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October 15, 2012


Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Innovations in Teaching and Learning, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rowley Hall. Coffee will be available in the Center for Teaching and Learning suite, Rowley G105, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided in the Gerard Dining Hall following Professor Rhett Leverett’s memorial service. Innovations is open to faculty and staff. Come for all or part of the day. View the full schedule. For questions, please email Cindy Mitchell or call ext. 1538.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Memorial service for Professor Rhett Leverett, who passed away on Oct. 1; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Ireton Lawn, with the Lee Center as the rain location. For questions, contact the School of Arts and Sciences at ext. 1560.

Friday, Oct. 19 – Dr. Kelly Schrum, director of educational projects at the Center for History and New Media, will speak on “History Education in a Digital World,” part of the graduate program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities Colloquium Series; 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Caruthers 1021. Dr. Schrum, who teaches at George Mason University, is also director of teachinghistory.org. This event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 – Marymount’s Family Weekend, with many fun activities, including the popular MU’s Got Talent. View a full schedule of events.

Monday, Oct. 22 – Marymount’s Human Resource Management Department welcomes Gus Siekierka as the featured speaker in the HRM Speaker Series; 6:30 to 8 p.m.; in the Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. As vice president and chief human resources officer for Computer Sciences Corp., Mr. Siekierka was responsible for all human resources functions globally, until his retirement in 2011 after 38 years of service. All Marymount students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend this free event. For information, email Mary Beth Hart or call ext. 4985.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Columnist, political analyst, and best-selling author Steven V. Roberts will give MU’s 2012 Marya McLaughlin Lecture in Media Communications, on the topic “From The Times to Twitter: The Role of Media in the 2012 Campaign”; 7:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. All Marymount students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. A reception will follow.

Thursday, Oct. 25 – Marymount Employee Benefits Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lee Center Atrium. For questions, contact the Office of Human Resource Services, ext. 1680.

Monday, Oct. 29 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 22. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Flu Shot Clinic: Don’t be felled by the flu this season! Marymount’s annual Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, noon to 2:30 p.m., Lee Center Atrium. The cost for faculty and staff is $15 per shot, payable by cash or check at the clinic. Inova Hospital nurses will administer the shots.

Registration is required by Friday, Nov. 2. Those who don’t register may drop by the clinic, but there is no guarantee there will be enough vaccines for them. To register, email the Student Health Center or call ext. 1610.

Faculty Workshop: The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Global Education will host an informational workshop for Marymount faculty interested in learning how to develop and facilitate short-term study abroad programs. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31; 12:30 to 2 p.m.; in the Gerard Dining Hall’s Private Dining Room.

The workshop will be in preparation for faculty learning programs in spring and summer 2014. Topics covered will include budgets, course creation, on-site logistics, marketing and recruitment, deadlines, pre-departure orientations, and safety and risk management.

Seating is limited to 20 individuals. RSVP to Cindy Mitchell or call ext. 5761.

Volunteers and Candy Needed for HalloweenFest: On Friday, Oct. 26, Marymount’s Main Campus will become a ghoulishly fun place for hundreds of local children living in homeless shelters or low-income neighborhoods. The children will trick-or-treat through the decorated residence halls and play games in the Lee Center.

Campus Ministry, the Office of Campus and Residential Services, and the Office of Student Activities are requesting candy donations and volunteers, to help make this year’s HalloweenFest as successful as in previous years.

At least 20,000 individually wrapped pieces of candy are needed. Candy collection boxes have been set up in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, the commuter lounge and the Campus Ministry area of The Lodge, the Lee Center, and the Ballston Center.

Volunteers are needed from 3 to 7 p.m. that day, to help set up, greet groups of children as they arrive, lead trick-or-treat groups through the residence halls, and help clean up. If you would like to volunteer, please email Ashley Wells.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Members of the Marymount community are encouraged to wear pink on Thursday, Oct. 18, when the Student Health Center (SHC) will sponsor the first Pink Out MU, a campuswide show of support for the fight against breast cancer. Don’t have anything pink to wear? Pick up a pink ribbon from the SHC that day to pin on your lapel.

The SHC also will host an information table in the Gerard Dining Hall from noon to 2 p.m. that day, offering educational materials, breast exam demonstrations, and free gift bags.

For questions, email the SHC or call ext. 1610.


MU Faculty and Staff Expertise Featured in the MediaThe Arlington Connection has made good use of Marymount faculty and staff experts for recent stories: Dr. Skye Donovan, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, was quoted in “Healthy Monday”; Dr. Michele Garofalo, associate professor of Counseling, was quoted in “Childhood Hobbies: Finding the Right Fit”; Dr. Linda Gulyn, professor of Psychology, was quoted in “Time for School”; Dr. Catharine Kopac, associate professor of Nursing, was quoted in “Finding a Home for the Golden Years”; Dr. Michelle Walters-Edwards, associate professor of Exercise and Health Sciences, was quoted in “Getting a Body Like an Olympian”; Dr. Theresia Wansi, associate professor of Finance, was quoted in “Teaching Youngsters About Money”; Diane White, director of the Student Health Center, was quoted in “Preparing for Cold and Flu Season”; and Dr. Rita Wong, professor of Physical Therapy, was quoted in “Living Long, Living Healthy.”

In June, Marymount sponsored the full-run Washington Post Education Focus column on criminal justice programs. Dr. Cindy O’Donnell, associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in Criminal Justice Administration and Policy, was quoted.

In the Post’s September Guide to Business and Graduate Education, Dr. Michelle Walters-Edwards was quoted on the graduate program in Health Promotion Management, as was HPM graduate Cornelia Lesh ’05, director of Community Outreach at Virginia Hospital Center.

Voice of America was on campus last week, interviewing Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley, associate professor of Religious Studies; Mike Canfield, director of Undergraduate Admissions; Aline Orfali, director of International Student Services; and student Shameela Idrees ’13, a Business Administration major who is from Pakistan, for a program on U.S. higher education that will air in Pakistan.

Fran Reed, director of Graduate Admissions and marketing and social media chair of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, was interviewed by an Associated Press reporter regarding the Colorado shooting suspect’s application to graduate programs. The AP story ran in papers across the country.

In addition, Marymount was featured and President Shank was quoted in an Oct. 5 story in The Washington Post on the value of a college degree and salaries of recent graduates in various fields.

MU Staffers Serve Two Community Centers – Twenty Marymount employees from the Office of Student Development and Engagement spent the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 9, volunteering at two Arlington County locations.

Kelly DeSenti, dean for Student Development and Engagement, explained, “We decided to use our annual fall retreat time to support the Common Ground spirit, so Campus Ministry found us two service opportunities: at Arlington County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and at the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Charities’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services. In this way, we were able to help the Arlington community.”

The MU volunteers at the Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services – Shelley Cosner, Kelly DeSenti, Marjory Eisenman, Melissa Garza, Geraldine Jones, Ashley Ladyman, Kate Leet, Rose Munson, and Cheryl Smith – put together boxes of kitchen, bathroom, and baby items, for families in need.

The other group of MU volunteers – Chris Fiorello, Amanda Guillett, Paul Lynch, Elaine McSorley-Gerard, Jessica O’Donnell, Aline Orfali, Corri Pfister, Amanda Tompkins, Elliot Uhl, Carin Usrey, and Ainsley Worrell – headed to a section of Four Mile Run, the largest stream running through Arlington County, where they cleaned up trash and removed invasive plants from its banks.

After their morning of service, the volunteers met for a catered lunch in Caruthers Hall, where they exchanged impressions about their service experience and celebrated their common ground.


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