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September 6, 2011


Wednesday, Sept. 7 - All members of the Marymount community are invited to take part in the Mass of the Holy Spirit, 11:30 a.m., on the Gailhac-Ireton lawn. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, will be the celebrant; Father David Sharland, Y.A., director of Campus Ministry, and Father Jack Peterson, Y.A., assistant director of Campus Ministry, will be concelebrants. To encourage faculty, staff, and student attendance, classes will be suspended from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no other campus activities will be scheduled during that time. A campuswide lunch will follow in the Gerard Dining Hall.

Friday, Sept. 9 - The Marymount community is invited to the opening reception for In Black and White, a new art exhibit; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Barry Art Gallery, Reinsch Library. The exhibit runs through Oct. 13 and features photography, woodcuts, mixed-media work, and drawings. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, contact Judy Bass at ext. 1561 or judy.bass@marymount.edu.

Monday, Sept. 19 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 12. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Marymount Remembers: Our International Community Comes Together Through Prayer and Reflection: The MU community is invited to take part in the following events to commemorate those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:
  • Friday, Sept. 9 - After the noon Mass in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, Father David Sharland, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, will lead an ecumenical prayer service on the chapel commons. The service starts at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to last about 20 minutes.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 - Volunteer Service Day (noon to 5 p.m.) brings MU faculty, staff, and students together to perform acts of service in the wider community. Volunteers will be treated to a BBQ dinner at Bernie’s following the event. Volunteers must sign up by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. To register, contact Ashton Mallon at ext. 3853, e-mail ashton.mallon@marymount.edu, or visit the Campus Ministry Office in The Lodge.
  • Sunday Sept. 11 - After the 7 p.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel, there will be an ecumenical candlelight prayer service on the chapel commons at 8 p.m., followed by a reception at 8:30 p.m. The Mass, prayer service, and reception are open to both the Marymount community and MU’s neighbors.
  • Monday, Sept. 12 - Global Perspectives on 9/11: MU students, faculty, and staff are invited to an open conversation about 9/11, as experienced around the world by religious and racial minorities. The event, sponsored by Marymount’s Office of International Students Services and Department of Theology and Religious Studies, runs from noon to 1:15 p.m., in the commuter lounge in The Lodge. Lunch will be provided.

The Class of 2015: Beloit College recently released its annual "Mindset List," to remind all of how the world looks through the eyes of the incoming freshman class. The list notes that, to the individuals that make up the Class of 2015,
  • there have nearly always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships
  • the Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia
  • breaking up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, and MySpace is common.

New Rain Garden on Campus: Hurricane Irene baptized Marymount’s new rain garden, which handled the deluge with ease. Located in the lowest spot on campus, behind the Reinsch Library, the rain garden covers 600 square feet and is designed to filter pollutants from runoff water and reduce erosion and sediment. It mimics natural hydrological processes found in native woods and grasslands, helping to keep the Donaldson Run watershed healthy. Layers of gravel and soil were in place by Aug. 24, three days before the storm blew through.

The rain garden is a cooperative project between Marymount University and the Environmental Services Departments of Arlington and Fairfax counties. It is sponsored by the University’s Sustainability initiative and an outside grant.

Dr. Barbara Kreutzer, associate professor of Biology and project leader, notes that MU students were involved in the preliminary biological research. She adds, "Marymount’s rain garden addresses environmental concerns by controlling erosion and filtering hydrocarbon and lawn-care pollution from water running off our surface parking lots, lawns, and roofs. It’s also a living classroom where our students can conduct research, and it can serve as a teaching tool for our entire community."

Rain Garden Workshop: Marymount is hosting a free Arlington County workshop called "Rain Gardens for Homeowners." Learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain your own small-scale rain garden.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon, in Caruthers Hall, Room 1021. For more information and to register, contact Aileen Winquist at awinquist@arlingtonva.us.

Basics of the Faith: Are you a Catholic who hasn’t received all the sacraments of initiation? Are you a Christian or a person of another faith who is searching for spiritual answers? Or do you just want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Basics of the Faith may be for you.

The group meets on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. in The Lodge Conference Room. The first meeting of this academic year is on Sept. 19.

For details, contact Father David Sharland at ext. 1607 or father.david@marymount.edu.

New Benefit for MU Employees: Marymount employees have access to a new benefit, the PerkSpot Employee Discount Program, an online savings resource. At PerkSpot, you can find discounts and rebates on goods and services from many of the best-known brand names, online and off, nationally and locally.

PerkSpot’s savings apply to all kinds of purchases, from groceries to family vacations and auto insurance. The first step is to register at https://marymount.perkspot.com/signup.

For questions, contact Paula Polson at ext. 1680.

Follow MU on Twitter: If you want to be in-the-know about everything Marymount, be sure to follow MU on Twitter (@marymountu) and on Facebook, in addition to checking the University’s website for news, information, and upcoming events.

Seeking Musicians and Singers: If you sing or play an instrument, Jill Staudt, music ministry coordinator, wants to hear from you. Marymount’s co-ed Chapel Choir sings at the 7 p.m. Sunday Mass, and the women’s group sings at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass. There are openings for all voice parts in both groups. Also in demand are instrumentalists – guitar, brass, strings, or percussion.

These opportunities are available to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. You need not be Catholic to participate, but you must be comfortable sharing your musical gifts to enhance the Catholic liturgy.

To schedule an audition, contact Ms. Staudt at jill.staudt@marymount.edu or ext. 6541.

Nominate an Alum: Are you in touch with MU alumni who are doing great things? Please consider nominating one of them for an Alumni Award. This year’s awards will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of Marymount’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend celebrations. More information can be found at the Alumni Award website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 9. For details, contact Lauren Kiesling, director of Alumni Relations, at ext. 1542.

Save the Date for Innovations: This year’s Innovations in Teaching and Scholarship will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ballston Center. A catered lunch from Lebanese Taverna will be provided.

Innovations is a day of faculty-led workshops on new teaching ideas and practices. In addition, there will be panels of invited guests and group discussions. If there is a topic you would like to suggest for a panel or discussion, please submit it by Monday, Sept. 19.

Faculty can attend some or all of the sessions, but if you plan to stay for lunch, you must register in advance.

To register, obtain a submissions form, or see the schedule of workshops, visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website. You can also register by contacting Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761 or cindy.mitchell@marymount.edu.

Journalistas Workshop Starting Soon: Interested in joining an informal, ongoing gathering of faculty and staff who write journals? The weekly lunchtime gathering, which had been suspended for the summer, will resume soon. To add your name to the list and be notified when the first meeting is scheduled, contact writing specialist Sylvia Whitman at sylvia.whitman@marymount.edu or ext. 6478.


Katie Chaplin, Alumni Relations coordinator, completed Marymount’s post-bachelor’s certificate program in IT this May.

Sue Conrad, director of Instructional Technology and Design, was co-author of an article titled "Latist: A Performance Support Tool for Integrating Technologies into Defense Acquisition University Learning Assets," published in the July issue of the Defense Acquisition Research Journal.

Suzanne Harvey, director of the Career and Internship Center, and Brandon Jenkins, coordinator of Leadership Development, were recently awarded a grant by the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) to launch a new chapter at Marymount University and act as chapter advisors. NSLS is one of the largest college leadership honor societies in the United States, with hundreds of chapters. NSLS provides professional leadership training for its student members, giving them a competitive edge in the job market.

Dr. Teresa LaMonica, assistant professor of Nursing, wrote a chapter titled "Pediatric Home Care" in the book Clinical Case Studies in Home Health Care by Leslie Neal-Boylan, published in August by Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. LaMonica also was a manuscript reviewer this summer in the area of pediatrics and adolescent health for a journal for nurse practitioners.

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, assistant professor of Psychology, chaired a session of talks and presented research at the International Conference on Perception and Action in Ouro Preto, Brazil, this July. The work presented involved evaluating a mathematical model that makes predictions about how cognitive tasks influence the performance of everyday tasks. The trip was funded by an MU Faculty Development grant.

Dr. Lopresti-Goodman was also Marymount University’s 2010-11 recipient of the Mednick Memorial Grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. In July, she used those funds to conduct research on the psychological health of chimpanzees retired from biomedical research who are living at Save The Chimps Sanctuary in Fort Pierce, FL.

In addition, Dr. Lopresti-Goodman received a Provost Research Grant and a Discover Summer Research Grant, which funded a three-week trip in August to Kenya, where she assessed the psychological health of chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Ol Pejeta Nature Conservancy. The chimpanzees there are orphans of the bush-meat trade. An undergraduate student, Psychology major Marjanne Kameka ‘13, also received a Discover Summer Research Grant and served as research assistant on that trip. Dr. Lopresti-Goodman gave a talk at the facility to the sanctuary caregivers, the sanctuary director, and the chief conservation officer about normal and abnormal behavior in chimpanzees and made recommendations to improve the psychological health and well-being of the animals.

Dr. Kenneth Yusko, associate professor of Human Resources, and Dr. Harold Goldstein, a professor at Baruch College, CUNY, received the International Personnel Assessment Council’s (IPAC) Innovations Award, presented at IPAC’s annual conference in Washington, DC, this July.

The award was presented for their development of the Siena Reasoning Test (SRT), one of the first pre-employment tests to accurately measure candidates’ capacity to reason while promoting diversity. Last April, Dr. Yusko and his research colleagues received another recognition for the same project — the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace by the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology.

As the new academic year starts, Marymount welcomes these new faculty members:

School of Arts and Sciences:
Dr. Eric Bubar, assistant professor of Physics; Dr. Sarah Ficke, assistant professor of Literature and Languages; Deana Jaber, assistant professor of Chemistry; Dr. Leigh Johnson, assistant professor of Literature and Languages; Dr. Chad Rector, assistant professor of Politics; Matthew Sherman, assistant professor of Theology; Irene Viorritto, assistant professor of Microbiology.

School of Business Administration:
Dr. Hai Huang, assistant professor of Finance; Dr. Uma Kelekar, assistant professor of Health Care Management; Dr. Donald (Nick) Rouse, assistant professor of Health Information Management.

School of Education and Human Services:
Dr. Jo-Ann Amadeo, assistant professor of Psychology; Jennifer Gray, assistant professor of Education; Dr. Elizabeth Langran, associate professor of Education.

Malek School of Health Professions:
Dr. Catharine Kopac, assistant professor of Nursing.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James Joseph Keller, who died on Aug. 13. Mr. Keller was the father of Pat Darling, database/technical administrator in Information Technology.


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