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Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, Nov. 18 – An immigration attorney will discuss the H1-B visa work permit and other immigration issues; lunch will be provided; 12:15 p.m.; Gailhac, Room 50. To RSVP, contact International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Graduate Counseling and Forensic Psychology Programs Information Session, 7 p.m., Ballston Center. RSVP to Graduate Admissions at ext. 5902.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Coffeehouse and Spoken Word featuring Nigerian singer/songwriter KuKu; 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Thursday, Nov. 19 – Fulbright Scholarship Information Session; noon, Ballston Center Conference Room. For more information, contact International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Thursday, Nov. 19 – International Thanksgiving Dinner and Program, free and open to the Marymount community; 5 p.m., Lee Center, Lower Level Recreational Gym.

Friday, Nov. 20 – International Coffee Hour and student discussion on “Education and Classroom Experiences Across Cultures,” 3:30 p.m., Gerard Hall Lobby.

Friday, Nov. 20 – Graduate Program In Humanities Colloquium Series: Dr. Mark Trowbridge, associate professor of Art History, will speak on "Envisioning Jerusalem in Bruges: Theater, Art & Devotion in the Late-Middle Ages"; open to the public; 6 p.m., Gailhac, Room 51.

Saturday, Nov. 21 – Help The Homeless Walk-A-Thon, to raise awareness of and funds for Washington area organizations that work to prevent and end homelessness. To sign up, call Campus Ministry at ext. 1607.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (and Thursday, Dec. 3) – Movie: The Time Traveler’s Wife, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 – An Evening of Ice Skating: indoor ice rink, lights, a DJ, and refreshments; free and open to the Marymount community; 7-11 p.m., Lee Center Recreational Gym. For details, contact Rose Vick at ext. 1611.

Thursday, Dec. 3 – Holiday Bazaar with dozens of vendors selling Christmas gifts; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bernie's.

Thursday, Dec. 3 –A Festival Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Marymount Chapel Choir, directed by Dr. Kimberly Hess, and The Blue Harmony Vocal Ensemble, directed by Gerry Gillespie; 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Friday, Dec. 4 – Nursing Programs Information Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Ballston Center. RSVP to Graduate Admissions at ext 5902.

Friday, Dec. 4 – Annual Christmas tree lighting, 7 p.m., in front of The Lodge.

Friday, Dec. 4 – Blue Harmony Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Lee Center Recreational Gym.

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Candelight Mass, 7 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Monday, Dec. 7 – Penance Service and Sacrament of Reconciliation; three priests will be on hand to hear confessions; 9 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Save The Date: The Marymount Faculty and Staff Christmas Dinner and Services Awards Program; Friday, Dec. 18; reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall. RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 8 to ext. 1540.

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FACULTY & STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: Two grants valued at approximately $4,000 each are awarded each year for faculty and staff to attend spring and summer professional development seminars sponsored by The Council of International Educational Exchange. The grants cover such items as fees, room and board, and airfare. Marymount tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, and full-time administrators are eligible. To apply for a grant, please submit a letter of interest to Victor Betancourt, Center for Global Education, indicating how you expect to benefit professionally and enrich your job performance or your teaching. Dec. 5, 2009 is the application deadline for summer 2010 seminars. Request a program brochure from the Center for Global Education, ext. 5763.

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGES: Thanksgiving Holiday Mass schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. only; Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. only; Friday, Nov. 27, there will be no Mass at Marymount; Sunday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses will be offered as usual; Dec 6, last 7 p.m. Sunday Mass until January 2010.

LIBRARY HOURS: The hours of operation for the Reinsch Library, Learning Resource Center, and Ballston Center Library Extension will vary for the rest of the semester, due to Thanksgiving and year-end holiday schedules, extended hours to accommodate exams, and intersession. For a full schedule, please visit www.marymount.edu/lls/about/hours.html.

MARYMOUNT’S BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE NEWS:

  • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: During Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, Marymount faculty and staff get 25% off many items at the bookstore. In addition, the bookstore is offering discounts of up to 50% on selected apparel. Shop in person or online http://marymountu.bncollege.com.
  • HOURS OF OPERATION: Due to the Thanksgiving and year-end holidays and the end of the semester, bookstore hours will vary. For an updated schedule, visit www.marymountu.bncollege.com.
  • NEW PROCESS FOR SPRING TEXTBOOK PICKUP AT BALLSTON: Students will not be able to purchase textbooks at Ballston during the first week of classes in January; they will only be able to pick up book orders that have been placed online and pre-paid. Online textbook orders can be placed for pickup at Main Campus or the Ballston Center (only during the first week of classes) or for shipping

For details on these news items, please contact Theresa Kuron or Elspeth Splaun at ext. 1614.

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES: Faculty and staff are invited to take part in any of three exercise classes free of charge. They are Zumba, 7-8 p.m. on Mondays, Lee Center Recreational Gym; Asthanga Yoga, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Lee Center Aerobics Room; and Step Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. on Thursdays, Lee Center Aerobics Room. A class list and schedule for the spring will be announced once it’s finalized. For details, call Ainsley Worrell, Lee Center manager, at ext. 6920.

NATIVITY SCENES ON DISPLAY: More than two dozen Nativity scenes from the United States and other countries will be on display in the Reinsch Library and the Barry Art Gallery from Tuesday, Dec. 1 until the end of the semester. Featured countries this year include the Dominican Republic, Egypt, China, the Czech Republic, and Bolivia. The crèches, from the collection of James and Emilia Govan, represent a small fraction of the more than 400 scenes Mr. Govan and his late wife collected over many years of travel. Mr. Govan’s 2007 book, Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World, will be part of the exhibit. Librarian Margaret Margeton, a member of St. Ann Parish in Arlington, as is Mr. Govan, arranged for the display. You are cordially invited to stop by and let the beauty of these works of art enhance your enjoyment of the Christmas season.

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PLAUDITS
Dr. Linda Cote-Reilly, assistant professor of Psychology, co-authored a chapter entitled "Immigration and Acculturation" in the recently published Handbook of Cross-Cultural Developmental Science, and an article entitled “Child and Mother Play in Three U.S. Cultural Groups” that appeared in the June 2009 Journal of Family Psychology Special Issue on Family Dynamics and Relationships Among Immigrant Families.

Dr. Stephanie K. Ellis, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, presented a paper with Joanne Savage, associate professor of Justice, Law, and Society at American University, on Nov. 5 at the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Philadelphia. The paper is entitled “Poverty and Violence Revisited: Does Severe or Chronic Poverty Help Us Predict the Most Serious Offending?”

Dr. Michelle (Xiang) Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Alyson Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management, presented a poster entitled “Leveraging IT Curriculum to Develop a Specialized Undergraduate Program on Health Information Management” on Oct. 30 at the 25th Annual Eastern Conference of Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges at Villanova University.

WELCOME
Julie Berardi, administrative secretary, Academic Success Center, ext. 6927.

TRANSITIONS
Linda Siam has been promoted from administrative secretary to coordinator of Employer Relations and Programs, Career and Internship Center, ext. 5960.