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September 30, 2013


Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Poetry Reading by Jamaal May; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Lee Reception Room/Barry Art Gallery in the Reinsch Library. The author of Hum (Alice James Books, 2013) and winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, Mr. May is Bucknell University’s 2011-13 Stadler Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The entire Marymount community is invited to attend.

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Marymount Graduate Programs Open House; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Main Campus. Register online or by calling ext. 5902.

Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13 – Sixth International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research 2013; on Main Campus. Dr. Elsa Schaefer, Marymount professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department, is co-organizer of this event, which is hosted by Marymount University with the active participation of mathematics faculty and students. View the full program and register online. For questions, contact Dr. Schaefer at ext. 1566.

Monday, Oct. 14 – Columbus Day; university closed.

Monday, Oct. 15 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday Oct. 7. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Town Hall Meetings On MU Mission: Our new vision and strategic plan has been endorsed by the Board of Trustees and communicated to the Marymount community. One important piece of this strategic plan that has not yet been finalized is our mission statement.

The current mission statement has been reviewed and revised slightly to make it more consistent with our new vision. Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of two scheduled Town Hall meetings to provide additional input into our mission statement.

The meetings will take place in the Reinsch Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Stick It to the Flu: Get Your Flu Shot! The annual Flu Shot Clinic for the Marymount community will be held on Monday, Oct. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium. The cost will be $15 per shot, payable by cash, check, or charged to your student account. Inova Hospital will be administering the vaccines, and the event is hosted by the Student Health Center.

Registration is required. To reserve your flu shot, email shealthc@marymount.edu or call ext. 1610.

View more information online or by contacting the Student Health Center.

More Blood Drives Scheduled: Sixty-nine members of the Marymount community volunteered to donate blood during the Sept. 18-19 blood drive held on campus by Children’s National Medical Center and sponsored by the Student Health Center and the Student Nurses Association. The drive collected a total of 63 units of blood, and both days were booked to capacity.

Due to an overflow of donors, the Student Health Center has scheduled another on-campus blood drive with Children’s National Medical Center, on Dec. 3 and 4. A donor-registration email will be sent out to the entire MU community soon, so you can sign up to donate. Additional blood drives will be scheduled throughout the rest of the academic year.

For questions, please contact Rachel Greger, R.N., at ext. 1610.

Fall Community Service Event: The Community Service Committee of the MU Staff Council invites Marymount staff and faculty to start the fall season by lending a helping hand at its first volunteer service event for the academic year.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, 3525 Moncure Avenue, Falls Church, VA, 22041. Run by Volunteers of America, the shelter needs sprucing up in preparation for the busy winter months. We’ll be painting and cleaning, so please dress appropriately. Materials and a light lunch will be provided, and no prior experience is necessary.

To better coordinate the volunteer activities with the shelter, please sign up before Oct. 12, and let us know if you would like to bring a friend. Register online or by sending an email to the MU Staff Council at musc@marymount.edu. For questions, contact Laurie Callahan at laurie.callahan@marymount.edu or ext. 1648.

Marymount Yearbooks Now Online: Marymount University Archives, in partnership with The Washington Research Library Consortium, has digitized yearbooks from Marymount University and Marymount High School, and those yearbooks are now available to view online.

The university yearbook collection covers the period from 1952 to 2006, and the Marymount High School yearbook collection covers years 1948 to 1963. Marymount University does not yet have a complete high school yearbook collection; therefore, University Archives is currently accepting yearbook donations or loans to assist in completing the collection.

To donate or loan a Marymount yearbook, please email University Archives at archive@marymount.edu. For questions, contact Sarah Holland at ext. 4990.

No Kid Hungry Food Drive: Marymount faculty, staff and students donated 316 pounds of food and many boxes of school supplies, including packages of paper, folders, 18 pencil packs, 22 crayon packs, glue sticks, 4 pounds of pens, and 73 erasers in the Sept. 17 No Kid Hungry food drive on campus, sponsored by Sodexo, Marymount’s food service provider.

The donations will benefit Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington, where more than 85% of students receive free or reduced-price meals.

Jill Nabar, Sodexo’s marketing manager, says, “We were happy to see such generosity from the Marymount community. Sodexo, the Capital Area Food Bank, and the kids at Carlin Springs thank you!”

Summer Supervisors Series: This summer, 35 Marymount employees attended lunch-time sessions on managing staff and student workers. Sessions were conducted by MU staff. The Office of Training and Development wants to thank Melissa Garza, Amanda Guillett, Sarah Burnett, Geraldine Jones, Ainsley Worrell, Jordana Taylor and student worker Sabrena Fary for giving of their time and knowledge to help us enhance our knowledge and skills.

Six employees who attended at least five sessions received as a gift the leadership book A Leader’s Legacy, and their names were entered in a drawing for a month of lunches in the Gerard Dining Hall or three months of on-campus parking. Jessica Mackey won the free lunches and Heather Pappas won the free parking. Congratulations to both!

Professional Development Workshops: Develop your professional skills and position yourself for advancement in the workplace! Attend one or more of several workshops scheduled throughout fall semester by the Office of Training and Organizational Development.

Take a look at the list below and see if any of these fits your interests and schedule:

  • Oct. 3: Using Colleague Web Interface; 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 4: College Bound? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. This is the first in the Lunch and Learn series, where participants meet over a brown-bag lunch to discuss questions that often arise if they are sending a child to college or are thinking of taking college courses themselves. The first session, on the college admissions process, will be led by Alecia Denmark from MU’s Office of Admissions.
  • Oct. 24: Navigating the Bermuda Triangle: ADA, FMLA, Worker’s Comp; 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3 and 10: Managing the Performance of Others; 9 a.m. to noon
  • Nov. 7: Coaching Basics; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 13: Dream Work: A Short Workshop; 10 a.m. to noon.

Learn more and register online. For questions, contact Bernadette Costello at ext.1554.




Dr. Linda Gulyn, professor of psychology, was interviewed on Sept. 17 by WUSA9 for the 6 a.m. TV news show following the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. She spoke about helping people - especially children - cope with a loss of the sense of security. Dr. Gulyn was also invited to WUSA9’s 6 a.m. news show on Aug.19, to share tips on how to prepare children for the return to school.

Bridget Murphy, professor of graphic design and chair of the Department of Graphic Design and Fine Arts, announces that the 2012 blueInk student literary magazine has won the 2013 Best in Category award from the Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic, at their Excellence in Print Awards ceremony. blueInk is Marymount’s literary arts magazine, an annual publication that features student writing, art, photography, and design. Prof. Murphy and Dr. Holly Karapetkova, associate professor of literature and language, are the publication’s faculty advisors.



Suzanne Hamant, administrative secretary, Malek School of Health Professions; ext. 1580.