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 December 6, 2010


Friday, Dec. 10
 - Graduate Interior Design Programs Information Luncheon, noon, Reinsch Library Board Room. Register here or call ext. 5902.

Wednesday, Dec. 15 - Master of Education Information Session, 7 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here or call ext. 5902.

Thursday, Dec. 16 - Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and Policy Online Chat, from 8 to 9 p.m. On the day of the chat, log in here.

Monday, Dec. 20 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submissions deadline is Monday, Dec. 13. You may submit your items via


Holiday Discounts at Bookstore: The Marymount Barnes & Noble Bookstore has special holiday offers and sales you won’t want to miss! Through Dec. 11, faculty and staff will get 25% off all merchandise in the store, except for textbooks, magazines, and convenience items. In order to get the discount, please show your MU BlueCard ID when paying. Through Dec. 19, all hooded sweatshirts are 25% off. Also, there is a wide selection of holiday bargain books that would make great gifts. They include cookbooks, Christmas and children’s books, and art books, with prices ranging from $1.99 to $9.99.

How Green Is Your Office? The Sustainability Committee wants to reward Marymount’s “greenest” departments, through the Green Office Contest. Prizes include a catered lunch for your entire department, gift cards, and much more, as well as the admiration of your colleagues! Winners will be selected in January and announced in InsideMUVisit the website and fill out the “Green Office Contest” form. E-mail Cindy Mitchell by the deadline, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Payroll Office December News: The Payroll Office reminds Marymount employees that because of the year-end holiday break, the final pay date for this month is Wednesday, Dec. 22. All staff and student-employee timesheets and leave reports for the period ending Dec. 15 must be submitted to the Payroll Office no later than the close of business on Dec. 15, to be included in the Dec. 22 payroll, which will be the paycheck normally received at the end of the month. The next pay date after Dec. 22 will be Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Roy Riley at ext. 1485 or Windy Pickett-Herbert at ext. 6992.

Computer E-cycling Event: On Thursday, Dec. 9, you can drop off your old home computer and peripherals (CPUs, keyboards, printers, mouses, and scanners) at the Lee Center Information Desk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to be recycled. Students in Green Computing, a DISCOVER 101 freshman course taught by Dr. Donna Schaeffer and Dr. Diane Murphy, are coordinating this e-cycling event. The pieces will be collected by Keep it Green, an innovative partnership between CDM eCycling of Baltimore and ServiceSource, a nonprofit organization in Alexandria, VA, that employs people with disabilities. For details, contact Dr. Schaeffer at ext. 5718 or Dr. Murphy at ext. 5958.

New Music Ministry Coordinator: Jill Staudt, who became Marymount’s music ministry coordinator on Nov. 22, is seeking new talent. Ms. Staudt says that talented members of the University community who would like to share their musical gifts should contact her. One of her goals is to build MU’s music program by increasing and diversifying the number of vocalists and instrumentalists. Drop by her Campus Ministry office in The Lodge, or contact her by e-mail or phone at ext. 6541.
Give to the Faculty and Staff Fund: Make your contribution to the 2010-11 Faculty and Staff Fund before Friday, Dec. 17, and you will be eligible to win the following prizes:
  • a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac for two
  • gift certificates to area eateries, including The Great American Restaurant, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, Old Ebbitt Grill, and The Melting Pot
  • La Grange Winery gift basket;
  • a leather portfolio from Dandelion Patch.

To donate, visit the Development website or contact Erin Schlesing via e-mail or call ext. 1695.

Sewing Machines Sought: Students in Dr. Theresia Wansi’s International Finance class are engaged in micro-finance projects to help impoverished women in Kenya and Congo. The women are learning how to sew so that they can support themselves and their families as seamstresses. The students are asking for serviceable, new or used, electrical or manual sewing machines to be donated. For details, e-mail these students: Janette Amedome or Tuan Nguyen.

Giving Trees for Kids at Shelters: Campus Ministry has placed Giving Trees in The Lodge and the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel to help gather Christmas gifts for children living in Arlington-area shelters. To donate a present, pick a gift tag from the Giving Trees. The gift tags detail whether the requested item is for a boy or girl; the size, if clothing is requested; and if particular toys are needed. Donations, which should be placed under the tree with the tag attached, are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 20. The receiving organization will wrap the presents. Shelters where these gifts will be distributed include Martha’s Table, Bright Beginnings, Samaritan’s Inn, and St. Ann’s Infant Home. For details, contact Susan Welch-Paris at ext. 1607.

Library Extends Hours: Faculty are requested to remind students that the Reinsch Library, the Learning Resource Center, and the Ballston Center Library Extension will be operating with extended hours through Saturday, Dec. 18. The new schedules for all three facilities can be found online. For questions, contact the Circulation Desk at ext. 1533.

Govan Crèche Collection: Again this year, Library and Learning Services is hosting a display of Christmas nativity scenes from the collection of James Govan and his late wife, Emilia Govan. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the Barry Art Gallery through Dec. 18, includes crèches from 19 countries.

During their many years of travel, the Govans collected more than 400 crèches from more than 100 countries. Mr. Govan is a co-founder, former president, and current board member of Friends of Crèche, a national society devoted to the tradition of the crèche. He is also the author of the 2007 book, Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World.

Dr. Nancy Furlow,
associate professor of Management and Marketing, and Dr. Alyson Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management, traveled to Peru from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 to explore community-based research options for Marymount students in the Health Care Management and Nursing programs and the new Social Entrepreneurship minor. The professors are working with Global Health Ministry, the international outreach arm of Catholic Health East, which sends teams of health care professionals to remote and impoverished places in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide health care to people there. The trip was sponsored by Marymount’s Center for Global Education.

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, professor of Counseling, traveled to Germany from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 with a group of eight graduate students as part of a course called Counseling Deployed Military and their Families. Also as part of the course, each student did a poster presentation at the American Counseling Association’s annual European Branch Conference in Wiesloch, Germany.

Dr. Ralph Kidder, vice president for Financial Affairs, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the History of Education Society in Boston, MA, on Monday, Nov. 6. The paper’s title is “Just Another Urban State University: A Brief History of Georgia State University.”

Dr. Ken Yusko, associate professor of Human Resources, and three colleagues from Baruch College and the University of Maryland, have won the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for their project, Development and Implementation of the Siena Reasoning Test. The award is given by the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology and will be presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago on April 14, 2011. The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize. Dr. Yusko and his colleagues developed the pre-employment test as the first of its kind to accurately measure candidates’ capacity to reason and also reduce the large racial differences typically associated with cognitive ability tests.

Michelle Ryder has been promoted from administrative assistant in the Development Office to assistant director of the Marymount Fund. Her extension is 1552.