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August 20, 2012


Tuesday, August 21 – Please plan to attend the Fall University Assembly, where Dr. Shank and the vice presidents will present updates on a number of important topics; 10:30 a.m., Lee Center Verizon Gym. Lunch will be served immediately following the program. 
Saturday, August 25 – Volunteer Service Day 2012; for details, please see the first item under “News You Can Use,” below.

Sunday, August 26
– All are invited to attend Mass at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, to welcome our students back for the new academic year. Immediately after, join the party on the Ireton Lawn and enjoy free food and lawn games. 

Tuesday, September 4 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, August 27. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


MU Volunteer Service Day 2012: Faculty, staff, and alumni are cordially invited to join our students in serving the community and making a difference at Marymount’s annual Volunteer Service Day, 2:30 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, August 25.

Volunteers can choose to visit with senior citizens, prepare meals for the homeless, work with at-risk youth, spend time with adults with mental disabilities, or do clean-up and fix-up projects. At day’s end, volunteers are invited to share their experiences at a campus dinner.

It is not necessary to sign up in advance. Simply meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Lee Center on August 25. Bus transportation will be provided. However, if you sign up in advance, you can specify a service preference and drive directly to your site rather than go on the bus, if that is your preference.

For more information or to sign up, email Ashley Wells in the Office of Campus Ministry at awells@marymount.edu.

Marymount Wellness Initiative:
“Healthy Mondays” is an exciting new program from the Marymount Wellness Taskforce, whose mission is to further develop and encourage healthy behaviors in the entire University community. The idea is that if we commit to making small positive changes in our lives on Mondays, we are more likely to maintain these habits throughout the rest of the week and beyond. The Healthy Mondays programs will focus on nutrition, fitness, general wellness, and stress management.

Join the Wellness Taskforce every Monday in the Gerard Dining Hall at 12:30 p.m. for fun activities. Participants will receive free giveaways and can enter drawings for prizes.

The Healthy Mondays campaign kicks off Sept. 10 with the Monday Mile, an opportunity to take an energizing one-mile walk on a designated campus loop with your fellow Saints! No need to sign up: Just show up at 12:30 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall.

Another wellness initiative is the Student Health Center’s “Kicking Butts” smoking-cessation program. Anyone in the Marymount community who is ready to quit smoking and seeks guidance, information, and support, or who wants to learn how to help a friend quit, is welcome to join the group, which will be led by Elaine McSorley-Gerard, R.N., B.A., N.P.

At the meetings, you will learn how to set a realistic quit date, prepare to quit, obtain support from professionals and peers, deal with stress, and more.

Meetings will be on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, September 18 through December 4; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; in the Student Health Center. There’s no need to sign up. For more information, or to request an individual counseling session, call the Health Center at ext. 1610.

Fitness Centers Extended Hours: Effective August 27, the new, extended hours of the fitness centers in the Lee Center and Lee Ostapenko Hall will be

Monday -Thursday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For questions, contact Ainsley Worrell at ext. 6910.

Campus Ministry News: Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. for the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, will be the celebrant. Campus Ministry also announces that weekday noon Masses in the chapel resumed on August 13 and the weekday 7:30 a.m. Masses resumed on August 20. Sunday Masses at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. will resume on August 26.

New Offices in Rowley Hall: The new Center for Teaching and Learning, created July 1, is in Rowley Hall G105, right underneath the Registrar’s office. The CTL offers a variety of services that promote student success, support student learning, and support faculty professional development.

Dr. Carolyn Oxenford, the executive director, notes that the CTL incorporates services formerly provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Academic Success Center, and the Learning Resource Center. She says, “These units no longer exist under those names, but are all part of the Center for Teaching and Learning. We ask Marymount offices to please update print materials accordingly, and to remember to direct students to the CTL for services formerly offered by those offices. One of the goals of the CTL is to provide services that integrate across these formerly separate offices. We welcome suggestions and ideas.”

The CTL serves students by providing tutoring and writing consultation, including supplemental instruction; advising for undeclared and non-degree students; and workshops and individual coaching for students who want to improve their academic performance. The CTL also supports testing for students who require accommodation and will be the location for Student Access Services (formerly known as Disability Services). Programs for new students, including the freshman seminar DSC 101 and the transfer seminar DSC 201, are now directed by Dr. Pam Moreno, the new associate dean for the First Year Experience, also located within the CTL.

For faculty, the CTL offers training and consultation services, which will now be led by Dr. Jason Craig, as director of Teaching and Student Engagement. Sue Conrad, director of Instructional Design and Technology, will continue to support pedagogically sound uses of technology in teaching and learning.

To contact the CTL, call ext. 1538 or email ctl@marymount.edu. Questions about testing accommodation can be emailed to testing@marymount.edu, and faculty can continue to email teaching@marymount.edu. For a complete list of CTL staff and more information, visit www.marymount.edu/academics/ctl.
Other Offices Now at Rowley Hall: The Center for Career Services (formerly the Career and Internship Center) has moved to Rowley Hall, Room 1005.

Career Services will offer a series of career-development workshops and events throughout the fall semester. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to visit Career Services online or in person, and to register for Jobs4Saints (formerly CIC Web), MU’s job and internship search engine. For questions, call Career Services at ext. 5960.

Also in Rowley Hall is the Center for Global Education, in Rooms 1004I to 1004M.

University Communications Has Moved: With the reopening of Rowley Hall and the reassignment of offices, the Office of University Communications can now be found in the Ballston Center, second floor, Rooms 207 and 209.


Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, has earned the Electronic Records Management (ERM) Practitioner Certificate from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), a nonprofit organization of information professionals. The ERM Certificate Program is designed from global best practices among AIIM’s 65,000 members worldwide.

Dr. Julie Ries, associate professor of Physical Therapy, has been selected to receive an Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund by the Virginia Center on Aging at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Dr. Ries’s research proposal was titled “Balance Training Program Designed for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: The Effect on Balance and Falls.”


As the academic year begins, Marymount welcomes the following new faculty:

School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Yan Beal, associate professor of Fashion Merchandising; Dr. Christopher Franklin, assistant professor of Philosophy; Dr. Jace Stuckey, assistant professor of History

School of Business Administration
Brian Hollar, assistant professor of Economics
School of Education and Human Services
Dr. Ioana Boie, assistant professor of Counseling; Dr. William Costanza, assistant professor of Forensic Psychology; Dr. Angel Daniels, assistant professor of Forensic Psychology; Dr. Ryan Foster, assistant professor of Counseling
Malek School of Health Professions
Dr. Jennifer Tripken, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance
Library and Learning Services
Viral Amin, metadata/electronic resources librarian; Erika Davis, reference librarian

Dr. Rita Wong, professor of Physical Therapy, has been named to a new administrative position, assistant dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.


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