June 13, 2024

Retirement Party for Ken Manahan, June 24

After several years with the University of Mary Washington, Senior Contract Officer Ken Manahan is retiring from the Procurement Office. A reception will be held in his honor on Monday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Eagle Village executive building’s fourth-floor conference room (between Suite 400 and 480).

Sharing Sad News in the Passing of Senior Lecturer Michael Killian

The following message is from the Office of the Provost:

UMW Faculty, Staff and Students,

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences Michael “Mike” Killian. He died on May 22, 2024, after a courageous battle with brain cancer as family and friends were by his side. His family has shared information with campus and through the obituary now published online.

Mike finished his teaching career at the University of Mary Washington as a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. He previously taught biology and chemistry at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County. He also worked for the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service and earned a master’s degree in entomology from NC State University. In addition, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Joella Killian, professor emerita of biology, who retired from UMW after 34 dedicated years. The two traveled the world together, exploring nature. Mike’s family notes that he is a plant person at heart, who loved to fish or play in any river stream, swamp, or marsh. As noted in his obituary, Mike believed that musical theater was the highest art form and regularly attended productions at UMW and the Riverside Dinner Theater.

Those wishing to send condolences may make a contribution in memory of Mike Killian to the Killian Theatre Scholarship (giving.umw.edu or UMW Advancement Services at (540) 654-1024), or the charity of your choice. The campus community is also invited to join a Celebration of Life, which will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg.

Students seeking resources may access TimelyCare, an online service accessed via a web browser or app or find additional resources from the Talley Center. Go to timelycare.com/umw to access the service using single sign-on (you’ll access it with your UMW NetID – just using umw.edu at the end). For faculty and staff, information about the Employee Assistance Program, which is available at no cost with state employee health insurance plans, may be accessed through the Human Resources website.

We extend our sympathies to the Killian family.

Timothy M. O’Donnell
University of Mary Washington

University Staff Council 2024 Elections Open Through June 21

UMW Staff,

Elections are now open for committees and for University Staff Council and will close on Friday, June 21, at 5 p.m.

There is one opening for AP staff on the USC. There are also positions available on the Budget Advisory Committee. Meet the nominees here. The open positions for Classified staff on the USC and the position for the James Farmer Multicultural Center Advisory Committee have been filled by nominees. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the University Staff Council: usc@umw.edu.

For more information, please see the USC elections website.

2024 3% Pay Increase

I’m pleased to announce a state-wide 3% pay increase has been authorized and that UMW Classified, A/P faculty, full-time teaching faculty, adjunct faculty and wage employees are all eligible to receive this pay increase per the criteria described below:

2024 UMW Salary Increase FAQs

Classified Staff

  • Classified staff hired on or before March 10, 2024 and remaining employed as of June 10, 2024 will receive a 3% base pay increase effective June 10, 2024, provided they received a rating of “Contributor” or satisfactory on their last performance evaluation or more recent interim evaluation.

A/P Faculty

  • A/P faculty hired on or before March 10, 2024 and remaining employed as of June 10, 2024 will receive a 3% base pay increase effective June 10, 2023, provided they received a rating of “Contributor” or satisfactory on their last performance evaluation or more recent interim evaluation.

Pay increases for both Classified staff and A/P faculty will appear in paychecks beginning July 1, 2024. Please refer to 2024 UMW Salary Increase FAQs for information about employees working fewer than 12 months annually and are not actively working on June 10.

Full-Time and Adjunct Teaching Faculty

  • Full-time and adjunct teaching faculty will receive their increase information in their appointment or reappointment letter.

Wage Staff

  • All wage staff hired on or before March 10, 2024 and remaining employed as of June 10, 2024 will receive a 3% hourly rate increase effective June 17, 2024. Pay rate increases for wage staff will appear in paychecks beginning July 12, 2024.

Deferred Compensation

Part or all of the salary increase may be deferred, subject to relevant plan guidelines and limitations. Please see 2024 UMW Salary Increase FAQs for detailed guidance to enroll in or change contribution amounts for the 403b Pre-tax Annuity.

For questions about salary increase eligibility, you may contact Deborah Burton dburton@umw.edu in Human Resources

Thank you for all you do to make UMW such an outstanding university!

Beth Williams
Executive Director for Human Resources
540 654-1294

Classified Non-Exempt Employee Overtime Leave Option Reinstated

The option to elect overtime leave in lieu of overtime pay is being reinstated effective July 10, 2024. This option allows classified, non-exempt employees the option to earn time off (overtime leave) instead of overtime pay. Employees who wish to elect the overtime leave option must complete the election form and return it to their direct supervisor for processing. This is an annual election. The next opportunity to change this election will be in June, 2025.  For employees who wish to continue receiving overtime pay, no action is required.

The election period will open on Monday, June 10th and will close on Friday, June 21st.

Upon receiving a completed election form, direct supervisors should sign the form and make the change to the OT compensation method in Banner SSB as requested by the employee. SSB instructions for supervisors can be found on the payroll website, Overtime Leave Election Process. It is only necessary to take action within the Banner Self Service (SSB) web form if the employee’s compensation method for overtime is being changed.

Additional information regarding overtime leave can be found in the UMW Overtime Compensation Policy for Non-Exempt Employees.

MyTime training is available virtually if you need assistance. Please contact tess@umw.edu to schedule training. MyTime access concerns should be directed to the UMW Helpdesk at 2255.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email Deborah Burton dburton@umw.edu.

Thank you,

Beth Williams
Executive Director for Human Resources
540 654-1294

Orientation Reminders and Parking Info for June

The following message is from Student Affairs and Administration and Finance:

UMW Faculty and Staff,

During the month of June, UMW will welcome incoming students and their families to campus for Orientation. For more information and schedules, visit the New Student Programs website.

Orientation is a vital experience designed to help students and their families feel welcomed, involved and connected to the University. Your support in this mission is greatly appreciated, and you are invited to volunteer to welcome our newest students to campus. Volunteer sign-up is still open online. Please wear your UMW clothing and nametag, and we’ll provide an “ask me anything” button.

Parking lots will be reserved for Orientation as follows:

  • June 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 & 24: George Washington, Marshall, Double Drive and Jefferson Square lots
  • June 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 & 25: George Washington, Marshall, Double Drive, Jefferson Square, Thornton and Pizza Hut lots. While guest vehicles will remain in George Washington until the conclusion of Orientation, spaces that remain open on these dates may be used by UMW faculty and staff.
  • June 5 & 26: George Washington lot. While guest vehicles will remain in George Washington until the conclusion of Orientation, spaces that remain open after 10 a.m. may be used by UMW faculty and staff.

Parking for faculty and staff will remain available in all other designated and unreserved faculty and staff lots.

As a reminder:

  • Accessible parking spaces are available in all open lots to any vehicles with DMV-issued accessible placards or license plates.
  • The UMW Police Department provides escorts when needed and may be reached at ext. 1025. Please visit the Safety Escort webpage for more information.

For a calendar view of lot reservations visit the Parking Lot Reservations Calendar webpage.

Reunion Invite and Parking Info for May 30-June 2

Staff and faculty,

You’re invited to join in the Reunion celebration May 30 – June 2, with class sessions, area tours and exhibits, and a Saturday picnic. The activities start on Thursday, May 30, as we welcome alumni returning for their 50th reunion (or more!). Friday includes several Alumni College classes followed by class gatherings, and Saturday is a family-friendly, food-filled day. Be our guest for the Reunion Picnic on Saturday, June 1, with free tickets (up to four) available for faculty/staff. Pick up your tickets with your OneCard ID at the registration area just inside the entrance of the Cedric Rucker University Center beginning Thursday, May 30.

View the full schedule of events online, and note that some of the events, such as the Alumni College, are also free, but some may require a small fee.

Please note the following parking changes during Reunion weekend from May 30, 2024 through June 2, 2024:

  • The Fairfax lot will be reserved on Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. through June 2 at 2:00 p.m. for Reunion Overnight Guests.
  • The George Washington lot will be reserved starting at 1:30 p.m. on May 30 through June 2 at 2:00 p.m. for Reunion Guests.  Guests will also be welcomed to use the Thornton Street lot.
  • There will also be reserved spaces throughout various lots.

For a calendar view of lot reservations visit the Parking Lot Reservations Calendar webpage. Please contact Parking Management with any parking related questions: parking@umw.edu, 540/654-1129.

For more information about Reunion, visit the website or contact alumni@umw.edu.

Thank you in advance for helping us welcome back our alumni and friends.

The String Queens Return to UMW, May 31

The String Queens album cover

Don’t miss the opportunity to join Continuing and Professional Studies for The String Queens Master Class for Educators. This session offers a unique opportunity to grow as educators in four essential areas of today’s classroom; social-emotional learning in the music classroom, a trauma-informed centered music classroom, creating a culturally inclusive classroom and finding your balance as an educator and performer. This session will be held on May 31st from 9 am-1 pm at the Stafford Campus in University Hall.

This course is free to all UMW Staff and Faculty. Please register here and use code UMWTSQ at checkout for a 100% discount.

The String Queens, TSQ, visited UMW in December as both guest speakers for students studying music and as performers to a full house in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium! We welcome them back for another awesome learning opportunity geared to all educators! TSQ are a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences, inspiring diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine. With a repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, TSQ performs versatile programs that take listeners on a rousing musical journey through time and various genres.

Faculty Staff Orientation Volunteers Needed, June 5-26

Orientation sessions are just ONE WEEK AWAY and we still need your help.
We’re still searching for volunteers for our upcoming First-Year and Transfer Orientation sessions this summer. Whether you have previous experience with orientation programs or want to lend a hand for the first time, we welcome you! Your willingness will make a huge impact on our incoming students and help provide support to the New Student Programs (NSP) team.
Orientation serves as a mid-summer touch point for incoming students, offering them a warm welcome and providing essential information to help ease their transition into life at UMW. Your involvement as a volunteer plays an important role in creating a supportive and inclusive environment for our new students.
Here’s where we need your help:
Below, you’ll see the dates of orientation for both First-Year and Transfer students. We are asking that you’ll volunteer your time as you’re able to be on campus greeting and offering directions in the mornings as students and supporters are checking in.
Orientation Dates
Volunteer Placements/Stations
First-Year (FY) Dates:
  • June 6-7
  • June 10-11
  • June 13-14
  • June 17-18
  • June 20-21
  • June 24-25
*2-day, overnight experience
·                     Day 1: Bell Tower –> James Farmer Hall –> Lee Hall –> Fountain
    • 2 shifts: 7:30-8:30a.m., and 8:30-9:15a.m.
    • Supporters and students will park/drop off at the Bell Tower and walk to check in at Willard Hall
·                     Day 2: Thornton St. Parking Lot –> duPont Hall –> Seacobeck Hall (along College Ave.)
o        1 shift: 7:30-8:15a.m.
o        Supporters will park in Thornton Lot and walk to Seacobeck for the start of Day 2
Transfer Dates:
  • June 5
  • June 26
*single day session
  • Day 1: College Ave near Double Drive –> College Ave near Fairfax House –> College Ave @ CRUC 1st floor
    • 2 shifts: 7:30-8:30a.m., and 8:30-9:30a.m.
    • Students and supporters will park in GW Lot and head to the CRUC for the day
If you are interested in volunteering for First-Year and/or Transfer Orientation, please complete the volunteer sign-up form linked below ASAP, as Orientation begins early June. Someone will follow up with additional details as the orientation dates approach. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CA9A82BA5FAC52-49417893-2024
The more the merrier, so share with your team if they’re interested.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to support our new students. If you have any questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to working together to make this year’s orientation a welcoming experience for all!
Carson Berrier (she/her)
Admissions Counselor
(540) 654-5817 (office)

(540) 501-6174 (text)


June Coffee Talk, June 11

June Coffee Talk

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 8 to 9 a.m., 718 Venue, 718 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Parking is available at Riverfront Park, George STreet Lot and Sophia Street Parking Deck, as well as along Caroline Street.

Attendees will receive a 10% discount on coffee from Italian Station when they mention they are there for the Coffee Talk session.

Join us at June’s Coffee Talk as we discuss the topic of Health & Wellness.

In this session, learn how living a healthy lifestyle can build resilience. Discuss important habits that can help you build a strong foundation for navigating the adversities and challenges of life.

June’s Coffee Talk will be led by Season Plato, Certified Health & Wellness Coach.

Season Plato is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, whose passion is to guide others in creating a healthy life. She provides a comprehensive program that offers one on one coaching, accountability, education and customized nutrition plans. You don’t have to do it alone. Become part of a community of supportive clients and coaches choosing to pursue health and wellness together. You too can create a healthy lifestyle, one habit at a time.

Register for the June Coffe Talk