January 17, 2018

UMW, Growth4VA Spotlight Forbes-Recognized Entrepreneurs

One thousand, two hundred and sixty-two. Robert Davis and Abbas Haider have a vivid recollection of that figure. It’s the number of bulletproof undershirts included in their first big order for Aspetto, the business started by the 2012 University of Mary Washington graduates. Read more.

Free Admission to Cultural Resources

While you are unwinding during the holiday break, bring the whole family for a visit to The James Monroe Museum, and to the Gari Melchers Home and Studio! Both sites are extending free admission to include the immediate family members of current faculty and staff during the break from December 16-January 2. All faculty and staff also receive a 20% discount in the stores at both sites year round! We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit these wonderful cultural resources administered by UMW. Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open daily from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The James Monroe Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sundays, but will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission for current faculty, staff, and students is free throughout the year at both sites, so we hope to see you often!

Winter Break Parking Requirements

The following message is from the Office of Parking Management:  

With the possibility of inclement weather during the Winter Break the following parking requirements will apply on these dates: Saturday 12/16/17 at 10 a.m. through Monday 1/15/18 at 11 p.m.  This includes ALL Service Vehicles. 

ALL vehicles left unattended (unattended means you will not be here in the event the vehicle needs to be relocated) on campus for any time during Winter Break must be parked in the following areas: 

Eagle Landing Residents, Fac/Staff, Visitors:

All vehicles must be parked on levels 3 or 4(the covered areas of the deck only). 

All other campus community Students, Fac/Staff, Visitorsincludes ALL Service Vehicles:

All vehicles must be parked at Alvey Drive Parking Deck Levels 1, 2, or 3 (covered areas of deck only)

William Street parking Lot #30

Battleground Parking Lot #33 

Service Vehicles should also be parked in these areas, or at the Physical Plant 

If you are on campus with your vehicle, you will need to be aware of and follow all email declarations in the event your vehicle needs to be relocated.  

Please move your vehicle to the above mentioned areas prior to leaving for the Winter Break.  In the event of inclement weather, all other lots/areas will need to be clear of vehicles. 

In the event of a Snow Emergency Declaration all other lots/areas will need to be clear of all vehicles. 

This does not include Handicap areas; if you have valid Handicap placard or tags you may continue to utilize those spaces. 

Please call the Parking Management office at 540-654-1129 with any questions.



University Bookstore Buyback and Sale

Take advantage of the University Bookstore’s opportunities to earn and save cash:

Textbook Buyback

Bring your textbooks to one of our buyback locations during the following times, and receive cash on the spot:

  • Lee Hall, 3rd floor
    • Thursday, December 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Friday, December 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Eagle Landing Lobby
    • Thursday & Friday, December 14-15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Only a few days left to purchase UMW spirit wear! Shop in-store and receive either 20% a single regularly priced item, OR 10% off your entire transaction! Deal ends December 15.

Best wishes for everyone during finals!

Kathy Sandor

Interim Director of Business Services



SAC News

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: 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.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. 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 appreci ation.​

SAC Fall Drive – The Staff Advisory Council is collecting items up until Friday, December 15 to help our community’s homeless population. For more information on what is needed, please contact Dr. April Brecht, PhD, abrecht@umw.edu.

December SAC Meeting – Our December meeting was held Tuesday. Dec/ 12. Tiffany Oldfield, Title IX Coordinator shared a Q&A session regarding the Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence.  Also, Anand Rao and Cedric Rucker discussed UMW’s Community Values.

Workplace Celebration Guidelines – HR advises that during the fall and winter months when a number of cultural and religious days of significance are observed, remember to be respectful of the rich and diverse cultures that are ever present in our workplace and the communities we serve.   Please be mindful of inclusiveness and safety in your workplace holiday activities.

Holiday University Closing – Reminder that UMW will be closed Monday December 18th through Tuesday January 2nd.  The University will officially reopen on Wednesday January 3rd.

Campus Dining Serves Holiday Feast

Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together.

Food and togetherness were definitely the themes Wednesday evening when Dining at the UC featured its annual holiday meal with all the trimmings. Faculty, staff, and administrators donned aprons and chef’s hats to dish out scalloped potatoes, beef, yams, ham, corn pudding, and all the other special treats on the festive menu.

Regional Conference Puts UMW Geography on the Map

UMW’s Department of Geography received high marks at the annual Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) conference. The event, held last month in Starkville, Mississippi, showcases research from across the region. [Read more…]

ERROR: TIAA Mailing for William & Mary

Dear ORPHE members  

This morning, I received this alert from my counterpart at the College of William and Mary.  Please know that this was only a mailing list error. We will also be in touch with TIAA and will follow up with you if there are any additional concerns. 

Sabrina, HR 

Good Morning – 

I want to alert you to a significant problem that occurred with a mailing that TIAA prepared and sent on our behalf.  William & Mary is in the process of making a number of change to our retirement programs. TIAA prepared an update brochure and cover letter under my signature to send to our employees and retirees.  However, TIAA pulled the wrong mail list and mailed this package to 9,000 ORPHE participants across the state.  

I am receiving numerous emails and calls from your colleagues about why they received this package from me.  Most are obviously concerned that their data has somehow been breached or compromised, which it has not been.   

TIAA is preparing an apology letter to drop in the mail today.  As soon as the letter is final, either TIAA or I will send this letter to you later today so you can send to your employees as you see fit.  I have also asked TIAA to try to email affected individuals since it will take a few days for the letter to arrive in the mail. 

I do not_ think_ that the letter was mailed to employees at the other opt out schools. I think it was only mailed to employees and retirees at the ORPHE universities. 

Please accept my apologies for the disruption and concern that this mailing snafu is having with many of your employees. 

Feel free to contact Amanda Falcon at TIAA or me with any questions or concerns. 



John M. Poma

Chief Human Resources Officer
William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
P: (757) 221-3115

F: (757) 221-7724

Steer Students to Stress-Free Zone

Balloon_HPThe Office of Student Affairs and Engagement will host the Stress Free Zone next Monday, Dec. 11, through Wednesday, Dec. 13, from noon to 3 p.m., throughout the University Center. The event, held during exam week for stress-weary students, is packed with snacks, massages, games, balloons and more, including the all-time student favorite – those lovable therapy dogs. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share event details with students.


December Business Services eUpdate

December 2017 Updates and Announcements


Stamp Price Change


End of the Year Sale

It’s your last chance for savings (until 2018, that is)! Get 10% off your entire transaction from the Bookstore, or 20% off a single insignia item.

Holiday Ornament

The 2017 Holiday Ornament is now available for sale at only $18.99! This year’s ornament features the campus’s beloved campanile.


UMW Book Club

UMW Book Club members have decided to meet every 2 months instead of every month. The next meeting will be on January 23, 2018, where we will be discussing My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. The Amazon description reads: “Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.” Readers who would like to be added to the Book Club email list may send their information to mmock@umw.edu, or call Margaret Mock at x1017.


UMW Discounts

When shopping in Fredericksburg, remember to ask for discounts! Many local businesses offer discounts to UMW students and employees, as long as you show your EagleOne card.

Post Office

Stamp Price Change

USPS announces rate increase effective January 21, 2018. To help with budgeting, the average increase is 3.9%.

First-Class Letter Mail

  • Single piece stamped mail: $0.50
  • Letters metered: $.47
  • Postcard stamps: $0.35
  • International standard size, rectangular envelopes: from $1.15

Priority Mail
Letters, Large Envelopes & Parcels

  • Flat Rate Envelopes (12-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ or smaller): $6.70
  • Legal Flat Rate Envelope: $7.00
  • Padded Flat Rate Envelope: $7.25
  • Small Flat Rate Box: $7.20
  • Medium Flat Rate Box: $13.65
  • Large Flat Rate Box: $18.90
  • APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box: $17.40

For a full listing of pricing please go to www.usps.com.

The UMW Post Office is ready for the increase with extra stamps on hand. Stop by the Post Office and buy your stamps before the new price goes into effect.

Questions? Call the UMW Post Office at 540-654-1049 or email umwpo@umw.edu.