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December 3, 2012


Monday, Dec. 3 - Monday Mile; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; meet in Gerard Dining Hall or the Ballston Center lobby. All levels of fitness are welcome at these one-mile walks, part of the university’s Wellness Initiative. Wear walking shoes and bring your water.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Commit to Quit! Strategies to Stop Smoking; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; St. Joseph’s Hall, Room 104. This wellness seminar, sponsored by Training and Development, is open to all MU employees.To register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training. For questions, contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Health Care Management Panel on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Impact on Health Care Spending, a symposium sponsored by the School of Business Administration; 6 p.m.; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. The Marymount community is invited to this open discussion of upcoming regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The discussion will be led by a panel of experts that includes a public policy attorney, a health care consultant, a research analyst from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the chief financial officer for Inova Loudoun Hospital. For questions, contact Dr. Alyson Eisenhardt at ext. 5910 or alyson.eisenhardt@marymount.edu.

Thursday, Dec. 6 - Advent Taizé Prayer Service; 8 p.m.; Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel; followed by Mass at 9 p.m. The Marymount University Chapel Choir will lead this prayer service, which features meditative music from the ecumenical Taizé tradition, as well as scripture and spoken prayer focused on waiting joyfully for the Lord’s coming and taking comfort in His refuge. This service is open to the public; people of all faiths are welcome.

Sunday Dec. 9 - Marymount’s annual Christmas Concert, Christmas Dinner, and Candlelight Mass. The concert, featuring the Marymount Chapel Choir and Blue Harmony, will be at 4 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium; the dinner follows at 5 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall; and the Mass will be at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. Everyone is welcome. The dinner is free for Marymount employees with an ID and children under 12; the cost for guests is $8 per person.

Monday, Dec. 10 - Stress Management Information Table; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. Stop by for information and giveaways related to relieving stress, achieving relaxation, and promoting self-care. For questions, call the Counseling Center at ext. 6861 or Student Health Center at ext. 1610.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Road to Abilene: Confronting Group Think, a professional development workshop sponsored by Training and Development; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; St. Joseph’s Hall, Room 104. Registration is required. To register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training or contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Dr. Michael Nordvall’s DISCOVER 101 class will host a recital by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Taylor Berrett; 3 to 5 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. All are welcome; free admission. Light refreshments will follow in the Lee Center Atrium. Learn more at youtube.com/tmberrett.

Monday, Dec. 17 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


New Marymount Staff Council: Plans are underway for a new Marymount University Staff Council, whose goals will be to foster communication and community, and provide a forum for the discussion of issues and concerns affecting Marymount staff members.

This initiative is being developed under the leadership of Melissa Garza and Anna Jordan, who will host two informational lunch meetings in December – opportunities for you to learn more about the Staff Council. The meetings will be held in the Gerard Dining Hall’s Private Dining Room at noon on Monday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 13. Lunch will be provided. No RSVP is necessary; MU staff members are invited to attend whichever session fits their schedule.

For questions, contact Melissa Garza (mgarza@marymount.edu) or Anna Jordan (ajordan@marymount.edu).

A Generous Community of Saints: The Marymount community is celebrating this holiday season with great generosity! Consider participating in one of several holiday initiatives sponsored by MU clubs and departments.

For a list of initiatives, check out the article titled “Celebrate the Season with the Spirit of Giving.” If you know of a holiday service initiative on campus that’s not listed, please send the information to Terry Lowe-Edwards at tedwards@marymount.edu or ext. 1662.

Eat. Knit. Chat: Ever wanted to learn how to knit? Would you like to benefit from the stress-reducing effects of knitting? Then consider joining an informal group of knitters that meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall to eat, knit, and chat. The group also welcomes those who prefer to crochet, embroider, cross stitch, or sew.

Marcia Dursi, associate professor and librarian, started the knitting ball rolling. She says, “There’s really no group leader, and we don’t all come every week. But each week, those who do come spend a lovely hour together. We have all levels of proficiency, from beginners to veterans, and we help each other out with difficult stitches. Many people stop by to comment on our knitting or tell us about craft projects they are working on. Please join us!”

Campus Rental-Car Promotion: Through Dec. 31, Hertz on Demand is running a promotion to rent any car on campus for $6 an hour, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hourly rate includes gasoline, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, in-car customer care, and more. Signing up is easy; there are no fees to join and no yearly membership fees. Find out program details, how to get started, and the latest promos at marymount.edu/studentLife/services/car. For questions, contact Upen Malani at ext. 1491, or Julio Basurto at ext. 6891.

MU Singers To Perform at Televised Mass: The Marymount University Chamber Singers will perform at the videotaping of the Christmas TV Mass for Shut-Ins, which will be celebrated by The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington. Everyone in the MU community is invited to attend the taping of the Mass, which will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Crypt Church, 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC.

Dr. Kimberly Hess, an adjunct faculty member at Marymount who teaches Fundamentals of Music, will direct the music for the entire Mass. Dr. Hess is music director for the St. Catherine of Siena Choir of Great Falls, VA, and for the Mount St. Mary’s University Chapel Choir of Emmitsburg, MD, both of which will perform with the MU student group at the Mass.

The special, one-hour edition of the Sunday TV Mass will be broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m. on WDCW/ Channel 50, in the capital metropolitan region.

Thank You, Brand Ambassadors! Congratulations to our recent outstanding brand ambassadors, who show their MU spirit by displaying Common Ground magnets on their vehicles. They are Dr. Hai Huang, School of Business Administration, and Dr. Michelle Mayer, Malek School of Health Professions. Your Barnes & Noble gift certificates are on the way! To learn more about MU’s Common Ground initiative, please visit marymount.edu/commonground.



Dr. Tess Cappello, dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, notes that MU’s Nursing Department was included in the fall issue of Rosslyn magazine, in an article about how A-SPAN provides health care services to Arlington County’s homeless population. The article noted that MU Nursing students, under faculty supervision, provide medical screenings for the homeless, and that the students helped create a basic medical kit distributed to people living on the streets. The magazine can be downloaded at www2.rosslynva.org/magazine/2012_fall and the article starts on page 16.

Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley, associate professor of Religious Studies, presented a paper titled “Mainline Churches and the Challenge of Racial Diversity” at the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Nov. 17-20, in Chicago.

Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Diane Murphy associate professor and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science, presented a paper titled “Using Mobile Apps to Entice General Education Students into Technology Fields” at the 2012 Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON), Nov. 2, in New Orleans. Their paper was published in the peer-reviewed 2012 Proceedings of the ISECON.


Letisha Brooks, secretary, Student Health Center; ext. 1610.

Ashleigh Holmes, cashier, Student Accounts; ext. 6818.


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