Marymount University

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Marymount University
Logo of Marymount University
Motto Tua Luce Dirige
Motto in English
Direct Us by Thy Light
Type Private
Established 1950
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary)
Endowment $43 million[1]
President Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
Academic staff
162 full-time/201 part-time
Students 3,375
Undergraduates 2,305
Postgraduates 1,070
Location Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Royal blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division IIICAC
Nickname Saints[2]
Affiliations ACCU
CUWMA
CIC
NAICU
Mascot Bernie Da' Dog
Website www.marymount.edu

Marymount University is a coeducational, four-year Catholic university with its main campus located in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Marymount offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. It has approximately 3,600 students enrolled, representing approximately 40 states and 70 countries.

History[edit]

Marymount was founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as Marymount College, a two-year women's school. It was a member school of the Marymount colleges operated by the sisterhood in New York, California and several other states. The campus was located on the former estate of Admiral Presley Marion Rixey, Naval Surgeon General and personal physician to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. Classes and activities were centered around the former Rixey Mansion, renamed as the university's "Main House".

Marymount became a four-year college in 1973. It added master's degree programs in 1979, and its first doctoral program, the clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy, in 2005. Its first male students were admitted into the nursing program in 1972, and the college became fully coeducational and changed its name to Marymount University in 1986.[3]

The university established the Center for Ethical Concerns in 1993.

In October 2010, Marymount celebrated its 60th anniversary with the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Caruthers Hall, a 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) academic facility focused on the sciences and health sciences, and Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall, a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) residence hall providing apartment-style housing for 239 students. The Malek Plaza is a gathering area between the two buildings and features a statue of Sister Majella Berg, RSHM, who was president of Marymount from 1960 to 1993. A sky bridge connects the new buildings to the rest of the campus.[4]

In August 2017, Marymount opened Ballston Center. The LEED Gold Certified multi-use complex comprises a nine-story academic/office tower and The Rixey, a 12-story residential/retail building, each boasting multi-level underground parking. Ballston Center is anchored by a public plaza and the Reinsch Pierce Family Courtyard.

Academics and accreditation[edit]

Marymount University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees.

The school grants bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, undergraduate and graduate certification, and pre-professional programs in teaching, law, medicine and physical therapy through the Schools of Design, Arts, and Humanities; Business and Technology; Sciences, Mathematics, and Education; and the Malek School of Health Professions.

Marymount is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, which allows students to take courses at any of the other 13 member institutions and to borrow books from their libraries.

Campuses[edit]

Main campus[edit]

Marymount's main campus is located on 21 acres (85,000 m2) in the North Arlington area of Arlington, Virginia. The campus includes six residence halls: Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall, Rowley Hall, Butler Hall, St. Joseph's Hall, Berg Hall, and Gerard Phelan Hall; three academic buildings: Rowley Academic Center, Caruthers Hall, and Gailhac Hall; St. Joeseph's Hall computer labs; the Rose Benté Lee Center, which includes two gyms, the campus bookstore, Bernie's Cafe, mail facilities, and recreational and meeting spaces; the Gerard Phelan Cafeteria; the Emerson G. Reinsch Library and Auditorium; the Lodge; Ireton Hall; the Main House; the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Mary; and the synthetic-turf practice field.[5]

Ballston Center[edit]

Marymount's Ballston Center is 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the main campus in Arlington and houses the School of Business and Technology as well as select programs of the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education, and the office of Graduate Enrollment Services. The center also includes the Cody Gallery, Eats Café, Ballston Center library extension, computer labs, chapel, conference center and auditorium.

The Ballston-MU Metro Station is within walking distance from the Ballston Center. Additionally, free shuttle services operate between the Ballston Metro Station, Main Campus, and Ballston Center.

Athletics[edit]

Marymount's athletic teams, known as the Saints, compete in NCAA Division III in the Capital Athletic Conference. Sports available for men and women include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, triathlon and volleyball. In 2012, Marymount became the first U.S. school to announce the formation of a varsity triathlon team.[6]

In 2014, the school began sponsoring varsity men's baseball. In September 2012, it hired Frank Leoni, former Rhode Island and William & Mary coach, as the baseball program's first head coach.[7]

In 2003, the Marymount cheerleading squad won a Capital Athletic Conference Championship.[8]

Clubs and student organizations[edit]

Marymount University has over 40 clubs and student organizations. Most are managed by the student-led Co-Curricular Council (CCC) with the assistance/advisorship of the Office of Campus Programs and Leadership Development (CPLD),[9] while other organizations like the Student Government Association[10] fall under the advisement of other university offices. Many departments on campus offer specialized clubs based on academic interests, like the Fashion or Psychology clubs, which fall under the purview of those departments.

Students may join groups dedicated to community service or philanthropy like the Campus Ministry Association,[11] and the Global Charity Project[12] or participate in a career-related club like the Fashion Club, Interior Design Association, or Students for Free Enterprise. The Student Government Association, Co-Curricular Council, Association for Campus Events, and Marymount University's student-run newspaper The Banner provide students with additional campus leadership opportunities.

Community engagement[edit]

Each year, Marymount students provide more than 16,000 hours of service in the local and global community. From tutoring children, providing health-assessment services, conducting food drives, and cleaning up parks to building a chapel in the Dominican Republic or raising funds for a well in Sierra Leone, Marymount students actively seek out ways to make a difference.[13]

In 2014, Marymount University partnered with the Arlington Community Foundation to found the Nonprofit Resource Center.[14] The center leverages Marymount University's commitment to service and the reach of the Arlington Community Foundation as convener to strengthen Arlington's nonprofits.[15] It further integrates Marymount's students and faculty into the Arlington community and its nonprofit providers.

Awards and acknowledgments[edit]

Marymount University has earned multiple inclusions in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges Rankings:

  • #52 (tie) among Regional Universities South.[16]
  • #2 for Campus Ethnic Diversity.[17]
  • #2 Most International Students[18]
  • #63 Best Value School[19]
  • #29 Best Colleges for Veterans[20]

Additional recognitions include:

  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the eighth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs Magazine[22]
  • Named 2017 Educator of the Year by The World Affairs Council, Washington, D.C.[23]

University Presidents[edit]

  • Sister Elizabeth Gallagher, RSHM, 1950-1955
  • Sister Berchmans Walsh, RSHM, 1955-1960
  • Sister M. Majella Berg, RSHM, 1960-1993
  • Sister Eymard Gallagher, RSHM, 1993-2001
  • Dr. James E. Bundschuh, 2001-2011
  • Dr. Matthew D. Shank, 2011-2018

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2016 to FY 2017" (PDF). 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  2. ^ Saints
  3. ^ "Marymount University - History". www.marymount.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ Marymount University Release. "Marymount University Celebrates Blessing of Cornerstones" May 3, 2010. http://www.marymount.edu/newsEvents/newsDetails.aspx?Channel=%2FChannels%2FSite+Wide+Content&WorkflowItemID=e71ffc5c-23f1-4097-89b3-7dd54f9fb56b. Retrieved on 2011-11-13
  5. ^ Marymount University Website. "Campus Map." http://www.marymount.edu/map/. Retrieved on 2009-02-16
  6. ^ "Already Saints, Now Pioneers". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Marymount Hired Baseball Coach". SunGazette.com. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ championship
  9. ^ "Marymount University - Campus Programs & Leadership Development". marymount.edu. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Marymount University - Student Government Association". marymount.edu. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Marymount University | Campus Ministry
  12. ^ "Global Charity Project". marymount.edu. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Marymount University - Community Engagement". www.marymount.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Arlington Community Foundation, Marymount team up on non-profit initiative" August 14, 2014. http://www.insidenova.com/news/arlington/arlington-community-foundation-marymount-team-up-on-non-profit-initiative/article_ec48679a-239c-11e4-9e55-0019bb2963f4.html. Retrieved on 2015-08-24
  15. ^ "Marymount University - Nonprofit Resource Center". www.marymount.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  16. ^ "Best Regional Universities South Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Campus Ethnic Diversity, Regional Universities South". September 20, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Most International Students, Regional Universities South". U.S. News & World Report. September 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Best Value Schools, Regional Universities South". U.S. News & World Report. September 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Universities South". U.S. News & World Report. September 20, 2017. 
  21. ^ ""Marymount Cybersecurity Program Rising in U.S. News & World Report Ranking."". Marymount University. January 9, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Marymount Named Military Friendly School for Eighth Consecutive Year". Marymount University. March 5, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Marymount Honored by World Affairs Council". Marymount University. April 4, 2017. 

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