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February 6, 2012


Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Shades of Blue, Marymount’s annual student-faculty poetry reading, will feature the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest reading from their works; noon to 1 p.m., in the Reinsch Library’s Lee Reception Room. All in the Marymount community are welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - The Marymount University Alumni Association presents an MU GOLD professional development event titled “Looking at Your Career Differently and Thinking Outside the Box: What The Average Person Might Not Be Telling You”; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. This event is open to MU alumni of the past decade and their guests. The cost is $20 per person, which includes the presentation, hors d’oeuvres, and one drink. Register at www.marymount.edu/alumni. For questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 1541.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, Thursday, Feb. 16 - All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of two information sessions on the  Ideas at Work program, which will begin on Feb. 20. This program will reward Marymount employees for ideas that cut costs, generate revenue, or improve processes. Incentives will be provided for participation in the program and for ideas that are selected for implementation. The Feb. 15 info session will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and the Feb. 16 session will be from noon to 1 p.m.; both will take place in the private dining room of the Gerard Dining Hall.

Friday, Feb. 17 - The entire Marymount community is invited to a Humanities Colloquium titled “Feeling Stone” with Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, director of the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and professor of English at The George Washington University; 6 to 8 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Board Room. Dr. Cohen is writing a book titled Stories of Stone: Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages, which focuses on human responses to stones as “primordial natural substances” and the use of stones as “seemingly timeless elements in architectures that have long outlived their builders.” For more information, contact Dr. Tonya-Marie Howe.

Monday, Feb. 20 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 13. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


MU and Social Media: Did you know what Marymount University has a Facebook page that more than 3,800 people have “liked”? MU has also started a Twitter feed, there are MU videos on YouTube, and the University’s image gallery on Flickr is expanding! Take advantage of these resources to keep up with all that’s going on at Marymount. Links to these social media sites can be found at the bottom-left corner of the MU home page, www.marymount.edu. (And while you’re there, be sure to check out the list of upcoming events on campus.)

The “What to Do” Card: Do you know what to do in case you suffer an accident, theft, loss, or injury on Marymount property? Do you realize that there are different actions required, depending on whether the affected individual is a student, employee, or campus visitor? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, the new “What To Do” card is a useful resource.
Peggy Axelrod, director of Budget and Risk Management in the Office of Financial Affairs, says that the card’s reporting instructions seek to ensure that a report is received by the appropriate offices in a timely manner.
Ms. Axelrod says, “The card is a handy tool that gives everyone in our community a set of clear instructions on what to do. The idea is for us to find out quickly about any situation in order to ascertain whether the reported incident is Marymount’s responsibility and what remedies are available.”
The bright yellow “What to Do” cards have been distributed to Campus Safety. If a student, employee, or visitor suffers an accident, theft, loss or injury on Marymount property, he or she can pick up a copy of the card at the Security Station on Main Campus or at the Campus Safety desk in the Ballston Center lobby. For questions, contact Campus Safety at ext. 1600 on Main Campus, or ext. 5900 at the Ballston Center.

New Charge at Vending Machines: Starting on Feb. 13, a 25-cent convenience charge will be added to credit card and debit card transactions for some purchases at vending machines on Marymount’s campus. Upen Malani, director of Campus Planning and Management, explains that this is a bank fee being passed on to the consumer by the vending company. The fee will be charged on all snack and Pepsi purchases using debit or credit cards. Coke purchases are not affected. Mr. Malani suggests using cash to buy snacks and beverages to avoid the fee. For questions, please contact Mr. Malani at ext. 1491.

Out of Africa: Dr. Shannon Melideo, professor of Education and chair of the Department of Education, recently returned from Uganda, where she and three undergraduate Education students conducted a teacher-training workshop Jan. 11-21 at the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) School. You can read their blog and see some amazing photos at http://theugandaexperience2011.blogspot.com. Dr. Melideo notes, “Because we had so little Internet connectivity in Uganda, my students are now copying their written blogs to our blogsite. So, what is on the blog now is just in the beginning phases. There will be more to come.”
Over the past year, MU’s Education Department has developed a partnership with AAH to support a project in Bumwalakani, Uganda, by providing teacher training at AAH and surrounding outreach schools on a rotating basis. 

New Support Groups for Students: The Counseling Center has launched three new support groups for students seeking assistance with developing social skills, dealing with grief, and developing a healthier body image. Faculty and staff are asked to keep these new groups in mind and remind students that this assistance is available free of charge as part of their Marymount experience.

The Social Confidence Group aims to instill social skills and increase confidence in managing interpersonal relationships. Dr. Silvio Menzano, director of the Counseling Center, says, “Social confidence doesn’t come easy for everyone, and the development of social skills has relevance not only for our students’ interpersonal relationships, but also for their professional development.” The Social Confidence Group meets on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Grief Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Menzano says, “Grief and loss are a universal part of the human experience, and yet many students feel alone in their grief. For students who are grieving, this group provides support and understanding from fellow students who have experienced similar losses.”

The third support group being offered this semester is titled “Beyond the Mirror,” and its goal is for students to develop healthier attitudes toward food and body weight. This group meets on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Pre-group screening interviews are currently being scheduled for interested students. For details, please contact the Counseling Center at ext. 6861.

MU Choir Seeks Singers, Musicians:
Jill Staudt, music ministry coordinator at Campus Ministry, wants to remind faculty and staff that the MU choir she directs is still seeking players of any instruments and singers for all voice parts, and that male voices are especially needed.

Women singers rehearse Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., and men rehearse Mondays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Choir members who can’t make it to the weeknight rehearsals are welcome to come just on Sundays, when the entire choir rehearses during the hour prior to the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses at the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. To schedule a tryout, please contact Ms. Staudt at ext. 6541.


Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, professor and chair, Department of Counseling, has been asked to serve as lead counselor for the COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) Kids program during National Police Week, May 12-15. Dr. Jackson-Cherry, who has volunteered with the COPS organization for the past five years, will be responsible for coordinating the counseling programs for COPS Kids survivors, children in grades 3-12 who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

National Police Week, proclaimed by President Kennedy, takes place every May in Washington, DC, and draws thousands of participants from around the nation who gather to honor police officers who have died on the job. To learn more, visit www.policeweek.org.

Dr. Tonya-Marie Howe, assistant professor of Literature and Languages, has been invited to deliver a series of lectures on modern American drama, focusing on Arthur Miller, to third-year students at Le Institut Supérieur des Langues de Gabès in Tunisia. She will travel to Tunisia over Spring Break, March 3-10.

Graduate Admissions Director Francesca Reed and Associate Director Anna Jordan will give a presentation at the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals’ 25th Anniversary Conference in Austin, TX, in April. Their presentation is titled “The Silver Bullet Theory: Taking Responsibility for Student Enrollment Post-Admission.” Ms. Reed is currently on the NAGAP board of directors and is chair of the 25th Anniversary Conference. Ms. Jordan has been selected to chair the 2013 conference, to be held in San Diego, CA.


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