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CAUS Connections: December 2011

 

Finals, Holidays, and Registration: Oh My! Back to Top

 

With finals, Christmas shopping, and the holidays right around the corner, you may have put registering for Winterim and Spring 2012 classes on your back burner of things to do. You’re so busy dealing with your professional obligations and personal life that you just don’t have time to look up classes the classes that you need and register, right? Luckily, the CAUS staff has some tips and tricks to ensure a quick and easy registration process.

    1.) Review the list of available classes online via Web Advisor (http://advisor.ndm.edu). To search for classes, simply click on the blue box that says “Students,” and then the link that says “Search for Sections.” Fill out at least two of the fields with criteria (i.e. term, academic level, section, etc.) and click “submit.”

2.)    Click on the class name to see a detailed course description.

3.)    Remember that if you are receiving financial aid for Spring 2012, you must register for at least 6 credits.

4.)    Verify that you do not have a business office hold on your account that will prevent you from registering. To do so, please call the Business Office at 410-532-5744.

5.)    Please don’t hesitate to contact your faculty advisor and/or CAUS enrollment manager with any registration questions or help registering for classes. That’s why we are here! We can answer questions via phone, email, or a face-to-face advising appointment If you are unsure of your advisor’s direct extension or email, please call our main number at 410-532-5500.

6.)    Don’t wait until the last minute to register! A few classes have already closed and a few others are close behind. Instructors will also cancel classes early if not enough people have registered.  

 

Why Winterim? Why Not?!?! Back to Top

 

Looking for a reason to register for a course during Winterim? All CAUS students enrolled in a degree program are exempt from the $125 registration fee for a Winterim course!

---If you take a Winterim class, you can earn 3 credits in as little as four Saturdays!

---Need to pick up a general education class in fine arts, literature, history, gender studies, cross-cultural studies, or an upper-level religious studies? The Winterim schedule has you covered!

The following classes are being offered during Winterim:

ART 151-20: Washington Museums Study Tour (meets fine arts requirement; no prerequisites)

BUS 255-20: Personal Financial Management (no prerequisites)

CRM 311-20: Topics – From Suites to Streets (prerequisite is CRM 107: Intro to Criminology)

EDU 491-20: Topics – Elementary Reading Materials (no prerequisites)

SPE 326-20: Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (no prerequisites)

ENG 275-20: American Women Writers (meets literature AND gender studies requirements; no prerequisites)

HIS 332-20: The First Emperor’s Tomb (meets history AND cross-cultural requirements; no prerequisites)

RST 305-20: Marriage and Family (meets upper-level RST and gender requirements; prerequisite is RST 201: Intro to Biblical Studies)

Please contact your advisor if you need help registering for a course or if you have any questions about Winterim policies.

 

Moodle’s Joule to Replace Blackboard Learning System in Spring Back to Top

 

Coming soon – Joule. Make sure to check your NDM email accounts for more information in the upcoming weeks regarding this important and exciting transition that will debut in Spring 2012.

 

Feature: Getting to Know Mona Weber Back to Top

Newsletter staff recently interviewed Mona Weber, the Director of Admissions for the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS). A Wisconsin native, Mona previously spent several years living and working in Germany and has traveled to exciting and exotic locations such as Italy, Egypt and Turkey.  Mona’s passion for adult education is highly evident. Always going above and beyond to help students, Mona devotes much of her time and energy to advising both prospective and current students, and communicating the needs of the adult student to the campus community.  

 

V.G.: Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

M.W.: I am first generation Swiss, born in Wisconsin. I moved to Munich, Germany after high school. There I worked for University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in the Study Tours Office where I had the opportunity to travel around and see exciting places such as Italy, Egypt and  Turkey, to name a few. I also worked with the military students and assisted them in completing their degree programs at UMUC. During this time, I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a second degree in business and an elementary teaching certificate while working full time.  While in Europe I also taught for the Department of Defense Schools where I had the pleasure of working with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Once I returned to the States, I completed my graduate degree in Counseling Psychology while working full time at UMUC. So, as you can see, I am a product of adult education and believe in it whole- heartedly.  

V.G.: When did you begin working at Notre Dame?

M.W.: I began working at Notre Dame in January of 2005.

V.G.: Why did you decide to work at Notre Dame?

M.W.: I was impressed with Notre Dame’s dedication to their adult students. 

V.G.: What assets do you think adult students bring to the classroom or to Notre Dame in general?

M.W.: The adult students bring experience to the classroom which is something that cannot be taught. Through their experiences, the learning environment is enhanced, and both the students and faculty involved come away with new information.

V.G.: What is one piece of advice you would like to give to adult students?

M.W.: Never give up!  It may feel like it is a long and hard road to travel to complete your degree, but the rewards at the end are immense. 

V.G.: Can you describe your greatest accomplishment?

M.W.: My greatest accomplishment is being the first one in the family to complete a degree in higher education.  My parents came over with a suitcase in hand and were very successful, but had an 8th grade education.They always pushed me to do well in school and always said that an education is something that can never be taken away from you.

V.G.: What do you like to do in your spare time?

M.W.: In my spare time I like to travel -  It could be an eight hour flight to Austria or just a quick trip to Frederick.

V.G.: Can you describe a memorable moment you have had at Notre Dame or one of your favorite things about Notre Dame?

M.W.: Graduation always touches my heart.  I take great pride in seeing the CAUS students walk down the aisle at commencement.   There is nothing better than seeing someone you spoke to initially as a prospective student finally accomplish what he or she set out to do.It’s not an easy journey, but it's well worth it in the end.

 

 

Feature: Dr. Brian Berry, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies Back to Top

V.G.: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

B.B.: I was born in Peterborough, Ontario, a small town about a hundred miles northeast of Toronto. My father’s father had emigrated from England to Canada at the end of the First World War. After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, I lived in a l’Arche community with mentally disabled adults, entered the Jesuits, taught high school English, worked in social justice ministry in Jamaica, and did graduate studies in philosophy and theology. In 1995, I received my Ph.D. in theology from Boston College, with a dissertation on the theology and ethics of Edward Schillebeeckx. I also married my wife, Susanne, moved to the United States, and began teaching health care ethics at St.  Louis University.

V.G.: When did you begin working at Notre Dame?

B.B.: I began in the fall of 1996 as assistant professor of religious studies.

V.G.: Why did you decide to work at Notre Dame?

B.B.: I was drawn to Notre Dame because it is a Catholic institution sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. I was offered a position teaching both systematic and moral theology to both traditional age students and working adults, and this variety appealed to me.

V.G.: What is your favorite class to teach and why?

B.B.: My favorite class is Christian Ethics, a course I teach every two years in both the Women’s College and CAUS. What I like about the course is that it surveys the entire field of Christian ethics: its history, methods, and application to a range of contemporary moral issues. Students are exposed to the breadth of the Christian moral tradition and to many different perspectives within this tradition.

V.G.: What assets do you think adult students bring to the classroom?

B.B.: Adult students bring extensive life experience, as well as a strong desire to learn whatever will enhance their lives. Religious studies students in particular often bring a passion for ministry to the classroom.

V.G.: What is one piece of advice you would like to give to adult students?

B.B.: Enjoy your studies. Education is a privilege that not everyone receives. It also carries with it a responsibility to share what you have learned with others.

V.G.: Can you describe your greatest accomplishment?

B.B.: My greatest accomplishment was marrying my wife, Susanne.

V.G.: What do you like to do in your spare time?

B.B.: I like to travel whenever I have the chance. International travel is at the top of my list of most enjoyable things to do! In January, I will travel with a group from Notre Dame to Israel and Palestine.

V.G.: Can you describe one of your most favorite things about Notre Dame?

B.B.: Notre Dame is about relationships, both relationships among faculty and staff, and relationships between faculty, staff, and students. It is a pleasure to spend time each day with such good people.

 

Dr. Berry - At a Glance:

Favorite book: The New Testament.

Favorite movie: Babette’s Feast.

Favorite television show: The Nightly News.

Favorite Sports Team: The Montreal Canadiens.

Favorite Quote: “The perfect is the enemy of the good” (Voltaire)

 

Santa Paws: CAUS's Toy and Food Drive for Homeless Pets Back to Top

 

The College of Adult Undergraduate Studies will be collecting toys and treats for homeless dogs and cats for the Christmas season. Please stop by the CAUS office (Fourier Hall, Room 002) to denote a new toy or a sealed box of treats and we will enter your name to receive a registration fee waiver ($125) for either the Spring or Fall 2012 semester (your choice!) Each item you donate will get you another entry into the drawing. We will be accepting donations from now until December 20th and will donate the items to a local shelter. Let’s help make the holiday a little more special for our furry and loyal friends!

 

Tip of the Month: Studying for an Exam Back to Top

 

Many college students feel overwhelmed when they have to study for an exam. How on earth do you cram several weeks of notes into one studying session? The answer is simple. You don’t. Experts agree that the best way to absorb the knowledge you learn from class lectures and readings is to spend 20-30 minutes reading through your notes after each class session ends. There are two key benefits to this strategy. First, research has shown that reviewing material within 24-hours of hearing or reading it increases your retention of that material by about 60%. Second, reviewing your notes allows you to pinpoint areas of confusion, which will prompt you to ask your instructor questions for clarification of the material. Then, when you need to review all of your notes again before an important exam, you are less likely to spend time questioning your notes and more likely to remember the material.

 

Careers: Baltimore Career Fair Back to Top

When: Friday, December 9, 2011
          11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Where:Doubletree by Hilton
           890 Elkridge Landing Road
           Linthicum, MD 21090

The company list will be available on 12/4/2011. This event will showcase companies hiring in the following industries:

  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Banking
  • Consumer Products
  • Customer Service and Call Center
  • Finance/Economics
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate/Mortgage
  • Restaurant and Food Service
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Sales
  • And many more...

For more information, please visit: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/career_fairs/details/MD/Baltimore/December/9/2011/

 

 

 

"Why I Attend the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies" by Denise Mason Back to Top

When my adult children asked me why I was returning to school after 30 years, my answer was: “So you can put BA [Bachelor of Arts] on my tombstone.” Because I am on the downside of my career, everyone knew the decision to finish my degree was not based on job advancement or monetary reward. The truth is that I returned to school for personal fulfillment. I chose CAUS because I wanted a small and friendly school with a Catholic identity.  The School Sisters of Notre Dame taught at my grade school and my high school, so it seemed only natural that they provided instruction at the college level.  The interesting course selections, remarkable faculty, and schedule flexibility are the icing on the cake.

Over the past two years, I have been challenged to meet my potential and in the process, I discovered the depth of my talents. I’ve made many new friends and broadened my outlook on the world.  Remarkably, a managerial position opened up in my company just three weeks ago and I am getting promoted. I would not have been considered for this position if I had not decided to resume my undergraduate studies. Graduation looms on the not too distant horizon and I now believe I want my tombstone to read MA [Master of Arts] as well. 

 

 

Holiday Closures at NDM Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 27th and will remain open through the close of business on Thursday, December 29th.

Notre Dame will also be closed Friday, December 30th through Monday, January 2nd for the New Years holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!

 

Winter Weather and Weather-Related Closures and Delays Back to Top

 

Winter is here and winter weather may be on the way soon!

For up-to-date information regarding any weather-related closures or delays, please call Notre Dame's weather line at 410-532-5151 or visit the main page of the Web site at http://www.ndm.edu.

 

October's Halloween Costume Contest Winners Back to Top

Congratulations to Gregg Simmons and Cheryl Briggs, our Halloween costume contest winners! Gregg channeled his inner-Elvis, while Cheryl's granddaughter was simply "bee-utifal!"