Attention Metro Washington Chapter (MWC): Important Deadlines for ARCS Foundation, All Members Conference
Questions on registration? Please contact:

  • Lorraine Nordlinger, AMC Planning Committee Chair, at (202-285-3935) or
  • Patty Sparrell, MWC President, at (
  • 3/26 - Member/Guest Early Bird Pricing Ends for full AMC registration

  • 4/13 - Deadline to register for AMC/Supreme Court Dinner with à la carte pricing

  • 4/13 - Deadline to register for Spring Celebration & Eagle Award Dinner with à la carte pricing.

  • FYI: Willard Hotel - Sold Out

  • Scroll down to read important details in Patty's note to Members!
Charles O. (Chad) Holliday, Jr. Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
2018 Eagle Awardee
MWC is delighted to announce our Eagle Award will be presented to Mr. Holliday at the Willard Dinner on Friday, April 27th. Read more about his accomplishments here.
University Relations News

George Washington University
Thursday, April 5, 2018

University of Maryland
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Please join MWC for our visits to listen and learn from our chapter scholars and university staff. To RSVP please email Alice.
MWC Winter Featured Scholar

Jenna Osborne, GWU Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
Jenna Osborne, 1st year Mars Scholar, Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at George Washington University (GWU), is our Spring Featured Scholar.

Her research focuses on engineered bone tissue which may be better than conventional bone grafts. Jenna was named as one of GWU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Winners for 2017.
MWC News: New Board Members, Spring Meeting, Photo's of MWC Events
Proposed ARCS Foundation MWC Board Members 2018 -20
  • President-Elect: Danielle Robinson
  • Secretary: Michelle Bailey & Sarah Doverspike
  • VP Communications: Ashley Rehr
  • VP Development: Kristen Bloschock
  • VP Membership: Rebecca McNeilly
  • VP University Relations: Miriam Erickson & Anne Wingo

Also serving in leadership positions:

  • Heartline: Beth Parker
  • Endowment: Jane Riddle
  • Assistant Treasurer: Marlene Bekey

Continuing Officers:
  • President Patty Sparrell
  • Treasurer Kristen Smith
  • VP of Activities Skyer Potter/Melissa Rhoads
  • VP of Administration Amy Mykityshyn
  • VP Finance Sharon Gross
  • VP Membership Carolyn Racich
Save the Date
Spring Meeting and Luncheon: Tuesday, May 22nd

The Spring Meeting will be held at River Bend Country Club, 375 Walker River Road, Great Falls VA.

The meeting will include election of new officers, reports from committee chairs, and a delicious lunch with your MWC friends.

Save the Date:
Scholar Awards Reception
October 25th

  • Georgetown University Visit in Pictures

  • University of Virginia Visit in Pictures

Thank You to Awesome MWC Members!
Winter Holiday Party : A huge thank you to Marie Carr and her committee for planning a lovely evening of dancing, dinner, and special surprises.

Winter Meeting & Trivia : Thanks to Susan Trice and her committee for a successful and fun winter event.

Nominating : Special thanks to Jane Riddle, Chair of Nominating for coordinating all the new board members and to her committee: Doris Pierson, Past Nominating Chair, Sarah Doverspike, Beth Parker, Anne Wingo, Karen Finkbiner, and Betty Polutchko. We appreciate you!

Special Thanks : Thank you to Ronnie Raju, VP Finance for her many years of service on the MWC Board of Directors (2015 - 2018) and to Sharon Gross for stepping up and filling out the remainder of Ronnie's term. Thanks to Danielle Robinson for her help in many ways with different MWC projects.
John Hickey, JCM Scholar, JHU, Develops Cool App!
John Hickey, a JCM Scholar at Johns Hopkins University is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He is also teaching his first university level class. Feeling he needed more feedback from students, John developed an app that provides real-time feedback and allows students to provide great interaction with their professor. Read more about John's app here.
Invite a Friend to Spring Celebration and Eagle Dinner
Would you like to invite a friend to the fabulous Spring Celebration and Eagle Award Dinner on Friday, April 27th? Please look for the invitation and link on the front of the MWC web page.
Deadline to sign up is April 13th.

Link to web page is below.

Hello ARCS MWC Members,

Great news - we have 165 registered for the All Members Conference including at least one person from each of the 15 chapters. I feel sure as we draw closer to the date that more members will sign up making this a truly special event! Thank you to Lorraine Nordlinger and the planning committee for working all the details to make this event a success.

As a reminder, our Spring Celebration and Eagle Dinner (Friday, 4/27) are a part of the All Member Conference this year. Our honoree, Chad Holliday, Jr., Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, is an outstanding candidate and has done much to support STEM throughout his career -- as a career engineer as well a member and past president of the National Academy of Engineers.

A few important notes about the Eagle Dinner, (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) which features a sit down dinner, with salad, entree, and a special chocolate dessert and wine. Please note that this year, the Eagle Dinner features a cash bar which ensures that everyone attending the event gets to select the beverage of their choice to enjoy the evening.

Not only is the dinner our annual spring celebration, it is also the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of our chapter. Jane Riddle, past president, is creating a slide show honoring the history of our organization. She has been combing our archives and has found some real gems. I think you'll enjoy the show and the memorabilia. MWC ARCS Light for 2016-17 Karen Finkbiner, will be the hospitality room hostess, so please look forward to enjoying conversation with Karen in hospitality!

And a note about parking, members are welcome to park at the Willard Hotel but please know it is $35 per day and $55 for overnight. There are numerous parking garages within.1 mile of the Willard so please check Parking Panda or google to secure a convenient location.

Thursday (4/26) evening's Supreme Court dinner is a once in a lifetime opportunity and hopefully all of our members will take advantage of this chance to come to court. I know I can't wait to hear from The Honorable Anthony Kennedy, Senior Associate Justice, the Supreme Court of the United States of America. I would like to thank Marie Carr for all her efforts to make this dinner a special night for all.

I highly recommend you review the Conference program for the other events. Highlights including:

  • The Honorable Barbara Comstock (10th, VA), will kick off Wednesday's evening reception
  • Dr. Shameema Skider, MWC Member, Director, Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lynn Dillion, MWC past president and member, recognized at Friday ARCS Light luncheon as the MWC 2017-18 ARCS Light
  • Friday morning networking breakfast - a great opportunity to meet other peers participating on various ARCS committee and other chapters.

I am so excited to be a part of this dynamic wonderful group and look forward to seeing you in April.



Patricia T. Sparrell
ARCS Foundation, Metro Washington Chapter

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