October 1, 2023

Don’t Forget to Tag @MaryWash in Your Social Media Posts

“Mary Wash” is taking center stage as the new handles of the university social media accounts.

Your story is our story. Please tag @MaryWash in your Instagram and Twitter posts to help us tell the university’s story and stay on top of news from your area or department.

UMW merged its university and admissions-level social media accounts in a strategic restructuring to provide better support and storytelling for prospective students. @MaryWash, previously introduced as an admissions campaign, is now the handle for UMW’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. The university will also adopt the @MaryWash Snapchat account. Admissions will continue to operate its Facebook page.

Below is a summary of the accounts and where to find them:

University Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofMaryWashington/

University Twitter – https://twitter.com/MaryWash

University Instagram – https://instagram.com/MaryWash

University Snapchat – @MaryWash

Admissions Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MaryWashAdmissions/


Questions and comments can be directed to Erika Bush at espivey@umw.edu.

One-Stop-Shop AV Services for Students/Faculty/Staff

This semester, the SAE Sound Crew has been absorbed into the Events AV Office to create a one-stop-shop for all audio needs on campus. As part of this change, the Events EV Office will now support audio for all faculty, staff, student clubs and SAE-sponsored events regardless of venue. Audio services include PA systems, live music support and music playback. Visual services include movies, basic lighting, PowerPoint, video and skype needs.

“We wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all AV needs on campus,” said Mark Simpkins, Assistant Director of Events AV. “We felt that this change would provide a consistent level of professionalism for all events. It also helps the student staff develop and grow in the AV field as they are mentored by Events AV staff.”

To submit an audio request, please visit https://adminfinance.umw.edu/events-av/events-av-request-form/. Requests must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days before the event to ensure availability of staff and equipment. Last minute requests (within less than 48 hours) may be turned down.

Contact the Events AV Office at 540-654-1199 or events-av@umw.edu for further information.

UMW Presents on Anonymous Social Media at NASPA  

How do today’s students use social media? What happens when tweets and yaks take a bad turn? And most important, how can today’s administrators use social media to build a positive online community?

These trending questions posed by higher education professionals across the country were front and center during the University of Mary Washington’s presentation on anonymous social media at the national NASPA conference this past March. In a session co-presented with colleagues from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and titled “Yik Yak, Attacks and Focusing Back on Inclusion: The Many Facets of Social Media on College Campuses,” UMW staff members shared real-world experiences interlaced with social media research on how to strategically build community on social media during crisis situations.

The four-person presentation panel included Mary Washington representatives Dr. Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs; Erika Spivey, Assistant Director of Marketing; and Colin Coleman, Assistant Director of Residence Life. Joining the group from Lewis & Clark College was Dr. Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students.

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes

Leadership Council met on Wednesday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in the Minor Board Room at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Meeting minutes are available here.

UMW Introduces New Policy

The  On-Call and Call Back Compensation Policy (E.3.9.5.) was adopted Jan. 9, 2014. The policy will be effective Jan. 16, 2014. The purpose of the policy is to establish guidance for compensating employees who are scheduled to be on call and/or to return to work in response to emergency or essential work situations related to his or her official duties and responsibilities.

You will find the policy in Book E, Administration and Finance, under Section 3, Human Resources.

View the policy here.

UMW Introduces New Policies

UMW introduced two new policies in November 2013:

The policy on Ethical Business Practices (E.2.9.4.) was adopted Nov. 15, 2013. The purpose of the policy is to create a community dedicated to the highest standards of scholarship, professional integrity, and ethical conduct. The University recognizes its duty to uphold the public’s trust and confidence by adhering to applicable laws, regulations and acceptable standards of ethical behavior in the conduct of business operations. The University’s integrity and reputation are in the hands of its employees. Each employee contributes to the overall success of the University of Mary Washington by conducting University business in accordance with applicable policies and procedures. You will find the policy in Book E, Administration and Finance, under Section 2, Finance. View the policy here.

The  Animals on University Property Policy (E.3.9.4.) was adopted on Nov. 9, 2013. The purpose of the policy is to provide rules and regulations concerning bringing animals on university property. You will find the policy in Book E, Administration and Finance, under Section 3, Human Resources. View the policy here.

For more information on University policies, visit www.umw.edu/policies/.

UMW Holiday Party Floats

The University of Mary Washington 2013 Holiday Party theme is The Winter Parade: A Celebration of Floats! Each department has the opportunity to decorate a miniature Red Radio Flyer wagon as their “float,” which will be displayed at the holiday party on Dec. 13, 2013. Departments are also encouraged to fill their wagons with children’s toys, which will be donated to local toy charities after the party.

A limited supply of miniature wagons is available. Please pick up your wagon from the Office of University Events and Conferencing in George Washington Hall, Room 111, by Friday, Nov. 22. Wagons should be dropped off in the Rappahannock Grand Ballroom in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Events at 540/654-1087.

Note: After the holiday party, the wagons and toys will be donated to local toy charities for needy children in our area. Please let the Office of University Events and Conferencing know in advance if any of the decorations or toys in your wagon are not donations and should be returned to you.

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes

The Leadership Council met on Wednesday, October 16. The meeting minutes are available here.

Policy Updates, Delivered Straight to Your Inbox

The University of Mary Washington has over 100 policies in the Policy Manual in BoardDocs. The University Policy Committee works diligently to keep policies current by reviewing the policies that fall within their respective areas of oversight.

Stay up-to-date on policy changes by subscribing to UMW Policy News, an e-newsletter that sends an email every time a policy is revised in BoardDocs. You can also visit the University Policy website for a consumer-friendly listing of policies: www.umw.edu/policies/.

Alzheimer’s Walk Saturday, Sept. 28

Alzheimer’s disease is the single largest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation today. As many as 5.4.million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is skyrocketing. The baby boomer generation is growing older — and age is the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s.

UMW’s Team Apollo 11 is walking at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 28 to help end this disease.  The end of Alzheimer’s starts here, with a gift from you. Please consider supporting our efforts with a donation.