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February 24, 2014


Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 24-25 – More than 20 seminarians from Mount St. Mary’s will be visiting Marymount. They want to get to know students, faculty, and staff, and for others to get to know them through casual conversation and spending time on campus. At 4 p.m. on Monday, they will be assisting with a campus-wide Eucharistic Procession, which starts in front of the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. At the 5 p.m. Food for the Soul dinner in Gerard Dining Hall, they will give a presentation. Their visit will conclude with a closing event, open to everyone, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Rowley Auditorium, G209.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Founders Day Celebration; 11:30 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel; 12:30 p.m. luncheon in Gerard Dining Hall. The keynote speaker is Sr. Gabrielle Corbally, RSHM, who will discuss the history of Marymount’s founders, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The entire MU community is invited.
Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-27 – Blood drive to benefit Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day; check-in is in the Gerard Lobby. For questions, contact Rachel Greger, R.N., ext. 1610.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Distinguished Speaker Philip Rosenfelt, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, will present “Pursuing Equity in Education and Society through the Justice System;” presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium, and will be followed by a reception in the Barry Art Gallery. This event is sponsored by the School of Education and Human Services. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. For questions, contact Dr. Lois Stover at lois.stover@marymount.edu.

Sunday, March 2 – The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, will preside over 11 a.m. Mass and the Rite of Dedication of the new altar in the recently renovated Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. The solemn rituals encompass the placing of saints’ relics within the altar itself, the anointing with sacred chrism oil, and the covering or dressing with white linens. The entire Marymount community is welcome to this solemn ocassion.

Wednesday, March 5 – The 2014 American Heritage Conversation: “The Revolution and Civil War in American Memory: Teaching History with Public Memorials and Paintings;” 2 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The panelists are James Percoco, one of five teachers inducted into the National Teachers Fall of Fame in 2011, and Lee Sandstead, associate professor of art, Averett University, Danville, VA. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. For questions, contact Dr. Patrick Mullins at pmullins@marymount.edu.

Monday, March 10 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, March 3. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


America Saves Week: Marymount University has teamed up with Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension to present three financial education sessions to mark America Saves Week (Feb. 24-March 1), which the website calls "an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status."

Attend one or all three Lunch-and-Learn sessions to explore how you can meet your key savings goals, prepare financially for life’s emergencies, and create strategies to achieve long-range aspirations, such as buying a home and funding your retirement.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: Understanding Credit, with Susan Shockey, national program leader, Division of Family and Consumer Economics, USDA/NIFA; noon; St. Joseph’s, Room G104.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, with Ed Schweitzer, Edelman Financial Services; noon; Caruthers Hall, Room 1021.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: Goal-Oriented Savings, with Momodou Bojang or Nyambo Anuluoha of ACFCU; 11 a.m.; St. Joseph’s, Room G104.

Online Registration is required for each event. For questions, contact Paula Polson at ext. 1680 or paula.polson@marymount.edu.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The Marymount University Wellness Task Force, in collaboration with the Counseling Center and Student Health Center, is sponsoring several events to mark the 2014 Eating Disorders Awareness Week:

  • Feb. 24-28: Information table about eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image; during lunch and dinner hours; Gerard Dining Hall.
  • Feb. 24-28: “Love your Genes” campaign, where you bring an old pair of jeans to donate to a local charity, and wear a new pair of jeans to honor your genes. Drop-off box will be in Gerard Dining Hall.
  • Monday, Feb. 24: Film screening of “Someday Melissa,” the story of a teenage girl with bulimia nervosa; noon; private dining area of Gerard Dining Hall.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: Film screening of “Someday Melissa” and discussion panel featuring eating disorder specialists; 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Bernie’s.

For questions, contact Rachel Greger at rgreger@marymount.edu.

Lenten Services: The Office of Campus Ministry announces the following services during Lent:

  • Ash Wednesday, March 5: Masses will be held at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 9:30 p.m., in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, Main Campus; and at noon in the Ballston Chapel.
  • Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent (March 7, 21, and 28, and April 4, 11, and 18) at 3:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Canadian Health Care Trip: Want to learn how the Canadian health system compares to its U.S. counterpart? Curious about how they handle elderly care, private insurance, and health care finances? See it up close during a four-day trip to Montreal during spring break.

The March 10-13 trip will be led by Dr. Uma Kelekar, assistant professor of health care management, and is sponsored by the Health Care Management (HCM) graduate program. The itinerary includes lectures by faculty from McGill University, and guided field visits to hospitals and clinics, a retirement facility, and public health agencies.

HCM graduate students, undergraduate students in the Nursing program, and MU faculty and staff are welcome to join the trip, which is limited to 10 participants. You must book and pay for your own transport, hotel, and meals.

For questions, contact Dr. Kelekar at ukelekar@marymount.edu or ext. 4994.

Dance Mary-Thon! Put on your dancing shoes and help raise money for Children’s National Health System (CNHS) during a 12-hour dance-a-thon in the Lee Center, 7 p.m., March 29, to 7 a.m., March 30.

Dancing is not required: participants just need to stay on their feet! Children are welcome and will be able to take part in kid-friendly fun and games during the first half of the event.

Complete the required registration by March 7, and you will receive a T-shirt and three meals at the event. The $20 registration fee is a tax-deductible donation. Register online. For questions, contact Chesney Rhoades at dancemu@marymount.edu.


On Feb. 19, Dr. Eric Bubar, assistant professor of physics, Dr. Usha Rajdev, professor of education, and seven education students assisted Ft. Belvoir Elementary School (FBES) children as they excitedly spoke via an amateur radio connection with astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata of Japan, as he traveled high above the Earth in the International Space Station. Drs. Rajdev and Bubar, working in partnership with FBES, put forward the proposal for the contact, which was accepted by NASA. There are only about 30 such contacts in the United States each year. Marymount has an ongoing educational partnership with FBES.

Justin Goodman, an adjunct faculty member who teaches sociology and is a director at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, co-authored a study which showed significant increases in the American public’s opposition to medical testing on animals since 2001. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Feb. 15-16 in Chicago, and was featured in an article on the website of the AAAS’s prestigious journal, Science, as well as in other media outlets around the world.

At the same AAAS meeting, Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, presented a paper titled “An Analysis of Psychological Distress in Chimpanzees Rescued from Laboratories.” Dr. Lopresti-Goodman’s paper is the result of research conducted at the Save the Chimps Sanctuary in Florida, where she was the first outside scientist allowed to study 253 chimpanzees rescued from biomedical research.

Dr. Linda Gulyn, professor of psychology, presented a workshop titled “How Parents Can Help Their Child Develop Self-Advocacy,” at FutureQuest 2013, an event aimed at assisting adolescents and young adults with disabilities make the transition to college and independent living. The event, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition, took place on Nov. 16 at George Mason University.