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Week of September 15, 2014

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

In This Issue:

News and Notices

Reunion 2014 Starts Friday
Free Shakespeare This Saturday
Gator Athletics Update: Volleyball Scores Three Wins
Biology Department Seminar Series
Academic Success Center Workshops
The Writing Center is Here for You!

Professional Activities

Barbara Ayd
Elizabeth H. Jones, Ph.D.


News and Notices

Reunion 2014 Starts Friday

Our beloved alumnae and alumni will be returning to campus starting Friday and continuing through the weekend as we celebrate Reunion 2014.

Please greet them warmly and make them feel welcome; they would love to talk to you!

For a full schedule of events visit ndm.edu/reunion.

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 Free Shakespeare This Saturday

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) presents Shakespeare's classic comedy in a bold and exhilarating style! The ASC uses Shakespeare’s original staging conditions to break down the barriers that traditionally separate performer and audience, making their performances immediate, engaging, and accessible! Show begins at 3:00PM in LeClerc Hall; doors open and live pre-show music starts at 2:30PM. 

The show is free and there will be open seating; no tickets required.

This performance is part of the "2014/15 Method in Madness Tour" and has been generously funded by the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Marketing, the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Chair in English.

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Gator Athletics Update: Volleyball Scores Three Wins

Notre Dame’s volleyball team took three victories this week, including two sweeps to lead the Gators in action. 

The Gators defeated Trinity Washington University 3-0 on Tuesday, then bested Hood College, 3-1, and New Jersey City University, 3-0, on Saturday in the team’s home opening tri-match.

The soccer team scored five goals throughout the week, starting with a 4-0 victory over Gallaudet University on Tuesday in the squads first game this season on Alumnae Field.  On Saturday, the Gators visited former AWCC rival Chatham College for the first time since 2006, but fell 2-1 in the contest.

In tennis action, the team fell to defending CSAC champion Gwynedd Mercy University.

Read more at the Notre Dame Gators website. [Photo by Claudia Jacobs, Class of 2018]

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Biology Department Seminar Series

Notre Dame's Biology Department is presenting three seminars this semester on key topics in the discipline. All seminars begin at 12:15 in Knott 311. Please join us!

Thursday, Sept. 25: Dr. Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse: “It’s a Small RNA World: Role of Small RNAs in Iron Homeostasis and Virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Dr. Harry Greene: “Teaching the Tree of Life”

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Academic Success Center Workshops

Please join our Fall Academic Workshop Series, featuring a variety of sessions to enhance your NDMU experience. All are welcome – students, faculty, and staff!

Tuesday

September 16

12:15-1:30 pm

MBK Seminar

Room

 

Time Mindfulness

Bring your schedule book and/or iPhone.

Dr. David Hoovler

Tuesday

September 23

4-5:15 pm

Gibbons 313

Active Reading:  Making the Most of Textbooks

Dr. Kelly Bull

Tuesday

October 14

12:15-1:30 pm

MBK Seminar

Room

 

The Pitfalls of Procrastination

Learn about the “science of procrastination” and how to change this behavior.

Dr. David Hoovler

Wednesday

October 22

4-5:15 pm

Knott 110

The Science of Studying: Strategies for Science Majors

Dr. Janice Bonner

Thursday

October 30

12:15-1:30 pm

GIB 213

Effective Communication with Professors

~Sponsored by Trailblazers~

All students welcome!

Dr. Stacey Peterson and

Dr. Bill Davis

Thursday

November 6

12:15-1:30 pm

MBK Seminar

Room

Battling Test Anxiety

NDMU Counseling Center Interns

Tuesday

November 11

12:15-1:30 pm

MBK Seminar Room

 Why Sleep Matters

Learn about the connection between sleep and academic success.

Dr. David Hoovler


The Writing Center is Here for You!

At the Writing Center, our student consultants love to talk with their fellow students about writing. Would you like to brainstorm ideas for your next paper with someone? Want someone to test the logic of your paper’s arguments? Or do you think another pair of eyes (or ears) might help you control the tone, style, and grammar of your rough draft? If so, make an appointment or stop by during our walk-in hours for a writing consultation. All consultations are free for members of the NDMU community.

Is the Writing Center for me?

Our mission is to help writers become better writers; and if you are student at Notre Dame of Maryland University, then you are a writer.

Consultants work with students from every year, every school, every major, and every grade level. We work with writers who think writing comes easily to them as well as writers who feel like they struggle to put words on a page.

Our consultants can talk with you about:

  • developing stronger essay topics
  • thinking about the significance of what you have to say
  • improving the support for and development of your ideas
  • organizing your material
  • enhancing the effectiveness of your style

Writing is your chance to say something – so make those words count!

What happens in a consultation?

A consultation lasts 45 minutes, and always starts on the hour (so make sure you are on time!).

First, your student consultant will ask you questions about what you want to work on, how you write, what kind of assignment you have due, and other informal questions. They most likely will ask to look at your assignment sheet.

Next, they will talk more directly about your writing. If you brought a rough draft, they will go over it and talk with you about its strengths and help you to improve them. If you don’t have a rough draft with you, they will help you work through ideas so you can get a draft started. They might even ask you to do some spontaneous free-writing on the spot.

Finally, they will review the key points of the session.

After you have left, they will write-up a review of your consultation, which they send to you and any relevant professors.

How to prepare for your consultation:

  • bring a printed copy of your assignment
  • bring printed copies of any rough drafts or writing you have done for the assignment
  • know that your consultant wants to have a conversation with  you about your ideas and how you express them
  • make sure you can make it to the consultation on time

Please note: Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. Again, consultations are limited to 45 minutes and always begin on the hour.

Gibbons Hall, Room 504. Phone: 410-532-5113

Fall 2014 Hours

11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday

Director: Dr. Ray Bossert
abossert@ndm.edu
Gibbons Hall, Room 503C

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Professional Activities

Barbara Ayd, a 2013 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and a current student in the Master of Science in Nursing program participated student panel on academic transformation in Maryland. On September 10, The University System of Maryland hosted Academic Transformation: Exploring Innovative Practices from the Student Perspective. Students from across Maryland shared their experiences in taking courses redesigned to increase student learning outcomes and incorporate innovative teaching practices. Ms. Ayd presented her experiences as an online learner in HIS-101 Dynamics of History, which was re-designed by Alison Dray-Novey, Ph.D., Professor of History, through a grant from the Lumina Foundation.

Elizabeth H. Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business, participated on a faculty fellows response panel at the September 10 discussion Academic Transformation: Exploring Innovative Practices from the Student Perspective, hosted by the University System of Maryland. Students from across Maryland shared their experiences in taking courses redesigned to increase student learning outcomes and incorporate innovative teaching practices and faculty fellows provided additional commentary. Dr. Jones presented insights from two faculty perspectives. Dr. Jones oversaw four general education course re-designs funded by grants from the Lumina Foundation: ECO-211 Introduction to Macroeconomics (re-designed by Ademar Bechtold, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics), HIS-101 Dynamics of History (re-designed by Alison Dray-Novey, Ph.D., Professor of History), PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy re-designed by Maeve O'Donovan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy), and RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies (re-designed by Eileen Eppig, SSND, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies). The Faculty Fellows program through a Complete College America grant, provided Dr. Jones with additional insight into three Maryland community colleges as they redesigned developmental mathematics courses. 

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