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April 22, 2013


Monday, April 22 - Meet The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, at Dollar Dinner; 5 p.m.; Gerard Lobby. This event is open to the Marymount community and your guests. There is no need to register; there will be a $1 charge for dinner, which will be from Abram’s BBQ. For questions, contact Susan Welch-Paris at ext. 1607.

Tuesday, April 23 - Volunteer Arlington Day; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet in the Gerard Lobby at 11:30 a.m. for transportation to service sites; lunch will be provided. Marymount is a sponsor of Volunteer Arlington Day and will have a team participating in service projects throughout the community. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome. Note that staff must secure approval from their supervisor to be away from the office and use annual leave to participate in this event. Sign up online. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at awells@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, April 24 - Careers in Cybersecurity panel presentation; 6 p.m.; Ballston Truland Auditorium. The panelists will include representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Northrop Grumman, Noblis, and others. After the presentation, they will answer questions from the audience. A reception will follow. This event is open to the Marymount community and your guests. There is no need to register. See event details.

Friday, April 26 - Dr. Julie Ellison, professor of American culture and English at the University of Michigan, will give Marymount’s 2013 Bisson Lecture on “Naming the New Public Humanists”; 5 to 7 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. This event is open to the Marymount community and your guests. There is no need to register. See event details.

Saturday, April 27 - One Size Does Not Fit All: The Changing Face of Leadership; 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium, Gailhac Hall Classrooms, and the Gerard Dining Hall. In collaboration with the Virginia Association of School Personnel Administrators, Marymount will host a one-day leadership conference. The event is free for MU students, faculty, and staff. Other guests pay a $15 registration fee. All participants are required to register. For more information and to register, see event details.

Sunday, April 28 - Walk-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 1 to 3 p.m. (sign-in is from 1 to 1:30 p.m.); Playing Field. Rain location: Lee Center Atrium. This event, open to the Marymount community and your guests, is sponsored by the women’s basketball team and spearheaded by Katelyn Fischer ‘13, a business major from Reisterstown, MD, in memory of Keeley Imel, a childhood friend and a patient at St. Jude who died in 2012 from brain cancer. To register or donate, please contact Katelyn Fischer at kaf17204@marymount.edu.

Monday, April 29 - Visiting Author Junot Diaz; 1 to 3 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. Mr. Diaz will read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books, 2007); talk about his writing process; and take questions from the audience. A book-signing and reception will follow in the Lee Reception Room. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the campus bookstore and at the book-signing. This event is open to the public and there is no need to register.

Tuesday, April 30 - Deadline for faculty and staff to order rental regalia for Commencement. Order online today. Regalia will be shipped to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Lee Center and you will be contacted when it’s ready for pickup. For questions, contact bookstore manager Theresa Kuron at ext. 1614.

Monday, May 6 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, April 29. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Save the Date: Friday, June 7, will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day! All MU employees are invited to cruise the Potomac River aboard the Spirit of Washington. An invitation with details will be forthcoming.



Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “Learning to Love the Antiquarians: The Collector Community as a Museum Resource” at the Popular Culture Association National Conference, held March 27-30 in Washington, DC. At the conference, Dr. Benbow also chaired a panel called “Popular Culture in the Age of Theodore Roosevelt.” In addition, his chapter titled “Wilson the Man” appeared in A Companion to Woodrow Wilson, published in February by WileyBlackwell.

Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley, associate professor of religious studies, co-authored an article with Dr. Russell Jeung, associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University, titled “Asian American Evangelicals Leading Multiracial Churches.” It was published in April in the international journal Religions.

The Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) has named Dr. Michele Garofalo, professor of counseling, the 2013 VSCA Counselor Educator of the Year. The award was presented on March 15 at the VSCA conference in Newport News, VA. It honors an individual’s dedication to the training of school counselors and extensive contributions to the field over a sustained period. Dr. Garofalo, who has taught at Marymount for 18 years, is assistant chair of the Counseling Department and director of the school counseling program.

Dr. Brian Hollar, assistant professor of economics and director of the economics program, presented a paper titled “Holy Matrimony, Batman! Why Do the Devout Pay So Much for Marriage?” at the Association of the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture conference on April 12 in Crystal City, VA.

In addition, Dr. Hollar gave a presentation titled “African Anglicans Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Awareness in the Americas” at the Association of Private Enterprise Education conference in Maui, Hawaii, on April 16.

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling, has received the Dr. Judy Miranti Lifetime Service Award by the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). The award was presented at the ACA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, held March 20-24. Dr. Jackson-Cherry has served as a board member, secretary, president, and past president of ASERVIC. She is currently serving a three-year term on the leadership team of ACA’s Governing Council, as the ASERVIC representative.

Mason Yang, electronic services librarian, and Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of information technology, made a presentation titled “Augmented Reality and Next-Gen Libraries” at the 28th Annual Conference of Computers in Libraries, North America’s largest technology conference and exhibition for librarians and information managers. Their presentation was selected as one of “10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013.” The April 8-10 conference was held in Washington, DC.

Dr. Shannon Melideo, chair of the Education Department and professor of education, wrote the nomination for Kimberley McLeod ‘13, who won the 2013 Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)- VA Teacher Candidate Research Award. This is the first time that a Marymount student-teacher has won this award. It was presented at the ATE spring conference, April 3-5, at Sweet Briar College, in Sweet Briar, VA.

Dr. Donna M. Schaeffer, associate professor of information management, won the Best Paper Award at the Clute Institute Conference held in Key West, FL, March 18-21. Her paper, titled “Big Data and Small Business,” is the first scholarly paper that looks at the new topic of big data from the perspective of small business.

Thea Scott-Fundling, associate professor of interior design, had a painting selected for Art by Architects, a juried show of fine art at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, VA. The painting, “Marsh,” was chosen from among 175 submissions by 44 artists. The exhibit is open through July 7.

Sylvia Whitman, writing specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning; Elliot Uhl, assistant director of International Student Services; and biology major Cyndi Trang ‘13, a peer tutor and writing consultant for the past three years, gave a presentation on “University Writing Centers and Multilingual Writers: Assessing Needs, Providing Support” at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual conference, March 21, in Dallas, Texas.

2013 Employee Service Awards
Congratulations to the following Marymount University faculty and staff, who reached milestone years of service in 2013 and were recognized at the April 3 Employee Recognition Dinner at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.

Five-Year Service Award
Steve Aguilar
Campus Safety

Katherine Chapin
Alumni Relations

Linda Cote-Reilly
School of Education and Human Services

Virgilio Cruz
Alecia Denmark

Bess Fox
School of Arts and Sciences

James Hobson
Human Resource Services

Hollynd Karapetkova
School of Arts and Sciences

Barbara Kreutzer
School of Arts and Sciences

Naghmeh Merck
Counseling Center

Emebet Mikael
Student Accounts

Andrea Saunders
Academic Affairs

David Sharland
Campus Ministry

Sarah Shuff

Barbara Storck
Campus Safety

Theresia Wansi
School of Business Administration

Karen Wooster
Library and Learning Services
Ten-Year Service Award
Brian Doyle
School of Arts and Sciences

Sara Meehan
Enrollment and Student Services

Zary Mostashari
Library and Learning Services

Diane Murphy
School of Business Administration

John Peterson
Campus Ministry

Hilary Phillips
President’s Office

Angela Point
Campus Safety

Behnaz Quigley
School of Business Administration

Srinivasan Raghavan
Administrative Information Services

Ronald Somervell
Financial Affairs

Jan Whitney-Greenberg
Student Health Center

Ainsley Worrell
Student Center

Kenneth Yusko
School of Business Administration
Fifteen-Year Service Award
Doris Artiles
Business Office

Julia Connell
Financial Aid

Matthew Dunham
University Communications

Bezuwork Getachew
Campus Safety

Eroica Nguyen
Financial Aid

Gwen Vredevoogd
Library and Learning Services

Jane Zopf
Twenty-Year Service Award
Glenn Blackwell
Campus Safety

Iris Davis
Information Technology Services

Barry Erdeljon
School of Arts and Sciences

Charles Harris
School of Education and Human Services

Ana Lado
School of Education and Human Services

Eun Lee
Physical Plant

Bridget May
School of Arts and Sciences

Raja Nasr
School of Education and Human Services

Robert Rush
Physical Plant

Barbara Siller
Library and Learning Services

Anne Stancil

Vincent Stovall
Student Activities

Jane Uebelhoer
School of Business Administration

Twenty Five-Year Service Award

Michael Boylan
School of Arts and Sciences

Jean Freeman
School of Arts and Sciences

Hanora O’Sullivan
School of Business Administration
Thirty-Year Service Award

Judith Clear
Malek School of Health Professions
Eric Hols
Campus Safety
James Ryerson
School of Business Administration

Thirty Five-Year Service Award

Susan Heumann
School of Arts and Sciences


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