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April 16, 2012


Wednesday, April 18 - Student Research Conference, Caruthers Hall; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students will give 50 presentations and present 45 posters. View a full schedule.

Thursday, April 26 - The Marymount community is invited to an organ recital by Dr. Kimberly Hess, instructor of Music; 1 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 2609 N. Glebe Road (across from Caruthers Hall), presented for the students in her Fundamentals of Music class. Dr. Hess will perform works by J. S. Bach and Franz Liszt.

Thursday, April 26 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan will be the Distinguished Visiting Professor for the School of Arts and Sciences; 1 to 3 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. A reception and book signing follows in the Lee Reception Room. Ms. Egan will discuss her novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House, 2010), which received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Friday, April 27 - Marymount University’s School of Business Administration cordially invites the MU community to a Plaque Dedication Ceremony in recognition of the Jennifer M. Tino Scholarship; 6:30 p.m., Ballston Conference Center. Jennifer Tino ’94, B.B.A. in Accounting, died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. RSVP to Mary Beth Hart or call ext. 4985.

Friday, April 27 - The Bisson Lecture in the Humanities will feature Dr. Jesse Aleman, professor of Literature and coordinator of American Literary Studies at the University of New Mexico; 6 to 9 p.m., in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. Dr. Aleman’s topic will be “Wars of Rebellion: U.S. Hispanic Writers and their American Civil Wars.”

Saturday, April 28 - Dancing with the MU Stars: See Marymount faculty, staff, and students teamed with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Studios; 7:30 to 10 p.m., Lee Center Verizon Sports Arena. Admission is $1 for MU students and children 12 and under, and $2 general admission. All proceeds will be donated to charity. MU participants are Theodore Berry, student; Udit Bhatnagar, student; Tina Billingiere, assistant manager, Lee Center; Brandon Jenkins, coordinator, Leadership Development; Claire Morrison, student; Keith Moser, men’s soccer coach; Lynne Shank, wife of MU President Dr. Matt Shank; Fr. David Sharland, director, Campus Ministry; and Jordana Taylor, associate director of operations, Undergraduate Admissions.

Monday, April 30 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, April 23. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Earth Week at Marymount: The entire Marymount community is invited to celebrate Earth Week 2012 with a series of on-campus events scheduled for April 16-20 and April 24. Events include electronics recycling, clothing donations, and making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of eating meat at lunch.

For the schedule, look for flyers posted around campus, check the events listings on the MU website, or read the news story on the website called “Earth Week at MU.”

Tickets to Portfolio in Motion 2012: Tickets are now on sale for Portfolio in Motion 2012, Marymount University’s annual student fashion show. Tickets cost $100 for the Thursday, May 3 cocktail reception and show honoring Eileen Fisher as Designer of the Year. Tickets to two student shows, on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, cost $15 or $20, depending on when and how purchased. Visit the Portfolio in Motion website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Student Employment Office News: MU offices that hire student workers are reminded that the last day that spring semester student employees may work is May 19. The first day for summer student employees is May 20. All summer employees will need to provide their supervisors with an employment receipt from Human Resource Services prior to starting work for the summer. The deadline to submit student employee evaluations and rehire information is April 30.

Sodexo’s College Menu Pilot Program: Marymount University has been chosen, along with seven other institutions from Sodexo’s 900-plus college accounts nationwide, as a test market for a new initiative called The College Menu Pilot Program. The project’s goal is to generate feedback on new menu items before an official roll-out in Sodexo college cafeterias around the country.

The pilot program began April 10 and will end with the spring semester in May. Some 75 new food items will be introduced, highlighting healthy and sustainable seafood and vegetarian options, as well as recipes featuring trendy ingredients. New menu items include a breakfast smoothie bar featuring low-fat yogurt; a Mediterranean flat breads bar; Thai jicama salad rolls; and stuffed pollack.

For questions, e-mail Sodexo Marketing Manager Jill Nabar or call ext. 1603.

Shoe Drive: The School of Business Administration is conducting a drive to collect shoe donations for adults and children in need. The drive ends Friday, April 20. The collected shoes will be delivered to Art for Humanity, an Arlington nonprofit.

Donate any shoes in good condition: men’s shoes up to size 11 and women’s shoes up to size 9.

You may drop off donations at any of six collection points: On Main Campus, at the Butler Hall Desk, Gerard Dining Hall, Gerard Hall Lobby, or the Lee Ostapenko Hall Desk; and at the Ballston Center, on the 1st or 3rd floor. For questions, e-mail Mary Beth Hart or call ext. 4985.

Blood Drive Results: The Children’s National Medical Center blood drive at Marymount on March 28 collected 31 pints of blood from students, faculty, and staff. The donated blood will benefit patients at Children’s National who need frequent transfusions. The next on-campus blood drive will take place on Sept. 25. If you’d like to donate before then, you can schedule an appointment at the Blood Donor Center by calling 202-476-KIDS (5437).



Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of Nursing, presented a poster titled “A Different Life: The Lived Experience of Mothers Caring for an Adolescent or Young Adult with Severe Cerebral Palsy” at the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 24th Annual Scientific Sessions, From Cell to Society: The Intersection of Nursing Research, Practice and Policy, held March 28-30, in New Haven, CT.

David Carlson, an adjunct faculty member who has taught in MU’s Department of Graphic Design & Fine Arts for nearly 25 years, will have a selection of his video art created between 2000 and 2011 shown in rotation on Artisphere’s Video Wall, April 18-May 31. Artisphere is at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington.

Bernadette Costello, director of Training and Organizational Development, will be awarded a Doctor of Arts in Higher Education from George Mason University on May 17.

Dr. Cynthia L. Knott, associate professor of Management Science, presented a paper written by her and Dr. Gerard Steube, assistant professor of Management Science, titled “Password Protection: Perceptions and Practice” at the 42nd annual meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences meeting in Columbia, SC, in February. The paper won the best paper award in the Statistics, Quantitative Management, and Management Science track. In addition, it was published in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Diane Murphy, associate professor and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science, presented a paper titled “Tackling an IS Educator’s Dilemma: A Holistic Model for When and How to Incorporate New Technology Courses into the IS/IT Curriculum” at the Southern Association for Information Systems Conference held in Atlanta, GA, on March 24. Their paper was also published in the peer-reviewed 2012 SAIS Proceedings.

Dr. Donna Schaeffer, associate professor of Information Management and Management Science, and Srinivasan (Raghu) Raghavan, programmer analyst in the ITS Department, conducted a workshop titled “Incorporating Green into the Computing Curriculm” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, March 21-23, in Newport, RI.

Jordana Taylor, associate director of operations for Undergraduate Admissions, has been selected as the first recipient of the Student Employee Supervisor of the Year award, which honors supervisors for integrating students as members of the staff; guiding and mentoring them; and aligning initiatives with the mission of the University and/or the department.

Writing Specialist Sylvia Whitman and four LRC writing tutors made presentations at the 23rd Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association: Writing Centers as Change Agents, at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, on March 31. Ms. Whitman gave an oral and poster presentation titled “Old Trick for New Dogs and New Tricks for Old Dogs: Working with New and Seasoned Faculty on WAC, WID, and Writing to Learn.” Three LRC tutors – Humanities graduate student Erica Prong, Biology major Cyndi Trang, and English major Adrianne Morris – gave an oral presentation titled “Supporting Cultural Diversity through Space Configuration, ESL Tutoring, and Tutor Training: The Transformation of Marymount’s Learning Resource Center.” A fourth tutor, Graphic Design major Shelly Coates, presented a poster titled “Evolution of a Visual Writer.”


Paula Polson has been promoted from associate to benefits manager in the Office of Human Resource Services.