August 21, 2018

All UMW Assembly Set for Friday, Aug. 17

President Paino invites all UMW faculty and staff to attend the All UMW Assembly on Friday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall. If you are unable to attend the assembly, please note that it will be recorded and made available on the UMW website. 


Opening of Academic Year Keynote Address, Aug. 20

All members of the UMW community are invited to attend the opening of the Academic Year Keynote Address by Jay Dolmage (University of Waterloo). Dr. Dolmage’s provocative book, Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education, published by the University of Michigan Press, is accessible for free to all online.

His address will take place on Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom.

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring the event.

Entitled “Dismantling Academic Ableism: The Ramps, Elevators, and Architecture of Inclusive Teaching,” the talk will explore the ways in which disability is composed in and by higher education while offering concrete strategies for building a more inclusive learning, living, working environment and community here at the university.

The talk will be followed by breakout sessions on ableism, supporting students with disabilities, and strategies for working with the Office of the Disability Resources. Following the keynote address and prior to the afternoon breakout sessions, box lunches will be available. Please reserve your box lunch today!

Again, the keynote address and breakout sessions are open to all UMW faculty and staff, and we encourage all members of the UMW community to join us.

For additional details, please contact Tim O’Donnell at in the Provost’s Office.

Why We Re-Named the University Social Accounts

“Mary Wash.” Two words, one name that resonates with students and alums alike. Now, “Mary Wash” is taking center stage as the new handles of the university social media accounts.

This week, UMW merged its university and admissions-level social media accounts in a strategic restructuring to provide better support and storytelling for prospective students. @MaryWash, previously introduced as an admissions campaign, is now the handle for UMW’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. The university will also adopt the @MaryWash Snapchat account. Admissions will continue to operate its Facebook page.

Below is a summary of the accounts and where to find them:

University Facebook –

University Twitter –

University Instagram –

University Snapchat – @MaryWash

Admissions Facebook –

Your story is our story. Please tag @MaryWash in your Instagram and Twitter posts to help us tell the university’s story and stay on top of news from your area or department.

Questions and comments can be directed to Erika Bush at

Giving Day Participation Form Due Sept. 10

The third annual Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s 24-hour online fundraising event, will be held on March 19, 2019. The Office of Annual Giving requests that all departments and groups, returning or new, who wish to participate in Giving Day by raising funds for your department/group complete a participation form by September 10. This form is available at

The first training session for Giving Day participants will be held in September; the date will be provided in a future EagleEye.

Questions should be directed to Beth Hunsinger, Director of Annual Giving:

One-Stop-Shop AV Services for Students/Faculty/Staff

This semester, the SAE Sound Crew has been absorbed into the Events AV Office to create a one-stop-shop for all audio needs on campus. As part of this change, the Events EV Office will now support audio for all faculty, staff, student clubs and SAE-sponsored events regardless of venue. Audio services include PA systems, live music support and music playback. Visual services include movies, basic lighting, PowerPoint, video and skype needs.

“We wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all AV needs on campus,” said Mark Simpkins, Assistant Director of Events AV. “We felt that this change would provide a consistent level of professionalism for all events. It also helps the student staff develop and grow in the AV field as they are mentored by Events AV staff.”

To submit an audio request, please visit Requests must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days before the event to ensure availability of staff and equipment. Last minute requests (within less than 48 hours) may be turned down.

Contact the Events AV Office at 540-654-1199 or for further information.

Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Celebrates “The Empowered Woman”

Leadership expert Nicole Price will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW. The 25th annual event is set to take place on Thursday, November 1, at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford campus.

Nicole is the owner of the leadership development company, Lively Paradox, specializing in combining accountability with empathy and compassion as a fundamental leadership strategy. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, her master’s degree in adult education from Park University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and management.

Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.

The daylong event, themed “The Empowered Woman,” fosters connections between professional women. It features a variety of enriching seminars to include: The Empowered Life, The Empowered Citizen, Financial Empowerment, Empowered Presence, Empowered through Purpose, and Empowered through Difference. Speakers include executive director of the Community Foundation for the Rappahannock River Region Teri McNally, Director of Finance and Human Resources of The George Washington Foundation Carter Fitch, strategic planning and organizational development expert Cara Parker, vice president of equity and access at UMW Sabrina Johnson, life coach and professional development consultant Jenna Cooley and vice president of administration and finance at UMW Lynne Richardson.

The Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $179 for individuals before Oct. 1 and for groups of five or more until Oct. 20. Individual registration is $199 from Oct. 1 to 31. Student tickets cost $30 each through Nov. 1. For more information, visit

PRISM Leader Receives Diversity Leadership Award

Erin Shaw ’19 was once content to keep to herself. Then she came to the University of Mary Washington, where a club meeting ultimately connected her with people from all walks of life. Soon, she was on the executive board of People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual and Gender Minorities (PRISM), advocating for […]

SAC Collecting Supplies for Back-to-School Drive

UMW SAC is partnering with Stafford County Schools for the 2018-2019 School Supply Drive.

SAC will be collecting supplies for the next several weeks at the following locations:

  • Eagle Village, Suite 408
  • GW Hall, Floors 1-3
  • IT Help Desk, HCC 112
  • Physical Plant, front lobby
  • Lee Halls, Floors 1 and 2

Below is a list of commonly-needed items, which should qualify as tax-free during Virginia’s tax-free weekend Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5:

  • Book bags
  • #2 pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Erasers (flat)
  • Marble compositions books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Folders with pockets
  • Pocket folders with brads
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Pencil box
  • Printer paper
  • Washable markers
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Dry erase markers
  • Calculators
  • Red, blue and black pens
  • Rulers
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Three-ring binders

Next Women’s Leadership Colloquium Event Scheduled

Our next networking event will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Administration Center. Invite your friends and meet new ones while you see the behind the scenes work from ordering a book to getting it in the hands of customers.

The best part? Our theme for this event is BRING YOUR FAVORITE BOOK! Guests are invited to bring their most treasured book and will have the opportunity to explain to other attendees why it is their favorite.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Administration Center
125 Olde Greenwich Drive, #160
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

A registration fee of $10 includes wine and appetizers. Walk-in registration is $15.

Pre-register online today!

Disney On Ice Comes to EagleBank Arena October 3-7

Disney On Ice brings the magic closer to you than ever before! Join Mickey Mouse and his friends as Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and amazing stunts!

Exclusive Savings for Employees & Families!

Opening Night Special: $15 Flat Rate*
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 7:00 PM!

Special Pricing is available from $15.00 to $30.00 for Thursday, October 4th, through Sunday, October 7th.

To purchase tickets, please call: (866) 248-8740 and choose option 1
For questions, email: