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March 25, 2013


Tuesday, March 26 - One Million Bones Panel Presentation; 7:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. One Million Bones is a campaign to increase global awareness of genocide, raise $5 million to protect and aid displaced victims, and educate students about tolerance through art and social activism. The presenters will be Naomi Natale, founder and director of the One Million Bones fundraising art installation project, and Myra Dahgaypew human rights activist, community organizer, and Burmese genocide survivor. This event is open to the entire Marymount community. For questions, call Barry Erdeljon at ext. 1652.

Wednesday, March 27 - Make a Bone Workshop; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lee Center. Drop by and make a bone, or sponsor a bone for $5. Bones made at Marymount will be added to the One Million Bones social art installation to be displayed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, June 8-10. Funds from sponsoring a bone go to Enough!, Women for Women International, and the Genocide Intervention Network, service and advocacy organizations that work to protect and aid displaced victims of genocide. For questions, call Barry Erdeljon at ext. 1652.

Wednesday, March 27 - Defusing Emotionally Charged Situations; 9 a.m. to noon.; St. Joseph Hall, G104. Topics to be discussed at this workshop include understanding how emotional situations happen; developing strategies to defuse them; and knowing your own “hot buttons.” Registration is required. Register online at
connect.marymount.edu/training. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Thursday, March 28 - Navigating the Bermuda Triangle; 10 to 11:30 a.m. This training workshop will explore the Family Medical Leave Act and the Workers Compensation Program, and discuss the responsibilities of Marymount University and of supervisors and employees. Registration is required. Register online at connect.marymount.edu/training. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Monday, April 8 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, April 1. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


MU Archives Exhibits Little Sisters Handbooks: The Marymount University Archives invites the MU community to visit its online exhibit of the Little Sisters Handbooks, at mublog.marymount.edu/MUBlog/littlesistershandbooks. These handbooks, created at Marymount College of Virginia from the 1950s through the 1970s, were sent to incoming freshmen, or “Little Sisters,” by their “Big Sisters,” sophomores at Marymount, to assist in the transition from high school to college. Information included what to bring to decorate dorm rooms, tips on appropriate clothing, a dictionary of college terms, and a diary of important events during the school year.

Digitized versions of the handbooks also can be found as a Digital Collection in the Reinsch Library, at muir.wrlc.org/handle/10994/4 under the collection titled “Little Sisters Handbooks.” For questions, contact Sarah Holland, digital access and archives associate, at ext. 4990.

Results of Faculty Spotlight Survey: The Center for Career Services received 137 submissions from students seeking to recognize faculty members who have supported their career development.

Carin Usrey, assistant director of Career Services, says, “Clearly our students love their professors and think they are doing a good job supporting their career development. Of the 87 faculty members nominated, 30 were nominated at least twice.”

Professors who received three or more student nominations in the February survey are Jo-Ann Amadeo, Lori Cooper, David Gammack, Linda Gulyn, Deana Jaber, Donald Lavanty, Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, Todd Rimkus, Lisa Turissini, Amy Van Arsdale, and Robin Wagner. Dr. Rimkus received the most nominations and has won a $50 BP Gas Card.

All nominees will be notified by email, with the student quotes included in the nominations. The faculty members’ deans will also be notified of this recognition. For questions, contact Carin Usrey at carin.usrey@marymount.edu or ext. 5782.

Staff Council’s First Meeting: All Marymount staff are invited to the first meeting of the university’s Staff Council, which will be held on Tuesday, April 9, noon to 1 p.m., in the Gerard Dining Hall. Lunch will be complimentary; please let the cashier know you’re attending the council meeting.

The meeting will be conducted by the newly elected council officers: President Anne Aichele, Student Access Services; President-Elect Paula Polson, Human Resources; and Communication Chair Jackie Bibler, Graduate Admissions. For questions, contact Jackie Bibler at musc@marymount.edu.

Senior Leadership Award Nominations: The Senior Leadership Award recognizes senior students who have made contributions to the Marymount community or the greater community and deserve recognition upon graduation. All members of the Marymount community are invited to nominate any senior who graduated in December 2012 or will graduate in May or August 2013.

The nomination form can be found online. Nominations are due by April 10 to the Student Development office, Gerard Room 1028. For questions, contact ext. 1615 or studentdevelopment@marymount.edu.

Save the Date: The School of Arts and Sciences will host Pre-Raphaelites and Global Pop Culture from the 1960s to the Present, a lecture by Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, Friday, April 19, in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. Dr. Rosenfeld, distinguished chair and professor of art history at Marymount Manhattan College, is co-curator of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, which is on display at the National Gallery of Art through May 19.



Dr. Eric Bubar, assistant professor of physics, co-wrote a paper titled “A Kine-Chemical Investigation of the AB Dor Moving Group Stream,” which was published in the March issue of The Astrophysical Journal. The paper’s lead author is Scott Barenfeld, an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, whom Dr. Bubar mentored before coming to MU, and the paper is the finished product of their work together. The paper uses a technique that Dr. Bubar pioneered, called “kine-chemical” tagging, a phrase that he coined. An abstract of the article can be viewed online.

Ellen Herbert, an adjunct faculty member and former full-time faculty who teaches English, will offer a reading from Falling Women and Other Stories (Shelfstealers Press, 2012), a collection of her short stories, including ones that have won a PEN Fiction Prize and a Virginia Fiction Fellowship and have been read on National Public Radio. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington, VA.

Dr. Kimberly Hess, an adjunct faculty member who teaches music, performed a solo organ recital as part of a concert series at Princeton University on March 7. The recital took place in the Princeton University Chapel, the third-largest university chapel in the world. Since the organ’s renovation in 1991, the concert series has been performed by invited organists from all over the world.

Dr. Terry Long, professor of economics and director of the M.B.A. program, chaired the Substantive Change Committee of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges that visited Texas Lutheran University, in Seguin, Texas, Feb. 12-14. TLU is moving to a Level III category and required a peer review for continued accreditation.

Dr. Donna Schaeffer, associate professor of information management, and Srinivasan (Raghu) Raghavan, analyst programmer in Information Technology Services, presented a paper on green information technology, titled “It’s a Small World After All: Sustainability at Disney Corporation,” at the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Feb. 20-22, in Charleston, SC.

At the same conference, Dr. Schaeffer and David Pomeroy, director of business learning and internships, gave a presentation, titled “It Takes A Village,” which highlighted the collaborative nature and long-term focus in the cooperation of faculty, staff, and students in MU’s internship program.

A visit by a group of Marymount undergraduates to the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, DC, on Feb. 20 made the cover of that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs weekly newsletter on Feb. 22. The student group listened to presentations by the embassy’s cultural and economic counselors, as preparation for their visit to Slovenia during Spring Break. The group was led by Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of accounting, who teaches the course MGT 315, Entrepreneurship. Read the article online.

Thomas Xenakis, a longtime adjunct faculty member who teaches drawing and design, has an exhibit of his paintings at The Gallery at the Frame Factory, 212 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA. The exhibit, which runs through April 27, is called New Works With Gold and Paint. For more information, including gallery hours, visit www.theframefactory1.com or www.xenakisarts.com.