September 29, 2016

To: Classified Employees- Tips for Evaluations

From the Office of Human Resources. Please contact Terri Arthur, Employee Relations Manager at for assistance.

To Classified Employees:

Classified Employee Evaluations for 2016

Employee Self-Assessment Process

Your supervisors  have been asked to complete and return your annual evaluations to the Office of Human Resources by October 24, 2016.  As part of this process, every classified employee has the opportunity to conduct a self-assessment and present it to his/her supervisor at least two weeks prior to the evaluation meeting.  This allows you to provide your input concerning your performance and related matters for the performance period of October 24, 2015 – October 25, 2016.

A copy of the Evaluation Form that includes the Self-Assessment can be found at Your supervisor may designate a different format for you to use when completing your self-assessment. Please check with your supervisor to discuss how and when he/she wishes to receive this information.

Factors to consider while completing your self-assessment:

  • General accomplishments and obstacles during the performance cycle
  • Achievement of the core responsibilities/measures of your position
  • Implementation of the performance factors (interpersonal skills, communication, safety, attendance, etc.)
  • Learning points from this cycle
  • Desired goals and training for the new cycle

Additional information and tips on completing the Self-Assessment are attached. self-assessment-process



Fall Employee Luncheon Oct. 18

Mark your calendars for the Fall Employee Luncheon on Oct. 18.  We will get started at 11:30 a.m. in the Chandler Ballroom, University Center.  Lunch, speakers and prizes are on the agenda!  NEW this year:  Bring your employee ID to come into the luncheon and be entered to win a gift card!
If you have questions or need accommodations please contact Jennifer at jcooper4@umw or Terri at

Presidential Inauguration

The following message is from the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee:

To the Members of the UMW Community,

We are pleased to inform you that the inauguration of Dr. Troy D. Paino as UMW’s 10th president will take place in April 2017.  The installation ceremony will be held late afternoon on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.  It is anticipated that a number of academic and service events will be scheduled prior to the installation and that celebratory events will follow the installation, to which all members of the UMW community will be invited.  Planning for the inauguration is underway and further details will be forthcoming over the next several months.

The following individuals have been named by the Rector of the University to serve as co-chairs for the inauguration planning committee:

Holly T. Cuellar ’89, Member of the Board of Visitors

Timothy M. O’Donnell, Associate Provost for Academic Engagement & Student Success

Kelli Slunt ’91, Professor of Chemistry & Director of the Honors Program

Susan B. Worrell, Special Assistant to the President for University Events & Conferencing

The following persons are serving as inauguration subcommittee chairs or co-chairs:

Installation Ceremony

John T. Morello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Special Events

Juliette L. Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs

Local Arrangements

Richard R. Pearce, Vice President for Administration and Finance


  1. Anand Rao, Professor of Communication & Director, Speaking Intensive Program

Academic Programs

Andrew Dolby, Professor of Biological Sciences

Community Service and Engagement

Kenneth D. Tyler, Athletic Director

Music and Arts

Kevin P. Bartram, Director of the Orchestra

Carole Garmon, Professor of Art

Each subcommittee has a specific charge and is comprised of six-to-nine members.  These members include a variety of UMW faculty, staff, and students.

The inauguration of a president is a significant and historic milestone in the life of a university.  We hope that you will look forward to participating in the events of April 2017, as the University of Mary Washington community celebrates, in a formal and public way, our next chapter.

-Holly Cuellar

Tim O’Donnell

Kelli Slunt

Susan Worrell

Admissions Open House, Saturday, Sept. 24

The following message is from the Office of Admissions:

The University of Mary Washington will host its first Admissions Open House this academic year on Saturday, Sept. 24.  About 200 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for this event. Estimated guest count is 600 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here.  Visitor parking has been reserved in the parking deck off of Route 1 and on Double Drive.  Primary event locations are the Anderson Center, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, the University Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is!  Visitors shared the following about what they enjoyed the most during their recent visits to campus:

  • “The campus tour was wonderful and helped me make my decision about the school!”
  • “Everybody was very welcoming and this was an amazing experience!”
  • “I really enjoyed meeting all the faculty.  Everyone was super nice, helpful, and fun to talk to!”
  • “Seems to be a wonderful school!”
  • “Perfect size.  Nice people.  All around great visit!”

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @UMWAdmissions and/or post to Instagram and tag @UMWAdmissions. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day.  If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW.

Fitness Opportunities at UMW

Campus Recreation is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming session of Small Group Yoga and Small Group Fitness Fusion that will run from Oct. 24 through Dec. 2 (excluding the week of Thanksgiving). These are not your typical group exercise classes, as this training program requires commitment via registration, the registered members are expected to show up to both weekly workouts, and it is limited to a small number of participants. Additionally, the instructor focuses on the needs and capabilities of your group, so no need to worry about your current fitness level. Read more about each of the small group programs below.


Small Group Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays (Oct. 24 – Dec. 2), 12-12:45 p.m., Goolrick Studio 5
Cost: $130 for UMW Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni / $150 for Secondary Cardholders and Alumni +1’s
Description: Always wanted to learn the art of yoga? Would you like expert guidance and personalized attention? Would you like to start in a smaller class before moving on to a larger, more experienced practice? This program is for you! Get the attentive yoga practice you want in this unique small group yoga experience. Spend your Mondays and Wednesdays from October 24th – December 2nd progressing through yoga poses and mindfulness practices with your yoga instructor and small group of similarly-skilled people.
Register here! Registration closes Oct. 26, or when the group is full.


If you’re interested in learning about other Campus Recreation fitness and wellness programs like the Intro to Mindfulness and Meditation Course, group fitness classes, or upcoming events and programs, visit the Campus Recreation website

VALIC 403(b) Representative on Campus Thursday, Sept. 29

Our VALIC 403(b) representative will be on campus in GW 106 on Thursday, Sept. 29.  Please RSVP at


Nominate Outstanding Commuters

The Office of Commuter Student Services is seeking nominations for our October “Feature a Commuter” program. Faculty/staff wishing to nominate an off-campus student (whether they commute by foot, bike, bus, or car) for demonstrating UMW’s values of integrity, dignity, respect, diversity, intellectual inquiry, responsibility and leadership should send their nominations and reasons for nomination to Jessica DeMers at Winners will be featured in the October Commuter Newsletter and will receive a $20 gas gift card.

Thank you for recognizing our wonderful commuters!

Supporting Distressed Students – Presentation

Many students experience emotional and psychological difficulties at some point in their lives. Some students arrive at UMW with or develop at some point in their journey an emotional, physical, or psychological disability that requires additional support and possible academic accommodations.

Dr. Sandra Fritton (Director of the Office of Disability Resources) and Dr. Tevya Zukor (Director of the Talley Center for Counseling Services) will be discussing how faculty and staff can identify, refer, and support distressed students and assist them in receiving appropriate accommodations to allow those students to be successful.

There will be two opportunities to attend this presentation, which will occur in Lee Hall Room 414:

Tuesday, Sept. 20. at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.

Please encourage faculty and staff to attend this important training.

Dining Offers for Faculty & Staff


New Lunch Buffets: Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, Campus Dining will offer lunch buffets for Faculty & Staff in the Chandler Ballroom. You may eat at the Top of the UC or in Chandler Ballroom, but not at both locations on the same visit.

Serving Hours

Monday-Friday* 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost $6.

*There will be some exceptions due to previously scheduled programming in the ballroom. Serving exception dates will be posted at the door.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day Sept. 22.  As a token of our appreciation, Campus Dining is offering members of the UMW faculty and staff a FREE CUPCAKE with any sandwich combo purchase at Li’l Joe’s (2nd Floor of the UC) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 22!  Be sure to look for your Free Cupcake Coupons that should be in your mailboxes by Monday.


UMW Procurement Forum Sept. 19

Mark your calendars! On Monday, Sept. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m., Procurement Services is hosting a forum to answer any and all questions you have about procurement. Topics will include, amongst other things:

  • Procurement department overview
  • Strategic sourcing
  • SWaM
  • SPCC
  • Savings and cost avoidance
  • Updated Small Purchase Procedures
  • Cardinal/EVA relationship
  • Surplus property
  • Q&A

We will include department questions, future opportunities and case studies where we present you with different scenarios to help you learn what to do in each situation. Topics will be geared toward department buyers, SPCC cardholders and cost center managers.

The forum will take place in the HCC Digital Auditorium. Contact James DeLoatch at ext. 1382 with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!