May 18, 2024

Required Spring Semester COVID-19 Training for faculty and staff

The following message is from the COVID-19 Implementation Team.

To all faculty and staff:

Welcome to 2021, which we believe to be a more hope-filled year. We are looking forward to having students back on campus for the spring semester, and we appreciate your continued hard work and flexibility. In keeping with our goal of minimizing risk, you are required to complete by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the following COVID-19 related steps. This requirement applies even if you are joining us virtually.

  1. Take the Spring COVID-19 training in the Learning Center and sign-off on the Eagle Pledge. Instructions are at the bottom of this email.
  2. Fill out the Eagle Health Survey every day unless you are furloughed. The Eagle Health Survey will be emailed to your UMW inbox every morning.
  3. In order to create a healthier environment for all members of the University community, please limit your activities, interactions, and travel for 14 days prior to returning to campus to reduce your potential exposure to the virus. This includes adhering to UMW’s MMDC guidelines as well as all federal, state, CDC guidelines.

To access the COVID training (please use Firefox or Chrome):

Login to the Learning Center at using your Learning Center credentials. These credentials may not be the same as your UMW credentials; to reset your login ID or password use the “forgot your login ID or password” option to reset either or both.

  1. Once you are logged into, enter UMWCOVID in the search box (magnifying glass in the upper right).
  2. Open UMW COVID-19 Training 2021.
  3. You will see three items, two of which you must complete.
  • Select the appropriate UMW COVID training module (for either new or continuing employees). Read the content in the presentation, then mark the item complete.
  • Access the Eagle Pledge. Once you have read the Eagle Pledge, mark the item complete.  Doing so indicates that you have read the document and will comply with it.

If you need assistance logging into the Learning Center, please reach out to Pam Lowery (

Remember to #ProtectTheNest by following MMDCMonitor. Mask. Distance. Clean.

Thank you.

Recognize a Colleague!

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for exemplary service, commitment and contribution? It’s easy to nominate them for a Hurley, Coleman or Atkins Award; to do so, visit the University Recognition Awards webpage! Submit your nomination(s) by 5:00pm on Monday, November 9, 2020. Please see below for further details, or visit University Recognition Awards.

Each fall, through the presentation of 3 awards, the University of Mary Washington recognizes employees who have been nominated by other members of the University community for providing exemplary service to the University and making a positive contribution to the work environment. Nominations are now open and the details are outlined below; please take the time to nominate a colleague who deserves to be recognized and celebrated!

What: Hurley Presidential Commendation, Coleman Memorial Service Award, Larry Atkins Staff Award

When: Nominations are open, and will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Awards will be presented later this fall.

How: See University Recognition Awards for nomination criteria and the nomination form.

Questions:  Contact Terri Arthur ( about the Hurley and Coleman awards; contact Charles Tate ( about the Larry Atkins Awards.

Staff Advisory Council Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is currently accepting nominations to fill eight positions. So that our representation reflects all parts of the UMW community, we invite you to nominate a deserving colleague(s) or yourself.


  • 5 Administrative Professional (3 year term)
  • 1 Wage (3 year term)
  • 1 Classified (3 year term)
  • 1 Classified (1 year term)

SAC is an elected body of classified, wage, and administrative staff whose purpose is to:

  • promote collaboration and ensure open communication throughout all levels of the University;
  • provide an avenue for employee input and feedback and a means of participating in the design, development, and implementation of University programs, projects, and services;
  • strengthen employee awareness of critical issues and provide a valuable perspective for the University community and administration on matters of significant concern to wage, classified, and administrative staff.

Please visit the SAC’s website for more information (

Nominations will be accepted through April 24, 2020.  To nominate someone for the SAC, visit the SAC Nominations Page or paste the URL listed below into your internet browser:

Thank you for your participation.

SAC Elections Committee
Paul Boger –
Maureen Aylward – maylward@umw.edup
Pam Lowery –

Follow this link to the Nomination Form:
SAC Nominations

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

UMW Hosts the MABUG 2018 Conference in October

UMW is excited to host the MABUG 2018 conference, “It’s Revolutionary,” scheduled to take place October 14-16, 2018 at the Expo Center.

What is MABUG?  The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) is an association of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia. This group hopes that through communication and sharing, member institutions will maximize the use of  Banner, our enterprise software application, and its related products.

Join us for three days of presentations and informative sessions as well as opportunities to network with Banner users from other universities and to meet with vendor partners.  If you do not have three days, please consider attending or participating in some of the conference.  There are many ways to participate.

We especially need representatives from UMW to present at the conference. Experienced speakers are NOT required.  Presentations are allotted 50 minutes, which can include time for questions.  MABUG presentations in the past have taken many forms: an explanation of good practices or tips; a discussion or sharing of ideas; and a tutorial.

There are lots of ways to show enhancements you have made to techniques, processes and operations related to Banner.

Please follow the link to submit your presentation proposal:

Not interested in presenting? Prefer to work behind the scenes? There are lots of ways to help!  Contact Pam Lowery for volunteer opportunities.

For more information:

UMW Represented at State Technology Conference

The University of Mary Washington was represented at the 2015 Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia, an annual conference of technologists at higher education institutions around the state.

Lisa Ames, LMS Admin-eLearning Specialist from the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, co-chaired the Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia group meeting. The group focused on advancing academic mission and learning technology activities.

Edward Gray, Systems Integration and Support Specialist from IT Support Services, presented “Remote Assistance: a Discussion” on remote assistance tools, usage, policies, and procedures. He also presented “Measuring Success: an Introduction to Metrics,” as an overview to what metrics are and how to tie them to organizational success.

Jeff McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology and Teaching Innovation, and Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services, presented “A Convergence of Ideas and Technology,” as a story of UMW’s Information Technology Convergence Center.

Ray Usler, Director of IT Security and Information Security Officer, presented “NO, NO Not the Security Guy!” on the role of the IT Security Office and why everyone should be concerned with security.

Pam Lowery, Director of Technology Professional Development and HR Analyst, serves as chair of the ACCS Board of Directors.

Also attending the conference were Acting CIO Hall Cheshire, and Associate Director for Enterprise Application Services Ben Kjar, both from the Department of Information Technologies.

Faculty/Staff Mixer, Feb. 19

The Staff Advisory Committee invites UMW Faculty and Staff to join their colleagues at the next faculty/staff mixer at Home Team Grill on Thursday, Feb. 19, beginning at 5 p.m.

Half-price house wine, house liquors and all draft beers are available until 6 p.m.

News from Human Resources

Have You Thought about Retirement?

It is closer than you think!

Today is a good day to evaluate if you have saved enough money to live comfortably in retirement.

If you haven’t started a savings plan, this is a good time to begin with as little as $10 a payday. And if you are a full time employee, the University will match 50% of your contributions to the 457 or 403(b) Plan or $20 per pay day, whichever is less. If you are already participating, evaluate if you can save more to increase your retirement income.

VRS Participants ONLY

Your 2013 Member Benefit Profile (MBP) is available through your myVRS account.

What does this mean for you? The MBP is your online annual benefit statement based on information the University has reported to VRS as of June 30, 2013.  It’s an important resource for planning your future. Want to know how much money you have in your member account? Want to see an estimate of your monthly benefit when you retire, and when you can retire?

You will be able to find all this information in your 2013 Member Benefit Profile

DEADLINE Quickly Approaching for Biometric Screening and Premium Discount

Biometric screenings must be completed between August 1 and October 31, or have been done at a physician’s office between April 1 and October 31, to count toward premium rewards for the second half of the health plan year. Remember that a completed health assessment is also required to qualify for premium rewards.  FAQ’s at

New UMW Employees

Please give a warm welcome to the newest members of the UMW community.

  • Philip Pierce joins the Athletics Department as the Assistant Director of Athletic Development and Promotions.
  • Margot Jebb is now an Area Coordinator for Residence Life.
  • José Diaz is the Employee Relations and Training Manager in the Office of Human Resources.

Another Chance to Take Health Assessment and Earn Premium Rewards

Eligible members who did not complete their Health Assessment during May 2013 will be given the opportunity to earn premium rewards for the second half of the plan year. Members who are enrolled in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware on or before July 1 may complete their Health Assessment at and complete their biometric screening between August 1 and October 31 to receive premium rewards for January 1 through June 30, 2014.

Another Chance to Take Health Assessment and Earn Rewards

UMW employees who were unable to do so before have another chance to take a Health Assessment and earn Premium Rewards.  For more information, see