December 1, 2020

Stop Hunger Food Drive

Campus Dining, the UMW Athletic Department, and the President’s Staff Advisory Council are again sponsoring the annual Stop Hunger Food Drive to benefit the Eagle Resource Closet and Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The drive will officially launch on Monday, November 2nd and conclude on Thursday, November 12th. Non-perishable food donations may be placed in collection bins located at the Eagle’s Nest in Woodard Hall, the Office of Advancement at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, and at the Dining Concierge desk on the second floor of the University Center. Additional campus collection sites are still being determined and will be listed on the Campus Dining web site when they are confirmed.

The UMW athletes will be accepting food and monetary donations next week at the Dining Concierge Desk in the University Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will also have discount-priced food items available that can be purchased and then donated to the drive.

New this year! In cooperation with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank,  a “UMW Athletics and Dining Virtual Food Drive” option has been created. Visitors to this site can choose to purchase various food packages for the food bank or make general monetary donations, using a credit card, and all of the donations will count toward our campus Stop Hunger Food Drive. To visit the virtual food drive site go to

For additional information about any aspect of the Stop Hunger Food Drive please contact Rose Benedict at or 540-654-2169.


Change in Dining Service

Due to the limited number of people now using dining services, and in keeping with the University and government directives regarding social distancing, Campus Dining Services will transition to providing one single serving time as of Saturday, March 28th. As of Saturday meal service will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the Chandler Ballroom. A full hot dinner meal will be available to “grab & go,” and guests will also be given cold boxed meals to use for breakfast and lunch on the following day. Guests coming to dinner on Friday, March 27th at the Top of the UC may get carry-out breakfast and lunch meals to use on Saturday.

An updated dining schedule can be accessed by going to and clicking on the Dining Update tab. For additional information contact

Faculty and Staff Thanksgiving Lunch

Campus Dining will host a Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet for UMW faculty, staff and their guests on Tuesday, November 19th in the Chandler Ballroom. The lunch will feature classic roast turkey,  stuffing and gravy along with all the trimmings. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $7.00 for faculty and staff and $11 for guests. For additional information contact Leslie Jacobs at or call 540-654-1931.

Campus Dining News

Campus Dining Upcoming Events and Offers

“Meals & Deals” dining coupon books are now available for purchase from cashiers at the Top of the UC or the Eagle’s Nest. Four types of coupon books are being offered – some for dining at the Top of the UC only and some that include dining at the Top of the UC, Bodacious Burgers, and Simply To Go Meal Deals. Every coupon book includes one or more bonus Panera coupons that are good for any grain bowl or sandwich at the UMW Panera.

“Fuel Up for Success: Mindful Eating” is an opportunity to get Tips, Tricks and Recipes for creating well-balanced meals with limited cooking facilities from George Mason’s Resident Campus Dietitian Veronica Hayes. This event will be held at 6 p.m. in Monroe 116 on Monday, October 21.

“Oktoberfest Celebration Lunch” will be held at the Top of the UC on Wednesday, October 23rd.  The special fare will be offered between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is included in the regular lunch price. The faculty and staff dining room is open from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p .m.

“GSMA  Celebration: Rainbow Night”  Campus Dining, in partnership with PRISM, will be hosting “Rainbow Night” at the Top of the UC from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring rainbow cakes and rainbow sherbet. This feature is included in the regular dinner price. The “Stone Steakhouse” event, featuring hand-cut rib eye steaks cooked to order, will also be available for an additional $5.00 from 5 p.m. while supplies last.

For additional information on any of these events contact Campus Dining at 540-654-2165 or e-mail


Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers Needed

Campus Dining will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 20th at the Top of the UC. Approximately 1,700 students are expected to attend the dinner, so many extra hands will be needed in order to serve such a large number of guests.

Each year many members of UMW’s faculty and staff volunteer to help serve this and other holiday dinners, and they always have lots of fun! Volunteers can bring spouses, significant others, or older children to help serve, and they all get to enjoy the bountiful Thanksgiving feast for free!

Volunteers are asked to serve for one of the following shifts:

4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Rose Benedict at or call 540-654-2169.


Campus Dining Survey

From UMW Dining:

Hello Eagles!

Campus Dining is inviting everyone here at UMW to take their online Customer Satisfaction survey.  We want your input on all facets of our dining programs so that they may get a clear picture of your dining preferences and learn how they may better serve you. The survey is anonymous; your e-mail information will not be shared with any other entity; and you will not be contacted in response to you taking the survey.

When taking the survey you’ll be asked to indicate where you usually dine on campus: The Top of the UC or the Eagle’s Nest (Vocelli, Hissho Sushi, Bodacious Burgers and the Market).  Please answer the survey questions based on your experiences at the location you chose.

Thank you for your participation!  Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Link to the survey:


About the survey:

Thank you for your interest in completing the following survey. It will take approximately seven minutes to complete.   The information you provide will be used for research purposes only and will be kept confidential.   It will not be used to sell or market to you in any way, and you will not be contacted as a result of completing this survey. The information collected will assist us in enhancing the dining experience based on your feedback.  


Brittanie Naff: Taking Fitness to Heart

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Want to jog through the streets of Paris, browse Facebook or catch up on Netflix – all without leaving Mary Washington? Brittanie Naff says now you can – and still squeeze in your workout – thanks to the cardio equipment she and her team have brought to the fitness center. UMW employees are invited to take the new machines for a spin – or sprint – and enjoy healthy snacks and beverages at Cardio & Katora, Friday, Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Planning special events like this is just one of Naff’s responsibilities as assistant director of Campus Recreation, a job she’s held since 2016, when she met now-supervisor Kelly Shannon, who convinced her to become an Eagle.

Naff, who has a master’s degree in public health from Virginia Tech, ensures that Mary Washington’s recreational facilities, staff and programs meet the fitness and wellness needs of the UMW community. She assists with marketing efforts, hires instructors and trainers, and manages schedules for group fitness programs like Zumba, barre, yoga and cycle.

“I’m living proof of the impact fitness programs can have on students’ lives,” said Naff, who began hitting the gym after trying a Zumba class her freshman year. “When I realized I could make a career out of managing collegiate fitness programs and facilities, I pursued that and haven’t looked back!”


Q: How did you know it was time for new cardio equipment at UMW’s fitness center?
A: Our rental term was ending, so we worked with procurement to secure a new vendor. We wanted quality, affordable machines; excellent customer service; and an asset management system that allowed us to track the status of the equipment to limit downtime in case parts break. We found it all with Matrix Fitness and got 45 pieces of cardio equipment, six with cool touch screens that let you escape to other locales.

Q: We’re excited for Cardio & Katora! The coffee shop and gym equipment are new, but what else do exercise and caffeine have in common?
A: When planning this event, we all agreed that exercise and healthy, delicious drinks and food contribute to a high quality of life. Why not put these things together and promote the message? You’ll see plenty of collaborations between Campus Rec, Katora Café and UMW Dining in the future, and you can find Mindful Dining info at the Top of the UC.

Q: What would you say to people who feel guilty about procrastinating starting a fitness routine?
A: It’s never too late. You have to find something you enjoy if you want to stick to it. Exercise can be way more than treadmills and dumbbells!

Q: What’s your favorite way to exercise?
A: I love Orange Theory. The workouts are intense – but modifiable, the coaches are motivating, the music is awesome and the classes work with my calendar. All I have to do is show up!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I started dating my husband when I was 15, after a high school homecoming dance.

Q: What’s your motto?
A: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch. That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. […]

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch.

That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, Katora Café and Dining Services, the event gives the UMW community the opportunity to take the fitness center’s new fleet of state-of-the-art cardio machines for a spin – or a sprint – while sampling Katora’s healthy drinks and snacks. The popular Fredericksburg coffeehouse will soon open a new location across from the Hurley Convergence Center in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

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Top of the UC Reopening August 12

The Top of the UC will reopen on Monday, August 12th with a modified schedule.  Serving hours for the week of August 12 through August 18 will be as follows:

Monday through Friday

*Breakfast:    7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

*Lunch:          11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Dinner:         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Lunch:           11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner:          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Serving hours will be expanded as new and returning students arrive on campus. Please contact Campus Dining at or visit the Campus Dining website at for schedule updates or other dining information.