October 15, 2019

Trump Trails Leading Democratic Candidates, UMW Survey Shows

Four prominent Democratic presidential candidates hold double-digit leads over President Donald Trump in hypothetical 2020 election contests in Virginia, according to a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey. The survey, conducted Sept. 3-15 for UMW by Research America Inc., found former Vice President Joe Biden had a 55 percent to 37 percent margin over […]

Music Professor Shares ‘Note’worthy Research on ‘With Good Reason’

University of Mary Washington Music Professor and Department Chair Brooks Kuykendall will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio show. The episode, Unexpected Remixes, will air daily beginning Saturday, Sept. 21, and continuing through Sept. 27. The episode showcases Kuykendall’s discovery of an epic 19th-century musical crossover. Working with Mary Washington alumna Elyse Ridder […]

Virginians Favor Legalizing Marijuana By Wide Margin, UMW Poll Shows

Virginians are growing increasingly supportive of the idea of legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, according to a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey. By a margin of 61 percent in favor and 34 percent opposed, Virginians said they support legalizing pot for adults, according to the poll, which was conducted Sept. 3-15 […]

Troy Paino: Great College [President] to Work For

How does he do it? That’s a question often asked about UMW President Troy Paino, who constantly juggles meetings with alumni, speaking engagements, trips to Richmond to secure more funding for Mary Washington, board meetings, family time, one-on-ones with his Cabinet members and physical fitness.

University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino plans to continue the work that led UMW to the Great Colleges to Work For recognition it received this week. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino plans to continue the work that led UMW to the Great Colleges to Work For recognition it received this week. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

To keep his commitments and do it with flair, Mary Washington’s 10th president relies on the adrenaline boost he gets from interacting with students, faculty and staff.

“Their enthusiasm and spirit for this place is infectious,” Paino said. He hopes UMW’s new designation as a Great College to Work For – the results of a survey of the University’s more than 800 full-time employees that came out this week – ramps up that mojo.

Since taking office in 2016, he’s used feedback from a previous Great Colleges study as a compass for what was working and what needed work – communication, collaboration and compensation. “When people start feeling that they can actively participate in making a place better, morale is going to improve,” said Paino, who crisscrosses campus, the local community and the state Capitol on behalf of our school.

But college presidents need downtime, too. He finds it when he can curl up on the couch with wife Kelly and dog Oscar (both daughters have left the nest) binge-watching Billions. But Mary Washington is never far from his mind.

“I’ve become more energized since I’ve been here, working with people to articulate a vision, create a plan and begin implementing it,” he said. “I feel a lot of good forward momentum. I’m excited to be part of it.”

Q: You worked eight years at Truman State University, six of them as president. What brought you to Mary Washington?
A: I would not have left Truman for just any place. I fell in love with Mary Washington’s mission and thought I could use my talents and skill sets to make a difference here.

Q: What’s a typical day like on the job?
A: I have meetings with my Cabinet members and surprises on campus that need to be addressed. I keep my eye toward external audiences – fundraising, politics, community, corporate relations. I find opportunities to interact with students wherever I can, even just walking down Campus Walk and striking up conversations. I’m teaching a class this semester. The more interaction I can get with students, the more it keeps me grounded and reminds me why we’re doing this work.

Q: What’s most rewarding about your job?
A: When I get to interact with a student and see that their Mary Washington experience has sparked something inside them – a passion, a purpose, a direction, a vocation.

Q: What’s most challenging?
A: Having to make tough decisions with limited resources to empower those who work here to do everything they want to do for our students. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, tight-knit community, so it’s always a challenge trying to hold it together when it seems there are issues in our world that are pulling us apart.

Q: Any mottos you live by?
A: “It’s not about you, stupid.” It’s easy in life to become self-absorbed. I try each day to remind myself that this isn’t about me. It’s about the mission. It’s about the students. That’s why I’m here.

UMW Swimmer, Assistant Coach Earn Medals at Parapan American Games

Joey Peppersack ’21 and Zach Shattuck brought some shiny new souvenirs back to Mary Washington after competing in the Parapan American Games in August. Peppersack won a silver medal for the men’s 100-meter backstroke, while teammate Zach Shattuck, assistant coach of UMW’s men’s swimming, earned a silver and three bronze medals for the men’s 100-meter […]

UMW Earns ‘Great Colleges To Work For’ Recognition

University of Mary Washington has been recognized as a 2019 Great College to Work For. Now in its 12th year, the Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. The results, released today in a special insert in The Chronicle of Higher Education, […]

UMW Invites Community on Freedom Rides Bus Tour

Will you get on the bus? The University of Mary Washington is inviting members of the Fredericksburg community to join students on a trip of a lifetime. The Freedom Rides Tour – set to take place Saturday, Oct. 12, through Tuesday, Oct. 15 – traces the route of the history-changing 1960s bus rides across the […]

Cameisha Chin: A New Page

Cameisha Chin, the UMW Barnes and Noble bookstore's new manager, has worked for B&N for nearly two decades. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Cameisha Chin, the UMW Barnes & Noble bookstore’s new manager, has worked for B&N for nearly two decades. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Cameisha Chin hasn’t had much time to read a novel lately. But she has an excuse. As manager of UMW’s new Barnes & Noble bookstore, she spent her summer getting things running smoothly so everyone else can get their books and course materials in time for the new school year.

In her new job –  the bookstore will host a grand opening Thursday, Oct. 3 – Chin orders merchandise, trains employees and provides students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests with exceptional customer service. She also ensures that the Mary Washington and Barnes & Noble brands go hand-in-hand.

“We’re not a traditional retailer that comes in and takes over without input from the campus community,” said Chin, who began working at Mary Washington in July. “We are very much aligned with the University, and our social media and marketing efforts will still promote the UMW bookstore.”

A more robust website and new My College Bookstore smartphone app – which highlights sales and provides notifications for orders and rentals – have already earned compliments from customers.

Chin began working for B&N nearly two decades ago as a student at Northern Virginia Community College, where she now teaches business. Since then, she’s helped launch stores at universities throughout the region. But there was something special about Mary Washington.

“My son and I toured UMW when he was looking at colleges,” said Chin, who found the campus beautiful and welcoming. “When the University signed the contract with B&N, I applied because I wanted to work in an environment that resembled a family.”

 

Cameisha Chin, the bookstore's new manager, was thrilled to come to UMW, because she wanted to work in "an environment that resembled a family." Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Cameisha Chin, the bookstore’s new manager, was thrilled to come to UMW, because she wanted to work in “an environment that resembled a family.” Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Q: Why are so many universities relinquishing bookstore management to larger entities like B&N?
A: The nature of this business is changing, and B&N has adapted with the times. We’re developing innovative programs that align with campus initiatives, such as open education resources, a digital platform, study solutions and inclusive access services.

Q: What are some of the bookstore must-haves this fall?
A: There were many requests for grandparent items during Move-In Day, so we’ve ordered more gear for families. Hydro flasks and Squishable toys are also popular items.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: When students receive the materials they need to succeed and everything goes smoothly.

Q: The most challenging?
A: When things don’t go as planned and students don’t get their course materials in a timely fashion.

Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Going to the movies. I tried golf recently and look forward to getting back on the course. Teaching my business class each semester also gives me the opportunity to interact with students in a different setting.

Q: What books are you enjoying right now?
A: I recently met Angie Thomas, who wrote The Hate You Give, and she signed my book.

Q: What are people surprised to learn about you?
A: People are always amazed that I have three teenagers.

Q: What’s your motto?
A: Treat people how you’d like to be treated.

Smithsonian Partnership Lets Students Explore Endangered Species

Imagine getting up close and personal with the world’s most endangered species – and then having the chance to save them. Thanks to a partnership with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), Mary Washington students will soon have that experience. They’ll spend a semester working directly with these animals and learning from Smithsonian scientists and […]

Smithsonian Partnership Lets Students Explore Endangered Species

Imagine getting up close and personal with the world’s most endangered species – and then having the chance to save them. Thanks to a partnership with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), Mary Washington students will soon have that experience. They’ll spend a semester working directly with these animals and learning from Smithsonian scientists and […]