What does a furloughed federal employee do while awaiting the return to work? Worry, wonder and deal with boredom? The University of Mary Washington has the answer.
UMW is inviting all workers affected by the government shutdown to a stress-free and free-of-charge day of professional development and personal enrichment this Thursday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at UMW’s Stafford Campus.
Faculty from Mary Washington’s trio of colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business (COB) and Education (COE) – join UMW administrators to host a day filled with leadership lessons, workplace tutorials, world travel and creativity, topped off by a complimentary brown-bag networking lunch.
Furloughed federal workers will learn to sketch out a 15-day plan to pull scattered financial records into one convenient place with COB Dean Lynne Richardson. They’ll explore and develop their personal leadership philosophies with Executive Director of Human Resources Beth Williams.
Participants can travel to Europe to tour Sicily with COE Professor Antonio Causarano and explore Italian Renaissance art with Professor of Art History Julia DeLancey. They’ll bring out their inner poet, using news articles to create flowing prose with COE assistant professors Christy Irish and Melissa Wells. And they’ll get a peek at the latest in 3D design and basics of circuit-board computer programming with COE Professor George Meadows.
Government employees will learn the secrets to success in a multi-generational workplace with Associate Provost for Academic Success and Student Engagement Tim O’Donnell, and discover ways to engage audiences and improve professional performance with COE associate professors Janine Davis and John Broome.
Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus is located at 125 University Blvd., off U.S. 17 North. The day is free and includes a light lunch, but registration through Event Brite is required.