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 December 20, 2010


Monday, Dec. 20 - Last day to donate unwrapped Christmas gifts for children in Arlington shelters. For details on what’s still needed, call Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Wednesday, Dec. 22 - Final paydate for the month of December. The next paydate will be Friday, Jan. 14. For questions or concerns, contact Roy Riley at ext. 1485 or Windy Pickett-Herbert at ext. 6992.

Thursday, Dec. 23 - University closed for the holidays.

Monday, Jan. 3 - University reopens.

Friday, Jan. 7 - University Assembly, 10:30 a.m., Lee Center Lower Level Gym, followed by lunch in the Gerard Dining Hall.

Monday, Jan. 10 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submissions deadline is Monday, Jan. 3. You may submit your items via e-mail.


Journal at Work: Interested in exploring how journal writing might boost your creativity and productivity? Then you might want to attend a six-week, lunch-hour workshop series for faculty and staff called “Journal at Work.”

The workshop series is loosely based on author Michael Gelb’s book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, and it will expose participants to various journaling styles linked to da Vinci-esque qualities. Each session will include a short presentation followed by prompts and time to experiment with writing.

Bring your lunch and attend as many sessions as you like. “Journal at Work” will meet in Rowley 1029, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
  • Session 1, Jan. 20: Overview of Gelb’s book and journaling practices;
  • Session 2, Jan. 27: Curiosità: Intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning;
  • Session 3, Feb. 3: Dimostrazione: Experience;
  • Session 4, Feb. 10: Sensazione: Refinement of the senses, particularly sight;
  • Session 5, Feb. 17: Corporalità and Arte/Scienza: Mind-body and left-right brain connections;
  • Session 6, Feb. 24: Sfumato: Appreciation for ambiguity, uncertainty, and unsolved questions.
“Journal at Work” is sponsored by the DISCOVER program. RSVP by e-mailing Sylvia Whitman.

Mass Schedule for December, January: The Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel will remain open for private prayer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. The Mass schedule for December and January is as follows:
  • The last 7:30 a.m. Mass was on Dec. 17; these Masses will resume on Monday, Jan. 10;
  • The last noon Mass will be on Wednesday, Dec. 22; noon Masses will resume on Monday, Jan. 3;
  • The last Sunday Masses at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. were on Dec. 19; they will resume on Jan. 9.
For more information, contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Writing-Intensive Workshops for Faculty: Are you planning to teach a WI course? Or are you just interested in writing in the disciplines? Attend a series of two-part workshops to share best teaching practices at Marymount and other universities.

Here are the workshops coming up in spring:

Workshop No. 11
Session I: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Rowley 1029
Session II: Thursday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rowley 1029

Workshop No. 12
Session I: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rowley 1029
Session II: Friday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rowley 1029

Workshop No. 13
Session I: Monday, March 21, 1-5 p.m., Ballston, room TBA
Session II: Monday, March 28, 1-5 p.m., Ballston, room TBA

If you have scheduling difficulties, you may mix-and-match sessions I and II. Alternately, a group of at least four faculty members may propose other times (two four-hour blocks) for their own workshop series.

For more information, visit Marymount University Instructional Resources. To RSVP by Friday, Jan. 14 or for more details, e-mail Sylvia Whitman.

Service-Learning Experience Abroad: Twenty-five students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and two faculty members will travel to Costa Rica from Feb. 19 through March 3 for a service-learning experience in under-served communities, where they will complete their practicum.

Dr. Diana Venskus, associate professor of Physical Therapy, who is leading the practicum, says, “This experience exemplifies the Marymount mission of service and the social responsibility value expectations defined by the physical therapy profession.”

Under the supervision of Dr. Venskus and Dr. Jason Craig, associate professor of Physical Therapy, the students will provide general wellness screenings, musculoskeletal programs focusing on back injury, management of upper-extremity repetitive trauma and osteoarthritis, tone management, pediatric exercise and nutrition, and falls prevention.

The project is in partnership with International Service Learning, an organization whose mission is to enlist medical and educational volunteer teams to provide services to under-served populations abroad.

The Marymount team will work in three Costa Rican communities, including an orphanage and home for children and adults with cerebral palsy who have been abandoned by their families; an adult residential care facility; and a rural village where they will use a three-day, open-clinic model.

Getting Organized in 2011: Kick off the new year with some self-improvement! Attend a presentation on organizing your life with Certified Professional Organizer® Susan Kousek, hosted by Marymount’s Reston Center. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. The presentation is on Friday, Jan. 14, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Reston Center, 1861 Wiehle Ave., Suite 110. There is no admission fee, but pre-registration is required. For details, contact Reston Center Director David Green at ext. 5716.

Jean P. Freeman
, FIDEC, ASID, LEED Associate, and professor of Interior Design, was featured in The Washington Post. The Nov. 20 article focused on the environmentally friendly remodeling of her McLean home, which was awarded a LEED silver certificate and a COTY award. This is the third year in a row that the Post has featured Ms. Freeman’s home-remodeling projects, focusing in all three instances on the sustainability of the design.

Canzada Colden, administrative secretary, Academic Success Center; ext. 6927.

Fritz Kuhnlenz, gifts officer, Office of Development, ext. 6894.

Joseph Luckett ’10, e-learning specialist, E-Learning Services; ext. 3321.
Prayers Requested 
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ralph E. Kidder, who died on Dec. 1. Mr. Kidder was the father of Dr. Ralph Kidder, Marymount vice president for Financial Affairs.


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