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University of Mary Washington


Announcements, news, and information from the Academic Affairs area of the University. 

Ian D.C. Newbould

Nominate Colleagues for Faculty Awards – Including the New Professional Achievement Award!

In making the annual call for nominations for several UMW faculty awards, I am pleased to also announce that we are adding a new award this year — the Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award.  Nominations for all awards are due to my office by March 1; email nominations to Amy O’Reilly (  Only electronic nominations will be accepted.  Please read on for additional details about all the faculty awards.

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Updates on the SACS Reaffirmation, the On-Site Team Visit, and the QEP

Reaffirmation of accreditation involves two stages, the first of which is an “off-site” committee review.  We received that report in late November and I’ll have more to say about it in a moment.  Our next step is the on-site committee visit, scheduled for April 15-17, 2013.  The on-site team will review our focused report replying to the off-site team’s conclusions and will also evaluate our proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

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UMW to Host Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference

This inaugural conference, co-sponsored by the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and Virginia Community College System, will take place on Thursday, March 7 in the Woodard Campus Center.  Aside from serving as conference host, UMW is listed as one of the “partner institutions” responsible for helping to bring about this event.

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Convergence Center Construction Remains on Target

Despite the complexities of a tight working location and a few recent bouts of less than ideal weather, construction activity on the Information and Technology Center has been progressing steadily and the project remains on schedule for the building to be in full operation in time for the fall 2014 semester. As this view shows, there is a lot going on as the building continues to take shape.

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External Grant Applications – Summary of Activity and Results

In calendar year 2012, UMW faculty and staff members submitted 50 projects for external grants and contracts to a broad range of government agencies, businesses, and foundations.  Competition for external funding is rigorous, and finding the time required to formulate proposals is usually challenging given other workload demands.  Despite those odds, 10 proposals submitted last calendar year earned funding for a total $474,750. Since the last newsletter in November, grants have been awarded to David Toth and Theresa GranaMary Kayler and Christina Eggenberger, Gwen Hale (and her student Ethan Bottome), and to UMW for the renewal of the Watershed Coordinator position.  Also, 14 applications have been submitted since last November.  Congratulations to everyone for their efforts and successes.

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Photo Credit: Jeff McClurken