Copy                                                                                         March 2017 Issue
"The Staff Advisory Council Newsletter is distributed monthly to all staff and faculty members in hopes of keeping everyone informed of University issues, events, and news that impacts the community."
  • UMW Multicultural Fair - Saturday April 1, 2017 from 10am-5pm
  • Virginia Public Service Week: May 7-13
  • Upcoming SAC April Meeting
  • New VPN Access and Administrative Account Access Security Controls
  • President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Focus Groups
  • Private Fitness Classes
  • Chili Cook-Off/Cornbread Bake-Off Participants and WINNERS!
  • SAC is on Twitter!
  • Reminder: Individual MyTime training available

Do you have suggestions for activities you would like the SAC to sponsor?
Let us know! Suggestions for SAC Sponsored Activities
UMW's 27th Annual Multicultural Fair
Saturday April 1, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
The Multicultural Fair generally attracts 5,000 to 6,000 people each year, and exemplified the University of Mary Washington's commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness. The Fair provides an entire day devoted to multicultural entertainment, children's activities, international and American food, and ethnic craft vendors. Each year, the Multicultural Student Affairs and James Farmer Multicultural Center work closely with UMW student organizations, faculty and staff in planning festivities. The University also partners with the greater Fredericksburg community, which plays an integral role in successfully implementing the fair each year.

For more information including performance schedules, visit the James Farmer Multicultural Center website for the Fair.
Virginia Public Service Recognition Week

Virginia Public Service Recognition week this year is May 7-13th.
More details will come out later.
President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion
Looking for Focus Group Volunteers!
The Retention Subcommittee of the UMW President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is exploring current UMW programs and practices, as well as national best practices, in retaining staff, instructional faculty, and students. To that end, this task force will be holding small group discussions on April 20th and 21st from 12:00pm-1:00pm with UMW staff.

Bring ideas and initiatives that YOU would like to see implemented at UMW. This discussion is expected to be less than an hour and lunch will be provided.
More information is available here. Questions may be directed to Ethan Feuer at or 540-654-1801.
NEW - VPN and Administrator Account Access Security Controls
Changes are coming with VPN and Local Admin Account Access Security Controls - These additional security controls will start on May 16th.

VPN Access & Local Administrator Account Access
If you use VPN to work off-site from UMW OR If you need to continue having your local administrator account access, you will need to take the following actions BEFORE April 30th:
  • VPN Access: Submit a request to the IT Security Office for continued VPN Access - which your supervisor will be copied on and will need to approve.
  • Local Admin Account Access: Submit a request to the IT Security Office for continued local admin account access - which your supervisor will be copied on and will need to approve.
For more information on VPN Access Click Here, for Local Admin Access Click Here
If your needs change in the future, you can go through the approval process at that time. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these new security controls, please contact the Help Desk at x2255 or
Campus Recreation

Participants and Winners!

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who came out to support the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off (AND Cornbread Bake-Off!)

A special thank you to all those who participated:
Alica Osborne   Jean Elliot
Amy O'Reilly   Jill Ellington
Angela Brau   Julie Smith
Angela Lilly   Linda Falden
April Peterson   Linda Thornton
Arin Doerfler   Paul Messplay
Charles Tate   Rick Pearce
James DeLoatch   Vickie Chapman
Jay Sullivan    

And an EXTRA SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to our chili and cornbread WINNERS!:
Chili   Cornbread
1st Place Arin Doerfler   1st Place Linda Falden
2nd Place James DeLoatch   2nd Place Alica Osborne
3rd Place Linda Falden   3rd Place Jay Sullivan

Everyone had a great time and we can't wait to see the turnout for next year!
SAC April 2017 Meeting

Guest Speaker: Bill Brooks
Where: Stafford Campus South Building
When: Thursday April 20th from 1pm - 3pm

Bill will be speaking to the Staff Advisory Council about mindfulness - what it is, how one practices, how it benefits us, and will provide a short guided practice to provide an experiential element, and share what opportunities are available at UMW for developing a practice of mindfulness.

SAC March 2017 Meeting

Guest Speaker: Joni Wilson, Director of Landscaping and Grounds

Joni Wilson has spearheaded UMW's sustainability efforts which takes many forms throughout the year. A few major areas of note for UMW include:
  • For the second year in a row, UMW has been recognized by Princeton Review as a Green College for its robust on-campus sustainability program
  • UMW commits to any new construction or renovation of older buildings be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. UMW has four LEED certified buildings: Dahlgren Campus, the Hurley Convergence Center, and Randolph and Mason Halls. During construction efforts are focused on minimizing the amount of waste going to landfills, the use of recycled or reused materials, use of regional materials, and certified wood and other renewable materials.
Future sustainability efforts include upgrading interior and exterior lighting to LED technology, the recommissioning of high usage buildings, state of the art controls and high efficiency burners at the Heating Plant, steam trap upgrades across campus, insulation and building envelope measures to improve outside infiltration, salt generation/pump improvements for the UMW swimming pool to replace the current chlorine, solar photo-voltaic (PV) cells, bringing a farmers market to campus, and building a wind turbine to raise awareness about pollution and waste.

UMW also has continued its recycling program, started by a student, from 1991. This effort has grown and evolved into participating in an international competition. UMW continues to be a top performer in its class with current statistics showing that during the first 4 weeks of the competition, UMW has recycled over 48,000 pounds of matreials, including 4,000 of those during the Shred Event.

Joni also helps with students in being involved in invasive plant removal across campus, plant and tree identification including an interactive map of UMW Heritage Trees, and promoting the planting of wild native plants to promote environmental health including local insects and wildlife.

For more information on UMW Sustainability efforts check out the sustainability website.

Thank you to all of our speakers for taking the time to talk with the SAC and help us serve the community the best we can!
To check out the full SAC Meeting Minutes Click Here
The Staff Advisory Council is on Twitter!

Come follow the S.A.C. on Twitter UMW_S.A.C. @UMWSAC!

Excellent Eagle Employee for April 2017!
Congratulations to Carla Bailey - Interlibrary Loan Supervisor for Simpson Library

In nominating Carla, her champion wrote:
“I am currently working on a big project: an annotated critical edition of a novel by Chilean writer José Donoso, which would be absolutely impossible to accomplish without the constant support and help of our Interlibrary Loan staff, and most particularly, of Mrs. Carla Bailey. The materials I am requesting are in many cases extremely hard to get, as they correspond to specific editions that were published in Spanish, in the sixties and seventies, either in Mexico or Spain. I would like to share here an example of how far Mrs. Bailey can go in order to assist faculty: after trying by all means to obtain an article I requested through interlibrary loan with no positive result, she decided to contact the author, to request if she could provide a copy of it. As a result, I have the article I needed, and I also feel that she has my back. Mrs. Bailey went far beyond her duties, and I am truly thankful for her professionalism and willingness to help.”

Thank you Carla for all the great work you do here at UMW!

Nominate a colleague for being an Excellent Eagle!

Would you like to recognize a co-worker, supervisor or employee for doing a great job? To nominate a colleague for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, submit the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on the SAC website. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department, and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.

Did you know that TESS offers daily one-on-one assistance for MyTime?
Contact to arrange a personal or remote training session.

Have you completed training and have a question for Payroll? Contact the Help Desk at or x2255. The Help Desk will create a Payroll help ticket that will be reviewed and answered by a payroll team member.


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