October 25, 2021

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Sociologist Marta Tienda, October 25-26, 2021

Tienda PosterPhi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Marta Tienda will visit the University of Mary Washington virtually on Oct. 25 and 26. Dr. Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her UMW visit will feature virtual classroom visits and a Zoom Webinar Public Lecture on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 – 6:15 p.m., titled “Restoring the ‘P’ in U.S. Public Education:  From Equity to Adequacy.”

Please find below the Zoom link to Dr. Tienda’s public lecture on Monday, Oct. 25th at 5 p.m.

The Zoom link to the public lecture can be accessed on the attached poster as well.

 

For more information about Dr. Marta Tienda:

 https://www.pbk.org/Marta-Tienda

https://sociology.princeton.edu/people/marta-tienda

 

********************************************

Here is the link for the attendees of the Public Lecture:

 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 25, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Marta Tienda

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://umw-sso.zoom.us/j/83701269809?pwd=K2N1RWdaTDA3a0U0Z1FtaEFHYzRBZz09

Passcode: 300663

Or One tap mobile :

US: +13126266799,,83701269809#,,,,*300663#  or +16465588656,,83701269809#,,,,*300663#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 837 0126 9809

Passcode: 300663

International numbers available: https://umw-sso.zoom.us/u/kfBPZlqef

IM Indoor Soccer/ Faculty and Staff Yoga

Faculty and Staff Yoga is back for FREE! Starting November 2nd through December 7th at 12 PM in Studio 4. No registration is required!Faculty and Staff Yoga is back for FREE! Starting November 2nd through December 7th at 12 PM in Studio 4. No registration is required!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration is NOW OPEN for IM Indoor Soccer through October 31st. Games begin on November 1st and the winning team receives an Intramural Champion shirt! Register at campusrec.umw.edu Registration is NOW OPEN for IM Indoor Soccer through October 31st. Games begin on November 1st and the winning team receives an Intramural Champion shirt! Register at campusrec.umw.edu.

New Position, Grant Bolster UMW’s Center for Prevention and Education

Center for Prevention and Education Director Marissa Miller and TEAL Peer Educators (left to right) Maya Jenkins, Kayla Botto and Grace Bonaccorsy. In her new role, Miller will oversee the continuation of a $300K grant from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Center for Prevention and Education Director Marissa Miller and TEAL Peer Educators (left to right) Maya Jenkins, Kayla Botto and Grace Bonaccorsy. In her new role, Miller will oversee the continuation of a $300K grant from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Marissa Miller wants University of Mary Washington students to know that when they disclose incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, they will be heard and supported.

“Many assume they’ll have to come in and share their story,” said Miller, who recently became the director of UMW’s Center for Prevention and Education, or CPE. That’s not required, she said, “but we want students to know they have lots of options and that we’re here to help them feel empowered with whatever decisions they make.”

With her new and vital position at Mary Washington, Miller stands as the first line of support and resources, offering direct services to students who experience sex- and gender-based violence. Her office will also oversee the continuation of a $300,000 grant, awarded by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which will help expand CPE’s services and offer more programming focused on prevention, awareness and education, intervention and advocacy. UMW is among 52 institutions of higher education selected to receive these federal funds, which come as the University observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Read more.

UMW Senior Blossoms While ‘Planting Seed’ of Intersectionality

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

UMW senior Desmoné Logan won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership for her commitment to promoting equity and inclusion on campus. Photo by K Pearlman Photography.

University of Mary Washington senior Desmoné Logan wields a rainbow of highlighters at the day planner displaying her dizzying schedule. RA duties get a splash of green. Pink’s for her off-campus job. And clubs? They’re listed – ubiquitously – in blue.

A biomedical major who also runs track, Logan is president of Women of Color, a Student Alumni Ambassador and a Farmer Fellow. And that’s just for starters. Because of her dexterity and dedication, she won this year’s Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. With it, she’s a role model, “planting a seed” of intersectionality she hopes will take root at Mary Washington and in her planned future – a career in trauma surgery with a humanitarian twist.

Born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens, Logan moved in middle school to Chesapeake, Virginia, where she found a scant mix of ethnicities and – often under the surface, sometimes above it – a sense of discrimination. “Desmoné is passionate about diversity and social justice because of her own lived experiences,” said James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) Director Marion Sanford. “Her culture and race impact her work.” Read more.

Marketing Course Puts Food Waste on the Menu

From left to right: Rebecca Alley, Preston Everett, Cameron Jackson and Dustin Jenkins catalog expired dairy products at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op, as part of UMW’s new “Alleviating Food Waste” course. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

From left to right: Rebecca Alley, Preston Everett, Cameron Jackson and Dustin Jenkins catalog expired dairy products at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op, as part of UMW’s new “Alleviating Food Waste” course. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Becca Winicour stands on her tiptoes to snag a soy yogurt off the top shelf, as Maggie Ellis, grocery scanner in hand, consults another classmate.

“I found three blueberry ones,” she said, “but they’re not even a month old.”

These University of Mary Washington seniors are enrolled in a new course called Alleviating Food Waste, which explores the root causes of unused food – a multi-billion-dollar problem in the United States – as well as ways in which it can be remedied. Hungry to learn more, students spend a few hours each week documenting expired products at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op, create tasty dishes with soon-to-be discarded items and cook up campaigns for saving imperfect produce.

“Around 40 percent of all food in our country goes to waste,” said Associate Professor of Marketing Kashef Majid, who teaches the class. Read more.

Reflections on the Mary Washington Experience

Phyllis Newby Thompson ’69 and John Thompson.

Phyllis Newby Thompson ’69 and John Thompson.

Watch the first episode of the new ‘Leading Lives’ video series focusing on the stories behind philanthropy.

In the late 1960s, John Thompson regularly traveled from Blacksburg to Fredericksburg to visit his future bride, Phyllis Newby. After graduating from Mary Washington in 1969, Phyllis joined John at Virginia Tech, began a fulfilling teaching career, and received an award for outstanding educator in Virginia. John received a BS and MBA from Virginia Tech and launched a successful business career.

Phyllis Newby Thompson ’69 and John Thompson.

Phyllis Newby Thompson ’69 and John Thompson.

Now married 51 years, the Thompsons live on the West Coast, and they enjoy coming back to campus with their golden retriever, Max, to visit their favorite places and to reflect on how Mary Washington changed their lives.

“Our education was the whole jumping off place for everything wonderful that’s happened to us,” says Phyllis Newby Thompson ’69.

“I always believe that success is where preparation meets opportunity,” says John Thompson. “Education gives one an incredible leverage in life, and we think Mary Washington gave us a great foundation.”

Click here to see and hear the Thompson’s story in their own words.

Death of a faculty member

Writing Center Director Gwen Hale. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

Writing Center Director Gwen Hale. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

It is with great sadness we report that Writing Center Director Gwen Hale died this morning in southwest Virginia. She had been there since summer in hospice care near her family. Diagnosed at age 20 with cancer, Dr. Hale fought valiantly and overcame many hurdles. She accepted a position at UMW in 2011, serving as Writing Intensive Program Director as well as Writing Center Director. Dr. Hale received undergraduate and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University, and she earned a Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a passion for helping people put words to page.

A lover of animals, Dr. Hale was actively involved with UMW’s First-in-Family initiatives and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. She was one of the driving forces behind the Eagle Resource Closet. And she loved to have fun! She started the Pajama Writing Jam the Saturday before finals in order to help students finish their papers. Keeping the Writing Center open from noon till midnight, she offered coffee, soda, pizza – and pep talks – to pajama-clad students.

With writing being so important to her, Dr. Hale penned these words before she died: Please know that UMW was the first job I ever had that felt like home. Thank you all for allowing me to contribute to the university. The Writing Center and the students were the best parts of my working life. Please take care and be good to one another.

More information will be shared later, but a celebration of life for Dr. Hale will likely take place next spring.

October Safe Zone tabling events

UMW Safe ZoneOn October 20, from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the UC we will be celebrating International Pronouns Day. On that day, we will be making pronoun buttons in recognition of how important it is to respect others’ pronouns and to share our own pronouns. All are welcome. We will be giving out stickers and buttons.

Please email Laura Wilson at lwilson5@umw.edu with questions.

UMW to Celebrate National Day on Writing

Grab a pen and join us for some literary fun!The Department of English & Linguistics, along with Simpson Library, student-run literary magazine The Aubade, and the UMW Creative Writing Club will be sponsoring an event encouraging students to write on October 20 – National Day on Writing. The event will include tables at various locations across campus where free swag will be given away, and the student organizations will be able to promote their clubs by hosting writing activities. Also, look out around campus for three-word prompts for “bad haikus.” If you write and tweet your haikus and tag @UMWLibraries, you will be entered for a chance to win a prize! Students, staff, and faculty alike are welcome to participate in this awesome event that encourages us to write something, even if it’s bad! We hope to see you at the event, and we can’t wait to read your haikus!

Stop Hunger Campaigns Launch

Junior Caitlin O'Leary helps at last year's food drive.

Junior Caitlin O’Leary helps at last year’s food drive.

Stop Hunger University Dining/Sodexo, the University Staff Council, UMW Athletes, and local businesses and churches are partnering together to host our annual Stop Hunger Food Drive, from October 13 through November 1, and they are looking for your support. All of the food and monetary donations will go to benefit the UMW Eagle Resource Closet and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

Anyone wishing to support the drive with food, monetary, or meal plan/Flex donations will find details on the University Dining web site.

Swipe Out Hunger Meal Plan  University Dining/Sodexo has donated 3,600 meals to create a new Swipe Out Hunger meal plan for the benefit of UMW students experiencing food insecurity. This new plan will be administered by the University Host, Chris Porter, with assistance from Leslie Martin, who coordinates the Eagle Resource Closet, Patty Land in the EagleOne Card office, and with Rose Benedict, the University Dining/Sodexo Swipe Out Hunger champion. Chris has established a Google nomination form that students can use to apply for meals through the Swipe Out Hunger meal plan. When approved, these students will have meals loaded onto their EagleOne cards, and they will be able to swipe in at the Top of the UC in the same way all other students who are on meal plans swipe in. There will be nothing in the process that identifies these students as being recipients of meal assistance. All information is kept confidential.

Everyone who has been working to bring this new assistance option to UMW is eager to have any and all students who need nutritional support apply for these meals. Please help spread the word about the availability of this new dining plan to your friends, colleagues and students.

For more information about applying for meals, contact Chris at cjporter@umw.edu. For more information about the Swipe Out Hunger program and Sodexo’s partnership with that organization, contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu.

If you, or a student you know, would like to apply for meals, please use this LINK.  It will take you directly to the application form.