December 14, 2018

Holiday Luncheon for Faculty, Staff

Campus Dining will host their annual Winter Holiday Dinner for Faculty and Staff on Thursday, December 6th in the Maple Salon at the Top of the University Center. The menu will include Roast Turkey, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and a host of sides and holiday desserts. Service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For additional information contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu or call 540-654-2169.

Meet Santa at Brompton, Dec. 8

President Paino and Kelly Paino invite your family to visit with Santa Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Brompton, 704 Sunken Rd., Fredericksburg.

To reserve a time with Santa, please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 5, at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4faaaf22a6f58-here.

Fill Holiday Stocking for Those in Need

Holiday stockings are now available to departments that wish to fill them with non-perishable food items, as well as personal hygiene and toiletry products, for local individuals and families in need.

The over-sized stockings are approximately 3 feet long and can fit an ample amount of contributions.  Give your stocking some festive flair by decorating it with your office and colleagues!

Employees can pick up their stocking from the Office of Events & Conferencing in George Washington Hall, Room 307.  Stuffed stockings will need to be dropped off on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Grand Ballroom, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The stockings will be incorporated into the décor for our holiday gathering.

This year’s donations will be given to Micah Ecumenical Ministries before the holiday break.  Please direct any inquiries to Marissa DiMeo at ext. 1087 or mdimeo@umw.edu.

AACSB Accreditation Achieved for College of Business

AACSB International (AACSB) has announced that the University of Mary Washington has earned accreditation for its College of Business. UMW is one of only five U.S. schools to receive accreditation recognition this year. AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the benchmark of quality for business education worldwide.

We applaud the leadership, faculty, and staff of the College of Business. This is quite an accomplishment for Mary Washington and one that will have positive impact on our student and faculty recruitment as well as our international reputation. Earned by only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees, AACSB accreditation signifies that UMW’s business programs feature innovative programs that will enable us to continue to recruit outstanding faculty, high achieving students, and international scholars. Also, this distinction will attract more employers eager to recruit our College of Business students and produce graduates that earn highly competitive salaries.

Congratulations to former and returning College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson and Acting Dean Ken Machande, who oversaw the rigorous and lengthy AACSB accreditation process. As Dr. Richardson relayed recently to a reporter: “To earn this accreditation, schools of business must meet 15 very high standards as well as expectations in the areas of strategic management and innovation, participants (students, faculty and professional staff), learning and teaching, and academic and professional engagement. This is a multi-faceted, multi-year process and there are steps all along the way that must be met.”

This was a campus-wide effort, and we express our appreciation for the diligent efforts over many years by all involved. Please join us in extending heartfelt praise to the faculty and staff of UMW’s AACSB-accredited College of Business.

 

Jean Stumbaugh Retires After Eight Years Service

Jean Stumbaugh

Jean Stumbaugh joined the UMW Foundation on a part-time basis in August 2009 and became full time in May 2010, serving as Senior Foundation Accountant. Her commitment to the Foundation and the University has been evidenced by her willingness to go far beyond the requirements of her position and to do so with enthusiasm and energy.

Jean’s last day will be Friday, December 14, and, as many of you have worked directly with Jean, we would like to invite you to stop by the Foundation office at your convenience to wish Jean farewell.

 

UMW Team Wins World Geography Bowl

Congrats to our brilliant geography students who put UMW on the World Geography Bowl map year after year! A team of five undergrads, joined by a Georgia grad student, won the competition this week at a SouthEastern Division of the American Association of Geographers meeting in Tennessee. Alex Chrvala, the top- scoring undergrad, and Darby Libka, the top-scoring female, will tackle the national World Geography Bowl in April.

Civil Rights Trip Sparks a Mary Washington Movement

A group of UMW students traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to explore the ongoing civil rights struggle in America. Along with new experiences and perspectives, they gained a new motivation to be agents of change - at Mary Washington and in the world. Read more.

Head Start Gift Box Drive Through Nov. 28

It’s almost time for COAR’s annual Head Start Gift Box Drive. Each year we ask students, faculty and staff to fill boxes full of necessities and toys for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

These are distributed to the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania schools.

To participate, come by the University Center and check out a gift box through Nov. 28 and return them by Nov. 29.

If you are unable to check out a box, donations of the following individual items would be appreciated as well:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Small toys
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons and markers
  • Small books

All of these items will need to fit inside a shoe box sized box. We appreciate your continued support for service at UMW.

Lower Costs for Closed Captioning and Transcription Services at UMW!

Lower Costs for Closed Captioning and Transcription Services at UMW!

ODR is pleased to announce long-term collaboration led by George Mason University that has resulted in reduced rates for video transcription and captioning services. The standard turn-around time (about 4 business days) is less than $2/minutes for each of the three vendors. Additional costs apply with alignment services. 3Play Media is the only vendor currently providing alignment services. If you unable or unavailable to do the alignment within your department, you will need to use 3Play Media and pay for the alignment service in order to have a final product that is usable. Specific pricing information can be found on the ODR website: Video Captioning and Transcription Services.

Danielle Smith, ODR Assistive Technology Coordinator, has planned the following dates for walk-in hours to learn more about how to set up an account and answer questions regarding these vendors.

Walk-in hours (Lee Hall, 431 – AT Coordinator Office)

  • Wednesday 11/28- 1:30-3:30
  • Thursday 11/29- 9:30-11:30

Reminders:

  • All videos posted online must be captioned. Videos should be shown with closed captioning, and at least be available with closed captioning, in case the need arises. Don’t find yourself in a bind without the captioned content – work on getting videos captioned as soon as you can.
  • Rates are based on turn-around time from when content is uploaded. It does take time for a user to learn the system and convert the content into a format that is acceptable in the system. Build in time for this learning process. ODR recommends designating someone in your department who can learn how to use the system and creating your own process to avoid last-minute issues.
  • Use of these services allow for the purchase of SRT files (caption text files). Alignment is needed in order to merge caption text files with video files. This allows for the end product to be a captioned video and ready for use. This service can be provided for an additional fee by 3PlayMedia when using 3PlayMedia for the complete captioning service.

ODR encourages every department and office at UMW to develop their own system and provide accessible content, now at lower costs than ever before!

 

 

Campus Blood Drive Nov. 16

The last campus blood drive of the year will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the HCC.

The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Mu Sigma.

Wear a flannel for #flannelfriday and you will be entered to win a $20 Chipotle gift card.

Sign up to donate at redcrossblood.org/give, zip code 22401, and select the UMW drive. Please email umw.redcrossclub@gmail.com with any questions or comments.