March 1, 2024

Recognize a Colleague!

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for exemplary service, commitment and contribution? It’s easy to nominate them for a Hurley, Coleman or Atkins Award; to do so, visit the University Recognition Awards webpage! Submit your nomination(s) by 5:00pm on Monday, November 9, 2020. Please see below for further details, or visit University Recognition Awards.

Each fall, through the presentation of 3 awards, the University of Mary Washington recognizes employees who have been nominated by other members of the University community for providing exemplary service to the University and making a positive contribution to the work environment. Nominations are now open and the details are outlined below; please take the time to nominate a colleague who deserves to be recognized and celebrated!

What: Hurley Presidential Commendation, Coleman Memorial Service Award, Larry Atkins Staff Award

When: Nominations are open, and will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Awards will be presented later this fall.

How: See University Recognition Awards for nomination criteria and the nomination form.

Questions:  Contact Terri Arthur ( about the Hurley and Coleman awards; contact Charles Tate ( about the Larry Atkins Awards.

August 2020 Staff Advisory Council Newsletter

Happy August, UMW!

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter from the Staff Advisory Council. If you click on the newsletter image below, you will be brought to an interactive PDF where you can zoom in and click on relevant links. There is also an accessible text version available on the Staff Advisory Council’s new website.

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you would like to bring to the S.A.C., you can find our contact information in the newsletter. Never hesitate to reach out! Stay well.

UMW Staff Advisory Council

Arin Doerfler
Beth Williams (ex-officio)
Brian Ogle
Brittanie Naff
Cecelia “Cece” Burkett
Charles Tate
Christy Pack
Clint Often
Cris Lopes
Edward Gray
Betsy Southern
James Pape
Julie Smith
Justin Wilkes
Kim McManus-Carini
Lee Roy Johnson
Maria Schultz
Maureen Aylward
Michael Morley
Michelle Pickham
Pam Lowery
Rosemarie Staggs
Ryan Hastings

NEW Staff Advisory Council Website

The Staff Advisory Council has a new website: The website contains a list of SAC members, so please reach out to an SAC representative or use the Contact Us form if you have a question or concern.

A Message from the Staff Advisory Council

To all faculty and staff:

Please note there is a change in the time for the weekly SAC chat sessions. The meetings will now be held weekly at 11 a.m.

The Staff Advisory Council invites you to join their weekly check-in calls. Each Thursday at 11 a.m., the SAC spends up to 30 minutes sharing staff-related updates, connecting with one another, and discussing your questions or concerns.

Please join these meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code: 278-321-885

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

Staff Advisory Council Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is currently accepting nominations to fill eight positions. So that our representation reflects all parts of the UMW community, we invite you to nominate a deserving colleague(s) or yourself.


  • 5 Administrative Professional (3 year term)
  • 1 Wage (3 year term)
  • 1 Classified (3 year term)
  • 1 Classified (1 year term)

SAC is an elected body of classified, wage, and administrative staff whose purpose is to:

  • promote collaboration and ensure open communication throughout all levels of the University;
  • provide an avenue for employee input and feedback and a means of participating in the design, development, and implementation of University programs, projects, and services;
  • strengthen employee awareness of critical issues and provide a valuable perspective for the University community and administration on matters of significant concern to wage, classified, and administrative staff.

Please visit the SAC’s website for more information (

Nominations will be accepted through April 24, 2020.  To nominate someone for the SAC, visit the SAC Nominations Page or paste the URL listed below into your internet browser:

Thank you for your participation.

SAC Elections Committee
Paul Boger –
Maureen Aylward – maylward@umw.edup
Pam Lowery –

Follow this link to the Nomination Form:
SAC Nominations

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Christy Pack: Master of Admissions

Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack, who also serves as the Staff Advisory Council president. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack has always been a fan of the quote: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” These poetic words were penned by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, a novella about a young boy who leaves his tiny planet to explore the universe. It’s quite fitting for Pack, who helps aspiring students reach for the stars.

With more than 15 years of experience in enrollment management under her belt, Pack oversees admissions and recruitment for UMW’s graduate programs in education, business and geospatial analysis. Along with Assistant Director David Harger, she spends her days recruiting and holding information sessions, orchestrating communications and marketing plans for each program, and collaborating with the Undergraduate Admissions and Continuing and Professional Studies teams.

“I never get tired of talking about advancing your education and investing in yourself,” said Pack, who also serves as president of the University’s Staff Advisory Council. Since coming to Mary Washington in 2015, she has witnessed an uptick in graduate applications, which she credits to competitive strategies developed to attract prospective students. “It’s been exciting to watch the profession evolve through technology and acclimate to the ever-changing landscape of higher education.”

Working full-time while completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business primed her to address the needs of adult learners, said Pack, adding that Mary Washington accommodates students juggling busy lives by offering evening and online classes and full- and part-time enrollment. She cited a graduate education student she recently met who’s currently completing practicum assignments.

“He said he can’t imagine a more rewarding experience than being in the classroom,” Pack said. “He’s building the foundation of a successful career right here on UMW’s Stafford Campus.”


Pack has been a member of the Staff Advisory Council since coming to UMW in 2015, and now serves as its president. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Pack has been a member of the Staff Advisory Council since coming to UMW in 2015, and now serves as its president. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Q: You were instrumental in establishing the long-anticipated agreement to offer business classes at UMW’s Dahlgren Campus. Can you tell us more about it?
A: This was a team effort all the way. We received over 50 applications and pulled together to get the first cohort set up in less than four months. We’re planning for a second one this fall.

Q: A master’s degree is a plus for today’s job-seekers. What are you doing to attract prospective students?
A: We are currently implementing a new application process. This technology is a huge transition for our office and will help us create dynamic strategies to reach and engage adult learners.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: For me, it’s graduation day. Watching a student begin their journey, overcome obstacles and become the person they’re meant to be keeps me motivated.

Q: What’s most challenging?
A: Responding to the changing pace of the job.

Q: You’ve been involved in Staff Advisory Council (SAC) since you came to UMW and now you’re president. Tell us why you love being part of the organization.
A: At Mary Washington, I’ve sought opportunities – such as Leadership UMW – to be professionally engaged in ways that can serve others and continue my skill development. As SAC president, I’ve enjoyed working with my colleagues who share this common mission of promoting collaboration and communication across our campus community. One of SAC’s final activities this year will be supporting UMW employees during Virginia Public Service Week in May. Stay tuned!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I love fishing. Two years ago, I caught a 35-pound blue catfish on the Rappahannock River in Port Royal.

Q: What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read?
A: Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. She provides great perspective on women and leadership that I’ve valued in my own journey.

SAC Collecting Supplies for Hugh Mercer Elementary Through Jan. 31

The Staff Advisory Council is collecting supplies to restock Hugh Mercer Elementary School in Fredericksburg City!

We are looking to collect:

  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • White Copy Paper
  • Expo Markers

Drop off for Supplies:  Lee Hall, Student Services Center 2nd Floor, Cashier and/or Student Account Windows

Running the collection: now through Jan 31st.

Staff Advisory Council News

Staff Advisory Council Kicks off a New Year!  It’s January 2018 and that means that SAC is ready for a new year of promoting collaboration and communication throughout the University.  The SAC is “an elected body of classified, wage, and administrative staff whose purpose is to promote collaboration and ensure open communication channels throughout all levels of the University. The council provides an avenue for employee input and feedback and a means of participating in the design, development, and implementation of University programs, projects, and services. It also strengthens employee awareness of critical issues and provides a valuable perspective for the University community and administration on matters of significant concern to wage, classified, and administrative staff.”  To learn more about the SAC and its members, please go to   

Excellent Eagle Employee Program: Nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.

#1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) In addition to the Excellent Eagle program, you can also recognize a colleague using HR’s #1 F.A.N. program. Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

On-Site Retirement Advising with TIAA – Due to an overwhelming response, there will be two more days of onsite retirement advising with TIAA.  You can register for one of the sessions at for January 30 or February 1.  Please note slots fill fast.  Next visit will be in March and April.

On-Site 457 Deferred Compensation, Hybrid and DCP (ORPHE) – A specialist will be on campus several days in 2018 to provide one-on-one consultations to help employees gain awareness of benefits of the defined contribution plans.  For more information and to register, go to

Parking Management Information – Be sure to review last week’s message from Parking Management.  To learn about Rave Guardian, permits, Eagle Landing parking, and more, go to


Staff Advisory Council News


SAC’s annual One Can Hope food drive begins Friday, Sept. 30. SAC will collect non-perishable food through Friday, Dec. 16.  Donations will benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. Donation collection boxes will be arriving in your office areas soon. If you’re interested in having a box in your area, please contact SAC Activities.


Join the Office of Sustainability and President Paino in recognizing UMW as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA® campus. The celebration takes place Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Ball Circle and includes a waste-reduced cookout. Plates and cups will not be provided. Remember to bring your own reusable water bottle.


It’s that time of year again, and the University Health Center is hosting a free flu shot clinic Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. While there isn’t a nationwide shortage of vaccine this year, UMW has a limited number of vaccinations available. Flu shots will be available for students, faculty and staff free of charge on a first come first served basis. If you have questions about the flu shot clinic, please contact the University Health Center at extension 1040.



Our annual Fall employee luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 in the University Center’s Chandler Ballroom. Join your co-workers and friends for lunch, fun and fellowship. Charles Coleman and Larry Atkins award winners will be announced. Everyone will have a chance to win prizes. Bring your EagleOne ID card to enter the luncheon and be entered to win a gift card.


Please nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award, simply send an email to with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line. Be sure to provide the person’s name, department and work location with the most convenient parking lot, and the reason they should be recognized.


Your input and suggestions are important to us! Share your thoughts and ideas with S.A.C. by completing the suggestions form on our website. Let us know what’s on your mind. What can we do to help make UMW a great place to work?


UPCOMING MEETING S.A.C.’s next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Stafford campus at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to any member of the UMW community who’d like to attend.  Dr. Anand Rao will be our guest speaker.  Dr Rao is Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and chairman of the University Faculty Council.

Community Engagement Forums: 2016 Faculty/Staff Engagement Assessment

Dear Colleagues:

In February, we conducted the UMW 2016 Faculty and Staff Engagement Assessment. The Results are now available for your review. Please plan to join  representatives from the Staff Advisory Council and the University Faculty Council at one of the Community Forums listed below to ensure that  your concerns are understood.  Where our most pressing needs are  well defined in the report, action planning has begun. For others, more discussion is needed.

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, 4 p.m. -5 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, Fredericksburg Campus or

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, 2 p.m. -3 p.m., University Hall, Stafford Campus

We ask that you take a few minutes prior to attending the forums to review the results and other resources.


Faculty & Staff Engagement Assessment Committee

University Faculty Council

Staff Advisory Council