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March 19, 2012


Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23 - International Week, five days of events centered on global themes. All events are open to the entire Marymount community and, except for the International Banquet, don’t require tickets or prior registration. Below is a sampling of the weeklong program. For the full list, check the events listings on the MU website:

  • Monday, March 19: Bollywood/Bangra Night, an evening of music, dancing, food, and fun; 7 p.m., Lee Center Rec Gym.
  • Wednesday, March 21: Interfaith Forum with Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director and scholar-in-residence of the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University; lunch will be provided; 12:15 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall.
  • Thursday, March 22: Immigrant Experiences and Leadership Through Civic Involvement, with Walter Tejada, member of the Arlington Country Board; Salvadorean cuisine will be served; 5:30 to 7 p.m., Gerard Lobby.
  • Friday, March 23: Sixteenth annual International Banquet, an evening of exotic dishes, cultural performances, and a fashion show featuring traditional attire from around the world; 6 to 9 p.m., Lee Center Verizon Gym. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the International Student Services Office, Gerard Hall, Room 1031.

Wednesday, March 21 - The Career and Internship Center’s annual Etiquette Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Ballston. Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for faculty and staff. The ticket includes a four-course dinner and an interactive presentation with the director of the International School of Protocol. Tickets can be purchased at the CIC, Ballston Center, Room 207. For details, call Jessica O’Donnell at ext. 1606.

Wednesday, March 28 - Sixtus in Concert: an a cappella group of four seminarians from the Theological College at Catholic University; 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s. The group will perform sacred and secular music. They are sure to entertain with their hilarious personalities, inspiring stories, beautifully blended voices, and tight harmonies. This event is free and open to the public. For details, call Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Thursday, March 29 - Marymount’s Chapel Choir presents the Lenten Service, a Taize Ecumenical prayer service, at 9:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. The entire Marymount community is invited.

Saturday, March 31 - Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lee Center. Volunteers are needed for this community event. To volunteer, e-mail Ashton Mallon or call ext. 3853.

Monday, April 2 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, March 26. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


BerniesList: Marymount has launched an internal online classified site that supports the University’s initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It’s like CraigsList but only for MU faculty and staff.

Use BerniesList to share with other offices MU-owned furniture and supplies that are no longer needed by your office, and to sell, swap, or give away personal possessions that you no longer want. This will save the University money and keep stuff out of landfills.

To access BerniesList, sign in to the MU portal, place the cursor on the “Faculty and Staff” tab at the top-left of the page, and click on the only item that shows on the drop-down menu: BerniesList. There, you can post in three categories: Items for Sale, Lost and Found, and Office Furniture. You can provide a description and even a photo of your item. For details, contact Andrea Saunders at ext. 6898.

Spring Health Fair: Explore ways of achieving a healthy lifestyle, sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiative, get some healthy freebies, or donate blood. A variety of vendors and University offices will have booths where you can get your blood pressure checked, learn about stress management and nutrition, and pick up healthy things to eat and drink. Participants can also take part in Yoga, Zumba, and Core exercise demonstrations. The fair will be on March 28, noon to 4 p.m., in the Lee Center Atrium.

Children’s National Medical Center will be on campus that day conducting a blood drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot in front of The Lodge. Sign up to donate blood by e-mailing Ainsley Worrell or calling ext. 6910.

Capital Science Conference: Marymount University, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech are co-hosting the Capital Science 2012 (CapSci2012) Conference, March 31-April 1, sponsored by The Washington Academy of Sciences and its affiliated organizations.

CapSci2012 will offer presentations by the capital region’s brightest scientific minds. Registration is free for students, faculty, and staff of the three hosting universities.

For the full schedule of events, some of which will take place at MU’s Ballston Center, and to register, visit the Washington Academy of Sciences website.

ITS Seeks Feedback: Information Technology Services will upgrade Marymount’s e-learning classrooms to the Windows 7 operating system this summer. ITS is seeking feedback from faculty and staff who use the e-learning classrooms about the changes that this upgrade will bring: a slightly different log-in process and new directions that are provided on a sheet next to each computer.

ITS has set up two stations for users to test the new system and give us your opinion on how to improve it. These stations are located in the multimedia lab on the ground floor of the Reinsch Library and in Room 410 of the Ballston Center. If you have any questions, please e-mail IT Support Services or call ext. 6990.

Cars on Demand: Auxiliary Services has negotiated a great deal on a car rental program with no membership or yearly fees. Environmentally friendly vehicles can be reserved by the hour or the day at rates starting at $9. The rental includes insurance, GPS navigation, Bluetooth technology, 24-hour roadside assistance, and much more.

The rental cars are located by the guardhouse on Main Campus. Faculty and staff can sign up for this program by visiting the Hertz On Demand website to receive an access card, which is required to use the cars. For questions, contact Upen Malani, director of Campus Planning and Management, at ext. 1491, or Julio Basurto, senior auxiliary services assistant, at ext. 6891.



Dr. Leigh Johnson, assistant professor of Literature and Languages, had a book review of Santiago Tafolla’s book A Life Crossing Borders: Memoir of a Mexican-American Confederate (Arte Publico Press, 2009) published in the Winter 2012 issue of Western American Literature, the journal of the Western Literature Association at the University of Utah.

Shelley Justice, assistant director for Residence Life in the Office of Campus and Residential Services, has been chosen to present at the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International conference, July 7-10, in Anaheim, CA. Her presentation is titled “First-Year Experience Programs at Small Colleges and Universities.”

Ashley Ladyman, residence director for Southside, and Kate Leet, residence director for Northside, both in the Office of Campus and Residential Services, gave a presentation at the Maryland Student Affairs Conference on Feb. 10 at the University of Maryland. It was titled “There’s No Place Like Home: Finding Your Perfect Fit.”

Dr. Usha Rajdev, associate professor of Education, has been named one of five 2012 National Project Learning Tree (PLT) Outstanding Educators. Dr. Rajdev will be honored at PLT’s 26th International Coordinators Conference, May 14-17 in Deadwood, SD. Project Learning Tree is the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. PLT’s Outstanding Educators are selected for their commitment to environmental education, their exemplary use of PLT, and their exceptional teaching skills.

Francesca Reed, director of Graduate Admissions, and Anna Jordan, associate director of Graduate Admissions, have been chosen to present at the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals’ 25th Anniversary Conference, April 25-28 in Austin, TX. Their presentation is titled “The Silver Bullet Theory: Taking Responsibility for Student Enrollment Post-Admission.”

Father David Sharland, YA, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, was recently honored by the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Arlington. The Most Rev. Paul Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, presented Father Sharland with the Ex Corde (“from the heart”) award, for his service to young people in a university setting. The award is given to one person each year. The event took place on Dec. 13, at the OYM annual appreciation dinner at Saint Joseph Parish, Herndon, VA.


Cheryl Smith, office program coordinator, Office of Campus and Residential Services, ext. 1608.

Jeremy Gonzales, support analyst, ITS, ext. 5724.


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