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January 13, 2014


Monday, Jan. 13 – Spring semester classes start.

Friday, Jan. 17 – Journalistas Brown-Bag Session, first spring meeting of an informal group of MU faculty and staff who share a love of writing; noon to 1 p.m.; Ballston Center, Room 507. The group meets every other Friday, alternating between Ballston Center and Main Campus (in Rowley Hall, G 105E). There is no need to register; just show up with a notepad and pen, your lunch, and an open mind. For questions, contact writing specialist Sylvia Whitman at swhitman@marymount.edu.

Friday, Jan. 17 – Opening reception for the Barry Gallery’s exhibit “H2O: Encaustic Paintings by Marilyn Banner and Photography by Peggy Flemming”; 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission charge. The exhibit will run through Feb. 13. Barry Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For questions, contact Judy Bass at ext. 1561.
Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; university closed.

Monday, Jan. 27 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 17. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu. For questions, contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: This summer, join Campus Ministry on Marymount’s 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” from May 25 to June 3. The itinerary includes Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, and Emmaus.

All MU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and their guests are welcome. The cost is only $3,125 per person, and it includes plane fare, hotels, transportation between locations, and meals. This will be a wonderful opportunity to travel with your Marymount family and visit some of the most important historic places of our Catholic faith.

The trip will be led by Ashton Mallon, assistant director of Campus Ministry, with Fr. Brian Bashista, director of Campus Ministry, and Fr. Jack Peterson, assistant director of Campus Ministry. The registration and deposit deadline is Feb. 1. For questions, please contact Ms. Mallon at amallon@marymount.edu.

New VP for Financial Affairs: Marymount University has named Alphonso V. Diaz to be the new treasurer and vice president for financial affairs. Dr. Ralph Kidder retires on May 31 and Mr. Diaz will take office June 1.

Mr. Diaz is currently treasurer and executive vice president for business and finance at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Over the past four years, he has overseen Purdue’s nearly $2.4 billion annual operating budget, helping guide the university through economic challenges to meet its strategic goals. He will remain in that position until joining Marymount.

Mass Schedule for Spring Semester: The Office of Campus Ministry announces the resumption of the regular Mass schedule. All Masses will be celebrated in the newly renovated Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel:

  • Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. and noon
  • Sunday Masses: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month, at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • Confession: Sunday from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Any other time by appointment, by calling (703) 284-3803.

Career Services Presentations: The Center for Career Services requests that faculty remind students that there are more than a dozen events scheduled throughout spring semester, all aimed at helping them succeed in their search for internships and jobs. All the events have been posted in the Events listings on the Marymount website. Career Services asks that students be encouraged to attend these events, which cover such useful topics as the online job search, writing a resume, acing the interview, and professionalism and workplace etiquette.

In addition, Career Services will host several industry panels this spring focused on the communications, health care promotion, and business fields.

Career Services staff can also make presentations to your class on any number of topics. If you would like to request such a presentation, please email Amanda Sargent at aguillet@marymount.edu with the proposed topic, date, time, and class size.

Fridays@4 SBA Speaker Series: The School of Business Administration announces the spring Fridays@4 p.m. Speaker Series, a monthly talk featuring members of Marymount’s Board of Visitors. The board is composed of corporate executives, innovators, and practitioners who are ready to share their knowledge on what it takes to be successful in today’s job market.

All talks take place on a Friday at 4 p.m. in the Ballston Center’s Truland Auditorium. MU students, faculty, and staff are welcome, and there is no need to register. The spring dates and topics are:

  • January 31: The Importance of Communication Skills
  • February 28: Networking
  • March 21: Women Business Leaders
  • April 4: My Career Journey: Lessons Learned

For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart, program initiatives coordinator, at mhart@marymount.edu or ext. 4985.


Dr. Yan He Beal, associate professor of fashion design and merchandising, published an article titled “Exploring the Chinese Costume and Its Influence on the Contemporary Fashion Market” in Oct. 31, 2013 issue of The International Journal of Design in Society. Dr. Beal had first presented her research results at the Seventh International Conference on Design Principles and Practices at Chiba University, Japan, on March 6-8, 2013.

Eric Baldwin, professional academic advisor in Marymount’s School of Business Administration; Dr. Carolyn Oxenford, professor of psychology and executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; and senior Ana Lobaton were quoted in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, published on Dec. 2, 2013, titled “With An Eye Towards Retention, Colleges Amp Up Advising.” The article noted that since Mr. Baldwin became MU’s first professional academic advisor in 2012, the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of the SBA has risen significantly.

Dr. Frank Burtnett, a veteran counselor and adjunct professor in the Marymount Department of Counseling, recently published the second edition of the Bound-for-College Guidebook (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013). The book, intended for readers engaged in the high school-to-college transition, presents a comprehensive view of the necessary self-awareness, exploration, and decisionmaking strategies that help in that effort. It also details the admission and financial aid application processes. Burtnett’s Bound for Career Guidebook was first published in 2010. Currently, he is completing another book, to be titled Career Errors – Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development, for the same publisher, which has a projectd publication date of late spring 2014.

Dr. Lois Stover, professor of education and dean of the School of Education and Human Services, made two presentations with colleague Dr. Connie Zitlow of Ohio Wesleyan at the Nov. 21-24, 2013, National Council of Teachers of English conference in Boston: “Celebrating 40 Years (and more!) of Novels in Verse for Young Adults,” and “(Re)inventing the Future of English: Exploring New Marriages of Texts and Art in Literature for Young Adults.”


Julius Hambule, security guard, Campus Safety and Emergency Management; ext. 1610.

Sarah Hann, graduate support specialist, Office of Graduate Admissions; ext. 5902.

Gale Knoedler, director of administrative information services, Information Tech Services; ext. 6932.

Dr. Thomas Narock, assistant professor of information technology, School of Business Administration; ext. 5935.

Ama Richardson, information specialist, Office of Financial Aid; ext. 1530.

Aaron Walsh ’13, budget associate, Library and Learning Services; ext. 3830.

Sonja Williams, graduate enrollment coordinator, Office of Graduate Admissions; ext. 5908.


Margaret Dalmut, formerly associate director of Campus Ministry, has been promoted to the newly created position of associate director of Community Engagement, an also newly created office, reporting to the dean of student services.

Ashley Ladyman, area coordinator Office of Campus and Residential Services; ext. 6512.

Michelle Phillips, library promotions associate, Library and Learning Services; ext. 6840.


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