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September 4, 2012


Wednesday, Sept. 5 – Mass of the Holy Spirit, 11:30 a.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, will be the celebrant; Father David Sharland, Y.A., director of Campus Ministry, and Father Jack Peterson, Y.A., assistant director of Campus Ministry, will be concelebrants. To facilitate faculty and student participation, there are no classes or other events scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A campuswide lunch will follow in the Gerard Dining Hall.

Friday, Sept. 7 – Opening reception for the Barry Gallery’s new exhibit, Paintings by Nancy Hannans and Beverly Ryan, 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery, Reinsch Library. The exhibit will be open through Thursday, Oct. 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For questions, contact Judy Bass at ext. 1561.

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Everyone is invited to join the Saudi Student Association in celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 6 to 9 p.m., Lee Center. Enjoy traditional foods, a talent show, exhibits, prizes, and more. For questions, contact International Student Services at ext. 5797.

Monday, Sept. 17 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 10. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Starfish for Faculty and Students: Two features have been added this fall to Starfish, a software program that tracks student progress; connects faculty, staff, and students; and provides a system of early alerts when a student is not performing up to expectations. The program and new features are expected to contribute toward the broader goal of increased student retention.

Carolyn Juba, assistant director of Academic Advising and Retention, says, “Starfish alerts students and advisors about important issues, such as class absences and low grades. It also gives students an opportunity to address issues and correct them earlier in the semester; that way, there are no surprises.”

One new feature will allow professors to take attendance directly in Starfish. Academic advisors can see if a student has been flagged for non-attendance or other issues, and can meet online with teachers to discuss a student’s progress. Students can monitor their own progress in Starfish, and another new feature allows them to make appointments for tutoring services through Starfish, which is accessible via Blackboard.

Faculty will receive email prompts at key times during the semester for surveys regarding their students. Ms. Juba says, “These surveys are quick and easy: Faculty just go down a class roster and put check marks next to student names. That way, they can note, for example, whether a student has missed class or key assignments.”

For questions, email Carolyn Juba or call ext. 1538.

MAT Testing Moved to Reston Center: Marymount’s Reston Center is now a testing center for Pearson Education’s Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The MAT will no longer be offered at the Ballston Center, due to space and parking constraints.

This fall, the Reston Center will offer the MAT on Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. Candidates check in at 9 a.m., and the test begins at 9:30 a.m. To register, email Alison Malloy, director of Student Services, or call ext. 5770.

Campus Safety Day: Marymount University will hold its first annual Campus Safety Day on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Ireton Lawn. Come and learn about self defense, fire safety, emergency preparedness and local volunteer opportunities, and to sign up for MU Alerts. Participants can enjoy free ice cream and be entered in a raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift. For questions, email Eric Hols or call ext. 1601.

Molecular Gastronomy Comes to MU: A new Sodexo chef trained in molecular gastronomy is rolling out a pilot menu this fall that includes offerings made with the magical aid of science.

Chef Corey King, who arrived at Marymount over the summer, says one example is the carrot-ginger “caviar” for the sushi bar. He explains, “Instead of buying caviar only once in a great while, because of the expense, we can take common ingredients like ginger and carrot and give them a flair using the techniques of molecular gastronomy.”

Marymount is one of only five college cafeterias in the United States where Sodexo is testing new menus. Chef King says, “If we’re successful here, we will roll out these menus nationwide.” Other new menu items to look for this fall: A variety of stuffed burgers, including a turkey patty with cranberry stuffing; an Angus burger stuffed with sharp Cheddar; and a pork burger stuffed with ham, pickles, and mustard.

Chef King says, “We’re getting a smoker so I can cold-smoke a whole New York sirloin. Every month we’ll have menus with special themes. We are also retraining our staff to do more cooking a la minute, so diners will note the increased freshness and variety of our menus.”

In September, he is planning several salutes to Indian cuisine and two Hispanic Heritage dinners. View a calendar of Sodexo dining events.

Bernie’s List: Do you have unwanted office furniture or supplies that you wish to donate to other MU offices? Or do you have personal items that you want to sell, trade, or give away? Then come to Bernie’s List, Marymount’s internal online classified site that supports the University’s initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Bernie’s List is like Craig’s List but only for MU faculty and staff. Access it by signing on to the MU portal; place the cursor on the “Faculty and Staff” tab on the upper-left of the page, and scroll down to Bernie’s List. For questions, contact Andrea Saunders at ext. 6898.

Learning Disabilities Conference: Marymount’s Department of Education, Office of Graduate Admissions, and Office of Student Access Services will co-sponsor the Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia’s (LDAV) annual professional conference on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The conference, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Reinsch Library and Gerard Dining Hall, is titled “Learning Disabilities and Transition to Higher Education: What Students, Families, and Professionals Should Know.” The morning keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Getzel, director of Postsecondary Education Initiatives at VCU-RRTC; the luncheon speaker will be Holly Anderson, policy liaison for individuals with disabilities, Office of the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

The conference director is Dr. Douglas Ball, associate professor of Education, who is also a vice president of the LDAV and a research consultant for The Freedom Writers Foundation, which promotes equitable education opportunities.

Registration is free for MU students, faculty, staff, and guests. Others must pay a $25 conference fee. Early registration is strongly suggested, due to limited space. To register and for details, email Dr. Douglas Ball or call ext. 3837.


Dr. Michael Boylan, professor of Philosophy, was quoted as an ethics expert in a recent article about Penn State’s reputation.

The case and accompanying teaching note titled “Joint Patient Liaison Office: Building a Streamlined Unit,” written by Dr. Lorri Cooper, associate professor of Management; Dr. Aly Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management; and Dr. Susanne Ninassi, associate professor of Legal Administration, has been accepted for publication in Organizational Behavior in Healthcare: Case Studies (Jones and Bartlett, 2012).

Dr. Leigh Johnson, assistant professor of Literature and Languages, had a book review published in the March 2012 issue of Aphra Behn Online, Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. The review was of Mary Beth Norton’s book Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World (Cornell UP, 2011).

Dr. Usha Rajdev, associate professor of Education, was selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in India at Dr. V. R. Godhanyia B. Ed. College. Dr. Rajdev traveled to India July 20-August 24 to conduct professional development workshops with faculty and Education undergraduates and to develop a community-wide service-learning project to promote literacy.

Dr. Todd Rimkus, professor of Biology, was selected as a Celebrity Scientist for a Creature Feature event sponsored by the Children’s Science Center. The event, where children could meet domestic and exotic animals and ask science questions, took place on Saturday, August 18, at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA.

Gwen Vredevoogd, librarian and associate professor, recently had a chapter published in the book Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices (IGI Global, July 2012). Titled “Balancing the Creative and Professional: Collecting for Interior and Fashion Design,” the chapter focuses on the challenges librarians face when supporting design programs and the difficulty in identifying the ways of research utilized in the creative process. The book is available in the Reinsch Library.


Dr. Susan Mockler, professor of English, School of Arts and Sciences, ext. 1594.

Stephanie Symons, athletic trainer, Athletics Department.

Leah Toussaint, human resource associate, Human Resource Services, ext. 1680.