August 17, 2018

Mary Wash Moves Announces April Winners

The April edition of Mary Wash Moves, the university’s employee walking challenge, wrapped up on April 30. All steps were tallied and averaged per team, but only one team came out on top: the gray team with an average of $289,274 steps in 30 days!

Congratulations to Cartland Berge, Leah Tams, Jerry Slezak, Shannon Hauser, Gwendolyn Hale, Sean Michael Morris, Kashef Majid, Jessica McGraw, Debra Schleef, and Christie Glancy. These individuals have won a free mindfulness session with Campus Recreation instructor Bill Brooks. The celebration date and time are still to be determined.

During Mary Wash Moves, UMW faculty and staff don’t mess around! Very unique strategies are used to gain extra steps in the work day, such as using the restroom in a different building, delivering mail by hand instead of using campus mail, and printing documents on a different floor in the building. Everyone’s creative efforts are truly something to be proud of!

Stay tuned for the next edition of Mary Wash Moves. It’s free to join and a lot of fun!

Free Fitness Classes During Spring Break

Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff free FAST fitness classes March 5-8, 2018. With most students being away from campus, it’s a great opportunity to focus a bit more on yourself. See the FAST schedule here and take note of the new faculty/staff only cycle class offered from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

FAST passes are discounted now until the end of the semester!

Normally $75, these passes have been reduced to $40. Spend your lunch break or the end of your day with 30-45 minutes of movement with fellow UMW faculty and staff members. Your brain and body will thank you later. If you do not wish to purchase a pass for the remainder of the semester, the drop-in fee is $5 per class. You’re welcome to join any time!

Here are instructions on purchasing a FAST pass online:

1. Go to
2. Click “Log In” in the top right corner of the webpage.
3. Click the BLUE button that says “Sign in with UMW Net ID and Password”
4. Enter your UMW username and current UMW password.
5. Once you’re logged in, on the home page, click the “Memberships and Passes” icon.
6. Select “Spring 2018 FAST Pass”
7. Follow the steps to make your payment. Please note that you WILL be taken to an external site to make your payment. You must submit your payment and continue moving through the steps until you see a Successful Payment Confirmation page.

If you have questions, please email

Get Fit on Your Lunch Break

Sometimes faculty and staff are looking for a private fitness opportunity to work out together, away from students! With Private Fitness Classes, you can work out consistently in a group of your peers while receiving personal attention from a seasoned instructor and genuine support from the group of people who are enrolled. This program style runs for five straight weeks and meets twice each week, for a total of 10 workouts together. Details for session 2 of faculty/staff private fitness classes can be found below.

Session 2 runs October 23 to November 30
(No Classes During Thanksgiving Break)
Registration is open Oct. 9 – Oct. 26

Faculty/Staff Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Goolrick Studio 5
Work on your flexibility, strength, and mind/body connection in this enjoyable, beginner-friendly yoga practice with Bill. By the end of the 5-week session, you will have completed 10 yoga practices.

Faculty/Staff Eagle Fit
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Goolrick Studio 5
Improve your muscle strength and endurance with Leslie and Brittanie in this 45 minute class that is adaptable for all fitness levels. You will use dumbbells, mats, and steps to strengthen each muscle group one energizing song at a time. By the end of the 5 week session, you will have completed 10 workouts.

The cost is $75 to register per person. In order for a class to run, it must have at least 3 people register and pay prior to the first class.

Register online at today! When you arrive to the website, please click “Log In” in the top right corner and click the blue button that allows you to “Sign in with your UMW NetID and password”. Then click on “All Programs” on the home page to find the Private Fitness classification.

If you don’t mind exercising around students, you’re also invited to participate in our regularly scheduled group fitness classes. All you need to do is purchase a $10 Group Fitness Pass and you’ll have access to over 35 classes each week for the entire school year.

Questions? Email Campus Rec at

Registration Open for Mindfulness Meditation Course

Are you mind full, or mindful?

Our lives are often overly stimulated and harried. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life.

UMW faculty and staff are invited to take a 7-week course at the Fredericksburg Campus on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies in Trinkle B-39.  The course begins Oct. 3 and meets weekly through Nov. 21. There will be no class on Tuesday, Oct. 17, due to Fall Break.

This course is led by certified instructor Bill Brooks and will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

The course is $15 and registration is now open! Visit the Campus Recreation Registration Portal to sign up. Simply click “Log In” in the top right corner, then click the blue button that says “Sign in with your NET ID and Password,” and use your regular UMW CAS credentials to log in to your profile.

If you have questions about the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course, email

Campus Rec, Dept. of Art & Art History Collaborate on Mural

Director of Campus Recreation Kelly Shannon wanted to do something in the Cycle Studio to make it more fun and inviting, and Erin Hill, a graduate assistant for Campus Recreation, proposed reaching out to UMW art students to paint the mural. Campus Rec reached out to the Department of Art and Art History and Chris Musina, Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing. Musina collaborated with the Campus Rec department, coordinated by Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness in Campus Recreation Brittanie Haas and his summer session of ARTS 105 Design Principles students to realize the mural.

Student Taylor Springer works on mural in Cycle Studio

Student Taylor Springer works on mural in Cycle Studio

Campus Recreation and Professor Musina spoke about ideas, quotes, look and images, and Musina then took that information back to his class and set about a project. In deciding to work specifically with his ARTS 105 students, Musina thought about how a project like this could apply key principles of art and design, while also giving the students a personal connection to a building on campus. The summer session of ARTS 105 was mostly STP students, and Musina thought it would be an exciting and powerful way to connect these students to the place they would be spending the next four years. The students spent a week drawing, planning and painting the mural that now covers the walls in the Cycle Studio. The mural, in bold color, contains inspirational quotes, buildings around campus and Fredericksburg, Sammy the Eagle, and other design elements.

Campus Recreation and the Department of Art and Art History invite you to stop by and view the amazing work of a group of talented UMW students.

Students involved: Aminah Abdullahi, Djius Bundick, Morgan DeMaria, Jason Fields, Mariah Howell, Krista Kendrick, Jenifer Kramer, Andy Lin, Ramon Owens, Alex Oylear, Andrew Savino, Keshyra Smith, Angela Sokpolie, Taylor Springer, and Ali Wylde-Gladbach.

New in Campus Rec This Year

As the university continues to prioritize wellness, the Department of Campus Recreation is adapting to serve the requests of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our programs and services are evolving, so please take a minute to read about what is happening in Campus Rec this year.
Fitness & Wellness
– Fitness Center: The facility is currently operating on Fall 2017 hours! See hours & a virtual tour here.
– Group Fitness: Check out our 37 class group fitness schedule for free from August 28th-September 3rd. Beginning September 4th, a $10 pass will provide you unlimited access to the full schedule for the entire school year. See the fitness schedule here & purchase your $10 group fitness pass here
– Personal Training: Looking for a trainer? See policies, prices, and register here
– Private Fitness: Registration for Faculty/Staff Yoga and Eagle Fit is open! Read more and sign up here.
– Courses: Registration is now open for the Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Course and free Personal Training Prep Course! Read more and register here.
– Rec Swim Pool Hours: Fall 2017 hours begin Monday, August 28th. See tentative fall hours here
– Swim Lessons: Learn to swim or improve your swim skills with Campus Rec! Registration for private and group lessons is now open.
**Faculty and staff: Please click “Log In” and use your UMW NetID and password to sign in. When registering children, please add them as dependents on your profile.
– Intramurals: Purchase a $10 intramural pass and have the ability to play unlimited sports all school year long. Registration is now open for Eagle Dodge, Soccer, and Beach Volleyball. Make a team and sign up!
– Student jobs: Become an intramural official! No experience is necessary. If interested, please attend the IM Soccer Officials Clinic on September 5th or 6th, 4-6pm, in HCC 307.
– Sport Clubs: Students looking to join a sport club should attend Club Carnival on Ball Circle on August 30th from 5-7pm and/or contact a club officer. Contact information can be found here
– Trips: Our first trip this year is a Sunrise Hike! Register here.
– Rentals: Need outdoor equipment for your own adventure? See rentable items here!
– Trip Leader Opportunity: Do you love the outdoors, want to go on trips at a discounted rate, and want to add more leadership experience to your resume? Be a trip leader! Attend the interest meeting on September 1st from 5-7pm in HCC 307.
– Showers: Goolrick Hall has showers in the men’s, women’s, and gender neutral/family locker rooms that all Eagles are welcome to use during operating hours.
– Lockers: There are many different lockers available in the Fitness Center and Goolrick to store belongings in. Any small or medium size lockers are free to use, just bring a lock! Full-size lockers can be rented at the Fitness Center front desk. Items left in full-size lockers over the summer can be picked up in Fitness Center until September 6th, then they will be brought to Brent House.
– Towels: Learn more about our new towel service here.  
Read more, register, or contact us!
Registration site:
**When using this registration site, students, faculty, and staff are asked to “Log In” with their UMW NetID and password.
Snapchat & Instagram: @umwcampusrec 

You’re invited to attend UMW Fitness Classes!

Are you and your colleagues looking for ways to be active during the summer months? Don’t forget that you have access to the Fitness Center, which includes free group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and access to the Goolrick pool, locker rooms and basketball courts.

Since summer group fitness classes kicked off on May 22, the attendance has solely been faculty and staff. To get started, just stop by the Fitness Center with your EagleONE ID, check in at the front desk, and head to one of these beginner-friendly, but adaptable classes:


12:15pm-1:00pm – Pilates & Yoga with Kelly

12:15pm-1:00pm – Strength with Brittanie
5:30pm-6:00pm – Cycle with Erin

12:15pm-1:00pm – Cycle & Strength with Kelly
5:30pm-6:15pm – Pilates with Erin

4:30pm-5:00pm – Cycle with Brittanie

All equipment is provided. If the group fitness classes have consistently low attendance, they will unfortunately be cancelled. We hope to see you soon!


Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is coming up in June! We are in need of volunteers for each day of the six sessions to assist with answering questions, parking and directing students and their guests to the right locations. Last year New Student Orientation was a great success because of the UMW faculty and staff who volunteered!

Are you interested in helping? If so, please this online form by Sunday, May 28. Within a week of completing the online form, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for specific shifts. You are welcome to send this information along to any UMW faculty or staff in your department. It’s more fun to volunteer with a friend!

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact Brittanie Haas at or JoAnna Raucci at Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation!

Stay Active this Summer!

The Department of Campus Recreation is thrilled to offer a variety of programs to keep the Mary Washington community active, engaged, and productive this summer.

The Fitness Center and Goolrick pool will be open during peak times beginning May 16. Program offerings include a faculty/staff kickball league, a faculty/staff campus-wide walking challenge called “Mary Wash Moves,” personal training, private swim lessons, and a new group fitness class schedule. Details can be found on the Campus Recreation website.

If you have questions after viewing the website, please contact Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness Brittanie Haas at

SAC News

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off): Come support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom! Would you like to enter the contest? Visit to submit your name and contact information.

University Closed March 10: Remember that UMW will be closed on Friday, March 10, for Spring Break.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first Giving Day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap, since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

Faculty/Staff Fitness Class Registration Open: Registration for private fitness classes is now open for UMW faculty, staff and their sponsored guests. Sessions run from March 20 – April 21.  More information on classes is available on the Campus Recreation websitePlease contact Brittanie Haas at with questions.

Multicultural Fair Volunteers Needed:  The James Farmer Multicultural Center is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Multicultural Fair taking place on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can contribute in a multitude of ways by helping with set-up/take-down, serving as an MC for stage performances, helping to hand out programs and helping to keep our campus clean during the Fair.  Visit their website to complete the form and let us know you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email Ms. JoAnna Raucci at or call the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.

March SAC Meeting: The next SAC meeting will be held in Lee Hall, Room 412 on Thursday, March 16th at 1:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.  You do not have to be a member of the S.A.C. to attend – all are welcome!

#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 appreciation.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!