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 April 18, 2011


Monday, April 18 - Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, animal behaviorist and author, will speak on the topic of Animal Cognition, at a free event hosted by the Psychology Club and open to the Marymount community. Dr. Balcombe is chair of the Animal Studies Department at the Humane Society University. This event is free and open to all. A reception will take place at noon in the Barry Art Gallery, followed by Dr. Balcombe’s talk, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. For questions, e-mail the Psychology Club.

Wednesday, April 20 - Invited experts will have a panel discussion on Environment and Immigration Issues, sponsored by the Center for Global Education; 2:30 to 5 p.m., Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. This event is free and open to all. A reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion. For details, contact Sarah LaRosa at ext. 6474.

Thursday, April 21 - National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien will read from his book The Things They Carried (Houghton Mifflin, 1990); 12:30 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the Marymount community. A reception and book signing will follow in the Lee Reception Room. For details, contact Dr. Bess Fox at ext. 1568.

Thursday, April 21 - Deadline to submit to Human Resource Services a Request for Training Form for a five-part series called “Managing the Performance of Others.” The online workshop is for MU employees who manage, supervise, or lead the work of others. The form was e-mailed to all employees as an attachment on April 6. If you did not receive the form or have questions, e-mail Bernadette Costello or call ext. 1554.

Friday, April 22 - Good Friday, University closed.

Saturday, April 23 - Easter Vigil Service, 8:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Sunday, April 24 - Easter Sunday Mass, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Monday, May 2 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, April 25. Submit your items by e-mail


Reinsch Library News
  • Easter Weekend Library Hours: This year, Easter weekend falls right before Exam Week. Faculty are asked to remind their students that the Reinsch Library will be open for limited hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Good Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. The library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 24. Extended Hours (7:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.) will resume starting on Monday, April 25. Visit Library and Learning Services regarding hours for the rest of the spring semester.
  • Winners of the Library Survey Drawing: Library and Learning Services congratulates the winners of the drawing for those who completed the opinion survey on library services. Dr. Janine DeWitt, professor of Sociology, won first prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader. The second and third prizes, $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards, were awarded to undergraduate student Melissa Buse and graduate student Lindsay Murphy.
MU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction: Bill and Judy Finney will be among the inductees at the Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame 2011 Induction Ceremony, on Saturday, April 30, in the Lee Center. The event starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the induction ceremony. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by e-mailing Stephanie McDevitt or calling ext. 1619. RSVP by Tuesday, April 19. No tickets will be mailed; guests’ name will be added to the reservation list held at the door.

Updated Parking Guidelines: Several changes have been made to the Marymount parking guidelines. All MU employees are encouraged to read the important information that was attached to an e-mail sent on April 7, because one or more of these changes may affect you. Changes detailed in the e-mailed document include new information in the parking FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), Special Situations, a new section on Special Athletic Situations, and significant changes to the section on Parking Tickets and Appeals. If you did not receive the document detailing these changes, e-mail Bing Hobson or call ext. 1617.

Free International Student Tax Help: Faculty are asked to remind their international students that an IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Assistance group will be on campus on Thursday, April 28, to offer free expert help with income tax forms. The event will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the International Student Services Lounge, Gerard Hall, room 1031.

International students are required to file an income tax return, even if they did not earn income in the United States. June 15 is the filing deadline for tax returns. For questions, contact Aline Orfali at ext. 5797.

Teaching With Technology: Mark your calendar for the Center for Teaching Excellence’s workshop series Teaching with Technology. The workshops feature IT and faculty presenters focusing on the latest technologies to enhance teaching. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Caruthers Hall. Presentations will include training in SMART Board, Blackboard, Prezi, Zotero, Brief Hybrid Workshops, and more! Lunch will be provided, but advanced registration is required. Register here or e-mail Cindy Mitchell.

Social Security Benefits: Social Security Administration representatives recently made presentations at Marymount on topics of interest to employees contemplating retirement in the near future. Among the most useful suggestions made was to visit the Social Security Administration website, where there is a wealth of specific information on when and how to file for benefits, retirement calculators (in English and Spanish), the different parts of Medicare, and much more.

To apply for Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare, go here. To learn more about Medicare benefits, please visit this web page. To get an estimate of your retirement benefits, please use the estimator at the Social Security website (Spanish version). For questions, contact Loranna Butterwick at ext. 1544. 

Dr. Linda Cote-Reilly, assistant professor of Psychology, presented two posters and participated in one talk in collaboration with colleagues at the biennial Society for Research in Child Development Conference, held in Montreal, Canada, March 30-April 2. Her posters were titled “Expressive Vocabulary in Three Groups of Immigrant Toddlers: Comparisons and Predictions” and “Parenting Knowledge and Social Supports in Cultures of Origin, Acculturating Cultures, and a Culture of Destination.” The talk was titled “Cultural Universals and Community Specifics in Mother-Infant Vocalization.” Dr. Cote-Reilly also recently published an article in the online Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, titled “Immigration and Acculturation in Childhood.” (pdf)  

Dr. Kimberly Hess, Dr. Kimberly Hess, instructor of Music Theory, was been invited to perform for the Organ Historical Society’s 2011 National Convention, to be held in Washington, DC, on June 30. The Organ Historical Society promotes the preservation of historic pipe organs in the United States. Dr. Hess will perform on the recently refurbished 1884 Hook and Hastings Pipe Organ housed in Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Georgetown.

Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of Accounting and faculty advisor for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), reports that the undergraduate Business students in that group surpassed prior accomplishments in the Regional Competition in Philadelphia on Friday, March 25. The SIFE team brought home the trophy for “First Runner Up” after making a presentation on 11 projects for the 2010-2011 academic year. Marymount’s SIFE team, established in 2002, has won recognition at the regionals three times, first as Rookie of the Year and later as first and second runner-up.

Katherine Jewett, bursar, Student Accounts Department, ext. 1484.

Prayers Requested 
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Mary Milligan, RSHM, who died on April 2. Sr. Milligan was the former Superior General of the RSHM and was appointed to serve on the Bishops’ Synod in Rome in 1987. She also served on the MU Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2002.