May 22, 2024

Patrick Taitt Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Staff Advisory Council congratulates Patrick Taitt, IT Analyst / Developer with Enterprise Application Services, on his selection as the Excellent Eagle Employee for April.  In nominating Patrick, Rita Dunston said, “Patrick has been an asset to this department!  The Registrar’s Office contacts him often to assist with various tasks and he completes them in a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable of the data and takes the necessary time to ensure we understand the data. I appreciate his willingness to assist the Registrar’s Office. Job Well Done!”

Reminder: To nominate someone as an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to with “Excellent Eagle Employee” in the Subject Line.  In your email, state the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Be aware of the good work being done around you, and remind others, about this wonderful opportunity to recognize our co-workers.

UMW Staff Attend Annual MABUG Conference

2014 MABUG Conference

2014 MABUG Conference

Several UMW staff attended the annual MABUG conference from Sunday, Sept. 27 to Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Richmond, Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) is an association of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia that uses Banner as its student information system. The conference creates an engagement opportunity to discuss the latest Ellucian products, platforms, tools and offerings to support teaching, learning and business operations. It also provides an opportunity to meet with peers, discuss similar business challenges and glean best-practice advice. At this year’s conference, UMW presented a total of eight sessions, the most of any other college or university in attendance. The presentations represented an array of areas at the institution:


Managing Annual Phonathons using SmartCall and Banner Advancement – Gretchen Armentrout, Asst Director of Annual Giving

Birds of Feather Advancement – Jane Cariker, Director of Advancement IT Services

Birds of a Feather session for Banner Security – Cheryl Dunn, Director of Financial Systems

Is Your Institution on the Cutting Edge for Delivering TouchFree Transcripts – Rita Dunston, Registrar

Hobson’s Implementation – A Review of Lessons Learn – April Peterson, Applications Developer

Oracle Security On A Shoe String + New 12C Soles – Jim Rawlings, Database Administrator

Building a Data Mart to Support Flexible, Consister and Fast(er) Advancement Reports – Phil Szenas,Senior Programmer Analyst

Banner Security Life Cycle – John Symonds, Applications Database Administrator