February 25, 2024

Landphair Publishes Article

Juliette Landphair’s article, “Bringing Life to Learning: Civic Engagement, Intersections, and Transforming College Students,” co-authored with Amy Howard and Amanda Lineberry, was published in Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions (Stylus: 2016), Brooke Barnett and Peter Felten, eds.

UMW Dining’s Flo Brown Wins National Award

Congratulations are due Carolyn “Flo” Brown, salad supervisor for UMW’s Campus Dining Services, for being selected as the Sodexo Experience National Winner for January 2016. Flo was first selected as the UMW Campus Dining award winner, and then she went on to win Sodexo’s district, regional and national competitions.  The national winner is selected from more than 600 nominees from colleges and universities across the United States, making this a tremendous feat.

Flo has been with Sodexo in food preparation for more than 17 years and exemplifies the excellence that Sodexo strives to provide for their valued guests – every meal, every day.  Roy Platt, general manager of UMW Dining Services, stated:  “We were faced with an incredible challenge in January when campus closed down due to the snowstorm. I am extremely thankful that we had Flo to help fill all the gaps in staffing. She does great work every day, but during this emergency situation she was absolutely outstanding!”

Landphair Presents at AAC&U

On January 21, Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, led a discussion session alongside colleagues in Academic Affairs from Elon University, Wake Forest University, and Kalamazoo College at the American Association of Colleges & Universities on the topic of “Intersectionality in Action: Inclusive Excellence on Campus.” Landphair presented applied research about the profound impact of civic engagement on college student identity development.

R.A.D. Class Offered to UMW Women

The following message is from the UMW Police Department:

The University of Mary Washington’s Police Department is offering the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women class to female UMW students, faculty, and staff, over the course of three nights – Monday, Sept. 14, Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, from 6-9 p.m., located each night in Dance Room #5, Goolrick Hall on the pool level.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women is founded on four basic principles: Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction, Risk Recognition, and Risk Avoidance. These principles are the basis for 90 percent of self-defense education.

The R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program is a self-defense class designed for women of all ages and taught by men and women to teach methods to defend against potential attacks and educate women about risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance. The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense instructional objective is “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”

R.A.D. Basic is a three-day course (3 hours per day) offered to female faculty/staff/students of the UMW community FREE of charge. This class will be taught by Sgt. Bobby Somers, who is a certified R.A.D. Instructor and Advanced R.A.D. Systems Instructor. Sgt. Somers serves as a Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor and is a former U.S. Army Special Operations Self-Defense and Survival Specialist.  Sgt. Somers is currently a patrol sergeant and field training officer with the UMW Police Department.  Sgt. Somers will be assisted by Officer Tegan Lewis. Officer Lewis is also a certified R.A.D instructor and Advanced R.A.D Systems instructor. Officer Lewis is currently a patrol officer with the UMW Police Department and was a former U.S. Army Military Police officer.

The class dates are Sept. 14, 15 and 18, 2015. YOU MUST ATTEND ALL THREE!

If you’re interested in taking this self-defense course, please contact Sgt. Bobby Somers by email at wsomers@umw.edu to register.  Spaces are limited!

University Police

University of Mary Washington (Brent  House)

Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300





New Director of Student Activities & Engagement

Ethan Feuer joined the Division of Student Affairs on June 25 as the new director of student activities and engagement.  The former director, Joe Mollo, retired from the position in June.

Ethan comes most recently from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he served as the student activities coordinator for the MIT Energy Initiative.

He received his master of arts in higher education from the University of Michigan, and his bachelor of arts in history with a minor in education from Brandeis University.

Please join us in welcoming Ethan to the UMW community.

New Assistant Dean for Student Involvement

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

On June 10, Melissa L. Jones began her tenure with UMW as assistant dean for student involvement. Jones will have oversight for the Orientation program and will supervise the offices of Campus Recreation, James Farmer Multicultural Center, and Student Activities and Engagement.

Jones was formerly with Virginia Commonwealth University in various positions including associate director of residence education and associate director with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.  She received her master of education in counseling psychology with an emphasis in college student personnel administration from James Madison University and her master of education in social foundations of education and bachelor of arts in history, English, with a minor in African-American studies from the University of Virginia.

The Assistant Dean’s office is currently located in the Student Activities and Engagement suite in Seacobeck Hall. Those offices will move to the new University Center once it opens in 2015.

Please join the Division of Student Affairs in welcoming Melissa to the UMW community.

Searcy Selected for SACSA Leadership Position

During SACSA’s 64th Annual Conference in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 2 to 4, Dr. Doug Searcy was selected to lead SACSA’s non-conference programming. Searcy will be able to shape the organization’s emphases and direction on issues critical to the future of student affairs. The Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)  is a regional organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for practitioners, educators, and students engaged in the student affairs profession.


Searcy and Rettinger Present at SACSA Conference

Dr. Doug Searcy, vice president for Student Affairs, and Dr. David Rettinger, executive director of the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service, presented a program on UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 2 to 4.

The presentation focused on sharing strengths of the center program and its development of best practices that seek to raise the bar for industry standards in developing similar programs that create a seamless experience between curricular and co-curricular components of the University.

Searcy also facilitated a senior-level panel on campus collaboration as a tool to address student needs and support student learning, and served on a panel to discuss threat assessment and behavioral intervention teams and the models for implementing and successfully maintaining these teams that are now critical for supporting student success and persistence to graduation.

NYC Bus Trip

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Student Affairs staff members will host a bus trip to New York City.  A 55-passenger coach bus has been contracted to NYC for a day trip. The cost is $40 per person. The event will be “self-funded” and no state funds will expended.  Space is limited, so please call now to reserve a place on the bus.

The bus will depart UMW from the George Washington parking lot at 4 a.m. for the trip north. Participants will be dropped off close to Times Square, NYC, around 10 a.m. and will have time to enjoy all that New York City has to offer in the winter. Take in a Broadway show, ice skate in Central Park, tour any of the world-renowned museums, shop at famous Macy’s on 34th St., and view the decorated windows along 5th Ave.  The bus will depart for UMW from Rockefeller Center at 11:30 p.m.

If you are interested in the New York City bus trip, please contact Dei Bayer (dbayer@umw.edu; 540/654-1053).

Tuesday Walk/Run Offered

Faculty and Staff Walk/Run Group

Campus Recreation and Residence Life invite staff and faculty to a weekly run/walk on Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m.  We welcome all paces!

Our route is 1.66 miles from campus down the Sunken Road and back again. There are two junctures along the route for those of you who can’t commit to the whole time (.66 mile route and .75 mile route). Meet us in front of Lee Hall at noon on Tuesday for some exercise and a little down time between the stress of meetings and classes!  Route map is below. Questions? Contact Dan Gardner (dgardner@umw.edu) or Margot Jebb (mjebb@umw.edu).

Map of Fac/Staff Walk/Run

Map of Fac/Staff Walk/Run