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March 10, 2014


Monday-Friday, March 10-14 – Spring break; no classes. Classes resume on Monday, March 17.

Wednesday, March 19 – Poetry Reading: Stanley Plumly, poet laureate of Maryland; noon to 1 p.m.; Lee Reception Room, Reinsch Library. Mr. Plumly will read from his works and answer questions. He is a professor and director of creative writing at the University of Maryland, and the author of nearly a dozen books. Everyone is welcome to attend this event; registration is not required; refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Tonya Howe at thowe@marymount.edu.

Thursday-Friday, March 20-21 – Everyone in the Marymount community is cordially invited to the 2014 MU Film Fest, “Global Perspectives on the Middle East,” a two-day event in the Reinsch Library Auditorium featuring award-winning foreign language films that explore compelling human dramas. View the full schedule and trailers of all the films. For questions, contact Dr. Marguerite Rippy at mrippy@marymount.edu.

Monday, March 24 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, March 17. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


University Assembly: Marymount’s spring University Assembly will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena. Please mark your calendar.

The agenda will include an update on the university’s budget and a program from the University Retention Committee in support of the goals outlined in our strategic plan. For questions, contact Dr. Pam Moreno, chair of the University Retention Committee, at pmoreno@marymount.edu or ext. 1697.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy: Consultants from Pepper Hamilton, LLC, will be on campus March 20-21 to introduce the university’s new Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy.

Open forums will be held in the Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena for all MU staff and faculty on March 20 (1 to 2:30 p.m.), and on March 21 (9 to 10:30 a.m.).

Additional sessions have been scheduled on March 20 in the Library Board Room for the following groups:

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Extended Cabinet
  • 3 to 5 p.m.: Campus Safety
  • 6 to 8 p.m.: Open Forum for OCRS and Student Leaders

Two sessions will be held on March 21 in the Private Dining Room of the Gerard Dining Hall:

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Faculty Focus for departmental leadership
  • 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Title IX Team

Questions? Contact Debbie Warren, interim Title IX coordinator, at ext. 3334 or dwarren@marymount.edu.

Lenten Services: The Office of Campus Ministry announces that the Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays during Lent (going forward: March 21, and 28, and April 4, 11, and 18) at 3:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. For questions, contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Marymount Faculty in the News: The Connection Newspapers continue to use Marymount faculty experts in stories. Recent examples and the titles of articles include:

  • Dr. Linda Gulyn: Combating Stress; Planning for Summer Camp; and Consistent Bedtimes Linked to Improved Wellbeing in Children
  • Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry: Spiritual Wellness in the New Year
  • Dr. Holly Karapetkova: Creating Books with Children
  • Dr. Michael Nordvall: Staying Fit During the Holidays
  • Dr. Usha Rajdev: Incorporating Math and Science into a Child’s Day
  • Dr. Theresia Wansi: Avoiding Holiday Debt

New Dean of Malek School: Dr. Jeanne Mathews has accepted the position of dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, beginning July 1, 2014. Dr. Matthews earned her B.S. in Nursing from Hunter College, her M.S. from the University of Rochester, and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and has most recently served as chair for the Department of Nursing at Georgetown University. She also served for eight years as a public health specialist with Arlington County.

New Bookstore Manager: Welcome to our new Barnes & Noble Bookstore manager, Kandice Large. Ms. Large has been with B&N for seven years and comes to Marymount from the Arlington campus of George Mason University. Please let Ms. Large or Assistant Manager Ethan Chance know if you have questions or suggestions regarding the bookstore. They can be reached at ext.1614 or sm669@bncollege.com.

Wellness Task Force Initiative: The Wellness Taskforce is assessing interest for participation in a community-supported agriculture program (CSA) with Big White Barn Produce in Frederick, MD. Through this program, farm-fresh produce is delivered to Marymount’s main campus on a weekly basis beginning the weekend of May 31-June 1 and running for 16 weeks into mid-September. Indicate your interest in joining this program and select your delivery option online.

Blood Drive Another Success: The Feb. 26-27 blood drive was another success, gathering a total of 54 units of blood from 61 enthusiastic donors. As with two previous blood drives in the fall semester, this one also benefits the little patients at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC.

The next on-campus blood drive will be held on April 30 and May 1. When the time gets closer, an email will be sent to the MU community with instructions on how to sign up to donate. For questions, contact Rachel Greger, R.N., ext. 1610.

Professional Development Events: Marymount’s Office of Training and Development is offering a variety of professional and personal development workshops, webinars, and other events throughout spring semester. View the schedule and registration information online. For questions, contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Save the Date: The week of March 24-28 will be Marymount’s annual International Week, a celebration of our global diversity. For a list of scheduled activities, including the March 28 International Banquet, visit the Events listings.


On Feb. 16, Dr. Ryan D. Foster, assistant professor of counseling, was the invited facilitator for a workshop titled “Eternal Connection: Practical Applications of Research on Near-Death Experiences” hosted by the Noetic Science of Alexandria, a community interest group dedicated to exploring the integration of consciousness, numinous experiences, research, and science.

Dr. Elizabeth Langran, associate professor of education, presented her research as part of a panel titled “Programmes, Monitoring, & Evaluation” at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris, France, on Feb. 21. The Mobile Learning Week is the flagship UNESCO conference on mobile technologies and education. This event assembles a diverse group of stakeholders to share information on how affordable and widespread mobile technologies can advance the United Nations’ Education for All goals. This year marked the first time a research and policy track was added to the conference.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, presented her research on post traumatic stress disorder in rescued chimpanzees at the American Association for the Advancement in Science annual meeting in Chicago on Feb. 16. While there, she was interviewed by a University of California, Santa Cruz, graduate student in their Science Communication Program, who wrote an article for that department’s science blog. The article was titled “Sanctuary for Rescued Chimps."


Jarred Tafaro, music ministry coordinator, Office of Campus Ministry; ext. 1610.


Jill Gattone, formerly a temporary employee, is now a full-time registered nurse in the Student Health Center; ext. 1610.

Elena Shields has been promoted from administrative secretary to administrative assistant, Malek School of Health Professions; ext. 1548.

Carin Usrey, formerly assistant director of the Center for Career Services, has transfered to the Center for Global Education as study abroad coordinator; ext. 5763.


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