Marymount Professor Named Outstanding Educator by American Forest Foundation

The American Forest Foundation has named Marymount’s Usha Rajdev a 2012 Outstanding Educator for her use of the Project Learning Tree (PLT) program in her work with Marymount Education students.

As the faculty leader for science education in Marymount University’s Teacher Education Program in Arlington, VA, Dr. Rajdev works with future teachers to prepare them to teach science and math to K-12 students. PLT training is part of her syllabus requirement and she encourages her students to use PLT when they become teachers by preparing “ready-to-go activities” that the students share with each other.  She also finds innovative ways to adapt PLT to different teaching environments and cultures. In addition to preparing her students to teach in U.S. schools, she has led two groups to Porbandar, India, where they modeled the hands-on activities of PLT for their Indian counterparts, as well as children in India. She ensures that future teachers have tools, critical thinking skills, and experiences so they, in turn, can improve the learning and instill a sense of stewardship in the students they teach.

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Marymount Reston Student Earns $3,000 Health Info Scholarship

Nadine Sadiq Ali, a Health Information Management (HIM) major studying at Marymount University’s Reston Center, won a $3,000 scholarship from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society of the National Capital Area (HIMSS NCA).

Nadine joined other scholarship honorees to accept her award at the HIMSS NCA Chapter meeting in Rosslyn, VA on May 17, 2012.

The HIMSS NCA Scholarship program was established to provide financial assistance and recognition to students who are pursuing health information or systems management degrees, and are interested in helping to shape the future of the profession. Nadine’s award-winning essay focused on the transformational care model.

Marymount Reston’s Bachelor of Science in HIM is the only program of its kind in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Health Information is among the fastest-growing occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Congratulations Nadine!

Area Nonprofits Gather for DREAM Act Presentation at Marymount Reston

Marymount President Matthew Shank (left) greets Dominique Poirier (center), staff attorney at Just Neighbors, and Patti Donnelly (right), executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia before Marymount Reston’s Dream Act presentation.

Representatives of the nonprofit and education community gathered at Marymount University’s Reston Center on May 9 to learn more about federal and state proposals for immigration reform, better known as the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

Dominique Poirier, staff attorney at Just Neighbors Legal Services of Northern Virginia, presented a history of the legislation and the current proposed changes in Congress and at the state-level. The presentation drew an audience from several Fairfax County-based nonprofits and the Fairfax County Public School System.

The event was the latest installment in the Reston Center’s continuing Thought Leader Series focusing on issues relevant to the academic programs available at the center. The Reston Center offers graduate programs in Education and Nonprofit Management.

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New Summer Grad Business Courses at Reston Center

Marymount University’s Reston Center has added two new graduate courses to our Summer 2012 Schedule:
Course schedules and registration at Marynet>> 

MKT 585 Global Marketing
Wednesdays, 5/23-8/1, 6-10pm
Develop the skills and abilities needed to deal effectively with global marketing issues and problems. The focus is on decision making, not on the basis of speculation, but on the basis of relevant principles and an appropriate conceptual framework. Prerequisite: MBA 521 or permission of instructor.

LA 561 Law and the Business Environment
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5/22-7/12, 6-8:45pm
Examines the role of law and legal procedure in management of business enterprises, concentrating on corporate rules, consumer protection laws, antitrust securities, and legal-ethical concerns. Provides a broad understanding of reciprocal influence of business and legislation.

Check out the Interior Designs from Marymount Reston students

Take a look at the high-quality designs from soon-to-be graduates of Marymount Reston’s Interior Design program presented at their Senior Studio in April 2012.