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April 30, 2012


Monday, April 30 – Deadline to submit student employee evaluations and rehire information to the Student Employment Office. 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. For questions, contact Elliot Uhl at ext. 6539.

Monday, April 30 – Campus Ministry’s last Dollar Dinner of the spring semester, 5 p.m., Gerard Lobby. Guest speaker Marie Miller will give a musical presentation titled “The Meaning and Purpose of True Beauty.” The home-cooked meal is $1 and everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. For questions, contact Susan Welch-Paris at ext. 1607.

Monday, April 30 – Avengers Book-to-Film Symposium, 5 to 10 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. This event includes a plenary talk on Iron Man comics in the context of the Cold War; presentations on adapting Avengers characters Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and Hulk from comic book to big screen; and a screening and discussion of Captain America: The First Avenger. Sponsored by the Department of English, this event is free and open to the public, but you must register online. For questions, please contact Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass at amysd@marymount.edu.

Thursday, May 3 – Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion cocktail reception and student fashion show honoring Eileen Fisher as 2012 Designer of the Year. For information about tickets for this event and the two student shows on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, visit marymount.edu/pim/tickets.aspx.

Tuesday, May 8 – Education Symposium on Bullying: Educational and Legal Implications; 7 to 9 p.m., Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. The public is welcome; all participants must register by calling (703) 284-5902 or visiting www.MarymountEducation.com.

Monday, May 14 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, May 7. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Teaching with Technology Workshop: The Center for Teaching Excellence’s spring workshop, Teaching with Technology, will be held Thursday, May 17, at the Ballston Center, on the fourth floor, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will feature hands-on sessions on WordPress, Google apps, the Flipped classroom, and more.

Participants will be able to see what’s changed in the Blackboard upgrade, explore the potential of new technology in our Sandbox, and learn about gaming, a virtual worlds update, and more. Session descriptions will be available in the coming weeks.

Lunch will be provided in the Ballston Conference Center. Deadline to register is Friday, May 11.

Please note that there is a new way to register: Visit the Human Resource Services training page; after logging in, go to the May calendar page; click on ‘Teaching with Technology’ listed on May 17, and fill in the registration form.

Free Organ Recital: Dr. Kimberly Hess, instructor of Music, will perform a solo organ recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1525 H Street NW, Washington, DC (across from the White House) on Wednesday, May 2, at 12:10 p.m.
Dr. Hess’s recital, part of the church’s First Wednesdays Concerts series, is titled “Homage to Bach,” and will feature work by J.S. Bach; his son, C.P.E. Bach; and Franz Liszt’s Prelude and Fugue on the name BACH. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

MU Students on TV: The Marymount University Chamber Singers, a student group, and their advisor, Dr. Kimberly Hess, recorded for the TV Mass for Shut-ins at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on April 19. The televised Mass is a service of the Archdiocese of Washington. The MU group’s performances will air at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 (Solemnity of the Ascension), and Sunday, June 3 (Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity) on WDCW/Channel 50.

ITS Offers Tips to Limit Spam: Information Technology Services reminds faculty and staff that, while spam is an unavoidable fact of life in the digital age, there are ways to limit the amount of unwanted and unsolicited messages coming into your Marymount email account. First, set up a secondary free account at Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail, and give it out for personal business instead of your MU email address. Second, pay attention to checkboxes when you register for accounts on the web. Third, if you do get spam, do not reply to it or click on any links in the message; just delete it.

You also can automatically manage the inflow of messages with a Gmail filter. Messages can be automatically labeled, archived, deleted, and starred. Visit Google's support site for more information about Gmail filters, or watch a quick video tutorial.
If you have questions, contact the IT Support Desk at its@marymount.edu or ext. 6990.



Dr. Brian Flanagan, assistant professor of Theology, presented a paper titled “The Holiness of the Church: Mark of Unity or Division?” and chaired an additional papers session during Assisi 2012: Where We Dwell In Common?, an international ecumenical meeting in Assisi, Italy, from April 17-20, sponsored by the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network.

Dr. Cynthia L. Knott, associate professor of Management Science, and Dr. Donna Schaeffer, associate professor of Information Management, presented their paper, “A Look at the Liberal Arts Core and Business Administration Courses: How the New University Requirements Have Facilitated Changes,” at the 42nd annual meeting of the Southeast Decision Science Institute in Columbia, SC, in February. The paper was published in the proceedings. They also served as co-track chairs for the Quantitative Methods track.

Drs. Knott and Schaeffer presented another paper, titled “Sustainable Supply Chains, Operations Management, and Information Technology,” at the Northeast Decision Science Institute’s annual meeting in Newport, RI, in March.

At that same meeting, Dr. Knott presented a paper co-written with Dr. Gerard Steube, assistant professor of Management Science, and Hongqiang (Mason) Yang, assistant professor and librarian, titled “The Intersection of Technology Use in the Classroom and Sustainability.” The paper was published in the conference proceedings.

President Shank has been named to the board of directors of the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia. CBN was established in 1991 and now has chapters in Alexandria, Dulles, Leesburg, Manassas and McLean/Tysons Corner, and Fauquier. Additional chapters are to be established within the 21 counties in the Diocese of Arlington under Dr. Shank’s leadership.

Dr. Rita Wong, professor of Physical Therapy and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA) of the American Physical Therapy Association by the board of directors. The FAPTA designation is the highest honor among APTA’s membership categories. This designation is given in recognition of a member’s “contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements” and a demonstration of “frequent and sustained efforts to advance the profession for a period of not less than 15 years preceding the nomination for election.” Dr. Wong will be recognized during a ceremony at APTA’s annual conference on June 7 in Tampa, FL.


Tamala Amissah, coordinator, Educational Cliinical Experiences, School of Education and Human Services; ext. 6926.

Lisa Igiehon, assistant director of employment, Office of Human Resource Services; ext. 1618.

Mahija Pendyala, cashier, Office of Student Accounts; ext. 6897.

Corri Pfister, coordinator, New Student Transitions, Office of Student Development; ext. 5796.

Amanda Tompkins, administrative secretary, Center for Career Services; ext. 5960.

Nancy Williams, administrative assistant, Office of Financial Aid; ext. 1530.

Meagan Wiseley, administrative secretary, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 1560.


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