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Week of July 6, 2015

The Bulletin is published biweekly during the summer.

In This Issue

Ground broken on 1960 Gateway Project
Amal Malik and Saba Shahzad Posting Daily from Pakistan
President Yam named to Caroline Center Board
SSND Atlantic-Midwest Province Awards Grant to Trailblazers
School of Nursing Awarded MHEC Grant
A Child’s Place Preschool at Notre Dame of Maryland University: Space Available in Fall 2015 Classes!
Learn Spanish Language and Culture
Faculty Writing Retreats

Professional Accomplishments
School of Arts and Sciences
School of Nursing


Ground broken on 1960 Gateway Project

 

Work crews broke ground last week on the 1960 Gateway Project, which will be located on the lawn between Knott Science Center and the University Academic Building.

The Class of 1960, assisted by their sister Class of 1962, have led an effort to restore the Notre Dame of Maryland arch to a beautiful spot on campus, and now their dream is being realized. The Gateway will be officially dedicated in the memory of their parents during Reunion Week, Friday Sept. 18.

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Amal Malik and Saba Shahzad Posting Daily from Pakistan

Recent ‪NDMU graduates Amal Malik and Saba Shahzad are in Pakistan this summer, carrying out a clean water initiative with funding they were awarded from the Davis Projects for Peace. They are blogging during their month-long experience, so we can accompany them in this important work. Read the blog at: https://pakhamarapakistan.wordpress.com/

Here is a video they took of an interview they conducted with a family who will be receiving one of the pumps that will provide them with clean water they will be able to drink:

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President Yam named to Caroline Center Board

NDMU President Marylou Yam, Ph.D., has been named to the Board of Trustees of Caroline Center, a ministry sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Dr. Yam was one of seven new trustees whose election was approved by the Atlantic-Midwest Provincial Council of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The new trustees will serve as part of a twenty-four member board with voting privileges who will provide leadership to Caroline Center, a nonprofit workforce development organization that provides an education and career skills training program for underserved women in Baltimore leading to sustainable careers as certified nursing assistants, geriatric nursing assistants, and pharmacy technicians.

At her inauguration in April, Dr. Yam announced a new partnership between Notre Dame and Caroline Center, which will strengthen the University’s community outreach and help promote the advancement of women, as laid out in our strategic plan. This new partnership includes the establishment of a permanent Caroline Center Scholarship to regularly support a Caroline Center client who wants to improve her career prospects by earning a bachelor’s degree. Also, Notre Dame will  offer support through mentoring, campus visits, and "lunch and learns" to help Caroline Center clients learn about our nursing and pharmacy programs and the future careers they might consider.

Finally, the University has launched a Scrub Fund, a special initiative on campus to invite faculty, students, staff, and graduates to purchase scrub tops for Caroline Center clients studying to be geriatric nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians. The scrub tops can be an added expense for women with limited financial means and we don’t want that to stand in the way of achieving their important goal.  You can purchase a scrub for $20, or make a $5 or $10 contribution toward a scrub purchase: http://rsvpbook.com/event.php?400313

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015-16, Caroline Center provides a scholarship-based education and career skills training program to help women in Baltimore out of low-wage jobs and unemployment and into sustainable careers with opportunities for advancement.

In addition to Dr. Yam, Caroline Center welcomes the following new trustees whose terms begin on July 1, 2015: Lisa Benson, Staffing Director, Mary Kraft Staffing Bernice Feilinger, SSND Louise A. Finn, Chief Information Officer & Associate VP for Technology Services, Loyola University Maryland Robert J. Hendricks, Associate, Semmes Bowen & Semmes Harriet R. Johnson, Housing Authority of Baltimore City Eric Nislow, CPA, Partner, Solomon & Nislow.

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SSND Atlantic-Midwest Province Awards Grant to Trailblazers

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province has awarded Notre Dame of Maryland University a $100,000 grant to support a program serving Women’s College students who aim to be the first generation in their family to earn a college degree.   

“Our Directional Statement, Love Cannot Wait, from the 23rd General Chapter calls us ‘to intensify our efforts to witness unity in a divided world by holding all in common and to direct our resources and ministries toward education that transforms and calls all to eliminate the root causes of injustice,” Sister Kathleen Cornell wrote in the award letter to NDMU President Marylou Yam. “In light of this call, we are pleased…to fund the Trailblazers Scholars Program.”

More than a quarter of the Women’s College’s 500 students – 135 young women – voluntarily participate in the comprehensive four-year program that provides a supportive peer and faculty community and offers workshops on college adjustment, academic skills and career readiness, said Debra Franklin, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. At NDMU’s Commencement this month, six students who were part of the inaugural cohort that started in 2010 will be awarded degrees. Fifteen additional students from the cohort graduated last spring – a third of whom graduated cum laude or magna cum laude.  

“We are grateful for the School Sisters’ blessing and support of the Trailblazers program,” said Dr. Yam. “This program is at the core of our shared mission to educate leaders to transform the world.”  

The SSND grant, to be paid over two years beginning July 1, will fund part of program director Beth Green’s salary and provide $25,000 for programming expenses including tutoring and tutor training, the Writing  Center ,and field trips and speakers for workshops. As the project director, Dean Franklin will oversee program evaluation and sustainability. 

The SSND grant is the fourth grant awarded to Notre Dame for the Trailblazers program. Since 2010, NDMU has received four grants totaling $329,000 to support the success of first-generation students in the Women’s College. This has included a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges underwritten by the Walmart Foundation and two grants from Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Maryland College Access program.

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School of Nursing Awarded MHEC Grant

Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing has been awarded a grant of $341,400 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Nurse Support Program II to increase the retention and success of working nurses in its RN-to-BSN program.

The three-year grant, which starts July 1, aims to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared  nurses to meet the projected shortfall of 12,100 registered nurses in the next decade in Maryland. Maryland is one of 16 states that are projected to experience a nursing shortage through 2025, according to a Health Resources and Services Administration 2014 report.

Since 2008, NDMU has graduated 886 RN-to-BSN students from this popular program. The grant will fund a dedicated retention and success specialist for adult nursing programs and expand simulation resources to nursing students from 15 partner hospitals. Because minority students in this program are retained at a lower rate (85%) than their white counterparts (90%), this project also is expected to increase the diversity of NDMU nursing graduates. A third component of this proposal is a complementary research project that will assess the impact simulation has on improving RN-to-BSN students’ cultural competence.

 The grant will be co-directed by Drs. Jane Balkam and Sabita Persaud, who are both associate professors in the NDMU School of Nursing. 

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A Child’s Place Preschool at Notre Dame of Maryland University: Space Available in Fall 2015 Classes!

A Child's Place provides a diverse and comprehensive program to fulfill children’s needs in a nurturing environment.  A high quality developmentally appropriate early learning setting offers a balance of play-based activity and academics while developing social and emotional skills.

Located in LeClerc Hall, the ACP Preschool has programs for children ages 3, 4, and 5, including a state-approved kindergarten program.

NOTE ~~ A 25% discount is offered to children of NDMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni!

Contact: Mary Ellen Ashton, Director, mashton@ndm.edu, 410-532-5399

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Learn Spanish Language and Culture! 

Take an introductory Spanish Language and Culture class at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) will be offered every Tuesday beginning September 22 and running through November 24. Registrants can choose afternoon sessions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or evening sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. See website for other offerings. The fee for all courses is $400 per person or $1,050 for three participants if registered by 9/8/15. Discounts available for senior citizens and NDMU alumni. For application information, contact Sr. Linda Stilling, SSND at 410-532-5306, send an e-mail to lstilling@ndm.edu or visit www.ndm.edu/spanishlanguageandculture.

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Faculty Writing Retreats

Faculty are invited to attend the "Finding the Time" faculty writing retreats on July 9, and August 7, at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. The "Finding the Time" initiative seeks to provide faculty with the external structure, space, and encouragement that makes writing possible. The events are sponsored by the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and Loyola University Maryland's Office of Academic Affairs. All retreats are at the library, 9 am – 4pm, unless otherwise announced. Visit http://www.loyola.edu/department/fdd/scholarship/retreats for more details. 

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Professional Activities

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Angela Sherman provided chemical structures for images provided by Dr. Paul Weldon in graphic chosen (attached) for publication by Natural Products Reports. It features snakes and mice and the chemicals they use as sex attractants.

School of Nursing

Congratulations to graduate student Rita Linnenkamp (5025) for her recent publication, Creating the 'Power of 2': Collaborating with patients and families to improve care.  The article was published in the July 2015 issue of Voice of nursing leadership.  

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