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University of Mary Washington

APRIL 2012

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New Teaching Center Director Named

Following a national search and recommendation by the faculty search committee, Mary Anne Kayler has accepted the position as UMW’s Teaching Center Director.  Currently Associate Professor in Initiatives in Educational Transformation and Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning at George Mason University, she brings an extensive background in faculty development, innovative pedagogical research, and educational transformation. She will begin her new position at UMW on May 25, 2012, and this early start will afford her an opportunity to begin the process of setting up an office and engaging in the initial planning activities necessary so that the Teaching Center can get off to a quick start once the new academic year starts in August.

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Update on Convergence Center Schedule

Initial work on the Convergence Center project began on April 9.  A number of preliminary construction tasks are currently underway – development of a temporary construction access road in between the Jepson Science Center and Melchers Hall has started, and excavation to relocate various underground utilities has commenced. The projected completion date is 2014 with a grand opening anticipated for the fall 2014 semester.

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External Grants Results and Activities Continue to Increase

Calendar year 2011 saw a significant increase in the number of external grant and contract proposals submitted by UMW faculty and staff.  A 10% increase in proposals submitted over the previous year resulted in awards totaling $1,085,439 (an 80% increase over the 2010 year!).  And the good results are continuing.  Since the last newsletter in December, Steve Greenlaw, Andrew Dolby, Julius Esunge, Patricia Reynolds, Steve Watkins, the University’s Watershed Coordinator position, and the James Monroe Memorial Museum and Library have received awards.  Six additional faculty members, and one University volunteer, have also applied for grants from a number of agencies.

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Photo Credit: Jeff McClurken