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February 25, 2013

Monday, Feb. 25 - A Conversation on Eating Disorders, Their Impact, and Common Myths; noon; Gerard Dining Hall. All members of the Marymount community are welcome to this event, in observance of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 24 to March 2). There’s no need to register.

Monday, Feb. 25 - Federal Contracting Symposium; 6 to 8 p.m.; Marymount’s Reston Center, 1861 Wiehle Ave, Reston. This free networking event is open to MU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Society for Human Resource Management. The panelists represent SAIC, L3, and Helios. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game; 7 to 9 p.m.; Lee Center’s Verizon Gym. Sixteen faculty and staff and 14 students have signed up to play! Everyone in the Marymount community and your guests are welcome at this fundraising event. The Saints Council, an undergraduate student group focused on raising awareness about the impact of giving at MU, is the sponsor. A donation of $5 is suggested; all donations go to Change for Change, a fundraising campaign to expand outdoor seating on the Ireton lawn. For questions, call Erin Schlesing at ext. 1695.

Thursday, Feb. 28 - First meeting of the Graduate Student Council; 5 p.m., in the Ballston Conference Room, Ballston Center. Topics to be discussed include shuttles, networking, lounge space, Ballston facilities and hours of operation, housing, health care, and alumni events. If you can’t attend in person, Skype and conference calling into the meeting will be available. For questions, contact Sarah Burnett at sburnett@marymount.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 28 - Dinner and Dessert Chemistry; 8 p.m.; Caruthers Hall, Room 1021. Guy Crosby, a science adviser for America’s Test Kitchen, will be one of two scientists featured in this free webinar, where the science of food and tasting will be discussed. Dessert and soft drinks will be served. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome. To register, contact Dr. Deana Jaber at djaber@marymount.edu or ext. 6535.

March 4-8 - Spring Break; no classes.

Monday, March 11 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, March 4. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


New Security Measures: Beginning on March 11, the first Monday after Spring Break, several new security measures will be in place on campus that will require you to have your Marymount ID card at all times. These new procedures are:

  • All main campus computer labs (Caruthers 1016 and Rowley labs) will be locked and will only allow access with a valid Marymount ID. Access will be provided to all currently enrolled Marymount students, faculty, and staff by using their ID card to scan in.

  • At midnight each evening, the gates of the old parking garage (next to Gerard Hall) will be lowered and the garage will only be accessible by Marymount ID. Access will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff who have purchased a current MU parking permit by using their ID card to scan in.

  • Exterior door alarms in Rowley Hall will be activated. Some doors will be alarmed at all times, while others will have specific times of activation. Please read signs posted on each door to determine if and when the door is alarmed. Please do not enter or exit through actively alarmed doors.

If you do not have a current Marymount ID, visit the Parking & ID Office in Ireton Hall to obtain your ID card. The Parking & ID Office is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All members of the Marymount community are required to have their ID card with them at all times, and with these new security measures in place, it is imperative that everyone do so. Each person is provided with one ID card at no charge; if you have lost your card, there is a $30 replacement fee. For questions, contact Campus Safety at ext. 1600, or the Parking & ID Office at ext. 5700.

Seeking Special Olympics Volunteers: Marymount’s Special Olympics Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Lee Center. Special Olympic teams from northern Virginia and their supporters will gather on campus for a parade and tournament. Everyone in the Marymount community and your guests are welcome to this annual event. Come and cheer on the athletes! You can sponsor a team by commiting a specific amount of time to cheer for them. You can also volunteer to help with set-up, check-in, and clean-up. To sign up to sponsor or volunteer, contact Ashley Wells at awells@marymount.edu.

Spring Break Dining Hours: For the week of Spring Break (March 4-8), the campus dining hours will be

  • Gerard Dining Hall: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Ballston Cafe: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bernie’s and Lola’s Cafe: Closed.

All campus dining facilities will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, March 11.

Virginia DMV on Campus: The DMV2GO will be on campus on Wednesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you live in Virginia and need the services of the Department of Motor Vehicles, this will be your chance to avoid the typical long lines. DMV2GO is a full-service DMV, where you can renew your driver’s license, change your address, renew your vehicle registration, and more. Further details will be announced as they become available.

Save the Date: Marymount’s annual International Week celebration will take place March 18-22. The full schedule of activities will be posted on the Events listings of the MU website when plans are finalized. This year’s highlights include

  • The Interfaith Forum, March 20, with guest speaker Claude AnShin Thomas, a Vietnam war veteran who is now a Zen monk and peace activist. Mr. Thomas founded the Zaltho Foundation, which promotes peace and nonviolence, and is the author of At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala Publications, 2004), a memoir about his service in Vietnam, his emotional collapse, and his journey toward recovery. He is also the creator of The Costs of War, Violence, and Denial, a workshop for veterans living with posttraumatic stress that is open to their family members, and friends.

  • International Banquet, March 22: Tickets for the 17th Annual Semiformal International Banquet cost $8 per person and are now on sale in the Office of International Student Services in Gerard Hall, Room 1031. All members of the Marymount community and your guests are welcome to attend this evening of exotic food, cultural performances, and a fashion show featuring traditional attire from around the world. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the International Student Emergency Fund.



Aline A. Orfali, director of international student services, co-presented with Ann Kuhlman, director of international student and scholar services at Yale University, at the Education USA South and Central Asia Regional Workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Jan. 29. Their presentation was titled “Pre-Departure/Pre-Arrival: What Students Should Know.” Education USA is an international network of advising centers, funded and supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, which strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.

In January, Dr. Mark Trowbridge, professor of art history, began a three-year term as one of two associate editors for the peer-reviewed Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art. The online scholarly journal (www.jhna.org) is published in the United States but is intended for an international audience.


Joe Ablao, director of special events and conference activities, ext. 1540.


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