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 August 23, 2010


Wednesday, Aug. 25
– Faculty Convocation, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ballston Conference Center. For details, contact Matt Zorch at ext. 1550.

Wednesday, Aug. 25 – Graduate Education Information Session on the Professional Development School program, 4 to 5 p.m., Ballston Center. Register online. For details, call Graduate Admissions at ext. 5902.

Thursday, Aug. 26 – Graduate Orientation, a full day of activities for new graduate students. For a detailed schedule, visit the Events List, or call Graduate Admissions at ext. 5901.

Thursday, Aug. 26 – Adjunct Faculty School Orientations at 5 p.m., followed by the Resource Fair and Reception at 6:15 p.m. The School Orientations will be held in classrooms to be announced. The Resource Fair and Reception will be held in the Lee Center. For details, contact Matt Zorch at ext. 1550.

Friday, Aug. 27 – New Student Convocation, 4 p.m., Lee Center. For details, contact Kelly DeSenti at ext. 6925.

Saturday, Aug. 28 (and Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Thursday, Sept. 2) – Movie: IronMan 2; 8 p.m. on Ireton Lawn on Aug. 28; 9:30 p.m. at Bernie’s on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.

Monday, Aug. 30 – Classes begin.


Minding The Mindset of the Class of ’14
: For entering freshmen this fall, e-mail is too slow, few can write in cursive, and most have never needed a wristwatch. Those are some of the 75 observations in the new Beloit College Mindset List, which describes the mindset of the college entering freshman class – which staff and faculty will be meeting in the next few days – most of whom were born in 1992. See the full list.

Workshops for Writing-Intensive Courses: Planning to teach a WI course? Just interested in writing in the disciplines? Attend a two-part workshop series for full- and part-time faculty about best teaching practices at Marymount and other universities. At least four participants per workshop are needed. Participants may mix-and-match (sessions I and II) from the times listed below, and suggestions for additional workshop sessions are welcome. To RSVP one week in advance of the workshop series start date, or for more information, e-mail Sylvia Whitman or call ext. 6478.
Workshop Series #10
Session I: Wed., Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rowley 1029
Session II: Wed., Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rowley 1029
Workshop Series #11
Session I: Tue., Jan. 4, 2011, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rowley 1029
Session II: Thur., Jan. 6, 2011, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rowley 1029

Military-Friendly School: G.I. Jobs magazine has named Marymount University a Military-Friendly School for 2011. Marymount will be listed in the 2011 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, published in September 2010 and online.

Study Abroad: The Center for Global Education (CGE) urges faculty and staff to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to sign up for international courses. See the full list.

In addition, CGE Director Victor Betancourt is seeking proposals for faculty-led study-abroad courses for summer 2012. The deadline for such proposals is March 18, 2011. Furthermore, information on advising students who are planning to study abroad, professional development opportunities for faculty, guidelines for creating faculty-led study-abroad programs, and a list of resources can be found here. For more information, e-mail CGE or call at ext. 1677.

Have Fun and Get Fit: Free group fitness classes are being offered this fall at the Lee Center’s Fitness Center. No registration is necessary; just show up. For questions, please e-mail the Lee Center or call ext. 6921. The one-hour classes are:

Ashtanga Yoga: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; starts Sept. 8.
Fit and Fun With Gayle: A combination of step, resistance training, core conditioning, boxing, and dance, for an all-body workout. Bring light hand weights, a towel, and water. Mondays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.; starts Sept. 9.
Zumba: Work out to the rhythms of merengue, salsa, cumbia, bachata, samba, hip hop, belly dance and much more. Monday and Thursdays, 6 p.m.; starts Sept. 9.

Get Your MU License Plate: Show your Marymount pride everywhere you drive: Marymount specialty Virginia license plates have arrived! Cost is $25 annually, in addition to your regular registration fee. You can give back to the University just by renewing your plate registration: After the first 1,000 Marymount plates are purchased, $15 from every plate purchase and renewal will be contributed to a new MU scholarship. Once the scholarship is endowed, it will be awarded to a Virginia resident student who achieves academic excellence. Order your plates here.


Marymount faculty, staff, and alumni were involved in the creation of the interactive historical exhibit for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the National Urban League, which was on display at the Washington Convention Center July 28-31. The lead designer was Julian Kiganda ’98, president of Vibrant Design Group; other main designers included Sara Gulick ’04 and Lyndi Carvalho ’00. Barry Erdeljon, associate professor of Graphic Design, was a consultant. The exhibit’s theme song is by Vincent Stovall (lyrics), Marymount director of Student Activities, and Gerry Gillespie (musical score), Marymount performing arts coordinator. This was the second collaboration of Kiganda, Gulick, Erdeljon, and Stovall for the Urban League. Two years ago, the foursome created the Freedom House Museum exhibit in the Northern Virginia Urban League’s Alexandria headquarters.

Dr. Kristi Planck Johnson, professor of Education, attended the 11th annual conference of the RSHM Network of Schools, June 26-30 in Rome, Italy. This was the first time Marymount University was represented at this annual gathering of all the Marymount schools from around the world. About 150 participants attended the conference, which took place at the facilities of two RSHM schools in Rome. Dr. Johnson’s mission was to explore opportunities for future exchanges of MU students, faculty, and staff, and the possibility of obtaining scholarship funds for international students to attend Marymount University.

Claudia V. O’Connor, executive director, IT Services, represented MU and the Council for Independent Colleges of Virginia (CICV) schools at the Virginia Software Summit on Aug. 11 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The summit’s topic was “What Drivers are Forcing Software Licensing to Change?” Ms. O’Connor was part of a three-member panel discussing the issues of software quality assurance, license terms, and SaaS environments.

Dr. Michael Nordvall, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, traveled to Oxford University, England, with nine Marymount Honors Program students May 10-18. There, he had the opportunity to meet someone who has long been an inspiration to him: Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the first recorded mile in under four minutes in 1954. Bannister went on to become a neurologist and master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He is now retired but still leads occasional tutorials at Oxford. Dr. Nordvall sat in on one of those tutorials, which discussed British sport administration, gender equity, and doping issues. Bannister was the first chairman of the Sports Council (now called Sport England) and was knighted for this service in 1975. As chairman, he initiated the first testing for use of anabolic steroids in sports.

Several faculty have joined Marymount University this fall:
Dr. Roger Belisle, assistant professor, School of Education and Human Services.
Ms. Karen Benson, assistant professor, School of Health Professions.
Ms. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor, School of Health Professions, ext. 6879.
Dr. Faith Claman, assistant professor, School of Health Professions.
Dr. Paul (Bill) Combs, assistant professor, School of Business Administration.
Dr. Ariane Economos, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Janalyn Edmonds, assistant professor, School of Health Professions.
Dr. Lucille Guss, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 1516.
Mr. William Heuett, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Misty La Vigne, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Eugen Nagy, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Thomas Package, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Katie Peebles, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Amy Scott-Douglas, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Cynthia Starita, associate professor, School of Education and Human Services.
Ms. Amy Van Arsdale, assistant professor, School of Education and Human Services.
Dr. Robert Van der Waag, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Margaret Venzke, assistant professor, School of Health Professions.
Mr. Michael Walls, assistant professor, School of Health Professions, ext. 5757.
Mr. Mason Yang, electronic services librarian; ext. 6844.

In addition, the following staff have recently joined MU:
Ms. Phelicia Cooper, associate, Human Resource Services, ext. 1570.
Mr. David (Ben) Davis, admissions coordinator, Reston Center; ext. 5770
Mr. Matthew Holkup, receptionist, Office of Admissions; ext. 1500
Ms. Alison Malloy, director, Student Services, Reston Center; ext. 5771.
Ms. Catherine McCullough, coordinator, Forensic Psychology internships, School of Education and Human Services, ext. 6813.
Ms. Elizabeth Miller, promotions associate, Library and Learning Services, ext. 3830.
Ms. Kellie Renich, clinical supervisor, School of Health Professions
Ms. Susan Welch-Paris, administrative assistant, Office of Campus Ministry, ext. 1607.

Kristin McMahon has been promoted from associate director of the Marymount Fund to junior gifts officer, Office of Development; ext. 6894.

Prayers Requested
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dorothy Coutermarsh, who passed away on August 16 in New Hampshire. Mrs. Coutermarsh was the mother of Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Pete Michael Dalmut, who passed away on August 21. Mr. Dalmut was the father of Meg Dalmut, associate director of Campus Ministry.