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Week of March 2, 2015

The Bulletin is published weekly by the Office of University Communications.

In This Issue

News and Notices

Celebrate International Women's Day
Morrissy Honors Program and Office of International Programs Host Japanese Students and Faculty
Dr. Kelly Bull Receives Faculty Scholarship Funding
Retirement Reception for Jack Ray of the Loyola Notre Dame Library
See the World! Study Abroad
Spring 2015 Academic Success Workshops

Professional Activities

Arts and Sciences

Ann Rader

News and Notices

Celebrate International Women's Day

Join us in the Feeley International Center on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. as we honor women, including our  SSNDs, who serve our community and the world. 

This is an opportunity to share stories about the women who have inspired us, recognize those who have made a difference in our lives and the lives of people everywhere, and learn about and celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in our ever changing world.

The official International Women's Day is on March 8, but because next week is Spring Break, we will celebrate it on March 5.

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Morrissy Honors Program and Office of International Programs Host Japanese Students and Faculty

In February, the Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program, in conjunction with the Office of International Programs, hosted five students and a faculty member from Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College in Tokyo, Japan. 

The Aoyama group spent 10 days attending classes in the Women’s College and the English Language Institute, giving presentations, and sightseeing in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Morrissy students hosted the Aoyama students at meals and in the residence halls, braving the cold and snowy winter weather to show our Japanese guests around the campus and city—and even took them sledding! 

The Japan Exchange is a signature component of the Morrissy Honors Program; Notre Dame students will return the visit by traveling to Tokyo in the fall.

Dr. Kelly Bull Receives Faculty Scholarship Funding

Dr. Kelly Bull, associate professor in the School of Education, has been awarded funding by the CFR&D Faculty Research and Development Fund Committee to continue her research work on the “World Literature for Young Adults: A Multimedia Project.” 

This is an initiative that is designed to accomplish three goals. First, it seeks to fill a hole that is currently noted in the field of young adult (YA) literature: a method for introducing teachers and students to new titles of world literature for adolescents. Second, it seeks to provide curricular materials for teachers who work to add world literature for young adults to their curriculum. Third, it seeks to utilize technology as a way to pique student interest and grant easy access to teachers. 

The website, located at http://ya-worldlit.blogspot.com/p/main-page.html, currently provides teaching materials for nearly two dozen YA books and is organized so that teachers are able to choose a book by country.  These young adult books represent the following geographic locations:  Afghanistan, the Arab-Gulf, Cambodia, Chile, Cuba, India, Japan, Pakistan, the South Pacific, and Sudan. Soon to-be-added are award-winning young adult books set in Russia, Haiti, Pakistan, and other countries that are often underrepresented in the English Language Arts curriculum.  Scholarly introductions to these geographical regions will be added soon, introducing adolescents to the history, cultures, and customs of people around the world. Congratulations, Dr. Bull!

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Retirement Reception for Jack Ray of the Loyola Notre Dame Library

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to a retirement reception for Jack Ray, the recently retired Associate Director of the Loyola Notre Dame Library, on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the library's Ferguson Gallery in the Henry J. Knott Sr. Wing. Please R.S.V.P. by  March 6th  to Lorena Martinez: lmartinez2@loyola.edu or 410.617.6814. 

Click here to learn more about Jack and his contributions to the library.

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See the World! Study Abroad

In the fall, seven (six pictured) Notre Dame of Maryland University Women’s College students embarked on journeys to diverse parts of the world to study abroad.  Each spent a full academic semester in one of the following locations: Australia, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  They recently gathered to share their experiences. 

NDMU students have access to hundreds of study abroad opportunities in more than 35 countries.  There are full semester opportunities, six week internships, summer service learning options, and faculty led short-term trips (approximately 10 days).  For more information about these programs, the application process, and the many scholarships and awards available, please speak with:

Dr. Melissa Sokol, Assistant Director of Study Abroad

  • In person: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-4:15pm, FIC 013
  • Telephone: 410-532-5561
  • Email: msokol@ndm.edu

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Spring 2015 Academic Workshops

You’re invited to attend our Spring Academic Workshop Series, featuring a variety of presentations to enhance your NDMU experience. All are welcome to any and all of the sessions – students, faculty, and staff.

Understanding the Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Your College Success
~Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center~
Wednesday March 18
4:00-5:00 pm
Gibbons 507
Corey Molzon, M.S., and Sara Tafeen, M.S., Counselors

The Pitfalls of Procrastination
Tuesday, March 24
12:15-1:30 pm
MBK Seminar Room
Dr. David Hoovler

Intentional Studying
Wednesday, April 8
4-5:15 pm
Knott 110
Dr. Janice Bonner

Preparing for Final Exams
Wednesday, April 15
3:00-4:00 pm
003 Theresa
Jessie Sell, M.A., M.S., Director of Academic Support

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Professional Activities

School of Arts and Sciences

Ann Rader, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish, acting in her role as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Foreign Language Association, presented oral and written testimony in February to the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 166, an effort to establish a Seal of Biliteracy for Maryland. The bill, sponsored by Del. Ana Gutiérrez, has a companion bill in the Maryland Senate. If the bill passes, Maryland would join California and eight other states in establishing a demonstrable indicator of bilingual competency for graduating public high school students.