January 18, 2020

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!

4th Annual Willy-Nilly Chili Cook-Off Recap

The 2018 Willy-Nilly Chili Cook-Off was a huge success. Thirteen participants, including several repeat cooks, served up chili both spicy and mild. There was chicken chili and beef chili and chili with beans and without.

Thirteen people participated in the 4th annual chili cook-off at UMW March 6.

Thirteen people participated in the 4th annual chili cook-off at UMW March 6.

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in putting this event together.  To those who planned the event, helped set up, helped break down, recruited cooks, spent time socializing with colleagues, or helped in any other way, you are greatly appreciated.

From left to right, chili winners are Jean Elliott, 1st place; Lynn Richardson, third place; and Arin Doerfler, 2nd place.

Chili cook-off winners are (left to right): Jean Elliott, 1st place; Lynn Richardson, 3rd place; and Arin Doerfler, 2nd place.

Thank you to all those who entered: Angie Brau, Vickie Chapman, Arin Doerfler, Rita Dunston, Jean Elliot, Ian Finlayson, Pam Lowery, Alica Osbourne, Christy Pack, April Peterson, Lynne Richardson, Jay Sullivan, and Kimberly Young.

The big winners were:

Chili

  • 1st Place – Jean Elliott
  • 2nd Place – Arin Doerfler
  • 3rd Place – Lynne Richardson

Cornbread

  • 1st Place – Christy Pack
  • 2nd Place – Alica Osbourne
  • 3rd Place – Jay Sullivan

Cornbread winners are (left to right): Christy Pack, 1st place; Alica Osbourne, 2nd place; Jay Sullivan, 3rd place.

We also want to congratulate the following individuals for winning door prizes: Lee Bessette, Connie Huylebroek, Cat Parrotte, Evie Sherlock, & Angie White.  Special Thanks also extended to Campbell’s Vending, Pepsi, and AV Staff!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  You’re all awesome – and are such a pleasure to work with.

 

Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off Almost Here

We’re just a few days away from the 4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off!  Be sure to stop by Tuesday, March 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.  If you’d like to enter, just go to http://sac.umwblogs.org/2018-chili-cook-off-entry-form to complete an Entry Form.  Support your colleagues by arriving early to vote on the best chili and the best corn bread!

More SAC news:

March SAC Meeting – Save the Date.  Our next SAC meeting will be on Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in the University Center Room 210.  All are welcome to attend!

Fire Drills – The Fire Safety office began conducting fire drills in administrative and academic buildings this week.  The schedule is listed at the following link, showing buildings, and which week they are tentatively scheduled. https://eagleeye.umw.edu/2018/02/15/upcoming-fire-drill-scheduled/  The exact date and time will not be posted.  Be sure to review the UMW Administrative and Academic Building Fire Drill Guidelines so everyone is

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!

SAC News

4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off (and Cornbread Bake Off) – The 4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off will take place on Tuesday March 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.  If you’d like to enter, just go to http://sac.umwblogs.org/2018-chili-cook-off-entry-form to complete an Entry Form!  Support your colleagues by arriving early to vote on the best chili and the best corn bread!

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!

New Freedom Meal Card Available for Faculty & Staff – Campus Dining is now offering Freedom Meal punch cards that UMW faculty and staff can use to purchase meals at the Top of the UC, or for selected Meal Deals at any of five retail dining locations.  The Meal Deal option can provide faculty and staff with a savings of anywhere from $1 to $4 or more on the purchase of food items at Qdoba, Jamba Juice, Li’l Joe’s, the Underground, and the Market at the Nest.  Each card is good for 10 meals and may be purchased at any Campus Dining location for $60.  For more information, contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

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 Meeting, Chili Cook Off Set

February SAC Meeting – The first SAC meeting of the new year will take place on Thursday February 15th at 1PM in the Colonnade Room (315) of the University Center.  Our Guest Speakers will be Dr. Eric Bonds, Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology and Faculty Co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) and Taryn Lemmon, Student Co-chair of the PCS.  Formed in 2009, the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) consists of faculty, staff and students and plays a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to university sustainability.  Eric and Taryn will give an overview of the council and touch upon some of its prior accomplishments as well as its goals for the future.  You do NOT have to be a member of SAC to attend monthly meetings.

4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off!  SAVE THE DATE!  The 4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off will take place on Tuesday March 6th from 11:30am – 1PM in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.

Do you have a great chili recipe or delicious cornbread you think everyone would love to try? Do you want to try winning one of the 3 prizes for having the best chili or cornbread? Sign up HERE to bring your best recipes and compete in the chili cook-off!  If you don’t want to compete and you just enjoy sampling chili, come with your friends and colleagues to taste chili and cornbread with SAC members! The chili goes fast so make sure you come early!

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 Newsletter

February SAC Meeting – The first SAC meeting of the new year will take place on Thursday February 15th at 1PM in Lee Hall 412.  Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Eric Bonds, Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology and Faculty Co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS).  Formed in 2009, the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) consists of faculty, staff and students and plays a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to university sustainability.  Dr. Bonds will give an overview of the council and touch upon some of its prior accomplishments as well as its goals for the future.  You do NOT have to be a member of SAC to attend monthly meetings.

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) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, 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.

On-Site 457 Deferred Compensation, Hybrid and DCP (ORPHE) – A specialist will be on campus several days in 2018 to provide one-on-one consultations to help employees gain awareness of benefits of the defined contribution plans.  For more information and to register, go to https://eagleeye.umw.edu/2018/01/22/on-site-457-deferred-comp-hybrid-and-dcp-orphe/

Health & Wellness Fair set for March 29th – Dining Services has many local vendors signed up to attend the Health & Wellness fair on Thursday March 29th. HR has also invited our health/dental insurance companies, retirement vendors, Myactivehealth, CommonHealth and local banks.  This is open to all students and staff.  Look for more details in the near future!