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July 15, 2013


Friday, July 19 – Faculty and staff are invited to a welcome reception for Dr. Lois Stover, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, who joined the Marymount community on July 1. The reception will be at 9 a.m. in the Rowley Lobby. There is no need to RSVP. For questions, please contact Academic Affairs at ext. 1550.

Friday, July 26 – Deadline to pay for tickets to Marymount’s annual baseball outing to Nationals Park, on Saturday, August 10, for the Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies game. There are 60 tickets available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Each ticket costs $40 and includes transportation, a catered dinner, and seats in Section 104. The bus leaves Main Campus at 5 p.m.; first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Contact HR Services at ext. 1680 with the number of tickets you would like; pay at the Cashier’s Office in Rowley Hall; then bring your receipt to HR in Ireton Hall to confirm your attendance and to either reserve a seat on the bus or let us know you will be taking other transportation. Tickets for those taking the bus will be distributed when you board. If you are taking other transportation, HR will contact you to make arrangements for you to obtain your tickets. For questions contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880.

Monday, August 19 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, August 12. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Service Quality Sessions for MU Staff: The first three service quality sessions for Marymount staff have been completed. If you have not yet attended a session, you have two more opportunities:

  • Monday, July 22, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Please note that attendance at a service quality session is mandatory for staff. Select a session and register. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Military and Veteran Student Services: Marymount University has created a new Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, and Joe Blount has been named its coordinator.

Prior to Marymount, Mr. Blount held multiple positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and most recently served as the family program coordinator/school liaison at the Military One Source Center in Arlington, VA.

Mr. Blount, who served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s in counseling psychology.

Should students have questions related to military and veteran issues or resources, please refer them to Military and Veteran Student Services, Gerard Hall, Room 1017. Mr. Blount can be reached by email or at ext. 1521.

MU Employee Discounts: Beat the summer heat economically with two special discounts arranged for MU employees by Human Resource Services.

  • Kings Dominion: The regular ticket price is $51.99, but the MU employee discount brings it down to $37.99. Enter the code “KDFUN002” at the King's Dominion website for both the username and password; pay and then print out the tickets.
  • Six Flags: Tickets are available at the Cashier’s Office in Rowley Hall. The regular season pass is $75.49, but the MU employee discount lowers it to $60.49. The general admission regular price $59.99, but it’s $36.44 for MU employees; meal vouchers are $11.94.

Take advantage of the convenience and savings, and enjoy the summer!

Save the Date: Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the fall University Assembly on Tuesday, August 20, at 10:30 a.m., in the Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena. The program will be followed by a luncheon.



Dr. Brian Flanagan, assistant professor of theology, presented a paper titled “‘Nones on the Bus’: Religious Site Visits in a Plural Catholic Classroom” in the Spirituality section of the Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society, in Omaha, NE, this June.

At the same conference, Dr. Jacquelyn Porter, RSHM, professor of theology, gave a paper titled “The Reconstruction of the Courtyard of the Gentiles: Evangelization and Dialogue” in the Contemporary Theologies section.

At the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Miami, FL, this June, Dr. Flanagan was asked to give a response to a presentation by Prof. Bruce Morrill, S.J., titled “Sign of Reconciliation and Conversion? Differing Views of Power – Ecclesial, Sacramental, Anthropological – Among Hierarchy and Laity.” At the same conference, Dr. Flanagan was the convener of a panel of the Church and Ecumenism session on the topic “Ecclesial Conversion, Ecclesiological Conversion.”

Dr. Leigh Johnson, assistant professor of literature and languages, had an article titled “Covert Wars in the Bedroom and Nation: Motherwork, Transnationalism, and Domestic Violence in Black Widow’s Wardrobe and Mother Tongue” published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (Volume 11, Number 2, 2013).

She also had a book review titled “Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virgina, 1730-1865” published in Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South (Volume 19, Number 2, Fall/ Winter 2012).

In addition, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Holly Karapetkova, associate professor of literature and languages, and Dr. Bess Fox, associate professor of literature and languages, presented a roundtable conversation titled “Building a Small Service Learning Unit in First Year Composition” at the Lilly Conference in Bethesda, MD, June 1-2.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, and three of her students gave a presentation to 50 Girl Scouts at the Ashgrove Adventure Girl Scout camp held at Camp Crowell Oakton, VA, on June 28. The presentation, on Dr. Lopresti-Goodman’s research on rescued chimpanzees living in sanctuaries in Florida and Kenya, was arranged by Peggy Axelrod, director of budget and risk management in the Office of Financial Affairs. Ms. Axelrod has been a director at the camp for five years and an adult volunteer for 15. Ashgrove Adventure has a different theme each year, chosen by the 400 campers and teen staff and 100 adult staff. This year’s theme was Savanna Safari! Ashgrove’s African Adventure.

The middle-school group that listened to Dr. Lopresti-Goodman’s presentation collected Gatorade powder and stuffed animals to donate to Save the Chimps sanctuary in Florida, as part of a service project.

The Marymount psychology majors who co-presented with Dr. Lopresti-Goodman were Marjanne Kameka ‘13 and Amanda Caperton ‘13, both of whom have traveled to Kenya with her, and Chelsea Ritter ‘14, who is currently Dr. Lopresti-Goodman’s DISCOVER Research Grant summer research assistant.

Dr. Kimberly O’Toole, an adjunct professor in the sociology program, and fashion design major Chelsea Speckmann ’15, wrote and illustrated, respectively, a children’s book titled Monster Away, published on June 15 by PublishAmerica. Dr. O’Toole developed the idea for the book from a sociological concept known as the Thomas Theorem, which states that “things that we perceive as real are real in their consequences.” The hero of the story is Professor B. Krump, who created the Monster Away spray at her Specialty Shop of Notions, Potions, False Perceptions, and Bad Idea Remedies, to chase away scary monsters that live under children’s beds. The character is based on Dr. O’Toole’s sister, Bethany Krump, a breast cancer survivor, and the book is dedicated to her.

Dr. Eileen Sarsfield, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of nursing, made a podium presentation titled “Evidence Based Academic-Community Partnerships in the Workplace” at the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators/ Association of Public Health Nurses Joint Meeting on June 8, in Raleigh, NC.


Calene Baldwin, administrative assistant, School of Education and Human Services; ext. 1667.

Shawna LeBlond, administrative secretary, School of Education and Human Services; ext. 1621.

Jerome Marks, gifts officer, Office of Development; ext. 3843.

Caitlan McDaniel, coordinator of educational clinical experiences, School of Education and Human Services; ext. 6926.

Steven Munson, executive director, Information Technology Services; ext. 6901.

Peter Redding, tutoring coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning; ext. 5967.


Michael Schuchert, formerly executive director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, has been promoted to associate vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness; ext. 3810.

Natalie Mitchell has been promoted from psychological counselor in the Counseling Center to its director; ext. 6861.

Jennifer (Meg) Telfair has been promoted from psychological counselor in the Counseling Center to its assistant director; ext. 6861.

Matthew Shepard has been promoted from assistant athletic trainer to athletic trainer in the Athletics Department; ext. 1672.


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