February 25, 2018

SAC News

4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake Off) – The 4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off will take place on Tuesday March 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.  If you’d like to enter, just go to http://sac.umwblogs.org/2018-chili-cook-off-entry-form to complete an Entry Form!  Support your colleagues by arriving early to vote on the best chili and the best corn bread!

SAC on Social Media The Staff Advisory Council is now on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/umw_sac and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/umwsac).  Be sure to follow us and share with others to stay up-to-date on all of our activities!

New Freedom Meal Card Available for Faculty & Staff – Campus Dining is now offering Freedom Meal punch cards that UMW faculty and staff can use to purchase meals at the Top of the UC, or for selected Meal Deals at any of five retail dining locations.  The Meal Deal option can provide faculty and staff with a savings of anywhere from $1 to $4 or more on the purchase of food items at Qdoba, Jamba Juice, Li’l Joe’s, the Underground, and the Market at the Nest.  Each card is good for 10 meals and may be purchased at any Campus Dining location for $60.  For more information, contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

Don’t Forget!  Show your colleagues some appreciation!  With the Excellent Eagle Employee Program, you can nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.  Additionally, there is the #1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) program.  Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Six UMW Faculty Receive Waple Professorships

Six UMW faculty members have been named as the next recipients for the Waple Professorship award, recognizing their contributions to the University and earning their research funding for two years.

The recipients for the 2018-2020 Waple Professorships are:

  • Dianne Baker, Associate Professor of Biology, for her project to “Expand Ongoing Collaborative Research with Prof. Finn-Arne Weltzien at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)”
  • John Broome, Associate Professor of Education, for his research project on “Creating Mirrors, Not More Windows: Social Studies Teacher’s Perceptions of a More Racially Inclusive K-12 Curriculum”
  • Chris Foss, Professor of English, for his book project titled “The Importance of being Different: Intersectional Disability and the Emotional Response in Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales”
  • Leonard Koos, Associate Professor of French, for his book project titled “Une Drôle d’Occupation: Conformity, Dissidence, and Popular Culture in France, 1940-1944”
  • Steve Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science, for his book project titled “Late Night Political Humor and the Trump Presidency”
  • Margaret Ray, Professor of Economics, for her project “Supporting Student Success in Introductory Economics courses.”

Named after UMW alum Shirley Van Epps Waple ’52, the professorship honors excellence in teaching, research and scholarship across various disciplines at the university. This award was established after the death of Waple in September 2010, who gifted the university with a $2.5 million amount from her estate. This donation is one of the largest single contributions dedicated to supporting academics at the university and provides faculty experts the chance to produce new, vital knowledge for their department.

Srivastava Selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster

UMW College of Business Professor Dr. Mukesh Srivastava has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The Fulbright program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, serves to promote the international engagement of academic scholarship and build linkages between U.S. and overseas eligible institutions.

Srivastava is the first UMW COB faculty member who has already won Fulbright Specialist Awards twice (2011 & 2015). This time around he has been added to the candidate roster of the Fulbright Specialist Program, which helps U.S. faculty and professionals share their academic expertise develop linkages with non-U.S. institutions on curriculum, assessment, faculty development, research training and other program development activities.

“There are no Fulbrighters in College of Business; I am really honored to be selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster,” said Srivastava, whose three-year term runs through February 16th, 2021. “This is a great opportunity to offer my expertise in developing professional and graduate management programs that involve strategic information management and innovation.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit overseas business schools to assist faculty and administrators with respect to academic and research programs in emerging technology management and innovation. I know the Fulbright organization provides unique opportunities for exchanging ideas and cultivating new relationships that will also enhance our institutions’ reputation in the international community.”

Srivastava’s primary areas of expertise include program development, technology workforce management, innovation and strategy in the digital age and e-Learning.

“Dr. Srivastava’s selection as a Fulbright Specialist validates his professional accomplishments and enhances the institutional profile of UMW and College of Business, and I am glad he now joins again such a select group of outstanding U.S. academicians and scholars that will soon engage in collaborative endeavors with similarly related institutions from around the world. We’re proud to have Dr. Srivastava as an ambassador of the college and the university through this prestigious program and organization,” said Kenneth Machande, acting dean of the UMW College of Business.

Update on CAS Dean Search

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean search is now entering its final stages. The CAS Dean Search Committee received applications from an outstanding group of individuals interested in the position of CAS Dean, and we have now completed our first-round of interviews. We are inviting four finalists to UMW for campus visits.

In addition to group and individual meetings, all four candidates will be asked to participate in open forums with the UMW community. The candidates will deliver a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.

The open forums are scheduled on the following dates and times in Lee Hall, Room 411:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, from 3-4 p.m.

We hope that you will attend these open forums, meet the candidates, ask questions and provide feedback to the search committee.

Best wishes,

Kelli Slunt

Chair of the CAS Dean Search

UMW President Speaks on Standing Together as a Community

In response to recent events, UMW President Troy D. Paino speaks about UMW’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and strength as a community.

The University of Mary Washington strives to provide a welcoming, inclusive community consistent with the values that unite us and the key principles of our educational mission.​

For more information, visit: Stay Safe and Feel Safe at Mary Washington.


‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ Runs through Sunday

Don’t miss UMW Theatre’s production ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone.’ Remaining performances will be Feb. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in Klein Theatre, duPont Hall, at the University of Mary Washington. There will be a sign-interpreted performance on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Friday […]

Chemistry Professor Sparks Alumna’s Career Success

When Marilyn Shull Black ’69 remembers Mary Washington, she pictures herself back in chemistry class in Combs Hall listening to an enthusiastic professor with a funny, Bostonian accent. The accent was especially noticeable to Marilyn since she was a Southern girl from Rock Hill, S.C., but it was more than the accent that caught her attention.

“Dr. Mahoney had an outgoing personality, he was engaging, and he showed me I could actually solve problems,” says Marilyn. “His passion for chemistry was the spark that ignited my future.” After working with Dr. Mahoney on her honors thesis – and being granted access to an atomic absorption spectrometer to measure the relationship between trace metals in children’s blood and their health impact – Marilyn decided to pursue a career in medical research.

This newly illuminated path led to a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Tech. Through the years, Marilyn held numerous research positions, including jobs at the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories, Harvard School of Public Health, and Environmental Research and Technology. In 1989, she founded Air Quality Sciences Inc. (AQS), which rapidly became the leading testing and research company focused on reducing chemical and biological indoor air pollution.

In 2001, Marilyn founded the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a worldwide, non-profit, voluntary product certification program that works with more than 600 manufacturers. Today, she is Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor for Underwriter Laboratories.

“I love children and I love being a mother and grandmother,” says Marilyn. “I’ve spent all my career in chemical and environmental sciences specifically measuring indoor air quality and its impact on children’s health. The more I learned about contaminants, environmental exposure, and their connection to children’s health, the harder I worked to find solutions.”

Marilyn explains that adults get about 75 percent of environmental exposure to contaminants from the air they breathe. Since children breathe faster and have less body weight, they get even higher doses of contaminants, which can negatively impact brain development.

To show gratitude for Dr. Mahoney’s positive influence on her education, life, and overall career, Marilyn recently established the Bernard L. Mahoney Jr. Student Research Fellowship in Science. Dr. Mahoney retired from Mary Washington in 2002 and was granted emeritus status in recognition of his 39 years of service. He was honored to learn about the new endowment named for him that will offer assistance to UMW students majoring in a natural or physical science discipline. Selected students can receive stipends and essential support for research equipment, supplies, and/or approved conferences. At the conclusion of each Mahoney Fellowship, students will submit a summary report and showcase the final results.

Marilyn’s gift to fund the Mahoney endowment came through the Khaos Foundation, an Atlanta-based, non-profit organization she founded and named in reference to the mythological goddess of air. “I hope the new endowment in honor of Dr. Mahoney will serve as a catalyst to spark passion in others,” says Marilyn. “Perhaps they can continue to research problems and find real solutions that make a difference in our society.”

For information about giving opportunities, contact the UMW Office of Advancement at 540-654-2059.

Outdoor Recreation Announces Rental Center

Outdoor Recreation is pleased to present our Rental Center, where you can rent items for your next outdoor adventure!

The Outdoor Recreation Rental Center offers a variety of camping equipment for students, faculty/staff, and alumni members to rent throughout the year. Equipment Rentals come with a small, daily fee per item. Please refer to the Terms of Rental Agreement to learn about the rental center and equipment policies.

The Rental Center is open for pickup and dropoff during the following times:

Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. on Fridays).

Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The rental center has the following items in inventory and can be rented on per day basis.

To make a group reservation please contact umworec@mail.umw.edu. Group reservations must be made a minimum of 1-2 weeks in advance. Group reservations are priced on a different scale, so please contact the ORec administrative team.

Payments will only be accepted at the front desk located at the Fitness Center. Rental fees can be paid with cash, credit, check or Eagle One. Payments for violations of any of the terms stated in the Rental Agreement will be notified and, if not paid, will be added to the student’s account. Patrons returning equipment in a damaged condition will not be allowed to check out equipment again until payment is made.

Any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Rental center can be directed to umworec@mail.umw.edu.

Valentine’s Day Sale at Bookstore

Business Services


Valentine’s Day Sale

The Bookstore loves its customers! On February 14 only, receive 14% off your entire transaction.

Textbook Adoptions

Textbook adoption dates are approaching. Please submit adoption requests online by the following deadlines:

  • Summer Adoption Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Fall Adoption Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018

Departments with 100% adoption rates by the deadline are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in textbook scholarships for their students. Sponsored by Pepsi.

Faculty Regalia Rental

Oak Hall is the regalia provider for the University of Mary Washington. Faculty and Staff may rent or purchase academic regalia from the leading custom regalia manufacturer in the country. Beginning February 1, 2018, Faculty and Staff may go online at oakhallufac.shopoakhalli.com to rent regalia for delivery directly to individual offices. Those who prefer to order by phone may do so by calling Oak Hall Customer Service at l-800-456-7623. A customer service representative will be happy to assist you.

Rental Pricing for Faculty and Staff:
Bachelor Ensemble:  $37.95
Master Ensemble:  $39.55
Doctoral Ensemble:  $43.95
Prices include shipping charges.

To ensure timely delivery, orders for rental regalia must be received by Oak Hall no later than April 27, 2018.

Custom academic regalia is available through Oak Hall’s Custom Department. Please call 1-800-223-0429 for assistance with custom orders.

To ensure on-time delivery of custom regalia, orders must be received no later than April 12, 2018.

Copy Center

Web Print Available

Web Print is the Copy Center’s new platform for mobile printing. Print from anywhere, and retrieve the job on campus. Use your NetID and password to login to web print, submit a job, and pick it up on campus within 24 hours. The jobs can be released at your department’s MFP or at any printer with a release station. Learn more here, or contact the Copy Center at copies@umw.edu, or x1935.

Shredding Services

Did you know that the Copy Center offers shredding services? Drop your documents off at the Copy Center, located on the 2nd floor of Lee Hall, along with a work order. All documents are treated as confidential. The price is $2 for foot, $4 a box, with the first single inch free. Questions? Contact the Copy Center at copies@umw.edu, or x1935.


Off Campus Merchants

Faculty and staff can use their EagleOne card at many off-campus locations. See the EagleOne website for complete listing. There is also a list of deals available when you show your EagleOne card.

EagleOne Payroll Deduction

Sign up for direct deposit automatic payroll deductions to get one free lunch per month at the top of the UC. Employee lunches are only $6! Requires a minimum deduction of $10 per pay period. Simply fill out the online payroll deduction form, or contact the EagleOne office at x1005 for information and assistance.

Contract Spotlight: Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington is UMW’s preferred hotel partner. Hyatt Place recognizes government room rates, provides meeting spaces at a discount, and offers a UMW guest rate of $102.00. Additionally, the hotel offers the university a limited number of complimentary rooms and gift baskets. To find out if a complementary room is available for a department guest, contact Lauren McDonald for more information.

Gower Presents in Continuing & Professional Studies Program

Congratulations to Kim Gower, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, who became the first faculty member to participate in a UMW Continuing & Professional Studies program when she presented the closing session at Mary Washington Hospital on Friday, January 26.  Dr. Gower’s presentation was part of the hospital’s annual leadership conference entitled, “Operation Endeavor: Boldly Going Where We Haven’t Gone Before.” The focus of the conference was equipping the 60-plus leaders from across the organization to prepare for, implement, and sustain through times of change. 

Kim Gower presents at Mary Washington Hospital conference as part of the UMW Continuing Studies program.

Kim Gower presents at Mary Washington Hospital conference as part of the UMW Continuing Studies program.

The program was the result of months of discussion between Kimberly Young, Executive Director of Continuing & Professional Studies, and key leaders at the organization to better understand their needs and how the university could best meet those needs.  “Dr. Gower delivered a relevant and customized message with professionalism, wit, and a special touch of sarcasm that is uniquely Kim,” said Dr. Young. “This was a critical step in establishing a broader partnership and she was the right fit for what they needed.”

If you are interested in participating in Continuing and Professional Studies programs, contact Kimberly Young at kyoung3@umw.edu.