September 24, 2021

Center for Honor, Leadership & Service Featured in Intl. Leadership Magazine

The Center for Honor, Leadership and Service was featured in the flagship publication of The International Leadership Association (ILA). ILA periodically highlights signature programs and UMW’s CHLS staff provided an article focusing on the Horizons program, COAR and the Honor Council.  The article, which describes the Center’s mission, programs and impact, is in the current edition of the ILA Member Connector magazine.  The magazine reaches leadership educators and practitioners in higher education, business and government around the globe.

Bring Your Kids to Pumpkin Palooza!

Bring your kids to COAR’s Annual Pumpkin Palooza at the University of Mary Washington! We will be hosting an incredibly fun event with Halloween crafts, games, music and trick-or-treating tours around campus for kids of all ages. Come by Ball Circle from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 for a Halloween celebration! All kids are highly encouraged to dress up in their best costumes.

Show Fredericksburg that UMW Cares

On September 26, the United Way will be coordinating a one-day mobilization of volunteers from the business communities in the City of Fredericksburg and surrounding area– also known as the Day of Caring. Volunteers will be matched with non-profit organizations, social services, and schools to complete vital projects in the Greater Fredericksburg area.

Last year, volunteers from multiple divisions formed a team and took part in the Day of Caring and we served 3 different agencies – Hope House, Micah, and Hartwood Elementary School!

This year, I would like to invite all divisions at UMW to take part. Every employee is allotted 16 hours of service every year. Not only is this a way to encourage employees to use those hours but also to bond as a co-workers across the university.

If you are interested in volunteering for a full or half day, please fill out the registration form on OrgSync: https://orgsync.com/59560/forms/79478

Please register by August 12 at 5:30 p.m.!!

The Leadership Colloquium at UMW Teams Up with the Habitat for Humanity

Members from the Leadership Colloquium at UMW at a Habitat for Humanity "Women Build" on May 3, 2014.

Members from the Leadership Colloquium at UMW at a Habitat for Humanity “Women Build” on May 3, 2014.

The Leadership Colloquium at UMW participated in a Women Build on Saturday, May 3 to kick off Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. This national initiative occurs annually and will take place from May 3 -11. Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing or complete beautification projects in their local communities. The week also focuses on the homeownership challenges faced by women.

The UMW group teamed together with employees from the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity to complete projects on a Stafford, VA home. Participants from UMW included: Andrea Cordray, Christina Eggenberger, Melissa Myers, Mary Parnell, Megan Petter, Lynne Richardson, Beth Searcy, Anika Wilson, and Aries Wilson. Colloquium advisory board members Lynn Pates and Jo Ellen Armstrong also participated in the build.

The Leadership Colloquium at UMW’s mission is to create a network and relevant learning environment to inspire women for a lifetime of leadership. Quarterly events and volunteer opportunities attract managers, administrators, educators, business owners and leaders of public, private and nonprofit organizations.

For more information about the Colloquium and other upcoming events please visit: http://www.umw.edu/lcpw/.

A Bigger Impact

The night before graduation, Laura Allan got a life-changing phone call. Allan, a 2012 UMW graduate, had been accepted to the competitive DC Teaching Fellows program. Less than one month later, she arrived in Washington, D.C., to start an intensive eight-week training session. DC Teaching Fellows, a partnership between District of Columbia Public Schools and [...]

Christina Eggenberger Chosen for Leadership Program

Christina Eggenberger, director of service in the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service, has been chosen for the sixth class of the Leadership Fredericksburg program. Eggenberger is one of 30 participants in the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s nine-month leadership program. This year’s class will begin September 21.

The program, started in 2008, teaches participants about the businesses, issues, government, history, resources and challenges that impact the economic and community dynamics of the Fredericksburg region.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.fredericksburgchamber.org/leadership/index.htm.

UMW Students Give Back During Spring Break

Students in Tennessee help clean up debris after a tornado

This week, 51 UMW students are spending Spring Break helping others. The Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) team organized three alternative spring break trips, in Wilmington, N.C., Avery County, N.C., and Cookeville, Tenn., from March 3 through 11. At each location, students are working on Habitat for Humanity projects.

When the rash of tornadoes tore through the Tennessee Valley almost a week ago, the Cookeville group made their way to Overton County, Tenn., a small community just south of the Kentucky border.

In Overton, the students are working with residents to clear debris and sort donations, and are sharing their experiences along the way: http://wearehardcoar.tumblr.com/.

One student took this stark photo of the destruction and captioned it “we were so thankful to have the opportunity to help.”

All three groups will make the trip back to Virginia on Sunday.

“Spring Break is one of my favorite weeks of the year since I get to spend the entire week doing hands-on service with such civic minded students,” Christina Eggenberger, director of service, said.  “The students learn practical skills but more importantly they help and learn about people in need. It is a transformative experience for all involved.”

Christina Eggenberger Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Christina Eggenberger, director of service in student affairs, who has been selected as an Excellent Eagle Employee by the Staff Advisory Council. To thank her for such a wonderful job, Christina will have a reserved parking spot of her choosing through Monday, October 31.

“It’s nice to be recognized for your hard work, no matter what form it comes in,” Christina said.

Here is what one of Christina’s co-workers said about her:

“Christina is an extraordinary example of how great employees care for not only our UMW community but the world. As the Director of Service, Her tireless dedication to the students is only surpassed by her passion for community service, leadership, and sustainability.  Christina has continually provided assistance, planning, and leadership to programs and campaigns such as D.O.T. and Day of Caring. These essential programs benefit our institution, community, and world.  Her presence is felt throughout University initiatives as she quietly works hard to provide a quality well rounded student experience within the department of Student Affairs. Lending a hand when illness struck a fellow employee, volunteering her time to teach Student Success Seminars, and always having an eagle spirit are just a few reasons why Christina an Excellent Eagle Employee!”

This year, community outreach and resources (COAR) and community service are in their own office. “We are excited for what it will do for our ability to grow,” Christina said.

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, just send an email to Dre Anthes (aanthes@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the Subject Line.  In your email, be sure to include the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).