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October 3, 2011


Monday, Oct. 3 - Interest meeting for faculty and staff who would like to volunteer for HalloweenFest 2011. Meetings are at 12:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the Gerard Hall lobby. For details, please contact Ashton Mallon at ext. 3853.

Saturday, Oct. 8 - Eric O’Neill, the former FBI investigative specialist who inspired the movie Breach, will speak about his experiences with the FBI, double agent Robert Hanssen, and investigative and security issues. The film will air from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. Mr. O’Neill will speak and answer questions from the audience from 11 a.m. to noon. The event, hosted by MU’s Department of Forensic Psychology, is free and open only to MU students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 - Deadline to register for lunch at Innovations 2011, a day of faculty presentations about best teaching practices and research. Innovations will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Ballston Center. Faculty and staff are invited. The Ballston Conference Center has space for 85 diners, so only those who register by the deadline will be partaking of the free lunch, catered by Lebanese Taberna. Click here to register online. For questions, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at ext. 5761.

Friday, Oct. 14 - Homecoming Weekend, three days of memories, fellowship, and fun. Click here for the schedule of events. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend at no cost, and their guests may pay a reduced rate of $20 per person for the entire weekend. The only exception is the Saturday night dinner/dance, at the Westin Arlington Gateway, which costs $50 per person. Register via e-mail by listing the events you plan to attend. For questions, contact ext. 1542.

Monday, Oct. 17
- Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 10. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Campus Dining Menus Now Online: Ever wonder about the calorie count of those chicken wings, or how much sodium is in that bowl of loaded potato soup? You now can view two weeks’ worth of menus, plus nutrition information, at the Gerard Dining Hall and the Ballston Cafe by visiting marymountdining.com.
The site includes the nutritional values of the sandwiches, wraps, and panini offered at Bernie’s Cafe. Click on any food item of interest and you will get a detailed breakdown of the nutritional content.
Shake A Leg In the Lee Center: Free, hour-long exercise classes in the Lee Center are open to everyone in the Marymount community. They are:
  • Core and More (Body Blast): Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m., Aerobics Room
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., Aerobics Room
  • Zumba: Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Rec Gym
  • Belly Dancing: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Aerobics Room
There is no need to sign up for these classes. For questions, call the Lee Center at ext. 6920.

Help Needed for HalloweenFest 2011:
HalloweenFest, one of the largest events at Marymount, will take place on Friday, Oct. 28. At this annual event, run by Marymount students under the auspices of Campus Ministry, Marymount hosts about 200 children from the Arlington community, many of whom are disadvantaged. The children come to campus for an afternoon of supervised trick-or-treating in the residence halls and crafts and games in the Lee Center.
Campus Ministry is seeking help from faculty and staff for donations of candy and new and used costumes, and for volunteers to help organize the event.
Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, there will be boxes around campus where bags of individually wrapped candies may be donated. Please include your name with your donation so Campus Ministry knows who to thank.
Donation box locations:
  • Main Guard House
  • CMA office in The Lodge
  • Commuter Lounge in The Lodge
  • Office of Campus and Residential Services in the Berg Hall lobby
  • All student residence halls
  • Ballston Center information desk
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel
For questions, please contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

MU’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore News:
  • The Barnes & Noble Book Scholarship Recipients: Each fall the Marymount B&N bookstore awards four incoming freshmen $500 scholarships they can use to purchase textbooks, supplies, or anything from the bookstore. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Komal Choudhary, Tierra Pinnix, Nile Out, and Nia McCullough.

  • Halloween Treats: Free candy will be handed out to trick-or-treaters Oct. 24-31 at the bookstore’s Buyback window. No costume needed!

  • Fall Semester Books Leaving After Mid-Terms: The week after mid-terms, the bookstore will return all books that won’t be used in spring semester. Faculty who would like the bookstore to hold on to a title should contact bookstore@marymount.edu or ext. 1614.

  • Spring Semester Books: Spring book-order forms have gone out to administrative secretaries, who are in charge of distributing them to faculty in each department. Faculty are asked to submit book orders by Friday, Oct. 28.

    Among the reasons the bookstore requests early book orders is that they put more money in the hands of students. For books sold back at the end of the semester, students get back 50% of the original price back if the bookstore has its orders before final exams. However, if there are no book orders by then, students get the wholesale price back, which ranges from just 10% to 40% of the original price, depending on national demand.

  • Courses That Use Art and School Supplies: Faculty and staff are asked to let the bookstore know what materials besides textbooks are needed for their courses. Items ranging from goggles and carbon lab notebooks to art or sewing supplies can be offered on site or online.


Victor Betancourt, director of the Center for Global Education, has been invited to be a panelist for a Fulbright Seminar that will bring 12 university administrators from across India to the United States to learn about the American higher education system. The goal of this program is to give the Indian grantees the tools they need to help their institutions develop substantial partnerships with U.S. colleges and universities.

The seminar is sponsored by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation  in New Delhi. Lasting two weeks, it will start on Oct. 15 and will include visits to institutions in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Mr. Betancourt will speak about how to grow a study abroad program and encourage engagement in global issues by both students and faculty.

Dr. Hollynd Karapetkova’s
poem, “Love and the National Defense,” was recently published in the Beltway Poetry Quarterly and republished in The Huffington Post. Dr. Karapetkova is an assistant professor of Literature and Languages. Click here to read the poem.
Adjunct instructor Adrian Loving, who teaches graphic design, was recently featured in the Downtown Scene website as the curator of a film series that focuses on New York’s underground art scene from the late 1970’s to mid 1980’s. Click here to read the article.

Dr. Shannon Melideo, associate professor of Education and chair of the Education Department, and 10 MU Education students took 12 children from Ferebee Hope Elementary School in Washington, DC, to the Library of Congress Book Festival on Sept. 24.
The children, in grades two to four, spent the day meeting storybook characters and authors and having fun.

For the past four years, Dr. Melideo has worked on increasing literacy with the Ferebee Hope children through the Communities in Schools organization. She was recently named to the Communities in Schools Board and chairs its Programs Committee.

For more details of the outing, read the MU online news article “Oh, the Books They’ll Read!”

Art adjunct instructor Cory Oberdofer is one of five artists featured in an exhibit called RIDE, showing from Nov. 5, 2011, through Jan. 15, 2012, at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA.

David Smith, shuttle driver, Campus Safety and Transportation.
Emily Tracy, gifts officer, Office of Development, ext. 3843.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rita Paris, who died on Sept. 15. Mrs. Paris was the mother-in-law of Susan Welch-Paris, administrative assistant, Campus Ministry.