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Week of December 15, 2014

The Bulletin is published weekly by the Office of University Communications

In This Issue:

News and Notices

Gator Athletics Update
Davis Projects for Peace

Professional Activities

School of Nursing
School of Arts and Sciences


News and Notices

Gator Athletics Update

The Notre Dame of Maryland University basketball picked up their second straight win on Saturday as they defeated Trinity Washington University 69-61. The Gators featured four players reaching double figures and shot a season best 71% from the three-point line.  

This week, the squad heads to the Pittsburgh area, where they will take on Geneva College on Monday and Chatham University Tuesday before enjoying time off during the winter break. The swim team enjoys time away from the pool after swimming at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Dec. 6. 

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Davis Projects for Peace

Notre Dame is honored to be a partner school with the Davis Foundation. As a benefit of being a partner, our students are invited to submit proposals for the Davis Projects for Peace, a $10,000 grant that allows students to fund a grassroots peace project during the summer.  In the past few summers, Notre Dame students have traveled to Tanzania to work with a school in Faraja, helped a group of women in Swaziland start their own business, and worked with human rights issues in Guatemala. The teams of students that have been chosen by the Davis Foundation to participate in the Projects for Peace have indicated the life-changing aspect of the experience and the wonderful travel opportunity that might not have otherwise been possible without funding.

We hope that some of you have been thinking of submitting a proposal for this grant opportunity. Listed below are more details and the website that you can visit to review past proposals and the formats needed for the proposal. The most important piece of information at this point is that the deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is January 15 to 24, 2015.  You need to get your groups together before leaving for the holidays so that the work can be done in time. 

Projects for Peace Information: 

The Davis Foundation is providing $1 million to 100 projects ($10,000 grants per project) for summer 2015! 

Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2015. The projects judged to be the most promising and doable will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.

What is required? A grassroots proposal that is doable, can possibly be sustained long after the summer project, and will help “transform the world”—even if in just one small corner of it!

Check out the Davis Projects for Peace website for more information or to see the great ideas, locations, and other colleges/universities that have been part of this effort over the years. Don’t forget to take a look at the Notre Dame project that was completed last summer!

The timeline for submission of the two-page proposal and budget is as follows:

  • Fall 2014: Some groups have indicated that they would be working on a proposal—now is the time to finalize your ideas and put them to paper. You need to follow the format that can be found at the Davis website. 
  • January 15-24, 2015: Student proposals are submitted to the Projects for Peace campus committee (through Sharon Bogdan).
  • January 30, 2015: Notre Dame chooses the two proposals (top place and alternate) to present to the Davis Projects for review.                      
  • February 10, 2015: Final proposals are submitted to the Davis office for review.
  • March 2015: Final decisions are made by the Davis office on the 100 projects to be funded.

After the final decision is made, a formal agreement is signed, and funds are released. The committee then works with the students on budget needs and processing as well as reporting needs for the Davis Offices (an official report is required to be sent by September 10 for inclusion online and in a Davis publication and online).

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Professional Activities

School of Nursing

Virginia Byer, M.S., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at Elsevier Faculty Development Conference being held in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 3-6, 2015, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The title of the poster is: Changing Their Minds: The Effects of  an Auditory Hallucination Simulation on Nursing Students' Perceptions about Psychotic Patients.

School of Arts and Sciences

Paul Weldon, Ph.D., contributed the composite image of his photographs to a volume on Natural Insecticides to be published by the USDA/Dept. of Defense. It shows different animals anointing with lemons to obtain chemicals that repel ticks. Anointing and nest fumigation by mammals and birds provide leads on sources of chemicals to deter nuisance arthropods.