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Week of April 22, 2014

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

Professional Activities

Notre Dame in the News

News and Notices

TONIGHT! The Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business: The Arts Transforming Communities

Come hear a prestigious group of Baltimore arts professionals discuss the ways in which their organizations are effecting real change in the city. The panel includes Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Rebecca Hofberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum, Julia Marciari-Alexander, director of the Walters Art Museum, and Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The discussion will be moderated by Caroline Busta, associate editor, Artforum magazine. The event is free and open to the public with registration at ndm.edu/busta.

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NDMU's Teachers of Promise

On Friday, April 11 the Maryland State Department of Education honored seven teacher candidates from the School of Education as “Teachers of Promise” based on their high academic standing and strong potential to be an outstanding teacher.  Pictured from left to right are: Lindsay Wyatt, Satu Muja, Sarah Kohut, Sujin Yun, Kristin Olver, Brittany Metzger, and Cora Cosaro.  Each of these young ladies has been assigned an outstanding mentor teacher (e.g., former “Teachers of the Year”) to help them with their transition to becoming a teacher next year.  Graduating from college and settling into one’s first teaching job can be exciting, overwhelming, and scary!  But the Teachers of Promise Institute helps to alleviate some of those worries by putting them in touch with some of Maryland’s most experienced and accomplished educators.  During the celebration, these young Teachers of Promise heard inspirational messages from State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery, Sean McComb, Baltimore County,  2014 Maryland Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Kimberly Oliver Burnim, Montgomery County, 2006 Maryland & National Teacher of the Year and Rhonda Holmes Blankenship, Cecil County, 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year and National Finalist.

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Soul and Spirit Retreats

The next Soul and Spirit Retreats are scheduled for April 23, 2014. Here is some updated information:

Soul and Spirit Retreat #1
Take time to stop, reflect, and enjoy the attention given to your soul and spirit! 
This session incorporates mandala work, quiet music, Scripture quotes, and meditation to refresh your inner being.
Offered:  April 23   1:00 to 2:00  OR  2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Bryan Board Room

Soul and Spirit Retreat # 2
Take time to meditate on the Marikle Chapel stained glass windows!
Offered:  Anytime at your convenience.  Meditation questions in binder on back table near doors of chapel.
Place:  Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation

Soul and Spirit Retreat # 3
Take time to experience guided meditation and music combined!
Offered:  April 23   3:00 to 4:00
Place:  Gibbons 224

Please register for Soul and Spirit Retreats # 1 and # 3 with Sister Mary Roy Weiss, SSND via phone call to Ext. 5565 or e-mail mweiss@ndm.edu

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English Tea

Join us for the annual “English Tea" on Thursday, April 24, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Gibbons 500. We will be celebrating the publication of Damozel, the student literary magazine. We are also pleased to welcome distinguished alumna Milda De Voe ’90 who will give a reading at 4:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, conversation, a great reading, and (of course) birthday cake for Shakespeare’s 450th!

Milda De Voe is an award-winning author of short stories and the founding Executive Director of Pen Parentis, a New York-based non-profit that provides resources to authors who are also parents. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and was the recipient of Notre Dame’s Regina Russo Outstanding Recent Graduate Award (1999). Among her many awards and accolades, De Voe has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, as well as Best of the Net and Best of the Web short fiction prizes. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including recent publications in St. Petersburg Review, Stone Voices, and SpeckLit. De Voe has also won 4 years of city grants from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund (2009-2012) and the Fund for Creative Communities (2012) to support Pen Parentis Literary Salons— a highly successful event series where authors read and promote their work.  Follow her on the web: www.mmdevoe.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/mmdevoe, and Twitter: @mmdevoe.

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Biology Seminar on Amphibian Population Declines

Dr. Karen Lips, director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland will present a biology seminar on Amphibian Population Declines: Complex Causes and Consequences for Global Amphibian Biodiversity on Thursday, April 24 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Knott 311.

Dr. Lips' research interests center on the population biology and community ecology of amphibians.  She is particularly interested in determining the spatiotemporal variation in diversity and abundance of amphibians in various communities, studying comparative population demography, and quantifying the role of adult and larval amphibians in tropical and temperate ecosystems.  Most of her recent research involves field work across the Appalachians to quantify variation in species richness, abundance and ecology in the context of global change.  Her  historic research focuses on comparative ecology of diverse tropical fauna with the goal of using these data to understand differential patterns of decline. 

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Mini Career Fair: Non-Profit and Human Services Careers

The Career Center is holding this event for Notre Dame students. Attend this fair to talk to employers about their companies and the positions for which they are hiring. Employers in attendance will include Teach for America, Peace Corps, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Catholic Charities, Volunteer Maryland, Board of Child Care, Maryland School of the Blind, Y of Central Maryland, US Secret Service, Target, Mosaic Communities, Office of the Mayor, The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Trellis Services, and more to come!

Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

For more information, contact Jessica Sexton, Career Specialist, at jsexton@ndm.edu or 410-532-5387.

The Commodores, US Navy Jazz Band, to Perform at NDMU

Music at Notre Dame is proud to present the  COMMODORES, the United States Navy's premier jazz ensemble. The Commodores, returning to LeClerc for the fourth time by popular demand, have performed with guest artists from the jazz world's book of Who's Who,  including Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry and Eddie Daniels,  among others. They have appeared on televisions shows such as Today,  Good Morning America  and at prestigious music festivals here and abroad performing repertoire  ranging from jazz, big band to Broadway. Deemed a national treasure,  the Commodores' most recent recording, Directions,  was received with critical acclaim from major critics throughout the United States. 

Saturday evening,  April 26, 7 p.m.,
LeClerc Auditorium
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Information:  410-532-5386
Admission Free

Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Renaissance Institute is celebrating 25 years of life-long learning on Sunday May 18,2014.

Join us on the first floor of  Fourier Hall from 1-4p.m. for music, hors d’oeuvres and a member’s art show.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance the Renaissance Office.

Email lkuehn@ndm.edu or call 410-532-5351. You can also drop in Monday through Thursday between 8am and 3pm.   

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Professional Activities

School of Arts and Sciencese

NDMU student Victoria Meadows won top prize for poster presentation at the Morgan State University 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held yesterday, Tuesday April 15, 2014. She presented work performed in Dr. Ken Sossa's lab on a project that explores insect behavior and experience-induced changes in neuronal activity.

School of Education

Dr. Juliann DuPuis, Assistant Professor of Science Education, was quoted in Race to the Top Boosts STEM in Maryland Early Grades, a recent article in Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education, a blog published by the U.S. Department of Education.The article notes that Juliann "encourages teachers to come up with real-world lessons, think outside the box and sometimes actually take a lesson outside of the classroom—to measure water quality, identify native plants and study topics such as shoreline erosion."

English Language Institute

Mary Burch Harmon, an adjunct faculty member and special-programs coordinator in ELI, has been featured in an online article, MB's Commitment to Building Affordable Homes, by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.  MB has worked hard to foster a service learning component in the ELI, which has been popular with the students and also serves to set us apart from other ESL programs in the area. 

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Notre Dame in the News

WYPR, Maryland Morning, Shelley Puhak on Guinevere in Baltimore. Host Tom Hall interviews Shelley on her latest collection of poetry.

University Business magazine, Marylou Yam Appointed President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. With photo.

Baltimore City Paper, Crosstown Traffic. Includes a mention of our own Sister Gerold Mobley, SSND.

Baltimore Curriculum Project Blog, NDMU Nursing Students Support Wolfe Street Academy.

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