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April 21, 2014


Monday, April 21 – Easter Holiday; no classes.

Monday, April 21 – Marymount Staff Council meeting; noon to 1 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall, back room. All Marymount staff members are cordially invited. Topics will include upcoming elections and transitioning to next year.

Week of April 21-25 – National Student Employee Appreciation Week. Student workers are an important part of the Marymount community, and the Center for Career Services asks that staff and faculty who interact with student employees show their appreciation during this week with a personal thank-you or a note of recognition.

Tuesday, April 22 – Volunteer Arlington Day; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Everyone in the MU community is encouraged to join Dr. Shank and your colleagues for a meaningful day of service to the local community. Please consult with your supervisor before committing to this event. Transportation from Main Campus to the volunteer site and lunch will be provided. Last year, Marymount had the largest number of volunteers at this event; this year’s goal is to match or surpass that number. Register online. For questions, contact Meg Dalmut at mdalmut@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, April 23 – 2014 Bisson Lecture in the Humanities, featuring Distinguished Visiting Professor Dr. Peter Donaldson; 5 p.m. wine reception and cake, to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday; 5:45 to 7 p.m. lecture; Gerard Dining Hall. Dr. Donaldson’s talk is titled “Global Shakespeares, Cultural Translation, and the Future of Digital Humanities.” This event is open to the Marymount community and your guests. For questions, contact Dr. Tonya Howe at thowe@marymount.edu.

Thursday, April 24 – Marymount Flashback: Stories from Keith Moser and Vincent Stovall; noon to 1 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall, back room. Bring your lunch and enjoy some great stories and Marymount history from two longtime colleagues with a combined 46 years at MU: Men’s Soccer Coach Keith Moser (24 years), and Student Activities Director Vincent Stovall (22 years).

Friday, April 25 – SaintsFest; 3 p.m. to midnight; Lee Center and quad in front of Ireton Hall. Come to this spring celebration, featuring a climbing wall, petting zoo, field games, free food, and more. Open to students, faculty, staff, families and friends.

Sunday, April 27 – Battle of the Sexes Competition; 1 to 3 p.m.; Lee Center and back field. A fundraising event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. See the Events listings for details.

Sunday, April 27 – Spring into Happy!, a concert featuring MU’s Blue Harmony Show Choir; a reception will follow the program; 4 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. This event is free admission and open to everyone in the greater community. For questions, contact the Office of Campus Programs and Leadership Development at ext. 1611 or vstovall@marymount.edu.

Friday, May 2 – Jhane Barnes, Marymount University’s 2014 Designer of the Year, will give a presentation on the relationship between math and art, and on how she uses math, especially fractals, to create textiles and patterns for flooring, furniture, fashion, and eyewear; 1 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. This topic is of special interest to anyone teaching or studying art, fashion, math, or interior design. The event is open to the entire Marymount community.

Monday, May 5 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, April 28. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


Faculty Members Reach Out to Community: Five Marymount University faculty members will share their expertise on practical issues for seniors during a series of free classes in May sponsored by AgingUp, an interfaith organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seniors in Falls Church and McLean. Dr. Liane Summerfield arranged this community outreach event with faculty.

Session topics include downsizing or aging safely and comfortably in one’s home (Dr. Susan Hergenrather); getting the most from medical visits (Dr. Cathy Kopac); exercising and reducing the risk of falls (Dr. Rita Wong); communicating with adult children (Dr. Cynthia Roman); and using video games and other technologies to improve mental and physical fitness (Dr. Diane Murphy).

Classes will take place every Thursday in May, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. Registration is required. To register, call (703) 248- 5027 or in person at the center.

Fr. Jack’s Silver Anniversary: The Rev. Jack Peterson, Y.A., assistant chaplain at Marymount University, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd., Vienna, VA. A reception will follow at 2:30 p.m.

The Mass will be a joint celebration with Fr. Peter Nassetta, Y.A., who served as chaplain at MU from 1995 to 2002 and is also marking his 25th year in the priesthood. Everyone in the Marymount community is cordially invited. RSVP by May 1 to Brian Abrams at (703) 556- 0914 or yas_abrams@cox.net.

Portfolio in Motion 2014 Uncut: Marymount University’s annual student fashion show, Portfolio in Motion Uncut, produced by fashion design and merchandising seniors, will have its premiere night on Thursday, May 1. Jhane Barnes will be honored as 2014 Designer of the Year.

There will be two other performances, on May 2 and 3. All three performances will take place in the Rose Benté Lee Center.

Tickets for Premiere Night cost $100 and include a cocktail reception and the fashion show. Purchase Premiere Night tickets online.

Tickets for the May 2 and 3 events cost $20 at the door, but can be bought online, with purchasing fee. Tickets are also available for $15 with advance on-campus purchase: April 22-25 and 28-29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall, and 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium.

Saturday, May 3: Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception, 6:30 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium. Special ticket price: $25 for alumni reception and fashion show. Purchase tickets online.

For more information about Portfolio in Motion Uncut, please call (703) 284-1541, email pim@marymount.edu, or visit the Portfolio in Motion Website.

Alumni Office Seeks Your Help: The Marymount University Alumni Association needs your assistance with nominees for the 2014 alumni awards program. The awards recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to their profession, community, and alma mater. Please consider which former students fit the criteria for these awards:

Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an MU graduate who has demonstrated a distinguished level of achievement in a professional career, community service, or a humanitarian cause.

Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes a graduate whose service and leadership have increased alumni participation and involvement within the Alumni Association and Marymount.

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award honors a graduate of the past 15 years who has shown loyalty to MU, made a contribution or experienced a major accomplishment in a professional field, or made humanitarian contributions to a community.

Alumni Lifetime Excellence Award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated a longtime and outstanding level of commitment to a career and/or community and, as a result, has made a positive and dramatic impact on his/her chosen field or the lives of others.

Nominations will be accepted through June 30. Award winners will be announced in July, and the presentation will take place at the Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Brunch and Awards on Sept. 27, during Homecoming Weekend.

Nomination forms can be found online.


Dr. Eric Bubar, assistant professor of physical sciences, presented a talk titled “Science is a Game” at the Chesapeake section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference on April 5 at the American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD. Voted "Best Presentation from a Four-Year College/University," the talk was about using historically-based, role-playing games in science courses.

Dr. Uma Kelekar, assistant professor of healthcare management, presented a social enterprise pitch titled “Prevention is Better Than Cure: Promotion of the Use of Hats and Sunglasses to Reduce the Risk of Pterygium” at the Global Health Innovation Conference held at Yale University on April 12-13.

Dr. Terry Long,, professor of economics and director of the MBA program, chaired a SACSCOC Substantive Change Committee at Parker University in Dallas,Texas, during the committee visit March 26-28. Parker University added an online MBA in health care management, moving it to a Level III institution.

Writing specialist Sylvia Whitman’s, latest book, The Milk of Birds (Atheneum, 2013), has been named one of 25 “notable books for a global society” by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. The committee reviews books representing all genres intended for students K-12. The Milk of Birds has also earned a place on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project list of books with significant feminist content.

Also, Ms. Whitman and three peer writing consultants attended the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association 2014 conference at Salisbury University on April 4-5. Junior Eric Brooks presented a poster titled "Generating a Session Forward." Ms. Whitman and sophomores Payton Bodecker and John Page gave a presentation titled "Things They Carried with Them: A Peer Tutor Alumni Project."


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