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April 2016

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



Dr. Leana WenCommencement Speaker Named

President Marylou Yam is pleased to announce that Dr. Leana Wen, M.D. M.Sc. FAAEM, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, has accepted an invitation to be the 2016 NDMU Commencement Speaker. She will also receive an honorary degree from the University.

Dr. Wen leads the oldest continuously-operating health department in the U.S., formed in 1793. Her transformative approach to public health involves engaging hospitals and returning citizens in violence prevention; launching an ambitious opioid overdose prevention program that is training every resident to save lives; and implementing a citywide youth health and wellness strategy. 

The author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen has given six popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and healthcare reform.

In addition to her extensive scholarship in public health and patient safety, Dr. Wen has conducted health systems research in Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Singapore, Slovenia, and Denmark. She has been published over 100 articles including in The Lancet, JAMA and Health Affairs. She is regularly featured on National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Atlantic, Baltimore Sun, New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Border Service Trip

A group of students led by Sr. Linda Stilling, including Women's College students Lillian Doyle, Diana Ramirez, and Larraine Ruiz, and College of Graduate Studies student Rae Borsetti participated in a service trip to the Arizona/Mexico border during spring break. Following are some of the students' reflections, and photos of their trip. You can also view photos of the Blessing and Missioning Service held for the group before they left. Students and Sr. Linda lit candles to symbolize the light of God's presence with them, the light to others that they desire to be in their journey, and the light they will receive from others on the journey. 

Students in MexicoWall at the border with MexicoGrave near the border with Mexico

"700 miles of wall out of 2,000 miles of border. The human toll of the wall is well documented as migrants hiking through deserts die daily of dehydration and exposure. Today, I learned about the impact of the walls on wildlife whose migration patterns have been interrupted. Communities have been divided; businesses who used to have customers on both sides have lost out. One desert, one sunset, never ours to divide." —Rae Borsetti

"This trip was extremely eye opening and spiritually stretching. We had the privilege to stay with four Sisters in their convent in Douglas, Arizona. The beautiful desert town is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, eye-catching flowers, and to its south side, a rusting wall that separates Douglas from the Mexican city Agua Prieta.

On this trip we learned about the consequences and culture that the politics surrounding the wall have created. The four SSNDs ensured that we were educated on the issue from all sides of the wall. In Douglas, and the town of Naco, we spoke with Border Patrol agents and learned about the role that they play in the immigration process. We spoke with actual migrants in Mexico, who have traveled enormous distances to find a better life. We also had the opportunity to walk a trail that migrants use to enter the country despite their lack of documentation. 

All of the people we met were such informed and dedicated servants to making the world we live in better place. However, it was during a memorial service and cross planting that the Sisters held for a migrant who had died while traveling through Douglas that our group came to a similar conclusion: this current system is not sustainable. 

The physical borders and legal barriers that divide families, oppress the poor, and take the lives of humans are not contributing to a world of unity and peace. These wall do not protect people--they strip people of their dignity and promote hateful mindsets.

I feel so blessed to have been a part of trip that taught me such invaluable lessons about the importance of justice. The SSND community is doing incredible work to honor the value of human life. This trip transformed my world by expanding the lens through which I see it."  —Lillian Doyle '17

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SOE Film Screening

School of Education film screening poster

Register today for the free screening of this award-winning and highly acclaimed edu-documentary! We expect 300 or more to attend this event. Don't miss it! View the trailer here.

Commencement Extravaganza

April 9, 11 am to 3 pm, Doyle Formal Lounge

At this one-stop shop, all soon-to-be graduates will be able to:

      • Purchase academic regalia and Notre Dame gear
      • Collect your name card necessary to walk in the Commencement ceremony
      • Order graduation items, such as announcements and ring
      • Have a professional photograph taken (no appointment necessary!)
      • Speak with various campus resources about graduation and beyond as a Notre Dame alum
      • Speak with NDMU Schools about specific graduation events and pursuing other educational programs at Notre Dame

This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring your family with you to celebrate your accomplishments!

Unable to make it to this year's Commencement Extravaganza? No worries!  Commencement information can be found here. Still have questions? Please contact the Division of Student Life at studentlife@ndm.edu.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 Career Fair

Gatorworks LogoApril 6, 3-5 pm, Doyle Formal Lounge

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and network with some great businesses and organizations including Baltimore Washington Medical Center, CELEBREE Learning Centers, Department of State, ESF Summer Camps and Experiences, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, KIPP Baltimore, Little Leaves, Maryland Out of School Time Networks, Maryland Transportation Authority, National Security Agency, Rite Aid, The Sherwin-Williams Company, The Y in Central Maryland, U.S. Secret Service, United Way of Central Maryland, University of Maryland Medical System, Urban Teachers, Vanguard, WeberMessick, and more!Registration is encouraged via Gatorworks at ndm.edu/gatorworks If you have any questions, please contact Career Services and Employer Relations Manager, Tia Lewis at tlewis5@ndm.edu or 410-532-5380.

Music at Notre Dame Concert

April 9, 7 pm, LeClerc Hall (no admission fee)
Ismar Gomes, Cellist and Wan-Chi Su, Pianist

Both Gomes and Su enjoy separate international careers as recitalists, soloists with orchestra and chamber musicians. Music at Notre Dame is honored to present these exciting performers as a collaborative duo. 

Gomes is known for his avid interest in contemporary music, having given more than 50 world premiere performances. He has collaborated with the Harlem Quartet and with members of the Baltimore and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. He plays an 1852 Grand Freres Cello made in Paris. 

Su, a prize winner at national and international competitions has participated in festivals in Taos (New Mexico), the Beethoven Institute (New York), and several in Taiwan and Paris. Venues include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Salle Cortot in Paris. 

SOE Professor on Education Talk Radio show

April 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

Keri M. Guilbault, Ed.D., School of Education Assistant Professor and coordinator of the graduate program in Gifted and Talented Education will be a guest speaker on the Education Talk Radio Pre K-20 radio show with Rene Islas, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Dr. Guilbault serves as a board member for the NAGC and will be interviewed on parenting gifted children. The show will be archived and can be located here http://www.education-talkradio.org/

WOW Thinkins

WOW-BaltimoreJoin Us NOW for a WOW Thinkin
April 14-16, 2016

Make your voice heard and share your ideas on WOW-Baltimore topics, speakers, performers, panels!
The WOW-Women of the World Festival will be held October 7-8, 2016 on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

WOW Baltimore is part of a global movement of inclusive and diverse festivals that celebrate the achievements of women and girls and also look at the remaining gender equality obstacles women face across the world. Learn more about WOW and see a WOW in action in London. 

Topics range from feminism and fashion, careers and motherhood, domestic, violence, race, sex, relationships, and more.

Come to a Thinkin to plan the festival with us! Thinkins are inclusive planning sessions open to women and men throughout the area so that WOW Baltimore is developed BY Baltimore, FOR Baltimore. Snacks and light refreshments provided.


Notre Dame of Maryland University
Thursday, April 14, 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 15, 8 to 10 a.m.
Friday, April 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Y of Central Maryland
1609 Druid Hill Ave.
Saturday, April 16, 10 to noon

The Living Well
2443 N. Charles St.
Saturday, April 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


 Spring Drama Production

Drama presentation: Love and Information

April 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 pm, and April 17 and 24 at 2 pm in the Copeland Theater.

NDMU Drama is proud to present “Love and Information” by Caryl Churchill, directed by Elissa Goetschius. Featuring a Women’s College cast. $9 General Admission. Advance purchase recommended. For tickets, please visit:www.rsvpbook.com/loveandinformation Questions? Contact kbossert@ndm.edu . "Love and Information" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Study Abroad Exchange Programs Fair

April 18, 4:30-5:30 pm, Doyle Formal Lounge

Student abroadLogoUniversity Logo


Take advantage of studying abroad through one of our exchange programs in the UK, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. You'll have the opportunity to talk with students and staff who have studied at these institutions, as well as play Slap Match, paint cherry blossoms, make a lantern, learn some Irish slang, win raffle prizes, and have your photo taken in our study abroad photo booth. 

Busta Lecture

Busta Lecture with Shira Shafir

Sign up now to attend this informative and enlightening presentation on the "double bottom lines" of profit and social impact, and lessons learned when using business for good. 

Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International Worship Night

April 22, 6 pm- 8 pm, Knott Auditorium

The event consists of musical presentation by students from Notre Dame, drama presentations, spoken words, and poetry. Students who are interested in showcasing a talent or being part of this event should contact Student Pharmacist Barbara Obot at bobot1@live.ndm.edu. 

Workshop: Am I Ready for Finals?

April 26, 12:15 – 1:15 pm, Gibbons 312

Learn effective ways to prepare for and take final exams and manage test anxiety. Presented by Ms. Jessie Sell, Director of Academic Support, and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. This will be the final academic workshop of the semester.

Communication Arts Senior Showcase

Communication Arts flyerApril 27, 6-8 pm, Gibbons 418

The graduating class of 2016 will be presenting their practicum experiences and portfolios through poster presentations delivered to faculty, staff, community members, their supervisors, and other students. A film screening of work produced by Communication Arts students will follow the poster session. Light refreshments will be provided.



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.

April 5: Crab Crawl--NDMU hosts approximately 50 high school counselors from around the world who are visiting private colleges/universities in the Maryland.

April 12-13: Conversations with the Deans--By invitation only. Accepted students are invited to visit with the Deans from their School of interest to have their individual questions answered.

April 23: Meet Us At the Tower--By invitation only, for all accepted students. Drop-in events with opportunities to meet students, tour the campus, and learn about financial aid.

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

Spring is Here!

As our beautiful campus bursts into the lovely colors of spring, we thought you'd enjoy the following poem, shared with us by Sr. Eileen O'Dea, Vice President for Mission. Cornflowers are the official NDMU flower, and you can find them growing all around campus, including in the garden at the top of the main entrance roadway, as well as in the yard of Cana House, where Sr. Eileen and Sr. Frederick Mary Maisel live. Photo by Jeff Warner, Director of NDMU's Renaissance Institute, who, with RI friends, planted the seeds for the cornflowers shown below.


For those who paint and draw and dream and write

CornflowersI give you
for consideration
the reason why
the certainty of
asphalt. Impediments
to progress are
often weed-like,

Cornflowers will
persist; the unexpected 
thrusts of blue
that line the cracks
of paved convenience
twinge the heart
a bit
to a new recall.
Pray we do not
see the end of 

 — Mary Enda Hughes, S.S.N.D.


School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Sister Therese Dougherty, Professor of Classical Studies and Modern Foreign Languages, gave a presentation on Julian of Norwich, earliest English woman writer, at Villa Assumpta on Friday, March 11.

Dr. Natalie Robinett, an adjunct professor in Biology Department over this past academic year teaching the biochemistry course, will receive her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on May 17.

Dr. Paul Weldon, Professor and Chair of Biology, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of The Science of Nature, previously Naturwissenschaften, founded in 1918 as a German equivalent to the English-language journal Nature.

Wakoh Shannon Hickey, M. Div., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will be presenting a public lecture on “Meditation as Medicine: A History and Critique” on April 15 at Penn State Abington College, followed by teaching basic mediation practice to two groups of students. The title of the talk is also the title of a book she has almost completed. The following describes the scope of her talk: Efforts to promote “mindfulness” for wellbeing are ubiquitous—and profitable. Most observers trace their origins the 1970s. In fact, they began almost a century earlier, when reform-minded Asian Buddhist and Hindu missionaries began teaching meditation to leaders of the “New Thought” movement, who promoted it widely for healing. Early leaders were mostly women and African Americans, who also believed that by changing their minds, they could change oppressive circumstances. Quickly, New Thought and its sibling, Christian Science, exerted enormous pressure on the religious and medical establishment, which began to absorb their methods, jettisoning their social-justice agendas. Eventually, mainstream psychologists and doctors, inspired by a second wave of Asian missionaries, began medical research on TM and “mindfulness.” By characterizing stress and illness as individual problems, however, they erase the ethical foundations of meditation; undermine communities that enhance civil society; and avoid systemic factors fueling disease: racism, sexism, and poverty.

The Biology department  (Drs. Becky Zordan, Ken Sossa, Natalie Robinett, and Jennifer Kerr) and senior Biology students (Candace Wright and Marisa Hernandez) attended the Women in Science Program (WISP) Forum 2016,  the last weekend in February at Towson University. This forum brought together three leaders from various STEM fields to discuss how they became successful and to discuss some of the issues they and other women face as they move forward in the world of STEM. 

Speakers included:

Major General Linda L. Singh (The Adjutant General of Maryland for the Maryland Military Department) “A Different View: Living Through Adversity”

Rajini Rao, PhD (Professor in the Department of Physiology and Director of the Graduate Program in Cellular & Molecular Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), “Nature vs. Nurture: Addressing the Gender Gap in STEM”

Dana Veron, Ph.D. (Associate Professor and Environmental Science & Studies Director in the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of Delaware), “The Climate is Changing……Now What?”

Student Accomplishments

Pat Bell & Student with treeNDMU's chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honors society, was recently award the Gold People Loving and Nurturing Trees (PLANT) award by the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee. The organization, which goes by the name "Tree Beta" (instead of Tri Beta) when doing their work to plant and protect trees on our campus, was recognized for its hard work in tree planting and care in 2015. This group and veteran tree-lover Pat Bell work hard throughout the year to keep our lovely tree-filled campus beautiful. Look for an article on Tree Beta's efforts over the years in the next issue of Universitas, the NDMU magazine. 

NDMU Hosts Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference; Several Morrissy Students are Recognized with State-Wide Awards

The Morrissy Honors Program at NDMU hosted the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference in early March 2016, bringing honors directors, faculty, and students from across the state of Maryland to campus for two days of presentations and posters. Lauren Romagnano, Morrissy junior, won the Portz Award for Outstanding Maryland Honors Student in a Four-Year College. Seniors Merisa Hernandez and Maggie Linz won the prize for Best Poster Presentation. Congratulations to Lauren, Merisa, Maggie, and the Morrissy Honors Program!

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology in the School of Education has been invited to the Content in Context Conference hosted by the Association Of American Publishers in Philadelphia, PA on June 7, 2016, to participate in an expert panel on game-based learning along with both educators and game developers. The panel will help the publishers of educational content create materials better suited for today’s learners.

Student Accomplishments

On Friday, April 15 seven aspiring NDMU teacher education candidates will be honored at the 2016 Teachers of Promise Institute conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education and presided over by Dr. Jack Smith, State Superintendent of Schools. This year’s event, Igniting Learning and Surviving the First Year of Teaching – Strategies from Award Winning Teachers will be held at Martin’s West.

This Institute is designed to partner a promising educator with an outstanding veteran educator in Maryland; e.g., Teachers of the Year, Milken National Educators, and principals and teachers of Blue Ribbon schools.  These seven future educators from Notre Dame of Maryland University will have the benefit of an outstanding mentor who can support them during their hiring process and throughout their first year as teachers.  Not only will these honorees have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Smith, they will also have the chance to hear from and talk with several previous Teachers of the Year, including Maryland’s current teacher of the year from Baltimore City, Mr. Ryan Kaiser. They will also hear from a panel of recent graduates about their experiences in completing their first year of teaching in Maryland’s public schools.  One of these panel members will be our very own Sophia LaMartin who graduated from NDMU in 2015 and is currently teaching in Howard County Public Schools.

Please join the School of Education in congratulating these seven outstanding "Teachers of Promise" from Notre Dame of Maryland University:

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

Dennis JutrasDennis Jutras, graduate student in the Gifted and Talented program at NDMU, was also honored by the MSDE and the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. He received an award for Outstanding Program Coordinator. Jutras is the Coordinator for Advanced Academic Programs for Baltimore City Public Schools. This award acknowledges Jutras’s outstanding leadership and significant contributions to expanding and improving programs and services for gifted and talented students in Baltimore City Schools. Recognizing a need in his district, Dennis partnered with NDMU to establish a cohort, and is leading by example as he seeks GT certification through our graduate program. According to Dennis, “There is a tremendous deficit, within our district, of knowledge about identifying gifted learners and meeting their needs in both the academic and affective arenas. The program at Notre Dame is helping us to build capacity and address that deficit for our students today.”

School of Nursing

Faculty Accomplishments

Mary O'Connor, Associate Professor of Nursing, had her article "Relationships and Reflection: Teaching Leadership Practices," published in Voice of Nursing Leadership. She also served with a colleague as a guest editor on the latest issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly on the topic of nursing leadership for the continuum of care. 

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to graduates Rita Linnenkamp MSN '15 and Juliet Allen MSN '15 for publishing manuscripts based on their practicum projects:
Linnenkamp, R. & Drenkard, K. (2016). "Coordinating care: Shifts in perspective." Nursing Administration Quarterly, 40,(2), 122-129.
Allen, J.W. (2016). "Transitioning the RN to ambulatory care: An investment in orientation." Nursing Administration Quarterly, 40,(2), 115-121.

School of Pharmacy 

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Ray Weber, Associate Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences has re-certified as a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist.

Dr. Jamie Rickards Cronquist, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, presented “Parkinson’s Disease: Overview, Updates & What’s to Come” at the 13th Annual Spring Conference of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists.

Student Accomplishments

The School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists was awarded the 2014-2015  Outstanding  International Student Pharmacists Federation Activity Award at the awards ceremony of the Annual American Pharmacists Association Conference in March 2016.

Katelyn Combs ’16 – matched to PGY-1 residency at Lancaster General Hospital (PA)
Nghia Nguyen ’16 – matched to PGY-1 residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital (MD)
Jaclyn Niggemyer ’16 – matched to PGY-1 residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Mercy (PA)
Hannah Noh ’16 - matched to PGY-1 residency at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (OR)
Atinuke Omolara ’16 - matched to PGY-1 residency at Celebration Health Florida Hospital (FL)
Dhrumikumar Patel ’16 - matched to PGY-1 residency at Walgreens – Flowood (LA)
Brittany Thomas ’16 - matched to PGY-1 residency at York Hospital/Wellspan Health (PA)
Amanda Welk 16 – matched to 2 year residency program at Allegheny General Hospital (PA) 

Alumni Accomplishments

Sylvia Okrzesik ’15 – matched to PGY-2 pediatrics residency at University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital (CA)