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University of Mary Washington

APRIL 2014

Much has happened in the past few months since the last newsletter. Please take note of the important information, announcements, and deadlines that are included in this month’s issue.

Jonathan Levin

General Faculty Meeting Set for Wednesday, April 23

The University’s annual April General Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 and will be held in Klein Theatre in DuPont Hall on the Fredericksburg campus, starting at 4:00 pm.  Along with the traditional motion for endorsement of the candidates for graduation and tributes to our Emeriti and Retiring Faculty, this year’s meeting will feature the announcement of the winner of the Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award.

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New Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Sees a Good Forecast for UMW!

Kimberly Buster-Williams will soon join as us Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. Her arrival on May 25 enables her to get started while Carol Descak is still here, thus ensuring a smooth transition into her new role. Earlier announcements of her appointment have been brief, so we asked Kimberly to let us share a few more details about her background and interests. We also invited her to offer some initial thoughts about her new position and some of its challenges. Hopefully, this additional information gives you a more complete introduction.

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Congratulations to the New Waple Professorship Winners!

Thanks to an extraordinary gift to honor an alumna’s legacy, UMW has the opportunity to award Shirley Van Epps Waple Professorships to several outstanding faculty.  The first Waple Awards were made in the spring of 2013, and the second group of new Waple Professors has recently received their award letters. The full list of Waple Professors follows – please join me in congratulating this outstanding group of faculty on their important accomplishment.

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Director of Academic and Career Services Steps Up to Familiar Role in a New Location

Having served as Associate Director of Academic and Career Advising at Keene State College since 2009, Kelly Graham came to the position of Director of Academic and Career Services at UMW with some valuable prior experience in making a combined Academic and Career Services Office work. Even though she’s been at UMW for just a bit more than a month and a half, she had the opportunity to meet a number of students and faculty as the fall registration process unfolded. We asked her to share some of her early impressions of UMW and the activities of the Academic and Career Services Office.

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Search Committee Starts Work Reviewing Applications for Academic Engagement and Student Success Position

With well over 90 applications already submitted, and a job posting that remains open until filled, the Search Committee for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success has a big task to accomplish. I’m pleased to report that an excellent group of faculty members and administrators have agreed to take on this challenge and that we hope to be able to bring candidates to campus for interviews in the not too distant future.

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New Special Assistant to the Provost Starts the Transition to OPENING the Convergence Center!

After what may seem like far too many updates about the status of construction of the Information and Technology Convergence Center, it’s time to shift attention to the moment many of us have eagerly anticipated – the opening of the building and the start of realizing all that it has to offer to the University. As previously announced, Dr. Jeffrey McClurken will serve as Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology, Teaching, and Innovation. Among his first tasks are to lead the transition of the Convergence Center from a construction project to a building operation and programming project. In preparation for this issue of the Newsletter, Jeff was asked to offer some of his initial thoughts about taking on his new role – read on to see what some of his early observations are related to his new position.

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Still Time to Sign Up for the External Grants Workshop

So far, over 25 faculty and staff members have signed up for the Wednesday, May 14 grant writing workshop, which will be held in Combs Hall, room 237, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s still space available – the deadline to sign up is Friday, April 18! Representatives from the McAllister & Quinn firm will lead several sessions on a variety of topics. The workshop title is: “From Prospecting to Proposal Submission: How You Can Develop a Strong External Grant Application.” Go to the next page to see details about the schedule and to find out how to sign up!

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Report on External Grants – Activity, Results, and Procedures

Congratulations to Steve Hanna (Department of Geography), who was informed that the National Science Foundation will be funding a collaborative grant proposal he and colleagues from other universities submitted.  Stephen Davis (Department of Computer Science) landed an award for supercomputing time.  Dianne Baker (Department of Biological Sciences) was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. David Ambuel and Steve Rabson (Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion) received an award from the Japan Foundation to support offering a course in Japanese literature. And UMW again received a contract for the last renewal of the “hosted” Watershed Coordinator position. Read on to learn more about these achievements and to learn about the other nine faculty, staff members, students, and volunteers who have submitted projects for external funding since the report that was in the December 2013 newsletter (the list of applicants follows).

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Photo Credit: Jeff McClurken