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November 11, 2013


Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Luncheon; noon to 1 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Tom Alexander, Jr., a public affairs officer at the Pentagon. The Marymount community is invited to this event to honor our students, faculty, and staff who are active-duty members or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans should RSVP to Joe Blount or ext. 1521.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 – “From Functional Expert to Organizational Leader: Making a Successful Transition,” a professional development webinar; noon. Click here to register. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext.1554.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 – “Humanities Colloquium: Discovering Essence in the Tree of Life;” refreshments at 6 p.m., presentation starts at 6:30 p.m., event ends at 8:30 p.m.; Main House. The guest speaker is Dr. Erin Eaker, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, who will explore whether and how scientific and philosophical methodology intersect. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. For questions, contact Dr. Marguerite Rippy at ext. 6805.

Thursday, Nov. 14 – Marymount Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Tournament Reception, to benefit the Pablo Coto Scholarship; SoBe Bar & Grille, 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA (Next to Mister Days); 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets to the reception ($10) and the Tip-Off Tournament ($5) can be purchased by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (703) 284-1541. For the full schedule of games, visit the Events listings on the MU website.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – “Girl Rising;” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Rowley Hall, Room G127. This much-talked-about film follows nine girls around the globe as they try to transform their lives and benefit their communities. After, there will be a discussion on how we can apply the examples of leadership and service in the film to our lives in the Marymount, local, and global communities. Everyone is welcome; there is no need to register. For questions, contact Dr. Janine DeWitt at ext. 6824.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – “Suicide Awareness and Prevention: How You Can Help,” a presentation by Dr. Amy Van Arsdale, assistant professor of psychology; 7-8 p.m.; Gerard Lobby. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. This event is held in collaboration with the Psychology and Respect Life student clubs. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to register. For questions, contact Dr. Van Arsdale .

Monday, Dec. 2 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 25. Email your news to InsideMU.


MU’s Tutoring Program Receives Certification: The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has earned certification for its peer tutoring/writing consulting program from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

The CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification, awarded on Nov. 1, allows the CTL to certify peer tutors and writing consultants who help fellow students based on the hours of training and direct service they provide.

Dr. Sherri Hughes, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “This certification demonstrates the extremely high quality of our training and our tutors. It sends a strong message to faculty, current and prospective students, and parents that the academic support services Marymount offers meet national and international standards for excellence. In addition, it benefits our certified tutors by providing them with opportunities for personal development, and a credential that they can use at other CRLA-certified schools and on their resumes.”

Recommended by faculty and trained and supervised by tutor coordinator Peter Redding and writing specialist Sylvia Whitman, the CTL’s 29 peer tutors and writing consultants meet with undergraduate and graduate students in one-on-one and group sessions. In the 2012-13 academic year, the CTL’s peer tutors and writing consultants helped 617 MU students during 1,839 appointments that lasted from 30 minutes to one hour each.

Another Blood Drive Scheduled: Due to the enthusiastic response by the Marymount community, which resulted in an overflow of donors at the Sept. 18-19 blood drive, the Student Health Center and the Student Nurses Association are co-sponsoring another on-campus blood drive this fall to benefit Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

The drive will take place on Dec. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. An email will be sent out to the MU community with instructions on how to sign up. More blood drives will be scheduled throughout the academic year. For questions, contact Rachel Greger, R.N., at ext. 1610.

MU Volunteers At Homeless Shelter: The first Staff Service Day, organized by the service committee of the Staff Council, was held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, a 50-bed, emergency homeless shelter for adults in Falls Church.

Ben Davis, graduate admissions coordinator; Michael Anuszkiewicz, research associate, and his wife, Emily; and Laurie Callahan, director of public relations, donned old clothes and gloves to paint a common room and office at the shelter. The fresh coat of paint brightened the rooms with just a few hours of effort. Stay tuned for information on upcoming service opportunities.

New Allergy-Free Dining Zone: Sodexo has opened a special area in the Gerard Dining Hall called My Zone, where individuals with a gluten or nut allergy can dine worry-free. Although the initiative is mainly for students, anyone in the MU community who needs to use such an area is welcome to do so.

"Each year we see an increase in students with food allergies and wanted to provide them with an option to dine on campus and not have to worry about having to make all their own meals,” said Jill Nabar, Sodexo’s marketing manager. “We’re asking for feedback, so we can expand the number of menu items.”

Sodexo has begun offering gluten- and nut-free frozen and refrigerated dinners that can be heated in a dedicated microwave in My Zone. Sodexo also offers gluten- and nut-free freshly made hot foods and baked goods, such as pasta, grilled chicken, marinara sauce, bread, and chocolate chip cookies. There is no extra charge for these dining options.

My Zone began operating after fall break, and there are about 15 students who use it regularly. My Zone is to the left of the cashier; it’s marked with colorful graphics, and rules for its use are posted. It is open the same hours as the dining hall.

For questions, contact Jill Nabar .

Mass Schedule for Thanksgiving Break: Campus Ministry announces that there will be no Masses Nov. 27-29, due to the Thanksgiving Break. There will be Masses on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving: You can help a family in need celebrate Thanksgiving! This is a great way for university departments, teams, clubs, and individuals to lend a hand this holiday season. If you would like to participate, stop by the Campus Ministry office to pick up a bag that contains a list of needed grocery items. Drop off filled bags with Ashley Wells in The Lodge, Room 1014. The deadline for the bag drop-off is Friday, Nov. 22. For questions, contact Ms. Wells at ext. 6858.

Save the Date: Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 8, when everyone in the Marymount community is invited to join together in song, fellowship, and prayer to celebrate the Christmas spirit. The program starts at 4 p.m., with the Annual Christmas Concert, featuring Blue Harmony and the Marymount Chapel Choir. It’s followed by the Christmas  Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall, and ends with a Candlelight Mass at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.


Dr. Amy Van Arsdale, assistant professor of psychology, and two MU undergraduate students, Ysabelle Maramag and Cynthia Mejia, on Oct. 25, presented their research at the Beyond the Silence Gala and Monologue Show in Washington, DC. The gala benefited the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project of Washington, DC. Since 2012, Dr. Van Arsdale and her students have been conducting research on domestic violence among Asian immigrant women, to improve service access and delivery for this underserved population.


Elena Shields has been promoted from administrative secretary to administrative assistant, Malek School of Health Professions; ext. 1548.


Heather Corley, admissions counselor, Office of Admissions; ext. 1510

Edwin Hernandez-Ayala, telephone receptionist, Office of Admissions; ext. 1500

April Holland, chemistry lab coordinator, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 8350

Antonio Martinho, maintenance mechanic HVAC; Physical Plant Office; ext. 1529