January 23, 2021

Employee Honors Awarded at Presidential Luncheon

UMW President Troy Paino, during a virtual luncheon Tuesday, expressed his gratitude to faculty and staff for their commitment to seeing the University through a “remarkable” fall semester. Staff Advisory Council President Michelle Pickham, Executive Director of Human Resources Beth Williams and Chief of Staff Jeff McClurken also spoke during the event.

Clockwise from top left, Executive Director of Human Resources Beth Williams, President Troy Paino, Chief of Staff Jeff McClurken and Staff Advisory Council President Michelle Pickham spoke at Tuesday's Presidential Luncheon and award presentation.

Clockwise from top left, Executive Director of Human Resources Beth Williams, President Troy Paino, Chief of Staff Jeff McClurken and Staff Advisory Council President Michelle Pickham spoke at Tuesday’s Presidential Luncheon and award presentation.

“I just couldn’t be more proud of the Mary Washington community,” Paino said, thanking students, area partners and all UMW employees, with a special shout-out to those with children at home who are juggling multiple roles. “We’ve really gone through this together.”

Paino told participants that UMW’s performance throughout the pandemic, and the reimagining of operations it caused, had exceeded his expectations. He talked about the road ahead for the University, emphasizing the importance of practicing mental health and continuing to follow MMDC (monitor, mask, distance and clean) guidelines.

The panel answered questions on topics such as the University’s rebranding efforts and slated construction on campus. And the winners of the Hurley, Coleman and Atkins employee awards were announced. A twist this year is that two employees were doubly honored.

  • Digital Knowledge Center Associate Director Shannon Hauser received the Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation. This award goes to a UMW employee, with preference for an administrative/professional faculty member who has performed exceptionally meritorious service to the University, demonstrated strength of character and maintained steadfast dedication to the University’s mission.
  • Assistant Building Attendant Manager Sharon Neville received the Charles Coleman Service Award. This honor goes to classified and hourly employees who have demonstrated loyalty and dedication to the University, displayed care and concern for others, and maintained a positive “can do” attitude regarding assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Hauser (AP faculty), Neville (classified) and Center for Career and Professional Development Career Coach Mary Becelia (wage) received the Staff Advisory Council’s Larry Atkins Award. This honor goes to employees who lend a helping hand to their teammates, go above and beyond in each and every task, and set a positive example for their colleagues.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Paino told employees who joined Tuesday’s luncheon. “We’re going to come back for a better 2021.”