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February 10, 2014


Monday, Feb. 10 – A funeral Mass will be held for our colleague and friend, Dr. Wayne Lesko, professor of psychology and former dean of the School of Education and Human Services; 10 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. Dr. Lesko passed away on Feb. 3 after a long battle with cancer.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Shades of Blue: Annual Student-Faculty Poetry Reading; 1 to 2 p.m.; Main House. Join Marymount students and faculty for readings of their original poetry. Refreshments will be provided. There is no need to register. For questions, contact Dr. Holly Karapetkova at hkarapet@marymount.edu.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Inaugural Leverett Memorial Lecture, “The Ninth Century Invention of Europe,” with Dr. Jennifer Davis, assistant professor of medieval history at the Catholic University of America; 2 to 3 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. This event honors the memory of Professor Rhett Leverett, who taught history at MU from 1991 until his untimely death in October 2012. The entire Marymount community is cordially invited. Registration is not required. For questions, contact Dr. Jace Stuckey at jstuckey@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Senior Art Show Opening Reception; 5-7:30 p.m.; Barry Gallery, Reinsch Library. All are invited to view the works of senior art majors Lindsay Bullock, Rebecca Demidio, and Maureen Dixon. The exhibition will run from February 19 to March 7, 2014. For more information, contact Judy Bass at judy.bass@marymount.edu

Monday, Feb. 24 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, Feb. 17. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


Business, Baseball, and the MU-Dominican Republic Connection: Dr. Catherine England, associate professor of finance and associate dean of the School of Business Administration, took part in an International Faculty Development Seminar Jan. 9-19 in the Dominican Republic.

The seminar, hosted by the Council on International Educational Exchange, focused on the social, political, and economic impact of baseball in the Dominican Republic. For Marymount, the goal was to lay the groundwork for future study abroad opportunities for students in general, but in particular for those in the Sport Management track of the Bachelor of Business Administration program.

Dr. England and faculty members from five other universities around the United States met with Dominican historians, economists, and journalists, as well as employees of major league baseball and independent scouts. The visitors also spoke with Dominican young people, ranging in age from six to 20, all of whom hope to make it in the big leagues, in order to take care of their families financially. Dr. England called the meetings with these young hopefuls “an eye-opening and humbling experience.”

Through the efforts of Marymount’s new baseball team, Dr. England donated a 50-pound box of used baseball equipment to two of the less well-funded little leagues that the group met. The donation included baseballs, helmets, gloves, bats, shoes, and catcher’s equipment.

Dr. England commented, “Our castoffs will be the newest and best equipment some of the kids have ever used.” She prepared a slide presentation of the visit which can be viewed online.

Workshops For Area Young People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers: Marymount University, in partnership with The ARC of Northern Virginia, is hosting the spring 2014 Transition Workshop Series for Students with Disabilities and Their Caregivers. The seminars, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in the Ballston Center, have been scheduled for Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and March 22.

The seminars have two tracks: one for students and recent area school graduates between the ages of 14 and 26 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, and another for their parents, guardians, caregivers, or adult siblings. The sessions focus on career preparedness, self-advocacy skills, and independent living skills.

This is a collaborative effort between The ARC of Northern Virginia, a community service organization that provides services, programs, and advocacy for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and various MU departments, including the School of Education and Human Services, MU’s chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, Student Access Services, and the Conference Center.

These workshops are open to the entire MU community and the Arlington community. Space is limited and an application is required. For questions, contact Dr. Douglass Ball at doug.ball@marymount.edu.

Marymount’s Monuments Man: Did you know that a chairman of Marymount’s Board of Trustees served on The Roberts Commission, the U.S. government group charged with promoting the preservation of cultural properties in war areas during World War II?

Gen. Henry C. Newton, who chaired MU's Board of Trustees in the 1970s, served on the commission whose work forms the basis of the current film "The Monuments Men," starring George Clooney. Gen. Newton’s expertise in ecclesiastical architecture was extremely important when he toured and assisted with the rebuilding of culturally important war-damaged areas in Europe.

University archivist Sarah Holland established this MU-Hollywood connection while processing Gen. Newton’s collection of 21 scrapbooks and many slides, which documented his time in Europe and his work with The Roberts Commission/The Monuments Men.

Come to the Reinsch Library to see our exhibit on Gen. Newton. The exhibit runs Feb. 7-24. It can be seen at the entrance of the Reinsch Library, during regular hours. For questions, contact Michelle Philips at ext. 6840.

Blood Drives on Campus: The Marymount community responded again with great enthusiasm at the last on-campus blood drive, Dec. 3-4, when 64 volunteers donated a total of 49 units of blood. The drive was co-sponsored by the Student Health Center and the Student Nurses Association, to benefit the little patients at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC.

An email this week will give registration instructions for the next blood drive, which will be held Feb. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Main Campus. Early registration is strongly recommended. As with the two fall semester blood drives, this one will benefit CNMC. For questions, please contact Rachel Greger, R.N., ext. 1610.

Student of the Year Nominations: Career Services is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Student Employee of the Year award, which recognizes extraordinary student workers at Marymount. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7. For nomination forms or questions, contact Amanda Tompkins at ext. 5960.

Seeking Helpers at Mass: The Office of Campus Ministry is seeking staff and faculty members who would like to assist as lectors at weekday noon Masses. To volunteer, contact Eric Becker, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at ebecker@marymount.edu or ext. 1607.

Support Groups for Students: The Counseling Center asks faculty and staff to remind students that there are several support groups available to them free of charge. These groups focus on helping students understand and cope with difficult situations; increase awareness of self and others; encourage personal growth; and offer a safe and supportive place in which to discuss stressful events.

Led by counseling professionals, the groups meet on campus at various times. These groups include the Grief and Loss Support Group; Understanding Self and Others; Women’s Circle; and Cancer Support Group. For questions or to join a meeting, contact ext. 6861 or counselingcenter@marymount.edu.

Professional Development Events: Marymount’s Office of Training and Development is offering a variety of professional and personal development workshops, webinars, and other events throughout spring semester. View the schedule and registration information online. For questions, contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.


Dr. Ioana Boie, assistant professor of counseling, co-wrote with Dr. Ana Lopez, assistant professor of counseling at New Mexico State University, a paper titled “It’s As If Your Spouse Had Died: Experiences of Mexican Immigrant Women After Spousal Deportation,” presented at the October 2013 Association Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, in Denver, CO.

At the same conference, Drs. Boie and Lopez also co-wrote and presented another paper, titled “Supervision of Counselors Working with Clients with Eating Disorders.”

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling, was presented with the Governor’s Citation by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley for her seven years of service with the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, including four years as its chair. The award was presented at the Dec. 21 BOPCT meeting in Baltimore.


Crystal Foley, administrative secretary; Office of Academic Affairs; ext. 1550.

April Holland, chemistry lab coordinator, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 8350.

Melissa Ramos, Transfer Outreach Counselor, Office of Admissions; ext. 3846.


Jill Gattone, formerly a temporary employee, is now a full-time Registered Nurse in the Student Health Center; ext. 1610.

Elena Shields, has been promoted from administrative secretary to administrative assistant, Malek School of Health Professions; ext. 1548.


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