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February 20, 2012


Monday, Feb. 20 -Ideas at Work starts today! This new program will reward Marymount employees for ideas that cut costs, generate revenue, or improve processes. Incentives will be provided for participation in the program and for ideas that are selected for implementation. Links to the Ideas at Work web page can be found on the Marymount home page and on the Faculty & Staff page.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 -Teaching Portfolio Workshop, led by Dr. Peter Seldin and sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence; 9 a.m. to noon, in the Ballston Conference Center. Lunch will be provided. Although the deadline for registration has passed, a few slots are still available. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

Thursday, March 1 -TIAA-CREF representative John Glorioso will be on campus to answer your questions. To reserve a time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., please call (800) 732-8353. For questions, contact Human Resource Services at ext. 1680.

Monday, March 5 through Saturday, March 10
-Spring break; no classes.

Monday, March 5 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 27. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Marymount Named to NASA Professional Development Network: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has admitted Marymount University to its Professional Development Network, “a select group of high quality professional development providers,” according to a letter from Dr. Kyle Peck of the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, to Marymount’s Dr. Usha Rajdev, associate professor of Education.

The letter adds, “Together we can make a difference in STEM education, through collaborations that identify and serve appropriate audiences, providing them with sustained access to NASA resources and assets.” STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Dr. Rajdev has been collaborating with NASA Education for the past five years. She says, “Aerospace Educational Specialist Rick Varner, from the Goddard Space Center, visits my Science Methodology class every semester and provides professional development training related to our Earth and Space Unit. He brings materials for our pre-service teachers and they can replicate the activities in their own teaching.”

Dr. Rajdev adds, “Recently, when Mr. Varner was at the Reston Center with our students, he remarked that Marymount is the only NASA Professional Development Network partner in Virginia. That’s a nice distinction.”

Ready for a Throwdown? If you’re up to the challenge, please come out for the very first Faculty & Staff vs. Students basketball game, a fundraiser sponsored by the Saints Council. This is a new student organization focused on increasing awareness about the impact of private giving at Marymount. Come to play or just to cheer from the sidelines on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Lee Center Verizon Gym. Suggested admission is $1, and all proceeds will go toward the “Change for Change” Undergraduate Giving Campaign, to expand seating on the Ireton Hall lawn. To sign up to play in the game, contact the Saints Council at saintscouncil@marymount.edu.
Summer Faculty Writing Fellowship: Kick-start a new writing project by producing at least 3,750 words during a week of structured writing and revising this summer. This fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, is open to full-time Marymount faculty.

The CTE will provide space, lunch, support activities, and a $500 stipend to each participant who completes the week and agrees to mentor a new faculty member in the fall. The week will be either May 14-18 or May 21-25, depending on which time frame is more convenient for the largest number of participants.

Sign in at Blackboard, click on the CTE tab, and scroll down to the fellowship link for more details and to submit an application. The deadline to apply is April 1. For questions, contact Writing Specialist Sylvia Whitman at ext. 6478, or CTE Director Dr. Carolyn Oxenford at ext. 1634.

Tracking Your Request for IT Support: After you submit a request for IT support online, by e-mail, or by phone, you can track the progress of your ticket. Go to itsupport.marymount.edu and look for your ticket on the main page. If your ticket is still open, you will see it listed with a reference number, title, and status. If the status still says “In Dispatch” four business hours after you submitted your request, please contact IT Support Services at ext. 6990. 

In addition, you can see a history of your closed ticket by clicking “Request History.” For questions, contact Jean Harsh, director of IT Support Services, at ext. 6990 or its@marymount.edu.

Swiss Executive MBA Group on Campus: A group of 19 graduate students and 3 staff members from the European Business School in Zurich, Switzerland, are on campus this week, conducting the International Module of their Executive M.B.A. program. The visit was coordinated by Marymount’s Center for Global Education and the School of Business Administration.

During their visit, the students -- all of whom are working professionals in Switzerland -- will hear presentations by Dr. Nancy Furlow (Marketing),     Dr. Kenneth Yusko (Human Resources), and Donald Lavanty (“How Businesses Impact Government Through the Lobbying Process”), among others.

Study-Abroad Opportunities:
Victor Betancourt, director of the Center for Global Education, wants to remind faculty who would like to lead a study-abroad experience with a class that the CGE is available to help plan and implement such programs.

Faculty are also requested to remind their students that the CGE is now accepting applications for study abroad in summer and fall 2012. Students must meet with a study-abroad advisor to discuss program options and requirements. For questions or to schedule an appointment, students can stop by Ballston Center Room 209, e-mail studyabroad@marymount.edu, or call (703) 284-1677.
Mass Schedule: Campus Ministry announces the following Mass schedule at the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel:
  • Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday: Masses at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 9:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27-March 2: Masses only at noon; no 7:30 a.m. Masses
  • March 4: No Masses
  • March 5-9: Masses only at 7:30 a.m.; no noon Masses
  • Sunday, March 11: Masses at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room: Campus Ministry offers the Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room, a quiet, private space for persons of all faiths. The room, on the ground floor of The Lodge across from the conference room, is always open. The only time when this room is regularly booked Wednesdays from 8 to 8:45 a.m., for a meeting of a Christian meditation group. For details, contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.



Dr. Eric Bubar
, assistant professor of Physical Science, co-authored an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. The article is titled “A Revised Age for Upper Scorpius and the Star Formation History Among the F-Type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association.

In addition, Dr. Bubar published a blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker site on Feb. 14. The blog is titled “How to Turn Your NOOK Color into an Android Tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Dr. Pramila Rao, associate professor of Human Resource Management, recently published a book titled Human Resource Management in Mexico: Perspectives for Scholars and Practitioners (Information Age Publishing, January 2012). The book is part of a series titled International Human Resource Management, of which Dr. Rao is editor.


Cosal Chim, cashier, Student Accounts, ext. 6810.
Tristin Greiner, administrative secretary, School of Arts and Sciences, ext. 1560.
Marlene Hetzel, collections manager, Student Accounts, ext. 1489.
Dr. Brian Hollar, assistant professor of Economics, School of Business Administration, ext. 5920.
Patricia (Trish) Peck, assistant professor of Nursing, Malek School of Health Professions, ext. 4988.



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