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Upcoming Events


Monday, June 7 – Start of Summer Session IV, which ends August 2.

Tuesday, June 8 – Graduate Admissions event: School of Health Professions Information Session, 6:30 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For questions, contact Jennifer Webb at ext. 5902.

Wednesday, June 9 – Liberty Mutual sales representative Bryant Anderson will be available to professionally review your homeowner’s and car insurance, and give advice on coverage; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boldt Room, Reinsch Library. Contact Bryant for an appointment. For details, contact Paula Polson at ext. 1680

Wednesday, June 9 – Graduate Admissions event: School of Business Administration Information Session, 6:45 p.m., Ballston Center. Register here. For questions, contact Johnnie Johnson at ext. 5902.

Saturday, June 19 – Summer Session I ends.

Monday, June 21 – Start of Summer Session II, which ends August 2.

Sunday, June 27 – Last 11 a.m. Sunday Mass until August 22.

Tuesday, June 29 – Deadline for materials for the next issue of InsideMU; e-mail materials by noon to insidemu@marymount.edu. For questions, call Doralisa Pilarte at ext. 1547.

Friday, July 2 – Last 7:30 a.m. and noon daily Masses until August 9.

Monday, July 5 – Independence Day observed; University closed.

Tuesday, July 6 – Publication of next issue of InsideMU.

News You Can Use


HELP YOUR OFFICE BE A WINNER! Marymount’s fiscal year ends on June 30, and that means it’s time to make a gift to MU’s Campus Fund to support the Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Your gift will support deserving Marymount students and will move your office closer to having the highest participation on campus! The department that demonstrates the most improved participation will receive a special prize. Last year, University Communications/Alumni Relations/Development came in first with 96% participation. The School of Business Administration came in second with nearly 50% of the staff giving. Will your department claim the 2010 title?

Marymount’s Faculty and Staff Scholarships are awarded to four undergraduates who demonstrate leadership skills and academic merit and are in need of financial aid. There are many designations you can choose for your donation, including The Faculty and Staff Scholarship, the 26th Street Project, or the University’s most critical needs. You can also make your donation in memory of Dr. Elizabeth Myhill, assistant professor of Science, who recently passed away.

There are three easy ways to donate:

1. Donate Online: Click on “Make your gift securely online” in the upper-right corner, and complete the form.

2. Payroll Deduction: A specified amount that you determine will be automatically deducted from your paycheck each pay period. Obtain the appropriate form from Human Resource Services or the Office of Development.

3. In Person: Visit the Office of Development, located in Rowley Hall, to drop off your donation.

Questions? Please contact Kristin McMahon, associate director, Marymount Fund, by e-mail or ext. 6894.

WRITING INTENSIVE (WI) FACULTY PREPARATION: Planning to teach a WI course? Just interested in writing in the disciplines? Join us for a two-part workshop series that aims to save you time and effort by sharing best teaching practices at Marymount and other universities.

Information is available at the CTE blog site. We’ll provide a snack and a copy of John Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Adjuncts will also receive a stipend.

You can find an outline for the workshops on the MUir (Marymount University Instructional Resources) wiki. Participants are asked to RSVP at least a week before the start of the selected workshop. For questions, contact Sylvia Whitman at ext. 6478.

THE BEST-EVER EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY! Thanks to all who took part in the May 12 Backyard Barbeque-themed Best-Ever Employee Appreciation Day. The event was a total success thanks to you! Sodexo provided a delicious menu of ribs, mango chicken, shredded pork, veggie burgers, salads, corn on the cob, watermelon, and frozen treats.

Many departments showed their Marymount spirit by fielding creativelynamed teams for inflatable races, a scavenger hunt, and trivia games similar to Jeopardy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and Name That Tune. The teams were Team Awesome (Graduate Admissions), Kind of a Big Deal (School of Health Professions), Denied by Committee (Undergraduate Admissions), 25 to (Res) Life (Campus and Residential Services), Skynet (IT Services), Résumé Rockets (Career and Internship Center), Team Showtime (Athletics), Reading Rainbows (Library), Developed to Win (Student Development), Team Ramrod (Katie Chapin, P.J. Murphy, Scott Spencer, Gus Zegada, and Matt Zorch), Team Chips (Campus Safety), The Great Communicators (University Communications), and Bing’s Angels (HR Services).

Congratulations to the 25 to (Res) Life team for winning the top spot and taking away the golden trophy. Skynet won second place, a pizza party; and Reading Rainbows won third place, a bagel breakfast party. The trophy will belong to 25 to (Res) Life for the next 12 months … when they will be the defending champions at the next Employee Appreciation Day team competitions!

Raffle prizes included gift certificates to area favorites like Cheesecake Factory, Caribbean Breeze, and Barnes and Noble. A small sampling of the many lucky winners: Jackie Bibler from Graduate Admissions won four tickets to the Washington Freedom women’s professional soccer team; Aweke Gebrehiwot from Physical Plant won four tickets to the Washington Nationals; Ryan Gillen from ITS won a trip to New York City for two from Reston Limousine; and Aline Orfali from International Student Services won the iPod shuffle from Carefirst. Congratulations to all!

Our silent auction was also a success, raising $210, which was split between two charities chosen by the winning bidders: the American Diabetes Association and National Children’s Hospital.

A great time was had by all!

BACK FROM THE HOLY LAND: A group of 23 Marymount pilgrims led by Father David Sharland, Y.A., traveled to the Holy Land May 12-22. They toured Jerusalem, Galilee, Qumran, Bethlehem, and Jericho. The group included 13 undergraduate students and one graduate student, three staff members, and six others, including one student’s parents, another student’s brother, a retired couple, and a Campus Ministry volunteer.

NOMINATE FUTURE SPEAKERS: All members of the Marymount community are invited to submit nominations for Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Please see the nomination criteria and form.



Dr. Michael Nordvall, professor of Health and Human Performance and department chair, was featured on News Channel 8’s morning news on May 21, discussing athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs. The interview followed the admission by cyclist Floyd Landis that he had used such drugs and his allegations that other cyclists had, too.