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 September 7, 2010


Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Mass of the Holy Spirit, 11:30 a.m. on the Gailhac-Ireton lawn. All members of the University community are cordially invited. A campuswide lunch will be provided following the Mass. Marymount classes will be canceled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, to facilitate student and faculty participation in this important Marymount event.

Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Music and comedy night, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s. For details, contact Rose Vick, at ext. 1611.

Thursday, Sept. 9 – Information Session on a study-abroad opportunity for graduate students, the Global MBA Course in Chile; 6 to 7 p.m., Ballston Center’s Truland Auditorium. For details, e-mail Victor Betancourt or call ext. 1677.

Friday, Sept. 10 – Opening reception for Threads in the Tapestry of Interior Design exhibit, 5 to 7 p.m., Barry Art Gallery, Reinsch Library. The exhibit runs through Oct. 17. For details, e-mail Judy Bass, or call ext. 1561.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 (and Thursday, Sept. 16) – Free movie: Toy Story 3, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Presentation by Dr. Douglas Reed, associate professor of Government at Georgetown University; noon to 1 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall. Lunch will be served free of charge to those attending the lecture.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 – The Pocket Band, alternative rock and reggae; 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s. For details, contact Rose Vick at ext. 1611.

Thursday, Sept. 16 – Graduate Information Session on the Master in Education program; 6 to 7 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Graduate Admissions at ext. 5902.

Monday, Sept. 20 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for submission of materials for this issue is Monday, Sept. 13.


U.S. News & World Report Rankings: U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” issue again lists Marymount University in the top tier of regional universities in the South. The southern region includes 118 universities, and Marymount is ranked #40, up from #42 last year and #54 in 2007. Marymount also was ranked third for diversity among regional universities in the South. For all rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges.”

First Annual Bill Finney Golf Tournament: Marymount will host a golf tournament on Oct. 7 to honor Bill Finney’s contributions to the University and raise funds for the newly established Finney Scholarship. The all-day event will take place at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the tourney concludes with cocktails and dinner at 5 p.m. Bill Finney will play in the tournament, and Judy Finney will join the festivities in the evening. Prizes will be awarded to the top-three foursomes, and for the longest drive and closest to the pin. For tournament details, please send an e-mail to MU Golf Coach Brent Williams, or call ext. 6946.

Decreasing Our Carbon Footprint: As part of Marymount’s efforts toward greater sustainabily, the first of two “Connect by Hertz” environmentally friendly cars has arrived on campus, and the second car is expected this week. These cars are available to the entire Marymount community to rent, at $8 per hour or $62 per day, and the rental rates include gas, insurance, GPS navigation, support, and much more. Register for the “Connect by Hertz” program by Sunday, Oct. 31, and the $25 membership fee will include a $35 driving credit, and the application fee will be waived. Click here for more details and to sign up.

Textbook Emergency Funds Available: The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club has received a $500 grant to make funds available for Marymount students who need financial assistance for buying their textbooks. The funds came from the Commonwealth Circle, a women’s philanthropic group based in Alexandria, VA. Any Marymount student is eligible to apply for funding. For application forms and more information, e-mail Dr. Behnaz Quigley, professor of Accounting and advisor to SIFE, or by phone at ext. 5939.

Opportunities for Faculty and Staff at Study Abroad Fair: The Center for Global Education will host the fourth annual Study, Work, and Travel Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium. The CGE asks faculty to urge students to attend this informational fair and reminds the Marymount community that there are many exciting opportunities available, which the CGE can facilitate. Among these opportunities are faculty-led short-term study-abroad programs, faculty and staff professional development workshops, graduate-level summer internships, and more. For details, e-mail the CGE, phone ext. 1677, or visit the CGE web page.

Start Training Now! The Marymount community, friends, neighbors, and running enthusiasts of all ages are invited to participate in the fourth Marymount University 5K Challenge road race on Saturday, Oct. 2. The race, which kicks off Alumni Weekend, starts and ends at the Ballston Center. A celebration with refreshments will follow. Race proceeds will benefit MU’s cross-country teams. Individual registration is $20 by Friday, Sept. 17, and $30 after. Teams of a maximum of 15 runners pay $175. Register online.
Writing Sessions For International and Bilingual Students: Faculty are asked to let international or bilingual students know about a free drop-in writing group created just for them. Students can bring in whatever reading or writing assignment or class question is giving them trouble. The sessions, from Sept. 7 through Dec. 9, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. every Tuesday in the study room across from the fifth floor library in the Ballston Center, and every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Learning Resource Center of the Reinsch Library. For questions, please e-mail writing specialist Sylvia Whitman or call ext. 6478.

Celebrating Faculty and Student-Faculty Scholarship 2009-10: Full-time faculty are invited to submit information about any new scholary activity for publication in the 2009-10 edition of Celebrating Faculty and Student-Faculty Scholarship. Completed forms are due by Wednesday, Sept. 15 and should be sent to Cindy Mitchell. Forms are available on the portal; sign in, click on the “Forms and Internal Documents” tab, and look under “Academic Affairs.”

Innovations 2010: Faculty members are invited to attend Innovations 2010, to learn about their colleagues’ interesting scholarly and pedagogical activities. Innovations will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ballston Center. Coffee will be available starting at 9 a.m.; sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Submissions from faculty are due by Monday, Sept. 20. Check the Center for Teaching Excellence Blackboard for submission guidelines. Lunch will be provided by Lebanese Taverna. Faculty are welcome to join the program for part or all of the day, but anyone planning to attend the luncheon must register by Thursday, Oct. 14. E-mail submissions here. To register to attend Innovations, e-mail Cindy Mitchell or call ext. 5761.


Robin Wagner, associate professor of Interior Design, has launched a green design blog called “Re-Vision Design: Looking at Old Designs with a New Vision.
Correction: In the last issue of InsideMU, the title of Dr. William Heuett, assistant professor of Mathematics, was listed incorrectly.



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