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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 5 – The Center for Teaching Excellence sponsors a workshop for faculty called “Changing the Rules of Engagement: Teaching with Technology”; topics include using Blackboard and the library’s resources, and IT demonstrations; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ballston Center, fourth floor. Lunch will be provided. Register online or call Cindy Mitchell at ext. 5761.

Wednesday, May 5 – Undergraduate Party on the Patio, 7 p.m., Rowley Hall patio. (Lee Center Recreational Gym is the rain location.) Event is open to graduating seniors, alumni, faculty, and staff. RSVP to the Alumni Office at ext. 1541.

Thursday, May 6 – Graduate Party on the Patio, 7 p.m., Rowley Hall patio. (Lee Center Recreational Gym is the rain location.) Event is open to graduating graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff. RSVP to the Alumni Office at ext. 1541.

Saturday, May 8 – Baccalaureate Mass, Recognition Day, and President’s Reception; Mass at 5 p.m., awards at 6:30 p.m., Lee Center Verizon Gym; reception after the ceremony, Gerard Dining Hall. Details.

Sunday, May 9 – Commencement, 10 a.m. undergraduate ceremony, 2 p.m. graduate ceremony; D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Details.

Monday, May 10 – Start of Summer Session I, which ends June 19. Details.

Wednesday, May 12 – The 2010 Best-Ever Employee Appreciation Day, noon to 4 p.m., Ireton Lawn and Lee Center Atrium. Register your department’s teams by calling Paula Polson at ext. 1680.

News You Can Use


ARE YOU READY FOR A THROWDOWN? The 2010 Best-Ever Employee Appreciation Day, Wednesday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m. on the Ireton Lawn and in the Lee Center Atrium, will feature a delicious catered barbeque, a silent auction for charity, a Bernie-aided scavenger hunt, and many games.

For the first time, there will be departmental competitions in various events that engage brain (such as games similar to Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Jeopardy) and brawn, including such physically challenging events as Hula Hoops and Tug-O-War.

Enthusiasm is percolating and departmental pride is showing, as groups throughout campus come up with awe-inspiring names for their dream teams. So dream up a snazzy name for your team of 4-5 members and sign up by May 6 by notifying Paula Polson at ext. 1680 or by e-mail.

GERARD DINING HALL, BALLSTON CAFÉ CLOSING FOR RENOVATIONS: Beginning Monday, May 3, the Gerard Dining Hall will close for extensive renovations over the summer months, to reopen in the fall. The Ballston Café will close for renovation on May 10 and reopen on June 1. Among the many planned changes are a sushi station in Gerard Dining Hall and a made-to-order salad station in the Ballston Café. While the refurbishing is taking place, faculty and staff may dine in Bernie’s Café at the regular $4 per meal price. Bernie’s will feature an all-you-care-to-eat salad bar, the Red Hot Chef, items from Sandella’s menu, and, on Flaming Fridays, freshly grilled items. More information will follow soon regarding dining options for staff and faculty working at Ballston. For questions on any dining issues, please contact Melissa Garza at ext. 6809 or by e-mail, or visit the Dining website.

THE LAST OF THE PIZZA WINNERS: The last two lucky winners of Human Resource Service’s twice-weekly drawings for a free dinner from HomeMade Pizza are Srinivasan Raghavan from Information Technology Services and Jef Dolan, assistant professor of Communications, who won the April 20 and 22 drawings, respectively. Each winner received a $50 gift card. The menu is available here.



Dr. Lorri Cooper, associate professor of Human Resources, presented a paper entitled “The ‘Race for Relevance’ in the Education of Practicing Managers” at the Mid-Atlantic Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference held in Philadelphia on March 26-27.

Dr. Alyson Eisenhardt, assistant professor of Health Care Management, Dr. Cynthia Knott, assistant professor of Management Science, and Susanne Bruno Ninassi, J.D., assistant professor of Legal Administration, co-authored a paper entitled “A Comparison of Three Case Studies Involving Three Stakeholders, Each with Unique Objectives, Who Have Entered into Surrogacy Agreements.” Dr. Knott and Professor Ninassi presented the paper at the 2010 annual conference of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, held in Alexandria, VA, March 26-28.

Dr. Zary Mostashari, dean of Library and Learning Services, visited Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, and its extension sites in Knoxville and Morristown April 5-8. She was a member of the On-Site Committee for the college’s accreditation reaffirmation.

Dr. Monica Robbers, associate professor of Criminal Justice, was quoted in the April 22 issue of The Economist, in an article entitled “The CSI Effect: Television Dramas That Rely on Forensic Science to Solve Crimes are Affecting the Administration of Justice.” Read the article.

Lauren Kiesling has been promoted from alumni events manager to director of Alumni Relations. Her new extension is 1542.