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December 5, 2011


Monday, Dec. 5 - Deadline for faculty and staff to volunteer for the Thursday, Dec. 8, Cram Jam Late Night Breakfast in the Gerard Dining Hall for MU students. Volunteers can choose the first shift (8:30 to 10 p.m., to set up and serve food and drinks) or the second shift (10 to 11:30 p.m., to serve and clean up). Sign up with Melissa Garza at ext. 6809.

Monday, Dec. 5 - Dollar Dinner with a presentation about Mother Teresa by alumna Borjana Sako ’11. Borjana’s late father was the liaison between the Albanian government and the Vatican, a position that allowed the Sako family to develop a friendship of long standing with Mother Teresa, an Albanian native; 5 to 7 p.m., Gerard Hall Lobby. Everyone is invited to this Campus Ministry-sponsored event.

Monday, Dec. 5 - Distinguished Visiting Professor Colloquium featuring Bill Milliken, founder of Communities in Schools, Inc.; 7 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. Free and open to the entire Marymount community. Copies of Mr. Milliken’s book, The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! (Hay House, 2007), which has a foreword by President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, will be available for purchase and signing at the reception following the presentation.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 - University Assembly, focused on Marymount’s Campus Facilities Master Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees last spring; 1:30 to 3 p.m., Lee Center Recreational Gym.

Thursday, Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. Masses will be held at the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 9:30 p.m. Confessions will be heard at 8:30 p.m. and after the 9:30 p.m. Mass.

Sunday, Dec. 11 - Christmas dinner, 4 to 7 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall. Free to students, staff, faculty, and children under 12. Guests pay $8. No need to RSVP.

Sunday, Dec. 11 - Candlelight Mass, 7 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. This is the last 7 p.m. Sunday Mass of the year. A reception with cookies and hot beverages will follow in the Main House. All are welcome.

Monday, Dec. 12 - Dollar Dinner with a special presentation by the Latino Student Association about the veneration throughout Latin America of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico and of the Americas; 5 to 7 p.m., Gerard Hall Lobby. Open to the entire Marymount community.

Monday, Dec. 12 - Bilingual Mass concelebrated by Fr. David Sharland, Y.A. and Fr. Jack Peterson, Y.A., on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; 7 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. Effeta, a Latino Christian music group from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, will provide music. All are welcome.

Monday, Dec. 19 - Last date to contribute to this year’s Angel Tree Gift Drive, benefiting children living in Arlington and DC shelters. This is how it works: Choose a paper ornament from a Christmas tree in the Chapel, the Lodge, or the Lee Center. Each ornament lists a gift wish for a boy or girl. Attach the ornament to your wrapped present and place under the tree by Dec. 19. For questions, please contact Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Monday, Dec. 19 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Dec. 12. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


D.N.P. Program Receives Accreditation: Dr. Tess Cappello, dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, has announced that the Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous accrediting agency. Dr. Cappello notes that all of Marymount’s Nursing programs are now accredited by CCNE. She says, “We are delighted to have received this peer-reviewed accreditation for our D.N.P. program. Marymount’s Nursing programs have a long and well-established tradition of quality and integrity, and this is an official recognition of the high level of our instruction.”

Barnes & Noble Bookstore News:

  • Faculty and Staff Nook Discount: MU faculty and staff get a 10% discount on all Nook models, including the all-new Nook and Nook Color, and the Nook Tablet. Find out more at the Nook website or visit the Bookstore to see the Nook demonstration units.

  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week: From Dec. 5 to 17, MU faculty and staff receive a 25% discount on all merchandise in the store (except for Nook devices, magazines, convenience items, diploma frames, and textbooks).

  • Capelli Rain Boots are Back! Gear up for the rain and snow with Capelli rubber boots with attitude and design.

  • Bookstore Year-end Hours: Extended hours: Dec. 12-15 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Dec. 16 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Dec. 17 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Shorter hours: Dec. 19 - 21 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Closed: Dec. 18 and Dec. 22 - Jan. 1; Reopening: Jan. 2

  • If you don’t see it, ask! Bookstore Manager Theresa Kuron wants to hear from you. If there’s something you would like the Bookstore to carry, e-mail Ms. Kuron or call ext. 1614 and share your suggestion!

Annual Crèche Exhibit: Christmas nativity scenes from nearly 20 countries, including Vietnam, China, and Kenya, are on display in the Barry Art Gallery through Dec. 16. The crèches are from the collection of James Govan and his late wife, Emilia. During their many years of travel, the Govans collected some 400 crèches from more than 100 countries. Mr. Govan is a co-founder, former president, and current board member of Friends of the Crèche, a national society devoted to the tradition of the crèche. He is also the author of the 2007 book, Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World. The exhibit is free and open to the entire Marymount community and their guests. For details, contact Margaret Margeton at ext. 3807.

Activities Group Wins Food Drive Competition: Congratulations to the staff members of the Activities Group in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Management! The group, chaired by Kelly DeSenti, assistant dean, donated the most canned food to the Helping Hands food drive in November, an effort that won them a catered event from Sodexo worth $250. Helping Hands was co-sponsored by Sodexo and Marymount University to benefit DC-area homeless shelters.


Dr. Faith Claman, assistant professor of Nursing, presented a poster titled “Expanding Online Education to Virtual World Environments” at the National League for Nursing’s Technology Conference at Duke University, in Durham, NC, on Nov. 5. Dr. Claman presented the same poster at Villanova University’s 38th annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development - Advancing and Empowering Nurse Educators: Charting a Course for the Future - on Oct. 22 in Baltimore, MD.

Kelly L. DeSenti, assistant dean for Student Development, presented “Preparing for College from A-Z” at the Future Quest conference at George Mason University on Nov. 19. Future Quest is a biennial career and college forum for students with disabilities, parents, and professionals.

Dr. Catharine A. Kopac, associate professor of Nursing, presented a paper titled, “Advance Practice Nursing in Community Practice with Frail Elders” at the first National University of Singapore -National University Hospital’s International Nursing Conference in Singapore on Nov. 18. The conference was well attended by schools of nursing from throughout Asia. Dr. Kopac was the only presenter from the continental United States. The role of evidence-based practice in the evolution of nursing was a theme throughout the conference.

Dr. Diane Murphy, associate professor of Information Technology and chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management Science, and Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, presented a paper titled “Fusing Communication and Writing Skills in the 21st Century’s IT/IS Curricula” at the Information Systems Educators Conference held in Wilmington, NC, on Nov. 4. Their paper was published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of 2011 ISECON.

In addition, Drs. Murphy and Liu presented a paper titled “Educate Freshmen: Technology Skills In the Context of Globalization” at the 42nd annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute held in Boston, MA, on Nov. 21. Their paper was published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of 2011 DSI.

Dr. Eileen Sarsfield, assistant professor of Nursing, made a podium presentation titled “Expert and Novice Public Health Nurses Problem Solving Abilities: Ensuring Healthy Communities” at the American Public Health Association’s national meeting in Washington, DC, on Nov. 4.

Emily Tracy, gifts officer, Office of Development, ext. 3843.

Niko Campbell, director of development services, Office of Development, ext. 1689.


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