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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, April 6 – Graduate Counseling Programs Online Chat, 7 to 8 p.m. Register here, and log in here on the day of the chat. For details, contact Francesca Reed at ext. 5902.

Wednesday, April 7 – Men’s lacrosse vs. Stevenson, 8 p.m., Wakefield High School.

Thursday, April 8 – Graduate Business Programs Information Session, 6:30 p.m., Reston Center. Register here. For details, contact Johnnie Johnson at ext. 5902.

Thursday, April 8 – Nursing Programs Information Session, 7 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Jennifer Webb at ext. 5902.

Friday, April 9 – Ethics Awareness Events:

  • Student Discussion, 10 to 11 a.m., Lee Reception Room, Reinsch Library.
  • Geico Ethics Lecture by Dr. Randall Curren entitled “Academic Integrity,” noon to 1:15 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. Dr. Curren is professor and chair of Philosophy at the University of Rochester.
  • Faculty Discussion, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Reinsch Library Board Room.

For details, contact Dr. Michael Boylan at ext. 1558.

Friday, April 9 – Humanities and Literature and Languages Graduate Programs Information Session, 12:15 p.m., Reinsch Library Gallery. Register here. For details, contact Jennifer Webb at ext. 5902.

Saturday, April 10 – Special Olympics, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lee Center. For details, contact Dot Whitt at ext. 1607.

Saturday, April 10 – Men’s lacrosse vs. Mary Washington, 8 p.m., Washington-Lee High School.

Sunday, April 11 – Junior Open House, 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Center. For details, contact Jordana Fornier-Belonio at ext. 1600.

Tuesday, April 13 – Master in Education Cohort Program Information Session, 6:30 p.m., Reston Center. Register here. For details, contact Francesca Reed at ext. 5902.

Tuesday, April 13 (and Thursday, April 15) – Movie: Sherlock Holmes, 9:30 p.m., Bernie’s.

Wednesday, April 14 (and Thursday, April 15) – TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boldt Room, Reinsch Library. To reserve a time slot, call 1-800-732-8353.

Wednesday, April 14 – Seventh annual Student Research Conference: poster presentations, noon to 1 p.m., Lee Center Atrium; panel discussions and oral presentations, 1 to 3:30 p.m., rooms 51, 54, 55, and 56, Gailhac Hall. For details, contact Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

Wednesday, April 14 – Undergraduate Interior Design Information Session, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Reston Center. To register, contact Maria Gamis at ext. 1500 or mgamis@marymount.edu.

Wednesday, April 14 – Graduate Interior Design Information Session, 7 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium. Register here. For details, contact Jennifer Webb at ext. 5902.

Thursday, April 15 – Men’s lacrosse vs. Salisbury, time and place TBD.

Thursday, April 15 – Health Care Symposium: Struggles of Health Care Reform, followed by an Information Session on Marymount’s Master of Science in Health Care Management program. Speakers: Dr. Sean McCluskie, staff and health counsel for U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Mark Steffinina, human resources manager at Holy Cross Hospital. Program starts at 7 p.m., Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Johnny Johnson at ext. 5956.

News You Can Use


GRADUATE RECORD EXAM MINI-WORKSHOP: The DISCOVER Center and the Learning Resources Center will staff a table in the Gerard Dining Hall to provide information about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Faculty are encouraged to inform students of this resource, which will include sample questions, and GRE test preparation and test taking tips. The tables will be staffed as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Quantitative (Math) part of the GRE, and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Verbal and Writing aspect.
  • Thursday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Verbal and Writing, and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Quantitative.

Questions? Contact writing specialist Sylvia Whitman (Verbal/Writing) at ext. 6478 or sylvia.whitman@marymount.edu, or math/science learning specialist Megan Coup (Quantitative) at ext. 1538 or megan.coup@marymount.edu.

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP: The Center for Teaching Excellence invites faculty to sign up early for a workshop called “Changing the Rules of Engagement: Teaching with Technology.” The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Ballston Center. Register here. For details, contact Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

LIBRARY SEEKS YOUR UNWANTED BOOKS, CDS, TAPES: You can start dropping off your unwanted books, tapes, and CDs at the Reinsch Library now, in preparation for National Library Week, April 11 to 17, when you will be able to pick up – for free! – similar items donated by MU faculty, staff, and students, and the community. The drop-off point is a yellow box by the first floor entrance of the Library. Pick up of items during Library Week will be at the Reinsch Library or the Ballston Center Library Extension. For details, contact Jackie Anderson at ext. 3830.

MORE EMPLOYEES WIN FREE PIZZA! The latest lucky winners of the twice-weekly drawings for a free dinner from HomeMade Pizza are Courtney Sprague, Career and Internship Center, and Dr. Susanne Ninassi, School of Business Administration, who won the March 23 and 25 drawings; and Hazel Sirett, School of Art and Science; and Marcia Richardson, Athletics Department, who won on March 30 and April 1. 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 three weeks and all MU employees are automatically entered. For details, contact Paula Polson at ext. 1680.

KICKING OFF MU’S FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: The sustainability focus kick-off date is Thursday, April 22, Earth Day, and Marymount’s Sustainability Steering Committee is planning a series of events for the preceding week, so mark your calendar!

April 14 -21 – Bring your reusable mug to Jazzman’s for a discounted beverage.

Wednesday, April 14 – Student Research Conference. Poster sessions and food from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Lee Center Atrium. Drop by to get your recycled conference bag.

Thursday, April 15

  • Bernie’s Birthday: Green themes for the doghouse competition; bookmark give-aways, with wildflower seeds attached
  • Workshop: Green Fashion, noon to 1 p.m., Bernie’s, presented by Marymount student Fiona Catchpole.

Friday, April 16 – SpringFest

  • Connect by Hertz SmartWay Elite car on exhibit: Marymount will have two of these rental cars available to the Marymount community in fall 2010.
  • Donations will again be collected for the Haiti relief effort.
  • The MU Green Society, a new student club, will have a table and provide tips on living in a more environmentally conscious manner. There will also be a recycling game, a suggestion box for sustainability ideas, and giveaways, including reusable water bottles, bookmarks with wildflower seeds attached, and recycled bags.

Monday, April 19 – Workshop: Greening Your Life, noon to 1 p.m., Bernie’s, presented by the MU Green Society. This will be a “no-bag” day in the Bookstore. The Bookstore carries many eco-friendly items.

Tuesday, April 20

  • Trayless lunch day in Gerard Dining Hall
  • Workshop: Greening Your Diet, noon to 1 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall, presented by Roni Neff, professor of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Commuter dining tickets will be available.

Wednesday, April 21

  • Workshop: Greening Your Dorm Room, noon to 1 p.m., Bernie’s, presented by Jennifer Kaplan from Greenhance.
  • School of Business Administration: Ready, Set, Go…Management 2.0, 7 p.m., Truland Auditorium, Ballston Center. One of the topics is “Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Thursday, April 22 – EARTH DAY

  • Environmentally friendly lunches
  • Tree Planting
  • Guest Speaker from Green Seal (TBA)
  • Connect by Hertz SmartWay Elite car on exhibit.

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And watch for more recycling containers across campus in April!



Dr. Bridget May, professor of Interior Design, and her co-authors, Buie Harwood and Curt Sherman, will be inducted into the Historic Preservation Honor Society, Sigma Pi Kappa, Alpha Chapter, at the University of Georgia on April 16. The three have published Architecture and Interior Design Through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (Prentice Hall, 2001) and Architecture and Interior Design from the 19th Century: An Integrated History (Prentice Hall, 2008), for which they received the 2002 and 2009 Polsky Prize, respectively, from the American Society of Interior Designers. A third book by the three authors, Architecture and Interior Design: An Integrated History to the Present (Prentice Hall), is in production. At the honor society induction, Dr. May will give the Sigma Pi Kappa Lecture in Historic Preservation. The title is “Interior Design and Historic Preservation: A Coalition of Interests?”

Four members of the Interior Design faculty made presentations at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-27:

  • Dr. Bridget May, professor of Interior Design, and a colleague from Florida State University, Eric Wiedegreen, presented “Interior Decoration and Architecture in the United States: Selected Parallels, Oppositions, and Collaborations.”
  • Margaret Konkel, assistant professor of Interior Design, and Dr. Murphy presented “Practice-Drive Teaching: A Collaborative Model for Interior and Graphic Design Studios.”
  • Thea Scott-Fundling, associate professor of Interior Design, presented “Contextually Responsive Interiors: Journey Through Light and Space.”
  • Douglas Seidler, assistant professor of Interior Design, presented “The Material Wiki Project: A Call for Collaboration.”
  • Mr. Seidler and Interior Design graduate student Laura DeGroot Floyd presented “The Role of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Education and Practice.”

Professors May and Wiedegreen received the Members’ Choice Award for Best Presentation. In addition, Dr. May received a Merit Award for co-hosting two pre-conference symposia on History of Interiors, one in 2008 and one in 2010. The latter symposium was hosted jointly by IDEC and the Modern Interior Research Center at Kingston University, London.

Four Department of Counseling faculty made presentations at the American Counseling Association conference in Pittsburgh, March 17-22:27:

  • Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, associate professor of Psychology, chair of the Department of Counseling, and director of the Community and Pastoral Counseling program, and Dr. William Sterner, assistant professor of Psychology, with Counseling graduate students Paul Smith, Steve Zappalla, Amanda Guilette, and alumna Jordi Izzard ’08 presented “Spiritual and Religious Needs of Deployed Military: Treating the Whole Person for a Healthier Reintegration.”
  • Dr. Joseph Benton Cooper, associate professor of Psychology, presented “The Practice of Emotionally Intelligent Clinical Supervision.”
  • Dr. Sterner, Dr. Michele Garofalo, associate professor of Psychology and assistant chair of the Counseling Department, and Dr. Jackson-Cherry, with students Smith, Zappalla, and Steve Spatz, presented “Training Counselors to Treat the Whole Person: How Well Are We Integrating Spiritual and Religious Issues Into Programs?”

In addition, Dr. Jackson-Cherry received the Meritorious Award for Service from the Association for Spiritual, Religious, and Ethical Issues in Counseling.

Dr. Karen Waters, professor of English, has been selected to be a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. About 30 Fulbright program alumni across the United States have been chosen to travel to conferences and campuses to talk about the Fulbright experience. This is a new initiative, and Dr. Waters has a two-year commitment to the program. As a result of Dr. Waters’ Fulbright experience, she is currently collaborating with a colleague in India on a translation of a narrative poem by the 19th Century Urdu poet Galib. In addition, Dr. Waters was appointed in March to the Senior Advisory Board of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.