Copy                                                                              November 2016 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 impact the community."
  • Upcoming SAC December Meeting
  • Stress Free Zone - December 12-14th
  • UMW Investment Committee Representative, Charles Tate
  • SAC Election Results
  • Holiday Decorating Guidelines Reminder
  • Fitness Center News
  • One Can Hope Food Drive - donations still being accepted through December 16th
  • UMW Holiday Gathering - Friday, December 16th at 5:30pm in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center

Do you have suggestions for activities you would like the SAC to sponsor?
Let us know! Suggestions for SAC Sponsored Activities
The UMW Staff Advisory Council is collecting non-perishable food donations through Friday, December 16th. Donations will benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.
Please contribute any final donations by 4pm on Thursday, December 15th. All items will be donated to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on December 16th.

For a box near you contact the SAC Activities Committee.


Although we support and encourage desk and office decorations for the holidays, please keep in mind the University has safety guidelines that must be followed.

If you are unsure if your decorations comply with these guidelines, check here to find out!
SAC December 2016 Meeting

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Levin, Provost

Where: Lee Hall Room 412
When: Thursday, December 15th, 1:00-3:00pm
Dr. Levin will be discussing UMW's Strategic Enrollment Plan. This plan will drive the admissions department in the direction of recruitment. Enrollment affects all aspects of the University, as student tuition funds numerous programs, both academic and non-academic. Although staff salaries don't depend on tuition, the University does (hence the critical role of enrollment) as state funding decreases.

Jonathan Levin and Kimberley Buster-Williams presented the Strategic Enrollment Plan to the Board of Visitors for comments this month.

SAC November 2016 Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kevin Bartram

Thanks to Dr. Kevin Bartram for joining the SAC for our November meeting to give us a preview of the season, including Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth and our Spring Concert.

We also talked about the
UMW Philharmonic's unique scholarship program and outreach that the Philharmonic engages in each year.

To check out the full SAC Meeting Minutes Click Here!
SAC Election Results
Congratulations to the following employees who have been elected to serve on the
UMW Staff Advisory Council:

Administrative Faculty
Paul Boger, Simpson Library
April Brecht, College of Education
Bianka Hightower, Academic and Career Services
Pam Lowery, Human Resources
Matt Wilkerson, Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness

Julie Smith, Finance
Jay (Darryl) Sullivan, Facilities Services

Tracey Funtanilla, Finance
Thank you to all nominees from the SAC members!
Nominate a colleague for being an Excellent Eagle!

If you would like to nominate someone for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the Subject Line. 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.
UMW Investment Committee Representative

Recent changes in regulations surrounding the 403b investment/cash match fund essentially requires each University to have an investment committee to monitor the funds in our University portfolio. UMW will be contracting with an investment advisor to assist in this along with the University Investment Committee.

Charles Tate, an SAC member, has volunteered to serve on this committee. If you have any questions or suggestions for Charles to address with the committee, you can submit them here and he will take them to the committee.

Thank you, Charles, for your commitment to the University and for volunteering your services!
Leadership Council Updates

The Engagement Assessment Committee presented Engagement Assessment Survey findings to the Leadership Council in October. This information was well received and taken seriously.

The Leadership Council and Leadership UMW  2016 (LUMW) held a joint extended action planning meeting, which resulted in newly instituted protocol for all faculty and staff to receive the SAC newsletter and the Provost newsletter in an effort to improve community communication. 

The Engagement Assessment Committee along with LUMW 2016 is consolidating its findings and discussion topics for President Paino’s consideration. Our President will offer an update and action steps at the January 2017 Community Forum.
 Fitness Center

Finals Week
Group Fitness Class Schedule
Cardio Kickboxing - Sunday 12/11, 6:10pm, Goolrick Dance Studio 4
Yoga - Monday, 12/12, 5:15pm, Goolrick Dance Studio 5
Cycle - Tuesday 12/13, 5:30pm, Fitness Cetner Cycle Studio
Zumba - Wednesday 12/14, 5:15pm, Goolrick Dance Studio 5

Fitness Center Winter Break Hours
December 16th: 7am-7pm
December 17th - January 2nd: CLOSED
January 3rd-6th: 4:30pm-6:30pm
January 7th-8th: CLOSED
January 9th-13th: 4:30pm-6:30pm
January 14th-16th: CLOSED
January 17th: Open for Spring Hours

Private Fitness Classes
Are you interested in a prepaid, private fitness experience for the Spring 2017 semester? Please fill out this survey so we can understand what classes, times, and days are most desired.

Participants would register for this private fitness experience, and pay an upfront fee for the fitness format of their choice (yoga, instructional dance, strength, etc.) that would meet twice a week at the same time for five weeks.

For more information contact Brittanie Haas, Asst. Director Campus Recreation Fitness

This year the Staff Advisory Council partnered with the UMW Buyer Users Group to support Home Instead, a local senior care service provider, for their "Be a Santa for a Senior" program.

A big thank you to all who volunteered to participate in this opportunity. Volunteers fulfilled 22 senior holiday wish lists!


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