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October 15, 2013


Thursday, Oct. 17 – Managing a Geographically Dispersed Workforce, a free webinar presented by HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington; noon to 1 p.m. This event is open to anyone in the Marymount community. Human resource professionals who participate and need continuing education credits will be awarded 1 recertification credit hour. Register online. For questions, call Melissa Benik at ext. 5916.

Monday, Oct. 21 – HRM: Moving from Tactical to Strategic; 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. The featured speaker is Barbara Mitchell, a nationally known expert and consultant in the human resource management areas of recruitment, retention, generations at work, and organizational development. This event is open to the entire MU community and your guests. For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart at ext. 4985.

Friday, Oct. 25 – HalloweenFest; 3:30-7 p.m.: This is an opportunity for all in the Marymount community to enjoy an afternoon of service and some “spooktacular” fun with hundreds of local children.
Ways you can help:
- Halloween costumes for children can be dropped off at the Campus Ministry office in the Lodge.
- Candy (individually wrapped) can be dropped up at Campus Ministry, the OCRS office, and Ballston Center information desk.
- Volunteer to help with set up, decorations, greeting, leading trick-or-treat groups, or cleaning up.
To volunteer and for more information, contact Ashley Wells, coordinator of Community Outreach at 703-526-6858 or ashley.wells@marymount.edu.
Friday, Oct. 25 – A Tribute to Fashion Journalism: Dress for Less; 5 to 7 p.m.; Main House. The entire Marymount community is invited to join fashion faculty, alumni, and students for this event, to mark the gift to the Reinsch Library of an archive of the nationally syndicated column “Dress for Less.” The column ran from 1990 to 1995 in many newspapers. Sisters Andrea Lee and Christine Negroni created the column, and MU alumna Patty Lowell ‘85 joined them as one of the authors. All three will be at the reception.

Friday Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27
– Marymount’s 2013 Family Weekend, with nearly a dozen scheduled events for students and their families, including a Wine and Dessert Reception and Art Exhibit on Friday; a Street Fair on Saturday; and a Mass of Thanksgiving and Jazz Brunch on Sunday. View the full schedule and register online.

Monday, Oct. 28
– Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.

Thursday, Nov. 7
– “The Persistence of Poe,” a 24-minute documentary about Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Richmond, VA; 5 to 6 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The film was directed by Christine Stoddard and David Fuchs. Ms. Stoddard will be on hand for a question-and-answer session following the screening.


MU’s Triathlon Program in the News: Bloomberg Businessweek published an article on Oct. 7 that noted “Marymount is the only school currently offering triathlon as a varsity sport.” The article, titled “Women Triathletes Get Chance at Varsity Status Under NCAA Plan,” said that the National Collegiate Athletic Association is considering a proposal, co-sponsored by Marymount and other universities, to name the swim-cycle-run athletic competition an emerging women’s sport, a special designation that would start triathlon on the path to becoming an intercollegiate sport for both men and women. It quotes MU Athletic Director Debra Warren as saying, “How often does a school get a chance to be the grass-roots leader of something that I think is going to be really great.” Read the article online.

Triathlon Triumphs for MU Faculty, Staff: Calah Schlabach, Marymount’s assistant cross country and triathlon coach, won her age division (women’s 25-29) at the World Championship Short Course triathlon on Sept. 15 in London, England.

Dr. Monica Robbers, professor of criminal justice, won the amateur female title at the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, DC, on Sept. 8. That victory means she will represent the United States at the Tri Yas race in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 28, 2014.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day: On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Student Health Center will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the second annual Pink-Out MU Day. The Marymount community is encouraged to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. Don’t own anything pink? Just stop by the SHC in Berg Hall for a free pink ribbon sticker.

The SHC also will have an informational table in Gerard Dining Hall from noon to 2 p.m. with educational materials, giveaways, and self breast-exam demonstrations. Participants will be entered in a drawing for a “Pink Prize Pack.” For questions, contact Jessica Tossone at ext. 1610.

Memorial Mass for Dr. Michael Didoha: Marymount’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Campus Ministry invite the Marymount community to a memorial Mass for Dr. Michael Didoha, professor emeritus of philosophy at MU.

The Mass will be in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Dr. Didoha, who died Aug. 4 in Fairfax at age 79, taught at MU from 1961 to 2005. His widow, Judy Didoha, will attend the Mass.

Campus Safety’s New Rank and Command Structure: Eric Hols, director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management, announces that in order to improve service to the campus community and increase efficiency in operations, a new rank and command structure has been established. Under the new structure, the following Campus Safety officers have been named to positions of command rank:

  • With the rank of lieutenant: Glenn Blackwell, Gordon Buckley, and Michael Bowen.
  • With the rank of sergeant: Jacqueline Bryan, Paul Easton, Edwin Emmanuel, Ben Getachew, Mohammed Minaie, and Bob Tripplett.
  • With the rank of corporal: Steve Aguilar, Ken Darden, and David Tsveer.

Graduate Students Sought: The Office of Graduate Admissions is seeking graduate students for two new initiatives, and asks faculty and staff to recommend candidates. The two programs are:

  • MU B.L.O.G.S. (Busy Life Of a Graduate Student): Do you know graduate students with a great perspective on MU graduate life and excellent writing or storytelling skills? If so, please recommend them for MU B.L.O.G.S., which features unfiltered experiences that grad students encounter in their daily lives. Contact graduate assistant Amelia Black at ATB51230@marymount.edu.
  • Graduate Student Ambassador: Students with excellent leadership and communication skills would be great candidates. Duties include giving prospective graduate students tours of Main Campus and the Ballston Center and giving out general information. This position requires a two-hour commitment per week. Contact graduate assistant Olivia Fedor at orf20649@marymount.edu.

For questions, contact Jennifer L. Webb at ext. 5903.

Practice Your español or français: The Department of Literature and Language and the Local to Global Initiative are co-sponsoring Spanish and French conversations during lunch. Everyone is welcome to drop in and practice their language skills The Spanish conversation table meets on Mondays, from noon to 1 p.m. French is on Thursdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both are by the windows in the carpeted area of Gerard Dining Hall.

For questions, please contact Victor Betancourt at ext. 1677.

Long-Term Service Fair: Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the Long-Term Service Fair in the Lee Center Recreational Gym; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5. The fair is sponsored by the Center for Career Services and the Office of Campus Ministry. More than 30 service organizations will be at the fair to discuss domestic and international service opportunities post-graduation. Food from Chick-fil-A will be provided.

Prior to the fair, a Dollar Dinner Panel Discussion will feature several MU alumni who will discuss how their long-term service experience after graduation impacted them personally, spiritually, and professionally. The discussion will be on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Gerard Hall Lobby. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at ext. 6858.

2013 Benefits Fair: All MU employees and their spouses are invited to attend the 2013 Benefits Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Lee Center Recreational Gym. More than 20 benefit providers and area organizations will be represented, and there will be giveaways and a raffle. For questions, contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880.

Professional Development Webinars: Several webinars are scheduled throughout fall semester, including Teaching People to Team (Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.); From Functional Expert to Organizational Leader: Making a Successful Transition; (Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon); and You Can’t Lead If You Can’t Communicate: Simple Techniques to Get Your Message Across (Thursday, Dec, 12, at 1 p.m.)

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

Save the Date: Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day Luncheon; noon, Gerard Dining Hall. Everyone is invited to this event, to honor Marymount students, faculty, and staff who are active-duty and veteran members of the U.S. armed forces. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Tom Alexander, Jr., a public affairs officer at the Pentagon and an ordained Baptist minister. For questions, contact Joe Blount at ext. 1521.