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Employee Walking Challenge

Mary Wash Moves

UMW Employee Walking Challenge
Brought to you by the President’s Council on Wellness, Campus Recreation and UMW Human Resources

Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps this year with your UMW colleagues.

How It Works:

  • Dates: October 1-31, 2019 | April 1-30, 2020 | July 1-31, 2020
  • Teams: There are six teams and up to 25 people per team. You may sign up for your team by writing your name on the team color tab you choose on the official tracking document.
  • How to win: Log your total steps walked each day in the official tracking document. The team color with the highest step average between all active team mates (anyone who logged any steps on any day during the challenge) by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or other step tracking device!
  • Prize: A free lunch sponsored by Human Resources and a free fitness/wellness experience sponsored by Campus Recreation!

If you have further questions, please email wellness@umw.edu.

On- Site Retirement Advising with TIAA & VALIC

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a Financial Advisor can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan.

You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

Register for a session with TIAA at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow:

Tuesday, August 28: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., GW Hall, 215B
Friday, September 7: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  GW Hall, 215B
Thursday, October 11: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., GW Hall, 215B


Register for a session with VALIC at https://my.valic.com/seminarregistration/availableseminars.aspx?csr=5Z+W3eE3VrKv+JZUmCqhzu0Xuziu2zZlrA7ZStd70LE=

Thursday, August 30: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., GW Hall, 215B

Please contact Denise Frye at dfrye2@umw.edu for additional assistance.


Al-Tikriti Joins MSF Association Event in Portland

As part of his duties as vice president of MSF / Doctors Without Borders USA, Middle East History Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti joined an MSF Association open board meeting, hub gathering and Association retreat in Portland, Oregon. The event took place Feb. 3-4 and consisted of two days of reflective sessions on operations, human resources, labor policy, institutional racism and other issues of associative interest.

Open Enrollment for Pre-Paid Legal Services

The Legal Resources plan provides 100% coverage for you, your spouse and dependents for the most often needed legal services, protecting you and your family from the high cost of legal fees.

Open Enrollment ends March 23, 2015. See the legal resources flyer for additional information at


March Human Resources News

Visit UMW Human Resources’ What’s New page to see this month’s service award recipients, upcoming professional development opportunities and seminars, state discounts and information on individual counseling sessions with Fidelity.

Individual Counseling with TIAA CREF

Individual Counseling Sessions are available with our TIAA CREF Representative on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15 in GW106. To schedule your individual session, you will need to RSVP by calling 1-800-732-8353. Additional information is located at http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/files/2014/12/UMW-flyer.pdf

News from HR

Fall Gathering for all UMW staff

Plan on attending the Fall Gathering Oct. 14, from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Service Awards

Congratulations to those employees who have reached milestone years! Check out the list of October Service Award Recipients.

Classified Evaluation Process Training

Classroom training on the classified evaluation process is scheduled for: Thursday, Oct. 9 from 1-3 p.m. inLee Hall – 412.

An additional training session has been scheduled for:  Thursday, Oct. 16 from 9-11 a.m. in Trinkle – 204

Free Flu Shots

Free flu shots are available again this year at pharmacies participating in your health plan’s network – COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware. Additional 2014-2015 Flu Shot information is located at: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

State Employee Discounts

A number of discounts are available through the Department of Human Resource Management: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.html

News from HR

File Your July 2013- June 2014 Flexible Spending Claims before it’s too late! 

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) run-out period to file claims for the July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 plan year ends September 30, 2014. More information at: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/

VRS Hybrid Members Only

This is a friendly reminder that the Fourth Quarter 2014 deadline for members making or updating Hybrid voluntary contributions is Monday, September 15, 2014. For plan features and highlights visit: http://adminfinance.umw.edu/hr/employee-relations/worklife/whats-new-2/


TIAA CREF is available for one on one session concerning your Optional Retirement 401(k) Plan and/or 403(b) Tax Deferred Savings Plan on September 18, 2014 in GW106. See here for more information: TIAA CREF.

State Employee Discounts

A number of discounts are available through the Department of Human Resource Management: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.html

Meet our New Employees

Please join us in extending a warm UMW welcome to our newest employees

Patricia Canciglia joined the Procurement Services Department as a Buyer Specialist on September 1.

Opal Curtis joined the Business Services Department as an Administrative Assistant on September 1.

John Hughey joined the Residence Life Department as an Area Coordinator on September 1.

Tiffany Kelly joined the Campus Recreation Department as a Fitness Instructor on August 28.

Terri Lockhart joined the Human Resources Department as an Employee Relations Analyst on September 10.


News from Human Resources

Leadership UMW 2014-2015 Cohort

Congratulations and best wishes to our 14 faculty and staff who will participate on our first class, Leadership UMW 2014-2015.

Elisabeth Burick                                  Kristin Marsh

Greta Franklin                                     Lisa Marvashti

Christie Glancy                                   Jonathan Maynard

Edward Gray                                      Carolyn Parsons

David Henderson                                Scott Powers

Teresa Howard                                    Jose Sainz

Rose Maddox                                     Anika Wilson

For more information about the leadership program, please visit Leadership UMW

Open Enrollment is May 1-23, 2014

For information on this year’s Open Enrollment (rates, forms, available plans and more!).  REMINDER:  Annual enrollment is required to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts.

We will be having an open enrollment informational meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in Lee Hall 412.

Green WOW Card Update

The green WOW card cycle for this fiscal year is closed.  We had record usage this year with 230 cards being issued!  The green WOW card cycle will resume again on July 1.  You will have until May 31 to cash your $35 award at the Cashier’s office in Lee Hall.

Meet our New Employees

Please join us in extending a warm UMW welcome to our newest employees

Emily Farnsworth joined the Paint Shop-Facilities Department as a Summer Painter on May 5.

Kaitlyn Jarvis joined the Paint Shop-Facilities Department as a Summer Painter on May 5.

Angela Matner joined the Paint Shop-Facilities Department as a Summer Painter on May 5.

Michael Stange joined the Paint Shop-Facilities Department as a Summer Painter on May 5.

Darlene Calandra joined the University Bookstore Department as a Store Clerk Senior on May 7.

Employee Appreciation Day Picnic – Monday, May 12.  Casual dress for Monday – Wear your UMW sprit wear (“Summer Friday” jeans permitted).  SaveTheDate2014