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Monday, March 22 – To kick off International Week, DC Luau Entertainment performs dances of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti; noon to 1 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall. For details, contact International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Tuesday, March 23 – Master in Education Catholic School Leadership Program Information Session; 7 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Graduate Admissions at ext. 5902.

Tuesday, March 23 (and Thursday, March 25) – Movie: Invictus, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Wednesday, March 24 – Interfaith Dialogue and Luncheon, with guest speaker Sheik Abdul Jalil Nawee leading a discussion on “Religious Violence and Islam: Beyond the Headlines”; 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Lee Center Atrium. Lunch will be provided, but there’s no need to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 24 – Internationally Themed Coffeehouse and Poetry Reading; 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Thursday, March 25 – Culture Fair, featuring display tables with international students representing their countries of origin; noon to 2 p.m., Lee Center Atrium. For details, contact International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Thursday, March 25 – School of Business Administration Graduate Programs Information Session; 7 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Johnny Johnson at ext. 5902.

Thursday, March 25 – Solemn Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation, featuring music by the Chapel Choir and instrumentalists; 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Friday, March 26 – Marymount Poetry Series, reading by poet Sandra Beasley; 11 a.m. to noon, Lee Reception Room, Reinsch Library. View details here.

Friday, March 26 – The inaugural Bisson Lecture in the Humanities, named to honor Dr. Lillian Bisson, Marymount professor of English for 40 years, who retires this year. The lecture, “Reading Dante between the Lines,” will be presented by Dr. Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, dean, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans; 6 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. View details here.

Friday, March 26 – 14th Annual Semi-Formal International Banquet, 6 p.m., Verizon Gym, Lee Center. The event includes exotic dishes from around the world, an international fashion show of traditional attire, and cultural performances. Tickets are $6, with proceeds going to Marymount’s Haiti Fund and the International Student Emergency Fund. To buy tickets, call International Student Services at ext. 6922.

Monday, March 29 – Lenten Penance Service, 9 p.m., Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel.

Wednesday, March 31 – Men’s lacrosse vs. York, 8 p.m., Washington-Lee High School.

Thursday, April 1 – Counseling and Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs Online Chat; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register here, and log in here on the day of the chat.

Friday, April 2 – Good Friday: University closed.

Saturday April 3 – Men’s lacrosse vs. Wesley; 2 p.m. at Wakefield High School

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SENIOR LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS: Recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2010 by nominating a graduating senior for a Senior Leadership Award! Any member of the University community may nominate one or more graduating seniors. A Leadership Award Selection Committee will select a dozen winners, who will receive the award at the Recognition Day Ceremony on May 8. The nomination form is available here. Please submit nominations to the Office of Student Development by March 31. They can be turned in to the office in Gerard Hall, e-mailed to Student Development, or faxed to (703) 524-8763.

THE GREAT BOOK GIVEAWAY AT THE LIBRARY: Get an early start on your spring cleaning and bring your unwanted books, tapes, and CDs to the Reinsch Library or the Ballston Center Library Extension during National Library Week, April 11 to 17. Exchange them for similar items donated by MU faculty, staff, and students, and the community. For details, contact Jackie Anderson at ext. 3830.

LUCKY WINNERS WEEKLY FREE DINNER DRAWINGS: The following employees have won the twice-weekly drawings for a free dinner from HomeMade Pizza: Anthony Fields, Physical Plant, and Gabriela Bulancea, Mathematics Department, won the drawings on March 9 and 11; and Adrian Loving, Graphic Design and Fine Arts Department, and Adrienne Wood, of Undergraduate Admissions, won the drawings on March 16 and 18. Each winner receives a $50 gift card. The menu is available at www.homemadepizza.com. The Tuesday and Thursday drawings by Human Resource Services will continue for another five weeks, and all MU employees are automatically entered. For details, contact Paula Polson at ext. 1680.

OUR COMMON THEME: SUSTAINABILITY: Marymount’s new Strategic Plan includes development of an annual “Common Theme” to unite the community in study and action. Our first common theme is sustainability, and this topic will be our focus from now throughout the 2010-11 academic year. It ties in well with Marymount’s Catholic heritage, which calls for us to promote stewardship of the Earth.

What does “sustainability” mean? This term can be interpreted in many ways, and we are choosing to think of it broadly, as balancing our ecological, societal, and economic environments in a way that allows us to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

The sustainability focus kick-off date is April 22 – Earth Day, and the Sustainability Steering Committee (co-chaired by Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, and Ron Somervell, assistant vice president of Finance and comptroller) is planning a series of events for the preceding week. There will be workshops on environmental sustainability themes, including Greening Your Dorm Room, Eating Green, and Green Fashion. Dining Services will participate with a trayless lunch day and a reusable cup day. And Marymount’s regular spring events will have a green twist! Watch for details in the next InsideMU.

After the sustainability kick-off, planning will begin for next year. Working groups will be formed in the areas of ecological sustainability (energy conservation, recycling, waste reduction, use of eco-friendly products); societal sustainability (ways to support individual, community, national, and global well-being through healthy lifestyles and social justice); and economic sustainability (economic approaches that are sustainable and treat people and the environment with respect). Let’s all pitch in!

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PLAUDITS
Dr. Michael Clump, associate professor of Psychology, and five undergraduate psychology majors – Tracie Doherty, Genevieve Fleming, Alison Wilhelm, Kayla Kinworthy, and Michael McGraw – presented a talk entitled “Students Teaching Students: Experiences of and Benefits for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants” at the Eastern Psychological Association’s March 4-7, 2010, conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Michelle (Xiang) Liu, assistant professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Alyson Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Healthcare Management, presented a paper at the 2010 International Conference of Global Management Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 25. The paper, entitled “Leaping the Abyss: the Challenges on Medical Practitioners’ Adoption of Health Initiatives in Global Healthcare,” was also published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the conference.

Dr. Usha Rajdev, associate professor of Education, presented a workshop at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Philadelphia on March 18. The workshop, entitled “Preparing for Liftoff,” focused on how to ignite students’ passion for Earth and space through a constructivist approach and hands-on activities.

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Correction: Melissa Garza’s title was incorrectly given in the previous issue of InsideMU. Her title is assistant director of Campus and Residential Services for Operations.