Tower Talk

Table of Contents

NDMU Year in Review
Social Media Connections
December Events
Save the Date for 2018 Events
Spotlight
Class Notes
Alumnae and Alumni News
Volunteer Opportunities
University News
In Memoriam
Update Your Address

NDMU Year in Review

2017 was an active year in the NDMU community. If you’re like us, and wondering where the year went (really, did we blink?!), here’s a glimpse of what happened on campus and in our community:

January

Scaffolding was removed from Gibbons as renovations were nearing completion.

Gibbons with scaffolding

February 

Homecoming 2017 drew an engaged crowd for Gator Basketball.

Crowd at Homecoming 2017

March

Notre Dame students and faculty spent their spring break at the United Nations participating in the Commission on the Status of Women.

Students and faculty at UN Commission on the Status of Women

April

Zachary Arciaga '16 (NDMU School of Nursing) was named a Top Nurse in the region by Baltimore Magazine for his extraordinary contributions to healthcare - specifically in the emergency department. 

Zachary Arciaga '16

May

Commencement celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2017.

New Graduates

June 

New leadership was installed on the Alumnae and Alumni Council. The Alumnae and Alumni Association was renamed the Alumnae and Alumni Community to better reflect our growing family of alums with an intrinsic sense of belonging. 

Members of the Alumnae and Alumni Council

July

NDMU School of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Nicole Culhane was awarded the Maryland Pharmacists Association Mentor of the Year.

Dr. Nicole Culhane

August

Service continues to be a pillar of our community. Sr. Sharon Slear lead a teacher training program in Haiti. 

Sr. Sharon Slear in Haiti

September

So much happened under the Reunion tent in 2017. Relive the weekend and purchase photos here. (Photos are available for purchase until Christmas!) 

Reunion Tent

October

Sister Kathleen Feeley, President Emerita, was honored by Catholic Charities of Baltimore with the Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano Joyful Servant Award. The award recognizes “a person who embodies Msgr. Art's joyful life and spirit and touches the lives of thousands of Marylanders as the monsignor did over his lifetime.” 

Sr. Kathleen Feeley

November

Nearly a hundred members of Notre Dame’s Community came together to join forces with Oxfam America, taking part in a hunger banquet and food drive to raise awareness for world hunger.

2017 Hunger Banquet

NDMU Connections Happen on Campus and on Social Media

NDMU has an active presence on Facebook and Twitter. It's a way to share information instantly and connect with fellow alumnae and alumni. Why stay active on social media? So you won't miss notifications like these...our most popular social media post of all-time:

Aiyana Rodgers '20

Henrietta Lacks’ name is synonymous with medical research. Her DNA cells are credited with helping to create dozens of medical breakthroughs. Today, her great-granddaughter, Aiyana Rodgers '20, is a student at Notre Dame of Maryland University and she’s hoping to continue her family’s legacy. Read the full article.

Like and follow the pages for the most immediate updates! 

Facebook

Twitter

December Events

Advent and Christmas Eve Mass: Sundays, December 10, 17, 24

Please join us for the remaining Sundays of Advent to celebrate with candlelight mass at 8 p.m. in Marikle Chapel. During mass, on Sundays, December 10 and 17, we will light the Advent Wreath and welcome volunteers to participate in this tradition. Please contact Sr. Mary Kerber if you are interested in volunteering. 

All are welcome to attend the Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, December 24 at 4 p.m. in Marikle Chapel.

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events

Comedy with Notre Dame: Tuesday, January 23

Need a good laugh? Join Notre Dame alumnae and alumni for a night out with a Baltimore Improv Group show: Tuesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. A separate email with ticket information will follow in the new year.

Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business: Tuesday, February 13

Please save the date for the annual Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business with featured speaker and Mayor of Baltimore City, Catherine Pugh: Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.

Early-Bird Networking: Wednesdays, February 7, March 7, April 4

No time for evening networking? Rise and shine with career-focused networking events on the Notre Dame campus before your work day begins! Each event begins at 7:30 a.m. More information will follow. 

Reunion 2018: October 5-7

Join the planning committee! Reunion is for everyone and in 2018 we will especially celebrate alums in class years ending in “3” and “8.” Interested in joining the committee? Contact Aliza Ross, Director of Alumnae and Alumni Relations: 410-532-3184 or aross@ndm.edu

Spotlight

Through this new section we aim to connect you to recent additions or familiar campus faces in a new way!

Mary Kerber, SSND is the Director of Campus Ministry and Service. She joined the Notre Dame community in February 2017.

Sr. Mary Kerber

What does your University position entail?

My work surrounds campus ministry and service. While both are interconnected and matters of the heart, they each have their own transformational agenda. My role in both is to assist our community—as a whole, in parts, and as individuals—with their own inner transformative experience. I do this within the framework of our Catholic institution as it promotes the spiritual dimension of the person as well as socially responsible relationships.

Integral human development is a participative experience. In developing ourselves we must help develop others; that’s the service piece of my role. I’m also here to help people embrace difference as we also recognize that we share many common values. We must continue to have dialogue between faith traditions of all sorts which helps individuals better know and deepen their own way of looking at life, appreciate diversity, and learn from each other. The Office of Campus Ministry is here to help provide a framework for human development, help those searching for the deeper meaning of life, and organize and lead opportunities for spiritual transformation and religious development.

What’s been most surprising about your new position or Notre Dame in general?

Actually, I was most surprised before I began the position. In my interview I learned that there is a deep consciousness of our mission here. People know it, they’re excited about it, they can articulate it, and they actively try to find ways to live that mission. That’s a big part of what drew me to NDMU and why I accepted the role.

What’s also surprising, and this is having come from living abroad in African cultures for 31 years, is how reticent people are to talk about their spiritualties. In the United States, it’s a private affair. In Africa, it’s so public. Africans in general are so very relational and life there is not at the pace we’re familiar with. Sure, people are busy there too, but Africans exude a kind of hospitality that makes time for people. For instance, it is required to greet someone the first time you see them that day. It is amazing to see what this does to make you feel connected to people. I’d encourage those reading this interview to see what happens if they greeted each person they saw in the course of a day.

We’re now at the mid-point in the academic calendar. What’s been the most rewarding experience you’ve had in the first half? What are you most looking forward to in the spring?

Since I’m not through a whole year yet, I’m still focusing on getting to know the people of Notre Dame, in particular the students. Freshmen orientation and visits to the NDMU 100 classes have been wonderful ways to get to know this group. Building relationships is such an important part of education—that’s been most fulfilling.

I’ve also very much enjoyed our office’s programs this semester. On the spiritual side, Peace Pole Prayers, Busy Person’s Retreat, and Sunday evening Mass, especially, have been great. We’ve begun building a small community of “regulars” at our Sunday mass—it is another great way to build relationships.

On the service learning end, our office has led or been involved in a number of meaningful experiences including an injustice tour, work with Project Homeless Connect, and a Sleep Out—a deeply moving simulation experience where we learned from members of Baltimore City’s homeless community.

As we continue with programming in the spring semester we’re still building the scaffolding for different types of participation and figuring out which initiatives are meaningful.

Balance is something we all strive to find. How do you find the balance you need? Any practical tips?

My life is of a whole, really. I can’t separate the personal from my ministry because my ministry is personal to me. My ministry is about relationships. These relationships are very, very important to me, as are my friendships, just on a different level. In all, I’m working on putting down roots on the East Coast and in the United States after having been away for so long. I’m moving slowly. I do find joy in my own daily quiet contemplation, in nature, music, and reading. I take a more “focused” approach to life than “balanced.”

What are you reading right now?

I usually have a few books going at once. Right now I’m reading four: one about world religions, another about the cross and resurrection, Barking to the Choir, and Wisdom Jesus.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

I’m not a native to the East Coast and after having lived abroad for three decades, my return to the United States has been all the more surprising. There are ways I feel like a stranger in this country. I feel grounded through my work as an SSND and being in SSND institution. So where I am now feels most like home to me.

One more thing: I have a strong belief that charism is not only an SSND value…it’s accessible to anyone who participates in any of the SSND affiliate institutions. Everyone has an important role in carrying out charism as charism is a living thing.

Class Notes

Hailey Hassan '12 authored a law article. Read the full article here. 

President Marylou Yam was in attendance at The Nobuko Forum at the Japanese Embassy, hosted by the ambassador's wife, Nobuko Sasae. The Forum is a dialogue that seeks to empower young professional women by lifting up the experiences and insights of women leaders from both the US and Japan. The Forum featured The Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, and Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kiyomi Buker '91 is the Social Secretary to the Japanese Ambassador.

Kiyomi Buker and Dr. Yam
Kiyomi Buker '91, Social Secretary to the Japanese Ambassador and NDMU President Marylou Yam.

Alumnae and Alumni News

Join the dynamic SSND duo of Sister Therese Marie Dougherty and Sister Theresa Lamy for a summertime tour exploring the Roman wonders of France – temples, bridges, theatres and more! Travel from Nice to Paris, ending your sojourn with a guided visit to the Louvre.

When: July 1 – 12, 2018
Cost: $4,150 including airfare ($3,145 land only)
Price Includes: Welcome dinner, hotel, daily breakfast, service and taxes, guided tours, entrance fees and rail travel

More information is available through Margo Cunniffe '89, Director for International Education, mcunniffe@ndm.edu

Tower Talk 2017-2018

This publication has moved to a bimonthly schedule. This issue covers news for November and December. The next issue will cover January and February and will be available close to the start of February, 2018. 

Online Degrees at NDMU

As an NDMU alum, you know how beneficial an NDMU education is. You also know that people learn in various ways. NDMU is meeting those needs. Perhaps you’re familiar with our hybrid courses; those that offer education in combined face-to-face and online format. But are you familiar with our 100% online programs? These special programs feature rolling admissions, multiple entry dates, no previous on-campus experience, and the same personalized support NDMU provides.

So what’s available under the 100% online umbrella?

Graduate Programs
Bachelor’s Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

Reunion 2018 Committee

We are looking for volunteers in class years ending in years 3 and 8 to help us plan next year’s celebration. If you are interested in helping raise the bar for Reunion success, this committee welcomes you. We seek volunteers to collaborate on program planning, fundraising, class participation, and attendance outreach. For more information, and to volunteer, email the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations. Committee meetings will begin in late January.

Notre Dame Fund

There’s still time to make a year-end gift to the Notre Dame Fund!

There’s still time to donate! Your contribution can have a significant impact on a Notre Dame student.

To receive a charitable tax receipt for your 2017 tax return, please make your gift to the Notre Dame Fund by December 31st. You can make your online gift right now or call 410-532-3197.

One Day. One NDMU. Feb. 6, 2018

University News

Notre Dame of Maryland University has partnered with the University of Baltimore School of Law to create a new dual degree program that will allow Notre Dame students, who qualify, to start attending law school after their junior year of classes.​

Signing the UB/NDMU agreement

The two universities signed a matriculation agreement where NDMU students will be able to obtain both an undergraduate degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years, as opposed to the typical seven, saving both the cost of a full year’s tuition as well as time. This agreement also creates a strong pathway for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in law. Students from any major, who meet the requirement will be eligible to gain admission.​

Under the program, Notre Dame students will receive automatic acceptance to the UB Law if they meet certain application qualifications. Students will need a grade point average of at least 3.35 and an LSAT score of 150 to be automatically admitted to the law school (or a GPA of at least 2.75 and an LSAT score of 152). Students that do not meet the criteria will then be considered through the UB Law’s general admission pool.​

“We are honored to partner with the UB School of Law in making accessibility to education on the undergraduate and graduate level more achievable,” says Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. “Through this agreement NDMU is offering our students and prospective students more options in their education experience and options for ways to accomplish their academic goals.”​

Notre Dame students enrolled in the program must have already completed a certain portion of their undergraduate degree as their first year of law school will also be their last year as an undergraduate.​

“This is about staying true to the University’s Mission of helping students achieve intellectual and professional excellence, while at the same time creating a solid connection with a highly-respected law school,” said Debra Franklin, Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Business.​

The credits students take over their first year of law school will transfer back to Notre Dame to complete their requirements for an undergraduate degree.​

Notre Dame has similar programs in place with other universities, but this is the first time it has paired with the University of Baltimore.

Notre Dame of Maryland University has partnered with the University of Baltimore School of Law to create a new dual degree program that will allow Notre Dame students, who qualify, to start attending law school after their junior year of classes.​

The two universities signed a matriculation agreement where NDMU students will be able to obtain both an undergraduate degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years, as opposed to the typical seven, saving both the cost of a full year’s tuition as well as time. This agreement also creates a strong pathway for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in law. Students from any major, who meet the requirement will be eligible to gain admission.​

Under the program, Notre Dame students will receive automatic acceptance to the UB Law if they meet certain application qualifications. Students will need a grade point average of at least 3.35 and an LSAT score of 150 to be automatically admitted to the law school (or a GPA of at least 2.75 and an LSAT score of 152). Students that do not meet the criteria will then be considered through the UB Law’s general admission pool.​

“We are honored to partner with the UB School of Law in making accessibility to education on the undergraduate and graduate level more achievable,” says Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. “Through this agreement NDMU is offering our students and prospective students more options in their education experience and options for ways to accomplish their academic goals.”​

Notre Dame students enrolled in the program must have already completed a certain portion of their undergraduate degree as their first year of law school will also be their last year as an undergraduate.​

“This is about staying true to the University’s Mission of helping students achieve intellectual and professional excellence, while at the same time creating a solid connection with a highly-respected law school,” said Debra Franklin, Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Business.​

The credits students take over their first year of law school will transfer back to Notre Dame to complete their requirements for an undergraduate degree.​

Notre Dame has similar programs in place with other universities, but this is the first time it has paired with the University of Baltimore.

In Memoriam

Charles Elder
Jane Roycroft James '52
John Nolan
Jo Ann Stolley

Update Your Address

Social media is just one way to keep in touch with NDMU. We want to keep in touch with you in other ways, too! If you've moved, updated your email, or just want to make sure we have the correct info on file, please send your information to ndmalum@ndm.edu or call the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations: 410-532-5021.