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January 27, 2014


Monday, Jan. 27 – Dream Work: A Short Workshop; 10 a.m. to noon; location to be announced. “Working with dreams” means remembering and exploring dreams to discover their deeper meanings. Participants will receive an introduction to the dream work toolkit and at least one attendee will have the opportunity to tell and work a dream. Online registration is required. For questions, contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Humanities Colloquium: Author John Muller; 6:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library, Lee Reception Room. Mr. Muller, a local historian, will present some of the archival and historical work leading to his most recent book, Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (The History Press, 2013). The Marymount community and the general public are welcome to attend; there is no need to register. For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Leigh C. Johnson at ext. 3858.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Inaugural home match for Marymount’s new men’s volleyball team! Come cheer the team as it faces Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras; 7 p.m., Verizon Sports Arena, Lee Center.
Monday, Feb. 3 to Friday, Feb. 7 – Marymount’s annual Ethics Awareness Week, with daily events exploring ethical concerns facing society. The theme this year is “Crossing Boundaries.” Scheduled events include the annual GEICO Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with Dr. Peter Phan, who will receive the 2014 Marymount University Ethics Award. View the full schedule online. For questions, contact Dr. Brian Doyle at ext. 6817.

Monday, Feb. 10 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, Feb. 3. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


Student Health Insurance Reminder: Faculty and staff are asked to remind all full-time undergraduate and graduate students that the deadline for transfer and new students to activate enrollment or waive coverage of the health insurance plan for spring semester is Thursday, Jan. 30.

View information regarding the UnitedHealthcare/Student Resource Insurance Plan online. For questions, contact Joan Alfasi at ext. 1610.

Marymount in the News: Dr. Holly Karapetkova, assistant professor of literature, was featured in an article titled “Creating Books With Children,” about the ways to help children develop a love of books and reading. The article was published on Jan. 15 in www.ConnectionNewspapers.com.

On January 25, Marymount's Ballston Center redevelopment proposal received Arlington County Board approval. Articles in the Washington Business Journaland Sun Gazette outline the ongoing process. The Sun Gazette quotes President Matthew Shank saying, “There is still much work to be done before this project becomes a reality, but Marymount remains excited about our future site, which remains a gateway to Arlington.” The WBJ article quotes Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette, who remarked, "Overall I can't see this as anything other than a big success."

Shoe Collection for A-SPAN: The Marymount Staff Council’s Service Committee is organizing a shoe collection for Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), a nonprofit group working to meet the needs of local homeless people. The drive, Jan. 29 through Feb. 21, seeks gently used, comfortable shoes and boots, and dressier shoes, as well as new socks and underwear, for men and women.

Donations can be dropped off in boxes in the Ballston Center lobby, undergraduate admissions, the Lee Center, Rowley Hall lobby, and Gerard lobby. There will also be a collection box at the inaugural men’s volleyball game in the Lee Center on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. For questions, contact Ben Davis at ext. 5905 or ben.davis@marymount.edu.

Free Fitness Classes: To help you burn off all those extra calories from the holidays, below are fitness classes offered free of charge to all MU employees. Classes start Monday, Jan. 27, in the Lee Center. There is no need to register. For questions, contact Ainsley Worrell, at ext. 6920. The classes are:

Zumba: Monday, 6 to 7 p.m., Rec Gym; combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout.

Core and More: Monday, 8 to 9 a.m., Rec Gym; combines resistance training, core conditioning, boxing, and interval intensity for an all-body workout.

Yoga: Monday, 5 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.; Aerobics Room; all levels welcome.

Cardio Blast and Interval Kick Boxing: Wednesday, 8 to 9 a.m., Rec Gym; combines boxing, interval training, and other high intensity workouts; designed to promote weight loss, increase strength, and improve endurance.

Marymount Barnes & Noble Bookstore: Four Marymount undergraduates received a $500 book scholarship award each from B&N. The winners were selected by the Office of Admissions based on academic performance and other criteria. The students were presented with their awards at the start of spring semester. The Barnes & Noble bookstore provides $2,000 in book scholarships to MU students each academic year.

News from Sodexo:

WOW Café: New for spring: Asian Style and Santa Fe rice bowls, at a cost of $4 for faculty and staff. Also, the faculty/staff meal price of $4 can be used at the convenience store in Bernie’s, where you can create your own 8-ounce salad, or grab a Simply-to-Go Sandwich/Salad combo with a beverage and whole fruit. If you would like a larger salad from the salad bar, see listed pricing.

The JBR, a limited time offer sandwich, is coming in February. The JBR includes jack cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing on crispy fried chicken.

Ballston Café: If purchasing a combo, you can now substitute cookies or other dessert for 4 ounces of frozen yogurt in your choice of vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate. If you would like a larger portion, the frozen yogurt is also sold by the ounce.

Gerard Dining Hall: New options of risotto or ramen noodle bowls, along with the regular pasta and stir-fry options, are now available at the sauté station during dinner, Monday through Thursday.

February is Black History Month, and Sodexo menus will have African, Caribbean, Soul food, and Cajun themes. Also, look for a Valentine’s Day menu.

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land Deadline: The registration and deposit deadline for this summer’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is Feb. 1. The 10-day trip, “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” will take place from May 25 to June 3. The itinerary includes Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, and Emmaus.

MU faculty, staff, alumni, students, and their guests are welcome. The cost is $3,125 per person, and it includes plane fare, hotels, transportation between locations, and meals. Travel with your Marymount family and visit some of the key places of our Christian faith.

Ashton Mallon, assistant director of Campus Ministry, will be the trip leader, along with Fr. Brian Bashista, director of Campus Ministry, and Fr. Jack Peterson, assistant director of Campus Ministry. For questions, please contact Ms. Mallon at amallon@marymount.edu.

Save the Date: The inaugural home game for Marymount’s new baseball team vs. Hampden-Sydney will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Bishop O’Connell High School baseball field. Come cheer one of our newest teams and see President Shank throw the first pitch!


Doralisa Pilarte, senior writer and editor in University Communications, was recently recognized for “outstanding service” as a volunteer translator and interpreter for Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit public-interest law firm that provides free legal aid to low-income individuals and families in Northern Virginia. The recognition was presented at a Dec. 6 awards luncheon at the Mason District Governmental Center in Annandale, VA.

Dr. Donna M. Schaeffer, associate professor of information management, was named to the Board of Directors of The Clute Institute at the organization’s Jan. 2 meeting. The Clute Institute disseminates the latest academic research on business and economics-related topics, publishes 15 academic journals, and sponsors several academic conferences. Dr. Schaeffer has worked with The Clute Institute for three years, contributing three articles to its journals and serving as a session chair at conferences in Key West, FL, Breckenridge, CO, and Orlando, FL.


Dr. Arianna Caprioli, assistant professor of biology, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 6480.

Richard (“Rick”) Kahley, director of Physical Plant, ext. 1529.

Geraldine Noble-Martocci, assistant professor of theology and religious studies; School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 6917.

Jose Sorto, support analyst, Information Technology Services; ext. 6908.


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