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September 17, 2012


Friday, Sept. 21 – Faculty and staff are invited to the Rowley Open House, 3 to 5 p.m., to see the renovated facilities on the Lobby, G1, and G2 levels of Rowley Hall. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Career Services, and the Department of Education.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30 – Join the fun and bring family and friends to Marymount’s 2012 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. View a schedule of events. Registration is encouraged, and some events require payment. For questions and to register, email Suzanne Catucci.

Monday, Oct. 1 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 24. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Marymount Brand Ambassadors: Each week in September, October, and November, University Communications will recognize two Marymount employees for being great MU brand ambassadors by displaying a magnetic “Common Ground” bumper sticker on their vehicles. The prize is a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Winners will be picked at random from vehicles in MU parking lots and garages on Main Campus, the Ballston Center, and the Reston Center. Congratulations to our first winners: Mariana Hodges, Library and Learning Services, and Alison MacTavish, Office of Financial Affairs (week 1) and Dr. Chad Rector, Department of History and Politics, and Michael Schuchert, Office of Institutional Effectiveness (week 2) .

Don’t have a Common Ground magnetic bumper sticker? Email Cheri Temoney and we’ll send you one through the campus mail. (Limit two per employee, while supplies last.)

Distinguished Visiting Professor: On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the School of Arts and Sciences will welcome Sir Michael Berry, Melville Wills Professor of Physics (emeritus) at Bristol University in England, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Berry will share his fascination with the wonders of physics at a lecture from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. A reception will be held from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the Lee Reception Room.

Dr. Berry was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1982 and knighted in 1996. He has been the editor of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society since 2006. He is known for the Berry phase, a phenomenon observed in optics and quantum mechanics.

For details, email Dr. Eric Bubar or call ext. 6536.

Kick The Habit: Are you ready to quit smoking, considering quitting, or looking to help a friend kick the habit? If you’re seeking guidance, information, and support, join the new Kicking Butts smoking cessation group, sponsored by the Student Health Center and open to all in the Marymount community.

At the meetings, which will be conducted by Elaine McSorley-Gerard, R.N., you will learn how to set a realistic quit date, prepare to quit, obtain support from professionals and peers, deal with stress and cravings, and more.

Meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Sept. 18 through Dec. 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.

Jobs4Saints Faculty/Staff Accounts: Jobs4Saints, Marymount’s online resource for internship and job opportunities, is useful not only for students and alumni, but also for faculty and staff.

By creating a faculty/staff account in Jobs4Saints, you can keep tabs on the job and internship opportunities employers are posting for MU students; review which employers are recruiting students and in what capacities; and suggest the names of potential employers that Career Services can contact to obtain even more opportunities for Marymount students.

Creating a faculty/staff account is easy: Email Career Services to express your interest, and you will receive directions on how to proceed. Once your account is established, you can visit the Career Services web page and click on the “Faculty/Staff” tab at the top.

For questions, contact Carin Usrey at ext. 5782, or drop by the Center for Career Services at their new offices in Rowley Hall, Room 1005.

Professional Development Opportunities: A number of professional development workshops, seminars, and events are available to Marymount employees throughout the fall semester. Some events require registration. For descriptions, registration requirements, and the schedule, visit the Training Registration Site and sign in using your MU email user ID and password. For questions, email Bernadette Costello or call ext. 1554.

Artwork Donated For Raffle: The Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has donated a framed print by P. Buckley Moss called “Schoolyard Memories,” valued at $400, and six Nativity Scene snow globes by the same artist, valued at $120 each, to be raffled during the Saturday, Oct. 13, conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia (LDAV).

The conference is being hosted by Marymount and cosponsored by MU’s Education Department, Graduate Admissions, and Office of Student Access Services. Funds raised through the raffle will help members of the MU Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children to attend the LDAV national conference in San Antonio this February – where MU students have been invited to present their ED 523 research projects.

Raffle tickets will be on sale outside the Gerard Dining Hall during lunch hours on dates to be announced. Raffle tickets may also be purchased on the day of the conference, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium.

Registration for the conference is free for MU faculty, staff, students, and their guests. Pre-Register for the conference, or register in person on the day of the conference.

Registration is also free for prospective M.Ed. students who register online.

For details about the conference, contact Dr. Doug Ball, associate professor of Education, at ext. 3837. Those interested in learning about Marymount’s M.Ed. program should contact Ben Davis at (703) 284-5905.

Journal Writers Regroup for Fall: Do you like to write for fun and listen to others’ musings? Then join the Journalistas, an informal group of Marymount faculty and staff writers that meets every other week for a brown-bag lunch, low-key writing exercises, and fellowship among kindred spirits. View the schedule of meetings during the fall semester. For questions, please email Sylvia Whitman, writing specialist, or call ext. 6478.

Seeking Musicians: If you sing or play an instrument, you’re invited to use your musical talents to enrich Marymount’s music ministry. There are openings for all voice parts and instruments; faculty and staff are welcome, and you need not be Catholic to take part.

The Women’s Choir sings for the 11 a.m. Sunday Masses, while the co-ed Chapel Choir sings for the 7 p.m. Sunday Masses. There is also an opportunity to join the praise group, which leads worship at the weekly Thursday night Mass and Adoration.

Auditions are being held through Sept. 21. For details and to set up an audition, please contact Jill Staudt, music ministry coordinator, at jstaudt@marymount.edu.


Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of Nursing, has been selected to join the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Thai Army Nurses for a three-year term..

Janice Ellinwood, professor and chair of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Department, was quoted in a Sept. 3 article in the Air Force Times about the design of the new formal uniforms of the U.S. Air Force’s top leaders.

Dr. Brian Flanagan, assistant professor of Theology, had a letter published in The New York Times in response to a Sept. 3 article titled “More Muslims From Abroad Are Thriving in Catholic Colleges,” which mentioned Marymount. Read Dr. Flanagan’s letter.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of Psychology, and Justin Goodman, adjunct faculty member in the Sociology Department, had a commentary published in The Sun Gazette regarding the keeping of chimpanzees as pets. The Marymount students who took part in the two professors’ linked study-abroad research courses this summer in Kenya also signed the commentary. Read their article.

Dr. Susan Bucci Mockler, professor of English, wrote a poem titled “The Wedding Suit” that was first runner-up in the Foley Poetry Contest and published in America magazine in July.

Dr. Pramila Rao, associate professor of Human Resources Management, completed the Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR) certification awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute on May 29. This certification, good for three years, will allow her to teach GPHR classes to prepare students to take the same certification exam.


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