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March 24, 2014


Monday, March 24 – Wellness Task Force’s Move-It Monday, featuring three yoga sessions: Caruthers Hall octagon; 12 to 12:30 p.m., and 12:30 to 1 p.m.; and in the Ballston Conference Center, 12:30 to 1 p.m. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card. For questions, contact Natalie Mitchell at nmitchell@marymount.edu.

Tuesday, March 25 – Dean’s Speaker Series: Corporate Sustainability; 6:30 p.m.; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. A reception follows. Guest speaker will be Loretta Abrams, senior vice president of corporate sustainability at HSBC. This event is sponsored by the School of Business Administration. Everyone is welcome. For questions, contact Meg Dalmut at mdalmut@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, March 26 – University Assembly; 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena. 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.

Wednesday, March 26 – Opening reception for Marymount’s annual Student Art and Design Exhibition; 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Barry Art Gallery, Reinsch Library. The entire Marymount community and your guests are cordially invited. The exhibition is a juried show, and the works on display will be judged in a number of disciplines, including Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Interior Design.For questions, contact curator Judy Bass at jbass@marymount.edu.

Sunday, April 6 – Marymount’s annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Lee Center. The entire Marymount community and your guests are cordially invited to come and cheer the athletes. For a service opportunity at the tournament, see below, under “News You Can Use.”

Monday, April 7 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Deadline for your materials is Monday, March 31. Send your items to imu@marymount.edu or contact Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.


International Week: March 24-28 is MU’s 18th annual International Week, featuring a series of exciting activities that celebrate our global diversity. Among the most anticipated events are the InterFaith Forum (March 26) and the International Banquet (March 28). For the full schedule of activities, please visit the Events listings.

Volunteers Sought for Special Olympics: Special Olympics teams from around northern Virginia will be welcomed on Marymount’s Main Campus on April 6 for a parade and basketball tournament. If you wish to sponsor a team (by committing to cheering for them for a specific amount of time), or want to volunteer to help with set-up, clean-up, or check-in, email Meg Dalmut at mdalmut@marymount.edu.

Student Research Conference: The annual Marymount University Student Research Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 9. All classes are cancelled that day to encourage faculty, staff, and students to attend. Undergraduate presentations will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Rowley Hall. Then the conference will move to the Ballston Center, for graduate presentations from 5 to 8:45 p.m. There will also be a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballston Conference Center.

For details, visit the DISCOVER Web site. For questions, call Liane Summerfield at ext. 6479.

Stations of the Cross During Lent: Campus Ministry reminds the Marymount community that the Stations of the Cross will take place in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent: going forward, March 28 and April 4, 11, and 18.

Deadline to Nominate A Senior: Each spring as commencement nears, we look to acknowledge the accomplishments and leadership of the graduating class. The Senior Leadership Award recognizes those students who have made contributions to their community and deserve recognition upon graduation.

All members of the Marymount community are invited to nominate any graduating senior (December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014) for this honor.

The nomination form can be found online. Nominations are due by April 10. Submit your nominations to the Student Development office (Gerard 1028). For questions, contact Student Development at studentdevelopment@marymount.edu or ext. 1615.

A Running Opportunity: MU’s Wellness Task Force announces that Potomac River Running, located near the Ballston Center, invites all Marymount students, staff, and faculty to participate in a weekly fun run. The run takes place around 11 a.m. each Wednesday and ranges from 2 to 4 miles. To sign up, contact Jorge Toro at jorge@potomacriverrunning.com. For questions, contact Natalie Mitchell at nmitchell@marymount.edu.

Battle of the Sexes to Support St. Jude’s: For the second year, Katelyn Fischer ‘14 is organizing an event on campus to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is doing this to honor the memory of a childhood friend who was treated at St. Jude’s, but sadly passed away in April 2012. The hospital was able to extend her life by five wonderful years.

This year’s event, a Battle of the Sexes Competition, will take place on Sunday, April 27, on the back field and in the Lee Center. Teams of four females or four males will compete in games, including corn hole, minute-to-win-it, and can jam. Each team is asked to raise at least $200 to participate. There will be monetary prizes for the top two teams, including bonus points awarded to the teams that raise the most money.

With last year’s goal of $5,000 surpassed, this year’s goal is set at $10,000. Donate or register to participate online.

A Successful Shoe Drive: The shoe drive organized by Staff Council’s Service Committee delivered 74 pairs of shoes and two bags of new socks to the Emergency Winter Shelter operated by A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network). Many thanks to all who donated!

Looking ahead, Volunteer Arlington Day is the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22. Last year, Marymount had the largest group participating; it would reflect well on our campus community to match that. Stay tuned for instructions on how to sign up. Meanwhile, learn more about Volunteer Arlington Day.


Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of history, had two book reviews appear recently. His review of John Horne’s book, A Companion to World War One (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) appeared in the January 2014 issue of The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. His review of Douglas B. Craig’s book, Progressives at War: William G. McAdoo and Newton D. Baker, 1863–1941 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), appeared in the March 2014 issue of The Journal of American History.

Dr. Ioana Boie, asistant professor of counseling, was quoted in an article titled “Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate,” published on March 20 in Slate.com. The article discussed the myth that only white women are affected by eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia.

Dr. Jennifer Letcher Gray, assistant professor of education, has been selected as one of nine finalists for the International Reading Association’s 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. Dr. Gray’s doctoral dissertation was titled “The Relationships Between Teacher Variables and Outcomes for Language Minority Learners in Grades 3-5 on Measures of Vocabulary Knowledge and Reading Comprehension.” She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Maryland, College Park, in August 2012. Dr. Gray has been invited to present her dissertation at the Dissertation Poster Session and the Research Address and Awards Ceremony during the IRA’s 59th annual conference in New Orleans on May 10.

During the same conference, the Virginia College Reading Educators Council, presided over by Dr. Shannon Melideo, professor of education, has been invited to take part in the 2013-2014 Honor Council Program. In a March 4 letter to Dr. Melideo, the IRA said the event is to honor council leaders “for their outstanding contributions to the reading profession and the International Reading Association.” The letter also commends Dr. Melideo for “your leadership and your dedication to the reading profession.”

In addition, Dr. Melideo announces that the Virginia College Reading Educators Council recently received a Merit Council award from the Virginia State Reading Association. The award recognizes councils that organize and conduct well-rounded programs.