March 24, 2023

Chili Cook-Off is Back March 2; Sign up by Feb. 23

Mark your calendars and prepare your recipes! The University Staff Council is bringing back the Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Bake-Off on Thursday, March 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Underground in Lee Hall. Sign up your famous chili or cornbread (it’s okay if it’s not that famous) at the link below by Thursday, Feb. 23. Don’t have a go-to recipe for chili or cornbread? We’re also accepting dessert contributions!

Voting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then full bowls will be available until chili runs out. First-, second- and third-place winners for chili and cornbread will be announced at the event.

Sign up to enter the Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Bake-Off!

Direct questions to Sandrine Sutphin.

May the best chili and cornbread win!

Spring Semester Updates from Student Activities & Engagement

Please read below for updates from the Office of Student Activities & Engagement:

  • Eagle Award Nominations are now being accepted! The Eagle Awards Ceremony is an annual event that recognizes student leaders, clubs, events, faculty and staff that have positively impacted the UMW community this year. Nominations will be accepted through March 10th, and the ceremony (open to all members of the UMW community) will be held on Thursday, April 13.
  • There will be a Student Employment Fair held on Tuesday, February 21st from 11am-1pm in the Living Rooms of the CRUC. This is a great opportunity for departments to promote open student staff positions they will have available for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • If your department oversees student employees, interns, mentors, etc. that are graduating this May, they are eligible for involvement cords as a part of their graduation regalia.

If you have any questions about these items, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sandrine Sutphin at or Michael Middleton at

Upcoming Opportunities for Connecting With Students

The Office of Student Activities & Engagement would like to announce several different ways for your department to connect with students at the start of the fall semester:

  • The Eagle Resource Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 17 (first-year move-in day), from noon  to 3 p.m., in the Chandler Ballroom. This fair is an opportunity for groups from on and off campus to interact with new students and their families. Please register for this event.
  • Club Carnival will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., on Ball Circle. Club Carnival is similar to the Eagle Resource Fair but on a much larger scale, and it’s an opportunity to interact with many more students. Please register for Club Carnival. 
  • A Student Employment Fair will take place on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the University Center Living Rooms. If your department has open student staff positions you’re looking to fill, you’re invited to host a table at the event for students who are looking to work on campus. Please register for this event. 
  • We are currently compiling a list of events that are open to all students to include in the Eagle Takeoff schedule for the first six weeks of the semester. If your department is hosting an event that can be included in this schedule, please submit it.

Questions about any of these events or initiatives? Feel free to email Sandrine at

Beloved UMW Tradition ‘Devil-Goat Day’ is Back!

A uniquely UMW tradition brought an electric vibe to campus yesterday, with the revival of Devil-Goat Day. “It’s the first time back since the pandemic,” said senior Carleigh Rahn. “There’s a new energy.” Music was pumping on Jefferson Square, where a sea of students dressed in red (Devils, who graduate in odd years) and green […]

Departments Invited to Participate in Club Carnival

University departments are invited to register to participate in Spring Club Carnival, which will take place on Wednesday, January 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the University Center. Club Carnival is a great way to promote your office, services you provide, and/or open student staff positions you have available.

You can register to participate here:

Email with any questions.

Homecoming shirts still available for purchase

Homecoming 2021 shirts are still available for purchase through Class Council. These gray, long-sleeve shirts are being sold for $15. Let Class Council know if you’re interested in purchasing a shirt by submitting this form and they will be in touch with you about payment and shirt pick-up.

If the hyperlink above does not work, here is the link to the form:

Let us know what events your department is hosting!

Eagle Takeoff is also known as “Welcome Week” but instead of just one week, it’s the full schedule of everything going on around campus the first 6 weeks of the semester. From the Eagle Resource Fair on Move-in Day, to Family Weekend the first weekend in October, we want to include all events that are open to all students in an electronic and printed calendar.

Please submit your event(s) to this form:

And remember, if your department/organization has a portal in myUMW (Presence), you are always encourage to submit any and all events to the campus-wide events calendar through this form:

If you would like your event(s) to be included on a printed calendar, please submit either of these forms by Friday, July 23.

Thank you for helping to make our students return to campus better than ever!

Email Sandrine Sutphin at if you have any questions.

Sophomore Experience Working Group Seeking Feedback

The Sophomore Experience Working Group (charge below) is seeking feedback from students in the Class of 2024 about their needs going into their sophomore year, as well as from upperclassmen about their sophomore year experience. This feedback will help guide recommendations that will be presented to UMW leadership.

Please share these links with students and encourage them to complete the appropriate survey:

Survey for the Class of 2024:
Survey for Upperclassmen:

The charge of the Sophomore Experience Working Group is to determine how to recapture opportunities for relationship-building and student engagement among our rising sophomores in the Class of 2024. Working group members should identify methods of student success for these students inside and outside the classroom in light of their 2020-21 experiences as well as opportunities for faculty, staff, and other students to get to know the wonderful students that make up the Class of 2024.

If staff or faculty have feedback or suggestions for the sophomore experience for the Class of 2024, please send them to

A message for Student Employee Supervisors about graduating seniors

A message for Student Employee Supervisors:

The Office of Student Activities and Engagement has opened up the graduation cord nomination process for this year’s graduating seniors. As an update from past years, thanks to sponsorship from the Inter-Club Association/Finance Committee and the area of Student Involvement, we are able to provide seniors their involvement cords for free as a gift. This likely won’t be possible in future years, but we thought it would be a nice gesture this year.

Graduating seniors who have worked on campus for at least one year are eligible to receive an orange Involvement cord and/or a green Leadership cord (if they have been in a manager/leadership position as a student employee). In order for them to be eligible to pick up a cord from SAE, we ask that you fill out this form with the names of any graduating seniors in your department. Additional information about graduation cords can be found here.

Click here to complete the form.

Later in March, eligible students will receive an email notifying them to come pick up their cord(s) from SAE. If possible, please complete this form by Wednesday, March 17.

Questions can be directed to

Eagle Award Nominations Open Through 3/14

Time is running out! There are less than two weeks left to submit nominations for the 2021 Eagle Awards. Help us recognize outstanding students and programs that have continued to persevere this year. You can find out more information about the Eagle Awards on our website.

The nomination form will be open through Sunday, March 14. Please submit nominations here.

We are also currently looking for faculty, staff, and students to serve on the selection committee. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sandrine Sutphin at

The virtual award ceremony will be air in late April through SAE’s YouTube channel.