December 14, 2018

Kevin Bartram featured on ‘With Good Reason’ holiday show

UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Director Kevin Bartram will be a guest on With Good Reason radio’s Holiday Favorites and Memories show, Dec. 22 to 28. Joined by faculty members from other Virginia schools, who discuss the power of Christmas music to evoke the past, Bartram explains that “certain something” singers like Judy Garland and Tony Bennett bring to seasonal classics. Later in the show, in an encore segment, UMW Professor Gary Richards argues that Broadway musicals with Southern themes – from Show Boat and Porgy and Bess in the first half of the 20th century to Memphis, which debuted on Broadway in 2009 – tend to relay a negative view of the South and ill represent today’s diversity. Broadcast times are posted at: For more information, visit the With Good Reason website at

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Holiday Break is finally here! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, when UMW offices will be closed for the holidays. Pour yourself a mug of steamy hot chocolate, flip on your favorite yuletide flick and enjoy time with family and friends. However and wherever you celebrate, be safe, and make the most of the holiday season.

Holiday Gathering, Friday, Dec. 14

Please RSVP by December 11 at

Fleece Fest Volunteer Opportunity, Dec. 14

Every winter, the Dorsey Scholars make fleece blankets for the area homeless. Some are distributed directly to folks on the streets; others go to homeless shelters. With some extra kits available this year, the Dorsey Scholar program has opened up the opportunity for some community service to the UMW family. Any faculty, staff or students interested in helping should show up in the University Center lobby Friday from 4 – 6  p.m.  Skills needed include using scissors to cut fleece and tying knots. Thank you.

Inclusiveness and Safety During Holidays

The following message is from the Office of Human Resources:  

Dear Colleagues, 

During the fall and winter months, a number of cultural and religious days of significance are observed. It is a time of celebration and an opportunity to honor the rich and diverse cultures that are ever present in our workplace and the communities we serve. With this in mind, please be mindful of inclusiveness and safety in your workplace decorations.   

In addition, we would like to take this time to remind you that some people have severe allergic reactions to strong fragrances/scents. Please be mindful of your co-workers and customers when using spray air fresheners, plug in air fresheners, oil diffusers, or any other fragrances.   

Best wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season. 

Your HR Team


Free Holiday Admission for UMW Families

UMW employees and their immediate family members will be admitted to Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the James Monroe Museum free of charge (UMW ID required) during the winter break (December 19 – December 30), and are eligible for 20% off Museum Store purchases.

UMW Announces 16th Season of Great Lives Lectures

South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela, jazz legend Billie Holiday and baseball superstar Cal Ripken are among the larger-than-life figures to be featured during this year’s William B. Crawley Great Lives lecture series. The lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 15 to April 9, at Dodd Auditorium on the Fredericksburg campus. They are free and open to the public without admission tickets. Read more.


Spring Fitness Program Registrations Open Now

Registration is now open for the 3 fitness programs available to UMW employees: Early Bird Fitness, Lunch Bunch, and Lunchtime Yoga.

FREE WEEK = JANUARY 14-18, 2019.
Try these faculty/staff fitness classes before signing up for the 6-week program that will begin on January 21/22!

Each fitness program is 6 weeks long, meets twice a week, and costs $30 for the 6-week session.

Early Bird Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.
This class will incorporate strength and cardio training for beginners and regular exercisers. The first and last weeks will comprise of fitness assessments to measure progress after completing the program.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:15-12 p.m.
Lunch Bunch is a low impact, total body fitness class for faculty and staff that will get the blood flowing, but not so much that you’re in need of a shower. It’s the perfect mid-day movement to help you feel successful and able to return to work in a jiffy.

Lunchtime Yoga
Mondays & Fridays, 12-12:50 p.m.
This lunchtime yoga class is designed to give faculty and staff headspace during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.

Don’t forget – there are locker rooms with showers in Goolrick Hall, so you can shower and get to work on time!

Session 1 – $30
January 14-18 = Free Week!
January 21-March 1 = Session 1
Registration open now!

Session 2 – $30
March 11-15 = Free Week!
March 18-April 26 = Session 2

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Additionally, please make sure the “Spring 2019” semester is selected on the left menu to see the spring offerings. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Safe Zone Spring programs

Safe Zone, UMW’s LGBTQ+ education and advocacy program, is excited to announce that we will be offering several programs early in the Spring semester. The programs and descriptions are listed below.

Faculty/Staff Spring Book Club: We will be reading Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel called “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.” We will discuss the book during one session on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is open to all faculty and staff, but registration is required and space is limited. The book will be provided for free to the first 15 participants who register. To register, please email Laura Wilson,

Identity and Intersectionality Workshop: This is a repeat offering of the training that was held during pre-week in August. The workshop will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is open to any faculty or staff interested in learning about and discussing issues related to social group identities. The topics will include privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. The goal of the workshop is to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection in order to strengthen their role as an ally for students of all identities. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at Space is limited and registration is required.

Basic Faculty/Staff Safe Zone Workshop: This workshop is geared toward faculty and staff who would like to be more informed allies to the LGBTQ+ community on our campus. The workshop will be on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. It is an introductory workshop that focuses on terminology, issues related to privilege, increasing awareness and sensitivity, and how to support the LGBTQ+ population on campus. At the end of the workshop, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign the ally pledge, but it is not mandatory. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at Space is limited and registration is required.

Tickets on Sale for UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, Feb. 8


Established in 1996, the University of Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the top individuals and teams in the history of the athletic program at the school.

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2018-19 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class. Inductees include former NCAA record holder and All-American Caitlin Erickson Moore ’08, All-America women’s basketball record breaker Liz Hickey ’08, standout baseball star Joe Kruper ’92, men’s basketball star Mike Lee ’07, and long-time successful coach of women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse Kurt Glaeser.

Erickson graduated as the NCAA Division III season record holder for points per game in a season, and still ranks in the top five all-time in Division III in points and assists in a season. Upon graduation, she held school records for career points (303), season points (143), season assists (81), and points (14) and assists (10) in a game. She led the nation in assists per game and points per game in her senior season en route to All-America honors. She continues to represent UMW in a positive light as the highly successful head coach of the program in which she thrived.

Hickey is the only athlete in any sport in school history to have her number retired, as she graduated as the only three-time All-American in women’s basketball history. She ended her career as the NCAA Division III career leader in blocked shots, with 509, and helped the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Division III Final Four. A two-time CAC Player of the Year and two-time regional player of the year, Hickey scored 1,370 points in her career, and was named as the UMW Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. She was subsequently named to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary Team, honoring the top 25 players in conference history.

Kruper was at the forefront of Mary Washington developing into a national power in the early 1990s, and still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in career triples. He is one of only 10 Mary Washington players to be named as a first team all-conference selection three times, and was a two-time all-region selection. He batted .430 as a freshman en route to conference player of the year honors, and struck out just one time the entire season. He posted a career batting average of .384, with an on-base percentage of .490 and a slugging average of .563. His defensive prowess included a .975 career fielding average, as he committed just 13 errors in four years in 520 chances.

Lee was the top player as Mary Washington emerged as a regional power in the mid 2000s, finishing his career with 1,564 points, the second-most in program history. He remains the school’s record holder in three-point baskets in a game (11), three-pointers in a career (323), as well as three-point attempts in a game, season, and career. He was awarded the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, and also gained first team All-CAC honors in a career that saw the Eagles win 68 games, the most in any four-year span in program history to that point.

Glaeser was a longtime successful coach for the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs at Mary Washington, leading both to NCAA Tournament appearances. In soccer, he coached the Eagles to 12 conference titles and 12 NCAA Championship appearances, including the final four in 1992 and the elite eight in 1997 and 1998. His 244 victories rank as among the most in Division III history, and his 71.0 win percentage is among the best ever in Division III. Glaeser also led the men’s lacrosse program to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, ranking as high as 12th in the nation. His combined 428 career wins in 27 years leave a lasting legacy in both programs’ histories.

The induction will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the UMW University Center at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. social hour.