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EVP-COO Area News  |  October 2015
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Don't Miss Out! Open Enrollment & Fall Fitness Challenge Deadlines are 10/31                 

Have you reviewed and made any necessary changes to your benefits for next year? Now is the time! If you don't make any changes, you will remain in the same health, dental, and vision plans that you have this year. If your spouse is covered by your insurance, you MUST complete the spousal affidavit every year. This is your chance to add or drop an eligible spouse or child(ren) and to elect your Flexible Spending Account contributions. Flex spending enrollment does not carry over from year to year.  Visit the Open Enrollment site to take care of this before the end of the month!  

While you are at it, be sure that you have entered information about all of your fall workouts to complete the Fall Fitness Challenge. See the Hoo's Well site for details.


Trick or Treat on the Lawn: 10/30 at 4 p.m.


Trick or Treating on the Lawn will take place the day before Halloween this year to alleviate parking concerns and other conflicts that would have been inevitable with Saturday's home football game. Bring the kids in your life to partake in this fun UVA tradition or just walk around and admire the cute and creative costumes on trick or treaters of all ages. Because of construction at the Rotunda, the entry and exit point for this year's event is the southern end of the Lawn near Old Cabell Hall.  More information is available in this University news release.                              

Employee Profile
Mary Hughes, University Landscape Architect


Mary Hughes has served as the University Landscape Architect since 1996. She previously served as co-director of the Historic Landscape Institute, an adult education program jointly sponsored by UVA and Monticello, using Jeffersonian landscapes of central Virginia as laboratories for applying historical horticulture and preservation practices. She is the co-editor of a book called Design with Culture: Claiming America's Landscape Heritage, which chronicles the origins of the landscape preservation movement in the United States. In 2012, she was awarded the Lagasse Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects for conservation and stewardship of the public landscape.                            

What brought you to U.Va. and how long have you worked here? I have been here 19 years. As an alumna of the School of Architecture (MLA '87), I had always wanted the chance to come back to Charlottesville and the University. When the University Landscape Architect position was advertised, it was an opportunity I couldn't let slip by.

What was your very first job ever? Teaching French at Collegiate Schools in Richmond.

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. I am a jack of many trades but my primary responsibility is to provide professional guidance on design and planning of the University landscape to see that new work complements the character of the larger University Grounds.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Roam the rural Virginia landscape in search of scenic and historic places, when I am not selling wine at my own vineyard, that is.

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? That is a hard question because there are so many choices! As a former French teacher, I have to say Fleurie and Petit Pois.

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Fly the University plane!
Who do you want to learn more about in the EVP-COO Area? Send a note to to nominate someone for next month's Employee Profile.

Quality CORE Network Session: 11/3 at 11 a.m.


High Performing Learning Organizations with Ed Hess, Darden professor

Mark your calendar for next week's Quality CORE Network session with Darden faculty member Ed Hess! Explore the research findings that illuminate the common characteristics of high performing learning organizations. Discussion will include the science of adult learning, leader/ manager behaviors, how organizations by their nature can inhibit learning, and the two big personal inhibitors to learning: ego and fear. For more information and to register, visit the OE site

OE continues to accept nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence award.  Information about the award and how to nominate one of your colleagues is available on the OE site.

Managerial Reporting Project Town Hall: 11/5 at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, November 5, the Managerial Reporting Project (MRP) team will hold its second Town Hall at Alumni Hall from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. The first MRP Town Hall in March was a great success and 90% of stakeholders said they wanted similar events in the future. The MRP team listened and is ready to provide an update on project accomplishments and status. It's not just about sitting and listening to updates. The program will be interactive with opportunities to  participate in discussions and ask questions. There will be prizes too!

For more information and to register, visit the MRP Town Hall page. Plan to be there to learn more about this important University initiative. Come early to mingle with colleagues over coffee and light breakfast fare.

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign                

It's that time of year when UVA employees make their personal commitment to support organizations that are meaningful to them. Look for your red envelope and visit the CVC site to decide which of the 1,200 or so local and national participating charities you want to support. Questions? Contact our EVP-COO area representative Julie Richardson (243-8672 or For more information or to make your pledge online, visit the CVC site. To have the greatest impact, be sure to designate your gift!

If you donate to a CVC participating charity outside of our current campaign (e.g., registrations for charity races), your gift can count in the CVC. While this won't directly boost your office CVC totals, it will help the charity reach their CVC minimum designation so they are eligible to enroll next year. See the CVC Direct Giving page for more information.

Learning and Leadership Library on UVaBox

Have you read something about leadership, change management, or some other topic that inspired you and made you want to try something new? Don't keep it to yourself!  Please send a link to and we will share your resource with the group in our new EVP-COO Extended Team Resources folder on UVaBox. We will continue to add materials to make this a useful resource for the entire team.

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