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C�������� N��� � N���� Dulin Church Does Virtual Blessings of Animals Dulin United Methodist Church will be having its Virtual Blessing of Animals during its 10 a.m. online service on Sunday, Oct. 11. Pastor Dave will bless parishioners’ cats, dogs, hermit crabs or whatever other pets they have. Those interested in joining in should watch the service at 10 a.m. at dulinchurch.org, in order to make sure that important member of their family receives a blessing.

Marymount Rises in ‘Best College’ Rankings For the third consecutive year, Marymount University has risen in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings from 2021. After jumping more than 20 spots in last year’s list, Marymount is once again moved up among the Best Regional Universities in the South – now ranked at No. 31 in the region (No. 37 in 2020 Rankings). The University also improved its standing in four other regional categories as well: • No. 1 for Most International

Students (#2 in 2020) • No. 2 for Campus Ethnic Diversity (#3 in 2020) • No. 18 for Best Colleges for Veterans (#21 in 2020) • No. 51 for Best Value (#58 in 2020) “We are at the beginning of a new era for this University, one in which we will reach national recognition for our student success, alumni achievement and faculty and staff excellence,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “These latest rankings prove what we at Marymount already know – our community is incredibly unique, we have something important to offer all of our students and that momentum is on our side. This is great news, and it’s so rewarding to have our efforts recognized.” According to data that stretches back to 2014, the 2021 ranking of No. 31 overall in the region is the highest mark that Marymount has achieved in the Best Colleges Rankings. The scores from U.S. News & World Report are determined through several weighted key measures of quality that consist of graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance,

social mobility, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduate indebtedness.

New Board Members for F.C. Homeless Shelter Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide winter shelter and other services to individuals with need in the Greater Falls Church area, recently elected new board members and officers. In conjunction with New Hope Housing, Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter operates the City of Falls Church’s winter hypothermia shelter on Gordon Road in Falls Church. The shelter is open every night from Nov. 15 – March 31. Two new members were also elected to Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter’s board, Luis Frontera and Robert Sharp. Both have been long-term committed supporters of the Shelter. Lastly, John Krotzer was elected as Co-Vice Chair of the board and Jim O’Keefe was elected as Recording Secretary of the board.

TREE OF POSITIVE ACTIONS is a sculpture by Falls Church artist Marc Robarge where audience participation is crucial to its expressive power. Observers are asked to respond by reflecting, then writing a specific positive action they will take to address systemic racism. The piece is a part of Sculpture Now 2020 at McLean Project for the Arts (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Learn more at mpaart.org. (P����: C������� M��� R������) The officers were elected for two-year terms, beginning immediately. Robert Fletcher will continue as Chair of the board;

Frankie Clogston will continue as Co-Vice Chair; and Martha Mothershead will continue as Corresponding Secretary.

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