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October 28, 2013


Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Innovations in Teaching and Scholarship; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rowley Hall, G2 hallway. Coffee and sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m.; plenary session at 9 a.m. This event is open to all MU faculty and staff. Click here to register and see the full schedule. For questions, contact Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Marymount’s 2013 Employee Benefits Fair; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lee Center Recreational Gym. More than 20 benefit providers and area organizations will be represented, and there will be giveaways and a raffle. Spouses of MU employees are welcome. For questions, contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880.

Friday, Nov. 1 –  All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation for Catholics; Mass times are 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m., in the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Sunday, Nov. 3 – Mass of Remembrance, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. Please join us as we remember the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Marymount community who passed away this year. Brunch will follow in the Main House. RSVP to Suzanne Catucci.

Monday, Nov. 4 – Dollar Dinner Panel Discussion, with MU alumni who will discuss how their long-term service experiences after graduation impacted them personally, spiritually, and professionally; 5 to 7 p.m.; Gerard Hall Lobby. For questions, contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Long-Term Service Fair; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Lee Center Recreational Gym. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend this fair, where more than 30 service organizations will showcase domestic and international service opportunities for students post-graduation. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at ext. 6858.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – The Chemistry of Money, with guest speaker Dr. Steven Carlo, of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Caruthers Hall, Room 1021. Sponsored by the Science Club. No registration needed.

Thursday, Nov. 7 – “The Persistence of Poe,” 5 to 6 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. This 24-minute documentary, directed by Christine Stoddard and David Fuchs, covers Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Richmond, VA, and his impact on the city. Ms. Stoddard will lead a Q-and-A session following the film. For questions, contact Dr. Marguerite Rippy at ext. 6805.

Thursday, Nov. 7 – State Department Careers, with guest speaker Gary Usrey, a former Foreign Service officer; 7 to 9 p.m.; Rowley Hall, G209. Sponsored by the Center for Career Services and the International Affairs Society. Light refreshments from Lebanese Taverna will be served.

Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Luncheon, with guest speaker Lt. Col. Tom Alexander, Jr., a public affairs officer at the Pentagon, an ordained Baptist minister, and a candidate for the doctorate of ministry in education leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Everyone is invited to this event, honoring MU students, faculty, and staff who are active-duty or veteran members of the U.S. armed forces. For questions, contact Joe Blount at ext. 1521.

Monday, Nov. 11 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 4. Email your news to InsideMU.


Imagine. Engage. Earn.: The Marymount community is reminded that Ideas at Work 2.0 has launched, and everyone is invited to take part. This incentive program aims to encourage MU faculty, staff, and students to submit cost-saving, revenue-generating, and process-improvement ideas. The first phase of the program, initiated in spring 2012, was a great success, with 48 cross-disciplinary teams submitting great suggestions.

To learn more and to register, either individually or as part of a team, please visit www.marymountrewards.com. For questions, email Ideas at Work.

From Campus Ministry

Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel Reopens: The renovated chapel is now open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and services there have resumed as follows:

  • Sunday Masses: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday Masses: 7:30 a.m. and noon; and Wednesdays at 5:05 p.m.
  • Adoration: Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., and first Friday of the month, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Confession: Sundays, 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Small Group Bible Study: Participants of all faiths are welcome to study sessions for men, women, bilingual (Spanish/English) speakers, and athletes. Groups meet at various times and places around campus. For details and to sign up, contact Ashton Mallon at ext. 3853.

Graduate Student Bible Study: This study group for graduate students will be led by a peer, on Tuesdays, 8 to 9 p.m., in the Ballston Center. To sign up, email Brianna Dillard.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Confirmation: If you are considering the Catholic faith; have received some sacraments but have not yet been confirmed; or seek a better understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices, please join Campus Ministry on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. in the CMA Lounge in The Lodge. For more information, email Fr. Brian Bashista.


For questions, contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Scholarships for Business, English, Graphic Design Majors: The DC Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS DC) and Marymount’s School of Business Administration invite all current full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in business administration, English, or graphic design to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from SMPS DC. The application deadline for the spring 2014 scholarship is noon, Nov. 8; recipients will be notified by Nov. 28. Download the application here. For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart at ext. 4985.

Jummah Prayer and Quran Study: MU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) holds Jummah (Friday prayer) every week during the semester in the Caruthers Hall first-floor octagon. Khutba (sermon) begins at 12:15 p.m. and is led by Brother Osama, from the popular blog Party til Fajr. The MSA also sponsors a Quran Study session every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Gailhac Room 114. Everyone in the Marymount community is welcome at both events. For questions, email MSA.



David Carlson, a longtime adjunct faculty member who teaches fine arts, is among the featured artists in an exhibit titled “Fear Strikes Back,” now showing through Nov. 1 at the Fine Art Gallery, George Mason University. Click here for gallery hours and directions.

Dr. William Costanza, assistant professor of psychology, presented his paper “Adjusting Our Gaze: An Alternative Approach to Understanding the Radicalization Process” at a July conference at the University of Mississippi called “Understanding and Improving Intelligence Analysis: Leaning from Other Disciplines.”

In addition, Dr. Costanza’s article, “A Family Divided: The Uncivil War of the Halsey Brothers,” is in the recently published two-volume series The Psychology of Friendship and Enmity, edited by Fathali M. Moghaddam and Rom Harré (2013, Praeger). The article applies positioning theory to the narrative of the Civil War letters between the Halsey brothers to assess the social stresses on the Halsey family when the brothers end up fighting on opposite sides of the war.

Dr. Nancy Furlow, associate professor of marketing, wrote a chapter titled “Storytelling Through Integrated Marketing Communication,” which was in the recently published book Social Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Social Change (2013, Information Age Publishing). In addition, Dr. Furlow wrote an entry titled “Sears Heroes at Home: A Hero’s Song,” in the Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Strategies (2013, Golson Books).

Writing Specialist Sylvia Whitman was invited to a gathering of 15 Virginia book authors titled Teen ‘13 Book & Author Party, part of the Oct. 17 Virginia Literary Festival at the Richmond Public Library. Ms. Whitman was featured because of her recently published novel, The Milk of Birds (2013, Atheneum Books for Young Readers), about an unlikely long-distance friendship between a Richmond teen who struggles with learning disabilities and a 14-year-old who survived the violence in Darfur, Sudan.


Eric Becker, assistant director, Office of Campus Ministry; ext. 1622.

Jacqueline Campa, documents secretary, Office of Admissions; ext. 6899.

Brandon Chambers, operations specialist; Office of Admissions; ext. 3801.

Dr. Nicole Fischer, psychological counselor, Counseling Center; ext. 5729.

Emanuel Jackson, music ministry coordinator, Campus Ministry; ext. 6541.

Leslie Thomas, administrative secretary, School of Arts and Sciences; ext. 6986.


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