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 July 5, 2011


Thursday, July 7
 - Welcome breakfast for Marymount’s new president. Faculty, staff, and student leaders are cordially invited to join in welcoming Marymount University’s sixth president, Dr. Matthew Shank, and Mrs. Shank to campus. Continental breakfast will be served. Main House, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 20 - Managers Roundtable informal lunchtime discussion group. This month’s topic: Managing Up; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Gerard Hall. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. To register, e-mail Bernadette Costello, director of training and development, or call ext. 1554.

Monday, August 1 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, July 25. Submit your items by e-mail.


The Malek School of Health Professions
: Marymount Trustee Marlene Malek and her husband Frederic have made a significant leadership gift to the University’s Campaign for Excellence and Distinction. Their contribution, the largest received by the campaign, includes an endowment for the School of Health Professions, which has been named the Malek School of Health Professions in their honor.

Nominate a Student for Saints Council: Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students to serve on the 2011-12 MU Saints Council. The council is a new undergraduate student-giving program that raises awareness about the impact of private support at Marymount.

Nominees for the Saints Council should
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • exhibit excellence in leadership and service,
  • be actively involved at Marymount, and
  • be willing to help with recruiting, marketing, and fundraising.
In the nomination, please include the student’s name and a brief statement of why you feel he or she would be a good candidate.

Nominations are being accepted through July 29 and should be e-mailed to giving@marymount.edu. For additional information, e-mail Erin Schlesing, associate director, Marymount Fund, or call ext. 1695.

New Director of Instructional Technology and Design: Susan Conrad has been hired as director of Instructional Technology and Design, a position previously called director of E-Learning. The position has been administratively relocated from Information Technology Services (ITS) to the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Until the Rowley Hall renovations are complete, Ms. Conrad’s office will remain in the E-Learning area of the Reinsch Library.

Ms. Conrad is available to work with faculty to provide technology and instructional design support for their courses, including use of Blackboard, clickers, rich media, streaming video, web-based conferencing, lecture capture, online instruction, and hybrid instruction. She will also work with the CTE to explore, pilot, and assess emerging technologies and will collaborate with ITS to provide integrated support for teaching and learning.

Ms. Conrad has an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from George Mason University, where she is completing her Ph.D. in Instructional Research and Design.

She can be reached at ext. 3322.

A Health Advocate in Your Corner: Health Advocate is a free benefit to all Marymount employees who are enrolled in the MU health plan. Health Advocate can help you with time-consuming tasks such as finding the right health care provider; scheduling appointments; locating treatment facilities and clinical trials; researching and locating the newest treatments; securing second opinions; and helping transfer medical records, X-rays and lab results.

In addition, Health Advocate can assist you in resolving billing questions; explain coverage stipulations and alternatives for uncovered services; get to the bottom of coverage denials; and help negotiate fees and payment arrangements.

Need eldercare and caregiver services? Health Advocate can help you find an appropriate facility; clarify Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplemental plans; and even arrange transportation to appointments.

For a full list of services, visit Health Advocate. For questions, e-mail Loranna Butterwick, benefits manager, or call ext. 6880.

Mass Schedule for July and August: Campus Ministry reminds the Marymount community that there are no daily or Sunday Masses throughout the month of July and most of August. Masses will resume as follows:
  • Daily Mass at 7:30 a.m. and noon, beginning August 22
  • Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., beginning August 28


Victor Betancourt-Santiago
, director of the Center for Global Education, has been selected to serve on the board of the Arlington Sister City Association. Currently, Arlington has sister-city partnerships with Aachen, Germany; Coyoacan, Mexico; Reims, France; and San Miguel, El Salvador.

Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of Nursing, was awarded her Ph.D. by The Catholic University of America, School of Nursing, on May 14. Dr. Burkhard also received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Studies. Her doctoral dissertation was titled The Lived Experience of Mothers Caring for an Adolescent or Young Adult with Severe Cerebral Palsy.

Dr. Agnes Burkhard and Dr. Eileen Sarsfield, assistant professors of Nursing, gave an oral presentation titled “A Curricular Initiative Promoting Evidence Based Practice” at the 2011 Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Annual Institute in Chicago on June 10. At the same conference, Dr. Sarsfield also presented “Using Case Studies to Teach Ethics in Public Health: An Innovative Teaching Strategy.”

Dr. Judy Clear, professor of Nursing, and Dr. Aly Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management, were course faculty for HCM 596, Special Topics in Health Care Management, offered in Berlin, Germany, in May. The graduate students in the course came from from both the School of Business Administration and the Malek School of Health Professions. The students and faculty explored determinants of health and health care in the German system and compared their findings with the U.S. health care delivery system.

Dr. Aly Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management; Dr. Nancy Furlow, associate professor of Marketing; and Drs. Shirley Jarecki and Judy Clear, professors of Nursing, have received faculty development funding for an Eye Health Project in Chulucanas, Peru. The research project includes a service-learning component that is offered through Marymount’s Center for Global Education together with Global Health Ministry, an organization that sends teams of health care professionals to areas of Latin America and the Caribbean that have little or no access to medical services.

Dr. Cathy Elrod, associate professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored a poster titled “Beyond Movement Dysfunction: Human Performance and the Diagnostic Process in Geriatric Physical Therapy.” Dr. Elrod’s co-author, Dr. Andrew Guccione, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science at George Mason University, presented the poster at World Physical Therapy 2011, the 16th international congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 23.

Ann Jordan
, associate director, New Student Services, Graduate Admissions, ext. 5903.

Shelby Small, office assistant, Registrar’s Office, ext. 6945.

Celena Wickman, purchasing assistant, Purchasing Department, ext. 6854.

The Office of Campus and Residential Services has added several new staffers:
  • Ashley Ladyman, residence director- Southside, ext. 6512
  • Kate Leet, residence director- Northside, ext. 6513
  • Mellisha Bedminster, graduate assistant residence director
  • Ashley DuVal, graduate assistant residence director
  • Julie Kramer, graduate assistant residence director
Prayers Requested
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Charles (Charlie) McCarthy, who died on June 17. Mr. McCarthy was a friend of Marymount University.


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