August 6, 2020

SAC News

Coffee with the President: Thursday, Feb. 23, in the HCC Digital Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., President Paino will be hosting the first of several “Coffee with the President” informal gatherings. It is planned to be laid back, so come and go as you please. Come to share your thoughts, feelings and concerns about the University with the President. The next one will be held on March 21 in the University Center Maple Room.

Great Lives Lecture Series: Last week, William Crawley gave a presentation at our February S.A.C. meeting about the history of the Great Lives Lecture Series. The Spring 2017 Great Lives Lectures Series schedule is available at http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/. This series is open to the public free of charge. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Each lecture concludes with an audience Q&A session with the speaker and a book signing. Please remember that our monthly S.A.C. meetings are open to all UMW staff.

March SAC Meeting: Our guest speaker for our next meeting on March 16 will be Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping & Grounds.

UMW Shred Event 2017: UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake-Off)! Support your colleagues and vote for your favorite chili and cornbread on Thursday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom! Would you like to enter the contest? Visit http://sac.umwblogs.org/2017-chili-cook-off-entry-form/ to submit your name and contact information.

UMW to Hold 24-Hour Giving Day: UMW will hold its first giving day on Tuesday, March 14, a significant day in the University’s history as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at mwgivingday.com from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap, since funding from the commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget.

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) You can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Newsletter, Social Media and Other Information: You’ll find important information in SAC’s monthly newsletter. Check it out and all of the information on our website, including a list of our new members. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @UMW_S.A.C.!

2017 UMW Shred Event

UMW Shred Event 2017

UMW Landscape and Grounds is hosting the UMW RecycleMania Shred Event again this year. Confidential documents for shredding will be collected on Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit the UMW Sustainability website for pick-up schedule and details http://sustainability.umw.edu/2016-recyclemania-shred-event/

A Facilities Services Work Request must be submitted by Feb. 23, 4 p.m. The work request must include material amounts (estimated number of boxes or bags), location and name of person on site to verify the correct materials.  An RM-3 Records Destruction form (voided copy) must be taped to materials.

2nd Annual UMW Adopt-A-Pot

The 2nd annual UMW Adopt-A-Pot is here!

Landscape & Grounds has a surplus of annual plants. We cannot give them away, but there is no policy against adoption.

How it will work? L & G will put together annuals in decorative pots. Faculty and staff can then adopt one or a pair of pots to be placed outside on the Fredericksburg Campus and maintained by the adopter.

L & G maintains the right to: remove pots that have not thrived, award adoptions that spread pots across campus (not at just one building), match pots to the environment, decide to award singular or paired pots depending on the location.

Pots will come with a watering can and access to water at the closest spigot.

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Submit an adoption request to Joni Wilson at jwilson@umw.edu, including your name, contact information and suggested location. Submissions will be accepted until June 23 or until pots run out. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis and at the sole discretion of the Director of Landscape and Grounds.

RecycleMania 2016

The University of Mary Washington has begun its eighth season of RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition among U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. RecycleMania provides a fun and friendly way to engage in waste reduction through recycling. We are not changing the recycling program! RECYLE FOR THE WIN!! Visit sustainability.umw.edu for details and a link to RecycleMania.

In 2015, for the third consecutive year, we ranked first in Virginia, with an 8-week accumulative weight of 37.96 pounds per person. Your participation allowed us to beat notable adversaries including: College of William & Mary, Virginia Military Institute, Old Dominion University, Radford University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The equivalent of more than 200,000 pounds of material was kept out of the landfill, and 182 metric tons of CO2 equivalent was kept out of the atmosphere, which is equal to taking 97 cars off the road or the energy consumption of 48 households.

RECYCLE FOR THE WIN!! Everyone can contribute to our RecycleMania success: 1. Be a role model and inspire others by recycling. 2. Keep an eye out in your building; do you have the recycling bins you need? 3. Request recycling bins at catered events.  4. REDUCE and REUSE.

Landscape & Grounds Adopt-A-Pot

Lonely Pots up for adoption, plant material will vary.

Lonely Pots up for adoption, plant material will vary.

It is your lucky day! UMW Landscape & Grounds has a surplus of annual plants. Policy prevents us from giving them away but there is no policy against adoption.

How it will work? L & G will put together annuals in decorative pots, faculty and staff can then adopt one or a pair of pots to be placed outside on the Fredericksburg Campus and maintained by the adopter.

L & G maintains the right to: remove pots that have not thrived, award adoptions that spread pots across campus (not at just one building), match pots to the environment, decide to award singular or paired pots depending on the location.

Pots will come with a watering can and access to water at the closest spigot.

Submit an adoption request to Joni Wilson at jwilson@umw.edu, include your name, contact information and suggested location. Submissions will be accepted until June 19 or pots run out. Awards will be made on a first come first serve basis and at the sole discretion of the Director of Landscape and Grounds.

 

Wheels of Change

Art students give old bikes a new and more colorful life.

Recyclemania in Full Swing at UMW

The results of week two of RECYCLEMANIA are official — our ranking is 16th in the international competition and second in Virginia, with Virginia Wesleyan College having the lead.

Our combined weight is 9.90 pounds of recycling per person. This is equivalent to 48 metric tons of CO2 or 25 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 13 households. For more information, visit http://recyclemaniacs.org/.

Message from Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds

UMW Grad Develops Bike Plan for Fredericksburg Campus

Justin Doyle ’08 aims to make the University of Mary Washington a better place for bicyclists.  So the Virginia Commonwealth University master’s degree candidate is developing a bike plan for UMW for his culminating project in urban and regional planning program.

“I wanted to give back to UMW in a way that I feel passionate about,” he said. “Bicycling is a passion of mine. Since UMW has never developed a bicycle plan, it was a great opportunity.”

Some UMW students already use bicycles on a daily basis, but more might use them if a bike plan was in place, said Doyle.

He wants faculty, staff and students’ input on how to deal with the challenges of creating a bike program.

Doyle has developed an online survey and hopes to collect 400 to 500 responses. The survey, available until Feb. 17, is open to current UMW faculty, staff and students. He will hold a focus group session for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Woodard Campus Center.

He plans to use the results of the survey and focus groups to make recommendations to UMW Facilities Services specifically related to improving campus bicycle facilities.

“The university has no comprehensive look at bike use and what we could do to support that,” said Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds. “This is a real opportunity for us. As an alumnus, he has knowledge of the [UMW] campus after being here for four years. Partnering with him is a win-win.”

Although the project is still in the planning phase, Doyle hopes that elements from the plan will be implemented at the university in the future.

“My three main goals are to improve bicycle facilities on campus, improve bicyclists’ safety by reducing bicycle accidents and bicyclist and pedestrian conflicts and to make bicycling more appealing,” he said.

 

The bike plan survey is available through Feb. 17 at http://umwbikeplan.wordpress.com/.

For more information, contact Justin Doyle at justindoylerva@gmail.com

Sustainability Day at UMW

Curious about sustainability? Join local experts and learn about recycling, composting, plastics in the environment, use of native grasses, stormwater effects and proper planting at Sustainability Day at UMW on Saturday, October 8. The activities will run from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Jefferson Square and are free and open to the public.

Bring your questions and unidentified pests to the Plant and Insect Clinic offered by Master Gardeners and the Stafford County Extension agent.

At 10:30 a.m., UMW staff will demonstrate dividing perennials, spring flowering bulbs and proper tree planting, followed by a presentation by  volunteers from Tree Fredericksburg at noon.

Sponsors include the University of Mary Washington, Friends of the Rappahannock, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Rappahannock Group Sierra Club, Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area, the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board and the UMW Ecology Club.

For more information, contact Joni Wilson at (540) 654-2088 or jwilson@umw.edu.