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Week of August 25, 2014

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

In This Issue:

News and Notices

Move-in Day 2014
Campus Minister Melissa Lees to Receive 2014 Governor’s Service Award
Mullan Distinguished Teacher Address
Federal Work-Study Job Fair

NDMU in the News

Baltimore Sun, A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers
The Catholic Review, Schools collaborate to improve Catholic Education

News and Notices

Move-in Day 2014

Thanks to all the faculty, staff, students and alumnae who volunteered to make our Move-In Day such a success! The logistics made arrival and unloading a smooth process. One parent marveled that he didn't have to lift a finger as Notre Dame volunteers unloaded his daughter's belongings and took them up to her room.

"This year is very exciting for us with the most residents living on campus in many years," said Sarah Williamson, NDMU's new Director of Residence Life and Student Rights & Responsibility. She noted that nearly all of the 317 available rooms are occupied.

This weekend approximately 160 of our 287 students moved into the residence halls on campus. In addition to the wonderful Student Life team, we had faculty members from English, Math, Communications, and the School of Education as well as the Enrollment Management team. Our Alumni Relations team were around throughout the day and provided water to volunteers, students, and their families, as well as 200 "Alum from Day 1" laundry bags. Maintenance and Facilities were also very quick in assisting our students with their requests and needs.

All the students were welcomed to campus with wonderful goodie bags from Dining Services and pillow cases from Student Life that said "Home Sweet Notre Dame." We had 39 students that volunteered for 5 hours each on Saturday as part of Move-In for a total of 195 service hours just from students alone. Public Safety assisted throughout the day will directing traffic, answering questions, helping students to register for the emergency alert system and with registering their cars. Gabby the Gator also made a special appearance to welcome our students as well. In addition, we also welcomed our new commuter students to campus, assisted them in registering their vehicles with Public Safety, provided them a tour of the commuter lounge, and helped to answer their questions and more. There were 63 of our 85 commuter students who checked-in on Saturday as well.

Many members of the NDMU community shared their photos, videos and tweets on social media with the #ndmu14 hashtag. Check out this compilation of all the fun we had on Saturday on Storify.

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NDMU Campus Minister Melissa Lees to Receive 2014 Governor’s Service Award

Melissa Lees, Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service, has been recognized by the office of Governor Martin O’Malley for her leadership in promoting service learning.

Melissa will receive a 2014 Governor’s Service Award in the service learning category at a ceremony on October 9.

“Your volunteer service is extremely important to the State of Maryland, and your nomination for this award spoke very highly of your dedication and passion for your community,” the letter informing her of her award said.

The Governor's Service Awards, which are presented each year by the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the life and health of the state and its people.

The award recognizes those who demonstrate sustained volunteer commitment to meeting Maryland's most pressing human and/or environmental community needs; engage in meaningful volunteer service that makes a measurable difference in the community; represent extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness; and through volunteerism, have an impact on the greater community.

Melissa has served as a campus minister at Notre Dame since 2009. She serves as a victim advocate at Turnaround Inc., an organization that provides counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Previously, she served as t he site director for Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps.

Last year, Melissa was the winner of Maryland-DC Campus Compact’s Civic Engagement Award from among the region’s institutions of higher education. Congratulations, Melissa!

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Mullan Distinguished Teacher Address: Dr. Maeve O’Donovan on Why Race and Gender Still Matter

Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, offers this reflection on Dr. O'Donovan's lecture this past Friday:

My brilliant and kindly colleague Maeve O'Donovan, Chair of our Philosophy Department, gave a wonderful lecture Friday on race, gender, and linguistic conventions — asking, What do we college professors really mean when we tell students to speak and write "Standard English" in academic work, and grade them accordingly? When we describe students as "articulate"? We professors are mostly elite white people, who do not always recognize that what we think of as "Standard English," as "good," "proper," "correct," "academic," "professional" grammar, vocabulary, and syntax is merely a set of (elite white) conventions, tied to long histories of racialized and gendered oppression. We simply take it for granted that students must learn "Standard English," i.e., "academic English," to get good grades and good jobs, so we enforce its norms. Perhaps we could think of this variant of English as no more or less inherently "good" than linguistic and behavioral norms appropriate to other contexts: say, "Hip Hop English." Or American Sign Language. Or German — in none of which I have any fluency whatever. Inspired by the book "Articulate while Black," Maeve suggested we reconsider our assumptions about the range of our students' linguistic repertoires -- and the limits of our own -- and learn by listening to the ways they are multi-lingual. She pointed me to an amazing TED talk in which the trilingual Jamila Lysicott makes the point so much more fluently than I ever could, in "Three Ways to Speak English." DO NOT MISS THIS!  

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Federal Work-Study Job Fair

The Career Center will host a Federal Work-Study Job Fair on Monday, August 25, 3:00-5:00 pm, in Doyle Formal. If you have a Federal Work Study award, come and meet supervisors from campus offices who are ready to hire you!  Questions? Contact the Career Center at career@ndm.edu or 410-532-5387. 

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NDMU in the News

Baltimore Sun, A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers, a letter to the editor by Gary L. Thrift, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the School of Education. 

The Catholic Review, Schools collaborate to improve Catholic Education, an article that features Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, speaking about Operation TEACH (Teachers Enlisted to Advance Catholic Heritage), a two-year post-graduate service program in its 13th year. The article also features photos of two Operation TEACH graduates who now teach at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School: Jill Emerson, left, who teaches fourth grade, and Carolyn Summers, right, who teachers seventh and eighth grades.