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May 2016

The Bulletin is published every month for faculty, staff, and students.



Dr. Marylou Yam Appointed to the Maryland Commission for Women

NDMU President Marylou Yam, Ph.D., has been appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Commission for Women (MCW). Dr. Yam was unanimously approved for the position by the Maryland State Senate and will represent Baltimore City on the Commission.

“I am honored to have been nominated and confirmed to the Maryland Commission for Women by Governor Hogan and the State Senate,” states Dr. Yam. “I look forward to serving alongside my fellow commissioners to continue to push the agenda for the advancement of women in Baltimore and across Maryland.”

Dr. Yam’s background and experience are particularly applicable to her new role on the Commission. She began her career as a registered nurse and a nursing educator, and is a nationally recognized researcher on domestic violence.

Davis Project for Peace

Davis Project PeruNotre Dame is proud to announce that two students, Cristina Barrios-Lopez '17 and Marguerite Linz '16 have been chosen as one of 120 recipients of the Projects for Peace for 2016.

Cristina and Marguerite have been awarded a $10,000 grant to make their project a reality. The two will travel to Peru to work with the SSNDs in Canto Grande (a neighborhood in the outskirts of Lima) to replace the roof on the community center. Their project is an ambitious one and they are hoping that the Notre Dame community will be able to assist them with individual or group donations. They will be accepting donations through May 16th. Go to https://perupeaceproject.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Notre Dame Clothesline Project

Notre Dame Clothesline Project 2016The week of April 25 the NDMU campus community turned out to show its support for the “Notre Dame Clothesline Project.” The event which is designed to raise awareness for violence against women featured T-shirts that were created and designed by those affected by violence. The shirts were then hung and displayed on clotheslines that had been strung across campus and in the MBK gym. Sister Sharon Kanis opened the event with a Prayer for Peace. Others in attendance for the event, NDMU President Marylou Yam, Ph.D. Dr. Yam is considered an expert in the field and spoke about the Clothesline Project and violence against women. There was also a representative from the Baltimore City Police Family Violence Unit that spoke and answered questions. This was the 19th year the University has taken part in the event.

A big thank you goes to Athletic Director Erin Foley for making the gym available and to the softball team for helping take down the project.

Taking a Stand Against Violence

NDMU Stands 2016On Sunday, April 17, the Notre Dame community took a stand against sexual violence and domestic assault as part of NDMU STANDS. The day long event featured four different activities and was designed to bring awareness to relationship violence and empower our community. Everything was put together by Team One Love, Omega Phi Alpha, Commuter Program Assistants, Bonner Leaders, and the Division of Student Life.

Pictures from throughout the day can be found on the University's Flickr account HERE.


U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry Olympiad 2016-aOn Saturday, April 23 the Chemistry Department hosted the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) National Exam for the Maryland section of the American Chemical Society. Twelve Maryland high school students participated in the competition on NDMU’s campus. As a whole, more than 1,000 students nationwide took this exam. The students with the top scores will have the opportunity to attend a study camp over the summer and compete for spots on the U.S. team in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Chemistry Olympiad 2016-bNotre Dame students who are members of the Gamma Sigma chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Chemistry majors, and Chemistry Department student assistants were volunteers for this event. These students helped prepare materials for the laboratory component of the exam and they served as student assistants during the exam. Hosting the USNCO National Exam is an opportunity to provide service to the local community, highlight NDMU’s commitment to the sciences and to showcase the Chemistry Department facilities to potential NDMU students.

Top 100 Event

Congratulations to five NDMU alumna on being named to the prestigious Daily Record’s 2016 Top 100 Women List.

Daily Record Top 100 2016On April 18, with NDMU President, Marylou Yam, Ph.D., in attendance the five(from left) Mary Beth Lennon ’89, President, Mercy High School; Christina Bolmarcich ‘97, Principal, Attorneys Semmes, Bowen & Semmes; Melissa Delaney ‘92, Vice President, Global Web Services at Legg Mason & Co, LLC; Karen Heyward-West ‘02 (second from right), Homesharing Director for St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and Leslie Simmons ’94 (far right), R.N., F.A.C.H.E., President of Carroll Hospital Center received their awards at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

In addition, trustee Patricia Brown, Esq., and Ava Lias-Booker, who is a member of the President’s Advisory Council were named to the Circle of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon those who have been on the Top 100 list three times.

Go to http://theda ilyrecord.com/top-100-women/photos/http://thedailyrecord.com/top-100-women/photos/ to view the video in the upper right corner and to see pictures from the event.

Thinkins Wrap

Success! That’s how you could describe NDMU’s “ThinkIn” sessions for the upcoming Women of the World (WOW) festival, coming to campus October 7-8, 2016. The sessions served as an idea bank for planning the program, speakers, and activities for WOW.

The week began with a social media campaign; NDMU students, faculty, and staff were invited to share their voices in the fight for gender equality and related issues using #WOWBaltimore as the common thread. In addition, many on campus wrote down their thoughts, sharing the triumphs, struggles, and passions of women and men in the NDMU community. More than 100 of these thoughts were posted on the walls of Doyle Dining Hall.

The “ThinkIns” weren’t limited to campus. Sessions were also held at the YMCA in Druid Hill and The Living Well. Hundreds of exciting ideas were generated.

If you would like to learn more about WOW Baltimore, please visit the WOW Baltimore Website or contact Maricka Oglesby at moglesby@ndm.edu.

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Upcoming Events

Senior Thesis Exhibit

Jessica Vollman Senior ThesisMay 2–22, Fourier Hall, Gormley Gallery, 2nd Floor

Don’t miss the opportunity to see one-of-a-kind art created by NDMU seniors Alexandra Botsaris, Andreina Mijares Cisneros, Stefany Oliva Campos, Jessica Vollman, and Patricia Wortman. The work includes an Art History thesis and Studio Art ranging in a variety of techniques, subjects, and mediums including oil paint, pastel, watercolor and ink on paper.

Senior Thesis Exhibit Reception

May 10, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Fourier Hall, Gormley Gallery

Come celebrate and meet the artists behind this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibit.

Sacred Intention with High Vibes/Vibrations

May 3, 5:30–7 p.m., Meletia Hall First Floor Interfaith Prayer Space

Click here to RSVP.

Claudia FritscheVisiting Ambassador Series: Claudia Fritsche

May 4, 2–3:00 p.m., Knott Auditorium

NDMU will welcome Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United States of America, to speak to the NDMU community as the second installment of the annual Notre Dame of Maryland University Visiting Ambassador Series. 

In 2015, the United Nations granted NDMU status as a Non-Government Organization, making the Notre Dame of Maryland University Visiting Ambassador Series a reality.

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Information Session

May 5, May 16, 5:30 p.m., Fourier Hall, Main Lobby

Come discover more about our undergraduate and graduate programs for adults. We offer highly personalized advising and flexible schedules for programs in business, education, nursing, healthcare and more.

Go to ndm.edu/essentialcredential to register. 

Nurse’s Week (open to the entire campus)

May 9, 10 a.m. UAB 104

Come see a screening of American Nurse Movie, then stay for a question and answer session at 11:30 a.m. with NDMU graduate Naomi Cross, who is featured in the film.

May 10, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, Doyle Hall, Lawn

Join the Junior class as they host a health fair.

May 11, 12 Noon to 2 p.m., UAB Lobby

Celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday with cake and a tour of the Sim Lab – led by junior and senior nursing students.

May 12, 2–3:30 p.m., UAB 104

Find out what you really need to know about surviving your first year of practice from those who’ve lived it. This is your chance to hear from our Alumni Panel.

May 13, 7 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Join us for a night of baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There will be fireworks following the game.

Music at Notre Dame

May 8, 2 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

The Concert Choir of Notre Dame of Maryland University, lead by Director, Dr. Jennifer Brimhall, presents “In Celebration of Spring,” its final concert of the year.

Therapy DogsTherapy dog at Loyola/ND library

May 9, 2–4:00 p.m., Loyola-Notre Dame Library Gallery

Relieve the stress of finals with man’s best friend.




Commencement 2016

Commencement Liturgy

May 21, Marikle Chapel, Theresa Hall

Procession begins at 5:50 p.m.

Liturgy at 6 p.m.

All graduates and guests are welcome to attend a service in Marikle Chapel. Cap and gown are required for graduating students. Guests are asked to arrive prior to the processional.

Commencement Ceremony

May 22, Royal Farms Arena, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Gather your friends and family as the class of 2016 celebrates its Commencement Ceremony. For the first time, the event will be held at the Royal Farms Arena. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. Commencement will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and should end around 1:30 p.m. Go to the commencement page to learn more.

Enrollment Events

Following are upcoming enrollment events. If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please direct them to ndm.edu or pass on the information of interested prospective students to Enrollment Management staff, who will follow up and make sure they are invited.

May 5: CAUS/GRAD Information Session, 5:30 p.m., Fourier Hall, main lobby. 

May 6-12: Nursing Appreciation Week. University Academic Building. 

May 14: Spring Open House. 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for all potential '16 and '17 first-year and transfer students, parents, and significant others. Tours of campus and academic information sessions. Gibbons Hall. 

For more information on any of these events, please contact Sharon Handelsman.

Mark your calendars! Our Partners in Mission celebration will be held on Friday, May 13th. NOTE NEW DATE!

We will be honoring 43 service honorees. The day’s events will be:
Eucharistic Liturgy                                                                       
10:30 a.m. – Marikle Chapel
All Are Invited To Attend
Honorees Luncheon                                                                     
11:45 a.m. – Doyle Formal  NOTE NEW TIME               
for Honorees and the President’s Cabinet
Honorees Recognition & Dessert Reception                
1 p.m. – Doyle Formal                   
All Are Invited To Attend
Please make plans to join us as we celebrate the following honorees:

5 years
Mary Ellen Ashton
Raphael Batts
Janice Brennan
Deborah Brophy
Leon Carter
Darcy Conant
Erin DaSilva
Michelle Evans
Joseph Faura
Andrea Gauld
Christina Gilbert
Elizabeth Jones
Tony Jones
Shawna Kessler
Helen Kucey
Linda Kuehn
Geri Larsen
Theresa Peddicord
Jennifer Pohler
Crystal Robertson
Stephanie Savick
Elizabeth Scott
Lynnea Scurry
Jake Young

10 years
Cecelia Crowell
Danea Farley
Kim Hayes
Jim Mitchell
Jeff Munchel
Mary O’Connor
Mary Priebe
Jeanette Quinn
Carol Rabin
Kyongil Yoon

15 years
Terri Arnove
Jeana DelRosso
Anita Ford

20 years
Susan Barber
Brian Berry
Angela Sherman

30 years
Frederick Mary Maisel, SSND
Margaret Sullivan

35 years
Stephen Vicchio

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Richard Bilsker, an adjunct in the School of Arts, Sciences & Business, has two recent publications. The first, a book review of Cognitive Capitalism, appears in the open-source journal ephemera. The second is a chapter on “The Ethic of Care" in the new collection Revisiting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Essays on Lessons About Self and Community.

Student Accomplishments

Big Honors for Criminology Students

NDMU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma Eta Kappa, the national criminal justice honor society recently inducted its newest members. This year’s inductees include:

  • Cristina Barrios-Lopez
  • Victoria Cox
  • Andrea Doten
  • Samantha Guntz
  • Allison Klein
  • Jessica Shiner
  • Laketa Thomas

Congratulations to all who were selected.

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day Award Winners

On April 22, Fourier Hall served as the backdrop for the annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day. The event showcases undergraduate research in arts and sciences. Students performed in concerts, exhibited original art, created poster presentations to describe scientific research, and analyzed poetry in literary papers.

 Research Day 2016The research forum honors the late Dr. Nancy Kreiter, an associate professor of biology who was a strong advocate for undergraduate research. Dr. Kreiter was part of a faculty task force that explored ways students and faculty could develop and deepen opportunities for student research. Initiating a forum to share student research was one of their suggestions.

The Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day concluded with music and awards for the best presentations in each of the divisions.

Here is a list of this year’s award recipients:


  • Science:  Esther Apraku Bondzie
  • Nursing Care: Ria Smith
  • Healthcare: Sarah Arafat
  • Technology, Math & Environment: Gabrielle Jacobson


  • Session 2 & 3 (Traditional Presentations): Katie Ketter
  • Session 4 (Postcolonial Literature): Lauren Santi
  • Session 5 (Art Exhibits): Summara Abaid

 Grand Prizes:

  • Poster: Marie Angele Messou
  • Presentation: Micah Castelo
  • Art Exhibit: Emily Hurd

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

School of Education graduate, Laury Lear, Ph.D., is featured in the May 2016 issue of American Libraries: The Magazine of the American Library. This article presents Ten Notable Dissertations, and Dr. Lear’s research on Personality Traits of Young Characters in Caldecott Medal-Winning Picture Books is featured.

Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology in the School of Education, earned an IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards) for his book Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work published with Ian Jukes and Nicky Mohan through Solution Tree Press. It received a Silver Medal in the Education Category II for Resources & Workbooks.

Student Accomplishments

Teachers of Promise

Seven young women from NDMU’s School of Education have been selected to participate in the Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute.

Notre Dame School of Education students participating in the program include (from left to right):

  • Teacher of Promise 2016Jackie Flynn, a Graduate Education Intern (GEI), who will complete her Master of Arts degree and be dual certified in English and special education;
  • Jessica Kikola, a Graduate Education Intern (GEI), who is completing her certification in elementary and special education;
  • Shelby Himpler, a Bachelor’s and Master of Art in Teaching (BA/MAT), who is pursuing certification in elementary and special education;
  • Katie Forsythe, a senior in the Women’s College, who will earn her certification in elementary education;
  • Karen Yancey, an Accelerated Certificate in Teaching (ACT) candidate, who is working toward certification in early childhood and elementary education.
  • Brooke Syring, a Master of Arts in Teaching), who is seeking certification in early childhood and special education; and
  • Maria Diamond, a senior in the Women’s College, who is earning her certification in early childhood and elementary education.

The Teachers of Promise encourages promising education students to teach in Maryland and provides professional mentors to assist in the transition from student to first year teacher.

Honor Society Inductions

Congratulations go out to 15 School of Education students. On April 30th they were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. The list of inductees includes:

  • Peter Crews
  • Maria Del Pilar Munoz
  • Ashley Demski
  • Cheryl Fracassi
  • Julia Gross
  • Patricia Grue
  • Katherine Hauser
  • Christina Johnson
  • Jeanette Luna
  • Kathleen McTigue
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Michelle Parlin
  • Lauren Romagnano
  • Amy Simon
  • Diana Williams

Three other students will be inducted later this month. Their names will appear in the “June Bulletin.”

 SOE Inaugural Commissioning Ceremony 2016Education Commissioning Ceremony

On April 21, NDMU’s School of Education held its Inaugural Commissioning Ceremony. The school’s graduating seniors were presented with collectible blue glass apples by Sr. Sharon Slear, Dean of NDMU’s School of Education. The apple is a symbol for knowledge and in some cultures it is given to teachers as a treat. 


School of Pharmacy

Faculty Accomplishments

Becker K, Crowe T, Walton-Moss B, Lin A, Parsons-Schram A, Hanyok L, Hayashi, Culhane N et al.  Interprofessional Debriefing: A novel synthesis of the 3D model and Systems Centered Therapy. JIEP. 2016;13-19.

Holman SK, Amankwa K, Behbahani V ’17. Updated Guideline for Antithrombotic Therapy for VTE Disease. Pharmascript. 2016;40(2):3-5.

Ashley Moody, Pharm.D, BCACP Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences, is the recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Dr. Moody will receive the award at the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Annual Conference in June 2016.

Kelly Harbourt, Pharm.D,. BCPS, Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences was appointed to Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy’s Board of Directors for 2016-2019.  Dr. Harbourt will begin her term of office in July 2016.

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Zera Kwende '14 on her commissioning as a Lieutenant in the Public Health Service. Lt. Kwende was also recently promoted to Chief Pharmacist at the Indian Health Service facility in New Mexico. Dr. Zera KwendeShe was commissioned by Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, former U.S. Chief Pharmacy Officer and Acting Deputy Surgeon General, who had visited NDMU in the past to speak with pharmacy students. Dr. Kwende's appointment is a rare accomplishment for a recent graduate, and bears testimony to the quality and rigor of an NDMU School of Pharmacy education.