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September 3, 2013


Tuesday, Sept. 3 – “The U.S. Response to the Crisis in Syria,” with guest speaker Dr. Colin Kahl, associate professor in the security studies program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; 7 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The Marymount community and your guests are invited to this timely event. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation; light refreshments will be served. For questions, email Dr. Chad Rector.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Mass of the Holy Spirit; 11:30 a.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, will be the celebrant; Father Brian Bashista, director of Campus Ministry, and Father Jack Peterson, Y.A., assistant director of Campus Ministry, will be concelebrants. To encourage attendance, no classes or other events are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A campus-wide luncheon will follow in the Gerard Dining Hall.

Friday, Sept. 6 – International Welcome Reception; 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Gerard Lobby. All member of the Marymount community are cordially invited to this reception to meet new friends, enjoy international food, and share your summer experiences. For questions, contact the Office of International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Friday, Sept. 6 – Opening Reception for Barry Gallery’s new exhibit, Botanical Drawings and Mixed Media Constructions by artists Pam Rogers and Patterson Clark; 5 to 7:30 p.m., in the gallery. The exhibit runs through Oct. 17 and is open to the 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.

Monday, September 16 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday Sept. 9. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Marymount’s Annual Volunteer Service Day: Faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered on Aug. 24 for Marymount’s annual Volunteer Service Day, when the campus community fans out around northern Virginia to lend a hand. This year, the volunteers numbered 225 – including 132 freshmen – a 40% increase over last year’s participation of 160.

Meg Dalmut associate director of the Office of Campus Ministry, says, “It’s gratifying to see so many more members of the Marymount community take part than last year. It is especially exciting that so many freshmen joined in before starting classes; it shows that they carry in their hearts Marymount’s commitment to serving others with Christ’s love.”

The event was from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the service teams worked at 22 organizations in Arlington and Fairfax counties. Ashley Wells, MU’s community outreach coordinator, who organized the activities, said the work ranged from window washing and mopping floors at a youth shelter, to visiting seniors at several assisted living facilities, yardwork at several community organizations, and even distributing Red Cross ‘Fire Safety’ door hangers throughout a neighborhood. Participants received a Marymount “Common Ground” T-shirt, since service to others is one of the shared values that unites the diverse Marymount community.

Fall Mass Schedule and Locations: The Office of Campus Ministry announces the fall semester Mass schedule and location, while the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel is undergoing renovation:

Weekday Masses: 7:30 a.m. and noon, in the Private Dining Room of Gerard Dining Hall, which has been designated the temporary chapel. On Wednesdays there will be an additional Mass, at 5:05 p.m.

Sunday Masses: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium.

Confessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 to 11:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.; near the door of the Private Dining Room, entering from the Gerard Dining Hall; and Sundays, 6 to 6:45 p.m., near the main entrance to the Reinsch Library Auditorium. Confessions also will be heard by appointment; please contact Father Brian Bashista at (703) 284-3803.

Adoration: Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., and the first Friday of the month, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Private Dining Room, Gerard Dining Hall.

Homecoming and Reunion 2013: All faculty and staff are cordially invited to the weekend’s Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Kick-Off Reception, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Ballston Center. This is the first of many exciting events scheduled for Homecoming weekend, Sept. 26-29.

All Homecoming events are free admission to MU faculty and staff, with the exception of the Blue & White Golf Tournament ($100 per golfer, $300 per foursome) and the 50th Reunion Dinner ($50 per person). Guests are welcome, and events are free for guests, except for the two mentioned above and these:

  • $10 per guest for the Alumni Happy Hour hosted by the Saints Club (attendees must be 21 or older).
  • $15 per guest for the BBQ Block Party (Children 10 and under are free).
  • $10 per guest for the MU Comedy Night

View the entire schedule of events online.

Registration is required for all attendees by Friday, Sept. 20. Send an RSVP email with your name, department, which events you plan to attend, and the number of guests, to Suzanne Catucci.

#MarymountHC Photo Challenge: Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in the #MarymountHC Photo Challenge during September, leading up to Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Post a photo related to a daily prompt using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Make sure to use #MarymountHC and also tag us in the post (Facebook: Marymount University Alumni Association; Twitter: @MUAlumniandDev; Instagram: @marymountalumni).

Submit five or more photos and you will be entered in a drawing to win an exciting prize. View the list of daily prompts online. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! For questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 1541.



Dr. Ryan D. Foster, assistant professor of counseling, gave a research presentation titled “Eternal Connection: Quantitative and Qualitative Findings Exploring the Effects of Learning about Near-Death Experiences on Adult Grief” on August 30 at the International Association for Near-Death Studies Conference in Arlington, VA. The conference theme was “Loss, Grief, and the Discovery of Hope.”

Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, professor of accounting, gave a presentation titled “Incorporating Global Experience in an Entrepreneurship Course” at The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 1-4.

In addition, Dr. Quigley was an invited lecturer at Georgetown University on July 11, where she gave a presentation titled “American Entrepreneurship”to a group of students from Spain in the international MBA program.

Dr. Soumya Sivakumar, assistant professor of marketing, and Dr. Theresia Wansi, associate professor of finance, presented a paper at the 93rd annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in New Orleans, March 27-30. The paper is titled “Marketing Frugal Innovations – A new Paradigm for the West.” Dr. Wansi also chaired a session and was a discussant at the conference.

In addition, Dr. Wansi and Nicholas Ryerson ‘13, B.B.A. in Finance, presented a paper at the Washington Business Research Forum on March 15. The paper is titled “Correlation Patterns in Times of Economic Crises: Evidence from companies in the Dow Jones Index.” Dr. Wansi also chaired a session at the conference.

As the new academic year begins, Marymount welcomes the following new faculty:

School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of American history; Mr. Joseph Benton, assistant professor of communication; Mr. Joshua Evans, assistant professor of theology; Ms. Moira Gannon-Denson, assistant professor of interior design; Mr. Joseph Hicks, assistant professor of studio art; Dr. Marina Maccari-Clayton, assistant professor of European history; Ms. Jennifer Nardacci, assistant professor of literature and languages; Dr. Eric Norton, assistant professor of literature and languages.

School of Business Administration
Dr. Dalal Alarayed, assistant professor of information technology.

School of Education and Human Services
Dr. Sarah Fischer, assistant professor of sociology.

Malek School of Health Professions
Dr. Marwan Kublawi, assistant professor of physical therapy; Dr. Martha Carroll, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education; Dr. Gwendolyn Francavillo, assistant professor of health and human performance; Ms. Anne-Marie O’Brien, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Mary Coyle, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Susan Becker, assistant professor of nursing.

Library and Learning Services
Ms. Ann Kemper, assistant professor and reference/instruction librarian.