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July 16, 2012


Tuesday, July 17 (through Thursday, August 16) – The Office of Training and Organizational Development is sponsoring a series of professional development and training workshops for MU employees who supervise staff and/or student workers. Supervisors who attend at least three workshops in the series will receive a certificate of completion.Those who attend six sessions will receive a certificate of completion and the book Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases That Describe Your Employees’ Performance (McGraw Hill, 2003), and will be entered in a drawing for a free month of parking or a free month of lunches in the Gerard Dining Hall. All workshops take place from noon to 1 p.m.:
  • July 17: Mentoring Student Workers; Lee Center Honors Conference Room
  • July 24: Motivation and Rewarding Student Workers; Lee Center Honors Conference Room
  • July 31: Scheduling Strategies; Lee Center Honors Conference Room
  • August 8: Performance Problem-Solving Conversations; Caruthers 1021
  • August 16: Generational Differences; Caruthers 1021
Pre-registration is required. For questions, email Dr. Bernadette Costello, or call ext. 1554.

Monday, August 20 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, August 13. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.

Mark Your Calendar!
Fall Semester University Assembly
Tuesday, August 21, 10:30 a.m.


Play by MU Alumnae: Don’t miss The Hair Chronicles, a play written by three MU alumnae, with staging assistance by a fourth alumna, now appearing as part of the 2012 DC Fringe Festival.

The playwrights are Nileah Bell ’08, M.A. in Humanities; Mary Nyingi ’09, M.A. in Literature and Language; and Michelle Whittaker ’09, M.A. in Humanities. The staging assistance is provided by Julie Allen ’04, M.A. in Literature and Language.

The play will be performed at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW, Washington, DC, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18; 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 20; and 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. See ticket prices and sales locations.

Learn more about the play by reading co-author Michelle Whittaker’s article in The Huffington Post, and visiting the play's Facebook Page.

New Addition to the Reinsch Library: Thanks in part to a generous donation by Dr. Peter Gomatos, a Marymount friend and contributor of long standing, the Reinsch Library now has a new Information Literacy Room. Located on the main floor of the library next to the Overdue Brew coffee bar, the room will be used for a variety of purposes, including Library Instruction sessions for MU students.

Dr. Gomatos’s donation covered the furniture and electronic equipment, which includes iPads for students, a SmartPodium, and 70-inch LCD televisions for instructional use.

Summer Book Club: All Marymount faculty and staff are invited to participate in the last meeting of the Reinsch Library’s Summer Book Club, Thursday, August 2, at 3 p.m., in the library’s Graduate Reading Room. The book to be discussed is Swamplandia by Karen Russell, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. For questions, contact Gail Flatness at ext. 6845 or gflatness@marymount.edu.

Car Rental Benefit for MU Employees: Marymount employees now can take advantage of Hertz Business Rewards, a program that provides discounts on car rentals for business or leisure. When making a reservation with Hertz, use Marymount’s Business Rewards discount number: CDP 1956724.

Benefits of this program include
  • up to 20% off Hertz business travel rates
  • free rental days: Earn one credit for every qualified rental day and double credits for the first 90 days; 15 rental credits earn a Free Rental Day Certificate
  • customized billing options
  • special offers for members
  • complimentary membership in Hertz Gold (Sign up and use the pin code hbrgold.)
To make a reservation, visit www.hertz.com or call (800) 654-8216, and use the Marymount Business Rewards CDP number.

For questions, email Hertz Customer Service or call them (800) 654-4405. If you need additional assistance, contact Upen Malani, director of Campus Planning and Management, at ext. 1491.

Follow Our Students Abroad: The Center for Global Education invites the Marymount community to follow Saints who are blogging about their summer study-abroad experiences.



Dr. Douglas Ball, associate professor of Education, recently visited seven schools throughout New Zealand where Marymount’s Department of Education has student-teaching agreements. The purposes of his July 8-23 trip were to observe in the classrooms where MU student-teachers are placed; to discuss curriculum, theory, and instructional methods with teachers and staff at those schools; and, as he put it, “best of all, to interact with Kiwi students.”

New Zealand's schools have an international reputation for their excellent and innovative literacy instruction. In the past two years, six MU graduate and undergraduates students in Education programs have completed all or a portion of their internship-for-academic-credit requirements in New Zealand schools. Thanks to the resources of the Center for Global Education and to the coordinating efforts of its executive director, Victor Betancourt-Santiago, Marymount Education students have had opportunites to work not only in New Zealand but also in India, Germany, Ecuador, and Uganda.

Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of Nursing, and Dr. Eileen Sarsfield, assistant professor of Nursing, made a podium presentation titled “Graduate Clinical Preceptors: Perceptions of Benefits and Rewards, Supports, and Role Commitment” at the Innovations in Nursing Education Research Conference. This conference, a collaboration between Sigma Theta Tau International and the National League for Nursing, was held June 15-16, in Indianapolis.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman assistant professor of Psychology, recently had an article on the dangers of texting while walking published in Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article is based on a study Dr. Lopresti-Goodman conducted with two undergraduate Psychology majors, Ana Rivera and Christen Dressel, both Class of 2011. The article was reviewed for a science blog called Salamander Hours.

In addition, Dr. Lopresti-Goodman recently returned from leading a 6-credit study-abroad course called Abnormal Primate Behavior in Kenya. The students in the course gave an educational presentation to the caregivers at the chimpanzee sanctuary where the research was conducted, the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Ol Pejeta Nature Conservancy.

Claudia O’Connor, executive director of IT Services, participated in a videconference panel at the annual CICV IT & Telecom Meeting at the University of Richmond, VA, June 20-22. The panel discussed the pros and cons of Adobe Connect, Skype, WebEx and Polycom systems and the impact of the exponential growth of video conferencing in higher education institutions.

Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of Accounting, was one of the featured speakers at the Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference’s 13th annual international meeting in Washington, DC, on June 23. Dr. Quigley made two presentations, titled “Women in Entrepreneurship in the United States and Iran” and the “Role of Entrepreneurship in the Global Society.” The conference was organized by the Iranian-American Women Foundation in conjunction with the World Bank’s Persian Gender Network and the International Monetary Fund’s Iranian Staff Club.


Yolanda Gibson, director of Alumni Relations, Office of Development; ext. 1542.

Ashley Wells, community outreach coordinator, Office of Campus Ministry; ext. 1607.

Steven Wingfield, gifts officer, Office of Development; ext. 6894.


Victor Betancourt-Santiago has been promoted to executive director of the Center for Global Education.

Barbara Longnecker has been promoted from administrative secretary in the School of Business Administration to degree audit coordinator in the Registrar’s Office; ext. 5911.