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February 11, 2013


Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Welcome reception for Marymount’s new dean of student services, Christina Rajmaira; 3 to 4 p.m.; International Student Services office, Gerard 1031. Before joining MU, Ms. Rajmaira served as vice president of student life and dean of students at Westminster College, Fulton, MO.

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Spotlight on Philanthropy; 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. CANCELLED

Sunday, Feb. 24 - The Lenten Sketches, a cantata, will be performed by the Marymount Chapel Choir; 4 p.m.; Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. For questions, contact Jill Staudt at ext. 6541.

Monday, Feb. 25 - Learn about the federal contracting industry at this interactive program with speakers representing SAIC, L3, and Helios; 6 to 8 p.m.; Marymount’s Reston Center. This free event is sponsored by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Marymount University Chapter. It is open to MU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and SHRM members. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com, click on “find events,” and type “Marymount” in the search field; or email Will Wong at williamwong71@hotmail.com. For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart at ext. 4985.

Monday, Feb. 25 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Got Game? Faculty and staff players are being sought for the second-annual Faculty & Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, which will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27; 7 to 9 p.m.; in the Lee Center’s Verizon Gym. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Saints Council, an undergraduate student group focused on raising awareness about the impact of giving at MU. A donation of $5 is suggested; all donations go to Change for Change, an undergraduate giving campaign to expand outdoor seating on the Ireton lawn.

To sign up to play or to nominate a student or faculty or staff member for the teams, email giving@marymount.edu. For questions, call Erin Schlesing at ext. 1695.

Save the Date: The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a workshop led by teaching-portfolio expert Dr. Peter Seldin on Building Faculty Portfolios on Wednesday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Ballston Conference Center. Lunch will be provided, but you must register. To register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training and click on the March 20 calendar item. For questions, call Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

Marymount License Plates: Show your Saints pride! A Marymount University license plate is available through the Virginia DMV. Once the first 1,000 plates are purchased, $15 from every plate purchase and renewal will go toward a new Marymount scholarship. When the scholarship is established, it will be awarded to an MU student who is a Virginia resident and demonstrates academic achievement.

Purchase your plate online at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, www.dmv.state.va.us. For questions about the scholarship, contact Yolanda Gibson at ext. 1542.

Faculty Spotlight Survey: The Center for Career Services is conducting an online Faculty Spotlight Survey where students can nominate faculty members who have provided outstanding career-development support.

Nominations and testimonials from students have started pouring in (105 and counting!) and will be accepted through March 1. The results will be announced in mid-March. The faculty member with the most nominations will receive special recognition and be awarded a $50 BP gas card.

For questions or comments, contact Carin Usrey at ext. 5782.

DISCOVER Center Deadlines: The DISCOVER Center reminds faculty and staff of these fast-approaching deadlines:

  • March 13 and 21 – deadlines for undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, to apply for the Student Research Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, April 10. The conference highlights undergraduate and graduate student research and creative activities.
  • March 22 – deadline to apply for Summer Student Research grants. The DISCOVER Center will fund 10-15 student research grants in summer 2013 for undergraduate students working with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative endeavor. Students selected for a research grant receive room and board and a $1,000 stipend.

For more details and the application forms, visit the DISCOVER website. Completed applications should be emailed to discover@marymount.edu (preferred method), or delivered in hard-copy form to Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for academic affairs, Rowley Hall, Room 1004. For questions, contact Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

One Spot Left on Pilgrimage to Poland: There is still one open spot on the Campus Ministry-sponsored Pilgrimage to Poland, May 21-30. The itinerary includes visits to places significant in the lives of Pope John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe, and St. Faustina.

The trip is open to Marymount students, faculty, and staff and their guests. The cost – $2,970 for nonstudents and $2,000 for students – includes all expenses: airfare, hotels, museums, in-country transportation, and meals (except for some lunches). To sign up or for more details, contact Ashton Mallon at ext. 3853.



Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley, associate professor of religious studies, received a $2,000 grant from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), which will fund a visit to campus by Buddhist peace activist Claude AnShin Thomas. Mr. Thomas will be the featured speaker at Marymount’s annual Interfaith Forum on Wednesday, March 20.

Dr. Tonya Howe, associate professor of literature, wrote an article titled “ ‘All deformed Shapes’: Figuring the PostureMaster as Popular Performer in Early Eighteenth-Century England,” published in The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall 2012.

Upen Malani, director of campus planning and management, and Kevin Petersen of Ayers Saint Gross, the architectural firm that designed the Rowley Hall renovations, co-authored a paper titled “Aligning Mission with Economic Realities: Marymount University Renovation Plans,” which has been accepted for presentation at the APPA conference, to be held Aug. 2-4, in Minneapolis, MN. APPA is the higher-education facilities management professional organization.

The same paper was accepted for presentation at the Society for College and University Planning/American Institute of Architects conference, on April 7 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of information technology, organized, gave the opening remarks, and participated in a workshop for the Northern Virginia Computer Science Teachers Association (NVCSTA). The Jan. 26 workshop, which took place at MU’s Ballston Center, was focused on creating mobile apps using App Inventor and how to incorporate this topic into the high school computer science curricula. It was the first time the organization tackled this topic, and Dr. Liu shared her experiences from a DSC 101 freshman seminar she taught in fall 2012, titled Creating Your Own Mobile Apps. Twenty representatives from 10 high schools and colleges took part. Marymount’s Information Technology Department, a member of NVCSTA, hosted the event.

Dr. Stacy Lopestri-Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, and Justin Goodman, an adjunct faculty member who teaches sociology, were interviewed by Public News Service in January about their research on rescued chimpanzees. The story focused on the recent National Institutes of Health decision to retire a majority of the chimpanzees that are being used in NIH-funded research. Read the print version of the broadcast story online.


Krista Morasch, alumni relations coordinator, Office of Alumni Relations; ext. 1541.

Jennifer Nardacci, assistant professor of literature and language, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 3829.

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


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