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Issue 8 - Summer 2017

Marymount Momentum

We are looking forward to the culmination of the 2016-17 academic year, celebrating the many distinguished accomplishments and commencement of our 650 students of the Class of 2017 and our 390 graduate degree recipients the weekend of May 19-21. We are delighted to host our distinguished speakers, Dr. France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, and Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, former ambassador of Hungary to the United States.

The 2016-17 academic year has been a watershed year for Marymount University. We launched the public phase of our capital campaign in November – the largest fundraising initiative in our history.  The campaign will have an enduring impact on virtually every area in the life of the University.  On May 24, we will host the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate our upcoming move into the new Ballston Center for its inaugural academic year. This 21st century LEED Gold Certified educational, office and residential complex rising on the Arlington landscape reflects the brilliant new era for Marymount University as we envision to serve the evolving needs of today’s and future Saints. 

On Main Campus, the last of the beautiful twenty-two custom-designed stained glass windows were installed this semester, marking the completion of the renovation to the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Thank you to all of our students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors and the many friends of Marymount for all that you contribute every day to enrich the life and legacy of our University.

New MBA & Cybersecurity Master’s Dual Degree

Marymount is developing a strong academic portfolio of uniquely marketplace-relevant dual business degrees to offer our graduate students distinct competitive advantages in their careers. Coinciding with the School of Business Administration’s move to the Ballston Center this fall, Marymount will debut a Master of Business Administration and Cybersecurity (M.B.A./M.S.) dual degree. 

Dr. Diane Murphy, chair of Information Technology, Management Sciences and Cybersecurity, explains that “cybersecurity has become more of a business problem and there is a real need for graduates who are able to manage an organization’s cybersecurity and understand its implications. The new dual degree will appeal to those with a technical background who want to increase their management skills or those with a business background looking to gain more technical experience.” Dr. Linda Christie, director of our Master of Business Administration program, adds that the dual degree can be completed 100% online, in class or a blend of the two. “Since so many of graduate students are working full-time, we think it’s important to offer that flexibility. For a full-time student, it would be two semesters more than a single master’s degree, or a summer and a semester extra. For a part-time student, it probably would mean three extra semesters.”

We are excited to add this distinctive new dual degree to our already outstanding graduate cybersecurity and business programs. Marymount University is a Department of Homeland Security/National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).

Catholic Identity Update

In 2013, we established a committee to help lead the University through the process of articulating Marymount’s Catholic identity in light of the initiatives in our strategic plan, “Building the Institution of Choice,” and assessing its effectiveness to create a learning, living, and working environment that demonstrates a shared understanding of and commitment to this identity.   

The committee has now developed a living document, representing over two years work, guided by the mission, goals, and traditions of our founding order, RSHM. It is designed to serve as a reference point to assist all members of our community in understanding the meaning of Catholic identity at Marymount.

The University will continually review and revise the document as it is used and discussed by our community and as our understanding evolves. We will use it to articulate our approach to Catholic higher education and to guide further exploration of how our Catholic identity impacts our work as students, faculty, staff, and researchers. Marymount strives to build on the strength of the Church’s Catholic Intellectual Tradition as it works with the Church to make a positive and significant contribution to the world.

Mother M. Joseph Butler, RSHM founder of the first Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York in 1907, stated, “The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.” The RSHM approach to education has six goals:

  1. To foster a personal relationship with God

  2. To create unity through diversity

  3. To instill a lifelong love of learning

  4. To encourage and affirm personal growth

  5. To awaken a consciousness of social justice

  6. To fulfill the RSHM mission, "That all may have life and have it to the full.”

These goals are reflected in Marymount's mission and values and, along with direction from the Church, form the basis for Marymount's expression of its Catholic identity. The full document will soon be made available for use by the entire campus community.

Ballston Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

A  highly anticipated day for the entire Marymount campus community is almost here – the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ballston Center.  Since Ballston is still an active construction site, the ribbon-cutting will take place outside in the Center’s plaza on Wednesday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.  

Please join us for the ribbon-cutting and the reception that follows as we celebrate this Marymount milestone!

Ballston Center Timeline Updates

We are very excited to announce that our first retail tenant at Ballston Center will be Starbucks, which is building out the space at the corner of N. Glebe and N. Fairfax in anticipation of a grand opening coinciding with the start of the new academic year!

Interest and activity with prospective office tenants for the upper three floors continues as we move closer to finished construction. We will update you on those tenant details as they are confirmed. 

On May 4, a pre-construction kick-off meeting finalized plans for the new student dining facility that will anchor our academic building. Construction is slated to begin immediately. The area features the 1960s blue panels saved from the "Blue Goose" building as architectural design elements. Pre-2015 MU alums should feel right at home dining in the new space when they visit campus! 

The move of faculty and staff, equipment, furniture and supplies from 4040 Fairfax to Ballston Center begins Monday, August 7.  We know our faculty and staff members are very excited to get in their new spaces and prepare for the inaugural academic year of this outstanding new facility. 

Ballston Center has been a cherished dream we have all held in common since long before the razing of the Blue Goose. It has been a marvelously collaborative effort of so many people here at the University as well as the Arlington community, friends and supporters of Marymount. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the generations of Marymount students who will benefit from these efforts, our most profound thanks for the hard work, commitment and stewardship.