The Millennium brought more exciting changes to Marymount. In 2001, Dr. James E. Bundschuh became the University’s fifth president. He holds the distinction of being the first male, as well as the first layperson, to hold this position.
Under Dr. Bundschuh’s leadership, Marymount has achieved new levels of excellence and recognition. In academics, the University has instituted an undergraduate Honors Program; the Discover Program, focused on research and inquirylearning across the disciplines; and its first doctoral programs – the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Campus life is thriving, with more clubs and organizations than ever before, and Marymount students continue putting their faith into action by serving others. In 2008 and again in 2009, the University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to civic engagement.
And in October 2010, Marymount will open its 26th Street project, a complex that includes a state-of-theart academic building, an apartmentstyle residence hall, and an outdoor plaza, all built over four levels of underground parking.
Today, Marymount University enrolls nearly 3,500 students, representing 43 states and 72 countries. The campus community is diverse, and Marymount recognizes this as a key strength, as the contributions of each individual enrich the whole.
Aline Orfali, director of international student services, reflects, “We literally have students from all over the world. It is rewarding to see Americans and people from different countries becoming friends and learning about one another’s cultures. Today, Marymount has many activities that celebrate diversity and promote understanding and a sense of community. These include our International Thanksgiving Dinner, co-sponsored by the International Club and the Muslim Student Association, and our annual International Banquet and Talent Show, where students from around the world share their cuisine, traditional attire, and talents. Openness to diversity is one of the things that makes Marymount a wonderful place to live and study.”
Chardelle Moore ’10, a native of Dominica, was a Communication major. During her senior year, she was also the reigning Miss Caribbean Metro USA.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Moore enlisted fellow students, faculty, and staff in an effort to collect critically needed supplies. She recalls, “I worked with Residence Life, the Admissions Office, the African Caribbean Student Association, the Black Student Alliance, and other groups to collect these items and deliver them to the Haitian Embassy. So many different people came together to help; it really showed what a special community Marymount is.”
Captain Matt Montazzoli ’06 also benefited from being part Marymount’s diverse campus
community. His experiences at the University provided a strong foundation for his current position as team leader of Task Force Thunderbolt (U.S. Army, 3-73 Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division), serving in Iraq.
Montazzoli says, “My first deployment was at the tail end of the surge, so we were focused on securing the population and neutralizing the influence of violent extremists. I was comfortable in situations that absolutely ran the gamut: meeting with a sheikh in a palatial estate; negotiating with a general in the Iraqi police to persuade him to remove militia members from his payroll; sitting on the dirt floor of a shack while people explained the things they had endured under an oppressive regime. I was engaging with a wide variety of people of vastly disparate social stations, in a culture that was completely different from my own. I could write a whole book on how Marymount helped prepare me to do this job, and do it well.”