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 February 7, 2011


Tuesday, Feb. 8 - Information Session on the Master of Education Cohort and Professional Development Schools Program at Marymount’s Reston Center; 6:30 p.m., Reston Center. Register by calling ext. 5902 or RSVP online.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Saxophonist Matt Corey and comedian Jessi Campbell, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Thursday, Feb. 10 (and Thursday, Feb. 17) - The third (and fourth) of six scheduled workshops on using journaling to increase productivity and creativity; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Rowley 1029. The brownbag meetings are being held every Thursday through March 3 and are open to all faculty and staff. E-mail Sylvia Whitman to RSVP.

Thursday, Feb. 10 - RefWorks: New Platform Overview, an introduction to the new interface of RefWorks, the online bibliography and database management system; 5 to 6 p.m., Library Instruction Room, Reinsch Library. For questions, e-mail Gail Flatness or call ext. 6845.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 - Opening Reception for the Senior Art Student Exhibition, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Barry Art Gallery, Reinsch Library. Paintings, photography, and beaded designs by MU seniors will be on display through Thursday, March 3. The exhibit and reception are free and open to all. For details, contact Judy Bass at ext. 1561.

Monday, Feb. 21 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submissions deadline is Monday, Feb. 14. Submit your items by e-mail.


MU Employee Online Training Program: The Online Training Work Group, a newly established cross-departmental committee, has been working since early December to establish a program of virtual instruction for MU employees in the areas of compliance, safety, and soft-skills training.

The group is creating a list of specific training topics under these three areas and developing criteria to select an online vendor. The plan is to begin offering the training in late February to all MU faculty and staff who are interested.

Compliance training will include such workplace topics as discrimination and sexual harassment. Peggy Axelrod, director of Budget and Risk Management and a member of the work group, says, “The courts have elevated training to prevent harassment and discrimination from a good idea to a legal necessity. The work group’s aim is to provide the University with a solid training program to make sure all faculty and staff know the law and Marymount’s policies and procedures.”

Safety courses will be available for employees who need training on workplace safety issues. The soft-skills training area includes such topics as coaching, performance management, and communication.

Work group member Doug Seidler, assistant professor of Interior Design, says, “Human Resource training is an important component of any organization. It is the goal of our group to find the most appropriate training package for Marymount.”

The work group is composed of representatives from throughout the MU community. In addition to Peggy Axelrod and Doug Seidler, the group includes Laura Carlson, Marjory Eisenman, Chris Fiorello, Lou Frisenda, Sara Meehan, Heather Pappas, Donna Schaeffer, Mark Tessmer, and Debra Warren.

For questions, contact work group leader Bernadette Costello, director of Training and Organizational Development, ext. 1554.

New Benefit: The Health Advocate: Human Resource Services announces a new program that can help you navigate the health care and insurance maze. It’s called Health Advocate and it’s free to all Marymount employees. Health Advocate, which started Feb. 1, provides a wide array of services, including helping you resolve medical billing problems, find the right doctors, and even schedule appointments. To learn more, stop by HR Services and pick up a brochure or contact Loranna Butterwick at ext. 6880.

Internship Orientation Sessions: Faculty are asked to remind their students that the Career and Internship Center will hold an Internship Orientation Session on Monday, Feb. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Ballston 507. At this session, students will learn about resources available in the CIC to help them find and secure a for-academic-credit internship. To register, students can e-mail the Career and Internship Center or call ext. 5960. For more information, students can visit the CIC website and click on “Find an Internship” on the right column.

Human Resource Leadership Awards: Faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the 10th Annual Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington. The HRLA, founded in 2001 by local business leaders and Marymount University, are the only independent awards that promote and advance excellence in the HR profession in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Winners, finalists, emerging leaders, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the HR Leadership Awards Gala at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington on June 14, and in a special pullout section of the Washington Business Journal.

The nomination criteria and application form are available at on the HR Leadership Awards website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 4. For more information, contact Julianna Hutchins or call ext. 5916.

Auditions for Chapel Choir Extended: If you sing or play an instrument, Jill Staudt, Marymount’s music ministry coordinator, wants to hear from you. Due to the Jan. 27 snow day, auditions for the Marymount Chapel Choir have been extended through Thursday, Feb. 17. The co-ed choir sings at the 7 p.m. Sunday Mass.

Ms. Staudt says, “There are openings for all voice parts, but we are especially seeking strong male voices. Opportunities also exist to join a newly-forming women’s group for the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass. We also need players of various instruments, such as guitar, woodwinds, brass, strings, or percussion.”

She adds, “You need not be Catholic to apply, but you must be comfortable sharing your musical gifts to enhance the Catholic liturgy.”

To schedule an audition, e-mail Ms. Staudt or call ext. 6541.

Portfolio in Motion 2011: This year’s Portfolio in Motion fashion show will be held in the Lee Center on April 14. Tickets are $100 and include a 7 p.m. cocktail reception with open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, followed by the show at 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call Suzanne Byrne at ext. 6873, or go online.

Writing Intensive Faculty Preparation: Faculty planning to teach a Writing-Intensive course and those who are simply interested in writing in the disciplines are invited to a two-part workshop series sponsored by the DISCOVER Center. If the scheduled dates are not convenient, a group of at least four participants can propose alternate dates. For the schedule, visit the Instructional Resources wiki and RSVP one week in advance to Sylvia Whitman.


Sister Patricia Helene Earl, I.H.M., Ph.D., associate professor of Education and director of the Catholic School Leadership Program, published an article in the November/December 2010 issue of Momentum, the magazine of the National Catholic Educational Association. Titled “What Is Required to Be a Co-Worker in the Lord’s Vineyard?,” Sister Patricia’s article looks at the 2005 United States Bishops publication, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry and suggests practical ways in which Catholic educators can develop their own faith and that of their students in their ministry of education, especially through spirituality and the practice of virtue.

Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of Accounting, published a paper in the December 2010 issue of the Washington Business Research Forum Journal. Her paper, co-authored with Mary Jane Eichorn, investor reporting specialist at Navy Federal Credit Union, is titled “Investment Decisions and Unethical Behavior: Ponzi Schemes and the Fraud Triangle/Diamond.” Dr. Quigley also chaired the accounting session at the forum’s annual conference, Jan. 7-8, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Gerard Steube, CCP, assistant professor of Management Science, has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Information Systems Education. Dr. Steube has served as a reviewer for that journal for several years.

CORRECTION: In the Jan. 24 issue of InsideMU, the office phone number for Dr. Grace Yong, assistant professor of Physics, was incorrect. Her office number is ext. 6536.


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