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December 16, 2013


Monday, Dec. 16 – Financial Affairs reminds all Marymount employees that, due to the Christmas holiday break, pay dates for the month of December are Dec. 13 and 20. (Please remember: The next pay date will not be until Jan. 10.) In order to be paid on Dec. 20, time entries for the period ending Dec. 14 are due by close of business on Monday, Dec. 16. For employees who have elected to pick up their paychecks from the Payroll Office: paychecks must be picked up by noon on Dec. 20. For questions, call the Payroll Office at (703) 284-1485 or (703) 526-6992.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Marymount’s Annual Faculty and Staff Christmas Party; cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. Each employee may bring one guest. RSVP to Hilary Phillips at hilary.phillips@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Navigating the Purchasing/Accounts Payable Processes; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; St. Joseph’s Hall, Room G104. Online registration is required. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.
Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Marymount University will be closed for Winter Break. The university reopens on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Friday, Jan. 3 – Deadline to donate sick-leave hours to the Marymount sick leave bank. Last year, when the bank was launched, the Marymount community generously contributed more than 1,500 hours. Two rules apply: You can donate a maximum of 80 hours of sick leave; your donation cannot lower your own sick leave account balance below 80 hours. To donate, contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880 or Paula.Polson@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Teaching Toolbox 2014; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Gerard Dining Hall. All Marymount full-time and adjunct faculty are invited to discover and discuss teaching tools at this workshop.Topics include instructional design, if you’d like help redesigning a course; an online tutoring service called BrainFuse; The Helix Server; Turnitin; Webex; Starfish; teaching portfolios; grant applications; Smartboards and other classroom technology; and more. View the schedule online. Lunch will be provided. Online registration is required. For questions, contact Dr. Jason Craig at ext. 5988.

Monday, Jan. 13 – Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 6. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Seeking RA Recommendations: The Office of Campus and Residential Services is looking for recommendations of students who would make great resident assistants. RAs get a free single room and board, and a $200 stipend per semester.

RAs enhance the quality of life in the residence halls by fostering community, providing academic support, and being attentive to the safety and security of the residents. The RA is the crucial link in creating an environment in which students develop independence and learn to live cooperatively with others.

If you know a Marymount student who would make a great RA, your recommendation will allow OCRS to invite the student to apply for the position. Please use this form to recommend a candidate. For questions, call Shelley Cosner at ext. 6520.

Winter Break Shuttle Schedule: The MU Office of Transportation reminds the Marymount community that from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, there will be no MU shuttle service on any route.

From Jan. 2-12, there will be only limited shuttle service, on the White and Orange lines. The White Line provides service between Main Campus, the Wood Lee Arms Apartments, the Ballston Center, and the Ballston-MU Metro. The Orange Line provides express service between Main Campus and the Ballston-MU Metro only.

View shuttle timetables online. For questions, contact the Transportation Office at ext. 5760 or transportation@marymount.edu.

Student Health Insurance: Faculty and staff are asked to remind all full-time undergraduate or graduate students starting at Marymount University in spring semester that the deadline to either activate or waive their student health insurance coverage with United Healthcare is Thursday, Jan. 30.

Students can make their choice at www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/marymountu. Find more information about student health insurance online or call Joan B. Alfasi, insurance coordinator at the MU Student Health Center, (703) 284-6482.

Career Services Presentation Requests: The Center for Career Services (CCS) would like to thank Marymount faculty and staff for supporting its workshops and events this fall. Student engagement is on the rise! If you would like to request a Career Services presentation for your class in spring semester, please email Amanda Sargent at aguillet@marymount.edu with the proposed topic, date, time, and class size.

Career Services spring events can be previewed online. In addition to the second annual Next Stop Graduation event for seniors in the spring, CCS will be hosting industry panels focused on the following areas: communications, health care promotions, and business school. Please encourage your students to mark their calendars and attend these great events.

Bookstore News: The Marymount Barnes & Noble Bookstore announces the arrival of Assistant Store Manager Ethan Chance, who comes to MU from the Catholic University of America B&N Bookstore, where he served as textbook manager.

Bookstore staff are available to help MU employees with holiday shopping or other merchandise orders. For questions, contact Greg Singer, bookstore manager, or Ethan Chance at ext. 1614 or bstore@marymount.edu.

Fridays@4 SBA Speaker Series: The School of Business Administration announces the Spring 2014 Fridays@4 p.m. Speaker Series, a monthly talk featuring members of Marymount’s Board of Visitors. The board is composed of corporate executives, innovators, and practitioners who are ready to share their knowledge on what it takes to be successful in today’s job market.

All talks take place on a Friday at 4 p.m. in the Ballston Truland Auditorium. MU students, faculty, and staff are welcome, and there is no need to register. The spring dates and topics are:

  • January 31: The Importance of Communication Skills
  • February 28: Networking
  • March 21: Women Business Leaders
  • April 4: My Career Journey: Lessons Learned

For questions, contact Mary Beth Hart, program initiatives coordinator, at mhart@marymount.edu or ext. 4985.

Journalistas Meeting: Like to talk? Like to write? You are invited to join the ongoing faculty and staff journaling group, informally called Journalistas. The emphasis is on enjoying each other’s company and sharing our love of writing. The group meets over a brown-bag lunch, taking turns to suggest topics and activities, usually freewrite for at least a few minutes in every session.

Meetings take place twice a month, on Fridays, noon-1 p.m., in the Ballston Center or Main Campus. If you’d like to be added to the email list for meetings and other announcements, contact writing specialist Sylvia Whitman at swhitman@marymount.edu.


Dr. Mark Benbow, assistant professor of history, published “Holding the Line,” an article about the life of the Union soldiers guarding the forts around Washington, DC, during the Civil War, in the November/December issue of Arlington Magazine. In addition, Dr. Benbow’s review of In Plain Sight: Felix A. Sommerfeld: Spymaster in Mexico, 1908 to 1914 (Henselstone Verlag, 2012) appeared in the September issue of Studies in Intelligence.

Dr. Marina Maccari-Clayton, assistant professor of history, was invited to chair and comment for the session titled Cold War Foreign Policies and American Immigration, at the 38th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, in Chicago, Nov. 21-24. Dr. Maccari-Clayton was also renewed as co-chair of the Migration/Immigration Network of the SSHA for the Nov. 6-9, 2014, annual conference, in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Kimberly Hess, an adjunct faculty member who teaches music, was featured along with MU international student Dalia Uwonkunda of Rwanda, in a Catholic Herald article titled “Six Out-of-the-Ordinary Thanksgivings.”

Dr. Lois Thomas Stover, professor of education and dean of the School of Education and Human Services, co-authored a book titled Portrait of the Artist as a Young Adult: The Arts in Young Adult Literature, recently published by The Scarecrow Press. Dr. Stover, a former president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles on young adult literature.


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