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University of Mary Washington

APRIL 2017

Here’s an update on several developments since the last newsletter. I hope you’ll find this issue useful. I look forward to seeing you at the Inauguration and the General Faculty Meeting!

Nina Mikhalevsky

The Inauguration Celebrations

On Friday, April 21st at 4:15 pm in Dodd Auditorium, UMW will hold the inauguration installation ceremony for our 10th President, Dr. Troy Paino.  This important event in our university’s history is preceded by a week of special events designed to celebrate the occasion. Please join the entire UMW community, special guests, and campus visitors throughout the week of April 17 for a variety of academic, artistic, and athletic events as we celebrate this important milestone in the history of Mary Washington.

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General Faculty Meeting Set for Wednesday, April 26

The annual April General Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Dodd Auditorium of George Washington 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 again feature the announcement of the winner of the Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award.

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Announcing the Next Group of Waple Professorships!

Congratulations to Eric Lorentzen (Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication), Rachel Graefe-Anderson and Xiaofeng Zhao (both from the College of Business) who have been awarded Waple Professorships! Through a generous gift made by the estate of Shirley Van Epps Waple (class of 1952), a number of faculty have received two-year Waple Professorships. Faculty selected were judged on the basis of proposals submitted in response to the call for applications distributed in October. Keep reading to learn more about the projects receiving these noteworthy professorships and about the new review process that was used for the first time this year.

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Congratulations to UMW External Grant and Contract Winners and Applicants!

UMW faculty and staff are continuing to submit external grant and contract proposals and to succeed. It’s been too long since the last report (August 2016). In that time, 24 applications for external funding have been processed through the Provost’s Office. And, since last August, 10 proposals have successfully achieved funding! Congratulations to everyone who applied and to those who received awards! Keep reading to see the list of all successes and applications.

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Summer Session Updates

Last summer was the first time since 2010 that summer session enrollments increased over the prior year. At this point, enrollments for Summer Session 2017 are running just a bit behind a year ago (1.1% off last year’s pace). Enrollments are running ahead in two of the three colleges, so that’s good news. Hopefully, the pace of registrations will accelerate so that we can record another year of enrollment growth for the summer session. Keep reading for additional details about summer policies, including the third year of payment for faculty who supervise summer internships and individual studies.

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Important Upcoming Events: Summer Orientation for New Students and a Faculty Development Day in August

Even though we’ve still got to finish this semester, there are important future events that I’d like to mention: the Summer Orientation for new students (June 14 – 28) and a series of Faculty Development Days in May and August. Even though some of you will be actively involved in Orientation and know many of the details, I wanted to make sure everyone had some basic information about it. As far as Faculty Development Days, additional information will be forthcoming but I wanted to highlight this event so you could keep it in mind as you plan your “dead week” and “pre-week” calendars.

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Recognizing Next Year’s Jepson Fellows and Faculty Granted Sabbaticals

Six junior faculty members have been named as Jepson Fellows for 2017-18 along with 11 faculty members who will be on sabbatical. While each individual named was, of course, notified, it’s time to announce the list of winners so that everyone can learn who has achieved these distinctions and can see the project each person has identified. Keep reading to see the lists of Jepson Fellows and sabbatical awardees for 2017-18.

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