What’s new at Marymount for Fall 2024?

What’s new at Marymount for Fall 2024?

Marymount University is undergoing exciting new developments for the upcoming fall semester. These include introducing an innovative program in artificial intelligence, expanding facilities, adding a pep band and forming a women’s flag football team — all set to enhance the overall Marymount experience. 

Expanding knowledge of artificial intelligence

Marymount now offers a Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the College of BILT’s School of Technology and Innovation. This program was developed using foundational technology classes from existing programs in information technology, computer science and cybersecurity, and AI classes such as machine learning and robotics were added. Some courses offered within the program include Concepts of AI, Applications of AI and AI Trust, Bias and Social Impact.

What’s new at Marymount for Fall 2024?

“Preparing students for the future workforce is our focus, and this has become so much more important over the past year with the introduction of generative AI and predictions on how AI will change the jobs of the future,” explained Dr. Diane Murphy. 

Artificial intelligence has been a rising focus not just for Marymount students but faculty as well from landing notable grants and fellowships to being involved in crucial research and gaining recognition from major publications. This year’s inaugural Keegan Lecture Series event focused its theme on artificial intelligence within interior design as well. 

New Campus Hub

Last year, Marymount received a $2.8 million gift to transform Ireton Hall into the Reinsch Pierce Family Campus Hub. This 6,240-square-foot facility will include a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and spirit shop, a meeting and social gathering space and Lola’s Café, with a terrace overlooking campus and the Converse Family Field. During the earlier stages of construction, the University honored the Reinsch family by dedicating the RSHM Chapel’s John the Baptist stained glass window to recognize their generous contribution. 

What’s new at Marymount for Fall 2024?

“The entire Marymount community will benefit enormously for decades to come thanks to this latest example of the Reinsch Pierce family’s generosity,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “Marymount cherishes its multi-generational bond with this philanthropic family. This transformational gift will significantly improve the quality of life for Marymount students and members of the community as a whole.” 

A former classroom and multipurpose building, Ireton Hall dates back to the original horse stables of the historic Arlington estate built by U.S. Rear Admiral Presley Marion Rixey, Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy and personal physician to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. 

Marymount Pep Band

This fall, Marymount will introduce a new Pep Band to promote school spirit at basketball games and school events. Students can receive academic credit, renewable throughout their time at the University, from participation in the group or with the Chamber Singers organization. While the Chamber Singers course focuses on performing choral works spanning from medieval times to modern day, the Pep Band will perform different styles of band music. A search for an adjunct faculty director for the Pep Band is underway. 
What’s new at Marymount for Fall 2024?

“Our goal for these courses is to introduce our students to many genres of music and interpretive styles, with the hope that they develop an appreciation for the performing arts as well as aid in their spiritual development,” said Dr. Kimberly Hess, Chamber Singers director. “The impact may not always be immediately felt, but hopefully by planting seeds of faith during their time at Marymount, spiritual growth will take root in the future.” 

The Chamber Singers have already performed at various noteworthy events that include Marymount’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, leading the National Anthem at the National Archives Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony and singing for the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Gregory. They will once again perform the National Anthem this upcoming July 4 in Washington, D.C. 

Women’s Flag Football

In a remarkable debut, Marymount’s Women’s Flag Football team secured the inaugural Atlantic East Conference title for the sport after a 51-0 victory in the semifinal match and a commanding 52-0 win in the championship game. Team staff prepared the roster of 16 athletes for the competition in under four weeks, instilling the sport’s fundamentals and a winning mentality. 

Marymount Women's Flag Football team

“The best part was seeing the pure enjoyment the student-athletes were having playing their new sport, celebrating after touchdowns and clinching the championship,” said Jill McCabe, Vice President for Athletics, Student Wellness and Ministry. 

The team is setting its sights on varsity competition in Spring 2025, with hopes of participating in the NFL/RCX National Collegiate Tournament in May of next year. 

As Marymount looks forward to these developments, the University remains committed to creating a dynamic and supportive environment where students can thrive academically, socially and spiritually. Marymount’s future is bright, and we’re excited to continue developing new and engaging experiences for our community in 2024 and beyond. Here’s to a fantastic semester filled with learning with purpose!