Monday, Dec. 2 – Dream Work: A Short Workshop; 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive an introduction to the “dream work” toolkit, to help you discover the deeper meaning of your dreams. Register online. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3 and 4 – Blood drive to benefit Children’s National Medical Center; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day; check-in will be in the Gerard Lobby; blood collection will be in the mobile unit parked outside The Lodge. For questions, call Rachel Greger, R.N., at ext. 1610.
Friday, Dec. 6 – Christmas Tree Lighting, 7 p.m., in front of The Lodge; followed by a reception in the Lee Center. For questions, call Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.
Sunday, Dec. 8 – The Marymount community is invited to join in song, fellowship, and prayer to celebrate the Christmas spirit. The program begins with the Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium, featuring special guest Julia Nixon, star of Broadway’s Dreamgirls and recipient of the Helen Hayes award, Blue Harmony, and the Chapel Choir. The Christmas Dinner follows, at 6 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall. A Candlelight Mass, at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, ends the evening.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Retirement Reception for Dr. Tess Cappello, dean, Malek School of Health Professions; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Main House. The entire MU community is cordially invited to this farewell reception; there is no need to RSVP. For questions, call Academic Affairs at ext. 1550.
Thursday, Dec. 12 – You Can’t Lead If You Can’t Communicate: Simple Techniques to Get Your Message Across; 1 to 2 p.m.; a free webinar. Register at connect.marymount. edu/training/index.html. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Marymount’s Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party; cocktails at
6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. Each employee may bring one guest. RSVP to Hilary Phillips at president@ marymount.edu by Monday, Dec. 9.
Monday, Dec. 16 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Email your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
MU Among “Best Colleges for Veterans”: U.S. News and World Report
released its 2014 nationwide list of Best Colleges for Veterans, and Marymount is listed at No. 8 out of 25. The publication notes, “These are the top-ranked schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.” To qualify for the designation, colleges had to be certified GI Bill institutions, Yellow Ribbon Program participants, and members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium. Marymount has about 200 active duty military service members, veterans, and their dependents pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Holiday Collections On Campus
Marymount University Global Disaster Relief Fund: In response to Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated many areas in the Philippines, the Office of Development, Campus Ministry, and International Student Services have worked together to reopen the Marymount University Global Disaster Relief Fund, a way for the Marymount community to respond collaboratively to relief efforts when disaster strikes. Monetary donations, which will be given to American Red Cross- approved organizations in the affected area, are being accepted. Donations can be made by cash, check, or an online credit card payment via the Office of Development web page. The basketball home games on Saturday, Dec. 7, against Mary Washington will also benefit the Philippines through the fund.
Stockings for Soldiers: The Student Veterans of America (VSA) is holding its annual Stockings for Soldiers drive, and you can help by donating toiletries, snacks, CDs or DVDs through Dec. 4. Items will be put in Christmas stockings and shipped to our troops overseas. The Commuter Activities Board will join the VSA on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Ballston Conference Room to package donations and make cards. For questions, contact veterans@ marymount.edu.
Angel Giving Tree: Giving trees are located throughout campus to benefit area organizations serving low-income families and an abused women’s shelter. Take a tag from a tree and return the wished-for gift, placing it under the same tree. This drive, sponsored by Campus Ministry and the MU Staff Council, ends on Dec. 15. Tree locations: The Lodge, Gerard Dining Hall, Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, Ballston Center, and the Center for Teaching and Learning office in Rowley Hall. For questions, contact Meg Dalmut or Anne Aichele.
Stuff the Stocking:
The Marymount Student Nurses Association is collecting donations of socks and toiletries to fill the wish lists of Christ Church DC, which offers 24-hour healthcare for homeless men, and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington. Items sought include men’s white socks; adult and child toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash; men’s deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, and unscented lotion. Drop off your donations at Stuff the Stocking labeled boxes in the lobby of Rowley Hall; outside Bernie’s/WOW Cafe in the Lee Center; near the security desk in the Ballston Center lobby; near the first-floor elevators in Caruthers Hall; and in the Malek School of Health Professions dean’s office in Caruthers Hall, where you can also make a cash donation. This drive ends on Dec. 11. For questions, email MarymountUSNA@gmail.com.
Student Ambassadors Food Drive
: The undergraduate Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Items needed include cooking
oil in plastic bottles, small bags of flour, canned tuna in water, low-sugar cereals, low-sodium soup, and whole wheat pasta. There are labeled collection boxes around campus. There is also a collection jar for monetary contributions at the Office of Admissions reception desk in Butler Hall. For questions, contact Jordana Taylor at ext. 5745.
MU Barnes & Noble Bookstore Discounts: The bookstore is offering
a 25% discount on all sweats (tops and bottoms, excluding Under Armour) Dec. 2-15. On Dec. 2 (Cyber Monday), shop online for holiday gifts and get free shipping when you use promo code “FREESHIP1202.”
The bookstore’s 20% Off Faculty & Staff Appreciation promotion runs
Dec. 7-14. Bring your Marymount ID
and note that some exclusions apply. This offer cannot be combined with the sweats discount or other offers. For questions, contact the bookstore at ext. 1614.
Late Night Breakfast Seeks Volunteers: Faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer for the Thursday, Dec. 5, Late Night Breakfast, an opportunity for the entire Marymount community to enjoy breakfast foods, DJ music, karaoke, caricature artists, and fellowship before the busy time of final exams.
Volunteers are needed to serve food, pour juice/punch, and help with setup and cleanup in the Gerard Dining Hall: Shift A (8:30 to 10 p.m.) and Shift B (10 to 11:30 p.m.). Click here to sign up. For questions, contact Ashley Ladyman at ext. 6512. News from Sodexo:
WOW Cafe’s New Options: When ordering a combo meal at WOW Cafe in Bernie’s, customers now have a choice of sides, beyond potato fries. They include sweet potato fries, cole slaw, red beans and rice, and salad.
Ballston Cafe: Soft-serve, fat-free yogurt in vanilla, chocolate, and swirled is now available. Breakfast sandwiches have been added to the menu, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, cheese or pepperoni pizzas are served. The cafe is now also open from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for cold and hot beverages, and snacks. And on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Chef Donald Hawkins will prepare and serve Zatar lemon chicken or tofu with couscous and tabbouleh.
Campus Ministry Announcements:
Adoration will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel and continue throughout the evening until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, with the exception of 7 to 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when there will be breaks for Mass. Sign up at the podium in the rear of the chapel or email your hourlong timeslot preference, and please include your cell phone number.
Penance Service will be at 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Chapel. Christmas Break Mass Schedule: The last Sunday Masses will be on Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday Masses will resume in the new year, on Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. No weekday Masses will be held Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.
Faculty and Staff Fund: The Office of Development urges faculty and staff to donate any amount to the Faculty and Staff Fund, which helps students defray the cost of attending MU. Gifts received before the Dec. 17 MU Faculty and Staff Holiday Party will enter the donor into the Holiday Raffle. Prizes include gift certificates to area restaurants, a Potomac River cruise for two, and a wine basket. For questions, contact the Office of Development at ext. 1695.