July 4, 2020

UMW Goes Online for New Student Orientation

Thirty student orientation leaders, along with Mary Washington faculty and staff, will shepherd first-years and transfer students through UMW’s first-ever virtual orientation.

Thirty student orientation leaders, along with Mary Washington faculty and staff, will shepherd first-years and transfer students through UMW’s first-ever virtual orientation.

When Shannon Hardy misplaced her bookbag at her UMW orientation, it felt like a disaster. But the help and reassurance she got from her orientation leaders reinforced that she made the right college choice.

“That’s just how Mary Wash is,” said Hardy, a rising junior. “Everyone here wants you to succeed and gives you the tools to make that happen. I want every new student to feel the sense of belonging that I’ve felt since that day.”

Hardy’s among the 30 student orientation leaders who will shepherd hundreds of new Eagles through the University of Mary Washington’s 2020 orientation. Unlike her own orientation, though, she is connecting with incoming students via a computer screen.

Freshman orientation, pandemic style. Like other universities, UMW has had to shift from its traditional model of having new students experience life on campus to exploring their new home via Zoom. Today marks the first of nine one-day virtual sessions geared toward freshmen, while transfers had their pick of three events that began earlier this summer.

But that’s only the beginning – a series of online engagements with UMW faculty, staff and current students will guide incoming students throughout the summer and prepare them to step onto campus in the fall. Read more.

UMW Goes Online for New Student Orientation

When Shannon Hardy misplaced her bookbag at her UMW orientation, it felt like a disaster. But the help and reassurance she got from her orientation leaders reinforced that she made the right college choice. “That’s just how Mary Wash is,” said Hardy, a rising junior. “Everyone here wants you to succeed and gives you the […]

Melissa Jones Named Excellent Eagle Employee for June

Staff Advisory Council is pleased to recognize Melissa Jones as the Excellent Eagle Employee for June. The award for this honor is a designated parking space for the month.

In nominating Melissa, her champion wrote:

[Melissa] is the Assistant Dean of Student Involvement and I believe she’s brought nothing but great things to our campus since she was hired. She’s brought fresh ideas and a great attitude to anyone she’s come in contact with. She has taken on the leadership of three departments since her arrival: the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Fitness/Wellness Center and the Office of Student Activities and Engagement. She has also been bestowed with the great responsibility of running the New Student Experience/Orientation, as well as advising the Student Finance Committee, and overseeing the construction and planning of our new University Center. There are countless other responsibilities on her plate, I’m sure, but her excellence has been shining through in these particular areas. I really admire her, her work ethic, and her spark.

Congratulate Melissa when you see her, and remember to send nominations for Excellent Eagle Employee to Excellent Eagle Employee nomination.

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.