Hurley Nominees

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Shannon Hauser
A/P Faculty
Associate Director
Digital Knowledge Center
Cartland Berge
Meritorious Service

In the Great Online Pivot of 2020, Shannon took on responsibility far above the duties of her job to help improve the transition for faculty and students. She was tireless in her efforts: writing countless online guides, designing a Canvas course for the first ever virtual orientation, and working with faculty both in one-on-one consultations and in large group presentations via Zoom. But her crowning accomplishment is the ReFocus Online website.

Working in close collaboration with the Center for Teaching, Shannon built this site, from scratch, into an incredibly comprehensive resource that will be used by faculty for years to come, at UMW and beyond. It combines discussions of pedagogical practice, practical application exercises, faculty models, and more, in a sleek, digestible, and unified design. But don’t take my word for it! See for yourself at http://learn.umw.edu/refocus

None of this is spelled out in her job description, but she accomplished it with gusto.

Strength of Character Before joining the Digital Learning Support team, Shannon worked for years at Simpson Library, where she stepped up on a number of occasions to fill in temporarily when staffing changes left gaps in responsibilities. This is a tradition she has continued in DLS, where vacant positions have meant that many unexpected duties “temporarily” shifted to her. This became particularly true at the start of the COVID pandemic. We suddenly found ourselves, a staff of three, supporting the university in the move to online teaching and learning. This was an incredibly overwhelming ask, but Shannon did not complain, and did not skip a beat – she immediately set to work doing what had to be done.
Dedication to University’s Mission

Shannon’s contributions to the university and its mission cannot be overstated. She believes in Mary Washington, and has poured her lifeblood into making it the best institution it can be. Her work has been so integral to our unit’s operation, and to the entire pandemic faculty development effort, that I shudder to imagine what this fall would look like without her.

Shannon is a proud UMW alum, a dedicated worker, and an outstanding human being. She deserves all the recognition we can give her.

 

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Ben Kjar
A/P Faculty
Associate Director of Enterprise Application Services
Enterprise Application Services
Brian Ogle
Meritorious Service During my time at UMW, one of the people I have relied most heavily upon is Ben Kjar. Ben is one of a handful of people who exist largely behind-the-scenes and hold the keys that makes our whole organization run successfully. Ben and the team he supervises manage all of the applications used by all of the departments around our organization, providing timely, organized, and thoughtful technical expertise. This is a huge, ever-evolving, and I am sure occasionally frustrating task! Ben greets every conversation with a methodical attention to detail and a technical perspective that has a critical positive impact in the use of our workplace technologies.
Strength of Character Ben demonstrates a commitment to professionalism in the way he approaches the myriad technical questions he fields each day. While I cannot speak to the full realm of the technologies Ben oversees, I have had the pleasure of working with him on numerous implementation projects and admire his diplomacy in the way he coaches non-technical colleagues toward an understanding of their applications. It is clear that Ben takes pride in the work he performs and that pride translates into the quality of our technology ecosystem.
Dedication to University’s Mission Ben has been a dedicated member of the UMW team and in the span of the last year has weather several departures from his staff. This has coincided with the increased reliance on workplace technologies resulting from organization-wide remote work. As difficult as I imagine this time has been, Ben has remained committed to providing leadership and technical expertise in a way that has enabled UMW to move forward.

 

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Kayla Hill
Payroll Accountant
Payroll
Alphonso Jones
Meritorious Service She has in many instances helped selflessly to make sure that pay is correct and contacting myself and other co workers on issues dealing with our payroll. With her workload there she is always on top of her game and willing to help no matter how many questions you may have.
Strength of Character She always is helping with a smile and does what she says. She is someone who goes above and beyond to help people get what they need. She makes her interactions about you and all she can do to help you.
Dedication to University’s Mission Ben has been a dedicated member of the UMW team and in the span of the last year has weather several departures from his staff. This has coincided with the increased reliance on workplace technologies resulting from organization-wide remote work. As difficult as I imagine this time has been, Ben has remained committed to providing leadership and technical expertise in a way that has enabled UMW to move forward.

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Kate Wheeler
Sr. Director of Advancement Services
Advancement
Terry Karfgin
Meritorious Service As the Sr. Director of Advancement, Kate is fully dedicated to supporting all gifts to the University of Mary Washington. She is a long standing employee of Mary Washington, and fully committed. Her role requires supporting the VP’s in Advancement and the Advancement team, which she does excellence.
Strength of Character Kate Wheeler is a Senior manager in Advancement who is the expert in her field. She supports all the gifts, pledges and monies that are given to the University. When others in Advancement and Alumni requests statistics on monthly giving, yearly or even a campaign, Kate is who they call. She works tirelessly to meet their needs and work along side of me in Giving. I have much respect for Kate and her work ethic.
Dedication to University’s Mission

Kate’s devotion to the University is commendable and fully deserving of this Nomination. She is a Graduate of the University of Mary Washington and has worked in Advancement over 20 years. She loves talking to the Alumni’s to quickly resolve any concerns they have. Kate’s experience shows her dedication to Advancement, the Alumni and the Giving and Pledges that wwork with daily. She works at home in the evenings and will respond to any questions she receives.

I hope you will consider Kate Wheeler for this Nomination, in which she fully deserves.

 

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Crystal Rawls
SAE Assistant Director
Advancement
Victoria Munevar
Meritorious Service Crystal works so hard and is so dedicated to all the students at UMW. She always puts them above herself and she is one of the hardest working person I know.
Strength of Character Crystal works so hard and is so dedicated to all the students at UMW. She always puts them above herself and she is one of the hardest working person I know.
Dedication to University’s Mission She always strives to do her best for every club and connects to every student. She is the true epitome of the UMW values and mission.

 

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Michael Hall
Chief
Police Department
Abbey Sercombe
Meritorious Service Chief Hall ensures the safety of every student is met. If there are some who don’t feel safe, Chief Hall works hard to reassure that they are; whether it’s through his staff or on his own. Chief Hall has always advocated for a strong community relationship between students, faculty/staff, and members of the police department.
Strength of Character Chief Hall has endured a lot this year. He endured sickness that he contracted from his mission trip, dealt with the difficulty of navigating around COVID-19 for not only himself and his family but for the department as well. Finally, he continues to face the requests from members of the university on policing, while remaining honest and transparent. He has shown great strength in all these areas while keeping a positive attitude.
Dedication to University’s Mission Chief Hall is always making sure that the core values of UMW (ASPIRE) and the UMW police department are not only upheld, but implemented on a daily basis.

 

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Michelle Crow-Dolby
Education and Communications Manager
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Joanna Catron
Meritorious Service In her 15 years as education and communications manager, Ms. Dolby has concentrated considerable talent and energy in making the rich and varied resources of our institution, a single artist’s home, studio and collection, accessible to all audiences. Rather than resting on her laurels over the coronavirus shutdown, she was especially successful in developing innovative means to engage audiences virtually throughout the continuing crisis by keeping our website, educational blog and other online resources fresh, relevant and exciting. Noteworthy is the project she led to create our first 3-D virtual tour of the museum site. Currently, she is readapting a popular long-running program for preschoolers, “Preschool Palette,” into a hybrid at-home/virtual art experience. Additionally, she is joining forces with a children’s yoga instructor to produce an online yoga class set in the museum’s studio space. In addition to preparing the docent staff to receive guests amidst a restricted reopening, Ms.Dolby also has diligently worked to keep us in the news and on social media through a series of creative marketing efforts.
Strength of Character

Ms. Dolby is truly dedicated to making art experiences accessible to ALL audiences, and she has demonstrated a particular sensitivity to visitors with special needs. One of the most impactful and enduring programs that Ms. Dolby has developed and which involves community, vendors and volunteers in a significant way, is the annual “Beeping Egg Hunt” designed for sight-impaired children and their families. Youngsters with physical and cognitive disabilities, who would otherwise find participating in a community-wide egg hunt challenging, are welcomed. It’s a magical day for young people as they navigate about the landscape in pursuit of chirping eggs hidden under daffodils blooms, enjoy a petting zoo, hay and tractor rides and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The spirit of good will and caring Ms. Dolby has created is a win/win situation for everyone involved. She will make the program available, with some COIVD-related restrictions, again this spring.

Ms. Dolby has reached out to another underserved audience, visitors with hearing loss and their caregivers, to create “Picturing New Connections” (PNC) in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter. The program combines sensory-rich and interactive guided discussions in the setting of Gari Melchers studio and galleries, with a art-making experience to follow. In order to continue to provide this stimulating experience to users, she has created a live, objects-based PNC experience in the studio and galleries via Zoom entitled “Let’s Go to the Fair.” It has been well received, and she has been encouraged to create next a holiday-themed art-based experience.

Dedication to University’s Mission Ms. Dolby’s creative outreach and continuing partnerships underscore both the museum and University’s support of and commitment to the vital and meaningful life of the community.

 

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Jacqui Wood
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations
Mark Thaden
Meritorious Service Mark goes above and beyond to paint the University in remarkable light. He coordinates numerous programs, including Reunion and the President’s Travel Club, that reconnect alumni and inspire them to give back to the University.
Strength of Character Mark is not my direct supervisor but I work with him on Reunion and other alumni projects throughout the year. I know that I can count on him when I have questions and he will guide me in the right direction. He is smart and understands people. Mark has a huge heart for alumni, his team, the University and Fredericksburg.
Dedication to University’s Mission Mark is a true representation of the University’s mission. He is always striving to make the alumni program bigger, better, and more exciting. COVID-19 turned our department upside down and Alumni Relations, headed by Mark, rose to the challenge. New programs such as Phone-a-friend and virtual chemistry class for kids set a tone for higher-ed. virtual events throughout the state. Mark is nothing if he is not passionate. His passion for UMW is clear and you can sense it immediately when speaking with him. He is knowledgeable of UMW’s past, steadfast in the University’s present, and dedicated to its future. Lastly, Mark is community-oriented in the sense that he is your friend. A friend that you can count on to help when you’re moving out of your house, or need a workout buddy to get you motivated, or take you to lunch at Foode when you’re down. Mark is a well-known face in Fredericksburg and on campus, and one that will always put a smile on your face.