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CAUS Connections: October 2011


Winterim and Spring 2012 Registration Fast Approaching: Are You Ready? Back to Top

Registration for all College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS) students will open on Friday, October 28. That means that you have about a week to look over the Winterim and Spring 2012 course schedules, decide which classes you are going to take, and schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor (if needed).

Registration is always an exciting time at Notre Dame, so the CAUS staff would like to take a few minutes to remind you about important registration tips and policies.

  • Schedules will be available online via WebAdvisor (you will receive an email when schedules are available).
  • If possible, you should take the classes required for your major when they are offered. Because classes are offered on a rotating basis, it may be a year or two before the class is offered again.
  • The sooner you register, the better! Some of the more popular classes fill up fast, so register early to avoid waitlists.
  • Students using Federal Financial Aid are required to register for at least six credits in the spring.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss registration options. Not sure who your advisor is? Send an email to CAUS with "Who's My Advisor" as the subject and include your name in the email.

Spotlight on Classes: Winter 2012 Back to Top

HIS 332-20: The First Emperor’s Tomb: History, Art and Archaeology
(Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


Thirty-seven years ago, farmers digging a well near the city of Xi’an in northwest China made one of the greatest archeological finds of our time, the tomb of China’s first unifier and emperor (Qin shi huangdi, reigned 221-210 BCE). Partial exploration has revealed an army of thousands of individualized life-size terracotta warriors and horses, large numbers of bronze weapons, and many other artifacts. 

This course examines the fascinating evidence from the tomb from the perspectives of history, art, and archeology. Students discuss reading and draw upon rich resources including thousands of digitized images, hours of recorded interviews with scholars, and “The  Emperor and the Assassin,” a full-length movie filmed in China with leading actors in 1999 (in Mandarin with English subtitles).

For more information, please contact Dr. Dray-Novey at adraynovey@ndm.edu


Staff Member: Lynne Eccleston Back to Top

Newsletter staff recently sat down with Lynne Eccleston, the Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies. Lynne, who spends much of her time at NDM meeting with prospective and current students and communicating with department chairs and faculty about CAUS classes and adult-learner needs, is a native of York, P.A. and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication from Clarion University. A book-enthusiast, Lynne enjoys exploring nature, but spends most of her time with her adorable five-month- old son, Joseph (pictured with Lynne here) and husband, Joe. Lynne, described by her coworkers as down-to-earth, funny and dedicated, took some time to provide us with a bit of insight into her life.

V.G.: How long have you been with the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS)?
L.E.: Almost two years.

V.G.: What made you decide to work with the adult student population?
L.E.: My first job in higher education was working in student services which allowed me to interact with students of varied ages.  I found myself gravitating toward a preference of adult students because I respected how they committed to their education.  Many adult students are parents, working full time, and adding school on top of all of their other responsibilities.  I am constantly amazed at how adult students balance it all.

V.G.: Can you describe a memorable or rewarding experience you have had while working with CAUS students?
L.E.: Many times I am meeting with prospective students who are nervous about going back to school, and they start to question their decision.  Any time I am able to encourage and support a student as they sort through their feelings is rewarding.

V.G.: What is the one thing you think adult students should know that will help make them successful at Notre Dame?
L.E.: I think that students will find success at Notre Dame when they embrace the Notre Dame Community.  Reach out and explore the campus and the different support offices we have put in place to help make our students successful.  Don’t wait to research your options either. Know where the Writing Center is. Know who your faculty/staff advisor is and how to contact him or her.  Know what library services we offer. Explore a Child’s Place for daycare options. Also remember to network with other classmates while you are in your classes. The person you are sitting next to today may already be employed by your dream employer…!


Current Student: Nick Talios Back to Top

“I am excited about the promise of the new academic year and the prospect of graduation in May. Our new university status and the options it creates for students also inspires me.”

We sat down with Nick Talios, a current Liberal Arts student in the Weekend/Evening program, to discuss his thoughts about Notre Dame of Maryland University and his life and career goals. Intelligent, funny, and kind-hearted, Nick is not the only Talios member who has walked the halls of Notre Dame. His daughter, Marie, is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership in Teaching Program!

V.G.: When did you begin as a CAUS student?
N. T.: I began matriculating in the CAUS Program at Notre Dame in the Winter of 2009.

V.G.: Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame?
N. T..: I chose Notre Dame because it fit my schedule and allowed me the flexibility I was looking for in an adult environment.

V.G. What are you studying?
N. T..: I am currently studying a multi-faceted liberal arts curriculum with a minor in business.

V.G.: Where are you employed?
N.T.: I am employed by Federal Express as a customer service specialist in sales.

V.G.: What do you hope to accomplish with your degree (professionally and/or personally)?
N.T.: Obtaining my degree from Notre Dame will not only be a personal accomplishment, but it will help me to achieve my goals on a professional level as well. I have a desire to become a corporate trainer or teacher.

V. G.: Describe a memorable experience that you have had as a CAUS student.
N. T.: Although no one experience stands out as memorable, I am inspired each time I set foot on our campus. For an adult learner, I am humbled by the opportunity to integrate with people who are goal-oriented and driven to achieve their personal best every day.

V.G.: What is an important insight that you have learned as a CAUS student that you wish to convey to other CAUS students?
N. T.: The most important insight that I have learned as a CAUS student is that you are not alone. There is a system in place to support success in all aspects of student life. The best accomplishment however is to stimulate others to prosper and to remain loyal by investing in the future of Notre Dame.


Free Halloween Movie Screening Back to Top

When: Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Knott Auditorium

All are welcome at Hall Council’s free Halloween movie, The Others. Movie will begin at 8 p.m. in Knott Auditorium on Saturday, October 29th. Be sure to bring family and friends!


Star Spangled Chorus of Dundalk Back to Top

When: Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m. 
Where: LeClerc Auditorium

The Star Spangled Chorus of Dundalk, an award-winning women’s barbershop chorus under the leadership of Shirley Coffman, will present a selection of lively music for the whole family.

More Information: Ernest Ragogini, 410-532-5386


Sharia (Muslim) Law: Fact and Fiction Back to Top

When: Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.  
Where: Feeley International Center (Multipurpose Rm.)

The Religious Studies Department presents an interactive lecture on Muslim law by Dr. Faheem Younus, M.D. Registration required. A potluck before the lecture begins at 6 p.m.
Registration is required to attend. Please contact Eileen Eppig, SSND at eeppig@ndm.edu or 410-532-5307 if you would like to attend.


Polish Your Professionalism Back to Top

When: Friday, November 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Theresa Hall, ACE Center (basement)

This exciting and interactive workshop, presented by the Academic Career and Enrichment Center, will teach you how to dress for success and how to impress potential employers. All are welcome.


Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief Back to Top

Friday, November 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.
Friday, November 11, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.

Marian B. Copeland Theatre (Lower Level of LeClerc)

$4 students; $10 general admission (first weekend).
$5 students; $12 general admission (second weekend).

Dr. Gene Farrington, 410-532-5518

Directed by Professor Gene Farrington, Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief, tells the story of Shakespeare’s Othello from Desdemona’s point of view. The humorous production will feature student actors and will be performed in the Copeland, our black box theater.


Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes Back to Top

Once you've found an appropriate source, read through it once looking for the main ideas and arguments that the author presents. Then, evaluate the material. Does it support your own argument? Does it make you think about something differently? Will it enhance your argument if you include it as a reference?

After you've found a good article, take notes. Does anything strike you as particularly compelling? Are there some direct quotes that support your argument (if you copy anything directly, make sure you indicate that by using quotation marks in your notes so you'll remember to do so in your final paper!).Make sure you compile all of your notes in the same place. If you choose to do so electronically, consider creating a Word document. List all of your main ideas and arguments in bold, leaving room between each new idea. Then, fill in the empty spaces below each topic with your notes from your reference materials. Remember to list the source after you add each note. This will make it easier for you to add your in-text citations and works cited page later.


What is the hardest part about writing a research paper? Back to Top


Why You Chose the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies at NDM Back to Top

Thank you CAUS students! We received so many CAUS stories that we will be including them in the next several issues.

Congratulations to Christina Sammy, whose name was drawn to receive the $125 registration fee waiver for Spring 2012!

After attending several local colleges, I was convinced that college was not for me. I decided to withdraw from college and enter the workforce full-time while I figured out my educational and career goals. One year later I decided to enroll part-time in the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS) and absolutely loved it. I wanted to find a college that offered an environment that made learning and attending classes enjoyable and CAUS was the perfect fit!  The schedule of classes in the evenings and weekends allowed me to remain working full-time as I aggressively pursued my Bachelor's degree. The atmosphere of the college is very flexible as the professors understand the difficulty of attending college while still maintaining full-time careers, families, and many additional responsibilities.  The small class size creates an intimate learning environment in which students are able to learn not only from the professors, but the other students who can speak from personal experience in a variety of fields.

CAUS has given me the opportunity to complete my Bachelor’s degree and pursue the field of Human Services after I graduate in May 2012.  The University is able to fulfill my schedule requirements, create an atmosphere that I enjoy, and develop my passion for learning and the field of Human Services.  If it wasn’t for CAUS, I don’t know when or if I would have earned my Bachelor’s degree.

~Amy Happel

I never knew how I was going to finish my teaching degree. I was thrilled when I learned about the convenient scheduling of the adult college. As an adult learner, I have many responsibilities that I juggle on a daily basis. I am the proud mother of a 7-month-old and a 10-year-old. My fourth grader is a member of 3 different group/clubs that demand practice and time. I work full time as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for a low income school. I was always asked, "How are you going to fit education into your schedule?"

I was able to return to college on a part time accelerated basis which allows me to earn my Bachelor's Degree by going to one class one day a week. By 2013, I will have graduated. Currently, through all the running around and late nights, I have a 4.0 grade point average. I strive to maintain this grade for not only does it help me, but it also helps my children learn and grow and the children whom I teach.

~Julie Brawley

If Notre Dame of Maryland University didn’t offer this option for enrollment there is no possible way I would ever attain my Bachelor’s Degree. I am a wife, mother of two, business manager, homemaker, caregiver, student and more. Sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day for all that has to be accomplished. Registering for weekend and evening courses at CAUS helps make my dream to one day graduate from Notre Dame a possibility.

My mother (Bridget Weatherstine) is currently enrolled in CAUS as well, which is how I learned about this school and program. She is a full time business professional and hopes to advance her career with a degree in Business. Together we strive to one day have both of our B.A. Business Degrees hanging on the wall in her and my home office, side by side. Nothing would give me greater pride!

~Christina Sammy


Meet and Treat Back to Top

Stop by the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies Office (Fourier Hall, Room 002) on Saturday, October 29 to say hello and pick up a delicious Halloween treat.

Happy Halloween!


October Contest: Send Us Your Halloween Photos! Back to Top

Send us Halloween photos of yourself in costume, your children in costume, or even your pets in costume for a chance to win some NDM goodies from the book store! Winners will be chosen in each of the following categories: Scariest, Most Creative, Funniest and Most Beautiful/Cute.

Entering is easy! Simply email your photographs as a JPG or GIF attachment to caus@ndm.edu. Don’t forget to include your name. Winners will be revealed and featured in November’s issue. Good luck!