt@umw.edu.

We would also would like to create a video of UMW community members singing “You Will be Found” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack.  Piano accompaniment for your recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfaBzHd5QA.  A copy of the sheet music can be found at https://dearevanhansen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/You_Will_Be_Found_Vocals.pdf.

We still need video footage to make this project a reality.  We are going for the virtual choir effect and individuals or groups can submit either the complete piece or excerpts from the song.  If you are interested in providing footage, please contact Anand Rao, arao@umw.edu.

Featuring a high school student with a social anxiety disorder who struggles to make social connections, Dear Evan Hansen is a 2015 stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book written by Steven Levenson.

The musical premiered in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and opened on Broadway in 2016. Dear Evan Hansen’s original Broadway cast recording entered the Billboard 200 at number eight in February 2017.

Thank you in advance for your support of the 2018-19 UMW Common Experience.

Important Facilities Work Management System Announcement

With the recent update to Banner 9, the current work request and tracking system used by Facilities Services will no longer be supported. Facilities Services will transition to a new Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS), “SchoolDude”, that will provide improved workflow and features for integration of preventive maintenance and asset tracking. SchoolDude has been running in a test mode since April of this year and is functioning well.

Effective Monday, July 2, 2018 all UMW community members will use SchoolDude to submit maintenance work requests.  The main campus work order system will be the “My School Building” application within SchoolDude.  Each faculty member, staff, and student will have access as a ‘Requestor’ and will use Self Service Banner/Gateway for access to submit work requests. This process is implemented with the active directory, so all UMW community members will use current Banner/UMW log-ins. System access paths to the old work request system will be the same paths to the new work request system, and there is no new password to remember.

For assistance, or comments, please contact Robin Jones at rjones@umw.edu or  540-654-2094.

Your feedback is very valuable to us, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience during this transition.




Giant Food Nutritionist to Talk About Mood-Boosting Food

Come hear Giant Food Nutritionist Lindsay Pugliese talk about mood-boosting foods from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15  a.m. Tuesday, July 17 in Lee Hall 412.

Lindsay always brings coupons and food samples to share after her presentation.  This event is open to all students and staff.

Mood Boosting Foods: A Guide to How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood, includes information about foods that will give you more energy, boost your mood and improve your mental well-being.


Lynne Richardson Named Distinguished Woman in Business Education

Lynne Richardson, vice president for administration and finance, has been named the 2018 Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education.

The award was established in 2016 by the Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group, a peer group for women administrators in business schools; it recognizes female thought leaders whose leadership, research, and educational initiatives have made a difference for women in business education. Past winners include Susan McTiernan (2017), as well as the award’s namesake, Pat Flynn (2016).

Volunteers Still Needed for Orientation

The New Student Orientation Planning Committee would like to announce a few opportunities for faculty and staff to welcome new students and their guests to campus during the upcoming New Student Orientation (June 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27). Last year, Orientation was a great success because of the support from all the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered.

We are requesting support again this year from UMW faculty and staff in welcoming our new Eagles as they experience UMW throughout the day. There are multiple areas that people can get involved. A few available opportunities to volunteer are still available. If you are interested, please sign up for your available time slots on the SignUp Genius – Orientation Volunteers 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu or x2179). Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation.

UMW Seeking Wellness Champions

This past year, the President’s Council on Wellness worked to identify ways to improve student and employee well-being.  We know well-being is closely linked to happiness and job satisfaction. Specifically, employees with high levels of physical and emotional well-being are shown to be more productive and positive while experiencing lower stress levels and fewer missed days of work.

Beginning Fall 2018, The President’s Council on Wellness will launch the UMW Wellness Champion program. Currently, we are looking for one employee per area to serve as a Wellness Champion.

This person’s role will be:

  • Communication of wellness related information within their areas
  • Providing feedback to President’s Council on Wellness


  • 2 Wellness Champion meetings per semester
  • Two representatives from this group will attend the monthly council meeting

Top Wellness Champion candidates are:

  • Passionate – Employees who aspire to be champions and have enthusiasm for enhancing the culture of health at their workplace.
  • Social skills – Employees who naturally make connections with and show compassion for their co-workers. Champions should be easy to approach, have strong communication and leadership skills, and be looked up to by their co-workers.
  • Role model qualities – Employees who express a personal interest in healthy lifestyles, regardless of their current health status, can be excellent advocates for healthy behavior change.

Are you interested or know someone who would be great?

Please fill out this quick 3 question form:  https://goo.gl/forms/esU6mgv6CS156vSh2

Asphalt Paving at Jepson Science Center Continues Through End of Week

Asphalt paving work at the Jepson Science Center begins Monday, June 11, and will continue through the week.

The work area is the unpaved portion of the south access road between College Avenue and the Simpson Library parking lot. The road will remain open during the work: Please be aware of flaggers for directions through the area. This schedule is weather dependent.

Please contact Les Johnson at 540-654-2100 or ajohnso3@umw.edu with questions.

Beth Williams Named Executive Director of Human Resources

Beth Williams will be joining the University of Mary Washington as Executive Director of Human Resources.

Beth, a Mary Washington College psychology graduate, currently serves as Vice President for Human Resources at Hilldrup, a 600-employee organization with locations in multiple states. She has previously served in Human Resources roles at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, CVS/Pharmacy’s Fredericksburg Distribution Center and several defense contractors in the Northern Virginia area.

Active in the local community, Beth serves as a board member for Rappahannock United Way and is a past chair of Workforce NOW. A Leadership Fredericksburg graduate, she has served as a mentor for several Leadership Fredericksburg participants. Beth was named a Top 10 of the Next Gen by the Next Generation of Business Leaders in 2012. She holds a coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Her start date is July 10, 2018.

UMW Grad Named to Governor’s Fellows Program

Chris Cassingham has been named to the Virginia Governor's Fellows Program.

Chris Cassingham ’18  has been named to the Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program.

When Chris Cassingham collected his political science degree from the University of Mary Washington, earlier this month, he already knew what was next.

The swimmer from Plano, Texas, had learned just days before that he’d earned one of just 23 coveted spots in the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program, selected among rising college seniors and graduates from around the country.

Beginning Monday, Cassingham will go to work in the Office of the Governor, what he calls “real-world, on-the-job experience” in the highest levels of state government.

He’s ready.

Read more.

Reunion Weekend Festivities Begin Friday

The University of Mary Washington will host hundreds of alumni during Reunion Weekend 2018, June 1-3.

Chock full of food and fun, tours, art exhibits, learning opportunities, photo opps, and most importantly, a chance to catch up with old friends, the three-day affair will welcome Mary Washington grads from as long ago as the 1940s back to campus.

More than 800 alumni and guests are expected to attend the event, joining campus walking tours, perusing UMW’s museums and art galleries, exploring downtown Fredericksburg – including a trolley ride to Carl’s Ice Cream – and taking a walk down Memory Lane.

“Alumni have the option of attending over 60 educational, social and cultural events throughout the weekend,” said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Mark Thaden. “There is something for everyone.”

Academic departments will host open houses, and the ever-popular Alumni College sessions will give guests a chance to gather in their old classrooms and learn about new subjects like Makerspace, social media and the field of digital history. Other topics include understanding your sleep identity, learning techniques for persuasive speaking, and delving inside the minds of artistic geniuses and the world of contemporary musical theatre.

From sunrise yoga to farewell brunch, groups of Mary Washington graduates will explore their old stomping grounds at the height of spring, catching up on new campus construction and learning about plans for the University’s future from President Troy Paino.

Paino and wife Kelly also will host a welcome reception with live music on the Brompton lawn.

Alumni will revisit their glory days while indulging their taste buds during a Virginia wine and beer tasting, a reunion picnic with tent decorations and nostalgic Mary Washington memorabilia, and an all-class party with heavy hors d’oeuvres, live band and full bar.

Book signings with former faculty and students; children’s events, including a moon bounce, face painting and a family matinee round out the event, along with a dedication ceremony revealing the three million-dollar restoration of the Heslep Amphitheatre.

“We are excited to host what is expected to be a record number of alumni and guests on campus for Reunion Weekend 2018,” Thaden said. “It’s a special time for everyone to re-connect with Mary Washington.”