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August 19, 2013


Tuesday, August 20 – All faculty and staff are invited to the fall University Assembly, where Dr. Shank will provide updates on a number of important topics; 10:30 a.m.; Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena. The program will be followed by a luncheon.

Thursday, August 22 – Adjunct Orientation and Resource Fair; 5 to 8 p.m. New and returning adjunct faculty are invited to this informational event.

School Meetings, 5 to 6 p.m.:
Arts and Sciences: Rowley G208
Business Administration: Rowley G207
Education and Human Services: Rowley G127
Malek School of Health Professions: Rowley G206

Resource Fair, 6:15 - 8 p.m., Lee Center Atrium: Representatives from Human Resource Services, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Reinsch Library, and other Marymount offices will be available to answer your questions. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. For questions, contact Elaina Wells at ext. 1550.

Tuesday, September 3 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, August 26. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Seeking Move-In Day Volunteers: The Office of Campus and Residential Services invites faculty and staff to join the move-in crew that will welcome our new students and their families to campus on Move-in Day, Friday, August 23.

Volunteers will work in two-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. You can choose from a variety of tasks, from helping students move their belongings to assisting at the check-in tables.

We will provide you with a special T-shirt to wear during your shift. Sign up by the deadline, 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 21.

For questions, email Shelley Cosner or call ext. 5920.

Marymount’s Annual Volunteer Service Day: Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to lend a hand at various community organizations throughout northern Virginia on Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as we reaffirm Marymount’s commitment to service.

The work includes interior and exterior clean-up projects, spending time with senior citizens and adults with mental disabilities, and helping out at a homeless shelter and a crisis pregnancy center.

Volunteers should arrive at the Gerard Dining Hall at 9 a.m. to check in and pick up their Marymount Common Ground T-shirts; please use the side entrance by the Gerard parking garage. Shuttle buses will provide transport to and from the service sites. Participants are invited to a BBQ on campus to conclude this rewarding day.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 23, register online. For questions, email Ashley Wells or call ext. 6858.

MU’s New Chaplain: Father Brian G. Bashista, Marymount’s new chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, joined the MU community this month. A northern Virginia native, Father Bashista earned his B.A. in architecture from Virginia Tech and worked as an architect for several years. In 1994, he entered seminary formation for the Diocese of Arlington. After earning both a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in theology from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Father Bashista was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1999.

His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax. In 2002, Bishop Loverde named Father Bashista to serve as promoter of vocations for the Diocese of Arlington. In addition, Father Bashista served as director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in 2002 and 2003. For the past decade, he has been both the promoter of vocations and the director of the Office of Vocations for the Arlington Diocese.

New Barnes & Noble Bookstore Manager: Greg Singer, formerly with the George Mason University B&N Bookstore in Fairfax, replaced Theresa Kuron as manager of the Marymount B&N Bookstore on August 5. Ms. Kuron, who had been MU’s bookstore manager since 2008, was promoted to assistant general manager at the B&N store at The Catholic University of America. For questions about bookstore items or services, email Mr. Singer or call ext. 1614.

Barry Gallery Opening Exhibit: The Barry Gallery will open its 2013-14 season with Botanical Drawings and Mixed Media Constructions by artists Pam Rogers and Patterson Clark. The exhibit was curated by Trudi Van Dyke, a well-known curator in the capital region.

The opening reception will be on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 17 and is open to the entire Marymount community and your guests. Admission is free. The gallery, in the Reinsch Library, is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For questions, contact curator Judy Bass at ext. 1561.

Save the Date: Mark your calendars for an exciting 2013 Homecoming and Reunion weekend, Sept. 26-29. All Faculty and staff are invited to attend our Kick-Off Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Ballston Center.



Dr. Agnes Burkhard, assistant professor of nursing, gave a podium presentation titled “A Different Life: Caring for an Adolescent or Young Adult with Severe Cerebral Palsy” on June 22 at the 11th International Family Nursing Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed about her research on chimpanzees rescued from captivity and abuse for the July 13 broadcast of the weekly radio show The Animal House, produced by American University’s WAMU 88.5 and carried by National Public Radio affiliates in more than 30 cities nationwide. Her segment starts six minutes into the show, and can be heard online.

In addition, Dr. Lopresti-Goodman was quoted in a June 26 Nature.com blog article about the National Institutes of Health’s decision to retire a majority of the federally funded chimpanzees from biomedical research.

Dr, Lopresti-Goodman was also invited to George Mason University to give a presentation on July 17 titled “How Captivity Harms Primates.” She spoke to students in an Animal Rights and Human Education course in the Environmental and Sustainable Studies program.

Dr. Patrick Mullins, assistant professor of history, gave a paper titled “I can see the Rays of Ravishing Light and Glory: John Adams’s Evolving Visions of American Greatness, 1755-1826,” at the fourth Annual Conference on the American Revolution, on June 21 in St. Louis, MO.

The conference was sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and held in honor of Dr. Mullins’s late mentor, Dr. Lance Banning, a history professor at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Banning, who died in 2006, was one of the foremost early American historians of his time. His monograph, The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of America, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Merle Curti Award. The University Press of Virginia will publish a revised draft of Dr. Mullins’s paper in an edited volume called Revolutionary Prophecies.

In addition, Dr. Mullins served as a commentator on two episodes of a television series called America: Facts vs. Fiction, created for The Military Channel. He offered analysis of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the Articles of Confederation, Paul Revere’s Ride, and the Plymouth Colony. The two episodes (“Founding Fathers” and “Pilgrims and Witches”) had their national broadcast premiere on July 10 and July 17 and are being rerun through early fall. Dr. Mullins’s media appearances aim to advance Marymount’s American Heritage Initiative, which promotes public understanding of America’s distinctive values, history, and politics.

Dr. Donna Schaeffer, associate professor of information management, was one of 100 information technology and cybersecurity professionals and educators from around the nation invited to help draft policies and regulations for implementing the Cybersecurity Framework, an initiative created by executive order from President Obama. The three-day meeting in July, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, took place at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Schaeffer participated in the Training and Education working group, and will continue to work with that group through the next year.

Lauren Snyder, admissions counselor, and Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, presented “Translating the IB Experience to College: Challenges for Higher Education,” at the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas, July 19, in New Orleans.

Thomas Xenakis, a longtime adjunct faculty member who teaches drawing and design, had a solo exhibit of his paintings titled Nature Shining at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury, MD. The exhibit ran from July 19 to August 18. View the pieces that were shown online.


Dr. Shannon Melideo, associate professor of education, has been promoted from chair of the Education Department to associate dean of the School of Education and Human Services; ext. 6823.


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