Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Deadline to submit nominations for president, presidentelect, and communications chair for the Marymount University Staff Council. The council is open to all full-time staff and administrative employees of Marymount below the level of vice president. Nominate yourself or someone else by emailing the name to email@example.com. Elections will be held in February and the first official meeting in March. For questions, contact Anna Jordan at ext. 5903 or Melissa Garza at ext. 6809.
Friday, Jan. 18 - Opening Reception for Manufactured Reality: Computer-Generated Art; 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Barry Art Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public and free of charge, will run through Friday, Feb. 8. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For questions, contact Judy Bass at ext. 1561.
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Pablo Coto Alumni and Family Basketball Day; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Campus. Faculty and staff are invited to join alumni to celebrate the 25th anniversary of MU men’s basketball. For the schedule of events and to register to attend, see the event listing.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Volunteer Fair; noon to 3 p.m.; Lee Center Atrium. Representatives of volunteer programs from around the capital region will provide information on long- and short-term service opportunities. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6858.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Campus Ministry’s Second Annual Chili Cook-off; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Lee Center Atrium. Enter your pot of homemade chili for a chance to win an iPad, or purchase tickets to taste all the entries and vote for your favorite. This event, co-sponsored by the Athletics Department and the Center for Global Education, is open to students, faculty, and staff. To enter, to purchase tickets, and for more details, contact Ashton Mallon at email@example.com.
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Networking in Reston; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; at Jackson’s, 11927 Democracy Drive, Reston Town Center. Marymount’s Graduate Admissions and Alumni Relations offices invite faculty and staff to join graduate students and alumni for a networking happy hour. For more details and to register, see the event listing. For questions, call Anna Jordan at ext. 5903 or Suzanne Catucci at ext. 6814.
Monday, Jan. 28 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 21. Email your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 - The 2013 GEICO Ethics Lecture and Marymount University Ethics Award Presentation; 7:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The Marymount community is invited to this event, with speaker and honoree Bradley Myles, executive director and CEO of Polaris Project, an organization that combats human trafficking. A reception will follow the program.
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Tobacco-Free Campus: On Jan. 1, 2013, Marymount University adopted a Tobacco Free Campus policy. To promote the health of our campus community, smoking and other forms of tobacco use are now prohibited on all Marymount property – both indoors and outdoors.
The policy and its implementation plan can be found on the Marymount portal. Faculty and staff are expected to comply with this policy and are asked to assist in its implementation by reminding others about the policy as necessary.
Marymount will continue to offer support and assistance to those members of the MU community who would like to take this opportunity to break the tobacco habit. Again this semester, the Student Health Center will offer a free “Kicking Butts” smoking-cessation program, to be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 22. The Health Center can also provide individual smoking-cessation counseling sessions upon request. For questions, contact the Health Center at ext. 1610.
Support is also available through MU’s Employee Assistance Program and health insurance plan. For information on these benefits, call the Office of Human Resource Services at ext. 6880.
Mandatory Training for Managers: Marymount is upgrading to a new version of the PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking System. Mandatory training for all hiring managers and points of contacts will be conducted on several dates between Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Friday, Mar. 1.
For registration and the training schedule, visit connect.marymount. edu/training. For questions, call Lisa Igiehon at ext. 1618 or email email@example.com.
MLK Service Day: Saturday, Jan. 19, is a national day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To mark the day, Marymount will participate in “UNITE America in Service” in Washington, DC. Volunteers will pack 100,000 care kits for deployed U.S. service members, Wounded Warriors, veterans, and first responders. Participants should meet in front of The Lodge at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Please bring Metro fare. Volunteers will be back on campus by 12:30 p.m. This service activity is open to students, faculty, and staff. To sign up or for questions, contact Ashley Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Fit in the New Year at Gold’s Gym: Full-time Marymount faculty and staff are eligible for a new benefit that makes getting or staying fit easy. Just sign up for a Gold’s Gym membership with Human Resources, pay nothing to enroll, and have only $17.50 deducted directly from each paycheck. Members can use any of 16 participating Gold’s Gym facilities in the capital region. For questions or to sign up, contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880.
Healthy Mondays are Back! Kick-start your week with an invigorating one-mile walk! The Monday Mile returns to campus on Feb. 4. Participants will meet at 12:30 p.m. in front of the chapel on Main Campus, or in the Ballston lobby. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your water. Keep an eye out for upcoming events throughout spring semester to help you eat healthy, stress less, and get active. For questions, contact Rachel Greger at ext. 1610.
Residence Life Seeks Your Help: Residence Life is seeking support from any faculty or staff member who was a firstgeneration college student and would like to volunteer as a speaker or a mentor for first-generation MU students.
In addition, Residence Life is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as advisors for first-year students in the residence halls. These advisors would work with a Freshman Interest Group (FIG), plan one program per semester with the resident assistant, and create relationships outside the classroom. FIGs that need advisors have the following themes: fashion design/ merchandising, interior design, outdoor adventures, athletics, proximity to DC, faith/spirituality, music, and community service.
To volunteer as a speaker, mentor, or advisor, or to learn more, contact Shelley Cosner at ext. 1608.
Center for Career Services to Manage Student Employment: The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Management announces that as of January, on-campus student employment, previously under the Office of Student Development, will be coordinated by the Center for Career Services. This shift will facilitate students’ career development. Student employment not only assists students financially but also helps them develop skills, cultivate a work ethic, and build professionalism.
For questions, contact Jessica O’Donnell or Amanda Tompkins at ext. 5960 or email@example.com.
Dr. Shannon Melideo, associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, had a lesson plan published in ReadWriteThink.org, the peer-reviewed website of the International Reading Association. The lesson plan, titled “Inspire the RDI of Healthful Reading Using Unconventional Texts,” can be read by visiting the website and searching for the lesson plan title.
In addition, Dr. Melideo recently published an article titled “The Course-Embedded Community Outreach Event and Its Value in Promoting High Quality Teacher Candidate Reflection” in the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education.
Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of accounting, was an invited lecturer at the Global Education Academy (GEA) College, an institution of higher learning concentrated on entrepreneurship, located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr. Quigley’s Nov. 15 presentation, titled “American Entrepreneurship: What Makes American Entrepreneurship Special,” was of special interest to the students, as Slovenia – a former part of Yugoslavia – is relatively new to capitalism and entrepreneurship. View the two-part presentation on YouTube.
David Carlson, a longtime adjunct faculty member who teaches fine arts, was one of two artists to receive the prestigious 2013 Artist Spotlight Grant from the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The opening reception for his multimedia project Formation of Being will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19; 6 to 9 p.m.; Arlington Arts Center. For details, visit www.davidcarlsonart.com.