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May 5, 2014


Tuesday, May 6 – Volunteer Arlington Day make-up day; the bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Main House for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and will return to campus by 4:30 p.m. The original Volunteer Arlington Day (April 22) was rained out. MU employees should consult with their supervisor before committing to this activity. Register online. For questions, contact Meg Dalmut at mdalmut@marymount.edu.

Thursday, May 15 – A GOLD Affair, a semi-formal evening of drinks, food, and dancing to welcome the Class of ‘14 into the MU Alumni Association; 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. The $20 ticket price includes light fare, open beer and wine bar, and dancing. Tickets are advance purchase only; tickets will not be sold at the door. All attendees must be 21 and over. Purchase tickets online.

Saturday, May 17 – Recognition Day: Baccalaureate Mass, 4 p.m., and Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., will take place in the Lee Center. The President’s Reception immediately follows, in the Gerard Dining Hall. For details, visit the Events Listings.

Sunday, May 18 – 2014 Commencement Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; D.A.R. Constitution Hall. For details, visit the Commencement Website.

Monday, May 26 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, May 19. With this next issue, we will start the once-a-month summer publication schedule. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


InsideMU Readership Survey: There’s always room for improvement, so we would like your feedback on what you want to see in InsideMU, Marymount’s employee newsletter. The online readership survey is anonymous, so you can be frank. Deadline to respond to the survey is Friday, May 9, but don’t delay: it’s just 11 quick questions, so about 3 minutes of your time.

Faculty Member Expresses Gratitude: Karen Peck, assistant professor of nursing, says, “I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted me after I fell in the Verizon gym following the University Assembly on March 26. I was astounded by the outpouring of assistance, caring, and support, as well as the number of people who later called, dropped in, or e-mailed to find out how I was doing. While my dignity remains a bit injured, my bruises have faded. The entire incident served to remind me why I chose Marymount for my place of employment. Marymount University is more than a place to work. It is a community of people who truly care for and about one another. Thank you!”

Saints Raise Funds for St. Jude’s: The April 27 Battle of the Sexes competition, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, drew 14 teams, with nearly every athletic sports team at MU represented. The event was a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the second such event spearheaded by graduating senior Katelyn Fischer, in memory of a childhood friend who passed away. Katelyn says the grand total raised was $7,647. At the previous MU fundraiser for St. Jude’s, a walk-a-thon in April 2013, Katelyn surpassed the $5,000 goal by nearly 40 percent, raising a total of $6,978.05.

Recognition for Student Workers, Supervisors: Katie Scheer ‘16, interior design major, Cary, N.C., won the Marymount Student Employee of the Year award and Michael Schuchert, associate vice president for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, was selected for the Supervisor of the Year award. They were among 17 MU student workers and five supervisors nominated for these awards, which are sponsored by the Center for Career Services.

The awards were presented at a luncheon on April 29. Each nominee received a certificate of recognition, a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, and a Marymount-branded mug. In addition, the two winners received a personalized crystal trophy.

This academic year, Marymount has had between 380 and 395 students employed on campus. Mr. Schuchert said, “Student employment is one of Marymount’s strongest ways to engage students in the life of the university. It is an honor to be selected as the supervisor of the year.”

Campus Masses: The Office of Campus Ministry announces the following changes to the Mass schedule on campus:

  • There will be no Masses on Sunday, May 18, due to Commencement.
  • There will be no weekday noon Masses from May 26 to June 3, as Campus Ministry staff will be away on pilgrimage.
  • The last 7 p.m. Sunday Mass will be on May 11, and will resume Aug. 17. The last 10 a.m. Sunday Mass will be on June 29, and will resume Aug. 24.


Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of history, and his wife Anette Benbow were featured in a story in the Connection Newspapers about Arlington’s historic Ball-Sellers House in Glen Carlin. Read the story online.

In addition, Dr. Benbow presented a paper titled “ ‘Enemies in Our Midst!’ Anti-German Fears in Washington, D.C., During the First World War” on April 15 at the Minorities and the First World War Conference, at the University of Chester, United Kingdom.

Dr. Faith Claman, assistant professor of nursing, and nursing alumna Kathleen Richardson co-wrote an article titled “High-Fidelity Simulation in Nursing Education: A Change in Clinical Practice,” published in the March-April issue of Nursing Education Perspectives.

Sister Patricia Helene Earl, IHM, Ph.D., gave a presentation at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) on April 22, in Pittsburgh, PA. Her topic focused on her recent book, Building the Builders; Faith Formation in Spirituality (2013, NCEA), a sequel to her book, Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Virtue (2006, NCEA). The presentation invited each “builder” of our youth to gain a better understanding of the importance of spirituality and how to share this with students.

Dr. Hollynd Karapetkova, associate professor of literature and languages, was featured in an article titled “Challenging a Child’s Mind Through Reading,” published on page 13 of the April 16-22 issue of the Arlington Connection.

Sarah LaRosa and Carin Usrey gave a presentation on the Career Services and Global Education partnership event from the fall, a daylong gathering from DC-region universities titled Life After Study Abroad Conference. The presentation was given at the International Careers Consortium Conference in Boston on April 17, which was attended by more than 100 education professionals from 40 institutions natiowide representing international student services, career services, and global education.

Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of accounting, presented a paper titled “Impact of Business Size on Convergence to IFRS” at the 25th Asian Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues, in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 10-13, 2013. At the same conference, she chaired one session on auditing.

Dr. Quigley also co-authored and made a presentation titled “From Man to Monster,” at the Academic Forum in Orlando, FL, on Jan. 4.

In addition, during academic year 2013-14, she chaired two sessions at the annual Joint Conference of the International Academy of Business/ International Education Group in Alexandria, VA. She also served on the Organization Committee of the Washington Business Research Forum.

Dr. Usha Rajdev, professor of education, has been awarded the 2014 STEM Leadership Award by the International Association of STEM Leaders (IASL), for her STEM program and activities conducted at local area schools and the involvement of Marymount students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Dr. Carol Inge, founder of IASL, said Marymount is the only university that she knows of that has preservice teachers teaching and implementing STEM-related activities in the classrooms of partner area schools.

In addition, Dr. Rajdev has been appointed to the IASL advisory board. On Friday, April 25, Dr. Rajdev led a group of more than 25 preservice teachers that attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, where they volunteered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, 11 MU students attended the IASL conference, where they helped develop guidelines for an international STEM certification program.

Dr. Diane Murphy, professor and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science, and Dr. Michelle Liu, associate professor of information technology, gave a speech titled "Redefining Competitions to Increase Female Participation" at the first Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS 2014), on April 11, in Nashville, TN. The work they presented is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under award number 1318799. WiCyS is an effort to bring women students, faculty, and professionals in cybersecurity together to share knowledge, networking, and mentoring.

Drs. Liu and Murphy also presented a paper titled "The Document Explosion in the World of Big Data - Curriculum Considerations" at the 2013 Information Systems Educators Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 7-10, 2013. The paper won the Best Paper Award of the 2013 ISECON Conference. 


Krista Morasch, formerly alumni relations coordinator in the Office of University Advancement, has been promoted to associate director for regional advancement, a newly created position in the same department; ext. 1543.

Michelle Ryder, formerly development services specialist in the Office of University Advancement, has been promoted to associate director of constituent management and prospect research, a newly created position in the same department; ext. 6985.


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