March 30, 2017

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 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.

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  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

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.

Message from Parking Management

The following message is from Parking Management: 

Beginning Monday, Feb. 20, the University will begin replacing and upgrading the wired and wireless network infrastructure in all of the residence halls. The result will be increased capacity, performance and coverage in all halls. A portion of the Sunken Road lot has been designated as a base for this large project.

To accommodate the project, the back area of Sunken Road parking lot (lot below Alvey parking deck) will be closed Feb. 20 through May. Signs have been posted to prepare students for the closing. The area will be closed throughout the upgrade of the wireless service. 

Parking in the Alvey parking deck will be available for student parking.  If a security escort is needed, please contact the UMW Police Department non-emergency number, 540-654-1025 for assistance.
Thank you for your patience. For additional information, contact Jean Elliott in Parking Management at



UMW Employee Recognition Programs

Have you experienced excellent customer service from another employee while working on a project?  Has a co-worker gone above and beyond to help you on an assignment? The #1 Fan Program is available to all employees to reward someone for a helping hand. You do not need to be a supervisor to utilize this program. If you are a supervisor you can reward your employees with a Yellow WOW card (classified employees only) or Green WOW card (classified or wage employees only).

Please visit the Human Resources webpage for more details on these two programs and other recognition programs:

If you have any questions or suggestions for ways to recognize our UMW employees, please contact Jennifer Cooper, x1046 or


UMW transitioning to new custodial services contract

On Friday, Feb. 10, Professional Building Maintenance Inc. (PBM) will begin providing custodial services to a number of UMW facilities including UMW Athletic facilities, Hurley Convergence Center, Simpson Library, University Center, Stafford Campus and several others. We appreciate the four years of service provided by GCA Services and expect a number of employees to transition to PBM, so there should be some familiar faces along with some new ones.

Some temporary disruption often accompanies the introduction of a new organization, but please know that UMW Facilities Services as well as PBM will be closely monitoring and work to resolve issues promptly. A special word of thanks to those individuals who agreed to review, interview and score the competing firms, and of course a huge “thank you” to the folks in Procurement who put in many hours to make this happen.


UMW Book Club to Meet Feb. 15

The next meeting of the UMW Book Club will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2017, in Lee Hall, Room 414. The group will be reading The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer. UMW Book Club members qualify for a discounted price on books purchased from the University Bookstore. For pricing information, contact Margaret Mock at or x1017.

RecycleMania 2017

On Feb. 5, UMW begins its 9th season of RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition, between U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. RecycleMania provides a fun and friendly way to engage in waste reduction through recycling. We are not changing the recycling program!

Visit for details and a link to RecycleMania.

2017 is the year for us to regain our title as recycling the most per capita weight among Virginia colleges and universities. We held this title in 2013, 2014 and 2015, so let’s bring the bragging rights back to UMW.

COMING SOON: information on the annual Shred Event for confidential UMW documents.

Everyone can contribute to our RecycleMania success:

  1. Be a role model; inspire others by recycling.
  2. Keep an eye out in your building; do you have needed recycling bins?
  3. Make sure bins are clearly labeled. Request labels, bins or other supplies through the Facilities Services Work Management System.
  4. Request recycling bins at catered events in your department/building.
  5. REDUCE and REUSE.









7th Annual COAR Variety Show

COAR will be having its 7th Annual Variety Show on Feb. 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. Come on out for a night of exciting performances and raffle prizes! Tickets for entry and raffle tickets are $1 each. All proceeds go toward UMW’s Alternative Spring Break program, which works in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. You don’t want to miss out!