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The Stratford University Times
News of the Falls Church Campus - December 2016
Newsletter Office: Room 209, 2nd Floor South, Editor: John Thieman
VETERENS DAY — NOVEMBER 11
Viet Nam Memorial and Arlington Cemetery - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Stratford University recognizes this national holiday
proclaimed by the President and Congress as a time to
reflect upon our national heritage and the rights and free-
doms we enjoy which have made our country strong.
In particular, Veterans Day recalls the heroism dis
played by our military personnel who have served our na-
tion in the past and who, to this day, risk their lives in
dedicated service to preserve our freedoms and way of
life. On this day we honor the heroism of those who died
in enemy action, those presently in harms way and those who support our
fighting men and women. Their honor is perpetuated at the Tomb of the Un-
known Soldier which bears the following epitaph: “ Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier
known but to God. ”
WINTER ’ S COMING — YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RAVE
If we rely upon the wisdom of experienced Stratford employees and The Farmer ’ s Al-
manac, their winter predictions for the coming months would include more snow and below
freezing temperatures. More snow in the Washington Area makes driving more difficult
with the possibility of delayed openings or early closings. Students, staff and faculty need
to be informed of weather alerts affecting campus openings, closings and delayed classes.
Stratford University has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety
( R AVE ) to deliver messages to currently enrolled Stratford University stu-
dents, staff and faculty to their personal email addresses, as well as their
landline and cell phone free of charge, but it is important that everyone con-
firm their contact information is correct.
To manage your account, visit http://www.stratford.edu/alerts and login using your Stratford Account
( H int: the same username and password as the portal and online learning platform - Moodle ) . If you do
not already have a username and password, please contact IT Support https://my.stratford.edu/itservices.
If you do not wish to receive alerts, please login to your account at http://www.stratford.edu/alerts, click
on the “ My Account ” tab, and delete your email address under “ Email Contacts. ” Have a safe and
Viet Nam Memorial ARLINGTON CEMETERY
Tomb of the
Holidays and Festivals CHRISTMAS
As of 2012, there are eleven federal holidays in the United States of
which Christmas is one. It is observed as a commemoration of the birth of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Popular aspects of the holiday include decora-
tions, emphasis on family, togetherness and gift giving. At first it was desig-
nated a holiday for only District of Columbia federal employees, but it was
extended to include all federal workers in 1968.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued the following Christmas message: “ On Christmas, we cele-
brate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our
hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever
faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of
any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man. The feeling is seen in the won-
drous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts and souls of cheerful
Called Chanukah, the Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication is an eight-day Jewish
holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem when it was
reclaimed at the time of the revolt led by the Maccabees. It is observed for eight days
and nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev, which may occur at any time from late No-
vember to late December. It is observed by lighting the candles on a nine-branched Me-
norah. Legend tells that only one flask of oil was available in the Temple for the rededi-
cation rituals, but this one by itself supplied enough oil to satisfy the needed lamps for
Foods traditionally fried or baked in olive oil include potato pancakes, doughnuts filled with jam, choco-
late cream, vanilla cream, caramel, cappuccino and cheese products are popular. Games using the
dreidel top are common; the letter on each of the four sides tells the player to either skip a turn, put one
marker into the pot, take one marker out of the pot, or to take half of the pot. Gifts of money in small coins
is often given by grandparents to children.
Kwanzza was created in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holi-
day. It strives to encourage African Americans to reconnect with their African cul-
tural and historical heritage by stressing the “ s even principles of African Herit-
age. ” These are: unity, collective work and responsibility, cooperative econom-
ics, purpose, creativity and faith. Families celebrate the holiday by decorating
with objects of art, wearing colorful patterned African clothing, lighting candles,
music, dancing and sharing fresh fruits. The greeting for each of the seven days
dedicated to each principle is: Habari Gani? which in Swahili means: “ What ’ s the News? ”
THANKSGIVING DAY 2016
Thanksgiving Day was officially recognized by Present Abraham Lincoln during the
Civil War when he issued the following proclamation in 1863. . . . we have been the
recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years
in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other
nation has ever known. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious
hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and
we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were
produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have
become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to
the God that made us.
“ It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowl-
edged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow
citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in
foreign lands, to set apart and observe the Last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and give
praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the heavens. ”
FALLS CHURCH CAMPUS CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING
The staff and faculty gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving and share
their favorite pot-luck dishes. Some chose to bring a sliced turkey dish
along with the traditional dressing and gravy. Others prepared their
own personal favorites such as fresh fruit and sweet chocolates or pies
decorated to their personal taste. The meal was shared and enjoyed
The five-day Hindu festival called Diwali is an official holiday in India cele-
brated between mid-October and mid-November. The name Diwali is a con-
traction of deepavali which translates into “ row of lamps. ” These small clay
lamps filled with oil burn throughout the night and signify the triumph of
good over evil. Fire crackers are burst to frighten off evil spirits and freshly
cleaned homes welcome the goddess Lakshmi who will bestow wealth
and prosperity in the coming year. The festival celebrates the triumph of
light over darkness, justice over injustice and intelligence over ignorance.
from Dr. Shurtz
THE RANGOLI - Holy sign wishing health, happiness and prosperity to all visitors.
Explains the importance of Diwali
THE TIKKA - Holy Sign of Welcome
THE HEENA - A sign of happiness
SHARING A MEAL
PARTICIPANTS AND VISITORS
Computer Information Systems
WORKSHOPS PROVE TO BE ATTRACTIVE
Although only forty-five minutes in length, the
workshop sessions started by Program Director
Dr. Vince Osisek and offered to all CIS students
prove to be attractive and helpful. The topic ad-
dressed in the workshop during week 4 of Q5
dealt with a topic requiring Financial Analysis and
Project Evaluation. A real-life situation was pre-
sented to the group of future Project Managers who examined, discussed and evaluated their best solu-
tion. Although only 45 minutes long the session led by Dr. Fateh provided a good learning experience.
The final Skill Workshop was scheduled with Dr. Bishop in Week Six. It dealt with deals with the Big
Data quick example of the Overview of the MapReduce process along with a demo.
STUDENT SERVICES HONORS STUDENTS OF Q4
From their first contact with Stratford University and even after graduation, students are made aware of
the school ’ s commitment to support student excellence in accomplishing their goals. This quarter, Cam-
pus Dean Dr. Valarie Trimarchi along with Student Support Manager Kathya Vargas and Student Support
Coordinator Tamika Brown recognized and rewarded a student from the programs of Arts & Sciences,
Business, Health Sciences, IT and Nursing at a special luncheon.
“ The final decision was difficult since there were a number of students in each program who earned a
GPA of 3.0 and exemplified excellence in their class work, ” commented Dr. Valarie Traimarchi who made
the presentations. They are pictured below L to R: Alexis Saunders, Fernanda Ceccon, Jinal Gandhi,
Michelle Ball and Olayinka Lukmon Salimon.
HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
WELLNESS FAIR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
The completion of the many details of presenting the Wellness
Health Fair required the work of many people. From the beginning
ideas to its actual completion, Azra Khan counted on the efforts of a
group of dedicated student volunteers. Their hard
work was recognized later at a lunch where they re-
ceived a certificate of recognition and appreciation.
Shown L to R are: Student Support Manager Kathya
Vargas, Assistant Student Support Manager Azra Khan, Krishna Pabbaraju, Chintan Patel,
Prapik Patel, Manan Parikh, Ravi Rajeshkumar Acharya and Student Support Coordinator
Tamika Brown. Pictured separately is Patricia Dizon. Not pictured is Apurva Goswami and
Azra Khan gave special thanks to Ravi Rajeshkumar Acharya who volunteered to help in the Sahaja
Yoga Meditation Workshop. Ravi is a special part of the Sahaja Yoga Organization.
Arts & Sciences HUMANITIES 250 CLASS VISITS THE CORCORAN SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Furthering its study of cultural diversity, members of the Humanities250 class
attended a performance hosted by the Embassy of Indonesia with a George Wash-
ington University class. The presentation recognized through a Javanese Shadow-
Puppet Play the manifestations of Islamic culture in Indonesia which is home to
more Muslims than any other country.
DR. AMY CARATTINI PRESENTS PAPER IN MINNEAPOLIS
Dr. Carattini, Arts & Sciences professor at Stratford Falls
Church Campus of Stratford University, in collaboration with Maria
Sprehn of Montgomery College, jointly presented their research
paper at the November meeting of the American Anthropological
Association ’ s November meeting in Minneapolis.
Their presentation titled “ You ’ re an Immigrant? ” explored
mobility experiences with the foreign-born population in the middle-class sector of the hyper-diverse Latino
community in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Dr. Carattini identified how this group is socially
constructed from both emic and etic perspectives. She highlighted the need to create an understanding of
its complexity and heterogeneity.
EXPLORING THE NEW MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART A determined Humanities 250 class recently braved the lines of people wait-
ing to view the exhibits at the recently opened Museum of African Art on the
Mall of the nation ’ s capital. Among the many displays viewed, their favorites
were those of the Zimbabwe ritual celebration. The students were allowed to
examine and even wear traditional antelope masks, form circles and take part
in the celebration dance. The rule, education by doing, was again proven cor-
Pictured L to R are: Peter Wilson, Karla Bush, Mayerly Morris, Taiba Basir, Charlie ( guide ) , Amy Crat-
tini, Mohamed Jalloh, Ramesh Makhloga and Onyema Nwakanma.
Information Technology ORGANIZATION OF AMIRACAN STATES ( 0AS) WELCOMES STRATFORD STUDENTS
By Dr. Shakir Ullah
On 18 and 21 November a group of Stratford University CSIT students
and staff from Falls Church, Woodbridge, and Alexandria campuses will
participate in a Cyber Security Simulation exercise organized by the Organi-
zation of American States ( OAS ) at the OAS Administration building in
Washington DC. The students will assist in the installation and testing of the
network and game. During the exercise, the students will provide technical
assistance to the simulation participants and assist the simulation technical
The Cyber Exercise was developed by the OAS IT Security team to educate leaders in the hemisphere
on Cyber Security issues, policies, and operations.
Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main po-
litical, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Western Hemisphere. The OAS was established in
order to achieve among its member states—"an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to
strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independ-
The following Stratford members are participating in the exercise: Mr. Mike Cobb ( CSIT Faculty ) ,
Marlene Cabrera, Qiaowei Liu, Jabbar Khan, Jared Samplaski ( IT Staff) , Yashwanth Neelam, Saikrishna
Kanagala, Sushma Vallabhaneni, Sagarkumar Shantilal Kabariya, Aravind Kumpatla, and Manan Parikh.
Mr. Mike Cobb, full time CIS faculty at FC, is leading and guiding Stratford ’ s students in this project
under the Research Division ’ s industry outreach and collaboration initiative.
School of Nursing
SUE GARDELLA APPOINTED CO-DIRECTOR OF NORTHERN VA. STATE SIMULATION ALLIANCE
In announcing Sue Gardella ’ s new appointment, Dr. Sharron Guillett said,
“ I t is a privilege when our own Nursing instructors receive this kind of recogni-
tion from their professional association. Sue is a committed, dedicated teacher
and we are all proud that she has been recognized in this way.
“ The Northern Virginia State Simulation Alliance ( VASSA ) is committed to
assist in the education of Nursing students through the education, practice and research of health profes-
sionals by the technique of simulation. Sue is well-prepared to bring her knowledge and experience to
benefit the teaching profession. ”
Sue is pictured evaluating Prince Ejindu as he performs nursing assessments on a simulated
“ F lorence Nightingale.”
NSG120 - FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE
Instructor Rumana Akhter ” listens in ” to the blood pressure testing that nursing
student Joy Emelumba is taking of fellow student Amy Heffelfinger. The course
helps the students practice and develop their needed basic cognitive, assessment
and professional communication skills in a laboratory setting; often used during their
later hospital and medical clinic practical training before graduation.
FALLS CHURCH CAMPUS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE
The Falls Church Campus regularly offers students in the sur-
rounding communities the opportunity to gather with the Admis-
sions Department and Program Managers to discuss, and learn
how to acquire the skills they need to help them succeed in their
chosen career fields.
For some, their goal was to learn how to obtain a terminal certifi-
cate or degree, for others it was to understand the time requirements and classroom commitments needed
for successful completion.
Campus Director Dr. Mary Kay Svedberg stressed that in all cases, the university commits its many
resources and services to support each student through every phase of his career preparation journey.
A group of prospective nursing students, pictured on the right, received a tour of the simulated hospital
environment by instructor Sue Gardella, who explained the nursing program of studies and answered
On the left, Michelle
Ball takes the tem-
perature reading of
On the right, Jeneba
Cham checks the
pulse of Karla Melen-
Health Sciences SEEING IS BELIEVING
How sure are we that our skin is really clean after we wash, or that a single
sneeze is harmless? The answer was made very clear for Dr. Mudher Mustafa ’ s
Microbiology class in one of their class meetings after they had collected bacteria
samples from their skin and nose and placed them in the incubator.
The samples incubated quickly and a random sampling of the results were exam-
ined under the microscope in class and then projected on a screen for class discus-
In the picture Dr. Mustafa is identifying a sampling of bacteria colonies taken from the nose of a stu-
dent who had a cold when the sample was taken.
He noted that while some bacteria can remain relatively harmless where they grew, there could be seri-
ous complications when they came in contact with different bacteria located in other parts of the body or
with those of other persons. After the discussion, the class became very thoughtful as they realized the
importance of personal cleanliness and concern for the health of others.
Relief was on the way! It was asked what effect anti-biotic medicines would have
and if there might be an effective remedy against bacterial infections. The stage was
set! What better way to demonstrate the effectiveness of anti-body medicine than in
a laboratory demonstration. The petri dish cultures of growing bacteria were treated
with different types of anti-bodies and incubated to allow the bacteria to grow. At the
next class, the petri dishes revealed the effect of the anti-bodies. To the right, Dr.
Mustafa is holding several cultures for the students to examine. The effectiveness of
the anti-bodies was evident by the size of the clear area around the bacteria. . . and the value of the treat-
ment was demonstrated for the students to see.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
MED210 students study and discuss the structure and function of the Re-
nal System. Instructor Dr. Hamida Hussein draws attention to a particular
structure in the kidney specimen held by Virfel Nina Valdezs as Mariel Timothy
views a presentation of the kidney in different aspects.
DR. RAVI RATHNAM NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN OF GLOBAL ONLINE DIVISION
Dr. Rathnam first became associated with Stratford University at the Glen Allen Cam-
pus in Richmond, Va. where he was faculty lead of Health Sciences. Since then, he has
acted as Program Director of Health Sciences at the Falls Church Campus and worked
with its Online Business Department as well as acting state program director of Pharmacy
at the Newport News campus. In addition to his administrative experiences, Dr. Rathnam
is an experienced teacher of Medical Terminology, Anatomy/Physiology and other medi-
cal and health care administration courses.
He commented, “ M y goal in this position is to be available to assist student reach the career goals
they have set and always be open to questions to help them in them plan their future. ”
ISO CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATON WEEK
The ISO students were recently asked this question. “ How im-
portant is the education you receive from Stratford University while
you are in this country?”
This were so many thoughtful responses that they were posted
along the wall of the office for all to read.
The response made by one stu-
dent summed up the feelings of many: “ For me, education is a chance to
meet new people with different backgrounds and with new ideas. It is a
chance to learn from them, develop better social skills and grow as a per-
son. Education is an opportunity to make this world a better place to live.
Stratford University has very convenient campus locations and creates a
really nice international atmosphere that allows students from different
countries to feel at home and focus on education.” Welcome to Stratford!
STUDENTS ATTEND NEW JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP SERIES
Assistant Manager Kimberly Orr did not wait long after her
recent appointment to the Career Services Office to share her
“ S ecrets ” of searching for a job with the students. She is
pictured during the first meeting of the series discussing the
need to plan ahead. Other topics included: early preparation,
using online resources, networking, preparation of cover letters,
accurate resumes, obtaining professional references, and tran-
There is one remaining session on Tuesday December 6th in Room 405. The time is from 2 pm to 4
pm. Special information will be given for F1-OPT/OPT-Pending International Students and recent alumni.
Learning Resource Center
VERONICA GARZA APPOINTED AS ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
A native of Houston Texas, it was here that Veronica earned her B.A. and M.S. in
Library Science degrees. The invitation of a friend brought her to the east coast
where she experienced the mild weather and colors of spring in Virginia. She was
particularly attracted to Stratford University library work because of its mission to help
students succeed in their studies to reach their career objectives. She will be respon-
sible for instructing classes in research methods, report writing and use of the center ’
s many learning aids.
DISCOVER THE TREASURES IN THE LRC ( LIBRARY )
A visit to the Learning Resource Center during November presented the won-
der of discovering a display of rare maps prepared by Library Assistant Jade
On display was a copy of a map of the known world made in 1489, perhaps
studied by Christopher Columbus prior to making his journey westward in search
of a shorter water trade route to India.
Another map was based on information given to a map maker in 1802 by the Indian
Chief Ad ko mok ki of the Blackfeet Indian tribe. It is thought that this map was carried
by the explorers Lewis and Clark who were encouraged by President Thomas Jeffer-
son after the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
Their expedition was planned for the purpose to discover a water link from the Mis-
sissippi River westward through the mountains to the West Coast. The expedition left
St. Louis in 1804, and by using maps similar to the one on the right and with the help of friendly Indians,
the explorers were able to reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean in November 1805. Their discovery of the
route led to opening up the west for settlement especially through events like the Gold Rush in 1849.
On your next visit to the LRC, you can not only discover their map collection of new lands, but so much
more with the help of its friendly staff.