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October 1, 2012


Monday, Oct. 1 – Everyone is invited to take part in a one-mile fitness walk, part of MU’s Healthy Monday wellness initiative. Participants will meet in the Gerard Dining Hall on Main Campus or in the Ballston Center lobby, at 12:30 p.m. All ability levels are welcome and there’s no need to sign up. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring your water bottle. For questions, call Rachel Greger at ext. 1610.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 (and Tuesday, Oct. 16) – Kicking Butts smoking-cessation support group meeting, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m in the Student Health Center. Registration is not required. Individual smoking-cessation counseling sessions are also available by calling the Health Center at ext. 1610.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 – The Marymount community is invited to join the School of Arts and Sciences in welcoming Sir Michael Berry, Melville Wills Professor of Physics (emeritus) at Bristol University in England, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Berry will present a lecture on the wonders of physics, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. A reception will follow the program, in the Lee Reception Room. For details, contact Dr. Eric Bubar at ext. 6536.

Saturday, Oct. 13 – The annual conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia (LDAV), hosted by Marymount and cosponsored by MU’s Education Department, Office of Graduate Admissions, and Office of Student Access Services; 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Reinsch Library and Gerard Dining Hall. Registration is free for MU faculty, staff, and students, and their guests. View a conference schedule and register, or register in person on the day of the conference. Registration is also free for prospective M.Ed. students who register online. For details, call Dr. Doug Ball, associate professor of Education, at ext. 3837.

Monday, Oct. 15 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Faculty Grants Workshop: Marymount faculty members interested in applying for external grant support for student scholarships, teaching, training, or research projects are invited to a grant workshop offered by the Grants Services Office on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Rowley G105J.

A panel composed of Dr. Diane Murphy, associate professor of Information Technology and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science; Dr. Julie Ries, associate professor of Physical Therapy; and Dr. Elsa Schaefer, professor of Mathematics and former program officer at the National Science Foundation, will lead the discussion.

The panelists will share their successful grant experiences and focus on several topics, including how to identify the right sponsor and grant opportunity; how to prepare a strong, competitive proposal; the pros and cons of partnering with colleagues on and off campus; how to interpret reviewers’ comments; and the responsibilities of a principal investigator. A question-and-answer period will follow, and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is strongly recommended to help ensure that adequate accommodations are provided. To register and for questions, please contact Doris Lyons at ext. 6978 or doris.lyons@marymount.edu.

A Tobacco-Free Campus: Marymount University is committed to providing a healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As part of this ongoing effort, the University will adopt a tobacco-free campus policy starting in January 2013.

The detrimental health effects of tobacco use are well documented; both those who choose to use tobacco and those who come into contact with second-hand smoke are negatively affected. In addition, cigarette butts on the ground and smoke in the air detract from the beauty of our campus and harm the environment.

Under the new policy, smoking and all other forms of tobacco use will be prohibited in all areas of all Marymount University properties, indoors and outdoors. Detailed policy language is being developed and will be disseminated to the MU community when it is finalized.

Support and assistance are available for students, faculty, and staff who would like to take this opportunity to break the tobacco habit. For example, the Student Health Center is sponsoring a Kicking Butts smoking-cessation group. The meetings are being held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, through Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Student Health Center.

There’s an App for That: IT Support Services announces the deployment of the free myMarymount mobile app, which will help you stay connected to Marymount University from wherever you are. Through the app, you can get access to the latest MU news, find places on the campus map, receive messages, and much more.

The app contains public-facing icons such as news, maps, video, photos, athletics news, the staff and faculty directory, and emergency numbers. To access even more features, you may also log in to the app using your MU username and password.

The app is compatible with I-Devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and Android devices. To download, search for myMarymount in the iTunes store for I-Devices, or on the Google Play store for Android devices. You can also visit my.marymount.edu for links to download the app to your phone.

For questions, concerns, or comments, email IT Support Services or call ext. 6990.

Marymount Brand Ambassadors: Congratulations to the latest winners of the $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificates for being great Marymount brand ambassadors: Kelly DeSenti, Office of Student Development, and Elena Shields, Malek School of Health Professions. University Communications has also awarded a special creativity prize to David Pomeroy, School of Business Administration. To see why, visit the Common Ground website.

Throughout October and November, University Communications will continue to recognize two Marymount employees each week for displaying a magnetic “Common Ground” bumper sticker on their vehicles. Winners are being picked at random from all MU parking locations.

To obtain a Common Ground magnetic bumper sticker, email Cheri Temoney.

Pilgrimage to Poland: Campus Ministry is organizing a Pilgrimage to Poland on May 21-30, 2013. This trip is open to faculty, staff, and students. The itinerary includes visits to places significant in the life of Pope John Paul II; to Auschwitz, where St. Maximilian Kolbe died; and to the places Saint Faustina lived. The cost for non-students is $2,970, which includes airfare, lodging, and some meals. A registration form and $350 deposit are due by Nov. 15. For details and to obtain the form, please email Ashton Mallon or call ext. 3853.

Diet-to-Go Program: Marymount employees now can take advantage of the Diet-to-Go program, which provides freshly prepared, healthy meal plans that are ready to eat. With Diet-to-Go there is no measuring, counting, or preparing – they do all the work. Choose from three menu plans: Traditional, Vegetarian, and Low-Carb (similar to the Atkins Diet). Marymount exployees receive a 5% discount on the posted prices; the code to receive the discount is Mary5.

Sign up online or call (800) 743-7546 and choose Option 1. For questions, call Diet-to-Go representative Misty Melice at (800) 704-7751.

Save the Date: Mark Thursday, Oct. 25, on your calendar for the annual Marymount Employees Benefits Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium. More details will be included in the next issue of InsideMU.

Professional Development: A number of professional development workshops, seminars, and events are available to Marymount employees throughout the fall semester. Some require registration. For descriptions, registration requirements, and the schedule, visit connect.marymount.edu/training and sign in using your MU email user ID and password. For questions, email Bernadette Costello or call ext. 1554.


Marymount’s Interior Design Department has received the 2012 Potomac Award from the Washington Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, for its “creative and intellectual contributions.” Marymount is the first university to receive this prestigious award. The award was presented on Sept. 13 at the chapter’s annual meeting at the Washington Design Center and Kravet Showroom. Marymount Interior Design Department faculty members Jean Freeman, Bridget May, Robert Meden, and Doug Seidler attended the award presentation.

Dr. Amy Van Arsdale, assistant professor of Psychology, presented at the Pulama I ka ‘Ohana Women’s Health conference in Honolulu, HI, on Sept. 11. Her travel was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) Domestic Violence Resource Project of Washington, DC. Dr. Van Arsdale’s presentation was titled “Innovative Culturally-Sensitive Service Delivery for A/PI Domestic Violence Survivors.”


Calene Baldwin, administrative secretary, School of Arts and Sciences, ext. 6986.

Clare Dinuzzo, assistant director, Student Activities, ext. 6811.

Michael Parks, assistant director, Special Events, Conference Center, ext. 1540.