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October 2016

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



WOW Festival Baltimore!

WOW CollageNDMU welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to campus during the Women of the World: WOW Festival Baltimore on October 7 and 8. The wide variety of panelists and entertainers included community and business leaders, representatives from the White House, NDMU faculty, television producers, pop culture influencers, hundreds of area high school students and people who wanted to learn and celebrate women.

Highlights included #Blackgirlmagic, Women Entrepreneurs, Spotlight on Baltimore, Women in Sports, performances by OrchKids, and area food trucks. NDMU also received extensive coverage from local media including features on WJZ, WBAL, The Baltimore Sun and The Daily Record.

As part of the two-day festival, Baltimore officials recognized the impact NDMU is making on the city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored the University by presenting an official proclamation making October 7 and 8 Women of the World Weekend.

Much of WOW was documented on social media; the University even became a top trending discussion on Twitter with our hashtag - #WOWBaltimoreNDMU. If you missed WOW, please visit the WOW Baltimore Facebook page where many of the discussions and performances were captured live.

NDMU Awarded Grant to Combat Sexual Violence

Ten Baltimore area colleges and universities, including NDMU have collectively been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to step up efforts to prevent sexual violence and improve response to reports of sexual assault and dating violence.

The grant comes from the Department of Justice and has been awarded to the Baltimore Area Higher Education Coalition Against Sexual Violence. The collation, made up of ten area schools, will partner with TurnAround Inc., the Baltimore City Police Department, and the Baltimore Collegetown Network to generate new ways to “prevent, respond to, investigate, and hold offenders accountable” for sexual violence incidents and provide better trauma-information services for victims on campus and in the community.

Find more information here on the grant and what it means for NDMU.

SAT & ACTs to be a Thing of the Past

Pencil paperNDMU will no longer require SAT or ACT test results for acceptance into its Women’s College.

The decision to implement the test optional process reflects the University’s response to current research indicating standardized testing does not give an accurate summary of high school student’s academic ability or learning potential.

“By becoming a test-optional university, NDMU expands its ability to focus more on a students’ high school performance and consider the applicant as a whole,” says Terry Whittum, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at NDMU.

The test-optional pilot program will be effective for those students applying and enrolling for the NDMU class entering for the fall of 2017. For more on what this means click here.

Operation TeachOperation Teach

Students interested in learning more about the Operation TEACH program turned out in Doyle Dining Hall earlier this month. Participants in Operation TEACH serve in Baltimore-area Catholic schools while working towards their graduate degree and engaging in community life.

If you are interested in learning more about Operation Teach, including an online application, reference forms, and application timeline, go to the Operation TEACH webpage, ndm.edu/operationteach.

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night

October 14, 6:30 p.m., Doyle Hall - Gator Alley

Financial Fridays: The Real Hunger Games

October 14, 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m., Doyle Hall - Doyle Formal

Brian Gratwicke Frog GuySaving Panama's Frogs from a Frog-killing Fungus

October 18, 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m., Knott 311

Join the Biology Department as it welcomes Dr. Brian Gratwicke from the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution.

IOS Treasure Hunt

October 18, 12:50 p.m., Doyle Lawn

Student National Pharmaceutical Association Member Drive

October 20, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Knott Lobby

Pitch Fit Fall Concert

October 21, 7 p.m. -9 p.m., Knott Auditorium

Come support Dame's song birds.

Black Student Union Peace, Love, and Panthers

October 21, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., Noyes House

Tap into your inner Nancy Drew and crack the case at this murder mystery dinner!

Gator FestGator Fest

October 22, Noon - 6 p.m., Alumnae Field, and Gator Patio

Enjoy some time with family and friends, eat some good food and show some support for our student athletes!

School of Pharmacy Open House

October 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Knott Science Center

Considering a degree in pharmacy? Come see why we're one of the top schools in the state. Join us for NDMU's School of Pharmacy Open House.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern 2

CAB Halloween Costume Party

October 28, 8 p.m. - Midnight, Doyle Hall - Gator Alley

Get into the Halloween spirit (and your costume) and dance the night away at this party!

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern 1CAB Ghost Tour

October 29, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Noyes House

Hispanic Culture Halloween Movie Night

October 31, 5 p.m - 9 p.m. 

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Paul Weldon, Professor of Biology, was invited to present a talk in the Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University on mimicry. This month he published a short commentary on snake mimicry in Herpetological Review.

On September 23, chemistry professor Kristine Kirk Ph.D. and six Radiological Sciences majors attended the annual Open House held by The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging for their three partner schools, NDMU, Immaculate University and Bloomsburg University. The students enjoyed a presentation on the clinical programs by the JHSMI faculty and talking with current clinical students, among them four NDMU students in the Nuclear Medicine program.

John Cookson, recently took part in a symposium on climate change at Randallstown Community Center. Cookson served as both a speaker and panelist for the program organized by the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia/Pennsylvania States Organizing for Action (OFA). He spoke about the scientific aspects that allow us to know that humans are impacting the environment in such a way to bring on the observable climate changes.

Student Accomplishments

Big news for Morrissy English student Micah Castelo. Baltimore Style Magazine has published TWO of her articles.

Way to go Micah!

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

In September, professor Christa de Kleine Ph.D. was a keynote speaker at the National Panama TESOL Congress in Panama City. The title of the keynote was “Research-based principles for Effective EFL teaching”.  Dr. de Kleine’s keynote address built on her work with English teachers in Panama during the past semester when she was on sabbatical leave.

Kappa Delta Pi Happenings

Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, is keeping members involved this fall with professional development events.

On Sunday, September 25, members attended the Baltimore Book Festival to hear from Maryland One Book authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Their book, All American Boys, is a compelling examination of race and social justice.

This month, KDP members will participate in Diversity and Inclusion training with Natalie Gillard, Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Experience at Stevenson University. Gillard is the former NDMU Director of Student Leadership and Inclusion, and current NDMU PhD candidate and adjunct professor. Gillard’s program, Factuality, was created during her doctoral program here at NDMU. SOE students who may be interested in learning more or attending, contact Kristin Pinkowski at kpinkowski1@ndm.edu!

Additionally, KDP counselors and officers will be inviting members of the Notre Dame community to participate in service projects for local charities. Look for more details in upcoming Bulletins.

School of Nursing

Faculty Accomplishments

School of Nursing Dean, Kathy Wisser recently presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Leadership Connection 2016 conference in Indianapolis, IN. The focus of the conference was influencing change through leadership. It attracted 400 nursing colleagues, and STTI leaders at the chapter, regional, and international levels. Dean Wisser’s presentation, Becoming an Authentic Leader as a New DNP or PhD Young-in-Age Nurse was well received.

In next month’s issue of Clinical Lactation, vol. 7, no. 4. Dr. Jane Balkam, School of Nursing, will have her article “Problems with Breastfeeding/Breast Milk feeding Reported by Women Participating in a Workplace Lactation Programpublished.  Dr. Balkam was also recently recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board for her 35 years of Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) Certification.

Student Accomplishments

The School of Nursing welcomed junior students entering the nursing program with the annual Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony. The event was held in Marikle Chapel and was attended by dozens of students and faculty.