November 27, 2022

President’s Council on Sustainability Back in Action for Fall

The President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) has begun meeting this semester to plan and support sustainable-related activities for the fall and spring semesters. Formed in the fall of 2009, the PCS consists of faculty, staff and students, and reports both to the executive vice president for Administration and Finance and the provost, playing a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to campus sustainability. At its September meeting, the council discussed the formation of subcommittees on communication, outreach and engagement, sustainability landscaping, and zero waste sustainability. The entire campus community should be aware that UMW is participating in the Trick or Trash Program this semester to help reduce the amount of candy wrappers that end up in landfills each year. For more information on the program, please contact sustainability@umw.edu.

Additionally, Fossil Free Fredericksburg’s Walk, Pedal and Celebrate the Planet event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. This annual event is a great opportunity to bring sustainability awareness to the Fredericksburg community. Help spread the word as this event normally garners strong UMW student involvement.

PCS meetings are held each month of the fall and spring semester and are open to employees, students and the public. Please consider attending and sharing this information with other members of the UMW and Fredericksburg community.

Kevin Caffrey Named October’s Excellent Eagle Employee

Kevin Caffrey

Kevin Caffrey

Congratulations to Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey! Kevin is USC’s Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of October. Below is what Professor of Geography Dawn Bowen had to say about Kevin:

“Kevin is quick to respond to an email, explain an issue, and devise a solution. He has been very helpful as I learn my new role of Chair of the CAS Curriculum Committee and has guided me through the Course Inventory Management System (CIM). He met with me in August to answer questions, does his best to understand when I can’t fully articulate the nature of the problem, and seems to have solutions as the tip of his fingertips. I sincerely enjoy working with Kevin and am confident that he will have much more to teach me as the semester progresses.”

Nominate your co-workers for the Excellent Eagle Employee award! It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee Nomination Form on our website. Winners receive a reserved parking space for a month!

Questions? Contact Sarah Appleby, USC Recognition Committee Chair.

Caffrey Releases New CD

Kevin Caffrey

Kevin Caffrey

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey released his latest CD, Alchemy, on Friday, July 29th. Consisting of all original music, the album combines elements of folk rock, progressive rock, and ambient music to create a unique collection of evocative and personal songs. He’ll be performing at WAR Craft Brewery/The Winery at Rapidan on August 27th and September 17th.

Caffrey Publishes in Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey

Kevin Caffrey, Senior Associate Registrar, recently published “How Transformational Leadership Can Help Native American Students” in the Journal of Educational Research and Practice. The article examines how higher education administrators can serve as transformational leaders to address the longstanding challenges and inequities that Native American students face in higher education. Read the article at https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/jerap/vol11/iss1/24/.

Virginia Clean Cities’ Sarah Stalcup-Jones to Speak at PCS Meeting, Nov. 18

The next meeting of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) will be on Friday November 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Sarah Stalcup-Jones, Research and Heavy Duty Vehicle Programs Manager for Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). Sarah will be sharing an overview of VCC as well as her work on UMW’s fleet assessment projects and Drive Clean Rural. PCS meetings are held each month of the fall and spring semester and are open to employees, students and the public. Please consider attending and sharing this information with other members of the UMW and Fredericksburg community. To attend on the 18th, go to https://umw-sso.zoom.us/j/81635523370.

Caffrey to Perform at Hurley Convergence Center

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey will be performing a short set of music on Saturday night June 22nd at the Hurley Convergence Center as part of the Dance Matrix & Company’s 3rd Annual Performing Arts Festival. The festival is a 2-day event featuring a wide range of individual artists & groups scheduled to perform and teach community workshops. For more event information and artist profiles go to http://www.dancematrixcompany.com/. For more information on Caffrey’s music and his most recent projects, go to http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/KevinCaffrey.

Office Sustainability Tip of the Week

Thanksgiving is only three weeks away, so we’d like to remind all staff and faculty to remember to shut off lights, computers, monitors, printers, copiers, etc. before you leave your offices when the Thanksgiving break officially begins on Wednesday, Nov. 21.   Also unplug items in your office such as coffee makers, microwaves, radios, etc. since these small appliances often waste energy when plugged in and not in use.

As you begin to think about your Thanksgiving plans, here’s a great article we found online about how you can have a “greener” Thanksgiving.  Some good tips include:

  • Purchasing only as much food as you need
  • Choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled
  • Buying locally grown food to support the local economy
  • Choosing organic food since it is produced without antibiotics and artificial hormones
  • Consider staying home vs. traveling.  If you do choose to travel, the article provides great advice on how to use less fuel and lower your emissions when making that long road trip.

We know you may not be thinking about holiday shopping yet, but Saturday, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday.  Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to support their local economy by patronizing brick and mortar businesses in your community.  Consider if items you plan on buying this holiday season can be purchased from locally owned “mom & pop” stores.

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and safe holiday season!

Kevin Caffrey is the Senior Associate Registrar at UMW and serves as Staff Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability.  Formed in the fall of 2009, the PCS consists of faculty, staff, and students and reports both to the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Provost, serving a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to campus sustainability.  Their next meeting is Monday November 5th at 4:30PM in HCC 307.  Meetings generally last one hour and are open to employees, students, and the public. 

Registrar’s Office to Present at 2018 MABUG Conference

The Registrar’s Office is set to be well represented at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) Conference, which takes place October 14-16 right here in Fredericksburg at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.  Brian Ogle, Associate Registrar for Student Systems, will present on UMW’s revamped academic standing policy as well as on our current commencement participation policies.  Evie Sherlock, Associate Registrar for Administration and Enrollment, and Kevin Caffrey, Senior Associate Registrar, will be presenting how UMW utilizes the waitlist feature in Banner 9, and Caffrey and University Registrar, Rita Dunston, will co-present a session on how the Registrar’s Office has successfully utilized social media to expand their role on campus and effectively disseminate information.  For more information on MABUG 2018 including registering for the conference, go to http://www.mabug.org.

Caffrey to perform at DMC Performing Arts Festival

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey will be performing a short acoustic set of songs from his two most recent CDs (2017’s Downshifter & 2013’s Medium Talent) on Thursday July 12th at the Fred Theater in downtown Fredericksburg as part of the Dance Matrix & Company’s 2018 Performing Arts Festival.  The festival is a 4-day event featuring a wide range of individual artists & groups scheduled to perform and teach community workshops.  For tickets and more event information, go to http://www.dancematrixcompany.com/.  Fred Theater is located at 810 Caroline Street above Jabberwocky Books.

SAC News

March SAC Meeting – Our monthly meeting is set for next Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in the University Center Room 210.  Dr. Nina Mikhalevsky, UMW’s Provost, will be the guest speaker.  As the Provost, Dr. Mikhalevsky serves as the chief academic officer of the University, and is responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets, and faculty matters. Dr. Mikhalevsky will share her thoughts about how staff can be  partners in helping the University reach its potential. All are encouraged to attend our monthly SAC meetings.  You do NOT have to be member of the SAC to attend – our monthly meetings are open to “employees, students, and the public to observe and make comments as appropriate.”

Don’t Forget!  Show your colleagues some appreciation!  With the Excellent Eagle Employee Program, you can 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.  Additionally, there is the #1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) 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.

SAC on Social Media The Staff Advisory Council is now on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/umw_sac and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/umwsac).  Be sure to follow us and share with others to stay up-to-date on all of our activities!