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June 2016

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



It's a Wrap

The list of Notre Dame alums has officially grown. On May 22nd, the University played host to the 121st Commencement Ceremony at Royal Farm Arena in Downtown Baltimore. Among the highlights, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen served as the commencement speaker. She congratulated graduates on their accomplishments, but reminded them that their work is far from done: “I feel grateful to celebrate the graduation with so many people who have at their very core the mission of service and social responsibility, who will serve our communities, be champions for our common humanity, and tackle our society’s greatest injustices,” said Dr. Wen. “There is something each of us can do because we are all faced with the power of choice. We can tolerate the rhetoric that we hear or we can choose to call it as it is: that disparities bend the arc of humankind away from justice."

For more on commencement, to see pictures of the event, and to watch the highlight reel go visit the commencement page.

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Operation TEACH

Two of the Operation TEACH program participants received awards this past year that helped enhance their teaching and inform their graduate studies in the field of education here at NDMU.

Lauren DeMarco graduated last month with a Masters in Leadership in Teaching as a Reading Specialist. She has been teaching second grade at St. Stephen School in Bradshaw, MD as a part of the Operation TEACH program. Lauren received the Unsung Heroes Award from Voya Financial that included a $2000 grant that she used to finance several literary projects with her students. You can read more by clicking here.

NDMU’s second award recipient is Erin Moore. She is currently working on her Masters in Leadership in Teaching as a Reading Specialist as a part of the Operation TEACH program. She will graduate next year. Right now, she teaches fifth grade at the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Erin was awarded the 2016 Sarah D. Barder Fellowship administered by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She was recognized for her excellence in motivating and inspiring children with advanced academic ability. For more information on Erin and her award click here to read the press release.

Top Ten Ranking

College Choice has recently ranked the Top 40 Women’s Colleges in the United States - Notre Dame of Maryland University was included, not only in this prestigious list, but also amongst the Top Ten Women’s Colleges on the list!

According to College Choice, this list was compiled with consideration of factors such as “academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market.”

College ChoiceWe would like to thank everyone in the NDMU community, including our strong alumnae base, for making this achievement possible! It is through the dedication of our faculty and staff, hard work of our students, and loyalty and success of our alums that this ranking has been made possible.

Big Honors for Student Life

This summer, the Division of Student Life is hosting an Association of College & University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) intern. The ACUHO-I Internship is one of the most prestigious and competitive internship opportunities available in Student Affairs. The program provides interns invaluable real-world work experience than can be applied to their current coursework.

Paige Townley joined NDMU Student Life as the ACUHO-I Intern on May 17th. She is currently a second year student in the M.Ed. College Student Affairs program at Rutgers University. Paige’s office is located in the Residence & Commuter Life Office in Theresa 022, and she is available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please feel free to stop by and say hi! This year’s internship had more than 420 applicants from across the country.

Student Staff Recognized

Congratulations go out to a few of our Student Staff in the Office of Residence & Commuter Life. They were recognized for Academic Excellence by our regional professional association, the Mid-Atlantic Association of College & University Housing Officers (MACUHO). Each recipient must earn a 3.7 or higher GPA while working in a Residence Life Student Staff position.

The students were Community Assistants in our office and were recognized via the MACUHO website. In addition, they received certificates of recognition. The students recognized include:

  • Arrecka Bouknight
  • Shelby Himpler
  • Courtney Strength
  • Eshter Apraku Bondzie

 Upcoming Events

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Information Session

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

Attend an information session to learn more about our convenient 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.

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Maeve O'Donovan, associate professor and chair, was interviewed for a panel on evolutionary psychology (EP) for the Canadian radio program "Science for the People." (Podcast available here: http://www.scienceforthepeople.ca/episodes/evolutionary-psychology ).

Maria KulpThe philosophy department says goodbye to Dr. Maria Kulp this summer as she leaves NDMU for a position in the philosophy department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Dr. Kulp contributed tremendously to the department in her two years at NDMU and will be missed.

Congratulations go out to Dr. Evelyn Spratt. She was recently honored as the Thomas and Clementine Mullan Disttinguished winner by her colleagues, staff and students.

Student Accomplishments

Junior philosophy major Christina Topper was accepted into the highly competitive University of California at San Diego 2016 Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (http://spwp.ucsd.edu/) and waitlisted for the highly competitive Rutgers University 2016 Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy (http://www.philosophy.rutgers.edu/events-335/summer-institute). Both are all-expenses paid, weeklong programs (including classes, discussion groups, lectures, and mentoring) designed to prepare students for graduate school in philosophy. 

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology in the School of Education, earned an IPPY Award (Independent Publisher Book Award) 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.

Ryan Schaaf was also recently interviewed for Getting Smart – a widely-distributed educational blog. You can read Ryan’s interview about “Gamification” at http://gettingsmart.com/2016/05/1up-on-grades-leaderboards/  Congrats, Ryan.

Keri M. Guilbault, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and coordinator of the graduate program in Gifted and Talented Education in the NDMU School of Education, recently served as a guest speaker on the Education Talk Radio Pre K-20 radio show with Mr. Rene Islas, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Dr. Guilbault serves as a board member for the NAGC and was interviewed on parenting gifted children. To hear the interview go to http://www.education-talkradio.org/.

The TypewriterDr. Dawn Jacobs recently completed a Teacher's Guide for The School Library Journal featuring Bill Thompson's recent book, The Typewriter (2016, all Two Lions; Gr 1-5). The wordless picture book follows three children who discover an old manual machine one winter afternoon. As the children type words onto a piece of paper, they become transported into exciting —and sometimes scary—scenarios that they have created. To read the articles go to, http://www.slj.com/2016/05/standards/bill-thomsons-the-typewriter-a-lesson-plan/

Student Accomplishments

Honor Society Inductions

Congratulations go out to three School of Education students. Last month they were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. The list of inductees includes:

  • Meredith Heyl
  • Kristin Kneller
  • Jamie Washington

They join 15 others who were inducted in April.

Mary Laverty Funke AwardMargaret Pedersen - Mary Laverty Funke Award winner

At this year's athletic banquet, Margaret Pedersen '17 was awarded the Mary Laverty Funke Award for Spirit, Dedication, and Scholarship.Pedersen, a three-sport athlete, is known for rallying behind and cheering on her teammates. She also demonstrates amazing sportsmanship, cheering on opponents for their hard work in the pool. Her coaches say she is always willing to help out and support her team.

School of Pharmacy

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr.  Anne Lin, Dean & Professor was appointed to the Board of Directors of Greater Baltimore Committee LEADERship.

Student Accomplishments

Amber Connelly ’16 was accepted into the Medication Therapy Management / Geriatrics Residency at University of Florida School of Pharmacy

MiakaTieu-Phung Huynh ’18 and Janet Akinduro ’18 were accepted into the summer 2016 Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency Program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Baltimore.

The following students from the Class 2016 received graduation awards:

  • Christina Haddad ’16– Maryland Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Student Achievement Award
  • Ifeoma Ibe ’16 - Servant Leadership Award
  • Adda Massah ’16 - Student Pharmacist Professionalism Award
  • Nghia Nguyen ’16 - St. Catherine‘s Medal – Graduate Student; Maryland Pharmacists Association Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Hannah Noh ’16 - School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council Award; Phi Lambda Sigma Delta Beta Chapter Member Graduate Leadership Award
  • Sean Stewart ’16 - Phi Lambda Sigma, Delta Beta Chapter Graduate Leadership Award
  • Michelle Mae Tandoc ’16 - Class of 2016 Pharmacist’s Pharmacist Award
  • Laura Maurin ’16 - Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award
  • Katlyn Combs ’16 - Excellence in Clinical Communication Award; Natural Comprehensive Medicine Database Award
  • Amber Connelly ’16 - Lilly Excellence in Ambulatory Care Practice Award
  • Shauna Smith ’16 - Excellence in Pharmacy Practice “Purple Patient” Award
  • Jaclyn Niggemyer ’16 - Excellence in Acute Care Practice Award
  • Jude Wenerick ’16 - Community Pharmacy Practice Award
  • Ashley Yee ’16 - Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences Award