February 27, 2017

A message to the UMW Community

The following message is from the University Title IX Office and the Office of Student Affairs:

To the campus community:

Regardless of actions on the federal level, UMW upholds its commitment to supporting transgender students in its policies and practices. Safe access to gender neutral bathrooms and gender neutral housing remains a priority.

As the welfare of every UMW citizen is important to sustaining the optimal learning environment, please utilize resources on campus that work to promote safety, diversity, and inclusion. These include the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Talley Center, the Title IX office, the Office of Student Life, and the UMW police. Also, students are reminded to download the Rave Guardian safety app on their mobile devices and to utilize the University escort service as needed.



UMW United

Dear fellow students, faculty, and staff:

We, as a group of diverse and active students, would like to address the recent disturbing incidents that have taken place not only on our campus and in the surrounding community, but throughout our nation.

In the last few weeks, there have been several known instances of white supremacist propaganda appearing on our campus. The most jarring include Nazi imagery and a homophobic slur that seek to isolate and alienate people from our community. Here at the University of Mary Washington, we want our fellow students to know that we condemn such acts of terror. Hate speech goes against our community’s core values and will not be tolerated on our campus.

History has taught us the dangers of this propaganda, and the memory of such horrors guides us to fight against these harmful ideas and to push back against actions that target members of marginalized groups and identities. We want students, no matter their affiliation, to know that their peers here at Mary Washington will voice their strong views against such heinous acts.

Students in Madison Hall and others who feel concern for their safety and well-being on campus should know that they have our continued support in the fight for justice, and are valued members of our community. We hear your frustration, and we are working alongside our administration to promote a more open dialogue about our campus climate and the needs of our students.

If anyone on campus witnesses discriminatory behavior, actions, or publications, there are many resources available for reporting them. Please do not sit idly by while injustice occurs; the only way to dispel these harmful ideas is to actively acknowledge and challenge them. Document and report them to the University by filing a bias incident report (see link at bottom).

In addition, please utilize resources on campus that work to promote safety and diversity, such as the James Farmer Multicultural Center, Talley Center, Title IX office, and the UMW police. If possible, download the Rave Guardian safety app on your mobile device to help stay safe on and off campus.

This is our UMW. Our community is built from our differences and with our differences. We are built on respect for each other, for faculty, and for staff. We construct the ideals of our campus community on the pillars of our morality and our intellect. We are here to learn, not just from the classroom, but from each other. Together, we are one UMW. Together, we are UMW United. In Solidarity,

Women of Color

Islamic Student Association

Young Democrats

College Republicans

People for the Rights of Individuals of Gender and Sexual Minorities

Judicial Review Board

Student Government Association

Campus Programming Board

Environmental Action Coalition

Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee

Geek Alliance

Association of Computing Machinery

Classics Club

Japanese Animation and Dramatic Entertainment

League of Legends Collegiate Club

Pokemon Club

UMW Competitive Super Smash Bros. Club

Tabletop Game Club

UMW Whovians

Video Game Club

Western Animation Club

No Labels

InterClub Association

Class Council

Arab Culture Club

Asian Student Association

UMW Breakers

Eagle Bhangra

Association of Residence Halls

UMW Middle Eastern Dance Club



For filing a bias incident report: http://www.umw.edu/concerns/

MetLife to Present ‘Focus on your Future’ Workshop

Our MetLife representative will be in Lee Hall, Room 412, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. He will stay until 1:30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to stop by and ask questions regarding retirement planning.



Information Session: Classified Compensation Study

Dear Classified Employees and Supervisors:

As you know, President Paino has made a commitment to evaluate and address compensation for UMW’s classified staff.   As part of that commitment, the University has launched a compensation study for classified staff with the following goals:

  • Measure the University’s compensation market position for classified staff
  • Identify pay structures, policies, and guidelines to facilitate internally equitable and market competitive compensation for classified staff

A compensation advisory committee*, comprised of classified staff from different departments and functional areas within the university, is helping to guide the study under the direction of HR and our compensation consultant, Heather Kazemi, CCP, SPHR, Segal Group, Washington, D.C.**

You are encouraged to learn more about the approach to the study and the process at an information session on March 2 at 4 p.m.( location pending).

Thank You

*We extend gratitude to the Compensation Advisory Committee for their service on behalf of all classified employees:

Michael Hall, Police Department

Andrea Correa, Housekeeing

Michelle Brooks, Residence Life

Ali Hieber, Events

Beth Hunsinger, Advancement

James Deloatch, Procurement

Angela Lily, Finance

Connie Souza, Facilities

Michael Morley, Muisic

Susanne Tomlin, Registrar

Kelly Eury, Admissions

Andrea Cordray, College of Businsess

**About our Consultant:

Ms. Kazemi is a Vice President and Senior Compensation Consultant for the  Segal Group’s office in  Washington, D.C. office. For the past 22 years, Heather has worked with public institutions and other public sector entities to evaluate the internal equity and external competitiveness of their total rewards

programs, as well as modernize job classification structures and performance evaluation programs.

Heather has partnered with numerous higher education institutions, k-12 school districts, and

other organizations to build strategic compensation philosophies and develop sustainable

solutions that are aligned with their culture.

In Virginia, she has led compensation projects for:

  • George Mason University
  • Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • James Madison University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Albemarle County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Prince William County
  • City of Salem
  • City of Manassas
  • Fairfax Water Authority


UMW Pedagogy Chat on Twitter

Please join UMW faculty from across the university in a Twitter chat at #teachUMW. We will meet online weekly for the rest of the spring semester on Wednesdays from noon until 1 p.m., beginning on March 1. If you are unavailable at that time, you can still visit the hashtag and interact with posts at other times. We will discuss topics related to digital pedagogy and general best practices for UMW students, based on faculty experience and research.

Interested students may wish to join to provide their experience as well; please share as appropriate. Please contact Janine Davis if you have questions, need help with Twitter or would like to serve as a guest host for future weekly chats.

Undergraduate Commencement Volunteers Needed

Undergraduate Commencement Volunteers Needed!!

Undergraduate Commencement: Saturday, May 13, 2017, on the Fredericksburg campus.

Volunteers are needed to assist with questions, meet/greet, drive golf carts and direct guests.  All volunteers on Saturday, May 13, 2017 will receive a ticket to the picnic. Email Tameka Brown in the Office of University Events and Conferencing at tjalal@umw.edu if you are interested in this opportunity. Volunteers will need to arrive by 6:30 a.m., and all assignments will end at 3 p.m.

Coffee with President Paino, Feb. 23

President Troy Paino will hold his first “Coffee with the President” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to stop by to share your thoughts and ideas about the University.

Weight Watchers “Inspire Event” Feb. 23

Thinking about joining Weight Watchers on campus? Come to a meeting in the Hurley Convergence Center, Room 111, on Thursday, Feb. 23, between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. and learn more about it.



Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership: Call for Applications 2017-18

The Office of the President is receiving applications and nominations of students for the 2017-18 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership (CADL). This award is given annually to a rising senior enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at UMW. The student must be enrolled at the institution for the fall and spring academic terms.  The student must possess characteristics of leadership and a personal commitment to advocating an appreciation for diversity and inclusion on campus.  This award is sponsored and presented by the Office of the President.

Any student may apply for the award who feels they meet the stated criteria and qualifications.  Information is available online at students.umw.edu/multicultural/citizenship-award-for-diversity/.  You are encouraged to apply for this award if you feel you are an eligible candidate. Also, please feel free to share this information with other students who may be eligible. If you would like consideration of this award, please complete the application form and return it to the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) in University Center, room 319, or at msanford@umw.edu.

The deadline for applications and nominations is Friday, March 31, 2017. The forms may be dropped off, faxed or returned electronically to the office.  There are hard copies of the application available in the office for students who want to fill out the form in the JFMC. We want to consider every deserving student for this dynamic award. The identified student for this award will be notified of their selection.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

TIAA on campus 2/22 and 2/24

Please contact Denise Frye at dfrye2@umw.edu with any questions.   

All UMW employees, full- time, part-time, wage/hourly and adjunct, are eligible to participate in a 403(b) as a way to save towards retirement! Take a few moments to learn more. 

Our TIAA representative will be on campus Wednesday, February 22 and Friday, February 24, 2017 in GW106.  Please set up your individual counseling session by RSVP by calling 1-800-732-8353.  This is for all employees who are interested in or currently  participating in a TIAA  403(b) account.  Optional Retirement Participants may also set up appointments.   

In these sessions you can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced Financial Consultant.  They are available to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.   

You will receive a detailed evaluation that tells you everything you need to know and do.    You will be able to answer the following questions:

·         Are my investments properly allocated?

·         Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?

·         Am I saving enough?

·         How and from where do I draw retirement income? 

You will also receive a personalized action plan based on your goals, time horizon and induvial risk tolerance.  Schedule your individual appointment today by calling 1-800-732-8353 

Thank you