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October 29, 2012


Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Volunteer Service Fair; noon to 2:30 p.m.; Lee Center Atrium and Bernie’s. Representatives from volunteer programs will provide information on how you can become more active in your community. There will also be information for students interested in long-term service opportunities after graduation. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at awells@marymount.edu or ext. 6858.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Faculty Workshop for Study Abroad Programs; 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Private Dining Room, Gerard Dining Hall. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Global Education, this workshop is for faculty who want to learn how to develop short-term study abroad programs. Seating is limited to 20 individuals. RSVP to Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761 or teaching@marymount.edu.

Friday, Nov. 2 – Deadline for faculty and staff to register for the Flu Shot Clinic, which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6; noon to 2:30 p.m.; Lee Center Atrium. The cost is $15 per shot, payable by cash or check at the clinic. Those who don’t register may drop by the clinic, but there is no guarantee that there will be extra vaccines available. To register, contact the Student Health Center at shealthc@marymount.edu or ext. 1610.

Sunday, Nov. 4 – Dedication ceremony for The John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos Information Literacy Room; 10 a.m., Reinsch Library. Everyone in the Marymount community is invited to the dedication of this space, named after the parents of the late Dr. Peter Gomatos, a longtime friend of Marymount whose generous donation made the room possible.

Monday, Nov. 5 (Postponed from Oct. 29) – Walk For the Homeless; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; meet in front of the Chapel on Main Campus, or in the Ballston Center lobby. If Marymount gets 250 people to sign up for this wellness walk, the Shooshan Company will donate $5,000 to A-SPAN, a nonprofit that feeds, clothes, and shelters the homeless in Arlington. Sign-up forms can be found in the Gerard Dining Hall, the Malek School of Health Professions, Rowley Hall’s information desk, Human Resource Services in Ireton Hall, and the Ballston Center lobby. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at ext. 6858 or awells@marymount.edu.

Monday, Nov. 5 – The School of Business Administration welcomes Warren Thompson, chairman and president of Thompson Hospitality, as its 2012 Distinguished Visiting Professor; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. Thompson Hospitality is the nation’s largest minority-owned restaurant/ hospitality company with 3,700 employees and revenues that exceeded $320 million in 2010. Everyone is welcome. Participants are encouraged to use the Mount Olivet parking lot and come to Ballston on the shuttle. For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart at ext. 4985 or mhart@marymount.edu.

Monday, Nov. 12 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 5. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


An App to Track Your On-Campus Nutrition: Marymount’s food service provider, Sodexo, has linked its database of thousands of menu items with MyFitnessPal’s mobile applications and website, making it easy to track your on-campus food intake and make informed dining decisions.

The MyFitnessPal app, rated Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine and Editor’s Pick by Wired Magazine, is available as a free download on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows smart phones from MyFitnessPal.com.

Once you have the app, you can enter, for example, “Sodexo chicken noodle soup,” and a full nutritional analysis will come up. If you get the soup, that choice goes on your MyFitnessPal food tracker, so you can keep an ongoing record of what you eat. Nutritionists agree that keeping track of food intake facilitates reaching dietary goals. This app makes tracking easy.

MU Employee Handbook: Copies of the 2012 Marymount University Employee Handbook are available for pickup at the Office of Human Resource Services, Ireton Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from Rebecca Bolchoz, School of Business Administration, Ballston Center, Room 307. For questions, contact Lisa Igiehon, assistant director of employment, ext. 1618.

More Terrific Brand Ambassadors: Congratulations to our recent outstanding brand ambassadors, Dr. Joseph Cooper, School of Education and Human Services; Wendy Moore, School of Education and Human Services; Sister Jacqueline Murphy, RSHM; and Sarah Shuff, Office of Undergraduate Admissions.Thank you all for displaying the Marymount Common Ground magnetic bumper sticker on your vehicles! Each winner gets a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate in appreciation.

University Communications will continue to recognize employee brand ambassadors each week through November. Winners are being picked at random from all MU parking locations. For more on Marymount’s Common Ground initiative, please visit www.marymount.edu/commonground.

Professional Development: Upcoming professional development workshops include Emotional Intelligence, Managing Change, and Coaching Basics. For details and to register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training, or contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Pilgrimage to Poland: Campus Ministry is organizing a Pilgrimage to Poland that will take place May 21-30, 2013. It is open to faculty, staff, and students. The itinerary includes visits to places significant in the life of Pope John Paul II; Auschwitz, where St. Maximilian Kolbe died; and places where Saint Faustina lived. The cost for non-students is $2,970, which includes airfare, lodging, and some meals. A registration form and $350 deposit are due by Nov. 15. For details and to obtain the form, please email Ashton Mallon at ashton.mallon@marymount.edu or call ext. 3853.

Basics of the Faith: Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Were you baptized Catholic but have not yet received First Communion or Confirmation? Join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/Basics of the Faith meeting, held on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., in the Campus Ministry lounge, The Lodge. For questions, contact Fr. David Sharland at ext. 3803 or father.david@gmail.com.



Dr. Faith Claman, assistant professor of Nursing, co-authored an article with MU alumna Tabatha Kane, B.S.N. ’11, titled “The Effectiveness of Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes in the Reduction of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: An Evidence-Based Review.” It was published in Nursing Times in August.

Dr. Nancy Furlow, associate professor of Marketing, served on a panel titled “Get a Step Ahead” at the International Ecotourism Society Conference in Monterey, CA, Sept. 17-19.

Dr. Linda Gulyn, professor of Psychology, and Dr. Shannon Melideo, associate professor of Education, were quoted in the article “Crowd Control,” about overcrowding in Arlington Schools, in the September-October issue of Arlington Magazine.

Dr. Ana Lado, professor of Education, is the author of a book titled Teaching Beginner ELLS Using Picture Books: Tellability, (Corwin, a division of Sage), published in September. Dr. Lado is at the forefront of applying tellability to the use of picture books as prompts for language instruction. The book is for practicing teachers of English language learners and contains sample lessons, annotated book lists, and a companion website.

Dr. Cynthia L. O’Donnell, associate professor of Criminal Justice, was quoted in a Voice of America radio interview and its accompanying article titled “U.S. Imposes Penalties on MS-13 Gang,” broadcast and published on Oct. 11. The VoA article was reprinted in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Dr. O’Donnell was also quoted in an A.M. Costa Rica newspaper article titled “Crackdown Targets Gang Known as Especially Violent,” published on Oct. 11.


Kelly DeSenti, formerly assistant dean for Student Development, has been promoted to dean for Student Development and Engagement; ext. 1613.

Bennett J. Fite, formerly admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, has been promoted to assistant director in the same office; ext. 1507.

Matthew Holkup, formerly telephone receptionist in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, has been promoted to assistant director for international students, in the same office; ext. 1504.

Elliot Uhl, formerly coordinator for Student Development and Employment, has been promoted to assistant director for International Student Services; ext. 5791.


Jennifer Gurley, administrative assistant, Graduate and Adult Education, Reston Center; ext. 5785.

Wendy Moore, administrative assistant, School of Education and Human Services; ext. 1667.

Lauren Snyder, admissions counselor, Office of Admissions; ext. 1503.

Dave Prentice, support analyst, Information Technology Services; ext. 6908.


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