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 August 9, 2010


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Marymount Welcomes New Administrators and Coach
Dr. George Cheatham began serving as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on July 1. He comes to Marymount from Greensboro College in North Carolina, where he was chair of the English Department, professor of English, and assistant dean of the faculty. Dr. Cheatham taught English at Greensboro College for 20 years, during which time he also served as director of the Honors Program, Study Abroad advisor, editor of the college’s Self-Study Report for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, and chair of the Humanities Division. Previously, he taught at Eastern Kentucky University. He earned his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Hendrix College in Arkansas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.

Bernadette Costello joined Human Resource Services on July 1 in the newly created position of director of training and organization development. Ms. Costello comes to Marymount from the Prince William County Service Authority, where she was an organizational development and training specialist. She also has served on the faculty at George Mason University and is completing her doctorate in Higher Education at GMU.

Ashlee Courter started on June 21 as MU’s head women’s basketball coach. Ms. Courter played for Marymount from 1999 to 2003 and returns to her alma mater following four years as head coach at Franklin & Marshall College. At F&M, her team won the 2008 Centennial Conference regular-season championship and made its first post-season tournament in five years. Ms. Courter was also the college’s assistant softball coach and assistant golf coach and served as facilitator for F&M seminars on leadership and preventing sexual assault. She graduated from Marymount with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. She also has an M.S. in Special Education from McDaniel College.

David Green began serving as executive director of Marymount’s Reston Center on July 1. Most recently, Mr. Green was director of scholarship administration/outreach and recruitment for the Institute of International Education. He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Dallas, and has extensive work experience in higher education, including Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the University of Miami.

Debbie Warren became Marymount’s director of Athletics on June 21. Ms. Warren comes to Marymount following five years at Hartwick College, where she was director of athletics and chair of the Physical Education Department. She has spent the past 25 years in college athletics as an athletics director, associate athletics director, senior women’s administrator, teacher, coach, student life director, and championship event specialist. Ms. Warren received a bachelor’s in Education from Mount Union College and a master’s in Education Administration from Youngstown State University.

ISBN Information in Marynet
Students have access to ISBN information for their classroom textbooks through Marynet. In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Marymount and Barnes & Noble bookstore now provide specific information about required and recommended classroom materials, including the title, author, ISBN, and price of each book. To obtain the information, students can click on a link under the Academic Profile section of Marynet titled “My Class Schedule and Textbook Information.”

Textbook Rental Program
Beginning this fall, Marymount University will offer a new, multi-channel textbook rental program designed to give students maximum savings and convenience. This innovative textbook rental program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than half the cost of purchasing new ones. Students will be able to rent their books in the store or from the store’s website. View details of the rental program.

Fitness Center and Rec Gym
Beginning August 6, students, faculty and staff are required to use their current Marymount ID card to access the Fitness Center and the Rec Gym in the Lee Center. For the 2010-11 academic year, the hours for both facilities will be as follows:

Fitness Center
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Rec Gym
Every day: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

For questions, contact Ainsley Worrell at ext. 6920.

Save the Date
It may seem a long way off, but Alumni Weekend will be here sooner than you think! So mark the dates on your calendar: October 1-3. Join Marymount alumni and current students for our 2010 Reunion and Homecoming festivities. Activities will include the Marymount 5K, alumni athletic competitions, a BBQ lunch, Marymount’s 60th Anniversary Social, a trivia game, and more! Look for more details in the next issue of InsideMU.


Anne Cupero, Forensic Science adjunct instructor, was a featured expert on the Channel 9 evening news on July 8, discussing the role of forensics in the Yeardley Love murder case.

Dr. Skye Donovan, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, has received a Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Grant to conduct a research and community-outreach project on exercise and nutrition intervention in overweight children. The project will take place in after-school programs at two Arlington schools. The children will be introduced to various types of fitness interventions that are creative and do not require equipment. The project’s long-term goal is to train a cohort of children to act as peer mentors to younger kids.

Dr. Nancy E. Furlow, associate professor of Management and Marketing and director of the Bachelor of Business Administration program, wrote an article titled “Greenwashing in the New Millennium,” which was published in the March issue of The Journal of Applied Business and Economics. In addition, Dr. Furlow was a guest presenter at the Sustainability in Marketing Colloquium held at the University of Kentucky in December 2009; her topic was “Green Teens: Environmental Purchase Behavior of Millennials.”

Dr. Linda McKenna Gulyn, professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Fatma Youssef, professor of Nursing, co-authored a paper titled “Attribution of Blame for Breast and Lung Cancers in Women,” which was published in the March issue of The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

In addition, Dr. Gulyn made a presentation on June 18 at the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, sponsored by James Madison University’s Department of Psychology, in Staunton, VA. The session was called “Attitudes about Topics in General Psychology: Transforming Student Expectations.”

Don Lavanty, J.D., professor of Business, will be one of the featured speakers at the 2010 annual meeting of the Dental Trade Alliance, an organization to which he gives legislative counsel on healthcare. The other guest speakers at the Nov. 2-5 meeting in California will be Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes, Inc., and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine; Stuart Varney, business and financial journalist for FOX News; Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com and chairman of Kayak.com; and Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble.

Stephanie Serven, academic advisor in the Academic Success Center, has received the 2010 NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 2 Jeff Gardner Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development, to attend the NACADA Summer Institute in Philadelphia. The scholarship was given in recognition of Ms. Serven’s involvement in regional and state advising activities and her commitment to future work within NACADA.

Tina Billingiere, assistant Lee Center manager; ext. 6942.

Suzanne Byrne, alumni events manager, Office of Alumni Relations; ext. 6814.

Linda Cortez, assistant director, Office of Admissions; ext. 1505.

Shelley Justice, assistant director for residence life, Office of Campus and Residential Services; ext. 6520.

Mary Kadlec, coordinator, Office of Graduate Admissions; ext. 5905.

Alison Malloy, director of student services at the Reston Center, Office of Academic Affairs; ext. 5771.

Matthew Mustard, residence hall director, Office of Campus and Residential Services; ext. 6513.

Michelle Ryder, administrative assistant, Office of Development; ext. 1647.

Erin Schlesing has been promoted from donor relations associate to associate director of the Marymount Fund, Office of Development; ext. 1695.

Prayers Requested
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Donald Louis Sharland, the father of Fr. David Sharland, our chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, who passed away on July 31.