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September 16, 2013


Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19 – Donate and Save a Life! Fall Blood Drive; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Gerard Lobby. This drive benefits Children’s National Medical Center and is sponsored by Marymount’s Student Health Center and Student Nurses Association. Click here to register for Sept. 18 or here to register for Sept. 19. For questions, contact Rachel Greger at ext. 1610.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Constitution Day Luncheon; noon to 1:30 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. The featured speaker will be Dr. Adam Mossoff, professor of law at George Mason University and an expert on intellectual property rights. Dr. Mossoff’s talk is called "Patents as Property Rights: The Uniquely American Constitutional Mandate to Promoting Innovation." Marymount faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to this free event. For questions, contact Dr. Patrick Mullins.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Rowley Open House; 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Career Services, and the Center for Global Education. Come by each office to meet the staff and learn what services are offered. Refreshments will be served. Students who participate in open house activities will receive raffle tickets for a $400 gift card to the Marymount Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Kick-Off Reception for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend; 6 to 8 p.m.; Ballston Center. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 20, by emailing your name, department, and the number of guests to Suzanne Catucci.

Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29 – Marymount’s 2013 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Click here for the entire schedule of events. Except for the Blue & White Golf Tournament ($100 per golfer, $300 per foursome) and the 50th Reunion Dinner ($50 per person), all events are free admission for faculty and staff. With some exceptions, many events are also free admission for your guests. Registration is required for all events. To register, contact Suzanne Catucci.

Friday, Sept. 27 – The Department of Literature and Languages will host a lecture titled "A Song for a Finale: The Encounter Between Music and Narrative in Holocaust Survivor Testimonies," presented by Dr. Leah Wolfson of the Holocaust Museum; 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Rowley G127. This lecture is funded by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. For questions contact Dr. Marguerite Rippy at ext. 6805.

Monday, September 30 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday Sept. 23. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


MU Awarded Six-Figure Grant For Apps Project: The National Science Foundation has awarded Marymount University a $142,694 grant for a two-year project to encourage students to go into information technology fields by teaching them to create their own mobile apps.

The award is for a proposal submitted by Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of information technology, and Dr. Diane Murphy, professor of information technology and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science.

Titled "MUMADE (Marymount University Mobile Apps Development for Everyone): Using Mobile Apps to Entice General Education Students into Technology Fields," the project targets undergraduates at Marymount. A summer course for high school students is also under development.

Dr. Liu says, "Through summer camps for local high school students and regular courses for MU undergraduates, MUMADE will provide the opportunity for these students to have practical experience building mobile apps, as technology creators instead of consumers, which we hope will stimulate their curiosity about computing technology."

"Building mobile apps could be the first step toward a broader understanding of the contributions they could make in the technology field. We hope MUMADE will prepare non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students with substantial STEM competencies and inspire them to participate in the computing field, in college and later as a career."

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow: Through the Council of Independent Colleges, Marymount will have a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow on campus Sept. 23-27. Stephen Vetter, CEO of Partners of the Americas, will meet with students, faculty, and staff to share his knowledge of international volunteer service, grassroots community leadership, and the development of public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations.

The Marymount community is welcome to attend the following lunchtime presentations by Mr. Vetter in the Gerard Dining Hall:

Tuesday, Sept. 24: From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch passes will be available for those without a meal plan. This event is open to the entire Marymount community.

Wednesday, Sept. 25: “Catholic Social Teaching in a Global Environment;” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome; buy your own lunch and join us.

Thursday, Sept. 26: “Service Learning – why is it important?;” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A panel of faculty doing service learning will make a presentation, with comments and observations by Mr. Vetter. This event is open to MU faculty and staff. Lunch passes provided.

In addition, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3:15-6:15 p.m. in the Ballston Conference Center, there will be a panel presentation titled “Volunteer opportunities at home and abroad: What can I do?” This event is open to graduate students, faculty, and staff. A reception follows.

For questions, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at ext. 5761.

Leadership Development Book Group: A leadership book group, sponsored by Marymount’s Office of Training and Organizational Development, will meet at lunch on eight Mondays during fall semester to discuss the internal transformation required for truly effective leaders. The group, limited to eight participants, will engage in reflection, exercises, and discussion that will help them become agents of change and expand their leadership potential.

Participants will receive a copy of the book, The Deep Change Field Guide by Robert Quinn. Meetings will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 21 and 28; Nov. 4, 11, and 18; and Dec. 2, 9, and 16. To sign up, email Bernadette Costello at bcostell@marymount.edu or ext. 1554

Study Abroad Deadline: Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the deadline to apply for study abroad in the spring semester is Tuesday, Oct. 1. MU students can choose from programs in more than 40 countries, and in formats ranging from short-term to semester-long duration. For questions, contact the Center for Global Education at ext. 6474.

Save the Date: Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of two scheduled Town Hall meetings to provide input, as Marymount reviews and revises its current mission statement to make it more consistent with our new vision. The meetings will be held in the Reinsch Library Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.




Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of history, constructed a new museum exhibit titled “A Union Soldier in Arlington, 1864-65” for the Arlington Historical Society. Dr. Benbow is the Society’s volunteer museum director/curator. The exhibit features photos of a young Massachusetts man who served in Fort Reynolds as part of the 4th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery. The exhibit also includes Civil War artifacts found in Arlington and the Society’s model of a local Civil War fort, repaired by 2012 Marymount graduate Khalid Abdallah, as part of his internship at the museum. The Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sister Patricia Earl, IHM, Ph.D., director of the Catholic School Leadership Program, recently published a new book with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). The book, Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Spirituality, is designed to assist educators in their spiritual growth so that they can better help their students recognize the importance of developing their own spirituality and relationship with Christ.

Dr. Leigh C. Johnson, assistant professor of literature and languages, wrote a bibliographic entry on novelist Helena Maria Viramontes that has been published on the Oxford Bibliographies website.

Bibliographies asked Dr. Johnson for the submission because of her research on contemporary Chicana writers. Dr. Johnson also has taught Viramontes in classes such as American Multicultural Literature and the American Dream. The entry went live over the summer after a rigorous peer review process.

Dr. Donna M. Schaeffer, associate professor of information technology management, wrote an article titled “iPads, iPhones, and Implications on Students’ Critical Thinking.” It was published in Issue 3 of the Ethics and Critical Thinking Journal, on Sept. 15. If you would like a copy of the article, email Dr. Schaeffer.



Hudson Bates, head coach men’s  volleyball; Athletics Department; ext. 3851.

Scott Bordignon, assistant athletic trainer; Department of Athletics; ext. 1672.

Suzanne Hamant, administrative secretary; Malek School of Health Professions; ext. 1580.

Eric Jefferson, admissions counselor; Undergraduate Admissions; ext. 1500.

Jerome Marks, gifts officer; Office of Development; ext. 3843.

Lauren Snyder, assistant director; Office of Admissions; ext. 1503.

Leslie Thomas, administrative secretary; School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 6896.

Jennifer Webb, associate director of new student services; Office of Graduate Admissions; ext. 5908.