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November 12, 2012


Monday, Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Luncheon; noon; Gerard Dining Hall. Everyone is invited to this luncheon to honor active and retired military among Marymount students, faculty, and staff. Col. Fern Sumpter, Joint Base Commander of Myer-Henderson Hall, will be the guest speaker. For questions, contact Mary Kay Eldridge at mary.eldridge@marymount.edu or ext. 1511.

Monday, Nov. 12 - Substance Abuse Awareness Day; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. The Counseling Center will host a table with information about the impact of substance abuse. There will be games, prizes, and a raffle with items from local businesses. For questions, contact Naghmeh Merck at naghmeh.merck@marymount.edu or ext. 6961.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 (rescheduled from Oct. 30) - Wine and Cheese Reception for Faculty and Staff; 4 to 6 p.m.; Main House. Come see the beautiful renovation work that has been done in Marymount’s signature building, which now houses the President’s Office, the Office of Alumni Relations, and some Development staff offices. No need to RSVP; just stop by.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Open meeting about “Great Places to Work” survey results; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. President Shank and Michael Schuchert, executive director, Institutional Effectiveness, will present the results of the survey that 237 MU employees (53% of full-time faculty and staff) completed in the spring. All MU faculty and staff are welcome. There is no need to RSVP. For those who can’t make this date, a second meeting at the same time and place is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 - International Thanksgiving Dinner; 5 to 7 p.m.; Lower Level Gym, Lee Center. Share a traditional Thanksgiving meal from Boston Market and international dishes with your Marymount family, and enjoy a student-led entertainment program. This event also celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, a time of thanksgiving. The event is open to the entire Marymount community and there is no need to RSVP. A $1 donation to the International Student Emergency Fund is requested. For questions, contact Aline Orfali at ext. 5797.

Thursday, Nov. 15 - Deadline to register and submit a $350 deposit for the Campus Ministry-sponsored Pilgrimage to Poland, May 21-30, 2013. The cost for non-students is $2,970, which includes airfare, lodging, and some meals. For details and to register, contact Ashton Mallon at ashton.mallon@marymount.edu or ext. 3853.

Thursday, Nov. 15 - Great American Smokeout; noon to 1:30 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. According to the American Cancer Society, “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.” Stop by the Student Health Center’s table to learn about smoking cessation; there will be free information, quizzes, and give-aways.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Human Resource, Health, and Wellness Careers Speaker Forum; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. presentation; Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. The guests speakers will be Angela Mannino, senior vice president of Human Resources for Inova Health System, and Juli Dennis, director of Wellness and Population Health Management for the MidAtlantic Region of USI Insurance Services. No need to RSVP. For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart at ext. 4985.

Thursday, Nov. 29 - Open Meeting about the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Reinsch Library Auditorium. The Marymount community is invited to a discussion of the new policy that will make all Marymount University facilities tobacco-free, beginning in January. No need to RSVP.

Friday, Nov. 30 - Christmas Tree Lighting, 7 to 8 p.m., in front of The Lodge; with holiday carols by the Randolph Elementary School Choir.

Monday, Dec. 3 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 26. Email your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Career Coaching Walk-In Service: Faculty are asked to remind students that the Center for Career Services has general career coaching available on a walk-in basis. This service is especially useful for students who are searching for an internship in the spring semester, as the time to start looking is now.

Career coaches can provide guidance on many topics, including resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, networking, majors and minors, selecting meaningful electives, part-time work, and graduate school.

On Main Campus, walk-in hours are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Rowley 1005, the Career Services main office. At the Ballston Center, walk-in hours are 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, in the first-floor Green Room, next to the Truland Auditorium. For questions, contact Carin Usrey at carin.usrey@marymount.edu or ext. 5782.

Thank You, Brand Ambassadors! Congratulations to our recent outstanding brand ambassadors, who show their MU spirit by displaying Common Ground magnets on their vehicles. The past two weeks’ winners are Tamala Amissah, School of Education and Human Services; Landon Carter, Financial Affairs; Debbie Warren, Athletics; Celena Wickman, Purchasing. Each receives a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

University Communications will continue to recognize employee brand ambassadors weekly through November. Winners are picked at random from all MU parking locations. For more on the Common Ground initiative, please visit www.marymount.edu/commonground.

International Education Week 2012: The Marymount community is invited to help celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 9-16, with a series of events that foster a global perspective.

International Education Week, a yearly initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange. It helps promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and that attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Please join the Marymount community as we celebrate our global culture and community. For a full schedule of events, visit www.marymount.edu/academics/studyabroad. For questions, contact Rebecca Proznick at rebecca.proznick@marymount.edu or ext. 5763.

Professional Development Workshops: Interested in developing your effectiveness in the workplace? Training and Development has several upcoming workshops that address important professional issues:

  • Nov. 13: Emotional Intelligence, 10 a.m. to noon;
  • Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12 (must attend on all three dates): Maximizing Your Supervisory Potential; 9 a.m. to noon;
  • Dec. 6: Defusing Emotionally Charged Situations; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
  • Dec. 11: Road to Abilene: Confronting Group Think; 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Registration is required for these workshops. To register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training or contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Save the Date: Mark Sunday, Dec. 9, on your calendar for Marymount’s annual Christmas Concert, Christmas Dinner, and Candlelight Mass. These events are open to the entire MU community. For details, check the event list on the Marymount website.



Sister Patricia Earl, IHM, Ph.D., interim dean, School of Education and Human Services, recently published the chapter titled “A Catholic School Spirituality” in the National Catholic Educational Association’s book Scholarly Essays on Catholic School Leadership: Research and Insights on Attaining the Mission of Catholic Schools (Ed. Dr. Phil Robey, 2012).

In addition, Sister Patricia presented an all-day workshop for elementary educators in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA, on August 31, on the topic “Teaching Virtue to Students in Catholic Schools.”

Sister Patricia also presented sessions at an all-day workshop for elementary and secondary educators in the Diocese of Jefferson City, MO, on Oct. 8. Her topic was “Characteristics and How to Promote Catholic Identity.” In addition, she gave a presentation on “Virtue and Spirituality: You Can’t have One without the Other, or Two Sides of the Same Coin.”

Dr. Theresia Wansi, associate professor of Finance, co-authored a paper with Nicholas Ryerson ‘13, a business administration major with a finance concentration, titled “Do the Benefits of Diversification Hold in Times of Financial Crises? A Comparative Study on Recent Domestic and Global Turmoil.” The paper, on the results of a study funded by the Marymount Student Summer Research Grant, was presented at the 23 rd annual conference of the American Society for Competitiveness, Oct. 25-27, in Washington, DC.


Jessica Tosone, formerly administrative secretary in the Student Health Center, has been promoted to assistant director in the same office; ext. 1610.


Terry Beck, maintenance mechanic, Physical Plant; ext. 1529.

Scott Fuller, communications specialist, Office of Admissions; ext. 6952.


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