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December 17, 2012


Monday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Christmas break; university closed.

Wednesday, Jan. 2 - University reopens.

Monday, Jan. 14 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU. Submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 7. Email your news to insidemu@marymount.edu.


Get Fit in the New Year at Gold’s Gym: Marymount full-time faculty and staff are eligible for a new benefit that makes getting or staying fit easy. Here’s how it works: You get a multi-club membership at Gold’s Gym, pay nothing to enroll, and have only $17.50 deducted directly from each paycheck. You can sign up right away; membership starts Jan. 1, 2013, and you can use any of 16 participating Gold’s Gym facilities in the capital region. For questions and to sign up, please contact Paula Polson at ext. 6880.

Campus Road Closure Starts Jan. 1: Beginning Jan. 1, the campus road will be closed between the Main Lot and the underpass next to the mailroom. This is being done to promote safety on campus by separating vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Only authorized users, such as emergency vehicles, Physical Plant vehicles, and certain contractors, will be permitted to use the closed-off section of the road.

The following guidelines are offered to help the campus community adjust to this change:

  • Plan your commute to campus to take into account that after 9 a.m. on class days, the Main Lot and Faculty Lot are generally full. Therefore, since you will not be able to travel through campus to get to the parking garages, if you arrive after 9 a.m., you should plan to go directly to one of the garages to park.
  • If you are planning a function on campus and inviting guests, you should notify your guests ahead of time to enter the parking garages from Yorktown Boulevard, and provide them with directions as necessary. (As always, notify Campus Safety of any guests or functions well ahead of time.)
  • If you have deliveries scheduled, please notify the carrier that they will not be able to use the campus road to gain access to the Lee Center or Rowley, Gailhac, or Ireton halls, and will need to make arrangements to transfer their deliveries from the truck to the building in question. This will generally be a distance of 200 feet.
  • Before the Christmas break, a list of vendors allowed access to use the closed-off section of the road will be published. Please notify Campus Safety if you know of any regular vendor who should be considered for this list.

For questions, contact Eric Hols at ext. 1601.

Campus Rental-Car Promotion: Through Dec. 31, Hertz on Demand is running a promotion to rent any car on campus for $6 an hour, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hourly rate includes gasoline, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, in-car customer care, and more. Signing up is easy; there are no fees to join and no yearly membership fees. Find out program details, how to get started, and the latest promos at www.marymount.edu/studentLife/services/car/default.aspx. For questions, contact Upen Malani at ext. 1491, or Julio Basurto at ext. 6891.

Teaching Toolbox 2013: Faculty, here’s your chance to regroup before the spring semester begins! All Marymount full-time and adjunct faculty are invited to the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Teaching Toolbox 2013. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The various sessions will be held in the G2 level of Rowley Hall (one level below CTL). The schedule will be published before the Christmas break. Lunch will be provided at Bernie’s. Participants must register; to do so, visit connect.marymount.edu/training or email Cindy Mitchell at cindy.mitchell@marymount.edu. For questions, contact Dr. Jason Craig at ext. 5988.

Thank You, Brand Ambassadors! Congratulations to the last of our outstanding brand ambassadors, who have shown their MU spirit throughout the fall semester by displaying Common Ground magnets on their vehicles. The last three winners are Dr. Jason Craig, Center for Teaching Excellence; Maureen Dour, Reston Center; and Mason Yang, Library and Learning Services. Your $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificates are on the way! Thanks to all MU faculty and staff for helping to promote MU’s Common Ground initiative. To learn more about Common Ground, visit www.marymount.edu/commonground.

Volunteer Fair Rescheduled: The Volunteer Fair that had to be cancelled in October due to Hurricane Sandy has been rescheduled and now will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from noon to 3 p.m., in the Lee Center Atrium. Representatives from volunteer programs from around the capital region will provide information on the many long- and short-term service opportunities available and how you can become more active in your community. For questions, contact Ashley Wells at awells@marymount.edu or ext. 6858.

Networking in Reston: Marymount’s Graduate Admissions and Alumni Relations offices invite all MU faculty and staff to join graduate students and alumni for a networking happy hour in Reston on Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jackson’s, 11927 Democracy Drive, Reston Town Center. See more details and register to attend online. For questions, please call Anna Jordan at ext. 5903 or Suzanne Catucci at ext. 6814.

Social Security Demystified: The Office of Training and Development will host a representative from the Social Security Administration for an on-campus presentation about retirement and Social Security benefits, where you can get all your questions answered. This Lunch and Learn event, open to all MU employees, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Gerard Dining Hall. Registration is preferred. To learn more and to register, visit connect.marymount.edu/training or contact Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.



Dr. William Costanza, assistant professor of forensic psychology, notes that his play “Postcards” will have its world premiere on Jan. 10, 2013 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, where it is scheduled for a 10-week run. Details about the play and performances can be found at www.detroitreptheatre.com. This will be Dr. Costanza’s tenth play. His previous plays have been produced in Chicago; Washington, DC; San Diego; Texas; and Maryland.

Dr. Brian J. Hollar, assistant professor of economics, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Nov. 28 and has been awarded a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. In addition, Dr. Hollar was invited to present the research conducted for his dissertation at Charleston Southern University on Nov. 14. The title of his presentation was “Holy Matrimony, Batman! Why Do the Devout Pay So Much For Marriage? An Economic Inquiry Into How Religious Capital Influences Rates and Stability of Marriage.”

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling, was interviewed for an article published in the November/December edition of Arlington magazine. The article, titled “Why We Give,” can be read at www.arlingtonmagazine.com/NovemberDecember-2012/Why-We-Give. In addition, Dr. Jackson-Cherry traveled to Germany Oct. 26-Nov. 4 with seven M.A. students in the Clinical Mental Health program and two students in the Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program to visit military installations and learn about mental health issues of deployed military personnel. The students also presented at the European Branch of The American Counseling Association Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Weisloch, Heidelberg.

Dr. Uma Kelekar, assistant professor of Health Care Management, presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Michelle Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, titled “Geographic Information System Applications in Public Health – A Decision-Making Tool for Public Health Managers in the Philippines.” The paper was presented at the International Conference on Management Cases 2012, in Greater Noida, India, Nov. 29-30. The conference was sponsored jointly by Birla Institute of Management and Technology (BIMTECH) and George Mason University. On the basis of that paper, Dr. Kelekar received the BIMTECH-Stough Young Scholar Award.


Oscar Ventura-Mendoza, computer lab supervisor, Information Technology Services; ext. 3855.


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