September 27, 2023

Campus infrastructure project begins next week

The following message comes from Capital Outlay at UMW.

Athena Construction, UMW’s general contractor for the campus-wide underground utility project, has been mobilizing and will begin work next week, May 10, after our Commencement ceremonies. This project, which will run throughout the summer and into October, is for repair and replacement of Mary Washington’s aging steam and water system.

Initial work will include the installation of fencing and detour pathways in and around Woodard Hall and Kalnen Clock Plaza. Construction traffic will enter and exit via College Avenue near duPont Hall as materials are brought on site. Expect stacks of temporary fencing to begin appearing along Campus Walk.

The following week, beginning May 17, expect congested travel along Double Drive as the water line replacement begins near the Bell Tower. Be aware of construction vehicle movement and obey directions from traffic safety personnel.

This update and future updates can be found here.

Questions should be directed toward Les Johnson, UMW Project Manager, at

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Both named February Excellent Eagle Employee

Staff Advisory Council is pleased to recognize William ‘BJ’ Both as the Excellent Eagle Employee for February. The award for this honor is a designated parking space for the month.

In nominating BJ, his champion wrote:

I would like to nominate BJ Both for the Excellent Eagle award. 

BJ always has great recommendations for getting our computers and printers back up and running.  BJ is always calm and professional in delivering top-notch customer service with an awesome attitude and a smile.

Congratulate BJ when you see him. If you’d like to nominate someone for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the Subject Line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and the reason they should be recognized.

Connie HuyleBroeck named Excellent Eagle Employee

Connie HuyleBroeck named Excellent Eagle Employee for December/January

Staff Advisory Council is pleased to recognize Connie HuyleBroeck as the Excellent Eagle Employee for December and January. The award for this honor is a designated parking space for the month. Due to the length of the annual Winter Break, the award length is also extended.

In nominating Connie, her anonymous champion wrote:

I would like to nominate Connie HuyleBroeck, Housekeeping Supervisor Senior, for the Excellent Eagle award. Connie takes pride in her work and it shows. She truly cares about the buildings she works in and the people in those buildings. She’s also a great mentor to her staff. Connie frequently has temp agency workers who need to be trained. She does such a good job of training them that they’re often pulled away from her crew and put in other buildings. No matter what difficulties she faces, she always has a smile and is truly willing to go the extra mile. Connie is a very caring and dedicated employee, and the staff of Simpson Library are very happy she’s here!

Congratulate Connie when you see her, and remember to send nominations for Excellent Eagle Employee to Excellent Eagle Employee nominations.

“One Can Hope” Hunger Relief Drive Reaches 100 Pounds

Staff Advisory Council is collecting non-perishable food for donation to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank,, through the December Holiday break. Over the past three weeks your efforts have contributed 107 pounds of food to assist in the relief of hunger to our neighbors in Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline, Locust Grove, Stafford, and Spotsylvania.

When you are shopping, pick up an extra can for this worthy cause. Since we all shop every week, one item per week “can” be a manageable goal.


Look for donation boxes at the Procurement office, Suite 480, Eagle Village; Student Accounts, 1st floor, Lee Hall; Facilities Services lobby; and the first, second, and third floor hallways in George Washington Hall.

Staff Advisory Council announces Larry Atkins Award winners

On Tuesday, October 13, the annual Fall Luncheon was held in the Chandler Ballroom of University Center. This event is held in recognition of all UMW employees and the contributions they make to the operation of our university. It is also an opportunity to present awards to one member each in Wage, Classified, and Administrative / Professional Faculty groups. This year’s awardees are:

Gene Feltner, Wage. Excerpts from the proposing citation read: … always going out of his way to help his fellow employee … visits different departments daily to conduct Finance business, and is always willing to perhaps drop a package off, or pick up an item at a different location … sets the bar high when it comes to internal and external customer service … always willing to take on new responsibilities and new roles.

Ginny Irvin, Classified. In proposing Ginny, one of her champions wrote: … [s]he is a stickler for accuracy, timeliness, and following through on all jobs … yet to see her miss a deadline or fail to produce when the chips were down … always manages to get everything done on time and in highly effective fashion … takes an interest in the personal lives of co-workers … she is as loyal and dedicated employee as there is.

Allyson Moerman, Administrative Faculty. Here are excerpts from the citation proposing Allyson: … always there for her employees, and her colleagues … a great example for what a supervisor should be … trusts her employees to do the jobs they are tasked with … [s]he leads with grace and dignity; always taking the high road, while getting the job done.

Each recipient receives $100 in addition to the accolades of their fellows.

Jill Ellington Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Staff Advisory Council is pleased to recognize Jill Ellington as the Excellent Eagle Employee for August and September. The award for this honor is a designated parking space of the awardee’s choosing.

In nominating Jill, her champion wrote:
Jill is definitely an Excellent Eagle – she always is there for her colleagues when they have questions or need help. Even with a large workload that spans across many departments, her work is always top-notch and done on time. She has been a great mentor to me and I really think she deserves this award!

Congratulate Jill when you see her, and remember to send nominations for Excellent Eagle Employee to Excellent Eagle Employee nomination