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CAUS Connections: December 2012



Applications for the Continuing Studies Scholarship, a specially-designated scholarship for College of Adult Undergraduate Students only, are due by Thursday, Dec. 20th.


The scholarship, made possible by the generosity of CAUS alumnae and friends of Notre Dame, offers financial assistance to adult students who are balancing their professional and personal lives with their academic pursuits in CAUS.


Scholarships will be awarded as either one full course cost (up to $1485) or one half course cost (up to $750). In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be accepted and enrolled in a degree program; have at least 12 completed credits at Notre Dame with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher; have a completed FAFSA on file that demonstrates financial need; and submit a completed scholarship application form prior to the deadline of Dec. 20th.


Applications were sent to all CAUS students via their Notre Dame email accounts earlier this month. Students can request a copy of the application form by emailing caus@ndm.edu.


Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to help fund tuition costs for the Spring 2013 semester!






Many students will admit that they tend to register last minute for classes for a variety of reasons. They have not had time to think about the classes that they want to take yet. They prefer to wait until after the busy holiday season. They want to see their fall grades before they decide on spring classes. They do not have the money to pay for classes right now.

These are only some of the reasons why students tend to put off registering for classes. However, the advantages of registering for classes early far outnumber the reasons students give for waiting.

Here are the top nine reasons to register for classes early, according to Notre Dame’s own faculty and staff:

Confirm your seat in the class.


Sooner or later, it happens to most students. They go to register for a class only to find out that the class has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.


Registering early confirms that you have a seat in the class that you want/need. Crisis averted!



Ensure that you have access to the class’ Joule component in a timely manner.


Students who wait until the last minute to register often find that they have a problem accessing the class on Joule. That’s because students are added to Joule classroom sites on a cyclical basis. Registering early ensures that you are among the first individuals to access Joule, read through important information, and obtain your future assignments. The early bird gets the worm here!



Get a jump start on reading and assignments.


It’s only logical. The sooner you register for a class, the sooner you can begin receiving important emails from the professor, read through your syllabus, and get started on your assignments and readings. Show your instructor that you’re on top of your game at that very first class meeting!



Get the best deals on textbooks.


Have you ever noticed that the earlier you purchase your textbooks, the better the deals are? Most students tend to look for used books or books available for rent because of their lower sticker prices. When you register early, you increase your chances of obtaining that much sought after discounted book. A dollar saved is a dollar earned!



Enter the busy holiday season with peace of mind.

The holiday season is busy enough without the added stress of trying to figure out what classes you want to register for and arranging an appointment with your advisor. Save yourself a lot of anxiety by registering early. Santa Claus (and your advisor) will thank you!



Show department chairs and faculty members that there is an interest in the class.


One of the things that advisors dread most is having to inform their advisees that a class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. If enough students register in advance for a class, it’s less likely that the class will be cancelled at a later date. Stand up and be counted!



Provide a good example for your classmates.


When other students hear that you have already registered for classes, the chances are high that they will register too! Be a leader and encourage others to follow in your footsteps. Hold your head high and proudly lead the way to Web Advisor (or the Registrar’s Office).



Payment plans are available.


Some students put off registering for classes because they do not want to receive a tuition bill in the mail. But, did you know that you can arrange to pay your bill in monthly installments through Notre Dame’s FACTS payment plan? Visit or call the Business Office at 410-532-5744 to get all the facts (and just the facts!) on the payment plan.



Avoid those “friendly reminders” from your faculty and staff advisors.


While it’s true that advisors love speaking with students and hearing how their classes are going and how much they’re enjoying Notre Dame, they do not particularly enjoy having to inundate inboxes or voicemail messaging systems with constant reminders regarding registration. Be proactive: Contact your advisor before he/she contacts you. They’ll love you for it!






The entire CAUS staff (including those not pictured) wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!







Notre Dame of Maryland University offers its students what many other colleges do not: a Winter (or “Winterim”) semester. What better way to combat those post-holiday January blues than to enroll in a Winterim course, learn something new and exciting, and partake in lively classroom discussions?

The Winterim semester stretches over the month of January, with the majority of courses being offered on four consecutive Saturdays. Wherein students may take multiple classes in the spring, summer, or fall semesters, students may take only one class in the winter, allowing for concentrated study in one particular area.

Most Winterim classes will fulfill a general education requirement for students; others will count as a general elective. It’s a wonderful opportunity to build up elective credits (every student needs at least 120 credits to graduate) to supplement total credit counts.

Perhaps most exciting of all: All matriculated CAUS students are exempt from the $130 registration fee for Winterim.

So what’s stopping you?  Visit Web Advisor (http://advisor.ndm.edu) today or pick up a registration form for the Winterim semester and register for one of the exciting classes below before it’s too late:


BUS 255-20: Personal Financial Management

No prerequisites


BUS 411-90: Topics – Supreme Justice: Setting Business Policy

No prerequisites


COM 325-01: Film Themes – Horror

Fulfills fine arts requirement; no prerequisites


COM 401-20: Writing for the Web

No pre-requisites


CRM 315-01: Victims of Crime

Prerequisite: CRM 101


ENG 230-20: Gothic Fiction

Fulfills literature requirement; no prerequisites


HIS 336-20: The Silver Age of Russia

Fulfills history requirement; no prerequisites


PHL 201-20: Introduction to Philosophy

Fulfills 200 level PHL requirement; no prerequisites


RST 360-20: Islam

Fulfills 300/400 level RST requirement

Prerequisite: RST 201


A complete and up-to-date listing of all Winterim courses can be found on WebAdvisor.






Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the interest in learning more about Islam and the interactions between America and the Muslim world has increased exponentially, says Religious Studies Professor Mohamad Arafat.

Professor Arafat, who will teach RST 360-20: Islam in the Winterim, emphasizes the importance of individuals obtaining an accurate understanding of the Muslim religion, culture, and individuals who practice the faith.

“In light of the many misconceptions people have about Islam and Muslims due to a host of historic and social factors, learning about the faith, culture, history and way of life of nearly two billion Muslims around the world is going to benefit students now and in the future,” says Arafat. “Domestically, American society is becoming more diverse both culturally and religiously. Muslims in America, regardless of being converts or immigrants from around the world, have become much more visible in the mosaic of America,” he says.

Arafat’s Islam class, which will include group discussions, power points, videos, a guest speaker, and a field trip to the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, MD, will cover the main teachings of Islam such as: the five pillars of Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the sources of Islamic Law, the rise and fall of the Muslim communities throughout history, spirituality and women in Islam, family law, the differences between the Sunni and Shi’a communities, the political system in Islam, Islamic art and civilization, and the recent interactions between Islam and the West.

A graduate of Shari’ah (Islamic law) from Damascus University in Syria, Professor Arafat has much experience observing and learning from both the Syrian and American cultures. An avid traveler who has visited countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Arafat has garnered a unique understanding of how Islam has influenced Muslims in light of their cultural backgrounds.

He will bring his experience and expertise to Notre Dame in January. Register now to ensure your seat in the class!







Have you ever wanted to learn how to plan an event, draw up a comprehensive budget, or create a detail-driven schedule? Eager to see how those wedding planners and event coordinators manage to produce and direct an entire event from party invitation to favor bag?  If so, you may consider registering for COM 375-20: Event Planning in Spring 2013!

Professor Alicia Crosby, Manager of Membership and Chapter Relations for the National Associate for Catering and Events, will bring her several years of experience in the industry to the Event Planning class. Formerly the Facility Rental Coordinator and Director of Administration for the American Visionary Art Museum, Crosby has spent over ten years in event planning, planning weddings, corporate retreats, holiday parties, and nonprofit fundraisers for hundreds of clients at a time.

The class, which will include guest speakers, readings, site visits, and marketing practice, will foster the development of event planning skills as students work independently and together to research and plan fictitious events of their own.







The word “winter” has come to be synonymous with “cold,” “dark,” “dreary,” and that dreaded four-letter word: “snow.”

It’s almost inevitable: In the midst of holiday shopping, family parties, and December/January classes at Notre Dame of Maryland University, the sky will turn a grayish-blue, the sounds of nature will dull to a quiet hum, and the air will fill with the unmistakable, crisp scent of approaching snowfall. 

When that first snowflake falls (and sticks!) to the pavement, the first thought on almost every student’s mind is: “Will I have class today?”

Luckily, there are several quick and easy ways to find the answer to that very important question!

Perhaps the easiest way is to sign up for automatic text message alerts through Notre Dame’s mass notification system. This system sends text messages instantly to registered users’ cell phones, PDAs, Blackberries, pagers, smart phones, and email addresses once an official decision has been made.

To sign up for the service, simply go online and fill out the short registration form. Standard text messaging fees apply to all messages sent to your device.

If instant text messaging does not sound appealing, students can also call Notre Dame’s Weather Line at 410-532-5151 for up-to-date information regarding opening status, check Notre Dame’s homepage, or watch the school closings report on WBAL.

When classes are cancelled, students are encouraged to check the Joule page for the class or to look for an email from instructors regarding instructions for submitting assignments and possible changes to the schedule.

Students who are taking cohort classes at off-site locations are encouraged to look for updates regarding that particular site’s opening status. If Notre Dame of Maryland University is closed, but the off-campus location is open, classes will continue there as scheduled.







All graduation applications for May 2013 are due by Dec. 1, 2012. If you plan to graduate in May 2013, you must fill out a graduation application and submit it by the due date. If you do not submit a graduation application, you will not receive your diploma and you will not be permitted to participate in May’s Commencement events.

Students who are scheduled to graduate in May 2013 will receive correspondence via postal mail in the spring regarding Commencement activities and dates, tickets, appropriate attire and RSVP procedures.






Students, faculty, and staff entering the CAUS Office may have noticed a new, yet familiar, person sitting at the front desk in recent months.

Morgan Randall, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s Women’s College, is now the Admissions Assistant for the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies. She serves as the first point of contact for prospective and current students in CAUS.  

Morgan brings her background in Communication Arts as well as her passion for journalism and creative writing to the team. Her familiarity with the University and the surrounding area, coupled with her personal experiences as a former student, make her a vital asset to CAUS. If you see her, make sure to stop by and welcome her to the team. We’re all thrilled to have her here!






Dec. 1:  Annual Holiday Bazaar


9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MBK Gymnasium



Dec. 2: Christmas Songs by Concert Choir

2:00 p.m.

Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation


Dec. 6: Polish Your Professionalism Workshop

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Feeley International Center (FIC), 003

To RSVP email ace@ndm.edu


Dec. 6: First Thursdays Information Session

5:30 p.m.

Fourier Hall, 1st Floor



Dec. 11: Student Exhibition in Art

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Gormley Galley (Fourier, 2nd Floor)



Dec. 22-26: NDM Campus Closed


Dec. 29-Jan. 1: NDM Campus Closed